On Friday, December 16, Manhattan Country School students, teachers, staff, families, alumni, former parents and friends gathered in the Gym for our first Winter Assembly in our new home. In a packed room, our community sang songs that celebrated Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day.
Selections included “Oh Happy Kwanzaa,” “Oh Hanukkah,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” “Hashivenu,” and “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Students in the 8-9s through eighth grade performed “Carol of the Bells,” while the “4-5s through 7-8s” sang “Matunda Ya Kwanzaa.” The 8-9s played “Tsif, Tsif Tsipor (Chirp, Little Birds)” on their recorders while the 9-10s played “Jolly Old Saint Nicolas.”
MCS Director Michèle Solá remind those in attendance that the winter solstice, the darkest time of the year, is the season of light. In recognition of this, students representing each class participated in a candle lighting ceremony.
The Winter Assembly reminded everyone in attendance of what the holiday season is truly about. Thank you to everyone who joined us.