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Inside Manhattan Country School: November 2018

Inside Manhattan Country School: November 2018

Applications for children who will be 4, 5, or 6 as of September 1st, 2019 are due tomorrow, November 30th by 11:59pm

Inside Manhattan Country School: November 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Message from Manhattan Country School's Admissions Team

It is a privilege getting to know your families as you enter our school each week to tour, to meet your children as they join us for playgroups, and join our school at Farm Festival and other community-wide events.

It is our hope that our mission, educational philosophy, diversity, farm program, and countless other aspects have been communicated clearly and distinguished Manhattan Country School from other schools you may have visited. We are excited to be in our new, light-filled facility on West 85th Street as we continue the gradual doubling of our enrollment. By September 2019, we will have doubled from the 4-5s through the 9-10s.

While the reasons families choose MCS are as individual as the families themselves, there are common themes in what they seek for their children. Our program draws on a rich history of progressive education whose goals for students are academic excellence, intellectual freedom, social awareness, self-confidence and first-hand knowledge of the natural world. We believe in educating the whole child, and to that end our children are immersed in robust social studies, language arts, science, math, Spanish, music, art, woodshop and physical education, and a host of electives ranging from rhythm and poetry to robotics. Access to nature and green spaces are a priority whether it’s unstructured play in Central Park, gardening at the community garden around the corner or harvesting the crops on the 180-acre MCS farm.  

We look forward to seeing you at our Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March on Monday, January 21st. It is an annual event led by our 8th graders who designate the route and deliver speeches on pressing issues they want addressed as young activists. We will be in touch as the date approaches with details about its starting point and theme. Please read more about last year’s march here: 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March

Applications for children who will be 4, 5, or 6 as of September 1st, 2019 are due tomorrow, November 30th by 11:59pm. As always, be in touch with any questions, and we look forward to getting to know your family better.

Mónica and Vicki


This week Laura and Callie's 6-7's math unit entails multiple ways to collect and analyze data. To gain an initial data pool, the 6-7's had a homework assignment to count all of the windows, doors, pillows and stuffed animals in their homes. 6-7's could show their numerical findings with numbers, pictures or tally marks. Through this "stuffie-counting project" the 6-7's are learning to use raw data to draw larger, objective conclusions that can ultimately be supported by numbers. Read more
Parents' Visiting Day is an annual MCS tradition. Please enjoy some pictures from Parents' Visiting Day 2018. Read more
Interactive learning through singing and music is a vibrant element in Manhattan Country School’s curriculum and school culture. On any given day you will find music present in our hallways, classrooms, assemblies, during Afterschool classes and even on the MCS Farm where students learn about the regional musical traditions. Children of all ages express themselves through music which has lifelong benefits. MCS cultivates a tradition of singing, songwriting and music as a vital component of our community. A December winter assembly will draw on holiday and winter solstice musical traditions. The Martin Luther King, Jr. assemblies in January draw on the musical legacy of freedom songs associated with the civil rights movement and with freedom movements more generally. Read more
Seventh and eighth graders recently joined Rocking the Boat, a Bronx-based “on-water classroom,” for a hands-on examination of the Bronx River while rowing wooden Whitehall 14s. Along the way, students spied schools of fish, colonies of mussels and barnacles, a snapping turtle, and great blue herons. Read more
We often hear or use the phrase, “paying it forward.” This usually pertains to doing a good deed for others or a random act of kindness. We’ve been using this phrase the past couple weeks at the Manhattan Country School Farm to reflect on our gardening practices. Read more
The Manhattan Country School community gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving and all that we are thankful for. On Tuesday, students, faculty and staff enjoyed a Thanksgiving Sharing & Lunch prepared by the MCS Kitchen. Classes in the Lower School and Upper School spent time with each other as Reading Buddies, playing games, sharing stories, visiting the park and sharing desserts. On Wednesday, students, faculty, staff and families came together for our annual Thanksgiving Assembly. Read more

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