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Slam Dunk for MCS JV Basketball Teams at Barclays Center

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Manhattan Country School JV Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams experienced what it's like to play like the pros! The teams played back-to-back games against City & Country School at the Barclays Center last Tuesday, February 5.  Coach Jermaine Lloyd led both teams to victory. The girls’ team was up first and immediately took the lead. The final score was 20-12.  The boy’s team easily won with a final score of 21-2.  Lots of MCS parents and siblings filled the stands to cheer the teams on.

The Barcl​ays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, hosted this special day for school teams around the city to play at the professional arena.

View highlights of the game here:

Register Now: City Camp and Farm Camp

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

City Camp is Manhattan Country School's summer program for MCS students in the 4-5s through 9-10s, including new Lower School students joining the school in the fall. During City Camp, students broaden their MCS experience by being immersed in fun and engaging activities aligned with the school’s mission and values. The 2019 program runs for three weeks, from July 8 to July 26, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications for City Camp are available now.

Farm Camp is Manhattan Country School's summer program for MCS students in the 5th-8th grades, including rising 9-10’s. During their stay on our farm in Roxbury, New York, students will broaden their agricultural-based learning experience by not only doing daily barn chores and farm jobs, but by exploring the area around them in enriching and engaging ways. Farm Camp runs July 8 to July 26. Applications for Farm Camp are available now.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer Vacation camp for the upcoming Spring Break, but please stay tuned for a robust Camp schedule for 2019-2020.

 

Join Us in Honoring Dr. King - 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March - CHANGING THE SYSTEM: Marching Toward Justice

On Monday, January 21, 2019, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Upper Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time.

Official Press ReleaseFacebook RSVP
 TimeOut's 2019 List of the Best Martin Luther King Events in NYC
Mommy Nearest 6 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in NYC
Mommy Poppins MLK Jr. Weekend in NYC: Community, Black Comic Con, and Birds!
MCS Alumni, Sydney and Nirvana, featured in BET Special - Martin: The Legacy of a King airing on Monday, January 21 at 9:00 p.m. EST

The theme of the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March is "Changing the System: Marching Toward Justice," inspired by contemporary efforts to protect and preserve the Civil Rights we have installed as a nation, as well as to create even more equality in the 21st century. The march, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at approximately 2 p.m., will follow a route that includes these stops:

Stop #1: Frederick Douglass Circle (Central Park West and West 110th Street) 10-10:20

Topics: Gentrification, Colorism, Facing Our History

  • Cross to the north side of West 110th Street

  • Walk west to the northeast corner of West 110th Street and Amsterdam Ave, getting to:

Stop #2: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street) 10:30-11

Topics: Economic Inequality, Gun Violence, Police Violence and Women of Color, Gun Control, Immigration

  • Walk north on the east side of Amsterdam Avenue

  • Cross from the northeast to the northwest side of Amsterdam Avenue

  • Enter the Columbia Campus at Amsterdam and West 115th Street.

Stop #3: Columbia University (Amsterdam and West 116th Street) 11:15-11:35

Topics: Intersectional Feminism, Race and Bullying, Gentrification, Diversity of Opinion

  • Please note that after Columbia we are inviting people to return to MCS. While marching is technically a possibility, most people will take public transportation due to the extreme temperatures  

Stop #4: Manhattan Country School (150 West 85th Street) 12:15-1:00

Topics: Anti-semitism, Reproductive Rights, Gun Control, Women and Police Violence, Climate Change, Prison Reform, Poverty

Please follow our hashtag #MCSMLKMarch for route coverage and status updates.

We invite you to join us and bring family, friends and colleagues who are seeking a meaningful experience on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We hope to see you Monday, January 21. Until then:

Calling All MCS Parents in the Press! Help Us Promote #MCSMLKMarch

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Friday, January 11, 2019

This year we are asking all journalists in the MCS Community to consider inviting friends and colleagues in the media to the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March. Download the official press release here and RSVP and invite others to our Facebook Event page.

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2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblies

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Friday, January 11, 2019

On Friday, January 18, MCS will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblies, where the community gathers to sing songs in celebration of civil rights and watch the sixth-grade presentation about "Unsung Heroes of the Movement."

Two (2) members from each student’s family are welcome to attend. Guests may photograph and film the assembly - a Facebook Live Steam and immediate video will be available on the Manhattan Country School Page, you can also RSVP to the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March via Facebook Events as well.

Morning Assembly - 9:15 a.m. Assembly:  4-5s through 7-8s and their families.

Afternoon Assembly - 2 p.m. Assembly: 8-9s through eighth grade and their families.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the Gymnasium.

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We raised $175,000+ on #GivingTuesday

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thanks to the generosity and broad participation of the Manhattan Country School community, we surpassed our 2018 #GivingTuesday goal of $75,000 and qualified for the match!

Including contributions made online and by mail and the $75,000 match, we raised more than $175,000 - the most we’ve ever raised on #GivingTuesday! Thank you to everyone who supported MCS on November 27.

Your #GivingTuesday gifts support Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School including the increased day-to-day operating expenses that come with a growing school community and costs related to continued construction and expansion of facilities and programs on West 85th Street and at the MCS Farm.

Thank you for helping us sustain our founding mission, cultivate more critical thinkers and lifelong learners and grow our impact as a model for progressive education in New York City and beyond.

 

Whole Foods Awards MCS Farm Honey Bee Grant

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Manhattan Country School Farm was recently awarded a monetary grant from the Whole Kids Foundation. This non-profit foundation was founded by Whole Foods Market with the mission:

"We support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Given the right opportunities, kids will get excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious whole foods."

Stephanie Pilla, an MCS Advancement staff member and current parent, worked with MCS Farm Director John McDaniel to apply for and secure the $1,500 “Honey Bee Grant.” The Whole Kids Foundation describes the Bee Cause Project mission as youth "opportunities to understand, engage, and learn from honey bees in order to connect with the natural environment while developing STEAM skills."

This generous grant will enable the MCS Farm to expand our current apiary of two hives to three and purchase additional beekeeping equipment. In addition to a third hive, the $1,500 will be enough to purchase additional bee suits for both children and adults, an electric “uncapping” knife to aid in honey extraction and several other tools to expand our students experience in raising honey bees. MCS students focus on bees during Nature Studies where they begin their investigation and discussion of the year-long topic of honey bee hive collapse. Students support the Farm’s own honey bee colony through the pollinator garden where there are a variety of self-seeding wildflowers, perennial flowers, and herbs in the lower garden.

This year, we extracted twelve pounds of honey from our two hives. This amount is close to a year supply used at the Farm. As our honey bee program grows, we hope that both our school communities' knowledge of this vital creature grows and our honey harvest blossoms.

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2018 Alumni Families Breakfast & Tour

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Manhattan Country School alumni and former parents are invited to attend the Alumni Families Breakfast & Tour on Friday, December 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Tour our home at 150 West 85th Street

Meet the students and teachers who fill MCS classrooms today

See how MCS has changed (and stayed the same) over more than half a century

Catch up with fellow alumni, former parents and staff

A complimentary breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. Tours of the building will begin at 9:45 a.m. Alumni and former parents are also invited to attend the Winter Assembly at 11:00 a.m. in the gym. RSVP on the Facebook event page (must be an alum/former parent and join the Facebook group) or by emailing alumni@manhattancountryschool.org. View photos from 2017's Alumni Breakfast & Tour. Hope to see you there!

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2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March Update

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Changing the System: Marching Toward Justice - 2019 March Route

Manhattan Country School’s 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March will take place January 21st, 2019, 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March is a tradition at Manhattan Country School that demonstrates the passion and leadership of its students and the school’s commitment to achieving Dr. King’s dream of unity, peace and equity. View archived march publications and speeches here. On Monday, January 21, 2019, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Upper Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time.

The theme of the 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March is "Changing the System: Marching Toward Justice," inspired by contemporary efforts to protect and preserve the Civil Rights we have installed as a nation, as well as to create even more equality in the 21st century. The march, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at approximately 2 p.m., will follow a route that includes these stops:

  • Frederick Douglass Circle - (10:00-10:20) (Central Park West and West 110th Street)
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Divine - (10:30-11) (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)
  • Columbia University - (11:15-11:35) (Amsterdam and West 116th Street)
  • MCS – (12:15-Onward)

Please follow our hashtag #MCSMLKMarch for route coverage and status updates.

We invite you to join us and bring family, friends and colleagues who are seeking a meaningful experience on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We hope to see you Monday, January 21. Until then:

  • Read and watch the speeches from last year’s march.
  • RSVP and spread the word on Facebook.
  • Follow and post about the march using #MCSMLKMarch on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Facebook Live Stream will be available!

Shareable Links!

Official Press ReleaseFacebook RSVP
 TimeOut's 2019 List of the Best Martin Luther King Events in NYC
Mommy Nearest 6 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in NYC
Mommy Poppins MLK Jr. Weekend in NYC: Community, Black Comic Con, and Birds!
MCS Alumni, Sydney and Nirvana, featured in BET Special - Martin: The Legacy of a King airing on Monday, January 21 at 9:00 p.m. EST

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Winter Assembly 2018

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

At Manhattan Country School's Winter Assembly, we celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas and Three Kings Day. We invite families to join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 21 in the gym. Two members from each student’s family are welcome. The Winter Assembly will also be live-streamed on the Manhattan Country School Facebook page.

This year’s Winter Assembly will include holiday songs from African-American, Jewish and Christian traditions. Students will be singing in Hebrew, Spanish and Latin as well as English. Parents Michael Ulmer and Juan Ospina, friends Ivan Barenboim and Paul Harris, and teachers Jay Fung and Nassim Zerriffi will accompany our selections. 

Central to the program is the Candle Lighting ceremony, which carries on an MCS tradition begun in the school's earliest years. We’re reminded that the holidays being celebrated are festivals of light—including the winter solstice—and harvest.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

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