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Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
MCS has succeeded in our first attempt to redesign the Farm Festival into a “Zero Waste” street fair. The annual Farm Festival benefits the school’s sliding scale-tuition program, which helps all MCS families to educate their children as equal members of an economically, racially and culturally diverse community. This year the all parent-volunteer planning committee of the 2018 Farm Festival took a stand with “Zero Waste.” “The ‘Zero Waste’ program is a key component of ‘One New York: The Plan... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
The National SEED Project was founded in 1987 by Dr. Peggy MacIntosh, who is best known for authoring “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” According to SEED’s mission statement, MacIntosh “founded the National SEED Project to confirm her belief that teachers could be leaders of their own professional development.” Those who take part in SEED training then take that training to their own schools and communities. In the summer of 2017 I was trained to be a SEED leader. This ten-... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
I have the great pleasure of working with children on Thursday afternoons, I teach knitting to the 6-7’s and up. This fall while learning the basics of knitting the students make stuffed animals. So far, we have a great variety under construction: a chick, several cats, a tiger, bunny, and unicorns. The younger children are helped by the older. It is quite a wonderful moment when a project is finished and transforms into an animal. As new skills are learned each student will be able to do more... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
During our Staff Workshop Day MCS staff and faculty attended the seminar, "The Golden Rule is Not Enough: Teaching Critical Civic Empathy in Troubled Times," hosted by Nicole Mirra. Ms. Mirra is an assistant professor of urban teacher education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education. She shared her most recent work, Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement with staff. Educating for Empathy “presents a compelling framework for thinking... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
For the past two years the MCS administration has supported parents and the PA by holding space for a series of Parent-Led Forms, or PLFs. We began two years ago with two forums, including a screening and discussion of Thirteenth; last year, we were able to provide three forums: How to Raise Feminist Boys, Supporting Diverse Learners, and Food Justice: It’s Socio-Political, Environmental, and Cultural Impact. These forums were conceived of and developed by parents, and included workshops,... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
Manhattan Country School Parents' Association Meeting Thursday Nov 8th - (6:30-8:30pm), MCS Gym Children's Books in Difficult Times: An Evening with Jay Fung, the MCS Librarian & Community Share Our incredible librarian and in-house musician Jay Fung will talk about reading with our children - and children reading on their own -  during difficult times. He will share some of his favorite books. After Jay presents, we'll have our MCS Community Share. What is something you'd like to make... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018
Dear MCS Community, I spent most of last week with 23 education leaders from across the country in the Pahara-Aspen program. All of us share a fervent belief that transforming education system is the foundation for building a better democratic society. Whether from New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, or Memphis, Indianapolis or New Orleans, we shared lots of experiences with values tensions but that didn’t mean we couldn’t find plenty to argue about too. We came away more determined to turn... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2018 Contact: Jewel Brooks Communications Coordinator 212-348-0952 jbrooks@manhattancountryschool.org ### MCS Farm Festival Sets New Precedent for “Zero Waste” and Food Accessibility Street for Fairs in New York Determined school uses annual MCS Farm Festival event as opportunity to reduce, reuse, and recycle for a cause. Manhattan Country School (MCS) has succeeded in their first attempt to redesign their fall fundraiser, the MCS Farm Festival, into a “... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018
Manhattan Country School’s annual Farm Festival is a feel-good fall event that brings together the entire MCS community and provides an opportunity to meet new friends and neighbors. This year, the event aims to be a “zero-waste” street fair, which means we will use “real” cups, plates and cutlery from our kitchen which will be washed and sterilized in our kitchen throughout the day. We will also have compost and recycling waste stations. Here are a few tips to make your Farm Festival... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018
MCS students may not wear Halloween costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31. October 31 is already an exciting day for many and we believe children need to balance that energy with the consistency of well-established routines during the school day. - For children who participate in trick-or-treating activities outside of school, it is too easy for costumes to get damaged at school. - Various costumes can, at times, scare younger children. - Please do not send in candy.  As you know far... Read More

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