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Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015
Since our founding days, food has played an important role in the Manhattan Country School program and been one of many shared pleasures of the MCS community. Replicating important aspects of our food curriculum at MCS and at the Farm and integrating even more locally sourced farm ingredients to the lunch program are high on the list of priorities for the future. We also must design a kitchen for our future home on West 85th Street, staff it and figure out how to distribute lunches to a bigger... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015
Manhattan Country School’s Upper East Side neighborhood has experienced great change since we first opened our doors in 1966. The neighborhood of our future home on West 85th Street has also undergone great transition. Through this year’s Upper School theme—Neighborhoods and Change—students are examining how and why neighborhoods transform. At the November 20 Upper School Assembly, students explored the idea of where one is from. When asked, students offered a range of answers such as “... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015
The El Sitio Feliz community garden, located on 104th Street and Lexington Avenue, provides a space for community members to express themselves through music, art and growing their own food. Manhattan Country School has maintained a relationship with this community garden for many years, as it has been an invaluable resource for nature education and outdoor learning in an area where green space is hard to come by.  This fall, four students in the Upper School and I engaged with this local... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015
We did it! Because of the generosity of Manhattan Country School’s community, we surpassed our #GivingTuesday goal of raising $10,000. In fact, we received more than triple that amount ($31,727, not including the $10,000 match). Checks from those who participated by mail are still coming in. Thank you to everyone who joined the #GivingTuesday movement and made a contribution! #GivingTuesday gifts support MCS’ 2015-2016 Annual Fund and help us meet our annual operating expenses on East 96th... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Hi, everyone! Happy Holidays! You will notice that the format of this year’s holiday book list is a bit different. Instead of giving a summary of all of the books, a selection of books is highlighted by a synopsis. This makes for a hopefully neater and less lengthy version. Just a reminder that these are only suggestions and not anyone’s idea of a “best of” anything or “must-read” assignment thingy list. Also, the ages are only a suggestion. Any of these books would be appropriate for a myriad... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Hi, everyone! Happy Holidays! You will notice that the format of this year’s holiday book list is a bit different. Instead of giving a summary of all of the books, a selection of books is highlighted by a synopsis. This makes for a hopefully neater and less lengthy version. Just a reminder that these are only suggestions and not anyone’s idea of a “best of” anything or “must-read” assignment thingy list. Also, the ages are only a suggestion. Any of these books would be appropriate for a myriad... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Hi, everyone! Happy Holidays! You will notice that the format of this year’s holiday book list is a bit different. Instead of giving a summary of all of the books, a selection of books is highlighted by a synopsis. This makes for a hopefully neater and less lengthy version. Just a reminder that these are only suggestions and not anyone’s idea of a “best of” anything or “must-read” assignment thingy list. Also, the ages are only a suggestion. Any of these books would be appropriate for a myriad... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015
On Tuesday, Manhattan Country School held its annual Thanksgiving Sharing & Lunch. Students, teachers and staff gathered in classrooms to have a traditional holiday meal of turkey and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls lovingly prepared by Ana, Celia and Maria (with the assistance of several staff members). In each classroom, children and grown ups shared what they were thankful for. Here are some of the things mentioned: Family Friends The annual Thanksgiving ... Read More
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015
As part of Manhattan Country School’s 7-8s Family Study, the children in the class read about family heirlooms and discussed the question: “What is a passed-down item?” After reading stories such as The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco and The Worry Stone by Marianna Dengler, the children were asked to bring in an item that had some significance in their families. We established that passed down items did not need to be things that were expensive but rather had great sentimental value.... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015
It was a short season for Manhattan Country School’s varsity and junior varsity soccer teams. The varsity team played four games—winning two and losing two. Having fewer players on the field than their opponents proved to be a challenge at times, but Lee Solomon, the varsity soccer coach, says, “As a team, they played well together.” Junior Varsity Soccer Coach Jermaine Lloyd offered the following reflection on his team’s season: “Our young student athletes went 3-0, continuing the junior... Read More

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