MCS News

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
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015
Manhattan Country School’s building is one of the landmark replicas featured in The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, running from November 21, 2015 to January 18, 2016. The exhibit, located in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, features 150 iconic buildings, each re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials. G-scale model trains zip along a quarter-mile track that weaves around a miniature city that includes familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of... Read More
Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday morning, 4-5s and 5-6s parents filled the Music Room to sing with Manhattan Country School’s two youngest classes. The annual 4-5s and 5-6s Sing is an opportunity for families to be introduced to their child’s music program as well as get a sense of how community is created through singing together. In keeping with the school’s mission, the children sang social justice songs, folks songs and children’s songs from around the world. While moving to music, the 4-5s and 5-6s impressed... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It is with great sadness that I share the news that former Manhattan Country School Piano Accompanist Ray Jones passed away on Friday, November 6 at St. Luke’s Hospital.  A wake will be held Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Both will take place at The Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration (74 West 126th St., between Fifth and Lenox avenues). Born in the Bronx and trained at Julliard, Ray was the piano accompanist at MCS for... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015
Parents’ Visiting Day at Manhattan Country School is an opportunity for families to come to their children’s classrooms and experience our progressive education curriculum first hand. This Tuesday, the school was filled with grownups who had the chance to be students again for a morning. In classrooms, parents formed semi-circles around their children as they gathered for their morning meetings. Visitors to the 5-6s class participated in building and reading activities. 6-7s parents read... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Lower School Music Teacher Susan Harris will be presenting at the 92Y Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference on Friday, November 13. In her interactive workshop, titled “Teaching Social Justice and Civil Rights Through Singing and Movement,” participants will explore how to engage young children in social justice and civil rights issues in age-appropriate ways using songs, books and movement activities. The Wonderplay conference, launched in 2007, brings together more than 900 early... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Editor’s Note: Each year, Manhattan Country School provides its staff with professional development opportunities in the form of fellowships and grants. For the summer of 2015, MCS Farm Program Director John McDaniel was granted a senior fellowship to travel to Peru. The experience was one he hoped would expand his knowledge of world food systems and farming practices and open up new thinking as MCS expands its farm-based education program. The following is his account of his journey. As a... Read More