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Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018
Winter CSA "Sampler Boxes' from Sweet Land Farm starting soon! The 2018- 2019 Winter Shares sign-up are now available. This will be the 11th year of the Winter CSA at Sweet Land Farm and the 2nd year of the Winter CSA 'Sampler Box' at the Manhattan Country School. For those of you who would enjoy a small share of basic winter produce this is a great option.    - Sweet Land Farm delivers an assortment of vegetables in a box each week. This includes "staples" like potatoes, carrots, kale,... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
On Friday, October 12 the 6th Graders took a two hour trip to Philadelphia, PA to visit historical places. We visited Independence Hall, the first President - George Washington's house, and the Liberty Bell.  After that it was time for lunch. We split up into groups and went to Reading Terminal Market. We ate Chinese food, pizza and Philly Cheesesteaks. When we were done eating, we bought some candy and continued our adventure in Philadelphia. We went to the Constitution Center and learned... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
The MCS Seed Bank is an eighth grade project at the Farm. It will be a year-long study on seed saving. During the students' recent fall farm trip, we discussed what a seed is and the importance of seeds in the history of human civilization and agriculture. By saving seeds from plants in our garden, we will have seeds to plant next year at the farm and to share with our community.   We are saving seeds from our gardens as an act of resistance to the increasingly commercial seed businesses,... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
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. They examined several oyster colonies that are part of an environmental restoration project. Students and teachers also donned waders to seine for fish and crabs before identifying their catch... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
Parents filled Manhattan Country School for the Curriculum Night on October 4.  During the standing-room-only Community Meeting at the beginning of the evening, faculty members presented a panel discussion about arts at MCS. Janice Movson, Leo Reynoso, Chawon Williams, and Donna McDaniel (via video from the Farm) each introduced their philosophy and goals for art, shop, afterschool, and the textiles programs, respectively. In introducing the panel, Michèle Solá presented a line that founder... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018
Happy Fall everyone!  Our school nurse, Stephanie Bloom, and I have been working closely to keep track of student allergies and food preferences.  We are doing what we can to provide a well-balanced meal that provides enough options for all students to have enough to eat each day.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate every allergy and preference in our community. There are several foods to which some of our students are allergic; including eggs, sesame, soy, dairy, gluten and... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018
Two new initiatives are being introduced at this year’s Farm Festival to lessen the environmental impact of Manhattan Country School's increasingly popular annual event. Non-Disposable Food and Beverage Service Non-disposable items, including plates, forks, and hot and cold cups, will be used for all food and beverage service during the day. Waste Sorting Stations There will be five supervised waste sorting stations on the block.  All refuse created by the event will be received into these... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Farm Festival would not be possible without you. Here are the many ways parents contribute to making it a success: Volunteer for a Shift: farmfestival.nyc/volunteer Sign up for (at least) one time slot to help at the event. This year, we are running the sign ups differently than in the past and hope that it will be easier for you. Simply sign up for a time slot that works for you and check in at the volunteer table when you arrive at Farm Festival. You may request to do a particular job as... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018
At the end of each school year, Manhattan Country School faculty and staff are given a “suggested reading list,” from which they can choose a book to read, to enhance their knowledge of some area of education, social justice or one of many issues relating to race and gender. During the first few years, I used to read one of these books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. This year, I decided to choose my own book, or, as is often the case, the book “chooses me.” While listening to the local public... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Greetings MCS families! First, I’d like to invite you to drop by and say hello. And if you’re new to MCS, please come and introduce yourself. I’m going to make this initial entry for Nuestra Semana a brief one since there’s always more to come from the library. Speaking of more, your children come to visit the library once per week. It is important that they are responsible for the book(s) they borrow. Please help support them to get their books back in time for their next library visit.... Read More

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