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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 ### 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
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