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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, 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
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