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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Farm Festival would not be possible without MCS parents - whether it’s volunteering your time, donating and soliciting items for the event, raffle or auction, spreading the word about the event, or attending. You will hear about all of the ways Farm Festival depends on our school community in the coming weeks. For now, let's focus on some of the areas that bring in the most revenue.
By now, all families should have received a raffle packet. If not, check inside your child’s backpack. ... Read More
We have implemented a new policy for school dismissal on days when it is raining (or snowing) at the time of pick up. Parents will receive a School Messenger text stating that “Today will be a Rainy Day Dismissal” up to an hour before dismissal. At the end of the day, the children will be dismissed as follows:
4-5s – 7-8s: From their classrooms at 3:00 p.m.
8-9s – 9-10s: From the sidewalk at 3:00 p.m.
5th and 6th Grades: Self dismissal, exiting the building through the back door at 3:00 p.m... Read More
The MCS Parent Council is off to a blazing start! We want to thank all of the parents who stepped up and agreed to serve as Class Reps. Thank you for your service. Parent Council meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome. We work to preserve time at the end of each meeting for open discussion. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, you may share them with your class reps or bring them to our monthly meetings.
We will work to keep you informed... Read More