Manhattan Country School will continue MCS En Casa, our distance learning program, for the remainder of the school year.
6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2017-2018 Issue 2

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2017-2018 Issue 2

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2017-2018 Issue 2

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Photo of the Week

6-7s students examine a branch in advance of their trip to Central Park with Ian, the Lower School science teacher, on Wednesday.

Michele Sola, MCS Director
It’s the beginning of the school year, a new school for some, a new class or grade for others. A new landscape that doesn’t always feel like progress is a one way street. Race and culture, DACA and immigration, hurricanes and earthquakes, war and peace. These are topics that students don’t leave at Manhattan Country School’s front door. Instead, we listen carefully to children’s questions and comments, purposefully nurture classroom environments where teachers provide safe spaces for discussion, and pay attention to lessons learned from MCS history that serve as our roadmap today. “The Resegregation of Jefferson County” by Nikole Hannah-Jones in The New York Times Magazine is a vivid reminder of what’s at stake 50 years after MCS was founded and more than 60 after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Read more
Mary Trowbridge, Lower School Director
During lunchtime last year, I would occasionally tell the 8-9s stories about the early days of MCS. Usually they were stories involving animals – pets I remember from school or animals at the Farm. Funny stories were clearly preferred ones. I began to run out of animal stories so, at their request, I would tell them again. Without directly saying so, I am sure I was communicating to them that MCS was one of my special places growing up. Read more
Ambreen Satia
As the 2017-2018 school year began, there were nine new faces among Manhattan Country School faculty and staff. We are happy to welcome the following people to the MCS community: Read more
Curriculum Night
Manhattan Country School’s Curriculum Night, Thursday, October 28, is an opportunity for families to become acquainted with their children’s classrooms and learn about teachers’ plans for the year. The schedule for the evening is as follows: Read more
Tending Hay at the Manhattan Country School Farm
Manhattan Country School Farm-raised crops are celebrated in the Farm’s garden, greenhouse, kitchen and dining room each and every day. We eat student-prepared meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Freshly harvested peppers, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers line the taco bar. Yogurt, created with milk from our own cow, is topped with blueberries and strawberries picked by MCS students and MCS Farm-raised broccoli, onions and shiitake mushrooms are used to make risotto. Read more
Farm Festival T-Shirts
Farm Festival T-Shirts Are Here Farm Festival t-shirts have arrived and will be on sale from now until Farm Festival during drop off and pick up. Kids t-shirts are $15, adults $20. Read more
Boy playing in leaves
Thank you for working so hard to complete Magnus forms. These forms are vital for us to safely care for your children when they are with us in the city or at the Farm.   Though I hope that your children are happy and healthy every day, it is a privilege to be another adult that they can turn to when they are not feeling well. It has been a pleasure to see returning students and to slowly get to know our new students. In hopes of a healthy autumn, here are a few reminders: Read more
Leslie Cain and Stacy Parker Le Melle, PA Co-Presidents
The Parents’ Council packed the first floor Meeting Room on September 14, our first gathering of the school year. All updates connected to the PC’s primary reason for being: communication. As class representatives, we’re here to share information. Read more
Librarian Jay Fung reading to students.
A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say, “How to Build a Boat.” —Stephen Wright Finding the right book as a reader is always a challenge and incredibly rewarding. I have one of the greatest jobs because I get to do this for other people, specifically for children. I am starting my 20th year at MCS – 10 years as a classroom teacher and nine years as the librarian. It has had its challenges and it has been deeply rewarding. It is my plan this year to reach out to you with news about the library, your children as students, and books. Read more

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