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Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2017-2018 Issue 8

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2017-2018 Issue 8

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Photo of the Week

Students explain their exhibits to visitors to the 7-8s Este Artifact Museum on Friday.

MCs Director Michele Sola reads to the community at the 2017 Winter Assembly
A couple of weeks without the routines of school allows time to enjoy gatherings with family and friends, as well as a city where there is so much to enjoy for free. I also find that in my time away there is opportunity to reflect on all that has transpired since September when the doors first opened for the school year and George welcomed all of you to Manhattan Country School. I find that small moments and big events all surface and remind me of what it means to be a school with big ideals striving to make them real. The process is joyful and satisfying sometimes, and a little more trying sometimes, too. Read more
Manhattan Country School wishes you
peace, love, hope and joy this holiday season! Read more
2017 Winter Assembly
On Friday, December 15, Manhattan Country School students, faculty and staff, and families gathered for our annual Winter Assembly. This year’s assembly featured holiday songs from African-American, Jewish and Christian traditions. Students sang in Swahili, Spanish, Hebrew and Latin as well as English. Ivan Barenboim on clarinet, parent Michael Ulmer on djembe and Librarian Jay Fung accompanied our selections. Read more
Students reading
“You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary Read more
Six and seven are ages when children begin to really experiment with identity. There are certain articles of clothing they want to wear daily. They assert their own desires in a search for agency and differentiation. They develop likes and dislikes, challenging others to affirm or counter their thinking. (An almost daily conversation at one of our lunch tables, for example, begins with “Raise your hand if you like…”). Given this developmental exploration with identity, we start the year by reading many books on the topic, asking, “What makes you, you?” This means looking internally, at the things we think about and feel, but also externally, at our outward appearance and what that says about us. Read more
5-6s Fine Motor Workout
If there is one thing I wish I didn’t have to teach, it is handwriting.  While we can make handwriting instruction as multi-sensory and progressive as possible, and utilize the excellent program “Handwriting Without Tears,” handwriting success requires a lot of rote repetition, writing letters over and over to lock the formation into muscle memory. Read more
MLK March Promo
On Monday, January 15, 2018, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. MCS families, alumni, staff, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to participate in this educational and uplifting annual event. Read more
Raising Feminist Boys Parent-Led Forum
December 2017 Parents' Council Meeting In this meeting, we discussed last details and questions regarding parent collection for holiday and end-of-school-year teacher and staff gifts. A class rep asked if we should consider having Parents' Association dues that would cover the gifts and give a modest budget for events, etc. We tabled that discussion but said we'd revisit. We discussed pros and cons of having an MCS parents' Facebook page, decided we'd like to pursue so parents would have place to share info. Read more

What's for Lunch?

Check out the lunch menu for the first week of January.

Three Things We're Talking About This Week

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