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Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2018-2019 Issue 2

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2018-2019 Issue 2

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2018-2019 Issue 2

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Photo of the Week

A fifth grader and his crawfish friend during the first MCS Farm trip of the year.

Research has been a fascination of mine since working on my doctorate at Boston University (and took my first teaching job as the Upper School Spanish teacher at MCS). What Mary and Maiya choose to share is always the most beautiful example of ethnographic research. This definition of ethnography particularly struck me as I anticipate their stories of the first few days in a school year. What is ethnography? Frogs live in the thick of it all, and so do ethnographers, observing daily life and its practices and rituals in context. Read more
Prior to the opening of school each year, teachers work hard to prepare the classrooms for the children. Careful consideration is given to each detail while at the same time the classrooms purposely await the children’s arrival to fill the walls and spaces with their work, their interests, and their connections to the curriculum and to one another. Read more
The theme of the Upper School this year is “turning points and tipping points.” We introduced the theme with our new math teacher, Ava, leading a game with all 84 students on the first day of school. Every student started as an egg. When they encountered another egg, they played rock, paper, scissors, and the winner became a chicken. Read more
The Manhattan Country School Farm provides countless unique experiences for our students during the 17 trips they take to the farm from the 7-8s through eighth grade. One of the pivotal trips for each class is the first one they take during the school year. The fifth grade had the distinction of being the very first class to have their first trip this year - essentially spending their first week of school at the Farm! Read more
At the start of the 2018-2019  school year, there were several new faces among Manhattan Country School faculty and staff. We are happy to welcome the newest members of our community. Read on to learn a little bit about
them. Read more
City College School of Education Committee on Democratic and Caring Communities is hosting a Conversation with ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt (MCS '75). Lee's recent work challenging a ban on Muslim families and defending immigrant families from being separated from their children will be the subject of the conversation that will take place at the Great Hall in Shepard Hall on Monday, September 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Read more
Each year, through the generosity of the families of graduating students, a gift is made to Manhattan Country School. The MCS Farm has been the recipient of several gifts over the years. For example, our “wood-fired” bake oven was gifted by the class of 2011.  This year, the Class of 2018 gift allowed us to build two new walkways, replacing the two worn sidewalks around the farmhouse. 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. Read more
Manhattan Country School Curriculum Night will take place on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. The evening provides an opportunity for families to become acquainted with their children’s classrooms and learn about teachers’ plans for the year. 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. 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: Read more


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