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Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2018-2019 Issue 5

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2018-2019 Issue 5

Nuestra Semana en MCS: 2018-2019 Issue 5

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Photo of the Week

The Farm Festival raised $84,722!
Thank you for your continued support.

Our Raffle Winners are:

- $1,500 Cash: Danny F

- Apple Watch: Romy C

- $200 Le Pain Quotidien Gift Card: Amanda D

- Whole Foods Market Gift Basket: Jessica C

- Signed Copy of Wicked The Musical CD: Ryan S

To view more Farm Festival photos (now with even more faces!) please click here.

Dear MCS Community, I spent most of last week with 23 education leaders from across the country in the Pahara-Aspen program. All of us share a fervent belief that transforming education system is the foundation for building a better democratic society. Whether from New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, or Memphis, Indianapolis or New Orleans, we shared lots of experiences with values tensions but that didn’t mean we couldn’t find plenty to argue about too. We came away more determined to turn schools in the United States into places that are rich learning environments and where democratic values are examined, questioned, and lived in ways that bring people together. The conversations continue on WhatsApp until we meet again next July. Our trips home Saturday evening were interrupted as our electronic devices displayed stories of disturbing violence that ended in eleven elders’ deaths at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Read more
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 about the purpose and practice of literacy education in a politically polarized world.” Read more
MCS has succeeded in our first attempt to redesign the Farm Festival into a “Zero Waste” street fair. The annual Farm Festival benefits the school’s sliding scale-tuition program, which helps all MCS families to educate their children as equal members of an economically, racially and culturally diverse community. This year the all parent-volunteer planning committee of the 2018 Farm Festival took a stand with “Zero Waste.” “The ‘Zero Waste’ program is a key component of ‘One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City’ also known as OneNYC.  Both strategic thrusts are led by the Department of Sanitation and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Read more
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-day intensive training asked us as participants to examine our identities and confront the ways in which systems -- including patriarchy, heterosexism and white supremacy --have shaped our experiences. Read more
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 and more challenging work. I have taught hundreds of children to knit, sew, and crochet. Our students are talented and up for the challenge. Read more
Our Upper School Assembly on Thursday, October 25, 2018, began with an afternoon of bilingual singing and continued with an ode to the art of student creativity. Hosted by the Student Council, highlights include: Philadelphia Trip Read more
Manhattan Country School Coupon Book: Farm Festival Edition The MCS Coupon Book began with 2018's Farm Festival. Enjoy a 10% discount on cocktails, taverns, cafes and other swanky eateries in and around Upper Manhattan when you print out or show the digital copy of the advertisement. Support the small businesses that have supported MCS with their placement! Click here to download. Read more
Immersion in rural culture, language and traditions has always been a hallmark of the Manhattan Country School Farm experience. Throughout our student’s childhood at the Farm, they have the opportunity to celebrate customs linked to food, gardening practices tied to the weather and seasonal holidays and observations. Read more
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, panels of experts, and sharing of resources. Read more
Manhattan Country School Parents' Association Meeting
Thursday Nov 8th - (6:30-8:30pm), MCS Gym
Children's Books in Difficult Times: An Evening with Jay Fung, the MCS Librarian & Community Share Our incredible librarian and in-house musician Jay Fung will talk about reading with our children - and children reading on their own -  during difficult times. He will share some of his favorite books. Read more

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