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Smiles, Hugs and High Fives to start the School Year

Smiles, Hugs and High Fives to start the School Year

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Thursday morning, September 5, students arrived at Manhattan Country School for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Outside, they were welcomed by building maintenance and greeter extraordinaire, George, with hugs and high fives as they entered the front door. As children headed up to their classrooms and parents mingled in the lobby, the building was filled with laughter and spirited conversations about summer vacations and the new year to come.

Once in their classrooms, students met their teachers, played get-to-know-you games and learned about their daily routines and schedules. Teachers encouraged students to share their preferred pronouns with the group and anecdotes from their summer. According to teachers, an alarming number of Lower School students recounted "swimming with sharks" this summer.  

Our 4-5 and 5-6 students came for brief visits to meet their teachers and see their classrooms. Teachers remarked on the excitement among the families, "no one wanted to leave!"  Our youngest students had their first full day of school the following week on September 11 and 12.

 

After dismissal at noon on September 5, families made their way to the Arthur Ross Pinetum in Central Park for the annual Parents’ Association first-day-of-school picnic..  

First Day of School Photo Gallery

Please enjoy the first week of school in pictures.