Monthly Archives: October 2011

Finding ‘buried treasure’ at the library

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian I’m originally from California.  My family and I try to get back there as often as possible.  This summer, something happened that was such a fabulous surprise for me. When we travel out there, we … Continue reading

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A 9-10s update & goodbye Johanna

The 9-10s have been very focused in the classroom as they outline the information gathered in their oral history interviews, discuss current events, challenge themselves to solve cryptarithms in math and publish their memoirs.  Next week, Johanna, our student teacher, … Continue reading

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Sixth graders visit dairies, learn about cheese during trip to MCS Farm

By Karen Zaidberg MCS Teacher, 6th grade It’s been a wonderful week at the MCS Farm so far! The students have settled into routines quickly and easily, and each day has been busy with chores, play and time spent with friends. … Continue reading

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Parents’ Visiting Day is Nov. 8th

You are cordially invited to Manhattan Country School’s annual Parents’ Visiting Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. (Morning only, please) 8:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast (in Living Room). Thank you for Farm Festival! 9 a.m.    Classroom Visits Lower School Parents … Continue reading

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MCS alumna, activists educate a community through music

MCS alumna Marika Hughes ’85 has been working with a group of young artists/activists who use the performing arts to educate their own community about HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and treatment. They are making an album of original and traditional songs. … Continue reading

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MCS Farm is a ‘best management practice’ for stream study

By Ginny Scheer MCS Farm Director In July, Sarah Whorley, a Ph. D. candidate from Fordham University, began a longitudinal study of streams in the New York City Watershed. She is investigating the impact of BMPs, “best management practices,” such as our renovated … Continue reading

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5-6s learn about compost in MCS’ rooftop garden

The 5-6s class visited Manhattan Country School’s rooftop garden to turn the compost bin. Regularly turning and aerating compost helps to increase decomposition in your compost pile. Students enjoyed the smell of the earth and peeking inside the compost bin.

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A Farm Festival thank you

Photos by Corris Little and MCS parents Jamie Evans, Laura Otani and Loni Efron. By Michèle Solá Director I look forward to Manhattan Country School’s Farm Festival, and Saturday was well worth the wait. Farm Festival is a fundraising effort … Continue reading

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Meet Madeleine, MCS Farm’s new intern

Manhattan Country School’s Farm-Based Education Intern is Madeleine Jayson. She is a graduate of Hartwick College where she lived at the college’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. There she learned to live independently, sustainably and within a community of like-minded students. … Continue reading

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Parent Council Meeting on October 20

The next Parents’ Council meeting is on Thursday, October 20 at 8:45 a.m. in the third floor meeting room. We will meet with Ilene Green, the school psychologist, and a Barnes & Noble representative. Please join us!

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TODAY: Join us at Farm Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission

Manhattan Country School brings the bounty of its 180-acre Catskills farm to the streets of New York City with their annual farm festival event on Saturday, October 15th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parent volunteers turn East 96th Street between … Continue reading

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MCS Farm Festival Auction: Now Accepting Bids!

The Manhattan Country School Farm Festival Auction is now open! The online auction runs from October 14-25, with proceeds going directly to support MCS. Auction items range from fun vacation getaways to restaurant gift certificates to items guaranteed to delight … Continue reading

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Remembering the life of environmentalist, women’s rights activist Wangari Maathai

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian On September 25, a truly special human passed away named Wangari Maathai.  She was an activist, author, mother, conservationist, role model, co-worker, proponent of peace, and many would say, heroine. Maathai was born in 1940 … Continue reading

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MCS alumnus, creator of Super Hi-Fi to perform at Farm Festival!

Super Hi-Fi, led by bassist and Manhattan Country School alumnus Ezra Gale ’85, will be one of the featured musical acts performing at Farm Festival on Saturday, October 15. With an ensemble of trombones, guitar, bass and drums, the band’s … Continue reading

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MCS teacher inspired by Schomburg Center’s summer education institute

This is the first in a series of articles on the professional development of MCS teachers. By Karen Zaidberg MCS Teacher, 6th grade The Schomburg Center conducted a week-long Summer Education Institute at the end of July.  The focus of … Continue reading

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MCS welcomes new sixth grade teacher

Karen Zaidberg joins Manhattan Country School as the new sixth grade teacher. Previously, she spent two years as a founding teacher of Girls Prep Middle School, a public charter school for girls on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In addition to … Continue reading

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Fifth floor students attend 9/11 photography exhibit

By Maiya Jackson Upper School Director Earlier this month, the fifth floor students went to the International Center of Photography as part of their week when they were not at the MCS Farm.  The students viewed an exhibit titled “Remembering … Continue reading

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Seeking volunteers for Admissions Open House

By Lois Gelernt Director of Admissions The Admissions Department is looking for parent volunteers for the Admissions Open House on Thursday, October 20th at 6 p.m. Parents will join teachers in their classrooms as visitors tour the school. Parents will … Continue reading

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