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Job Interviews in First, Second, and Third Grade? Why Yes, Of Course.

​Hi, I’m Addie. I’m a third year in IA, and I’m going to tell you about something very important that we do in the beginning of the year. In IA, we take care of our environment, meaning we clean up after ourselves, and we take care of the animals—and how do we do all that? […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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Students Interview Their New Teachers, UE’s Ms. Tonetti and LE’s Ms. Braun

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. This year, the Elementary division includes two new teachers, Ms. Braun in Lower Elementary’s IC and Ms. Tonetti, an Upper Elementary Social Studies teacher. Students in both divisions volunteered to interview their teachers to help introduce them to the broader community! Meet Ms. […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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The Lower Elementary Deep Dive: What’s the Famous “Creation Story” Lesson?

On Wednesday, Lower Elementary students learned about “The Creation Story,” which explains how the universe and the Earth came to be through a simple narrative and impressionistic demonstrations that illustrate each concept. These demonstrations aren’t exactly scientific, but they do create an image that sticks in the minds of Lower Elementary children because they ignite […]

Posted on September 25, 2019 in

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Tales of the Black Snake Woman

 Want to download a photo? Hover your mouse above the slideshow; then click on the arrow on the bottom ride side of the slideshow to sign into Vidigami. The “Black Snake Woman trip,” a two-night excursion for third graders, is a highly anticipated experience in Lower Elementary, and a beloved school memory for many older students and […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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Welcome to Upper Elementary: Advice for Rising Third Graders

Gather round! Our sage fourth graders recently shared some pearls of wisdom for their third grade peers, who will soon be ascending to Upper Elementary. Class of ’22 parents, safeguard these practical tips for next September. You may even want to read them to your new fourth grader the night before school starts: One suggestion encourages […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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An Earth Week Challenge in Lower Elementary

In honor of Earth Day, Lower Elementary students dedicated a week in late April to an “upcycling” challenge, introduced by IA’s teacher Ms. Lindsay. Here, she explains what that upcycling means and how it inspired students to contemplate new uses for items they once considered pure waste.  Recycling used to feel like doing our bit […]

Posted on May 23, 2019 in

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Making Cultural Connections at The Asia Society Museum

In early April, each Lower Elementary class took a field trip to the Asia Society Museum on the Upper East Side. Every year Lower Elementary focuses on two to three continents—covering all continents over the three-year LE cycle—to explore their people and culture, geography, history, and flora and fauna. After studying Australia in the fall, […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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Dispatch from Black Rock Forest: What LE Students Have Been Studying in Our Northern “Campus”

Throughout March, whether in the snow or sunshine, hearty Lower Elementary children had a wonderful time exploring all that Black Rock Forest has to offer! During the first grade trip, the children were able to try snowshoeing. It took a lot of effort to learn how to walk with such big feet! The children spent […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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Dishing from the Primary Kitchen: February Edition

This month’s food prep works involve a lot of patience, peeling and popping! Children have been enjoying hard boiled eggs and edamame in their classrooms. With the egg peeling work, the children learn to carefully crack the egg so they can peel off the shell before they feast on this nutritious snack! Additionally, you can […]

Posted on February 27, 2019 in

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Celebrating the Year of the Pig!

The launch of LE’s continent study of Asia coincided with the Lunar New Year, providing a wonderful opportunity for three parents—Emiko, Wei, and Alison—to share different elements and traditions of this important holiday. Wei began by providing a general introduction to the Lunar New Year, which is also known as the Spring Festival. The celebration typically begins with the first […]

Posted on February 22, 2019 in

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