Football Frenzy
Students pile into the Phoenix for the United States' historic game against Iran
The goal came a little early for the younger kids who couldn't escape the last period of class to see, but the mood in the Phoenix was celebratory this week as MPH students shuffled couches and chairs into position to watch the US Men's National Team as it qualified for the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup by advancing past Iran in a tense, remarkably contested final group stage game.
Athletics note: The most-recent athletics schedule is always available through Schedule Galaxy and can be accessed on the MPH Calendar page or via the Schedule Galaxy mobile app. The schedule included below is subject to change after the date of distribution, so please check Schedule Galaxy before heading out to a contest.

Monday | Day 5
4:00 p.m. 7/8 Volleyball vs. Lyncourt

Tuesday | Day 6
4:30 p.m. 7/8 Basketball vs. Port Byron
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball @ Fabius-Pompey
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball @ Fabius-Pompey

Wednesday | Day 7
4:00 p.m. 7/8 Volleyball vs. Faith Heritage
5:30 p.m. JV Basketball @ Fabius-Pompey
7:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball @ Fabius-Pompey

Thursday | Day 8
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball vs. Faith Heritage
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball vs. Faith Heritage

Friday | Day 1
TBD JV Basketball @ Pulaski
7:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball @ Pulaski
4:00 p.m. 7/8 Basketball vs. Southside Academy Charter School

10:00 a.m. Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ South Lewis
Reminder: Upcoming Winter Concerts

Upper School Winter Concert
Monday, Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. in the Coville Theater

Lower School Grades 3-5 Winter Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 8:30 a.m. in the Coville Theater
MPH Apparel Store
NOTE: The only option for delivery of these orders is shipping to an address customers provide. There will be no orders from this store delivered to the school.

The official Manlius Pebble Hill clothing store is now live with a wide variety of selections for all sizes, genders, and ages. A couple key points:

  • It's an online store, but it's open for the whole year
  • We have two designs available now - a script Manlius Pebble Hill School and an "MPH" option; you'll see the selections in the drop-down menus for each item
  • We'll be adding designs throughout the year, so keep checking back - and check Snapshot - we'll let you know when we've got new items
Weekly Lunch Menu
You'll find the weekly lunch menu here in Snapshot every Friday, but it also lives on the MPH website (you can find it through the direct link or on the left column of myMPH). And this week we welcome the return of Nutrislice, which lets users sort menu items by nutritional data, ingredients, and allergens.

Roots and Shoots Club Holding Holiday Book and Bottle Drive
The Roots and Shoots Club is holding a holiday Book and Bottle Drive from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16 during which MPH families can bring in bottle and cans and leave them in bins posted around the school. Any refundable cans and bottles are welcome. The club will then return the bottles and donate the profit to the Sierra Club. In addition, the club is hoping to collect any old books that families have outgrown. To promote the reuse of books, the books will be given to the Salvation Army. 
French III Students Animate Animal Fables
Students In French III studied Jean de la Fontaine's adapted (1621-95) charming animal fables that depict sly foxes and scheming cats, vain birds, and greedy wolves this week, all of which subtly express his penetrating insights into French society. In groups, they created stop-motion animation shorts with their own recitations of their assigned fable. They created characters with pâte à modeler and had so much fun giving voice and personality to all their characters. It was a great project for pronunciation practice and cooperative work.
Parents' Association "Stocking the CEL and MPH Faculty Lounge"
Stock the CEL for Pre-K Families

Every year the MPH Parent’s’ Association organizes a few “stock the CEL pantry” events where we provide coffee, creamers, and grab and go snacks to show our faculty our appreciation. This year’s first Stock the CEL Pantry is set for December 8.
If you are able to help, please find the sign up sheet HERE.
You can drop your donations off the morning of the 8th at the CEL when you drop your child off.
If you have any questions, please let me know at
Thank you for your consideration, the faculty truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of our families.
Stock the Lounge for K-12 Families

Every year the MPH Parent’s’ Association organizes a few “stock the lounge” events where we provide coffee, creamers, and grab and go snacks to show our faculty our appreciation. This year’s first Stock the Lounge is set for December 8.
We are happy to announce that home made goods are once again allowed, with the caveat of NO NUTS and NO WHOLE EGG PRODUCTS! Please send home made treats in a disposable dish and please provide a list of ingredients. 
For those families not as ambitious, we are asking for donations of grab and go snacks and beverages. If you are able to help, please find the sign up sheet HERE.
Tables will be set up in the Phoenix and McNeil entrances, you can send your donation with your kids to leave on the table. 
If you are able to help for 30 minutes or so on the morning of the 8th, or have any questions, please contact Theresa Heath at
Thank you for your consideration, the faculty truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of our families.
Theresa Heath
MPH Parents’ Association Leadership Team 
Land of Lost Items Getting Overpopulated

Some unlabeled items have taken up longterm residence in the MPH Lost and Found, so it might be a good time before the holiday break to send your student search party out looking for that coat you haven't seen in a few months, or the soccer ball, or the NY Giants cap (hey, they're good again, you can wear it with pride!).
Save The Date: MPH Lower School Parent Workshop Series

Session 1: Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the MPH Knox Farmhouse 
Topic: Children, Routines, and Sleep
Articles We’ll Discuss in Session 1:
Facilitated By: 
  • Joy Strickland, MPH School Counselor
  • Maria Ricciardiello, MPH Lower School SEL and Student Support
  • Amy Abdo, Head of Lower School 
Childcare Available: 
  • $15 Drop-in Fee: If you are not already registered in Extended Day, please contact Jillian Merkel at

  • Coffee and tea will be served. 
Please reply to this email if you plan to join us so we can be sure to have the space and chairs set up to accommodate our group. We hope to see you there!
Thank you! 
Amy, Joy, and Maria
Reminder: Lower School Holiday Gift Policy
As we head into the holiday season, we ask that you’re mindful of our Lower School Gift Policy. We cannot thank you enough for your partnership and support!
Thank you,
Amy Abdo and the LS Faculty and Staff
2022-2023 MPH Lower School Gift Policy: 

  • We ask that you please refrain from sending any individual gifts or gift cards to MPH Lower School faculty and staff.  

  • Please know that gifts are never expected. LS faculty devised this idea in an effort to streamline possible giving.

  • Our favorite gifts are the plentiful smiles from your children!

  • While we greatly appreciate the generosity of our community, we request that any gestures of thanks (at holidays, end-of-the-year, etc.) are focused on the Lower School Amazon Classroom Wish List (see QR code below). This link will be updated by LS teachers throughout our year. 
Driver Education and SAT Preparation | Grades 10-12
Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring 2023 session. See our website for additional information and to register or call the Community Programs office at 315-446-2452.

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