Upper School Returns
to the Stage with Orlando
Cover design by Zoe Gross '24
Orlando showtimes in the Coville Theater

7 p.m.

2 p.m.
7 p.m.

All performances are open to friends and family, and there are no tickets.
Director's Note from the Play Program

After last year’s season, which featured The Seagull and Spring Awakening, this fall called for a piece that was colorful and uplifting. The catch: It needed to be stimulating and meaningful for the students and the creative team alike. Sarah Ruhl’s Orlando, adapted from Virginia Woolf’s fantastical 1928 novel, strikes this balance perfectly – it allows our program to discover its more clownish side while exploring ideas of gender, love, time, and identity with curiosity, poignance, and joy.

One challenge and delight of Orlando is that the play is full of third-person narration; characters possess a sort of cynical self-awareness which allows them to directly address the audience and comment on their own lives. This device cleverly illuminates and supports the play’s central exploration of concepts like the male gaze, arbitrary gender expectations, and self-objectification, and how those influences affect the way we see ourselves and our relationships.

Orlando’s inherent queerness and playfulness makes it perfect for the fearless and energized young artists I’m so lucky to work with here. Our advice to audiences embarking on this bizarre journey: maybe it doesn’t have to make sense. Orlando and its immortal, genderfluid, time traveling hero gleefully bends all the rules.
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.

NO CLASSES | Parent-Teacher Conferences
4:00 p.m. 7/8 Volleyball vs. Bishop Ludden

NO CLASSES | Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday - Friday
Campus Closed | Thanksgiving Recess
MS/US Parent/Teacher Conferences Nov. 21-22
Middle School and Upper School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 21 (Zoom only), and Tuesday, November 22 (in-person only). Conferences provide an eight-minute time slot for parents to meet with each of their child’s teachers and their advisor.
Please reach out to Juhee LaHaye at jlahaye@mphschool.org with any questions.
Reminder: Grades 3-5 Winter Concert Dec. 14
Just a quick planning reminder: The LS Winter Concert for Grades 3-5 will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the Coville Theater.
We're Halfway Through
and more than halfway to goal!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our second week of Two of Tuesday. Halfway through the challenge and we’re at 53% of our $75,000 goal. With gratitude, we extend thanks to Mary Trusilo P’31 who generously offered the Week Two challenge match. 
Next week, Dave and Steff McCusker will be offering a pre-holiday challenge, and you won’t want to miss it! Come back on Tuesday to make your gift count more! To make a gift, or see who has donated, visit our site: Two for Tuesday 2022 · GiveCampus.
MPH Apparel: Shipping Underway
Store is still open, but initial orders are shipping now
NOTE: If you have already placed an order in the MPH store, those orders are being packaged for delivery now. The only option was shipping to an address customers provided. 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.
N0 lunch this week | Enjoy the break
MPH MUN Has a Great Showing in Montreal
The MPH MUN team traveled to Montreal, Canada last Thursday to compete in the Secondary Schools Model United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) hosted by McGill University. With almost 50 schools participating, the team performed exceptionally well with more than 50 percent of the team earning recognitions.

The team also had the opportunity to visit the renown Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal and have some downtime ice skating during the busy four-day conference. Below are recognitions from the Symposium:

SSUNS 2022
Hide Hyodo Shimizu for Peacemaking-Ad Hoc | Ayden Whitted
Hide Hyodo Shimizu for Peacemaking-Cricket Council | Alex Fung
Hide Hyodo Shimizu for Peacemaking-Harley Davidson Committee | Thatcher Thomas
Hide Hyodo Shimizu for Peacemaking-Kemal Cabinet | Paul Di Folco
Hide Hyodo Shimizu for Peacemaking-Press Corp | Schuyler King
Honorable Mention Panama Canal | Caroline Mezzalingua
Honorable Mention Writer's Guild Strike | Rafael Jennings
Outstanding Delegate UNAIDS | Tae-Jin Shah
Outstanding Delegate UNHCR | India Clarry-Sohriakoff (co-delegation)
Outstanding Delegate UNHCR | Jeffrey Pisciarino (co-delegation)
Sergeant Tommy Prince Award for Diplomatic Finesse Kenyan Crisis Committee | JJ Braverman
Viola Desmond for Advocacy UNHCR | Asriel Anderson (co-delegation)
Viola Desmond for Advocacy UNHCR | Sophia Lovett (co-delegation)
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 jmerkel@mphschool.org

  • 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
Attention to Gratitude
Students in Grade 6 learned 24 staff members' names, titles and roles in creating the MPH community. Then, students selected a person to write a note of thanks to for their commitment to MPH. This effort was part of Team 6's attention to gratitude this month.
Lower School: Science of Reading
As MPH families, many of you have likely heard about our passion when it comes to empowering our LS faculty in the use of evidence-aligned reading instruction and assessment. For the past several years our teachers at MPH have been teaching literacy using explicit instructional practices based on Science of Reading research. 
Recently, LS teachers have been sharing and discussing these short Brain Builders videos from Amplify in second, third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms.
“Brain Builders is an animated video series to share with students to help them understand what the brain does in order to read. This is the first time that the Science of Reading has been placed in the hands of students. Children can join Minh on his journey as his babysitter, Tamara, helps him cultivate a love for reading and an understanding of the Science of Reading. Series includes 13 episodes you don’t want to miss!”
5th Grade Students Share Culture and Experiences

This past week, several students asked to share with their classmates their culture, connections they found in their studies, and events they participated in outside of school. This student directed sharing is part of what makes this group such a warm and supportive community.

5th-grader Micah Awoke shared his Ethiopian culture with his classmates. Micah used his family's 3D printer to create this coffee set which is significant as the coffee plant originated in Ethiopia. Micah shared much of this culture and history with his classmates in a report he wrote on display in the classroom.

Evanny Twomey-Smith was gifted this bookmark from her dad. She immediately noticed the connection between the Icelandic runes and the glyphs we are studying as part of the inquiry into the Maya writing system. The students were intrigued and enjoyed getting to learn something different.

Kethan Seth and Walden Oren have been working on a gingerbread house to contribute to the Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum. They shared the process with their classmates from shaping the dough to melting candy for the water.
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. 
Upcoming Community Programs
MPH Junior No-Bake Bake Off | Grades 4-6
The Bake Off is on! Join us for the next session of this fun after school club with Ms. Shelly O’Reilly (formerly of the popular MPH Shelly’s Bake House.) Students receive mystery ingredients with a recipe to create a Showstopper each week for the judges. Students will learn to read a recipe, measure ingredients, and put together flavors. Space is limited to 12 students! The club runs on Tuesdays from November 29-December 20, from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $100. Limited to 12 students.
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.
Grade 6 Uses Google Slides to Make Games
Grade 6 computer literacy students had fun creating games in Google Slides this week. Students made Jeopardy, matching, and tic tac toe games for classmates to play.

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