Worth the Wait
Pep Rally Returns to Kick Off Homecoming 2022
MPH Staff trying to remember when the School last had a pep rally could be excused for struggling with the timeline. "I guess it would have been 2019? Or '18? When did this happen, in the spring? So, the Fall of '20? No, 2019, I suppose. That's a long time."

Three years it turns out, give or take the 25 in the middle.

All that pent up energy was released joyously at Friday's pep rally in front of a crowd of students in Grades 3-12, with a few younger kids peeking through the gym windows looking forward to the day they get to scream and dance on the bleachers. One grandmother even wandered in during the festivities, a smiling remnant from the morning's "Grandparents' Day," which took place in the chilly STEAM Park and Bradlee Hallway classrooms. At that event, kids and their grandparents used bubble wands, helped each other with puzzles, and led each other around to look at art, meet the teachers, and snag cinnamon donuts and cider in The Phoenix.

The pep rally itself was stirring with energy before it even started, the bass tracks of student-selected music rumbling low in the gym. Teams were introduced, student sections tried to out-scream each other, and the always effervescent Jay Brown led the way as emcee, Then the games commenced: Musical chairs, "running into a wall at full speed to pop a balloon," and "eating an Oreo like a dog would" lit the way to dismissal and classes, except for the seniors who left for Senior Snack in the fancy farmhouse conference room.

It was a good start to a weekend of activities, with soccer tonight and tomorrow, food trucks, carnival games, and more. It was homecoming the way we imagine it, three years in the making.
Saturday's Schedule
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fall Fest Carnival + Food Trucks, Upper Field; Appropriate for all ages.
  • Carnival games + prizes, face painting, balloon artist, caricatures, lawn games, sidewalk chalk decorating, pumpkin decorating, food trucks and more!
  • Please consider bringing a blanket or chair(s).
  • Food trucks include Blueberries & Lace (coffees, tea, pastries) and It's a Utica Thing (pre-orders strongly encouraged - order here)
  • $5 food voucher for new MPH families

11 a.m. – noon Meet & Greet with Incoming Head of School Jim Foley, Upper Field Tent.

1 – 3 p.m. Girls' Varsity Soccer Game + Food Truck + School Spirit & Craft Activity Center, Lower Field; Appropriate for all ages.
  • Please consider bringing a blanket or chair(s).
  • Food truck includes It's a Utica Thing (pre-orders strongly encouraged - order here)
4:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Soccer v. Bishop Ludden
4:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Soccer @ Phoenix
4:30 p.m. Girls Modified 7/8/9 Soccer @ Fabius-Pompey

4:30 p.m. Boys 7th/8th Cross Country Weedsport @ LaFayette
4:30 p.m. Boys Varsity Cross Country Weedsport @ LaFayette
4:30 p.m. Girls 7th/8th Cross Country Weedsport @ LaFayette
4:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Cross Country Weedsport @ LaFayette

No Classes | Yom Kippur

4:00 p.m. Girls Modified 7/8/9 Soccer @ Lyncourt
4:30 p.m. Boys Modified 7/8/9 Soccer @ Solvay
6:00 p.m. Middle & Upper School Program Night
Prek-Grade 1 Parents | Don't forget to RSVP to Baltimore Woods event (more info below)

4:30 p.m. Girls Modified 7/8/9 Soccer v. Bishop Ludden
4:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Soccer v. Tully
4:30 p.m. Boys Modified 7/8/9 Soccer @ Bishop Ludden

College Reps on Campus This Week

For Grade 12
Below is the list of colleges visiting MPH next week. Don't forget to register at the home page of your Naviance.
For Grade 11
Juniors are welcome, in order to attend, in advance of the meeting you must register by sending an email to Mrs. Bernazzani (kbernazzani@mphschool.org) and Mr. Cardamone (wcardamone@mphschool.org).

11:30 a.m. Manhattan College
1:30 p.m. Le Moyne College

9:30 a.m. Drew University
1:30 p.m. Northern Vermont University-Johnson

9:30 a.m. Paul Smith's College
11:30 a.m. Wells College
1:30 p.m. Utica University

9:30 a.m. State University of New York at New Paltz
11:30 a.m. Binghamton University
The MPH Parents' Association is inviting all families and students from PreK-Grade 1 to a naturalist-themed Saturday of activities at beautiful Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus on October 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be guided, age-appropriate hikes, activities for families, scavenger hunts, nature art, exploration of animal habitats, and more! 
Boys Soccer (5-4)
Saturday | 0-2 (L) @ Fabius-Pompey
Wednesday | 3-0 (W) vs. Lafayette-Onondaga

Girls Soccer (0-6-2)
Friday (9/23) | 1-4 (L) vs. Pulaski
Tuesday | 1-6 (L) @ Tully
Wednesday | 1-4 (L) @ Fabius-Pompey

Girls Tennis
Scores not in. We will catch up on scores next week.

Boys Cross Country
Scores not in. We will catch up on scores next week.

Girls Cross Country
Scores not in. We will catch up on scores next week.
Photos of the Week
Ms. Henderson's Intro to Design class took to the water this week as they tested out cardboard boat designs at the Fayetteville YMCA pool. Each team of four was required to get all four members across the pool and back with the option of having as many as four in the boat at a time or as few as one. Results varied (especially with four in the boat), but the class will return in a few weeks having worked out the kinks in their designs.
MPH Apparel is Here
And you can buy online any time
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
MS/US Program Night Coming Up
Thursday, Oct 6 | 6:00 p.m.
We look forward to having you join us for our MS and US Program Night scheduled for Thursday, October 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Student Center. This will be a time to walk through your child’s schedule and hear from their teachers. This event is for parents only. Detailed information will be forthcoming. Questions can be directed to Juhee LaHaye.
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).
Flu Shot Clinics Offered Tuesday and Saturday
MPH is offering two Flu Vaccination Clinics in collaboration with Kinney Drugs! It’s completely voluntary and intended to make getting your flu shot as easy and convenient as possible.
Tuesday, October 4 is our School Day clinic. This is aimed at MS/US students and staff. It takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Phoenix. 

Saturday, October 8 is our LS and Family Clinic. It’s from 8:00 a.m. to noon, also in the Phoenix. This is for LS students and their families, as well as employees who can’t make the school day clinic work. We also welcome any community members who would like to sign up, including grandparents and neighbors. 
Please use this link to make an appointment and be sure to complete the consent. It’s available on the appointment confirmation page or HERE. You may send the consent in ahead of time (this is strongly encouraged) to ccivello@MPHSchool.org or on the day of the clinic. Students cannot be vaccinated unless they have the consent.
Buzzy the Bee will also be available for our needle phobic friends. Any questions may be sent to Nurse Christine. 😊
Building Community with Cups
Grade 9 students worked on a communication and problem-solving activity this week during which they were asked to build the tallest cup tower that they could without their hands, using only rubber bands and strings. Students had to negotiate how hard to pull on a certain side, what cup they were moving, and when everyone needed to pull together. The activity was part of a Core Health class led by Ms. Grantham.
Miori Martial Arts After School Club, Grades K-5
The club runs on Tuesdays from October 13-November 17 from 3:15-4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $85.

Manlius Pebble Hill School | 315-446-2452mphschool.org