Tuesday News - September 23, 2014

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Upcoming Events

A word from our Board President about our upcoming speaker, Dr. Susan Linn:

"I know Susan from my work at Wheelock College teaching students about the benefits of play. Susan is a brilliant activist and a passionate advocate for children's right to a creative, imaginative, and play-rich childhood. Through her research, practice as a clinician and role as the director of the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, Susan speaks easily and engagingly about where media and play intersect in our dominant culture. She has rich anecdotal examples, data that is overwhelmingly impressive, and insight about the world in which our children are invited to play. If you haven't had a chance to visit her website, please do so before her presentation so that you are briefly familiar with her work (www.commercialfreechildhood.org). Susan can speak to parents of all ages of children and does so easily. Her presentations are interesting and engaging. As a ventriloquist by training, she may even bring Audrey Duck with her. She is the David to the screen media world's Goliath - taking on Disney, MacDonalds, and Barbie. She will offer you an evening that you won't forget!"
Martha Eshoo, Merriconeag parent, Board President and Director of the Bowdoin College Child Care Center

The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood

A public talk by Dr. Susan Linn

Wednesday, October 8, 7:00 pm

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd

Donation at the door.


"No parents in history have ever had to cope with the unprecedented convergence

of a ubiquitous, sophisticated, alluring, habit-forming screen technology

and unfettered, unregulated advertising." Dr. Susan Linn

     With the intensity of the California gold rush, corporations are racing to stake their claim on the consumer group formerly known as children. What was once the purview of a handful of companies has escalated in a gargantuan enterprise estimated at over $17 billion annually.

     While parents try to set limits at home, marketing executives work day and night to undermine their efforts with commercial messages irresistible to children. Childhood obesity, violent behaviors, precocious sexuality, rampant consumerism, family stress and the erosion of children’s creative play have all been linked to a commercialized childhood. Dr. Susan Linn will talk about the magnitude of this pernicious problem and provide suggestions for what we can do about it.

SUSAN LINN, ED.D: Susan Linn is Founding Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Research Associate at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A psychologist, she has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children. Her book, Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood, was been praised in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, and Mother Jones and helped launch the movement to reclaim childhood from corporate marketers. The Boston Globe called her new book, The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World, “a wonderful look at how play can heal children.”

     Dr. Linn has lectured about the importance of creative play, the impact of media and marketing on children, and about puppets as a therapeutic tool, internationally. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, Today, Sixty Minutes, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and the acclaimed documentary, The Corporation. Dr. Linn is also an award winning ventriloquist and children’s entertainer, who appeared on Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and is internationally known for her innovative work using puppets in child psychotherapy. With Family Communications, Fred Rogers’ production company, she created Different and the Same: Helping Children Identify and Prevent Prejudice, an award winning video series for first- to third graders. Among other honors, she was awarded a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for her work on behalf of children.


From the Development Office

Grandparents and Special Friends Day: Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Friday Oct. 24 (10-12:30). We

always get wonderful feedback from grandparents about this day; it gives them a rare glimpse into Waldorf education, as demonstrated through the delightful performances by their grandchildren and special young friends. Some out of town grandparents schedule their visits to their families around this day – and we love seeing them at this event each year.

     All grandparents listed on your families’ school information forms will receive an invitation to the Oct. 24 Grandparents Day. In order for your grandparents to receive invitations, their contact information in RenWeb must be complete. If a grandparent has moved or passed away, or if you prefer we not send them an invitation, we need to know this. Please review your grandparent information in the RenWeb database today. Invitations will be mailed out later this week.

     Also, if there is someone other than a grandparent who you would like to invite (aunt, uncle, surrogate grandparent, or even a neighbor who is a special friend of your child), please send us their complete name and address so we can mail them an invitation.

     If they do not receive an invitation by the end of next week, or if you have any questions about the address used, please contact Lynne Espy.

Volunteers are needed for Grandparents Day; this involves helping with refreshment setup and cleanup, organizing nametags, and greeting guests. You would need to available to help from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm (includes watching the performance). Contact Lynne about your availability.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 x 116


Fall Fair & Open House

Are you still wondering how you can help with the Fall Fair? Unsure of what you should be doing? Does your entire class have a certain responsibility? The short answer is that we need every family to pitch in to make the Fair successful, and instead of strictly assigning one class to a particular activity each year, parents get to choose how they would like to help. Our committee structure is designed to make volunteering both fun and easy, connecting parents from across the grades, and making the leadership transition from year to year as seamless as possible. The Fair leaders, who we fondly call the Fair Chairs, and their assistants (Fair Shadows), organize each of the Fair activities. Your role is to see what activity sparks your interest, tell us where you would like to help, and keep reading the Tuesday News for updates about how to 1) Donate items, 2) Bake for the café or lunch, and 3) work a shift on Fair Day. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
The Fall Fair Committee is a group of 40 parents and faculty members who have stepped forward to organize one of the many Fair activities. We still need some more helping hands, and would love for you to join us. Please contact:
Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 x 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org   865-3900, 113, in the office portable

Note: Updates about the Fall Fair will be regularly posted in the Tuesday News

Greetings from the Squirrel's Attic: We know you've been busily collecting bits of nature, fabric scraps, and mason jars all summer in anticipation of this year's Fall Fair needs. Ahem. Yes, me either, but fortunately there is time!
      The Squirrel's Attic is a special corner of the Fall Fair; a simple marketplace of homemade items that can be purchased by the children with just a few coins (with a max. of $3). Crafty persons wanting to contribute to the Attic's inventory might enjoy picking out one or more How-To cards that will be posted in the EC. Please take, make, and then return the cards and your crafts to the baskets in the EC or in Lisa's office. Not feeling so crafty? That's ok! In order to fill the Attic with lots of goodies, we need donated materials such as polished river rocks, fabric, ribbon, wooden dowels or clean tree branches (fairy wands), mason jars, etc.
      Volunteer shop keepers will also be needed for set-up the day before, a shift or two the day of the fair, and break-down. Watch here for an updated list of materials needed, volunteer sign-up opportunities, and possible crafty workshops.
      Until then, email or call Tonya Sattin with any burning Squirrel's Attic questions: Truffle41@yahoo.com, 632-8574.


From the Business Office

Merriconeag Waldorf School With Close Buy Catalog

Raise Funds for Tiered Tuition:

This just in: Sales in the first two week are $3000,

giving MWS $900 for Tiered Tuition!

     Share the news! Merriconeag Waldorf School has launched a new fundraiser with Close Buy Catalog, a local goods school fundraising catalog featuring only made in New England products. A whopping 30% of each sale will benefit Tiered Tuition at Merriconeag. This year’s sale runs from now through October 3rd so you have just two more weeks to shop!

    Do you have employees to shop for? Consider this year’s Close Buy Catalog featuring over 120 New England vendors – showcasing their locally made specialty food, body care, gifts, accessories, toys and stationary. Maine vendors featured in the 2014 Close Buy Catalog include Bixby Bar, Dave’s Coffee Syrup, Lacey Goodrich, Spring Break Maple & Honey, Rogue Wallets, Studio E. Flett Designs, and Seapoint Chandlers. Over 150 of these products are $20 or less.

     Anyone can shop! To support Tiered Tuition, visit closebuycatalog.com, enter your youngest child's name and choose Merriconeag Waldorf School in the drop-down list at checkout. If the person ordering doesn't have a child at school, they can just enter their name as the customer. For more information, please contact Melissa Hoy in the business office: bookkeeper@merriconeag.org , 865-3900 x 151.


News from the Early Childhood Center

Forest Fridays: September 19th marked the second week that the Merriconeag Kindergartens ventured into the woods for "Forest Friday". Wagons full of sand, stones, and tools in tow, we marched up the path towards the clearing that is our home base. Last year's senior class cleared the trail and built the story circle, put to good use already as a stop on the return journey.

     Once there, we continued work clearing a space for circle and developing the area, while kindergartners rode on the magic dragon (a fallen tree), built forts out of fallen logs and fairy houses from pine cones, and hunted among the dirt for salamanders. The hum of activity has a freer form in the forest, children splitting into groups to dig into new tasks and rich projects. The forest offers a sense of boundless play and creativity, and the children take advantage of it. The calls are quieted by reminders to listen for blue jays and not to scare away the forest fairies.

     Forest energy is a different sort of energy than one we find in our everyday classrooms. The focus turns outward to what we can see and hear, and as we spin and sing the last verse - the cheese stands alone - we can see the swirl of color from rain boots blending with the green and brown of the forest. Twirling and singing, creating and finding rhythm in the woods. Clare Stansberry, Kindergarten Assistant


School Community Updates

Willow Pond Farm apples and cider are back but

there is an important change to note in the delivery schedule!

Apples/cider orders will be delivered to Merriconeag's Early Childhood Center on the following four Fridays only: Oct. 3, 17 & Nov 7, 21. Orders must be placed with Willow Pond Farm (willowpf@aol.comby Thursday at 2:00 p.m. prior to the Friday delivery dates listed above and payment must be left in the envelope on the file cabinet in the Early Childhood Office prior to delivery on the Fridays listed.

Macs, Cortlands, N.spy and red delicious available
Fancy: peck $11, half bushel $18
Utility: half bushel $10.50, bushel $18
Cider- no preservatives, not pasteurized - Gallon $6.00, half gallon $3.85

Be sure to note the delivery schedule above as this is a change from previous years!.
Jill Agnew, Willow Pond Farm, 395 Middle Road, Sabattus, Maine 04280, 207-375-6662
To learn more about the farm, click here. Future order information will be listed in our Community Classifieds.

Help with our Outreach Efforts: Please contact publicrelations@merriconeag.org, if you can help with the important job of postering in Freeport.

A Heads Up to our Commuters:

Freeport council backs expanded bus service
The plan calls for Freeport and Yarmouth to have public transit to the Portland Transportation Center.
By Tom Bell, Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald
A plan to establish bus service between Freeport, Yarmouth and Portland passed a major hurdle on Tuesday when the Freeport Town Council voted to support a three-year pilot program that could begin as early as next summer . . .

The service would operate three buses throughout the day, running a loop from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with buses leaving at 60- to 75-minute intervals. . . . The fare would be a flat $3. The service would be Monday through Friday, but Saturday could be an option. The buses, which would hold 20 to 30 people, would also carry bike racks. Yarmouth and Freeport would each have two stops.

Donations Needed for Michaelmas 2014 Celebration: This year, Michaelmas celebration will be on Friday, October 3rd, only a few weeks away! Like last year, we will be using recycled or upcycled materials for a Michaelmas inspired project. We need your help collecting these materials, such as: yarn, glue, old containers, fabric, egg cartons, milk jugs, cups, aluminum foil, or any other crafty items that you can think of and are willing to donate.
Donations can be placed in the gallery area of the community hall. Please place the items in the containers labeled Michaelmas. Thank you for your help!

Foundation Studies hosts the Anthropos production, “The Incarnation of the Logos," as part of their course work and invite you to attend.

Performed by Glen Williamson (Member, Actors’ Equity Association)
Monday, September 29, 7 pm
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

This performance is for high school and up.
The Anthropos production harmonizes the conflicting accounts of Matthew and Luke and weaves the threads of many traditions into an intimate but also cosmic drama. This wondrous story begins with the messianic prophecies in the Temple in Jerusalem, weaves through many parts of the world and throughout history, and ends with the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Adam and Eve, Moses, Adonis, Osiris, Isis, Apollo, Krishna, Buddha and Zarathustra all appear in this sometimes astonishing retelling of the greatest story ever told. This saga is based on the Gospels and the work of spiritual researcher Rudolf Steiner and theologians Emil Bock and Edward R. Smith.

Glen Williamson, a founding member in New York City of The Actors’ Ensemble and New Directions Theater, appeared in numerous productions with both companies, as well as with Walking the Dog Theater. He currently plays multiple roles in seven productions touring throughout North America and in Europe. His production company Anthropos (the Greek word for human being) seeks to uphold and celebrate what is truly human through the arts of theater and storytelling. Visit AnthroposTheater.com.

The performance runs one hour and fifteen minutes and is free and open to the public (high school age and up). For more information: triciatoms@gmail.com or brichardson@centerforanthroposphy.org


Athletic News

Please share any XC photos with the Tuesday News by sending them to publicrelations@merriconeag.org.

Middle School Cross Country: On Thursday, 9/18, the middle school cross-country team traveled to Cape Elizabeth's Gull Crest Field for our meet against the host team, Greely, Waynflete, and Jordan Small (Raymond). This was a very large field of runners, with two teams carrying rosters three times our size. After some brief showers just before the races, the sun returned and gave us nice conditions for the afternoon.

     The boys ran first and our new addition to the team, Charlie Wilson, tore up the course to finish first for the team and seventh overall in a field of 85 boys. He was followed shortly thereafter by teammates Kipling Samuelson, Adriel Barham, and Matinicus Neveu all finishing within 45 seconds of one another. Sam Wilson, Aiden Kusche, and Zeb "Adams" Staples (in his first appearance of the season) rounded out the first seven positions. Stuart Whittier, Henry Libby, Owen Stefanakos, and Aidan Stark-Chessa had strong showings once again, as did our other new addition, Seamus Woodruff. The boys managed to place third as a team against enormous competition.

     Next came the girls. Aniela Holtrop picked up her pace in the second mile to pass several runners and take third overall for the second straight week, and Dylan Randall-Newberg again held a solid pace to place eleventh overall in this girls' field of 80 runners. Wilson Haims and Eliza Skillings ran side-by-side and paced each other for another good showing, followed closely by Tillie Munro. Sophia Caron had a great race, matching her previous time but on a longer course, and Grace Kessler once again landed in one of the first seven positions for the girls. Ava Teegarden, Charlotte Joseph, and Sophie Roberts-Fishman (Ava and Sophie making their first appearance of the season) delivered nice runs, as did Caroline Odlin-Brewer, Myah Garrison (in her season debut), and India Galbreath-Jenkins with her perpetual race smile. Who knew running could be so much fun? The girls, as with the boys, made a great showing against huge teams and just missed third place by one point!

     Monday, 9/22, had us at host NYA's course at Royal River Park in Yarmouth, where we met Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, and Jordan Small. Another beautiful race day and lots of spectators on the nearby course.

     The boys started out, led by a 5th place overall finish by Charlie Wilson in this field of 75. Just after Charlie came Kipling Samuelson, Adriel Barham, Matinicus Neveu, Aiden Kusche, and Sam Wilson all finishing within a minute of Charlie. Stuart Whittier, Owen Stefanakos, Zeb "Adams" Staples, Aidan Stark-Chessa, and Seamus Woodruff all powered through the three loop course to bring home a second place team finish behind the large Cape team.

     The girls were led in a back-to-back finish by Aniela Holtrop and Dylan Randall-Newberg with 9th

and 10th overall finishes, respectively. Eliza Skillings had a tremendous race with a nice push through the finish to pick up several places, followed by Evelyn Lukis (just off the DL) having a fantastic debut race after several weeks on the sidelines. Tillie Munro and Wilson Haims cooked up a side-by-side finish followed by Jennie Bakewell in her season intro to round out our scoring positions. Another fine day was had by Charlotte Joseph, Madelaine Panici, Caroline Odlin-Brewer, Ava Teegarden, Sophie Roberts-Fishman, and India Galbreath-Jenkins to land a fourth place team finish, just 3 points behind Jordan Small (Raymond).

     Great job by the whole team in both races, and we continue to see excellent progress at each and every practice. Thanks to all who came to support the team at both races, our volunteer drivers, and to Gina Quinn-Skillings for the great photography support! Coach John Olson

The Next Races: Next up, the team goes to Twin Brook (Tuttle Road, Cumberland) on Monday, 9/29, for the Greely Relays, a co-ed, five runner team, one mile relay event. Lots of fun and a nice way to change up the routine mid-season. All teams run together at 4:00.


High School Cross Country: Fortunately the seniors returned from Hermit Island in time for the race at Freeport on Friday, which saw both the boys and girls teams placing second, with York boys and girls coming in first. Merriconeag finished with four boys and four girls placing in the top 10, with congratulations to Olivia for her first place finish! Many racers also set PRs in the Freeport race.

Full results  and more can be found on the results page of the blog.

The Next Races: This week the team will be racing at Gray-New Gloucester on Friday, along with Kennebunk and Lake Region. The boys run first at 4:30, with the girls to follow at 5:00.

Click here for the complete race schedule.

Throughout the season, everyone can keep on top of the running team happenings via the blog.

Come out and cheer for the team!

Photos courtesy of Kevin Morris, Photographer


Read (Listen to or Watch) This
Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress
At Least 30 Minutes of Uninterrupted Reading With a Book or E-Book Helps

By Jeanne Whalen, Health & Wellness, The Wall Street Journal, 09/16/14

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