Tuesday News - September 9, 2014
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SAVE THE DATE! Confirmation of this event came along too late
to make our parent calendar so please make note of it.
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, throughout North America and in South America, Europe, and Asia. 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.
Join us at the First Annual Portland Greenfest
This Saturday, September 13,
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monument Square, Portland
Come on out for Southern Maine’s premiere eco-event! Merriconeag Faculty will be presenting a children's activity. All free! Rain or shine – most activities are under tents or indoors!
To learn more about what's happening at the First Annual Portland Greenfest, please visit www.portlandgreenfest.org
Wildflower Assembly 2014
We kicked off the year celebrating the Classes of 2015, 2019, and 2026 at our annual Wildflower Assembly!
From the Development Office
Come see the Farmhouse Renovation:
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the following businesses and individuals, over the summer we transformed the old kitchen and bathroom in the Farmhouse using funds that were directed by a donor for this purpose. This new, beautiful, highly functional, welcoming space showcases our school’s commitment to sustainable building products, and demonstrates what our community can accomplish on a small budget when we work together with creativity and shared vision.
WITH DEEP GRATITUDE TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE RENOVATION OF THE FARMHOUSE:
• Catherine Weiland, Balance Design Studio, worked closely with us to design a space that met all of our needs and wishes, and deftly oversaw all aspects of the project through to completion. She donated all of her time on this project, as well as the bathroom light fixture, while also launching her new kitchen design business.
• Steve Konstantino, Maine Performance Building Supply, donated non-VOC polyurethane for the refurbished wood floors and provided the “green” countertops and cabinets at discounted prices. Steve keeps us green and still on budget.
• Scott Libby, Royal River Heat Pumps, donated the installation costs for the new heating system – a highly efficient and cost-effective heat pump, in addition to donating the time of his crew to help with the kitchen demolition. Scott volunteers on our Buildings and Grounds committee, bringing expertise and humor.
• Adrian Bossi, Swell Construction, along with crew Drew Tieman and Josh Espy, expertly installed the cabinets and counters and are responsible for much of the high quality construction work you see in this project. They also donated the open shelves and a lot of time.
• Other Friends who should be recognized:
Peter Milliken and Linzee Weld, parents of two alumni students.
From The Kitchen Renovation Cmt: Will Hight, Jacqui Koopman, Christine Sloan, Barbara Guffin,
Melissa Gormley, and Lynne Espy, under the wise direction of Catherine Weiland.
Last summer’s Merri-Happenings were so much fun – thank you to the fabulous hosts!
From the Circus Coordinator
Circus Smirkus Freeport 2014 was a Huge Success!
I am always looking for interested parents to help with this fabulous and fun fundraiser. Please let me know if you would like to join our committee.
Many thanks, Mary Martin, Freeport Circus Coordinator, 207/865-3900, x113, firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Business Office
Merriconeag Waldorf School Launches
Local Goods Sale to Raise Funds for Tiered Tuition:
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.
This year’s Close Buy Catalog features 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.
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: email@example.com , 865-3900 x 151.
Please note: The Close Buy Catalog went home with the oldest child in your family yesterday. Families whose oldest child is in early childhood, will receive theirs in the Early Childhood Center tomorrow.
News from the High School
A Swan Song to Start the School Year
Perhaps the most memorable experience for me was when a couple of my friends and I decided to take a "shortcut" while paddle boarding. The wind was blowing and it was slow out in the open so we decided to cut through some reeds. Unfortunately it became quite shallow and it took a good 25 minutes to go through, having to pick up our paddle boards at one point. Although we were quite tired at the end of it, it certainly was adventurously fun!
The warm weather made for some lovely kayaking on the Kennebec river and everyone had a great time trying out paddle boards with varying degrees of success. Luckily the water wasn’t too cold if you fell in.
The camping trip to Swan Island that kicked off the school year included many exhilarating activates, everything from leapfrog relay races to fairy house building competitions. It was also a great opportunity to meet and bond with all of the students, exchange students and new teachers. Nicholas Neveu, Ninth Grade
I really enjoyed the kayaking and paddle boarding. It was a great way for us to meet people we didn't already to know and to have a fun afternoon with those we did. Forrest McCurdy, Eleventh Grade
Although the exceptionally nice weather did invite the mosquitos into our lean-tos, it made for an abundance of fun outdoors. At night, the clear sky gave a full picture of the stars, and the afternoon swimming was prime.
Despite torrid conditions, the athletes competing in the annual wilderlympics remained phlegmatic throughout the senior-planned games, and effortlessly negotiated its many challenges. Thanks to every team’s uncanny ability to sell block crayons in the Block Crayon Commercial Competition, Stockmar is sending a scouting team to the school, and will be discussing hiring students for their marketing team. Stay tuned for more info on that. Congratulations to Kyrgyzstan, which clinched first place in the medal count for the first time in the country’s olympic history, and to all the other teams who represented their countries well. Thanks to all for a great trip. Lars Gundersen, Twelfth Grade
I really enjoyed paddle boarding and kayaking a lot. The water was the perfect temperature; it was especially funny when Eli kept tipping everybody over. I also really loved getting to know everybody better at the campfire and during mealtime. I made many new friends and learned more about everyone, even the people I've known since kindergarten. Sarah Kinzer, Ninth Grade
Kayaking on the beautiful, still water with the sun beating down on us was the perfect beginning to our annual high school camping trip. Heartfelt feelings and inspiring goals were shared as we sat around the fire, and it seemed as though a spell was cast over us. Sophie Ichizawa, Eleventh Grade
School Community Updates
Merriconeag community hall will be filled with singing on Sunday evenings this year:
This year, beginning Sunday evening, September 7, the Greater Freeport Community Chorus will be rehearsing in our community hall every Sunday evening, from 6:15 to 9:15. The Merriconeag adult community is warmly invited to join. Just come in for two rehearsals before committing to the $70 dues per semester. Merriconeag High School students are welcome to join the chorus at no cost. There will be two concerts, one in December and the other in May.
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Tues, Sept 9, 7:00 pm. Tues, Sept 9, 8:30 am, Community Hall. Wed, Sept 10, 7:00 pm - Grade 1 Parent Evening. Thurs, Sept 11, Home race at Merriconeag. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams! Thurs, Sept 11 & Fri, Sept 12. Fall Parent-Child sessions begin at our Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport. Fri, Sept 12. Merriconeag high school XC hosts Greely, Kennebunk, NYA & Poland at Pineland. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there! Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island. Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
Tues, Sept 9, 7:00 pm.
Tues, Sept 9, 8:30 am, Community Hall.
Wed, Sept 10, 7:00 pm - Grade 1 Parent Evening.
Thurs, Sept 11, Home race at Merriconeag. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
Thurs, Sept 11 & Fri, Sept 12. Fall Parent-Child sessions begin at our Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Fri, Sept 12. Merriconeag high school XC hosts Greely, Kennebunk, NYA & Poland at Pineland. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.