Tuesday News - December 16, 2014

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Reminder: On Friday, December 19 after the Shepherds Play, there is a 12:30 dismissal for Grades 1 - 12. (No afternoon program.)

Upcoming Events

Annual Winter Concert

This Wednesday, December 17, 5:30 p.m.
Freeport Performing Arts Center

30 Holbrook St., Freeport
Join us for a delightful evening of music. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:10 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room. Students in grades 5 - 12 dress in black and white assembly wear.   

     Students in grades 3 and 4 may wear concert attire in festive colors of their choosing. Students in grade 2 will wear their Santa Lucia attire ~ per Margaret Samuelson. Thank you! Nancy Roderick


The Shepherds Play

Friday, December 19, 11:00 a.m.

Community Hall

We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human. After the play, there is a 12:30 dismissal for Grades 1-12 (no afternoon programs).

Click here to read Why you might want to come out to see the Shepherds Play by David Barham, High School Humanities Teacher, and the very moving, Letter from the Director to His Shepherds, 2014.


Life after Waldorf

An alumni panel discussion
Wednesday, January 14, 2:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear our recent graduates speak about their post

high school experiences.



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The Media and Waldorf Education: Part One
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News from the High School

Poetry Out Loud School Finalists Selected: Five students have survived the preliminary Poetry Out Loud class contests and will be competing this week for the honor of representing Merriconeag in the regional competition next month in Biddeford. Congratulations to ninth grader Sylvia Holland, sophomores Sylvie Fenderson and Dylan Wu (who tied), junior Phoebe Dolan and senior Lincoln Samuelson. Each of them advanced to the final round, which will be held during the chorus period (8:20-9:05) on Thursday, December 18, in the high school. Parents are warmly invited to attend. Thanks in advance to Craig Giddens and Sarah Hyde, teachers and speech artists who will once again serve as judges.
      Poetry Out Loud began as a national competition in 2006; it was the brainchild of then Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, and has been jointly sponsored ever since by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Students recite poems by heart that they have selected from the Poetry Out Loud anthology on line. At the individual school level, contestants must present two poems each. Students who reach the regional competition must prepare three. State winners receive cash prizes, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., and the opportunity to win major college scholarships.


Merriconeag sophomore, Cassandra Albano, represented the Skating Club of Boston’s Team Excel’s Synchronized Skating team. She competed in the open juvenile division at the 2014 Boston Synchronized Skating Classic on Nov. 22 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The team is preparing to skate in the 20th annual Cape Cod Synchronized Skating Classic in December.

To see the story in the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry, click here.




School Community Updates

Welcome to Vale Walden Newberg! Vale was born to Brooke and Matt Newberg at 1:21pm on Saturday, November 8th, and weighed in at 7 lbs. 5 ounces. All were healthy, happy and tired after a long overnight labor. One month out, he’s doing great and Brooke and Matt look forward to introducing him to folks!



Shaina’s Strings Studio presents a Winter Solstice Recital Friday, December 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Hall. Shaina Graff, one of Merriconeag High School’s strings teachers, will offer an opportunity for her students to share their music with their families, friends, and the community! Shaina’s Strings Studio hopes to brighten the short days of the year and inspire all to enjoy the beauty of music performed by these aspiring violinists. These violinists include Merriconeag students: Louise Ahearne, Evelyn Lukis, and Alec Benton. All welcome!


See John Saccone in his 26th year of playing Drosselmeyer in The Portland Ballet's Victorian Nutcracker: Merrill Auditorium December 17 at 7:30. There is a youth concert in the morning.( 3rd grade is coming). Both shows have live music.



If you can't make it to the Nutcracker... Come see John and his wife, Jackie, perform between Xmas and New Years in Falmouth on December 27 and 28. This is part of the NEW Family Fun Fest. It is a small venue and tickets will sell out fast! There are many exciting shows during the week besides us. Check the link:http://www.thefootlightsinfalmouth.com/family-funfest.html



Help needed postering in downtown Portland: The Marketing and Communications office is looking for someone to take over postering in a few key spots in downtown Portland: Portland Public Library, Longfellow Books, Children's Museum, Public Market, and some key coffee shops.

Please contact publicrelations@merriconeag.org if you can help support the school with this important work!


Beeswax Candles for Sale: If anyone wanted to order beeswax candles this year and missed filling out the order form, there are still candles for sale in the school store.

It's not too late to shop for gift items in the Grade School Office: Advent calendars, candles, jump ropes, block and stick crayons, beeswax sheets and wicking, books, gift tags, postcards, tiny felt trees, star making paper, and MWS ski ties, hats and t-shirts are all available in the grade school office. Come by any time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


From the Business Office

Close Buy Recap: In September, Merriconeag Waldorf School, with Close Buy Catalog, raised $5340 for Tiered Tuition. This was our first year working with Close Buy, and our sales were amazing, totaling $17,843. Thank you Merriconeag parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors for making this fundraiser a huge success. Congratulations to Barbara Conwell, winner of the Close Buy Cover Contest. She won a beautiful Sea Bag filled to the brim with local goodies. Thanks again, Melissa Hoy.


Do you need ideas for Holiday gifts for your loved ones who live far and near? Do you buy gift cards because you just can't think of the right gift for someone? Consider Hannaford and Scrip Zone gift cards. Merriconeag earns 5% on each sale of Hannaford gift cards, and they can be used at Bow Street Market too. Scrip Zone has gift cards for hundreds of retailers here in Maine and throughout the U.S., and Merriconeag earns anywhere from 1% - 18%. Click here for our flyer with more information on these and a few other ways your everyday shopping can benefit Merriconeag. Contact Melissa Hoy in the Business Office (ext. 151) with any questions.

Read (Listen to or Watch) This

A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still and focus. She can’t. Neither can the kids.
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, December 3, 2014


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