Tuesday News - March 4, 2014

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All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent by Friday, 3:00 pm. to publicrelations@merriconeag.org

Reminder: School is closed for Parent-Teacher Conferences this Thursday & Friday, March 6 & 7. Parents are asked be sure to check the lost & found barrels in each of the buildings.

Merriconeag High School Nordic Teams Are Awarded the

Sportsmanship Award for Skiing by the Maine Principals' Association

This is a statewide award, for all Classes  - A, B and C, with no distinction made for Nordic/Alpine. It is truly a high honor to be recognized, and one in which everyone – coaches, skiers, students, parents, fans, supporters, faculty – plays a role. Congratulations!



Upcoming Events - Bring a Friend!

Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots
Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Birth Roots Prenatal Resource Center 
101 State Street, Portland

Waldorf Schools strive to honor and protect the important phase of life that is childhood. Come learn about the Waldorf approach to parenting and early childhood education. We will discuss how we can shape our time and space in ways that best support the healthy development of the young child. Share in discussion and learn new ideas!


Tea and Play

Wednesdays, Feb. 26 & Mar 5, 12, 19

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport

For prospective parents. Bring your child, share a cup of tea with us and learn more about our programs for young children. Story time is at 9:30. For more information: 207.865.3900, Ext. 163, or hdrexel@merriconeag.org



Merriconeag's Inaugural One Acts Performances
Open Dress rehearsal: Wednesday March 5th,

7:00 p.m., Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, FREE
Regional Competition Performance: Saturday, March 8th,

6:00 p.m. , Lawrence High School, Fairfield, ME

$5/student, $8/adult at the door

What are the One Acts? The Maine One Act Festival or "One Acts," is an interscholastic drama competition for high school students coordinated by the Maine Principals Association. Regional Festivals are held each year around the state in early March, with the winning teams from each class (Class A and B) go on to compete at the State Festival in late March. Although a school places (1st, 2nd etc) as a whole team, individuals students can be named to the "All Festival Cast" or be awarded recognition for costume and set design and even student directing. These festivals are a great opportunity for students interested in drama to challenge their craft and interact with other teen thespians.

Merriconeag's Inaugural One Acts Team: This is Merriconeag's first year competing in the One Acts and we are taking our production of Hard Candy to compete in Class B at Lawrence High School in two weeks. The cast and crew is made up of students from every grade in the high school. We invite the community to come watch our open dress rehearsal on Wednesday, March 5th. We will have feedback forms for the audience and would greatly appreciate the chance to practice in front of a live crowd as well as fine-tune our performances before competition time! Hard Candy, a zany workplace comedy, is appropriate for 7th grade and up. Questions can be sent to Ellen McCann Labbe, who is directing this year's production.

Saturday Craft Morning
Saturday, March 8, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport 
These craft sessions provide an opportunity for your friends and neighbors to get to know us better. Please spread the word! Welcoming Lady Spring: Come make flower necklaces and listen to a story welcoming Lady Spring. For children under 7 and their parents. $5 per child. Registration is appreciated but drops-ins are welcome. For more information and to register, please contact Heidi Drexel, Early Childhood Enrollment Coordinator, 207.865.3900, Ext 163 or hdrexel@merriconeag.org.


Tour of Grades 1 - 8
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
, 8:15 - 10:30 a.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport, ME
(Begins in the Community Hall)
A distinctive feature of Waldorf elementary education is the two-hour “main lesson” period that begins each day. During this period the class focuses on a particular curriculum topic over a three-week block of time (e.g., fractions in 4th grade, geology/mineralogy in 6th grade, Civil War in 8th grade). Call 207-865-3900, Ext.103 or email admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org, to sign up for this tour. We are also happy to arrange other times for you to observe classes. . .just call.


Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tuesday, March 11, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling or emailing Lyn Baird, 865-3900, Ext. 103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


Bring a Friend!

Incredible video about Waldorf education – share it! As part of the Bring a Friend enrollment drive, each week we will share small stories to inspire you. Sometimes we'll share tales of how referrals have enriched our community. Other times we'll just offer cool information about Waldorf that you can share in your circles. Which brings us to this week's Bring a Friend info...
      If you haven’t seen it yet, visit You Tube to see a great video on Waldorf education. This award-winning mini-documentary explains the “jist” of Waldorf education and – more importantly – why it is so effective in today’s world. The direct link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ZSeepDmPE or go to YouTube and search for Preparing for Life. Please share it with your friends. Thanks! Catherine Weiland



From the Development Office

Auction and Variety Show to benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall


     Get ready to bid on the Highlights of the Silent Auction - the Grade Baskets (which as you remember aren't always contained in wicker...) There will be a Farm Scene from Grade One who made the stellar Dollhouse last year. For those of you with a sweet tooth there will be the Grade Seven "Basket of Delectables." And for you soon-to-be-empty(ish) nesters, there will be an irreverent basket from the Highschool to help you through the night.


        The Silent Auction will be brimming with offerings from our community like this Wool Spinning Lesson: 2 hours on a Louet-10 single treadle wheel, to learn the basics of spinning, plying, removing yarn from wheel to make skeins, and using a swift and ball-winder. Or if you aren’t nimble of finger but are quick on the grill, 50 pounds of Grass-fed, Happy Beef from Old Crow Ranch, cuts ranging from chuck roasts to T-Bone steaks, stew meat to top round and sirloin steaks to ground beef and soup bones.

     Don't miss out on these Hands and Hearts creations and exciting items! Your invitation is arriving soon.

     Sign up now to volunteer to help set up for the event on Friday 4 April or to help out during the event Saturday night. Here’s your chance to join in and participate. Click here to sign up.  Amy Eshoo

Our goal is to make it as easy and welcoming for as many parents to attend to the Auction as possible. We can all remember those days when paying the sitter seemed to tip the balance sheet of the evening! To that end, we are wondering if your 7th-11th graders would be willing to donate their babysitting services as their donation toward the Auction, which of course is a fabulous and fun community event that raises much needed funds to keep our school vibrant while defraying tuition costs. We will make up a list of the interested babysitters for parents looking for sitters. This is a wonderful offering that our children can give to the school, and of course it is great work experience that may lead to future jobs!

If your child would like to be placed on this one-time-pro-bono list, for donation of babysitting services on the evening of Saturday, April 5 (for as early as 5pm and as late as 11pm) please send an email (with the following information:Name, Grade/age, Town, Contact info, Red Cross Certified (optional), Hours available, Whether or not the babysitter will need transportation) to me at limnjucy@gmail.com with the following information by Friday, March 14.


School Community Updates

     The Fourth Grade Play, Thor Triumphant, was performed on Wednesday of last week. The 4th graders braved the snow, ice, and wind, much like the Norseman they were portraying. Amongst the tiki torches, bonfires, and Utgard Castle’s snow wall, the fourth grade class (AKA members of the Aesir) spoke boldly, piercing the winter wind while Thor swung his hammer, and Loki stirred trouble in the land of frost giants.
      Many thanks for all who helped, and many thanks for those who attended, it was wonderful to have you join us in Jotunheim!


Merriconeag to host AWSNA Northeast/Quebec Regional

Conference, Friday March 21 – Sunday March 23, 2014
      The theme of this year's conference is Imagination, Courage and Responsibility:Finding the Strength to Teach. What are the challenges that stress us as teachers and administrators? How can we find renewal and strengthen ourselves for our task? These themes and others will be examined as we explore how through ‘Imagination, Courage and Responsibility’ we find ways to strengthen and enliven our teaching.

The Friday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. presentation is an open lecture for all members of the community: teachers, board members, parents, and friends of the school.

     The keynote speaker for the conference is Florian Osswald, co-leader of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Mr. Osswald trained as a process engineer. He pursued the study of special and curative education in Aberdeen, Scotland and in Dornach where he completed his Waldorf teacher training. For 24 years he taught mathematics and physics at the Rudolf Steiner School in Bern and Ittigen and has worked in various countries as an advisor to faculties and Colleges of Teachers. Since early 2011 he has served as the leader of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum with Claus-Peter Röh.


We are pleased to announce that Merriconeag is co-sponsoring the film Tough Guise 2 with Boys to Men and TARP on Thursday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Freeport Performing Arts Center. Admission is free but seating is limited so please register by clicking on this link. Due to mature content, we recommend this film for audience members who are 13 or older. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
      This film is the highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior.
View the trailer.



Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic:  (Please be sure to see the great news at the top of the page!)

     Congratulations to all seven of our skiers who participated in the Eastern High School Qualifier race at Sugarloaf last Sunday. Every one of our skiers that raced either qualified for the team or qualified as an alternate. Samantha Pierce, Carlin Tindall, Forrest McCurdy and Graham Roeber will be traveling to Vermont March 14-16 as part of the Maine Team and skiing in the Eastern High School Championships. Well done everyone!

     A very special thank you to John Tarling for going above and beyond the call of duty, coming to Sugarloaf to wax for and support our skiers.

For more information, please visit our High School Nordic blog: http://mwsnordicskiing.blogspot.com/


From the Business Office

gift card.jpgAre you looking for another great way to support Merriconeag? Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card at school and we earn 5%.

Great news! Merriconeag has raised over $4300 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards since we began the program just over a year ago.. We place our order for new cards and reloading existing cards every Thursday morning as long as we meet the minimum order of $1000. Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school.Simply take your payment to Lisa in the Grade School office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check. We will let you know when the purchase/reload is done. Contact the Business Office, Ext. 151, with any questions.

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Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards - New retailers are added almost every day!  Merriconeag is also a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase. We do accept credit cards!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone is easy to do right from your own computer.
1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS
Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying through ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account. 
Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check. Alternatively, we can email a list of retailers to you.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

How to Get a Job at Google  (Go to a Waldorf School!)
Hint: Getting hired is not about your G.P.A. It’s about what you can do and what you know.
By Thomas L. Friedman, OP-ED Columnist, The New York Times, February 22, 2014


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