Tuesday News - March 4, 2014
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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!
Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots
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 email@example.com
Merriconeag's Inaugural One Acts Performances
7:00 p.m., Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, FREE
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
Tour of Grades 1 - 8
Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
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...
From the Development Office
Auction and Variety Show to benefit Tiered Tuition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Merriconeag to host AWSNA Northeast/Quebec Regional
Conference, Friday March 21 – Sunday March 23, 2014
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.
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
Are 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.
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!
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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.