Tuesday News - November 2, 2010

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Merriconeag Girls Win Maine Class C X-Country Championships

Watch the Merriconeag Girls XC Runners accept the 2010 Maine Class C Team Championship trophy on YouTube and read all about it in the Maine Sunday Telegram.(Click blue to link through)


     After receiving "hardware" as Class C regional runners-up last week, our girls went on to win the Class C State Championships on Saturday in Belfast, topping runner-up Waynflete by six points. Zoe Chace-Donahue, finished 5th overall in Class C and Teagan Wu finished 9th. Others in the scoring were Carlin Tindall (14th), Emelie Chace-Donahue (25th), and Emma Dolan (29th) with support from Haydee Jacobs (43rd), Skyler Samuelson (50th) and  Zoe Oswald.

     The boys came in 7th in the State with Jack Pierce (16:45:27) finishing fourth overall. Others in the scoring for the boys were Phineas Samuelson, Tyler O'Brien, Ben Tindall, and Cyrus Fenderson, and Wyatt McCurdy with support from John Burgess and Brian Watko.


Our hearty congratulations to the teams and their wonderful coach, Tom Ryan.





Fall Fair and Open House Updates


Fair: Saturday, November 6, 10 am - 3 pm /

 Craft Preview Sale for Adults:

Friday, November 5, 6 - 9 pm

Please come to the Community Hall on Friday night, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and enjoy the Craft Preview Sale for Adults that kicks off the fair. This event is open to the public. The 7th Grade parents will provide delicious refreshments and the crafters & our “school store” & class fundraisers will be open for business.

              Remember that we are combining two important outreach events on Saturday – our Fall Fair and our November Open House. We hope you will bring all of your friends and that you will warmly welcome any new visitors to our campus.

Location, Location, Location:  Everything is on the Grade School Side of the Road this year. We are hoping you will help with this change by telling your children. (If you go to the ECC for the puppet play or squirrel’s attic we will know you don’t read the Tuesday News!) Once you have parked, the only reason to cross busy Desert Road would be because you have signed up for an Admission Tour of the ECC.


Staffing:  Much thanks to Pat Sanford who is working hard to staff the Fair. Please see the attached staffing schedule and be sure to show up promptly for your shift.  There are still openings so look over the schedule and call Pat Sanford, 615-0405, to sign up to work a shift if you haven’t already.  For the fair to run smoothly, all shifts need to be filled so Pat will being calling you if you aren't on the list. Save her a call today!

Musical Entertainment: There will be some small groups of musicians scattered about the Fair. Attention Merriconeag Musicians: Please feel free to bring your instruments and play around the campus on Fair Day. Check in with Deeda, publicrelations@merriconeag.org so we can be sure you won’t be competing with someone else during the time you choose. Because this is a fundraiser for the whole school, we do ask that no music cases be put out for individual collections.

Puppet Story: The Early Childhood Faculty will present the puppet story “Prince Autumn” in the First Grade Classroom at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30. Due to limited seating, a ticket bracelet is required for children.

Hunting Season: Because it is hunting season, please do not allow your children to wander off into the woods. We request that everyone stay clear and help others do the same. Hunter orange is a good idea.

Money, Money Money: Yarn Ticket Bracelets are sold for lunch, crafts, games and puppet plays. Bracelets are available on Friday evening at the Craft Preview Sale for Adults in the Community Hall or on Fair day at “Tickets” in the Third Grade Classroom

Ticket Bracelet Prices: Prices are $5 for the soup or bag lunches, $5 for the German bratwurst lunch sold at the bread oven, $5 for children’s crafts, $5 for outdoor games or $8 for both crafts & games.

Puppet Play Tickets: The puppet plays are free but do require an orange colored ticket bracelet because seating is limited. Please note that puppet play tickets will not be available at the Craft Preview Sale for Adults but only on Fair Day.

Loose Change – Make sure your children have some loose change in case they run into the Pocket Person or want to shop at Squirrel’s Attic. You will need cash or checks for crepes, café, Merriconeag’s “School Store” and class fundraisers, and the Crafters.


Eighth Grade Parents Would like to Make you a Take Home Dinner!  This year’s 8th grade parents will be preparing nutritious and delicious quiches to take home after the Fall Fair.  Ready-made dinners have sold out early in the past, so let us know now if we can set one aside for you!  After a full day at the Fair, wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that dinner has already been made?

     For $10 you will have your choice of Spinach ~ Bacon, Cheddar and Onion ~or Betty White’s Mexican Quiche.  Families who pre-order will be guaranteed the quiche of their choice and others will have their pick of quiches that have not been spoken for on Fair Day. 

     To pre-order, simply email LisaMainella@yahoo.com with your quiche request (s) and solemn promise to pay at the time of pick-up.  See you at the Fair!  

Squirrel's Attic: There is less than a  week left and we still need volunteers to help supply the "Squirrel's Attic" with goods for the Fall Fair (small, natural/handmade items that are sold for $1.00 or less).  Please leave your treasures in the basket for donated craft items in the ECC.  Questions: contact Aly Fullagar, Maleah Webb, or Sarah Currie (846-7818).  Thank you!


Falling Leaves Café Update:  All those making donations for the Cafe please feel free to drop off any goods that do not need refrigeration of any immediate kind on Friday after the 12:30 drop off.  We would appreciate if all others were delivered early on Saturday morning, we will be there at 8 am.  Thank you so much for your efforts!


Decorations for the Fall Fair Still needed: We still need (by Thursday morning) either large pieces of fabric ( linen, broadcloth, burlap, cotton, wool ) and /or old table cloths in fall colors. These can be donated or loaned, just be sure to put you name on them if you want them back. Also, 5 more hay or straw bales, pumpkins in various sizes, gourds and potted mums (again these can all be on loan for the day). Straw hats & baskets would also be welcomed. You may drop things off in the outside area to the left of the Community Hall doors. Wendy Akerlind


See you at the Fair!


From the Development Office


Cynthia Taliaferro Tree Dedication 

Thursday Nov. 11th, 1:00 – 2:30

On Veteran’s Day, Thursday Nov. 11th, from 1:00-2:30, at the Desert Road campus, we will have a ceremony dedicating the linden tree that was recently planted near the early grades play area, in memory of Cynthia Taliaferro.  Any friends of Cynthia (adults and former students) who want to attend this ceremony are warmly welcomed.  Feel free to spread the word to other families who are no longer on our Tuesday News mailing list.  Please rsvp to develomentcoordinator@merriconeag.org so we can plan for the numbers. Note: there is no school on this day.

Submitted by Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator




School Community Updates

First High School Dance was a Success: A great deal of fun was had Saturday night in the Community Hall as we hosted the first high school dance in Merriconeag's history.                                 





NEASC Survey: If you were unable to complete our NEASC survey during parent/teacher conferences it certainly would be wonderful if we had 100% participation.  Forms are available in the office and if you have any questions please contact Barbara Guffin at 865-4488.  Thank you! Bob Thurrell for the NEASC Committee


Wednesday Pizza is Back: The 8th grade will be coordinating pizza this year. Session 1 is a total of 10 weeks beginning November 3rd. and ending January 26th. Sign up for pizza will be for the entire session only. Pizza choices will be cheese, pepperoni, and pesto and the cost will be $2.00 per slice. The total cost of one slice of pizza per week during session one will be $20.00. As in prior years, students in grades 4-8 and faculty will have the chance to participate during session 1. Students will have the option to omit or skip a pizza day in the case of a known or anticipated absence (i.e.Dr.’s appt. or vacation). Please provide the date(s) of known absences. Adjustments or refunds cannot be made for unanticipated or last minute absences.

     To order pizza for Session 1, please complete an order form and return it with cash or check (made payable to MWS) to the basket outside the 8th grade classroom no later than Wednesday, October 27th at 8:20 am. Questions? Contact Mary Martin 865-0689. Click here for a printable pizza order form.

Portland Ovations Circus Arts Master class with world-renowned Circus Artist Jamie Adkins: Friday, November 12, 2010, 6:00–7:30 pm, MWS Community Hall, $15 per person. Class limited to 20 students (Ages 10 and up). An alumnus of the famed Pickle Family Circus, Cirque Eloize and a featured soloist with Cirque du Soleil, Jamie Adkins’ clowning and acrobatic pedigree is unparalleled. Jamie will come to Merriconeag to give a limited number of intermediate and advanced circus arts students the chance to increase their skills with a focus on character and narrative development. For more information and to register, contact Trace Salter at 207.756.9212, smirkus.freeport@yahoo.com

Circus INcognitus:  Saturday, November 13, 2010,1 pm & 3 pm, South Portland Auditorium at SPHS, South Portland, Maine, $10/person for general admission seating. Buy tickets. Appropriate for all ages.

Children and adults alike will revel in his unforgettable one-man comedy, Circus INcognitus, which brings to life the story of a man who has something to say, but can’t quite get it out. Whether precariously balancing upon a slack wire or deftly maneuvering a jaw full of ping-pong balls, Jamie Adkins leads audiences on a thrilling, humorous and ultimately inspiring adventure about having the courage to try new ideas, pushing them to their limits, and not giving up when all goes wrong. Jamie Adkins Circus Incognitus Show. Infinitesimal acts of imperceptible genius. — The New York Times. Submitted by Trace Salter


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