Tuesday News - November 23, 2010
All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 3:00 pm.
School is closed tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23, through Friday, November 26,
for Thanksgiving Break. We wish all of you a wonderful holiday!
From the Admissions Office
Coming up in December are two opportunities for parents to observe classes at Merriconeag. This is a first step for many prospective parents, and for families already at Merriconeag, it can be a helpful way to learn more about what lies ahead.
Wednesday, December 1, “Walk through Grades 2 – 8,” 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 14, “Walk through Grades 9 – 12,” 8:45 – 10:30 a.m.
We ask parents to pre-register for these events so please refer potential new families to Lyn Baird or contact her yourself if you’re interested in joining one of these tours. email@example.com or 865-3900, Ext.103.
Race to Nowhere
December 2, 7:00 pm, Community Hall
Click on image below to view the movie trailer and learn more about the film.
Merriconeag Waldorf School proudly presents the Maine premiere of the documentary, Race to Nowhere. Tickets are $10 and available only online at rtnmerriconeag.eventbrite.com. There has been a lot of interest in this film from outside of our school community and tickets are moving quickly, so be sure to buy your tickets soon. If we still have tickets the night of the show, they will be available at the door for $15.
The film can raise powerful conversations and lead to action among interested groups. Following the showing on December 2nd, there will be a discussion of the film facilitated by David Sloan and David Barham.
Please note that the movie is PG13. We believe it is appropriate for high school and up.
Other Upcoming Events
Life is Movement, and Movement is Life: Eurythmy and the Neurological Basis for
Learning through Movement
November 29th in the Community Hall at 7:00 PM and
A talk and activities by Barbara Richardson and David Beringer to help understand Therapeutic Eurythmy at Merriconeag Waldorf School.
Barbara Richardson is a former Waldorf Class Teacher and Eurythmy teacher. After completing the additional training for Therapeutic Eurythmy, she has worked with doctors in clinical settings and brought this healing artform to infants, children, and adults in schools, teacher-training institutes, and in the workplace, masterfully using the power of speech and music to help individuals find wholeness and healing.
David Beringer has his Masters degree in Education and an additional three-year training in Transdisciplinary Therapeutic Education that combines movement and learning strategies from several areas of neuro-developmental research. He has been a teacher for 28 years.
Shepherds Play: The play, usually performed by members of the faculty and adults in the community, will be presented with a unique twist this year. We warmly invite the entire community to join us at 11:00- 12:00 on December 17, 2010 in the Community Hall to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human. Read more. Submitted by David Barham
News From the High School
Au Revoir Jehan et Constance: Friday night, ninth and tenth graders and their families gathered at the Murphy-Anderson’s Community House in order to say Au Revoir to our French exchange students Constance Fayol and Jehan Foulke, returning to their home in Lyon, France, after 3 months at Merriconeag Waldorf High School. A delicious,s generous potluck was shared, followed by piano duets with Devon and Constance, (who had just completed her first 3 months of piano lessons with M. Seavey!), and Augustine Hoffmann our French Student recently arrived from Avignon. Augustine delighted us with her self- composed French song and guitar solo.
Québec City, S’il Vous Plait: From the ninth to the thirteenth of November, 2010, our eleventh graders said more often “merci, excusez-moi, and s’il vous plait”, than “thank you, excuse me and please!” That’s because they were living in the Francophone world of nearby ancient Québec city.
News from the Board
It has been a busy fall here at Merriconeag; I hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the various festivals, speakers, parent evenings and sporting events—both to reconnect with friends and meet many of the new members of our dynamic community.
School Community Updates
Attention all crafters: Craving a handwork workshop? If so, mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 8 in the farmhouse kitchen after drop off until around 10....we'll make adorable doll vest and crown sets out of plan dyed wool felt with embellishment options. Cost for the workshop is only $7 to cover materials. If interested, please contact Aly Fullagar at 522-1293 to "register" so she knows how much material to plan for. Coming after the Christmas Break: King Winter Table Puppets!
Last Call for Help Finding the Merriconeag Banner: Has anyone seen, or know anything about, the teal-colored vinyl school banner? It has been missing from the high school vans since September. PLEASE email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, with any leads whatsoever. We very much need the banner and your help finding it..
Found: A set of 3 keys with a YMCA membership tag were found on the Kindergarten playground near the picnic table. See Deeda in the Early Childhood office if they belong to you.
Cross Country Ski Rental Today at 3:15 in the Community Hall: Once again we are happy to offer the opportunity to rent ski equipment for the upcoming season. This will happen on Tuesday, November 23th from 3:15 to 4:30pm in the Community Hall. Boots will be on hand to try on, as well as a couple of MWS Middle School Nordic coaches to help size equipment. Please do not guess about sizes. Your child needs to try them on with a warm pair of socks. We also need your child's height in inches. The price is $55 for the season, payable to MWS. These are waxable combi skis and need care and maintenance. They are not recommended for students in Grades 2 or 3.
In Grades 8-12 – Read This
If you’re in grades 8-12, you will automatically be billed for a yearbook, so you don’t need to sign up to receive a copy. If you would rather NOT purchase a yearbook and you’re in grades 8-12, then you MUST fill out an order form and check the box that reads: “I am in the 8-12 grade and I would NOT like to purchase a yearbook this year.” A link to the order form is below.
In Grades ECC – 7, Faculty and Staff – Read This
If you’re in grades ECC – 7, you're faculty or staff and you’d like a copy of the 2011 yearbook, then you must fill out an order form requesting a copy. You will be billed sometime after the deadline of Dec. 3rd. A link to the order form is below.
How much will it cost this year?
That is a great question and one that we cannot answer until we know how many we will order. We have set a maximum price of $55 per book. We hope that the price will come down. Once we have set the price, the Business Office will bill you for the actual price. We expect it to be somewhere between $45 and $55.
When will I receive my yearbook?
We expect yearbooks to be delivered in late May or early June before school gets out in the spring.
How do I get an order form?
Click here to open up an order form or there are forms in both offices. You can fill it out and bring it to either office, or you can mail it to: Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, ME 04032.
Any Questions? If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Patty Bright, Yearbook Advisor at 865-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pest Management Policy: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a focus of the state to track the use of pesticides in schools and public buildings. MWS is required to disclose to any parent or faculty member when any pesticides are used. MWS does not use pesticides as a general rule. If pesticides are used it would happen when school is not in session and there is no threat of exposure to the students or the community. If you would like contacted when pesticides are used a form is provided in the Grades office (Lisa). After filling out the form you would be contacted in the event of pesticide usage. Contact Will Hight with any questions or concerns, 865-3900 x135 or email@example.com
November 21, 2010, New York Times article by Matt Richtel.
The constant stream of stimuli offered by new technology poses a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
For links to recent articles about technology and brain development click here
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G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
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
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.