Tuesday News - December 7, 2010
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Snow Days and Unexpected School Closures
As the winter weather season begins, please remember: if school is closed, MWS evening events are cancelled. There are three ways to check on school closings (this information is printed on the inside cover of your school handbook/directory):
· Radio stations WGAN-AM (560), WMGX-FM (93.1), WYNZ-FM (100.9), and WPOR- FM (101.9)
· Local TV stations, Channels 6, 8 and 13
· School answering machines: Freeport Campus (EC- G8) 865-3900 and Pineland Campus
(High School) 688-8989
General Guidelines for Merriconeag EC - Grade 8 Desert Road Campus:
- If Freeport Public Schools are open, we are open.
- If Freeport Public Schools are closed, we are closed.
General Guidelines for Merriconeag High School, Pineland Campus:
- If Freeport Public Schools are closed, the High School is closed.
- If Gray/New Gloucester is closed, the High School is closed.
- If Freeport is open and Gray/New Gloucester is on a two hour delay, van riders will be dropped off at the Freeport Campus at 8:10, have supervised study hall in the Community Hall, and then be shuttled to the Pineland Campus for a 9:20 class.
WCSH 6 TV is also offering an automatic text alert for you computer or wireless phone, at the following website: http://www.wcsh6.com/weather/resources/text_alert/default.aspx
From the Development Office
2010-11 Annual Appeal Update:
I will give an update on the total amount raised and participation levels.
Many of the gifts have been larger than the previous year’s gifts, and we have a number of first-time donors – a heartwarming demonstration that, even in these challenging economic times, parents recognize the importance of their support, and the important role that Merriconeag and Waldorf Education plays in their lives. If you haven’t made a gift to the Annual Appeal yet, please do so today – gifts of any amount help us reach our goal of 100% participation. You can make your gift in any of these easy ways:
• Check, made out to MWS, submit in remittance envelope and drop in safe (main office)
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From the Admissions Office
Coming up next week is another opportunity for parents to observe our high school classes. This is a first step for many prospective Waldorf parents and for families already at Merriconeag, it can be a helpful way to learn more about what lies ahead.
Race to Nowhere
It was a special and important moment when over 225 people, many of them from outside the Merriconeag community, gathered together last Thursday, December 2, to view the documentary Race To Nowhere. The film is a frightening portrait of a world where students, especially those in high school, find themselves stressed, depressed and sometimes even suicidal as they face an educational system gone mad. In this world, which is the one we have been creating since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, standardized testing and preparing for Advanced Placement exams have replaced true learning, getting into the “best” college has become the end all and be all of the high school experience, and the fullness of a student’s humanity has been robbed to make space for countless hours of (often) pointless homework and other scheduled activities.
Race to Nowhere Showing Update: Friends School of Portland and Falmouth High School are planning to present the film at Falmouth High School on January 25th. Please keep checking the Race to Nowhere website for details and we'll keep you posted as we learn more.
Spirals of Light, December 3, 2010
On Friday morning the Early Childhood children had the magical experience of walking the Spiral Garden. Each child carried their light into the darkened space and placed it along the path guiding the way for others.
The First and Second Grades had their annual Advent Spiral on Friday night. Darkness enveloped the parents as they entered into the room silently, finding seats using senses other than sight. The children gathered with their teacher in the gallery in a tiny space created by the lycra screens and lit with candles. Parents waited patiently while the children sang advent songs and gathered themselves together, the children's voices sounding far away and, of course, heavenly. At last the children entered with their teacher and took their seats. The teacher then beckoned to the oldest child who came to receive an apple with a white candle in it. That brave young soul walked, alone, through the evergreen spiral to reach the center. There he lit his candle, taking a spark from a tall white candle, and brought this light back out through the darkness to place it in just the right spot along the evergreen boughs. Each child walked in turn, slowly but surely lighting the room with a flickering glow. Siblings were also given a turn; and so toddlers joined high schoolers and grade schoolers in experiencing a pause. A pause meant to allow them to connect with something eternal and renewing to the spirit at this, the darkest time of the year. I think the adults felt it too.
Other Upcoming Events
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!
Grade Eight Circus, Clowning, Magic, Mime & Mayhem, Wednesday, December 8, 11 a.m., Community Hall
Emerson and the Modern Path of Initiation by Rick Spaulding, Sunday, December 12, 2010,
3:00 p.m., Community Hall
Rick Spaulding worked as a high school English teacher for thirty-four years in Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Waldorf School. After retiring, he took up his research on the
spiritual background of America and its history by writing several books and lecturing in various Anthroposophical venues.
“Walk through Grades 9 – 12,” Tuesday, December 14, 8:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Observe our high school students in a range of classes: science (Nerve, Skin & Bone), humanities (Dante), and calculus. Time for questions. Adults only, please. Call 865-3900, ext.103 or email, email@example.com to register
All School Winter Assembly, Thursday, December 16, 5:30 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center
Shepherds Play, Friday, December 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Community Hall: 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 to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human.
Why you might want to come out to see the Shepherd's Play -
by David Barham
It is quite ironic that I am the one writing this article, directing this year’s production of The Shepherds Play and urging all of the adults in the community to come to the Community Hall at 11:00 on Friday, December 17 to see the performance.
Caroling in downtown Freeport, Monday, December 20, 6:00 p.m., gathering in front of the L.L. Bean boot:
We hope to see you there!
News From the High School
Alumni Panel Evening, Friday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Is There Life after Waldorf? Save the evening of Friday, January 7, to find out! Merriconeag Waldorf High School has invited a number of Waldorf alumni from a variety of Waldorf schools in the Northeast to speak about their Waldorf and post-Waldorf experiences. In the past, such Alumni Panel Evenings have proven both informative and compelling. Panelists range in age from college-age to (almost) middle-age, and they will all be present to address the questions you bring about high school life and beyond. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall. While the entire school community is welcome, the faculty would especially like to invite seventh and eighth graders and their parents, as well as current parents of high school students. David Sloan
Fall Cross-Country All Stars Honored: Merriconeag runners were in the news again as the Forecaster reported on the fall cross-country all stars. The Western Maine Conference boy’s first team featured Merriconeag’s Jack Pierce. Zoe Chace-Donahue qualified for the girls’ second team and Phineas Samuelson was included in the the All-Academic team line up. The Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches All-State boys’ team named Jack Pierce as an honorable mention. Congratulations to all! To read the article in the Forecaster, click here.
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 26. Fri. 26. HS XC race at GNG, 4:30 & 5:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Mon, Sept 29, MS XC Greely Relays, 4:00 pm,
Twin Brook, Cumberland
Foundations Studies Play:
Mon, Sept 29, 7:00 pm, Community Hall. Play performed by Glen Williamson as part of the Foundation Studies Class. Open to HS & up.
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.