Tuesday News - January 4, 2011

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Be Sure to Attend: Is There Life After Waldorf


Alumni Panel Discussion

This Friday, January 7, 7:00 p.m., Community Hall

Is There Life After Waldorf? On Friday, January 7, meet four fascinating Alums from Waldorf high schools across the Northeast as they relate how Waldorf education made a difference in their lives. By popular demand, Dr. Trevor Braden, a veteran our last Panel Evening two years ago and graduate of Garden City Waldorf School in Long Island, NY, is back! He will be joined by Leila Forman, Theodore Groh, and Brooke Adams, who submitted brief autobiographical sketches below. The evening begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall, and any current or prospective parents and students are invited. Bring along any friends who want to know more about Waldorf high school education!

Theodore Groh was born and raised on a organic/biodynamic farm in Wilton New Hampshire and attended Pine Hill Waldorf School, and High Mowing Waldorf high school. Theodore just finished a run for the New Hampshire State Legislature, and is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science from Saint Anselms College in Manchester New Hampshire.


Brooke Dennee-Sommers attended Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Vermont from pre-school ("morning garden") through eighth grade and High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire for eleventh and twelfth grade. Brooke currently works as a project manager for a health research consulting company in Boston, Massachusetts.



Leila Forman attended Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY from 6th grade through senior year of high school. She loved her experience in the Waldorf school and felt like it was her second home. So much so, in fact, that after graduating from college with a degree in French Literature she decided to return and spent a year on the faculty teaching French to 10th-12th graders.
Today, twelve years after graduating from Green Meadow, after a brief career as a french teacher, a lot of worldwide traveling, and a Master's degree in Nursing, she has settled in Cambridge, MA where she works as a Certified Nurse Midwife at Mt. Auburn Hospital.


From the Administrator

Building Community Takes Work!

     As a child, I loved to play “store.” One of my favorite toys was a cardboard grocery store. It had little shelves, tiny boxes of cereal, soap and other “necessities.” There was a cardboard cash register (that didn’t hold up well in my busy market place) and a little grocery cart. My sister and I spent hours arranging shelves, talking to imaginary customers, and receiving deliveries. It was a busy, happy place where all the neighborhood children could come and go, “pretending” to shop for dinner, “buy” their favorite treats, and hear all the latest news.

     As a grown up, I “played store” for over 25 years. Our community-owned food co-op started in a garage on Saturday mornings, (just one step beyond cardboard shelves.) People volunteered in that cold, dingy space, packing bags of flour and raisins, cutting chunks of cheese, and pricing canned goods to stack on the sagging shelves. Sometimes this went on late into the night. It was fun! We laughed a lot, shared stories and hard work and walked away after each week’s delivery feeling as if we had done something good for our families and for our community.

     When it came time to move the store to a proper store front and run the co-op like a “real business,” open to the public, with shelves that didn’t sag, regular store hours and of course overhead, the members of the co-op community were worried. They were afraid that they would lose the “warmth” of the garage store. For those of us who spent many winter days unloading trucks into an unheated garage, the fear of losing “warmth” was hard to understand. Nevertheless, we took these concerns very seriously, and worked with our staff and board to identify all of the things that made people feel so safe, so “warm” and so welcome in that dingy, cold garage.

     We talk about community a great deal. We ask, “Where is the community?” or say, “I don’t feel a part of the community” or “I feel overwhelmed by the expectations in this community,” even “I don’t get this community!” We also recognize the power of community in difficult times, the beauty of community in joyful times and the wisdom of community in reflective times. When thinking about our families, we recognize that living in community provides a sense of place, connectedness and builds relationships that could last a life time for our children and ourselves.

     So, how do you build community? Read more.

From the Development Office

2010-11 Annual Appeal Update:
      We are making great progress on the 2010-11 annual appeal and I want to thank everyone who has made a donation towards this critical fundraising campaign. The Annual Appeal is currently the primary way we keep tuition levels as low as possible while still providing the high quality Waldorf education that we seek for our children. Since tuition alone does not cover the full cost of this education, we ask every family to participate by making a tax-deductible annual appeal gift that helps us bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the operating costs of the school. The amount of the gift is up to you - we have received gifts ranging from $10 to $10,000. Whatever the size of the gift, we appreciate that it reflects how much you value the role that Merriconeag plays in your and your children’s lives.

     Since the Annual Appeal began in November, we have received over 100 donations from parents, grandparents, faculty, alumni families, friends of the school and businesses.
To date we have raised $39,924 towards our goal of $60,000. We still need to raise over $20,000 to meet our budget, and I am hopeful that if everyone participates at a level that is both generous and within your means, we can do it!

     We are also determined to get the participation rates as high as possible to demonstrate to outside funding sources the breadth of generosity within our community. A gift of any size helps – please support the Annual Appeal today.

Participation Rates:
Current Parents: 36%
Current Faculty: 64%
Board Members: 100%

     Annual Appeal envelopes are available in all of the school’s offices. Contact Shannon Combar (Finance Director) if you are interested in making a gift of stock, or if your employer will match your donation.

     As a community, we are enormously indebted to every family who chooses to make a donation to the annual appeal. In gratitude, Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116)



Shepherds Play Sensational


Before the break, the Shepherd Play was beautifully presented by our 11th Grade with the rest of the high school supporting their classmates in song. The fabulous cast played to a packed house and touched the hearts of all of us who witnessed and delighted in their play. Our thanks and congratulations to the Class of 2012 and their Director, Mr. Barham.



News From the High School


Congratulations to Evie Pennoyer (11th grade) whose oil painting "Fall Sunflower" was choosen by the Maine Principal's Association to hang in the Maine Principal's Association Conference Center at 50 Industrial Drive, in Augusta. The painting will be on display until May of this year.




Congratulations to Mr. O'Brien and John Burgess (9th grade) who each had a photograph published in the Maine Sunday Telegram over the break.


School Community Updates

Table Puppet Workshop:  Mark your calendar for Friday evening, January 21st at 7 pm in the farmhouse as the date for the next handwork workshop.  We'll be making King Winter table puppets this time!  No cost for the workshop, but you will need to bring your own supplies.  E-mail Aly Fullagar at jane_nomore@yahoo.com or call her at 522-1293 and she will fill you in on all the details.  Hope you see you there!

Heavy Babies: Last term parents from EC gathered for five evenings to make Heavy Babies for their children. Here they are in process. Handwork will be offering another workshop in the Spring. Dates to be advised.

Julie Pennington



First Graders display their first completed handwork projects: These coasters went home with their crafters in time for Christmas, and all are now working on a gnome. Watch for updates. Julie Pennington


Cross country skiing during Movement/Games class has begun for students in grades 2

through 8: The plan is to ski every Movement/Games class through February vacation. Please make sure your child brings their equipment for every class regardless of the amount of snow you have at home. The fields are currently skiable for various games on skis. If you have any questions, please contact John Saccone, x. 155.



Read This

To read the latest (January 2011) edition of the AWSNA newletter, Inform, please click here.

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