Tuesday News - January 18, 2011

Click here for Tuesday News Archives

All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent to publicrelations@merriconeag.org by Friday at 3:00 pm.

Click here to view our Google Calendar of Events.



Merriconeag Art Show Opening


            This Friday, January 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth. (Show dates: January 17 - February 25)


Merriconeag Waldorf School:

Where Art and Academics Intersect





Division of a Circle: Sixth Grade Geometry  


 “Where Art and Academics  Intersect”

an exhibition of work from

Merriconeag Waldorf School

Opening reception:

Friday, January 21, 6:30-8:30 pm

Show dates: Jan. 17 – Feb. 25

317 Main Street, Yarmouth



Our Town is Coming to This Town

     Merriconeag’s freshman and sophomore classes are enthusiastically preparing to perform Thornton Wilder’s classic play on Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28. Wilder sets his masterpiece in a seemingly undistinguished, small New Hampshire town at the beginning of the twentieth century, but he fills the play with the vast, heart-wrenching themes we all encounter in life. As the all-seeing Stage Manager/Narrator says, explaining why he’s going to bury a copy of the play in a time capsule, “People a thousand years from now’ll know a few simple facts about us. . .this is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.”
      The play chronicles a more innocent time in American life, when boys really could grow up and marry the girl-next-door. Wilder’s great innovation is how he makes the everyday lives of Grovers Corners’ residents so universal, even as he follows those lives over the threshold of death. Nearly seventy-five years after the play was first produced, we still recognize the truth of Wilder’s vision about the human condition.
      In addition to the evening performances, for which tickets will be available at the door for $5, the cast will be offering an Open Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday, January 25, as well as daytime school performance on Wednesday, January 26.


From the Admissions Office



     I appreciate all of your efforts to help new families discover the beauty of Waldorf education. Below are some upcoming events, all excellent ways for families with young children to get to know us.

Open House for Early Childhood and First Grade – this Thursday
Our annual Winter Open House for families interested in exploring us for early childhood and first grade will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Early Childhood Center. Children are welcome. Please tell your friends.

Walk through the Elementary Grades – this Friday
We are holding a tour of the grade school this Friday, January 21, 8:15 – 10:30 AM. Please call Lyn Baird (865-3900, ext.103) if you would like to participate in this.

Life in a Waldorf First Grade – Monday, January 31, 7:00 p.m., First Grade Classroom
This evening is designed to give prospective parents an experience of a typical school day for a Waldorf first grader. Learn how our unique approach to teaching reading and math appeals to the young child’s imagination and love of active learning.

Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext.103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


From the Board

Budgeting and Tuition - Community Input
      Every year in January, the MWS finance committee and board take up the process of setting the budget for the coming school year. This process includes projecting the costs for the school, estimating the enrollment by class, and setting the tuition rates for the new school year. Balancing our budget is always a challenge and this year is no exception. However with input from all, this becomes a much easier task and the outcome better reflects the needs of our entire community.
      The goal of this work is to have the new budget, and tuition rates, established and approved at the January meeting of the MWS Board. This meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 24th, and we will have an open session to review the proposed budget from 6pm - 7pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this event which will be held in the 8th grade class room.

Tiered Tuition Model
      In September 2010, a subcommittee of the board was formed and the "Tuition Structure Committee" began reviewing alternative tuition structures with input from other Waldorf and private schools. After months of meetings, interviews, conducting an indepth survey, and thoughtful consideration by all, this group of parents and board members have made an initial recommendation. In turn, this received valuable input from our board, finance committee, college of teachers, leadership council and administration. The result is a Tiered Tuition Model which will provide more information and transparency to our current Tuition Assistance program. Please join us Monday evening as we review this new program.

     I would like to thank Michael Stefanakos (committee chair) and all the members of this committee for their thoughtful work and dedication to this effort.

Bob Neveu, Board President


From the Finance Office

     As stated in last week’s Tuesday News, we have switched our financial aid assessment and tuition management (monthly payment option) company to TADS for the 2011/2012 school year. To apply for consideration, please use the links listed below. The cost for application is $34. We strongly recommended that the financial aid worksheet be printed prior to the application process and that all financial data be gathered prior to data entry. This will make the process faster for families and avoid the frustration of searching for information in the middle of the application.
      All financial documents should be sent directly to TADS. This includes tax returns with schedules for 2009 & 2010, W-2s, 1099-MISC and a letter to our committee providing information for consideration and any necessary clarification of financial data. Once a family has completed the online application, TADS will provide an instruction page that lists the application reference code, a list of all documents required and the TADS address to send documentation to. Please print this instruction page for your records. The application for consideration deadline is February 17th, 2011.
      TADS will contact families directly for any clarification needed concerning financial documents so that the data received by Merriconeag (MWS) is accurate. TADS will notify MWS immediately of received applications that are then viewed over a secure site (please refer to TADS privacy statement at the bottom of their home page www.tads.com) . This will allow the office to process applications more efficiently and avoid numerous paper copies. If you have any questions, please contact me at businessmanager@merriconeag.org or 865-3900 ext. 101.

Click here to apply at http://www.tads.com

Click here to apply at http://www.tads.com


From the Development Office

2010-11 Annual Appeal Update:
Let’s get every class to 100% participation!
      We are hoping to reach 100% participation in each class, and if a high quality education isn’t incentive enough, the first class to reach 100% will get to enjoy a decadent chocolate dessert by Lynne Espy. Remember, a gift of any size counts. We hope you will consider all that Merriconeag brings to your family, and make a gift accordingly.
      If you have any questions about the Annual Appeal, or why we ask every family to consider making a tax-deductible gift, please click here.

Classes with Participation Rates exceeding 50% (as of today):
• 2nd Grade: 66%
• 5th Grade: 58%
• 7th Grade: 53%
• EC (Kristina Farm Morrill’s class): 53%

     Please make a donation to the Annual Appeal today by submitting a check to the office (remittance envelopes available), going to our website and making an online donation, or calling us about a stock gift. If your employer matches your charitable gifts, please let us know!
      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)


Auction Planning is Beginning – we need your help:  On Monday, January 24, at 8:45am in the Farmhouse we will hold our first planning meeting (with yummy refreshments of course) for this year’s Auction. This year the Auction will be held on the evening of April 2nd. The Auction supports tuition funding at Merriconeag – a cause that is vital to the well being and economic diversity of our school. The Auction is always a memorable and fun evening, known for its creative themes, great food, dancing music, and joyful celebration of this community. Mark your calendars now, and look for future Tuesday News notices about ways you can help with the Auction’s success.
      If you are interested in helping with the Auction, or you just want to learn more about it, please come to this first planning meeting or contact Lynne Espy. Whatever your time constraints or talents, we will find a task for you!
Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org




Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic Skiing

   Merriconeag High School skiers did an amazing job in the classic race on Friday, January 14, at Pineland. In the boy's race, out of 64 skiers, Jack Pierce finished 15th, Eli McCurdy, 25th, Ben Tindall, 26th, John Burgess, 28th, Benjamin McCrave 30th, Brian Watko 36th, and Soren Donisvitvch, 38th. In the girl's race, out of 42 skiers, Teagan Wu finished 3rd, Carlin Tindall, 12th and Sierra Jeffers, 13th. Congratulations and good job to all of our skiers! Jeff O'Brien

      Yesterday was the best of winter, cold, sunny, calm, good snow. The course at Twin Brook is not hilly, however, there is a deceptive challenge in the course with lots of tight turns and transitions. Congratulations to Lily Tupper for putting in a fine effort in her first race. She showed determination and raced hard the whole way.

     For the boys: Jack Pierce continued to set the pace with another fine result followed by Ben Tindall, Phineas Samuelson and Brian Watko. Despite missing half of our team, the boys were a respectable 10 out of 15 teams.

     For the Girls: Zoe Chace-Donahue had an outstanding race after fighting off a nasty stretch of being under the weather. Emelie Chace-Donahue was close behind after a busy 3 races in 4 days. Teagan Wu followed up a fine race Friday with another strong race. Carlin Tindalll is really stepping up and had a solid race as well. Lily rounded out the girls result finishing ahead of a number of finishers in her first race. John Tarling, Merriconeag High School Nordic Ski Coach

    For race dates and maps, visit our website's Google Calendar. For race results, go to Maine High School Skiing.



School Community Updates


Snow Days and Unexpected School Closures:

     Information about school closures is printed on the inside cover of your school handbook/directory. For more details on Merriconeag closures follow this link to the December 7 Tuesday News.

     WCSH 6 TV is also offering an automatic text alert for your computer or wireless phone, at the following website: http://www.wcsh6.com/weather/resources/text_alert/default.aspx


Please join us for the first COMMUNITY MEETING of the year:

Thursday, January, 20, 7:00 PM, Community Hall

Come one, come all to share in an important, dynamic and creative discussion about the future of Merriconeag’s campus. The Facilities Planning Committee, a Board mandated group of parents, Board members and teachers, has been meeting weekly to consider various options for the school's future growth. They will present the fruits of their work to date as well as gather valuable feedback from the community. Envision the possibilities with fellow parents, faculty, board members, students, alumni and friends; be a part of the excitement as we continue to provide an environment that inspires our educational mission and welcomes the greater community. Light refreshments provided. Free hammers to the first 10 attendees! FMI please contact Sarah Pierce or Jason Donahue.


Table Puppet Workshop:  Mark your calendar for Friday evening, January 21st at 7 pm in the Handwork Room on the Grade School Campus 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!


We are happy to announce our three upcoming Saturday Craft Mornings:


Calling all Once and Future Irish Steppers: Just a reminder that we have a (free) dance session on Sunday the 23rd at 1PM in the Community Hall - no experience is necessary (though I'd LOVE to see some familiar feet there as well!), just come and have fun! FMI, email Cristina Post at treocyn@gmail.com.


The January 20 Parent Coffee has been cancelled.

We hope you will attend one or more of the following events this week instead:

the Community Meeting, Early Childhood & First Grade Open House, Art Show Opening at 317 Main Street, and/or the Table Puppet Workshop.


Attention Wednesday Pizza Lovers: If you’d like Wednesday pizza, it’s time to sign up for Session II. Session II is a total of 15 weeks beginning February 2 and ending May 25. Sign up for pizza will be for the entire session only.
      Pizza choices will be cheese, pepperoni, and Kalamata (brown) olive and the cost will be $2.00 per slice. The total cost of one slice of pizza per week during session II will be $30.00.
      Students 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 II, please complete an order form and return it with cash or a check, made payable to MWS, to the basket outside the 8th grade classroom no later than Wednesday, January 26th. Questions? Contact Mary Martin 865-0689. Click here for a printable order form.

PIZZA ORDER FORM SESSION II: February 2 through May 25 (15 weeks)
Order forms and cash or check must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Please place in an envelope and leave outside the 8th grade classroom.
This is your only chance to order this session

Cost per slice: $2.00X 15 weeks = $30.00(unless more than 1 slice/wk. ordered)
or you have a conflict with one of the weeks. If so, please complete * below.

Number of Slices Amount Enclosed


Pepperoni_______ Cash $_______

Kalamata Olive___ Check $_______

Name ____________________________________Grade_______Faculty_____

* No pizza on Wed. (date)_____________. I will not be at school (deduct. $ amt.)




Race to Nowhere at Falmouth High School:

If you missed the showing at Merriconeag, Friends School of Portland and and Falmouth Baseball Boosters are presenting the film on Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 PM at Falmouth High School Auditorium, 78 Woodville Road, Falmouth.Tickets are available through http://rtnfalmouthhs.eventbrite.com/ and are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Stonyfield Cafe is sponsoring a 5% donation night for Friends School's Parenting for Peace program on the 25th from 4-8pm, so you might want to consider dinner and a movie. For more information: http://friendsschoolofportland.org/





Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum

January 5, 2011 New York Times article by Hilary Stout

Watch Renate Hiller speak about handwork on YouTube.

For links to other recent articles included in Read This. click here





(Click blue to link through)

Greater Community Link


Community Classifieds Link