Tuesday News - February 1, 2011
All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 3:00 pm.
Our Town - Our Community
The high school plays are always a highlight of the year, a time when we join together as a whole school and see old friends. It is a time when we open ourselves up to being carried into another world. I find that I don't want to miss a single performance.
From the Administrator
Winter Weather Warning:
Because of the open and busy use of the Community Hall for school events, rehearsals, aftercare, and outside rentals, leaving instruments in the gallery of the CH is not a safe option. If special circumstances arise, teachers may give permission to leave instruments in their classrooms. We realize that during ski season, this is especially likely on Thursdays. Please review the guideline stated in the Tuesday News last September:
Please note that overnight storage of wind and string instruments in the Community Hall will not be permitted. On the days students have ensemble, instruments are to be brought to school in the morning and taken home in the afternoon. Not only is space limited in the Community Hall, but the valuable home practice required of students cannot occur when instruments are left at school overnight or over the weekend. Thank you very much for your help with this. From Tuesday News, September 14, 2011
Christine Sloan, Administrator
Don't Miss Merriconeag's Only Basketball Game This Season!
Saturday Craft Mornings: The second one is this Saturday, February 5th! Our first Craft Morning, held last Saturday, January 29, was a great success with many attending from outside of the school. These mornings are a wonderful way to introduce a family to Waldorf Early Childhood Education so please continue to spread the word and bring your friends.
Pre-registration is suggested but drop-ins are welcome.
Why Waldorf Works: From a
Join us for a discussion about recent neurological research and how Waldorf Education supports healthy brain development. It is becoming ever clearer that the movement and emotional aspects of education are as important for healthy brain development as the cognitive aspects. What does the research show, and how are we supporting this healthy growth at Merriconeag?
Panelists will include David Beringer, who has completed a three-year training as a therapeutic educator, Cristina Post who recently completed the Mind, Brain, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Sandy Pearson, Handwork Teacher who recently led workshops for teachers on the importance of craftwork and the hand for healthy development, and other teachers. This event will include brief presentations and time for dialogue, so please come and bring your questions.
Merriconeag Art Show Opening Reception at 317 Main Street, Yarmouth
Rescheduled for Friday, February 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where Art and Academics Interesect
an exhibition of student work from Merriconeag Waldorf School.
Show dates: Jan 17 - Feb 25,
317 Main Street, Yarmouth
Merriconeag Presents the Maine Premiere of the film
In 1923, Rudolf Steiner,scientist, philosopher, social innovator and founder of Waldorf Education, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder, where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation.
Growing Up Real in a Virtual World
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM
Lowell Monke is Associate Professor of Education at Wittenberg University. He is coauthor of Breaking Down the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a Post-Modem World (SUNY Press, 2001), and numerous articles on the role of technology in children’s lives. For twenty years Lowell taught young people with and about computers in schools in the U. S., South America and Europe. He is a founding member of The Alliance for Childhood and serves on its board of directors. Currently Lowell spends most of his time confusing aspiring teachers about the purpose of education and its role in American society.
From the Admissions Office
New Date for “Walk through Grades 1 – 8”
From the Finance Office
Enrollment packets: Packets were mailed to families on Friday, January 28th. If you don’t receive your packet by the end of this week, please let us know so we can provide another one. The re-enrollment deadline is February 11th. If you do not intend to re-enroll, please check that off on the enrollment contract or contact the Finance Office directly as this helps us with planning for the next school year. Please remember that both parents/legal guardians are required to sign the enrollment contract. If parents are in separate households, the enrollment packet includes an envelope for the paperwork to be forwarded to the other parent.
Tiered Tuition (formerly Tuition Assistance): Information regarding the changes in this program are now listed on the website under Admissions, Financial Aid. At the bottom, there is a link “Applying for consideration” which will take you to the web page containing the TADS links for the worksheet and the application website. We will have additional information regarding the application process listed on this webpage by tomorrow.
Please state the tier of tuition that your family is applying for in your letter to the Tiered Tuition Committee and send this document along with your financial documents to TADS. In evaluating an application for consideration, the committee considers the assets of both parents and/or legal guardians. Parents/legal guardians in separate households must submit an application and the supporting documentation to TADS individually. If you have any questions regarding enrollment or applying for tiered tuition, please contact me at 865-3900 ext 101 or email@example.com. Thank you, Shannon Combar
From the Development Office
2010-11 Annual Appeal Update:
The Annual Appeal touches every student at Merriconeag. From the early childhood programs to the high school, these funds support the high quality arts, music, movement, language, and outdoor programs that we value. The Annual Appeal also supports our dedicated faculty, and helps maintain our beautiful campus. Whatever it is about Merriconeag that you appreciate, you can be certain that it is sustained by the Annual Appeal. Your generous support of Merriconeag’s Annual Appeal has immediate and lasting impact on the lives of our students and is the most important gift to the school you can give. Please make that gift today!
To date, we have raised $47,660 towards our Annual Appeal goal of $60,000. This is very good progress – let’s keep the momentum going and finish this important fund drive!
Many classes have exceeded the 50% participation rate, but we still need your help getting to our goal of 100% participation in each class! 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.
Classes with participation rates exceeding 50% (as of today):
Matching Gifts: If your employer matches your charitable gifts, please let us know! Some of the businesses that have matching or incentive programs include Aetna, FairPoint Communications and Drummond & Drummond. Gifts to United Way can also be directed to Merriconeag. 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, or a matching gift from your employer
As a community, we are enormously indebted to every family who chooses to make a donation to the annual appeal. In gratitude, Lynne Espy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116)
From the Circus Office
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
The 2011 Circus season is off to a roaring start with the Smirkus Freeport Roustabouts already busily planning for August 11th and 12th when Circus Smirkus will bring FRONTPAGE FOLLIES Big Top Big News! to our campus for four fabulous shows. Broadcasting live from under the Big Top, Smirkus newshounds and newsclowns seek the headlines and beat the deadlines, circus-style! In a swell tribute to old-time journalism, those paparazzi clowns capture all the daredevil derring-do. Juggling paperboys, acrobatic announcers, high wire hacks and one wacky weatherman score the sensational Smirkus scoop.
There are 30 troupers spanning the globe. You’ll see old friends and new on this list: Una Bennett, Aaron Berman, Chase Culp, Sam Ferlo, Emily Gare, Maia Gawor-Sloane, Magnus Giaever, Julia Greenberg, Sam Gurwitt, Sonya Gurwitt, Alyson Mattei, Bekk McGowan, Willem McGowan, Collin Miclon, Al Mireault, Noah Nielsen, Anna Partridge, Morgan Pinney, Jessica Roginsky, Emma Rogers, Leah Samelson, Olivia Saunders, Brin Schoellkopf, Zoe Silberblatt, John Stubbs, Sarah Tiffin, Ezra Weill, Owen Winship, Emily Wunderle & Nick Zelle.
Our own local cast includes, Aly Fullagar (recruiting volunteers), Barbara Guffin (helping run the back office) and Drew Tieman & Catherine Weiland (coordinating Homestays). Your Head Clown is once again Trace Salter, email@example.com, with a new office in the Farmhouse. Drop by any time to throw your fedora into the ring…we’d love your help!
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Middle School Nordic Skiing
On Thursday, January 27, the MWS middle school Nordic Team raced at Twin Brook in Cumberland in a 3 K classic event with teams from Yarmouth, Grey - New Gloucester, Lakes Region, Fryeburg, and North Yarmouth Academy. The conditions, both ski and weather, were ideal. The event ran like clockwork—and no wonder, as it was hosted and organized by NYA coach Louisa Moore and her assistants, Peter Moore and Tim McMahon. The girls tied for 1st place with Yarmouth and the boys came in 2nd place after Yarmouth. The racers seem to really enjoy the good competition and you can see them doing their best for themselves,their team-mates, and their school. One of the many benefits of being on the team is having the opportunity to meet kids (and parents) from other teams. We often run into old friends and notice that the new faces become familiar. Getting to know the other competitors and cheering for them as well is all part of the fun. The sun was setting by the end of the races, turning snow and sky from blue to purple. A time for the team to gather with Coaches Amy & Bjorn to celebrate their hard work and team-mate Ciara's birthday with aprés ski treats and a rousing birthday song. Submitted by Lucy Birkett Ahearne
High School Nordic Skiing
We had perfect snow conditions and lots of good competition for the race we hosted at Pineland with NYA on Wednesday, January 19. The food table was a hit and everyone skied well. We met a team goal by having Haydee Jacobs complete the race. Now the whole team has done so. A few highlights: Jack Pierce again led the way with a solid 16 in a stacked field of boys. Ben McCrave showed he can ski with the top skiers in the conference. Eli McCurdy, Phineas Samuelson, Ben Tindall and John Burgess all finished in good places. The girls had three in the top eight: Zoe and Emelie Chace-Donahue and Teagan Wu. They work hard and have shown they are all able to ski with the best in the conference. What's really great is that our top three girls now have wonderful support with Carlin Tindall, Haydee Jacobs,and Lily Tupper.
The Sassi Race on Saturday, January 29 lived up to the hype as the best HS Nordic race in Maine and it is hard to envision a better HS Nordic event anywhere. With over 425 finishers, this a huge race by any standard.This year the weather cooperated with cold conditions at the start of the boy"s race and a slight warming for the girls. The new snow and high humidity made the wax tricky and changing throughout the day.The tracks were breaking down due to the new snow and large numbers of racers. Despite these challenges I was pleased with the efforts of all our racers.We had many fine individual finishers including Zoe Chace-Donahue,8th,Teagan Wu, 20,Emelie Chace-Donahue,24, along with Carlin Tindall,72 giving the girls a very impressive 6th out of 25 teams.For the boy's, Jack Pierce, 39th, led the boy's team to a very solid 11th place out of 28 teams.Ben Tindall had his best finish of the year as did John Burgess and Eli McCurdy and Phin Samuelson also had strong results.
Submitted by John Tarling
The high school nordic race scheduled for tomorrow, February 2, in Fryeburg has been rescheduled for Friday, February 4.
Forum for Grades 5-12 & Parents:
Grades 5 - 12 Forum:
Bill Yeo Speaks about his Everest Ascent
Thursday, April 2, 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Bill is a father in the second grade, Parents are welcome to join grades 5 - 12 for this talk on Thursday.
"The Mask you Live in" Film:
April 2, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center.
Merriconeag Waldorf School is co-sponsoring this film, The Mask you Live in, with Maine Boys to Men and Yarmouth High School. The film explores American masculinity and it is from the team behind Miss Representation, a film we previously co-sponsored, . This event is recommended for audience members 17 and older. Admission is free but space is limited so registration is required. Register today by clicking below.
Tour of Grades 1 - 8:
Wed, April 8, 8-10:30 am, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, Begins in Community Hall.
Tour of Grades 1-8.
An opportunity for adults to experience Waldorf education first-hand by observing our students & teachers in action.
This tour is for adults only. Please call 207-865-3900, ext. 103, to register.
Tea & Play Session:
Fri, April 10, 9 - 10 am.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or
Variety Show & Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition:
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 p.m.), Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood:
Tues, April 14, 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education. After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique
approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling 207-865-3900, ext. 103.
Tues, April 14, 6:15 pm
"You Can't Take It With You":
Grade 8 Play
Wed, April 15, 1:00 pm.
Thurs, April 16, 7:00 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
The 8th Graders will present their play, "You Can't Take It With You." Please join us.
Bring A Friend Day:
Fri, April 17, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Register your grade school friend through firstname.lastname@example.org