Tuesday News - February 15, 2011
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Merriconeag's 4th Annual Blood Drive is Today!
Tuesday, February 15th, 1pm - 6pm.
Last Call for donors for this years Red Cross Pay Forward Blood Drive. It's not too late to stop by and donate ,we will be avaliable until 5:45 pm for the last draw. We are so close to our GOAL! Please come on over before pick up this afternoon,we need YOU.
Merriconeag Presents the Maine Premiere of the film
57 Desert Road, Freeport
Limited tickets are available at Royal River Natural Foods. For more information about this fascinating film, please click on the poster.
Growing Up Real in a Virtual World: A Public Talk by Lowell Monke
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM
In preparation for Lowell Monke's visit in March, we encourage you to read two significant articles by him that were published in Orion Magazine.
Please use the following links:
From the Finance Office
Re-Enrollment: Thank you to all the families who have submitted their enrollment contracts. We have received a record number of contracts by the deadline date this year. If you haven’t returned your enrollment contract, please do so prior to mid-winter break. 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. Additional information regarding the application process is listed on this webpage under “What Every Family Should Know”.
If you have any questions regarding enrollment or applying for tiered tuition, please contact me at 865-3900 ext 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Shannon Combar
From the Development Office
2010-11 Annual Appeal
Update: To date, we have raised $50,160 towards our Annual Appeal goal of $60,000. Imagine what we could do to support the programs, faculty and students if everyone contributed?!
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 (email@example.com, 865-3900 Ext. 116)
Tuition Support Auction: Saturday April 2nd
Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday April 2nd! The Auction committee is planning a fabulous party that every parent, friend, grandparent, board member and faculty will want to attend.
Our goal this year is two-fold: to raise $30,000 for Tuition support (formerly called tuition assistance), and to share a fun evening with Merriconeag community members. Lots of fun and surprises are in store, so mark your calendar and book your babysitter!
“Hey!” you may ask. “I’m no high roller so what’s the point of me attending?” Part of every ticket price goes right to Tuition support; just by showing up, you are supporting the cause. The more people who attend, the greater the success of the event, the more tuition support we can offer, the greater the economic diversity within the classroom. One-third of our families receive tuition support, and without this help they could not otherwise afford to send their children at Merriconeag. Besides, it’s a lot of fun!
Another way to help the cause is by donating goods or services to the silent auction which will be a part of the evening. We are a creative community with a wealth of talents to offer; from sticky buns to knight’s cloaks, landscaping services to massage therapy sessions. We also have connections - perhaps you have access to tickets to a Celtic’s or Bruin’s game, a free iPad or iPod Touch, a season’s pass for skiing, gift certificates to a restaurant, a week at a summer camp…. If you have something to offer, a donation form is attached. While we need forms back by March 14th, your item needn’t be ready until March 25th.
We are also looking to make connections with local businesses. If you know of a local business that might like to support Merriconeag, please contact the committee member who is responsible for business solicitations in your town. Finally, if you’d like to help out but aren’t quite sure how, the Tuition Support Fundraising Committee is still looking for a couple volunteers to fill the jobs. We are a fun group to work with, we have treats and coffee at our meetings, and we would really value your help and input.
Mark your calendars, and start thinking about what you could contribute!
Auction Team 2011:
• Catalogue: Graphic Design and Printing Coordinator – Susan Caron
Auction-day computer networking and set-up – Nate and Melissa Hoy, Shannon Combar
From the Admissions Office
We are receiving lots of new inquiries and applications for September. Thanks to all of the Merriconeag families and friends who continue to share your experiences here with interested others!
Several admission events are coming up the week we return from February break. Please contact Lyn Baird (865-3900, ext.103 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to sign up.
Tuesday, March 1, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m. Walk through Grades 1 – 8
Tuesday, March 1, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Early Childhood Information Session
Saturday, March 5, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Early Childhood Open House
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Middle School Nordic Skiing
Last Thursday MWS hosted a 3K Skate Race at Pineland. It takes an immense amount of work to host a ski meet. You need to set the course, work with the groomer, obtain the starting orders from the other schools, mark the course, get race bibs to each team, course marshals, cones, stakes, flags, paint, stop watches, timing the event and overseeing the volunteers.
Many thanks go out to our head coaches, Amy and Bjorn, who oversaw all of this. The race itself was fabulous, smooth running and friendly. Both our Boys and Girls ended the CCC League final by coming in first place.
Submitted by John Saccone
High School Nordic Skiing
Merriconeag High School's Nordic Ski Team at Starks Hill in Fryeburg on Saturday
The Western Maine Conference nordic skiing championships were held this past week. The skate race was last Wednesday in Gray and the classic race was Saturday in Fryeburg. All of our skiers skied very well. The boys finished 6th overall (3rd in class C). They finished ahead of Greely, Waynflete, Cape Elizabeth, and Gray/New Gloucester. The Girls finished 3rd overall (1st in class C). They finished ahead of every school except Yarmouth and Falmouth.
From Coach Tarling: We were very fortunate to have two great days of racing for the WMC Championships. Saturday at Starks Hill in Fryeburg was cold at the start. First up the boys race: The boys have been working hard all year and given the youth on the team they can look forward to a bright future in HS Skiing. Saturday the team was again led by Jack Pierce. He has led the team all year and finished again in 12th place, matching his finish in the skate race. Eli McCurdy and Ben Tindall continued their season-long battle and Eli ended up just edging Ben. John Burgess and Phineas Samuelson both skied with effort and helped the boys to a respectable 6 place. Considering the teams ranked behind the boys, this is a good sign for the future.
The food on Saturday was a real treat, thanks to all who pitched in with food and transportation. This week we will ski Tuesday, skate, and participate the the Yarmouth Fun Relay (skate again) at Pratts Brook on Wednesday.
A special thanks to Adele Espy for all her waxing help and support on Friday and Saturday. Her help is greatly appreciated.
The team will be participating in the Class C State Championships in Rangeley the week of school vacation.
Merriconeag Alum sweeps Nordic Races at 100th Dartmouth Winter Carnival
Sam Tarling (MWS 8th grade class of 2005), a sophomore at Dartmouth College, was on the podium celebrating back to back nordic ski victories last weekend at Dartmouth College’s 100th Winter Carnival. Although his father, John Tarling, was busy coaching Merriconeag’s high school team at the Western Maine Conference in Fryeburg, his mother and several other Merriconeag families watched as Sam won both the Men’s 10 km freestyle (skate) and 20 km classical races. Two of Sam’s former Merriconeag classmates and team members, Lucas Milliken (Bates College) and Kelsey Nichols (St. Lawrence University), also competed in the Dartmouth Carnival races. Submitted by Lynne Espy
School Community Updates
Movement Education: There is still a great deal of snow. Some of the best skiing of the year is ahead of us. We will continue to ski during Movement classes after the February break. Thank you for hauling the equipment back and forth. Thanks, Mr. Saccone
Tom Braden, March 31, 1940 - February 11, 2011
The 7th Grade launches fundraising enterprise: SEVENTEEN SEEDS
Race to Nowhere
The Race continues to get lots of play in Greater Portland and Outskirts North. If you haven't seen it, do try to catch this Maine showing:
Greely High School, March 1, 7:00 PM
Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!