Tuesday News - March 8, 2011
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Tomorrow Night: Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM, Community Hall:
Growing Up Real in a Virtual World
A Public Talk by Lowell Monke
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: Unplugged Schools Charlotte’s Webpage
This Friday, March 11, 6:00 PM, Community Hall
Lobster Dinner Fundraiser - $20
Please join Merriconeag High School's Model United Nations Club for their annual lobster dinner fundraiser this Friday in the Community Hall. All proceeds will be used to send the club to two
conferences at High Mowing School and Dartmouth College. For $20 you will receive a fresh cooked lobster caught by a local fisherman, a local and organic salad provided by New Leaf Farm, a baked potato and dessert. There will be live entertainmentthroughout the meal. After the meal there will be a contra dance. Reservations are required by Wednesday afternoon, March 9th. All are welcome so please come! Contact David Whittlesey @ 666-5525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: The Parent Coffee Scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, has been postponed.
Tuition Support Fundraiser and Silent Auction:
Saturday April 2, 6:00 PM
Listed below are the numerous ways in which you can make a difference!
2011 Summer Camp at Merriconeag
The snow is deep, the wind is howling, but here in the farmhouse we’re planning Merriconeag’s 2nd summer camp! Don’t put away your skis just yet, but you can start planning your summer. This year, we’re expanding our summer camp offerings with more weeks, more programs and that means more fun!
July 18 – 29, we will have ½ day programs (9:00 - 12:00), for pre-school through 8th grade students. Teachers will include Johanna Flath, Merriconeag High School Art Teacher, Julie Pennington, Merriconeag Grades Handwork Teacher, Oliver Kinzer and Kam Anderson. (We will offer the option of an afternoon program for younger students based on interest in a full day program.)
• Buttercup Camp for 3 ½ - 6 year olds will delight in the magic of our early childhood center and surrounding woodlands.
July 18 – 22, 12:30 - 3:30, we will host our first week long, fun-filled Basketball Clinic for Grades 6 – 9. Zachary Sloan, a Waldorf graduate, will be coaching this clinic. After graduating from Wheaton College, he joined the program Teach for America, where his classroom duties extended to the basketball court, coaching his 7th and 8th grade boys to the playoffs in Glendale AZ.
August 15 -19, Circus Arts Camp will fill the Community Hall with jugglers, tight- rope walkers, clowns and acrobats! John Saccone will gather his outstanding troop of professional mime artists and jugglers to bring the big top back to the Community Hall after Circus Smirkus leaves town!
Look for more information soon on the Merriconeag website. Registration and medical release forms will be available on line by the end of March. Please contact Christine Sloan, email@example.com with questions.
From the Development Office
2010-11 Annual Appeal Update:
To date, we have raised $51,795 towards our Annual Appeal goal of $60,000. We are in the home stretch now – and we need everyone’s help!!
We are hoping to reach 100% participation by all current families. 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% :
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 so we can stretch your gift even further.
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)
News From the High School
High School Forum - Ambassador Jonathan Moore
We are so grateful for the visit to Merriconeag School by this highly respected international diplomat!
A Student Perspective on the forum: Don’t let his age fool you. Ambassador Jonathan Moore’s mind is sharper than most others you will encounter. This becomes clear as soon as he begins speaking and presenting his ideas coherently, lucidly and without hesitation. In addition to, and perhaps because of, his great experience on both the domestic and international level, Ambassador Moore provides startling insights of our world today and what steps must be taken to live in a healthy and sustainable manner. One of the most surprising parallels he drew was between the rich-poor gap and the speed and ease at which information travels. He pointed out the effect on poor people of having ready access to images and videos depicting lives of opulence and waste. This appears blatantly obvious but it is an aspect I, and I know most of my peers, never thought of before. Ambassador Moore’s main point, one he came back to again and again, was that we Americans, as individuals and as a nation, need to accept a role of responsibility, not entitlement. We as individuals rely on all the members of our community, whether it be our family, neighborhood or the planet, and we must think of our communities in return, not only of ourselves.
Submitted by Ben Tindall, Grade 10
The following thank you letter from some of our students in our high school's Model UN Club recently appeared in the Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association Newsletter:
On January 15, it was a great a great pleasure for us to attend the luncheon and talk by Edward Elmendorf which was part of the UNA annual meeting. The four of us are part of a class of 14 students at the Merriconeag Waldorf High School in New Gloucester who are participating in a Model UN class, and will attend MUN Conferences at High Mowing School and Dartmouth later this year. This was a real opportunity to get a first-hand view about the role of the UN from someone who has been directly involved for several decades, and to meet and talk with UNA members about the UN today. (We also had a delicious meal for which we are most grateful!)
David Sloan has more poems published:
As you may recall, David Sloan, Merriconeag High School’s Humanities and Drama teacher, is an accomplished poet. He recently had two poems, The Spaces Between and The Fire Starter published in the Winter 2011 edition of The Cafe Review.
In the fall, David's poem, Lines in Algonquin, won Honorable Mention in Carpe Articulum Literary Review’s 2010 Poetry Competition. David has also had poems
published in the Northern New England Review, and was a prizewinner in the Friends of Acadia Nature Poetry Contest.
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Merriconeag Waldorf High School Cross Country Coach, Tom Ryan has been named Coach of the Year by the Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. This is in addition to his being named Girls XC Coach of the year by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in November. Coach Ryan will be presented the award at the annual luncheon of the Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches Association on March 19th. Congratulations, Coach!
School Community Updates
Queen of the Sun: Our thanks to all of you who made our showing of Queen of the Sun such a success.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
If you missed the film, you can see it, March 25 - 27, at The Movies at the Portland Museum of Art. Click here for show times.
Earthquake Recovery at the Christchurch, New Zealand Rudolf Steiner School:
Dear Friends on the North American Continent,
News from the Christchurch Steiner School in New Zealand is coming now slowly. Damage to infrastructure has made contact difficult. The Principal of the Steiner School there wrote to friends at Lillipoh and reported that all at the school are fine. The school now has a FaceBook page up: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christchurch-Rudolf-Steiner-Earthquake-response/201414923205026?sk=wall . This is a good way to read up on steps being taken in regaining order. The page also offers ways to help. Of course, your thoughts and prayers need no computer links and might be the biggest help of all. Many thanks for that.
If you or your school community would like to make a donation, here is how from the school principal: anyone in your school, centre or community can make a donation to this fund by sending cheques made out to the Federation to Mark Thornton at 655 Findlay Road Miranda 2473 or making a direct credit into account 06-0457-0114198-00, notifying Mark by email to email@example.com.
Please call our office (518-672-7878) if you have any information or questions.
Patrice Maynard, Leader, Outreach & Development, AWSNA
The 7th Grade launches
fundraising enterprise, SEVENTEEN SEEDS:
Please check the Lost & Found in the upper and lower buildings on the Grade School Campus. After conferences (March 24 and 25) all unclaimed items will be donated to the Clothes Tree Thrift Shop in Freeport.
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!