Tuesday News - March 15, 2011
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The Parent Coffee Scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, has been postponed.
7th Grade Play is this Thursday:
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Ye Merriconeag Waldorf School Seventh Grade
The Works of William Shakespeare:
Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (or What You Will)
a medley of scenes full of romance, tragedy, and laughter
Thursday, March 17 at 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM
in the Community Hall at 57 Desert Road
Admission is Free
Queen of the Sun: 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.
Tuition Support Fundraiser and Silent Auction:
Saturday April 2, 6:00 PM, Community Hall
Calling All Auction Donations! Merriconeag’s Beach Party and Tuition Support Silent Auction are just a few weeks away on Saturday evening, April 2nd, starting at 6pm in our Community Hall. We’ve already received some great donations from local businesses, our families, and even from our high school students, but we still don’t have yours! If you are planning to make a donation, please fill out the attached donation form and send it to any Merriconeag office or directly to Lynne Espy today! It won’t be listed in the auction catalogue unless we receive it very soon! Link to auction donation & sponsorship form
Check out the Item of the Week:
2011 Summer Camps at Merriconeag
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, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
From the Development Office
2010-11 Annual Appeal Update:
Last week, volunteers spent a few hours of their evening calling families who have not yet contributed to the 2010-11 Annual Appeal. We had a lot of fun, thanks to the refreshments and good sense of humor among all, and we were thrilled by your positive response. Most of the parents we reached by phone said they appreciated the reminder, and would be making a donation to the Annual Appeal as soon as possible.
We have two goals: the first goal is to raise $60,000 for the operating budget. This keeps the school running, pays faculty salaries, provides essential supplies for the arts, music and movement programs, and helps families who require tuition support. The second goal is to reach 100% participation among all current parents. As we seek funding from foundations, a high level of participation demonstrates our community’s commitment to Merriconeag and to Waldorf education. Please remember that any size gift counts, and your one gift counts toward all of your children’s classes. Please help your child’s class get to 100% participation!
My offer still stands: the first class to reach 100% participation will receive a decadent chocolate dessert, made by Lynne Espy. Last year, it was the 8th grade – who will get it this year?
These classes have reached 50% participation - let’s get them to 100%!
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. If you have questions about the Annual Appeal, click here.
In gratitude, Lynne Espy (email@example.com,
865-3900 Ext. 116)
School Community Updates
Lowell Monke Visits with Faculty and Students: Lowell Monke, Professor of Education at Wittenberg University, spent a full day the high school last Thursday. He met with faculty and students and visited classes.
Professor Monke commented that he visits hundreds of schools all over the country and that he sees Waldorf Schools as the brightest beacon of hope for our children and the only schools that he knows of that are committed to developing "inner strengths and capacities".
When Lowell joined the full Faculty Meeting late Thursday afternoon he shared the following: "If I took any of the students out of your high school, who participated in the forum today, and put them in my education course at Wittenberg, they would improve the quality of my class."
Lobster Dinner Fundraiser is a success:
Friday evening, 11 March, the lobster dinner fund-raiser for the Model UN participation in conferences at High Mowing School and Dartmouth College was a great success. The dinner, accompanied by music by the Squashin’ Gourds and various MWHS faculty, was finished off with a rousing contra dance with music by the New Leaf music ensemble (The Colson family plus), with Dave Colson calling. It was a fun evening, and over $750 was raised for the program! Special thanks to the Pierces for their music, the Colsons for donating the salad and potatoes (and the music), to Eva McVicar, Rosemary Burwell, Michael Fenderson and Régine Whittlesey for their super help throughout the evening, and to Larry Anderson for procuring, cooking, serving and cleaning up after all the lobsters! David Whittlesey
Energy Analysis and Transportation Study at Merriconeag: As part of a graduate school project in sustainability, MWS parent Alicia Heyburn is conducting an energy analysis and transportation study of Merriconeag's Freeport campus.
This will include collaboration with administration and the Buildings and Grounds Committee to assess how much energy each building is using, and making recommendations for improving efficiency through use, insulation and fuel sources.
For the transportation study she will count cars entering and leaving campus for a morning, noon and afternoon in early April. Erik West, an MWS parent who works for the Maine Carpool/Vanpool program, GO MAINE, will assist with mapping and suggestions to expand sustainable transportation options.
If you have questions or would like to assist with the study please contact Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sam Tarling is a National Champion! Sam Tarling, a sophomore skiing for Dartmouth College, won the men's 10 kilometer Nordic freestyle race Wednesday, March 9, on the opening day of the NCAA skiing championships at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Sam is a "graduate" of Merriconeag's 8th Grade Class of 2005 and is the son of Merriconeag High School's Nordic Coach, John Tarling.
To read the article in the Thursday, March 10 issue of the Portland Press Herald, click here.
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!