Tuesday News - March 22, 2011
All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 3:00 pm.
Reminder: This Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25, school is closed for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
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
Line up your sitter and dig out your beach attire. It isn’t required, but many people will dress for the Beach Party, so here are some suggestions. First of all, think local beach party, not the Bahamas, and think Maine summer, not the tropics. Attire suitable for surfing, swimming (or not), snorkeling in muddy Maine waters, beach volleyball, clam digging, gathering seaweed, hunting for beach glass, or just celebrating the end of the winter by going to the beach on a windy, spring day for a picnic.
Check out the Item of the Week:
Have you seen our Auction Facebook page? You don’t need to be on Facebook to check it out – from this link you can see photos and wonderful descriptions of all the donated items submitted so far. Link to the Auction Facebook page.
2011 Summer Camps at Merriconeag
To learn more about our six summer camps and to register, click here.
From the Administrator
Trace Salter has been doing some research to help members of the Merriconeag community reach out to those in Japan who need great support. Her father lived in Japan as a boy in the post-war era and then her parents lived in Tokyo for several years in the 90's. Below you will find the name of an NGO that has been recommended by their friends in Japan.
In addition, Merriconeag students, past and present are working on a project to support Japanese people as they face the catastrophic devastation wrought by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th. Twelve students have contributed artwork what will be featured on note cards to be sold at Royal River Natural Foods, Island Treasure Toys and in the office at MWS after April 1st.
100% of the money raised from the sale of these note cards will benefit the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund administered by the Japan Center for International Exchange. JCIE distributes funding to relief organizations in Japan, who are moving quickly to reach those who have been affected by this disaster,
For more information on JCIE and to donate to this reliable non-profit, please visit http://www.jcie.org/earthquake.
Submitted by Christine Sloan
From the Facilities Planning Committee
Update on Campus Planning:
News From the High School
Essayists impress in Slow Food Portland's inaugural Young Food Writers Competition: As we mentioned back on March 1, Merriconeag Senior,
Ali Perkins won the Grand Prize in the grades 9 - 12 Slow Food Portland Young Writers Contest. We are also pleased to report that Merriconeag Fourth Grader, Wilson Haims received Honorable Mention in the contest. Ali read her essay at a gathering at Space Gallery in Portland on March 10 and she was featured in the March 16 edition of the Portland Press Herald. To read the article which includes Ali's essay, please click here.
Model UN Conference in Wilton, NH:
On 19 March, 14 MWHS students participated in the High Mowing School Model UN Conference in Wilton, NH. The students made up delegations from 7 different countries, three in the Security Council Session that debated “ the situation in the Middle East: the Palestinian-Israeli Peace process”, and “UN Security Council reform”; and four in the General Assembly that tackled “making International Aid more effective” and “improving the International Criminal Court”.
and for making us welcome for the night as well. After dinner and the conference closure, we joined some of the High Mowing students around a fire pit for “s’mores” under a huge full moon. We closed the long day watching the movie “Inception” – all in all, a fine day!
Submitted by David Whittlesey
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Spring Athletics at the Middle School: We will be offering two different after-school activities for 6th, 7th
Running Club led by Oliver Kinzer - from April 25th to May 18th on Mondays and Wednesdays from
3:00 to 4:30PM. Cost is $30.
Ultimate Frisbee Club - from April 25th to May 18th, every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30PM.
Cost is $30.
If your child was not a member of the running team, ski team or basketball club, you will need to fill out a medical release form. A student cannot participate without this form. Please sign up in the office. Any questions, email John Saccone at email@example.com.
School Community Updates
Ski Rental Returns: On Tuesday, April 5th before and after school and Wednesday, April 6th before and after school, rental skis can be returned to the Desert Rd.campus. Skis MUST be free and clean of kickwax. Skis should be wiped free of dirt and elastic banded together on top and bottom. Poles should be wiped off and elastic banded to skis, top and bottom (total of 4 elastic bands). Boots should be wiped off and attached to bindings. You must check in/out with John Saccone. Please do not just drop off the equipment. Thank you. Mr. Saccone
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.
Fri, Oct 3, 1:30 pm,
All parents are welcome to witness the fruits of our morning work. If it is sunny weather we will be outside on the Desert Road Campus. If it is raining, you will find us in the Community Hall.
MS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 3, MS XC Race at Scarborough, 4:15 & 4:45 pm.
HS XC Race :
Sat, Oct 4, The Festival of Champions in Belfast - which will see over 1800 runners on the course throughout the day! Click on link below for race details.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.