Tuesday News - March 29, 2011
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Tuition Support Fundraiser and Silent Auction:
This Saturday April 2, 6:00 PM, Community Hall
This is a not-to-miss event – it is an evening filled with fabulous food and drink, a faculty/parent presentation that will surprise and delight, enough silent auction items for everyone to take something home, drawing the lucky winner of a large cash raffle as well as winners for 3 delightful student and parent made raffle items, a fast-paced reverse auction, and dancing to beach tunes. The proceeds from this fundraiser directly benefit our tuition support program. Please demonstrate your commitment to tuition support by coming on Saturday, bidding on silent auction items, participating in the reverse auction, and buying raffle tickets.
Bring in the Goods! All items (except perishables) for the Silent Auction should be brought to the Farmhouse as soon as possible, no later than Friday morning. Thanks to the hard work of the Auction committee and the generosity of this community, over 170 fabulous items and tempting services have been donated to the Silent Auction! Check out a sampling of the donated items on our Auction Facebook page. Link to the Auction Facebook page.. You need not be a Facebook user to get on this page. You will find it helpful to peruse the descriptions and photos of the items before you come on Saturday!
This just in!! North East Harbor artist Eric Hopkins has donated a signed print from his Waypoints#2 series. View the print. It could be yours! See you at the auction on Saturday!
Send in your rsvp card and payment! Please, please rsvp! We want to have plenty of food and drink available. We have kept the entry fee low ($25 each or $40 per couple) so that every parent will come. If this fee is preventing you (or a friend) from coming, please give Lynne Espy a call. We want everyone to come, and we can provide discounted tickets if that’s what is needed to get you there!
Tickets / Reservations? Didn’t purchase them yet? Can I still go? Of course you can! Tickets will be on sale at the door for $25/person or $40/couple. Just bring your checkbook (or Visa or Mastercard) and we’ll take care of the rest! (The development office has a limited number of tickets available at reduced rates. If this would make the difference in your attending, please feel welcome to call Lynne Espy at 865-3900, ext. 116). Bring your friends, family and neighbors!! Many people coming to the auction hopefully translates into more money for tuition support for our families who rely on it. It is vital that we do all we can to make this Auction successful – and we are so grateful for your help.
Other questions about the Tuition Support Auction? email@example.com
Submitted by Lynne Espy, for the amazing Auction Team!
Parent Coffee: Thursday, April 7, 1:30 pm, Farmhouse Conference Room
A discussion with Connie Gerwin about how the
Waldorf high school mathematics curriculum is rooted
in a rich understanding of adolescent human development.
Connie Gerwin has been inspiring high school students for over 30 years. She has been a guest teacher in our high school for three years and is currently teaching a morning lesson block in Probability to our 9th graders. A dynamic and resourceful math teacher - with a particular focus on algebra and geometry - Connie also mentors new teachers, and offers talks and workshops throughout New England.
2011 Summer Camps at Merriconeag
To learn more about our six summer camps and to register, click here.
From the Administrator
In the grade school, one of the most welcome changes is the detailed report going home the end of the week prior to conference days. Parents have shared with us that it allows them time to focus their questions and concerns for a more productive dialogue in the 30-45 minute sessions. The grid has also allowed parents and teachers to notice if specific concerns are shared by a number of teachers, or if issues are specific to one class or another.
Lucy and Jim Ahearne shared the following e-mail with the faculty over the weekend…
We wanted to pass along to you and the faculty just how much we appreciated having the opportunity to meet with subject teachers during conferences. Hearing from the subject teachers about their classes, the social dynamics, and even year to year progress, was enlightening and it seemed like it might have been productive for them as well.
Please continue to share with us your experiences of conferences, so that we can further develop this vital tool for parent/teacher communication. Submitted by Christine Sloan
From the Admissions Office
Two admission events are coming up next week. Both are great ways to introduce friends to Merriconeag. To register, contact Lyn Baird at 865-3900, ext103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag
Walk through Grades 1 – 8
Early Childhood Information Session
From the Facilities Planning Committee
Update on Campus Planning:
News From the Early Childhood Center
Last week, Kristina Farm-Morrill announced to her Kindergarten parents that she will be taking a leave of absence from her class for one year. This decision was prompted by her mother’s failing health. Kristina will be spending part of next year in Finland caring for her mother, who was diagnosed this year with Parkinson’s disease.
Please note that we are advertising a one year position in the Kindergarten, in this Tuesday News and on our website: One Year, Lead Kindergarten Position beginning August, 2011/2012
Qualifications, Salary and Benefits: Ideal candidates are Waldorf-trained, teachers, with at least two years of Waldorf early childhood teaching experience and a commitment to working out of Anthroposophy. Applicants must be dedicated to excellence in teaching and recognize the importance of parent education, self-development and collegial cooperation. Full-time faculty is currently offered medical and disability coverage, a retirement plan, and financial support for professional development. Our base salary is competitive with other Waldorf schools.
News From the High School
Monday, March 28th was the beginning of new Morning Lessons. We have two guest teachers for the next three weeks. Connie Gerwin is teaching "Probability" to the 9th grade and David Levi is teaching "Rise of the West" to the 11th grade. Mr. Sloan will be teaching Greek History to the 10th grade.
The 12th graders have embarked on their three week internships. Becca Wildes is working at an animal shelter in Nevada. Benjamin McCrave is job shadowing with the ski patrol in the Rocky mountains. Leif Anderson is learning how to flip crepes in France. Ali Perkins will be at an orphanage in Tanzania. Phineas Samuelson is working with immigrants in Portland. Jeremy Colson is programming computers locally. We are looking forward welcoming them back and hearing of their experiences. They return after April vacation.
What Does it Mean to be Free? Theme Week, March 21 through March 23: Last week our high school students spent their second theme week of the year in a variety of activities, contemplating the question, What does it mean to be free? Teagan Wu (10th grade), Emma Rhodes-Armstrong (9th grade) and Wyatt Dowling (11th grade) write about their experiences below.
"There Is No Easy Walk to Freedom Anywhere” by Teagan Wu
Are We Really Free? by Emma Rhodes-Armstrong
Many of these experiences, particularly the visit to the prison, changed our views of what freedom can mean, and made many of us reconsider the truth of our preconceptions. Overall, from discussions and debates to prisons and musicals, the Theme Week has been an eye-opener, and a great success.
Enlightened Inmates by Wyatt Dowling
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Community Updates
Congratulations to Marta, Tom and Robert Rackmales on the addition of new family member, Tizita. She is a experiencing winter for the first time, as the weather is slightly different in Ethiopa, where she has spent her first three years. Welcome Tizita, we’re all looking forward to seeing more of you on campus!
Welcome to baby Samantha Pohl Francis, born last Tuesday, March 15 to her Richard and Sandra Francis. Congratulations!
Notecard Fundraiser for Japan: Inspired by 8th Grader Gabriella Gaspardi's idea to make note cards to raise money for to the Japanese people in the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, 12 students and alumni of Merriconeag have donated artwork to a fundraising project. 100% of the money brought in from the sale of note cards featuring the children's paintings, drawings and prints will benefit the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund administered by the highly-recommended (by trusted Japanese contacts and The New York Times) and well-established Japan Center for International Exchange. JCIE and its partners in Japan distribute funding to Japanese humanitarian organizations that are moving quickly to reach those who have been affected by this disaster, participating in search and rescue missions and providing food, water, shelter, healthcare, and emotional support. Please drop by the EC or Grades School Office, Royal River Natural Foods or Island Treasure Toys after Thursday, April 1st to buy your cards. We humbly suggest a minimum donation of $20 for the pack of 12 cards.
domo arigatou gozaimasu
thank you very much
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
Props Needed: The 8th graders play production is well underway. We are in need of the following stage props to complete the stage set-up depicting the time period the play will be portrayed in:
- a 1920-1930's telephone
If anyone has any of the above items or knows where I could barrow an item, please contact me or drop it off in Lisa's office. Submitted by Mary Martin, 865-0689, email@example.com.
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!