Tuesday News - April 26, 2011
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The High School Coffee House
An Evening of Sweet Words, Sweet Music, and Sweet Treats!
This Friday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. in the Community Hall
What has become one of the most eagerly awaited traditions in the life of the our young high school will take place on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Juniors Tyler O'Brien and Liza Simmons will co-host a program that should satisfy all Worshippers of the Word, music aficionados, and dessert addicts in the community. Come hear award-winning poetry, stirring short stories, and moving music. You may even experience--live and in-person--several You Tube celebrities in action! Although there is no entrance fee for this memorable evening, donations at the door will be gratefully accepted. Delectable desserts and beverages will also be sold during the program.
The 4th Annual
Merriconeag Poetry Festival
This Sunday, May 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Don't miss our 4th annual poetry festival featuring Maine’s new Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair, and finalists from the following high schools: Aucocisco, Cheverus, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Merriconeag Waldorf, North Yarmouth Academy, Scarborough, Thornton Academy, and Yarmouth.
The event is open to the public and will feature the student-poets reading their prize-winning work. As Festival judge, Mr. McNair, nationally acclaimed author of eighteen books, will read his own work as well and speak briefly on the power of poetry. He will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.
May Celebration and Medieval Faire
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport
A family day of festive activities: Maypole dancing, games, delicious food & drink.
News From the High School
Congratulations to the class of 2011!
Colleges and Universities that have accepted Merriconeag seniors: Alfred University - School of Engineering, Antioch College, Bard College, Becker College, Bennington College, Centre College, Champlain College, Clark University, Colby Sawyer College, Colby College, Endicott College, Evergreen State College, Franklin Pierce College, Gettysburg College, Goucher College, Guilford College, Hampshire College, Hobart and William Smith College, Husson College, Kalamazoo University, Lasell College, Lewis and Clark College, Johnson and Wales College, Skidmore College, St. John’s College, (NM), St. Lawrence University, Roger Williams College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of New Hampshire, University of Maine – Orono, University of Maine – Orono, School of Engineering, University of Maine – Farmington, University of Southern Maine, University of Puget Sound, University of Vermont, Warren Wilson College.
Donate your gas powered machine to science! Lawn Mower, weed-wacker, chain saw, roto-tiller not working after the long cold winter? Donate it to Merriconeag. Every year the 9th grade dissects engines. Instead of paying a disposal fee, take a tax deduction! Please put any donated equipment behind the community hall and the office portable. Any questions call Jeff O'Brien at the high school (688-8989) or at home (688-3245).
From the Administrator
Spring Forward – A Day in the Life of Building the Merriconeag Community
On Wednesday morning, as I walked across Desert Road with a second grade student, we talked about seeing the eighth grade play, “Cheaper by the Dozen” later that morning. He told me that one of his friends, who had a sibling in the eighth grade, said the play was really funny…we were both looking forward to a room full of laughter in the Community Hall.
Walking back into the Farmhouse at 8:30, I discovered that the laughter had already begun. The smell of Lynne Espy’s freshly baked scones, hot coffee, and a kitchen filled with parents met me at the door. The Auction committee was having another party! This one was in celebration of their unprecedented success, raising over $51,000 in one night! The amazing group of volunteers, who worked with Lynne for the Beach Party Auction, filled the Fireplace room with excitement and a sense of accomplishment. That community-building event not only helped us let go of our winter woolens, enjoy the “imagination of sun” and the company of good friends, it raised an additional $20,000 beyond our goal for tuition support this coming school year!
At the same time, in the conference room by my office, a serious group of board/committee members were meeting with the Finance Director discussing financial planning. They had started at 7:00 am, and were still going strong. (There was laughter in that meeting, too!)
I was about to meet with two parents for a planning session for this year’s eighth grade “thank you dinner.” We had trouble finding a space! We finally pulled chairs into the Development/Buildings & Grounds office which was free for the moment. By 10:30 parents and some of the staff were headed to the Community Hall to enjoy a beautifully staged production of “Cheaper by the Dozen.”
As I walked back up to the Farmhouse at 12:30, I reflected on the astonishing variety of “gatherings” of people that had taken place that morning at Merriconeag. In those few short hours, not counting the classes that were taking place in all three sections of the school, I had experienced the volunteer work of six different groups of people, and joined the audience of students from 6 years of age to 18 as they delighted in the artistry of our eighth grade play.
Merriconeag Waldorf School is truly bursting with new life as we “spring forward” this year! Soon we will be breaking ground for the new Handwork Building, and finally saying goodbye to one of our well-used “portables.” Look for follow-up stories as we begin this new project in the “heart” of our lower school campus. There will be many new ways to lend a helping hand in the months ahead. Christine Sloan
From the Development Office
Annual Appeal Update:
The Annual Appeal has 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 exceeded 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. Every gift counts – please make your gift today!
School Community Updates
Summer Camp News:
Summer Camp Afternoon Program:
To learn more about our six summer camps and to register, click here.
We are very excited to announce that a new summer camp, a collaboration between 317 Main Street music instructors and Merriconeag faculty, has been added to our offerings!
Strings Music Camp: building Community Around Music and Play
Here's what we know so far:
Japan Supported with Notecards by Merriconeag Students:
Over the break, The Times Record and the Portland Press Herald picked up our press release about these wonderful cards created by Merriconeag students in support of Japan. You may follow the links below to read the coverage:
Please visit http://www.jcie.org/earthquakeupdate.html for more information on how the funds donated to the recovery fund are being used.
Read (Listen to or Watch) This
Joshua Levine, Time.com, April 11, 2011
New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.
Tues, Oct 14, 5:45 pm
Tues, Oct 14, 7 pm, Community Hall. Open Community Meeting: "Sharing the Strategic Plan"
Wed, Sept 15, 8 - 9 am. Couldn't make the Tuesday evening Community Meeting? Have more questions from Tuesday night's discussion about One Merriconeag? Please come for coffee to share your thoughts in a personal conversation with a few board members and staff. We want to hear from you.
Craft Blitz with Sandy Pearson:
Wed, Oct 15, 3:05 - 4:30 pm,M & M Room, Handcraft Building.
The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the afternoon session if they are able to participate. We are not able to offer aftercare for younger siblings.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Oct 16, MS Final XC Race at Twin Brook, Cumberland, ME, CCC Invitational hosted by Greely:
3:30-Boys Team of 7 Race
4:00-Girls Team of 7 Race
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Thurs, Oct 16, 7 pm, Early Childhood Center.
Craft Social Parent Evening.
HS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 17, HS XC WMC race at St. Joseph's College.
(1:45 course walks begin, 3:00 VG, 3:30 VB, 4:00 JVG, 4:30 JVB)
See directions on blog by clicking on the link below.
EC Michaelmas Celebration:
Sat, Oct 18, 9 - 11 am, Early Childhood Center.
High School Information Evening:
Wed, Oct 22, 7 pm.
Desert Rd, Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Featuring Marisha Plotnik will present "From Clapping to Calculus" about how the foundation laid in the early Waldorf elementary years leads to a meaningful, rigorous and appropriate mathematics program in the middle and high school years. Evening also includes our high school teachers and students discussing our unique program and Beth Caputi,
our college guidance counselor, sharing her experience of working with our students, and why colleges are eager to have them. Bring your questions.