Tuesday News - May 3, 2011
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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.
Hear ye all good folk of Merrye Conneague! The Faire approacheth with all haste! Don yer tunic and hosen, yer gown and festive kirtle and be prepared for a wondrous day of may dancing and singing, of stamping the earth, and a fair sight of the fancy footwork of the Irish Step Dancers.
Then with hunger satisfied and thirst slaked, notice the wares made by Classfive and Classix : Fine marbled papers, handmade journals, herbed oils and vinegars, bath infusions, walking sticks, juggling sticks, and chopsticks. Visit the booth that offers the chance to make a rubbing from brasses brought straight from England. And did ye remember that the day next is Mothering Sunday and will ye be needing an original hand illuminated card to show proper gratitude for all yer Mum does for ye? Or would she be after needing her own gargoyle to ward off all manner of beasties from manor house and garden? Ye'll want to wander and sample, but be most wary of roving minstrels, jugglers, and all manner of shananigans as ye go.
Surely ye won't want to miss a moment of this rare event, so come by forty-five minutes past the hour of nine (9:45) dressed in yer Medieval best, or visit the castle clothiers for assistance with yer costume the morning of the faire.
Come greet the spring and chase old winter away. Halantow!
Perennials Needed: The 6th grade will be having a plant sale at the May Faire on Saturday. Are you separating plants in your garden? Please consider putting your extra plants into pots and bringing them to school by Friday for the 6th grade to sell. They can be left outside of the Community Hall under the windows. Thanks so much!
Re-use, recycle at the Faire: Our high school students have made a variety of white clay vessels for use at the May Faire and re-use following the faire. Buy them or borrow them - use them for your mead, savory or gingerbread!
From the Facilities Planning Committee
Knitting Together a Community:
In Fall 1993, in search of classroom space for our inaugural first grade, we purchased a “temporary” portable. A year later, we purchased a second portable to accommodate our growing school. Two years later, in Fall 1996, having just completed the upper grades building, we moved the two portables to this campus. And here they have stayed, much more than temporarily. For the past 18 years, the handwork portable has served as classroom, parent meeting space, theatre for class plays, aftercare room, remedial area, fall fair crafts room, and handwork classroom.
This well loved and well-used temporary building has far exceeded its life expectancy, and can no longer be patched together. An extreme makeover is out of the question. The roof leaks, the doors stick, it is poorly insulated and difficult to heat, and the whole portable shifts in response to freeze-thaw. As sad as it is to say goodbye…it is time for a new building! Beginning in less than one month, we will be starting the process of removing the handwork portable and, with the help and support of this community, build a new handcraft building, which will also continue to house the remedial program.
This handcraft building will finally provide a permanent home for our handwork classes, and it will also be used outside of school hours, for handcraft workshops, classes and other community outreach opportunities. The building has been designed to be cost-efficient, functional, green, sustainably built, and beautiful. Wherever possible, we will involve the community, including high school students, alumni families, and parents, in the building’s design and construction. This will help defray costs and, just as important, it will “knit our community together”.
The board has approved a funding plan for the handcraft building, involving financing through a loan, foundation gifts, directed gifts from donors, and a community fundraiser next fall. We invite you to join us as we “cast on” in this endeavor to build a permanent home for our handcrafts program.
Architectural plans, photos, and details about how you can find out more and get involved will be at our display at the Mayfaire!
• The handwork / remedial portable will be removed Saturday May 21st!
Submitted by Sarah Pierce and Jason Donahue (co-chairs) for the Facilities Planning Committee: Adrian Bossi, Jason Donahue, Keston Geistwalker (alumni), Roger Hassol, Will Hight, Steve Konstantino, Sandy Pearson, Sarah Pierce, and David Sloan.
From the Administrator
Faculty Changes for next year…
Ms. Post has requested to work next year as a private tutor and consultant to our faculty, as she is able. She will continue to work out of her current office/tutoring space next year, but will not be available for skills classes. We are very grateful for her wonderful work this year in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Her teaching and connection to the students has greatly supported the academic work of the class teachers.
We are pleased to announce that Hugh Renwick has agreed to continue his work at Merriconeag next year in a half time capacity. Because of his many years of class teaching experience, he will teach a variety of classes in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. These may include art, history, and english and math skills, as well as a morning lesson block in the high school and mentoring support for our newer teachers. The faculty share the sentiments of parents and students of the eighth grade, that two years was simply not enough time with Mr. Renwick! We all look forward to continuing the support of the sixth, seventh and eighth grades and high school with Mr. Renwick’s wide range of expertise.
We will continue to keep you posted as we have news. Christine Sloan, email@example.com
From the Circus Coordinator
Step Right Up: With summer just around the corner, we're busy planning for the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. Frontpage Follies - Big Top Big News will return to Merriconeag on Thursday, August 11th & Friday, August 12th. Tickets are already on sale at http://www.circussmirkus.org/htm/tour/index.html and we'll have Royal River Natural Foods selling tickets after July 1st. Don't delay too long...we've already sold over 700 tickets!
It takes a lot of roustabouts to pull off our circus presentation. You'll soon have a chance to sign up online for a shift under the big top. We also have about three slots left for people interested in hosting two Smirkus troupers during their 3-night stay in Freeport. This is a fun, engaging way for your family to feel a part of the action. Please contact Drew Tieman, firstname.lastname@example.org, to join the circus family.
Our Smirkus shows attract over 3,000 people to our campus every summer. This is a wonderful chance to partner with Merriconeag to shine the spotlight on a local business. Please think about how you can support both the school and Circus Smirkus by advertising in our Playbill (Playbill Ad Rates 2011) or getting even more exposure by becoming a Sponsor (Benefit levels 2011). If you have friends or colleagues who would be interested in these opportunities, please pass their names along to me and I'll be happy to follow up.
Many thanks for your help in making our presentation of the 25th Anniversary Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour a Frontpage Success! Trace Salter, email@example.com, 207.756.9212.
News From the High School
Merriconeag Poets Honored at 2011 Poetry Festival
Maine’s newest Poet Laureate, Wes McNair, visited Merriconeag on Sunday, May 1, to pay tribute to the twenty student finalists he selected for Merriconeag’s Fourth Annual Poetry Festival. Students from ten different schools received recognition, but only perennial “poetry powerhouse” Scarborough and North Yarmouth Academy fielded more multiple honorees than Merriconeag’s three finalists. Seniors Leif Anderson and Jeremy Colson were joined by freshman Emma Rhodes-Armstrong in yet another strong, host school showing. In fact, since the Festival began, only Scarborough and Merriconeag have had multiple finalists every year! Leif was a repeat finalist; he was awarded second place two years ago.
Submitted by David Sloan
High School Coffee House Soars on the Wings of “Merriconeag Air”
Athletic News - Sports Updates
High School Ultimate Frisbee:
The High School Frisbee Season is well underway. Merriconeag's games take place on Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Cumberland Fair Grounds. (Please note: The games are weather dependent) Come out and support the team. It's loads of fun and if you stay until the end, you'll get to see each team perform their creative cheers!
Go for Baroque....out and Bach Road Race on Saturday, April 30th:
Merriconeag Waldorf School was well represented at Saturday's 1st ever Coastal Youth Orchestra 5K and Fun Run~"Go for Baroque....out and Bach." It was a beautiful day for a run to support classical music. Seventy-eight runners completed the 5K course. MWS's Jack Pierce was the overall winner of the race with a time of 18:24.06. Jack also organized MWS runners to support race director & MWS strings teacher Nancy Roderick as well as the Coastal Youth Orchestra.
Submitted by Nancy Roderick
School Community Updates
2011 Summer Camps at Merriconeag: There is still time to register for one of our seven summer camps listed below. For more information about each camp follow this link and click on the name of each camp. To download registration forms, click here: Camp Registration Forms Medical Release Form
For more information contact Kathy Watko, firstname.lastname@example.org 207.865.3900, ext 151.
Ticks Have Returned:
Unfortunately, ticks are back. Please remember to check your children daily.
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The Case for Cursive
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
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.