Tuesday News - May 10, 2011
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Second Annual Senior Project Presentations
This Thursday, May 12, 7:00 PM, Community Hall
Back at the beginning of the year, seniors created a self-motivated project based on a topic that they were eager to explore outside of the curriculum. On behalf of the High School faculty, the senior class advisors Sarah Buck and David Barham, invite you to share this evening with the seniors as they present their projects.
A taste of the evening:
Submitted by Sarah Buck
Senior Class Play: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
Thursday, June 2 & Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM, Community Hall
Admission is $5 at the door
Merriconeag Waldorf School’s senior class is enthusiastically preparing to perform Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee’s classic play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. The play is a dramatic representation of a vital moment in our history, where the 29 year old Henry David Thoreau’s ardent refusal to pay his taxes- in protest to the United States government’s involvement in the Mexican War- landed him in prison in his home of Concord, Massachusetts. This famous act of civil disobedience- daring and unprecedented as it was- is merely the departure point in this celebrated drama. As the play progresses, we come to understand what motivates this brilliant, independent and ever-unorthodox writer and thinker.
Written and first produced in the 1970s the play is a story of protest as well as of enlightenment. By turns wise, funny, perplexing and sad, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail is much more than the ruminations of one man in one place in one night. The play explores the crossroads of responsibility, conscience and democracy: the self, the choices we make as human beings and the dilemmas we face as members of society.
George Oppenheimer in Newsweek Magazine called it, “A Superior play, a literary work as well as a theatrical experience. Scene after scene moves you to laughter or close to tears.”
Submitted by David Barham
From the Administrator
New Faculty for next year…
Next Year’s First Grade Teacher:
Christine Sloan, firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Development Office
Final Annual Appeal Update:
In addition, the 3rd grade class should be congratulated for being the first class to achieve 100% participation. As promised, they will receive a decadent dessert as a thank you (they’re getting it at tonight’s parent evening!). Most of the classes are extremely close to 100% participation, and hopefully will achieve 100% by the June 15 deadline.
If you haven’t yet participated, let me explain that high participation rates towards an annual appeal are one of the clearest demonstrations of our families’ commitment to Waldorf education and Merriconeag. We use this participation number when we seek outside funding. I want to also reinforce that every dollar we raise over the $60,000 goal helps us handle last minute budget needs. It allows the board and faculty to appropriate last-minute funding where it can best serve the children and our families.
I won’t be giving regular annual appeal updates, but I’ll make one last plea: If you haven’t done so, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Merriconeag’s Annual Appeal today. Gifts are payable by June 15, 2010. Envelopes are available in all of the school’s offices. Contact Shannon Combar if you are interested in making a gift of stock, or if your employer will match your donation.
With much gratitude, and congratulations to all of you who helped us reach the annual appeal goals!!!
Lynne Espy, email@example.com, 865-3900, Ext. 116
News From the Early Childhood Center
Baby Foxes Frolick at ECC: Last Thursday morning many of us at the Early Childhood Center were lured outside by a special springtime treat - three baby foxes frolicking down around the drainage ditch. We all watched from a safe distance so we wouldn't disturb them and many parents snapped a few photos. Now we will just have to hope that these cute babies don't grow up to become raiders of our hen house.
From the Grade School
A Good Time Was Had by All: Many thanks to Lynn Thurrell and the 6th Grade parents and students for coordinating such a wonderful May Celebration and Medieval Faire.
News from the High School
From Pinch Pots to Pageant: The High School's contribution to this year's May Celebration and Medieval Faire was a great success. Students acted in the pageant, helped with games and archery, provided music, and made and sold pinch pots. The Faire was enlivened with high school energy and humor.
A big thank you to Mr. Barham for spearheading the pageant and to Ms. Burwell for her coordinating the making and selling of pinch pots.
Please 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).
School Community Updates
Renewal is in: The Spring/Summer 2011Edition of Renewal magazine is now available and our own David Sloan, High School Humanities Teacher, has an article in it. The article entitled, Teenage Technoholics: The Digital Revolution, Its Effect on Our Children,and What Parents Can Do, is on page 33. The magazine is free and you will find copies in each school office. Please feel free to recycle your copy at the school offices as there are often parents looking to read back issues.
Merriconeag Helps Raise $10,000 for Japan
JCIE has been deeply moved by our efforts. They ordered extra packs of cards to use as their Thank You Notes and intend to place Gabriella's hinomaru (rising sun) piece on their website. We had an additional request for over 800 cards from the College Women's Association of Japan (CWAJ), another community organization in Japan. They, too, wil sell Merriconeag's cards as a fundraiser for the disaster relief effort. Misa Kyaskawa of CWAJ said "Thank you for all you are doing for Japan and we are really encouraged by the warm messages and actions take by our friends overseas." Maya Wedemeyer of JCIE repeatedly expressed appreciation for this gesture of support and for the beauty of the artwork featured: "We have since been floored, flabbergasted and completely taken by these amazing cards you have been able to put together! The artwork itself is just so sincere and stunning, it is clear that these children were inspired to this art. "
Many thanks to the students, families and our partners in the greater community for supporting this effort on behalf of Japan. どうもありがとうございます Domo arigato gozaimasu
Tick ME Off – Ticks are back in Maine:
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in Maine and the second most common of the reportable infectious diseases in Maine. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine so remember to do your tick checks.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is carried by Ixodes scapularis (the deer tick). Cases have increased over the last five years in Maine, and occur in all 16 counties. Lyme disease is most common among school age children and middle age adults. As the weather continues to get warmer, more ticks will be out in the open, and most infections in Maine occur during the summer months.
The most common early symptom of Lyme disease is an expanding red rash that occurs at the site of the tick bite within 3-32 days after being bitten. Fever, join and muscle pains may also occur. Lyme disease is treatable, and the majority of patients recover after receiving appropriate therapy.
Lyme disease is preventable. Maine CDC recommends following the “No Ticks 4 ME” approach which includes:
2. Use insect repellent
3. Perform daily tick checks
4. Use caution in tick habitats
Ticks must be attached for 24-48 hours before the bacteria can be transmitted, so prompt removal of ticks is extremely important. Anyone with a known tick bite, or who has been in a tick habitat should watch for symptoms for at least 30 days after the exposure. If symptoms develop, call your physician.
Lost at the May Faire: Nikon FM2 35mm Camera was in a colorful brown and pink woven basket and probably fell off the roof of my car in the MWS parking lot. Any information leading to its return is greatly appreciated. Please call Shelly Elmer 450-3962.
2011 Summer Camps at Merriconeag: There is still time to register for our seven summer camps. 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.
Athletic News - Sports Updates
High School Ultimate Frisbee Update from Cyrus Fenderson:
The Merriconeag Ultimate Frisbee team has played seven games so far this season. Of those, three were official league games and four were simply games scheduled outside of the league with other team captains. The team has won five and lost two of their games. The team plays every Wednesday at the Cumberland fairgrounds at 3:30 along with many other teams from all over Southern Maine. The team has members from all four classes. There are seventeen people on the team. It really is a fun time to go out and watch the teams play and the regular schedule makes it easier to plan. Merriconeag is participating in the state tournament on May 29 and plans to go to the Cumberland Invitational this Saturday. It really has been a great season so far and hopes are high for a long run in postseason play.
Merriconeag's High School Frisbee team is coached by Rich Young. Cyrus Fenderson and Tyler O'Brien are the team's co-captains.
Aldis Gamble (8th Grade Class of 2009) is on a semester study program at the Island School on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. He and close to 50 other students from across the US and Bahamas are learning to develop an intimate sense of place through immersion experiences in the natural and cultural environment. The school models sustainable individual and community lifestyles and the systems that support them, whose community members are cognizant of
their abilities, limitations and effect on others.
Submitted by Lisa Gamble
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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!