Tuesday News - May 31, 2011

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Merriconeag Ultimate


Congratulations to the Merriconeag Ultimate Frisbee Team!  At the State Championship Meet on Sunday the Merriconag Ultimate Team made it all the way to semi-finals (the final four). They won an extremely hard-fought victory over Greely High School to make it to the final four where they lost a gutsy game to Fryeburg. In the game against Fryeburg, Merriconeag Ultimate (MU) did not give up! They were down 7-1 early and fought hard and with a lot of heart to end the season with a 15-10 loss. Best of all, for the second year in a row, Merriconeag won the Spirit of the Game award! Congratulations to Coach Young and MU for a great season.


To view a gallery of photos from the State Championships, please click here.


Upcoming Events

Poster by senior Jeremy Colson

Senior Class Play: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

This Thursday, June 2 & Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM

Community Hall

Admission is $5 at the door

On Wednesday, June 1, there is an open dress rehearsal at 9:30 AM in the community hall.

Grades 4 -11 will be attending. Parents and friends are most welcome to attend.


Early Childhood Open House

Thursday, June 2, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Help Merriconeag to grow by spreading the word about this week’s Open House. Prospective parents are invited to bring their young children to visit our Early Childhood Center and enjoy some of the creative and practical activities that are part of the Waldorf nursery-kindergarten experience. While some teachers work side-by-side with the children, others will be free to converse with parents interested in learning about our unique approach. If anyone needs more information, please call Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext.103 or email, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org




Rose Ceremony

Friday, June 10, 9:30 AM, Community Hall

All Welcome. (11:00 AM dismissal )





Grade 12 Graduation

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 PM, Community Hall

The school community is invited to attend Merriconeag's second high school graduation. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. with Jonathan Moore serving as the keynote speaker. A reception will follow the ceremony.







Summer Fun at Merriconeag

Summer Camp enrollment deadline fast approaching: Friday, June 10th!

We are offering many wonderful programs during the weeks of:
July 11th to the 15th
July 18th to the 22nd
July 25th to the 29th
August 15th to the 19th

Summer fun and enrichment for kids aged 3 ½ to 15
Experienced teachers and expert instructors
Need flexible schedule? Morning and full-day options available...just ask!

Please click on the names of each of the seven camps for links to more information:


Community Around Music and Play with 317 Strings Camp

317 Main’s highly sought after music instructors, Melissa Bragdon and Andrew Martelle, team up with Merriconeag teacher, Oliver Kinzer, to share their passion for cooperative play, expressed through music and outdoor games

Outdoor fun for younger children with Summer Garden and Explorers Camp
A gentle, nature filled environment with magical play and discovery through nature study, crafts, water play, walking the woodland paths and playing games with Merriconeag teachers Kam Anderson and Oliver Kinzer.
Crafts and Nature play for Grade Schoolers with Beautiful Birds and Fiber and Fleece

Learning from nature and creating exquisite handwork in natural materials with handwork teachers Joanna Flath and Julie Pennington.

Sports action for Middle Schoolers with Basketball Camp

The fundamentals of the game with experienced coach Zach Sloan

Big Top Inspired Fun with Circus Arts Camp

Performing arts workshops with renowned entertainer and teacher John Saccone, guest artists and Midcoast Gymnastics. Camp includes a VIP ticket & backstage tour for Circus Smirkus show


From the Development Office

Annual Report: what is it and where is it?

     The Annual Report is a summation of the school’s annual finances. It includes a list of all donors who made gifts to the school in the calendar year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011). This year, for the first time, it will also include our independent auditor’s report. These will be posted on our website, under the Development tab, by the end of summer.

     I am currently compiling the names of all donors to the school for the 2010-11 calendar year. This includes gifts to the annual appeal, capital campaigns, and tuition support, as well as memorial and honorarium gifts, donated items, and all other directed and unrestricted gifts. If you are planning on making a gift to this year’s Annual Appeal, it must be received by mid June to get processed and recorded in the 2010-11 Annual Report.

     In the Annual Report, donor names are listed alphabetically, under the appropriate fund name (e.g.“Gifts to the Annual Appeal”). No dollar amount or indication of the size of the gift is included. Anonymous gifts are listed alphabetically as “Anonymous”. If you have any questions about the Annual Report, please contact me.

     With much gratitude to all of you who helped us reach the annual appeal goals!!!
Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org) 865-3900 Ext. 116



From the Circus Coordinator

Step Right Up: We need your help...please visit this online sign-up page to volunteer for your job under the big top and/or behind the scenes. We've filled all our Homestay slots (thank you wonderful Hosts!) but haven't had many roustabouts jump in the ring for our other jobs. Please take a look and join us for the Frontpage Follies fun that comes to Freeport on Thursday, August 11th & Friday, August 12th. Thank you!

Trace Salter, Circus Coordinator, circus@merriconeag.org



News from the Grade School


The 16th Waldorf School Pentathlon Festival: This annual event that took place this year on May 20th at the Camden Snow Bowl was covered by a local paper, The Herald Gazette. To read the article, please click here.

     Below you find an Ode to Poseiden written by Merriconeag 5th grader Caleb Salter-Gurau. Caleb's Ode was selected by his classmates to to be read at the Pentathlon Festival.

O Poseidon,
King of the Sea,
Creator of the horse,
Carrier of the three-pronged trident,
Please grant me the strength of the Ocean,
And the speed of the horse
As I compete in the Olympiad
In honor of you,
O Poseidon,
King of the Sea.



School Community Updates



Catch the bus? Did you wonder what the crew of clipboard toting, raincoat clad people were doing last month at the school entrance? We were gathering data on school transportation. On that one Thursday morning 113 cars delivered 154 people (and many cellos). If every family drove round trip to school each day it would total 3,884 miles of driving!
We are investigating ways to build community while saving time, money and emissions through carpools and bus service. More details will be coming soon, please stay tuned! Submitted by Alicia Heyburn



Last Wednesday Pizza Delivery is tomorrow, June 1st: The 8th grade would like to thank everyone for participating.

Submitted by Mary Martin



The Early Childhood Center is hoping to find two retired dinghies that could be re-enlivened by the children in our play yards. Please call us at 865-3900, Ext. 105 if you know of any possibilities. Submitted by Kam Anderson

The high school is looking for families to host an intern from France next year. Lucie James will be joining us next year. Lucie graduates from University this spring. She will be driving the vans and assisting in Madame Whittlesey's French classes. Lucie will have her own transportation, and if she is staying in your home, she could assist in transporting your students to and from school. If you are interested in hosting Lucie in your home for part of next year (or all of next year) or if you know of anyone who might be interested. Please contact Jeff O'Brien (688-8989 x202). Materials from Lucie, introducing herself to us, are available to interested families.




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By BARBARA ORTUTAY The Associated Press, May 29
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