Tuesday News - September 13, 2011
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Raise the Roof Party this Saturday!
Saturday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Raise the Roof Party: This Saturday! Sept. 17, 2011 9am – 1 pm:
There are a variety of work projects which we need your help with that day, and depending on your interest and age, we will find a fun way for you to help! We will be shingling the building, gardening, sorting recyclable building materials, setting up the potluck lunch, and cleaning up.
When you arrive Saturday, you can tell us what you would like to help out with. There is always room for more volunteers! Please bring appropriate gear and potluck food:
Remember to bring a checkbook or your credit card number, because we hope to tempt you to “buy” a window, a door, or a square foot, to help fund the new building! We will be giving “hard hat” tours of the new building and the many green building components.
Thank you to those who have already signed up to help; a few team leaders are still needed; contact Sarah Pierce or Lynne Espy if you’re willing to supervise certain projects.
From the Board
The Board is comprised of parents, faculty, and independent members all concerned with the immediate and long-term success of the school. In addition to insuring the financial health of the school, we are also involved in many areas. The Board has several working committees that are designed to support the faculty and administration by providing assistance with planning and oversight in key areas. Starting this week, we will highlight two committees per week in the Tuesday News. Anyone can work on a Board Committee and to get involved, just contact the committee chair.
The Board meets on the third Monday evening of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Community Hall. All of our meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend - our next meeting is Monday, September 19th. We look forward to meeting all the new families, and reconnecting with our returning parents, in the weeks ahead.
Here’s to a great new school year at Merriconeag! Bob Neveu, Board Chair
The Building and Grounds Committee
A smaller number of committee members meet weekly with the Caretaker to support the ongoing work of caring for our campus. If you are interested in supporting this work with your professional expertise in construction or forestry/trail work, please speak to Christine. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Finance Committee
Our committee consists of seven members: Barbara Guffin, Board Treasurer, Shannon Combar, Finance Director, Christine Sloan, Administrator, Jeffrey O’Brien, faculty rep, members of the community Julie Henze, Mary Martin and Ben Tupper. If you enjoy working with numbers, this is a great committee to join. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 15.
Merriconeag's Community Education Speaker Series
Jaimen McMillan will be on campus September 30th & October 1st for two events:
Jaimen will also present the following workshop:
Space is limited in the workshop. To register email: email@example.com
Jaimen McMillan developed the discipline of Spacial Dynamics® in 1985. He gives lectures and workshops worldwide, and regular trainings in the US, England, Germany, and Hungary. He has written articles for educational and health journals and is a contributing author for books dealing with pedagogy and therapy.
School Community Updates
Merriconeag's Picture Day is Coming Soon:
Tuesday, October 11th, 9:30 am
Ordering: I am proud to utilize a school picture ordering system that is both simple and is gentler on the environment by reducing the amount of packaging. Because I know seeing is believing, I choose to offer parents an ordering system that allows you to view a proof of your child's photograph before deciding which package best suits your needs. This way what you see is what you get.
How it works: I will be at Merriconeag Waldorf School at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 11th. Please take the extra time to dress and prepare your children for school picture day. I will have an assistant with me to ensure the children's faces are clean and noses wiped. However, it is important to note that we do not style children's hair. We will be taking individual and group class photos (so please be on time), if needed, we have scheduled a rain date of Wednesday October 12th. You do not need to send in an order or any money at this time. Approximately 10 days later, you will receive one wallet size proof of your child's photograph and an envelope containing all ordering instructions. Simply fill out the envelope and return it to the school with your payment within one week
Please contact us directly with any questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org, 401.527.9453
High School News
Thank you to everyone who made the first few days of school an unqualified success. We are very appreciative of our seniors who welcomed our incoming 9th graders last Tuesday (and included a goodie bag for each one), gifted the entire community with their song "Lean on Me" at the Wildflower ceremony on Wednesday, and organized a fun "Wilderlympics" for the entire high school on Thursday and Friday. They helped get us off to a very good start this year and we thank them for their initiative.
Thank you to Gina Sawin and our Board for providing the high school with a delicious Mexican buffet and a barn dance to remember last Thursday evening. We thank Monday Night Posse for the music that got us all dancing and we send out a special thank you to the anonymous high school parent who purchased this item, offered by the Board at last spring's auction, and then gave it to the high school. Jeff O'Brien, High School Faculty Chair
Athletic News - Sports Updates
High School Cross Country
Congratulations to Jack Pierce who was named one of the Portland Press Herald's "20 Cross Country Runners to Watch." You can read all about it by clicking here.
Merriconeag Meet Recap
For the boys, Jack Pierce again went out with the leaders, in a large pack that narrowed down to just two in the second half of the race when he and the lead Falmouth runner decided to pick up the pace. Tyler O'Brien ran very consistent splits as the lone Merriconeag runner in a very large Falmouth pack. Ben Tindall and Zach Neveu, working together, had a strong race and finished without being passed by a single runner (although there was a little jockeying between the two teammates as they kicked into the finish chute). Lincoln Samuelson turned in another strong effort, working hard on the hills. John Burgess ran an impressive race, improving on his last year's time by over a minute and a half. Lars Gundersen also posted an improvement- a new personal best- while continuing to display an excellent kick in the finishing stretch. The boys beat Gray New Gloucester and finished second to Falmouth. Coach Morgan Lake Adams
The next high school race is in York on Friday, September 16th. Merriconeag will be racing Cape Elizabeth, Poland and York. The girls run at 4:30 pm and the boys at 5:00. We love to see you there!
You can keep up with cross country news and meet schedules on the team blog: http://www.mwsxcrunningteam.blogspot.com/
Middle School Cross Country
The 2011 Race Schedule and times are listed below:
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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.