Tuesday News - September 27, 2011
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Jaimen McMillan to Speak this Weekend!
Jaimen McMillan will be on campus September 30th &
October 1st for two events you won't want to miss:
Spacial Dynamics®, developed over 25 years ago by master athlete Jaimen McMillan, is the study and enhancement of the relationship between the human being and space through various movement techniques and activities. Participants in the discipline learn how to use hands-on techniques and graceful, slow motion movements so that they become practiced at recreating dynamics that reconnect, regenerate, and reintegrate, thus replacing dis-ease with ease.
Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport is pleased to welcome Jaimen McMillan back to our campus this weekend. On Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. he will give a public talk entitled Loving Parenting and Teaching and on Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., a workshop called Back to Health.
As we all know, raising children has never been more challenging.
In his Friday lecture, Jaimen will teach attendees techniques to meet today’s youth in new ways. Because he is a dynamic and entertaining speaker, everyone should come prepared to think, move and laugh! The cost for the talk is $10 at the door.
In the workshop on Saturday, October 1st, Jaimen will present new approaches to posture, carriage and grace-filled movement. Parents, teachers, movement therapists and back sufferers alike will learn ways to help children, patients and themselves move with ease and get “Back to Health.” The workshop fee is $50. Contact email@example.com to register.
Jaimen McMillan 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 co-author of The Fourfold Path to Healing, along with Dr. Tom Cowan and Sally Fallon. For more information please visit www.spacialdynamics.com.
Michaelmas Celebration 2011
The days shorten, shadows lengthen, and the
On Wednesday, September 28th, we will celebrate Michaelmas, which coincides this year with Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, beginning at sundown that day. This festive time of year marks the end of summer light and warmth, and calls upon all of us to find the strength and courage to bear that light, warmth and truth within ourselves.
To celebrate this event, the whole school will gather for a short pageant on the playing field, summoned by a trumpet call at 8:45. This will be followed by work crews of older students and faculty, improving the trails in the woods, mulching gardens, gathering apples at the ECC, roasting potatoes and pressing cider. Weather permitting, students will gather to share their lunch time outdoors.
In the afternoon, Grades 5-12 will hear the biography of Father Mychal Judge, told by Phyllis Hill and the younger grades will gather with Robert Pennington to hear the legend of St. Michael and the Dragon. Games and song will end the day of celebration and work, on the playing field, just before dismissal at 3:00.
Parents are warmly welcome to join us on the playing field for the pageant at 8:45. If you are interested in helping with trail work or mulching, please sign up with Lisa Mainella in the office and bring tools, gloves, waterproof boots etc, as we are expecting a “soggy” site!
Handcraft Building Videos now on Merriconeag Waldorf YouTube Channel:
Thanks to Michael Stefanakos we now have two videos of our new Handcraft Building on our YouTube Channel. As you may recall, Michael installed the time-lapse camera last spring to capture the entire building process. To view the fruits of Michael's creative labors, please click on the following links:
Stay tuned. There's more to come! Thank you, Michael!
From the Development Office
Grandparents and Friends Day
Volunteers are needed for Grandparents Day; this involves helping with refreshment setup and cleanup, organizing nametags, and greeting guests. You would need to available to help from 8:15am – 12:30pm (with the chance to watch the performance).
Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-3900 ext. 116.
From the Board
The Nominations Committee
High School News
The Ninth and Tenth Grade Canoeing Trip: Last week the ninth and tenth graders went on a four-day, three-night joint canoe/camping trip to Richardson and Mooselookmeguntic lakes. On Monday morning, the two classes were split into two grade-irrelevant groups; one started at the south arm of Richardson Lake and one at Haine’s Landing on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. I was part of the southern group, (aptly named the Rebels). The weather on Monday was phenomenal (at least for us for us); bright sun and clear sky, not too hot, not too cold, with a firm northerly breeze. The time passed quickly on the water, mainly due to Lincoln Samuelson’s amazing (a wee bit off tune) a capella entertainment. Although the day was fun, it doesn’t compare to the evening. As happens during most of the camping trips I’ve been on, a general outcry for ghost stories usually occurs around the campfire. What usually doesn’t happen however, is that someone tells a true, riveting and terrifying narrative about a mischievous spirit and a midnight séance, as calm, serious, math teacher Mr. O'Brien did. He scared our (at least my) pants off. But that’s not all that happened.
Into The Wind—Another Canoeing Perspective: Last Monday we set off on our Mooselookmeguntic Lake canoe trip, each of us confident that our group was the best. There were two groups of 9th and 10th graders: one paddling north from the south end of the lake and one paddling south from the north end of the lake. We planned to meet in the middle on a island to spend the night before going on to end at the very spot from which the other group had started.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:43 am, Last full day in Quebec:
We have been to 3 museums in the last 3 days: first with a brief historical diorama account of the most famous battle of Quebec when the British Conquest started, then to the Museum of French America following the paths of French immigrants, then to the very wonderful Musee de la Civilisation where students chose their exhibitions of choices; I believe they now have a pretty good understanding of the Quebec history. The very serious and official visit to the Parliament was a success. The guide was clear and interesting , the solemn government place inspired respect and awe to all our teenagers.
Last night, we enjoyed a music workshop with Guy Bouchard and his wife Laura Sadowski, in the a very ancient house in the old town. Guy sometimes comes and teaches at Maine Fiddle Camp. As a matter of fact, Jack had him as a teacher before! Guy taught our string musicians a traditional off beat (literally!) Quebecois tune while the non players danced around in a countradance organized by Laura. Great fun! Devon and Skyler demonstrated some Irish step dancing. Then we were invited to go downstairs in the ancient stone vault cellar where a singing workshop was happening with another musician. There, it was a real challenge for our kids to follow the call & response singing in French, sometimes old French. Some started becoming giggly and restless but eventually, they were released from this intense immersion musical exercise. We had to walk briskly to evaporate the last high silly energy before returning to a quiet Hostel!
Today we are off to visit the gorgeous Canyon of Ste Anne where we shall hike and pass swinging bridges over raging waters. We'll picnic in the park before visiting the Ste Anne basilica on the way back. A very impressive cathedral that inspires awe.
We hope to be back at the latest at 3pm at Desert Rd, hopefully much before that.
Great and interesting class to be with. But, I shall be happy to sleep in my bed tomorrow!
All the best from beautiful Quebec. What a place!
Check out this small video done by our French intern, Lucie: The 11th grade students were improvising some music on the ancient Place Royale in old Quebec. It was the end of the day, before walking back to Chateau Frontenac then the Hostel. They sang, played music and danced to the great joy of passers by and tourists! They received many compliments even though some of them were doing these pieces for the 1st time.
Hermit Island 2011: Every year for the past sixteen years, senior classes from Waldorf high schools from all over the US have gathered at our very own Hermit Island for a week of camping and the study of marine biology. This year, eight schools were represented: Merriconeag, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), Hartsbrook School (MA),
Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay (MA), Hawthorne Valley School (NY), Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs (NY), Kimberton Waldorf School (PA), and Lake Champlain Waldorf School (VT.) Including our own eleven seniors, we were close to 100 students strong.
The week was a wonderful mixture of morning lessons about marine invertebrates, tidal pool observations (including writings and drawings) and afternoon workshops focusing on microscope work, beach ecology, water color painting and writing poetry. In the evenings there were campfires to discuss Rachel Carson quotes about taking responsibility for the environment and share musical offerings, a reading given by a local Maine writer, a very energetic contra dance and more. The trip is a rich combination of learning and exploring, making new friends, solidifying class relationships and living outdoors in a stunningly beautiful place. On the last day, as one looks at the 100 paintings mounted on the walls, listens to some of the poems written on the island, recognizes what the students have learned, and bears witness to newly formed friendships, the richness and wisdom of the Waldorf approach becomes supremely clear.
Athletic News - Sports Updates
High School Cross Country
Yarmouth Meet Recap
Coach Morgan Lake Adams
The next high school race is on Saturday, October 1, at Fryeburg Academy. Merriconeag will be racing Cape Elizabeth, NYA and Fryeburg. The girls run first at 11:30 a.m.. We love to see you there!
You can keep up with cross country news, meet schedules and directions on the team blog: http://www.mwsxcrunningteam.blogspot.com/
Our high school cross country running teams were also featured in an article in the Portland Press Herald on Thursday: Click here to read the article.
High School Sailing
Tim Morse (sailing with Leah Bevins this week) came in fifth out of 15 boats in the Casco Bat Open regatta. Congratulations Tim!
Six Merriconeag Students played for the Southern Maine High School Team in the Bowdoin College Frisbee Tournament this weekend. They learned a lot about playing at the college level.
Middle School Cross Country
School Community Updates
Willow Pond Farm Apples are Back: Starting this Friday, September 30, apples will be delivered to Merriconeag's Early Childhood Center on Fridays before 11:30am. Orders must be placed with Willow Pond Farm (email@example.com) by Thursday noon. Please leave payment in envelope in Early Childhood Office PRIOR to delivery.
McIntosh and Cortland Fancy: peck $10, half bushel $17
McIntosh Utility: half bushel $9, bushel $15
Cider- no preservatives, not pasteurized - Gallon $5.25, half gallon $3.25
Jill Agnew, Willow Pond Farm, 395 Middle Road, Sabattus, Maine 04280, 207-375-6662
What’s happening with the Fall Festival and Open House this year? Last spring in the Tuesday News we shared some new plans for this year’s Fall Festival, November 5. Because of losing the first portable space, and the “packed to the rafters” situation in the basement, we started rethinking our plans for that wonderful day. Meeting with parent volunteers, some who were vendors, we sensed that a break from the “selling” in the CH might be a good thing. There was eager support for more parent made crafts, lots of demonstrations and children’s craft activities, as well as more cross class lines, “volunteer groupings.”
Some of the changes in focus are:
Food: We are building on the fabulous success of the German sausage and French crepes, as well as the love of barbecue! The High School faculty with the help from students and parents, will take up the barbecue and raise money for their high school trips. H.S. parents, students and teachers will be tapped to help organize, prepare and serve barbecued items, with several vegetarian options! The German Sausage will be back with Oliver leading the way, using Steve Sinisi’s fabulous pork sausage! We hope to see the French Department flipping crepes near the Community Hall! The Upper grades basement will not be used this year because of increased storage demands. We will bring back the big tent used at the May Faire!
Music: Small groups of musicians located in different spots outdoors, at entrances of buildings, singing in small groups, etc. Students and faculty!
Please consider how you would like to bring your talents and whatever time you can spare to this fun, fall event.
Crafty Afternoons with Sandy Pearson (and others): Come join me on Wednesday’s after school from 3:15 - 5:00 for some fun and creative time together. Come once or come every week. No experience needed, just enthusiasm for using your hands. Location on campus will be announced next week. Anyone 4th grade and older are welcome - students, parents and friends.
October 5: “I Pine for You and Balsam too” - Stitch, fill and decorate recycled linen fabric for Pine Pillows and Lavender Sachets.
Friday Pizza is Back at Merriconeag: The 7th grade will be coordinating pizza this year. The fall session is a total of 8 weeks beginning October 7th and ending December 9th. Sign up for pizza will be for the entire session only.
Pizza choices will be cheese, pepperoni, and pesto and the cost will be $2.00 per slice. The total cost of one slice of pizza per week during the fall session will be $16.00. As in prior years, students in grades 4-8 and faculty will have the chance to participate during the fall session.
Students will have the option to omit or skip a pizza day in the case of a known or anticipated absence (i.e., Dr.’s appointment). Please provide the date(s) of known absences. Adjustments or refunds cannot be made for unanticipated or last minute absences.
To order pizza for the fall session, please complete an order form (pizza form link here) and return it with cash or check (made payable to MWS) to the basket outside the 7th grade classroom no later than Tuesday, September 27th at 8:20 a.m. Questions? Call Nancy Goldberg, 865-1961
Cross-country Ski Sale: This year we are trying something new for parents who are interested in buying or selling gently used cross-country skis, and Tom Henze is the mastermind and overseer of this new system. Note: we will still advertise the area ski swaps at local schools (where our coaches often will advise you) and we will still be offering the low cost ski rentals.
Have you considered this season’s cross-country skiing equipment (skis, boots, bindings, and poles)? You will not see any at the outerwear sale. To help you buy good used equipment, or sell to other MWS families what you don’t need, there is the new Nordic Skiing Equipment Notebook. The notebook is available in the school office, starting this week. The purpose of the NSEN and how to use it are explained on its cover. Using it is a way to support, or discover, this popular winter activity at MWS. Participation is easy and free.
Tom Henze, firstname.lastname@example.org
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G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 26. Fri. 26. HS XC race at GNG, 4:30 & 5:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Mon, Sept 29, MS XC Greely Relays, 4:00 pm,
Twin Brook, Cumberland
Foundations Studies Play:
Mon, Sept 29, 7:00 pm, Community Hall. Play performed by Glen Williamson as part of the Foundation Studies Class. Open to HS & up.
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.