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 publicrelations@merriconeag.org 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
Harvest is gathered. Morning mists are caught in spider webs,
Meteors streak through the night skies.
We wonder at the blaze of leaves set afire by summer’s heat
Preparing our hearts to meet the
Dragon of winter’s cold.

     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!

     Please note:

  • In case of extreme wet weather, Rain Date, Friday, Sept. 30.
  • Students are encouraged to come to school in bright autumn colors!
  • Please make sure that all are warmly dressed with water proof footwear and outerwear.
  • Everyone will need snack, extra water, lunch, and work gloves, as well as a backpack to carry everything to their worksites.

 

 

 

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
      All grandparents listed on your families’ school information forms will receive an invitation to the Oct. 21 Grandparents Day. If they do not receive it by early next week, or if you have any questions about the address used, please contact Lynne Espy.
      If you would like to invite a special friend (aunt, uncle, surrogate grandparent, or even a neighbor who is a special friend of your child), please send us their complete name and address so we can mail them an invitation.

     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, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 ext. 116.


 

 

From the Board

The Nominations Committee
      The Nominations Commitee is responsible for recommending nominations to the Board to serve as Board Members, and recommending leadership to the Board and its committees.The Nomination Committee also orients new board members and serves as a resource.
      The Committee currently has three members: Barbara Kappelmann (Chair), Lisa Gamble, and Lynne Espy. We are continuously searching for new Board members to allow for smooth transitions as terms expire. You never know when we will be lurking around,searching for that next unsuspecting soul to nominate to join the Board!
      We invite you to come join our next Board Meeting on Monday October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Hall. If you are interested in joining the Board or one of our Committees, please feel free to speak with one of us.

Barbara Kappelmann

 

    

High School News

Mooselookmeguntic Mysteries—

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.
      After we had all gone to bed (huddled in the center of our tents in little clumps not sleeping a wink), SOMEBODY came around taunting (more like torturing) us. First it was just a few rustles along the side of our tent, then it was poking and prodding us through the wall of the tent, and then we heard two distinct clicks—someone was unclipping our rainfly. Normally we would have been fine with that, but that night it was scheduled to rain. So very, very slowly, each trying to go second, John Burgess and I crept out of the tent and shone our flashlights where the clicking noise had come from. And sure enough, our fly was unclipped, ready to fly away with the slightest wind. Not only that, but there was no sign of any intruder. At that point John and I dove back into our tent and the relative security of our sleeping bags.
      Then we went through the list of possible culprits. It couldn’t be the girls; they had gone on a group bathroom (outhouse) trip and we could still hear and see their flashlights off in the woods. It couldn’t be the other boys’ tent, because from my experience, teenage boys do not have the self-discipline to keep from laughing when playing a practical joke. So that left us three options—Mrs. Burwell (our art teacher), Mr. Pearson (Ben, our guide) or Mr. O’Brien. We knew it couldn't be Mrs. Burwell (we heard her snoring). So that night we had narrowed it down to two possible culprits, Ben (the more likely) and Mr. O’Brien. The next day we confronted Ben and he put up a very good argument consisting mostly of wishing he had been the one to play the prank... So we moved on to Mr. O'Brien. All he said was “I dunno what you’re talkin’ about,” and averted his eyes, but I saw a twinkle in them. It goes to show you never really know someone until you go on a Merriconeag camping trip with him. Joe Newlin, Class of 2014

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.
      The first day the lake was mostly smooth, but pretty quickly we figured out that we were going to be canoeing into the wind the whole trip. By the time we reached the island on which we would be camping, everyone was tired. The canoe bearing Eli and me reached the island first and right in front of us there was a perfect campsite. We paddled in and got out. Well, it was not our campsite, but it was so perfect, with a wide beach and birch trees, that we stayed there anyway.
      The next day was not quite so relaxing. We woke up to rain and fog. The water had white caps and we were canoeing straight into a strong wind. For the morning canoe, I was paired with Mr. Sloan. Well, quite to my aggravation, Mr. Sloan made me count thirty paddle strokes, each stroke being 2 seconds long, and then yell, "switch!" at the beginning of the thirtieth paddle. After two and half hours, I was nearly crazy from counting.
      When we finally arrived at our campsite, after hours of singing Michaelmas songs and countless rounds of "The Ants go Marching" and "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog," we burned out. At the island, we met up with the other group, which was full of energy because they had made sails out of tarps and sailed with the wind all the way to the island! After s'mores and a back rub circle however, we were back. We ran around in the woods without flashlights and scared each other. A few times I found my gullible self alone and I was sure that I heard a moose breathing on me. Of course it was not a moose and so after screaming bloody murder into a certain someone's face, I was mercilessly teased.
      After saying good-bye to the other group the next morning, things were pretty uneventful. That's when Mr. Sloan announced that we would be practicing canoe rescue! A few hours later, still shivering from the icy water, we ate the best dinner ever: Annie's Macaroni and Cheese, even after we discovered that Liam is a very literal person--he dumped a potful water on our little stove because Mrs. Pearson told him to put the pot of water on the burner!
      For our last day, the wind was strong and the waves choppy. We braved the weather with lots of singing or, what one might more accurately call, shrieking. When we got to the dock and pulled our canoes out for the last time, everyone was so tired that on the way back in the van, we more or less resigned ourselves to listening to Mr. Sloan’s classic oldies stations. Fiona Chace-Donahue, Class of 2015


Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:43 am, Last full day in Quebec:
Good morning everyone,
      A quick update before leaving for our excursion outside of Quebec City. So far our 11th Grade students have been just GREAT, without exception! We have kept very busy trying to balance cultural experiences, art, history acquisitions, language practice and just plain fun or rest time. We made sure the runners could have their daily run around the beautiful Plains of Abraham. I think they have very much enjoyed it!

     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.
      On Tuesday, we had a lovely dinner at the most ancient restaurant in Quebec "Aux Anciens Canadiens" where everyone could try traditional Quebecois fare. The maple sugar pie was unbelievable! That day, as it was very sunny and lovely, the students took their instruments to the ancient Place Royale in the lower old town and they displayed their musical talents for the greatest delights of passers by, Quebecois and tourists from around the world. Merriconeag School got lots of positive advertising that day!! Yesterday, somebody stopped us in the street to say how much they had enjoyed the musical performance (instruments and singing)the day before. I was so proud of our kids!

     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.
      Tonight, we have our last dinner in a very nice restaurant in the old town before, and it will be our last surprise, a storyteller will take us at night around the dark old cobblestone streets of old Quebec, telling us ghost and murder stories that are part of the Quebecois heritage. Should be fun! Hopefully, they will be tired enough to go right to bed afterward so that we can leave early tomorrow morning. I am keeping the race in mind so I am leaving plenty of time, just in case the border takes longer than planned.

     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!
Regine Whittlesey

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.
To view the video, please click here.

 

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.

David Barham

 

Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Cross Country

Yarmouth Meet Recap
      Despite class trips which put a damper on training this week, both the girls' and the boys' x-country teams turned in great performances at Yarmouth this past Friday. The course was a muddy slog over tough terrain and uneven footing, and although the rain held off, it was a humid and overcast afternoon. Spectator turn out was good, however, the course offered few viewing points for supporters.
      The girls' team started the race with a pack mentality. They held this formation for most of the meet, with Teagan Wu, Sam Pierce, Jesse Saffeir and Zoe Chace-Donahue finishing in a solid block and putting Merriconeag in excellent scoring position. Carlin Tindall was close behind, again showing her incredible kick as she passed several Yarmouth competitors in the last 400 yards of the field loop. Emelie Chace-Donahue also ran a strong race, not allowing any competitors to pass her once she had established her position. Emma Dolan and Zoe Oswald worked together throughout the race, passing the competition (while still showing that Merriconeag sportsmanship!) and Zoe again unleashing a punishing kick in the last stretch. The girls finished first, beating Yarmouth, Lake Region and Gray New Gloucester.
      The boys' race was a little closer, with several runners providing key scoring positions. Jack Pierce jumped out to a quick lead, ultimately winning his second race of the season. Tyler O'Brien again ran aggressively this week, placing above expectations and keeping the score low. Close behind him was Zach Neveu, who ran down a surprised Lake Region runner in the final field loop. Ben Tindall and Lincoln Samuelson turned in strong performances, placing all Merriconeag's scoring runners in the top twelve places. Not far behind was John Burgess, who's kick improves week by week. Lars Gundersen also ran a very competitive race, jockeying for position with the competition in the final stretch. Graham Roeber rounded out the Merriconeag finishers, running well on a hard course. The boys finished first as well, beating Lake Region, Yarmouth and Gray New Gloucester.
     This is the first race where the girls' and boys' teams have both won on the same day. Congrats!

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!

Merriconeag Ultimate

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
Their next race of the year is Monday, October 3 at Twin Brook in Cumberland. It's the Greely Relays and it is hosted by Greely. Please come out and cheer them on!

Upcoming races:
10/3 Monday - Greely relays at Twinbrook
10/6 Thursday - WE HOST AT MWS
10/13 Thursday at Freeport - Pownal Rd. Field
10/20 Thursday - CCC Invitational at Twinbrook
All races start with a 3:00 course walk. Girls race at 4:00 and Boys at 4:30, with the exception of the
final race (10/20) where the course walk is at 1:30, Boys race at 3:00, Girls at 3:30 and a fun race at 4:00.

 

 

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 (willowpf@aol.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.”
      We are re-structuring by committees that are not class specific but task specific. We are also engaging faculty in the craft projects and demonstrations to promote the pedagogical aspects of the work with the hands. This all ties in beautifully with our theme this year and the focus on the new Handcraft Building.
      Many of last year’s committee chairs have stepped forward to organize the activities mentioned below. We need more help in joining the committees, decorating the campus, assisting in the craft groups for children and baking lots of goodies! If you would like to help lead any of these committee projects, please watch for the notice of the next Fall Festival Planning Committee at the Farmhouse! Sign ups for volunteers the day of the festival and commitments of baked goods and savories will be organized in the grade school office by Lisa Mainella, volunteer coordinator extraordinaire!

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!
Gallery Coffee Shop and Bakery: Filled with fresh baked goods and savories, as well as hot coffee, tea and hot cider. Lots of seating in the Gallery and Hall. All parents in the Grades and EC will be asked to donate food to the coffee shop for eating there and for sale to take home.
Craft Demonstrations: Our Arts and Crafts faculty have been asked to give demonstrations of some aspect of their work. Bob Thurrell, Sandy Pearson, Julie Pennington, Lisa Edge, Rosemary Burwell and Johanna Flath have all expressed interest and are working on ideas. Sandy will start a student after-school workshop project to make items for sale at the Festival on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30. Look for the announcement coming soon!
For the Younger Children: In the lower grades classrooms we hope to have the
* 7th grade marionette performance and puppet shows from the EC teachers.
* Squirrels Attic
* Crafts for children, in the other two classrooms.
Community Hall:
* Craft Demonstrations, and craft projects for adults and older students
* School Store, selling supplies for all of the crafts and classroom supplies
* Parent Made Crafts, beautiful community-made crafts for sale
Look for announcements of craft making mornings, afternoons and evenings!

Music: Small groups of musicians located in different spots outdoors, at entrances of buildings, singing in small groups, etc. Students and faculty!
Games: Outdoors, rain or shine!
Open House: We will continue the very successful open house tours, with teachers taking shifts throughout the day.
Compost and Recycling: We are committed to recycle food and paper products.
Class Fund Raising: 8th grade will continue their wreath and candle sales to raise money for their class trip at the end of the school year. High School will raise money for their class trips through the outdoor barbecue.

Please consider how you would like to bring your talents and whatever time you can spare to this fun, fall event.
Christine Sloan, Lynne Espy, Lisa Mainella on behalf of the entire Fall Festival Committee!

 

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.
All classes in October are free as we will be making traditional Maine crafts for our Fall Festival on November 5th. Please, sign up with Lisa in the grade school office so I can be sure to have enough supplies for each project.

October 5: “I Pine for You and Balsam too”  - Stitch, fill and decorate recycled linen fabric for Pine Pillows and Lavender Sachets.
October 12: The Sweater Gnomes are back!  - The present 8th grade class repurposed wool sweaters (here is the Yankee tradition) into adorable gnomes when they were in 6th grade. They were so cute, let’s make some more!
October 19: Twined Baskets - Soaked reed is cut and twisted into beautiful, small baskets.(Let’s hope for a sunny day as we may get a little wet with this one)
October 26: Treasure Boxes- Transform cardboard and fabric into a special place for your favorite summer shells, or the change that comes out of the washing machine.
See you there! Sandy Pearson

 

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, jthenze@gwi.net

 

 

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By LynNell Hancock. Smithsonian magazine, September 2011.Photographs by Stuart Conway


 

 

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