Tuesday News - October 4, 2011

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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.





From the Development Office

Grandparents and Friends Day
     All grandparents listed on your families’ school information forms have been sent invitation to the Oct. 21 Grandparents Day. If they do not receive it by mid-week, or if you have any questions, please contact Lynne Espy.

     A number of families (particularly families new to the school) did not submit grandparent information into the RenWeb database, and therefore we have no way to invite your child’s grandparents or special friends to this wonderful event. If there is someone you would like to invite (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. We get wonderful feedback from grandparents about this day; it gives them a rare glimpse into Waldorf education, as demonstrated through the delightful performances by their grandchildren and special young friends.

     A few more volunteers are still 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 (you can watch the performance).

Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 ext. 116.


Fundraising Opportunity: Hannaford Supermarkets has developed a program to reach out to local communities and enhance their quality of life. Hannaford’s does this by supporting organizations dedicated to improving the communities in which Hannaford operates. The program, called “Hannaford Helps Schools,” gives schools an opportunity to raise money for whatever programs they wish to fund.

    The way the program works is as follows: from September 4 to December 3, 2011, Hannaford in Yarmouth will give a $3 gift certificate to each person who buys 4 participating products during any one purchase. Participating products are identified in the store via a “Hannaford Helps Schools” logo and include brand names such as Bounty, General Mills, Horizon Organic, Kellogg’s, King Arthur, Ocean Spray, One a Day, Pantene, Prince, Purina, Ronzoni, and more as well as many Hannaford products. If you wish to participate, buy four participating products and then deposit the printout you will receive into the specially marked tower at the store. The total amount of these Merriconeag “school dollars’ will be given to the school.

     If you would like more information, come to the grade school office and pick up the two brochures or go to the store’s website: hannaford.com and click on Hannaford Helps Schools.



Grade School News

Grade Eight's Trip to Boston: Monday we all woke up really early and were all super tired. But we were going to Boston! We had to be at the school by 6:45 to make the 8:00 train out of Portland. Now I have to mention and I think I’m speaking for all of us, when I say that one of the best parts of the trip were the train rides there and back.

     We arrived in Boston at 10:30 and took the T to our hostel. Once we had settled in, we were ready to head back out for the Museum of Fine Arts. At the museum we explored many of the exhibits including: Art of Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe. Most enjoyed the Contemporary exhibit along with musical instruments and jewelry. After a fun stop at the gift shop we were ready to go back to the hostel to get ready for dinner.
      Around 5:30 we headed to an Ethiopian restaurant a few blocks away. We were served one of the most interestingly delicious meals I have ever experienced while sitting on box leather chairs with tables below our knees. After our meal, we headed around the corner to a frozen yogurt shop to celebrate Hugh’s birthday!
      With our stomachs full, we started our walk back to the hostel. But our night of fun was not over yet. Along the way, we came across a giant fountain that spurted from the center to create a dome around it. All of a sudden Lily was surrounded by a wall of water made by the fountain! I thought I’d try this out thinking maybe I wouldn’t even get wet. I was far from right. Before you knew it, almost our whole class was running in and out and even through the middle of the fountain (there were lots of thanks to Mrs. Rackmales as we made our way back to the Hostile, in our wringing wet clothes).
      When the next morning rolled around, my room was awoken by a pleasant voice screaming, “Party in the boys’ room!” Sure enough, everyone was running around the room eating donuts that were bought for another Hugh celebration. (He is much loved as you may have guessed.) We packed up and went down to breakfast, where we ate to the beautiful sound of a piano being played by a few classmates. It was especially interesting when we read a sign on the piano saying, 'as much as we love music please restrain yourself from playing.' Apparently we don't know what “restrain” means.
      We gathered outside of the hostel and walked to the Boston Common where we saw swans on the edge of the pond and many ducks. We came to a kid’s playground where we happily played while waiting to walk the Freedom Trail. All of the sudden, we looked over and saw a man dressed like he was from the 1700's, who turned out to be our tour guide, Zeal. He was one of the most amazing and funny tours guides I'd ever had. He brought us to many interesting stops on the trail. One was the Granary Graveyard where we saw many graves of historical figures - John Hancock, James Ottis, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and many others. Across the street was a pub, which is the only place where you can find a cold Sam Adams across from another cold Sam Adams. Zeal also took us to Paul Revere's house as well as the new and old State Houses. The old State House was where the Boston Massacre took place. Our last stop was the Old North Church
      When the tour ended, we backtracked to Faneuil Hall where we enjoyed an amazing lunch at the Quincy Market. After lunch we were off to the Boston Public Library. The decision to walk and save money out weighed taking the T and it was too bad because our feet were already very sore.
      We arrived at the library and it was absolutely amazing. I'd never been to a library even close to the size of this one. It was one million square feet in all. We walked up the most amazing marble staircase to meet our guide. She showed us the public reading room, as well as the place where many films where shot. After seeing a beautiful ceiling mural, we ended up in John Adams's private library which has over 3,000 of his books. We learned that the Public Library has over 20 million items, 1 million being manuscripts. We were amazed.
      It was sadly time to go home, so we made our painful walk back to the hostel, got our things, and took our last agonizing walk to the train station. After another fun train ride, we arrived back in Portland at 8:10. It felt to most of us that we had been gone for weeks. Boston was a blast and I think our class will remember this trip for a long time. Mari Cooper, Grade 8


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Cross Country

Fryeburg Meet Recap
      Saturday's race certainly had the wettest conditions we've enjoyed thus far this season. The girls raced in an aggressive mist, while the skies opened up for the boys. Despite the mud and soggy shoes, both teams raced well, with a number of runners setting personal records (PRs) for the 5K distance. The meet, well over an hour away from our typical courses, also attracted a healthy number of spectators, outfitted in rain jackets, boots and umbrellas. Thank you to all who made the trip.

     In the girls' race, Jesse Saffeir went out hard and raced confidently, running down a Cape Elizabeth competitor in the last 200 yards and finishing second over all with a new PR. She was quickly followed by Sam Pierce and Teagan Wu, who worked hard to match pace with the competition. Sam set a PR as well, while Teagan ran her fastest 5K of the season. Carlin Tindall ran a solid race, settling in to the pace and running a strong third mile (and, as usual, a strong kick at the finish). Zoe Oswald and Emma Dolan worked together, battling it out with a Lake Region runner in the final stretch. Zoe O also set a PR (by over two minutes!) and Emma also ran her fastest 5K this fall. The girls' team finished the meet second behind Cape Elizabeth, beating Fryeburg and Lake Region.

     For the boys, Jack Pierce went out fast with the lead Fryeburg runner, racing to a second place finish and a new PR. Tyler O'Brien had a great run (despite not having his glasses), keeping pace with Fryeburg and Lake Region competitors, finishing with his fastest 5K time of the season. Zach Neveu also raced very well, again picking up speed in the last mile to try to catch up with Tyler and setting a new PR. Ben Tindall finished close behind, dramatically out-kicking a Lake Region runner in the last 100 yards, also setting a new PR. Continuing on that streak, the pack of John Burgess, Lars Gundersen and Lincoln Samuelson all set PRs, coming in under 21 minutes and racing a Lake Region competitor all the way to the finish. Graham Roeber ran a very good race right behind that pack, improving on his finish from last week. The boys' team also finished second (to Fryeburg), beating Lake Region (the Cape boys' team did not run in this meet).

     Hope to see you all next Friday at our last regular season meet at NYA! Coach Morgan Lake Adams

The next high school race is on Friday, October 7, hosted by NYA. NOTE TIME CHANGE - Girls race first at 4:00, boys at 4:30. The race is at Royal River Park, entrance on East Elm St. in Yarmouth. Map.google finds this at "89 East Elm St, Yarmouth, ME".

You can keep up with cross country news, meet schedules and directions on the team blog: http://www.mwsxcrunningteam.blogspot.com/



Middle School Cross Country
Their next race of the year is Thursday, October 6 at HOME so please come and cheer!

Upcoming races:
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


Merriconeag's Picture Day is Next Tuesday:

Tuesday, October 11th, 9:30 am (Rain date: Wednesday October 12th)
      Robyn Ivy Photography is honored to be your school photographer this year. School portraits are about representing who your child is in this moment-inside and out. It is my hope that your child's school picture will be a true reflection of who they are not just an example of what they look like.
      For those of you who are new to Robyn Ivy Photography, you'll find my approach to photography to be casual, relaxed, and fun. My style is a simple, candid approach, striving to capture the unexpected, unrehearsed moments that make your child so unique. It's a wonderful feeling to look at a photograph of your child and be able to say "that's so Jack", or, "that's such a Katie face". You will find your school portraits from Robyn Ivy Photography to be as individual as the children themselves.

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: robyn@robynivy.com, 401.527.9453

or check us out on the web: www.robynivy.com. Check out Robyn's blog @ http://robynivy.com/blog/


Fall Festival Planning Is Gaining Momentum: A dynamic meeting on Friday morning brought together many of the leaders of Events Past, Present and hopefully Future! Though not all of our task leaders were able to attend the 8:30 meeting, we were able to share the big picture, plan the layout, discuss the activities for the children, consider the tent that would be needed to replace food service in the upper grades basement, and add a new feature: “gently used” outerwear, books and handmade crafts.

     We will keep you posted every week regarding handwork “blitzes” led by parents or teachers. Some will be on campus in the Community Hall, others will be at Cotton

Weeds, a lovely sewing store and workshop in Freeport, on Route 1, or in homes around the community. Please watch for opportunities to learn new skills and make beautiful items to sell at the “Parent Made Crafts” booth. Many thanks to Susan Pennoyer for making her craft space at Cotton Weeds available to our parents and to Sandy Pearson for hosting afterschool craft workshops and to Aly Fullagar, Lisa Bossi and Susan Caron who have offered to host craft blitzes.

     In years past the classes have each taken up a piece of the Fall Festival; this year we are still expecting that every parent will work a shift the day of the Festival, and that each family will also contribute to the food and craft items needed. The difference is, this year we are asking you to choose which area you want to help with, hoping to make it easier if you already have expertise or experience to build on.

     If you are able to get involved in the planning stages of the Festival, or would like to be a valuable helper in a particular area of the Festival, please contact the committee leaders listed below! All contact information is in the school directory.

Pocket Person: Katie West
Squirrels Attic: Aly Fullagar
Children’s Craft Activities –
      EC: 2nd grade: Victoria Stefanakos and Melisa Walker
      Grades 1-4: _________________
      Grades 5-12: Sandy Pearson and Julie Pennington
Children’s Outdoor games:_________________
Café and Country Store: Carina Wishman-Freedner and Melissa Hoy
Gently Used Goods -
      Books: Heather Aguiar
      Outerwear: ______________
      Crafts: _________________
Signage and Outdoor Decorations: Lisa Bossi
      German Sausage: Oliver Kinzer and some German students
      French Crepes: Regine Whittlesey and French teachers and students
      American Barbecue: High School parents, students and Faculty
      Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Grades and High School Faculty

What you can do now:

Search your cabinets and closets at home, and bring the following to any office:

  • Gently Used Outerwear: sizes toddler through high school – coats, hats, boots, mittens, rain gear, snow suits, cross country running and skiing apparel.
  • Quality Used Books: paperback or hardback, in excellent condition, classics to current, that will appeal to our Waldorf community.
  • Handcrafts: hand-made or purchased Waldorf crafts that you are willing to let go to another family to benefit the school. Something you bought at a Fall Fair, or something you made that is no longer being used. Only high quality items, please.
    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 in the Gallery of the Community Hall for some fun and creative time together. Come once or come every week. No experience needed, just enthusiasm for using your hands. Anyone 4th grade and older are welcome- students, parents and friends. All classes in October are free as we will be making some traditional Maine crafts for our Fall Fair.

October 5, “I Pine for You and Balsam too” - Stitch, fill and decorate recycled linen fabric for Pine Pillows and Lavender Sachets.

     Please, sign up with Lisa in the grade school office so I can be sure to have enough supplies for each project. See you there! Sandy Pearson


MWS Fall Festival Craft Blitz. Folk Bird Garlands:
Thursday, October 13, 8:30-11:30am (or after drop-off for EC parents)
Come make Scandinavian-inspired felt garlands for mantles, doorways or holiday trees -- to be sold at the Fall Festival. No special skill necessary. Simple embroidery, easy machine stiching, cutting. Open to all members of the community. Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop, upstairs workspace. 541 US Route 1 in Freeport (across from Buck's Naked BBQ). Hosted by Lisa Bossi and Susan Pennoyer.


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


Phone Number Correction: Please note that Sarah Barmby's cell phone is 632-9289. The number (632-8289) listed in the new directory is incorrect.



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