Tuesday News - November 1, 2011

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Merriconeag Girls are Class C State Champions!

Congratulations to the Girls and their Coaches!

Please see race recap below.


Fall Festival & Open House 2011


November 5, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  The Fall Festival and Open House Avoids Snowstorm by choosing November Date!

   The weather is with us this year, as we head into warmer days the first week of November. This promises to melt the October snow that is currently covering our campus! We look forward to a sunny day on November 5th, with lots of opportunity to be outside in a "Fall-like" atmosphere.

     We are expecting a record number of visitors to our campus this year, due to our outreach efforts, lots of news coverage about Merriconeag's High School running teams, and national press on the merits of Waldorf education in this digital age. (Link to article.)

     This Festival is one of our major outreach events of the year. We are celebrating the beauty of our handwork curriculum with demonstrations and activities for children and adults, the charm of our music curriculum with our strolling musicians, the strength of our academic curriculum in our school exhibit, and the love of the outdoors with fun-loving games!

     We are also celebrating the joy and commitment of building a community of parents, students and faculty at Merriconeag. When visitors come to our campus, they may take a tour, listen to music, enjoy watching their children play games outdoors or make a "button bracelet." They will also have the opportunity to see our community in action . . . working and playing together.

     Lisa Bossi shared the story of her first visit to a Fall Festival at Merriconeag, many years ago. She was feeling like an "outsider" when a 5th grade student sat down next to her, as she sipped her hot coffee. "Are you new here?" asked the young student, easily making a warm connection to someone he had never met. "Yes, I'm here for the first time." "Welcome, he said! What can I tell you about our school?"

     At that moment, Lisa knew this was the school for her daughters. She felt instantly embraced and at home, not through the efforts of  a "welcoming committee" but through the efforts and openness of a young student. So remember . . . Everyone is on the "welcoming committee" this Saturday! The smallest gesture of welcome, the warm smile, the offer to help direct a newcomer to the information kiosk or "open house" room in the second grade, are just as important as that lively conversation over a bowl of hot chili!  Christine Sloan

Fall Festival and Open House THIS Saturday,

November 5, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      As you have probably guessed, there will be some changes at the Fall Festival, along with some favorite activities from the past, and we want you to know what the day will hold so that your family can thoroughly enjoy it. Note that we are not using bracelets this year, the lunch is outdoors under the tent, and we are charging a nominal amount for puppet shows. We are still keeping everything extremely reasonably priced and hope that you enjoy the new format!

What should I be doing before this Saturday?

- Sign up online to work a shift at the Festival - everyone is needed! Staffing Link
- Bake for the cafe - sweets, savories and homegrown canned goods. Bring in your baked goods Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, label the item (and note if it's gluten free or contains nuts), and label your container if you want it back.
- Bring in donations for the following (and leave them in the office):
      o Pocket Person (small gems, coins, tiny treasures)
      o Squirrel's Attic (homemade items that sell for less than a few dollars)
      o Gently Used Outerwear (including wool long underwear!!!)
      o Well loved, good quality, Books
      o Gently used Crafts and Toys (including craft supplies)

What can our family and friends do at the Festival this Saturday?
- First of all, buy tickets at the Information and Ticket Booth, located on the path near the Community Hall. Check out the map and program. Fall Festival Program Link. It lists locations, prices and whether a ticket is required. Paper copies of the program will also be available on Saturday.
At the Ticket and Information booth, you can get:
- a special yellow ticket ($2) for the puppet shows (10:30, 11:30, 12:30).
- Hand stamp for outdoor games ($3), includes Frisbee golf).
- Decide which marionette show you want to see, 11am or 1pm ($3 at the 7th grade).
- Bring cash or checkbooks - you'll need cash for Food (German sausage, high school chili, French crepes and the Cafe and Country Store)
- Give your children change (.25 and $1) for Pocket Person and Squirrel's Attic
What will we get to do at the Festival?
- Eat Lunch (under the Tent, with additional seating in the Community Hall)  - you'll need cash for German    Currywurst (sausage), Chili at Rudolf's Diner, and French Crepes.
-Indoor Craft Activities (lower grades)  - for young Children (EC - 2nd grade)
- Make something crafty in the Community Hall - grades 3 to adults
- Blacksmithing and foot-powered lathe demonstrations outdoors - experienced artisans can take a turn for free.
- Spinning demonstrations inside - take a turn for free.
- Outdoor Games, including Frisbee Golf!
- Go to a puppet show or marionette show
- Buy gently used outerwear, crafts, and books at the Tried and True Boutique
- Listen to musicians
- Buy trinkets and gems at the Squirrel's Attic or from the Pocket Person
- Buy wreaths, candles, calendars, Waldorf School supplies, caramel apples
- Alumni - come to the Alumni Table in the Community Hall for a free gift!

Submitted by Lynne Espy, Christine Sloan and Lisa Mainella for the fabulous Fall Festival Team

Fall Festival Updates:

Attention bakers, chefs and home canning aficionados: LAST CALL! The Falling Leaves Cafe and Country Store need your finest creations for the newly minted Fall Festival. As in previous years we are looking for your yummiest baked goods: cookies, cupcakes, fruit breads, cakes, tarts,muffins and other sweet wonders. We would also love to see your delectable savories: tea sandwiches, quiches, and wraps. And this year we'd also like to feature your canned goods in our Country Store! Did your garden do well? Can some dilly beans, pickles, relishes, sauces, salsas, jams or jellies? Share them the community! Canned donations can be left with Lisa in the office (only non perishables please!). Please feel free to drop off your donated items at the Community Hall gallery on the designated shelves starting Friday afternoon. If you are bringing a dish you would like returned to you there will be a marker and tape made available for labeling your dishware. Please be so kind as to tell us the name of your creation so we can properly identify it on the tables. Thank you! Carina Wishman-Freedner


Crafty Afternoons with Sandy Pearson

     Come join me on Wednesdays after school from 3:15-5:00 p.m. 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 through Nov 2 are free as we will be making some special crafts for our Fall Festival.

Wed, Nov 2 - "Craft Kits"
Help assemble some kits and use this time to complete any unfinished Fair Projects.

Nov 9, 16, 30 and Dec 14 - Knitted Mittens -
In 4 afternoons, design and make a pair of knitted mittens for yourself or as a holiday gift. Yarn and needles included. Limited to 10 participants. $20.00

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


High School Information Night

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

in the Community Hall at our Freeport Campus

An overview for prospective parents and students. What makes the Waldorf high school experience so rich and rewarding? Our faculty and students will share insights and practical information. Learn why families are moving to Maine to attend Merriconeag!

For more information and to register contact Lyn Baird, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org or 207-865-3900, ext. 103



Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Cross Country

States Recap

Repeat State Champions with a total of 61 points!

     It was a cold, cold day when the Merriconeag teams returned to Twin Brook in Cumberland for the State Cross Country championship. The course was still muddy and churned up in sections from last week's Regionals, and the wind blew steadily. Nevertheless, our runners (and spectators) were armed with coats, mittens, hats, sleeping bags, toe warmers and hot beverages. All of the hard work of the season paid off with great performances from both the girls' and boys' teams.

     The girls began the race in pack formation, with Zoe Chace-Donahue, Teagan Wu, Sam Pierce and Jesse Saffeir leading the charge. Throughout the race, Zoe moved up steadily, securing 16th place. Sam and Teagan were close behind in 17th and 20th. Jesse and Carlin Tindall helped to cement the win by finishing in front of Washburn's number four in 22nd and 27th places respectively. Emelie Chace-Donahue also went to work, besting every other team's number five except one and finishing 51st. Zoe Oswald did her part, beating several teams' fifth runners for 68th place.


     On the boys' side, Jack Pierce raced hard, moving up into 4th place and holding off his competitors in the last stretch. Tyler O'Brien and Zach Neveu again proved that teamwork pays off, pushing each other to 41st and 43rd places, respectively. This week, Tyler out-kicked the freshman in the final yards in his last high school race. Yet again, Ben Tindall had another solid, well-paced race, finishing 71st. Although Lincoln Samuelson, John Burgess and Lars Gundersen began the race as a pack, Saturday it was John's turn to step into the role of fifth scoring runner for Merriconeag in 81st place. He was closely followed by Lars, who finished 82nd. Lincoln rounded out Merriconeag's seven with a 90th place finish.


     The boys' team finished ninth overall, with a total of 199 points.

Hope to see you all in two weeks when the teams travel to the New England Championships in Rhode Island.

Coach Morgan Lake Adams


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





Waldorf Education in the News - The Press Continues

     In case you missed it last week, we are again including the article on Waldorf Education from the front page of The New York Times (Sunday, October 23), as well as some interesting articles/letters that have been published in response.

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute
The Waldorf School's computer-free environment has become a draw for parents
at high-tech companies like Google.
By Matt Richtel, The New York Times, October 22, 2011


What is a Waldorf School?
An article discussing the Sunday New York Times article above that provides some background on Waldorf Education.

myfoxny.com, October 25, 2011


Letter to the Editor Re: A Silicon Valley School that Doesn't Compute, New York Times, October 25 2011
Invitation to a Dialogue: Computers in School?
The Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to VP Gore and Waldorf Parent responds to The New York Times article of October 23, 2011
The New York Times, October 25 2011


The dialogue continues in the Sunday, October 30 edition of The New York Times:
Sunday Dialogue: Using Technology to Teach
Letters. The New York Times. Published: October 29, 2011
In schools and in homes, teachers and parents wrestle with the role of technology in children's lives. Our readers weigh in.



School Community Updates


Christine Sloan has an article in the current issue of Lilipoh:

Christine's article on building community that appeared last year in the Tuesday News has been included - in an expanded version - in the current (Fall 2011) issue of Lilipoh. It is entitled, Community Building: vision, commitment, fellowship, hard work and can be found on page 64. There's even a photo of several community members taken at last year's Fall Fair. You won't want to miss it!



Exchange Meeting, Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Hall: This is for anyone (students and parents) who wants to know more about the international exchange program at the high school.

Wreaths and Candles from the 8th Grade ~ Mrs. Rackmales's 8th Grade is selling beautiful balsam wreaths and 100% beeswax taper candles. Candles will be available for pick up at the Fall Festival and thereafter in the grade school office. Wreaths will be available for delivery early in December. There are many ways to order:
- Complete an order form at the Fall Fair on November 5th.
- Complete an order form found in any of the three school offices.
- Complete the order form below and drop off at any of the three school offices.

Link to Wreath and Candle order form.
Be sure to include payment with your order. Orders will be taken until Friday, November 18th. All proceeds benefit the Eighth Grade class trip. We appreciate your support!




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