Tuesday News - November 29, 2011

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Spiral of Light, Friday, December 2, 2011

A Spiral Garden of Light, Friday, December 2, Community Hall,

for children in Early Childhood and Grades 1, 2 and 3: 

(Please note: There are no Early Childhood classes on this day!)

     The days are getting shorter and the darkness of night envelopes us. The harvest is in. It is cold. Yet, it is within the darkest hour that we find hope. It is in the depths of our soul that we find the light. It is the light of love, a light of peace, and a light of hope. This is the time of year when we anticipate this light, see it, acknowledge it with our gifts and deeds, cherish it with our families, and honor it during our festivals of faith.
      Walking the Spiral Garden is a magical experience for the children. Each child walks the spiral carrying his or her light into the darkened space. Their light is placed along the path guiding the way for others.

Submitted by Life of School Committee

The timing for the five walks on Friday, December 2, in the Community Hall is as follows:

The Lupine Room (Bridget & Brianna) - 8:45 a.m.

The Daisy Room (Jess & Hanna) - 10:00 a.m.

The Bluebell Room (Kam & Elizabeth) - 11:00 a.m.

First Grade - 5:00 p.m.

Second Grade - 6:00 p.m.

Third Grade - 7:00 p.m.


Other Upcoming Events:



The MWS Winter Concert is fast approaching! On Wednesday, December 7, join us for an evening of music at the Freeport Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:15 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room.
Correction to Last Week's Winter Concert Announcement: Last week, the Tuesday News announcement regarding dress for the upcoming Winter Concert indicated that students were to dress in black and white. While this is true for students in grades 5-12, students in grades 3 and 4 are not required to wear black and white but may wear concert attire in festive colors of their choosing. Students in grade 2 will wear their Santa Lucia attire. I apologize for this mistake and hope that there were no unnecessary purchases of black and white attire because of it. Jordan Seavey



Crafty Afternoons with Sandy Pearson

Mittens by Christmas: We will continue on work on mittens (and scarves) Wed, Dec 7 (Winter Assembly that evening)) and 14. Sandy Pearson Sandpear55@aol.com
      Watch for future Wednesday afternoon crafts in the NEW HANDWORK ROOM after the holidays!


Upcoming Admission Events: Great opportunities for parents to learn more about Waldorf education. To register, please call Lyn Baird , 207-865-3900, Ext 103. Tell your friends!

Tour Grades 1 – 8
Wednesday, November 30, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Early Childhood Information Session
Wednesday, November 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Observe High School Classes
Thursday, December 1, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Shepherds Play, Friday, December 16, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Community Hall: We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human.

Why you might want to come out to see the Shepherds Play by David Barham:

     It is quite ironic that I am the one writing this article, directing this year’s production of The Shepherds Play and urging all of the adults in the community to come to the Community Hall at 11:00 on Friday, December 16 to see the performance.
      Let me start at the beginning with a short, personal anecdote. Read more.

School Community Updates

New Community Member Born on Thanksgiving:

High School Art Teacher, Johanna Flath, and her husband, Eric Ritter, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zev Robert Ritter, who arrived Thanksgiving Day, on the new moon, weighing in at 7 lbs 4 ounces. All are happy and doing well.



Photos Raise Funds for Tuition Support: Tricia Toms, a Merriconeag parent and professional photographer who offers her photographic services to Merriconeag at no cost, has set up an online site, where you can purchase, at very reasonable rates, photographs from recent school events. She will generously donate half of the proceeds to the school for tuition support, which is a great fundraiser for the school. Currently you will find images from Grandparents and Friends Day 2011, Wildflower Ceremony 2011, Graduation 2011, Rose Ceremony 2011, and the Wildflower Ceremony 2010 up on the site which you can reach by clicking on the following link: http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag

Wreath Pick Up:

If you pre-ordered a wreath from the Eighth Grade, it will be available for pick up on Monday, December 5. Thank you for supporting our class! The Eighth Grade



Fresh Bread for Sale: The eighth grade will be offering freshly baked whole-wheat bread on Thursday afternoons at pick-up to help fund their eighth grade trip. The bread is made with mostly 'made in Maine' products and is tasty and nourishing! We are offering baked loaves for sale, but will also sell bread dough in case you'd like to bake it fresh that evening. (It does make the home smell nice!) The dough just needs to be punched down, allowed to rise for about half an hour, put into a cold oven that has been turned to 400 degrees, and baked for about 30 minutes. It could be pressed into a bread loaf pan or baked free-form. We hope you can enjoy it.

The Eighth Grade

We still have some cases of head lice in Early Childhood and the Lower Grades. Please continue to check your child's head daily and encourage your child not to share hats, combs or brushes. If lice are found, please treat and continue to check heads daily for nits (lice eggs) and remove by combing or manually "nit picking". If in doubt, I will gladly check your child's head and I can show you how to do this and what you should be looking for. Barbara Kappelmann R.N.

Last Apple and Cider Order:

Willow Pond Farm will do one last order on Friday, December 16. Please order by noon on the Thursday before delivery and be sure to leave your check in the Early Childhood Office before they come.





Sign-up Time for the Winter Pizza Session: The winter pizza session is a total of 9 weeks beginning January 6th and ending March 16th. 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 winter session will be $18.00. As in prior years, students in grades 4-8 and faculty will have the chance to participate during the winter 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 winter session, please complete an order form and return it with cash or check (made payable to MWS) to the basket outside the 7th grade classroom no later than Tuesday, December 6th at 8:20 a.m.
Questions? Call Nancy Goldberg, 865-1961. Click here for the form.

Athletic News - Sports Updates

Middle School Basketball will meet this Friday Dec 2, at the YMCA at Pineland at 3:15. We currently have eight students who have responded and we would love more. It is not too late! Please email me or just come on Friday. If your child needs a ride to Pineland, I have room for a few children, but I will need to know ahead of time. So bring your sneakers, a basketball (if you want), a water bottle and we'll see you on Friday. Barbara Kappelmann, 754-5777 or boston97@roadrunner.com.


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