Tuesday News - Wed, January 04, 2012
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From the Administrator
Welcome back to school in the New Year, 2012, …
the new building. When the second bell rings at 8:20 in the morning, we will celebrate with song and good cheer, the many gifts of hard work, artistry, and support that went into this beautiful building. We welcome all interested parents and friends of the school to join us in this joy-filled dedication with our students. We anticipate a short and boisterous celebration for 15 to 20 minutes. Early Childhood families will have time to join in before heading to the ECC!
There are also a number of “new faces” visiting and working in our classrooms this New Year.
We are all looking for a little snow to brighten our New Year. Don’t give up hope. There are bound to be snow closings ahead and lots of time to ski with Mr. Saccone!
From the Admissions Office
Thanks to all of the Merriconeag families and friends who continue to talk up Waldorf education with interested others. Nearly every new family who calls me says they heard about our school from one of you – so you can see how vital your efforts are to our enrollment growth!
The winter calendar is full of events that are great introductions to Merriconeag so please encourage your co-workers, neighbors and friends to attend them. (They are also listed on the website under News & Events.) To register, prospective parents should call Lyn Baird at 207-865-3900, ext. 103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Development Office
2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:
Thank you so much to everyone who has already sent their donation to the 2011-12 Annual Appeal. Generous gifts from grandparents, parents and friends of the school are arriving daily, and each week I will give an update on the total amount
raised and the participation levels.
Goal #1: 100% participation: In order to demonstrate strong support to outside funding groups (foundations and
businesses), it is critically important that every family in the school give a gift to the Annual Appeal. Last year, parent participation increased significantly over the previous year, but we still have room to improve! Last year, participation among current parents in kindergarten through 12th grade averaged 80%, with seven classes getting higher than 80%. Let’s see if we can’t get this participation rate closer to 100%! Remember, gifts of ALL sizes count.
Goal #2: Raising $65,000: I am pleased to announce that in the last two weeks we have received 30 gifts or pledges, and have raised $7,920 toward our goal of $65,000. Many of the gifts have been larger than the previous year’s gifts, and we have a number of first-time donors – a heartwarming demonstration that, even in these challenging economic times, parents recognize the importance of their support, and the important role that Merriconeag and Waldorf Education plays in their lives.
Goal #3: Finish earlier!: Reaching our goals of raising $65,000 and getting high participation rates quickly is critical. It translates into more time for the development office to seek outside funding through foundations, business sponsors, and outside donors, and more time to devote to event planning and long-range planning, which are also essential focus areas for successful fundraising.
If you haven’t made a gift to the Annual Appeal yet, please do so today – gifts of any amount help us reach our goal of 100% participation. You can make your gift in any of these easy ways:
• Check, made out to MWS, submit in remittance envelope and drop in safe (main office)
Thank you for your generosity. With deep gratitude, Lynne Espy 865-3900 Ext. 116
From the Board
How do we set tuition rates?
the 2012 / 2013 school year. The school budget, and resulting tuition rates, impacts everyone and we encourage participation by all including parents, faculty, and staff at this meeting. Hope to see you Monday evening for this important annual event.
Bob Neveu, Board President
Craft Afternoons with Sandy Pearson
Wednesdays 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the new Handcraft Building
Wednesday, Jan 4 - Knitted Mittens
Wednesday, Jan. 11- Open Craft Afternoon
Wednesday, Feb 15 – Open Craft Afternoon
Wednesdays, Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 - Knitted Rugs
Parent Enrichment Coffee:
Early Childhood Parent Coffee, an Open Conversation
Tuesday, January 10, 9:00 a.m.
This month we are switching gears and offering a parent coffee just for Early Childhood parents. Please come for coffee, tea, and conversation with three delightful women who have over 50 years combined experience as Waldorf parents - Lyn Baird, Admissions Director, Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, and Christine Sloan, Administrator. This is sure to be a fun morning so come share your experience as an EC parent at Merriconeag this year, as well as your stories,
questions and hopes for the New Year.
Miss Representation: A film presentation for parents on the impact of media
on developing girls and women.
Please keep in mind this film contains strong imagery and is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES only. We welcome and encourage both parents and students in 9th grade and older to attend. Please do not bring younger siblings to this presentation. This is a great opportunity for parents to come see the film and then carry on the conversation on media literacy at home with their daughters and sons.
School Community Updates
Reflections on the Shepherd’s Play
by Nancy Goldberg:
Alumni Celebration: On Thursday, December 22, 4 – 6 pm, Merriconeag’s Alumni Committee (Lynne Espy, Jacqui Koopman, Lucretia Pascarelli, Gina Sawin, and Deeda Burgess) hosted a celebration of our new Handcraft Building for our alumni (18 & older) and their parents. As always, we were inspired by the transformation of our former students into interesting, active and poised young adults.
The company was grand, the food was delicious and the atmosphere most convivial as we socialized and honored the many talents and gifts that supported the creation of our beautiful new building. (More photos to follow next week)
High School Needs Engine: Do you have an old lawn mower that is no longer running? The High School is looking for old gas powered engines (Lawn Mower or similar one cylinder, 4-stroke engine) for the 9th grade physics class that begins on Jan 30th. If you have a machine that you can donate to science please contact Jeff O'Brien (688-8989 x202 or email@example.com)
Update on 2011 Japanese Earthquake Relief Fundraiser: Last Spring, Merriconeag students donated artwork to be used on notecards that were sold to benefit the relief effort following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. This fundraiser brought in $10,000 that was directed to the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund administered by the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). JCIE wrote to us at year's end to tell us that "communities throughout the Tohoku region are undertaking extraordinary efforts to rebuild and recover, and the generosity of people like you is already making such a major difference in their lives". They also told us that they distributed more than "$300,000 to 6 emergency relief organizations that were providing food, shelter, medical care, and counseling to the survivors. We also set aside funds for Japanese groups working on the long-term recovery, and after intensive consultations with community leaders, we are focusing on 3 key priorities: 1) revitalizing local economies; 2) rebuilding community ties; and 3) supporting senior citizens, who are especially vulnerable in these difficult times". Please visit JCIE's earthquake update link for more information on exactly how the funds are being used to continue the support that is vital to the full recovery of Japan. Happy New Year!
Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Wed, Dec 17, 5:30 pm, Freeport Performing Arts Center, Freeport.
Fri, Dec 19, 11 am.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
All are welcome!
12:30 Dismissal for Grades 1 - 12.
School Closed for Winter Break:
Mon, Dec 22 - Fri, Jan 2, School is closed for winter break. School resumes on Mon, Jan 5.
Tour of Grades 1 - 8:
Tues, Jan 13, 8-10:30 am, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, Begins in Community Hall.
Tour of Grades 1-8.
An opportunity for adults to experience Waldorf education first-hand by observing our students & teachers in action.
This tour is for adults only. Please call 207-865-3900, ext. 103, to register.
Life after Waldorf :
Wed, Jan 14, 2:00 pm
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear our recent graduates speak about their post high school experiences.
Thurs, Jan 15, 7 pm, Community Hall
Tea & Play Session:
Tea & Play Sessions for Prospective Parents.
Fri, Jan 16, 9 - 10 am.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or