Tuesday News - January 10, 2012

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From the Development Office



2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:

It’s time for the Chocolate Incentive!
The first class to have every family donate a gift of any size to the annual appeal will receive one of Lynne Espy’s decadent chocolate desserts. Last year’s 3rd grade class achieved 100% participation before any of the other classes, and the parents were thrilled to have a mocha torte delivered to their parent evening. Wouldn’t you like this? (Accommodations can be made for non-chocoholics.)

  • We have raised $36,878 towards our goal of $65,000. We’re doing well, but still need to raise $28,000 to meet our budget
  • Many of the gifts are larger than last year’s gifts (this is a good trend!)
  • Many of the gifts are from first time donors (this is wonderful!)
  • Next week we will begin reporting the participation percent by class so get your donation in before this Friday to be included in this list.     

     Please make a donation to the Annual Appeal today by submitting a check to the office (remittance envelopes available), clicking on the Donate button above and making an online donation, or calling us about a stock gift. If your employer matches your charitable gifts, please let us know!

     As a community, we are enormously indebted to every family who chooses to make a donation to the annual appeal. In gratitude, Lynne Espy 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org


Auction Planning is Beginning – we need your help:

   This Friday, Jan. 13, at 8:45 a.m. in the Farmhouse we will hold our first planning meeting (with yummy refreshments of course) for this year’s Auction. This year the Auction will be held on the evening of Saturday, March 31st. The Auction supports tuition funding at Merriconeag – a cause that is vital to the well being and economic diversity of our school. The Auction is always a memorable party, known for its fun themes, great food, dancing music, and joyful celebration of this community. Mark your calendars now, and look for future Tuesday News notices about ways you can help with the Auction’s success.

     If you are interested in helping with the Auction, or you just want to learn more about it, please come to this first planning meeting or contact Lynne Espy. Whatever your time constraints or talents, we will find a task for you!
Lynne Espy, 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org



Upcoming Events:


Craft Afternoons with Sandy Pearson: Wednesdays 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the new Handcraft Building.
These afternoons are for 4th graders and up. Please sign up with Lisa in the Grade School office.

Wednesday, Jan. 11- Open Craft Afternoon
Anyone welcome! Bring a project and enjoy working in the Handwork Room. Free.

Wednesday, Feb 15 – Open Craft Afternoon
Anyone welcome! Bring a project and enjoy working in the Handwork Room. Free.


Wednesdays, Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 - Knitted Rugs
The entire rug is made from one long knitted strip that you then coil and sew together. Easy! Yarn provided. Bring size 10 or10 ½ single pointed knitting needles. $25.00 (limited to 12)



Save the Date: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman will be performed by the 9th and 10th Grade Classes.

The play is directed by David Barham with Rose Mary Burwell assisting. The Director suggests that the play is for 4th grade and up. The play will be performed at the following times:

Wednesday, Jan 25, 9:30 a.m., for grades, Community Hall

Thursday, Jan 26, 7:00 p.m., Community Hall

Friday, Jan 27, 7:00 p.m., Community Hall


miss representation


TARP (Tolerance and Respect Project) presents the film:

Miss Representation
Monday, January 30th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St, Freeport
Free. but a $5 suggested donation will be accepted at the door
** Due to some explicit content in the film, this screening is intended for adults and children over the age of 14.
      This highly acclaimed film explores how the media's misrepresentations of women and girls have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Mainstream media bombards children and adults alike with overwhelming messages that marginalize and objectify women. These messages can have damaging effects on girls and boys.
      The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring student leaders from Freeport & Merriconeag High Schools and representatives from Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Boys to Men.
      This event is co-sponsored by Boys to Men, Freeport High School, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and Merriconeag Waldorf High School.

B2M logo          Freeport High School      hardy girls healthy women       

To guarantee seating, you can register by clicking here.

For more information: www.missrepresentation.org, Deeda Burgess, publicrelations@merriconeag.org, or Katherine Doughty at Boys to Men, katherineb2m@maine.rr.com


School Community Updates

The 9th and 10th Grade Thespians are in need of a chandelier: The gaudier the better. If you have a such a chandelier that we could use to illuminate the upcoming high school play we would be every so grateful. Please contact Ms. Burwell at rburwell@merriconeag.org as soon as possible.

The high school welcomes two exchange students from Geneva, Switzerland. Elodie is being hosted by Carlin Tindall and Ulysse is being hosted by Soren Donisvitch.

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 jobrien@merriconeag.org)



Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Basketball:
On Friday, the high school basketball team hosted St. Dominic's at the Pineland YMCA. The team was outscored by St. Dom's 38-24. The team continues to show improvement in both in individual skills and teamwork.
     On Tuesday, January 17, the team will travel to Hebron Academy again for a rematch.

High School Nordic Skiing:

Last Thursday, the high school nordic ski team traveled to Mt. Cranmore in North Conway to participate in a race. Merriconeag's skiers performed exceptionally well, all finishing in the top half of the pack. 11th grader Teagan Wu won the girl's race. Congratulations, Teagan!

    This Wednesday's race has been moved from Pineland to Black Mountain in Rumford. The race will begin at 2:45 with a field of over 300 skiers.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This


Grading the Digital School:
Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools
By MATT RICHTEL, The New York Times, Technology, January 04, 2012
Teachers in Idaho and elsewhere have been in revolt over policy makers thrusting technology into classrooms and shifting money to unproven teaching methods.



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