Tuesday News - January 17, 2012

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From the Administrator

Welcome to Rima Meadow!
      On Saturday, Jan. 21st, Rima Meadow will be catching a connecting flight at Dulles airport in Washington D.C. At the airport in D.C. she will have her first glimpse of Merriconeag Waldorf School. David Sloan, who will be returning from a talk at the Washington Waldorf School Community, happens to be on the same plane!

     For the past 10 years, Rima has been providing schools all over the country with “block experiences” of eurythmy ranging in length from 4 weeks to full semesters, often returning to the same school year after year. She is a graduate of Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks and completed her training in 2003 at the American Eurythmy School in California. We are all looking forward to sharing our lovely winter campus and warm hearted community with Rima!

Extra Eurythmy Classes, beginning January 31:
For Adults: Starting on Tuesday, January 31st, Rima Meadow will offer a eurythmy class for adults, from 8:30, (following drop off) to 9:45. These classes, on Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and 14, will provide an opportunity for parents to experience what their children are doing in class, and how eurythmy helps strengthen the individual and foster group work. There will be time for questions and conversation. These classes will take place in the Community Hall. Please sign up in Lisa’s office or e-mail officemanager@merriconeag.org .
A fee of $5 per class will be charged. You can pay as you go, or sign up to be billed by the Business Office.
For Students: Also beginning January 31st, for three weeks, an after school eurythmy class for Sixth Grade through High School students, will take place in the Community Hall, from 3:30 to 4:30. The class will work on small ensemble pieces in a humorous or dramatic vein.

     There will be a sign up sheet in Lisa’s office or e-mail officemanager@merriconeag.org.
High School students can speak directly to Susan Sonntag to register for the class. A fee of $15 dollars will be charged for the series of three classes.


From the Development Office



2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:

Annual Appeal – Start your New Year as a donor!
      Why is it important for each family and faculty member to give to the Annual Appeal?

1. The board is currently finalizing the budget for next year – a strong Annual Appeal demonstrates confidence about the fundraising potential in our community.
2. Your donation supports every aspect of the school’s operating budget – art, music, movement and classroom supplies, faculty salaries, keeping the campus maintained, and tuition support to the 40% of our families who could not be here without it.
3. Every gift, no matter how small, contributes to the percent participation in your children’s classes. The first class to reach 100% gets one of Lynne Espy’s decadent desserts
4. As the school applies for grants, it is important to show that we have exhausted all other possible sources of revenue. We want to demonstrate that we have 100% of our parents and faculty already giving what they can to the school.

     You can make your donation in one of 3 easy ways:
• Check, made out to MWS, submit in remittance envelope and drop in safe (main office)
• Online giving, Click ono the Donate icon above.
• Credit Card: fill out the remittance envelope with the appropriate information
• Gift of securities: Call Shannon Combar or Lynne Espy for information about stock gifts

     Our Annual Appeal goal is $65,000. Many, many families have already made a generous gift. Please join them in supporting everything that makes this school special to your children and your family.

In gratitude, 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. Please note: If childcare is an obstacle, please contact Lisa in the grades school office (officemanager@merriconeag.org). There are plenty of sitters available!

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)


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




Upcoming Admission Events for Prospective Parents:

  • Tomorrow: Wednesday, January 18, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.
    Tour Grades 1 – 8
    In the elementary and middle grades, the two-hour period that begins each day focuses on a particular topic such as history, science, math or literature. Observe our teachers and students as they move through the morning. . . see if you could imagine your child in one of these classes!
  • Thursday, January 19, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from January 12)
    Observe High School Classes
    9th grade Humanities with David Barham
    10th grade French with Regine Whittlesey
    11th grade Mosaics with Rose Mary Burwell
    12th grade Limits and Derivatives with Jeff O’Brien
  • Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. January 20, 27 & February 3, 17
    Tea and Play
    While your child plays near you, share a cup of tea with our Early Childhood teachers and learn more about our programs for young children.


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

Community Meeting: Thank you all for attending the Community meeting held on Monday, January 9. The turnout was great. I don’t know if this was the largest turnout we ever had but it certainly was exciting to share the budget process with so many interested people.

     Some of the major items discussed were:
• The budget process and setting of tuition at Merriconeag;
• A “walk-through” of the school’s projected expenses which currently include a 3% cost of living increase for faculty and staff, a full time eurythmy position, an increase in remedial work, and miscellaneous increases to supplies, substitution wages, and building maintenance reserves;
• Discussion of enhancements to the school’s tiered tuition policy (tiered tuition will now be available to students enrolled in the 5 day EC programs); and
• Different ways to help make this education inclusive and diverse.

     There were many questions and suggestions, and all were working together with creativity and inspiration discussing ways to help make this school the best it could be while meeting the needs of all those associated with it. Everyone in the school community is an ambassador for the school, and together we can make a difference.

     If you missed the community meeting or would like to be more active in the budget process, please contact a Board member. The next monthly Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 pm where we will be continuing our discussion of next year’s budget and deciding the tuition for school year 2012-2013. Hope to see you there. Submitted by Barbara Guffin

Yearbooks: As the year whirrs quickly by, the Yearbook staff at the High School is hard at work to create the 2012 Yearbook. Order forms will be going out in the next week, and here is the deal on this year’s book:
--All students in Grades 8-12 will be billed automatically for a Yearbook! Therefore, if you are a student in Grade 8-12 and you do NOT want a Yearbook, please fill out a form telling us so, or you WILL get a Yearbook!
--Students in the ECC through Grade 7 will not be automatically billed, so if you are a student in the ECC-Grade 7 and you want a Yearbook, please fill out a form telling us so.
Forms at the Desert Road campus will be in the office with Lisa, and at the High School in the office with Susan. Books are going to cost $40 each this year, and all forms need to be in by January 27th.
If you have any questions regarding the Yearbook, please don’t hesitate to contact the Yearbook staff.
Thank you. Johanna Flath, Skyler Samuelson and Jack Pierce

Have you heard about our Accreditation? Many faculty and especially the Accreditation Steering committee have been working hard to coordinate the final details of our accreditation in anticipation of the team’s arrival in March. The dates for the team visit are Sunday, March 11 to Wednesday, March 14, 2012. We have finished part 1 of our self-study that focused on documenting the school’s adherence to fifteen different standards. Part 2 of the study is a summary of our findings and includes the strengths of the school and areas that need additional focus and concentration in the next few years. This is an exciting endeavor, and we look forward to sharing our school with our guests. There will be an opportunity for parents to meet with the team on Tuesday morning, March 13. Barbara Guffin

Merriconeag received another $1000 grant from the Maine Humanities Council to help underwrite our Fifth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. Thank you Gina Sawin, who wrote the grant application.




Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Basketball: Today the team will travel to Hebron Academy again for a rematch.

High School Nordic Skiing:

   Because of conditions, last Wednesday's race was moved from Pineland to Black Mountain in Rumford. The classical race began at 2:45 with a field of over 346 skiers. Merriconeag Waldorf High School Girls came in 2nd and the Boys, 6th. Congratulations to all!  Click here for the Official Results and scroll down on the left side to "High School 5K Classical, January 11" and select Women's or Men's Results.

     Yesterday, the team traveled to Stark's Hill in Fryeburg for a WMC skate race. Our Girls came in 2nd and our Boys, 4th! Again, a hearty congratulations to all! Click here for the results from that race. Boys show first, for Girls' results, click on the Girls tab at the bottom of the page.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This


How Knitting Behind Bars Transformed Maryland Convicts
With needles, wool and attention, a Howard County retiree, Lynn Zwerlinig, teaches prisoners how to cope after release.
From the article by Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun, November 21, 2011

Alex Steffen is one of the world's leading voices on sustainability, social innovation and planetary futurism. Editor of the the widely read Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century(Abrams, 2006), a 600-page compendium of leading solutions from around the world, with a foreword by Al Gore, Steffen was a student in David Sloan's first Waldorf class back in the early 1980's. Here is a link to one of Steffen's well-received TED talks: Alex Steffen on TED.



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