Tuesday News - January 24, 2012

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Upcoming Events


Performed by the 9th & 10th grade classes.

Wednesday, January 25, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.

($5 donation)

Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. ($5 donation)

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

     A play about the transforming power of love, Metamorphoses brings to life ten classic myths in ways audiences have never experienced. Based on a modern translation of Ovid's epic poem Metamorphoses, this lavish play juxtaposes the ancient and contemporary in both language and image to reveal eternal truths about the inevitability of change. Funny one moment, sorrowful the next, with its emphasis on love, loss and the transforming powers of memory and the imagination, the play is a lovely and deeply affecting work that shows that theater can provide not just an escape but sometimes a glimpse of the divine.

     Playwright Mary Zimmerman (winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director) says of the myths, "Good stories never die. They have much to teach us."

     Director David Barham and technical director Rose Mary Burwell hope you will join us on Wednesday, January 25 at 9:30 am and on Thursday and Friday, January 26 and 27 at 7:00 pm. There are moments of adult content (a curse, a cigarette, a drunk, a whiff of the erotic, some darkness here and there), but children in grades four and up who attend with their parents will go home from the play with much to remember.


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


Friendly Fracas or Revenge Rematch?

Student/Faculty Game III

Friday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

in the Pineland YMCA Gym

      The Student-Faculty Basketball Game is back! Merriconeag’s student team, a coed high school squad, has issued yet another challenge to the aging but spirited faculty. The game will take place on Friday, February 3, at 6:30 p.m., in the Pineland YMCA gym.
     The faculty who played last year included “Jumpin Johnny” Saccone, “Sneaky” Sarah Buck, Oliver “Kangaroo” Kinzer, “Reboundin’’ Robert Pennington, Rose Mary “Bombs Away” Burwell, “Deadeye” David Whittlesey, “Show Me the Money” Shannon Combar, “ Jeff “Airball!” O’Brien, “Dunkin’” Deeda Burgess, Lisa “Never Misses” Mainella and Nancy “Hot-Rod”-erick, who sank the winning basket in the last frenzied seconds of the contest.
      Come cheer on your favorite team, and support the high school’s fund-raising efforts as well. Although there will be no admission fee, generous donations are welcome. Refreshments will be on sale, the proceeds of which will go toward funding the high school Model UN trips, the athletic program and the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India. Coach Sloan





Simplicity Parenting

Using the Extraordinary Power of Less

to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids

with Kim John Payne

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m.

   57 Desert Road, Freeport

        $10 at the door

To learn more, click here.



From the Board Treasurer

Board Sets Tuition for School Year 2012-2013
      The main topic of the Board’s meeting last Tuesday was the determination of next year’s tuition. This process takes careful work and diligence to ensure that the needs of faculty, students, and parents are met as fully as possible. The Board wants faculty salaries to cover the costs of living and include sufficient benefits for sickness, professional development, and other goals. The school’s programs need to be comprehensive and well-staffed to meet all the diverse needs of our students. And finally, the Board strives to keep tuition affordable to all the families who choose to send their children to Merriconeag.

     After much discussion, it was decided that Tier I tuition for school year 2012-2013 would be as follows:
Program                               Tuition                         Increase from Last Year
2-day EC program              $ 3,335                        $ 0 (0%)
3-day EC program              $ 4,975                        $ 0 (0%)
5-day morning program    $ 7,670                        $295 (4%)
Full day K thru Grade 5      $13,105                       $505 (4%)
Grade 6 thru 8                     $13,625                       $525 (4%)
Grade 9 thru 12                   $18,385                       $360 (2%)

     The Board also modified the school’s tiered tuition model so that students in the 5-day early childhood program through grade 12 are eligible for a lower tuition. Families who are interested in applying for a lower tuition would follow the guidelines described in the school’s policies.

     Our goal is to have a diverse student population with all families contributing at the amount that best meets their financial needs while assuring a balanced budget for the school. The center and focus of all tuition conversations are in determining the best education and greatest well-being of students through cooperation between families and the school built on a mood of openness and trust. We recognize that working in this more associative way is challenging. However, we believe that the effort made to align finances with the school’s educational mission is highly valued and can have a positive and wholesome impact on the entire school community.

     The Board would like to keep tuition as low as possible. This will be best achieved by increasing the size of our student body across all grades. The best way for us to attract new students is by our families telling neighbors and friends about our school. Please help us increase awareness for Merriconeag in the community and invite your family and friends to attend a school event sometime soon.

With gratitude, Barbara Guffin, Board Treasurer


From the Development Office



2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:

Thank you to the 127 donors who have shown their support for Merriconeag by making a donation to the Annual Appeal. We have received gifts from current families, grandparents, alumni families, current and former faculty, and friends of the school. We are making very good progress toward our goal of $65,000 – let’s keep the momentum going and finish this important fund drive! There are still many families who have not yet contributed to this year’s Annual Appeal and you can help close the gap! A gift from every family demonstrates this community’s collective commitment, and is extremely important as we seek outside funding. Please help us get to 100% participation!

     If a high quality education isn’t incentive enough, the first class to reach 100% will get to enjoy a decadent chocolate dessert by Lynne Espy. Remember, gifts of any size count!

     Six classes have reached 40% participation rate, but we still need your help getting to our goal of 100% participation in each class!
Classes with participation rates exceeding 40% (as of today) :
Grade 1 – 43%
Grade 2 – 43%
Grade 3 – 45%
Grade 9 – 67%
Grade 10 – 70% (Wow – maybe this class will win the chocolate dessert ?!)
Grade 11 – 46%
All other Early Childhood and Grades classes are below 40%.

     PLEASE help us get the participation rates up by making a gift today using PayPal (on our website), check, credit card, or cash. Not sure if you’ve made a gift yet? Contact me!
In gratitude, Lynne Espy 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org

The 2010-11 Annual Report is now on our website: The Annual Report is a listing of every individual, business, or foundation that made a tax-deductible gift to the school in that calendar year. The 2010-11 Annual Report, listing all such gifts made between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 is now available on our website. Note that this Annual Report includes last year’s giving, not this year, and we only list names, not amounts. I hope you will take the time to read it, and if there are errors or omissions, please let me know, so I can make the corrections.
      One note about the Annual Report: I have included the fundraising committees, as well as board leadership, but realize that it would be impossible to list all the volunteers who contribute their time and talents in innumerable ways. I welcome your feedback about how best to best acknowledge the volunteer leadership in this Annual Report. Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org




School Community Updates

EC Parents Wednesday Morning Gathering
Wednesday, January 25, 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. (after drop off), in the new Handcraft Building
Please join us for our first gathering. At this first meeting we'll just meet and greet. There is no set format yet and we can take this in whatever directions interest us. For starters we'll have a chance to chat and be together in a warm environment. We look forward to seeing you there. Little children are welcome - please bring toys or activities for them. Please bring your own mug and tea bag or coffee and French Press. Submitted by Amy Eshoo

Welcome to Rima Meadow: For the past 10 years, Rima Meadow 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.
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.
Students: Also beginning January 31st, for three weeks, beginning January 31st, 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.


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. Watch for more classes after February Break. Please note: If childcare is an obstacle, please contact Lisa in the grades school office (officemanager@merriconeag.org). There are plenty of sitters available!

Wednesday, Jan. 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



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




Be sure to tell your friends about this lovely event for prospective parents:

Tea and Play

Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., January 20, 27 & February 3, 17

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport

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.



Get your ski ties soon: Need to hold those cross-country ski ties together? We still have snazzy Merriconeag ski ties available in the main office. $5 each. A pair for $8.



--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




Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic Skiing:

To see results from last Monday's race at Starks Hill in Fryeburg, click here.

Merriconeag boys were 4th and the girls were 2nd!



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