Tuesday News - January 31, 2012
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Student/Faculty Basketball Game
This Friday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.
Free Admission! But make a donation! Proceeds benefit Model UN, Siddhartha School in India, and The high school athletic program. Refreshments will be sold during the game! The faculty team will be bolstered this year by newcomers Lucie "the French Firecracker" James, "In Your Face" Ingrid Merrill, David "Raise the Bar"-ham, and Will "His Jumps Lack" Hight. Be there or be square!
SAVE THE DATE:
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
From the Finance Office
Re-enrollment packets: We are in the midst of this school year but Faculty and Board have been working diligently to plan the budget for school year 2012-13. All families should receive their re-enrollment packets this week. Please return these forms by February 10th as this allows us to have a clear enrollment picture to plan supply and personnel needs.
Thank you, Shannon Combar (email@example.com, 865-3900 ext. 101)
From the Admissions Office
Upcoming Admissions Events
We invite prospective parents to learn more about Waldorf education by attending the following events. Information sessions and classroom observations/tours are intended for adults only. Our new offering, Tea & Play, is fast becoming a popular way for prospective early childhood parents to visit, along with their young children. Please call 207-865-3900, ext.103 to register.
Early Childhood Information Session
Observe High School Classes
Tour Grades 1 – 8
Tea & Play (at the Early Childhood Center)
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.
From the Development Office
2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:
Generous donations arrive each week for Merriconeag’s 2011-12 Annual Appeal. 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 by making a gift today! Remember, gifts of ANY size count!!
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.
Class participation rates (as of today) :
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Businesses support Merriconeag: Quite a few Merriconeag families are
raising money for the school through their businesses. We would like to thank these families, and everyone who takes advantage of these creative fundraising opportunities:
Buy a Car – Merriconeag gets $250: Thanks to the Waldron and Curie families,
each time a new or used car is purchased from one of their Waldron Motor Group dealerships, Merriconeag receives $250. Just mention that you are a friend of Merriconeag. This fall, three families purchased cars, resulting in a gift of $750. The dealerships include Portland Volvo-Saab, Southern Maine Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, plus Nissan and Kia of Saco.
Make money for Merriconeag by referring: If you, or a friend, use Tami Goodrich, an EC parent, as your realtor, she will donate a minimum of 2% of her commission to Merriconeag’s Annual Appeal. She will also offer a free market analysis of homes. Details of her offer are found in this week's Community Classifieds (click to link).
Photos for Funds: Tricia Toms, an EC and grade school parent, volunteers as school photographer. She donates 50% of net photo sales to support tuition assistance. Photos from school events are on her website: http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag.
Send your United Way dollars our way: Several parents make their donation to the Annual Appeal by naming Merriconeag as the beneficiary of their United Way giving. If you give to United Way through your business, consider directing the monies to Merriconeag,
Corporate Matching Gifts and Honorariums: Several Merriconeag families work for companies that offer employee matching gift programs, matching your personal donations to the Annual Appeal. Honorariums, where a business makes a gift in honor of an employee, have also benefitted Merriconeag. Last year, we have received over $450 from such programs.
High School News
Magnificent Metamorphoses! Congratulations to the 9th and 10th grades for the gift of Metamorphoses and a big "Thank You" to David Barham and Rose Mary Burwell for their efforts in creating this rewarding experience for these classes. Well done!
Thank you to Tricia Toms for her wonderful photography. These photos and more will soon be availble for purchase on her website: http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag. (She donates 50% of net photo sales to support tuition assistance.)
11th Grade French Class Studies in Lewiston
On January 10th 2012, the 11th grade French class went to the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston to lead an interview with Franco-American people of the region.
This was done in the context of their first semester study focused on French America. After studying Acadian and Quebec History, the class worked on the history of the Franco-Americans in Maine.
Thanks to the help of Rita Dube, the Coordinator for the Center, each student was partnered with a Franco-American volunteer whom they interviewed in French. It was wonderful to witness the multiple conversations held at separate tables ! Merriconeag students stood out by their respectful and kind demeanor and their efforts to conduct the conversation solely in French. These interviews will be recorded as an oral history project, part of their French America booklet.
After the visit to the Center, the group led by teacher Régine Whittlesey and her assistant Lucie James went to the French Archives Center at the USM, Lewiston where they were warmly welcomed by James Myall. James showed the students some ancient photos from the Franco-American Maine archives. The students observed these photos and tried to imagine their context and the stories they depicted.
This project enables a better understanding by these young American students of their French Canadian neighbors. Let’s not forget that according to a 2000 statistics, 5.3% of the Maine Population still speak French at home.
I would like to thank Mrs Rita Dube and the kind and generous partners from Lewiston as well as my students for their patience and hard work. Régine Whittlesey
On Tuesday January 24th, MWHS hosted its first Forum of the New Year. We welcomed Mark Tipton and Peter Mezoian, two Maine musicians who improvised music while old black and white silent movies from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were projected in front of the students.
Mark Tipton is Professor of Trumpet at Colby College, Waterville, and also part of the Jazz Faculty at USM, Gorham ; he is also a Trumpet Instructor at the Portland Conservatory of Music and Director of “Les Sorciers Perdus” Chamber Ensemble (Classical/Jazz/Word), Leader of the Mark Tipton Trio, Quartet and Quintet and the Leader of the Tipton Brass Quartet as well as Director of the Colby Brass Ensemble. An impressive list of accomplishments ! Peter Mezoian is a freelance banjo soloist who tours the world most of the year, in spite of the fact that he wanted to be a standup comedian !
Mark Tipton writes his own scores for ancient movies found in archives. He showed us old films like “Mc Kinley at Home” or “Airplane flight and wreck” and the very funny “the fatal sneeze”. The students loved these vaudevilles.
Another great Forum at the High School in the midst of a grey winter ! Régine Whittlesey
School Community Updates
Dear Merriconeag Community: Between March 24 and March 31, I will be heading down to Mexico to work with the teachers and parents at the Ak Lu'um Waldorf School, a young initiative in the Yucatan jungle.
Thank you for any support you are able to give to this striving school. David Barham
Craft Afternoons with Sandy Pearson: Wednesdays 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the new Handcraft Building.
Wednesday, 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
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!