Tuesday News - February 7, 2012
All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent by Friday, 3:00 pm. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: School is closed this Friday, February 10 for a Faculty Professional Development Day.
The Prep School Negro
Thursday, March 1, 6:00 p.m.
UNE's Ludcke Auditorium
719 Stevens Avenue, Portland
Free and Open to the public
The film is followed by an
with Director Andre Robert Lee.
Andre Robert Lee and his sister grew up in the ghettos of Philadelphia. Their mother struggled to support them by putting strings in the waistbands of track pants and swimsuits in a local factory. When Andre was 14 years old, he received what his family believed to be a golden ticket - a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. Elite education was Andre's way up and out, but at what price? Yes, the exorbitant tuition was covered, but this new world cost him and his family much more than anyone could have anticipated.
In The Prep School Negro, Andre takes a journey back in time to revisit the events of his adolescence while also spending time with current day prep school students of color and their classmates to see how much as really changed inside the ivory tower. What he discovers along the way is the poignant and unapologetic truth about who really pays the consequences for yesterday's accelerated desegregation and today's racial naivete.
This film is sponsored by the Friends School of Portland with the following co-sponsors: Merriconeag Waldorf High School, Cheverus High School, City of Portland, McAuley High School, NAACP Portland Branch, North Yarmouth Academy, UNE Multicultural Affairs, and Waynflete School.
Using the Extraordinary
Power of Less
to Raise Calmer, Happier
and More Secure Kids
A Public Talk by
Kim John Payne
Tuesday, March 6
$10 at the door
We are pleased to welcome back Kim John Payne. He is a wonderfully warm and engaging speaker and you definitely don't want to miss what he has to say about this important topic.
Because this talk is in lieu of a previously scheduled Early Childhood Parent Evening, we will waive the $10 fee for EC parents but they should feel free to make a donation at the door.
Since Kim Payne's last visit to Merriconeag, he has published the book, Simplicity Parenting, which has been featured in Time and Parenting magazines and on NPR and BBC, as well as ABC, NBC, and CBS television.
or visit simplicityparenting.com
From the Finance Office
If you have questions, please contact Shannon Combar, (email@example.com, 865-3900 ext. 101)
From the Development Office
2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:
Did you see the spellbinding game last weekend? (I’m referring to the faculty/student basketball game). Did you see the amazing production of Metamorphoses by the 9th and 10th grade? Cheer on our talented middle and high school skiers in a Nordic race? Listen, transfixed, as your child recited a verse or poem they learned at school that day? Watch them draw their letters, or manipulate modeling wax, with such simple grace and joy? Is your child’s beautiful artwork displayed in your house? Do you use the wooden spoons, potholders or other handmade items they learned to make in handwork or woodworking class? Are you happy that singing and musical instruction are part of their daily schedule, and that they’re learning foreign languages from a very early age? If you answered yes to any of these, you should know that the Annual Appeal helps cover all of these operating costs. 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% participation will get to enjoy a decadent chocolate dessert by Lynne Espy.
Class participation rates (as of today) : nearly every classes’ participation rate increased from last week!
PLEASE help us get the participation rates up by making a gift today using PayPal (see button above), 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
School Community Updates
Books, Books, and More Books: Merriconeag Waldorf High School proudly announces that their first-ever library is accepting books to fill it’s soon to be installed shelves!! To that end, we are asking all families and friends to search their homes for any and all types of books that could stimulate and/or entertain a teen-age mind. We are hoping for a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, and resource with perhaps an encyclopedia set or two to grace our shelves.
Please leave your bagged or boxed donations with either Susan at the high school office or with Lisa at the main campus. If you leave your name with the books, we would love to acknowledge your gift with a sticker that says “Lovingly donated by the _____ Family.” Karen Hastings
Accreditation Team to visit Merriconeag: There will be some unfamiliar people on our campus on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13. An eight member accreditation team will be here to assess the school’s programs from early childhood up to twelfth grade and determine whether we are in fact meeting their 15 very specific standards. The team will consist of four Waldorf teachers as follows:
In addition, there will be four team members from non-waldorf schools:
Please introduce yourselves to them if you see them on the path or join us on Tuesday morning for an informal reception to discuss the school and its accreditation process. Barbara Guffin, Accreditation Coordinator
Our 7th Graders were treated to a Portland Ovations workshop with three performers from the Australian contemporary circus troup C!RCA last week. Darcy, Louie and Valerie were talented and friendly teachers, sharing their expertise in acrobatics, juggling, partner work and tips on how to imitate an Australian accent! C!RCA will return to New England with shows in Boston at the end of the month. FMI: C!RCA tickets in Boston.
Miss Representation: On Monday, January 30, Merriconeag's High School, in collaboration with the Tolerance And Respect Project (TARP) of Freeport Community Services, participated in a screening and discussion of Miss Representation. Over 400 people came to the Freeport Performing Arts Center to see this award-winning documentary about the media's objectification of girls and women. MWHS students, Skyler Samuelson and Cyrus Fenderson, sat on the panel with two students from Freeport High School as well as representatives of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women and Boys to Men. Many thanks to Skyler and Cyrus for the excellent job they did representing Merriconeag.
Craft Afternoons with Sandy Pearson: Wednesdays 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the new Handcraft Building.
Wednesday, Feb 8 - Knitted Rugs (final class)
Wednesday, Feb 15 – Open Craft Afternoon
New: Wednesday, Feb 28 & Mar 7, 14, 21
Enjoy chocheting a hat in new spring colors. Beginners welcome. Yarn and pattern supplied. Bring a size "J" crochet hook. Limit: 12 participants. $25.
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Tea & Play Sessions for Prospective Parents:
Tea & Play Sessions for
Wednesdays, Dec 11, 18
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. Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. For more info & to register: 207.865.3900, Ext 163 or email@example.com
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Wed, Dec 11, 7:00 pm.
Tues. Dec 17, 6:30 p.m., Community Hall.
Wed, Dec 18, 5:30 p.m.
Freeport Performing Arts Center
30 Holbrook St., Freeport
Join us for a delightful evening of music. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:15 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room.
(Students in 5 - 12 dress in black & white. Students in 3 & 4 may wear concert attire in festive colors. Gr 2 students wear their Santa Lucia attire.)
Fri, Dec 20, 11:00 am, Community Hall.
We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human.
Caroling in Downtown Freeport:
Fri, Dec 20, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Gather in front of the L.L. Bean boot at 5:00 pm)
Come spread the holiday cheer and represent the Merriconeag Community in downtown Freeport with an evening of caroling led by our Chorus Teacher, Chris Chasse. Singing books will be provided and you may want to bring head lamps. Be sure to dress warmly. Snow Note: If the weather is inclement, please check the MWS website for a cancellation notice.
Fri, Dec 20: 12:30 Dismissal for Grades 1 - 12
Mon, Dec 23 through Fri, Jan 3 School is closed for winter break.
Classes resume on Jan 6.