Tuesday News - February 14, 2012
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School is closed for February Break,
February 20 through February 24.
Have a wonderful vacation!
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
Re-enrollment forms: Please mail completed enrollment contracts with required deposit directly to the school or hand deliver to the safe located in the Grades main office. No paperwork with checks should be delivered to the Business Office per internal controls recommended by our financial auditors. All payments have to be logged by the Main Office first.
Financial Aid (Tiered Tuition): Please submit all requested documentation directly to TADS by February 17th. Those who are able to submit data sooner, please do so as it takes TADS twelve business days to process an application.
Aftercare Forms: The forms are now available to download from the website or you may pick up hard copies in the offices.
If you have questions, please contact Shannon Combar, (email@example.com, 865-3900 ext. 101)
From the Development Office
2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:
We are getting closer to our goal of raising $65,000, but no class (except the Board!) has reached 100%. Please make your gift today and help us finish this campaign before the mid winter break. 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 (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
Tuition Support Auction
Saturday March 31, 2012
Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday March 31st! The Auction committee is planning a fabulous GAME SHOW NIGHT that every parent, friend, grandparent, board member and faculty will want to attend.
Our goal this year is two-fold: to raise $30,000 for financial aid, and to share a fun evening with Merriconeag community members. Lots of fun and surprises are in store, so mark your calendar and book your babysitter!
“Hey!” you may ask. “I’m no high roller so what’s the point of me attending?” Part of every ticket price goes right to financial aid; just by showing up, you are supporting the cause. The more people who attend, the greater the success of the event, the more financial aid we can offer, the greater the economic diversity within the classroom. 40% of our families pay an adjusted tuition, and without this Auction revenue they could not otherwise afford to send their children to Merriconeag. Besides, it’s a lot of fun!
Another way to help the cause is by donating goods or services to the silent auction which will be a part of the evening. We are a creative community with a wealth of talents to offer; from sticky buns to hand-knit dresses, landscaping services to massage therapy sessions, a weekend at your ski lodge or a week at your summer house. Connections are also very important - perhaps you have access to tickets to a Celtic’s or Bruin’s game, a free iPad or iPod Touch, a season’s pass for skiing, or free organic compost! If you have something to offer, click here for a donation form: 2012 Auction Sponsorship and Donation Forms. While we need forms back by March 5th, your item needn’t be ready until March 23rd (perishable items March 30th).
We are also looking to make connections with local businesses. If you know of a local business that might like to support Merriconeag, please contact the committee member who is responsible for business solicitations in your town. The list of committee members follows.
Finally, if you’d like to help out but aren’t quite sure how, the Auction Fundraising Committee is still looking for a couple volunteers to fill the jobs. We are a fun group to work with, we have treats and coffee at our meetings, and we would really value your help and input. Some tasks can be done from home!
Mark your calendars, get your babysitter, invite a friend, and start thinking about what you could contribute!
Lynne W. Espy, email@example.com, 865-3900 Ext. 116
2012 Auction Leadership:
THEME AND DECORATIONS Team
o ECC - Julia Dodge
From the Circus Coordinator
Mark Your Calendars: Smirkus returns to Freeport with "Time Marchine" on Monday, August 6 & Tuesday, August 7! You'll be able to hop aboard the circus-powered Time Machine as we explore endless eons of fractured fun throughout history and beyond! Enjoy a split-second spectacle as we arc through the ages with acrobats, soar the centuries with aerialists, jump decades with jugglers and discover preposterous, playful, pre-HYSTERIC clowns...more details after February break...See you down the road! Trace Salter
High School News
Singing Tyler's Praises "Out Loud!"
German Students Score High on National Exam:
Congratulations to our German students Tyler O'Brien, Jack Pierce and Zoe Oswald who scored 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the State of Maine on the National German Exam. Ingrid Merrill
School Community Updates
Fri, Oct 3, 1:30 pm,
All parents are welcome to witness the fruits of our morning work. If it is sunny weather we will be outside on the Desert Road Campus. If it is raining, you will find us in the Community Hall.
MS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 3, MS XC Race at Scarborough, 4:15 & 4:45 pm.
HS XC Race :
Sat, Oct 4, The Festival of Champions in Belfast - which will see over 1800 runners on the course throughout the day! Click on link below for race details.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.