Tuesday News - February 14, 2012

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School is closed for February Break,

February 20 through February 24.

Have a wonderful vacation!




Upcoming Events

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

outreach workshop

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.



Simplicity Parenting

Using the Extraordinary

Power of Less

to Raise Calmer, Happier

and More Secure Kids

A Public Talk by

Kim John Payne

Tuesday, March 6

7:00 p.m.

$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.

To learn more about Kim and his work, click here

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, (businessmanager@merriconeag.org, 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!
ECC Classes – still below 40% participation. Remember, gifts of any size count!
Grade 1 – 62%
Grade 2 – 64%
Grade 3 – 60%
Grade 4 – 45%
Grade 5 – 47%
Grade 6 – 53%
Grade 7 – 45%
Grade 8 – 35%
Grade 9 – 62%
Grade 10 – 80%
Grade 11 – 58%
Grade 12 – 36 %

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



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, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116


2012 Auction Leadership:

• Vision and Implementation: Lisa Bossi, Amy Eshoo, Katie West, Lynne Espy
• Decorations and Props: Katie Martin, Julie Yeo, Regina Kusche
• Graphic Design for print materials - Lisa Bossi
• Catalog Layout / Design and Print Coordinator - Susan Caron
SOLICITING Teams (soliciting donated items and services, advertisements, sponsorships)
• Businesses (soliciting donated items and services, advertisements, sponsorships)
      o Falmouth - Rhonda Cashell and Stacie Hamilton-Waldron
      o Portland – Katie Martin, Karine Odlin Brewer, Mary Bloch and Dean Bradbury
      o New Gloucester / Pineland - Laura Dorsey
      o Yarmouth - Rhonda Cashell and Stacie Hamilton-Waldron
      o Freeport – Rhonda Cashell and Stacie Hamilton-Waldron
      o Brunswick - Alicia Heyburn (plus Christine Sloan, Leslie Simmons, Karen Hastings)
      o Bath - Heidi Randall ?
      o Lewiston / Auburn - Barbara Kappelmann
• Community (soliciting donated items and services, advertisements, and sponsorships from our community and doing whatever is needed to encourage and increase attendance at the Auction!)

     o ECC - Julia Dodge
      o Grades - Susan Stark, ________________, and __________________
      o High School _____________________
      o Board - Barbara Kappelmann
      o Faculty - Lynne Espy
• Database Manager - Melissa Hoy
• FaceBook Page Manager - ________________________
• Photographer – of all donated items – Lynne and Melissa?
• Computer Accounting, Networking and Set up - Nate /Melissa Hoy, Shannon/Curt Combar

• Bulk Mailings (March 5 and 6) - Karen Hastings and anyone else who can help
• Decorations
      o Purchasing - Decorations Team
      o Set up - Decorations Team (with help from the whole committee)
• Silent Auction Table Displays and set up – Heather Aguiar
• Silent Auction Table Clearing Logistics –Scott Libby
• Back Room Silent Auction Distribution – Aly Fullagar
• Food Coordinator - Julia Dodge and Caroline Norden
• Beverage Coordinator - Mandy Andreson and Melisa Walker
• Music Coordinator – Lucy Ahearne (music selections) and Nate Hoy (equipment)
• Staffing and Volunteer Coordinator ______________________
• Game Shows: Joepardy and Let’s Make a Deal
      o Game Setup – Theme and Decorations Team
      o THE Voice – Will Hight (Game Show)
      o Lighting Control – Will Hight (get set up assistance from Jeff O’Brien)
      o Game show host: Jordan Seavey
      o Support Team on couch: 3 or 4 faculty members
      o Vanna White Assistants: Lisa Bossi, Katie West, Alicia Heyburn
      o Visual Displays – Decorations Team
• Commercial Break (faculty group)
• Reverse Auction
      o Visual Display for Reverse Auction - Amy Eshoo
      o Emcee: Michael Stefanakos and Nord Samuelson
      o THE Voice: Jim Ahearne
      o Vanna Assistants: Lisa, Katie Alicia??
      o Spotters – Lynne, Lyn, Deeda, Christine, ____________
      o Number cruncher___________________
      o Vanna White – (working the visual display) _____________
• Cash Raffle - Lynne
• Advertising – Deeda Burgess
• Alumni Family Engagement- (Deeda and Alumni Cmt.)



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!"
      Last week senior Tyler O'Brien was selected in the regional Poetry Out Loud Competition to advance to the state finals in March. Tyler is one of ten students statewide who will be vying for an opportunity to go to the National Finals in Washington D.C. later this spring. Competing against students from 23 other public and private schools in Southern Maine, Tyler was the only male chosen among the five regional finalists.
      Poetry Out Loud is a national contest, funded through the National Endowment for the Arts and—locally—by the Maine Arts Commission, in which students memorize and then present classic or contemporary poems before a panel of judges. Schools select their own winners through class or school-wide competitions. In mid-January, Tyler edged out Lincoln Samuelson, Emma Dolan, and Brian Watko to earn the right to go to the regionals. At the regional event, held February 8 at Biddeford's City Theater, Tyler recited Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" and Lisel Mueller's "The End of Science Fiction" to advance to the third, "semifinal" round, with nine other students. His final piece, Keats "When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be," secured him a place among the state finalists, Merriconeag's first such representative in three years' of participating in Poetry Out Loud. The State Finals will be held at Bates College on Friday, March 23, time to be announced. David Sloan


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

Craft Afternoons with Sandy Pearson: Wednesdays 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the new Handcraft Building.
These afternoons are for parents, friends of the school, and 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, Feb 15 – Open Craft Afternoon
Anyone welcome! Bring a project and enjoy working in the Handwork Room. Free.



New: Wednesday, Feb 29 & Mar 7, 14, 21

Crochet Hats

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

High School Nordic Skiing:

State Championships
Monday, February 20 Black Mountain Classic 1:30 PM Girls-3:00 PM Boys
Tuesday, February 21 Black Mountain Skate 3:00 PM Girls-4:00 PM Boys

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 11, WMC Classic Recap: I want to complement all the team for working hard in today's classic race. The girls continued their top performances with a second place finish. The boys had a harder time today, no help from the wax, but this happens - still 4th in skate and 5th in classic and overall is a good finish. Coach John Tarling

Wednesday, February 8, WMC Freestyle Recap: Great racing today at the WMC Freestyle races at Pineland. Another fantastic result for the girls team, 2nd overall at the WMC meet is a result to be very proud of. Four of the top eight places and solid results for all the girls reflects all the hard work they have put in this year. The boy's continue to improve as a team, a fourth place finish is very respectable in a very strong field. Its great to see the competition among both the boy's and girl's team, this competition is making everyone faster...keep up the good effort. Coach John Tarling


Middle School Nordic Skiing:

     Although there was limited snow for our race, Pineland did an excellent job preparing the course for us. During the past couple practices we have been working on downhill skiing a lot and the Merriconeag team certainly put their new skills to work last Thursday. The boys had an outstanding race placing in first by eight points and the girls did very well, just slipping back to second behind GNG.
      Tucker Piece had a great race placing third for boys and first for Merriconeag while Bennett Hight, Elias Henze and Ethan Humphries followed close behind him in places 5, 6, and 7. The remaining boys did very well too and our last skier placed 29th out of 43. Nicely done Maxime!
      The girl's race went very smoothly as usual, Lily Johnston met a challenge on the course and placed 2nd behind Kaelyn Woods, Merriconeag's antagonist Fiona Ahearne, 5th, and Sophia Laukli (a sixth grader!) placed 7th. Fiona Libby, Ava Haag and Sarah Nordon followed close behind. The entire girls team did very well and should be pleased with themselves. Overall everyone survived the steep hills and sharp turns and resulted in a beautiful race.
      Thank you to the coaches and parents who helped host this race and the high schoolers who were excellent cheerers. Fiona Ahearne, 8th Grader     

 MS State Meet: Saturday, February 18th, Starks Hill, Fryeburg..





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