Tuesday News - March 20, 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 Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Tea and Play
Friday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Please continue to tell your co-workers, neighbors and friends about Tea & Play. For more information or to register a friend, please call Lyn Baird at 207-865-3900, ext. 103 or email, email@example.com.
Game Show Night
Tuition Support Fundraiser
and Silent Auction
Saturday, March 31,
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday evening, March 31, we hope that the entire community will come together to raise the money needed to ensure that all of our families who seek this Merriconeag education can get the tuition support they need. There could not possibly be a more important cause at Merriconeag, and we hope you will show your support for our diverse and wonderful community by coming to the Game Show Night Auction, buying cash raffle tickets, and bidding on auction items.
The Prep School Negro
Monday, April 2, 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.
Wondering why you should see The Prep School Negro?
In The Prep School Negro, Lee prompts us to consider the meanings that home and school, class and race, aspirations and education play in our current lives and the lives of our children. What does it mean to belong in a school community and what can schools do to become more truly inclusive? We hope you'll come to this unique event and engage in this important conversation!
You will want to see it if any of the following questions are interesting to you:
1) What does it mean to encourage "diversity" and "inclusion" in our schools? Are there ways we could become more fully inclusive?
2) What are the implications of economic segregation for ourselves and our children, and how does school shape our likelihood of integration or segregation in terms of race and class?
3) What role does education play in creating access to the middle and upper middle class? What role do we, as citizens, play in shaping education policy that best serves democracy?
4) How do we maintain curiosity about experiences that are different from our own? What might we learn about ourselves or our children through listening to Andre's story? In what ways does his story reflect a more universal experience and in what way is it specific to him, to race, to class?
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.
From the Accreditation Coordinator
Accreditation Team Visit
The team members were quite impressed with our school and had many good things to say. Here are a few of their quotes:
Some of the NEASC folks had never seen a school who IS their mission – whose mission imbues everything they do.
The team will be writing a report that documents all they observed and gives commendations to our school as well as recommendations on areas that will help us to achieve our goals. We look forward to receiving their report and continuing our exciting work at the school. Submitted by Barbara Guffin, Accreditation Coordinator
School Community Updates
Ski Rental Return:
Merriconeag is missing a punch bowl: Now that it has warmed up and become the season for punch, we have realized that our beloved punch bowl is missing. If you borrowed it or someone left it at your house, please return it to the Community Hall as soon as possible. Kindly let Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org) know that you have it and are returning it. Thank you!
Simplicity Parenting Press:
This article below by Kim John Payne appeared in the Huffington Post a few days ago.
Why the Ritalin Debate Is Asking the Wrong Question:
Healing Our Kids' Soul Fever With Simplicity
Parents across the country know something is wrong. All the hovering, anxiety, medicating, and overscheduling is giving voice to that parental instinct that knows when our kids and family life are in trouble. And it's true, our kids are in crisis, victims of an undeclared war on childhood, drowning in a sensory tsunami, and because we love them so much, we worry, and we search for solutions, ignoring the voice in our heads telling us that something's off when we greet our kids every morning with a pill to fix them. Indeed, something is wrong. But it's not our kids. Our kids are as beautiful, feisty, gifted, and quirky as they have always been. What's changed is their environment, and the levels of stimulation and stress we expect them to integrate. Click here to read the whole article.
The 2012 Poetry Out Loud Maine State Final
The Maine state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete at the national finals. The state champion’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up at the Maine state finals will receive $100 and his or her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books.
Poetry Out Loud began in Maine in December with approximately 8,000 students competing at 44 schools across the state. Winners were then selected from each school to compete at two regional finals where five students from each region were selected to appear in the state final.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will televise the state final live from the Olin Arts Center on the Bates College Campus in Lewiston. Anyone wishing to attend the final should register online as space is limited and only those with printed reservation will be able to access the event.
Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club:
Merriconeag Summer Camps for 2012:
This summer we will be offering two summer camps during the week of June 25 - 29, 9:00 a.m. - noon. If there is enough interest, we will consider offering an afternoon program like we did last year.
For more information and to register, please click on the name of the camp below.
Circus Arts Camp: This camp is for ages 8 - 12 (entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6). Campers will learn juggling, clowning, mime, pyramids, tightrope walking, character study and performance techniques. The camp will be led by John Saccone. Cost: $225.
Buttercup Summer Garden Camp: This camp is for ages 3.5 - 6. Campers are lovingly held in a gentle, nature-filled environment that immerses them in magical play and discovery. There is lots of time for crafts, water play, the sandbox, walking woodland paths, and playing games. The camp will be led by Jessica Moore. Cost: $175.
Sign-up Time for the Spring Pizza Session: The spring pizza session consists of eight weeks beginning March 30th and ending June 1st. Sign up for pizza will be for the entire session only.
Pizza choices will be cheese, pepperoni, and pesto, and the cost will be $2.00 per slice. The total cost of one slice of pizza per week during the winter session will be $16.00. As in prior years, students in grades 4-8 and faculty will have the chance to participate during the spring session.
Students will have the option to omit or skip a pizza day in the case of a known or anticipated absence (i.e., Pentathlon or Dr.’s appointment). Please provide the date(s) of known absences. Adjustments or refunds cannot be made for unanticipated or last minute absences.
Pizza order forms will be given to all students in grades 4-8. To order pizza for the spring session, please either complete the order form that was sent home with your child or print the form below. Please return the order form with cash or check (made payable to MWS) to the basket outside the 7th grade classroom no later than Wednesday, March 21st. Click here for pizza order form. Questions? Call Nancy Goldberg, 865-1961
Craft Afternoons with Sandy Pearson:
Wednesdays 3:30- 5:00 p.m. in the new Handcraft Building
Wednesday, March 21: Crochet Hats
Enjoy crocheting a hat in new spring colors. Beginners welcome. Yarn and pattern supplied. Bring a size "J" crochet hook. Limit: 12 participants. $25.
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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!