Tuesday News - March 27, 2012

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Say It Out Loud!

Tyler O'Brien Is Maine's 2012 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

     Senior Tyler O'Brien triumphed over nine other strong finalists on March 23 to become Maine's 2012 State Poetry Out Loud competition. The contest, which involved reciting work from well-known poets, began in February when high schools across the country selected representatives to compete at the regional level within each state. Over 8000 students in Maine alone participated in the competition. Tyler placed in the top five in Maine's southern regional; then, on the strength of his recitation of Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California,"  William Ernest Henley's "Invictus," and Lisel Mueller's "The End of Science Fiction," he earned top honors in the Poetry Out Loud Finals, held at Bates College. In May, Tyler will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete against other state winners for $50,000 in awards. For becoming Maine's state champion, he earned $200, with another $500 going to Merriconeag Waldorf High School to stock its library with poetry books. Bravo, Tyler!





Game Show Night

Tuition Support Fundraiser

and Silent Auction

 This Saturday, March 31,

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

(with Happy Hour starting at 5:00 p.m.)

      This is a not-to-miss event – it is an evening filled with delicious food and drink, an hilarious version of 60’s and 70s TV game shows, enough silent auction items for everyone to take something home, drawing the lucky winners of a large cash raffle, the house raffle, and the best costumes. We will also once again have a fast-paced reverse auction where we offer you the chance to give a 100% tax-deductible gift that supports tuition needs for all our families that apply for tiered tuition. The proceeds from this entire evening directly benefit our tuition support program. Please demonstrate your commitment to tiered tuition by coming on Saturday, bidding on silent auction items, bidding during the reverse auction, and buying cash raffle tickets.

Bring in the Goods: All items (except perishables) for the Silent Auction should be brought to the Farmhouse as soon as possible, no later than Friday morning. Thanks to the hard work of the Auction committee and the generosity of this community, nearly 150 fabulous items and tempting services have been donated to the Silent Auction! Check out a sampling of the donated items on our Auction Facebook page. You need not be a Facebook user to get on this page. You will find it helpful to peruse the descriptions and photos of the items before you come on Saturday. Start talking to family and friends so you can bid on those houses in France or Utah or find out what your family wants you to bring home.
Calling All Auction Volunteers: We still need volunteers to help decorate the Community Hall on Friday, March 31st (10:30 am – 3pm) and others to work a shift on the night of the auction. Volunteer sign up this year is via a Google Doc. (Click here) If you have trouble signing up, or any questions at all about helping at the Auction, call Stacie Hamilton-Waldron (846-5269).
Auction Catalog coming tomorrow through a special email to your home: The catalog includes all of the silent auction items (including stunning student/parent-made gifts of the heart, several house offerings in France, Utah and Sugarloaf and a motor boat waiting for a new motor!) along with a wide selection of smaller priced gifts and services that you will certainly want to bid on. In many instances, local businesses have donated items or gift cards that our community already purchases – so why not make these purchases at the auction and help build the tuition support fund!  Click here to view the catalogue.
Buy a Chance for a week at a House in Provence: this year we have a house in Provence which can be won with a “house raffle ticket”. These will be sold this week in the office or at the auction, until 8:30 pm. House raffle tickets, like the cash raffle tickets, cost $25 each or 5 for $100.
Buy Cash Raffle Tickets:  As of today, we have over $5,200 in cash raffle sales, which is even higher than what we collected last year at this time, so if sales continue over the next few days, we could amass a $10,000 total!
Send in your rsvp card and payment! Please, please rsvp! We want to have plenty of food and drink available. We have kept the entry fee low ($25 each or $40 per couple) so that every parent will come. If this fee is preventing you (or a friend) from coming, please give Lynne Espy a call –we want everyone to come, and we can provide discounted or free donated tickets if that’s what is needed to get you there!

Can’t make it to the Game Show Night on Saturday? An absentee bid form is attached. (click here) Check out the donated items in the Auction catalog and peruse photos of a sampling of the items on our Auction Facebook page. We have an amazing selection of donations that you will want to bid on!
Other questions about the Tuition Support Auction? developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org
Submitted by Lynne Espy, for the fun, fabulous, glamorous Auction Team!


More Great News From the High School


     The college acceptances are coming in for the class of 2012. So far, the senior class has received decisions on 59 applications to 42 different schools. They have received 52 acceptances. That's a phenomenal acceptance rate of over 88%. We are still waiting to hear from about a dozen more schools.

     The colleges and universities that have accepted Merriconeag seniors this year (so far) are: American University, Paris, Bates College, Becker College, Beloit College, Bishop's University, Clark University, Colby Sawyer College, Colgate University, College of the Atlantic, Dickinson College, Earlham College, Eckerd College, Franklin Pierce College, Goucher College, Green Mountain College, Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, Juniata College, Lawrence University, Macalester College, Marlboro College, Mount Ida College, New England College, Roger Williams College, St. Anselm's College, St. Joseph's College, St. Olaf's College, University of Maine, Farmington, University of Maine, Orono, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, University of Vermont, Ursinus College, Westminster College, Wheaton College.

     Congratulations to the class of 2012 and thank you to our college counselor, Beth Caputi!


Upcoming Events

Tea and Play

Friday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
      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.

     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, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.



Other Upcoming Admissions Events
Tuesday, April 3, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m. Tour of Grades 1 – 8. . . a great way for prospective parents to have a first-hand experience of Waldorf education.
Wednesday, April 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Early Childhood Information Session. . . an introduction to our unique approach to the early years.

To register, contact Lyn Baird, 207-865-3900, ext.103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org


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

outreach workshop

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!

     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.



The Eighth Grade will present their play

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Wednesday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall





Wednesday Craft Afternoons, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Open to students in 4th grade and up, parents and friends of the school. Please sign up with Lisa in the Grade School office.



                                               Some crocheted hats, 03/12                Knitted Rugs, 02/12



Free Open Craft Afternoon - Weds. March 28
Anyone welcome! Bring your own project and enjoy working in the new Handwork Room. This is a great opportunity to work on your secret stash of unfinished items.


NEW! Crochet Bags- April 4, 11, 25 & May 2
This handy bag is quick to crochet in an assortment of cotton yarns. The double draw string pulls the top closed tight to keep the contents of the bag safely inside. Yarn and crochet hook supplied. Limited to 12 participants. $20




School Community Updates


Crayons for a Cause: The Eighth Grade class has been collecting old beeswax crayons for a few years. We have been melting them down and pouring them into molds to make new crayons. It works like magic - as the crayons melt, the dirt sinks to the bottom and what we pour makes a bright, brand-new crayon. As of last week, we had made about 300 new crayons, and our class decided to send them with Mr. Barham to take to the Waldorf School in Mexico, Ak Lu'um, where he is and has been a mentor for some time. We were very glad to be able to send these crayons to Waldorf children who have so much less than we do. Making the crayons has been a fun process, and hopefully a great success! Phoebe Dolan, Chief Crayonmaker, for the Eighth Grade.


Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club:
Beginning April 23 and running through May 16, every Monday and Wednesday, from 3:00 to 4:30PM, the Ultimate Frisbee Club will meet at the Desert Rd. campus. This is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The cost is $40. If interested, you must sign up in the office. The club will be run by John Saccone and other guest teachers.


Merriconeag Summer Camps for 2012

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.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This - Athletic News


It was a winter to savor
Mother Nature was kind to us this winter. The local sports action was a pleasure as well. Forecaster Country athletes turned heads on the ice, track, slopes, trails and in the pool. Before we move on to what might actually be an early spring, here's one last look back at and tribute to the stars of winter.
By Michael Hoffer, The Forecaster, Mar 22, 2012 12:00 am

Local skiers help Maine win New England J2 title
The Forecaster, Mar 21, 2012 12:00 am








Local skiers helped the Maine team win the recent NENSA New England J2 Festival, beating all the other New England states. This event paired the top 14- and 15-year olds from the region. Local participants included Cape Elizabeth's Dana Hatton and Julian Pelzer, Falmouth's Gabe Mahoney and Sam Pratico, Freeport's Elizabeth Martin, Merriconeag's Eli McCurdy, Samantha Pierce, Graham Roeber and Jesse Saffeir, Portland's Laura Frank and Lizzy Landry, Topsham's Sam Wood and Yarmouth's Lucy Alexander, Sam Alexander, Braden Becker, Carter Hall, Jasper Houston, Ihilia Lesnikova, Caitlin Teare and Ellie Teare.



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