Tuesday News - April 3, 2012

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Game Show and Auction Huge Success!

      The Game Show Night and Tuition Support Auction was SO fun, fabulous and glamorous, thanks to the many people who shared their creative talents, positive energy, and hard work. Whether you were an Auction committee member and helped envision and then literally build the event, a sponsor who helped cover the costs of the event, or you helped by bringing food, donating or making an item, or buying or selling raffle tickets, each and every contribution is deeply appreciated. The committee members, whose names are listed below, had a blast working together, and were touched by the extraordinary, creative, and generous response from the entire community.

     Equally satisfying, it was also a very successful fundraiser for an exceedingly important cause – providing tuition support for the over 40% of our families who rely on it to send their children to Merriconeag. The final numbers will be announced after all costs are submitted, but the preliminary numbers look good. This is a wonderful testament to our generous and committed community.

     Here is a snapshot of the many ways people helped with this successful fundraiser:
• Parents and faculty, with minimal tools and rehearsal time, designed and built a Game Show set that was as spectacular as any TV game show set, and a multi-faceted presentation that had people rolling on the floor with laughter and begging for more.
• Our fabulous game Show Hosts, Jordan Seavey and Michael Stefanakos, and witty Announcers Will Hight and Jim Ahearne, performed with such brilliance that we have to only hope they keep their day jobs so we can get them back on the Community Hall stage next year.
• The faculty’s clever rendition of Name that Tune showcased their remarkable ability to work in unison, as well as the art and humor of brevity.
• Parents in the Daisy room of the ECC knit a blanket– and at least one parent learned to knit during this project! It was won by the Barmby family.
• Handwork students in grades 6-8 hand-stitched a pillow (won by Kurt and Jenny Oswald)
• High school students tiled a game show themed clock (won by Regine and David Whittlesey)
• The cash raffle story is one of pure generosity: A parent bought a cash raffle ticket and put a teacher’s name on the ticket: Michael Fenderson was the recipient of that lucky ticket, and will receive 25% of the total $7,900 raised for the cash raffle. Upon hearing this news, Michael was speechless with gratitude.
• There were several lovely homes auctioned and won, plus a house in Provence was won by a raffle ticket purchased by alumni parent Peter Milliken.
• An anonymous donor offered a very generous $20,000 match for the reverse auction – a challenge we met, through the artful persuasion of game host Michael Stefanakos and over 50 generous donors, some who gave multiple gifts to help us reach this goal!
• Local businesses, parents and friends donated over 150 items and services to the silent auction. They are listed in the auction catalog (on our website). Please thank them with your patronage or when you see them!
• Everyone who labored for hours over the computer systems on Friday and Saturday, including Nate Hoy, Curt Combar, Pat Sanford, and Shannon Combar
• Adrian Bossi, our angel with a truck who will build, fix or transport anything, and who along with Jim Ahearne, broke down and cleaned the Hall on Sunday.
• Please also thank our 15 wonderful “heart, head and hands” sponsors– they are listed on the front page of our school website.
• Most importantly, the 157 people who came, dressed, baked, bought raffle tickets, or brought a friend - you contributed to the cause of tuition support!  

     Through the year we seek volunteers to help with fundraisers like this auction and the fall festival. If you were excited by what you experienced, please consider volunteering for the next event. Contact Lynne Espy with feedback, ideas, or if you would like to be involved next year – we’re going to freshen it up so we want to hear from you!

Submitted by Lynne Espy, with deep gratitude for the amazing effort by EVERYONE in this community, for the

exceptionally Fun, truly Fabulous, and ever-Glamorous Auction Committee:

Game Show Theme: Lisa Bossi, Amy Eshoo and Katie West
Catalog, Database, FaceBook: Susan Caron, Melissa Hoy, Carina Wishman Freedner
Props and Costumes: Julie Yeo, Regina Kusche, Katie Martin, Heidi Randall
Food and Beverages: Julia Dodge, Caroline Norden, Mandy Andreson, Melisa Walker
Solicitation Team Leaders (with many more people helping!): Alicia Heyburn, Rhonda Cashell, Stacie Hamilton-Waldron, Susan Stark, Katy Neveu, Barbara Kappelmann
Silent Auction Logistics: Heather Aguiar, Aly Fullagar, Scott and Tracy Libby
Sound, Lights, Computers: Lucy and Jim Ahearne, Nate Hoy, Curt and Shannon Combar


A few post-Auction accounting details:
1. Due to a computer glitch we were unable to process the reverse auction and raffle ticket charges at check-out time. By tomorrow, we will mail invoices to those of you who generously made contributions to the reverse auction and/or bought raffle tickets with your bidding number. We apologize for this inconvenience and ask that you please send in this payment by the end of this week so we don’t have to spend many hours tracking you down. Thank you for your understanding.

2. If you borrowed an outfit, please return it to the farmhouse, or the office.

3. If you have outstanding costs, please submit them this week to the office, along with a reimbursement form (or tax-deductible donation form) by the end of this week.


Upcoming Events

Parent Enrichment Coffee Tuesday, April 10, 9:00 am

Farmhouse Conference Room 

David Beringer will host an informal discussion about Simplicity Parenting.

Join us with your thoughts and questions.




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, 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


Tea and Play

Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

April 6 & 27
      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.



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.





              More crocheted hats!


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




News From the High School

Waldorfians Dance the Night Away
      Two Saturdays ago, a group of high schoolers, chaperoned by David Sloan and Lucie James, drove close to three hours to Keene, NH, to attend a "Late Winter Ball" hosted by the Monadnock Waldorf High School. Upon arriving in Keene, we went to the high school, where we were given tours of the building by Monadnock students. We were all impressed by the spaciousness of the building, given the relative smallness of the school body. After a few ice-breaker games, we were divided into the groups that would stay with different hosts. We spent the remainder of our afternoons at our hosts' houses, getting ready for the ball.
      At six o'clock sharp we all arrived at a nearby dance hall and waited in the cold while our pictures were taken. Upon entering the hall, we found ourselves in the midst of a lit-up city, as lights had been strung up around the room in the shapes of famous skylines. Monadnock parents served a delicious dinner as we got to know students from the three other Waldorf high schools: Monadnock, Sarratoga Springs, Lake Champlain. During dinner, we all reveled in the fact that we did not have to explain "eurythmy," "block books" or "Waldorf" once! Following the dinner, we received formal ballroom dance lessons, then were set free to dance the salsa, rhumba and cha cha, as well as to dance to more modern music. The evening ended with the classic "Shake It Up Baby," to which we even got our teachers to dance! The next morning, we said our goodbyes back at the school and started on the long ride back to Freeport, bringing with us wonderful memories and the aspiration to try to host our own semi-formal Waldorf dance sometime. A big "thank you" to Mr. Sloan and Lucie for chaperoning, driving, and dancing!

Lily Tupper, 10th Grade



From the Circus Coordinator



Circus Dreams:

     Mark your calendars and set your Tivos because Maine Public Broadcasting Network will show the fun and inspiring film Circus Dreams on April 5 and April 7! Winner of audience awards at film festivals from coast to coast, Circus Dreams follows the adventures of a troupe of teens and tweens who astonish and delight audiences around New England on a Big Top Tour.

     Watch Circus Dreams on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network Television – WPBN-TV at 10 p.m.on Thursday, April 5, and 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. The documentary will air again on MPBN – WORLD on April 24 and 25th.

Visit www.mpbn.net for broadcast times and to find out where to tune in to MPBN-TV and WORLD on your television. Trace Salter, Circus Coordinator, circus@merriconeag.org
Join us for the 25th Anniversary of Circus Smirkus in 2012 when the Big Top Tour returns to Freeport on 8/6 & 8/7!


School Community Updates


You Can Still Hear Poetry Out Loud: If you still haven't seen or heard senior Tyler O'Brien win the 2012 State Poetry Out Loud Finals you have one more chance. It will be aired again on MPBN-Radio on Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 PM.

Foundation Studies Program at Merrriconeag September 2012: We are planning to have another Foundation Studies Program at Merriconeag next fall. It is a lively community building course for interested parents, teachers and prospective Waldorf teachers. Participants go on to teacher education programs, biodynamic agriculture courses, art trainings, etc. An information session will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 8:45 = 9:45 am in the side room of the Hall, the little pink eurythmy room. Please let Barbara Richardson know if you are interested: brichardson@centerforanthroposophy.org or 865-6482.

Handcraft Building in the News: The lead front page story in last Sunday's Maine Sunday Telegram,

Pumps fuel interest in electric heat by Tux Turkel, featured Merriconeag's new Handcraft Building and Mr. Hight. Click on the title to read to see the article.


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.



Athletic News

High School Ultimate Frisbee: The first game of the season is tomorrow, April 4, 3:30 p.m., at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. Merriconeag will play Freeport. Come on out and cheer for the team. Games throughout the season are on Wednesdays. You can veiw the schedule at http://www.maineultimate.com/team-schedules.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This   

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, The New York Times, March 17, 2012

Violent games DO alter your brain - and the effect is visible in MRI scans in just a week
Researchers at Indiana University found that a random sample of gamers showed visible changes in magnetic-resonance scans after just a week of playing violent games.
Rob Waugh, The Daily Mail, 29 November 2011



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