Tuesday News - April 10, 2012
All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent by Friday, 3:00 pm. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: School is closed Friday, April 13, for a Faculty Professional Day and
April 16 through 20 for April Vacation. Have a wonderful break!
From the Administrator
Next Year’s First Grade Teacher
We are pleased to announce that the College of Teachers has chosen a teacher for the upcoming first grade class. Ida Dyment, who is currently teaching second grade at the Richmond Waldorf School in Virginia, has accepted our offer to lead next year’s first grade.
Ms. Dyment’s mother is a trained Waldorf teacher who chose to home school her children for several years when they moved away from their Waldorf school community. After completing her high school education at a private, college-prep school in New Hampshire, Ms. Dyment attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where she completed her undergraduate degree in a self-designed major in Nutritional Anthropology. She also continued her studies in dance, vocal and string performance, and played in the Amherst Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Dyment brings great energy, enthusiasm and warmth to her teaching. She has extensive experience in classical and world music, is accomplished as an artist and craftsperson, and has an abiding interest in the natural world. We know she will be a wonderful addition to the Merriconeag faculty and we look forward to welcoming her to Maine later this spring. Christine Sloan
Changes in the Finance Office
In the past two months, our Finance Director, Shannon Combar, has been carefully considering her intentions, and whether she wishes to continue in her current position as Finance Director for the coming school year. She has shared her considerations with members of the administrative team and the board, and at this time has decided to seek out another position that will better meet her career and professional goals. She will be leaving her position at Merriconeag as of April 27.
In support of this transition, Barbara Guffin, as Board Treasurer, is engaged in the Financial Aid process and reviewing the scope of building and monitoring the budget. She will also observe the financial review process with the school’s accounting firm, in preparation for supporting the audit in 2013. Our highly skilled bookkeeper, Kathy Watko, is also taking on additional responsibilities. Her current knowledge of accounts payable and receivable is a valuable asset in this transition period.
We are grateful for Shannon’s careful consideration of how best to meet her personal needs and support the continuing work of the school. Her involvement in this transition period will facilitate a healthy succession plan for the business office. This conscientious understanding for what is best for the school has been the hallmark of Shannon’s work ethic over the past four years. She has been a dedicated and highly respected colleague throughout her four year tenure in the Business Office. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues in Administration, Board and Faculty. We wish her the best as she pursues her future work.
The Eighth Grade will present their play
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Please join the Foundation Studies program
for an afternoon of "The Art and Science of Anthroposophic Medicine
with Ross Rentea, MD. Dr. Rentea will speak about subjects such as "Practical Applications of Anthroposohic Medicine" and the "Seven Planets and Seven Aspects of Healing."
Wednesday Craft Afternoons, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Crochet Bags- April 11, 25 & May 2
From the Development Office
2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:
Annual Appeal Update:
Thank you to every class – the participation rates are going up!
Please make a donation to the Annual Appeal today by submitting a check to the office (remittance envelopes available), clicking on the paypal link here or on our website and making an online donation, or calling us about a stock gift. If your employer matches your charitable gifts, please let us know so we can stretch your gift even further. The Annual Appeal wraps up at the end of June, so if you want to be a part of this, send in your gift soon!
As a community, we are enormously indebted to every family who chooses to make a donation to the Annual Appeal. If you have questions about the Annual Appeal, click here.With gratitude, Lynne Espy 865-3900 Ext. 116, email@example.com
We are deeply grateful to our 15 Auction sponsors who, together, contributed $3,775. We were thrilled that this year sponsorships covered the costs of the event so that every
dollar raised during the Auction will support families with tuition needs.
Auction Wrap-up: As explained in the letter and bill sent home last week, due to a computer glitch the night of the Auction, we were unable to process your reverse auction bids, and we cannot tally the results until these bills are paid. If you made a bid to the reverse auction, or if you left that night without checking out, it is very important that you send payment before the end of this week.You may pay by check or credit card, and please note “auction” on the check or remittance envelope. Thank you, Lynne Espy
From the Admissions Office
Upcoming Admissions Events:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea and Play, Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - April 27
From the Accreditation Coordinator
Report from the Accreditation Team
2. The Visiting Committee commends the Merriconeag Waldorf School for cultivating the qualities of “goodness, beauty, and truth”, evident in the nurturing care of the children/students, the program standards, the skilled and creative faculty, the high school’s resourcefulness, the aesthetically pleasing buildings and grounds, and the deep respect and responsibility shown for its natural surroundings. The students and school exude a spirit of joyful learning and respect for one another.
3. The Visiting Committee commends the Merriconeag Waldorf School for its efforts in developing a strong, supportive community and positive co-working through its renewed collaborative and inclusive governance model and its outreach to the parents in its community.
2. The Visiting Committee recommends that the Merriconeag Waldorf School develop more detailed documentation in the following areas: an overall Technology Plan, an Academic Technology Plan for the high school, an Acceptable Use Policy for students and employees, a library/resources plan for the high school, and a more comprehensive facilities plan.
3. The Visiting Committee recommends that the Merriconeag Waldorf School develop a comprehensive crisis response plan and management for on-site emergencies both for the Desert Road campus and for the high school at Pinelands.
The next step will be for the accreditation organizations – both NEASC and AWSNA – to review the report and vote on it. These meetings usually occur in June. We will let you know when an official decision has been made.
Thank you again for all your support during the accreditation process and for your continuing enthusiasm for the ideals of the school. Barbara Guffin
News From the High School
Merriconeag—Poetry Capital of Maine?
Finally, Maine Poetry Out Loud Champion Tyler O'Brien has been invited to be a featured performer at Blaine House in Augusta on April 25. Maine's Poet Laureate, Wes McNair, will be introducing Tyler. David Sloan
You Can Still Watch Poetry Out Loud: The Poetry Out Loud State Ffinals are now available "on demand" so you can still watch Tyler recite and win! http://video.mpbn.net/video/2217510097/
More Poetry Success in the High School
He also currently has a number of poems appearing in online poetry journals. "My Daughter's Boyfriend" can be found at thebroomereview.com; "Skipping into the Dark" appears in the current issue of innisfreepoetry.org. At the enskyment.org website, you can find several of his poems under his name. He also just won the April, 2012 Goodreads Newsletter Contest for his poem "Unfixable." It will appear in the April Goodreads Newsletter that is sent to over 2.5 million people!
School Community Updates
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: email@example.com or 865-6482.
Merriconeag Summer Camps for 2012
Merriconeag Summer Camps for 2012 - Sign up now
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.
High School Ultimate Frisbee: Congratulations to the team for winning their first game of the season last Wednesday against Freeport. This Wednesday, April 11, 3:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, Merriconeag Ultimate will play South Portland's A Team. Come on out and cheer them on!
You can veiw the schedule at http://www.maineultimate.com/team-schedules.
(Click blue to link through)
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
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.