Tuesday News - April 24, 2012

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News From Mr. Seavey

Dear Families, Friends, Colleagues, and Students,
      Six years ago, having just graduated from college and in search of a job teaching music, I found myself accepting a position at Merriconeag as a long-term substitute for Pat Siviski, who was taking a one-year medical leave. Pat had taught music at MWS for many years and was determined to recover from her illness and return to work. Sadly, this did not happen, and Pat passed on in May of 2007. Those who knew her will always remember the many gifts she gave to the school and its students, and although at the time of her death we were only acquainted, she was able to bless me with one of the greatest gifts I've ever received: the opportunity to make Merriconeag my work for six wonderful years.
      It is with enormous gratitude and a burdened heart that I announce my decision to take a leave of absence for the coming school year. After much thought and meditation, it has become apparent that circumstances in my life--namely a long-distance relationship--are compelling me to move to Tacoma, Washington. While I cannot honestly predict that a return to Merriconeag is inevitable, I would like it known that I am truly considering this year to be akin to a sabbatical. Throughout its course, my partner, her daughter, and I will remain very much open to any and all indications that we belong back here in the Merriconeag community. Having been graciously accorded the opportunity to resume work at Merriconeag following my one-year leave, I feel as though such a return might be in the cards.
      Although details will be forthcoming regarding the manner in which the music program will be held next year, please be assured that Christine Sloan, the College of Teachers, Nancy Roderick, Richard Francis, and I are working hard to ensure a smooth transition. I am confident that the music program at Merriconeag will continue to be strong into the future.
      Mark Twain said, "There has never been an intelligent person of the age of 60 who would consent to live his life over again. His or anyone else's." In 30 years, I will be 60, and I'm confident I've made the only possible decision now that I won't regret then. Thank you all. I will miss you and hold you close to my heart during this adventure.
Jordan Seavey



Upcoming Events

Orchid Ensemble

This Thursday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

Community Hall

Parents are warmly invited to attend this special presentation, which is part of a residency sponsored by the Oratorio Chorale.

This Thursday, April 26, at 2:00, the Orchid Ensemble, a trio from Vancouver, British Columbia, will offer a special educational program for our students. The trio, consisting of Lan-Tung, erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang, zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard, percussion, gives more than 70 performances a year across the U.S. and Canada. The programs for young audiences feature instruments, music, and stories from China and around the world. The presentation acts as a vehicle for greater understanding of Asian culture and includes student participation.

Senior Project Presentations

This Thursday, April 26 and Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 PM

Community Hall, Desert Road Campus

     The senior project presentations are always a special time and this year they are doubly special. Since this is the largest senior class our fledgling high school has ever had (11 students!), the class will be presenting their projects over the course of two nights. The entire community is warmly invited to both of these evenings.

     Students this year took up projects ranging from writing short stories and novellas to working at an acupuncture clinic with veterans, from creating works of art in photography, jewelry making, stained glass and pottery to recording original music in a Portland studio, from making perfume to investigating the relationship of language to culture and to building a working wind turbine.

     These two nights promise to be informative and inspirational. Please come out to support our oldest students and also to catch another glimpse of some of the gold that awaits at the end of the Waldorf journey rainbow.

     If you have any questions, please contact us at the high school at 688-8989

Regine Whittlesey & David Barham, Senior Class Advisors

Thursday, April 26
Sierra Jeffers - Photos of Maine, Utah and Colorado
Connor Beckett - Stained glass
Evie Pennoyer - Writing a Novella
Haydee Jacobs - Experience in a Community Style Acupuncture Clinic
Wyatt McCurdy - Building a Wind Turbine
Tyler O'Brien - The Effect of Dying Languages on our World

Tuesday, May 1
Carson Davis - Pottery
Cyrus Fenderson - Perfume
Wyatt Dowling - Writing Short Stories
Ellen Wise - Jewelry Making
Liza Simmons - Original Recorded Music


High School Coffee House—Elevating Your Taste and Taste Buds

Friday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, Desert Road Campus
What has become one of the most eagerly awaited traditions in the life of our young high school will take place on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall. Juniors Jack Pierce and Phoebe Clewley will co-host a program that should satisfy all Worshippers of the Word, music aficionados, and sweet-toothed dessert addicts in the community. Come hear award-winning poetry, stirring

short stories, and moving music.  Although there is no entrance fee for this memorable evening, donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, which will help support the Model UN and help defray the cost of Merriconeag's first literary/artistic journal—The Linden Tree. Mouth-watering desserts and beverages will also be sold during the program. David Sloan    


Merriconeag Poetry Festival

Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m.

Community Hall, Desert Road Campus



  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.

Crochet Bags- April 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



From the Admissions Office

     This is a very active time of year for the admissions office, and we will continue to receive inquiries and applications throughout the spring and summer from families wanting to enroll children for September 2012.

     Merriconeag parents can help the school to grow by assuring anyone interested in learning more about Waldorf education that it is not too late -- we welcome their inquiries and questions at any time! Whatever their child’s age – from nursery to middle grades to high school – we are always interested in helping them discover whether Merriconeag could be the right school for their family. Please tell them not to hesitate to call me 207-865-3900, ext.103 or email me at admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org

     Also, don’t forget the myriad opportunities in May to invite a prospective family to a school event; the Poetry Festival, Medieval Faire, Spring Concert, class plays, all showcase wonderful aspects of Waldorf education.

Lyn Baird

Friday, April 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Tea and Play,
     We have one more on the calendar so 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, May 9, 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 oradmissionsdirector@merriconeag.org


News From the High School

Merriconeag Poetry Festival Finalists Selected
      Nineteen finalists from eight area high schools have been selected by Judge Adrian Blevins to be honored at the Fifth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. At the Festival, to be held on Sunday, May 6, 3:00 p.m., at Merriconeag's Desert Road Campus in Freeport, the student poets will read their work and meet Blevins, nationally known poet and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Colby College. The Festival is open to the public.
      Blevins will be a featured speaker and will read some of her own work as well. She will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.
      The finalists, in alphabetical order of schools, include: from Brunswick High School—Bridget Horan; from Catherine McAuley High School—Julia Cornell and Christina Murray; from Falmouth High School, Conor McGrory, Emily Roscoe, Katie Ryan, and Ryan Tartre; from Gorham High School—Olivia Marshburn-Ersek; from Merriconeag Waldorf High School—Zoe Chace-Donahue, Soren Donisvitch, Wyatt Dowling, Joe Newlin, and Jesse Saffeir; from Morse High School—Lauren Lindsay Crosby; from Scarborough High School—Beatrice Braeuer, Bridget Cange, Lauren Foley, and Jesse Rule; and from South Portland High School—Wamokonzi (Konzo) Alognon.
      The Festival, announced in late January, invited all public and private high school students in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties to submit their work, which could be on any subject and in any poetic form. It was a “blind judging," so entries were only identified by titles. The judge had no idea about the identity or school affiliation of the poet. Of the schools whose students were selected as finalists, Catherine McAuley, Falmouth, Merriconeag and Scarborough High Schools all had multiple winners.
      The Festival was made possible, in part, by generous grants from the Maine Humanities Council, as well as by donations of gift certificates from Longfellow Books in Portland and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick.



School Community Updates


Geraniums for Sale: The enthusiastic 7th grade class is selling beautiful, healthy, and hardy 4½” potted Geranium plants from Estabrooks Farm in Yarmouth. The flowering plants will be available in your choice of RED, PINK, or WHITE, the cost is $5.00 per plant and the 7th graders will be taking orders until the end of the day on Friday, May 11. Please drop off completed order forms with payment at the 7th Grade classroom. You may also simply stop by the office to drop off your order anytime. We are planning to have the GERANIUMS delivered to school the week before Memorial Day (exact date TBA). So think SPRING and place your order soon! Many thanks for your patronage . . . The 7th Grade. Click here for order form.

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.


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.


Lights, Camera, Action:

Before vacation, we were treated to two delightful plays and photographer, Tricia Toms, was there to capture the action.

Tricia, an EC and grade school parent, volunteers as our school photographer. She donates 50% of net photo sales to support tuition assistance. Photos from school events are on her website: http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag.

Offerus - 2nd Grade Play


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - 8th Grade Class Play


The Taylor Family has moved. Their new address is: PO Box 22, 27 Goodwin Lane, Orr's Island, ME 04066, 833-6588. Please update your directories.



Athletic News

High School Ultimate Frisbee: Congratulations to the team for winning their second game of the season on Wednesday, April 11, against South Portland A Team. This Wednesday, April 25, 3:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, Merriconeag Ultimate will play Yarmouth. Come on out and cheer them on. It's loads of fun!

You can veiw the schedule at http://www.maineultimate.com/team-schedules.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This   

Missed connections in our digital lives
As screens and gadgets increasingly claim our eyes and time, shared family experience is feeling the squeeze

By Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe, April 15, 2012



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