Tuesday News - April 24, 2012
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News From Mr. Seavey
Dear Families, Friends, Colleagues, and Students,
This Thursday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.
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
Tuesday, May 1
High School Coffee House—Elevating Your Taste and Taste Buds
Friday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall, Desert Road Campus
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
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 email@example.com
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.
Friday, April 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Tea and Play,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
News From the High School
Merriconeag Poetry Festival Finalists Selected
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: email@example.com 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.
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
By Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe, April 15, 2012
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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.