Tuesday News - May 22, 2012
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2012 Spring Concert:
All students in grades 5 though 12 are required to attend and should arrive no later than 6:10 with their instruments and music. Dress for the evening consists of assembly attire (described in the parent handbook) with spring colors encouraged.
Senior Class Play: Man of La Mancha:
Open Dress Rehearsal, Tuesday, May 29, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 31, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.
$5.00 at the door
Run Away with the Circus!
Thank you, All!
Trace Salter, Circus Coordinator
News From the Board
In April, an ad-hoc search committee was established to begin the process of identifying a new Finance Director for Merriconeag. After receiving strong interest in the position, and conducting a detailed applicant review and interview process, the search committee recommended Barbara Guffin for this position. This recommendation has received unanimous support from both the College and Board. I am pleased to report that Barbara Guffin has accepted the position and will begin in this new role effective immediately. Barbara's skills and experience in managing financial matters, in addition to her strong understanding and commitment to Waldorf education, makes her an excellent addition to the Merriconeag administrative team. Please join me in congratulating Barbara on her new role and welcoming her in this capacity.
Thank you Barbara for taking on this important role in the school!
Bob Neveu, Board Chair
News From the Grade School
The 17th Pentathlon Games: Last week, on a glorious sun filled day, the
17th Pentathlon Games were held. The sun shone down brilliantly, the red wing black birds sang enthusiastically and the athletes rose up and achieved greatness. The fifth grade class welcomed their guests from the White Mountain Waldorf School Thursday evening with fun and camaraderie. After sharing a meal they joined together in the community hall eagerly awaiting their fate as the city states were called out. As each child found their place, they also found what united them all.
Friday morning came with the sun and all the children seemed to have met the day with great intentions. They strove for greatness; they ran like the wind, javelins soared, they wrestled in good sport, they leaped far, they set flight to the discus and they nurtured friendships. They offered their strength, their agility and the best that was within themselves. It was truly a day that one will never forget.
A delicious Greek feast culminated the days events. Everyone came together with a sense of accomplishment. New and old friends, young and old, shared in the joys of the day. The Merriconeag community once again came together, gave of themselves and created something beautiful.
Thank-you to all those that helped make such a day possible. Thank-you to all the Teachers, especially John Saccone and Jill Fox, that work so hard, that give so much and who care so deeply. Thank-you to the 5th grade parents for cooking, cleaning, organizing, judging and being so supportive. Thank-you to the Merriconeag students, present and past, that helped carry flags, judge the events and helped with the food. Thank-you to the White Mountain Waldorf school for joining our community in the spirit of friendship. And lastly, Thank-you to the Gods and Goddesses that looked down upon us and blessed us with such a beautiful day. Mandy Andreson
Ode to the Gods
Hail Aries, god of war, guide my javelin through the air.
by Tarek Ihaddaden
Grade 5, Merriconeag
My name is Hannah McCain. I'm a former Merriconeag student — some of you may remember me from Mr. Chisholm's class. I'm getting in touch with you because I have been blessed with the opportunity to found an intercultural education program for Somali girls in Portland this summer. I have amazing memories of the creative and athletic activities that I was able to partake in as a student at Merriconeag, and I know that each of you — teachers and mentors — really made a difference in my life, or the lives of my peers, and helped shape us into the artistic, socially conscious people we are today. I'm writing you because I would love for each of you to have the opportunity to impact a new group of girls in that same way. The Somali girls I'll be working with in Portland don't have the opportunity, as I did, to attend private school. However, they are no less motivated and deserving than I was! My program — Youth Engagement for Somalis (YES!) — has myriad opportunities for community members such as yourselves to get involved by providing arts or crafts lessons, poetry and creative writing workshops, sports classes, and more! Please get in touch with me if you think you might be interested in helping out and getting involved — most likely your commitment would be only two days total (one day in June and one day in July) and there is the possibility of compensation for your work. Also, please pass this information along to others who you think might want to be involved, including students or young adults over the age of eighteen who might like to help out. Click here to learn more.
Thanks for your time, and I sincerely hope to hear from you soon!
Wishing you all the best,
School Community Updates
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.
High School Ultimate Frisbee:
This Thursday, May 24, 3:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, Merriconeag Ultimate will play the Cumberland A Team. Come on out and support the team!
This Saturday, May 26 the State Championships are being held in Fryeburg. Go MU!
You can view the schedule at http://www.maineultimate.com/team-schedules.
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Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!