Tuesday News - May 29, 2012
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La Mancha Live!
Senior Class Play: Man of La Mancha:
Tonight: 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
End of Year Assembly
Friday, June 8, 9:30 AM, Community Hall
All Welcome. (11:00 AM dismissal )
Grade 12 Graduation
Saturday, June 9, 2:00 PM, Community Hall
The school community is invited to attend Merriconeag's third high school graduation. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony.
From the Development Office
2011-12 Annual Appeal Update:
Great News! With excellent participation rates among board, faculty and the parent body, we exceeded our annual appeal goal of $65,000. The total amount raised to date is $75,828. This is a terrific accomplishment, and it is a tribute to the generosity, positive attitude, and commitment of this wonderful school community.
In addition, the 3rd grade class (Suzie Peirson’s class) should be congratulated for being the first class to achieve 100% participation. At last month’s parent evening, they received two homemade decadent chocolate desserts as a thank you. Most of the classes are extremely close to 100% participation (with just 1-3 families per class who haven’t contributed), and hopefully every class will achieve 100% by the June 15 deadline.
If you haven’t yet participated, let me explain that high participation rates towards an annual appeal are one of the clearest demonstrations of our families’ commitment to Waldorf education and Merriconeag. We use this participation number when we seek outside funding. I want to also reinforce that every dollar we raise over the $65,000 goal helps us handle last minute budget needs. It allows the board and faculty to appropriate last-minute funding where it can best serve the children and our families.
This is my last plea: If you haven’t done so, please consider making a tax-deductible gift of ANY size to Merriconeag’s Annual Appeal today. Gifts are payable by June 15, 2012 and can be paid in any of these ways: check, cash, gifts of securities or easiest of all, click on the icon above to pay online using PayPal.
With much gratitude, and congratulations to all of you who helped us reach the annual appeal goals! Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator (email@example.com), 865-3900 Ext. 116
News From the High School
Model UN Conference at High Mowing: On steamy Saturday, May 26, three intrepid delegates journeyed to Wilton NH to attend High Mowing School's annual Model United Nations conference. Devon Murphy-Anderson represented Turkey while Zach Neveu and Lily Tupper represented Jordan as the mock Security Council debated the path to peace in Syria and the weaponization of nuclear power. Our delegates were joined by about 40 others from High Mowing School, Monadnock Waldorf High School and the ever-strong Alvirne High School of Hudson NH. Debate was lively and at times tense, the food was delicious and all of the delegates had a great time. To learn more about Merriconeag's own Model UN program, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/mwsmun/ Ben Tupper
2012 National French Contest:
A few other students distinguished themselves and ranked very well, both in Maine and nationally :
Outstanding Senior in French Award
This MWHS French teacher is proud of her students achievements! Bravo et Merci à tous mes élèves!
A prize well appreciated!
The 11th Grade class won the 1st price in the state of Maine and received a beautiful award document as well as small check. The students decided to share their prize money at the French Crêperie in Portland, the Merry Table. So that’s where we all went last Thursday.
A French guest joined us at the table because my mom is visiting Maine for 10 days, from Bayonne, France. She was impressed to see the engagement from the students and their ability to speak French .
Three Forums—Three Artists!
Mark Wethli: On Thursday, May 17th the visual artist Mark Wethli came to Merriconeag to discuss his work with the high school. The A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College in nearby Brunswick, Mark showed the students a forty-year span of his exciting and diverse work.
School Community Updates
The 2012-2013 Merriconeag Waldorf School, School-Wide Event, Conferences and Vacation Calendar can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here: 2012/13 Vacation Calendar.
The Geraniums are in! If you ordered geraniums from the 7th grade class, they are available for pick up in front of the Grades 5 - 8 building.
Are you missing snow pants, water bottles, cashmere hats, fleeces, shoes, water boots, pants, shirts, jean jackets, gloves, etc? If so, please check behind the Community Hall and claim your items. Freeport Clothing Tree will receive whatever is not removed by the end of next week. Lisa
Substitute office coverage: Responsibilities will include: answer phones, assist visitors, general office work. Summer substitution could lead to office substitution during the school year, to cover times of illness, meetings, etc. If you would like to add your name to the substitute pool, please contact either Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan (email@example.com).
Merriconeag Bookkeeper Position: Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine, is looking for an experienced and self-motivated bookkeeper. The ideal candidate will be responsible for all Accounting functions including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, AR Collections, Reconciliations, and Financial Statement preparation. This position works closely with our Finance Director to prepare budgets and financial forecasts for the school. Our Bookkeeper position is a year-round part-time position with 20 – 25 hours per week. For more information, please click here.
Foundation Studies: Parental, Professional and Personal Development: About nine years ago, a group of Merriconeag parents decided we wanted to learn more about Waldorf education. We came together in 2003 to begin a Foundation Studies Course. While most of us took the class for one reason (personal, parental or professional development), we all found that the impact of our Foundation Studies rippled through every aspect of our lives. Our teachers inspired, provoked and nurtured us. Our fellow students witnessed, challenged and comforted us. Our two-year course with the masters of Waldorf education was a life-changing experience that fit in so easily to the rest of a busy schedule. We developed deeper connections to our children's education and to each other. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking for an enlightening, lively and restorative educational opportunity. Trace Salter
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. An information session will be held next Monday, June 4, 9:00 - 9:45 am in the Handwork Building on the grade school campus (the new red building.) Please let Barbara Richardson know if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.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.
High School Ultimate Frisbee:
Congratulations to the High School Ultimate Frisbee Team for their intense play at the State Championships in Fryeburg on Saturday, May 26th and for being awarded the league's SPIRIT AWARD for the third time in our short history. Thanks for a wonderful season, MU!
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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!