Tuesday News - September 11, 2012

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Welcome Back from the Administrator

     A warm welcome to all of our families as we begin the 2012-2013 school year!
As I mentioned in my letter in August, this year Merriconeag is combining a rich history of experienced faculty and staff with a burst of new lively and creative energies throughout the school. We have three interns who will be working with us this year, in the high school, the grades and in woodwork classes. We have all new assistants in the early childhood program and the first grade, a new first grade teacher, and two new science and math teachers in the high school. Our music program will be directed by Nancy Roderick with the support of two new teachers leading chorus from 5th through 12th grade, winds from 6th through 12th, and Richard Francis continuing with cello classes. Look for biographies of our new teachers throughout the upcoming weeks of the Tuesday News, with a few interviews conducted by student “reporters.”
      Many thanks to all of the families who helped prepare classrooms, weed gardens, wash windows and paint the grade school office and entrance. From the High School to the Early Childhood sandbox, teachers, parents and students shared work, laughter and summer stories. These work sessions help all of us prepare for that sometimes startling transition from summer to fall, and the busy days of the school year ahead.
      Our parents’ generous commitment of time from coaching to baking, from event planning to strategic planning, helps create the school community that reflects our shared values, love and commitment to Merriconeag’s educational goals. Please keep your eye on the Tuesday News for the latest updates and how to join in the important work of our long-range planning, led by the Board and Development Committee, chaired by Lynne Espy. In addition, everything from Fall Festival planning to future fund raising events and community celebrations will be shared in the Tuesday News.
      Looking forward to a dynamic and joyful school year!
Christine Sloan, Administrator


Upcoming Events

Waldorf Alumni Gathering in Boston

for alumni 21 and over

Wednesday, September 19

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Lucky's Lounge, Boston


     Were you once part of a Waldorf community - teacher, student, parent, graduate, staff,

     board member? If so, then this alumni party in Boston is for you!

     Buffet dinner & cash bar - good friends - many reunions - make new connections -

     share stories & Waldorf memories!

This event is collaboratively sponsosred by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Merriconeag Waldorf School, Cape Ann Waldorf School, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Hawthorne Valley School, High Mowing School, Kimberton Waldorf School, Monadnock Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner School of NYC, The Waldorf School (Lexington), The Waldorf School of Baltimore, The Waldorf School of Garden City, Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay, Waldorf School of Princeton, and Washington Waldorf School.

     RSVP: Patrice Maynard, pmaynard@awsna.org


Marjorie Jean-Paul, mjeanpaul@waldorfgarden.org


Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!

     Handcrafts are integral to Waldorf education, and ever since Merriconeag began over 28 years ago, community handcrafts have been instrumental in binding our community together.
      Beginning next Wednesday, Sept. 19th, and every Wednesday up until the Fall Festival (Nov. 3) our handwork teachers will be offering free handcraft classes in our beautiful new Handcraft Building on the main campus. Everyone is welcome - whether you are a novice or a very experienced handworker (knitting, sewing, felting, crocheting), a new parent or returning parent, this is a wonderful way to connect with other parents, deepen friendships, learn a new skill and get instructions and patterns for a new project. The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Festival, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
      To accommodate everyone's schedules, classes will be held three times each Wednesday: mornings (8:30 - 10:00), afternoons (3-4:30) and evenings (7-8:30 pm). Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the afternoon sessions. More details will be in next week's Tuesday News, but mark your calendars now and join in whenever you are able, starting next Wednesday! Sandy Pearson and Julie Pennington, Handwork Teachers



From the Development Office

Welcome from the Development Office:
      I am excited and honored to be starting my fourth year as Development Coordinator for this gifted and generous community, working with you to help raise funds that support the school’s programs, tuition assistance, and long term growth and well-being. We have several wonderful community-building and fundraising events throughout the year, and I welcome and encourage everyone to get involved in any way that suits your time, skills and interest. We are very cognizant of how precious your time is, and we are so grateful for all the ways in which our parents support the school. As a parent of three Merriconeag graduates, I made lifelong friends through my volunteer efforts at Merriconeag. I still maintain that the joy of this work is discovered in the lasting friendships and triumphant teamwork, as much as the success of fundraising.

     Through the year, you will hear about many opportunities to build lasting friendships by helping with fundraising, grant writing, donor outreach and other development efforts. The Tuesday News is the best way to learn of these opportunities, so please do read my entries, even after you get tired of seeing my face on this page!

Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org
865-3900 Ext. 116, Office located in the white farmhouse next to the ECC.


Office Makeover: This summer, board member Jacqui Koopman helped us begin the process of making our administrative spaces more functional, beautiful, and professional looking. The development office had a complete makeover, Will Hight’s office is now in the fireplace room, and the main office in the portable got a facelift. All of this was done on a very small budget, by reusing and fixing old furniture and using volunteer labor. We are very grateful to Jacqui for her vision, hard work, and perseverance. Stop by and check out the office makeovers!

     Want to advertise your art or furniture business? We are looking for a few specific items to add color and Waldorf flavor to the development office, and if you are interested in loaning (or donating), I could advertise your business on the item.
• a large Waldorf wall hanging (painting, felted piece, woven tapestry, etc) in earthy golds and reds (think the color    of sunflowers!)
• a small table, preferably with shelves or cabinets, approx. 2.5 ft wide by 2.5 – 3 ft high.
• nice IKEA or similar table lamp
• a half round or square table with center legs, diameter 3 ft or less.


Trace Salter, Circus Coordinator Extraordinaire:
      Just eight years ago, Trace Salter, a parent at Merriconeag, had a dream of bringing the Big Top Circus to Merriconeag. Thanks to Trace, and her amazing team of volunteers, Circus Smirkus has become a much-anticipated summer tradition for the greater Portland community, and the school is so grateful for her vision and hard work. In addition to providing delightful, family entertainment, the circus has been a fabulous way for Merriconeag to reach out to local businesses who have no prior giving history with our school, it provides free tickets to hundreds of children who could not otherwise come to the circus, it highlights and brings circus arts programming to our students throughout the year, it lets us show off our beautiful campus and Waldorf education to thousands of people, and it is a significant source of income for the school.

     Circus Smirkus has become one of our signature programs, and we are indebted to Trace and everyone who played a role in making this year’s Circus Smirkus a huge success!

Lynne Espy, on behalf of the entire Faculty and Board


Circus Smirkus Thank Yous

Smirkus Thanks to Merriconeag for Another Great Circus: 2012 marked our 8th year on the Big Top Tour and the 25th anniversary for Circus Smirkus. Audiences flocked in record numbers to our big top and we were able to raise close to $24,000 that will go to Merriconeag's operating budget, tuition assistance endowment fund and our circus arts program. The benefits of presenting Circus Smirkus go far beyond that bountiful bottom line though. There are many other joyful and inspirational moments that we'll share with you over the coming weeks. Here's our first installment...


It Takes a Village: It takes a wrangle of roustabouts to make circus magic! Please join me in thanking our key Coordinators: Robert Caron, Anita Demetropoulos, Jen Fitzpatrick, Aly Fullagar, Barbara Guffin, Will Hight, Patrick Quigg, Victoria Stefanakos and Drew Tieman for lending their talent, patience and enthusiasm to this multifaceted mosaic of a circus presentation.



Our Generous Sponsors: Our community partners provide the essential fuel for the engine that drives the circus. Portland Volvo & Royal River Natural Foods are our faithful and longstanding sponsors who have boundless energy for Smirkus and Merriconeag. FairPoint and the New England Foundation for the Arts also offer crucial support. Please give them a standing ovation!


Our Hospitable Homestay Hosts: We are so lucky to have such friendly and welcoming Merriconeag families volunteer to open their homes to the Smirkus Troupers. A heartfelt round of applause for: the Fitzpatricks, Gambles, Goldberg & Courtney's, Harrington & Cashell's, Josephs, Kappelmans, Neveus, Samuelsons, Skinner & Libbys, Tuppers, Walkers and Weiland & Tiemans. Smirkus loves Freeport and it's in large part because these Homestay Hosts take such good care of their troupers.


Look for more 2012 circus gratitude next week!




New Faces Around the Campus

Selma Fricke: We are happy to welcome Selma Fricke as our first Amity Intern in the grade school and high school, and our first eurythmy intern. Selma graduated (after attending grades 1 - 12) from a Waldorf School in Germany and then went on to study anatomy and physiology for two years in college. She then went to eurythmy school in Bonn and had her graduation performance at the Goetheanum in Switzerland this summer.
      Selma will be joining students in many grades, in German, circus arts and, of course, eurythmy! She and Barbara Richardson, our eurythmist for grades 1 - 4 and individual eurythmy, have identical matching purple scarves, are both of the Chinese zodiac sign Ox/Buffalo (calm and easy-going), and most importantly, both love eurythmy and want children to have fun with it!

                                   (Selma is the eurythmist on the left)                (Selma is in the foreground)


News from the High School

The high school had its opening of school camping trip at Swan Island on the Kennebec River in Richmond. We departed from Freeport after the Wildflower Ceremony under drizzly conditions. However, the rain stopped when we asked it to. Swan Island is a beautiful spot for a camping trip. The lean-tos were spacious. The swimming was good. We kayaked around the island. We performed community service by creating a new hiking trail on the island. It was a positive experience for everyone and a great way to begin the year. Thank you to the seniors for organizing the fifth annual Waldorf Wilderlympics. And a special thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. Jeff O'Brien


Some Highlights from the Wildflower Assembly

Photos by Tricia Toms Photography: Tricia volunteers as Merriconeag’s official photographer for class and school events, and has the photos for sale on her website, http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag, 603-944-0797.
50% of net photo sales from her website benefit Merriconeag’s Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Cross Country

Congratulations to the boys and girls Cross Country teams who have started off the year with two successful races. Good job to all of our runners and thank you to coach Morgan Lake Adams for her work them.

Upcoming race: Please join us for the race this Thursday, September 13, at Fort Forster, 76 Pocahontas Road, Kittery. The race is hosted by York and includes Merriconeag, Cape Elizabeth, and Poland. Please note it is at Traip's course in Kittery. The boys run at 4:30 p.m. and the girls at 5:00 p.m.


Congratulations to Jack Pierce on being named a "runner to watch" for the 2012 season by the Portland Press Herald. Read the article.

Meet at Gray/New Gloucester Recap - September 7, 2012:  After being out on Swan's for several days, the x-country team traveled to Gray New Gloucester for a small meet with Falmouth and host GNG. The weather was again quite warm and humid, although the majority of the course took place in the woods. And what a course! Much of the first half was uphill, followed by a very fast descent in the second half. With a conservative start, our runners managed to post some impressive negative splits. Click here to read the rest on the blog.

Home Meet Recap, Pineland - August 31, 2012:  Welcome back for the 2012 Merriconeag XC season! Both the boys' and girls' teams were off to a great start yesterday at our first meet of the year. After three weeks of preseason, we hosted Greely, Fryeburg, Traip and Wells at Pineland. The weather was hot and humid, particularly after the sun came out and the wind died down. Our runners handled the heat fairly well, with most starting out conservatively and then picking up the pace through out the race. Click here to read the rest on the blog.

     Thank you so much to all the parents, friends and relations who came to help out with timing, splits, course set-up and marking, and post-race refreshments! If you have any race photos, please share them.

Coach Morgan Lake Adams   

For full results, schedule and more information, please visit the MWS Cross-Country Blog by clicking here.



School Community Updates


Dear Friends of Winnie Shivelhood Kartez: It is with great sadness we inform you of Winnie's passing. She was in her home with her husband, Jack and passed Thursday morning, September 6th. Jack wants everyone who wishes to attend Winnie's Memorial to please stay informed through email. He is unsure of plans as of yet, but will send out information soon. Thanks so much for all of your help and kindness. Kate Ziminsky
For those of you who may not have known Winnie - she was a former early childhood teacher at Merriconeag and was also the teacher at Woodsong, her home-based preschool program that served as one of our feeder schools.



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