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!
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, email@example.com
Marjorie Jean-Paul, firstname.lastname@example.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.
From the Development Office
Welcome from the Development Office:
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, email@example.com
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.
Trace Salter, Circus Coordinator Extraordinaire:
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 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.
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
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Tea & Play Sessions for Prospective Parents:
Tea & Play Sessions for
Wednesdays, Dec 11, 18
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share a cup of tea with us and learn more about our programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30. Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. For more info & to register: 207.865.3900, Ext 163 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Wed, Dec 11, 7:00 pm.
Tues. Dec 17, 6:30 p.m., Community Hall.
Wed, Dec 18, 5:30 p.m.
Freeport Performing Arts Center
30 Holbrook St., Freeport
Join us for a delightful evening of music. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:15 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room.
(Students in 5 - 12 dress in black & white. Students in 3 & 4 may wear concert attire in festive colors. Gr 2 students wear their Santa Lucia attire.)
Fri, Dec 20, 11:00 am, Community Hall.
We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human.
Caroling in Downtown Freeport:
Fri, Dec 20, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Gather in front of the L.L. Bean boot at 5:00 pm)
Come spread the holiday cheer and represent the Merriconeag Community in downtown Freeport with an evening of caroling led by our Chorus Teacher, Chris Chasse. Singing books will be provided and you may want to bring head lamps. Be sure to dress warmly. Snow Note: If the weather is inclement, please check the MWS website for a cancellation notice.
Fri, Dec 20: 12:30 Dismissal for Grades 1 - 12
Mon, Dec 23 through Fri, Jan 3 School is closed for winter break.
Classes resume on Jan 6.