Tuesday News - September 25, 2012
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The days shorten, shadows lengthen, and the
On Friday, September 28th, we will celebrate Michaelmas. This festive time of year marks the end of summer light and warmth, and calls upon all of us to find the strength and courage to bear that light, warmth and truth within ourselves.
As adults, we can take comfort in the following verse that Rudolf Steiner gave for the Michaelic Age:
We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what comes toward us out of the future.
It is part of what we must learn in this age; namely, to live out of pure trust,
without any security in existence.
To celebrate this event, the whole school will gather for singing at the first bell, (8:10) to sing our traditional Michaelmas songs. The grades 1 – 12 will all have their morning lessons on this campus, and at 10:45 the trumpets will sound for a short pageant on the playing field. This will be followed by work crews of older students and faculty, improving the trails in the woods, weeding and mulching gardens, roasting potatoes and pressing cider. Weather permitting, students will gather to share their lunch time outdoors.
In the afternoon, Grades 6-12 will hear an inspiring modern day Michaelmas story and the younger grades will gather with Michael Fenderson to hear the legend of St. Michael and the Dragon. Challenge games will end the day of celebration and work, just before dismissal at 3:00.
Parents are warmly welcome to join us in the center of campus for singing at drop off. If you are interested in helping with trail work or mulching, please sign up with Lisa Mainella in the office, arrive in time for the 10:45 pageant, and bring tools, gloves, waterproof boots etc, as we must always anticipate a “soggy” site! (In case of extreme wet weather, the event will be modified for indoor celebration.)
Students are encouraged to come to school in bright autumn colors!
* Everyone will need snack, extra water, lunch, and work gloves, as well as a backpack to carry everything to their worksites. Christine Sloan
Fall Festival Planning Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 2, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.,
in the Farmhouse
All welcome - (EC parents join us as soon as you are able)
can be responsible for a specific (and manageable!) piece of the Festival.
If you are able and interested in helping at a coordinator level, or you just want to find out more about the Fall Festival, please come to our first meeting, Tuesday Oct. 2nd in the farmhouse (8:30-10) or contact one of us on the Fall Festival Steering Committee:
As always, snacks will be provided!
Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!
Wednesday, September 26, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Let Aly introduce you to adorable tiny petal babies in an assortment of fun colors. All materials provided. Aly Fullagar, morning and Sandy Pearson, afternoon.
Wednesday, October 3, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Treasure bags with counting gems. All instruction and materials provides for sewing up colorful little pouches for your favorite secret treasures.
No little ones in the morning sessions, please, but children in grades 4 and up are most welcome to attend the afternoon sessions with an adult or on their own. Please sign up with Lisa in the grade school office so we can plan our supplies.
Julie Pennington will host a Heavy (millet) Baby Workshop
beginning on Wed. Nov 7, 8:30 - 10:00am
and continuing for 5 Wednesday mornings.
This doll is the 12", 3 lb baby in a bunting and is suitable for a young kindergarten child. The cost of the workshop is $45.00 with all materials and instruction provided. Limited to 10 participants. Contact Julie with questions or to register at email@example.com
Sandy Pearson will host a Waldorf Dress up Doll Workshop
beginning Wed. October 3, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
and continuing for 9 Wednesday evenings.
This is a 16" soft doll suitable for older kindergarten and grade school children.
The cost of making this doll is $85.00 with all materials and instruction provided. Limited to 10 participants.Contact Sandy with questions or to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Some donated materials have made it possible for us to offer a few materials scholarships ($15.00)
to help defray the cost of the workshops. Please let us know if this would be help you attend.
From the Development Office
Grandparents and Special Friends Day:
All grandparents listed on your families’ school information forms will receive an invitation to the Oct. 19 Grandparents Day. In order for your grandparents to receive invitations, their contact information in RenWeb must be complete. If a grandparent has moved or passed away, or if you prefer we not send them an invitation, we need to know this. Please review your grandparent information in the RenWeb database today.
Also, if there is someone other than a grandparent who you would like to invite (aunt, uncle, surrogate grandparent, or even a neighbor who is a special friend of your child), please send us their complete name and address so we can mail them an invitation.
If they do not receive an invitation by the end of next week, or if you have any questions about the address used, please contact Lynne Espy.
Volunteers are needed for Grandparents Day; this involves helping with refreshment setup and cleanup, organizing nametags, and greeting guests. You would need to available to help from 8:15am – 12:30pm (includes watching the performance). Lynne Espy, email@example.com, 865-3900 Ext. 116
Waldorf Alumni Gathering in Boston
WaldorFest Boston! September 19th
Lynne Espy and Deeda Burgess were pleased to represent Merriconeag at this exciting event in Boston last week. They were delighted to be joined by Lindsey Armstrong (8th Grade Class of 2004), Laura Seretta (8th Grade Class of 2000), Tyler Callnan (Waldorf friend), and Jason Donahue (Waldorf parent). (Both Lindsey and Laura won raffle prizes as shown in the photos below!) Lynne and Deeda later learned that after they left Lucky's, Ross (8th Grade Class of 1998) and Lucy (8th Grade Class of 2003) Taliaferro stopped by and they were very sorry to have missed them.
Here's how AWSNA Leader, Patrice Maynard, summed up the event:
Last Wednesday night at Lucky's Lounge in Boston we packed the house with over 70 attendees at the WaldorFest Alumni event. The food, done by Monadnock Waldorf School graduate, Luke Beardslee, was excellent and went fast, even thought getting to the table of food was tricky given the size of the crowd (large) and the size of the space (cozy). Everyone was having such a good time talking to each other, it was hard to give away the raffle prizes because no one wanted to stop talking to look at their tickets.
Special thanks go to Marjorie Jean-Paul and to Jeannene La Bella from the Waldorf School of Garden City for inaugurating this event and carrying the work with help from our office to focus the event. But many thanks go to all the schools who helped sponsor and support this event. Even schools whose local alumni could not be with us, were all glad to know the event was happening!
The social glory of a Waldorf Education was abundant in the room with talking and smiling and visiting at a high level all through the evening. It is simply great fun to meet up with people connected to Waldorf Education! Counting name tags is the best we could do with the press of humanity and the eagerness to get to our party. With a couple of mistakes on writing tags that happened we were down 78 name tags! Cape Ann Waldorf School, The Waldorf School of Lexington, the Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay, all from the immediate area were well represented by Alumni, teachers, staff and parents. Also memebrs of the communities of the Waldorf School of Garden City, Green Meadow Waldorf School, High Mowing School, Merriconeag Waldorf School, Waldorf School of Garden City, Hawthorne Valley School, Monadnock Waldorf School, Highland Hall Waldorf School, Kimberton Waldorf School, and Waldorf Institute of Southern Michigan had their loyal party-goers. Some schools had many come while others has an enthusiastic few.
The next WaldorFest Alumni Event will be in San Francisco on December 21! Spread the word! These events are just plain FUN.
News from the High School
Last week was a wonderful week. The 12th grade spent the entire week at Hermit Island with over 100 other seniors from Waldorf schools as far away as Pennsylvania. The 11th grade spent four days in Québec City studying Acadian history. The 9th and 10th grade spent three days in Baxter State Park climbing Mount Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain. A big "thank you" to David Whittlesey and Jeff Tindall who volunteered as chaperones.
Trip to Quebec City: The 11th Graders are back from their wonderful trip to Old Quebec City where they could practice with great pleasure their French linguistic skills.
After riding the van for six hours and driving through the Canadian border without any problem, most of us discovered Quebec City for the first time and set off on our big adventure. The Champlain’s Prediction activity helped us to become more familiar with the upper part of Old Quebec. The different museums and especially “Le Musée de l’Amérique Française,” showed us the cultural and political influence of France over Northern America throughout the last centuries. We did appreciate escaping from the city for a few hours and enjoyed hiking around Sainte Anne Canyon and its beautiful landscapes. The lower part of Old Quebec is lovely but might become very scary at night when you run into the guides of the Ghost Tour of Quebec and they start telling you about its authentic darkest stories.
Thanks to this trip, I really enjoyed spending time with the students and getting to know them on a more personal level. I was pleased to walk around the city and laugh with them! I would also like to say a big thank you to Madame Whittlesey and her husband David for leading us in memorable Quebec and for their endless generosity and kindness! Amandine THEVENET, Amity French Intern
Athletic News - Sports Updates
Local Ultimate Frisbee Team (with five Merriconeag students)
was Third at National Tourney
After losing their opening game to a team from Seattle, Wash., they rallied back with wins over teams from San Francisco, Chicago, and Madison, Wisconsin before losing to Boston in the semifinals. The team was then able to beat San Francisco again for third place in the tournament.
High School Cross Country
Sept. 22, Manchester Invitational Recap: We had an early, early start yesterday morning as the two Merriconeag vans made the long trip to New Hampshire for the Manchester Invitational. The weather changed from cold, wet and grey to warm and sunny by the time the first race went off. Despite the challenges of a week of travel (with some strenuous hiking for some of the athletes) and missing a few runners, the teams performed very well at the invite. Thank you to all the parents and relations who attended the meet, with special thanks to our drivers, Susan and Dan. Click here to read the rest on the blog. Coach Morgan Lake Adams
Upcoming race: This Saturday, September 29, our team will participate in the Belfast Invitational in Belfast, Maine
Full results, schedules and more information can be found on our Cross Country Blog..
Middle School Cross Country
It was a cool but sunny day for the Middle School XC team's second meet on 9/20 and our first with the full team present. Meeting significantly larger teams from Greely and Cape Elizabeth, and a renewed Waynefleet team provided some stiff competition, but our girls and boys met the challenge. The girls worked hard, including Maya Andreson in her first race appearance, to bring in a solid third place finish for the team. Our 6th grade runners are having an immediate impact and looking great! The boys combined to take the top three individual times in the race and their second straight win.
Yesterday (9/24), we made the long trek to Sacopee Valley in Hiram to take on the host team along with Lake Region, and Poland. We had another crisp day with fairly good conditions after some passing showers. Our girls and boys took first in team scores for their respective races, with the girls securing four of the top ten spots and the boys taking the top seven(!) individual times. We had a bigger cast of characters running in today's race, and celebrated Sarah Kinzer's and Chloe Olson's first race of the season and Tilli Munro's first race for the team.
Coming up, we have the Greely Relays on Monday 10/1, which is a fun and casual one-mile team relay, followed by our next formal event on our home turf on October 4, when we host Freeport, Durham, Yarmouth, and Greely. The boys race at 4:00 and the girls at 4:30. We will be seeking volunteers to help at the race, so please be on the lookout for those requests. Hope to see you all on the 4th to cheer on the home team! John Olson
School Community Updates
Friday Pizza Begins Next Week: The 7th grade will again be coordinating pizza this year. The fall session is a total of 9 weeks beginning October 5th and ending December 14th. Sign up for pizza will be for the entire session only.
Part-time, Afternoon Assistant Position Available: Merriconeag Waldorf School is offering a part-time position for an assistant in the Nursery/Kindergarten afternoon program, Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 to 3:30. Prior background in working with young children and special interest in Waldorf education is necessary. Certification in a Waldorf Early Childhood program is not required, but would be a benefit. This position is currently available now through December 20, but has the possibility of continuing through the school year till June 5.
Willow Pond Farm Apples are Back: Starting this Friday, September 28, apples will be delivered to Merriconeag's Early Childhood Center on Fridays before 11:30am. Orders must be placed with Willow Pond Farm (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday at noon. Please leave payment in envelope in Early Childhood Office PRIOR to delivery.
Parking Reminders: The speed limit in all parking lots is 5 miles per hour. If you will be getting out of your car, please pull into a parking space. Standing cars are not allowed as they impede the flow of traffic. A parked car needs to be in a parking space.
EC Parent Chat Room: Last January, a large group of our early childhood parents met for coffee with members of the Administrative team, to share their experiences of being new families in the school, their questions regarding the school’s culture and their wish to build a parent community. In response to your request for a regular, weekly meeting spot, we are creating a real “chat room.”
Starting September 26, every Wednesday morning from 8:45 to 9:30, the Bluebell Room in the Early Childhood Center will become the “EC Parent Chat Room.” Michael Fenderson, the French Teacher for EC through Grade 8, and long-time Merriconeag parent, will be your host, welcoming you to stop to talk, share questions, get to know each other, and sip a warm cup of coffee or tea.
Please join the conversation, learn more about your fellow parents and the school. We will be happy to bring in others to address topics of interest to your group, or just provide this weekly space for a friendly chat with friends.
Hope to see you at this first gathering, Sept. 26! Christine Sloan, Administrator
New this year at the Fall Festival: Merriconeag Marketplace - supporting our local artisans
If you are interested in participating in this inaugural Merriconeag Marketplace, we request that you send, by Sept. 26th, 3 photos that represent your work, with the approximate size, cost and medium, to: email@example.com. You will be notified by Oct. 1st. We have some good ideas about tracking sales, and can share this with you. Questions should be sent to this email address.
If you are a budding artist, or only have a few items completed, consider donating them to the community-made craft table. Proceeds benefit the school - and all of our students.
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Waldorf Education featured in Forbes!
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Back to School
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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!