Tuesday News - October 9, 2012
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What do we mean by growing up from the inside out?
Wed, Oct 10, 7:00 - 7:30 pm., Community Hall
Douglas Gerwin, a renowned Waldorf high school teacher and Waldorf teacher educator, will open the grades 6, 7, & 8 parent evening in the Community Hall. This portion of the parent evening is open to any Merriconeag parent interested in hearing Dr. Gerwin's thoughts on this topic. Come one, come all!
At the Early Childhood level, Tea and Play sessions will be offered from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 and Thursday, October 18, and are an easy way for parents and young children to come for an initial visit. At these sessions, parents enjoy tea with an early childhood teacher while their children play nearby.
Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble
Monday, October 15, Community Hall
10:00 a.m. for Early Childhood - Grade 2
11:00 a.m. for Grades 3 - 12
Parents and friends of the school are welcome
to join us for both performances.
On Monday, October 15, the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble (a constellation of seven young and seasoned eurythmists, along with a speaker, musician, and lighting technician) will present two shows in our Community Hall.
The first performance is at 10:00 a.m. for Early Childhood - Grade 2 and it will be the fairy tale, The Flea and the Little Louse. This is a charming and comforting tale from France with a running time of about 20 minutes. Little Flea is upset when he returns home to find that Little Louse is absent. Did Little Louse fall into the soup pot? (No, Little Louse is asleep under the rose bush.) However, the table, the baking trough, the door, and the tree all speak to comfort Little Flea and then go with himinto the wide world, where they discover that Little Louse is alive and well. They all laugh and laugh until they come back home to have the soup.
The second performance will be at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon for Grades 3 - 12 and it is the fairy tale, Gawain and the Loathly Lady. This tale begins at Christmas Tide at Camelot, and all the knights and ladies surrounding Arthur and Guinevere celebrate.
We look forward to seeing you there!
High School Information Night
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Freeport Campus, 57 Desert Road
Our annual High School Information Night for parents and prospective students, is coming right up on Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Held on the Freeport campus in the Community Hall, this year’s presentation will include a panel of Waldorf graduates who will reflect on how their education prepared them to take up college (and life).
Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!
Wednesday, October 10, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Join Susan Caron in re-purposing old sweaters and turn them into cozy cases for knitting needles and crochet hooks. No sewing experience is needed.
Wednesday, Oct 17, 8:30-10:00 am Learn a new wool felting technique and needle felt fairy mushrooms with Lisa Edge. 3:00-4:30 pm Wet felting rainbow balls and pin cushions with Sandy Pearson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Pearson will host a Waldorf Dress up Doll Workshop
beginning Wed. October 17*, 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 email@example.com
* This is a date change.
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.
Early Childhood Parent Chat Room
Wednesday mornings, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, Bluebell Room
Join host Michael Fenderson, French Teacher for EC through Grade 8, and long-time Merriconeag parent, for a chat - share questions, get to know each other, and sip a warm cup of coffee or tea.
Fall Festival and Open House
Fall Festival & Open House
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport
The Fall Festival requires the help of everyone in our school community; and we hope every parent will be able to pitch in, by working a shift the day of the Festival, contributing to the food at the café or lunch, and donating items for the craft activities and gently used sale.
Pocket Person: A much loved sight at the Fall Festival, the Pocket Person returns! It is time to gather magical treasures for the giving. We appreciate your help in looking around your house for any small items that would be perfect to hide in a pocket (up to 4 inches in size). You may drop off all donations at either one of the school offices in the bin labeled “Pocket Person”. Some example items you might donate include: bells, crystals, sea glass, jacks, molding beeswax, coins, old keys, candles, buttons, marbles, wood figures and small boxes. Thank you! Tami Goodrich
Send Your Woolens to the Fair: This year there will be a table in the Outerwear Room for Woolens. We hope to have a plethora of sweaters, vests, woollies, 'Smartwool', hats mittens and scarfs in all sizes. These items should be 50% or greater of wool. Please go through your winter garb and send what you can to the office where there will be a container to receive them. Let's keep our children and ourselves warm and snug this winter.Contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois at email@example.com.
New Faces Around the Campus
Andrew Lardie, Math and Science in the high school
1) Why did you choose to teach in a Waldorf School?
2) What is your favorite part of teaching?
3) What did you want to be when you were growing up?
4) When did you know that you wanted to teach math/science?
5) What activities did you do in high school?
6) coffee or tea?
News From the High School
The following essay was written by Andrew Hastings, '14 for his Medieval History Block with David Barham. The egg tempera painting from the Middle Ages is by Sophie Simmons, '14.
The Intellectual History of the Middle Ages:
The Middle Ages and the classical Greek eras are often regarded as completely and fundamentally different. Not only are the eras separated by hundreds of years, the spiritual and intellectual differences are profound. Ancient Greece is revered as a triumph of intelligence, reason, and democracy; while the Middle Ages, are also known as the Dark Ages, where everything was centered on God, and the only way to God was through the Church. However, as different as the philosophies of these two periods of time may seem at first, the philosophy of the Middle Ages is essentially Platonic and later Aristotelian thinking adapted by Christianity.
Merriconeag Students Perform for Portland Ovations
Merriconeag Students Invited to Perform for Portland Ovations: A group of talented Merriconeag and local circus arts students were invited to perform at the POP! Benefit for Portland Ovations on October 2nd. Virginia Fullagar, Ethan Humphries, Ryan Kappelman, Sophia Laukli, Sarah Norden, Davis Ritger, Maxime Rumiel, Lila Salter-Gurau and Jojo & Ari Zeitlin put on a beautiful display of their juggling, acrobatics, diablo and clowning skills, lending a festive air to the street carnival atmosphere of this major fundraiser for Portland Ovations. Organizer Eileen Phelan told us that these kids "were great and were the perfect addition to the event - they embody what we support". Many thanks to our Circus Arts Ambassadors and to John Saccone who provided encouragement, flair and direction for this exciting connection to the performing arts community in Portland. Trace Salter
Athletic News - Sports Updates
High School Cross Country
NYA Meet Recap: We finally saw the sun this week, during a brief window at Royal River Park in Yarmouth for the NYA meet. Unfortunately, it was not enough to dry out the course, which was described (aptly) as a 'soggy carpet'. Still, our runners must have found inspiration in those few hours of sunlight, as the meet yielded several PRs and season bests. Even though many of the runners were using the race as a hard workout, everyone left feeling good about the experience. Thank you to all our spectators and especially to the middle school split crew. Read more.
Coach Morgan Lake Adams
Upcoming race: This Friday, October 12, we will travel to St. Joseph's College in Standish for the Western Maine Conference Championship meet. The schedule for that day is as follows:
For meet details, please click here.
Full results, schedules and more information can be found on our Cross Country Blog.
Congratulations to Merriconeag senior Jack Pierce who was featured in last Wednesday's Portland Press Herald: Jack broke 16:15 at a big invitational for the second week in a row, placing fourth (second among Maine runners) at the Festival of Champions in Belfast in 16:14 a week after finishing similarly in 16:09 at the Manchester Invitational. Go Jack!
Middle School Cross Country
Last week started out with a Monday trip to Twinbrook for the annual Greely Relays, an informal one-mile relay race with five runner, coed teams. Despite a delayed start, the teams looked great and everyone enjoyed some nice fall weather.
On Thursday we hosted Greely, Freeport, and Yarmouth at home on a rather wet day. Fortunately, the rain let up just in time for the races and the course held up well under the wet conditions. The boys posted their fourth straight win after securing first and second place individually and nine of the top-twenty slots overall. The boys' race was rounded out by great first official races of the year by Alec Eames and Izariah Jump and a brave effort by Tarek Ihaddaden. Our girls brought home a solid second place finish with two top-ten spots and five in the top-twenty individually. We were very pleased to see our biggest group of girls yet, with first official races of the season by Sophia Laukli, Sophia Skinner, Salome Skinner, Jennie Bakewell, Caroline Oldin-Brewer, and Charlotte Joseph!
Many thanks to all the parents and faculty that braved the elements to record times, compile results, staff the course, and cheer for the kids. As always, the school community created a very welcoming environment for our guests. Additional thanks to the high school runners for warming up and rooting on the team, and to Coach Morgan Lake Adams for lending them to us. Finally, a special thank you to John Saccone for preparing a great, well-marked course for us that drew several compliments from our visiting teams. Assistant Coach, John Olson
Our next middle school race is Thursday, October 11 at Durham. Boys run at 4:00, girls at 4:30. Hope to see you all there! Click here for race schedule.
School Community Updates
Parent Teacher Conferences: Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday October, 25th and Friday, October 26th. School is cancelled on these days. High school parents will receive conference sign-up information. EC parents will find sign-up schedules outside EC classroom doors. G1 through 8 parents, please follow the links below to sign-up for a conference this year.
New Fund Raising opportunity coming to Merriconeag: You can buy your cake and eat it too.
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.
Read (Listen to or Watch) This
By Allegra Allesandri, PhD.
(Click blue to link through)
Fri, Oct 3, 1:30 pm,
All parents are welcome to witness the fruits of our morning work. If it is sunny weather we will be outside on the Desert Road Campus. If it is raining, you will find us in the Community Hall.
MS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 3, MS XC Race at Scarborough, 4:15 & 4:45 pm.
HS XC Race :
Sat, Oct 4, The Festival of Champions in Belfast - which will see over 1800 runners on the course throughout the day! Click on link below for race details.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.