Tuesday News - October 23, 2012

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School is closed this Thursday & Friday, October 25 & 26 for Parent - Teacher Conferences.

Merriconeag Girls Win Western Maine Regional Class C Title!

Merriconeag High School girls won the Western Maine Regional Class C Title

for the 2nd year in a row! Congratulations to them and Coach Morgan Lake Adams!

Senior Jack Pierce Wins Class C Western Regional Championship

The best time of the day belonged to senior Jack Pierce, who broke away from

Josef Holt-Andrews of Telstar with less than a mile to go and won the Class C

race by 12 seconds! Congratulations, Jack!

Click here for video & results.

See press & recaps for both races below.


Upcoming Events

High School Information Night

Tonight, Tuesday, October 23,

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Community Hall

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!
      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 hand worker (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!
Fall Fair Crafts

Wednesday, Oct 24, 8:30-10:00 am or 3:00- 4:30 pm.

Come embroider with Fabiana in the morning and Sandy Pearson in the afternoon. We will make plant dyed wool felt into beautiful mats and coasters.


     After the embroidery, there will be one more craft workshop for the fair and then the Heavy Baby doll workshop with Julie Pennington will begin. Sandy Pearson's dress up doll workshop begins this Wednesday! If interested, please see information below.

     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. Handwork Teachers: Sandy Pearson, spearson@merriconeag.org and Julie Pennington, jpennington@merriconeag.org.

Doll Workshops
We are pleased to announce two doll making workshops for the fall season! Come join us if you would like to make a very special doll for holiday giving or just enjoy the experience of creating these beautiful dolls. Made from sheep's wool and cotton knit fabric these dolls reflect the inner softness and warmth of both their maker and their little owner.


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 spearson@merriconeag.org


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 jpennington@merriconeag.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.


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.


From the Development Office

Grandparents Day was a huge success!
      We hosted over 140 grandparents and friends for Grandparents and Friends Day last Friday with a reception and slideshow, a wonderful talk by our high school humanities teacher David Sloan, delightful class presentations by grades 2-12, and much-loved visits to the classrooms to meet the teachers and see their work. It was wonderful to be able to express our gratitude for all that this generation does for our school, and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. David Sloan’s engaging and insightful explanation of Waldorf education resonated with many grandparents. Read his articulate and convincing case for Waldorf education here (http://www.merriconeag.org/parents/education.cfm). The class presentations were delightful, including a complicated circle dance by grades 2 and 3, a lovely recorder piece by the 6th grade, and a moving sea shanty by the high school chorus. Everyone who came felt welcomed and appreciated, and the campus and classrooms looked beautiful. Most important, we heard from our parents that this event deepened the grandparent’s understanding and appreciation of Waldorf education.

     An event like this does not happen seamlessly without a lot of background work, and I want to express special thanks to the volunteers listed below who helped pull together the many pieces Friday morning, to David Sloan for his inspiring talk, to the class teachers and special subject teachers who took a lead role in the terrific class presentations, and to the students for offering their very best work to these wonderful grandparents and friends. Many thanks to our Grandparent Day Volunteers: Martha Eshoo, Katy Neveu, Amy Ireland, Melisa Walker, Rhonda Cashell, Liza Bakewell, Lisa Gamble, Trace Salter, Vito Courtney, and Barbara Kappelmann.

     Photos from the event can be purchased online (:http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag). Many thanks to Tricia Toms, Merriconeag parent and professional photographer, for capturing these memories for all of us. A percentage of the purchase price is donated by Tricia to the school. Lynne Espy 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org


Gifts that keep on Giving: Three lovely flowering pear trees have been planted in the island above the Early Childhood Center to create a welcoming outdoor space. Come spring, when the trees burst with white flowers, families can sit below them to picnic or watch their children play. Our deepest gratitude goes to the family who chose to honor friends with this gift that keeps on giving. If you would like to honor a loved one with living gifts such as this, talk to Lynne Espy or Will Hight about our landscaping vision and needs. Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org


Fall Festival and Open House

Fall Festival & Open House

Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

57 Desert Road, Freeport

     Our Fall Festival and Open House is just around the corner, on Saturday, November 3. Like last year, the focus of the Festival will be the work of the hands, with a number of craft demonstrations, craft activities for children and adults, and beautiful handmade articles from our parents, students, teachers and alums. This celebration highlights many aspects of Waldorf education at Merriconeag that are being recognized for their importance by educators and researchers around the country. Our outreach for this event will welcome new families to our school through a “hands on” experience.
      Though the volunteer staffing is different this year from years past, it is still a crucial element for the success of our Festival. Please check the sign up list and add your name! Click here for the link to staffing sign ups. We need help in every area of the Festival, from games to ticket sales, from café to the “Tried and True Boutique”, and ask that every parent, student and faculty member sign up for at least one shift. The Festival lasts from 10:00 – 3:00, so working one shift will still give you plenty of time to enjoy the day with your family and friends.

In the next week we also need:
• Donations to the outerwear sale, pocket person, squirrel’s attic
• ECC and Grades 1-8 families – bake for the Café
• High School families – are responsible for the soup lunch
Sign up today: If on line sign up is a problem…call Lisa Mainella at the Grade School office….she will be delighted to sign you up! The Fall Festival Committee

Fall Festival Updates:

Pocket Person: The Pocket Person returns to the Fall Festival on Saturday, November 3rd! Please help to ensure a variety of treasures are found in his/her pockets. The Pocket Person is such a special part of the fair and we so appreciate your help in looking around your house for any items that would be perfect for this! Any small treasures and interesting items you may be able to donate may be left in any school office (please label your donation Pocket Person). Desirable examples include: foreign coins, candles, buttons, crystals/stones, keys, locks, feathers, old jewelry, marbles and molding wax. Thank you everyone for helping! Tami Goodrich

Have you ever dreamed of wearing the cloak? We are in need of people to volunteer for 1-hour shifts as the Pocket Person and their assistant. If you are interested, please contact Tami Goodrich at tlsgoodrich@gmail.com or call (207) 298-0144.

Puppet Shows: The EC faculty will once again delight youngsters with 3 puppet shows at the Fall Festival. We encourage our families to attend the first show which begins promptly at 10:30, since visiting families typically attend the later shows. Start your day with a puppet show! Tickets available that morning at the kiosk, located on the main path leading up to the grade school buildings.

Card Tables needed for Fall Festival: Do you have a card table we could borrow for the Nov. 3rd Fall Festival? We could use up to a dozen for seating. Put your name on the table, and drop it at the Community Hall or any office by Friday morning, Nov. 2. Retrieve it after the Festival ends, or the following Monday. If you want to donate a card table, note such along with your name, and I will send you a letter acknowledging you tax-free donation.
Please let us know asap if you can lend or donate a card table, so we will be sure to have enough indoor seating for lunch. Thank you for helping keep costs down for this fundraiser! Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116.

The Falling Leaves Cafe needs YOU: Yes...YOU there! We are in need of your culinary submissions for the cafe this year! We'd very much like to have folks, if they are so inclined, to create sweet if your last name's initials are A-L and savory if they are M-Z. But, we would love anything you have to donate! Savory suggestions: quartered PB&J, sliced wraps, mini quiche, cubed cheese, we are open to your ideas! Any questions or comments email epicurious.crow@gmail.com. Thank you so much for this year and all the years we have received your help in making the cafe so bountiful!

Books Wanted: We are looking for donations of used books to sell at the Fall Festival. Perhaps you purchased some last year that you are ready to pass on to new owners? Any books in good condition are welcome. Books of particular interest to the Waldorf community would be greatly appreciated. Book donations can be left at any school office - EC, Grades or High School. If you would like to help with sorting, pricing, or set-up for the book sale, please contact Heather Aguiar (865-0330, heatheraguiar@gmail.com) or Caroline Norden (847-3347, cnorden@maine.rr.com)

Dear Parents: Many of you have heard through your class coordinators that the Festival Committee has been considering the safety of our children and visitors in the woods and areas of our grounds that are difficult to supervise. In the past two or three years, we have had a few injuries in these parts of the campus, and this year we are taking extra precautions to insure safety.

     Therefore, this year we are focusing our attention on creating a safe and secure play area near the lower grades wooded area for our children and our visitors to play. Teachers and students will be creating this “mini Gnomeville” on Friday before the Festival.

     Mr. Hight will be setting up a rope barricade to remind students not to cross into the woods beyond the basketball courts. Please remind your children before you come to the Fall Festival, on November 3, that those woods are off limits for this special day. We are looking forward to creating a joyful and secure environment for all of our families in the center of campus. Christine Sloan, for the Fall Festival Committee

News From the High School

Inspiring Women! SPEAK OUT!: Merriconeag Waldorf School can be very proud about education delivered to our young women, as highlighted by a Speak Out event held last Friday in Brunswick. Junior Sophie Simmons and senior Devon Murphy-Anderson pulled together an impressive public event to present the kinds of issues women are facing today. They invited a rich and interesting panel of women of different ages and experiences: Megan Hannan, Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of New England, Trish Riley, Lecturer at George Washington University & Health Policy Expert and Merriconeag's very own alumni, Mattie Daughtry (8th grade class of 2001), a candidate for State Representative in Brunswick (District 66).
      Mattie, a graduate of Brunswick High and Smith College, left Merriconeag after 8th grade since we didn't have a high school at that time. Mattie, who is now 25, spoke earlier in the week Merriconeag high school's first Forum of the year. She is a very inspiring and well-spoken young woman with fire in her belly when it comes to women's issues. She shared with our students how grateful she is for her Waldorf education and how it is part of who she is today.
      At the Brunswick event, Mattie and her fellow panelists spoke eloquently about issues women face nowadays and answered numerous questions from the floor and from the very attentive audience. The moderator, former Merriconeag Board president & parent, Craig Freshley, led the conversations with great skill and respect. The issues ranged from lack of equality on the job market to the right to contraception and choice regarding women's bodies. The common thread throughout the evening was the importance of educating young women to speak out and be assertive and also to encourage them to join the ranks of leadership in any domain, including economic and political.
      I came out impressed and inspired by each person involved in this evening but especially by our students, Devon and Sophie, who organized and directed this event with poise, simplicity and great eagerness to move women's issues forward. Yes, we should never be shy to SPEAK OUT. Thank for this reminder, Devon and Sophie!

Regine Whittlesey


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Cross Country

The crowds. The excitement. The nerves. The agony. The mud.

The MUD: Yes, it was another Regional meet at Twin Brook. And between the rain and the mist and the drizzle and the fog (yes, the fog), the course really was a sight to behold. As were the runners (and coaches and spectators) when it was all finished. The day was marked with both highs and lows, as well as a brief hint of sunlight. Thank you to all the families and friends and teammates who came to support the runners, as well as acting as split-takers, photographers and coat-racks... Read the full story and see more great photos by clicking here.

Click the following links to read all about both races in the Maine Sunday Telegram & Portland Press Herald:
The Massabesic, Cape Elizabeth and Hall-Dale boys, and Bonny Eagle, Falmouth and Merriconeag girls win Western Maine titles.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@mainetoday.com, Staff Writer, October 20

The Yachtsmen join Bonny Eagle and Merriconeag as team champions in Western Maine.
By Kevin Thomas kthomas@mainetoday.com, Staff Writer, October 21

Boys' Cross Country.

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@mainetoday.com, Staff Writer, October 21

High School Notebook: It's crowded at the top in Class B
From staff reports. October 22 at 12:39 AM.

Upcoming Race: This Saturday, October 27 is the Class C State Championship race in Belfast. Merriconeag girls, Jack Pierce, and Zach Neveu will all be running. If you can, come on up and cheer with us. For meet details, please click here.           

Full results, schedules and more information can be found on our Cross Country Blog.


Middle School Cross Country

     The official last race of the season at Twin Brook was a beautiful and crowning success for our very strong and committed middle school runners. All runners were quite breathtaking and praiseworthy for their efforts. Tucker Pierce won the race for the boys, closely followed by Nick Neveu and Dylan Wu. The boys team made second place and the girls fourth. Our children gave their very best on this warm and sunny autumn day. Throughout the last months,the young runners were not only top athletes; the boys and girls presented themselves also as ambassadors of our school and showed true sportsmanship, as they supported and cared for one another during races and practices.
      All of this would not have been possible without the amazing help and commitment of Erin and John Olsen. To them and all the wonderful parents who contributed many hours of baking, driving, and cheering, I would like to give my deepest gratitude.Thank you! Oliver Kinzer


School Community Updates


Get Your Grocery Cards Here at Merriconeag:

How does this program work?
With every gift card order, Merriconeag receives 5% of the order amount. You will receive the full amount of your order on your card; the donation comes from Hannaford.

What do I do to get a Grocery Card?

Step 1: Simply bring your payment to Lisa Mainella and tell us that you would like to order a grocery card. Cards can be purchased in increments of $50 up to $500. (Please note on your check that you are purchasing a Grocery Card and if it is New or a Reload)
Step 2. When check is received (and we have $1,000 of orders) we will send them all in to Hannaford.
Step 3. The first card takes about 5 days to arrive because of the initial processing.
Step 4. You receive your card and can go shopping; you will be notified via email when your card can be picked up.

Once you have a card, the process is quicker. You tell us by sending in the check that you wish to “re-load” your card and the specific additional amount you wish to put on the card. Please note that there is a maximum of $500 per card. When we have a total of $1,000, we will contact Hannaford and the cards are usually re-loaded in 24 hours or less. If you include your email address with your order we will send out an email when the re-loading has been completed. You can also check your balance through the Hannaford web site.

What day will the cards be ordered?
Hannaford cards will be ordered on Thursday mornings; orders should be in the office by 9am to be processed on that day. Any orders received after 9am will be processed the following week. All orders are subject to the $1,000 minimum amount. If the minimum is not reached any given week, then we will process the order the following week.

Can anyone participate?
YES! Parents, faculty, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, board members and friends within the community can participate. Hannaford operates more than 180 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont and cards may be used at any of these locations, and can even be used at Freeport’s own BOW STREET MARKET!

What happens if I lose my card?
Please be careful with your card because it is just like cash. However, if you do lose your card, we can contact Hannaford and cancel the card. Barbara Guffin

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 (willowpf@aol.com) by Thursday at noon. Please leave payment in envelope in Early Childhood Office PRIOR to delivery.
McIntosh and Cortland Fancy: peck $11, half bushel $18
McIntosh Utility: half bushel $10.50, bushel $18
Cider- no preservatives, not pasteurized - Gallon $5.95, half gallon $3.75
Northern Spy apples available in October.
Jill Agnew, Willow Pond Farm, 395 Middle Road, Sabattus, Maine 04280, 207-375-6662



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