Tuesday News - October 23, 2012
All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent by Friday, 3:00 pm. to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
High School Information Night
Tonight, 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, 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, email@example.com and Julie Pennington, 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
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
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!
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
In the next week we also need:
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com) or Caroline Norden (847-3347, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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).
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:
By Kevin Thomas email@example.com, Staff Writer, October 20
The Yachtsmen join Bonny Eagle and Merriconeag as team champions in Western Maine.
By Kevin Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer, October 21
High School Notebook: It's crowded at the top in Class B
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.
School Community Updates
Get Your Grocery Cards Here at Merriconeag:
How does this program work?
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)
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?
Can anyone participate?
What happens if I lose my card?
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 (email@example.com) by Thursday at noon. Please leave payment in envelope in Early Childhood Office PRIOR to delivery.
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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!