Tuesday News - October 30, 2012

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Senior Jack Pierce is Class C Cross Country State Champion!

Jack Pierce won the Class C State Championship in 15:57!

Congratulations, Jack!

Zach Neveu placed 14th and Merriconeag High School girls were 4th in Class C!

Congratulations to our runners and Coach Morgan Lake Adams for a great season!

See more below.

Fall Festival and Open House

We need your help! Please sign up for a shift at the link below today!

Fall Festival & Open House

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

57 Desert Road, Freeport

Bring friends and family to the Fall Festival this Saturday – it’s a wonderful family friendly event as well as an Open House, so it’s a great way to showcase our school and community, while we raise critical funds and have a really fun time.
We want you to know what the day will hold so that your family can thoroughly enjoy it. Changes this year include the lunch being moved to a tent located at the Center Green, with seating in the right-hand studio of the Handcraft Building, NEW older kids crafts (extreme crochet (10:30 – 12:30) and leather work (1:00 – 3:00) in the Handcraft Room. Look for the new Gnomeville for younger children in the upper woods, and some new very cool games for older kids in the recess field. We are still keeping everything extremely reasonably priced and hope that you enjoy the day!

What should I be doing before this Saturday?
Sign up online to work a shift at the Festival – everyone is needed! Click here for the link to staffing sign ups.
• Bake for the café – sweets and savories (see the assignments below). Bring in your baked goods Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, label the item (and note if it’s gluten free or contains nuts), and label your container if you want it back.
• Bring in donations for the following (and leave them in the office):
      o Pocket Person (small gems, coins, tiny treasures)
      o Squirrel’s Attic (homemade items that sell for less than a few dollars)
      o Gently Used Outerwear (including wool long underwear!!!)
      o Well loved, good quality, Books

What can our family and friends do at the Festival this Saturday?
    • First of all, buy tickets at the Information and Ticket Booth, located on the path near the Community Hall. Check

      out the map and program. Click here for the link to the program. It lists locations, prices and whether a ticket

      is required. Paper copies of the program will also be available on Saturday.
At the Ticket and Information booth, you can get:
    • a special yellow ticket ($2) for the puppet shows (10:30, 11:30, 12:30).
    • Hand stamp for outdoor games ($4), includes 3 new games plus all favorites.
    • Bring cash or checkbooks– you’ll need cash for Food (German sausage, high school chili, French crepes

     and the Café)
    • Give your children change (.25 and $1’s) for Pocket Person and Squirrel’s Attic
What will we get to do at the Festival?
    • Eat Lunch (under the Tent, with additional seating in the Handcraft Bldg) – you’ll need cash for German

     Currywurst (sausage), Chili and Kindergarten Soup at Rudolf’s Diner, and French Crepes.
    • Check out the new Merriconeag Marketplace (craft vendors from our community) plus the much coveted

     Community Made Crafts (made by our parents and students) and Waldorf School supplies. This year you will

     be able to use a credit card to purchase any items from these 3 areas, all conveniently located in the Community

    • Indoor Craft Activities (lower grades) – for young Children (EC – early grades)
    • Older Kid Crafts – extreme crochet and leather work – grades 5 and up
    • Make something crafty in the Community Hall – grades 3 to adults
    • Blacksmithing and foot-powered lathe demonstrations outdoors
    • Outdoor Games, including Frisbee Golf!
    • Go to a puppet show (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, but first show may provide best seating)
    • Buy gently used outerwear and books at the Tried and True Boutique
    • Listen to musicians who will be playing all day
    • For young children only - Buy trinkets and gems at the Squirrel’s Attic or from the Pocket Person
    • Buy wreaths, candles, calendars, tea lights, caramel apples
    • Alumni – come to the Alumni Table in the Community Hall

Submitted by the Fall Festival Team


Save the Dates!

Kneading Passion: Cultivating a Life with Bread

A public talk by Ciril Hitz

Friday, December 7, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 Suggested donation.
What do you get when you combine a Waldorf education and an art degree? A trip to the World Cup of Baking in Paris, of course! When you follow your passion, life has a way of shepherding you along on unexpected and serendipitous journeys, and this couldn't be more true for Ciril Hitz. At this evening talk, he will speak about how his life experiences and personal creative explorations have informed and contributed to his professional career as a bread baker, author, and educator.


Decorative Holiday Dough Ornaments

A worksop with Ciril Hitz

Saturday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Details on cost and how to register for this workshop next week!
Are you looking for a new and creative outlet that combines craft and kitchen? Come learn about ornamental decorative breads! The techniques utilized produce stunning results, and even complicated effects can be surprisingly easy to learn. Chef Ciril Hitz will guide you through the steps in making fun and festive decorative ornaments for the winter and holiday season, and you'll have the opportunity to work hands-on with the doughs and create your own ornaments. Participants should bring their own apron, a rolling pin, and a cookie tray to the workshop. Cookie cutters will be available to share, but feel free to bring your own along.

Ciril Hitz teaches full-time at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and offers Breadhitz Rehoboth Workshops at his private baking facility in Rehoboth, MA.  A native of Switzerland, Ciril attended the Rudolf Steiner Schule in St. Gallen until the age of 10. His family then moved Chestnut Ridge, NY where he completed his 12-year Waldorf education at Green Meadow Waldorf School. Ciril graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed a three-year Swiss apprenticeship as a pastry chef/chocolatier. He is a passionate baker, author, and educator with an international reputation and over 20 years of professional baking and pastry experience. Ciril is a guest instructor/expert at many national and international culinary events and schools and is an active member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America. He has been featured on the NBC Today Show, The Food Network, The Learning Channel, and Ciao Italia. His baking philosophy embraces both the artistic and technical aspects of bread. More information about his work, books, videos, and workshops can be viewed on his beautiful web site: www.breadhitz.com.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!     

Fall Fair Crafts
October 31, 8:30 -10:00 a.m. Carved Gnomes with Michael Fenderson and Yunus. We will meet in the Woodwork room (basement of upper grades building) and see the gnomes appear as we release them from the wood. Beginners welcome. All materials provided.

*No afternoon crafts because of Halloween but the Wed. evening Dress-up Doll workshop with Sandy Pearson will take place from 7 - 8:30.

Therapeutic Eurythmy: Movement for Life

Thursday, November 1, 9:00 a.m.

Music & Movement Room, Handcraft Building

A session about Therapeutic Eurythmy with Barbara Richardson and David Beringer. Please join us for movement, a talk, and questions and answers. This will be held in the Music and Movement Room of the Handcraft building. Sponsored by Athena, Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America. For info: 865-6482


Therapeutic Eurythmy: Movement for Life

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m

Community Hall, Grade School Campus

An evening session about Therapeutic Eurythmy with Barbara Richardson and David Beringer. Please join us for movement, a talk, and questions and answers. This will be held in the Music and Movement Room of the Handcraft building. Sponsored by Athea, Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America. This will be held in the Community Hall. For Info: 865-6482


Fall Festival & Open House

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

57 Desert Road, Freeport


(Be sure to see all the details in the Fall Festival article above)



Observe High School Classes
Wednesday, November 7,

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pineland Campus, Gray Hall

83 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester
A great opportunity for parents to observe a variety of high school subject classes: Math (Equation/Expressions) with Jeff O’Brien; Humanities (Faust) with David Barham; French with Regine Whittlesey; Art (Bookbinding) with Rose Mary Burwell; Science (Evolution) with Ellen Labbe. If you can stay longer, join the teachers for further conversation over lunch in the Café at Pineland. Please call 207-865-3900, ext.103 or email, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org to register.


Doll Workshop

Wednesday, November 7, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

(and continuing for 5 Wednesday mornings)

Handcraft Building

Julie Pennington will host a Heavy (millet) Baby Workshop

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.


Student - Faculty Soccer Game
Thursday, November 8
Time and place to be announced next week.
Following a rousing game last fall, the faculty will again take on the high school soccer club in the 2nd Annual Student-Faculty Soccer Game! The game will be held after school at either the Desert Road campus or the fields on Hunter Road. The final location will be announced in the Tuesday News next week. We hope to see lots of spectators at the game!



Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Cross Country State Championships

     As mentioned above, Senior Jack Pierce is the Class C State Cross Country Champion! He came in 3rd overall (Class A, B, C) with his time of 15:57. Jack will be competing in New Englands at Twin Brook in two weeks. 

    Sophomore Zach Neveu, who also qualified for States as an individual runner, came in 14th in Class C with a personal record for the day.

     Our girls cross country running team also had a great day at the State Championship meet in Belfast on Saturday. It was an incredibly close race between the second-place, third-place and fourth place teams. Our girls team came in 4th place just one point behind Waynfleet and 2 points behind Orono.

     Again, congratulations to all of our runners and to Coach Morgan Lake Adams!

                                     Our runners after States!

      Lots of fans came out to cheer!                 Our Class C State Champion!

                          Go Sam!

Click the following links to read all about both races in the Maine Sunday Telegram:

An epic battle, and new champions
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
By Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer Saturday, October 27, 2012

It´s a fine day at the races

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
By Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer Saturday, October 27, 2012

To see race results from the State Championships, please click here.




School Community Updates


School Photos are in: Your child may have brought home a proof of their photo today. If you would like to order pictures, please have your order in by next Wednesday, November 7th. On Friday, November 9th, Robyn Ivy will take photos of any child who was absent on photo day at no charge and re-take photos of any child for a $10 fee.
Please Note: There is a $15 fee for each late order.


Snow Days and Unexpected School Closures: Despite today’s balmy temperatures, we are well into the season where snow is possible, and inching towards the season where is it likely, and for many, wanted in very large amounts! The inside cover of your school directory details our snow and unexpected closing policy.Click here to review it.


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.

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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