Tuesday News - November 6, 2012
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Fall Festival and Open House 2012
This year’s Fall Festival was both a tremendous outreach event and a very fun celebration of our wonderful community and school. Each year we try to listen to your feedback and make appropriate changes, while giving the team leaders creative license to keep it fresh. This year, with the Handcraft Building completed, we finally had a Center Green around which we could highlight all aspects of our school and Waldorf education that we hold so dear: handcrafts, games, puppetry, music, recycling outerwear and books, and nourishing food! The day’s offerings were designed for both the youngest children as well as teens and adults, and we were thrilled by this year’s attendance of well over 500 people, including alumni students, former families, and many first time visitors. While there is always room for improvement, and we do encourage you to send us feedback, we are so proud of the way in which our parents, faculty and students ALL helped make this year’s Fall Festival so fresh, fun, and still reasonably lucrative. As always, there are so many of you who contributed to the success of this event. We thank our talented activity coordinators for their courage to take a leadership role and their devotion and willingness to lead all of us as we created the Fall Festival:
Signs, Posters, Postcards Lisa Bossi
Sarah Barmby and Amy Kessler
and Thomas Henninger
Our gratitude extends to all of you - parents, students, faculty, even grandparents who ended up working some shifts! - who, in the midst of your extremely busy lives, signed up to work shifts, baked food, donated goods, and helped out in any way needed to contribute to the success of this year’s Fall Festival and Open House.
Lynne Espy, Lisa Mainella and Christine Sloan
Feedback: What did you think of the new Festival? Send us feedback or come share your thoughts at our last meeting, Wednesday November 14th at drop-off, in the Farmhouse.
Squirrel's Attic Purchase: A bag of Squirrel's Attic goodies was found in the book sale area at the Fall Festival. If your child misplaced their purchase, have them check with Lisa in the Grade School office.
Observe High School Classes
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
83 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester
Wednesday Handcraft Classes for Ages 9 to 99: Now that our very successful fair craft making is past (Thank you all!), Wednesday crafting will take on a slightly different form. The Dress-up and Heavy Baby doll workshops will take place in the mornings and evenings up to the winter holidays. The after-school sessions will continue from 3:00 - 4:30 in the Handwork Room on the Grade School Campus for age 9 to 99. Projects will vary from 1 week to 5 weeks so keep reading the Tuesday News to see what's coming up. A $5.00 materials fee will be charged for each class payable to Lisa in the grade school office or to Sandy in class. Pre-registration is helpful but walk-ins are welcome. Bring a friend and I'll see you there! firstname.lastname@example.org
Knitted doll, November 7, 14, 28, and December 5: With gift giving or a personal treasure in mind, create an adorable knitted doll made with a Maine wool/alpaca blend yarn. Beginners welcome.
Wednesday, November 7, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
(and continuing for 5 Wednesday mornings)
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 email@example.com
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.
Movie Night at the High School
83 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester
In celebration of National French Week, two of France's most celebrated films will be shown. Jean de Florette with Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu & Daniel Auteuil, and its sequel Manon of the Spring with Emmanuelle Beart. Both are rated PG. These very famous French movies are based on Marcel Pagnol's books of the same name, part of France's literary treasure. The action is situated in Provence, France. This event will be, Monday, November 12th, at the High School at Pineland and will go from 3:15 to about 7pm. Students may come to one or both of the movies. Dinner will be provided. Middle school students welcome! Suggested donation: $2. Please RSVP to Madame Whittlesey, firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend or call Susan at the high school. A bientot!
Postponed - Therapeutic Eurythmy: Movement for Life
Originally scheduled for 11/8, Stay tuned for a new date
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 Handcraft Building. For Info: 865-6482
Student - Faculty Soccer Game
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.
Decorative Holiday Dough Ornaments
A worksop with Ciril Hitz
Saturday, December 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
$35 per person. Workshop is limited to 20 participants.
To register and hold your place, email email@example.com and drop your check off at either office.
Athletic News - Sports Updates
78th Council of New England Secondary School Principals’ Association
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross-Country Championships
(The meet will be held regardless of weather conditions)
Merriconeag senior Jack Pierce will run in the boys race at 11:30 a.m.. The girls race is at 12:30. Come on out and support our Class C State Cross Country Champion! Go Jack!
For more information about the New England Championships, please click here.
School Community Updates
School Photos are due tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7th: If you would like to order pictures, please have your order in by tomorrow 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.
Seeking Carbon Sources for School Compost. Do you have an over-abundance of raked leaves or grass clippings? The grade school compost pile needs a large supply of chopped leaves and dried grass clippings (carbon), which we mix in with our food scraps (nitrogen) throughout the school year to create nutritious compost for our trees, shrubs, and gardens on campus. We find that the the more carbon we mix in the better- it helps to build the pile, balance the chemical ratio, keep the pile warm through winter, speed up the process, and prevent stinkiness! Chopped leave preferred but whole leaves gratefully accepted as well, any variety except oak (which are slow to break down). Bags can be delivered directly to the compost area (behind the community hall) but please let me know when you are delivering them. On behalf of the 7th Grade Compost Keepers, thank you! - Submitted by Lucy Birkett Ahearne (865-9063 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please make note the following corrections to the current Parent Handbook and Community Directory:
Snow Days and Unexpected School Closures: 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 Last Delivery, Friday November 16: Friday, November 16 will be the last Willow Pond delivery of the season. Apples aredelivered 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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Tues, Oct 14, 5:45 pm
Tues, Oct 14, 7 pm, Community Hall. Open Community Meeting: "Sharing the Strategic Plan"
Wed, Sept 15, 8 - 9 am. Couldn't make the Tuesday evening Community Meeting? Have more questions from Tuesday night's discussion about One Merriconeag? Please come for coffee to share your thoughts in a personal conversation with a few board members and staff. We want to hear from you.
Craft Blitz with Sandy Pearson:
Wed, Oct 15, 3:05 - 4:30 pm,M & M Room, Handcraft Building.
The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the afternoon session if they are able to participate. We are not able to offer aftercare for younger siblings.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Oct 16, MS Final XC Race at Twin Brook, Cumberland, ME, CCC Invitational hosted by Greely:
3:30-Boys Team of 7 Race
4:00-Girls Team of 7 Race
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Thurs, Oct 16, 7 pm, Early Childhood Center.
Craft Social Parent Evening.
HS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 17, HS XC WMC race at St. Joseph's College.
(1:45 course walks begin, 3:00 VG, 3:30 VB, 4:00 JVG, 4:30 JVB)
See directions on blog by clicking on the link below.
EC Michaelmas Celebration:
Sat, Oct 18, 9 - 11 am, Early Childhood Center.
High School Information Evening:
Wed, Oct 22, 7 pm.
Desert Rd, Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Featuring Marisha Plotnik will present "From Clapping to Calculus" about how the foundation laid in the early Waldorf elementary years leads to a meaningful, rigorous and appropriate mathematics program in the middle and high school years. Evening also includes our high school teachers and students discussing our unique program and Beth Caputi,
our college guidance counselor, sharing her experience of working with our students, and why colleges are eager to have them. Bring your questions.