Tuesday News - November 13, 2012

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School is closed Monday, November 19th through Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Save the Dates! These were not on our original calendar!

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. To learn more about Ciril, please visit, www.breadhitz.com.


Decorative Holiday Dough Ornaments

A worksop with Ciril Hitz

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

Community Hall

$35 per person. Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

You must pre-register and pay to hold your place, Email publicrelations@merriconeag.org and drop your check off at either office.
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!     

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!





Student - Faculty Soccer Game
This Thursday, November 15, 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Desert Road Campus, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
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 the Desert Road campus. We hope to see lots of spectators at the game!


From the Administrator

Thanksgiving Wishes…
      On the Thursday before our Fall Festival, the Early Childhood teachers hosted our faculty meeting at the ECC. They baked bread for our snack, drew us into the meeting with song, sat us down on little chairs with a “heavy baby” or fleece or hot water bottle to hold, and then shared their festival puppet play, Little Redcap. High School teachers who raced over from Pineland, administrative staff who were pre-occupied with festival preparations, teachers who had just said goodbye to students after a full day in classrooms… all stopped! It was so still! I know that heavy baby wasn’t my grandson, but I felt the same sense of peace and happiness! We all did!

     This year our Thanksgiving Holiday is providing a full week break from the school rhythm, allowing all of us a chance to step back from busy schedules and focus on our families, friends and wider community interests. Many will travel long distances to join loved ones, others will fill their own homes with family and friends from afar.

     A few friends have recently said that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. The expectations are simpler – great food, visiting with family and friends, “down time” with the children, just being “home” – all are treasured experiences. However you choose to spend this week, on the road or in the kitchen, hiking the trails or playing football with your neighbors…take that deep breath! Stop for that blessed pause in this glorious week. Hold a heavy baby…real or imagined, and give thanks!

     Happy, Happy Thanksgiving, dear community! Christine Sloan, Administrator


From the Board

Thank you, Trace!  

     With great appreciation and respect, the Merriconeag Board would like to send our heart-felt "thank you" to Trace Salter for her many years of leading the Circus Smirkus event here at school. Back in the fall of 2004, Trace approached the board with the idea of hosting Smirkus at Merriconeag as a summer event and fund raiser. Eight years later, Trace has grown this initial fund raising initiative into a signature event for Merriconeag. While helping to advance our school circus program and generate one of our largest community outreach events of the year, Smirkus has warmed the hearts of thrilled the spirits of over 25,000 people on the campus of Merriconeag. In addition, Smirkus is one of our largest fund raising initiatives and allows us to connect with the local and regional business community in a wonderfully positive way. It has been an amazing journey and we will forever be grateful for the dedication, care and commitment Trace has provided to this wonderful program.

     As Trace moves onto other opportunities, she continues to support our efforts to host Smirkus at Merriconeag. As we plan our continued sponsorship of Smirkus for the Summer 2013 tour, please let us know if you can volunteer to help us carry this initiative. Please join me in thanking Trace for a job well done!  Bob Neveu, Board President


From the Admissions Office

Upcoming Admissions Events:
      Now is a great time to talk up the school with your friends and colleagues. Numerous events between now and the December break provide perfect opportunities for interested parents to discover more about Waldorf education – at every level of our school. For more information and to register, please call or email Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext. 103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


Early Childhood

Tea & Play
Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., November 15, 29 and December 6, 13.
An informal drop-in program where parents bring their young children to the early childhood center and enjoy conversation and a cup of tea with a teacher while the children play nearby.
Early Childhood Information Session
Wednesday, December 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
A chance for parents (without their children with them) to hear an early childhood teacher discuss the philosophy behind our approach to early education, and answer questions.

Elementary & Middle Grades
Tour of Grades 1 – 8
Tuesday, December 11, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Parents will observe in every classroom during the main lesson period. Q & A at the end.
Seventh Grade Play: “Eleanor and Her Three Kings”
Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m.
High School
Observe High School Classes
Thursday, December 6, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Visit our Pineland campus and observe our high school students and teachers during the morning lesson period in these classes: “Nerve, Skin and Bone” with Ellen Labbe, “Dante” with David Sloan, “Optics” with Jeff O’Brien.
Shadow Days: Students in 8th grade and up – at any school – are invited to immerse themselves in the Waldorf high school program by spending a full day at Pineland.


From the Business Office

Grocery Cards

     Thank you for buying Grocery Cards at the Fall Festival. We just started this program in October and have raised $530 for Merriconeag so far! If you have not purchased a card yet and would like more information, please call the Business Office at Ext. 101.

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.

Does my card expire? No

Barbara Guffin, Business Manager


Athletic News - Sports Updates

Merriconeag senior Jack Pierce placed 12th in the New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 10 at Twin Brook. Congratulations to Jack on another great run and a fabulous season!



Alumni News

Please send alumni news and photos to publicrelations@merriconeag.org. We love sharing the stories!

We welcome Crary Chandler (8th Grade Class of 2003) to
our Early Childhood Faculty as the Assistant in the Afternoon
Crary was in Kristina Farm-Morrill's Kindergarten
and Lee Chisholm's grade school class at Merriconeag. After
graduating from 8th grade here in 2003, she attended high
school at The Governor's Academy (previously Governor Dummer
Academy). Crary then attended Hobart & William Smith Colleges
where she graduated with a major in Environmental Studies and
minors in Asian Studies and Economics. She also rowed on the
William Smith Crew Team for four years!


Mattie Daughtry (8th Grade Class of 2001) Wins the Maine House District 66 Seat in her Hometown of Brunswick: Mattie Daughtry, a lifelong Brunswick resident, graduated from Merriconeag's 8th grade in 2001 and went on to attend Brunswick High School and Smith College. On Tuesday, the voters of Brunswick's House District 66 elected the 25 year old, first time candidate to office.

Mattie is a partner at Maquoit Bay Associates, a consulting firm specializing in management, fundraising and social media solutions for non-profits. Mattie also runs her own photography business and writes a popular food blog. Previously she was the communications associate for Maine’s Majority, and did legislative research statewide and in Augusta.


Anna Korsiak (8th Grade Class of 1998) Takes a Leap from the Highest Bungee Jump in the World: On Tuesday, October 23, Anna Korsiak set out on a one month vacation to Asia, a trip she had planned for several years. She first flew to Beijing where she spent several days visiting the Olympic stadium, museums and the Great Wall. Anna then flew to Macau where on Saturday, October 27, 2012 , she jumped from the Macau Tower in Macau, China. The jump site is 764 feet high and is known as the highest bungee jump in the world! (Five years ago Anna jumped from a cable location in Nevis, New Zealand from a height of 440 feet.)
      After visiting Hong Kong, Anna flew to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she was picked up by an elephant rescue group and spent several days as a volunteer working with the elephants. She even got to ride them! On Sunday, November 4, she arrived in Laos where she is sightseeing and volunteering her services to children and students. After traveling south in Laos, she will head back to Thailand to visit some of the Thai beach areas and Bangkok before she heads home to Boston.



Jean Pearson (8th Grade Class of 2002) has an adventure in Egypt during a flight layover on her way back to Tanzania.

Jean works for a company out of London called Frontier. She left for Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania at the end of October where she will be teaching scuba diving, conducting marine research, and teaching English in the village school.



School Community Updates


Ski Rentals: Once again, Maine Winter Sports Center will be offering us skis, boots and poles. These are combi skis and need to be waxed. The packages are still $55 for the season. There is a change this year. They have added on a 15% security deposit, so the total cost is $63.25. You will get the deposit back if on the return, your skis, boots and poles are free of dirt and kickwax. On Tuesday, November 27th, from 3 to 4PM in the Community Hall there will be a fitting of equipment. Please have your children wear the socks they will use in the winter for a proper fit. You can pay by check or if your prefer, Merriconeag will bill you. If you miss this fitting, you will have to contact Maine Winter Sports Center and they will charge you a $15 security deposit and only process your order after all of the groups are filled. This opportunity is only available for grades 1 to 8. Thanks, John Saccone

Welcome Baby Isla: Isla Johanna Graham was born on Wednesday, October 24 at 1:08 a.m., weighing 9 lb. 1oz.

Her super-proud parents are Chris & Hanna Graham and her delighted grandparents are Lynn & Bob Thurrell.

Welcome, Isla! We can't wait to meet you!

Postering Help Needed: The Public Relations Office is looking for a kind soul to take over the postering of key places in Portland. Please let Deeda know if you can help by calling Ext. 105 or emailing publicrelations@merriconeag.org.

Wreaths, Candles, Advent Calendars, and Home-brewed Echinacea Tincture: Mrs. Thurrell’s 8th Grade is selling beautiful balsam wreaths and 100% beeswax taper candles. Candles will be available for pick up in the grades school office. Wreaths will be available for delivery early December. To order:
-Complete an order form found in any of the three school offices.
-Complete the order form below and drop it off at any of the three school offices
Be sure to include payment with your order. Orders will be taken until Friday, November 16th. All proceeds help support the 8th grade fundraising effort.
Click here for wreath and candle order form.
Wreaths: $21 each. Fresh wreaths, hand-embellished by the 8th graders (order forms are in the office or print from this link)
Tapers: $20 per bundle of 6; $7 per pair. 100% pure beeswax candles make excellent gifts for hostesses, hairdressers, parents,grandparents, secretaries, adult babysitters, teachers, yourself, office gift exchanges.

See Lisa, while supplies last.
Tea lights: $6 per package of 6
Votives: $3 each (only 2 left in stock!)
Small beehive candle: $8 each (only 4 left in stock!)
Large advent calendars: $20
Echinacea: $5. Echinacea from personal gardens steeped in vodka for 6 weeks. Quality tested by Lynn Thurrell: "My tongue tingled like crazy!" Just in time for cold and flu season!

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 Mary Korsiak, Early Childhood Teacher,, 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, This 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 (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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