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Who is Ciril Hitz?

     There are definitely some perks to getting older. Not all of them leap to mind in this moment, but there is one in particular that I am happy to share!

     I first met Ciril Hitz when he was in high school, over 25 years ago. He had a most interesting family, his mother was Swiss German, his step-father, also German native speaking, worked on Wall Street. Their family was always building something! They were “hands on” folks who took on construction challenges on weekends like we would plan baking cookies in our household! I remember a weekend that they decided the faculty gathering room needed a facelift, and they rebuilt it…over the weekend!

     Ciril had spent his early years in Waldorf schools in Switzerland, and then England. When his family moved to New York, Ciril was already in the upper grades, and struggled a bit with written English. I was asked to work with him as a tutor to help with essay writing, and then specifically to help him with his college application essay.

     I have the fondest memories of this smiling, hard working young man, who clearly would have preferred playing music or sports after school, patiently writing and rewriting assignments, and delving cautiously into the essay that helped him get accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design. His essay described the process of building a violin when he was in the 8th grade, under the guidance of a master instrument maker. He found his way into describing the details of that experience. He was able to communicate his love of music and his passion for working with his hands, in written English, one of his great challenges at that time.

     Now, we have reconnected after all of these years, and I have met his children who are themselves high school students! He even shared the story of a prank he pulled on the woodworking teacher at Green Meadow, one that David and I had never heard. However, there are still a lot of gaps from the last 25 years that need to be filled! I am looking forward to hearing more of his journey from high school to furniture design at RISD to becoming a world class pastry chef and a pioneer in bread baking in the U.S.
      Please join us this Friday, December 7, at 7pm for Kneading Passion:Cultivating a Life with Bread. I encourage students 8th grade and up to attend as well. We still have a few spots open for the “dough ornament” baking class on Saturday morning, Dec. 8. This workshop is open to older students. Please contact Deeda Burgess for details. Christine Sloan


Don't Miss the Chance to Hear this Impressive Waldorf Grad Speak!

Kneading Passion: Cultivating a Life with Bread

A public talk by Ciril Hitz

This 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 or click here.

Don't Miss the Chance to Work with Ciril Hitz!

There is still some room in this workshop! Sign up today! You must pre-register and pay

to hold your place, Email publicrelations@merriconeag.org and drop your check off at either office.

Decorative Holiday Dough Ornaments

A workshop with Ciril Hitz

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

Community Hall

$35 per person.
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.


Upcoming Admissions Events:

Spread the word! For more information and to register , please call or email

Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext. 103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.

Early Childhood


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.



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.


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.




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.


Other Upcoming Events

Our Annual Winter Concert is Wednesday, December 19,
at Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport:
Join us for a delightful evening of music. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:15 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room.
Students in grades 5 - 12 dress in black and white...and perhaps a touch of red! Students in grades 3 and 4 may wear concert attire in festive colors of their choosing. Students in grade 2 will wear their Santa Lucia attire.

Nancy Roderick

A Community Celebration of the Warmth of the Season

Thursday, December 20, 2012, Community Hall

6:30 - 7:15 - Nativity Play by Ms. Fox's 6th Grade

7:15 - 7:45 - Social time with refreshments

7:45 - 8:45 - The Shepherds Play by the Class of 2014

Come one, come all! We have also invited our alumni families to join us this evening. (Our alumni are encouraged to join us and then make plans with their classmates for after the plays.) If you can't make it this evening, you will have another chance to see The Shepherds Play on Friday morning.



The Shepherds Play

Friday, December 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Community Hall

We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human. The play will be performed by our 11th Grade Class.

Click here to read David Barham's article and learn why you just might want to come out and see The Shepherds Play!


Caroling in downtown Freeport, Friday, December 21,

Gathering in front of the L.L. Bean boot at 6:00 p.m. 

A beloved tradition in its 4th year! Come spread the holiday cheer and represent the Merriconeag Community in downtown Freeport with an evening of caroling led by our Chorus Teacher, Amanda Gale. We plan to carol for about an hour. People may want to bring head lamps to read the caroling books. Be sure to dress warmly. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Snow Note:  Two years ago, caroling needed to be canceled because of inclement weather. In the event of snow/ice on Dec. 21, please check the MWS website for a cancellation notice.


Weekly 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!


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.


Grocery Card & ScripZone News From the Business Office


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Grocery Cards:The Grocery Card program is off to a great start; to date we haveraispickle vpickle1.gif photoed $ 676. If you have not yet purchased a card, please consider doing so, it makes grocery shopping at Hannaford’s or Bow St. Market much more fun!

What about Credit Cards? We have had a number of inquiries regarding the use of credit cards for the purchase of grocery cards. While we understand the convenience and for many the benefit of using a credit card, unfortunately credit cards cost the school over 2% of the amount of the purchase. Twice a year, the Fall Fair and the May Fair, we make an exception and credit cards are accepted, but all other times we will need a check or cash for your grocery card purchase. Thanks for your understanding.
      Call the Business Office at Ext. 101 if you have any questions on this program. If you would like to purchase a new card or reload your existing card simply drop a check off in either office.

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Gift Cards Available
Merriconeag is now a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase. The percentage and amount of the gift card varies with the company, but for LL Bean, the school receives18% of the total proceeds.

How does this program work? With the Scrip program, enrollment is easy to do right from your own computer.

1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS

Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.

Flexibility in Payment. With the Scrip program we offer two methods of payment. As with the grocery card, you can deliver a check to the office, or you have the option of paying directly through withdrawal from your bank account (ACH). Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit cards.

     All orders will be placed and delivered to the school, or, you have the option of home delivery at a cost of .50.

Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check. Alternatively, we can email a list of retailers to you.

News From the High School

Update from the American History Block: As part of their studies in American History, each ninth grader is asked to take up The American Freedom Project: A Multi-Media Exploration if the Living Heart and Soul of the American Experiment. Students are asked to think deeply on the concept of American freedom and what it means to them. We explore statements in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Star Spangled Banner relating to freedom. We review the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, particularly those in the First and Second Amendments. We speak about topics such as immigration, same sex marriage, the history of voting rights and much more.,
      They are then asked to create a multi-media art project utilizing at least three different art forms. The idea is to use sound and form and color and movement and design to say something about American Freedom. Students have written poems and songs, made quilts, carved sculptures, performed dance or eurythmy pieces, created rap songs, curated photography exhibits, painted paintings and much more. Students finish the project by presenting the fruits of their labors to their classmates.
      This week we are sharing one aspect of the work of Phoebe Dolan, one of this year's ninth graders.

What does freedom mean in America?
      In the 9th grade, we created images of freedom for our US history block. These projects were focused on the question “What does freedom mean in America?” My picture is about how America was built to be free. The words “All men are created equal” are in our laws. I created this picture with two stories. The first is that, the US flag gets progressively darker and more defined. The second is that over time more people stand under it as they join America. I drew in these people as I imagined how they came to America; first a white man, then a black man, an Asian woman, and a Muslim woman praying. This demonstrates the way I see America: as it grows, the more equal it becomes. Phoebe Dolan, Class of 2016

History of Architecture, Grades 11 & 12: Last Friday, Grades 11 and 12 concluded the morning lesson History of Architecture taught by Mr. Stolfo and Ms. Christofides. Here are some quotations from some Maine Designers:

  • Natural architecture created by animals other than human beings, never exceeds practicality. John Burgess
  • Human architecture can achieve order, beauty, function, all without strictly following "form follows function. Andrew Hastings
  • Buildings that resemble the forms of nature give truth to the nature of the human soul. Teagan Wu
  • Architecture is when a person designs and builds a buiding with artistic reasoning, creating a structure that sows an emotion or concept rather than only taking care of a need. Emma Dolan
  • Architecture is the creation on any deliberate structure that can be entered and is used either as a place of recreation, habitation, or occupation. Joe Newlin
  • The process that an architect goes through when designing a building might be the same a spider might go through when designing a web. Sam Leavitt
  • Human beings posses the ability to reason and reflect; that is why architecture is art and not just building. Sophia Simmons
  • Architecture is the art of combining solids and spaces to their best possible advantage as structures. Carlin Tindall
  • Architecture is the design of buildings that will in some way stimulate the mind and please the soul, as well as be functional to its purpose. Lily Tupper
  • ...A spider web, while sometimes exceptionally beautiful, is built by the spider for the simple purpose of catching bugs. The spider did not spend hours designing it for its beauty, but rather made it for its purpose. This is not architecture. Emelie Chace-Donahue
  • We manipulate and use nature to do what we specifically decide to do. Zoe Chace-Donahue
  • Human architecture is a representation of our personal and inner needs and desires. Phoebe Clewley
  • The need for buildings to fulfill every aspect of our lives has driven the evolution and development of architecture. Devon Murphy-Anderson
  • We create architecture that is made to be noticed. Animals generally do not. It is interesting, though, to see how much humans draw from nature's simple forms for their inspiration. Zoe Oswald
  • Animals are architects in the way that they take the materials around them and build a home and a place of protection for themselves. Holly Perkins
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson defined nature as everything outside of us - that plastic spoon there, that modern building over there - everything. I say that yes, natural forms are great, but how can there ever be an unnatural form? Jack Pierce
  • A human architect has the freedom and impetus to create a plethora of different space - and those spaces affect the people who come into contact with them. Skyler Samuelson
  • Humans...are always seeking to impose ourselves onto the space we lie in, seeing it as a reflection of ourselves. Nowell Stoddard
  • For a structure to be considered architecture, it must have a level of conscious artistic intention. Ben Tindall


School Community Updates


Ballet Class is Part of Senior's Project: 12th grader Holly Perkins will be teaching an intro ballet class beginning in January. There will be five sessions of the class and they will be supervised by Mr. Saccone. This will take place in the community hall on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 to 4:30. The class will be for children in 3rd through 5th grade. Holly is teaching this as part of her senior project and will be filming segments of the class to share in her project presentation. She asks that everybody taking the class comes to all five classes. There will be no cost. If interested please email Holly at xhollydancerx@aim.com or Mr. Saccone at jsaccone@merriconeag.org.

Class Dates: January 16, 30, February 6, 13, and March 6.


Welcome Baby: Aurelia Diana Astrid Myall was welcomed to the world by her parents, Maggie Kate James Myall and her grandmother, Phyllis Hill. She was born on November 11, 2012. At birth, she was 21 3/4" long and weighed just over 9 lbs.





See our very own, John Saccone, in his 24th year performing in Portland Ballet's Victorian Nutcracker! Berenice Barbiero, a fourth grader at Merriconeag and Josh Dow and Ellie Dickson, both alumni, are also part of the cast. Our third and fourth grades will be attending a youth concert on Friday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. Shows for the public are on Saturday December 8, 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.



Merriconeag Administrative Assistant Position:
Job Description: Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine, is looking for a self-motivated administrative assistant. The ideal candidate will be responsible for coordinating volunteers for events throughout the school year, with the primary responsibility to oversee volunteers for a major fund raising event hosted in the summer. This position works closely with the entire Administrative Team, supporting Development and Outreach events. This is a year-round part-time position averaging 20 hours per week, with full time hours required during several weeks of the summer.
Job Requirements:
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively or take initiative where appropriate.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and be proactive in communicating in an ever changing office environment
• Excellent planning and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects consecutively
• Computer skills including database management, word processing and basic spreadsheet capability
• Ability to prioritize independent work and set annual goals
• Ability to speak articulately about the mission of Waldorf education
Education Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree preferred
- Associates degree or greater required
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter with references to Christine Sloan, administrator@merriconeag.org


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