Tuesday News - December 11, 2012
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Tea & Play
Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., December 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. For more information and to register , please call or email
Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext. 103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!
Knitted doll, December 5, 12: With gift giving or a personal treasure in
mind, create an adorable knitted doll made with a Maine wool/alpaca blend yarn.
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.
Waldorf Wins Captain Planet Award for
Excellence in Environmental Education
Last Friday night, December 7th, Patrice Maynard, leader for Outreach and Development of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), accepted the Captain Planet Foundation's Green School Award for excellence in environmental education on behalf of all North American Waldorf schools at the Foundation's annual benefit gala in Atlanta. The award was in recognition of Waldorf's philosophy of sustainability and stewardship, which focuses on student health, high performance and the natural systems that support all life.
Green carpet arrivals at the event included media mogul, Ted Turner, and honored guests and Eco-visionaries, Sir Richard Branson and President Jimmy Carter. In an encore performance from last year, 27-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Alison Krauss, performed a live, intimate concert.
As Patrice said in a recent letter from AWSNA, "This recognition means the world because we have had difficulty showing how deeply committed the environmentalism lives in the hearts of our graduates and students because we do not make it visible in the curriculum (teaching earth science twice a week for forty minutes, for example) but lead a way of life and learning that fosters respect and care for all the gifts of the Earth, all the gifts that children bring, and all the people on the Earth. That Captain Planet can understand this is wonderful."
From the Development Office
2012-13 Annual Appeal Update: Thank you so much to the wonderful people who have already sent their donation to the 2012-13 Generous gifts from grandparents, parents and friends of the school are arriving daily, and I will periodically give updates on the total amount raised and the participation levels.
Here is an update for each of the 3 Annual Appeal goals:
Goal #1: 100% participation: In order to demonstrate strong support to outside funding groups (foundations and businesses), it is critically important that every family in the school give a gift to the Annual Appeal. Last year, parent participation once again increased significantly over the previous year, but we still have room to improve! Last year, participation among current parents in kindergarten through 12th grade averaged 87%, with eight classes getting higher than 90% (that’s up from seven classes exceeding 80% the previous year!) Let’s see if we can’t get this participation rate closer to 100%! Remember, gifts of ALL sizes count.
Goal #2: Raising $80,000: I am pleased to announce that to date we have received 60 gifts or pledges, and have raised $50,000 toward our goal of $80,000. This is fabulous!! Many of the gifts have been larger than the previous year’s gifts, and we have a number of first-time donors – a heartwarming demonstration that, even in these challenging economic times, parents recognize the importance of their support, and the important role that Merriconeag and Waldorf Education plays in their lives.
Goal #3: Finish earlier!: Reaching our goals of raising $80,000 and getting high participation rates quickly is critical. It translates into more time for the development office to seek outside funding through foundations, business sponsors, and outside donors, and more time to devote to event planning and long-range planning, which are also essential focus areas for successful fundraising.
If you haven’t made a gift to the Annual Appeal yet, please do so today – gifts of any amount help us reach our goal of 100% participation. You can make your gift in any of these easy ways:
• Check, made out to MWS, submit in remittance envelope and drop in safe (main office)
• Online giving, through the Donate button above.
• Credit Card: fill out the remittance envelope with the appropriate information
• Gift of securities: Call Barbara Guffin or Lynne Espy for information to transfer securities.
Thank you for your generosity. With deep gratitude, Lynne Espy 865-3900 Ext. 116, email@example.com
Grocery Card & ScripZone News
Last chance to order Grocery Cards in 2012: If you are interested in a new Grocery or Gift Cards, act soon. We will be putting in the last order for new grocery cards and gift cards on December 13th. For grocery card reloads the last order will be placed on December 20th.
Gift Cards Available
In case you missed last week's Tuesday News, 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. We do accept credit cards!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone 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.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying through ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account.
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.
Decorative Holiday Dough Ornaments Workshop with Ciril Hitz
When I saw the first announcement of Ciril Hitz’s workshop on bread ornaments for the
tree, I signed up immediately. I was on business in California and late for a meeting, but that was way less important to reading the Tuesday News and having a chance to spend a Saturday morning with not just any award-winning master breadmaker but a Swiss-born-Waldorf-educated-RISD-graduate-who-apprenticed-to-pastry-and-bread-chefs-in-Switzerland breadmaker. A breadmaker with provenance. And, not surprisingly, a breakmaker with so much artistic talent he frequently sculpts his bread into very interesting shapes and even silkscreens designs onto it, using all organic spinach-beet-chocolate extracted dyes. Needless to say, it was soon sold out. After an hour of demonstrations, he let us all loose with the dough he had premade from carefully blended ingredients (never measured, always weighed), a chemical formula perfected over the years of glucose syrup and buckwheat and rye flour. A little rolling, cutting, shaping, molding, brushing with turmeric for accents, and baking for seven minutes at 350 and voilà. Here are some photos of the day and the results. Liza Bakewell
News From the Grade School
Eleanor and Her Three Kings: On Wednesday, November 28 and again on Thursday, November 29, we were treated to the delightful Seventh Grade Play, “Eleanor and Her Three Kings.” Below are some images from the Thursday morning performance. To see more and to purchase photos, please visit http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag. Tricia Toms volunteers as Merriconeag’s official photographer for class and school events and donates 50% of net photo sales to Merriconeag’s Tiered Tuition Endowment Fund.
News From the High School
Zoe Chace-Donahue, Grade 12, has artwork in the upcoming Maine Youth Excellence in Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission, at the Capitol Complex in Augusta. The opening of the show is on December 18, 2012 and the works will be on display to the public over the holidays.
Merriconeag runners earn all-star praise: Senior Jack Pierce was named to the WMC boys' cross country first team. Sophomore Zach Neveu qualified for the second team. Sophomore Samantha Pierce qualified for the girls' second team.The Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches' Association's boys' All-State team included Merriconeag's Jack Pierce on the first team. Congratulations to all! Read all about it in the Forecaster.
School Community Updates
If you are looking for modeling beeswax, block crayons, beeswax sheets and wicking, 12” natural beeswax tapered candles, yarn, needle felting kits, and/or homemade Echinacea tincture stop by the grade school office any day from 8-3:30.
If you missed MPBN's very interesting show, The Aspen Institute Presents: Parenting in the 21st Century #101,you can catch it online at http://video.wgbh.org/video/2280795982/
While dissolving, dehydrating, melting, and burning all manner of carbohydrates in its Organic Chemistry block, the 8th grade discovered a talent for making caramels, chocolate covered almond toffee, and peanut brittle. We have lots left all weighed and seasonally wrapped in 1/4 pound packages and available to you for just $3 each. Come visit us ( follow the smells) or watch for us at drop off and pick up. If you can't find us, Lisa will have a small stash in the office. Greetings of the Season! The 8th Grade
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Saccone at email@example.com.
Class Dates: January 16, 30, February 6, 13, and March 6.
Merriconeag Administrative Assistant Position:
Accepting applications until Friday, December 14.
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.
• 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
- Bachelor's degree preferred
- Associates degree or greater required
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter with references to Christine Sloan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send alumni news and photos to email@example.com. We love sharing the stories!
Jeremy Colson, Class of 2011, created a video tour of the high school campus for our website. Ellen Wise, Class of 2012, is the narrator. Check it out at http://www.merriconeag.org/highschool/campus.cfm. Many thanks to Jeremy and Ellen!
Read (Listen to or Watch) This
Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest
Today, at a time of multiple crises, we need to move away from thinking of nature as dead matter to valuing her biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature herself is the best teacher.
Yes Magazine, December 5, 2012
(Editor's note: Dr. Vandana Shiva was a keynote speaker at the "Future of Agriculture" conference in 2011 at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland)
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