Tuesday News - January 8, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Student-Faculty Basketball Game IV: The Rematch

This Saturday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.

Freeport Middle School Gym, 19 Kendall Lane, Freeport
      The Summer Olympics? The Presidential Election? Bah, Humbug! Both were small competitive potatoes compared to the biggest rivalry in Waldorf Land—this year's Epic Student-Faculty Basketball Clash, coming on Saturday, January 12, at 6:30 in the Freeport Middle School gym. Merriconeag’s student team, a coed high school squad, is giving the proud but pooped, spirited but aging faculty a chance to redeem themselves after last year's blow-out student romp.
      Possible faculty team members may include “Jumpin Johnny” Saccone, Oliver “Kangaroo” Kinzer, “Reboundin’’ Robert Pennington, Will "I Can't Get No" Hight, Rose Mary “Bombs Away” Burwell, "Bouncin'" Bridget Jeffers, "Dunk it'" David Barham, Jeff “Airball!” O’Brien, Ellen "The Swamp Queen" Labbe, "Jumpin'" Johanna Flath, Amanda "The Commanda" Gale, Lisa “Nothing but Net" Mainella and Nancy “Hot-Rod”-erick, who sank the winning basket two years ago when the faculty eked out a last-second victory. This year, new faces promise to revitalize the Geezers: Yunus "High and Low"-enthal, "Dead Eye"-da Dyment, and Selma "The Eurythminator" Fricke. Michael "The Mastermind" Fenderson will return to coach and console the faculty.
      The student team, led by junior Joe Newlin, also includes starters Sam Leavitt, Sophie Simmons, freshman Hugh Voorhees and exchange student Moritz Haldy, as well as improving reserves Peter Doughty, Lincoln Samuelson, Avery Murphy-Anderson, Emma and Phoebe Dolan, Chris Gordon and Joe Armstrong.
      Come cheer on your favorite team, and support the high school’s fund-raising efforts as well. Although there will be no admission fee, generous donations are welcome. Refreshments will be on sale, the proceeds of which will go toward funding the high school athletic programs, Model UN trips, and the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India. Coach Sloan


Budget and Tuition Meeting, January 14, 7:00 p.m., Handcraft Building:

The faculty and board are currently reviewing the school’s programs and tuition rates in order to plan the budget for school year 2013-2014. This process includes reviewing the school’s programs to ensure they meet the needs of our students, projecting all costs for the school, estimating the enrollment by class, and setting tuition rates for the new school year. Balancing our budget is not an easy task as we all have many dreams and goals for the school. However, with all of us working together – parents, faculty, board members – we can create a plan that is imaginative, exciting, and meets the needs of our entire community. Please join us on Monday evening!


Early Childhood Parent Coffee, an Open Conversation

Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. 
Fireplace Room at the Farmhouse

Please come for coffee, tea, and conversation with three delightful women who have over 50 years combined experience as Waldorf parents - Lyn Baird, Admissions Director, Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, and Christine Sloan, Administrator. This is sure to be a fun morning so come share your experience as an EC parent at Merriconeag this year, as well as your stories, questions and hopes for the New Year.


Weekly Events

Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!     

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. For 4th grade and up, $5.00 per session includes a light snack.

Jan 9 - open session: Bring your projects and unfinished work.

Jan 16, 23, 30 - Belt weaving on an Inkle loom: Practice your

weaving skills on the beautiful Inkle looms made for us by Mr. Thurrell

and Yunus. All instruction and materials included for a colorful belt or strap.


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.


From the Admissions Office

Upcoming Admissions Events
      Now is a great time to talk up the school with your friends and colleagues. Numerous events this winter 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., January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14
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 Sessions
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., January 23, February 13, March 13

Saturday Crafts at the Early Childhood Center
January 26, February 2, March 2, 9

Elementary and Middle Grades
Early Grades (1 – 4) Information Night
January 28, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Tours of Grades 1 – 8
January 30 and March 5, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Clowning Around
A circus performance by the 7th and 8th graders
February 28, 11:00 a.m.
March 1, 7:00 p.m.

High School

Observe High School Classes
January 23, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
February 7, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
March 6, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Performed by the 9th and 10th graders
January 31 and February 1, 7:00 p.m.


From the Development Office


2012-13 Annual Appeal Update: 

We have had a wonderful and generous response to the Annual Appeal from parents, grandparents, and alumni families. Next week we will list in the Tuesday News the participation percentage by each class. If you are hoping your class will be the first to reach 100% participation, and thereby win the decadent chocolate dessert made by Lynne Espy, please send your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Appeal by the end of this week! We accept credit cards, checks, cash, and securities (but do notify us if you send securities!). Be sure to note “annual appeal” with the payment and either mail it or place it in the safe in the main office. With gratitude, Lynne Espy
developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116

Who gave the Mystery Gift? Last month, Merriconeag received notice from our broker, Merrill Lynch, of a donation of 8 shares of Dupont Stock (approximately $300 value) for the Annual Appeal. Merrill Lynch is not privy to the donor’s name, and we would very much like to acknowledge the donor and express our gratitude for this generous tax-deductible gift. If you are the donor, please contact Lynne Espy.
      You can make tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Appeal using credit card, check, cash, or through the sale of securities. If you are gifting securities, please notify us that it is headed our way!
With deep gratitude, Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116


News From the High School

Ven Robina Courtin: Our last High School Forum of the year 2012 was very appropriate for inviting some personal introspection well in harmony with this period of the year. Thanks to Mer and Troy Stafford, generous Grade School parents, the High School was very fortunate and very honored to host Venerable Robina Courtin on Tuesday December 11th at our Pineland campus. Grade 8 students came and joined us for the Forum as well as for lunch, so Ven Robina Courtin had a respectful and attentive audience of about 50 students.

     When Ven Robina started speaking, I worried for a couple of minutes as I had never heard someone speak faster than M. Barham or M. Lardie! But very quickly, it became clear that Ven Robina was on mission, a clear mission to explain with great clarity and precision what it means to embrace Buddhism as a life philosophy. Ven Robina does speak fast but she is fascinating and we were all soon enthralled by her presentation.

     Ven Robina Courtin has been a Tibetan Buddhist nun for 35 years. Born in Melbourne, Australia, she was brought up as a Catholic. She studied classical singing then went to London in 1967 where she lived for four years as a leftist and a feminist. She studied martial arts and back in Melbourne she attended a Tibetan Buddhist course given by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She then went to Nepal and became ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan monastery in 1977.

     Ven Robina is very lively and has a great sense of humor ; she spoke frankly and with great honesty about her life choices as a single woman and how she lives her life fully according to the Buddhist precepts. And as she told a student "so far, so good"; it works for her and she feels that she continues growing and learning. She feels very happy. Judging by the numerous questions coming from the audience the students were very interested; they were not shy to ask many pertinent or even very personal questions. Ven Robina answered each one with great sincerity and often with humor.

     It was such a pleasure to listen to this very wise and kind lady! I would like to thank profoundly Ven Robina Courtin to have taken the time to come to MWHS, even though she was in the region only for a couple of days; and I would like to thank Mer and Troy for having helped orchestrating this very enriching and thought provoking Forum. Many HS students told me it had been one of their favorite Forums so far!

     What will 2013 bring us? We promise a variety of speakers to continue opening windows into different facets of our world. Régine Whittlesey


School Community Updates


Thank you for the Trail Grooming: On behalf of all the faculty and skiers, many thanks to Ryen Munro (parent of Tillie Munro) for grooming our campus for skate skiing last week. It is wonderful to see all the ways parents anticipate the school’s needs and take action, and what a wonderful post-holiday surprise for the skiers, to find beautifully groomed trails covering the entire campus! Thank you to Ryen and all ski trail groomers!


Administrative Assistant Hired: We are pleased to announce that Mary Martin has accepted a position as Administrative Assistant, with primary coordination responsibility for the Circus Smirkus event next summer. In addition, Mary will work with the Development, Outreach and Admissions offices, building a volunteer data base and organizing volunteer support for other major fund raising and outreach events.

     Mary is an alum parent of two daughters who attended Merriconeag, Emily and Elizabeth. After completing her Waldorf Teacher Training through the Antioch program in 2008, Mary has been active as a class teacher substitute throughout the grades, and has volunteered as a class parent coordinator, and a member of the Finance and Compensation/Benefits committees of the school.

     After interviewing a number of very strong candidates for this position, we are confident that the skills, experience and dedication to the Merriconeag Community that Mary has demonstrated, will be a perfect fit for this job. Please join the Faculty in welcoming Mary in the New Year! Her office will be in the Farmhouse fireplace room. Her e-mail address will be events@merriconeag.org. Christine Sloan, Administrator



Beautiful Dolls made in Sandy's

and Julie's Doll Workshops!




Host Family Needed for Amity Aide: We are looking for a new family for Amandine who lived her first Maine semester with the Leavitt family; it was agreed that Amandine would move to a new family for the second half of the year so as to have a different experience, just like Lucie who shared her year between the Perkins and the Stoddards. All these families can testify how much fun it has been to host an Amity Aide and how enriching and helpful the experience has been for their family. Now Amandine, being a little older than the other Amity Aides, had a fiancé in Texas whom she has just …married on New Year’s Day! Being respectful of her Amity contract, Amandine will finish the school year at MWS and will join her husband in June. But it means that all 3 day week-ends and every vacation, she plans to fly back to Texas. If you would like to volunteer hosting Amandine from February to June, please let me or Mr O’Brien know.  Régine Whittlesey, MWHS French teacher and… former Amity Aide.   

Click here to read Régine's complete letter to the community.


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic: Our Nordic Ski Team had some successful races over the vacation. All of our skiers skied very well in a skate race at Pineland on Wed. Jan 2 (the girls team came in first out of 13 teams and the boys came in third out of 12 teams) and at the Telstar Relays on Sat. Jan 5 (Merriconeag teams won both the A race and the B race). You can see the results at mainehighschoolskiing.com.

Merriconeag senior Zoe Chace-Donahue was included in the Portland Press Herald's list of High School skiers to Watch. Click here to view. Congratulations, Zoe!

The next high school meet is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9 at 3:30, hosted by Freeport and Greely. This classic race is scheduled to be held at Twin Brook in Cumberland with NYA, Yarmouth, Falmouth and Merriconeag participating. It's nearby so come on over and cheer for our awesome skiers!

For the complete race schedule check our blog.


Middle School Nordic: The first middle school Nordic race of the season is this Thursday, January 10 and is hosted by Cape at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth (a change from Pineland) with GNG, Falmouth, NYA and Merriconeag participating. Boys race at 3:30, girls at 4:00.

For a PDF of the race schedule, click here.


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