Tuesday News - January 22, 2013

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Upcoming Events

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

Performed by the Classes of 2015 & 2016

Open Dress Rehearsal, Tuesday, January 29, 7;00 p.m.

Opening Night, Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.

School Performance, Wednesday, January 30, 10:45 a.m.

Final Performance, Friday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

Got a Match?
      Need a little laughter to lighten the dark days of January, those mid-winter blues? Thornton Wilder's famous farce, The Matchmaker, inspiration for the musical Hello Dolly!, will be performed next week by the ninth and tenth grades, with an Open Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday, January 29, Opening Night on Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. There wll also be a school performance on Wednesday, January 30, at 10:45 a.m.
      The plot revolves around Dolly Levi, matchmaker extraordinaire, who appears to be arranging a marriage for wealthy curmudgeon Horace Vandergelder. However, she has a personal interest in who should end up as Horace's wife. In the meantime, two of Vandergelder's beleaguered clerks decide to go into New York City for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for as they become romantically entangled with a couple of lovely ladies, while at the same time continually bumping into their employer, first at a hat shop, then a restaurant, and finally at a spinster's apartment.
      Admission will be $5 for all seats.


From the Admissions Office

Upcoming Admission Events:

Dear Parents:
Please spread the word about four opportunities to learn more about Waldorf education in the coming week. Call me to register in advance, or if time runs out, just show up!

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



Observe High School Classes: Wednesday, January 23, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join us to see our Waldorf high school in action. We will witness classes covering topics such as the Short Story, Limits and Derivatives, Economics, French, Oil Painting, Clay and Copper. High school faculty members will be on hand to discuss what makes Waldorf education unique and successful, and to answer questions. Please reserve your place by contacting Lyn Baird, 207-865-3900, ext.103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org




Early Childhood Information Session: Wednesday, January 23, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Learn about our approach to nursery-kindergarten that emphasizes imaginative play, language and artistic development, social skills, singing, storytelling, movement and outdoor play. For adults. . . please register by calling 207-865-3900, ext. 103, or email, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


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

Join our teachers for a lively introduction to the joy and wonders of the Waldorf early grades. Learn how we use stories, songs, games and artistic activities to engage both the intellect and the feelings, and how this approach lays the foundation for imaginative thinking. Our approach to writing, reading, math, science and art are all topics to be addressed. For more information or to register, please contact admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org or 207-865-3900, ext.103

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

A great opportunity for propective parents to observe our students and teachers as they move through their morning lesson. Please call 207-865-3900, ext.103 or email, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org to register.


Weekly Events

Saturday Craft Mornings:

Saturdays, January 26, Feb. 2, Mar. 2 & 9

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd., Freeport

For prospective parents and their children under 7.


Sat., Jan. 26 Dancing Snowflakes: Come make snow fairies with fleece and listen to a story about Jack Frost. Drop-ins are welcome or call 207.865.3900, Ext. 103 to register.





Tea & Play: Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14
An informal drop-in program where prospective 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.



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 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.

Sign in with Sandy Pearson at spearson@merriconeag.org.


PJ and Lounge Pants, Patternmaking and Construction Workshop:

Wed mornings 8:45 -10:15 a.m. Six weeks beginning January 23rd.

Come draft your own custom-fit pattern, and make your own pajama pants, or lounge pants. $15 material fee. To register, please email jpennington@merriconeag.org.



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.


News from the Board of Directors

     On January 7, Merriconeag’s Board started their evening meeting with a special dinner honoring Bob Neveu’s two terms of service on the Board which culminated in three years as Board President. After words of gratitude and praise for Bob’s leadership during a particularly challenging economic downturn, and an amazing lasagna dinner provided by generous Board members, Lynne Espy topped off the evening with her famous Mocha Torte and the following metaphor…

Bob Neveu's Mocha Torte: an image of leadership
• the chocolate, nutty crust is the solid foundation and support Bob provided to the Board throughout his 6 years on the Board.
• the chocolate collar that encased the torte is Bob’s remarkable grasp of the whole system, and his ability to hold the organic body of this school as it shifts and settles.
• the curvy, wave-like pattern on top of the collar reminds us that we always have ups and downs, and the key is to ride the waves without fear, always keeping your eyes on the future, as Bob did so well.
• the thick, rich mocha filling is Bob’s deep wisdom and extensive knowledge.
• the lightly sweetened whipped cream topping is….a class act. Like Bob

     We will all miss Bob’s skillful leadership, his financial expertise, well honed management skills and above all, his deep grasp and commitment to the mission of Waldorf Education. Thank you, Bob, for your many years of service to our school community!
      For the remainder of this school year, various Board members will share the responsibility of chairing the meetings. Please remember the Board meetings are open for parents and faculty to attend. Our next meeting is February 11th, in the Community Hall.

Report from the Community Meeting on the Budget, January 14, 2013:
      Board member, Sean Fitzpatrick, welcomed more than 30 community members to the presentation of the budget plans and tuition proposal for the 2013/2014 school year. Barbara Guffin prepared a power point presentation to illustrate the process of developing a budget, the proposed growth in program, maintenance needs and salary increases. Representatives from the Tiered Tuition Committee and Compensation and Benefits Committee shared their research and considerations that supported the budget building process.
      Following a short discussion, the Community meeting closed and the Board met to discuss the final proposal of raising tuition for the 5 day morning EC program by $300, EC 5 all-day and the Grades by $400, and the High School by $200. This fixed amount, rather than a percentage increase, helps address the growing difference in tuition amounts between the EC programs and Grade One, and Grade Eight and the High School. In examining tuition levels with independent schools in our area, Merriconeag continues to offer a rich program at a very moderate cost.

Christine Sloan, Administrator and Gina Sawin, Board Secretary


News From the High School

Merriconeag seniors unwind and celebrate last Wednesday's snow


School Community Updates


Congratulations to new grandparents, David and Christine Sloan, and welcome to Luisa Rose Feliciano born on January 10, 2013.


Grocery Cards: Great news! Merriconeag has raised over $1100 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards. We are putting in orders for new cards and reloading existing cards every Thursday morning (if we meet the minimum order of $1000). Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school. Hannaford gift cards can also be used at Bow Street Market. Drop off your payment in the main office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check.
Description: Description: 80%Logo-Announcement2.jpgScrip Gift Cards Available
Merriconeag is also 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.


Yearbook Orders: Order deadline is Monday, February 11, 2013:
The Yearbook staff at the High School is hard at work creating the 2012-2013 MWS Yearbook.
All students in Grades 8-12 will automatically be billed for a yearbook ($40). If your student in G8-12 does NOT wish to purchase a yearbook, please fill out the attached form. If you do not decline, you WILL automatically receive and be billed for a yearbook.
Students in EC-G7 will not be automatically billed. If you would like a yearbook for your student in EC-G7, please fill out the attached form.

Yearbook order form. Paper copies of order forms are available all school offices.


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic: Starks Hill 4K Skate Relay
Merriconeag Girls, 1st / Merriconeag Boys, 2nd
      Yesterday, January 21, at Starks Hill in Fryeburg, the girls skied a fine relay race and allowed anchor Zoe Chace- Donahue to ski the last leg unchallenged. Sam Pierce started the girls off in good form leading her opening leg. Lily Tupper (skiing for Emelie Chace-Donahue) skied a fine 2nd leg to give Teagan Wu the chance to mark the team just in front. Zoe skied alone to finish the job.

     For the boy's race Graham Roeber skied a good leg in a fast start giving Ben Tindall the 2nd leg with a number of teams close by. Ben closed in on the lead team and Zack Neveu held position and gave Jack Pierce the chance to close on the lead Yarmouth Team. Jack skied a very strong last leg missing a win by a matter of seconds. John Burgess, Lars Gundersen and Carlin Tindall all raced in the mass start race and had good finishes.

Coach John Tarling For complete list results click here.

Next up on Saturday, January 26 is the Sassi Classic at Black Mountain. This is one of the highlights of the year.

For the complete race schedule check our blog.


Middle School Nordic:

     It was a cold one out at the farm at Pineland last Thursday afternoon, but the teams were hot. Both the boys and girls came home with team wins over the field of skiers from Greely, Waynflete, NYA, Cape Elizabeth, and Freeport along with great individual performances from everyone.

    The boys raced first in an individual staggered start to preserve the limited snow. Tucker Pierce and Bennett Hight again landed a one-two finish, followed by Nick Neveu and Ethan Humphries bringing in fifth and sixth places overall to secure a combined winning time of 33:32. The boys finished with six of the top-ten spots, and Ryan Kappelman had a great first race of his career!

     Next came the girls, nailing the top five places with strong performances by Olivia Skillings, Sophia Laukli, Sarah Norden, Louise Ahearn, and Emma Goldberg-Courtney. The combined time for the top four was 41:24, nearly ten minutes faster than the closest competition to bring in the win for the girls. All eight skiers finished in the top-twenty overall!

     Next Thursday, 1/24, the team goes to Starks Hill to meet Fryeburg Academy, Yarmouth, Cape Elizabeth, and NYA. Boys start at 3:30, girls at 4:00. Hope to see you there! John Olson

For a PDF of the race schedule, click here.



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