Tuesday News - January 29, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Invite a Friend!

The high school plays showcase our school and give a wonderful sense of the development of our students through the years. We hope you will attend one of the performances listed below and bring your friends!

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.


Upcoming Admissions Events

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.


Observe High School Classes: Thursday, February 7, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m..

Join us for a glimpse into Thermal Physics, Embryology, Rise of the West, and Modern History. To register contact Lyn Baird, 207-865-3900, ext.103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org




Early Childhood Information Session: Wednesday, February 13, 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.



Weekly Events

Saturday Craft Mornings:

Saturdays, 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., Feb. 2, Valentine Tea Party: Come make valentines, drink pink tea, and listen to a story of a snowman with a heart.Drop-ins are welcome or call 207.865.3900, Ext. 103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.to register.




Tea & Play: Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., January 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.


From the Development Office

Need more Auction volunteers – can you help?
Parents, alumni parents, alumni, grandparents: Do you have a few hours to volunteer in the next two months? We need your help with Auction planning and can find a job that suits your expertise and schedule. Specifically, we need help with:
• Catalogue layout and production
• Volunteers who will solicit local businesses for unique items for the silent auction
• Staffing coordinator
• Decorations
Please let me know if you help our Auction Team in any way. It’s always lots of fun!
And MARK YOUR CALENDARS – the Auction is the evening of Saturday March 23rd.
Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org


Intercultural Exchange

Being a Eurythmy Teacher Assistant and

Intern at Merriconeag Waldorf School

     When I started my final year of studying Eurythmy at Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (www.web2.alanus.edu/en) I thought about the opportunity to do an internship in an English speaking country to learn how to teach Eurythmy in a different language and culture and to deepen my pedagogical skills and experiences.
      I searched online for an open position and and was lucky to find exactly what I was looking for, offered by Merriconeag Waldorf School. After being a Waldorf student myself for 13 years at the Freie Waldorfschule Oberberg in Germany and after 4 years of Eurythmy training, Merriconeag Waldorf School accepted my application. We worked together with an organization called Amity International located in San Diego who helped us sponsoring the visa.
      When I arrived in the United States I was warmly welcomed by the lovely Waldorf community in Freeport and the amazing faculty of teachers. As an Intern the School provides me with a stipend and housing on campus, but most of the time I am living with generous and very kind host families who invite me to their homes to stay with them for a couple of months. I am very grateful for that.
      At the school I'm working closely together with Barbara Richardson. She is the Eurythmist of the School and teaches Grades 1-4. She is also a Therapeutic Eurythmist and organizes Foundation Studies at the Center for Anthroposophy. She is my mentor and helps me understand the Waldorf curriculum and the development of individual children, as well as whole classes. I am assisting her in Grades 1-4 and teach High School Students in Grades 9 -12. Besides Eurythmy, I am assisting in Movement and German classes and observe Main Lessons or other subjects such as French, Music, Handwork and Woodwork. I am attending the Subject Teachers - Grades Teachers Faculty Meetings and Child Studies. I also help organize Festivals like St. Michael, the Advent Spiral or the Fall- and the May Fair.

     It is a rich year, full of experiences and events. The School offers Cross Country Skiing for Grades 2-12 and being a visitor in New England also means getting to experience contra dances, hiking in the mountains and walking along the coast and beaches. I also found a Tango group in Portland where I can dance tango 1-2 times a week. I meet a lot of different and interesting people and it is a blessing to learn from so many kind and experienced teachers. This kind of long term internship is a great way to prepare yourself for the challenging task of becoming a successful Eurythmy teacher at a Waldorf school. I can highly recommend this year of practice and observation.

Selma Fricke , Eurythmy Intern at Merriconeag Waldorf School, selma.fricke@gmail.com


News From the High School


Juniors Joe Newlin and Andrew Hastings volunteered at Freeport's White Nights Auction on Saturday night. Along with a couple Freeport High School students, they passed appetizers, helped the organizing committee (including MWS parent Victoria Stefanakos) and took photographs of the event. Merriconeag was a sponsor of this fundraiser which raises money for Freeport Community Services.




School Community Updates


Save the dates! Merriconeag will be co-sponsoring the Reel Deal Film Series: How the Media is Raising our Children, at the Portland Public Library along with sponsors Hardy Girls/ Healthy Women and Boys to Men. A panel discussion will follow each film. The other co-sponsors include The Telling Room, Maine Women’s Fund, United Way of Greater Portland, Family Crisis Services, Sexual Assault Services of Southern Maine, AddVerb Productions UNE, Women and Gender Studies USM, YMCA of Southern Maine, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and Breakwater School. Save the dates and be sure to join us in Portland for these three thought provoking films.

February 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - The Bro-Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men

March 6, , 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Miss Representation

March 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sports

More information to follow soon.


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Nordic: The Sassi Classic at Black Mountain
Merriconeag Girls, 1st / Merriconeag Boys, 4th!

Sassi Recap from Coach Tarling:
      Last Saturday the team traveled to Rumford for the Sassi Race. This race is the largest High School Nordic Race in Maine with over 400 racers and is a good test to see where all the teams stack up. The Merriconeag team did very well as the girl's team was the overall winner and the boy's team placed fourth. These are truly great results and give validation to the teams focus and dedication in their training.

     Zoe Chace-Donahue, as she has for all her four years, led the team with a 9th place finish and was recognized in the top 10, despite her not having her best day. Emelie Chace-Donahue was not far back in 14th place, followed by Sam Pierce in 20th, Teagan Wu in 31st and Carlin Tindall in 38th. For the girls - they improved overall from 4th last year to 1st this year - a result they all worked hard for.

     The boys' team also had a good day led by Jack Pierce in 14th, Graham Roeber in 30th, Ben Tindall in 45th, John Burgess in 52nd, Zach Neveu in 56th and Lars Gundersen in 107th. Many of the team recorded great improvement from last year - Lars jumped 75 places and continues to improve, Samantha, Graham, John, Ben and Emelie also recorded improved results from last year's Sassi.

     Within the Sassi Race each year is the J2 age group qualification for the Maine Team competing at the New England J2 Championships. This year Zach earned a spot on the team with a strong 18th J2 finish - good luck at the NE Championships Zach!

     We are looking forward to the upcoming WMC Championships as well as the State Championships in Presque Isle. Visit the Maine High School Skiing website for complete results and click on this link for a story about the race in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Read about our Nordic team in last week's Portland Press Herald:

Skiing Notebook: Sassi provides true test of skiers throughout Maine
By Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald, January 24


Next up: race today at Pineland. Please note that due to expected rain, the race scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 has been switched to Tuesday, January 29. It will be a 1.3K skate sprint.

Pineland has STRONGLY stated that NO PARENTS/SPECTATORS should be on snow for the Tuesday race. They have so little snow that they do not want any of it mucked up by non-skiers. You can be on dirt at edge of trail, but NOBODY BUT SKIERS SHOULD BE ON THE RACE COURSE SNOW. Thank you!

For the complete race schedule check our blog.


Middle School Nordic:

It was a tough week for the middle school nordic team last week. Sparse

snow, combined with frigid temperatures, caused closure at Pineland and cancellation of the races at Stark's Hill on Thursday. The ski forecast for this week is a bit bleak with warm temperatures and rain predicted for mid-week. Please keep your eyes open for updates on practice and race cancellations in the coming days. Weather permitting, the next race will be this Thursday, 1/31, at Twin Brook. Boys at 3:30, girls at 4:00. John Olson    

For a PDF of the race schedule, click here.

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