Tuesday News - March 5, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Observe High School Classes
Tomorrow: Wed., March 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: 9th Grade Thermal Physics with Jeff O’Brien, 10th Grade Embryology with Ellen Labbe, 11th Grade Rise of the West with Kristin Agudelo, 12th Grade Modern History with David Barham. For more information and to register, please call Lyn Baird, 865-3900, ext. 103 or email admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


Reel Deal Film Fest

Co-sponsored by Merriconeag with Hardy Girls Healthy Women

& Boys to Men

Miss Representation

This Wednesday, March 6

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Portland Public Library

Admission is FREE and open to the public but you must register

here to ensure a ticket.

March 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Miss Representation: Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics. For more information go to www.missrepresentation.org. *The content of this movie is for audiences 13 and older.

Next Week: March 12, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - NOT JUST A GAME: POWER POLITICS & AMERICAN SPORTS

Dave Zirin, a sports editor, takes viewers on a fascinating and uncompromising tour of the good, the bad and the ugly of American sports culture - showing how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history.  *The content of this movie if for audiences 13 and older.


Tell your friends! Tea & Play
Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., March 7, 14, 21
A free, 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.



Spread the word! Saturday Craft Morning

Saturday, March 9, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd., Freeport

For prospective parents and their children under 7.


Welcoming Lady Spring: Come make flower necklaces and listen to a sotry welcoming Lady Spring.Drop-ins are welcome or call 207.865.3900, Ext. 103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.to register.


Early Childhood Information Session
Wednesday, March 13, 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.




Variety Show and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 23, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road

Updates on the auction below!


SAVE THE DATE! This event was not on our school calendar!

Can Money Heal the Planet?

Re-imagining the Role of Money in Community
A Public Talk by John Bloom of RSF Social Finance

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

Please add this date to your calendar. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity! More information will follow

in the weeks to come.


Handcraft Wednesdays

After School Crafts for 4th grade and up:

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Handwork Room. $5.00 per session includes a light snack.

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

March 6, 13, 20, & 27- Spring time on the Farm
Make a little hen with her nest of eggs and a proud rooster
to guard his family. All materials and instruction supplied
for knitting, felting and stitching. Limited to 12


Morning Crafts for Adults:

8:30 -10:00 a.m. in the Handwork Room
When is a t-shirt not a t-shirt? When it is a floor mat.
Wednesday morning workshop March 27th - April 24th.
$15 material fee. Seven to eight t-shirts needed per rug. We have some available.Email juliepennington@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.



Greetings From the Board of Directors

  The Board of Directors would like to remind everyone that its monthly meetings are open to the entire school community. That might not sound like a scintillating invitation, but (really) the meetings are often fun and always informative. While the most significant responsibilities of the Board include the financial health and long-term sustainability of the school, there are many other aspects of the Board’s role in school life that inspire lively discussion and innovative thinking. Look for updates on Board activities in the first Tuesday News of the month, or come see for yourself! Meetings are on the third or fourth Mondays of every month (with adjustments around vacations and holidays) from 6:30 to 8:30, in the Community Hall. Gina Sawin, Board Secretary



From the Auction Committee

Variety Show and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 23, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road

     On Saturday evening, March 23, we hope that the entire community will come together to raise the money needed to ensure that all of our families who seek this education can get the tuition support they need. There could not possibly be a more important cause at Merriconeag, and we hope you will show your support for our diverse and wonderful community by coming to the Tuition Support Auction, buying cash raffle tickets, and bidding on auction items.

Bring a friend for FREE to the Auction: This party is a wonderful way to showcase our creative and fun community. Do you know someone who is possibly interested in our school or who has a connection to our school, or who you think should know about us, please bring them at no extra cost. Let Lynne Espy know ahead of time and they will be pre-registered. If they just show up that night, they only need to let us know they are coming as your guests. Grandparents received invitations by mail, and they also enjoy free entry.

Send in your rsvp card and payment: Your invitation should have arrived by mail. Please, please rsvp! We want to have plenty of food and drink available. We have kept the entry fee low ($25 each) so you will come. If this fee is preventing you (or a friend) from coming, please give Lynne Espy a call. We want everyone to come, and we can provide discounted tickets if that’s what is needed to get you there!

New this Year: free babysitting: We listened, and we heard you: some of you simply can’t afford both a babysitter and the $25/per person auction fee. Therefore, we asked students in grades 7-12 to sit for free, in your home, on Auction night, as a way to support this important cause. If having a free babysitter on Auction night is what you need to make your coming to the Auction possible, you will want to sign up asap. Students are just hearing about this idea now, so check this link throughout the next week or two to see which students have volunteered. First come, first served.

We need parent Volunteers at the Auction: To make the event run smoothly, we need many volunteers to help for an hour or two with specific jobs like setup, bartending, silent auction table runners, check-out and clean-up. Please, please sign up! <Click here> to sign up online.

Buy cash raffle tickets: Five cash raffle tickets were included in your invitation, and more are available in the office. We sincerely hope you will fill out with your name (or someone else’s name!) and phone number and send the stubs back with the payment. It is a 25/75 cash raffle, meaning that if you win, you keep 25% of the total proceeds. Last year, we raised $8,350 and the winner took home over $2,000! The more tickets sold, the bigger the prize money! Buy one, buy 10, or buy more! You need not be present to win, so feel free to sell them to your friends and neighbors. All grandparents have received an invitation to the auction (gratis) and five raffle tickets for purchase.

Back by popular demand – Happy Hour from 5:00 - 6:00 during which you can begin bidding on the Silent Auction items. The Silent Auction will close at 7:50pm, and you may want some extra “quiet” time before the crowds come, to locate, and bid on your favorite auction items.

Next week we’ll provide a sneak preview at some of the wonderful items being collected for the Silent Auction, including the amazing Class Baskets, (see the inspired poem below) as well as the “Merri-Happenings” – parties, outings, and baking classes that will extend the fun throughout the year.

Submitted by Lynne Espy for the wonderful Auction Team
865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org

Class Baskets for the Auction: Many thanks to the class coordinators, for organizing “Baskets” for the silent auction. Here is the high school’s creative solicitation to the high school parents:

Listen dear parents and you shall here
Of the benefit auction drawing near,
On the twenty third of March, in Twenty-thirteen;
The high school has banded together to glean,
Some summer good food and some summer good gear.

Not heard of it you say? What is this thing?
It's all for tuition and schooling and goodness that we sing.
We parents are asked to contribute some token,
Just nice little things - please nothing broken.
A meal to be shared, a trinket or handcraft or some bling,
All to make the auction registers go Ca-ching!

So please consider wee little tributes,
The theme is "Summer" - please no malemutes.
Think of lotions, and sparklers, games and glasses,
Canoeing, swimming, dancing and glaces(!)
Cookouts, beaches, lobsters, boats and hats,
Flowers, produce, and flip-flops - please no cats.

It's all very simple, there nothing very tricky,
Like a stone soup - add a little - we're not picky.
Something your family can share with another,
Something special - please not your brother.
Keep it light, keep it clean, make it heartfelt,
How about a full money belt? - please no smelt.


From the Early Childhood Center

     Winter and deep snow have come to the early childhood center and the children have been having so much fun sledding and tunneling. It is a big job to get around the playground in this deep, deep snow, it is very tiring work, but since it’s so much fun, it makes the big, sturdy steps worth all the effort.

     Just before break the post office was open to gather the beautiful Valentines that were lovingly made for one another. Pastel water colored hearts hung in the rooms to receive the treasured “mail.” Special tea parties were celebrated in honor of the day and some rooms shared cookies, others heart shaped breads served with pink tea.

     Arriving back from break was so normal and natural. Seeing friends after a week apart was exciting and the play picked right up where it had left off a whole week before.

     Now we enter March and the end of King Winter’s reign is nearing an end. There just is the smell of spring in the air and despite all the snow on the ground, you can just feel the bulbs starting to shift and turn in their beds. Soon it will be time for them to wake up and reach their faces to the warmth of Father Sun. The light is lasting longer and we start to hear stories of venturing out and seeking new opportunities and adventures.

     All the while the angels keep sending snowflakes down to us, but they are now sometimes mixing with the pitter patter of the rain drops. Soon Easter grasses will be sprouting on the windowsill as we all prepare for the rebirth of all the flora and fauna. Jess Moore

News From the Grade School

The 7th and 8th Grade Circus: A number of us who attended the first show of the day, simply had to come back and experience it all again that very same evening. It was that good!
      Mr. Saccone opened the circus with his usual polish and flair, setting the stage for what was to be a thoroughly entertaining and impressive performance by the 7th and 8th grades. Dylan Wu and his ensemble crew had us all laughing and admiring the choreography. Ethan Humphries bravely put himself in danger in a solo act of sword juggling. There were unicyclists, clowns, jugglers, and skits, offering wall-to-wall entertainment. Davis Ritger, Ryan Kapplemann, and Maxime Rumiel gave an amazing diablo performance, and Sarah Norden stole the show with her solo trapeze act. The illuminated pois’ brought a dramatic splash to this wonderful event, made all the richer by the accompaniment of the Circus Band.
      Many thanks to the cast and crew for this heartfelt and inspired event. Julie Pennington


Circus Outreach News: This past Sunday, five 7th and 8th graders brought their circus arts skills to the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. They juggled, rode unicycles, spun diablos and plates. They brought an air of fun to the event. This was a fund raising kickoff to help upgrade a beautiful building of books and imagination. Davis Ritger, Ethan Humphries, Sarah Norden, Madeleine Stafford and Sophia Laukli brought their skill and laughter to the festivities. This was a great community service and a fun,outreach event. So many families asked us who we were! John Saccone


News From the High School

Congratulations to Mr. Sloan:
In 2012, poet David Sloan won both of the Betsy Sholl Award from Words & Images magazine and the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Poetry in the Short Works Competition. Now, Deerbrook Editions’ Jeff Haste has just announced that Sloan’s first collection—The Irresistible In Between—is due to be published by his Cumberland-based press this spring. Kudos to both author and publisher!

Read more in The Peavey, a weekly newsletter from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, where you will also see Tyler O'Brien's photo and Skyler Samuelson's name in the article on Poetry Out Loud!


School Community Updates

     The College of Teachers is pleased to announce that we have invited Kristin Agudelo to join the High School Faculty as part of the Humanities Department next year, and she has accepted the position. Kristin is in her last year of the part-time Antioch Waldorf Teacher Training program. Her focus has been in high school humanities. She comes to Waldorf education with a rich academic background, BA in Religious Studies from Brown University and post graduate work at Princeton and Columbia with an MA in Cultural Anthropology.

     Prior to considering Kristin for a position next year, she had already established herself in the high school as a remarkably able teacher and colleague. In the past two years she has substituted in a number of humanities classes, and this year has already taught a week-long chunk of Dante's Inferno, assisted with the ninth/tenth production of The Matchmaker, and is currently teaching The Rise of the West to eleventh graders. Because she was the first recipient of a new program established by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to fund promising Waldorf teachers as interns, Kristin will also be teaching portions of upcoming blocks—The Story of Drama to freshmen, and Greek History to sophomores. Students have obviously enjoyed Kristin's appealing blend of rigorous scholarship and creative teaching techniques.

     Kristin has been a parent at Merriconeag for a number of years. Her son, Santiago is currently in Grade Two. Please join the faculty in welcoming Kristin to our circle of teachers next year. Christine Sloan


Many Thanks to Merriconeag Parent, Tricia Toms:

Tricia Toms volunteers as Merriconeag’s official photographer for class and school events and then puts all of her amazing photos on her website, http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag, for purchase by parents as a fundraiser for the school. Visit her site today for all of the latest photos from this year so far.

March Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups:

All parents in Grades 1-12 should have received an email last Friday with info on signing up for upcoming Parent Teacher conferences. Grades 1-8 sign-up via Pick-A-Time (https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11605658), while Grades 9-12 sign-up via a shared Google Spreadsheet (link provided in an email to high school parents). Please contact Lisa or Susan if you did not receive these emails or are having any trouble registering for a conference. EC conference sign-ups are posted outside EC classroom doors.




Athletic News - Sports Updates

Middle School Nordic:

Merriconeag Middle School Boys are the 2013 Class B Nordic Team State Champions!


Merriconeag Middle School Girls are the 2013 Class B Nordic Team State Runner Up!

Congratulation to our teams and their Coaches, Amy and Bjorn Laukli, -

and to the parent coaches/volunteers who help make it all possible!


High School Nordic: More press for our high school Nordic skiers!

Local skiers monopolize titles again
Michael Hoffer, The Forecaster, Thursday, February 28, 2013


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