Tuesday News - March 12, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Reel Deal Film Fest

Co-sponsored by Merriconeag with Hardy Girls Healthy Women

& Boys to Men. Tonight is the last film in the series.

Not Just a Game

Tonight, March 12, 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.

Tonight: March 12, 2013, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


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.


Early Childhood Information Session
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tell your friends about this wonderful opportunity for prospective parents (without their children with them) to hear an early childhood teacher discuss the philosophy behind our approach to early education, and answer questions.




Tell your friends! Tea & Play
Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., March 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.





Grade 5 Play: Jason and the Golden Fleece

Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 11:00 a.m.

Community Hall





Variety Show and Silent Auction

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

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road


The Tuition Support Auction is Saturday March 23 – have you:
• Bought cash raffle tickets? They were mailed to your home, or available in all offices.
• Sent in your RSVP? Discounted tickets available if you cannot afford the entry fee.
• Called a friend (from outside Merriconeag) to come as your free guest?
• Arranged for a sitter? IF having free baby-sitting is the only way you can come to the auction, check  this link.
• Signed up to work a shift the night of the Auction? <Click here>

Not sure if you want to come? Have you heard about the skits in the variety show? You won’t want to miss the faculty and parent once in a lifetime debuts (or possibly the only time they’ll ever do it!)

New this Year: Here is a sneak preview into Merri-Happenings (get-togethers, outings, parties, events that bring our community together!). You can sign up for these Merri-Happenings the night of the Auction: each one has a set date, so check your calendars now and make plans with your families and friends!
• Full Day Sail and gourmet picnic lunch on the Karamanoglu’s 58-foot catamaran –

  Saturday, July 13, 9am-4pm
• Gingerbread Decorating Party for kids hosted by Susan Caron and Lynne Espy –

  Tuesday after school (3pm), Dec. 3
• Ohio Party – hosted by native Ohioans (there are lots of them here!), serving good Ohio fare,

  bluegrass music and scrabble. Saturday June 15, evening.
• Lobster Bake hosted by Bart and Ilse Haag – classic Maine lobster bake for families on the

  beach in Yarmouth – Sat. Aug 3, beginning at 1pm
• Summer Shore Picnic for families – a beach day for families hosted by Katie and Chuck Martin,

  serving a lobster    lunch and lots of fun –Sat. July 27, 11-3

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



Can Money Heal the Planet?

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

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

The growing field of social finance provides an alternative view of what money is all about and many groups such Slow Money, Buy Local, and CSAs are already making a difference in the health of our communities. John Bloom will speak about how our individual and organizational financial choices can build meaningful human relationships and community and help transform the way the world works with money.

John Bloom is Senior Director of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco (www.rsfsocialfinance.org), where he has developed innovative philanthropic programs and contributed to the organization’s thought leadership in the field of social finance.As part of his work at RSF he has been developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation.  Read more



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 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.


From the Caretaker

Pest Management Policy: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a focus of the state to track the use of pesticides in schools and public buildings. MWS is required to disclose to any parent or faculty member when any pesticides are used. MWS does not use pesticides as a general rule. If pesticides are used it would happen when school is not in session and there is no threat of exposure to the students or the community. If you would like contacted when pesticides are used a form is provided in the Grades office (Lisa). After filling out the form you would be contacted in the event of pesticide usage. Contact Will Hight with any questions or concerns 865-3900 x135 caretaker@merriconeag.org

News From the Grade School

Merriconeag 8th Graders, Davis Ritger, Ethan Humphries, Sarah Norden,

and 7th graders, Madeleine Stafford and Sophia Laukli perform at Merrill

Memorial Library's fundraiser in Yarmouth on Sunday, March 3rd.


News From the High School

Senior Holly Perkins will be returning to Africa on March 23 equipped with ballet slippers, tights and leotards. She will be teaching ballet to the children of an orphanage in the southeast African country of Tanzania as part of her senior project. To prepare for her trip, Holly has been teaching ballet to grade school students at Merriconeag with the help of John Saccone. She has also taken classes for younger students at Maine State Ballet to learn its teaching methods, and is planning a curriculum with their Artistic Director Linda Miele and School Director Glenn Davis.

To learn more:

Listen to Holly interviewed on 98.9 WCLZ: Link to interview

Read the article about Holly in the Forecaster:
North Yarmouth Teen to Bring Ballet to African Orphanage
By Alex Lear, The Forecaster, March 5, 2013


High School Students Have a (Snow) Ball! How to break the routine of a dreary

winter? Attend a Waldorf Schools Snow Ball! Last weekend, some fifteen students from Merriconeag High School joined students from four other Waldorf schools at the Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH. Mr. Sloan and I played both chauffeurs and chaperones of our joyous bunch. The weekend was extremely well-organized, beginning with a few ice breaking activities that encouraged the 115 students present get to know each other.
      Friday night, after a delicious and generous dinner prepared by a very efficient parental group, the ninth and tenth graders gathered to watch the classic movie The Big Sleep, with an introduction about film noir by presented by ex-Merriconeag teacher Karl Schurman. Meanwhile, the juniors and seniors took a brisk walk to the Monadnock Elementary School Theater, where Glen Williamson performed his gripping one-man adaptation of Goethe's Faust. Then host families came to gather their brood for the night, some of them hosting as many as 18 young people under one roof!
      On Saturday, after a big brunch served at school, the students were left to choose among many activities: playing sports at the nearby Recreation Center, going sledding on a hill next to the school or walking downtown, discovering art galleries and delicious frozen yogurt shops.
      Everyone went home around 3 p.m. to get ready for the big event. At 6 p.m., all our handsome gentlemen and stylish ladies gathered at a hall transformed into an elegant Hollywood venue. Guests entered in pairs or small group, walked the red carpet, applauded by an admiring crowd of parents and teachers and accompanied by the flashing cameras of the paparazzi! The very first guests to walk in were Charlie Chaplin and Ginger Rogers look-alikes. A life-size statue of an entirely golden Oscar greeted the guests. To the surprise of the students, this statue, one of the Monadnock teachers in disguise, came shockingly to life!
      An elegant sit-down dinner was set up in the ballroom while silent black and white movies were being shown on stage, under the HOLLYWOOD banner. After a delicious dinner, tables and chairs made way for a dance floor while the DJ prepared his music on stage. The DJ was Monadnock's dance teacher. He was a wonderful DJ, offering a mix of music to please all tastes. Wild dancing ensued for hours. It was so much fun witnessing the joyous energy of the dancers and how connected they were to each other.
      The ride home Sunday morning was quite quiet as riders dreamt the Hollywood dream. I asked some of our students what they appreciated about their week-end and here are some of their appreciative, enthusiastic answers:

     "It was fun being with other Waldorf students who know what a block book is; I didn't have to explain about borders!"
    "We are not so weird; there are others just like us!"
    "They were so kind and hospitable!"
    "I loved the Hollywood theme!"
    "It was fun doing eurythmy moves on the dance floor with people I didn't know!"
      All in all, a great success! We want to thank the Monadnock school for their impressive organization and their generous hospitality. Can't wait for next year's theme! Regine Whittlesey


School Community Updates


Calling all Bakers: We need 10 - 12 bakers to each make 2 dozen sweet and/or savory desserts for our delicious dessert table at the Variety Show and Silent Auction on March 23. Please let me know if you can help. Hope to see you there! Debbie Midgette, deb@midgette.org, 729-7270.



Third Grade is preparing a cook book for the auction: We need help with some "Merriconeag" recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe for "kindergarten soup", millet rolls, or Santa Lucia bread? How about applesauce cake or "star" cookies? Any community specialty recipe would be greatly appreciated! Please pass on to Mer Stafford (Mom to Maddy in 7th, Mia in 3rd and Maude in K) by this Thursday, March 14th in any way shape or form, you can even leave it as a message on my phone 207-319-8925 if that makes it easy for you! Email mer.stafford@gmail.com.


Time to Return Skis: Sorry to say, it looks like the ski season is over. The rental skis, boots and poles need to be returned. I'm going to try something a little different this year! Tomorrow, Wednesday, 2nd grade and 6th grade should bring in their rental skis, Thursday, 3rd and 5th, Friday, 4th grade. Next week on Monday, 7th grade and on Tuesday, 8th grade. We will learn how to put our skis to sleep until next year, during our class time together. Any ski team members should remove any klister from their skis BEFORE they are brought to school. Thank you, John


Merriconeag Waldorf High School Parent Connections invites all Merriconeag parents and faculty to join them for a night out for dinner, drinks, dessert, and socializing this Friday, March 15, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at  The Fresh Batch Restaurant, 20 Bow Street in Freeport. Fresh Batch has agreed to open just for us! Feel free to come for dinner only or drop in later for dessert or drinks. They have a wide selection of American fare, beer and wine, tasty desserts and homemade gelato. Parking is available across the street from the restaurant. Looking forward to seeing you there! RSVP: kneveu@mac.com


What's it all about? Foundation Studies at Merriconeag: Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts is a wonderful, lively and interactive program sponsored by the Center for Anthroposophy at various local Waldorf schools. We have run this program several times at Merriconeag and it has inspired many of our long-time teachers such as, to mention a few, Sandy Pearson, Michael Fenderson and Bob Thurrell. It has also brought us a new generation of wonderful teachers such as, to name a few, Jen Chase, Suzie Peirson, and Ida Dyment (she attended in Keene, NH)! Scores of parents, alumni students and alumni grandparents have had the longing to know more about Waldorf education and experience its fruits for themselves as adults. They have enrolled in this program. Through the two-year, part-time program of 64 hours per year, there are 16 four-hour sessions that fit well within the academic calendar of our school.
      In each four-hour session you partake of interesting readying, stimulating conversation, you are introduced to new arts and enjoy a potluck and further conversation with fellow participants. If you are new in the community it is a great way to make new friends. If you want to become a Waldorf teacher, this is a good step to begin the journey.
      What time and day of the week will it be? Come to an Information Session, fill out the survey and help choose the day and time! It will be held on the most convenient day for those interested in taking the program.
Information Sessions:
Wednesday., March 20 at 9:00 a.m. in the Early Childhood Center
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Hall
Please contact Barbara Richardson, Foundation Studies Coordinator if you have questions, 865-6482 or brichardson@centerforanthroposophy.org

March Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

close this Friday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m.:

All parents in Grades 1-12 should have received an email 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

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

The Tri-Town Weekly wrote a nice article about our Nordic team. You might still be able to snag a copy at a local newstand or read it in one of the offices. Unfortunately, we are not able to link to it.

Tiny Merriconeag Skis Huge
Adam Birt, Tri-Town Weekly, Wednesday, March 6, 2013


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