Tuesday News - March 19, 2013

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Variety Show and

Silent Auction

This Saturday, March 23

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

57 Desert Road, Freeport

The Tuition Support Auction is THIS 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, click this link.
• Signed up to work a shift the night of the Auction? Click here. The auction can’t run smoothly without your help. There are still quite a few spots to fill!

Click here for a PDF of the Auction Catalog!

Bring in the Goods: All items (except perishables) for the Silent Auction should be brought to the Farmhouse as soon as possible, no later than Friday morning.

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 – these are 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! You do not “bid” on these, just sign up and you’re in!
• 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
• Mini-Golf/ Disc-Golf outing for kids in grades 6-8 – a tour of at least two mini-golf courses with Games Enthusiast Adrian Bossi. Date to be arranged with the group.

Back by popular demand - Buy a Chance for a week at a House in Provence: again this year Brooks and Susan Stoddard have kindly offered their house in Provence which can be won with a “house raffle ticket”. These will be sold this week in the office or at the auction, until 8:30 pm. House raffle tickets, like the cash raffle tickets, cost $25 each or 5 for $100.

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



Upcoming Events

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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 as 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



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



What's it all about? Foundation Studies at Merriconeag

Information Session:
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

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.



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 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


April 3, 10 & 24- Butterflies - Felt and embroider beautiful butterflies and welcome the colors of Spring. All materials and instructions supplied. Limited to 12



May 1- Open Session Bring in your unfinished projects to work on and let’s
celebrate our work together. This will be the last session of the school year. 

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.


2013 Merriconeag Summer Camps

2013 Merriconeag Summer Camps: Our camps run from 9:00 a.m. - noon.

If there is enough interest, we will consider offering an afternoon program like we did last year.

New this year: Sandy Pearson will be offering a third camp on our campus through RSU5 Recreation & Community Education. See info below.


For more information and to register for the Circus Arts and Buttercup camps,

please click on the name of the camp below.

Circus Arts Camp
June 24 - 28
9:00 a.m. - noon with aftercare possible.
Cost: $225.
This camp is for ages 8 - 12 (entering grades 3, 4, 5, 6). Campers will learn juggling, clowning, mime, pyramids, tightrope walking, character study and performance techniques. The camp will be led by John Saccone.
Buttercup Summer Garden Camp
July 1 - 5 and July 8 - 12
9:00 a.m. - noon with aftercare possible.
Cost: $175.
This camp is for ages 3 1/2 - 6
Campers are lovingly held in a gentle, nature-filled environment that immerses them in magical play and discovery. There is lots of time for crafts, water play, the sandbox, walking woodland paths, and playing games. The camp will be led by Kelly Barham with help from Crary Chandler.

Felting Fun: A Fiber Craft Camp

Led by Sandy Pearson through RSU5 Recreation & Community Education

June 24 - 28

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Handcraft Building

This camp is appropriate for students age 10 - 12 (min. 8 students, max. 12 students.

Each morning will be spent turning eco friendly and local fleeces into items such as balls, mats, pouches, and bowls. The afternoons will be outside time to play games, hear stories, sing songs, and enjoy the fields, woods and gardens. The camp will be led by Sandy Pearson with an assistant.

Please register through RSU5 Recreation & Community Education, 207.865.6171 or www.RSU5-RCE.org


News From the High School

Poetry Out Loud State Finals are this Wednesday: As reported earlier, Senior Skyler Samuelson was one of five finalists selected at the Southern Regionals held last month in Biddeford. This Wednesday, March 20, she will compete against nine other contestants for the state championship at the Gracie Theater in Bangor. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the event begins at 4:00 p.m. For tickets and more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/346905.

The event will be aired live on MPBN televison. 

Go Skyler! We'll all be cheering for you!



Senior Holly Perkins receives more great press for her senior project in the Maine Sunday Telegram:

Teen Dancer Leaps into her new role as ballet teacher at an orphanage in Africa. http://www.pressherald.com/news/teen-dancer-leaps-into-her-new-role-as-ballet-teacher-at-an-orphanage-in-africa_2013-03-17.html

Along with her passion, Holly Perkins will also deliver dance apparel she collected to Tanzania.

By Bob Keyes, Maine Sunday Telegram, March 16, 2013

More press on Holly from last week in case you missed it:

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


Theme Week at the High School:

     Last week was the annual Theme Week at the high school. This year the students spent the week exploring the theme "What is Art?"  They kicked off the week with keynote speaker. Chris Pliem, a buddhist teacher from Massachusett, who spoke of the connection between meditation and art and how artists speak of producing their best work while "in the zone". He also spoke of the importance of focusing on "each step of the process", of living in the moment and not being so preoccupied with "the goal."  Tashi Armstrong demonstrated this using the art form of Japanese archery.

     Each high school student participated in three artistic workshops that met over four days. Here are some student comments from each of the workshops:

Art in Nature: There are so many amazing patterns in nature. We looked at how you can try to explain them using mathematics. It's amazing that you can copy patterns found in nature using a compass and ruler.

Fabric Printing: I learned so much about collaboration and teamwork through this elective. I felt so involved in the present moment, designing, carving and printing. We all put our ideas together and created T-shirts for everyone in the school as a gift representing our artwork. (Teagan Wu)

Dance: The first day of dance was fun and full of energy as we paired up and learned the basics of disco.  The next day we reviewed disco before moving to the waltz. The steps were a little more complicated, but we made it relatively gracefully through the theme of Cinderella’s ball.  Thursday, we got off the ground and began lifts in swing. The song we danced to was energetic and everyone loved getting flipped around and upside down.  The last morning was spent learning some hip hop tricks, which weren’t part of a whole dance, but were fun nonetheless.  After such an active week, I’m not the only one who’s a little sore. (Carlin Tindall)

Circus Arts: Being able to do something that we have done before and deepening our understanding of it and really having fun was an awesome feeling. (Zoe Konstantino)

Clay: Texture, gesture, and a personal element; those were our instructions for the class.  For a couple hours each day last week we worked with clay, melding the required elements together to form one piece.  Some made animals, some abstract sculptures, but everyone incorporated a texture, gesture and personal element into their product.  At the end of each class we smashed our work, and each morning we started something new. (Carlin Tindall)

Yoga: When I stood up after every yoga practice, the space around me felt infinite and I was able to feel my center. As Yoga means "yoke" or "connection," I found my center though the fluidity of the movements and the focus on the present moment. It made me want to do yoga every morning. Through this elective, I was introduced to Mandala's which are meditative and spiritual tools with unifying centers and concentric shapes. I chose the shapes for my design in the present moment without thinking about the end result. In doing so, I think the piece turned out even better. (Teagan Wu)

Drumming:  During drumming we learned about the various beats created by hitting a drum. We learned about different cultures' ways of drumming. But we spent most of class collaborating to create our own music. (Meredith Saunders)

Fiddle Tunes by Ear: In the afternoons we played music.  Many people played instruments they already knew how to play, while others picked up new ones.  We had banjos, fiddles, cellos, guitars, basses, mandolins and a dobro.  Most of the songs we played were already well-known by everyone, but there were some new ones.  We played for almost two hours each day, learning chords, melodies and harmonies.  While sometimes rocky in finding the balance between melodies and chords, or keeping time steady, we ended our week happy with the progress we’d made and all that we’d learned. (Carlin Tindall)

It was so cool to see everyone work together playing as best they could to make wonderful music. I have found myself playing mandolin a lot more since theme week and teaching myself some more songs. The school got the best teachers possible for this workshop. (Julia Ritger)

The high school also spent on day of theme week on a field trip to the Museum Fine Arts in Boston. Who knew that an electric fan placed in vegetable oil is art?

Theme Week has easily been one of my best experiences here at the high school, I am certainly looking forward to it next year! (Chris Gordon)



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