Tuesday News - March 25, 2014

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Bring a Friend Outreach & Enrollment Drive

Please review the list of events on the calendar in the Bring a Friend flyer and consider how you can bring a friend.  Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events

We are pleased to be co-sponsoring this film about violence, manhood and American culture with Boys to Men and TARP (Tolerance and Respect Project). Please join us!

Tough Guise 2

Thursday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Freeport Performing Arts Center

30 Holbrook Street, Freeport, ME

Admission is free but seating is limited so please register by clicking on this link. Due to mature content, we recommend this film for audience members who are 13 or older.

The film is the highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
View the trailer.

Auction and Variety Show to benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

See updates under From the Development Office


Admission Events

Tea and Play,

Please note there is no Tea & Play scheduled for 3/26.

Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 30 & May 7, 14, 21, 28

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport

For prospective parents. Bring your child, share a cup of tea with us and learn more about our programs for young children. Story time is at 9:30. For more information: 207.865.3900, Ext. 163, or hdrexel@merriconeag.org


Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tuesday, April 8, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education. After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling or emailing Lyn Baird, 865-3900, Ext. 103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.



Tour of Grades 1 - 8
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
, 8:15 - 10:30 a.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport, ME
(Begins in the Community Hall)
A distinctive feature of Waldorf elementary education is the two-hour “main lesson” period that begins each day. During this period the class focuses on a particular curriculum topic over a three-week block of time (e.g., fractions in 4th grade, geology/mineralogy in 6th grade, Civil War in 8th grade). Call 207-865-3900, Ext.103 or email admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org, to sign up for this tour. We are also happy to arrange other times for you to observe classes. . .just call.


Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots
Friday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Birth Roots Prenatal Resource Center 
101 State Street, Portland

Waldorf Schools strive to honor and protect the important phase of life that is childhood. Come learn about the Waldorf approach to parenting and early childhood education. We will discuss how we can shape our time and space in ways that best support the healthy development of the young child. Share in discussion and learn new ideas!


Early Childhood Open House & Puppet Show

Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport

Come play, visit with our Early Childhood teachers, and learn about our unique Waldorf approach to Early Childhood education. There will be activities in every classroom and the puppet show, Snow White and Rose Red, will be presented at 11:30 a.m.


Our Teachers in the Greater Community

Introduction to Systemic Constellation Work with Laura Ghedina
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7pm - 8:30 pm,

Anyone is welcome! No fee.
Merriconeag Waldorf School, Third Grade Classroom, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, ME
Who is Living Your Life? Constellation work is an inclusive, respectful method to improve, your relationships your success in life, your feeling of coherence and peace, your overall emotional well being by looking at underlying dynamics in your family system through experiential and intuitive group interaction. In this introductory evening we will explore the many possibilities this work can offer. Please come, and bring a friend!

The Wisdom of a Heartbeat: Exploring the new science of our hearts' intelligence and tapping into our deeper intuitions. A workshop with Laura Ghedina, Thursday, March 27, 8:00 - 9:30 pm, Yoga Room, 3rd Floor Buck Center, Bowdoin College. Hosted by Circle, a student organization. 


Maine Poets Stuart Kestenbaum, Peter Harris & David Sloan
Thursday, April 17th, 7:00 pm at Longfellow Books

One Monument Way, Portland, Maine
Join Longfellow Books for an evening with three talented Maine poets as they share their latest works and, of course, sign your books! As always, Longfellow Books events are free and open to the public.
To learn more about each poet, please click here.




From the Development Office

Auction and Variety Show

to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

The Tuition Support Auction is Saturday April 5th– 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 to sign up.

     Wondering what you might find at the Auction on April 5th? A wonderful assortment of over 85 items that are fun,l unique, Waldorf-inspired gifts for yourself or a loved one. These are gifts of the heart, donated by our community and friends to support our tiered tuition program. Read below for some teasers – and look for the printed Auction catalog to come home with your child early next week.

A blacksmithing lesson from Dereck Glaser –our high school blacksmithing instructor. Nothing warms body and soul more than learning respect for the forge, knowing the perfect orange glow in the coals to warm your iron and then, at last hammering out a beautiful piece of your own making. Work out that aggression and make something pretty!! \\

Or, perhaps, try some something with less possibility of flame, how about learning the ukulele! You can get started with one amazing hour lesson with an 8 year ukist veteren, "Ukulele Lu" Lucy Birkett Ahearne! Learn proper strumming, basic chords, bring a friend or two, it's a group lesson for three. Bring a real ukulele, those play ones will not serve you well on your new musical endeavor!

OK, how about gardening, Awaken the soul, get in touch with the earth and have a sweet and delicious result: bid on 20 red raspberry plants from the Mainella/Gunderson family!!! Plant them this spring and watch them flower and grow in abundance, precious little is as tasty as a sun-warmed fresh raspberry! Think of the potential for jams and chutney!

Check out the Empty Nester Basket from the thoughtful High School Parents, who are probably planning on this interesting experience themselves, so who better to provide all that is needed! The gifts run the gamut of informative, celebratory to contemplative and, um, mature tastes! Begin this new phase, or assist another who might about to jump in with:


Looking for Local Art at the Auction? Expand your collection of art by a local artist (who just happen to also be a fellow Merriconeag Parent!). Make a bid for Crab Study #5, a unique and beautiful found object piece by Julia M. Doughty. A wonderful mix of stone, copper, iron, glass, wood and wire combine to manifest this whimsical and daring work.




Instead of waiting in the check-out line after the Variety Show,  volunteer to help break down and clean-up if you can.  Here’s your chance to join in, meet parents and participate. Click here to sign up. Any questions, please contact Stacie Hamilton-Waldron at shamwald@maine.rr.com or Mary Martin at events@merriconeag.org.


News from the High School

Over the weekend, a group of Merriconeag students traveled to the Monadnock Waldorf School to participate in their Late Winter Ball. The Monadnock School again put on a spectacular event, this year with the theme of The Roaring Twenties. The local event hall was transformed into a glitzy garden party, where flappers and dapper gentlemen danced the night away. Many thanks to the Monadnock School for hosting such a fun event!


Summer Camps 2014

To learn more about each of our summer programs, please click on the links (names) below.

Circus Arts Camp 2014

For ages 8 - 12 (entering grades 2 - 6)

June 23 - 27

9:00 am – 12:00 noon, $225/wk.

With Extended Day:

9:00 am - 3:00 pm - $325/wk.

Includes a fun and relaxed afternoon after the

morning Circus Arts Camp.



Nature Nurtures Summer Camp 2014

For ages 3 to 6.

Week 1: June 23 - 27

Week 2: July 7 - 11

Week 3: July 14 - 1

Half day option: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, $175/wk.

Full day option: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, $275/wk.

Register Now: If you would like to speak to someone about our summer camps,
please call Melissa Hoy, 207-865-3900, Ext 151.

1. Download, print and complete the 2014 Summer Camp Registration Form.

     If your child has a medical condition you will also need to download and complete the

     Medication Administration Release Form.
2. Calculate your total payment. 
3. Mail your completed form, along with a check made out to Merriconeag Waldorf School to:

    Summer Programs at Merriconeag Waldorf School 
    57 Desert Road 
    Freeport, Maine 04032 

School Community Updates

Merriconeag just finished hosting a rich and rewarding three-day gathering of regional Waldorf schools. Over 140 participants enjoyed lectures, discussions and workshops, all addressing the theme focusing on Imagination, Courage and Responsibility of Soul. We are grateful that many of you in our community were able to join us on Friday evening for the start of the conference!

     On Saturday, we were all treated to a delicious lunch catered by  parent Patrick Quigg of Riverfront Barbeque and Grille in Augusta.
      Monday morning, our colleagues from Seacoast, White Mountain, Ashwood, and The Bay School joined us at the high school to continue working with Florian Osswald, one of the leaders of the international Waldorf movement.


Photos from the 6th grade class play, Crusader, Muslim, and Jew, performed on Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 am & 7:00 pm in the Community Hall. Many thanks to Stacie Hamilton-Waldron for the photos.


Bravo to Four Brave Skilled Circus Students: Four brave students from the 8th and 9th grades stepped out last Saturday and entertained the crowds at the Grand Opening of the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. The allure of the joyful entertainment these students brought was amazing to see. They didn't hesitate to share their talents such as juggling knives, balls, clubs, unicycling, and diabelo skills, as well as patiently and eloquently fielding questions about Merriconeag. Thank you Davis, Nick, Eli and Ryan for your fabulous energy and sharing your time and talent! Bravo! Mary Martin, Events Coordinator Click here for a PDF of some of our performers.


2014 Yearbooks Now on Sale: The Gyre, Merriconeag’s All School yearbook, is now on sale! *Since we need a total quantity to finalize a price, the price below is estimated. If we sell a lot of yearbooks, the price will go down. If we don’t, then the price will be as listed. So, the maximum you will pay is $40 per book. The deadline for purchase is March 31, 2014. After March 3, we will determine the final price and you will be billed for your yearbook(s). Please note: Students in grades 8 through 12 will receive and be billed for a yearbook unless they have opted out below. All others students (grades EC through 7) are asked to complete the order form linked below to order a copy of this year’s yearbook.  For order form, please click here: Yearbook Order Form.


Community Made Crafts: Please join us in the Farmhouse on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-10:00 for crafting, socializing and fun. We have planned lots of interesting projects, starting with a felt bird garland. You are also welcome to continue with your own work and enjoy the group camaraderie and support. No experience or special skills required!


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

The Overprotected Kid
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
Hanna Rosin, Theatlantic.com, March 19, 2014

     For more related to the article, above see Joan Almon's new booklet. Joan is a former Waldorf Early Childhood teacher who founded the Alliance for Childhood.

Adventure: The value of risk in children's play by Joan Almon
This booklet is an exploration of why children need adventurous play and how they successfully cope with it through risk-assessment. Click here for a sample of the book, including the introduction.

The disturbing transformation of kindergarten
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten.
Wendy Lecker, Stamfordadvocate.com, February 21, 2014


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