Tuesday News - March 26, 2013

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Please note that school is closed this Thursday & Friday, March 28 & 29, for Parent Teacher Conferences.

Upcoming Events

You don't want to miss this unique talk! Bring your friends!

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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

Suggested donation: $10 at the door

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


What's it all about? Foundation Studies at Merriconeag

Information Session:
Tonight! 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 Merriconeag. Please come learn more!
Coming into Foundation Studies, I was a novice parent hoping to understand more about the philosophy that created the Waldorf School. I left being so much more. I was inspired to continue asking questions of myself and others. I met and got to know the most amazing teachers, parents and students. I was challenged and encouraged to go outside my comfort zone time and time again. Barbara did a great job and held the class together so we could feel comfortable and be a cohesive unit when others were instructing.

Kimberly Smith, parent and now Early Childhood Assistant.



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 27, 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. 

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


Variety Show and Silent Auction

Variety Show and Auction were a Big Hit!
      Each year we collect the community’s feedback about the Tuition Support Auction and try to improve it. This year, we instituted a number of new aspects specifically with the hopes of increasing attendance by all parents, celebrating community, highlighting the best (and funniest) about the world of Waldorf, and finding a theme and design that we could use again next year. We feel like we nailed it – a sell out crowd celebrated, with endless laughter and appreciation, all that we love about Waldorf.

     Equally satisfying, it was also a very successful fundraiser for an exceedingly important cause – tuition support. Not counting some outstanding costs, it looks like we exceeded our greatest expectations and netted $50,000 (this is in addition to the very generous $20,000 anonymous match!).

In case you didn’t hear:
• Katy and Bob Neveu won $2,000 in the cash raffle. This year’s cash raffle raised $8,000, thanks in large part to Merriconeag’s very supportive grandparents.
• Sarah and David Hyde won the Stoddard’s Provence House in the House Raffle.
• The Speed Auction raised $23,000 for tuition support in jut 12 minutes! By doing so, we successfully matched the anonymous $20,000 gift and demonstrated our deep commitment to maintaining an economically diverse community.

Mattie Daughtry, youngest woman in the Maine House of Representative and alumni of the 8th grade class of 2001, concisely and eloquently articulated the critical need for tuition support and the power of a Waldorf education.

The Variety Show: Its success exceeded our greatest expectations. While we have encouraged all the participants to keep their day jobs, we are considering a run of “Waldorf on Broadway”. The Waldorf festivals will never be the same for those of us who saw the Monty Python Boys and the Dragon Ladies. Lisa Bossi’s original score and lyrics to “Merriconeag Blues” brought down the house, as did Christine Sloan’s “Don’t Tell Mama” with her cadre of burly eurythmists. Selma and Katy Stetson’s 4-handed piano piece was electrifying, and Curtis Bohlen and Shelly Elmer’s languages skit was delightful. Holding everything together musically was the Almond Butters Band, making its debut appearance, and gaining an instant fan base. (Watch Selma & Katy at this link) (Stay tuned for a link to Lisa Bossi's Merriconeag Blues!)

The Silent Auction – truly unique, Waldorf inspired gifts from the heart, homemade by parents, students, and faculty! Every offering was wonderful this year, but those made by students and parents deserve a special acknowledgment:
Grades Baskets – A stunning doll house made by Julie Yeo, with all the furnishings and little people made by EC parents. A basket of homemade canned goods decorated by the 2nd grade students. A pamper yourself basket by the 8th grade, Snacks on the Go, made by 5th grade students and parents, and many more. Every class basket reflected the individuality of its generous, creative and inspiring families. You truly outdid yourselves.

Gifts from the students: The Spring Branch, made by the EC students, a felted ball rug made by students in grades 5 – 12, and stained glass artwork made by the high school students. Many thanks to the EC faculty, Julie Pennington, Sandy Pearson, and Rosemary Burwell for organizing these lovely student-made projects.

Merri-Happenings – parties and excursions offered by generous hosts that will keep the fun coming in the months ahead. People will be sailing on catamarans, having seashore picnics, and bonding with Ohioans. People liked the idea of “buying a social life!

     Whether you were an Auction committee member who helped envision and orchestrate the event, a sponsor who helped cover the costs of the event, or you helped by bringing food, coordinating a Grades Basket, donating or making an item, bringing a friend to the auction, buying or selling raffle tickets, or working a shift on Auction night, each and every contribution is deeply appreciated. The Auction committee members are listed below and I hope you will thank them. As a community, we are especially indebted to Lisa and Adrian Bossi whose diverse and creative talents never cease to amaze, and to Amy Eshoo who is a workhorse with a great attitude and an eye on deadlines.

     The generous business sponsors, who jointly contributed $4,425, will be listed on our website. Along with the other businesses who contributed items or services, we hope you will thank them with your patronage.

     Through the year we seek volunteers to help with fundraisers like this auction and the fall festival. If you were excited by what you experienced, please consider volunteering for the next event. Contact Lynne Espy or anyone on the Auction committee with feedback, variety skit ideas, or if you would like to be involved next year’s Auction and Variety Show. It’s guaranteed fun and fame!

Submitted by Lynne Espy, with deep gratitude for the amazing effort by EVERYONE in this community, and for the exceptionally fun evening.

Auction Committee Members:

Auction Co-Chairs: Lisa Bossi and Amy Eshoo
Variety Show Creators: Lisa Bossi, Adrian Bossi, David Sloan and Jackie Reifer
Props and Decorations: Priscilla Nicholson, Katie Martin, Will Hight
Database Manager: Melissa Hoy
Catalog Layout: Johanna Flath
Catalog Design and Decorations: Lisa Bossi
Food: Julia Dodge, Carol Will, Caroline Norden, Deb Midgette
Drinks: Mandy Andreson and Melisa Walker
All the wonderful Grades Basket Coordinators (see the catalog for the names)
Auctioneers Scott Libby and Michael Stefanakos
Staffing: Lucy Ahearne and Mary Martin
Silent Auction: Tracy Libby, Stacie Waldron and Alicia Heyburn
The Almond Butters Band: David Barham, David Beringer, Jeff O’Brien, and Kandy Ivy
Other Music: Victoria Stefanakos, Nancy Roderick, Katy Stetson
Mailings: Karen Hastings

A few post-Auction accounting details:
1. If you have outstanding costs, please submit your receipts this week to the office, along with a reimbursement form (or tax-deductible donation form).
2. Please pick up your dishes in the kitchen of the Community Hall
3. If you signed up for a Merri-Happening that met its minimum number of participants, you will receive an email by next week just reminding you of the date and location, and the hosts contact info. If you signed up for one that didn’t meet its minimum, you were not charged for it, and it will not happen, at least not this year.
4. It is the buyers’ responsibility to contact you to arrange for the service, however if you want to know who bought your service, contact Lynne Espy, 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org


From the Administrator

      The Board and the College of Merriconeag have been carefully considering inviting International Students to our high school, for the 2013/2014 school year. After months of research and discussion, they have approved going forward with this initiative.

     We have sought the advice of three Waldorf Schools in New England, two who have started such programs in the last two years, and one with a long history of boarding foreign students. Based on their experiences, we have selected The Cambridge Institute of International Education, an organization that facilitates the process of marketing, interviewing and arranging visas and hosting guidelines for students from China and South Korea. Both Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, and Green Meadow Waldorf School are under contract with this organization, and have highly praised their support and the quality of students who have joined their schools through this program.

     This spring, we will be working with the Cambridge Institute to present our school’s programs, our students’ accomplishments and our teachers’ strengths in this beautiful setting in Maine. Hopefully, by mid May, we will arrange skype interviews between our high school faculty and applicants presented by CI.

     Kristin Agudelo, our new high school humanities teacher, will be the coordinator of this program for the high school. She will be arranging for host families, ESL support, and carrying the orientation and social responsibilities of welcoming these students to Merriconeag. Our goal is to have 3 to 4 students. Because of the lateness of this school year, we may not reach that goal for September. Kristin will be sharing more information about homestay opportunities in the Tuesday News. If you are interested in hosting an international student, please watch for updates from Kristin. There will be a financial stipend to cover room and board.

     In a recent Green Meadow Bulletin, a student from Beijing wrote the following…“Chinese school uses test scores to determine whether a student is good or not, and actually, my grades were not very good in China. In order to improve my development, my parents and I decided that I should study abroad, and I selected America…Chinese teachers don’t really care whether you have learned anything; they only care about your test scores. I don’t want to be a boy who can only study for tests…I have really learned a lot of things in America that I never would have learned in China, like Greek Drama, the history of immigration to America, and some great Merchants like Rockefeller and Carnegie. And I have also been able to hear some different news about China and communism…”

     We know that our students will also learn a great deal about life in China from students who will share their very different culture and heritage with our young Waldorf “Mainers.” We are very excited about this wonderful opportunity to help bridge the cultural gaps and promote international understanding between our two countries.
Christine Sloan


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

More news on Holly:

Senior Holly Perkins was on WGME 13 TV news the other night

High School Student To Teach Dance To Young Children In Tanzania
NORTH YARMOUTH (WGME) -- A high school student from Maine is now half a world away, getting ready to teach dance to young children in Africa.

     Merriconeag High School senior Holly Perkins is off to Tanzania, where she will teach kids dance. This was made possible through a senior service project at the school. The children, who will be Perkins' students, are orphans, and are often the victims of abuse and neglect. Click here to watch the news broadcast.

More press on Holly from previous weeks in case you missed it:

Teen Dancer Leaps into her new role as ballet teacher at an orphanage in Africa.

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

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

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

Ninth Grade Visits the State House in Augusta:

Our trip to the State House by Zoe Konstantino:
This past Thursday we had the privilege of attending the state house up in Augusta. We were greeted by Freeport House of Representatives member Sara Gideon and Brunswick House of Representatives member Mattie Daughtry. After visiting the democratic caucus we made our way to the House of Representatives headquarters where we were to become pages for the first part of the morning. After being briefly trained on what to do, we were thrown right in to duty. Our names were announced as we filed down the aisle to the leather benches where there was a panel with the seat number of each representative. When the number lit up one of us would run to their seat and receive a note which had a number on it to be passed to the seat of that specific number. We all caught on fast and it became a game of extreme note passing. The trip concluded with a visit to the museum to see the labor mural. The trip was allover amazing and I cant wait to go back a be a page again.

Our trip to the State House by Phoebe Dolan:

The ninth grade went to our own state capital in Augusta. We met with Sarah Gideon, Representative of Freeport and Mattie Daughtry, Representative of Brunswick and served as honorary pages, passing notes between representative members. It was a stellar experience seeing gavals bang and laws being voted on. This trip helped us get a peek of what goes on in our state...Maine.



From the Business Office

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Hannaford and Bow Street Market Gift Cards: Great news! Merriconeag has raised $1700 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards, which can also be used at Bow Street Market. We are putting in orders for new cards and reloading existing cards every Thursday morning (if we meet the minimum order of $1000). Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school. Drop off your payment in the main office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check.
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Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards
Merriconeag is also a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase. We do accept credit cards!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone is easy to do right from your own computer.
1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS
Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying through ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account. 
Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check. Alternatively, we can email a list of retailers to you.


School Community Updates

The Stefanakos Family home telephone number is wrong in the directory. It is 226-7407 not 266-7407, please make a note of this as a certain gentleman has received numerous calls for the family. Thank you and sorry for the error. Lisa

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