Tuesday News - April 2, 2013

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All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent by Friday, 3:00 pm. to publicrelations@merriconeag.org

Tomorrow Night: Be sure to join us!

You don't want to miss this unique talk! Bring your friends! Help spread the word...

Can Money Heal the Planet?

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

This 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


Upcoming Events

Early Childhood Information Session

Wednesday, April 10, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport

Tell your friends and neighbors about this wonderful opportunity to learn more about our approach to nursery-kindergarten that emphasizes imaginative play, language and artistic development, social skills, singing, storytelling, movement and outdoor play!



Grade Eight Play: Twelfth Night

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, 10:45 a.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport




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.

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.


From the Development Office

Annual Appeal Update:
      Congratulations to the 11th grade class for being the first to have every family make a gift to the Annual Appeal! They will receive a decadent homemade dessert for their hard work. Now let’s see how many other classes can show that they are 100% committed to supporting this education. Last year we averaged 90% participation among all the classes. Let’s try to get there again! Remember, one gift of ANY size counts toward participation.

     Very important: If you made a verbal pledge during our phon-a-thon over a month ago, we need your signed remittance envelope or the payment, in order to officially count your gift.

Thank you to every class – the participation rates are going up!
The Buttercup EC – 55%
The Lupine EC– 56%
The Daisy EC -25%
Grade 1 – 68%
Grade 2 – 79%
Grade 3 – 64%
Grade 4 – 90%
Grade 5 – 63%
Grade 6 – 80%
Grade 7 – 77%
Grade 8 – 71%
Grade 9 – 55%
Grade 10 – 80%
Grade 11 – 100%
Grade 12 – 70%

     Please make a donation to the Annual Appeal today by submitting a check to the office (remittance envelopes available), clicking on the paypal link here or on our website and making an online donation, or calling us about a stock gift. If your employer matches your charitable gifts, please let us know so we can stretch your gift even further. The Annual Appeal wraps up at the end of June, so if you want to be a part of this, send in your gift soon!

     As a community, we are enormously indebted to every family who chooses to make a donation to the Annual Appeal. If you have questions about the Annual Appeal, click here.
With gratitude, Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org), 865-3900 Ext. 116.


From the Circus Coordinator     

Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag 2013:
      My name is Mary Martin and I am thrilled to be the
new Freeport Circus Smirkus Coordinator. Many of you know me as your child’s substitute teacher and I will continue in that position as well.

     For the 9th year, Circus Smirkus and the Big Top Tour returns on Monday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 6th. Mark your calendars as  you don’t want to miss this year’s show, Oz Incorporated.

     Currently we are looking for businesses that would like to sponsor this fun filled, exhilarating family entertainment that over 3,000 people attend each summer on our campus right here in Freeport!

     Stay tuned for how you can become a part of the excitement - being a host family, sponsoring a Make-A-Wish family or underserved children, or coming to a fun fundraising event! Do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in hearing more about it: 865-3900, ext.113 or events@merriconeag.org

Circus Smirkus Documentary, Circus Dreams, at the Portland Children's Film Festival this Saturday:

Mark Your Calendars - Tickets only $5.00! This Saturday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Center in Portland, there will be a screening of the Circus Smirkus documentary CIRCUS DREAMS at the Portland Children's Film Festival: http://www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com/circus-dreams.

Circus Dreams documents a year in the life of Circus Smirkus, one of the best traveling youth circuses in the world. With a heartwarming story and great characters, Circus Dreams is an inspiring testament to the power of youthful dreams.

     Smirkus Trouper Noah Nielsen will perform before the film starts. He is a fabulous diabo artist, unbelievable actually! Noah was just accepted to the elite National Circus School in Montreal and is on track to become a major luminary in the circus world. Director Signe Taylor will also be there after the filming for a Q & A!


2013 Merriconeag Summer Camps

Reserve your place today!

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 Grade School

Photos from the Fifth Grade's recent production of Jason and the Golden Fleece:


News From the High School

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Names John Tarling Coach of the Year!

Congratulations to Coach Tarling who was named Coach of the Year in last Sunday's Maine Sunday Telegram!

See the article in the March 31, 2013 Maine Sunday Telegram

Coach of the Year
John Tarling, Merriconeag
Tarling led Merriconeag to its third straight Class C Nordic state championship in his fifth year at the small Waldorf school in New Gloucester. He also led the Merriconeag boys´ team to its first state title, and both teams won Western Maine Conference titles for the first time. "They overcame some big challenges," Tarling said, pointing specifically to the late-season illness of team leader Zoe Chace-Donahue. "The other girls covered for her when she was sick, so that was pretty sweet."


School Community Updates

Please come pick up your dishes left from the auction!

They are in the Community Hall, but will be moved soon to the office.



Looking for Garden Tool Donations: Ms. Chace's 5th grade class is getting ready to turn the garden and seed veggies and herbs for this growing season. We are looking for donations of gardening tools. Please feel free to drop your donations at the office. High need items include:digging fork, spade shovel
digging shovel, hand trowels, garden hoes, garden rakes.


Looking for stick or block crayons, beeswax for modelling or rolling candles, books, fountain pens, pencil sharpeners, crochet or knitting kits, felted mushroom, beeswax tapers, small treasure bags made by the 8th grade, yarn or knitting needles? Come and check out the items for sale in the grade school office portable. 


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