Tuesday News - April 9, 2013

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Please note: School is closed this Friday, April 12 for a Faculty Professional Day

and next week, April 15 - 19, for Spring Vacation. Have a wonderful break!

Upcoming Events

Tea and Chat with the Early Childhood Teachers

Tonight, Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.

Early Childhood parents are invited to join the Early Childhood

teachers for conversation and tea this evening at 7:00.



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 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

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 High School

2013 College Acceptances: Congratulations to our twelfth graders! They have been accepted at the following colleges and Universities:
American University, Bard College, Barnard College, Bates College, Bennington College (2), Champlain College, Clark University(2), College of the Atlantic, Cornell College, Fordham University, Franklin and Marshall College, Goucher College (2), Green Mountain College, Guilford College, Hamilton College, Hollins University, Ithaca College, Juniata College (2), Lewis and Clark College, Marlboro College, McDaniel College, Middlebury College, Mt. Holyoke College, Sarah Lawrence College, Smith College (2), St. Olaf's College, UMF (2), UNE, UNH (2), USM, UVM (2), Wheelock College,
and College of Wooster.

     As you can see above, Merriconeag continues to do extremely well in college admissions. Half of our seniors got accepted to every college to which they applied!  We continue to see that colleges look favorably on Waldorf students. As colleges seek to create a diverse freshman class, Waldorf educated students add another element to their schools. Jeff O'Brien

Merriconeag Lands Five Finalists in Poetry Festival Contest
      For the sixth consecutive year, Merriconeag had multiple winners among the finalists chosen for this year's Sixth Annual Merriconeag Poetry festival. Festival judge Megan Grumbling, noted Maine poet, professor and theater critic, selected five student-poets from Merriconeag: juniors Carlin Tindall and Lily Tupper, and seniors Zoe Chace-Donahue, Jack Pierce and Teagan Wu. This is Zoe's second consecutive selection, an impressive feat considering that each year the finalists are chosen by a different judge. Other schools with multiple finalists include Catherine McAuley High School, Falmouth High School, Glickman Academy and Morse High School. All finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception on May 5, to be held in the Community Hall.
      The event, from 3-4:30 p.m., is open to the public and will feature the student poets reading their prize-winning pieces. Megan Grumbling will read her own work as well and speak briefly on the power of poetry. She will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.
      The Festival, announced in late January, invited all public and private high school students in Cumberland, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties to submit their work, which could be on any subject and in any poetic form. Students from fourteen schools responded. It was a “blind judging;” entries were only identified by titles, so Judge Grumbling had no idea about the identity or school affiliation of the poet.
    The Festival was made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Longfellow Books in Portland.

David Sloan


News From the Grade School

Photos from the Third Grade's recent production of Noah and the Flood.


School Community Updates

Tricia Toms Photography. Tricia volunteers as Merriconeag’s official photographer for class and school events, and has the photos for sale on her website: http://triciatoms.zenfolio.com/merriconeag. Fifty percent of net photo sales from her website benefit Merriconeag’s Tuition Support.


The Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club season will begin on Monday, April 22 and run through May 29, meeting every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Desert Road. There are currently two possible tournaments scheduled on Sunday, May 12 and Sunday, June 2 (availability for these events is not a requirement for participation). This is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The cost is yet be determined because tournament fees are not yet clear, but we hope to keep charges between $40-60. If interested, please ask your student to sign up in the office. The club will be led by John Saccone with a variety of guest coaches and assistants. No experience necessary! Sports permission forms are required for participation and are available on the website: http://www.merriconeag.org/parents/index.cfm.


From the Business Office

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Hannaford and Bow Street Market Gift Cards: Great news! Merriconeag has raised nearly $1800 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.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Your Phone vs. Your Heart
CAN you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere else?
By Barbara L. Fredrickson, The New York Times, March 23, 2013



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