Tuesday News - April 23, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Tour of Grades 1 - 8

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Grade School Campus

57 Desert Road, Freeport

Observe our students and teachers as they move through their morning lesson.


Senior Internship Mini-Presentations

Thursday, April 25, 2:00 p.m. in the 8th Grade classroom. All welcome.

Senior Internship Presentations

Friday, April 26, 1:20 - 2:50 p.m. in the Sage Room at the high school. All welcome.


Senior Project Presentations

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. and

Friday, May 3, 1:15 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport



Merriconeag Poetry Festival

Sunday, May 5, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport


From the International Program Coordinator

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Host an International Student!

     As you may remember from previous Tuesday News articles, starting this Fall, our High School will be accepting a small number of international students from China and South Korea. These teens will be attending the high school as full-time students for 3-4 years, so we are looking for families who would be interested in hosting a student for at least one year, and possibly for their entire stay if the arrangement turns out to be agreeable to both student and family. Students will spend the entire school year here, returning home only over the Christmas break and the summer. Shorter vacations (Thanksgiving, February, April, etc.) may be spent either with the host family, or with a network of “temporary/holiday hosts” we hope to set up in the coming months.

     Merriconeag is working with an agency to help ensure a good “fit” between students and our school community, and there will be ample aid to help families know what to expect and how to help their international student adapt to this new culture. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, but for all of them the language and cultural differences may be challenging at first, so flexibility and a desire to have a truly cross-cultural experience as host parents are a must. The rewards can be great: we've heard from other Waldorf schools that they are finding both their school life and greater community deeply enriched by the presence of teens from these countries. The school will also pay a generous stipend to cover room, board, and expenses for each student, so do not let finances keep you from volunteering.

     The process of becoming a host involves answering a detailed questionnaire about your family life and home, and some photos are required as well. This document is then circulated to students, who participate in the final placement decision. If you think you may be interested in being a host family, volunteering as a “holiday host” (i.e. someone who would be willing to have a student short-term for a holiday week or other short-term period), or simply have further questions about what's involved in being a host, please contact Kristin Agudelo at kagudelo@merriconeag.org.


News From the High School

High school humanities teacher David Sloan will have his first book of poetry published this spring by Deerbrook Publications of Cumberland. The collection, entitled The Irresistible In-Between, will include pieces that were selected as winners of the 2012 Betsy Sholl and Maine Literary Awards.

If you missed him at The Royal Bean in Yarmouth on Sunday, you have another opportunity to hear him read his poetry at Engine Gallery in Biddeford on Friday evening, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., with a number of other Maine poets.



Athletic News

High School Ultimate Frisbee: 

Merriconeag High School Ultimate is underway with practices taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:20 - 4:45, at the Hunter Rd fields. Games are on Wednesdays. Please click here for the game schedule: http://www.maineultimate.org/team-schedules. All games take place at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. Please note that some games are at 3:30 and others at 5:00. The team will play in just one tournament this year - the state championships on Sunday, June 2 at Cumberland County Fairgrounds.


Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club: The Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club season began yesterday with their first practice of the season. The Club will meet 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.


School Community Updates

merricONEag -  Look for us at the May Faire!

Don’t miss the ONE MERRICONEAG informational booth at the May Faire.

Part-time Music Position Available for 2013/2014 School Year: Merriconeag Waldorf School is offering a part-time position for a trained music teacher to conduct choral ensembles of combined fifth/sixth grades, seventh/eighth grades, and high school students, as well as teach winds ensemble (including flute, clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone) in grades six through twelve. This position would entail teaching a sixth-grade class of beginners in winds, directing a seventh/eighth-grade ensemble, and directing a high school ensemble. Most students beginning in grade six will have already experienced two years of string instruction and will have a solid basis in music fundamentals. This is a half-time position, for the 2013-14 school year.

To Apply: Please send a letter of introduction, your resume, a brief biography, and two letters of recommendation to the attention of Administrator at administrator@merriconeag.org. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2013.

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.

Ongoing in the School Community:

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

Camps are filling up! 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

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