Tuesday News - April 30, 2013
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Important Survey: A team of students from USM has been doing some marketing research for us. Part of their research involves the following survey and it would be most helpful to Merriconeag if all of you would kindly take the time to fill it out. Thank you! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/75M6T3X
Senior Project Presentations
This Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. and
This Friday, May 3, 1:15 p.m. and
Friday, May 24, 1:20 p.m. (This one: Sage Room at the hs)
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Please come out to support our oldest students and also to catch another glimpse of some of the gold that awaits at the end of the Waldorf journey rainbow. Open to all!
Merriconeag Poetry Festival
This Sunday, May 5, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Please join us on Sunday for this delightful annual event hosted by Merriconeag.
May Celebration and Medieval Faire
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport
A family day of festive activities: Maypole dancing, games, delicious food & drink.
Hear ye all good folk of Merrye Conneague! The Faire approacheth with all haste! Don yer tunic and hosen, yer gown and festive kirtle and be prepared for a wondrous day of may dancing and singing, and stamping the earth.
Please feel free to bring your entire family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) and any guests you'd like!
Surely ye won't want to miss a moment of this rare event, so come by forty-five minutes past the hour of nine (9:45) dressed in yer Medieval best. The Faire is from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., rain or shine (Note: The event will be cancelled if there is severe weather, i.e. dangerous, not just uncomfortable.)
Come greet the spring and chase old winter away. Halantow!
For those new to the school: The May Celebration and Medieval Faire is considered one of our school days and is for everyone. Students should arrive with their families by 9:45 so we can begin the processional promptly at 10:00. If you have questions about the event, please call Lisa in the Grade School Office, 865-3900.
Aaron Larget-Caplan Guitar Concert
Monday, May 13, 11:00 a.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Merriconeag students will be treated to the classical guitar music of Aaron Larget-Caplan. The concert will be in the Community Hall Monday May 13th at 11:00 AM. There will be room for interested parents to attend. It will be no longer than one hour.
Fourfold: A Literary Evening
Featuring David Sloan
Friday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.
Engine Gallery, 265 Main Street, #103, Biddeford
At this literary event celebrating four new publications, High School Humanities teacher David Sloan will read poetry from his new collection, “The Irresistible In-Between”.
Learn more at fourfold-a-literary-evening.
From the Admissions Office
Don’t forget the myriad opportunities in May to invite a prospective family to a school event; the Senior Project Presentations, Poetry Festival, Medieval Faire, Spring Concert, class plays, all showcase wonderful aspects of Waldorf education. Lyn Baird
Wednesday, May 15, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Early Childhood Information Session
. . . an introduction to our unique approach to the early years.
To register, contact Lyn Baird, 207-865-3900, ext.103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Development Office
Look for one merriconeag at the May Faire:
At the May Faire on Saturday May 11, look for this logo – we want to share with you some of our findings to date, and we want to hear your opinions about the school’s future.
Many thanks to all of our generous 2013 Auction Sponsors:
From the Business Office
Help raise money for Merriconeag by simply shopping for your groceries! Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card today: Great news! Merriconeag has raised nearly $2000 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards in just six months. We place our order 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.
Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards
News From the Grade School
Middle School Electives:
Photos from the Eighth Grade's recent production of Twelfth Night:
(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.)
News From the High School
One Student's Reflections on the Boston Bombings (Note: During this last quarter of the year, all freshmen have been asked to keep daily journals, with one entry per week describing some current event. The paragraph below was written by Zoe Konstantino and is reprinted here with her permission.)
Merriconeag Waldorf High School French classes 10, 11, and 12 participated in the 2013 National French Exam organized by AATF (American Association of Teachers of French). All students received honorable results while some students distinguished themselves and ranked on the National Level.
This spring, Merriconeag High School sophomore Jesse Saffeir was chosen as a semi-finalist in the seventh annual Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England for her poem “What the Flames Saw.” The Poetry Center at Smith College was founded in 1998 with the goals of bringing distinguished poets to the College, creating a video archive of their readings, and promoting an appreciation of poetry in the larger community through outreach to schools.
School Community Updates
The College of Teachers is pleased to announce that they have invited Jessica Moore to carry one of the mixed age kindergarten classes next year. In late March, the Leadership Council invited interested members of our faculty to apply for the lead EC position. This was followed by a thorough interview process conducted by members of the Personnel Committee and EC teachers and reviewed by College earlier this month.
Jess and her family joined the Merriconeag community two years ago, both as a new parent and as a colleague. She was lead kindergarten teacher in the “Daisy Room” during Kristina Farm-Morrill’s leave of absence last year. This year, Jess has worked as Kam Anderson’s assistant in the Nursery, three mornings a week, and the first grade afternoon teacher four afternoons a week. She is currently teaching one Parent/Toddler class on Friday mornings in the EC.
Prior to teaching here, Jess was the assistant and then lead teacher at the Tidewater Waldorf School mixed age kindergarten for four years. Jess completed the two year Foundation Studies course in May 2012, with over 280 credit hours of Waldorf Teacher Education. Her experience and extra course work made her eligible for the “Experienced Teacher Completion Track” at the Sunbridge Institute this summer. This training will complete her WECAN approved Teacher Training Certification.
Please join our faculty and staff in welcoming Jess to this new position in our Early Childhood Center. We do ask that you not discuss these changes with your younger children in the Early Childhood program until the end of the school year, so that their focus in school is the blossoming of spring! Christine Sloan, for the Leadership Council
Eighth Grade Project Request: We have studied the senses in Anatomy and further with David Beringer. We also experienced "Monkey C, Monkey Do" in Wiscasset which offers many structural exercises to help young children and older to practice with balance. movement, and touch. Our hope is to construct some "elements" that students might use into the future in a more therapeutic and fun way. As for all ages, we have been contemplating the design of a Labyrinth. We need a little help, however. We are looking for pavers, bricks, smooth stones of a variety of sizes, and corks. If anyone has any of these items that they wish to have removed or are willing to donate, we could manage a pick up, or we would be happy to receive them at school and help to offload. Let us know, and we will do our best to make your donation an easy one. Please call Lisa Bossi or Lynn Thurrell.
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 email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2013.
Ongoing in the School Community:
Tues, Oct 14, 5:45 pm
Tues, Oct 14, 7 pm, Community Hall. Open Community Meeting: "Sharing the Strategic Plan"
Wed, Sept 15, 8 - 9 am. Couldn't make the Tuesday evening Community Meeting? Have more questions from Tuesday night's discussion about One Merriconeag? Please come for coffee to share your thoughts in a personal conversation with a few board members and staff. We want to hear from you.
Craft Blitz with Sandy Pearson:
Wed, Oct 15, 3:05 - 4:30 pm,M & M Room, Handcraft Building.
The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the afternoon session if they are able to participate. We are not able to offer aftercare for younger siblings.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Oct 16, MS Final XC Race at Twin Brook, Cumberland, ME, CCC Invitational hosted by Greely:
3:30-Boys Team of 7 Race
4:00-Girls Team of 7 Race
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Thurs, Oct 16, 7 pm, Early Childhood Center.
Craft Social Parent Evening.
HS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 17, HS XC WMC race at St. Joseph's College.
(1:45 course walks begin, 3:00 VG, 3:30 VB, 4:00 JVG, 4:30 JVB)
See directions on blog by clicking on the link below.
EC Michaelmas Celebration:
Sat, Oct 18, 9 - 11 am, Early Childhood Center.
High School Information Evening:
Wed, Oct 22, 7 pm.
Desert Rd, Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Featuring Marisha Plotnik will present "From Clapping to Calculus" about how the foundation laid in the early Waldorf elementary years leads to a meaningful, rigorous and appropriate mathematics program in the middle and high school years. Evening also includes our high school teachers and students discussing our unique program and Beth Caputi,
our college guidance counselor, sharing her experience of working with our students, and why colleges are eager to have them. Bring your questions.