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


Upcoming Events

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!
May 2, Thursday, 7:00 PM in the Community Hall
Emelie Chace-Donahue - Arabic
Devon Murphy-Anderson - Women in Politics
Ben Tindall - Photography
Skyler Samuelson - Stem Cell Research
Zoe Chace-Donahue - Architecture
Holly Perkins - Teaching Ballet to Children
May 3, Friday, 1:15 in the Community Hall
Teagan Wu - Writing and Illustrating a Children's Book
Jack Pierce - Building a Canoe
Phoebe Clewley - Lifeguarding
Nowell Stoddard - Electronic Music
Zoe Oswald - Entrepreneurship
May 24, Friday, 1:20 in the Sage Room at the High School
Tim Morse - First Responder/Firefighter training


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. 
      Savories and fresh roasted meats there'll be, with mead or a cup of ale to wash it down. Then look about for a cake or biscuit to satisfy yer sweet tooth.

     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.


Tracing a Wheel on Water by Aaron Larget-Caplan

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.
Mr. Larget-Caplan represents the ideal 21st century artist. His performances combine the traditional expressivity with contemporary passion. More than just a guitarist, he is an ambassador of the instrument who continues to champion and commission new music to further its appreciation. -Thomas Schuttenhelm, composer & guitarist



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

Coming up:

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 admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org


From the Development Office

Look for one merriconeag at the May Faire:
      Don’t miss the ONE MERRICONEAG informational booth at the May Faire. Since last summer, a group of committed parents, faculty and high school students have been hard at work on a 5-year strategic plan. Last fall, we named this strategic planning effort “one merriconeag” to reflect our communal goal of uniting the entire school community onto one campus, as well as supporting the faculty, programs and students to best accomplish our school’s mission.


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

gift card.jpgHelp 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.
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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.


News From the Grade School

Middle School Electives:
Acting 101: We recently finished a four-week block of electives for Seventh and Eighth graders. I led the Acting 101 class. We worked on the Greatest Revue Sketches, which are a series of scripts from the 1920s and 1930s which appeared on Broadway. We also worked on Monty Python and Abbott and Costello skits, improvisation techniques, radio drama and had a guest artist come in to perform a monologue. We all enjoyed ourselves and loosened up on stage. John Saccone






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.)
      I think this is what the Mayans predicted; not the end of the world but the end of humanity. The bombs that went off at the Boston marathon yesterday were identified as an act of terrorism. I feel so badly for the people who think that harming others like that is okay. These people must be really sick, to think that. When I look around I see a family that loves me, friends who care about me, and an almost perfect world; But when I see things on the news or in the papers, I realize how lost society is; terrorism is like a really big way of bullying, Someone has to make other people feel badly to feel good about themselves. That is so sad to me. I feel so sorry for the victims of these bombs; they must be going through a lot right now. 173 people are working through the pain. When something like this ever happens, I remember what Mr. Rodgers said when I was young: “Look for the helpers, you will always find people helping.” I want to be one of those helpers. I am determined to leave this planet better than how I found it.




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.
Class 10 Maine Chapter Rank
Zachary Neveu #1
Jesse Saffeir #2
Samantha Pierce # 8
Graham Roeber # 14
Zachary and Jesse ranked themselves on the National Level, respectively # 6 and #7
Class 11 Maine Chapter Rank
Carlin Tindall #3
Lily Tupper # 14
Sophie Simmons # 17
Carlin ranked herself #9 on the National Level
Class 12 Maine Chapter Rank
Skyler Samuelson #2
Nowell Stoddard #2
Emelie Chace Donahue # 5
Zoe Chace Donahue # 7
Ben Tindall # 8
Devon Murphy Anderson # 9
Teagan Wu # 9
Phoebe Clewley #13
Congratulations to all my honorable French students for an excellent participation in this national contest!
Regine Whittlesey, High School French


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 administrator@merriconeag.org. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2013.

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.

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. 

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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