Tuesday News - May 7, 2013
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May Celebration and Medieval Faire
This 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.
There will be a community pole once again this year following the dressing of the big pole. Games will be found in every corner of the "common". Musical relief will follow one and all throughout the day. Look for the merchant, George Pennington just returned from travels to the Indies and for cards to honor thy mother being made by the knights and Lady knights of the seventh class.
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 - a Nor'easter.)
Come one and all to greet the spring and chase old King 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 May Celebration & 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 email@example.com
From the Administrator
A Reminder: Video and Camera Policy
It’s May! It’s May! The busy month of May!
This month begins and ends with important events and is filled with even more events in between! From Senior projects to May Faire dances, from Pentathlon races to Spring concerts, our rich cultural life at Merriconeag seems to reach a dizzying pace in May. All of these celebrations culminate in the activities of the last week of school…dinners, picnics, Roses and Sashes, Alumni Breakfast and 12th Grade Graduation.
Of course, all of these special occasions are also rare photo opportunities. We all have family who can’t make it to a play or a Festival, and we all want to document these events for the future. Unfortunately, with the rise of the smart phones and compact video equipment, the issues that arise for our teachers and families are more complex and more intrusive.
Merriconeag’s video and camera policy states, “We ask that no unauthorized photographs or videos be taken during play performances or assemblies. Photos and videos during a performance can distract audience members as well as the cast. At the teacher’s discretion, photographs may be taken after the event or at a dress rehearsal. Our high school students are offered a yearbook elective each year. The culmination of their work is the annual all school yearbook. These students will have approval to take a few discreet photos at various events throughout the year.”
In addition to the policy stated above, we often make arrangements through our Public Relations office to photograph or video plays and events that can be edited for outreach purposes and are then shared with parents through our Tuesday News or website. We will make every effort to announce when professional recording of an event takes place.
We ask all parents to respect the policy stated above, and refrain from using their own recording devices at events. This insures that parents who have not agreed to have their children photographed will have their privacy protected, and the quality and experience of those on stage and off is not compromised. For outdoor events, such as the May Faire and the Pentathlon, we ask you to be discreet and only take pictures of family members. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your support and sensitivity for the school’s policy is greatly appreciated. Christine Sloan
From the Development Office
Annual Appeal Update coming next week:
Look for one merriconeag at the May Faire:
At the May Faire on Saturday May 11, look for this logo and representatives of the Strategic Planning Teams – we want to share with you some of our findings to date, and we want to hear your opinions about the school’s future.
From the Circus Coordinator
For the 9th year Circus Smirkus and The Big Top Tour return to Merriconeag for four performances on Monday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 6th. This year’s show “Oz Incorporated” promises to be more exciting then ever!
Thank you to all of you who signed up to volunteer at the Parent Evenings to work our Circus performances, on either Monday, August 5th or Tuesday, August 6th. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer and would like to, please be on the look-
out for the Circus roustabouts at the May Faire this
Saturday, call Aly Fullagar, evenings at 274-0057, or sign-up here.
We Need You: Another way for you to be a part of the circus is to sign-up to be a Homestay Family! Be brave and step forward! Give Jennifer Fitzpatrick, our Homestay Coordinator, a call at: 865-1801 or email her, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flatbread Fundraising Event: Please mark your calendars for this summers benefit night at Flatbread in Portland on June 18th. It is much earlier this year with hopes that many families will be in town and take advantage of this evening’s festivities to raise money and re-connect with friends. 10% of all flatbreads purchased on June 18th will be donated to our Magic Matinee sponsorship program. There will be hula hoop and juggling contests and also a raffle with a chance to win a wonderful basket donated by TD Bank!
More to follow about his evening as well as our wonderful Magic Matinee sponsorship program. Please spread the word!
News From the High School
Merriconeag Students Earn "Silver," "Bronze" at Poetry Festival
Belonging by Teagan Wu
The goats await our arrival, nibbling the mountain grass
Ophelia by Carlin Tindall
My father loved me.
My duck-just-hatched memories
I grew and he was always there.
Would I have survived as a child without him?
Too soon the moment came.
Did I lose myself in the current of grief?
School Community Updates
Geraniums for Sale: Merriconeag Waldorf School’s 7th grade is selling 4½" pots of either red, pink or white geraniums for $5 each. Plants from Estabrooks in Yarmouth will beautify local yards and window boxes and proceeds will go towards next year’s 8th grade trip (to an undisclosed New England destination).
Orders are due by Wednesday, May 15th. Plants will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, May 22 . Thank you very much for supporting our class! Click here for order form.
Quiches for Sale: Let us make your dinner,and support the 8th grade in the process!
The last day to place your order is May 15, with delivery in 2 places on May 20. Please note on your order form, if you want to pick up your quiches at the ECC at noon, or in the grade school parking lot at 3pm.
And don't forget dessert! Assorted cookies and bars will be available for purchase at delivery points/times, while supplies last. Five dollars per bag of half-dozen.
Please fill out the attached order form. Attach cash or a check made out to MWS (in memo, note: "8th grade quiche"), and drop it off in the "QUICHE" receptacle in either office: ECC or grade school. (Orders may also be placed at the May Fair on May 11. Look for us near the sausages!) For Order Form click here.
Labyrinth Update: Bricks and stones, corks and cedar bark! Should you gaze down into the field at the bottom of the parking lot and cast that eye to the right, you will see that we do not speculate, we build! With the help and guidance of so many so far, we have a 30' diameter circle, dug, gravel filled, covered with landscape cloth and filled in with stone dust. When all is quite smoothed over and level, we shall begin to lay our brick. Don't miss this opportunity to have your brick nestle in with the brick that comes from the four directions. Once the brick is laid, we shall begin the task of creating a varied, sensory oriented pathway to the center. Again, this is your chance to make your mark in the labyrinth. Keep watching this post and the field for developments. Lynn Thurrell and the Eighth Grade
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.