Tuesday News - May 14, 2013
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18th Pentathlon Festival
This Friday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport
This Thursday, May 16th, four other Waldorf School Fifth Grade classes will join us in the eighteenth Pentathlon Festival. The schools coming are: The Bay School, The Ashwood Waldorf School, Les Enfants de la Terre, and Ecole L'Eau Vive. Many students and chaperones will be sleeping in our classrooms on Thursday night. Friday morning at 9AM, the Games begin. Please feel free to come watch and help make our new friends feel welcomed. Thanks, Mr. Saccone
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.
2013 Spring Concert
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Living Movement - Talk about Therapeutic
Eurythmy at Merriconeag
with Barbara Richardson and David Beringer
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport
All parents are welcome!
Senior Class Play:
And Then There Were None
Wed., Thurs, Fri., May 29, 30, 31
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport
$7.00 at the door
Recommended for ages 12 & over.
The senior class at the Merriconeag Waldorf High School will perform Agatha Christie's 1939 story (originally published under the title, Ten Little Indians) for three public performances listed above.
A mysterious host invites a diverse group of people to an island. They arrive and a gramaphone recording accuses them each of having committed murder. Soon after, they begin to die, murdered off in horrible ways echoing a children's nursery rhyme on the wall of the elegant island home. Ten little Soldier Boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little Soldier Boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight...
Please come join us for a spooky but satisfying evening of mystery and mayhem. A splendid, if unsettling time, is guaranteed for all over the age of 12!
From the Admissions Office
Don’t forget the myriad opportunities in May to invite a prospective family to a school event; the Spring Concert and class plays, all showcase wonderful aspects of Waldorf education. Lyn Baird
Tomorrow, 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
From the Development Office
Annual Appeal Update
A gift of ANY size counts toward all your children’s classes. Give online (by clicking on the donate icon above), by check, or cash.
Thank you to every class – the participation rates are going up!
With gratitude, Lynne Espy (email@example.com, 865-3900 Ext. 116)
One Merriconeag – This Wed.,
May 15, 8:45 a.m.
in the Handcraft Building:
We are indebted to everyone who has helped frame the One Merriconeag strategic planning work so far, especially team leaders Ben Pearson, Sean Fitzpatrick, and Barbara Guffin, and Steering Cmt members David Whittlesey and Sarah Pierce.
The three teams included representatives from the Board, Faculty, parents and high school students, and we are very excited to now have the chance to share their work and, most importantly, get feedback and ideas from the entire community. Over the past 9 months, 3 teams have focused on the school’s needs in these areas: 1) Facilities and Grounds, 2) Program and Personnel, and 3) Enrollment Growth. They have been immersed in reviewing long-range planning goals and identifying the priorities for a 5-year strategic plan. The next step is to draft a financing plan, and choose from this list what we can realistically accomplish in 5 years. Their one-page summaries can be seen here: Facilities &Grounds Document, Program & Personnel Document, and Enrollment Growth Document. An overview of the process and timelines is illustrated in this chart: Overview document. It shows that, in all areas, the guiding questions for prioritization are: will this build enrollment?, Is there a pedagogical/student benefit?, and How does it benefit the community?
If you are interested in being involved in the next stage, please contact the team leaders or Lynne Espy: firstname.lastname@example.org
One Merriconeag t-shirts still available: 100% heavy weight cotton in adult sizes Small, Medium and Large. Only $12. In the main office and at the Wednesday morning coffee on Wed. May 15th in the Handcraft Building.
From the Circus Coordinator
Thank you to everyone who signed up at the May Celebration to work our
In this year’s Circus Smirkus Freeport playbill that will be given to over 3,000 attendees, we are acknowledging sponsors by listing their name as either a High Trapeze, Three Ring or Lion Tamer sponsor, depending on the sponsorship level. With the wonderful following Circus Smirkus and The Big Top Tour have in this area, it is a wonderful way to shine the spotlight on your business or a business you collaborate with. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me for more information.
Our community outreach during this event grows each and every year. We have a Magic Matinee program where we sponsor children-in-need who otherwise could not attend this magical show. This amazing program reaches out to children throughout this region as well as the Greater Portland area. Plus, in the past, we have sponsored military families as well as groups from Big Brothers/Big Sisters and even taken Smirkus troopers to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital to perform since those children can not attend a performance under The Big Top! If you would like to donate toward this wonderful program or donate in honor of someone else that’s special to you, please contact me to discuss this opportunity, or email me at: email@example.com.
Don’t forget to give Jen Fitzpatrick a call if you’d like to be a Homestay family! As the Homestay coordinator she has all the information about hosting troopers in your home during the performances here at Merriconeag. I believe she needs just a few more families. You may contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are availble now at Smirkus.org or to avoid the processing fees, you may purchase them at Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport or Standard Bakery in Portland after June 4th.
Flatbread Fundraising Event: Please mark your calendars for this summer's benefit night at Flatbread in Portland on June 18th. It is much earlier this year with the hope that many families will be in town and can 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 this evening as well as our wonderful Magic Matinee sponsorship program. Please spread the word!
May Celebration and Medieval Faire 2013
Greetings all good folk of Merrie Conneague, those that attended, those that worked, those that played and accompanied, those that sang and danced, those that prepared for the day's feasting and entertainments, and those that did all of the above! A thousand, thousand thanks to you. And do we not love living in Maine with its weather that can turn in a heartbeat. Thank you first graders for showing King Winter and his bride the way out. Welcome Lord and Lady May!
It was a grand day made that much more festive with the games and activities that were interspersed with the lilt of song and fiddle. And with that eye to the future of this "manor" named Merriconeag, we thank the folk who stood ready to enliven the picture that is growing. Thank you all.
Let us draw the celebration to a close with a verse, one of very , very many, from the Sausage Songsters: (to the tune of "16 Tons)
At a Medieval Faire, you dance and eat
News From the High School
High School German teacher, Ingrid Merrill is proud to announce the results from the 2013 National German Exam: Lincoln Samuelson placed third in Maine and Lars Gundersen placed second on the Level Two Exam. Zoe Oswald placed second and Jack Pierce placed first in the State on the Level 4 Exam. The top achieving German students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Blaine House in Augusta on May 16, 2013. Congratulations to Lincoln, Lars, Zoe and Jack!
Our last High School Forum of the year was held on Tuesday, April 30 when Improvox featuring Deb Hensley, Kathy Slack and Martin Swinger came to our Pineland Campus. They led us through an hour of improvised singing, humming, clapping, moving, and story telling - all in a loving and safe way. There were lots of singing games with great humor, creativity and musicianship. Improvox encouraged us all and some courageous souls among us entered the circle for solo improvisations. It was a liberating and joyous forum where students and teachers were united in joyous harmony.
A Few Images from Prom 2013:
High School Ultimate Frisbee:
There is no game this week as most of the high school students are away. 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 MS Ultimate Team arrived at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds to learn that Cumberland and Cape Elizabeth each have 36 kids (two teams of 18) on their MS Frisbee programs! We started our day with 12 kids and as a couple left to be with their moms, were down to 10 by the end of the day!
Our day started by playing Cumberland #2. It was a nice confidence builder, as we came out on top (14 to 3). All of the kids got to play, handle the frisbee and have a lot of fun.
After a nice long break, we faced off against Cape #1. This proved to be a much more competitive game, and a great deal of fun to see the kids self-officiate and substitute when needed. In the end, Cape beat us by one point but our kids REALLY figured out the "end of the game cheer" for the other team. Mr. Seavey would have been proud as they sang "Amazing Cape" to the tune of Amazing Grace. The other team was definitely moved!
Cumberland #1 was our final challenge. By this time, we were down to 10 players, 7 on the field and 3 for subs. Our team was absolutely exhausted, but they played through it to score a walk off goal to beat them by one point! During this game, we pulled out "Lady Point" and had all of the boys take a break. The boys had no need for concern and quickly ran on to the field to celebrate with the girls, who had quickly moved the disc down the field and into the end zone to tie the game!
Needless to say, I had one the best Mother's Days that I can remember! Coach Libby
School Community Updates
A reminder to all who ordered pizza from the 7th grade this session: Pizza will be served on Thursday, May 15 this week and on Thursday, May 30th to accommodate classes away on field trips. The 7th Grade
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.
Ongoing in the School Community:
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.