Tuesday News - May 14, 2013

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Upcoming Events

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
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
We cordially invite you to musically celebrate Spring and join us for the 2013 Spring Ensemble Concert. Students in grades 5 through 12 will be performing. All students in grades 5 though 12 are required to attend and should arrive no later than 6:10 with their instruments and music. Dress for the evening consists of assembly attire (described in the parent handbook) with spring colors encouraged. We look forward to seeing you there! Nancy Roderick


Living Movement - Talk about Therapeutic

Eurythmy at Merriconeag

with Barbara Richardson and David Beringer
Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport

All parents are welcome!
We will experience eurythmy and create a feeling for how this healing art can benefit many childhood situations. Sponsored by Athena - the Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America. Merriconeag is a member of Athena and receives grants for scholarship and educational workshops.



Senior Class Play:

And Then There Were None

Wed., Thurs, Fri., May 29, 30, 31

7:00 p.m.

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...
      Who is killing them? Where is the host? Attempts are made to track down and stop the killer. Tension builds as the guests begin to suspect one another. The title of the play hints at the suspenseful ending.

     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
      As a community, we are having a very successful Annual Appeal, having already exceeded our goal of $80,000! Now we have to get the participation rates up! Our goal is to top last year’s parent participation rate of 89%, and ideally getting close to 100%, as the 11th grade has already done (and the 5th grade is close to).

     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!
The Buttercup EC – 73%
The Lupine EC– 64%
The Daisy EC -50%
Grade 1 – 84%
Grade 2 – 79%
Grade 3 – 71%
Grade 4 – 95%
Grade 5 – 91%
Grade 6 – 87%
Grade 7 – 63%
Grade 8 – 86%
Grade 9 – 55%
Grade 10 – 82%
Grade 11 – 100%
Grade 12 – 80%
      Please make a donation to the Annual Appeal today by submitting a check to the office (remittance envelopes available), clicking on the paypal above or on our website and making an online donation, or calling us about a stock gift. If your employer matches your charitable gifts, please let us know so we can stretch your gift even further. The Annual Appeal wraps up at June 30, so if you want to be a part of this, send in your gift soon!

With gratitude, Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116)


One Merriconeag – This Wed.,

May 15, 8:45 a.m.

in the Handcraft Building:
I hope everyone saw the One Merriconeag display at the May Faire. If you were too busy and missed us, we will be talking about this exciting work again this Wednesday, May 15th at drop-off, in the Handcraft Building. Now is the time for community conversations that will shape the priorities and direction for Merriconeag over the next 5 years. Please come and give us feedback – your opinions and thoughts are so important to Merriconeag’s future!

     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: developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org
Facilities and Grounds: Ben Pearson : pearsonben@comcast.net
Enrollment Growth: Sean Fitzpatrick: seanconsult@gmail.com
Program and Personnel: Barbara Guffin: businessmanager@merriconeag.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
Circus shows which will be Monday, August 5th and Tuesday August 6th. If you did not get a chance to sign-up, please click here to visit the online sign-up page or give Aly Fullagar a call, 274-0057.

     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: events@merriconeag.org.

     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 mainemamaj@gmail.com.

     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
At a fair like this, you go for the meat
Grade A sausage cooked on No# 1 coal
The line just moved, well bless my soul.




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!

stairway circle_resizedImprovox Forum:    

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.
      Improvox leads singing workshops and give concerts in the community so be sure not to miss this liberating experience if it comes your way. The high school thoroughly enjoyed it and you will too. Thank you, Improvox! Madame Whittlesey

A Few Images from Prom 2013:


Athletic News

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!
Homemade, fully cooked quiches for purchase! At $15 each and easily frozen, treat your family to 3 or 4 or 5! They can be pulled out of the freezer on those hot, lazy summer nights, when no one wants to work in the kitchen over a hot stove.

     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:

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


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Please take a ten minute break from your day to see this TEDx Talk that features Jack Petrash from the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, speaking about his 40 years of teaching:


The more views the presentation gets, the more likely it is to survive to be kept in the TED Talk archives. Thanks for your help! Warm greetings in the busy month of May, Patrice Maynard, AWSNA/Research Institute

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