Tuesday News - May 21, 2013

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Upcoming Events

2013 Spring Concert
This 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


Final Senior Project Presentation

This Friday, May 24, approx. 8:45 a.m.

(after chorus) Community Hall

57 Desert Road, Freeport

Tim Morse - First Responder/Firefighter training


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

Please join us for an evening of theater, tea,

biscuits, mayhem and murder!

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.



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.

Wednesday, May 29: Living Movement Talk at the Chat Room (see details above)


2013 Merriconeag Summer Camps

Camps are filling up! Reserve your place today!

For more information and to register, click here.



From the Circus Coordinator     

Circus Smirkus 2013

    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 than ever! Grab your ruby slippers and click you heals together as Circus Smirkus goes somewhere over the Rainbow and embarks on this Emerald City Adventure!

     The circus at Merriconeag represents our school’s most extensive community outreach with over 3,000 people coming to our four shows each summer Our sponsorships for the Magic Matinee program allow children in need to attend this magical show, making it a truly special event. Proceeds from The Big Top Tour are directed to our operating budget, our Tuition Support Program and our Circus Arts program. Tickets alone do not cover the presentation fee to bring the circus to our campus. Magic Matinee Sponsorship and Playbill Sponsorship play an important part in this fundraising event. If you would like to be a sponsor for either of these programs, please contact me for more information at events@merriconeag.org.

     Mark your calendars for this summer’s benefit evening at Flatbread in Portland on June 18th. There will be hula hoop contests, a raffle with family passes to Monkey C Monkey Do, as well as other items and, of course, wonderful food! Don’t miss this fun evening of reconnecting with your friends!

     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. At this time, she needs just a few more families. Jen’s email: mainemamaj@gmail.com.

     If you would like to volunteer to work the circus shows, please click here to visit the online sign-up page or give Aly Fullagar a call: 274-0057.

     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. 


News From the Grade School

The 18th Pentathlon Games: Last week, 76 athletes and many chaperones from The Bay School, The Ashwood Waldorf School, Les Enfants De La Terre, L'Eau Vive and The Merriconeag Waldorf School came together for Maine's 18th Pentathlon Festival. On Thursday we had dinner together, performed our artistic offerings, sang and had an orientation for the day to come. On Friday, the Games began with Odes, Oaths, nature offerings and running with the torch. The mixed-school City States of Sparta, Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Thebes and Olympia all partook in the javelin, long-jump, wrestling, sprint, discus and peace flag painting. We ended with a spectacular relay race. Our children did extremely well. Their movement was full of grace and skill. We shared a fabulous Greek feast with our new friends. There are many people to thank for this amazing celebration - the Fifth grade parents for making thousands of meatballs and cookies, Margaret Samuelson for all her hard work behind the scenes, Rose Mary Burwell for creating the medallions, our fabulous 8th grade flag bears and our 12th grade judges, Lisa Mainella, Will Hight and so many others for their support and especially our 5th grade teacher Jennifer Chace for her strong leadership. Next year we will move to The Bay School for our 19th festival. Mr Saccone


Ode to the Gods

O Zeus, mighty leader of the gods, hear my prayer!
Grant me the speed of your thunder clouds sailing over the earth.
Help me throw my javelin like you throw your lightening bolts –
         as fast as the wind and as far as the sky!
Guide the judges to be fair and wise in their judgments,

as you ruled your ancient kingdom.
Thank you Zeus, god of lightning and king of all gods!

by Ethan Haag, Grade 5, Merriconeag


News From the High School

10th Grade Surveying:

Last week, the 10th grade was camping in Brewster, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod) with the 10th grades from Monadnock and Hartsbrook Waldorf High Schools. We camped at Nickerson State Park and were able to bike from our home base to all of our activities. We spent much of each day surveying a portion of the beach from the dunes down to the waterline. In addition to surveying, we spent an afternoon orienteering through the woods and we spent a morning at the shore with an marine biologist. We also spent some of each day doing artwork on the beach.


Senior Holly Perkins was back in the news on Friday evening, May 17, as WGME followed up with her about her senior project. Be sure to watch this wonderful clip:


High School Senior Brings Art Of Ballet To Children In Tanzania
MERRICONEAG (WGME) -- As part of a school service project, Merriconeag High School senior, Holly Perkins, brought her passion for dance halfway across the world. Her mission: to bring the art of ballet to children at an orphanage in Africa. CBS 13's Beth Jones has the story of her 3 week journey in Tanzania.



Athletic News

High School Ultimate Frisbee: 

This Wednesday, May 22, 5:00 pm. Merriconeag HS (MU) plays

Fryeburg (FB1)at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. Come on over

and support MU!

Click here for the game schedule:


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

The Touch-Screen Generation
Young children - even toddlers - are spending more and more time with digital technology.

What will it mean for their development?
By Hanna Rosin l The Atlantic l March 20, 2013

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