Tuesday News - May 28, 2013

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Upcoming Events

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.



Living Movement - Talk about Therapeutic

Eurythmy at Merriconeag

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

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.


Roses & Sashes Assembly

Friday, June 7, 9:30 AM, Community Hall

All Welcome. (11:00 AM dismissal for grades 1 - 12)



Grade 12 Graduation
Saturday, June 8, 2:00 PM, Community Hall
The school community is invited to attend Merriconeag's fourth high school graduation. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony.



2013 Merriconeag Summer Camps

Camps are filling up! Reserve your place today!

For more information and to register, click here.



From the Administrator

Dear Parents,
      We have been reviewing our practice of sending reports home with students before Parent/Teacher conferences and at the end of the school year, and have decided to make a change. At the end of this school year, we will be sending all student reports directly to the parents, via mail or e-mail, by June 20. Please note this is a change from the school calendar which currently identifies June 6 as the date final reports will be handed to students in the Grade School. High School Reports will be sent electronically, but hard copy will be mailed upon request. Please contact Susan Sonntag in the High School office, if you wish a paper copy.
      Our goal is to send all Merriconeag reports at the same time, and to insure that parents have first access to the reports and thus be able to share the information appropriately with their children. Please speak directly to your teachers if you have any questions regarding information in the end of year reports. If you have any concerns regarding the change of date for the mailing of reports, please give me a call.
Enjoy the end of year celebrations!
Christine Sloan


Circus Smirkus News     

A huge Shout-Out to the 7th graders who were the featured guests at The Children’s Museum and Theater In Portland on Friday morning! They certainly took a page right out of a Circus Smirkus performance as these “Smirkos” entertained and shared their talent. They patiently taught the tiny “trooper want-to-be’s” how to hula-hoop, juggle, ride a unicycle, tricks with a diabolo, and many more circus skills. Bravo to our talented 7th Graders!



“Oz Incorporated”, this years theme for Circus Smirkus and The Big Top Tour will be coming to Merriconeag. Mark your calendars to see a show on August 5th or August 6th!

Please keep in mind that the circus is a great way to sponsor children in need through the Magic Matinee Program. This is an amazing program that sponsors groups such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, military families, a family from Make-A-Wish and more, who would otherwise not be able to attend this magical event.If you’d like to sponsor a child or group of children, please contact me at events@merriconeag.org.

Fundraising Event at Flatbread in Portland: Join us for benefit night at Flatbread in Portland on June 18th!! We’ll have raffles, and hula hoop and juggling contests with prizes from one of our new collaborators Rainbow Toys. Come join the party on June 18th as proceeds go towards our Magic Matinee program!



News From the High School

And Then There Were None: The History of a Most

Dramatic Twelve Year Journey

     On Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, May 29, 30 & 31, the Merriconeag Waldorf High School senior class will be performing Agatha Christie's murder mystery, And Then There Were None (based on her 1939 novel originally titled, Ten Little Indians). Like many dramatic productions, the essence and highlight of this play is the ensemble work of the cast. However, this cast of twelve has a distinct advantage in terms of ensemble work, for the majority of the class have acted together in a play every year since first grade.

    One of the hallmarks of Waldorf education is that from grades 1-8, students stay together as a group under the care and guidance of a single class teacher. Students have a variety of teachers for special subjects (French, German, handwork, woodwork, chorus, movement, instrumental music etc.) but the class teacher guides them through the traditional core academic subjects and through their school life, from the age of seven right up through the end of middle school. Along the way, drama is an important part of the Waldorf curriculum. Each year, every class performs a play that is chosen to integrate with that year’s curricular themes and topics.  Read more


Jesse Saffeir and David Sloan are 2013 Maine Literary Awards Finalists:  The Maine

Writers & Publishers Alliance recently announced the finalists for the 2013 Maine Literary Awards and two from Merriconeag Waldorf High School were among them. Sophomore Jesse Saffeir is a finalist in the Youth Competition, Poetry and High School Humanities teacher, David Sloan is a finalist in the Short Works Competition, Poetry. The winners of the 2013 Maine Literary Awards will be revealed live at a ceremony on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m. at SPACE Gallery in downtown Portland. Congratulations to Jesse and Mr. Sloan!


From Whaling to Weeding: Ninth Grade Trip
"A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard." Herman Melville
      During the Week of May 13, the ninth graders received their own version of Melville's "Ivy League education." After joining the Monadnock and Hartsbrook freshmen classes, we drove to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and toured the Charles W. Morgan, the only remaining nineteenth century whale ship in the world. The next day we traveled to New Bedford's Whaling Museum, then spent the evening at The House of Peace in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a refuge for individuals seeking political asylum. After enjoying the hospitality extended to us by the Cape Ann Waldorf School staff, who allowed us to sleep in the school that night, on Wednesday the group drove to Gloucester and boarded the Hurricane II for a whale watch. We were fortunate enough to see dozens of dolphins escorting a huge fin whale, before we returned home.
      For the last two days of the week, the ninth grade performed community service: on Thursday raking in Bradbury Park, and on Friday helping immigrant farmers from Somalia and Guatemala weed and plant vegetables as part of the Cultivating Community program in Lisbon.


11th Grade Botany Intensive in New Hampshire: Two weeks ago, the 11th grade traveled to Camp Glen Brook in Marlborough, NH for our Botany Intensive. We were joined in our study of the Plant Kingdom by classes from the Monadnock and Hartsbrook Waldorf High Schools. We spent each day in a mix of field study, class work, art projects and helping grow the burgeoning Glen Brook biodynamic farm by planting blueberries and raspberries. The week culminated in a brisk summit of Mount Monadnock. We look forward to meeting again next year at Hermit Island!




Athletic News

High School Ultimate Frisbee: 

This Sunday, June 2, Merriconeag HS (MU) will compete in the State Championships at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. Come on over and support MU - it is always a fun day!

For more info: http://www.maineultimate.org/team-schedules. 


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