Tuesday News - June 4, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Roses & Sashes Assembly

Friday, June 7, 9:30 a.m., Community Hall

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



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



Benefit Night at Flatbread Company in Portland
Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 p.m.
Come find us at Flatbread Company in Portland on Tuesday, June 18 for a benefit night that's a huge party. We'll have hula hoop and juggling contests, raffles and excellent food in the company of many friends old and new. It feels like a big Merriconeag reunion and more definitely makes merrier so tell all your friends!

Proceeds go toward our Magic Matinee program!



2013 Merriconeag Summer Camps

Circus Camp is full and please note that we have cancelled

the first  week of Buttercup, July 1 - 5

There is still some room in Buttercup, July 8 - 23 - reserve your place today!

For more information and to register, click here.


From the Administrator

Faculty Changes this year….
      As we begin the last week of the 2012/2013 school year, and look forward to the celebrations for the class of 2013 and the class of 2017, we wish to also recognize the contributions of the teachers who will be leaving or changing their work responsibilities for the upcoming 2013/2014 school year. Their dedication to our students, and their love and commitment to the school, spans decades for some and just a year for others. However the contributions of each and every one, has helped create this outstanding year for our school community.

     Sandy Pearson, our handwork teacher for many years, has requested a year’s leave of absence for next year. Julie Pennington will be our full time handwork teacher next year, adding some of Sandy’s classes to her schedule. In addition, Lynn Thurrell will be teaching handwork in the first three grades, as well as mentoring the class teachers in grades 1 through 3. Lynn will be focusing her vast class teaching experience supporting teacher training programs and working closely with our mentorship program at Merriconeag.

     In the woodwork program, Yunus Lowenthall, who has been apprenticing with Bob Thurrell all year, will be joining Bob as a colleague next year, teaching some of the woodworking classes. Yunus will begin the Waldorf part-time teacher training program at Antioch this summer.

     In the music department, the College of Teachers decided to once again combine the choral and winds positions for grades and high school. We are sorry to say goodbye to Amanda Gale, who stepped in to lead the choral work during this transition year. After reviewing several applicants for this combined position, the College of Teachers is pleased to announce that Chris Chasse has been hired for the position next year.

    We will also be saying goodbye to Rebekah Hopkinson, our first grade assistant and aftercare teacher who has filled more roles in the grade school than we can mention! Rebekah has accepted a First Grade position at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Vermont.

     As shared earlier this spring, Bridget Jeffers is leaving her work as a lead kindergarten teacher in our Early Childhood program, a position she has held for the past five years. Jess Moore, who has worked in the EC program for the past two years, will be leading one of the mixed aged kindergartens next year.

     Amity Interns, Selma Fricke will be returning to Germany to teach eurythmy in a Waldorf school and Amandine Thevenet, will be joining her new husband in Kansas City this summer. Our interns have been an enormous support for the work at Merriconeag in both the Grade School and the High School this year. We are planning on continuing with the Amity program in the High School for next year, and continue to advertise for a eurythmy internship on our website. Christine Sloan


From the Development Office


Annual Appeal Update - We Did It!
      The incredible spirit of generosity and commitment in this community is expressed every day, in so many ways. Thanks to over 230 donors, we have far exceeded our Annual Appeal goal and already collectively raised $107,048 that will support next year’s operating fund. The operating fund is used for everything from supplies to salaries, and is the foundation for a strong tiered tuition program. This campaign ends June 30 – so the final amount could be higher!

     We want to extend a very special thank you to the Board of Directors, who led the way in supporting the Annual Appeal with 100% participation last fall. The Faculty has also demonstrated their strong support of the Annual Appeal, with nearly every member contributing. Please join the board and faculty by making a gift to the Annual Appeal – a gift of any size helps us reach our goal of 100% community participation.

     We have until June 30 – less than a month - to get our class participation rates up to our goal of 100%. This is critical in our effort to demonstrate to outside funders our community’s shared vision for supporting all that we value about Merriconeag! Congratulations to the 5th grade class, the second class to reach 100% participation!

     Remember: a gift of ANY size counts toward all your children’s classes. Give online (it’s easy - just click on the donate icon above), by check, or cash.
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 – 100%
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 link on our website or here, and making an online donation. 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 united effort, send in your gift soon!

     Reminder to those who made Annual Appeal pledges – your payment is due June 30. If you send your payment in by June 10 we can save paper and time by not having to remind you!

     All donors to the Annual Appeal are listed in the Annual Report by name (alphabetically, not by donation amount), or anonymously if requested.

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


One Merriconeag

June 10, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Community Hall

     Did you see the one merriconeag display at the May Faire? Perhaps you saw the great t-shirts and posters but didn’t have time to ask questions about the school’s future vision. Now is your chance - parents are warmly welcome to join the Board and College meeting on June 10 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Community Hall. Over coffee and desserts, members of the strategic planning teams will share their work of the past year and their vision for how we hope to:
1) attain full enrollment
2) invest in our critical assets: personnel and future programming
3) ensure that we have the facilities to meet the needs of our growing school

     Community input is a critical part of this one merriconeag strategic planning effort. We value your feedback and hope that you will be inspired to get involved in shaping the school’s future.
Submitted by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee: Ben Pearson, Sean Fitzpatrick, Barbara Guffin, Sarah Pierce, David Whittlesey , Lynne Espy, Christine Sloan


Circus Smirkus News     

Join us under the big top on Monday & Tuesday, August, 5th & 6thas Circus Smirkus returns to Merriconeag!
Plenty of tickets are now available at Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport, Standard Baking Company in Portland as well as online (for an additional fee) at smirkus.org.


Come on Down: Mark your calendars for our Benefit Night at Flatbread Company in

Portland on Tuesday, June 18th! There’ll be 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!


Shine the spotlight on your business: Support our Magic Matinee program by sponsoring children-in-need. Any amount accepted to offset tickets for these children to attend this magical show. Have a business that is interested in sponsoring this wonderful event? Contact Mary Martin at events@merriconeag.org for more information.

Like us on Facebook by clicking here and “share” any circus news you come across as we roll into summer!


From the Business Office

gift card.jpgHelp raise money for Merriconeag by simply shopping for your groceries! Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card today: Great news! Merriconeag has raised nearly $2100 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards in just six months. We place our order for new cards and reloading existing cards every Thursday morning (if we meet the minimum order of $1000). Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school. Drop off your payment in the main office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check.
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Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards 
Merriconeag is also a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase. We do accept credit cards!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone is easy to do right from your own computer.
1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS
Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying through ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account. 
Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check. Alternatively, we can email a list of retailers to you.


News From the High School

And Then There Were None: A memorable performance was missed if you were unable to attend one of the performances of the senior play last week. The chosen script, a murder mystery, was a new genre for Merriconeag and one might well wonder why no one thought of it before. Agatha Christie’s best selling story, And Then There Were None, was superbly cast and sublimely performed. An additional aspect that enhanced the experience was that the show was presented as dessert theater, with guests seated at tables and served tea, scones, breads, nuts and other treats.
      Christie’s script has a little of everything. Ten major characters with diverse personalities and unknown to each other were invited by a mysterious host to a vacation home on an isolated island and each was accused, by an invisible voice, of being guilty of murder in their past. Suspense built gradually as the first act introduced the characters and informed the audience of the events in their past to which the accuser referred. The question of why they were summoned to this macabre conclave was revealed at the end of the act with the death of the first victim.
      Suspense built rapidly after that as, one by one, the “ten little soldiers” met their demise. But by whom? All audiences were completely swept up in the drama. Students at the Wednesday afternoon show popped out of their seats at intermission breaks and an excited buzz filled the hall as they discussed what they saw and speculated on the perpetrator. Adult audiences in the evening appreciated the frequent humorous subtleties in the text which brilliantly interwove humor, sentiment and mystery.
      It is impossible to single out any individual performer for accolade. Each senior became his or her character and made their performance thoroughly convincing and entertaining. The audience was completely swept up in the whodunit right through to the manic culmination of the final scene. And manic it was. My thanks, and that of everyone who saw the show, go out to all those who collaborated to present this fabulous show to the community. Notice that I did not reveal whodunit because, if you missed the show, a visit to your library to read it will be rewarded.
Submitted by Jeff Tindall

Please click here for head shots and bios of the cast!


Foreign Language Awards Celebrated:  On Thursday, May 30th, the proud MWHS language teachers, Frau Merrill and Madame Whittlesey celebrated the success of their classes who participated in the National German and French Contests organised by the AATF and AATG. Out of 23 students from grades 10, 11 and 12 who participated in the Contests in both languages, 18 Merriconeag High School students ranked themselves in the 50 to 95% which placed them in the top ranks in Maine, some being 1st or 2nd in Maine! These laureates all received honorific certificates, pins or medals. Three French students received also national ranking recognition: in grade 10, Zachary Neveu and Jesse Saffeir (both in the 90%) and in grade 11 Carlin Tindall (95%). All three were recipients of a bronze medal. Jesse and Zachary are presently doing an exchange in Paris.
      The Language celebration also recognized Carlin Tindall who was the Maine recipient for the 2013 Laurianna Boucher Scholarship given by the Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME) to an exceptional HS Junior or Senior French student who plans to pursue the study of French civilization and language in college.

     Frau Merrill and I would like to thank all the brave participants and all the language students for a fabulous school year "auf Deutsch" and "en français"! Danke! Merci!


French Treasure Hunt: On sunny May 31st, the 9th Graders went hunting for a treasure in their last French class. The 11th graders had spent a period previously designing an epic Treasure Hunt, all clues written in French of course, which sent the two teams of 9th graders running all over the Pineland campus. Some clues were challenging but in general all participants had great fun looking for them in unexspected places. The last clue brought them all to the Pineland Market where the treasure was handed to them by cooperative pastry makers who enjoyed being part of the game. One of them even practiced her lines to welcome the students in French! Everyone was rewarded by a refreshing ice cream, "une bonne glace", before walking back to class.

     I would like to thank the Pineland people for their kind participation, the 11th graders for their enthusiastic game preparation, and the 9th graders for their joyous involvement in the game. Happy end of French class!


Athletic News

Middle School Ultimate Frisbee: This past Sunday was the first ever Middle School Ultimate Frisbee State Championships at Greely Middle School. We attended with Falmouth, two teams from Cape Elizabeth and two teams from Cumberland. Our athletes played extremely well in the hot sun. Although no winner was crowned. we were the only team with an undefeated record. The first game was a close one, with a come-from-behind win for us. In the next two games, we were well ahead. Many fans came out to cheer the players. We want to thank alumni Cyrus Fenderson for his expert help. Our gratitude goes out to Scott Libby for his overall leadership.

Thanks, John Saccone


High School Ultimate Frisbee: News and photos from States next week!

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