Tuesday News - June 4, 2013
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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
Benefit Night at Flatbread Company in Portland
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….
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!
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.
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 (email@example.com, 865-3900 Ext. 116)
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:
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.
Circus Smirkus News
Join us under the big top on Monday & Tuesday, August, 5th & 6thas Circus Smirkus returns to Merriconeag!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Help 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.
Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards
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.
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.
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!
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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Tues, Oct 14, 5:45 pm
Tues, Oct 14, 7 pm, Community Hall. Open Community Meeting: "Sharing the Strategic Plan"
Wed, Sept 15, 8 - 9 am. Couldn't make the Tuesday evening Community Meeting? Have more questions from Tuesday night's discussion about One Merriconeag? Please come for coffee to share your thoughts in a personal conversation with a few board members and staff. We want to hear from you.
Craft Blitz with Sandy Pearson:
Wed, Oct 15, 3:05 - 4:30 pm,M & M Room, Handcraft Building.
The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the afternoon session if they are able to participate. We are not able to offer aftercare for younger siblings.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Oct 16, MS Final XC Race at Twin Brook, Cumberland, ME, CCC Invitational hosted by Greely:
3:30-Boys Team of 7 Race
4:00-Girls Team of 7 Race
Early Childhood Parent Evening:
Thurs, Oct 16, 7 pm, Early Childhood Center.
Craft Social Parent Evening.
HS XC Race :
Fri, Oct 17, HS XC WMC race at St. Joseph's College.
(1:45 course walks begin, 3:00 VG, 3:30 VB, 4:00 JVG, 4:30 JVB)
See directions on blog by clicking on the link below.
EC Michaelmas Celebration:
Sat, Oct 18, 9 - 11 am, Early Childhood Center.
High School Information Evening:
Wed, Oct 22, 7 pm.
Desert Rd, Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Featuring Marisha Plotnik will present "From Clapping to Calculus" about how the foundation laid in the early Waldorf elementary years leads to a meaningful, rigorous and appropriate mathematics program in the middle and high school years. Evening also includes our high school teachers and students discussing our unique program and Beth Caputi,
our college guidance counselor, sharing her experience of working with our students, and why colleges are eager to have them. Bring your questions.