Tuesday News - September 10, 2013
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We recently learned that Douglas Gerwin will be giving this lecture to kick off the opening session for Foundation Studies at Merriconeag. This opening session is open to the whole community as well as the Foundation Studies participants. All faculty and parents love to hear Dr. Gerwin, an excellent speaker and former Waldorf pupil, who is now in several international positions in his Waldorf work.
Turning Education on Its Head: What
Modern Brain Research Says about
How Children and Young Adults Learn
A Talk by Douglas Gerwin
Friday, September 13, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport
Open to our whole community as well as the Foundation Studies participants!
Donations for the talk are welcome and will go to the Center for Anthroposophy. They will be used for scholarship for the local Foundation Studies cluster.
Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas is the founder of the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program at the Center as well as Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is author of numerous articles on education and anthroposophy, as well as editor of six books on Waldorf education. At present, he resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.
From the College Chair
Greetings from David Barham, Chair of the College of Teachers at Merriconeag
I wanted to make sure the Merriconeag community knew that in addition to my teaching up at the high school, I am also the Chair of what we call the College of Teachers. In later editions of The Tuesday News, I will be writing articles on the mission and purpose of the College of Teachers. In a nutshell, the College is a self-selected group of teachers and staff who form the pedagogical leadership body of the school. This group makes all final decisions concerning hiring and firing of teachers, curriculum and program issues, and acceptance of students.
I want to let the school community know that I am going to be holding College Chair office hours this year. Though anyone can schedule a time to meet with me at any time that works for both of us, I felt it important to hold a regularly scheduled session as well.
When I am teaching morning lesson, office hours will be at 2:00 on Thursdays in the office portable.
Dropping in is fine, but it would be better to schedule a time and date with me by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (688-8989/high school)
I look forward to these conversations!
Thank you, David Barham
To read David Barham's Orientation Address to our new families on 09/03/13, please click here and scroll down.
From the Business Office
Help raise money for Merriconeag by simply shopping for your groceries! Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card at school and we earn 5%.Great news! Merriconeag has raised nearly $2600 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 as long as we meet the minimum order of $1000. Grocery cards are a great way to buy your food supplies AND support the school. Simply take your payment to Lisa in the Grade School office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check.We will let you know when the purchase/reload is done. Contact the Business Office, Ext. 151, with any questions.
Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards
Wildflower Assembly 2013
The Classes of 2014, 2018, and 2025 were celebrated at the Wildflower Assembly!
News From the High School
High School "Tangled Up in (Mt.) Blue"
Ninth grade—Emma Goldberg-Courtney
Tenth grade—Phoebe Dolan
Eleventh grade—Lincoln Samuelson
Twelfth grade—Lily Tupper
School Community Updates
Circus Atlantic: Circus Arts After School Classes at Merriconeag!
There are still some openings. Contact Trace today! (Trace.Salter@CircusConservatory.org)
We are excited to share the news of a collaborative venture with Circus Atlantic this school year. The school is thrilled to be renting the Community Hall for circus arts classes that will build and support the work that has been developing for many years here at Merriconeag.
Mondays and Wednesdays
Track 1: Grades 2-5; 3:30-4:45 pm
Circus Atlantic, fresh off a wildly popular summer camp season, is offering a full semester of circus arts lessons at Merriconeag. Whether your child is keen to learn the circus basics or whether they are ready to delve deeper into their disciplines of interest, our highly accomplished coaches are ready to help students of all abilities.
The classes will be led by Master Coach Sellam el Ouahabi, the Touring Coach of the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour (09-13). Sellam and his Assistant Coaches will meet each individual at their own level, whether beginning, intermediate or advanced. Each student will have individualized attention and be coached according to their ability. Aerials, acrobatics, juggling, diablo, unicycling, pyramids and performance techniques are just some of the skills students will have the opportunity to develop.
Two classes will be offered each Monday and Wednesdayafternoon beginning September 9. One class will include grades 2-5 and the other class will be for grades 5 and up. Each class will be 75 minutes in length. The semester will provide each student with over 30 hours of circus training under the direction of a world-class Coach.
We anticipate continuing this program at Merriconeag with a second semester that will run from January-May 2014.
Circus Atlantic will also be offering evening classes at another location for advanced youth and adults beginning in September. In addition, our coaching staff are available for private lessons. Please visit CircusAtlantic.com for more information and to register.
Sellam el Ouahabi: Master Coach: Born in Tangier, Morocco, Sellam began tumbling in the traditional style on the beaches with local masters as a small boy. By the age of 12, he was selected by the Ben Karim Troupe for his first professional touring contract. Sellam was literally raised in the circus world and spent over 30 years on tour performing extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and South America. In 2008, Sellam transitioned from performance to full-time coaching, and has since enjoyed working with students at Circus Arena in Denmark; CircoMedia and Wookey Hole Circus School in the United Kingdom; and New England Center for Circus Arts in the United States. In addition, he has been Touring Coach with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour since 2010. His coaching expertise includes hand balance, adagio, straps, trapeze, pyramids and tumbling. He specializes in building strength and flexibility in his students, focusing on what he calls "natural exercise" to rapidly tone the core and build coordination. Sellam motivates his students to develop a balance of physical and mental discipline. Sellam enjoys working with both young and mature students, spanning all levels of experieince. He especially enjoys helping his students to realize their learning goals?whether it be the pursuit of simple fun, or a career as a circus performer.
Amity Stoddard: Assistant Coach: Amity has worked in the traveling circus industry for nearly ten years in a variety of roles. In her time with Circus Smirkus, Big Apple Circus, and Cirque du Soleil, she has loaded-in, set-up, torn-down, pulled stakes, cooked meals, justified ledgers, tracked down props, secured visas, driven big trucks and finessed fine print for her circus families. A former competitive gymnast and student of Pilobolus founder Jonathan Wolken, Amity brings a background in tumbling, dance, and partner acrobatics.
Circus Atlantic is an affiliated enterprise of the Circus Conservatory of America.
Foundation Studies starting this weekend at Merriconeag and it's not too late to join!
Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and the Arts provides the prerequisite background for those planning to enter a Waldorf teacher education program and eventually become teachers in Waldorf schools.
It is also an opportunity for those interested in discovering Rudolf Steiner’s Science of the Spirit and how this path of enquiry of knowledge can guide their work in the world. Over the years, many Merriconeag parents have completed Foundation Studies in their search for a more complete understanding of "why Waldorf works."
Through seminars, ongoing group work, artistic activities, and weekend workshops, the Foundation Studies courses address at many levels the broad themes of human development and personal growth.
We are fortunate to have another Foundation Studies program beginning this coming weekend here at Merriconeag. Don't miss out on your opportunity, which will not come again for several years here in Maine. Contact Barbara Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tricia Toms at email@example.com for more information.
To read the welcome letter and program click here.
Registrations taken at the website: www.centerforanthroposophy.org
Parking Reminders: The speed limit in all parking lots is 5 miles per hour. If you will be getting out of your car, please pull into a parking space. Standing cars are not allowed as they impede the flow of traffic. A parked car needs to be in a parking space. At the grade school campus, u-turns are not allowed. Only parents of first and second graders may park alongside the driveway by the lower school building. Please ensure your car is parked facing the correct direction.
High School Cross Country
The team had their first meet of the season at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Friday, September 6. Greely hosted the meet with NYA, Kennebunk, Poland and Merriconeag participating. The boys finished second and the girls fourth in this kick off race.
Please join us at the Pownal Road Recreational Field (on Pownal Road in Freeport, just west of Landfill Road) this Friday, September 13, at 4:30 p.m. to cheer on the cross-country running team as they race against Freeport, Poland and York.
Class of 2013 alumni Teagan Wu and Emelie Chace Donahue have embarked on gap year semester programs through Where There Be Dragons. Emelie will be traveling to the Middle East and Teagan will be traveling to Nepal.The three month program consists of several components such as rugged travel, trekking and wilderness exploration, service learning, survey of developmental issues, internships and independent study projects, language study and introduction to philosophy and comparative religion.
Emelie and Teagan's progress can be tracked at: http://wheretherebedragons.com/yak-yak/
Teagan: Himalaya Patan Fall 2013 Semester
Class of 2013 alum Holly Perkins continued to receive great press for her senior project right into the summer .
Merriconeag senior brings ballet gear to Africa
Class of 2013 alum Ben Tindall was awarded the Town of Durham Scholarship. This $1,000.00 Scholarship was available to any Durham resident entering their freshman year of post-secondary education. Congratulations to Ben!
Class of 2013 alum Tim Morse and his sailing team earned First Place in the Downeast Regatta and were crowned the Maine Schools Sailing Champions.
In his June letter nominating Tim for the NESSA Sailing "Stephen B. Leslie Sportsmanship Award" Greg Koman, Head Sailing Coach at Brewster Academy wrote if we are nominating particular sailors, then senior Tim Morse. He is a sailor who truly exemplifies the qualities we all strive for in our sailors: sportsmanship, courteousness and compassion for other sailors, a love for the sport, a hunger to learn and just being an all-around gentlemen. . . I think the ideal candidate would be a student and Tim has really displayed one of the most sportsmanlike attitudes I have ever seen in my many years of high school and college coaching. That certainly describes the Tim we know!
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Forum for Grades 5-12 & Parents:
Grades 5 - 12 Forum:
Bill Yeo Speaks about his Everest Ascent
Thursday, April 2, 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Bill is a father in the second grade, Parents are welcome to join grades 5 - 12 for this talk on Thursday.
"The Mask you Live in" Film:
April 2, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center.
Merriconeag Waldorf School is co-sponsoring this film, The Mask you Live in, with Maine Boys to Men and Yarmouth High School. The film explores American masculinity and it is from the team behind Miss Representation, a film we previously co-sponsored, . This event is recommended for audience members 17 and older. Admission is free but space is limited so registration is required. Register today by clicking below.
Tour of Grades 1 - 8:
Wed, April 8, 8-10:30 am, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport, Begins in Community Hall.
Tour of Grades 1-8.
An opportunity for adults to experience Waldorf education first-hand by observing our students & teachers in action.
This tour is for adults only. Please call 207-865-3900, ext. 103, to register.
Tea & Play Session:
Fri, April 10, 9 - 10 am.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Prospective parents: Bring your child, share
a cup of tea with us and learn more about our
programs for young children. Storytime at 9:30.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or
Variety Show & Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition:
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 p.m.), Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood:
Tues, April 14, 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education. After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique
approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling 207-865-3900, ext. 103.
Tues, April 14, 6:15 pm
"You Can't Take It With You":
Grade 8 Play
Wed, April 15, 1:00 pm.
Thurs, April 16, 7:00 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
The 8th Graders will present their play, "You Can't Take It With You." Please join us.
Bring A Friend Day:
Fri, April 17, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Register your grade school friend through firstname.lastname@example.org