Tuesday News - September 24, 2013
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The days shorten, shadows lengthen, and the
This Friday, September 27, grades 2 through 12 along with their teachers will be celebrating the start of Michaelmas Season with a creative and playful improvisational pageant. This festive time of year marks the end of summer light and warmth, and calls upon all of us to find the strength and courage to bear that light, warmth and truth within ourselves and the students will be working in mixed aged groups to bring the Michaelmas story to life. Please feel free to join us at 2:00 p.m. on Friday the 27th to witness the fruits of our labor. If it is sunny weather we will be outside on the Desert Road Campus. If it is raining, you will find us in the Community Hall.
You get the idea, time to empty out your recycling bins and dusty craft closets. There will be boxes in the office and community hall to leave your contributions. The more materials we gather the more creative our experience will be. The Michaelmas Festival Committee
Jack Petrash returns to Merriconeag for two outstanding events:
Dynamic Schooling to Meet the Future
A public talk by Jack Petrash
It is impossible for us to know what the world will be like when today’s young children are ready to accept responsibility for our society and our planet. The only thing that we know for certain is that our children will inherit a world filled with complex problems and challenges. To meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world they will need to be strong, resilient, imaginative, determined, disciplined, kind, and clear thinking. Waldorf Schools are designed to develop a multiplicity of abilities in children, to engage their fully human intelligence and to provide students with a reservoir of strength and creativity and a healthy sense of self. How can we do this important work together?
Raising Strong, Resilient Children:
Hold Them Close and Then Let Them Go
Saturday Workshop with Jack Petrash
$30 per family, firstname.lastname@example.org to register
In addition, Jack Petrash has worked with parent education, and particularly with fathers. His pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on NPR. He is the author of Covering Home: Lessons on Fathering from the Game of Baseball and Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guide to Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline. Jack and his wife, Carol, have raised three children all of whom have gone through the Waldorf School from preschool to grade twelve.
Fall Fair News
Fall Fair and Open House, November 9, 2013
Fall Fair Meeting – come join us: Wednesday Sept. 25th at drop-off time in the farmhouse
In a remarkable show of community spirit and generosity, each fall, Merriconeag parents and faculty pull off one of southern Maine’s most delightful fall fairs, right here on our campus. Children of all ages look forward to this wonderful tradition. We hold an Admissions Open House concurrently, so it is also a wonderful way to showcase the best of our school to the greater community. Everyone plays a role – whether you are co-chairing one of the committees, baking for the Café, or working a couple shifts on the day of the Fair, we all help make this day a success.
Mark your calendars – and tell your friends from outside the school – it is one week later than in the past – on Saturday Nov. 9th. This is a long weekend (there is no school on Monday, Veterans Day) but please remember that the Fall Fair is considered a school day and an important part of your child’s and the whole family’s experience.
We will have our organizational meeting on Wednesday Sept. 25th at drop-off, in the farmhouse. Anyone organizing a Fall Fair activity should come; anyone who is interested in learning how you can help should also come! The Fall Fair cannot happen without all of our wonderful volunteers! Treats and coffee provided.
Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag!
We are hoping more people can join the Wednesday afternoon Craft Blitzes which are happening every Wednesday afternoon (3:00 – 4:30) up until the Fall Fair (Nov. 9). Our handwork teacher, Julie Pennington, is offering free after school handcraft craft blitzes in our Handcraft Building on the main campus and we want you to come! Everyone is welcome - whether you are a novice or a very experienced handworker (knitting, sewing, felting, crocheting), a new parent or returning parent, this is a wonderful way to connect with other parents, deepen friendships, learn a new skill and get instructions and patterns for a new project. 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!
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 over $2700 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
News From the Early Childhood Center
Wool Washing & Worm Watching:
There was lots of fun wool washing and
worm watching last Friday morning at
the Early Childhood Center!
News From the High School
High School Trips—From Mollusks to Mooselookmeguntic, Cliff Bars to Baguettes!
Flowing Easy—Ninth/Tenth Grade Rangeley Lakes Canoe Trip: Imagine three gorgeous spots to camp and watch Venus and Mars rising, and then the full, fat moon screaming over the waters and casting deepest shadows—Sand Banks, Metallak and Students Island. Picture three lakes of pristine beauty where the loons cry lonesome on Lower Richardson, Upper Richardson and Mooselookmeguntic. Now envision two groups of mixed age paddlers, ninth and tenth graders—one northbound and one southbound, meeting for the second night together to share stories, songs, goofy laughter and a time of quiet contemplation and reflection.
Student Views: On the second day of the canoe trip, it was a beautiful day as usual. We started to come upon our destination, Metallak Isalnd. As we paddled closer we noticed the other group had arrived before us. We got out of our canoes and joined them, sharing stories of the day before. That night the teachers placed us around the island for a moment of solitude. We sat alone watching the full moon and the setting sun reflecting off the still water. I thought about how lucky I was to be with such wonderful people and to be able to be outside, enjoying nature in all it's beauty. I am lucky to be in a school that treasures nature, fun and memorable experiences. Dylan Wu, Class of 2017
I lay there on the beach, all wrapped up in my sleeping bag against the growing cold of the night. I could hear whispers from the people that were around me, but they seemed distant and dull, because of all the layers I had covering my ears. The full moon shone high in the sky, surrounded by twinkling stars. The moonlight covered everything in a mysterious glow, making it possible to see the tiniest detail in everything around me. I shut my eyes, and breathed in the fresh air. A loon crooned softly, and soon there was a silence so silent it almost seemed loud. The talking and rustling of sleeping bags had teetered off. Stillness. All that could be heard was the silence. I pulled my hats down over my eyes, curled up in the sand, and quickly drifted off into my dreams. Ava Haag, Class of 2017
It was late evening on our second night of the canoe trip, and we had recently finished a filling, delicious dinner, when my friend and I decided to go for a relaxing stroll around Metallak Island. The sun was just setting in the west, leaving a golden path across the still water. We watched for a moment, then continued walking toward the corner of the island. As we rounded the little bend, we stopped in our tracks, staring wide-eyed up at the full moon that had just risen above the treetops. Slowly, we turned so we could look to the west to see the sunset, and east to see the moonrise. It was one of those moments that takes your breath away, and leaves you to realize just how lucky you really are. Fiona Libby, Class of 2017
One of the best moments of the trip for me was Wednesday night. Both groups met up at Metallak Island. That night just as it was getting dark, the teachers brought us one by one to a spot somewhere on the island and told us to think about why the school does these trips. We all sat at our spots, some more quietly than others, and watched the light fade and the stars come out. From my spot I watched the intense outline of the mountains and the trees against the orange light of the sky. It is not often that anyone can get complete peace and quiet, but this was one of those rare times. When we got back we all shared our opinions. Some said that the trips were for social reasons; others said it was to get us into the outdoors. The one that really caught my attention was that we don't often get a sense of real wonder. On these trips, we can all experience that sense of wonder. Julia Ritger, Class of 2016
Although I have lived in Maine my entire life, the breathtaking beauty of the mountains at sunset, and the moon's reflection on the water at night was a lot to take in. After spending so much time near the city, I have taken the nature around me for granted. But when I was pulled away from cars, radio, television and all the other distractions in life, it gave me an opportunity to take in what Maine has to offer- and I thought it was beautiful. Chris Gordon, Class of 2016
The ninth and tenth grade canoe trip on the Rangeley Lakes was a blast. I thoroughly enjoyed the many chances we had to dive into these wonderful sky blue lakes. All but a few went swimming off these glorious sandbar-like coastlines. They had a chill to them, even on these crystal clear fall afternoons. Phoebe Dolan, Class of 2016
Quebec? Fantastique! Viewing museum exhibitions on subjects as disparate as Samuel Champlain and the history of the video game; taking ghostly tours by candlelight in haunted cathedrals; wandering winding, cobblestone streets at all hours of the day and night; holding picnics on centuries-old battlements; shopping the latest French fashions in boutiques; gorging ourselves on baguettes, pain au chocolate, and (strangely enough) Lebanese food; running joyfully through steep canyon trails beside a rainbow-encrusted waterfall; sitting quietly inside a basilica that holds the cast-off crutches of hundreds of faithful pilgrims--these are just a few "snapshots" of our 11th grade trip to Quebec.
Student View: After seven hours in the van, we finally saw the sign that we had long awaited. “Bienvenue a Quebec,” it said with a fleur de lis next to it. When we arrived at the youth hostel, we were pleasantly surprised to find it clean, roomy and comfortable. After getting settled there, we got a chance to stretch our legs and check out the city. Shops, restaurants, and museums all caught our eyes, and the good news is that in the next four days we would have enough time to explore them all. The class spent time learning about Samuel de Champlain, the history of Quebec City and Province, and visited the Musee de la Civilization. The running team ran the grassy path around the entire city on top of the fortress walls. We all enjoyed a spectacular night-time ferry ride across the Saint Lawrence River to see the city lights, and took the funicular, a glass-sided, diagonal elevator, which traversed the huge hill on the way back to the hostel. The food was delicious; croissants for breakfast, baguette sandwiches for lunch, crepes for dinner, and a taste of Canadian putine as a snack. By the time that we got home, we all had spoken lots of French, had learned about the Acadian culture, and had become an even tighter knit eleventh grade class.
Zachary Neveu Class of 2015
"Bio-Blitz" at Hermit Island: Now that my week at Hermit Island has come to a close, I’ve unpacked my bags, and caught up with some sorely lacking sleep, I have had a chance to reflect on each day.
High School Cross Country
Last week Merriconeag did not participate in a meet due to high school trips. The team is back racing this Friday, Sept. 27th. at Libby Hill on Libby Hill Rd in Gray, next to the Gray/New Gloucester Middle School. We love our fans! Please come out and join the fun! As always, any meet photos would be appreciated.
Full results can be found on the results page of the blog.
Middle School Cross Country
Races this week:
Monday, Sept. 23, Girls run @ 4;00 p.m., boys @ 4:30. Lake Region hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Poland, Sacopee Valley.
Thursday, Sept. 26. Girls race at 4:00, boys at 4:30. Merriconeag hosts Freeport, Durham, Yarmouth, & Greely.
Come out and cheer for the team!
School Community Updates
Help Merriconeag Grow by Becoming a Key Player in our Outreach Efforts: We need new helpers this year to spread the word about our events by distributing posters in your town. We have lists of key places but you may always add your favorite spots to them! Please contact email@example.com, ASAP if you can help with this important work.
Willow Pond Farm Apples are Back!
Apples are again being delivered to Merriconeag's Early Childhood Center on Fridays before 11:30am. Orders must be placed with Willow Pond Farm (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday at 2:00 p.m.. Please leave payment in the envelope on the file cabinet in the Early Childhood Office PRIOR to delivery. For more details see the Community Classifieds.
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Designing Schools for Nature Connection & Community Involvement:
Tues, July 7, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
$10/person suggested donation.
Join us for an evening of exploration with Matt Bibeau, Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children, into how we can support the transition towards providing children with abundant opportunities to connect and learn with nature.
This event is co-hosted by Merriconeag and The Resilience Hub of Portland Maine.
Circus Smirkus at Merriconeag:
Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm,
Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
THE BIG TOP TOUR IS COMING TO TOWN
with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,
as part of the amazing cast!
TICKETS ON SALE AT ROYAL RIVER NATURAL FOODS BEGINNING JUNE 10TH!