Tuesday News - October 15, 2013

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Upcoming Events

This week! Jack Petrash:

One Amazing Man, Two Outstanding Events!

A public talk: Dynamic Schooling to Meet the Future

Friday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
$10 suggested donation

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?

Parents: Don't miss this opportunity to work closely with Jack Petrash

on Saturday morning! Register for the workshop today!

Saturday Workshop: The Art of Raising Strong, Resilient Children.

Saturday, October 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

$30 per family (Adults only. The family price is to encourage both parents to come)

To register for the workshop: publicrelations@merriconeag.org
Parenting is not an easy assignment in our complex, modern world. We are often good at holding our children close OR at letting them go. The challenge is to hold both of those polarities simultaneously and doing so is an art that we will explore in our time together.

Jack Petrash has been a class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School for over thirty years. He is currently taking his fourth class on the extended journey from grade one to grade eight. Jack is also the founder and director of the Nova Institute, an organization that works to build a bridge between mainstream education and Waldorf Education. He is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out and his recent TEDx talk, Preparing Children for the Journey, has been seen by many parents and teachers in Waldorf communities in North America.

     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.


High School Information Evening

Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Freeport Campus, 57 Desert Road

Our annual High School Information Night is a great opportunity for all interested parents – as well as students in middle grades and up – to learn more about the merits of a Waldorf high school education. At this event, current Merriconeag high school students and teachers will discuss our unique program and what makes it so engaging and meaningful. Beth Caputi, our college guidance counselor, will share her experience of working with Waldorf students, and why colleges are eager to have them. Bring your friends and join us on October 23rd!


Tell your friends about these upcoming sessions:

Tea & Play Sessions for

Prospective Parents

Wednesdays, Oct 23, 30,

Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18

9:00 - 10:00 a.m, 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. Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome. For more info & to register: 207.865.3900, Ext 163 or hdrexel@merriconeag.org



Fall Fair & Open House

Saturday, November 9, 2013

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Freeport Campus, 57 Desert Road






Wednesday is Handcraft Day at Merriconeag: Join the free Wednesday afternoon Craft Blitzes led by our handwork teacher, Julie Pennington, every Wednesday afternoon (3:00 – 4:30) up until the Fall Fair (Nov. 9). We are having a blast and encourage anyone (fathers and boys too!) to join us. Each week we start a new project, so you get the chance to learn a new handcraft skill, and you will likely also meet new friends!

     Very reasonably priced childcare for young children can be arranged through the business office, if you call ahead to ensure there is space. Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to join in the craft blitz if they are able - it was wonderful to have some young people around the table.


From the Admissions Office

What comes after 8th grade in a Waldorf School?
Join us for our annual High School Information Night – Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. (FREEPORT CAMPUS) – to learn more about how our high school education builds on what has come before, but it is so very different! Our reputation is growing. Lots of families are inquiring about what our unique school provides for today’s adolescents. Some of these families have no background in Waldorf education, others are looking to transfer to us from a Waldorf school in another part of the country. We are looking forward to seeing many new and familiar faces on October 23rd!


Fall Fair and Open House Updates

Fall Fair Meeting Tomorrow

Wed., Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Farmhouse, 58 Desert Road, Freeport

(Treats & coffee provided!)
      Are you still wondering how you can help with the Fall Fair? Unsure of what you should be doing? Does your entire class have a certain responsibility? The short answer is that we need every family to pitch in to make the Fair successful, and instead of strictly assigning one class to a particular activity each year, parents get to choose how they would like to help. Our committee structure is designed to make volunteering both fun and easy, connecting parents from across the grades, and making the leadership transition from year to year as seamless as possible. The Fair leaders, who we fondly call the Fair Chairs, and their assistants (Fair Shadows), organize each of the Fair activities. Your role is to see what activity sparks your interest, tell us where you would like to help, and keep reading the Tuesday News for updates about how to 1) Donate items, 2) Bake for the café or lunch, and 3) work a shift on Fair Day. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

     The Fall Fair Committee is a group of 40 parents and faculty members who have stepped forward to organize one of the many Fair activities. We still need some more helping hands, and would love for you to join us tomorrow at our meeting in the Farmhouse at drop-off. If that isn’t possible, you can always contact one of us!
Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office


News from the High School

Electives Elate: If you had peeked into the elective classes last Friday, you might have experienced a twinge of envy as you witnessed the range of activities and the sheer exuberance of the participants. While a small core of mechanically-minded students was working intensively on activating a remote control robot under the supervision of Mr. Doan, another group was playing catchy acoustic music with guitar, stand -up bass, mandolin, and vocals, under the guidance of Carter Logan and Dan Pierce. In the Sage Room, Dmitra Corsetti was choreographing flashy dance moves to music from "Footloose," as nearly half of the high school worked up a joyful sweat, while in Johanna Flath's kitchen yet another group of students was whipping up a batch of delicious pear tarts, which the cross-country running team enjoyed later in the afternoon. What an outpouring of creative energy!


News from the Grade School

Sixth Grade Hosts Luncheon for the Freeport Elders: Last Thursday, October 10, 12:00 to 1:15 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School's sixth grade class and their teacher, Jen Chace, hosted a luncheon for the Freeport Elders in the Community Hall. They served food grown in their garden, had conversations about what school and life was like when the Elders were younger, and performed a few songs and poems for them. Each student has been matched with an Elder with whom they will practice conversation, manners and build a relationship.
      In the future, the Elders are hoping to work on a project knitting helmet liners with the sixth grade and in return the sixth graders plan to help them with shoveling, yard work and other tasks over the next few years.


News from the Early Childhood Center

New Blog on Early Childhood Topics Launched: Our new Early Childhood Enrollment Coordinator is Heidi Drexel. Part of her job was to begin a blog on topics of interest to parents of young children and the blog has been launched. Check it out by clicking here.



Athletic News

High School Cross Country:

Merriconeag Home Meet (Pineland, 10.11.13)
      First, a big thank you to all the parents, faculty, siblings, and assorted friends and relations who attended the meet. We really appreciate all your directing, flagging, timing, baking and cheering. Home meets are special largely because of our supporters.

     Despite the black dust that settled into everyone's shoes, permeating the air with a fragrance reminiscent of seafood and wet dog (thanks to Thursday's fertilization of the main field), it was overall a lovely day for our home cross-country meet, with cool temperatures, clear skies and a large crowd. Merriconeag ran well, resulting in eight new PRs and a win for the boys' team.

     Sam Pierce went out with the large Freeport pack, cruising through the race to finish in sixth place overall. Next up for Merriconeag was Fiona Ahearne, who kept her streak alive by setting another PR this week- this time by one second- with a strong final mile. Carlin Tindall battled through some stomach cramps to finish with a solid effort. Lily Tupper also continued her relentless time improvement, breaking 24 minutes for the first time this race. Per usual, the pair of Emma Goldberg-Courtney and Sylvie Fenderson paced one another through almost the entire race, but this week it was Emma who would beat Sylvie to the line. Both runners set new PRs in the process. Fiona Libby, despite taking a nasty tumble, battled back and made up quite a bit of time in the last half mile with another great finishing kick. She was followed by Emma Dolan, who also fought some G.I. distress to finish over a minute ahead of her 2012 time on the same course. Phoebe Dolan, after being sidelined by a lengthy illness, did not look the worse for wear this week, setting a new personal best for the first time this season (despite being chronologically challenged). The girls finished second to Freeport, beating out Yarmouth and Class C rival NYA.

     Zach Neveu and Tucker Pierce both went out with the leader, running a fast first half to capture second and fourth, respectively. Dylan Wu had an aggressive second half of the race, passing a Freeport runner in the final mile and earning his best place to date (fifth). Lars Gundersen also went out fast, finishing right behind Freeport's large pack and in front of NYA's. Graham Roeber ran a very competitive race, stepping into the final scoring position and mixing it up with a large NYA pack. His was the first PR of the day for the boys' team. John Burgess had a strong first half of the race, and paced Lincoln Samuelson  through the remainder, out-kicking his teammate to the line. However, this was enough to motivate Lincoln to a new personal best, and earned John a bear hug (that almost knocked him out of the chute). Davis Ritger also had a great day- despite taking a little time off to mend his ankle, he managed to shave 28 seconds off his previous personal best, aided in part by a strong first mile and a fast kick in the last 100 meters. Merriconeag boys won the meet!

Full results can be found on the results page of the blog.

We hope to see you this Friday when we travel to St. Joseph's College in Standish for the WMC championship meet. Note that there will be four races- varsity boys and girls, as well as junior varsity boys and girls, and that we will have runners in each of the four races.

Click here for the complete race schedule.

Coach Mogan Lake Adams


School Community Updates

Ski Fitting: On Wednesday, October 30, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m., in the upper grades building, we will have our annual fitting for ski rentals. Rentals are $65 this year and come with a ski bag. These rental skis are combis and need to be regularly waxed. They need a commitment from you, to take care of them. If you are new to cross-country skiing, you may prefer waxless skis. You can find these used at Play It Again Sports and ski swaps. A parent and student must come to the fitting. We need to measure and sign a contract. This is brought to us by Healthy Hometowns Program. More information to come next week. Thanks, John Saccone


As you can see, Mr. Hight loves his

job and we love him for doing it!



Willow Pond Farm Apples:

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Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Waldorf Graduate Wins 2013 Nobel Prize

Hannover Waldorf School Graduate Wins Prize in Physiology or Medicine

     Thomas Südhof, 57, was in the remote town of Baeza in Spain to attend a conference and give a lecture, when he found out he was one of the Nobel Prize winners this year. "Every scientist dreams of this. I didn't realize there was chance I would be awarded the prize. I am stunned and really happy."

     Mr. Südhof spoke of his most influential teacher, his bassoon instructor. "We've made so many major advances during the past 50 years in this field, but there's still much more to learn," said Südhof, who in a 2010 interview with The Lancet credited his bassoon instructor as his most influential teacher for helping him to learn the discipline to practice for hours on end. "Understanding how the brain works is one of the most fundamental problems in neuroscience." Read the full article in the Stanford News here.

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