Tuesday News - October 22, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Rehearsal for Grandparents & Friends Day

Tomorrow morning, Wed., Oct. 23, 8:20 a.m.

Community Hall

Parents are invited to Grandparents Day Rehearsal tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Community Hall (It will start promptly at 8:20am with the high school students going first): This rehearsal, just 2 days before Grandparents Day, was designed to allow parents to see the Grandparent Program without crowding everyone into the hall like sardines. Parents will find excellent seating in the Community Hall for this rehearsal on Wednesday, and we encourage you to come support the students. On Friday, space is too tight to accommodate our large parent body in addition to all our guests, so please take advantage of this opportunity if you can.


High School Information Evening

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:00 p.m.

Freeport Campus, 57 Desert Road

Parents of children of all ages are welcome at the High School Information Evening. Even if the teenage years seem far in the future, this event will help you see where this education is headed - and how it supports the healthy development of our children all the way to adulthood.

    There is no question about it: A Waldorf high school takes a unique approach to educating the adolescent. After puberty, the young person is filled with deep questions and yearnings and is looking to the adults around him/her for guidance. Young people need an education that nourishes them intellectually and artistically and athletically, but also socially and spiritually. The questions being asked inwardly at this time of life go far beyond, "Where am I going to go to college?" and "What career path will I take?" As important as these questions are, they are only part of what is being asked by the young person. This is the time of the profoundest of questions: "Who am I really?" "Where do I find meaning in my life?" "How do I nurture my own gifts and serve my community and my world?"
      A Waldorf high school strives to help guide young people on that most challenging of paths - the path to the Self. Life in our little school is intense and full of intention. It is also a fun, warm and loving place where life long friendships are cultivated and nurtured.
      And you don't have to take the adults' word for it! On Wednesday night, you will be able to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask directly to some of the students themselves. Sophie Simmons, Joe Newlin (Class of 2014) and Samantha Pierce (Class of 2015) have over 35 years of Waldorf experience between them and they don't pull their punches: they will tell it to you straight. Come hear about preparation for college, the international exchange program, the continuous making of art and music, the plays and super sonic outings and expeditions, the profound level of debate and dialogue in the intimate classes, what happened when Parzival arrived at the Grail Castle and where parallel lines finally meet.
      This is the high school most of us dreamed about and the truth is, it can only get better and better as the students and families who need to be here find their way to us.
      Come Wednesday night, bring your open mindedness and your hard questions and let's have a night of stimulating conversation.


Grandparents and Friends Day

This Friday, October 25

This Friday is the day that we welcome an older generation to our school. We are delighted to have already heard from many grandparents and friends who plan to be with us on this special occasion.
Parents are invited to Grandparents Day Rehearsal tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Community Hall (It will start promptly at 8:20am with the high school students going first):
Making our guests comfortable: Our overarching goal is to make our grandparents and friends feel well cared for on this day. If your child’s grandparent needs any special accommodations (including having you at their side) please just call so we can plan accordingly. We want to do whatever is needed to make all our guests comfortable.
The schedule: Coffee and pastries will be served from 10:00 to 10:30, followed by a program that includes presentations by the 2nd through 12th grades. At the end of the program at noon the grandparents are invited to visit the classrooms. Grandparents of high school students will be hosted in the Handcraft Building rather than going to Pineland.
Early Childhood and First Grade families please take note: We have heard from a number of grandparents whose grandchildren are in early childhood or first grade. We are very happy that they are coming, but so that they aren’t disappointed, please remind them that early childhood and first grade students are not a part of the assembly presentations. The grandparents will be invited to visit the first grade and early childhood classrooms at the end of the assembly.
Parent Volunteers: Thank you to all the parents who volunteered for Friday. You should have received your “assignment” email.
Don’t worry: Each year there are many students who don’t have a guest in attendance so please don’t be concerned that your child will feel left out if they don’t have a guest.
Assembly Attire: Reminder: for this day students are asked to wear assembly attire, i.e., “best dress.”

Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator


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


Calendar Change: Early Childhood Lantern Walk

Please note: This event for Early Childhood families and and our 7th graders will take place on Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m. (It was listed on our original calendar as taking place November 14.)



Fall Fair & Open House

Saturday, November 9, 2013

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

Freeport Campus, 57 Desert Road

Mark your calendars to come and enjoy the music, crafts, illustrations, puppet shows, outdoor activities, games, and wonderful food!

See updates below!



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) in the Handcraft Building up until the Fall Fair (Nov. 9). We are having a blast knitting, crocheting, and cross stitching crafts for the Fall Fair and we 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.


Fall Fair and Open House Updates

The Fall Fair is Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars to come and enjoy the music, crafts, illustrations, puppet shows, outdoor activities, games, and wonderful food!

Staff an activity on the day of the Fair: Sign up to work a shift on the day of the fair. Click here for link.
What's New: This year we’re bringing back the Craft Artisan Marketplace with 18 vendors and tables. Most items are handmade and our vendors are selected for their unique artistry. Please invite family and friends to shop and enjoy all that will be offered at the Artisan Marketplace in our Community Hall.

     Outside the Community Hall look for the Family Farms of Merriconeag. This area will include vegetables, dairy products and meat from 3 of our farming families; Steve Sinisi, Lauren Pignatello and Lucretia Woodruff, who are fully engaged in the farming lifestyle. More to come next week.
Donations Still Needed:
- Homemade items that sell for $1 to $2 are needed for the squirrels attic.
- Gently used outerwear of all sizes! Please leave them in the marked donation bins at each of the buildings. Items needed: rain gear including rain boots, coats, pants, wool sweaters, fleece pullovers, jackets, snow suites, jackets and pants, snow boots, hats, mittens, scarves, and long underwear, thermal clothing.
Medallion Payment System
To simplify payment for the indoor crafts, print making, and outdoor games, fair attendees will be asked to purchase a medallion necklace for $10 that will cover all the above mentioned activities. This will be a very simple process with a onetime reasonable per child fee.
Wanted: Parents knowledgeable with the candle dipping process. Please call Mary Martin, Events Coordinator at 865-3900, x.113.

FMI: Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116, in the farmhouse or
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 113, in the portable office


Fall Fair Parent-Made Craft Blitzes: Please join us on the following Monday mornings at the Farmhouse to meet new friends, to visit with old friends and to create crafts greatly enjoyed by children within and outside our community. Parents of all experience levels are welcome! Instruction will be provided at each event.
Monday, October 28th after drop off
Monday, November 4th after drop off
If you have questions, ideas you would like to share or simple patterns you have been dying to try out, please contact: Justyna Benton, justynakbenton@yahoo.com or Tonya Sattin, truffle41@yahoo.com
We hope to see you there!
Wish List of materials needed for Parent-Made Craft Blitzes:
wool felt squares or felt fabric remnants, felting wool, roving
merino wool, especially fall hues, but any color will be appreciated
Please drop off your donations at the EC Office or Grade School Office or contact Justyna, justynakbenton@yahoo.com


The Fair is fast approaching and the Falling Cafe needs your creations: If your last initial is from A-L we'd be delighted if you'd be willing to donate something savory, M-Z we'd love something sweet. Of course this is up to you and we are most thankful for whatever you can offer. For you gluten free, nut free and vegan culinary experts, we would love contributions from you! Please label your items accordingly. Also, please remember to prepare your dishes for easy serving. For example, if you are making a pie or cake, please cut it ahead of time. It helps the cafe volunteers tremendously in the morning. There will be more information about when and where to drop items off as we get closer to the fair. Please send your intentions to Sarah at SBarmby@aol.com Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe!

Athletic News

Middle School Cross Country

On Thursday, October 10, the team traveled to Libby Hill in Gray for our last meet of the regular season against GNG, Greely, Jordan Small MS (Raymond), and Sacopee Valley. We had a beautiful day and a challenging course to wrap up the season. The girls started off and, once again, Olivia Skillings took first overall followed by Louise Ahearne in fourth. The fastest twins on the team, Sophia and Salome Skinner were next, followed by Tillie Munro, Sarah Kinzer, Caroline Odlin-Brewer, Ava Teegarden, Chloe Olson, Brenna Moore, and Myah Garrison completing her first race of the season – congrats Myah! The girls took fourth place as team. The boys ran next, led by Nick Neveu's first place finish and Eli Gundersen's fourth place grab. Our new pack of sixth-grade runners took over from there led by Aiden Kusche, Kip Samuelson, Adriel Barham, Ethan Haag, and closed out with solid races by Noah Hight and Eric Bloch. The boys took second as a team, just edged out by Greely.

     Last Thursday, the 17th, (one of most beautiful afternoons of the fall) we closed out the season at the CCC Invitational at Twin Brook. Our girls' team, comprised of Olivia Skillings, Louise Ahearne, Sophia Skinner, Salome Skinner, Wilson Haims, Tillie Munro, and Ava Teegarden combined their efforts to take sixth place as a team in a field of eleven. Olivia, with runners from Greely and Raymond hot on her trail, took first overall. Nick Neveu, Eli Gundersen, Kip Samuelson, Aiden Kusche, Adriel Barham, and Ethan Haag made up our boys team and, with a team of just six runners, managed to take fifth place as a team in a field of thirteen, while Nick finished in second place overall in the race. Overall, it was a great showing from a fairly young team. We finished up the day with pizza at Ricetta's, organized by Karine Odlin – thanks Karine!

     Equally important is acknowledgement of our MVP driving team, many of whom came to our rescue at the 11th hour: Hans Gundersen and Lisa Mainella, Katy and Bob Neveu, Karine Odlin, Lucy Ahearne, Greg Teegarden, Diane Campos, Laura Dorsey, Regina Kusche, Jess Moore, Nord Samuelson, and Bill Waldron. The season would not have been possible without you, so thank you, and thanks to those of you who volunteered but were not utilized!

     Although the team now graduates a large number of strong eighth grade runners, there is a solid foundation for next year's team. Every single runner on the team showed great improvement over a very short season and they should be very proud of themselves. It is always exciting to watch the development take place between early September and late October. Erin and I wish Oliver and the team all the best for the future and want to thank them all for three great seasons. We hope to be active cheerleaders for you next year and beyond and follow your ongoing development!

     Finally, best wishes to the high school team as they continue their season into the Regionals and States in the coming weeks – go get 'em! Asst. Coach John Olson


High School Cross Country:

Western Maine Conference Championship
      Our teams traveled to St. Joseph's College this Friday for the first big meet of the season- the Western Maine Conference Championship. The course had a little of everything- hills, long winding stretches in the woods, bridges, roots, open fields and a very narrow bottle-neck shortly after the start. Merriconeag had runners in all four races (girls and boys varsity, as well as the girls and boys junior varsity). We continued our streak of wonderful (if unseasonably warm) October weather, tempered by a stiff breeze off Sebago Lake. Thank you to all the parents, siblings and other supporters who came to cheer us on, and to our second visiting alum, Jack Pierce, who helped with splits.

     The girls finished second in the small school division to Yarmouth, beating out all their Class C rivals.
The boys also finished second in the small school division (their best showing ever at this meet) to Fryeburg, and they also defeated all their Class C competition. Congratulations on a fine season to those runners who competed in their last race of the fall. Click here to read more on the blog...

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

This Saturday, October 26, the top seven runners (our varsity) will be competing in the Western Maine Class C Regional meet at Twin Brook in Cumberland. The Class C girls race at 12:30 p.m. and the boys at 1:05. Please come out and cheer for the team!

Click here for the complete race schedule.


School Community Updates

The Art of Raising Strong Resilient Children with Jack Petrash:

   Three hours passed by very quickly on Saturday morning as a small group of twenty-two parents were treated to Jack Petrash’s words of wisdom. Raising resilient children in today’s world is a challenge, and Jack provided us with many tools to navigate our parenting adventures. Jack highlighted the importance of letting our children play and be children. He also reminded us of the importance of having firm guidelines and being strong parents.

     My most striking memory of the workshop was Jack’s metaphor of the journey from birth through adolescence as being analogous to a road trip across the United States from the East Coast to the West Coast. Each stage of child development aligns with the topography and weather of its respective part of the country, such as adolescence and the Rocky Mountains. Jack’s example helped crystallize the unique qualities of each stage of child development.

     I was impressed with Jack’s ability to communicate his ideas clearly and succinctly, and I left the workshop with new maps to guide me on my journey as a parent.  Nancy Goldberg


Proofs of school photos and order forms have been sent home with almost all 1st through 12th graders. If you have not received a proof by this afternoon, please let me know. EC parents have the option of ordering only a class photo and so do not receive a proof. Order forms were sent home today with EC parents and sample class photos are on the bulletin board in the EC for your review. Please note: There was an error on the order form. The cost of Package C is $39.


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


gift card.jpgHelp 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 $2900 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.

Fall Fair Update: You can use your credit card to purchase/reload your card at the Fair. Look for us in the Community Hall!


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Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards - New retailers are added almost every day!  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.



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