Tuesday News - October 29, 2013
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School is closed for Parent-Teacher Conferences, this Thurs., Oct. 31 and Fri., Nov. 1.
Merriconeag Boys Are Western Maine
Regional Class C Runners-up!
Congratulations to the Team and Coach Morgan Lake Adams!
(Read more below under Athletic News.)
Tell your friends about these upcoming sessions:
Tea & Play Sessions for
Wednesdays, Oct. 30,
Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18
9:00 - 10:00 a.m, Early Childhood Center
60 Desert Rd, Freeport
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.
Grandparents & Friends Day 2013
Grandparents and Friends Day was a huge success: We hosted over 140 grandparents and friends for Grandparents and Friends Day last Friday with a reception and slideshow, a wonderful talk by our high school humanities teacher David Sloan, delightful class presentations by grades 2-12, and much-loved visits to the classrooms to meet the teachers and see their work. It was wonderful to be able to express our gratitude for all that this generation does for our school, and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. David Sloan’s engaging and insightful explanation of Waldorf education resonated with many grandparents. Read his articulate and convincing case for Waldorf education by clicking here. The class presentations were delightful, including a speedy tongue-twister by the 5th grade, recitations of the Bill of Rights and early American history by the 8th grade, and a catchy song written by the seniors during their Hermit Island trip. Everyone who came felt welcomed and appreciated, and the campus and classrooms looked beautiful. Most important, we heard from our parents that this event deepened the grandparent’s understanding and appreciation of Waldorf education.
An event like this does not happen seamlessly without a lot of background work, and I want to express special thanks to the volunteers listed below who helped pull together the many pieces Friday morning, to David Sloan for his inspiring talk, to the class teachers and special subject teachers who took a lead role in the terrific class presentations, and to the students for offering their very best work to these wonderful grandparents and friends. Many thanks to our Volunteers: Mandy Andreson, Martha Eshoo, Nancy Goldberg, Alicia Heyburn, Amy Kessler, Lisa Lukis, Katy Neveu, Trace Salter, Rebecca Waddle, and Melisa Walker.
Lynne Espy and Mary Martin
Fall Fair and Open House Updates
Fall Fair & Open House
Saturday, November 9
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Fall Fair is just 10 days away! Similar to last year, a major focus of the fair will be the work of the hands, with craft demonstrations, craft sales, and hands-on craft activities for both young and old.
In the Community Hall, look for beautiful handmade articles from parents, students, and teachers at the Community-Made Crafts Table on the stage. Spread the word about the expanded Artisan Marketplace where there will also be many vendors offering a wonderful selection of hand crafted items-a great opportunity to get a jump start on holiday shopping! At the Family Farms of Merriconeag, located just outside the Community Hall, our farming families will offer fresh produce, meats and dairy, reflecting our commitment to locally grown food .
Older Children ( recommended for ages 9 and up):
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.
Hobby horse parent made craft blitz, Wednesday, October 30 after drop off: Meet in the fireplace room in the farmhouse. Bring: embroidery floss and needles, felt, buttons, yarn, crochet hooks. Don't worry if you don't have these supplies, but the more we have the better. Questions: Susan Caron email@example.com or 865-1266. Susan Caron and Carina Wishman Freedner
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!
News from the High School
On Thursday, October 24, the ninth grade class
joined the second grade for pumpkin carving
and a good time was had by all!
Halloweeners Haunt Hartsbrook! On Saturday, nearly two thirds of the high school traveled to the Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Hadley, Massachusetts for a three-school Halloween Dance. Although the drive was long and the visit was short, students loved dressing up in costume: Superheroes showed up, as did Peter Cottontail, Uncle Sam (or I should say—Uncle Graham!), a menacing group of female Goths sporting various faux-piercings, and what seemed like the entire cast of the Wizard of Oz. Thanks to Nathan Doan and Susan Sonntag for driving and chaperoning.
High School Cross Country:
Western Maine Regional Championship
Click here to read more about the race on the blog.
Full results can be found on the results page of the blog.
Congratulations to both teams! We hope to see all of our friends, relations, faculty, neighbors and other supporters back out again at Twin Brook this Saturday, November 2, for the Class C State Meet! Girls race at 12:30, boys at 1:05.
Press from the Western Maine Regional Races
Cape runner comes back to finish first in Class B
It´s a journey for the regional champions
Press from the Western Maine Conference Race:
Merriconeag at the WMCs
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
The updated Merriconeag Babysitter List is now available - just in time for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Anyone who would like to receive the updated list may either stop by Lisa's office or send her an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for the Maine Acoustic Festival: Merriconeag Middle & High School MusiciansTake Note!
The Maine Acoustic Festival is a statewide student festival promoting traditional acoustic music styles that have shaped Maine's culture. Maine Middle & High School students are eligible to audition.
The audition tunes (music/mp3s) and application form can be found on the website, www.maineacousticfestival.com
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 $3000 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!
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!
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Willow Pond Farm Apples:
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G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.