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.)


Upcoming Events

Tell your friends about these upcoming sessions:

Tea & Play Sessions for

Prospective Parents

Wednesdays, Oct. 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

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 .
      The volunteer staffing by parents is a crucial element for the success of our fair. We need help in every area, from outdoor games to indoor crafts, from ticket sales to the café, and ask that every parent and faculty member sign-up for at least one shift. Click here for link to staffing sign-ups. High school students and parents please help out at Rudolf’s Diner in the soup tent.
In the next ten days
• Sign up online to work a shift at the Festival – everyone is needed! Click here for the link to staffing sign ups.
• Bake for the café – sweets and savories. Bring in your baked goods Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, label the item (and note if it’s gluten free or contains nuts), and label your container if you want it back.
• Bring in donations for the following (and leave them in the office prior to Friday before the fair):
  - Pocket Person (small gems, coins, tiny treasures)
  - Squirrel’s Attic (homemade items that sell for less than a few dollars)
  - Gently Used Outerwear (including wool long underwear!!!)
Medallion Payment System: To simplify payment for the indoor crafts, print making, and outdoor games, you can purchase a medallion necklace for $10 that will cover all games and children’s crafts. This year, we have added some crafts and games appealing to older children, including candle dipping and balloon darts, so children of all ages should find this system appealing.This will be a very simple process with a one-time reasonable per child fee.
Younger Children ( recommended for up to age 8) :
• all outdoor games (unlimited, all day long)
• make up to 3 crafts in the children’s crafts room
• make up to 2 prints in the Handcraft Bldg

Older Children ( recommended for ages 9 and up):
• All outdoor games including mini golf (unlimited, all day long)
• Balloon darts
• Candle dipping (in the middle grades bldg)
• Make up to 2 prints in the Handcraft Bldg
Puppet Shows: The EC faculty will delight youngsters with puppet shows in the First Grade Classroom. For children aged 4 and up there will be 2 puppet shows at 11:00 and 1:00. $2 tickets must be purchased for these shows at the ticket booth on Saturday morning. If possible, our families should try to attend the 11:00 show since visiting families often don’t arrive in time for this first show and the second show always sells out.
      This year, we will also have some shorter puppet shows for younger children (up to age 4). $1 tickets must be purchased at the ticket booth for these shows.
      Start your day with a puppet show! Tickets available the morning of the fair .
Sign-up to work at the Fair today: If online sign-up is a problem, please give Mary Martin a call, she would be happy to sign you up! 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
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


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 slbcaron@mac.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.



Athletic News

High School Cross Country:

Western Maine Regional Championship
  The Western Maine Class C Regional meet was held at Twin Brook in Cumberland last Saturday. Cheered on by almost the entire high school, families and friends, both Merriconeag teams turned in strong performances that ensured them one more week of practice and competition. The girls' team finished fifth overall, which qualifies them for the state Class C meet. Sam Pierce, Fiona Ahearne and Carlin Tindall were recognized for their top thirty finish (and Sam received an individual medal for her top ten finish).
      The boys' team finished second overall, squeaking by Monmouth by just one point and earning them the school's first ever boys' regional runner-up plaque (and, of course, qualifying them for this Saturday's state meet). Tucker Pierce, Zach Neveu and Dylan Wu were recognized for their top thirty finish (and Tucker and Zach received individual medals for their top ten performances).

 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.

Click here for the complete race schedule.


Race Press:

Press from the Western Maine Regional Races

Cape runner comes back to finish first in Class B
By Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer,
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
Saturday, October 26, 2013

It´s a journey for the regional champions
By Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer Saturday,
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
October 26, 2013

Press from the Western Maine Conference Race:
Evans, Shafer win Western Maine Conference cross country titles
Falmouth girls and Cape Elizabeth boys are team champions.

By Glenn Jordan, Staff Writer, October 19

Merriconeag at the WMCs
2013-10-22/Sports, The Times Record


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, officemanager@merriconeag.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.
Auditions for the 2014 Festival (March 27-29, 2014) will be held at 317 Main in Yarmouth on November 16, 2013.

The audition tunes (music/mp3s) and application form can be found on the website, www.maineacousticfestival.com



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 $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!


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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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