Tuesday News - November 5, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Fall Fair & Open House

This 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!

Be sure to see updates below!



Tell your friends about these upcoming sessions:

Tea & Play Sessions for

Prospective Parents

Wednesdays, 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

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).




Fall Fair and Open House Updates

Fall Fair & Open House

This Saturday, November 9

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

Bring friends and family to the Fall Fair this Saturday - it’s a wonderful family friendly event as well as an Open House, so it’s a great way to showcase our school and community, while we raise critical funds and have an enjoyable day. See below to know what the day will hold so your family can thoroughly enjoy it!
What should I be doing before this Saturday?
• We ask that every parent sign-up for at least one shift if possible - everyone is needed! Click here for link to staffing sign-ups. High school students and parents please help out at Rudolf’s Diner in the soup tent. 
• Bake for the café – sweets and savories (see the assignments below). 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 by Friday): 
      o Pocket Person (small gems, coins, tiny treasures)
      o Squirrel’s Attic (homemade items that sell for less than a few dollars)
      o Gently Used Outerwear (including wool long underwear!!!)
What can our family and friends do at the Fair this Saturday?
    • First of all, if your children would like to enjoy games and crafts, buy a badge at the Information Booth, located up
the path from the Community Hall. Review the map and program for activity locations. 
Click here for the link to the program. It lists locations, prices and whether a badge is required.
Paper copies of the program will also be available on Saturday. 
At the Information booth, you can get: 
    • a special colored ticket ($2) for the puppet shows (11:00 & 1:00 for ages 3 & up; 12:00, 12:15, & 12:30 up to 3). 
    • a badge for $10.00 that will cover younger children’s crafts and games up to age 9 AND older children’s crafts
and games, (see below for more detailed information).
    • Bring cash or checkbooks– you’ll need cash for Food (German sausage, high school chili, French crepes
     and the Café)
    • Give your children change (.25 and $1’s) for Pocket Person and Squirrel’s Attic 
What will be offered to do and see at the Fair?
    • Eat lunch (under the Tent, with additional seating in the Handcraft Bldg.) – you’ll need cash for German
     Currywurst (sausage), Chili and Kindergarten Soup at Rudolf’s Diner, and French Crepes.
    • Shop at the new Artisan Marketplace (22 creative craft vendors from around Maine selected for their unique
artistry) plus the much coveted Community Made Crafts (made by our parents and students) and Waldorf School Supplies. 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 .
This year you will be able to use a credit card to purchase any items from these 3 areas, all conveniently located
in the Community Hall.

-for young children up to age 9, the badge will cover indoor craft activities, print making and outside games.
-for children over age 9, the badge will cover craft’s to include candle dipping, print making, balloon darts, and
many cool outside games.
    • Look for Little Gnomeville for younger children in the upper woods by the Teepee.
    • There will be many demonstrations such as blacksmithing, woodworking and handcrafts in the Handcraft
    • Go to a puppet show in the Lower Grades building; 11:00 & 1:00 for ages 3 & up; 12:00, 12:15, & 12:30 for ages
    • Buy gently used outerwear at the upper grades building.
    • Listen to musicians who will be playing all morning.
    • For young children only - Buy trinkets and gems at the Squirrel’s Attic or from the Pocket Person.
    • Buy wreaths, candles, calendars, tea lights, caramel apples.
    • Alumni – come to the Alumni Table in the lower grades building.
Submitted by Mary Martin, Events Coordinator, 865-3900, x.113.


We're In Need of Your Card Table for the Fall Fair:  Please email Mary Martin at events@merriconeag.org if you can drop one off sometime this week. Please make sure your name is on it.




Falling Leaves Cafe is looking for donations. To insure that we have a nice mixture of savory and sweet, we ask that if your last initial is from A-L, you donate something savory. If it is between M-Z please donate something sweet. Please label your items if they are nut free, dairy free, etc. and cut them into serving size pieces. This is a HUGE help for us on Saturday. Please don't forget to label your dishes if you'd like them back. You may drop off non perishable items on Friday afternoon in the community hall or bring them Saturday morning. There will be a rack near the kitchen to place things.  If you have any questions or comments please email Sarah at SBarmby@aol.com Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe!


From the Admissions Office

Admissions Open House: This Saturday’s Fall Fair is also our annual Admissions Open House. Prospective students and their parents are always impressed by our vibrant, creative and fun school community. A healthy social environment indeed!

     The Open House is centered in the 3rd grade classroom, where examples of students work (grades 1 – 12) are on display, and teachers are available for conversation and informal tours. We also have staff over at the Early Childhood Center, ready to greet guests and show them around those classrooms.

     We hope that everyone will encourage fair-goers to stop by the School Information Room in the 3rd grade classroom.


From the Board of Directors
      In September, the Board of Directors nominated and approved Martha Eshoo (parent of Phoebe in Grade 10 and Emma in Grade 12) as the new Board Chair.  Martha brings to this role many years of experience in education and financial management of childcare centers, as well as a deep understanding of Waldorf philosophy and pedagogy.   She is currently the director of Bowdoin College Children’s Center and a faculty member in Human Development at Wheelock College, Boston MA. She has been a consultant for many early childhood programs in Massachusetts and holds a degree in Administration, Planning & Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
      Also new on the Executive Committee is Tay Veitch (parent of Phoebe, Grade 2 and Cameron, EC), who brings extensive legal and financial credentials to the role of Treasurer. He is currently the President and CEO of Marca Manufacturing, LLC, a global manufacturing and engineering firm out of Gorham; previously, he was a practicing attorney in Maine for nine years. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards in and around the greater Portland area.
      The Board is grateful for Martha and Tay’s commitment and is confident that Merriconeag will benefit tremendously from their energy and expertise. (note: other new Board members will be profiled next month; a full list of Board members can be found in the school directory.)

Report from the Board President

Greetings! During the hustle and bustle of the new school year, Merriconeag’s Board of Directors has been busy as well: in addition to its ongoing work in overseeing the financial well-being of the school, the Board has been working diligently with the College to finalize our School’s Five Year Strategic Plan that will carry the school forward into a new stage of development beginning this January. Next year, Merriconeag will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary, and while we are amazed at how far we have come, we are also inspired by the possibilities and potential for the next five years.
      The formal Strategic Plan, which is the culmination of the One Merriconeag Project begun last year between the Board, College of Teachers, and the Administration, takes a multi-pronged approach to the school’s long term goals across three strategic areas: enrollment growth, facilities and grounds, and programs and personnel.
      Newly focused Board Committees, populated by parents, staff, faculty, and members of the greater community have started addressing these areas that are of vital importance to the school’s prosperity and continuing growth. Over the next few months, these Committees, working with and through our full school community will begin publishing and discussing this Plan so that every one of us understands and feels an important connection to this work.
      We hope you will keep an eye and ear out for news from these committees and from the Board as this exciting phase of the school gathers momentum. And be sure to contact Board members about any questions you may have. As we move ahead, navigating uncharted territory, we are reminded of Merriconeag’s original Abenaki meaning: place of careful portage. Martha Eshoo, Board Chair


Athletic News

High School Cross Country

Cross Country State Championships: Merriconeag's cross country teams completed their seasons this past Saturday at the Class C state meet at Twin Brook in Cumberland.  It was a beautiful (if unseasonably warm) Saturday with a good strong breeze and clear skies.  Merriconeag was supported, as usual, by a large contingency of fans- family members, faculty members, classmates and friends.  Thank you all who came to cheer and especially to the middle school runners who helped take splits and all the photographers!

     The girls' team finished seventh overall, boosted over 8th place finisher Mattawancook by Fiona Libby's's tie breaking race.  The team placed ahead of St. Dom's, who had beaten Merriconeag the previous week at Regionals.  Sam Pierce was recognized at the award ceremony for her top 30 finish.

     The boys' team finished 8th overall, just barely losing the tie with NYA.  Tucker Pierce and Dylan Wu were recognized at the award ceremony for their top 20 finishes.

     Many thanks and congratulations to Coach Morgan and the Teams for a wonderful season!

Visit the blog for more photos, results, and to read more: http://mwsxcrunningteam.blogspot.com/


School Community Updates

2012 - 2013 Yearbook Sought: Does anyone have a copy of last year's yearbook, which they would be willing to sell to a family who missed out on ordering and would very much like a copy?  If so, please let me know.  Lisa Mainella, officemanager@merriconeag.org

Smirkus Camp Registration opens today, Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 a.m. Learn more about their 2014 sessions and register online on the Smirkus website, http://www.smirkus.org/smirkus-camp

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

Willow Pond Farm Apples:

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