Tuesday News - November 12, 2013
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Tell your friends about these upcoming sessions:
Tea & Play Sessions for
Wednesdays, Nov. 13, 20,
Dec. 4, 11, 18
9:00 - 10:00 a.m, Early Childhood Center
60 Desert Rd, Freeport
Parent-Sponsored Musical Event at Merriconeag:
Friday, November 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Community Hall.
Merriconeag parent, Vito Courney, is putting out this call for all Merirconeag community parents and faculty who would be interested in performing in the Community Hall on Friday, November 22 at a fun musical event he is sponsoring. From Vito: The evening will run from 6pm – 9pm and I am hoping to fill approximately three hours with music provided by the parent and faculty community. This is an adult only, fun filled evening. I am also looking for maybe one or two parents who would be interested in helping with setting up and breaking down the stage. This event will be a very casual evening and if you would like to bring a snack or something to drink the plan is to have the tables and chairs set up to accommodate a more intimate atmosphere. One or two volunteers to help with tables and chairs would be wonderful. Additional details will appear in future issues as things come into full view. Looking forward to seeing many of you on the 22nd. Please contact Vito Courtney at email@example.com. Vito Courtney
Parent Made Crafts Socials will continue throughout the year on Mondays after drop off in the Farmhouse. Feel free to bring your own holiday projects during the season and enjoy crafting in the company of fellow Merriconeag parents. We will resume preparing for the 2014 Fall Fair craft sale in January. We will continue collecting donations of materials, such as yarn, felt, roving and fabric in the EC and Grade School Offices. For more information please contact: Justyna Benton, firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Admissions Office
Fall Admission Events: Please help us spread the word to prospective parents about upcoming opportunities for a first-hand experience of Waldorf education. These events are for adults only. RSVP: 207-865-3900, Ext.103 or email@example.com
Tour of Grades 1 – 8
Observe High School Classes
Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
MORE OUTREACH: We continue to add activities – held at our Early Childhood Center and in other locations - designed to introduce Waldorf ideas to families with young children. These activities are led by Heidi Drexel, our new Early Childhood Enrollment/Outreach Coordinator. For more information: 207.865.3900, Ext. 163, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating Meaningful Holidays with Children, Saturday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon, Royal River Natural Foods, 443 U.S. Route 1, Freeport. Adults only, please. Come learn new ideas for simplifying and adding meaning to your family holiday celebrations. We will discuss ways to include young children while minimizing stress, and how to create traditions your family will cherish, without exhausting yourself. We will make a few crafts, share recipes, and learn how an understanding of child development can help to make things easier for everyone.
Saturday Craft Morning, Saturday, December 7, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School’s Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport. $5/child. Come make tissue paper window transparencies and hear a winter story. For children under 7 and their parents.
Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots, Monday December 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Birth Roots Prenatal Resource Center, 101 State Street, Portland. Waldorf Schools strive to honor and protect the important phase of life that is childhood. Come learn about the Waldorf approach to parenting and early childhood education. We will discuss how we can shape our time and space in ways that best support the healthy development of the young child. Share in discussion and learn new ideas!
Fall Fair and Open House 2013
Thanks to you, this year’s Fall Fair was both a tremendous outreach event and a very fun celebration of our wonderful community and school. The day’s offerings were designed for the youngest children as well as teens and adults, and we were thrilled by this year’s attendance of well over 600 people, including alumni students, former families, and many first time visitors. While there is always room for improvement, and we do encourage you to send us feedback, we are so proud of the way in which our parents, faculty and students ALL helped make this year’s Fall Fair so fresh and fun, while raising essential funds for the school. As always, there are so many of you who contributed to the success of this event. We thank our talented Fall Fair chairs and their teams, for their courage to take a leadership role and their devotion and willingness to lead all of us as we created the Fall Fair:
Signs, Posters, Postcards - Lisa Bossi
Waldorf School Supplies - Mandy Andreson and Nancy Goldberg
Our gratitude extends to all of you - parents, students, faculty, even grandparents who ended up working at the Fair - who, in the midst of your extremely busy lives, signed up to work shifts, bake food, donate goods, and help out in any way needed to contribute to the success of this year’s Fall Fair and Open House.
Outerwear Sale Super Success: Thank you, Merriconeag Community, for making the 2013 Outerwear Sale an amazing success! It would not have been possible without everyone's generous donations, enthusiastic buying, and energetic volunteerism. We raised twice the amount of previous years and couldn't be more excited to be supporting this wonderful cause.
The Outerwear Committee would especially like the thank our Fall Fair volunteers, who not only helped set-up, run and keep the room "retail beautiful," but stuck around to restore the 6th grade classroom and re-home the leftover sale items to three very good causes - an impoverished school in Lewiston, the India Street Free Clinic in Portland, and the Freeport Community Thrift Store. Seren Sinisi & Catherine Weiland
School Community Updates
New Signs on Campus: Every year as we create program maps for the Fall Fair, we lament the fact that our buildings are not clearly labeled and visitors find it difficult to get around campus. Not this year! We have all new signs on the buildings and at the entrances on Desert Road, directing visitors to just the spot they are trying to find. The day after the signs were mounted last week, one parent remarked, “We just made Merriconeag a friendlier place!”
Willow Pond Farm Apples:
Please note: The last delivery day for apples will be Friday, November 22.
Click here for the email and more info for ordering.
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April Break - No School:
Mon, April 20 through Fri, April 24.
School is closed for April Break.
HS Parent Evening:
Wed, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Living Thinking Talk by Michael D'Aleo:
Fri, May 1, 7:00 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Living Thinking: The Foundation for Flexible, Creative, and Innovative Minds. A public talk by Michael D'Aleo sponsored by the Foundation Studies Program. Donations gratefull received at the door. Learn more at link below.
Merriconeag Poetry Festival:
Sun, May 3, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport. Free admission. Featuring noted poet, Jeffrey Harrison as Festival Judge and student poet finalists from the following high schools: Cape Elizabeth, Catherine McAuley, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Hyde, Merriconeag Waldorf, Morse, Waynflete, and Yarmouth.
G 2, 4, 5 & 6 Parent Evenings:
Tues, May 5, 7:00 pm.
Senior Project Presentations:
Thurs, May 7, 6:30 pm. Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Tea & Play Session:
Fri, May 8, 9 - 10 am.
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.
For more info & to register: 207.865.3900,
Ext 163 or
May Celebration and Medieval Faire:
Saturday, May, 10 am - 1 pm.
57 Desert Rd, Freeport