Tuesday News - November 12, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Tell your friends about these upcoming sessions:

Tea & Play Sessions for

Prospective Parents

Wednesdays, Nov. 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

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 vfccpa@comcast.net. 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, justynakbenton@yahoo.com 


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 admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org

Tour of Grades 1 – 8
Tuesday, November 19, 8:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Begins in the Community Hall

Observe High School Classes
Wednesday, December 4, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Pineland Campus

Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tuesday, December 10, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center

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 hdrexel@merriconeag.org
Tea and Play, Wednesdays, November 13, 20 & December 4, 11, 18, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Merriconeag Waldorf School’s Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport. Bring your child, share a cup of tea with us and learn more about our programs for young children. Story time is at 9:30.

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
Community Made Crafts - Justyna Benton and Julie Pennington
Artisan Marketplace - Susan Caron
Children’s Crafts - Victoria Stefanakos and Melisa Walker
Older Kids’ Crafts / Demos - Priscilla Nicholson, Lynn Thurrell, Suzie Peirson

Waldorf School Supplies - Mandy Andreson and Nancy Goldberg
Café - Sarah Barmby, Amy Kessler, Amy Eshoo and Heather Veitch
Outdoor Games - Adrian Bossi, Drew Tieman, Michael Stefanakos
Outerwear - Catherine Weiland, Seren Sinisi., Alicia Heyburn, Drew Tieman
Outdoor Decorations - Lisa Bossi and Carina Wishman
Candle Dipping - Heidi Randall
Pocket People - Tami Goodrich
Squirrel’s Attic - Vanessa Farr and Tonya Sattin
Rudolf’s Diner - Hans Gundersen and Peter Gross
German Currywurst - Oliver Kinzer
French Crepes - Regine Whittlesey
Outerwear - Catherine Weiland, Seren Sinisi., Alicia Heyburn, Drew Tieman
Blacksmithing - Scott Libby, Rosemary Burwell, Will Hight
Foot-powered Lathes - Bob Thurrell and Yunus Lowenthal
Printmaking - Johanna Flath and Rose Mary Burwell
Puppet Shows - ECC Faculty and Assistants
Musicians - Nancy Roderick, Chris Chasse and many students, parents and faculty
Grade 7 Class Fundraising - Karine Odlin and Jo D Saffeir
Grade 8 Fundraising - Barbara Kappelmann and Diane Campos
Balloon Darts - David Beringer
Compost - Lucy Ahearne
New Gnomeville - Yunus Lowenthal
School Information - Phyllis Hill, Ida Dyment and Lyn Baird
Alumni Outreach - Deeda Burgess

     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.
      Just when we start feeling like our lives are too hectic, and we don’t have time for one more event, we are reminded of all that we have here. There were many wonderful images from the day - I hope you will carry all the warmth and goodwill of the day, and remember how grateful we are that you are part of this wonderful, creative, and generous community.
With gratitude, for the Fall Fair Committee: Lynne Espy and Mary Martin
Feedback: What did you think of the Fall Fair? Send us feedback or come share your thoughts at our wrap-up meeting, Wednesday November 20th at drop-off, in the Farmhouse.
Lost and Found: if you brought food for the café or lunch, and left the container or utensils, please retrieve it in the Community Hall.



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!”
      Lisa Bossi took on this project in the summer, walking the campus with me, talking color, shapes, titles for buildings and best spots for directional signs. Then she worked her magic with a design program that allowed her to simulate the actual sign on the building or road. It was the perfect step for sharing the project with colleagues and anticipating the impact of the signs on our buildings.
      After choosing Carrot Signs of Brunswick to build and install the signs, Lisa worked as project manager to oversee every step from design to installation. We are delighted with the results! Please join us in expressing our appreciation for this sensitive task so beautifully carried through. Thank you, Lisa! We love the new signs!

Christine Sloan

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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Sunday, October 27, 2013

SeXXX Education
A shocking and eye-opening article about how Maine schools open doors to porn.
by Chris Busby, the bollard, November 4, 2013

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