Tuesday News - November 19, 2013

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Reminder: School is closed for Thanksgiving Break, Monday, November 25 through Friday, November 29.

Upcoming Events

Merriconeag's 7th Grade presents:

Molière’s The Would-Be Gentleman

Wednesday, November 20, 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport

If you are, perchance, foolish, young—or young at heart—and if you enjoy comical twists with hysteria on all sides, then come to our play and bring all those you know. And be ready to be in on all the practical jokes, cringe at one man’s humiliation, and be swept away by comical romances. À bientôt!

“Only fools and dolts will laugh at me.” —Monsieur Jourdain, Paris 1670

Parent-Sponsored Musical Event

This Friday, November 22

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.,

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport

Enjoy Merriconeag community parent and faculty musical talent in the Community Hall this Friday at this parent sponsored event hosted by Vito Courtney.  Come delight in the music, food and fun! For more information, contact Vito, vfccpa@comcast.net.


Upcoming 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.

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

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 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.

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!


Parent Made Crafts Socials are continuing 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 Administrator

Dear Parents,
      Last night, as I was driving home from school, the full moon was rising behind a group of magically stacked clouds. At first, one couldn't see the moon at all, just this wondrous, changing glow from the hidden recesses of the sky. At times, the edges of the clouds were so bright, they seemed outlined by a phosphorescent pen. Suddenly, the moon lifted from behind the cloud bank and provided a beacon for all those journeying across land or sea. It was stunning and very comforting as it rose through the night sky.

     Next week we will all be planning for our Thanksgiving celebrations, welcoming friends and family to our homes or traveling long distances to be with loved ones. With each passing day, the darkness of winter reminds us of the warmth and light that we nurture in our homes and communities. Each one of us provides that rising moon, that beacon and welcoming place for those we love and cherish.

     May your holiday be filled with joy and thanksgiving.
Christine Sloan


More Fair Follow Up


Our 6th Grade Wind Ensemble at the Fair





The Falling Leaves Cafe would like to thank everyone for helping to make the cafe this year a success! We had a beautiful variety of delicious offerings and heard many compliments from folks. Thank you for all your hard work. Please remember to pick up dishes or plates in the community hall if you have something there. Feel free to email me ideas/suggestions for next year. Thank you, SBarmby@aol.com



School Community Updates

Chick Adoption: Merriconeag's 10th grade Embryology class has been incubating chicken eggs and hope to hatch half a dozen chicks this week. We may have a second batch (as many as a dozen) that will hatch the week after Thanksgiving. We are hoping there is interest in adopting some our chicks - FREE to a good home! They come from good laying stock. Questions - contact Ellen Labbe by calling the High School or elabbe@merriconeag.org


Thank you for the XC Photos: Merriconeag parent, Peter Taylor is a wonderful photographer who delights in taking sports photos. Peter and his family recently joined many Merriconeag fans at the High School XC State Championship races at Twin Brook where he spent the day photographing our team.

     Many thanks to Peter, as well as to team parent, Keelyn Wu and team brother, Eli Gundersen for the wonderful high school XC photos this season!



Last week for Willow Pond Farm Apples:

This is the last week to order apples for the season. This Friday, November 22 is the last delivery day. Click here for the email and more info for ordering.


Wreaths and Candles from the 8th Grade ~ Ms. Hill’s 8th Grade is selling beautiful balsam wreaths and 100% beeswax taper candles. Please order your wreaths from us by Thursday, November 21st for pick-up on Wednesday, December 4th. Candles are available in the grade school office now. To order wreaths:
- Complete an order form found in any of the three school offices.
- Complete the order form below and drop off at any of the three school offices.
Be sure to include payment with your order. Orders will be taken until Thursday, November 21st.

For Wreath & Candle order form click here.


Shopping in the Grade School Office: Advent calendars, balsam wreath order forms, table puppets, candles, jump ropes, block and stick crayons, beeswax sheets and wicking, books, hoola hoops and juggling balls, cards, star making paper, and MWS ski ties are all available in the grade school office. Come by any time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m..


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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 $3500 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards since we began the program just over a year ago.. 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.

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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.


Alumni News

Class of 2013 alum Holly Perkins deferred a year from Ithaca college to be able to travel and volunteer during this year off. She was in Colorado for most of the fall doing a month long Outward Bound course which was "super challenging." Holly was the only young woman in the course and she says the weather was wild, but it was amazing. (See photo from the trail!) Holly is now home until the end of January when she will return to The Rift Valley Children's Village, an orphanage in Tanzania where she will again live with the children while teaching preschool classes and ballet.


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How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
by STEVE HENN, all tech considered, npr.org. October 29, 2013

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