Tuesday News - December 3, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Observe Waldorf High School Classes

This Wednesday, December 4

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
83 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester
This event is for parents interested in a first-hand experience of the teaching
and learning at our Waldorf high school. We will observe the current block courses:
U.S. History with David Barham, Art of Poetry with David Sloan, Projective
Geometry with Jeff O’Brien, Optics with Nathan Doan. There will be time for
questions and discussion afterwards. Please register by calling
or emailing Lyn Baird, 865-3900, Ext. 103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


The Red Trouser Show
This Thursday, December 5, 2:00 p.m.
Community Hall
A circus performance by Red Trousers, comprised of two Waldorf graduates—Tobin Renwick (son of Hugh and Carol) and David Graham. These guys are amazing!



Advent Garden

This Friday, December 6, Community Hall
The days are getting shorter and the darkness of night envelopes us. The harvest is in. It is cold. Yet, it is within the darkest hour that we find hope. It is in the depths of our soul that we find the light. It is the light of love, a light of peace, and a light of hope. This is the time of year when we anticipate this light, see it, acknowledge it with our gifts and deeds, cherish it with our families, and honor it during our festivals of faith.
      Walking the Advent Garden is a magical experience for the children. Each child walks the spiral carrying his or her light into the darkened space. Their light is placed along the path guiding the way for others.
Timing for Early Childhood (There are no regular Early Childhood classes on this day):
The Lupine Room (Jess & Crary) - 8:30 a.m.
The Daisy Room (Kristina & Kimberly) - 8:30 a.m.
The Buttercup Room (Kam & Kirsti) - 10:00 a.m.

Timing for Grades 1 & 2

1st Grade - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.
2nd Grade - 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Open for Grades 3 through 6 - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

(Snow date is Saturday, December 6 at the same times.)



Circus in the Streets: A First Friday Art Walk Spectacle
Friday, December 6

During the December First Friday Art Walk, Congress Street will be shut down to wheeled traffic and circus artists from across New England will make circus happen in the streets! Two shows produced by The Circus Conservatory of America, will take place at the corner of Park & Congress Streets, the first beginning at 6:00 pm and the second at 7:00 pm. with Merriconeag students, past and present, involved in the first act of the shows.
      Directed by EepyBird’s Fritz Grobe, the shows will features students and professional artists from Circus Atlantic, Gym Dandies, Celebration Barn Theater and will feature the internationally acclaimed The Red Trouser Show (performing at Merriconeag on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.) Click here for more info.

The Circus Conservatory of America is forming in Portland, Maine as an institution for higher education with a primary mission to provide the highest caliber artistic education available in the United States to circus artists and to foster sustaining career opportunities for our students.  Click here to view the Conservatory's new video.



Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tuesday, December 10, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.
After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique
approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling or emailing Lyn Baird, 865-3900, Ext. 103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.

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, 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!


From the Development Office


Annual Appeal Mailing and Matching Gift
      Last week you should have received a letter by mail explaining our Annual Appeal and how you can help with its success. If you don’t know what an“Annual Appeal” is, then it is imperative that you carefully read the letter and call me if you still have questions. This year we have a very exciting opportunity to stretch your gift – an anonymous donor has offered up to $50,000 to match, dollar for dollar, every new and increased gift to the Annual Appeal. For example, if you gave $100 to the Annual Appeal last year, and decide to give $150 this year, the increased amount of $50 will be matched by the donor. If you are a first time donor to Merriconeag’s Annual Appeal, your entire gift will be matched.

     I will be posting regular updates in the Tuesday News and following up with families in person, in the hopes that together we can meet our Annual Appeal goal of raising $150,000 by the end of June. Please remember this: Every Gift Counts, and we want to reach our goal of 100% participation by all board members, faculty and parents. Incentives (aka chocolate desserts) will be used.

     Remittance envelopes were included in your letter, and are available in the offices. There are 3 easy ways to make a tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund:
1. Submit payment by cash, check or credit card in the remittance envelope, and mail or bring it to the main office.
2. Easy online giving, using PayPal or credit card, through our website: www.merriconeag.org. You can do this now!
3. Make a gift of securities – call Barbara Guffin or Lynne Espy for instructions

United Way / Live United: For those families who make a charitable gift to Live United (United Way) through your business, please consider designating Merriconeag as your charitable organization – this brings United Way dollars our way!

Matching Gifts from Your Employer: Some employers will match your charitable gifts, or provide employee charitable giving incentive programs. Ask your employer – and let us know if they participate in this way.

     Any questions about the annual appeal or the ways in which you can donate or help with this effort, please contact Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator, a865-3900 Ext. 116 or developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org
Thank you in advance for supporting the school with your generous tax-deductible gift.

News from the High School

Richard BlancoRichard Blanco to Judge 2014 High School Poetry Festival
David Sloan has announced that Richard Blanco, who read his poem “One Today” at President Obama’s second inauguration, has graciously agreed to judge Merriconeag’s seventh annual high school poetry festival. The festival, open to high school students from southern and midcoast Maine, culminates in a public reading and awards ceremony in early May. Richard Blanco’s participation will certainly add luster to this already prestigious event. It may also lead to new grant or sponsorship opportunities. If you are aware of any businesses or organizations who might be interested in supporting this project, please contact Lynne Espy in the Development Office. Submitted by Gina Sawin, Board Member & Alumni Parent   


School Community Updates

Employment Opportunity: Mid-year Handwork Teaching Position(s)
Part-Time, interim position(s) available, beginning January, 2014, through the end of this school year.
      Merriconeag is currently accepting applications for handwork teacher(s) to cover several classes in the Grade School. Skills needed range from embroidery and cross stitch to felting, from knitting to hand and machine sewing and garment construction. The position includes setting up class work space, organizing materials, and planning lesson for teaching classes of 7 to 14 students.
      Please submit your resume and references by December 13th to Christine Sloan, at administrator@merriconeag.org. Some classes may require an assistant. Please specify if you are interested in a lead or an assistant position.

Nordic Skiing: The rental skis are here and will be handed out this week. PLEASE try on the boots and make sure they fit. I need to know of any problems by the end of this week. Soon grades 2-8 will be cc skiing during their movement classes. Please make sure your child's equipment fits. If you have any questions, please contact me at jsaccone@merriconeag.org

Last Chance...But not too late...to buy 8th Grade Items!!!
We are taking one last order for the Merriconeag Waldorf sweat pants, sweatshirts and t-shirts. We are also taking one last order for the luminarie candles. If you are interested in ordering any of the above, order forms will be available in the Upper Grade Office with Lisa Mainella. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact either Barbara Kappelmann at boston97@roadrunner.com or Diane Campos at seadeesea@aol.com. The deadline for these last orders will be Friday, December 7, 2013.



John Saccone will be performing in his 25th year with the

Portland Ballet's The Victorian Nutcracker, 12/18 & 12/21.

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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


Shopping in the Grade School Office: Advent calendars, 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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Dancing-Mistletoe_b.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. Place new orders by December 12, 2013 or drop off for Christmas delivery.

hollyUnited Scrip Gift Cards for the Holidays! 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. Place order by 12/09/13 for Christmas delivery.


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Why Waldorf Education Is A Great Choice For Environmentally Conscious Parents

we’ve spent a lot of time on Inhabitots with our Green Education Series, trying to dissect the best educational options for environmentally-minded parents...we would be remiss not to write a special article focusing on Waldorf Education – one of the greenest and most ‘organic’ educational philosophies out there for parents who value creativity and the natural world.
Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On November 14, 2013 (3:00 pm), inhabitots: modern green design for kids and babies

Cursive getting squeezed out of Maine curricula
While it has some practical applications and academic benefits, typing ability and computer skills have more.
By Susan McMillan Staff Writer Portland Press Herald, Dec.3, 2013

. . . and from a previous Tuesday News:

Cursive Benefits Go Beyond Writing
The College Board found that students who wrote in cursive for the essay portion of the SAT scored slightly higher than those who printed.
By Suzanne Baruch Asherson, The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, April 30, 2013.

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