Tuesday News - December 3, 2013
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Observe Waldorf High School Classes
This Wednesday, December 4
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
The Red Trouser Show
This Friday, December 6, Community Hall
Timing for Grades 1 & 2
1st Grade - 4:30 to 5:00 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
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the High School
Richard Blanco to Judge 2014 High School Poetry Festival
School Community Updates
Employment Opportunity: Mid-year Handwork Teaching Position(s)
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 email@example.com
Last Chance...But not too late...to buy 8th Grade Items!!!
Portland Ballet's The Victorian Nutcracker, 12/18 & 12/21.
For more information:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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Help 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.
United 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!
Read (Listen to or Watch) This
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.
Cursive getting squeezed out of Maine curricula
. . . and from a previous Tuesday News:
Cursive Benefits Go Beyond Writing
G 12 to Hermit Island for Marine Biology:
Sun, Sept 14 - Fri, Sept 15. Merriconeag seniors join seniors from other eastern seaboard Waldorf schools for a week of Marine Biology at beautiful Hermit Island.
Tues, Sept 16, 6:15 pm
G 2, 5, & 6 Parent Evenings:
Wed, Sept 17, 7:00 pm.
MS XC Race :
Thurs, Sept 18, MS XC race at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth. Cape hosts Merriconeag, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), and Waynflete. Boys run at 4 pm, girls at 4:30. Come on out and cheer for our middle school teams!
HS XC Race :
Fri, Sept 19. HS XC race at Freeport. Freeport hosts Merriconeag, Poland and York. Boys race at 4:30, girls at 5. We hope to see you there!
Class Photo Day:
Tues, Sept 23. (Rain date: Wed, Sept 24)
G 7 Parent Evening:
Tues, Sept 23, 7:00 pm - Grade 7 Parent Evening.
The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood:
Wed, Oct 8, 7 pm.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport.
Donation at the door.
Dr. Susan Linn, Director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood & Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School will discuss the commercialization of childhood and ways to protect our children.