Tuesday News - December 10, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Tea and Play

Wednesdays, December 11, 18

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center

60 Desert Road, Freeport

For prospective parents. 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. For more information: 207.865.3900, Ext. 163, or hdrexel@merriconeag.org



Annual Winter Concert

Wednesday, December 18, 5:30 p.m.
Freeport Performing Arts Center

30 Holbrook St., Freeport
Join us for a delightful evening of music. The concert begins at 5:30 and all students in grades 2-12 are expected to arrive no later than 5:15 with all necessary music and instruments. Upon arrival, students should bring their string and wind instruments backstage to the band rehearsal room.
Students in grades 5 - 12 dress in black and white. Students in grades 3 and 4 may wear concert attire in festive colors of their choosing. Students in grade 2 will wear their Santa Lucia attire. Nancy Roderick


The Shepherds Play

Friday, December 20, 11:00 a.m.

Community Hall

We warmly invite the entire community to join us to witness this simple, yet profound offering which speaks to what it means to be truly human. 



Caroling in downtown Freeport

Friday, December 20, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Gathering in front of the L.L. Bean boot at 5:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by Merriconeag's Parent Connections

A beloved tradition! Come spread the holiday cheer and represent the Merriconeag Community in downtown Freeport with an evening of caroling led by our Chorus Teacher, Chris Chasse. Singing books will be provided and you may want to bring head lamps. Be sure to dress warmly. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Snow Note:  If the weather is inclement, please check the MWS website for a cancellation notice.


The Red Trouser Show

Merriconeag students "vaulted" into the weekend energized by the spectacular Red Trousers performance in the Community Hall on Thursday afternoon. Waldorf graduates Tobin Renwick (son of Hugh and Carol) and David Graham electrified the audience with their juggling and acrobatic derring-do. Many thanks to John Saccone, David Barham and all those involved in bringing these talented performers to our school. A special congratulations to Will Barmby for his brave performance.

See more amazing feats at www.redtrousershow.com


News from the High School

David Sloan's Poem Wins Goodreads December Poetry Contest:

Mr. Sloan has done it again! His poem, "Living Too Long" from his book, The Irresistible In-Between won Goodread's December Poetry Contest. For those of you who may not know about it, Goodreads is a website that publishes a monthly national newsletter recommending different genres of books to "millions" of readers. Congratulations, Mr. Sloan!

Read the poem in the Goodreads Newsletter by clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.


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.

Snow Days and Unexpected School Closures: It's that time of year again. Although the inside cover of your school directory/handbook details our snow and unexpected closing policy, we have included it here for your review.


There are three ways to check on school closings
· Radio stations WGAN-AM (560), WMGX-FM (93.1), WYNZ-FM (100.9), and WPOR- FM (101.9)
· Local TV stations, Channels 6, 8 and 13
· School answering machines: Freeport Campus (EC- G8) 865-3900 and Pineland Campus (High School) 688-8989
General Guidelines for Merriconeag EC - Grade 8 Desert Road Campus:
- If Freeport Public Schools are closed, we are closed.
In the past, we have closed school to protect the safety of families and faculty memebers driving greater distances than our local school systems cover, Please be sure to chek specifically for Merriconeag's closing.
General Guidelines for Merriconeag High School, Pineland Campus:
- If Freeport Public Schools are closed, the High School is closed.
- If Gray/New Gloucester is closed, the High School is closed.
- If Freeport is open and Gray/New Gloucester is on a two hour delay, van riders will be dropped off at the Freeport Campus at 8:10, have supervised study hall in the Community Hall, and then be shuttled to the Pineland Campus for a 9:20 class.
If an excessive number of cancellations occur where Gray/New Gloucester is closed while Freeport remains open, the high school will arrange to hold classes on the Desert Road Campus.

WCSH 6 TV offers an automatic text alert for you computer or wireless phone, at the following website: 



Memorial Service for Karen Moran this Saturday Dec. 14, Community Hall: Anyone in the Merriconeag community who knew our former board member and friend, Karen Moran, is warmly invited to her memorial service this Saturday, Dec. 14th from 10 am to noon, at Merriconeag’s Community Hall. Karen passed away in early November from acute myeloid leukemia.

     Karen was a highly regarded organizational management consultant, who, along with Carol Wishcamper, provided guidance and support to Merriconeag's faculty and staff a decade ago (around 2002). She then served on Merriconeag's board for 3 years and continued to help with administrative questions in numerous ways, always providing sage advice, critical thinking, a warm smile and an easy laugh.

     We hope that any of you who knew Karen will come, and please also help us reach out to other former board members and colleagues who would want to know.  Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@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.



Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Creating your own textbooks to deepen knowledge
In this video a student from the Waldorf School of Philadelphia and Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Anthroposophy, discuss how creating your own textbook provides students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter.


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