Tuesday News - January 7, 2014
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Thursday, January 9, 6:00 p.m.
On Thursday evening we invite you to meet the members of the Board, learn about our finances, and the OneMerriconeag Strategic Plan. Our priority is to share and discuss this important information with the school community.
Saturday Craft Morning
Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots
Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tour of Grades 1 - 8
A Journey To Nepal
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
2013 alumnus Teagan Wu will give a presentation on her semester abroad in Nepal. She will plan on giving others an understanding of the customs and spiritual aspects of another culture while sharing her own insights and discoveries. Through stories and photos, she will paint a picture of her experience from city and village home stays and an independent study project to trekking in the Himalayas. She will also share how her Waldorf education has affected her outside the classroom setting. While away, Teagan gained a new appreciation for her education and would love to share these insights with the school community and any others who would like to come. In addition, there will be a sampling of a traditional Nepali dish.
Merriconeag Parent Dance
Early Grades (1 – 3) Information Night
Circus Arts After School Classes continuing at Merriconeag!
Mondays and Wednesdays
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through exploration, enquiry, and experience
New Gloucester Campus, 83 Pineland Drive
Tea and Play
Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29
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 email@example.com
From the Administrator
Simone Halstead, who joined the handwork teachers in November to help with the 4th grade handwork projects, has agreed to complete the year with this class. Simone is a Co-Founder of the Heartfelt School in Portland, ME. She holds advanced degrees in Early Childhood Development and Psychology, as well as undergraduate studies in Art. Her vast repertoire of handwork skills has been a great match with the 4th grade.
Simone Halstead, and Ananda will be working closely with Sandy Pearson before school starts in January, and then for the first two weeks of the New Year. Lynn Thurrell will continue teaching handwork in 6th grade, in addition to 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade handwork, for the remainder of the year.
We are grateful to Sandy Pearson, who came out of her “year’s leave of absence” to guide this transition and teach classes on Wednesdays. Also, Suzie Peirson and Jill Fox, who supported this transition by taking some of their classes extra periods, and assisting with interim teachers. Regine Kusche stepped in to help with costumes in 7th grade and finished the moccasin project with the class before the break. Moriah Moser, former class teacher at Merriconeag, offered support with the 5th grade art classes. Special thanks for the outpouring of support from parents to assist in classes, where needed, during this transition.
Winter Wonderland and Icy Nightmare!
For those of you who did not check emergency closing information, we are very sorry for any inconvenience you may have had getting to school and back home. We are concerned that this winter will continue to present challenges. We urge all parents and teachers to sign up for the emergency closing alert (http://www.wcsh6.com/weather/resources/text_alert/default.aspx), mentioned below. In the case of wide spread power outages, our options for notifying parents become more limited, as it affects phone and website access and e-mails sent from our home locations. When there has been a two hour delay we encourage you to check the phone message and or website a second time, before leaving home.
Special Note: Two hour delay for Merriconeag means that all sections of the school, EC through High School, begin programs at 10:20. High School Vans leave Desert Road for Pineland at 9:55. The safety of our families and colleagues is at the center of these early morning decisions about delays and closings.
Although the inside cover of your school directory/handbook details
our snow and unexpected closing policy, we have included it here
again for your review.
There are three ways to check on school closings
WCSH 6 TV offers an automatic text alert for you computer or wireless phone, at the following website:
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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.