Tuesday News - January 21, 2014

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Upcoming Events

Coming right up on February 3rd! Buy your tickets today!  

Only at: brownpapertickets.com/event/559512

Fresh, the Film with Tasting & Talk

by David Levi, chef/owner of Vinland

Monday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road                                                   

Tickets: $15.00 brownpapertickets.com/event/559512

(snow date: Monday, February 10)  

     David Levi, chef/owner of Vinland, will provide fresh, local, organic snacks & a brief talk prior to the screening of the documentary, Fresh.

Tickets are only available through Brown Paper Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/559512    

     The documentary, Fresh, celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for the future of our food and our planet.  http://www.freshthemovie.com/

Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/4189462

     David Levi's new restaurant, Vinland, located at 593 Congress Street in Portland, forges a distinctly Maine cuisine. Its mission is as much about ecology, building the local economy, and teaching good nutrition as it is about great food. Vinland is the first restaurant in the United States to serve 100% local, organic food. :http://www.vinland.me/



Tour of Grades 1 - 8
This Wednesday, January 22, 2014

8:15 - 10:30 a.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport, ME

(Begins in the Community Hall)
A distinctive feature of Waldorf elementary education is the two-hour “main lesson” period that begins each day. During this period the class focuses on a particular curriculum topic over a three-week block of time (e.g., fractions in 4th grade, geology/mineralogy in 6th grade, Civil War in 8th grade). Call 207-865-3900, Ext.103 or email admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org, to sign up for this tour. We are also happy to arrange other times for you to observe classes. . .just call.


A Journey To Nepal
This Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.

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.


Cabin Fever Reliever!

Merriconeag Parent Dance
This Saturday, January 25, 7:00 -11:00 p.m.
Community Hall , 57 Desert Road, Freeport

     Dance away the winter blues with the Almond Butter’s Band led by our very own David Barham, on Saturday January 25, 7:00 to 11:00 at the Community Hall. This is an event sponsored by the High School Parent Connections group for ALL MWS parents and alumni parents and other friends you may want to invite.

     As described by one band member the “Almond Butters Band is a 100% and locally grown dance band, specializing in good ole rock and roll with a focus on the positive and the way that well crafted songs bring us together. This is music that lifts us up together and makes us feel like we can do anything.” (To hear the Almond Butters Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFYSIlVykys )

     The dance will begin with an hour of swing lessons taught by the high school swing elective teacher, Dimetra Corsetti. Dimetra is a very fun and talented dance teacher that the high school students have enjoyed working with for the past several years. She will provide her own swing music to accompany her lesson, which will start the dancing from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Following the swing, the Almond Butters Band will keep the dance floor hopping with their foot tapping and rocking music.

     Come on out and see old friends, meet some new friends, learn a little swing dance, and rock out to the Almond Butters Band – just have a good time! BYOB. Any donations will be greatly appreciated to help support the work of Parent Connections. See babysitter list under School Community Updates below.


Early Grades (1 – 3) Information Night
Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Grades 1 – 4 Building, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Join our teachers for a lively introduction to the joy and wonders of the Waldorf early grades. Learn how we use stories, songs, games and artistic activities to engage both the intellect and the feelings, and how this approach lays the foundation for imaginative thinking. Our approach to writing, reading, math, science and art are all topics to be addressed. For more information or to register, please contact admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org or 207-865-3900, Ext.103.


Skin of Our Teeth, (9th/10th Grade Play)

Open dress rehearsal: Tues., Jan., 28, 7:00 p.m.

School day performance: Wed, Jan., 29, 10:45 a.m.

Opening Night: Thurs., Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m.

Closing Night: Fri., Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

Thornton Wilder's Wildest Play Yet: Our Town became his beloved, classic depiction of small-town American life, The Matchmaker his signature farce about love and money. But Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth was the boldest, grandest, wackiest play he ever wrote. Wilder follows the fortunes of the Antrobus family in three acts of Biblical proportions, against the backdrop of an impending Ice Age, the Great Flood, and the aftermath of the War to End All Wars. Dinosaurs, mammoths, fortune tellers, seductresses, and murderous sons all provide intrigue in this panoramic anthem to the resilience of the human race. Come see Merriconeag's ninth and tenth grade classes perform The Skin of Our Teeth on Tuesday evening, January 28 (open dress rehearsal at 7 p.m.), Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. (school performance), opening night on Thursday, January 30, and closing night on Friday, January 31, both at 7 p.m.


On Going:

Visit Maine's Only Waldorf High School
  where the academic is brought to life

through exploration, inquiry, and experience
Parent & prospective student visits arranged at your convenience.

New Gloucester Campus, 83 Pineland Drive
Call 207.865.3900, Ext. 103 or email, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org to schedule.



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Tea and Play

Wednesdays, Jan. 22, 29,  Feb. 5, 12, 26

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


From the Development Office



Annual Appeal – we will be successful if we ALL participate!
      Our Annual Appeal goal is $150,000. Thanks to you, we have already raised over $112,000, including $37,000 of the $50,000 anonymous matching grant. The next $13,000 of new and increased gifts will be matched 1:1 by this grant – so get your gift in soon and take advantage of this wonderful offer!
      Many, many families have already contributed. Please join them in supporting everything that makes this school special to your children and your family. Congratulations to Grades 1, 11 and 12 for getting us off to such a great start towards our goal of 100% participation in each class! Remember - the first class to reach 100% gets Lynne’ Espy’s decadent desserts.
All Early Childhood Classes : less than 25 % participation
• Grade 1: 70%
• Grade 2: 40%
• Grade 3: 29%
• Grade 4: 14%
• Grade 5: 42%
• Grade 6: 35%
• Grade 7: 21%
• Grade 8: 31%
• Grade 9: 29%
• Grade 10: 30%
• Grade 11: 78%
• Grade 12: 80%

You can make your donation in one of 3 easy ways:
• Check, made out to MWS, submit in remittance envelope and drop in safe (main office)
• Online giving, click on the Donate icon above.
• Credit Card: fill out the remittance envelope with the appropriate information
• Gift of securities: Call Barbara Guffin or Lynne Espy for information about stock gifts

Please help your class, and all the students, by submitting a donation to the Annual Appeal today.

In gratitude, Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900, Ext. 116


From the Business Office

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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 $4000 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.


School Community Updates

Need a babysitter for the Cabin Fever Reliever Dance?

Check out our growing list.
1. Holly Perkins, 2013 MWS graduate, is CPR certified, 615-5792
2. Carlin Tindall, 12th grader, Red Cross certified, 353-8800
3. Jesse Saffier, 11th grader, Red Cross certified, 688-4191
4. Louise Ahearne, 8th grader, 865-9063
5. Fiona Ahearne, 10th grader, 865-9063

6. Ava Haag, 9th grader, 846 - 5254

Merriconeag Waldorf High School's Poetry Out Loud Finals: One of the highlights of last week was our Poetry Out Loud school finals. Congratulations to senior Emma Dolan, who will be representing Merriconeag at the Regional competition in Biddeford on February 6.


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Basketball: The basketball team succumbed to NYA last week, but they showed scrappiness and resilience, and they were certainly aided on by a strong fan turnout. They play again at Hebron today at 4:30. Good luck, Team!

High School Nordic: 

     Our Nordic skiers traveled to Fryeburg for a skate race last Wednesday. Kudos to Forrest McCurdy, who finished first for the boys; both the girls and boys teams placed second overall.

     The teams race twice this week—yesterday in Fryeburg, and Saturday, January 25, at the annual Sassi Race at Black Mountain in Rumford. At the Stark's Hill WMC race in Fryeburg yesterday, both our girls and boys relay teams won! Click here to view results.

     For more information about races and to keep up with our Nordic team news, please visit our High School Nordic blog: http://mwsnordicskiing.blogspot.com/


Read (Listen to or Watch) This
Patience, Patience
Our technology-driven world demands that we do everything faster. But when we live slowly, we're rewarded with a deeper understanding of the real world—and our connection to it.
by David Gessner, On Earth, December 13, 2013


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