Tuesday News - January 28, 2014

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Upcoming Events

This week! Don't miss it! Our 9th & 10th Grade Play!

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


$5 suggested donation at the door

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.

Age guidelines: At our daytime performance,  2nd & 3rd graders will see only Act 1; 4th & up will see the whole play.


Saturday Craft Morning
Saturday, February 1, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Road, Freeport 
These craft sessions provide an opportunity for your friends and neighbors to get to know us better. Please spread the word! Valentine Tea Party: Come make valentines, drink pink tea, and listen to a Valentine story.  For children under 7 and their parents. $5 per child. Registration is appreciated but drops-ins are welcome. For more information and to register, please contact Heidi Drexel, Early Childhood Enrollment Coordinator, 207.865.3900, Ext 163 orhdrexel@merriconeag.org.


Coming right up on Monday! Buy your tickets today!  

Only at this link: 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


(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/


Student/Faculty Basketball Game

Thursday, February 6, 7:15 p.m.

Freeport Middle School Gym

19 Kendall Lane, Freeport, ME

Duel of the Titans IV—Student/Faculty Basketball Rivalry Intensifies:
In polite, peace-loving Waldorf circles, “Grudge Match” is too strong a phrase to describe this year’s upcoming Student/Faculty Basketball Game at Freeport Middle School on Thursday February 6 at 7:15 p.m.; so is “Revenge Rumble” and “Flail the Faculty.” However, after last year’s heart-stopping faculty victory when, in the waning seconds, David Barham made the only basket of his long and storied athletic career, the Merriconeag student squad has set its sights on securing a victory over the Geezers.
      To that end, this year’s team—led by seniors Joe Newlin, Sophie Simmons and Dana Kuniholm, and ably supported by juniors Lincoln Samuelson and Peter Doughty, as well as sophomores Hugh Voorhees, Joe Armstrong and Chris Gordon—and coached by master strategist John Newlin, will take the floor against a mix of wily faculty veterans and unproven newcomers. The faculty/staff squad includes last year’s most dominating player, “Yumpin’ Yunus Lowenthal, Nancy “Hot-Rod-“erick, Jeff “The Big O’” Brien, David “Has He Opened His Eyes Yet?” Barham, “Margaret “Monster Jam” Samuelson, Nathan “In the Zone” Doan, Chris “Classy” Chasse, “Be Like Mike” Fenderson, Lynne “She’s Got the Recipe” Espy, Noah “The Boa” Fralich, Samantha “The Pantha” Wolf, and Amalie Koch “a Cola.”
      Come support your favorite team—and buy the goodies baked by high school students to help financially support high school athletics!


Taking the Top of Your Head Off: Writing Poems

For students: Ages 13-18

Saturday, February 8, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

The Telling Room, Suite 201
225 Commercial Street, Portland

Maine Poets, David Sloan and Gibson Fay-Leblanc, are the instructors for this upcoming poetry writing workshop at the Telling Room in Portland. The poems generated in this workshop may be entered in the Merriconeag Poetry Festival to be judged by inaugural poet Richard Blanco.
      How can a poem "ride on its own melting" or make you feel as if the top of your head has been taken off? How can a poem sucker punch you in the gut or help you convince a girl you love her? Poetry is as old as the history of human beings, yet still mysterious and hard to define. W.H Auden said, "Poems are just stories...with the boring parts left out," while Billy Collins said that after reading a poem "you want to get right back on the ride." Whether you eat sonnets for breakfast or have never written a poem before, in this workshop, mysteries will be revealed, poems will be read and written, and all will leave with new ways to see the world through poetry. Click here to register.    


High School Coffee House

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road.

Don't miss this annual favorite! The Coffee House provides a great opportunity to bring a friend and show them the impressive work of our high school students. Stay tuned for more information.


On Going:

Tea and Play

Wednesdays, Jan. 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 Board Treasurer

Making It Rain: A new randomly timed series of paragraphs

by the School’s Treasurer

     Good day fellow parents and community members. I want to thank all of you who took time out of your busy family and personal schedules to attend either (or both!) of the Community Meetings to discuss the state of the school, and/or to have questions answered about the school’s finances and the tuition increases for next year. These meetings were very well attended, evoked well thought out questions and areas of inquiry for the Board, and served to further enrich our experiences together as a community.

     As each of you receive your re-enrollment packets this week with an eye toward next year, the Board recognizes that numerous factors weigh on our families as they make the decision whether or not to re-enroll their child(ren). While we respect that the financial component is likely foremost to all of our families, our goal is to make that no longer the case. Let me (re) introduce Tiered Tuition! No longer just a fun alliteration, it’s the vehicle we use to ensure that those families who wish for their children to have a Waldorf education can (continue to) do so.

     I’d like to invite each of you, whether you’ve been paying tiered tuition or haven’t, to a question/answer/discussion that I’m holding at the Handwork Building on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. I’ve titled it “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tiered Tuition But Were Afraid To Ask” because I lack creativity, and don’t mind blindly plagiarizing a title no one can really attribute to its proper source anyway.

     Our school and community are far too important and meaningful to risk losing families, or not gaining additional ones, based upon fears or questions about whether or not they can afford Merriconeag. If you are, or know anyone who would benefit from learning about Tiered Tuition, why we have it, how it works, and what it means to families and the school, I strongly encourage you, and them, to attend. This extends to families and friends who are not currently at the school, whether they’ve left, or whether their interested in attending for the first time. While Tiered Tuition may not be the answer to every family with a financial need, we firmly believe that it can be, and that it has made a significant difference for many. So please, if you’re interested, come by on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. I’ll even wear a different hat. Frederick Veitch, Board Treasurer.


News from the High School

Mr. Sloan to Read his Poetry This Sunday: David Sloan has been selected to read his poetry this Sunday as part of the celebration of Longfellow Days in Brunswick which run February 1 - 27. (We are sure he would love to see your familiar faces in the audience!)The event, in the Fireplace Room of Curtis Memorial Library on Sunday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. is entitled, The Coursen Readings, Part One and the description is as follows:

Many superb writers have graced Brunswick and its vicinity through the years. We feature nine of them in a three-part Sunday series named for the late poet and great Longfellow Days friend, Herbert Coursen. First up: Marcia Brown, Stephen Cowperthwaite, and David Sloan. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.

American Freedom Project: As part of the work for the ninth grade American History block, the students created a multi-media arts project exploring the subject of Freedom. What does Freedom mean to me as an American? The class looked at passages from The Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, The Star Spangled Banner and others to gain a broad overview of how freedom is perceived from the American perspective. They looked at specific freedoms contained in the Bill of Rights to come to an understanding of the things we can do in this

country than many people in other parts of the world can't.

     Using poetry, music, drawing, painting, video, and many other art forms, the students then created original works that spoke to the uniqueness of the American experience. Many of these works are still on display in the hallway over at Pineland. We would love to have folks come over and see these. The creativity of these works is truly inspiring.

     Here you see photos of ninth grader Fiona Libby using a plasma torch to craft her American flag. This gorgeous piece measures approximately 24" x 16".

David Barham


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Basketball:  Last week the basketball team had to forego their game at Hebron due to a number of player illnesses. This cancelled game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 11, and the next scheduled game is February 4, a home game against NYA at 3:30. Be sure to catch the Student/Faculty game on February 6 (see event listings above).


High School Nordic: 

Sophomore Forrest McCurdy was named High School Top Ski Perfomer of the Week by the Portland Press Herald on January 23.  Bravo, Forrest! The article also gives our ski teams, school, and coach great coverage. Read the article by clicking here.

     The skiers had two races this past week. The team traveled to Fryeburg last Monday for a relay race against all WMC schools. Despite no new snow, Fryeburg did some amazing grooming and we had a great race, seeing both our boys and girls relay teams place first.

     On Saturday the ski team headed to Black Mountain in Rumford for the largest high school race in the state - the Sassi. This year's race saw over 400 skiers representing approximately 40 teams. In a strong field, both our girls' and boys' teams placed fourth, an impressive result given the competition.

    We also had two skiers qualify for the J2 team, Forrest McCurdy and Tucker Pierce. This team of 20 boys and 20 girls will represent Maine at the New England J2 festival in March, this year held in Vermont.

Our skiers travel to Libby Hill at G/NG tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29, 3:30 p.m.

Click here to view race 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/

Congratulations to the middle school skiers that raced in the Jr. Sassi race at Black Mountain early Saturday morning. This hardy group of girls clearly enjoyed themselves and skied hard too—four skiers in the top seven and five skiers in the top 20!


Alumni News

Lily Cuellar (8th grade class of 2004) graduated from Earlham College in 2013 and is currently working as an English Teaching Assistant in Epernay, France. The assistant principal at her school approached her recently to ask if she knew an eighth or ninth grade girl who would be interested in being penpals with his daughter, because she's very motivated to learn English. Lily thought immediately that this would be a great opportunity for a Merriconeag student to practice her French! She'd love it if you would ask around, and if anyone is interested, e-mail her at lily.cuellar@gmail.com.


Dana Freshley ( 8th grade class of 2005) recently visited the Rudolf Steiner Haus in Stuttgart, Germany - the birthplace of Waldorf education! Dana graduated from the University of Maine in May, 2013 summa cum laude with a major in Communications and a minor in Biology. Before settling into a professional job she is traveling in Europe with a home base in Portugal, her ancestral home. She has visited farms and cities and beaches and mountains in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. In the past year she has also been to the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and the summit of Katahdin!


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