Tuesday News - February 4, 2014

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Reminder: This Friday, February 7, school is closed for a Faculty Professional Day.

Upcoming Events

Coming right up! Two Annual Favorites from the High School:

Student/Faculty Basketball Game

This Thursday, February 6, 7:00 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 7:00 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!


(Not) Just Desserts: High School Coffee House

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

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road.

(Not) Just Desserts: The High School Coffee House Is Brewing!
Clear your calendars and dispose of your diets! On Wednesday evening, February 12, the High School's Annual Coffee House will take place in the Community Hall at 7 p.m. A full range of high school talent will be on display—poetry, song, dance, skits, delectable desserts, and a few surprises! Parents and students of the seventh and eighth grade are warmly invited. All proceeds will benefit both the high school's sponsorship of the Siddhartha School in India, and the publication this spring of our literary/artistic magazine, The Linden Tree.


Restarting this Week: Community Made Crafts

Wednesdays, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Farmhouse, 58 Desert Road

Please join us in the Farmhouse on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-10:00 for crafting, socializing and fun. We have planned lots of interesting projects, starting with a felt bird garland. You are also welcome to continue with your own work and enjoy the group camaraderie and support. No experience or special skills required!


Tea and Play

Wednesdays, 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


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.    


Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tuesday, February 11, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport
This event is for prospective parents interested in Waldorf early childhood education.After a glimpse into a kindergarten classroom, we will discuss our unique approach and answer questions. Adults only. Please register by calling or emailing 207.865.3900, Ext. 163, or hdrexel@merriconeag.org


"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tiered Tuition

But Were Afraid To Ask" Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Handcraft Building

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 or anyone you know 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 on by. Frederick Veitch, Board Treasurer.



MWS Family Downhill Ski Day at Saddleback
Saturday, March 1, Saddleback Mountain Rangeley, Maine
Bring your whole family and community spirit for a day on the slopes!
Meet for morning hot chocolate at the main lodge coffee shop at 10:30 am.
Sponsored by Parent Connections


From the Administrator

Professional Day, Friday, Feb. 7:
School visits, Workshops, Kindergarten Conference in NY.

     On Friday, February 7, our teachers and staff will be using their professional day to pursue a variety of new experiences. Typically, the annual Waldorf Kindergarten Conference in Spring Valley, New York is the focal point for our early childhood teachers. This year, several of our teachers and assistants will be traveling to NY, but two of our EC teachers will be visiting the Bowdoin Child Care Center to experience how their program meets the needs of working parents who are seeking all day care for their young children. Martha Eshoo, Director of the Bowdoin Child Care Center, is the President of Merriconeag’s Board, and a parent of two students in our high school. She has graciously arranged this visit.

    Many of our other teachers from the Grades and the High School will be visiting classes at local public and private schools, as well as traveling to more distant Waldorf schools to work with other colleagues. Our teachers will be visiting NYA, Waynflete, Mast Landing, Freeport High School, Baxter School in Portland, and Waldorf schools in Maine and Massachusetts, as well as attending a Blacksmithing workshop in Auburn!

     On Friday morning, board and committee members will join the staff in a workshop titled “Outreach and Building Enrollment” with Vicki Larson, Director of Communication at Green Meadow Waldorf School in NY. She will be leading an all-day workshop on building enrollment and communication strategies with administration. Her current role as Director of Communication at GMWS covers development of all website design work, print materials, advertisement and outreach events. She has worked as a consultant in developing the website and written materials for Sunbridge Institute, as well as other Waldorf School initiatives. Our focus would specifically be on assessing our current budget and outreach initiatives and our strategic planning effort for communication through website, social media, events, and print and other methods of advertising.

     We hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy this long weekend with your families. This day will provide many of us with a much needed chance to connect with an expanded group of colleagues and educators as well as develop our insights and skills in our individual work at Merriconeag. We are very excited about the widespread and diverse experiences that our colleagues will be sharing with us in the weeks ahead. Christine Sloan


From the Admissions Director

Help Others Discover Waldorf Education
Many families are exploring the school for admission in September 2014. Thank you all for the referrals that are coming my way and for continuing to spread the word about upcoming admission events (we request pre-registration for these) and student performances. In addition to the following events held on campus, we will offer an informal conversation about Waldorf education at the Merriconeag Student Art Show at Little Dog Coffee Shop in Brunswick, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

• Feb 12: Community Coffee House, presented by the high school students
• Feb 25: Observe High School Classes (for parents)

• Feb 13: Masque of Midas, 5th grade class play
• Feb 27 & 28: Just Clowning Around, 7th & 8th grade circus performance
• Mar 11: Tour of Grades 1 – 8 (for parents)

• Feb 11: Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood (for parents)
• Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19: Tea & Play (for parents and children)
• Mar 8: Saturday Craft Morning (for parents and children)

Please remember -- I’m always happy to arrange school visits outside of these planned events.

Lyn Baird


From the Development Office



Annual Appeal – Make your donation today!
      Our Annual Appeal goal is $150,000. Thanks to the 127 donors who have contributed to the Annual Appeal, we have already raised over $116,000, including $41,800 of the $50,000 anonymous matching grant. The next $8,200 of new and increased gifts will be matched 1:1 by this grant – so get your gift in today and take advantage of this wonderful offer!
      How much is appropriate to donate? That is completely up to you, but you might be interested to learn:
• Annual Appeal donations this year have ranged in size from $10 to $20,000.
• Gifts of any size count toward participation rates; our goal is 100% participation.
• Last year, over 90% of our parents contributed to the Annual Appeal.
• Some companies match your donation – just ask them!
• Whatever amount you donate, know that it provides essential tuition support for nearly 40% of the students in your child’s classes.

     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 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.


Auction and Variety Show to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5th 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 pm)
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
      Mark your calendars and get your sitters – AUCTION and VARIETY SHOW is Saturday evening, April 5th.. This is a fun celebration of the variety within our community and our desire to make this education accessible to a large variety of families. There will be delicious hors-d’oeuvres, homemade desserts, student and parent-made items, the infamous silent auction, and a humor-filled variety show involving parents and faculty! Don’t forget, the auction isn’t just about fund-raising through shopping—nearly half of every $25 admission ticket purchase price goes directly to Tiered Tuition. It’s sure to be a great evening – you won’t want to miss it!
1.) Come to the Auction: The fundraiser will be successful, and the party will be lots of fun, if everyone comes! Mark your calendar and get a babysitter so you can enjoy the evening! That includes ALL families, from early childhood through high school - we want to see you there! If you bring a friend from outside the community, they come for free!
2.) Donate a service or item to the silent auction: Can you donate something hand-made (from the heart and hands), or a unique Waldorf-inspired gift, or a service that you think someone in the community would value? If so, please contact one of us:
ECC Coordinator: Meghan Nathanson (meghankate64@hotmail.com)
Grades 1 -4: Susan Stark (sstark@bates.edu),
Grades 5 and 8: Katie Martin (katiepmartin@gmail.com)
Grades 6 & 7: Alicia Heyburn (aheyburn@hotmail.com)
High School: Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org)
Board: Barbara Kappelmann (boston97@roadrunner.com)
Faculty: Michael Fenderson (mfenderson@merriconeag.org)
3.) Be an Auction Sponsor: On the attached Auction Sponsorship Donation Form, you will see all the benefits of being an auction sponsor. Sponsor the Auction as an individual, in memory or in honor of someone, or as a way to promote your business! Each dollar raised goes directly to tuition support, and your sponsorship comes with great visibility and benefits. Contact Lynne Espy (developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org) soon if you are interested in being a sponsor.

Many thanks, Auction Committee Chairs: Amy Eshoo, Lisa Bossi, Lynne Espy and Mary Martin


From the Business Office

gift card.jpgAre you looking for another great way to support Merriconeag? Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card at school and we earn 5%.

Great news! Merriconeag has raised over $4200 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

New method of taking Circus Atlantic classes at Merriconeag and in Portland
Circus Atlantic is offering recreational circus classes in juggling, tumbling, unicycling, acrobatics, lyra, hula hoop, wire and more on Mondays and Wednesdays at Merriconeag and in all those disciplines plus trampette, trapeze and fabric on Thursdays and Saturdays in Portland. We are now offering a punch-card payment program that allows students to choose à-la-carte which classes they would like to take. Punch cards are $180 each and have a face value worth $200, giving families one free class and the ability to pay per class. Click here to learn more about these programs for all ages. FMI: Blain Tully, blain.tully@circusconservatory.org. We hope you can join us in the ring!


Athletic News - Sports Updates

High School Basketball:  On Tuesday, the basketball squad will host NYA at the Pineland Y in a return match. Come cheer the team on at 3:30 p.m. The game will serve as a warm-up for the Annual Student/Faculty Basketball Game, which will be held Thursday, February 6, at Freeport Middle School, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Since the next day is a Professional Day for teachers, there will be no school, so bring the children!

High School Nordic: 

     Our Nordic ski teams will have two races this week, after once again doing well in last week’s race at Libby Hill. The girls placed four skiers in the top 20 with Samantha Pierce coming in first, and the boys also placed four skiers in the top 20.

     Up next are the WMC Championships. The skate race will be held on Wednesday, February 5 at Libby Hill and the classic race on Saturday, February 8 at Stark’s Hill in Fryeburg.

Click here to view race results.

For more information about races and to read the mid-season update by Coach John Tarling, please visit our High School Nordic blog: http://mwsnordicskiing.blogspot.com/


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Inside the Circus Conservatory of America

Maine Calling, MPBN, January 28
Last Tuesday on MPBN's Maine Calling featured "Inside the Circus Conservatory of America." The panel discussed circus arts in Maine. About 4 minutes in David Barham was the first caller of the day and Peter Nielson responded with wonderful words about Merriconeag and Waldorf education. We hope you will listen to the pod cast.

Class Consciousness
China's new bourgeoisie discovers alternative education.
Ian Johnson, The New Yorker, February 3, 2014,
Last week's New Yorker Magazine featured a six page article on the spread of Waldorf education in China. That article is not available to share at this time but you may click here to view Carolyn Drake's beautiful photos of the Chengdu Waldorf School.


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