Tuesday News - February 11, 2014

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: All enrollment contracts, deposits and applications for Tiered Tuition are due Friday, February 14, 2014. Please call the Business Office (Ext. 101) if you have any concerns.

Please see information about this evening's Tiered Tuition meeting below.

Upcoming Events for All - Bring a Friend!

(Not) Just Desserts: High School Coffee House

This 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.


Art Show at The Little Dog Coffee Shop

The Month of February 2014

87 Maine Street, Brunswick

Grab a friend and head over The Little Dog Coffee Shop in Brunswick where our student's artwork is on display for the month of February. The show culminates with a conversation about Waldorf education on Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. at The Little Dog. A great opportunity for your friends and neighbors to learn more about Merriconeag!




For Merriconeag Parents

"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tiered Tuition

But Were Afraid To Ask" Meeting

Tonight, 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.


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!


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


Upcoming Admission Events

Help Others Discover Waldorf Education:

Visit Maine's only Waldorf High School

Tuesday, February 25, 8:45 - 11:00 a.m.

83 Pineland Drive, New Gloucester, ME

Observe classes in Plant Chemistry, Conics, Modern History, and Electricity and Magnetism. Ask questions of our teachers and our 12th graders. This event is for parents and other interested adults. Please pre-register: 207-865-3900, Ext.103 or



A conversation About Waldorf Education
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
The Little Dog Coffee Shop
87 Maine Street, Brunswick





Tea and Play

Wednesdays, Feb. 12, 26 & Mar 5, 12, 19

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

Are you regretting that you missed

last year's Eurythmy Burlesque or Michaelmas Chorus Line? Then be sure to be there this year for a new round of irreverent hilarity. It is shaping up to be quite a show! If you have any notion of participating, either with ideas or performance, please contact Lisa Bossi by the end of February vacation. lisabossi@comcast.net.





Auction and Variety Show to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5


School Community Updates

Nordic skiing for grades 2nd through 6th will continue after February break. It looks like we will have snow for

awhile. Thank you for transporting the equipment back and forth. Also, during the break all the skis should go home as no one will be around. Put them to good use! John Saccone


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: This afternoon the basketball team plays its last game (and for seniors, their last Merriconeag game!) at Hebron. The game starts at 4 p.m.

     The basketball squad overcame a spirited faculty/staff team last Thursday, spearheaded by seniors Dana Kuniholm, Sophie Simmons and Joe Newlin, with stellar contributions from Hugh Voorhees, Chris Gordon, Lincoln Samuelson, Peter Doughty and Joe Armstrong. Not even Lynne Espy’s shinguards and helmet could prevent the students from prevailing. Many thanks to referees David Whittlesey and Steve Musica, and to Carlin Tindall and Sophie Simmons for organizing the refreshments.


High School Nordic: 

     On Saturday our skiers participated in a classic race in Fryeburg for the first half of the Western Maine Conference Championships. It was a spectacularly beautiful day, the coach nailed the wax and everyone skied very well. The girls team came in third, a mere two points behind Freeport. Samantha Pierce finished second, Fiona Ahearne 10th, Carlin Tindall 13th, Lily Tupper 23rd, and Fiona Libby 33rd. The boys finished second behind Yarmouth, with Forrest McCurdy in fifth, Graham Roeber sixth, Tucker Pierce seventh, John Burgess 13th, Zach Neveu 17th, Lars Gundersen 34th, and Davis Ritger 46th. This was the first half of the Western Maine Conference Championship.

     On Monday, February 10, the 2nd half of the WMC Nordic Championships - the rescheduled skate races - were held at Libby Hill. Merriconeag boys and girls were both 3rd in the skate races. In the overall team scores, Merriconeag boys were 2nd to Yarmouth and the girls were 3rd to Yarmouth and Freeport. Congratulations to our teams!

     Up next are the Class C State Championships. The classic race is Wednesday, February 19 at Black Mountain in Rumford. The Girls start - 1:30 PM and the Boys start at 3:00 PM. The Skate race is Thursday, February 20 at Black Mountain. The girls start at 9:00 AM and the boys start at 10:30 AM. Awards are to follow on Thursday.

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/


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.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Reading Proficiency

Maine Calling, MPBN, February 4, 2014
Last Tuesday on MPBN's Maine Calling featured "Reading Proficiency." The panel discussed a new report that shows that only 1/3 of Maine 4th graders read proficiently. A panel of experts discussed tips, techniques and book recommendations to foster a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. Merriconeag parent, Bill Holland, was one of the callers so Merriconeag was mentioned on the show for the 2nd week in a row! Great press! Thank you, Bill!

Eric Utne on Education and Parenting the Waldorf Way
Linda Sechrist, Natural Awakenings, February 2014


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