Tuesday News - February 25, 2014

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Merriconeag Boys & Girls are Class C Nordic Team State Champions

 This is the fourth consecutive state championship for the girls and the second for the boys!

Congratulations to coach John Tarling and the skiers!


Bring a Friend!

Calling All Families! Be a part of Bring a Friend!

     Imagine if you could easily support the health of the school and share the gift of Waldorf education and Merriconeag with your friends. Now you can.
      The Merriconeag Board encourages everyone to participate in the new Bring a Friend outreach and enrollment drive this spring. The idea is simple: everyone in the community is encouraged to invite their friends to experience the school in some way this March through April.

     There are a thousand ways to participate, so check out the Bring a Friend flyer (soon to come) and the school calendar for ideas. And, be sure to read the lettersent to the community from Board chair Martha Eshoo and Board member Sean Fitzpatrick.

     With your help, we hope Bring a Friend will reinforce the social fabric of the school, lead to increased enrollment, provide the benefits of a Waldorf education for more students, and enable the school to grow its rich educational programs. We hope you will join in! Sean Fitzpatrick

Upcoming Events - Bring a Friend!

Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of All Ages.

The Circus is coming!

The 7th and 8th grades present:
Just Clowning Around
Thursday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. for the school
Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. for parents, friends and community members.
We have live music by the High School Circus Band, led by Nancy Roderick.

Please join us for lots of laughs and extraordinary skills. Come one, come all!

Mr. Saccone



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!




Merriconeag's Inaugural One Acts Performances
Open Dress rehearsal: Wednesday March 5th,

7:00 p.m., Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, FREE
Regional Competition Performance: Saturday, March 8th,

6:00 p.m. , Lawrence High School, Fairfield, ME

$5/student, $8/adult at the door

What are the One Acts? The Maine One Act Festival or "One Acts," is an interscholastic drama competition for high school students coordinated by the Maine Principals Association. Regional Festivals are held each year around the state in early March, with the winning teams from each class (Class A and B) go on to compete at the State Festival in late March. Although a school places (1st, 2nd etc) as a whole team, individuals students can be named to the "All Festival Cast" or be awarded recognition for costume and set design and even student directing. These festivals are a great opportunity for students interested in drama to challenge their craft and interact with other teen thespians.

Merriconeag's Inaugural One Acts Team: This is Merriconeag's first year competing in the One Acts and we are taking our production of Hard Candy to compete in Class B at Lawrence High School in two weeks. The cast and crew is made up of students from every grade in the high school. We invite the community to come watch our open dress rehearsal on Wednesday, March 5th. We will have feedback forms for the audience and would greatly appreciate the chance to practice in front of a live crowd as well as fine-tune our performances before competition time! Hard Candy, a zany workplace comedy, is appropriate for 7th grade and up. Questions can be sent to Ellen McCann Labbe, who is directing this year's production.


Upcoming Admission Events

Help Others Discover Waldorf Education!

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. 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


Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots
Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Birth Roots Prenatal Resource Center 
101 State Street, Portland

Waldorf Schools strive to honor and protect the important phase of life that is childhood. Come learn about the Waldorf approach to parenting and early childhood education. We will discuss how we can shape our time and space in ways that best support the healthy development of the young child. Share in discussion and learn new ideas!


Saturday Craft Morning
Saturday, March 8, 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! Welcoming Lady Spring: Come make flower necklaces and listen to a story welcoming Lady Spring. 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 or hdrexel@merriconeag.org.



From the Development Office

Auction and Variety Show to benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall

Be on the look out for your invitation to the Silent Auction featuring many items from the hands and hearts of our community, and to the Variety Show, ‘Steiner with a grain or two of salt!’  Sure to be a block buster hit! Your invitation is in the mail!

     Sign up starts now to volunteer to help set up for the event on Friday 4 April or to help out during the event Saturday night. Here’s your chance to join in and participate if you couldn’t offer eggs as an auction item because those hens ain’t layin’. Click here to sign up.

     And don’t forget that there is a featured Happy Hour from 5 - 6 p.m. for those of you who need a little time to peruse the Silent Auction before the merriment begins and you get caught up in the swirl of fun. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served to all starting at 5pm.


Auction Teaser #1: You do not want to miss the many wondrous offers of this year's Auction & Variety Show! How about winning an amazing Brazilian Feast for 6! Invite a few of your favorite people to enjoy a brief journey into some scrumptious exotic fair of Brazil. A delightful menu of Caipirinhas, a sugar cane based kind of rum served with fresh limes; an appetizer consisting of gluten free cheese breads made with Manioc flour; a main dish called, Feijoada, a flavorful meat and beans concoction, or take the vegetarian option of Brazilian Style Black Beans, paired with Brazilian rice, collard greens and oranges. End the meal with a sweet Passion Fruit Mousse. But it does not end there!! While you and your friends have a marvelous nosh, your atmosphere will be further enhanced with select Brazilian music which you will receive as another gift to remember this tasty epicurean delight for years to come! Don't let this mouth-watering opportunity pass you by, attend the Auction and make this luscious happening yours to share!

Auction Teaser #2: Dear friends, do not just ask what you can do for the Auction & Variety Show, ask what the Auction & Variety Show can do for you! How about, getting you a leg up on becoming one of Maine's premier chicken farmers. Scoff not! Brooks Feed and Farm of Brunswick has graciously donated a Chicken Starter Kit that is up for the bidding! Do not miss your window of opportunity!! A wonderful beginning of a heat lamp, food base, feeder, 2 gallon waterer, 5 pounds of organic layer mash and most importantly, 6 baby chicks of your choice from a wide and varied selection to be delivered mid May!! Possibilities include Arauconas, Golden Wyandottes, Jersey Black Giants, Golden Comets, or Black Austrolorps!! Experience the joy of raising chickens!!! Don't let this pass you by!! Come to the Tuition Assistance Auction and seed the dream of chicken raising!! Only your participation can make it possible!!


School Community Updates

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


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: The basketball team played its final game at Hebron, narrowly losing in the final minutes, despite strong performances by seniors Dana Kuniholm and Joe Newlin. Congratulations to the team for a fine season, kudos to coach John Newlin for helping the program take a giant step forward, and to the parents for supporting the team so ardently.


High School Nordic: 

     During vacation week, the Nordic team headed up to Black Mountain in Rumford for the Class C State Championship, two days of racing against all other Class C schools in the state. Day one was the classic race, and we had stellar results. Samantha Pierce won the girls race and we placed our four scoring girls in the top seven. The boys, not to be outdone, placed four skiers in the top six, and all six boys were in the top 12!

     Moving on to the skate race on day two, again our skiers impressed, with both the girls and boys teams placing their four scoring skiers in the top seven. Both teams are the Class C Nordic State Champions for 2014! For the girls, this is their fourth consecutive state championship, and the second in a row for the boys. Congratulations to coach John Tarling and the skiers, and thanks for a terrific season!

Click here to view race results.

For more information, please visit our High School Nordic blog: http://mwsnordicskiing.blogspot.com/



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By Sherry Turkle, Op-Ed Contributor, The New York Times, December 15, 2013


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