Tuesday News - March 11, 2014

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Bring a Friend Outreach & Enrollment Drive

Our Bring a Friend flyer will be coming home with your oldest child in the school today!

Bring a Friend - What, Why, and How:   The logic of Bring a Friend is clear – enlist your most compelling supporters in the effort to increase the student body. But will it work? Aren’t we already telling everyone about Merriconeag now? Yes, the evidence is loud and clear that it will work. And yes, many of us are spreading the word already. But there is a significant difference between an organic and a concerted effort.
      The Saratoga Waldorf School used the Bring a Friend approach to boost their enrollment when it was needed most. Parents rose to the challenge and brought 63 new students the following fall. Wow! Bringing a friend is easy. There are many different ways a child and/or their parents can visit. If one of the many events doesn’t fit the bill, a child may visit the classroom or families can experience a personal tour. The school is prepared to receive families in the ways and times that work for them. See the calendar on the Bring a Friend flyer for details or to arrange an in-class visit contact Lisa Mainella at 207-865-3900, ext 100. For more information or questions, email us at  visit@merriconeag.org Catherine Weiland (mom of Emma Tieman G6 and Oscar Tieman G4)


Upcoming Events

Tea and Play

Wednesdays, Mar 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 30

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


Imbue yourself with the power of imagination

An open lecture  at the Northeast AWSNA Conference

for all members of our community: teachers,

board members, parents, and friends of the school

Keynote Address by Florian Osswald

Friday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

Imbue yourself with the power of imagination: Rudolf Steiner states that, " the only way to do this is to imbue the lesson content with will, a will rich in feelings.... Something which was once worked out imaginatively cannot be repeated in the same way years later because it is then intellectually frozen up. Imagination has to be constantly kept alive, otherwise its products will become intellectually frozen.“ (The Foundations of Human Experience, Lecture 14)

     Imagination enlivens pupils and teachers alike. It is a force which has the power to renew everything. How do we foster the power of imagination within ourselves? And when does it become sheer fantasy? Let us toss up the world and watch the wind of imagination blow through.

Florian Osswald has served as co-leader of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland with Claus-Peter Röh since early 2011. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Mr. Osswald trained as a process engineer. He pursued the study of special and curative education in Aberdeen, Scotland and in Dornach where he completed his Waldorf teacher training. For 24 years he taught mathematics and physics at the Rudolf Steiner School in Bern and Ittigen and has worked in various countries as an advisor to faculties and Colleges of Teachers.


Tough Guise 2

Thursday, March 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Freeport Performing Arts Center

Admission is free but seating is limited so please

register by clicking on this link.

Due to mature content, we recommend this film for audience members who are 13 or older.

We are pleased to be co-sponsoring this film about violence, manhood and American culture with Boys to Men and TARP at the Freeport Performing Arts Center.  The film is the highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
View the trailer.

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

Community Hall

See updates under From the Development Office



Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood
Tuesday, April 8, 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 Lyn Baird, 865-3900, Ext. 103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.



Tour of Grades 1 - 8
Wednesday, April 9, 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.


Waldorf Evening at Birth Roots
Friday, April 11, 7:00 – 8:30 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!


Early Childhood Open House & Puppet Play

Saturday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd, Freeport

Come play, visit with our Early Childhood teachers, and learn about our unique Waldorf approach to Early Childhood education. There will be activities in every classroom and the puppet play, Snow White and Rose Red, will be presented at 11:30 a.m.


From the Development Office

Auction and Variety Show

to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 5, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Community Hall


Send in your rsvp card and payment: Your invitation should have arrived by mail. Please, please rsvp! We want to have plenty of food and drink available. We have kept the entry fee low ($25 each) so you will come. If this fee is preventing you (or a friend) from coming, please give Lynne Espy a call. We want everyone to come, and we can provide sponsor tickets if that’s what is needed to get you there!


Buy cash raffle tickets: Five cash raffle tickets were included in your invitation, and more are available in the office. We sincerely hope you will fill out with your name (or someone else’s name!) and phone number and send the stubs back with the payment. It is a 25/75 cash raffle, meaning that if you win, you keep 25% of the total proceeds. Last year, we raised $8,350 and the winner took home over $2,000! The more tickets sold, the bigger the prize money! Buy one, buy 10, or buy more! You need not be present to win, so feel free to sell them to your friends and neighbors. All grandparents have received an invitation to the auction (gratis) and five raffle tickets for purchase.

Sign-up now to volunteer to help set up for the event on Friday, April 4 or to help out during the event Saturday night. Here’s your chance to join in, meet parents and participate! Click here to sign up. Any questions, please contact Stacy Waldron at shamwald@maine.rr.com or Mary Martin at events@merriconeag.org.

Merri-Happenings at the Auction: The Merri-Happenings that we introduced at last year’s Auction were wildly popular, and you begged that we offer these community building parties again this year! People loved meeting parents from the other classes, and they loved knowing that they could attend a really fun event that they didn’t have to organize themselves!
      No bidding is required, the price per person for each party is very reasonable and it’s easy to join in - on Auction night, just sign your name for the Merri-Happening that you want to go to, and pay the fee at check-out! The selection is fabulous – you will want to sign up for at least a couple Merri-Happenings:. Look over the list, watch for updates, talk to your friends and check your calendars. Click here to check out our exciting array of Merri-Happenings for 2014.

Do you need a babysitter for the night of the Auction? Students (7th-11th) are offering their baby-sitting services for free in order to allow parents to go and enjoy themselves without the worry of expense! Babysitters are starting to sign up now so we have put the list (with their name, age, contact, information, and transportation needs) on a google doc for you to access. We expect more will come forward as well so will update with new volunteers periodically. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhGEdS8F67dYdEVJSXlaQ0FHdGF4LWxiTk5tZmtjZlE&usp=sharing


School Community Updates

Many thanks to Paul Harrison and Julie Beane of The Little Dog Coffee Shop in Brunswick for hosting a show of our students' artwork for the month of February.   We also thank Johanna Flath for pulling the show together and hanging it so beautifully. We hope many of you got to see it but in case you didn't, we are including a few photos below.


2014 Yearbooks Now on Sale: The Gyre, Merriconeag’s All School yearbook, is now on sale! *Since we need a total quantity to finalize a price, the price below is estimated. If we sell a lot of yearbooks, the price will go down. If we don’t, then the price will be as listed. So, the maximum you will pay is $40 per book. The deadline for purchase is March 31, 2014. After March 3, we will determine the final price and you will be billed for your yearbook(s). Please note: Students in grades 8 through 12 will receive and be billed for a yearbook unless they have opted out below. All others students (grades EC through 7) are asked to complete the order form linked below to order a copy of this year’s yearbook.  For order form, please click here: Yearbook Order Form.


On February 27 & 28 we were treated to another one of the greatest shows on earth - the 7th & 8th Grades Circus! As promised, there were lots of laughs and the performers displayed extraordidinary skills. Music from the High School Circus Band led by Nancy Roderick added to the delightful experience. Congratulations to all!



Community Made Crafts: 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!


The Early Childhood Classes will have their next and last parent meeting on Thursday May 22.

Social time will begin at 6:45 prior to the meetiing at 7 p.m.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
By Cris Rowan, Huffington Post, 03/06/2014


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