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Dear Participating ReTreeUS School: As the holiday season draws near, we would like to thank you again for your support. We are now raising funds to install an orchard at your school next spring, and we would like to let you know about the two primary campaigns we have in progress.
      We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about the following opportunities:
1. ReTreeUS Holiday Trees for Holiday Treats - During the holiday season, we are running a discount on our membership rates, which means that supporters can purchase a membership for $20 in either their own or someone else's name. The member's name will appear next to a tree in one of our school orchards. For a smaller gift of $5, families can fund the planting of a tree in the ReTreeUS nursery under the name of a friend. This tree will not have a name physically attached, but it will be planted in a school orchard once it has sufficiently matured in our nursery. In both cases, donors receive certificates recognizing their gift, which can be sent either directly to the recipient or to the donor, for them to distribute. These certificates can be wrapped, stuffed in a stocking, or emailed for a green and meaningful holiday gift.
2. Flatbread Pizza Benefit for ReTreeUS - Flatbread Pizza in Portland will host a benefit for ReTreeUS on January 31st. For each pizza purchased that evening, Flatbread will donate $3.50 to the ReTreeUS program. The dinner will be at the restaurant at 72 Commercial St # 5 Portland, ME 04101-4749, from 5 to 9 p.m., and a representative from ReTreeUS will be available to share information and answer questions.
      Both of the efforts mentioned above will benefit your school by helping to fund the installation of your orchard, as well as our educational workshops. Please help us spread the word by posting or distributing the attached Holiday Tree flyer to families. We will send another flyer for the Flatbread event after the New Year.
      Thanks so much for your help! We wish you a joyous holiday season.
Sincerely, Moriah Salter, ReTreeUS Co-founder, www.retreeus.org   

Click here to see holiday tree flyer. (12/13)

We're Sparkle -- a small family-based business out of Vermont, linked to Lake Champlain Waldorf School (and recently featured on Kim John Payne Simplicity Parenting blog!)   www.sparklestories.com   We create rich, delightful stories for children and families, and we'd love to spread the word about what we do. (12/13)

Juniper Hill School, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, and Chewonki are pleased to announce a screening of the highly acclaimed film Mother Nature's Child. The event is co-sponsored by all three organizations and is open to the public.
When: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Chewonki Center for Environmental Ed., 485 Chewonki Neck Rd., Wiscasset, Maine
Cost: FREE
The film runs 57 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion. Child care will be offered.
Please spread the word throughout our local area so that we can engage the broader community. (12/13)


Click the following link to view the December 2011 AWSNA Inform Newsletter: Inform December 2011

"'Inform' is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. By including this page in your regularly published bulletin or newsletter, you help us keep our entire Waldorf constituency up-to-date on pertinent issues affecting the movement." (12/06)

Holiday Performances featuring Merriconeag Students & Mr. Saccone: Come see Joshua Dow (8th), Caroline Odlin-Brewer (5th), John Saccone (teacher) and past MWS students, Gemma McElroy and Ellie Dickson in The Portland Ballet's, Victorian Nutcracker. For more info: www.portlandballet.org

     Come see John Saccone and Jackie Reifer perform in Phyzgig at Portland Stage Company, December 29th. There are many performers all week long. For more info: www.acorn-productions.org
And see them in 2 vaudeville shows on New Years Eve at the Schaeffer Theater, Bates College. For reservations call L/A Arts at 782-7228.(12/06)

Bessie's: The way Christmas should be!
You won’t find any faux fur slippers, hot pink Barbies, or battery operated screwdrivers. Instead, you will step back in time and discover handspun and dyed yarn from our own animals, fresh wreaths made from Bessie’s woods, homemade desserts, and lots of unique and functional gifts handcrafted by very local people. Come join us for an authentic Maine Christmas! We’re open Tues- Sat 9-4 thru December 22, 33 Litchfield Rd. Freeport 865-9840 (11/29)