Tuesday News - April 15, 2014

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Reminder: School is closed April 21 -25 for April Break.

Bring a Friend Outreach & Enrollment Drive

Don't forget that this Friday, April 18 is Open Friday at Merriconeag! This special guest day is on a day when many local schools are closed but we aren't, so it's an excellent opportunity to share Merriconeag with a friend for a day.

     In addition to regularly planned main lesson, outdoor play, and subject lessons, Grades 1 - 8 will have a shared assembly. And fresh on the heals of the seniors returning from their internships, the high school began new blocks this week. Mr. Barham is teaching The Novel to the freshmen; the tenth grade has Greek History with Ms. Agudelo; the juniors are studying Botany with Ms. Labbe, and the seniors have Calculus with Mr. O’Brien.

Email visit@Merriconeag.org to sign up or learn more.

Upcoming Events - Bring a Friend!

The Wind in the Willows

Performed by the 8th graders

Wednesday, April 16, 1:15 pm

Thursday, April 17, 7:00 pm

Community Hall

The 8th grade play is always a delight so be sure to attend one of these upcoming performances this week...and bring a friend or two!

More lovely play posters are featured below!



Celebrate National Poetry Month and hear Mr. Sloan read his poetry:

Maine Poets Stuart Kestenbaum, Peter Harris & David Sloan
Thursday, April 17th, 7:00 pm at Longfellow Books

One Monument Way, Portland, Maine
Join Longfellow Books for an evening with three talented Maine poets as they share their latest works and, of course, sign your books! As always, Longfellow Books events are free and open to the public.
To learn more about each poet, please click here.


Senior Project Presentations

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm and

Thursday, May 1, 6:30 pm

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

Please come out to support our oldest students and also to catch another glimpse of some of the gold that awaits at the end of the Waldorf journey rainbow.Open to all!


Parent Music/Entertainment Night
Hosted by Vito Courtney

Friday, May 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Community Hall

Join together for another fun evening of performances by Merriconeag community parents and faculty. The hope is to fill approximately three hours with music and/or other entertainment provided by the parent and faculty community. This is an adult-only, fun-filled evening. This event will be a casual evening, and if you would like to bring a snack or something to drink, the plan is to have the tables and chairs set up to accommodate a more intimate atmosphere. I need to find one or two parents who would be interested in helping with setting up and breaking down the stage and one or two volunteers to help with tables and chairs. I am looking forward to seeing many of you on May 2nd. Any parents and faculty who would be interested in performing, please contact Vito Courtney, vfccpa@comcast.net


The 7th Annual

Merriconeag Poetry Festival

Sunday, May 4, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, registration is required: Click here to register!

     This year's event features renowned poet, Richard Blanco, as Festival judge. Blanco, a resident of Bethel, Maine who rose to national prominence as President Obama’s choice to deliver the Inaugural Poem in 2013, selected 20 finalists from a submission pool originally containing over 150 entries from twenty regional public and private high schools. 

     At the event on May 4th, the 20 student poets will read their prize-winning work. Blanco, author of award-winning collections, including City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and Looking for the Gulf Motel, will read his own work as well and speak briefly on the power of poetry. He will also reveal the first, second and third prize winners, whose poems will be displayed on a poster to be distributed to all high schools in the region. All finalists will receive gift certificates and a festival booklet containing all the selected poems.

     The Festival was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission, as well as by donations of gift certificates from Longfellow Books in Portland, Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, and Sherman’s Books & Stationery in Freeport.  Read more.


May Celebration and Medieval Faire

Saturday, May 10, 10:00 - 1:00

57 Desert Road, Freeport

A family day of festive activities: Maypole dancing, games, delicious food & drink.

     Hear ye all good folk of Merrye Conneague! The Faire approacheth with all haste! Don yer tunic and hosen, yer gown and festive kirtle and be prepared for a wondrous day of may dancing and singing, and stamping the earth. 
      Savories and fresh roasted meats there'll be, with mead or a cup of ale to wash it down. Then look about for a cake or biscuit to satisfy yer sweet tooth.

     Please feel free to bring your entire family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) and any guests you'd like!   

     Surely ye won't want to miss a moment of this rare event, so come by forty-five minutes past the hour of nine (9:45) dressed in yer Medieval best. The Faire is from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, rain or shine (Note: The event will be cancelled if there is severe weather, i.e. dangerous, not just uncomfortable.)

     Come greet the spring and chase old winter away. Halantow!

For those new to the school: The May Celebration and Medieval Faire is considered one of our school days and is for everyone. Students should arrive with their families by 9:45 so we can begin the processional promptly at 10:00. If you have questions about the event, please call Lisa in the Grade School Office, 865-3900.



Tea and Play,

Wednesdays, April 16, 30 & May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4

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


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!



News from the Grade School

More Wind in the Willows posters from the 8th grade:


School Community Updates

Vote for Merriconeag Waldorf School as the "Best Private School" in Maine! Down East Magazine is about to publish it's "Best of Maine 2014" awards and one of the categories is "Best Private School." Show your love for Merriconeag and vote today by clicking on the VOTE HERE image below. You must submit your completed form by April 30th.


Position Openings for Fall, 2014:
Lead Nursery Teacher: Accepting applications through May 5

Part-time, Middle School Teacher for Grades 6, 7, and 8 

For more information and to apply for either of these positions, please click here.

Summer Camps 2014

To learn more about each of our summer programs, please click on the links (names) below.

Circus Arts Camp 2014

For ages 8 - 12 (entering grades 2 - 6)

June 23 - 27

9:00 am – 12:00 noon, $225/wk.

With Extended Day:

9:00 am - 3:00 pm - $325/wk.

Includes a fun and relaxed afternoon after the

morning Circus Arts Camp.



Nature Nurtures Summer Camp 2014

For ages 3 to 6.

Week 1: June 23 - 27

Week 2: July 7 - 11

Week 3: July 14 - 18

Half day option: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, $175/wk.

Full day option: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, $275/wk.

Register Now: If you would like to speak to someone about our summer camps,
please call Melissa Hoy, 207-865-3900, Ext 151.

1. Download, print and complete the 2014 Summer Camp Registration Form.

     If your child has a medical condition you will also need to download and complete the

     Medication Administration Release Form.
2. Calculate your total payment. 
3. Mail your completed form, along with a check made out to Merriconeag Waldorf School to:

    Summer Programs at Merriconeag Waldorf School 
    57 Desert Road 
    Freeport, Maine 04032 

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 $4600 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards since we began the program last year. Our order for new cards is placed every Thursday morning as long as we meet the minimum order of $1000. Simply take your payment to Lisa in the main office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check. Is Bill Pay an option at your bank? Consider setting up a recurring transaction to reload your card. Remember to note grocery reload on the memo line. We will let you know when the purchase/reload is done. Contact the Business Office (Ext. 151) with any questions. What a great way to support the school and get your shopping done too!

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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!  Read more



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Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say
Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to.
By Michael S. Rosenwald, The Washington Post, April 6, 2014

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Led by Stanford’s 5%, Top Colleges’ Acceptance Rates Hit New Lows
Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.
By Richard Perez-Pena, The New York Times, April 8, 2014


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