Tuesday News - March 24, 2015

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Parents: We hope to see you this Friday evening for this great opportunity to hear Jack Petrash!

The Challenges of Being a Good Dad:

What Does It Take and How Is It Different From Being a Good Mom?

A public talk for ALL parent by Jack Petrash
This Friday, March 27, 7:00 pm
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

Donation at the door.
At each stage of childhood, parenting sets for us a different assignment. What works well at one age can be ineffective or inappropriate with an adolescent. The challenges for fathers are numerous, as are the rewards. We all need a road map! What is needed to do this work well? This public talk is open to all - both moms & dads! To learn more about Jack Petrash, click here.

Dads: Sign up today for this wonderful workshop For fathers of children of all ages!

A Fathering Workshop with Jack Petrash
This Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

Cost: $15

Register now: publicrelations@merriconeag.org
It is rare that dads have a chance to sit together and speak about the joys and the challenges of fatherhood. In this workshop participants will reflect on their own childhood experiences which in so many ways influence our parenting. Through our conversations and reflections we will get at the heart of what it takes to create a meaningful and memorable relationship with our children.

*Please note there is limited space in the workshop so register today by emailingpublicrelations@merriconeag.org and mailing your check (made out to MWS with fathering workshop in the memo) to Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, ME 04032. You may also drop off payment at any Merriconeag office. Your registration will be considered complete once we receive your $15 payment. 

To learn more about Jack Petrash, click here.


The Mask you Live in

April 2, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Yarmouth High School Performing Arts Center, Yarmouth

Merriconeag Waldorf School is co-sponsoring this film, The Mask you Live in, with Maine Boys to Men and Yarmouth High School. The film explores American masculinity and it is from the team behind Miss Representation, a film we previously co-sponsored, . This event is recommended for audience members 17 and older.  Admission is free but space is limited so registration is required. Register today by clicking here. To view the film trailer, click here.


Variety Show & Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 p.m.)
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

See more information under "From the Development Office" below.


Bring a Friend Day is April 17th. Here’s why our family is looking forward to it.

Hi everyone,
Fast approaching is one of our favorite days of the year—Bring a Friend Day! While other area schools have a professional development day, we get to share the magic that happens at Merriconeag. Students who join us learn that our kids don’t ride magic carpets to class, as one friend suspected, and that recesses don’t last most of the day, another was sure. Even so, we know that something irresistible happens here: Our kids LOVE going to school. As our youngest son, Caleb, told one friend, “It’s not like real school, it’s fun!”

     Why do we love this day so much? We aren’t trying to convince or persuade our friends to send their kids to Merriconeag (though that would be great)! More than anything, we aim to demystify what we do here. That way, when people think or talk about Merriconeag, they have a context for our curriculum and our sense of community. Our friends see the wonder of Merriconeag through the wide eyes of their children.

     If you know anyone who has ever been curious about what goes on at our school, please invite them to experience a warmly welcoming Merriconeag Waldorf School day for themselves. Their children will have a great day, and more people will understand what makes our school remarkable.

     Last year, our eldest son, Owen, invited a pal to visit his 5th grade class. He commented that, “It was incredible. By 10 o’clock, it wasn’t like he was just my friend anymore. It was like he had always been there!”

Spread the magic!

Warm regards,

Michael Stefanakos, in eighth year at Merriconeag, parent of Owen (grade 6) and Caleb (grade 3)

To sign up, email visit@merriconeag.org or ask your class teacher for more information.


From the Development Office

Variety Show & Silent Auction to Benefit Tiered Tuition
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (Happy Hour 5-6 p.m.)
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

Please check this “to-do” list – don’t wait till the last minute!  We need your continued help to make the Auction a success:

Buy cash raffle tickets -  Five tickets were mailed to your home in the invitation, and extra tickets are available in all offices. They are $25 each of 5 for $100.  In the past few years, the total prize has been around $2,000.  Imagine what you could do with that!  Encourage your extended family members to purchase these tickets – they don’t need to be present to win.

Send in your RSVP - This helps us figure out how much food we’ll need.  Discounted tickets are available if you cannot afford the $25 per person entry fee. Contact Lynne Espy if the price of the entry ticket is preventing you from coming.

Sign up to work a shift the night of the Auction - We need help the week of the Auction, and particularly at the Auction.  If every family pitches in by working one shift, the event will run smoothly.  Please sign up now. Click here. 

Check out some of the 75 wonderful items and services that have already been donated - To see photos and descriptions visit our Auction Facebook page. If you’re a Facebook user, please “Like” the page and share it with friends who are outside Merriconeag. We would love for them to come as your guests. The deadline for donations has now passed, and we are thrilled with what you sent – thank you!

Bring a Friend - (anyone from outside Merriconeag – current, former, and alumni families, teachers, and board members excluded).  Your guests come for free, but please send us their name beforehand for easy check-in.  

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! We have put a list of volunteer babysitters on a google doc for you to access , which we will update periodically. All arrangements are made between the parent hiring and the sitter.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext..116

Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, 855-3900, Ext 113

We extend our deepest gratitude to the following businesses which have generously sponsored the 2015 Variety Show and Auction. Please thank them with your patronage.

Heart Level ($750) Sponsors:

• ARB, courtesy of Bart and Ilse Haag
• Back Cove Financial
• Freeport Hardware
• Inspire Dental of Maine
• Phosphor Games Studio
• Royal River Heat Pumps
• Royal River Natural Foods
• Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep / Portland Volvo
• Spinnaker Trust

Head Level ($400) Sponsors:
• Keller Williams Realty
• Preti-Flaherty

Hands Level ($225) Sponsors:
• Curtis Lawn and Yard Care
• Bath Savings Institution


Summer Camps 2015

This year we are pleased to offer three summer camps - Circus Arts (ages 8 - 12), Nature Nurtures (ages 3-6) and Summer Adventure (ages 7-12). As you will see below, Nature Nurtures Camp offers the choice of 1 - 6 weeks and Summer Adventure Camp, 1 to 5 weeks. For details and registration information for each camp, please click on the name of the camp.

Circus Arts Camp 2015

For ages 8 - 12

June 22 - 26

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, $225/wk.

With afternoon: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - $325/wk.

Includes a fun and relaxed afternoon after the

morning Circus Arts Camp.


Nature Nurtures Summer Camp

For ages 3 to 6

Week 1: June 22 - 26

Week 2: June 29 - July 3

Week 3: July 6 - 10

Week 4: July 13 - 17

Week 5: July 20 - 24

Week 6: July 27 - 31

Half day option: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, $175/wk or $955 if you pre-register for all 6 weeks.

Full day option: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $275/wk. or $1500 if you preregister for all 6 weeks.

Summer Adventure Camp

For ages 7 to 12

Week 1: June 29 - July 3

Week 2: July 6 - 10

Week 3: July 13 - 17

Week 4: July 20 - 24

Week 5: July 27 - 31

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - $275/wk. or $1250 if you preregister for all 5 weeks.



News from the Grade School

Merriconeag skaters perform with Stars on Ice: For the first time ever, Sunday's performance of Stars on Ice at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland featured 22 skaters ages 10-18 from Maine and New Hampshire who shared the ice with Olympic, World and National Champions.

Introduced after intermission as the "future cast of Stars on Ice," the ensemble performance featured 20 skaters from the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club (NAFSC) including two 8th graders from Merriconeag: Katie Callahan of Harpswell; Hope Carroll of Portland; Sadie Cogle of Auburn; Julia Curran of Westbrook; Ally Huard, Julia Gilman, Kelsey Glockler, and Ava Demer of Falmouth; Patricia Janick of Cape Elizabeth; Barrett Reed, Victoria Malayev, Kaitlin Malayev, Maya O'Leary-Cyr, Eden Larsen, and Morgan Sewall of Scarborough; Veronica Tarr, Tessa Peredy, and Isabel Peredy of Freeport; Caroline Santaguida of Brunswick, and Samantha Abelson of Kennebunk, who was sidelined with a broken ankle. NAFSC skaters rehearsed last week under the tutelage of Yarmouth coaches Ann Hanson and Lynda Hathaway.

     Now in its 29th year, Stars on Ice has performed 1,500 shows around the world. This year's cast includes Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White; Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek; Olympic Champion Ekaterina Gordeeva; World Champion Patrick Chan; World Champion Kimmie Meissner; U.S. Champion Ryan Bradley; and U.S. Champions Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.
Front row (l-r): Samantha Abelson, Morgan Sewall, Isabel Peredy, Veronica Tarr, Tessa Peredy, Julia Gilman

Second row (l-r): Caroline Santaguida, Eden Larsen

Back row (l-r): Julia Curran, Sadie Cogle, Kaitlin Malayev, Katie Callahan, Kelsey Glockler, Victoria Malayev, Ally Huard, Patricia Janick, Ava Demer, Maya O'Leary Cyr, Barrett Reed, Hope Carroll, Amy O'Rourke, Aleah Spivey


News from the High School

Four of our Nordic skiers were named to the Maine Sunday Telegram's All-State Team! They are Fiona Ahearne, Samantha Pierce, Forrest McCurdy and Tucker Pierce. And to really cap off the season in the best way, our own John Tarling was named Girls' Ski Coach of the Year. Congratulations to all!

Read more below:

Telegram's girls' skiing All-State team
The best of this season
Glenn Jordan, Maine Sunday Telegram, March, 22, 2015

Telegram’s boys’ skiing All-State team
The best in Maine this season.
Glenn Jordan, Maine Sunday Telegram, March, 22, 2015

The Maine High School Skiing website has featured our Nordic State Champions, Fiona Ahearne and Samantha Pierce in their State Champion spotlights!

State Champion Spotlight: Samantha Pierce
Published: Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:24

State Champion Spotlight: Fiona Ahearne
Published: Monday, 23 March 2015 05:23


Merriconeag sophomore Cassandra Albano (center) recently represented the Skating Club of Boston's Team Excel's Open Juvenile Synchronized Skating Team at the Wallace Spring Synchronized Skating Classic at Fitchburg State University on March 7th. The team placed 4th, earning them a pewter medal. The team is now preparing for the upcoming annual Ice Chips skating show in Boston in early April.

School Community Updates

Food Drive: The senior class is organizing a food drive to benefit the Good Shepard Food Bank. The spring is one of the best times to do a food drive as many organizations do them around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but very few organizations do them in the spring. Please consider donating any canned or other non-perishable foods to this great cause.There will be collection bins at both the lower & high schools until Friday March 27th. Attached is a PDF of all the foods the food bank is in need of most: Shoppinglist.

Half-Time Gardening Teacher Position: We are seeking a gardening teacher to develop and implement a Waldorf based gardening curriculum for our grade school and high school. We wish to incorporate the work of biodynamics and permaculture in this plan, eventually introducing beekeeping, chickens and other small farm animals in this work with our students.

Qualifications, Salary and Benefits: Ideal candidates are Waldorf-trained teachers with a Bachelor’s degree, and have experience with farming, sustainable agricultural practices and gardening work with children. This half time, salaried position may include housing. It could also be combined with other part-time positions that may be posted later this year.

To Apply: Please send a letter of introduction, your resume, a brief biography, and three letters of recommendation to the attention of the Administrator, Christine Sloan, atadministrator@merriconeag.org.

Middle School Robotics Club Forming: Nathan Doan​, HS math teacher,​ will be teaching a robotics club on Tuesdays after school ​in the woodwork space ​until 5:00​. Robotics will​ start on April 7th and contin​ue​ until June 2nd. Students will be building and programming robots using both the VEX platform and the LEGO platform. If sufficient interest continues into next year, a middle school robotics team might participate in area competitions. Be a creator of technology, not a consumer of it. There will be a ​TBD ​fee ​not to exceed $75​ to participate in this activity. If you are interested please sign up with Lisa in the office.​ No experience necessary!​

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