Tuesday News - January 27, 2015

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Please note the changes in the "Pippin" performance schedule!

Merriconeag's 9th & 10th Graders present

the musical, "Pippin"

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evening -

January 28, 29, 30, 7:00 pm
Thursday morning, January 29, 11:00 am
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
Donations at the door.

We’ve got magic to do, just for you!

     Pippin, the young son of Charlemagne is looking for a life filled with magic and meaning, an extraordinary life, a life where his spirit can run free. But it just isn’t that easy to find his corner of the sky. He tries war, politics, frolicking, art, religion- all to no avail. Yet he never gives up and by the finale, Pippin realizes that even if he isn’t a river or a giant bird, he can find within that which he had been seeking outside.
      Merriconeag Waldorf School's classes of 2017 & 2018 present the extraordinary musical Pippin, alive with eleven songs, dancing and magic. Performances are Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 29 at 11:00 am, Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 pm and Friday, January 30 at 7:00 pm. Donations to defray production costs will be gratefully accepted at the door.

We’ve got miracle plays to play, we’ve got parts to perform,

hearts to warm, Kings and things to take by storm…

Observe High School Classes
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

(Snow date: February 5)
New Gloucester Campus, 83 Pineland Drive, Suite 201
A program for parents of prospective high school students. Visit classes at every grade level, then converse with teachers and students. Advance registration is requested: 207-865-3900, Ext.103 or admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


From the Development Office



Annual Appeal Update

Annual Appeal – we will be successful if we ALL participate!
Our Annual Appeal goal is $175,000. Thanks to 130 generous donors, we have already raised over $144,000. Who are these donors? They are parents, grandparents, alumni families, faculty, friends of the school, businesses, and alumni students who believe that making a tax-deductible donation to Merriconeag is a good investment. Please join them in supporting everything that makes this school special to your children and your family. Thank you to the parents in Grades 6, 10, 11 and 12 for getting us off to a great start towards our goal of 100% participation in each class! Remember - the first class to reach 100% gets Lynne’ Espy’s decadent desserts at a parent evening.
All Early Childhood Classes : less than 25 % participation 
• Grade 1: 40%
• Grade 2: 29%
• Grade 3: 40%
• Grade 4: 40%
• Grade 5: 40%
• Grade 6: 50%
• Grade 7: 35%
• Grade 8: 27%
• Grade 9: 40%
• Grade 10: 53%
• Grade 11: 67%
• Grade 12: 71%

You can make your donation in one of 3 easy ways:
• Check, made out to MWS, submit in remittance envelope and drop in safe (main office)
• Online giving, on the home page of our website: www.merriconeag.org
• Credit Card: fill out the remittance envelope with the appropriate information
• Gift of securities: Call Barbara Guffin or Lynne Espy for information about stock gifts

Please help your class, and all the students, by submitting a donation to the Annual Appeal today. 
In gratitude, Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 Ext. 116



News from the Business Office

Now Available: CLYNK bottle return at Hannaford supports education. Do you save your refundable bottles to get that 5 or 15 cent refund? There is now a new way to support Tiered Tuition at Merriconeag. We now have CLYNK bags available in the main office and the EC office. Once you have filled your bag, simply take it to your local Hannaford, scan the bar code tag on the bag, and drop the bag in the designated location at your Hannaford. It's that easy!
Example: If Merriconeag has 20 supporters, and each one returns a bag every two weeks, we'll make over $1,500 every year (based on an average bag worth $3.50).

We still have all of your everyday shopping programs too.  Check out the flyer for all the details.

Contact Melissa Hoy in the Business Office (ext. 151) with any questions.


News from Grade School

This past fall, the fifth graders had  special visitor.  Sangngag Tenzin Rinpche visited us from Tibet, and talked about what it was like being a Tibetan Lama.  Tashi Armstrong, a former Merriconeag parent, was hosting him.  Rinpoche's visit coincided beautifully with our studies of ancient civilizations.  He spoke through a translator and shared his experiences of crossing the Himalayas on foot. He also fielded many fifth grade questions!  Rinpoche is also a teacher, and our fifth grade would like to collect some gently used supplies to send over to his school.  We are starting with crayons and colored pencils.  If you have any supplies that you would like to contribute, please send them along to the fifth grade room.  We will clean and sharpen and sort, and put together a box to send over.  Many thanks! Marta Rackmales and the Fifth Grade


School Community Updates

SOUP STARTS SOON! Students voted for their favorite flavors &  Monday February 2 we kick off our inaugural soup session with Clam Chowder and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash (gf), the following Monday we offer and Loaded Potato (gf) and Grilled Cheese & Tomato- alternating those combinations + fresh rolls for six weeks. Grades 5-8 only for now. $30, sign up with pizza. 

Current position openings at Merriconeag:  Part-time, Assistant Position starting January 2015, First Grade Class Teacher Position Opening for Fall 2015, Block Eurythmy Position and Part-time Eurythmy Internship Position. For more information on these opening, please click here.


The Early Childhood would welcome any donation of dry firewood and/or kindling for our outdoor programs. Please stack under the benches by the EC main door. On behalf of our warm fingers and toes, we thank you. Fondly, The Early Childhood Teachers and Children

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Athletic News

High School Nordic: This has been a quiet week in the Nordic world, as our race last week was cancelled due to poor weather.  The team continues to practice, and it’s looking like our snow dances are working, with a mini-storm yesterday and a bigger one on the horizon.  Merriconeag’s next scheduled contest is on Wednesday, January 28 at Libby Hill in Gray, and many of our skiers will also race in the Sassi race at Black Mountain next Saturday, January 31.  The Sassi race is one of the largest Nordic races in the state, with skiers from all over the state heading to Rumford.  Last year the Sassi race had over 400 skiers cross the finish line!  Keep an eye on the blog for current happenings and think snow!

The next race is Wednesday, January 28, at Libby Hill in Gray. Come out and cheer the team on!  Boys race at 3:30 and girls to follow.

Check our Nordic blog for the most up-to-date information about all things nordic.

Read (Listen to or Watch) This

The race to nowhere in youth sports
By Steve Nash, Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog, Oct. 20, 2014


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