Tuesday News - April 14, 2015

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Eighth Grade Play:
You Can’t Take It with You by Moss Hart and George Kaufman
Wednesday, April 15, 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 16, 7;00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

For a play that takes place during the Great Depression, this performance will not fail to leave your belly aching and your face stuck in a smile. After spending some time at the house of the Sycamores, you will be left with a feeling of satisfaction and, from Grandma, a few new tips on life. The tale is about a young woman, Alice, who, like anyone, wants to impress her fiancee and his parents when she brings him home for the first time. Between a ballet dancer, snake owner, firework manufacturer, and a playwright, Alice is forced to either embrace her family for who they are or—out of pure embarrassment—never get married to her true love. This play will brighten up any day!


Bring a Friend Day

This Friday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For the Grades at Merriconeag

So far we have 23 friends signed up to visit us!

This Friday, April 17th, is our much anticipated Bring A Friend Day. This is a terrific opportunity for your children to share their unique and exciting school experience with a neighbor, cousin or friend. All of us are excited to meet your children's friends and welcome them to our campus. If you haven't already done so, kindly register your child's guest at visit@merriconeag.org and turn in your permission form today so we can prepare for their arrival.


The 8th Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport
      For the past eight years, Merriconeag Waldorf High School has been encouraging young people to express themselves through poetry. Each year, the school has asked acclaimed, Maine-connected judges to select twenty student-poets from regional high schools as finalists for their Merriconeag Poetry Festival, held the first Sunday in May.
      Nationally-known poets such as President Obama’s choice for Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, current Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair and past laureate Betsy Sholl, have served as judges, as well as other admired Maine poets such as Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Annie Finch, Megan Grumbling and Adrian Blevins. This year Jeffrey Harrison, winner of Tupelo’s Dorset Prize for his collection Into Daylight, has chosen the latest finalists for the Eighth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Community Hall of the school’s Desert Road campus.
      During the Festival, winning poets will meet Judge Harrison, hear him speak about the power of poetry and read some of his own work. They will read their winning poems, receive a booklet comprised of all the finalists’ pieces, and receive as well as a gift certificate provided by a local bookstore: Longfellow in Portland, Gulf of Maine in Brunswick, and Sherman’s in Freeport. The top three prize-winners will have their poems displayed on a large poster that will be distributed to the more than forty public and private high schools whose students were invited to submit work.
      This year’s finalists, in no particular order, include, from Falmouth: senior and two-time finalist Caroline Dyhrberg, juniors Max Brautigam and Ellie Sapat, and sophomore Althea Finch-Brand; from Yarmouth: junior Amanda Dettmann and tenth grader Ava Seid; from Deering: senior Courtney Valente and junior Ciham Tum; from Catherine McAuley: sophomores Madeline Beaulieu, Indigo Fulham-Fitzgerald, Maggie Lawless, Allison Tillotson, and Meredith Wheeler, another two-time finalist; from Waynflete: ninth graders Riley Mayes and Payton Sullivan; from Morse High School: senior Kayla Barr; from The Hyde School: sophomore Emma Levensohn; from Merriconeag Waldorf High School: tenth grader, Sabrina Small; from Cape Elizabeth High: sophomore Anna Friberg; and from Gorham High: junior Mallory Campbell.


From the Development Office

Variety Show and Auction – incredibly fun and lucrative! 
     Once again, we demonstrated the power of community, where many, many people’s creative talents and energy, hard work and good humor created a fabulous Auction and a hysterical Variety Show.   In addition to being a very fun social event, it was a very successful fundraiser for an exceedingly important cause – Tiered Tuition, without which 40% of our students would not be able to attend Merriconeag.  Initial estimates indicate we exceeded our goals. Next week we can update you with the final tally. In addition, we successfully matched the very generous $20,000 anonymous gift during the speed auction. 

Kudos to the volunteers who helped make this event such a huge success! 

Variety Show Directors:  Lisa Bossi and Regina Kusche

Variety Show actors: Jess Moore, Nathan Doan, Melisa Walker, Kevin Lukis, Abigail Hight, Adrian Bossi, Jamie Welch, Kelly Welch, David Sloan, Kevin Reynaud, Lynn Thurrell, Lisa Lukis, Catherine Weiland, Brian Kessler, Michael Fenderson, Steve Sinisi, Amy Eshoo, Margaret Samuelson and Tay Veithch
Event Sponsorships: Jon Nichols

Decorations: Derek and Stephanie Blackburn

Database Manager and Facebook Guru: Melissa Hoy
Catalog Design and Layout: Susan Caron

Graphic Design: Lisa Bossi
Food:  Jo D Saffeir and her team, with special thanks to Patrick Quigg for the barbecue

Desserts: Cathryn Bigley and Grade 2 parents

Bar: Melisa Walker and Basha Burwell
Class Baskets: Justyna Benton

Class Basket coordinators: Emily Kurucz, Mary Bloch, Tonya Sattin, Caitlin Pow, Catherine Bigley, Margaret Samuelson, Ida Dyment, Stacie Hamilton-Waldron, Michelle Jean, Catherine Weiland, Marta Rackmales, Dal Holtrop, Suzie Peirson, Alicia Heyburn, Mandy Andreson, Jane Armstrong, Kemal Lowenthal, Lisa Mainella and Tricia Toms.

Auctioneer: Scott Libby
Staffing: Stacie Hamilton-Waldron
Silent Auction: Masey Kaplan, Katie Pulsifer, Alicia Heyburn, Michelle Gordon
Tracy Libby, Melissa Hoy, Sara and Chuck Staples, Stacie Hamilton-Waldron

Merri-Happenings: Michael Stefanakos

Babysitting Coordinator: Lucy Ahearne

Music:  Zach Neveu

Lighting:  Maxime Rumiel

Photography:  Bill Waldron and Tricia Toms

 Thank you Students! Special thanks to seniors and alumni students who helped with food prep and serving, live auction support and everything else.  We absolutely could not have done it without them!  Thanks also to students in grades 7-11  who offered free babysitting to young families, and students in grades 6 & 7 who helped with set up.

 Merri-Happenings – What a response – we DO love to get together!  Many people signed up for a Merri-Happening – fun parties hosted by our fun parents!  This summer and next fall, thanks to these hosts, people will be dancing to karaoke and live music while eating barbecue,

 There are spots left for the Wicked Joe cupping party  on May 16th, 9-11 am.  Tickets are $20/person, adults and older kids.  Payment required to reserve your spot!

 The generous business sponsors, who jointly contributed $8,000, will be listed on our website. Along with the other businesses who contributed items or services, we hope you will thank them with your patronage. 

 Want to help next year?  Each year we seek volunteers to help with fundraisers like this auction and the fall festival. If you were excited by what you experienced, please consider volunteering for the next event. Contact Lynne Espy or Mary Martin with feedback  or if you would like to be involved next year’s Auction and Variety Show. It’s guaranteed fun and fame! 

A few post-Auction reminders:
1. If you donated desserts and left a platter, pick up your dishes in the kitchen of the Community Hall
2. If you signed up for a Merri-Happening, you will receive an email soon reminding you of the date and location, and the hosts contact info

3. It is the buyers’ responsibility to contact you to arrange for the service, however if you want to know who bought your service, contact Lynne Espy, 865-3900 Ext. 116, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org


From the Business Office

New promotion with CLYNK: Now through April 20, 2015 - Hannaford will be matching every dollar raised by Merriconeag with an additional $.50. 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! See flyer for more.
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 the Grade School

A recent shot of our Friday Middle School Yoga Elective



School Community Updates

7th grade Bake Sale: This Friday, April 17, 3:00 p.m. at pick up in front of the Community Hall. Sale items will include class-made sauerkraut.


¾ to Full Time High School Humanities Position: Merriconeag Waldorf High School is offering a 3/4-FT high school humanities position with a concentration in the history curriculum. This position would involve teaching a variety of morning lessons and skills classes to grades 9-12, and the possibility of teaching blocks in grades 7 and 8. Additional high school responsibilities include being a class advisor, mentoring individual students, chaperoning overnight field trips and other duties associated with a small, dynamic high school.

     The ideal candidate would have completed the Waldorf high school teacher training or similar Waldorf training, and would have had some experience teaching high school students.

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

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Summer Camps 2015

Sign up today! 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.



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Bringing Up Baby — on the iPhone
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