Tuesday News - January 20, 2015

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Merriconeag's 9th & 10th Graders present

the musical, "Pippin"

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday evening -

January 27, 28, 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 Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 29 at 11:00 am 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…

Early Grades (1 - 3) Information Evening

Monday, January 26, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Grades 1 - 4 Building, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

Join our teachers for a lively introduction to the joys and wonders of the Waldorf early grades. Learn how we use stories, songs, games, and artistic activities to engage the intellect and the feelings and how this approach lays the foundation for creative thinking. To register contact Lyn Baird, 207.865.3900, Ext. 103, admissionsdirector@merriconeag.org.


From the Development Office



Annual Appeal Update

“Money .…is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread about encouraging young things to grow.” ~ Thornton Wilder, from The Matchmaker

     Your Annual Appeal gifts are like manure – they are spread among the arts, movement, music, and foreign language programs to encourage the growth of young people. They are also spread over the dedicated faculty, the upkeep of the beautiful campus, and some of it returns to families as tiered tuition support. Thank you for fertilizing our school with a gift to the Annual Appeal. Please help us get to 100% participation by making your gift today! Not sure if you’ve made a gift yet? Contact me!

     To date, 125 Merriconeag families and friends have contributed over $143,000 to the Annual Fund. Our goal is to raise $175,000 by the end of June. Next week we will list the percentage of families in each class who have participated. Remember, gifts of ANY size count, and the first class to reach 100% participation will get to enjoy a decadent chocolate dessert by Lynne Espy.

In gratitude, Lynne Espy, Development Coordinator,

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


News from the Board

Community Meeting Summary: Thank you parents and faculty who braved the weather, additional meeting, and difficult scheduling to come to our Community Meeting on Tuition at MWS. We had conversations about how the Board’s finance committee and tuition structure committee (a Board ad hoc committee) identified the cost of a student’s education at MWS and how they determined a proposed tuition rate for 2015-16. The cost of tuition is determined on the cost of educating a child in a cluster of grades: 1 – 4; 5 – 8; 9 – 12 and determined that costs shift for programs at the 15th child in grades 1 – 4; the 16th child in grades 5 – 8; and the 12th child in grades 9 – 12. The Board also solidified their commitment to Tiered Tuition continuing the school’s offer to make a MWS education available for families who are stretching to meet tuition costs. For more information about these numbers and Tiered Tuition please write to stratplan@merriconeag.org.

     We also discussed the need for parents to be confident that a Waldorf education prepares their child well for their future. In some cases parents are not confident that the education provided in Waldorf lower grades is competitive with other education models. Or parents who have enrolled their child in the lower grades are not sure that the middle school or high school years are rigorous enough to prepare their child for college and beyond. We know with certainty, from our current students and recent alumni, that this is not the case. The Board and its committees is focusing its work on inspiring confidence and building a community of parents who understand that a Waldorf education is a developmentally responsive twelve year rigorous education that is unlike any other in the region. We look to have conversations with parents to help answer questions and build confidence. Please contact us at stratplan@merriconeag.org to let us know your thoughts.

     We are appreciative of your time and thoughtfulness as you participate in this community and invite you to complete the survey that you received last week and join us at our next Board meeting on January 20th if you wish. Re-enrollment letters and contracts will be mailed at the end of this week. Please let us know if you have questions.
Marth Eshoo, Board President


News from the Business Office

Coming Soon: CLYNK bottle return at Hannaford supports education. Do you save your returnable bottles to get that 5 or 15 cent refund? Merriconeag now has a new way to support Tiered Tuition through CLYNK. In the next couple of weeks, we will have CLYNK bags available and ready to fill. Once you have filled your bag, simply take it to your local Hannaford, scan the bar code tag, and drop the bag in the appropriate 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


News from Early Childhood

     Christmas in the early childhood is over. With the celebration of Three Kings Day, we ushered out the season of celebration. In its place we found ourselves in the midst of winter at last. The long, golden fall long past, it felt in the weeks before Christmas that we were waiting for the storms of winter to finally arrive. Here they come at last, with chilling temperatures keeping us indoors more than usual.
      Winter gives us one of the purest joys in the kindergarten: sledding. As an adult it can be a harrowing thing to watch, as the kinders slide into each other, often only advancing a few feet before tumbling off the sled, laughing. They are a bright light of merriment in the cold snow. Our sledding hill is small, perhaps only about 10 feet of downhill before a long flat slide at the end, and its smallness allows us to watch the interactions of the children in their sledding haven.
    “Is there room for me on the sled?” someone asks, and her companion dutifully scoots forward, already beginning to slide down. She leaps in, and they not so much glide as tumble down the hill, an extended fall into the snow at the bottom of the hill.
      The temptation is always to step in, to send the sleds down carefully one by one, ordering the lines so everyone gets equal turns, equal slides. But resisting this urge creates space for the children to move – literally and figuratively. There is disorder, children on the ground, in sleds, climbing up the hill, but it leads to a free form of movement, where they learn to attend to those around them. Sometimes this means sliding forward in the sled, or dodging a pile of children mingling at the bottom of the hill. Sometimes feet get run over, or unsuspecting individuals get bumped by cruising sleds. It’s messy, and just what the children love after their carefully ordered inside time.
      The long winter days ahead will leave ample time for continuing to reflect on the beauty of sledding. It reminds me to enjoy the weather, to delight in the seasons deeply. It is time to wrap ourselves in the warmest clothes and wander out into the world, not knowing who we will bump into on our way.

News from the High School

Merriconeag sophomore, Sarah Norden, will be running away with the circus this summer! Sarah has been chosen to tour the Northeast with Circus Smirkus, the Greensboro, VT based award-winning international youth circus that promotes the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus.
.     Sarah has most recently been training with Circus Atlantic, which is the recreational program of Circus Conservatory of America (CCA) located on Thompson's Point in Portland. Prior to working with Circus Atlantic she attended Smirkus Summer Camp in Vermont for many summers as well as trained at various circus arts facilities in New England.

     Sarah's passion for the circus arts was initially sparked when the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour first performed at Merriconeag Waldorf School eleven years ago. Her love of the circus arts was fostered through the Circus Arts Curriculum at Merriconeag which provided her with an avenue to develop her artistic expression.

     Sarah is the first student from Merriconeag Waldorf School chosen to be a Trouper in the Big Top Tour Congratulations Sarah - we are looking forward to seeing you perform when the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour rolls into Freeport this August!


School Community Updates

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.

Soup gets Support! We had sufficient positive feedback to try a 6 week session of Kamasouptra soup and fresh rolls! Students in grade 5-8 vote this week for their top four flavors and we will alternate two flavors each week. $30 for a 6 week session. Pizza will be available on the same schedule - imagine two lunches per week provided at school! The new meal session starts Monday, February 2.

Please note: BREAK IN BETWEEN PIZZA SESSIONS: Seventh grade will skip pizza delivery next week due to our camping trip, so there will be a one week lull between sessions. The current session ends this Wednesday and the next session will begin on February 4. Look for the new order form this week!

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

Missing from Ski Bag: Nicholas Campbell's Nordic skis. The skis and poles have his name on them and the skis are Fischers. Please contact John Campbell, jcjm2@maine.rr.com, if you have found them or know where they might be. 

Welcome Baby: The Jenkins family are pleased to announce the arrival of their son Charles Richard Laurence Jenkins. Charlie arrived at 12:30 a.m. on January 12th. He weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. He is the brother to Adrian and Evangeline Jenkins and India Galbreath-Jenkins.

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Athletic News

High School Nordic: Merriconeag hosted a classic Nordic race last week at Pineland, with Yarmouth, Falmouth, Freeport and Scarborough in attendance. Many grateful thanks to the enthusiastic parent helpers, an essential ingredient to putting on a successful race. We had parents helping with starting, timing, course marking, directing ski traffic, serving treats (also made by parents!), collecting bibs, and generally welcoming and helping the skiers and parents from other schools.

     There were strong efforts by the entire Merriconeag team, especially noteworthy because classic technique and wax can be tricky. In the boys race, congrats to Forrest and Tucker for coming in first and third respectively. The boys team placed second, behind Falmouth. The girls race found two of our skiers in the top 10, Samantha and Olivia in third and seventh, with the girls team placing third, behind Yarmouth and Freeport.

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

Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, January 13, 2015


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