Tuesday News - May 26, 2015

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New this year - Up to 6 weeks of Waldorf summer camps at Merriconeag!

Planning to have your child attend summer camp at Merriconeag? Kindly register today. This year we are pleased to offer three summer camps - Nature Nurtures (ages 3-6), Circus Arts (ages 8 - 12), 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 4 weeks. For details and registration information for each camp, please click on the name of the camp below:

Nature Nurtures Summer Camp

Circus Arts Camp 2015

Summer Adventure Camp


Upcoming Events

Spring Concert
This Thursday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport
We cordially invite you to musically celebrate Spring and join us for the 2015 Spring Ensemble/Chorus Evening. Students in grades 5 through 12 will be performing. Note: All students in grades 5 though 12 are required to attend and should arrive no later than 6:10 with their instruments and music. Dress for the evening consists of assembly attire (described in the parent handbook) with spring colors encouraged.
We look forward to seeing you there! Nancy Roderick

(Regarding the 4th grade concert: There is a 4th grade strings/music concert in the CH on Monday June 1st at 5:30. This is a 35-40 minute concert. We play string music, recorders, and sing a few songs and will do a contradance with parents.)


Senior Class Play: Museum by Tina Howe

Tuesday, June 2, Open Dress Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.

(School Performance: Wednesday, June 3, 1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m

Friday, June 5, 7:00 p.m.

Community Hall, 57 Desert Road, Freeport

Suggested donation of $5 and up. Recommended for 7th grader and older.

A New Museum Comes to Merriconeag: Picture a modern art museum in New York City, where a steady stream of eccentric pseudo-aesthetes, curiosity-seekers and art-haters become the focus of next week's senior production of Tina Howe's Museum. Tensions rise when visitors to an exhibit can't keep their hands off the artwork, and an earnest but overwrought museum guard does what he can to protect the "masterpieces" entrusted to his watch.
      One of the great challenges—and delights—of mounting Museum with the Class of 2015 is that the original play had over thirty characters, so each of the eight cast members has taken on multiple roles for this production. Mature language requires us to recommend that seventh graders and older see the evening performances, but the school performance will offer a "cleaned-up" version suitable for the students in attendance. All performances will be in the Community Hall.


Roses & Sashes Assembly
Friday, June 12, 9:30 am, Community Hall
All Welcome. (11:00 AM dismissal for grades 1 - 12)



Grade 12 Graduation
Saturday, June 13, 2:00 pm, Community Hall
The school community is invited to attend Merriconeag's sixth high school graduation. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony.





http://www.merriconeag.org/parents/images/NEW-PortlandShellHome-WEB.jpgOur annual FLATBREAD COMPANY benefit evening will be on Tuesday, June 16:Support Freeport’s Circus Smirkus Magic Matinee Program and see many friends for this full filled evening.  There will be hula hoop and juggling contests, plus raffling off many interesting items-see you there!

 Mary Martin, Freeport Circus Coordinator, 207/865-3900, x113, events@merriconeag.org.





with our own high school student, Sarah Norden,

as part of the amazing cast!

Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 & 6:00 pm

Grade School Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport


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From the Development Office



Annual Appeal – one month left to get your gift matched!
      If you make your gift before June 30, the first $12,000 in new gifts will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. Your gift will help us make this campaign successful.
      We are doing well - one hundred and ninety four Merriconeag families have made generous donations to the Annual Appeal, totaling $167,000! However, we still have not reached our goal of 100% participation in any one class (a homemade decadent dessert will be your prize). Nor have we reached our financial goal of $175,000.
Please make your gift today -
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 donate button above or 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 Grade School

The 20th Maine Pentathlon Festival, hosted by Merriconeag Waldorf School on Friday, May 22nd, was a huge success and uplifting event for the student athletes and the entire community of Waldorf Schools in the region. The 5th grades of The Bay School in Blue Hill, Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, The Community School, and Ecole des Enfants de la Terre of Quebec joined the MWS 5th grade for a celebration of the ancient Greek tradition of an athletic competition mixed with artistic offerings to foster peace, good fellowship, and community-building.

     On Thursday evening, all of the assembled student-athletes, parents and chaperones, and teachers gathered for the presentation of artistic offerings and the preparation for the next day’s events. Each of the schools offered lovely musical performances. John Saccone explained to all gathered how Form, Dynamic and Measure are factored into an athlete’s score. Scott Springer of The Bay School followed with the story of how the often-warring city-states of ancient Greece learned through the Oracle at Delphi how to use games as a pathway to peace and harmonious relations. Throughout the event, Jacques Racine of Les Enfants de la Terre translated into French in a most charismatic manner, with a wonderful sense of humor sprinkled in. The anxious student athletes were then finally informed of the city-states to which they would belong, for whom they would compete, comprising the city-states of Sparta, Athens, Thebes, Corinth, Delphi, and Olympia. The students then went off to try to find sleep as best they could.

     Despite threatening weather forecasts, the Gods smiled on the day as the Opening Ceremony began, the clouds parted, and a beautiful warm and sunny day greeted the crowd. Each school offered an ode to the Gods, written and read by a representative chosen by their peers. From Merriconeag, Wesley Teegarden read his ode:

“O Nike, may you lead me to victory in all the events; may I run as fast as Pheidippides in the sprint, may I fly like Perseus over the long jump, may I be as invulnerable as Achilles in wrestling, may my javelin shoot through the air like an arrow from Odysseus’ bow, may my discus soar like a majestic eagle, and may my posture be as great as the Gods on Olympus themselves!”

     The student athletes then assembled in their city-states, and the competitions began. Each city-state cycled through six events, competing with each other in sprint footrace, discus throw, javelin throw, wrestling, long jump, and prayer flag painting. Of all the events, one culminated in a final competition, the sprint. Each city-state ran three heats to determine their fastest runner, and at the end of the competitions, the fastest from each city-state lined up to race for the fastest runner of the Pentathlon. Four MWS students competed in the final, Samantha Malley for Athens, Wesley Teegarden for Olympia, Louis Walker for Sparta, and Avery Jean for Thebes. Wesley Teegarden, drawing on his ode for inspiration, ran to victory in a close finish. A great effort by all!

     As the event drew to a close, John Saccone addressed the crowd, announcing that each team and each school had bettered their practice scores, “not by a little, but by a lot!” All the city-states gathered for the final relay race, and each athlete gave their all for their team. Sparta carried the day – for the 8th year in a row! Mr. Saccone wrapped up with acknowledgements, especially noting the retirement of Mr. Jacques Racine, who has served for many years to make the Pentathlon such a success. The athletes were awarded their medals and laurel wreaths, and then, perhaps the most anticipated event of the Pentathlon began – the celebratory Greek feast! The whole community was beaming with the joy of the event, and reluctantly disbanded to enjoy a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Many thanks go out to all the high school volunteers, parents and staff that pulled together to make for a successful event.


News from the High School

The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2015 Maine Literary Awards and three Merriconeag Waldorf High School students are among the finalists: Lila Bossi (Youth Competition, Fiction), Sarah Norden and Dylan Wu (Youth Competition, Poetry). Congratulations and good luck to our three accomplished finalists!

     The Maine Literary Awards is an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Nominations are open to all Maine residents, including seasonal residents. The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing. Maine writers may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. The finalists for the 2015 Maine Literary Awards can be found HERE.


Moby-Dick Field Trip 2015: The ninth grade, upon completion of

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick or, The Whale, headed south to live more deeply into the whaling life. Our first stop was the Mystic Aquarium to turn our mind to all things aquatic. That night, we piled all 11 students onto a king sized bed, made up some microwave popcorn and watched the 1956 movie version of Moby-Dick (starring Gregory Peck, directed by John Huston and with a screenplay by Ray Bradbury!). The majority of the next day was spent at Mystic Seaport where we were guided by Mary K Bercaw Edwards, a Melville scholar who has read Moby-Dick no fewer than 35 times cover to cover! She toured the group through every corner of the newly refurbished Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship. The next day we visited the New Bedford Whaling Museum to see where Melville himself shipped out on a whaling boat in 1841, ten years before he wrote Moby-Dick. We spent the night sleeping on the floor in classrooms at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts and had a fabulous dinner and provocative conversation at the House of Peace in Ipswich. The final activity of the trip was a four hour whale watch off the coast of Gloucester where we were treated to the sight of three humpback whales which swam right up to the side of the boat. We slept in our own beds that night (Thursday) and met back up on Friday for community service with the Somali farmers involved in the Cultivating Communities project up in Lisbon.
      Truly, the world is our classroom, and the power of Melville’s masterpiece was deepened by these real world explorations. David Barham, Regine Whittlesey, Kevin Reynaud, chaperones


Nepal Fundraiser Update:  At our beautiful May Fair, some High School students and I set up a visual display explaining our efforts to collect some money in order to help with relief efforts after the devastating April earthquakes in Nepal. Our community responded nicely, asking many questions and many people contributed as best they could to our fundraiser. At the end of the Fair, the students and I happily counted our collection: $348,35! I deposited this money in the "Nepal Relief Fund" bank account I had specially opened for this purpose. The following Saturday, my husband and I hosted one of our monthly House Concerts, at which point I put a collection box next to the same Nepal display I had used at school. The concert goers were also happy to contribute and that night, I collected another $562.  I am happy to report that on Saturday, May 23rd, I sent a check for $900 to The Himalayan Children Fund Project to benefit Nepalese relief efforts. I will keep the Nepal Relief Fund open in order to keep collecting funds as the months go on, since the needs for reconstruction, shelter, food, water and medicine are enormous and will unfortunately last for many months to come. If you did not get a chance to give at the May Fair and you would like to contribute, it is still possible: you can send me a check payable to Nepal Relief Fund. I can send you a receipt as it is tax deductible. Put the check in an envelope addressed to Madame Whittlesey, Merriconeag Waldorf High School. You can give the envelope to Susan at the HS or Lisa at the Grade school.
      I would like to thank all the Merriconeag students and families who have kindly helped raise money for this very needed international relief project. I will keep you posted when I hear from my friends at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, a beautiful place benefiting Himalayan children. Do not hesitate to check their web site: http://beta.himalayanchildren.org/
Dhan'yavāda (= Thank you!)

Namaste! Madame Whittlesey, Merriconeag High School French Teacher

School Community Updates

Hurry! There are 3 weeks remaining in the pilot project van service. Try out this amazing service and see what the buzz is all about! Our MCWS driver, John Baugher transports 20 children throughout the week but there is room for a few more. Let him welcome your child on board! Sign your child up for a one way ride for $5 or give round trip service a try for $10. The business office will invoice you at the end of the school year. There is limited availability with a few seats available on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday PM service and a few seats for Thursday and Friday AM service. These remaining seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Stops along the route include SoPo Rec Center, Spring and Brackett Street in Portland, Washington and Baxter Blvd in Portland, Rt 1 Park and Ride in Falmouth, and others. For information regarding which stop is closest for your family as well as complete route information and schedules please, email Mary Bloch, van service parent coordinator, at paulmary@maine.rr.com Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for school supported transportation!  Mary KS Bloch

The high school continues to seek old gas powered machines (lawnmowers, chain saws, weedwackers etc.). If any of your machines are not starting this spring after the long cold winter, consider donating your machine to science. Contact Jeff O'Brien (jobrien@merriconeag.org), if you have a machine that you are willing to donate.


Athletic News - Sports Updates

MS Ultimate: A few photos courtesy of Ilsa Haag and Heidi Randall from the MS Ultimate game on Saturday, May 23 in South Portland.


HS Ultimate: This past week was a quiet one for our ultimate players, since almost everyone was away on trips. Things heat up again this week, with a game yesterday, two games on Friday, May 29 and the states tournament next Sunday, May 31. Check out the details on our team blog at http://mwsultimate.blogspot.com.


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