Tuesday News - October 14, 2014

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Upcoming Events

Two opportunities to get excited about our future!

Click here to read the Strategic Plan.

1. Community Meeting:

    Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

    Community Hall
Community Gathering to hear about Merriconeag's 5 year strategic plan and action items in a discussion format with the Board and Faculty. Please come to ask questions, understand and help shape our school's direction for the years ahead. Topics include enrollment; communications and branding initiatives; programs and personnel; a parent association; and buildings and grounds concepts for a consolidated One Merriconeag campus from pre-K through High School on Desert Road. Light refreshments.

2. Community Coffee

    Wednesday, October 15, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    Community Hall
Couldn't make the Tuesday evening Community Meeting? Have more questions from Tuesday night's discussion about One Merriconeag? Please come for coffee to share your thoughts in a personal conversation with a few board members and staff. We want to hear from you.


October Craft Blitzes with Sandy Pearson

This Wednesday Oct. 15, 3:05 - 4:30 p.m.

Handwork Room, Handcraft Bldg.

The next one is scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 29, 8:15 – 10:15 a.m., in the Fireplace room of the Farmhouse.

Our longtime, former handwork teacher, Sandy Pearson, is offering two free Craft Blitzes in our Handcraft Building on the main campus and we want you to come. 

     Everyone is welcome - whether you are a novice or a very experienced handworker (knitting, sewing, felting, crocheting), a new parent or returning parent, this is a wonderful way to connect with other parents, deepen friendships, learn a new skill and get instructions and patterns for a new project. The items you make in this class will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!
      Children in grades 4 and up are welcome to attend the afternoon session if they are able to participate. We are not able to offer aftercare for younger siblings.


Weekly Fall Fair Craft Mornings for Squirrel's Attic Crafts

This Friday, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

in the Farmhouse

Join us each Friday for two ready-to-make crafts for the Squirrel's Attic. Yes, you can bring a craft you're already working on. All are welcome. Snacks and coffee too!



Early Childhood Families Michaelmas Fall Celebration

Saturday, October 18, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine)

Early Childhood Center, 60 Desert Rd.

We will collect apples, press cider, work on our gardens, and enjoy the morning together. For more information on the event, please click here for their Michaelmas Gathering poster.


Please note that Marisha Plotnik's talk, "From Clapping to Calculus," about what, when and why we teach certain math topics in a Waldorf school will be inspiring to parents of students at all levels of the school.

High School Information Night

Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Desert Road Campus, 57 Desert Rd, Freeport

This is an excellent introductory event for prospective high school students and their parents. Marisha Plotnik, a graduate of the Toronto Waldorf High School who currently teaches high school math and physics, will present "From Clapping to Calculus," sharing her thoughts about the importance of mathematics in the Waldorf school curriculum and explaining how the foundation laid in the early elementary years leads to a meaningful, rigorous and appropriate mathematics program in the middle and high school years.

     Marisha’s exploration of what, when and why we teach certain math topics in a Waldorf school will be inspiring to parents of students at all levels of the school. All are welcome to join us for this exciting presentation.

     Also during the eveing, Beth Caputi, our college counselor will share how she works closely with our high school families to find the most appropriate college “fit” for each student. Merriconeag high school teachers and students will be on hand as well to answer your questions.


Grandparents and Friends Day,

Friday, Oct 24, 10:00 - 12:00*

Community Hall

*See schedule in Development Office article below.

New this Year: Parents invited to join us

for Grandparents & Friends Day but If you can come,

please RSVP to developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org so we will have enough seats.


From the Administrator

It’s golden in the garden,
It’s golden in the glen,
It’s golden, golden, golden,
October’s here again!

(Author unknown)

     I first heard this poem in the mid-1980’s, when our son, Joshua, brought it home from school with the exuberance of an October wind storm! As colors begin to change each autumn, I can’t wait until the first of October to recite the poem on a walk in the woods, (it just doesn’t work on a golden day in September!) This past weekend, we hiked with our grandson and his parents through the woods of Mt. Agamenticus, reciting the poem over and over on the wooded trail. The thread of family experiences wove a new connection, as my daughter-in-law remarked at the simple beauty of these words and learned them for her future walks in October.
      The sweet sadness of the ending of summer is lessened by the warm colors of the leafy mantel overhead. This gift of golden light helps carry us through the long, dark winter. Its warmth is hidden in our memory like a sweet secret, holding the stories and experiences of autumns past. The poem above also holds a secret. These cycles of nature, the trust that October will return with its golden light, lives deeply in the experience of our children. As adults, autumn is often a pivotal time that holds both the reflection of times past and an awakening to the future that is calling.
      On Tuesday evening, October 14 at 7:00 in the Community Hall, our Board, with support from their strategic planning committees, will share their vision and work for building a vibrant and sustainable One Merriconeag. Conversations around One Merriconeag were first shared with our school community at the May Fair, 2013. In 2014 at the May Fair, a group of parents conducted a survey around building a Parent Association. Now, this October, we will share the work that has been taken up in the areas of building enrollment, marketing, program and personnel, parent association and uniting our two campus locations on Desert Road.
      There will be lots of time following brief presentations for conversation, sharing ideas, asking questions and getting more involved in this strategic planning work.
      This is a golden opportunity in October to help build our school’s future and to support your fellow parents who have contributed many hours and tremendous expertise to this strategic planning process.
We hope to see you all there! Light refreshments…cider, apples and desserts! Christine Sloan, Administrator



From the Admissions Office

Interested in the Waldorf Math Curriculum? Then be sure to attend

“From Clapping to Calculus," a presentation by Marisha Plotnik

at this year's High School Information Evening.

   Marisha Plotnik, a Waldorf high school graduate (Toronto Waldorf School), currently teaches high school math and physics. She will be the featured presenter at our annual High School Information Night on Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. in the Community Hall.

     Marisha will share her thoughts about the importance of mathematics in the Waldorf school curriculum and explain how the foundation laid in the early elementary years leads to a meaningful, rigorous and appropriate mathematics program in the middle and high school years.

     Marisha’s exploration of what, when and why we teach certain math topics in a Waldorf school will be inspiring to parents of students at all levels of the school. All are welcome to join us for this exciting presentation.



From the Development Office

Grandparents and Friends Day

Friday, Oct 24, 10:00 - 12:00

Community Hall

New this Year: Parents invited to join us

for Grandparents & Friends Day but If you can come,

please rsvp to developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org

so we will have enough seats.

     This year we are inviting you to attend Grandparents and Friends Day. In the past, space limitation prevented this option, but we recognized that the program would be as interesting to parents as it is to grandparents. Therefore we changed the format so that the students will not be seated - they will only come into the Hall to perform. This frees up about one third of the rows. If your child’s grandparent or friend is attending, you can sit with them. If no grandparent or friend can come, you are welcome to come in their stead.

     If you can come, please rsvp to developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org so we will have enough seats. The reception begins at 10am in the Gallery of the Community Hall. The program (including a prospective on Waldorf education by a Faculty member, followed by performances by grades 2 – 12) begins at 10:30 inside the Hall. It ends at noon, followed by classroom visits until mid-day dismissal. It will be rather crowded in the Gallery during the Reception, so if you are not attending with a grandparent, please wait to enter the Hall around 10:25. We have a large group of grandparents and want to make sure they are comfortable, so our first priority is to provide seating and refreshments for these guests.

     Another option: attend the Wednesday rehearsal. The students will have a rehearsal on Wednesday, October 22nd beginning at 8:20 a.m. in the Community Hall. It will start promptly with the high school students going first, followed by grades 2-8. This is a chance for all students to see each other’s performances, and rehearse in front of others. Parents are welcome to attend (there’s plenty of space), but warned that this is a true rehearsal, not polished performances.

     Here is additional information you will want to know about next Friday, Oct. 24th at Grandparents & Friends Day: We invite all our guests to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms after the program’s conclusion, around noon. We have designed this last part of the morning to let our guests visit with their grandchildren, see their work, and meet their teachers:

• Early Childhood students do not attend the program, but grandparents can visit with them, and their teachers, in the Early Childhood Center, after the program.
• Guests of students in Grades 1-8 can visit in the classrooms after the program. Grade 1 students do not perform, but they do attend the program.
• Guests of High School students are invited to visit with their grandchildren and high school faculty in the Handcraft Building after the program.

     We look forward to hearing whether you will join us at Grandparents Day on Friday Oct 24th.

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


Fall Fair & Open House, November 8

Marketplace Opening Night, November 7, 2014 (6-9 p.m.)

We have a wonderful team of Fall Fair Chairs this year– but we still need a few more PLEASE let us know if you can help lead these activities (don’t worry, we give you the manual, and a lot of support, and you will feel SO good about yourself for volunteering!).

  • Community- Made Crafts: can you lead a Craft Blitz? We need your help!
  • Young Children’s Crafts – join Julie Yeo, Michelle Jean and Carol Will as they plan the craft activities for the youngest children
  • Children’s Outdoor games – we have the games – but we need your help setting them up. Join Games Masters Adrian Bossi, Kevin Lukis and Michael Stefanakos.
  • Outdoor Decorations –do you have a truck and some time on Friday Nov 7th? If so, we need you – or at least your truck!
  • Indoor Decorations - we need helpers to hang artwork earlier in the week.
    Please consider how you would like to bring your talents and whatever time you can spare to this fun, fall event.

Lynne Espy, developmentcoordinator@merriconeag.org, 865-3900 x 116, in the farmhouse
Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org   865-3900, 113, in the office portable


It's that time of year again to get your baking caps on: The Falling Leaves Cafe is calling out for savories and sweets! If your last initial is from A-L, kindly donate something sweet, and M-Z, something savory. Of course this is up to you, and we are most thankful for whatever you can offer. It seemed to work well that way last year so there is a nice variety of each including items for our gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free patrons.

Not a baker? No problem! Here are some ideas:
almond/peanut butter/PBJ sandwiches
hummus roll-ups
cubed cheese or cheese sticks
grapes (cut into small bunches) or clementines

     More info to come as we get closer to the fair. Please send your intentions to Lisa at ltlukis@gmail.com. Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe!


School Community Updates

Delivery this Friday, Oct. 17, Order by 2 pm Thursday.

Willow Pond Farm apples and cider will be delivered to Merriconeag's Early Childhood Center on the following Fridays only: Oct. 17 & Nov 7, 21. Orders must be placed with Willow Pond Farm (willowpf@aol.com) by Thursday at 2:00 p.m. prior to the Friday delivery dates listed above and payment must be left in the envelope on the file cabinet in the Early Childhood Office prior to delivery on the Fridays listed. For more information about apple orders, see our Community Classifieds page.


Athletic News

Middle School Cross Country:

Next up: The final race of the season is the CCC Invitational hosted by Greely at Twin Brook in Cumberland.

2:00-3:00-Course Walk, 3:30-Boys Team of 7 Race, 4:00-Girls Team of 7 Race,

4:30 - Fun Run


High School Cross Country: Last week the cross country team had their final race of the regular season at Cape Elizabeth on Friday afternoon, racing against Cape, Gray-New Gloucester and Poland. Both of our Merriconeag teams ran strong, with both boys and girls placing second behind Cape (girls tied for first with regular scorers but lost on the tie-breaker). Olivia and Samantha came in one-two in the girls race.

Read more>

Coming up this Friday is the much heralded WMC Championship at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.

Races are:
3:00 – Girls Varsity
3:30 – Boys Varsity
4:00 – Girls JV
4:30 – Boys JV

Full results and more can be found on the results page of the blog.

Click here for the complete race schedule.

Throughout the season, everyone can keep on top of the running team happenings via the blog.


Read (Listen to or Watch) This

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
By Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times, October 11, 2014


Greater Community Link


Community Classifieds Link


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