Tuesday News - October 28, 2014

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All submissions for the Tuesday News should be sent by Friday, 3:00 pm. to publicrelations@merriconeag.org.

Reminder: School is closed, Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 30 & 31 for Parent-Teacher Conferences


Congratulations to Merriconeag high school boys and girls cross country teams!

Both were runner-up at the Western Maine Class C Regional Championship

on Saturday at Twin Brook in Cumberland. Read more under Athletic News below.

Upcoming Events

Last Chance Craft Blitz with Sandy Pearson

This 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 one more free Craft Blitz 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 blitz will be sold at the Fall Fair, so on top of all these other reasons to come, you will feel good about supporting Merriconeag!


Fall Fair Events:

Fall Fair & Open House
Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
57 Desert Road, Freeport

Artisan Market Opening Night
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 - 9 p.m.

Community Hall
57 Desert Road, Freeport

The Fall Fair is 10 days away:  Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
To make the Fall Fair successful, we ask every family in the school to do three things: Volunteer, Donate, and Bake.
Volunteer: Staff an activity on the day of the Fair:

Staff an activity on the day of the Fall Fair, on Friday afternoon during set-up, or 
Friday evening during the Marketplace Opening Night festivities. 

Click here to sign up to work a shift.

Donate Items: see other articles in Tuesday News for details. 
1. Pocket Person – found objects from your home: small gems, trinkets or natural objects that fit into a 2x2 inch pocket. 
2. Squirrel’s Attic - Homemade items that sell for $1 to $3. Join a craft blitz or make something at home.
3. Outerwear and Assembly Wear - Gently used outerwear of all sizes, ages 2 - 18! Please leave them in the marked donation bins at each of the buildings. 
Early Childhood Parents: bake for the Cafe
Grades 1 – 8 Parents: bake for the Cafe
High School Parents: make soups for Rudolf’s Diner or provide ingredients for the French Creperie.


http://www.merriconeag.org/parents/images/photo4_000.JPGFall Fair Badge Payment System: To simplify payment for the crafts and games, fair attendees can purchase a $10 all- inclusive Fair Badge on Friday Evening or at the fair. Younger Children (recommended for up to age 8) : 
• all outdoor games in the Younger Children’s Games area
• make up to 3 crafts in the Younger Children’s crafts room 
• make up to 2 gel prints in the Handcraft Bldg

Older Children (recommended for ages 9 and up):
• All outdoor games in the Older Kids Games area (outrageously fun games)

• Balloon darts in the Lower Level of the Grade 5-8 Building
• Candle dipping in the 8th grade classroom

• Make up to 2 prints in the Handwork Room

The outdoor games are always a highlight – play them over and over again for one reasonably priced Fair Badge! 

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


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Artisan Marketplace – opening Friday night, Nov.7th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand – the Artisan Marketplace will be open to the public for adults on Friday night Nov. 7th, from 6-9 pm. In addition to the wonderful selection of local artisans, you can purchase Fall Fair Badges and Puppet Show tickets ahead of time. Do your holiday shopping before Fair Day (out of sight of your family) and reconnect with old friends. Invite your friends, neighbors, adult children, and grandparents to either the Friday night Opening or the Fair on Saturday.


Need a babysitter for Friday Night? Many Merriconeag students are available on to babysit on Fall Fair Opening Night, Friday, November 7th. Please stop by the grade school office, the EC office, or email Mary Martin, events@merriconeag.org, for the list.

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


The Fair is fast approaching and the Falling Leaves Cafe needs your creations:
If your last initial is from A-L, kindly donate something sweet, and M-Z, something savory. We are most thankful for whatever you can offer.

     For you gluten free, nut free and vegan culinary experts, we would love contributions from you! Please label your items accordingly. Also, please remember to prepare your dishes for easy serving. For example, if you are making a pie or cake, please cut it ahead of time. It helps the cafe volunteers tremendously in the morning. There will be more information about when and where to drop items off as we get closer to the fair. Thank you so much in advance for helping to support the cafe! Questions or intentions may be directed to Lisa Lukis ltlukis@gmail.com.

And remember, we welcome non-baked goods as well:
almond/peanut butter/PBJ sandwiches
hummus roll-ups
cubed cheese or cheese sticks
grapes (cut into small bunches) or clementines


Squirrel's Attic Notes: Many thanks to all of you who have contributed supplies and crafts to our little store. How generous and creative you are! Our inventory is looking good, though we are still very much in need of the following supplies: thick wool yarn for finger knitting kits, 4oz canning jars, extra sheets of water colored paper (if you can bear to part with a few of your children's works of art), fabric scraps (at least 6"x6"), and mini pencils. These need not be new- you or a friend might have these items lying around the house. Naturally, any finished crafts are also welcome and can be donated right up until Wednesday, Nov. 5th.

Due to conferences, there will be no squirrel-crafting in the farmhouse on Friday morning. Instead, please join up with one of the following craft sessions: THIS Wednesday, Oct. 29th after drop off, and Monday, Nov. 3rd from 9-11am. Both are in the farmhouse fireplace room.

This week's suggested DIY craft: Knitted Gnome Finger Puppets

All materials and instructions found at http://plainandjoyfulliving.blogspot.com/2012/02/simple-little-gnomes.html

Thank you, Tonya Sattin and Morgan Lake Adams




From the Development Office

Grandparents and Friends Day 2014: Last Friday at Grandparents & Friends Day, we hosted over 175 grandparents, parents and friends in our Community Hall. The program included a reception and slideshow, a wonderful talk by our high school humanities teacher David Barham, delightful class presentations by grades 2-12, and much-loved visits to the classrooms to meet the teachers and see the students’ work. It was wonderful to be able to express our gratitude for all the ways grandparents enrich the life of our school. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. David Barham’s passionate insights into the power of our human-centered Waldorf education resonated with grandparents and parents alike. Read his articulate and convincing case for Waldorf education by clicking here.

     The class presentations were a highlight of the day, including a humorous verse by Grade 2 entitled “I cannot go to school today”, the 8th Grade’s strong harmonies in “Nkosi Sikelel’I Afrika”, and the high school’s mastery of the tango and other dance forms. Everyone who came felt welcomed and appreciated, and the campus and classrooms looked beautiful. Most important, we heard from both grandparents and parents that this event deepened their understanding and appreciation of Waldorf education.
      An event like this does not happen seamlessly without many helping hands, and we want to express special thanks to the volunteers listed below who helped Friday morning, to David Barham for his inspiring talk, to the class teachers and special subject teachers who took a lead role in the class presentations, and to the students for offering their very best work. Many thanks to our volunteers: Mandy Andreson, Martha Eshoo, Nancy Goldberg, Hans Gundersen, Laura Hannan, Dal Holtrop, Alicia Heyburn, Amy Kessler, Lisa Lukis, Moriah Moser, Sarah Pierce, Trace Salter, Carl Sierak, and Melisa Walker. Lynne Espy and Mary Martin



From the Board

Dear Merriconeag Community,
      We are at a transitional moment in the 30-year history of our wonderful school, as our community considers the best way to move forward with the vision of One Merriconeag. I am writing now to share a few thoughts about the spirit of this discussion – not to argue for any one plan, but to suggest that one of our greatest strengths is that we are a community deeply committed to the virtues of kindness, generosity, and caring for one another.
      Nearly nine years ago, my oldest child began at the ECC. It was evident upon first stepping into the classroom that his teacher, Kam Anderson, knew the names not only of all the children in her class, but also of all the parents and siblings of those children, despite the fact that most of us had neither met nor seen Kam before. This small but significant gesture is indicative of the depth of caring and sensitivity that pervades every aspect of our community at MWS.
      Consider another example: it is quite common for a parent or a teacher to send around an email saying that someone in our community has an unusually bad case of the flu, or just had surgery, or that some family in the school just had a new baby, and asking for volunteers to make a pot of soup, or give a child a ride to school, or pick up a few groceries for the family. Within minutes there will be multiple volunteers offering to help out in ways imagined and others yet-to-be determined. Or again: when my oldest child began first grade, and we were newly ensconced “across the street,” the mother of another child in first grade invited my son over for a playdate. I knew both that my child would be reluctant to go alone and that his younger brother would be disappointed to be excluded. But before I could even fully form this as a thought in my mind, the mother went on to invite not only me to come for lunch, but also invited my two younger children to come along too. I was so touched by her kindness, sensitivity and generosity.
      Over the years, I have come to see that this spirit of kindness and generosity, of knowing and caring for those with whom we share this place, is definitive of what Merriconeag is most fully. What makes Merriconeag such a special place, and thus so worth preserving into the future, is this community of people who care about and for one another. In the hectic lifestyle of contemporary life, this is truly unique, and truly something to be revered and nurtured.

     As a community, we have some important and defining decisions to make in the next few months. We are a diverse group of people and no doubt we will have many different views about what is best for our school and the people in it. I am confident, however, that these disagreements and the free exchange of ideas will make us stronger because they exist in the context of a caring, empathetic, and gracious community.

     To share your thoughts on how we can all move forward, please be in touch with any member of the Board of Trustees, or with us as a group at stratplan@merriconeag.org. We are eager to listen.
In gratitude, Susan Stark, Parent, Grades 1, 4 and 6.



From the Business Office

gift card.jpgAre you looking for another great way to support Merriconeag? Purchase a Hannaford/Bow Street Market Gift Card at school and we earn 5%.

Great news! Merriconeag raised over $3000 from the sale of the Hannaford gift cards during school year 13/14. That was $800 more than the previous school year. Our order is placed every Thursday morning as long as we meet the minimum order of $1000. Simply bring your payment to Lisa in the main office and note new grocery card or reload on the memo line of your check. We will let you know when the purchase/reload is done. Contact the Business Office (ext. 151) with any questions. Note: Once again, we will be offering credit card purchases at the Fall Fair. Come see us on stage in the Community Hall.

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Also Available: Scrip Gift Cards - New retailers are added almost every day!  Merriconeag is also a member of ScripZone, an online retailer of Gift Cards. With your purchase of gift cards, and there are hundreds to choose from, Merriconeag receives a percentage of the total amount of your purchase (ie: We earn 19% from the sale of LL Bean gift cards). Credit cards are accepted when you enroll!
Enrollment: Enrollment in ScripZone is easy to do right from your own computer.
1. Go to ScripZone.com
2. Click on the NEW USER option
3. Create your own Secure Online Account; after registering
4. Enter our Unique Group ID: 207865MWS
Entering the Unique ID will link your purchases to Merriconeag, Every purchase you make will result in benefit to the school.
Payment: Payment for your order can be made online by credit card, ACH (bank withdrawal) or by dropping a check off at the office. By paying with your credit card or ACH you have the option of having your order delivered directly to your house. If you choose ACH, you will need to click on MyScripPayment Center to set up your account.
Do I have to Enroll to participate? No, you do not have to enroll at ScripZone to participate. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards you can simply go to Scripzone.com and scroll through the Retailer List located on the right side of the screen. Simply make a list of what you want and quantities and email to the business office. Your order will be processed once we receive a check.


From the Grades

New Middle School Electives began last Friday afternoon. The photo below is from the Earth Art Elective taught by Yunus Lowenthal. The earth art was created by 8th graders, Veronica Tarr, Madeleine Panici and Tillie Munro.



From the High School

During PSAT exams, our French Intern Kevin Reynaud took the three French Exchange students to the Maine Wildlife Refuge in Grey. In a beautiful sunny Autumnal day, Pauline, Isaïa, Tounga and Kevin enjoyed discovering the Maine fauna. They particularly loved observing the albino raccoon and the moose. They want to thank Merriconeag to give them this opportunity to discover this very special Maine place.



On Thursday October 23rd, I asked two students to accompany me to the Independent School Fair hosted by Breakwater School in Portland. 10th grader Sabrina Small, a former Breakwater student, and 9th grader Eli Gundersen came along with me to represent Merriconeag among about twenty other independent schools. They proved to be wonderful Ambassadors of our school, talking with great enthusiasm and clarity about their Merriconeag experience to prospective 8th graders and their families. We hope see some of these children come and shadow at our High School in the near future. I want to thank Eli and Sabrina for their kind and positive participation to this important outreach. Madame Whittlesey

Athletic News

High School Cross Country: The skies finally cleared on Saturday for the Western Maine Regional Cross Country Championship at Twin Brook in Cumberland. Merriconeag runners were in fine form, with both the boys' and the girls' teams placing second in Class C. It was a thriller, with the boys tying Boothbay for first in regular scoring, however Boothbay came out ahead in the tie-breaker. Girls were a solid second and both teams have good momentum heading into the states race this coming Saturday at Belfast. Both the boys' and girls' teams finished with three runners in the top 10 and four in the top 20! Well done! Read more>

Check out this article on Milesplit, which name checks several of our runners- Tucker, Zach, Nick, Olivia and Sam. Olivia and Tucker are interviewed as well. There are also photos from both races, and a video from the boys' race.

Coming up next is the Class C State Championship at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast .

The schedule is:
Class C Boys - 11:00, Girls – 11:45 (this is our division!)
Class A Boys – 12:30, Girls – 1:15
Class B Boys – 2:00, Girls – 2:45
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.


School Community Updates
Willow Pond Farm apples and cider

Next delivery, Friday, Nov 7.

Order by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6.

For order details, please see our Community Classifieds page




Read (Listen to or Watch) This

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K
For 4-year-olds in school for the first time, play is serious work.

Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October 21, 2014

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

University of Colorado, Boulder, June 19, 2014


Greater Community Link


Community Classifieds Link


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