Volume: 3  Issue: 27 May 24, 2012

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All School News

 
Michael Macklin
 
As many of you know, the Waynflete community is mourning the loss of Michael Macklin, carpenter and poetry instructor, who died last weekend in Ripton, Vermont, where he had traveled together with Waynflete students for the New England Young Writers Conference at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. Our sympathies are with Donna Pendleton, Michael's wife, his son Gabe, his family and his many friends and colleagues.
 
Last spring the members of graduating class of 2011 invited Michael to be their Bacclaureate speaker, a tribute to the depth and warmth of Michael's connections to students and adults alike. Click here to read the speech he presented.
 
"Michael's love of life, his craft, his teaching, and his warm and deeply creative spirit, touched all of us, students and adults alike. It is hard to imagine our community without him," said Head of School Mark Segar.
 
At Upper School assembly on Tuesday more than 300 students, faculty, and staff packed Franklin Theater to share memories of the man who served as a mentor and friend to so many. Students who took his poetry class, or worked with him on other projects, or who simply spent time chatting him with him every day read some of Michael's poetry or their own works, some sang songs, and others shared stories. A sample of Michael's poetry is below, or click the "Poetry by Michael Macklin" link below to see others.
 
Time Travel
 
Early memory of shadows,
the barred slats of dark
and light across rumpled blankets
are as clear to me as the flight
yesterday of cedar waxwings
descending in clouds
upon the crab apple trees 
lining the drive
 
how their shadows turned to song
and flutter, how the wind still
tinged with winter lifts the tiny feathers
on the backs of their necks
pushing them gently north
dragging spring behind them.
 
All the world leans toward light,
works its way from silence to song.
Even now the memory of childhood
reminds me of my part
how I slipped between shadows
learning to sing myself
into brightness, stood for the first time
on shaky legs rattling my crib
crying out to be taken to the window.
 
Last night the moon 
was a slender arc
holding the unseen pearl
of its coming fullness
out to the nearest star
while the night quivered
in anticipation, an image
of the great yearning,
yours and mine,
toward the melody of light.
 
 
 
GSTA Parent Coffee Friday
 
Please join the GSTA (Gay/Straight/Transgender Alliance) for a parent coffee, screening of the student-made film Voices of Diversity, and student-led discussion about the Safe Place initiative at Waynflete on Friday starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Drama Room of the Arts Center.
 
 
Friends of School Search Advisory Committee Announced
 
The Waynflete School Search Committee, which has has been authorized to recruit and recommend a new Head of School for employment by the Board of Trustees effective June 2013, is pleased to announce the membership of the Friends Advisory Committee. 
 
This advisory committee will have the responsibility of meeting with semi-final and final candidates this fall and providing feedback to the Search Committee about the individuals who are under consideration for this important change in our School’s leadership.  
 
Many members of the Waynflete community volunteered to participate in this process, and the Search Committee tried to balance the composition of the groups to reflect a broad range of connections and experiences within the School. We trust that all members of the community will remain interested and active in the search by attending the finalist presentations in the fall and submitting input afterwards. 
 
For up to date information about the search process, please visit the Waynflete website
 
Thank you,
 
The Waynflete School Search Committee
 
Friends Advisory Committee
Joan Amory
Betts Armstrong
Paula Bentinck-Smith '70 
Roger Berle
Greg Boulos
Lynne Gawtry ‘87
Maria Glaser
Cinda Joyce
Peter McPheeters
Anne Parker ‘61
John Watson
 
All Grade Coffee with Head of School May 30
 
An All Grade Coffee with Waynflete Head of School Mark Segar will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
 
We invite current parents to refer prospective families of all grades to learn more about the philosophy and mission of Waynflete through coffee and conversation with Mark Segar.
 
If you know anyone who may be interested in learning more about Waynflete, this is a great introduction to the school. Please call the Admission Office at 207-774-5721, ext. 224 or email admissionoffice@waynflete.org, to refer a family. We appreciate your support in spreading the word about Waynflete!
 
 
Health Form Time is Approaching
 
Your medical information form will be filled out online at Gleeworks again this year. 
 
You will be receiving an email with a link to the forms you will need to complete shortly, if you haven’t already.
 
All forms are to be completed by June 1.
 
For more information, call or email Blanche Belliveau at 774-7863, extension 216.
 
 
Seeking Host Family for New International Students
 
We are seeking a few Waynflete families in the Portland area to host current or new International students for 2012-2013. We presently have several International students who are staying with Waynflete families.
 
Becoming a host family is a big responsibility with many rewards. Host families are given a monthly stipend of approximately $600 to help defray the cost of food, board, and transportation. Responsibility for a student involves transporting them to and from Waynflete for school and after-school activities. We are hoping to place international students with families that live near the school, so that the students can walk or take public transportation to Waynflete. Host parents must also plan to either include international students in family vacations or find someone with whom they can stay.  
 
The agencies sponsoring international students, including Private School Exchange (PSE) and the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), will take care of their visa applications, enrollment, and other paperwork. A local agent, Kathy Hansen, will be available specifically for host families, to provide help, advice, and answer any questions that arise during the student’s stay at Waynflete.  
 
If you would like more information about becoming a host family, please contact Kathy Hansen at 207-653-1007.
 
Thank you for your consideration.
 
 
A Wonderful Waynflete Weekend
 
Thank you to all who worked on, donated to, and attended the wonderful events here on campus this past weekend.  
 
The sun was shining and the smiles and good times were plentiful at a super Spring Fling.  Thank you to all of the volunteers and chairs (and a very special thank you to event chair Abby Bliss) we could not do it without you!
 
The fun rolled into the evening with the lobster bake and auction, where all enjoyed music provided by the Jerks of Grass and a delicious dinner.  It was an event well attended by alumni, parents and faculty and staff.   The following are the winners of our Spring Raffle:
 
Inn at Oceans Edge – Eva Morrill
Funtown Season Passes – Jim and Jane Puiia
French Lessons – Mary Jan Rosenfield
Claremont Hotel – Hilary Holm
Portland Getaway – Bob and Wendy Epstein
Renew Yourself – Lynne Manson Gawtry ’87
Lobstering Trip – Deborah Van Hoewyk ’60
 
If you were unable to join us this year, we look forward to seeing you at them next Spring!
 

News From the Lower School

Grades 4-5 Musical Performances June 5
 
Students in grades 4-5 students will perform their end-of-year musicals on Tuesday, June 5, in Franklin Theater at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each performance will last about one hour, and parents are invited to attend.
 
Lower School Family Picnic June 6
 
All Lower School families are invited to attend a picnic on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 6, at Fort Williams Park. We will begin whenever folks can get there after school, probably around 12:30 p.m. 
 
Bring your own picnic lunch and drinks, and dessert goodies will be provided. Fort Williams Park offers a playground, picnic shelters, a pebbly beach, and lots of space to run around. It is also home to an historic fort, Goddard Mansion, and the oldest lighthouse in Maine. We are hoping for a beautiful day to allow us to get together before heading off for summer.  
 
To get there, pull into the park and travel along a green field on the left. When the road forks, go left, down a small hill, and park in the lot that is adjacent to the beach, a set of swings, and picnic tables. 
 

News From the Middle School

 
Sixth Grade Night at the Museum June 1
 
Our now annual Night at the Museum will open on Friday, June 1. Students and faculty will visit the Museum throughout the day on Friday, and then it will be open to parents, relatives, and friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that evening.
 
A new feature of the Museum this year is an exhibit entirely devoted to Pompeii. Again this year, drama presentations will be done al fresco under a tent.
 
Sixth grade parents can find a letter from the advising team with logistical details at upper right. Parents and family are encouraged to stay for the entire event on Friday as you would for any performance. We hope that each student will have a significant audience for their portion of the event, from beginning to end.
 
We are looking forward to this culminating event for our sixth grade!
 
Class Picnics June 4 
 
Middle School students will participate in class picnics with their peers and advisors off-campus on Monday, June 4 (rain date June 5). Arrival and dismissal times remain the same. Please check in with your child to see if they need to bring snacks or items for lunch.
 
 
Eighth Grade Family Picnic June 6
 
We invite eighth grade parents and students to join us for a picnic on the last day of classes on Wednesday, June 6,  directly following the eighth grade goodbye assembly. The picnic will take place on Waynhenge, and we will provide cake and space to eat/mingle. Families should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Please contact Amy Fawcett in the Middle School Office if you have any questions.
 
Reminder: Middle School Parent Survey
 
A reminder to fill out the Middle School parent survey by Monday, June 4. We sent a link to the survey earlier this week. Thanks to those who told us about some technical issues with the survey, all of which have been addressed. We will use the feedback from the survey to determine the nature of Middle School parent evenings and other events next year, so thanks in advance for your participation.

News From the Upper School

 
 
Waynflete Students Attend USM Model UN
by Debba Curtis
 
This year 41 students from Waynflete, under the extraordinary leadership of History faculty member Ben Mini, represented 14 different countries, two non-governmental organizations, and a Justice on the International Criminal Court at the Maine Model United Nations at the University of Southern Maine earlier this month.  
 
Students served in the General Assembly, on the World Health Organization, the Human Rights Commission, the World Trade Organization, and the League of Arab States.  The LAS students were awakened at 4:00 a.m. one day for a mock UN “crisis,” in which Saudi Arabia was threatened with a military coup and the holding of the Saudi royal family hostage!
 
Nine students were individually recognized for excellence: Distinguished Delegates Mason Saltz ’14, Misha Linnehan ’14, and Nate Hansen ’14; and Honorable Mention to Abukar Adan ’13, Sophie Raffel ’14, Nora Daly ’14, Louis Frumer ’14, Jonathan Silin ’14, and Jonas Maines ’15.
 
A special thanks to the 10 intrepid faculty and staff members who volunteered to chaperon the group, especially to Ben Mini, Breda White, Amy Fawcett, and Lowell Libby, who heroically volunteered for the overnight shifts!
 
 
Waynflete Students Participate in All-State Music Festival
 
Congratulations to Waynflete students Lydia Belden ‘13, Helen Gray-Bauer ‘15, Ellie Marston ‘14, and Jo Moore ‘13 for their selection to the Maine Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival at the University of Maine recently.
 
After three days of intensive rehearsals Lydia and Jo performed with the 2012 All-State Chorus, and Helen (viola) and Ellie (violin) performed with the 2012 All-State Orchestra, in a concert held at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts.  
 
These Waynflete musicians were selected for the festival by audition last fall from a pool of student musicians representing over 80 Maine high schools.
 
 
Upper School Exam Information
 
Upper School exams begin on Tuesday. The exam schedule may be found by clicking here.  
 
During the exam day, students are required to be in school during their exam periods only. They may be on campus when they do not have exams, and they may leave campus between exams. If you do not want your child leaving campus between exams, please communicate your expectation to your child and Cathie Connors at extension 233 in the Upper School Office.
 
You should report absences as usual. To make up an exam, a student should contact Peter Hamblin at extension 230 to make arrangements to make up the exam on Friday, June 1.
 

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