Sunday, February 28, 2010
If you can't come and dance with us because of another engagement, please consider getting a ticket or two. Remember this is a fundraiser. Thank you very much for your support.
Multilingual and Multicultural Center
Portland Public Schools
171 Auburn Street
Portland, ME 04103
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Reenrollment at Friends sometimes triggers angst for me. How do I make sense of all this resource going toward my own children, when there is so much greater need in the world? I experience Friends School as a great privilege and one that I sometimes feel guilty about. We did not choose Friends because we were unhappy with our public school, but because the SPICES (and Kathleen's Angela Adams rug squares) called to us in an undeniable way. Grace was made for a Friends education, but so was I, and it continues to be an amazing pleasure to be with and learn from this community.
I was interested to hear another friend (lower case f) talking about her decision to send her daughter to a Waldorf and how she experienced it as a family sacrifice necessary to protect her child from a larger culture that is not doing right by kids. Although she too saw it as a privilege, she was more indignant at the bind she was in, feeling that her public options were so unsafe that her "choice" was not much of a real choice at all.
I'm curious how others make sense of independent school in these times?
It is my great hope that a Friends School education will help our children be great citizens, participating in the creation of knowledge and culture, in problem solving for the common good, and in participatory democracy in some courageous way (that is true to themselves). I hope that they are solid and clear about their own gifts and inner light, and can truly shine that light on others, bringing out the best in a group and community. I hope they have some deep sense that they can be happy while also helping others be happy, that happiness is not a zero-sum game.
What are your wishes for your children and yourselves, with regard to a Friends education?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Join us for The Eleanor Days, Women's Leadership Retreats, 2010
Stone Cottage, Isle au Haut
One session: Tuesday, June 15 - Saturday, June 19, 2010
“The Eleanor Days” is for women who lead and act in the world to create social change. It is for women who want to create the space to rejuvenate, reflect and integrate new self-care skills and support networks into their lives. It’s for women who want to explore these types of issues within a small community of women in a natural setting on a beautiful island off the coast of Maine.
The vision, commitment and courage of Eleanor Roosevelt inspire this women’s leadership retreat, sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE). Eleanor Roosevelt was a social activist, who during her White House years and beyond, was sustained and emboldened by the network of activist women friends and colleagues in her life.
Now in our seventh year, the retreat is designed with a balance of unstructured and group time each day. We explore topics of our socialization, self-care, who inspires us, competition and collaboration, what gets in the way of full support for ourselves and each other. Past participants have included directors and staff of social service agencies, non-profit organizations, and foundations; University faculty and administrators; and business owners. They have been educators, health care professionals, business women, artists, social workers, philanthropists and volunteers. They have been at all stages of their careers and lives.
This retreat begins when the late afternoon boat from Stonington arrives at Isle au Haut on June 15th and ends mid day on the 19th. It is limited to 10 women, including the leadership team of Deb Burwell, Eileen Conlon and Aileen Fortune. So space is limited, register early.
Early registration is $550, fully paid by April 9 and regular registration is $675. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Complete program materials and registration form are attached. Feel free to contact me or Aileen Fortune with any questions you may have and please share with other women you know who might be interested. Thank you!
Eileen M. Conlon, Ed.D.
Conlon Consulting Group & AIC
121 Horace Mills Road
Wells, ME 04090
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I Love by Tom T. HallListen on: Lala - iLike - Rhapsody - PandoraPlay song from Lala.com
Country Songs For Children - 1995 - 2:07
If your child has to learn the 50 states or the multiplication tables or how to handle her temper or a zillion other things, check out the song list at Songs for Teaching... almost every possible lesson is set to music.
Outreach and Organizing Director
Environmental Health Strategy Center
565 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Dear Friends and Allies,
We need your help to end an offensive and damaging new ad campaign aimed at girls and women. American Apparel has launched a contest called The Search for the Best Bottom in the World, and Hardy Girls is leading the effort to get AA to end this campaign immediately. Click through and you’ll see why. American Apparel is asking girls and women to upload pictures of their butts to the company’s website wearing AA intimates, and inviting visitors to comment and vote on the submissions.
I’ve signed the petition demanding American Apparel stop this campaign and hope you will too.
The consequences of marketing practices like this are a generation of girls and women who feel silenced, objectified, and disempowered. We know that these messages are damaging to boys views of girls as well, and contribute to an epidemic of violence and harassment towards girls and women. Here are just a few of the trends American Apparel is contributing to:
- The sexualization of girls and women - according to the 2007 APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls in Media, the negative impact on girls and women is indisputable: the sexualization of girls and women in media wreak havoc on our psychological, emotional, cognitive and relational lives;
- The direct and unconscionable undermining of girls’ healthy development - by equating confidence with looking sexy, winning with being judged on their appearance, and personal value with 15 seconds of fame;
- The objectification of girls’ and women’s bodies in mainstream media - in a country where 1 in 4 women is a victim of violence, and sexual harassment is rampant in our schools; and,
- The placing of girls in jeopardy of prosecution by inviting them to post highly sexualized images of themselves online – at a time when sexting is making headlines.
I urge you to sign the petition, pledge not to shop in American Apparel stores, and tell your friends to do the same!
School vacation week is coming up!
Join us for a Vacation Creations workshop
and have fun making
colorful snowflakes, rainbow snowmen, tin window decorations,
1lanterns, candy snowpeople, and more!
10 am to noon Wednesday February 17
ages 6 and up
$18 per person
790 Stevens Avenue
to register or ask questions, email us (or call 773-2255)
Carolyn and Phyllis
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
It is auction time... in past years, children have loved contributing to the auction and participating in the fun and active support of their school. The auction committee is looking for class gifts that reflect the themes and interests of the class.
One idea I'm noodling with is a way that kids could commit service projects for the school, but then have those go out for bid. Is that too mercenary? I'm thinking, for example, if the 5th-6th put in an afterschool island clean-up, or the 7th-8th donated time to the daycare... Alternatively, their art is so amazing, maybe students could pick favorite pieces from the class and we could have a mini-art auction of student art? Favorite books that represent the class are always great too.. and things that extend from the curricula (like the 3-4 putting together a "made in Maine basket" while studying Maine).
Please, please, please use comments to generate and fine tune other ideas!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
What: Homemade vegetarian lasagna: plain, spinach, or gluten-free - 8”x4” aluminum pan
Cost: $10 per pan
When: Order by Tuesday, Feb 9 (sign up near school office)
Pick up, Friday, Feb 12, noon to 1 or after assembly in the 7-8 classroom
Some extras will be made, but it is most helpful if you place an order. Last year they sold out!
See Lee Chisholm with questions.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
On February 11, the Coalition for Maine Women is hosting a day at the Statehouse.
On February 23, the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine offers the opportunity to engage legislators about environmental health issues.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Gever Tully, founder of Tinkering School, has written a book called Fifty Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do. Here's a condensed look at the kinds of things that are in the book in the form of a talk the author gave at a TED conference. The book itself is available for around $30 on amazon, and can most likely be ordered through your local indie bookseller. Here is a link to videos of a couple of Tully's talks.
It all kind of falls under Kim's previous post on Free-Range Parenting, and we'd love to know how you all feel about these issues (or are they non-issues?). Our family falls mostly on the side of letting our kids do things, but I draw the line with cars, firearms, and deliberate copyright violations. I was surprised to learn that someone we know recently gave his son a bb gun for his eighth birthday. Where do you draw those lines, and by what rationale?
Thanks to Four for keeping us supplied with interesting studies and controversies!