Ikirenga cy'intore, our guest performing artists in the Friday evening program that kicked off the New England Youth Identiy Summit, invited members of the audience to join in their final dance!

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The 2019 New England Youth Identity Summit draws over 400 attendees from 30 schools!
Thank you to all the students, teachers, and parents who helped make the fourth annual New England Youth Identity Summit a big success! This year’s program, which focused on “Voices Across Generations,” featured dozens of workshops (most of them student-led) and drew over 400 attendees from 30 different schools. Our keynote speakers’ funny and moving presentations were well-received by overflow audiences in Franklin Theater (thanks to Nicole Maines '15—LGBTQ rights pioneer, activist, and the first transgender superhero on CW’s Supergirl TV show—and our very own Phuc Tran—Latin teacher and author of the forthcoming memoir “Sigh, Gone”). We hope to see you at next year’s Summit!
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Waynflete receives major grant from Edward E. Ford Foundation
We are thrilled to announce that Waynflete has been awarded a matching $250,000 Educational Leadership Grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The grant will enable the school to build on the success of the The “Can We?” Project, which brings students from disparate communities together to learn dialogue skills and practice collaborative decision-making across political divides, and the New England Youth Identity Summit. The grant also allocates funds for the development of new programs and partnerships.

Know Any Prospective Waynflete Families?
All Grade Discover Waynflete

Please invite interested families (Preschool–Grade 11) to join us on Thursday, April 25 from 8:30–10:30 a.m. to observe classes, meet teachers, and hear about our approach to education from Head of School Geoff Wagg.

Middle School Academic Adventure
On Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., prospective parents and students interested in Grades 6-8 are invited to join us for dessert and a menu of fun mini-courses. Come imagine what it would be like to have classes where you’re encouraged to talk, move around, and voice your own opinion.

Interested parents should contact Fiona Haslett at admissionoffice@waynflete.org or 207.274.5224.

NEW Summer Camp Programs for 2019!
Limited spaces available:

  • Electronic Music Production with Emmy award-winning musician “Kodomo,” July 1-5 (Grades 6-9 Teen Camp)
  • Engineering Challenge STEAM Camp, July 1-5 (Grades 2-4) and July 15-19 (Grades 2-5)
  • Saltwater Classroom Out and About, July 15-19 (Grades 4-7)
View details and register on the summer camp website

Join Us for Monday Books on April 22 
Please join us in Thaxter Library (Emery) for Monday Books on Monday, April 22 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. 6-12 English Chair Lorry Stillman will present Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. (This is a new selection due to a scheduling conflict.) Monday Books is open to the entire Waynflete community. The titles are available to borrow from the library. Learn more.

Upper School Drama Presents "Twin Pearls for the Tailor's Bird"
The Upper School spring show will introduce four new plays by Waynflete student playwrights: Em Irvine, Ian Irvine, Julia Fiori, and Blythe Thompson! Join us for an evening of fresh new voices on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater.

Spring Choral and Instrumental Concerts
Please join us in Franklin Theater for two days of musical offerings from our students across age levels.

  • Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.: Middle and Upper School Chamber Music and Jazz Ensembles
  • Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.: Grades 4–5, Middle and Upper School Choral Ensembles, and Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus.

Volunteers Needed for Grandparents & Friends Day
On Friday, May 3, we will host nearly 300 grandparents and friends on campus! The day includes continental breakfast and class visits. We need parent volunteers to greet, guide, drive a golf cart, serve breakfast, and more. We all look forward to this day—and it is successful because of parent volunteer efforts.
Please sign up here if you can help
Thank you!

Health Records Update for 2019–2020
During the first week of May you will begin receiving emails from Magnus, our electronic health records program. It will alert you about updates we'll need for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please contact Health Coordinator Abby Lord with any questions.

Portland Museum of Art
S
chool Vacation Week at the PMA
From Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m., PMA will host special drop-in family activities with a local teaching artist, who will guide interactive art-making activities designed to help your family make unique connections to the art in the museum.

Homer High School Fellows
The PMA offers the Homer High School Fellows summer program which is a paid, part-time program open to rising Grade 10-12 students who are able to secure a work permit. The application period is currently open until Sunday, May 5 at midnight. Apply here.

And remember—everyone ages 21 and under always gets free admission at the PMA, thanks to the generosity of Susie Konkel. 
Click here to sign up for the Susie Konkel Pass today

Green Tip - Spring is coming...really!
Here are eight ways to think about being “green” this season.

Waynflete Community News and Resourcesnews and information from Waynflete families and alumni. 

Parents Association

Save the Date: Spring Fling is May 18!
Let’s all look past the snow and towards a favorite part of spring…Spring Fling! Join us for this family friendly-day springtime carnival including games and rides, a used book sale, a barbecue lunch, burritos, ice cream, prizes, a raffle, live music, and more! The day will run from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online in advance so you can skip the lines.

We are excited to introduce the NEW Spring Fling Challenge, an obstacle course on the lower field designed for Grades 2-8. From 10:00–11:00 a.m., students are invited to participate in groups of up to 10. Don’t miss this new addition to Spring Fling – click here to reserve your spot! (And don’t worry, the obstacle course for EC-Grade 1 still remains!)

VolunteerSpring Fling brings together the extended Waynflete community including current students and their families, local alumni and reunion classes, and friends of the school. We need parent volunteers to help to make this day a success. We will be asking parents to sign up for one of two shifts. You can still enjoy the day with your family and friends while helping our community. Volunteer with another parents.! Please click here to sign up for a shift.

Grade 8 and 9 Parent Information Meeting 
Grade 12 parents are hosting two sessions for Grade 8 and Grade 9 parents to talk about all things Upper School! Please join us in Brock Conference Room on either Wednesday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. or Monday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. for a casual conversation and a chance to ask questions about the upcoming high school years. Parents have found this event helpful in previous years, so we hope you will join the discussion. Questions about these sessions? Please contact Grade 9 parent Lindsey Tucker or Grade 12 parent Sara Crisp.

New Social Committee for 2019-2020
Alice Wagg and Kate Burnham, chairs of the newly formed social committee, invite you to join them and parent volunteers for a lively and fun kick-off meeting on Tuesday, April 30 from 2:00–3:10 p.m. in Brock Conference Room. Our goal is to deepen our connections and enhance our school’s culture through a variety of social gatherings and activities such as coffees, dinners, movies, music, theater performances, sports, outdoor activities, and school events. If you are interested in serving on this dynamic committee, feel like you have an idea to contribute, or have any questions, please e-mail Kate at kathrynburnham@me.com or Alice at alice@waggfamily.com. We look forward to seeing you!

Please donate your extra books to the Book Sale!
Are your shelves overflowing with books you no longer need? Please donate your gently used books and
audiobooks to the Waynflete Friends of the Library Book Sale which takes place during Spring Fling! All age levels of books are welcome and proceeds benefit our libraries. Book collection will take place the week leading up to Spring Fling. Stay tuned for more details and save your books in the meantime!

Lower School

What's Happening in the Lower School?
Learn more about what's happening in Lower School by visiting program websites:  EC |  K-1 |  2-3 |  
4-5

And the Waynflete Wire (all-school blog)

Lower School Reading Time at Print: A Bookstore
On Sunday, April 28 from 1:00–3:00 p.m., let award-winning author Mary Morton Cowan introduce your children to one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: laying the transatlantic telegraph cable. Come work with circuits to create a telegraph device and explore the size and scale of this historic project with maps and math. This event is open to all students ages 7-11 and will be held at Print: A Bookstore located at 273 Congress Street in Portland.

Interested families should contact  contact Fiona Haslett at admissionoffice@waynflete.org or 207.274.5224

NEW DATE: May 6 for the Lower School Parent Coffee
Creating Windows and Mirrors for Children: Focus on Gender
Join Anne Hopkins to view the New Day video Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools, to learn about the ways in which lower school teachers aim to create inclusive classrooms and discuss topics of diversity and identity. Monday, May 6 from 8:30–9:30 a.m. in the Klingenstein Library.

Middle School

To find out what's been going on recently in Middle School, read the Waynflete Wire.

iPad Collection before April Vacation
Advisors will collect iPads from students on Friday, April 12 before they head out on April Break. We collect these devices before vacations in order to support the balance of screen time and family time. Please contact your child’s advisor with any questions.

Ultimate Frisbee for Grades 6-8
Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It is an exciting, fast-paced, non-contact team sport. It includes self-officiating and embodies the “spirit of the game” which promotes good sportsmanship and personal responsibility. This year, Waynflete students are invited to join a combined team with Scarborough coached by Page Lennig. The team will practice twice a week in Scarborough: Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:30–7:00 p.m. (starting April 23). The team will compete against other local towns during the week and have two or three weekend tournaments in May and June.
Even If your child plays another sport at Waynflete, they are still eligible to play Ultimate. If you think your son/daughter would be interested in trying it out, you can sign up through Scarborough Community Services. Questions? Contact Page Lennig.

Upper School

To find out what's been going on recently in Upper School, read the Waynflete Wire.

China Trip Information Session
The China pre-departure meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Drama Room. All students going to China should plan on attending with at least one parent. Please contact Heather Courtice Hart at 207.774.5721, ext. 1322 with questions.

Yearbooks arrive next month!
To reserve your book and ensure that you receive a copy, order ahead online. The cost is $65.

A special offer for Upper School students and families!
Are you passionate about theatre? How about the U.S. Constitution? Civil Rights? U.S. History? All of the above? We are looking for students and families who would like to attend the landmark Broadway production of What the Constitution Means To Me by Heidi Schreck. This production just opened to rave reviews! Read details about the show here.  

Debba Curtis was a long-time history and theatre teacher at Waynflete. Her son, alum Ned Donovan '08, an actor and singer living in New York, is honoring her memory by sending students to see this play which is a beautiful example of her dual passions of theatre and the study of the U.S. Constitution. The trip will be arranged at the convenience of those interested. The procuring of tickets will be arranged by Ned Donovan once dates are established. This is not a school-chaperoned trip. Please contact Tiki Fuhro if you are interested.

Athletics

Outdoor Practice Schedules
Click here for the outdoor practice schedule for upper school spring sports. Now that teams are out on the fields they will follow a basic practice schedule when they don't have games. This schedule is subject to change.

Enrichment

Please visit the website for the most current information about Enrichment (AfterschoolFull Fun Days, Workshops, and Music Instruction) and Flyers Camp.

Find out what's happening in the Afterschool BLOG!
Each of the Afterschool divisions now posts a weekly internal blog on Veracross (non-public). The Hive, Owls, and Sandpipers teachers provide a weekly glimpse into each program’s student activities. 

Parents are always welcome to contact Afterschool teachers directly by email, available through your parent portal.

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