March 2014

In this Issue:

Waldorf at Lincoln Center

Pi Day & More Math News

7th Grade Learns about
the Philippines

Career Day

Student Accomplishments

High School Students
Travel to Europe

Camp Glen Brook

Summer at Waldorf

Faculty (and Former Faculty) News

Alumni Notes

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Happy Spring!

The first hints of spring have begun to stir on our School's grounds (despite the occasional spring snowfall). It is still chilly, but the sky is bright, the pond's waterfall is flowing and the daffodils (and other plants) are poking up their little green shoots.

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Waldorf School at Lincoln Center - Sunday, March 30

Waldorf School at Lincoln Center - Back by popular demand! Join us at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center in New York City on Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 pm for a world-premier performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Reception to follow. Proceeds from this special fundraising event will benefit the window renovation project at the Waldorf School of Garden City. Special thanks to John Tomlinson '77 for helping to make this event possible. Mr. Tomlinson has worked producing and touring dance performances for over 20 years. He is the Executive Director of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, which is responsible for all operations of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

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For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mrs. Marjorie P. Jean-Paul at (516) 742-3434 Ext. 309 or

Happy Pi Day and More Math News

Friday is March 14th (3.14) - a day celebrated by students, teachers and other self-proclaimed "math geeks" as "Pi Day". The Greek letter “π” is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. (Even Waldorf's cafeteria got in on the fun. On the menu is ... what else ... Pizza Pie!) Waldorf's High School Math Department (Mr. Michael Gentile, Ms. Laura Johnson and Mr. Victor Kim) put together a fun "Pi Challenge" for all things "pi" related. Are you up for the Math Department's "Pi Challenge"? Click here to test your knowledge.


Waldorf Students take part in Long Island Math Fair

On Friday, February 28, over 1,200 students from Nassau County presented at the preliminary round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair held at Hofstra University.

Gilee Hershco and Boris Epie, both eighth graders, took part in the competition, as did 11th grader Sheppard Somers. Click here to read more.

7th Grade Learns about the Philippines as part of Asia Geography Block

As part of the 7th Grade's study of Asia, the class welcomed Waldorf's Communications Director Mr. Robert Ingenito on Wednesday, February 26. Mr. Ingenito, who lived in the Philippines on a Fulbright grant between 2001 and 2002, met with the class to talk about the country's geography, history and people. "The class learned some Tagalog words and we talked about Ferdinand Magellan's arrival in 1521 and the subsequent Spanish colonization. I also shared some stories about my time living in the province and exploring the Mt. Pinatubo volcano," Mr. Ingenito said.  

In addition to Mr. Ingenito's presentation, the class began working on a tinikling dance with Waldorf's physical education teacher Ms. Bonnie Bolz. "The dance imitates the movement of the tikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers imitate the bird's grace and speed by maneuvering between large bamboo poles. Hopefully, the students will be prepared to perform this dance at the upcoming Spring assembly in April," she remarked.

Waldorf Juniors Take Part in Career Day

Each year students in the 11th grade have the opportunity to explore the workplace of a profession of their choosing. "Career Day," as it is known, gives our juniors real-world information about occupations and career fields. Students gain insights into personal traits that make for success in many types of jobs. For one 11th grade student, Nombulelo Malunga spent her Career Day with Waldorf alumna Emily Marshall Vigneaux '01 who works as a mechanical engineer. The two visited the Bronx Psychiatric Center - a construction site that's being built by the New York State Office of Mental Health. "The site has multiple construction projects that are in different phases," said Emily. "We got to see everything from concrete being poured into a foundation to a mock-up of a finished room."

Remarked Nombulelo, "It was a benefit to me because I got to see the basic principles of mechanical engineering. I appreciate being given that kind of opportunity because it is something that I will carry for the rest of my life!"

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Student Accomplishments

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that juniors Sheppard Somers and Mikayla Ver Pault have been honored for their Distinguished Achievements on the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) 2014 National German Examination. Both students scored above the 95th percentile and ranked first and fifth, respectively, out of the 173 students on Long Island who took the exam. In addition, sophomore Kira Bousraou scored above the 90th percentile on the 10th grade test, ranking eighth out of 174 Long Island students who took the Level II test.

We are also pleased to announce that Waldorf senior Christiana Fahey received the Citizenship Award from New York State Senator Kemp Hannon for her outstanding academic achievements and community service contributions. The award was presented to Christianna during the High School Assembly on Friday, March 7. During her free time, Christiana volunteers for Autism Speaks by helping with their fundraising and gala events. An avid soccer player on Waldorf's Varsity Girls Soccer Team, she also has used her soccer skills as a player to help coach the New Hyde Park Special Ed Top Soccer program on Saturday mornings.

Students to visit Germany, Austria and Switzerland in April

Next month, a group of 20 high school students will visit Germany, Austria and Switzerland during the Spring vacation. "It's going to be a terrific trip," remarked Athletic Director Mr. Shane Flanagan who is organizing the itinerary. 

During the one-week trip, students will learn German conversation and comprehension skills; gain greater understanding of the sport and culture of soccer; visit some great sights in the three countries; as well as meet and interact with fellow students at the Waldorf School in Winterthur, Switzerland. 

Stay tuned! We'll share more about the trip in next month's Waldorf eNewsletter!

News from Camp Glen Brook

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Winter Camp 2014

Winter Camp 2014 flew by. The week's activities included ice skating, ice hockey, playing games and having a blast. Many thanks to all the counselors, staff, and campers who made the week of winter camp magical and memorable! Click here and here to read more and to see the photos.

Maple Sugaring Weekends - February 28-March 2 and March 14-16 - ARE BOTH SOLD OUT!

Each March, Camp Glen Brook hosts two intensive weekend programs on maple sugaring. Maple Sugaring Weekend #1 (February 28th to March 2nd) and Maple Sugaring Weekend #2 (March 14th to March 16th) ARE BOTH SOLD OUT! To learn more about Camp Glen Brook's Maple Sugaring Weekend, click here.

8th Grade Visits Camp Glen Brook

During the recent 8th grade trip to Camp Glen Brook, the class focused their studies on the revolutionary war, the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence. Program Director Mark Stehlik remarked, "Glen Brook is a great place for that lesson because the Main House was built in 1776. Students looked at the hand dug, stone lined basement, the old timber framing - as well as drew comparisons and contrasts between our lives now and what it was like during revolutionary times!"

All of these stories - along with some great pictures - are available on Glen Brook's Facebook page.

Upcoming Dates and Events at Camp Glen Brook

Summer Camp is right around the corner! Camp begins on June 29 and ends on August 9. For children between the ages of 8 and 17, this coed, Waldorf-based, sleep-away camp is open to students from the Waldorf School of Garden City as well as students from numerous other schools around the country. There are two three-week sessions for all ages as well as one and two week sessions for young campers. A summer at Camp Glen Brook will inspire and empower children and teenagers. Click here to view the Summer Camp Video.

Family Camp (August 13–17) at Glen Brook is a great way to relax in one of the most bucolic settings in all the world: New England in the summer. Swim in Glen Brook's lake; hike the trails; read a book in the meadow in the shade of a sugar maple. And, all the while, be as well fed as anyone could hope to be by meals harvested from Glen Brook's garden and other local sources. Click here for more details.

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Summer at Waldorf

Speaking of summer, now is the time to register for Summer at the Waldorf School! Our summer program is a day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 13 as well as Counselor-in-Training program for ages 14 to 16. Offering both half and full-day programs, flexible scheduling, a variety of quality activities and special events led by dedicated and talented counselors - our program creates an atmosphere of lively, yet relaxed, summer fun! Click here to learn more.

Enroll on or before this Sunday, March 16, and receive a discount on tuition! 

Faculty (and Former Faculty) News

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that Mr. Andrew Fallu, Waldorf’s music and choral teacher – and his a capella singing group "Satellite Lane" – will perform and compete in the March 22 New York Regional competition of the Harmony Sweepstakes.

"Out of the 100+ groups that applied for the New York Regional this year, only eight were chosen to compete," said Mr. Fallu. This year marks the group's second appearance.

Click here to read more and for information on how
to purchase tickets to the Harmony Sweepstakes.

Torin Finser, a friend and former consultant to the Waldorf Scool of Garden City, recently informed us about his soon-to-be published book, A Second Classroom: Parent Teacher Relations in a Waldorf School (Steinerbooks, 2014) "I know it will be of interest to many parents and alums," he said. Torin M. Finser, PhD, is Chair of the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He is the author of numerous books, many of which have now been translated into foreign languages and read all over the world.

Alumni Notes

Our congratulations to Luke Travins '87! Luke was interviewed on March 10 by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. The article, entited "From athlete to restaurateau: Travins has made his mark" talks about Luke's time as president of New Concept Enterprises Inc., the opening of two new restaurants, serving on various boards and steering committees and raising his two sons with his wife Melissa. Click here to read the article.

For those of you in the New York metro area, singer and songwriter Dan Strauss '88 wants to let you know about some upcoming shows:

Gareth Soloway '99 launched his live radio show InTheMoney Stock Market Action on 820AM News Talk Radio in Florida in January 2014. Gareth gives the inside secrets of Wall Street (the stuff average investors don't hear) and analyzes the markets using his proprietary analysis to help his listeners profit. He has guests such as best selling author and film producer G. Edward Griffin, CEO of Patrick Byrne among others. The show can be heard online on Sundays at 12:00 noon. He continues to run

Our congratulations to Leo Bruno '07! Leo was recently promoted to Coordinator of Physical Education and Senior Team Advisor at Urban Dove Team Charter High School in Brooklyn. Come this May, he will have completed his masters in Sports Management with a concentration in Youth Development from Adelphi University.

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