October 2012
 
 
             
   

In this Issue:

Fall Fair and Alumni Day

Athletics

Benefactors Reception

2012-2013 Annual Fund

Michaelmas

What Goes on Behind Those Walls?

News from Camp Glen Brook

Save these Dates

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Fall Fair and Alumni Day 2012

On Saturday, October 20th, the Waldorf School of Garden City held its annual Fall Fair. The event, which was free and open to the public, was a wholesome and fun-filled day for children and families.

Organized by the school’s Parent Association, the Fall Fair boasts a host of unique arts and crafts, exciting games, a magical puppet show as well as healthy food and tasty treats. "The event is always an excellent opportunity to start one’s holiday shopping at our marketplace," said Sue Cheney, Co-Chair of the school’s Parent Association. "This year, our marketplace included quality vendors selling unusual, fine craft items."

People from all over Long Island enjoyed a beautiful day of good food, unique handmade crafts, old fashioned children games, puppet shows, and craft workshops.

 
       
       
 

Fall Fair and Alumni Day 2012

We posted a short video and some photos on our website from this past Saturday's Fall Fair! Be sure to click on the following images to view them!

In conjunction with the Fall Fair, the Waldorf School of Garden City also held its Alumni Day celebration. Over 30 graduating classes returned to the Garden City campus. Members from the classes of 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were in attendance.

Many alumni and their families dropped-by the High School Student Room to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, to browse through old yearbooks, and to reconnect with friends. In the morning, alumni took part in a special Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta Sing-Along with Waldorf’s former choral director, Mr. George V. Rose, and former lower school music teacher and piano accompanist, Mrs. Jeanette Resnick. For close to 40 years from the early 1960s until the early 2000s, the School produced and performed these Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. In addition to reminiscing about these operettas and enjoying a photo slide show, attendees sang a selection of songs from H.M.S. Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and Rudiggore.

"When I was in the 3rd grade," said alumnus and Waldorf’s communications director Robert Ingenito, "I remember Mrs. Resnick coming into our class and telling us the story of Iolanthe. As children, we learned the stories to these operettas. We watched, with awe-struck eyes from our little wooden chairs in the audience, as the older students performed these operettas for us. Then, as older students, we learned these same operettas and performed them on stage for our parents – and most importantly – for the next generation of students who were rising through the grades. They were so much fun!" Please be sure to visit "A Tradition of Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas" website to view a fun photo slide show of past productions!

On a day when temperatures reached into the upper 60s/low 70s and skies were clear, over 20 alumni men and women participated in the afternoon’s alumni vs. varsity soccer games. In the Alumnae vs. Varsity Girls Soccer Game, the Varsity team won by a score of 1 to 0. In the Alumni vs. Varsity Boys Soccer Game, the game ended by a tie score of 2 to 2. Click here to see all the photos!



Waldorf Athletics

Did someone say soccer? It's been a busy week for Waldorf's Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys Soccer Teams. The Varsity Girls Soccer Team advanced to the semi-final round of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PSAA) where they faced top-seeded Long Island Lutheran High School. To read Coach Paul LeSueur's recap from the game - and to see photos that Mrs. Virginia Paone took - click here.

After defeating Our Savior New America School (OSNA), 04-03 in double overtime, Waldorf's Varsity Boys Soccer Team advances to the Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League (IPPSAL) Champsionships to face Lawrence Woodmere Academy. The game will take place TODAY, Friday, October 26th at 2:00 pm at the Portledge School (355 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY, 11560). Parents, students, alumni and friends are encouraged to attend and cheer-on the team! To read Coach Sylvan Avari's write-up from the Semi-Final game against OSNA, click here.


Waldorf Celebrates Annual Benefactors Reception!

Friends and supporters of the Waldorf School of Garden City gathered at the home of John and Kristin Miller on Thursday, October 4th for the School’s annual Benefactors Reception. Longtime supporters of the Waldorf School, John is a former trustee and Kristin is a former faculty member and current trustee.The event was an opportunity for the Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff to thank members of the community for their generous leadership support of the 2011-2012 Annual Fund. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres along with reflections and comments by Waldorf’s Board Chair Mr. Jay Dorman, the School’s Director of Development Mrs. Marjorie P. Jean-Paul as well as Mr. Miller.

At the end of the evening, everyone received a special gift basket of potatoes and herbs harvested by the students from the School’s organic garden. Central to the Waldorf curriculum, students actively work in the School’s gardens where they engage in hands-on learning. The potatoes were planted and harvested by the students and the baskets were specially prepared with recipe cards for roasted potatoes and herbs – the same recipe used by the School’s Chef and Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Aviva Gill. At the end of the event, many guests remarked their delight upon receiving a gift so unique and closely tied to the School’s students and curriculum. Guests also received copies of the 2011-2012 Annual Report. Click here to read more and to see pictures.


2012-2013 Annual Fund

This year, the Waldorf School of Garden City is celebrating its 65th anniversary. Your support today ensures that the Waldorf School of Garden City continues to thrive for the next 65 years and beyond!

As you know, the Annual Fund is the School’s single most important fundraising effort each year. Your contribution directly supports the educational experience of our students, by providing operating support not covered by tuition.

To celebrate our 65th Anniversary, the Board of Trustees and a group of current and alumni parents have joined forces to offer a $65,000 matching gift for all contributions made to the Annual Fund before December 31st. This means that for every dollar you give between now and that time, another dollar will be contributed by this group to the School.

You may have already received a letter in the mail. You can send in your donation with the enclosed envelope or click here to send your gift online. To learn more about the Annual Fund, click here. You can also contact Waldorf's Director of Development, Marjorie P. Jean-Paul, directly at 516-742-3434 ext. 309.

On behalf of our entire community, thank you in advance for your support!


Michaelmas

Students, faculty, and parents at the Waldorf School of Garden City took part in the school’s annual Michaelmas pageant and celebration on Monday, October 1st. The celebration aims to celebrate what is truly human, our process of self-development. Michaelmas is a celebration of St. Michael, who according to fifth century tradition, tames a dragon to save the kingdom. The pageant depicts the battle between St. Michael (played by a 12th grader) and the dragon (played by the 6th graders). Sent to rid the dreadful dragon who is the cause of the maiden's sorrow for laying waste to the land of her parents, St. Michael (along with the help of our 2nd graders) tames the dragon and goes forth to wed the maiden (played by another 12th grade student). Students celebrated the occasion with festive songs, stories, and verses containing themes of courage, inner strength, and deeds of goodness.

This year after the dramatic pageant between the royal family, rescuers, and dragon, students in grades 1-12 combined into small groups for a variety of artistic activities such as tissue paper window designs, kite making, origami, chalk drawings, and sand dragons. In the afternoon, the entire school community worked on the school grounds. Over twenty mixed groups – which included students in grades 1-12 – built gardening beds; pruned shrubs and trees; and planted new flowers, plants, and shrubs. Click here to read more and to see photos.


"What Goes on Behind Those Walls?"
– A photo exhibit by Iwonka Piotrowska

Students, parents, faculty and friends are invited to view a series of photographs currently on display in the hallway directly across from the Miller Library entrance at the Waldorf School of Garden City.

The photography exhibit was put together by Waldorf parent Iwonka Piotrowska and is entitled "What Goes on Behind Those Walls?"

Writes Ms. Piotrowska, “This question was the starting point for a collection of photographs chosen to bring to light the workings of the students and faculty in the rooms on either side of the corridor walls. These photos dwell on those areas of the curriculum that most directly engage the senses, as the students interact with wood, thread, tools, bats and balls, compost, test tubes, violins and drums. The photographs, now installed in the corridor, were taken in the same spaces where the students learn and produce their work. Often considered a non-space, the corridor is also a space of learning." Click here to read more.


News from Camp Glen Brook

Camp Glen Brook Logo

October is always a busy month for Camp Glen Brook.

The 6th graders studied astronomy and geology. The trip provided students a chance to visit some of the nearby geologic attractions and the beautiful night sky. They also harvested food from the gardens, did some canoeing, fire building, garnet hunting, and climbing of Mount Monadnock. Though the weather was cloudy for the most part, their bright spirits made for a wonderful and fun-filled week.

In their first trip as a class to Camp Glen Brook, the 3rd grade spent a beautiful fall week taking care of the animals, harvesting food from the garden, learning to build shelters in the woods, learning to milk cows, and learning how to live together and help care for Glen Brook. The students pressed apple cider and churned ice cream; made apple crisp; kneaded and baked bread in our wood fired brick oven; and prepared a delicious harvest stew.

The 4th grade spent a week tending to Glen Brook's farm animals - as well as studying farming and geography. The opportunity provided  students a chance to learn more about the landscape of Camp Glen Brook and its animal residents.

The 7th and 8th grade girls "coming of age trip," which just ended today, is an opportunity for students to learn through focused discussion and gratifying physical work. (The 7th and 8th grade boys will head to Glen Brook during the second week of November.) During their week, students learn to make fires, forge metal, split wood, build wooden bridges, shoot a bow and arrow, and fell a tree and mill it into boards. Students also spend solo time each day sitting amidst the Glen Brook forests and fields and having small group discussions about their thoughts and reflections.

Next week, the 5th graders will head up to Camp Glen Brook to study botany, giving students a chance to discover and learn about plants and trees. The 5th grade will also hike Mount Monadnock. On their last night here, the students will enjoy a special Glen Brook style Halloween, complete with trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns.

Upcoming events at Camp Glen Brook


Save these Dates!

Barnes and Noble Holiday Bookfair

Throughout the day on Tuesday, December 4th, when you shop at ANY Barnes and Noble, a percentage of the net proceeds from all purchases will help support the Waldorf School of Garden City! Please join us for special in-store events at the Barnes and Noble at 91 Old Country Road in Carle Place.

  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Musical Performances by our High School Students
  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Story Time with Ms. Elizabeth Cohen, Waldorf's School Librarian

Annual Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

Join us on Friday, December 21st, at 8:00 pm for the annual Carol Sing and Alumni Reception. As always, rehearsal in the Music Room begins promptly at 7:00 pm.  All alumni and alumni parents are invited to attend the Carol Sing as well as the Holiday Reception that follows in the High School Student Room.

 
       
 
   
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY  11530
Tel: (516) 742-3434 | Fax: (516) 742-3457 | Web: www.waldorfgarden.org
 

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