65th Anniversary Gala - Friday, May 10th, 2013
Join us on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York, as we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Waldorf School of Garden City as well as recognize individuals in our community for their service and achievements. Close to 400 guests from our community are expected to attend this fun-filled evening.
Proceeds will support the Scholarship & Endowment Fund, which enables deserving students with limited financial resources the opportunity to attend the Waldorf School of Garden City. By sponsoring this event, you can play a key role in making this goal a continued reality. Click here for more information.
Introduction to Ballroom Dancing - Saturday, March 16th at 7pm
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for our 65th Anniversary Gala! The Parent Association - in conjunction with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations - will host an Introduction to Ballroom Dancing class on Saturday, March 16th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Gymnasium. $25 per person. Or, receive a $10 discount when you purchase your Gala Ticket at the same time! No previous experience required! No partners necessary. Open to all adults! Register online by March 8th by clicking here. For more information, click here to download the flyer or contact Susan Cheney, Parent Association Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni/ae and Varsity Basketball Games
The Alumni/ae vs. Varsity Basketball games were held on Saturday, January 12th. Our Varsity Teams always look forward to this event and this year's game took place in the middle of their respective seasons. Both games were tightly matched contests and the crowds were treated to a great exhibition of highly talented athletes going head to head. "It helps our teams measure up against the talent of Waldorf's past," said Marcus Boyd, Coach of Waldorf's Varsity Boys Basketball Team and proud Waldorf alumnus (class of 2004). "The Waldorf alumni always bring out the best in our varsity players and this helps our teams compete at a higher level as we prepare for the second half of the season and the IPPSAL playoffs."
For this year's Varsity Boys vs. Alumni game, the first three-and-a-half quarters were very close. Challenging the alumni for every possession, the Varsity team did not back down from their bigger and stronger opponents. But the alumni prevailed, winning 48-61. Click here to read more and to see photographs (courtesy of Scott Robinson).
In the women's game, Coach Paul LeSueur noted, "The alumnae team won, 36-35, in a down-to-the-wire game. Although our varsity girls were disappointed in the final result, we needed this type of game to understand and appreciate that speed and strength are important assets. This game was more of a reflection of the type of atmosphere Waldorf will face against arch-rival Portledge. This type of game helps us prepare." Click here to read more and to see photographs.
Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a fun pizza party in the High School Student Room.
Waldorf Schools Basketball Tournament - Feb. 8th to 10th
Speaking of basketball, the Varsity Boys and Girls Teams will be traveling to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania for the upcoming Waldorf Schools Basketball Tournament at the Kimberton Waldorf School. If you live in the Philadelphia area, consider joining our coaches, parents, and fans as we cheer our boys and girls teams against other Waldorf schools from the northeast. The tournament begins on Friday, February 8th and ends on Sunday, February 10th. For more information, visit the Waldorf Athletics website.
The Waldorf School Holds Book Drive
The small oceanside city of Long Beach has been steadily recovering since Hurricane Sandy smashed into this south shore Long Island community on October 29th, 2012. In the Long Beach School District alone, hundreds of thousands of books were lost and destroyed due to the storm. Enter the Waldorf School’s Parent Association and PA Co-Chair Nina Justman-Wozniak who wanted to help as well as engage the entire Waldorf school community at the same time.
So for a week in January, families at Waldorf collected over 1,000 books and donated them to the Long Beach Public School District. "We asked our families to donate their gently used children’s books that were suitable for children ages 5-18 years of age," said Ms. Justman-Wozniak.
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National Merit Scholar
The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that senior Meghan Temple was named a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. "We are very proud of Meghan’s outstanding academic achievements," said High School Chairman Roland Rothenbucher. "She has demonstrated an enduring passion for learning which will serve her and others well wherever life leads her." Meghan’s favorite courses include chemistry and Russian literature and she is very involved with the high school stage crew club. Outside of school, she has sung with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra's Youth Chorale for several years, takes Japanese language lessons, does origami and enjoys tap dancing.
ERASE Racism's Student Leadership Forum
On January 21st, 2013 (Martin Luther King Day), the Waldorf School of Garden City hosted the fourth annual Erase Racism Student Leadership Forum. Over 50 students from various Long Island high schools gathered to learn about the racial injustices that have been present in our own communities and backyards for years. The lively and empowering speech given by keynote speaker Sergio Argueta (the former executive director of STRONG Youth Inc. and the current director of undergraduate social work at Adelphi University) awakened our minds on that cold Monday morning. He passionately spoke to us about what it was like to grow up as a Latin-American in Hempstead, New York, and how we, as young people, not only have the ability but the responsibility to recognize racism and help prevent it. He inspired attendees to be more active in their communities. Click here to read the story by Waldorf high school junior Rachel Bossuk.
Rankin and Maximov Perform at Martin Luther King Event in Arkansas
Seniors Franklin Rankin and Oren Maximov were invited to Bentonville, Arkansas to play at the Walmart Corporate Headquarters. Walmart funded the duo to fly out for the Walmart Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - an annual gathering of Walmart employees in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
"We did a performance for the National Urban League a few months ago," said Franklin. "Someone from Walmart heard us and invited us to fly out to Arkansas." The two Waldorf students flew out on January 20th, performed the following day, and returned to New York on the same day! Click here to read more.
Sophomore Class to Perform Three Plays by William B. Yeats
The class of 2015 will perform a collection of three plays, all by William B. Yeats: The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Words Upon a Window-Pane, and The Hour-Glass. These three plays will be performed on Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 pm, Friday, February 1st at 1:00 pm, and Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm. All three performances will take place in the School Auditorium. Admission is free.
Mrs. Deirdre Burns Somers, the director of the plays as well as the high school’s English and drama teacher, said, "I have had a great time working with this class, from the moment we started rehearsing all the way through till the end. The three plays are not the easiest to perform, one of them even requiring an accent, but the class makes it look so simple, with their excellent ability to perform and act."
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Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards
From now through March 25th, the Waldorf School of Garden City will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop&Shop A+ School Rewards Program. All you have to do is log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register your card online.
After you register your card, each time you shop at Stop&Shop with your Stop&Shop Card earns CASH for our School! Be sure to register your card to benefit the Waldorf School of Garden City using ID #09302.
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News from Camp Glen Brook
Winter Camp at Glen Brook
The Glen Brook Winter Camp takes place during the February vacation and runs from Monday, February 18th to Saturday, February 23rd. Students in Grades 2-8 are invited to join in a week of sledding, cross-country skiing, skating, snow tubing, star gazing, maple sugaring, arts and crafts, cooking and baking and many other fun seasonal activities. Hurry, groups are filling fast. Click here for more information and to download an application. You are also welcome to call Glen Brook directly at (603) 876-3342.
Maple Sugaring Weekends - March 1-3 and March 8-10
Maple Sugaring Weekend - Each March, Glen Brook hosts two intensive weekend programs on maple sugaring. Families are invited to stay at the Camp for two nights and participate in all aspects of Glen Brook's sugaring programs: tapping trees, gathering sap, feeding the wood-fired arch, cutting and stacking wood, and boiling and bottling syrup. The schedule is full, yet there is also ample time for exploring the out-of-doors, sitting by the wood stove in the Main House living room, or sledding on the hill. The pace of each day is the usual Glen Brook balance of play, work, and leisure time. All visitors enjoy a fine pancake feast on Sunday morning and take home a souvenir of maple syrup in Glen Brook's signature glass flask. Click here for more details.
Upcoming Dates and Events at Camp Glen Brook
Visiting Camp Glen Brook is not only a cherished experience for those who visit, but often times it is a transformative one. The opportunity to experience personal transformation at Glen Brook is a tremendous gift to all who are lucky enough to receive it. Unfortunately, not every family can afford to send their child to summer camp. Lack of finances should not be a factor that keeps any child or teen from such an experience. Your support can help make it possible. This year, Glen Brook has set a goal to raise $50,000 to provide scholarships for children who otherwise would not be able to attend summer camp. Click here to make an online gift to Camp Glen Brook. Thank you for doing what you can to help us give more children and youth the experience of a lifetime!
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Congratulations to Kip Bedell '63! Kip is the founding winemaker of Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, Long Island and his winery's award-winning 2009 merlot was served at President Obama's inaugural luncheon at the Capitol on January 21st! "Everyone at Bedell Cellars is thrilled to have our wine selected for the luncheon," said Kip. "After all the hard work, it’s definitely nice to be recognized in this way. We’re looking for many more stellar vintages in the years to come." Click here to watch "Let's Drink to That" from CBS This Morning.
Above: Glasses of Bedell Cellars 2009 Merlot adorn the head table at Barack Obama's Inaugural Luncheon. This is the first New York red wine to be featured at an Inauguration of the President of the United States.
In February 2011, Enzio Goble '05 received an honorable discharge as a heavy weapons team leader from the US Army Paratroopers. He writes, "Since then, I have had different gigs bar tending, delivering, and working as an executive bodyguard in New York City. Currently, I am in the process of joining the US Coast Guard as a drug interdiction officer. I plan on making a career of this. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to graduate from the Waldorf School of Garden City and hope one day my daughter can have that opportunity as well!"
A first-year student at Vanderbilt University where she plans to double major in economics and biology, and eventually attend both medical and law school Sarah L. Hilton-Burroughs '12 recently shared this email with us. "During my first semester, I took a beginning poetry workshop. After a few weeks, my professor suggested that I enroll in the advanced-level workshop. I compiled a portfolio and I was accepted into the class - the first freshman to do so in about 4 or 5 years! I am very well equipped largely due to my fine educators at Waldorf. To whom much is given, much is required."
Attention Waldorf Alumni: Submit your "Alumni Note" today! Share your good news—be it baby, marriage, career move/achievement, award, publication, website, vacation, hobby, or whatever. Click here to submit your "Alumni Note" online.