December 2012

In this Issue:

Why I Give to the Annual Fund

Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

Barnes & Noble Holiday Bookfair

Care Packages to Waldorf Alumni in College

Waldorf and ERASE Racism

News from Camp Glen Brook

Alumni/ae & Varsity Basketball Games - Sat., January 12th

Alumni Notes

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Seasons Greetings!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Waldorf School of Garden City, we wish you and your family a season filled with warmth and light!

Enjoy these highlights from today's Holiday Assembly: Click here or the following image to view some video highlights.

And did you see Waldorf's annual Holiday e-Greeting in your Inbox last Monday? In case you missed it, you can watch it by clicking this link. Remember to turn up the volume on your computer so you can enjoy the music as well.




All Gifts to Annual Fund Matched until December 31st

Why I Give to the Annual Fund
by Keith X. Worthy '82
Assistant Principal, Springfield Central High School
Springfield, Massachusetts

“With your gift to Waldorf’s Annual Fund, you support the School’s general operating budget not fully covered by tuition and fees. What does that mean? Well, without your support, Waldorf would not have a strong athletic program to offer our students. Whether it’s self-discovery or the opportunity to be part of a team, Waldorf's athletic program is a key element of the Waldorf experience. Last season, Waldorf’s Varsity Girls and Boys Soccer Teams advanced to the playoffs in their respective leagues and the Boys Team captured the 2012 IPPSAL Championship!”

Supporting the Annual Fund makes this and many other things possible for the next generation of students.

Make a gift to Waldorf today!

And especially now, there is a dollar-for-dollar match in effect until December 31st! Please give. Don’t stand on the sidelines. Click here to give now!

Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

Earlier this evening, the Waldorf School held its annual Carol Sing and Alumni Reception. Under the baton of alumna Penelope Herdt Grover '71 and Music Teacher Andrew Fallu, families and alumni heralded the holiday season with beautiful Christmas carols in the candle-lit gymnasium. Following the Carol Sing, close to 80 alumni and their families attended a holiday reception in the high school student room where they reconnected with friends and teachers. Click here to see photos from the Alumni Reception.

Barnes and Noble Holiday Bookfair

Thank you to everyone who attended our Barnes and Noble Bookfair on Tuesday, December 4th! And a special thank you to our Music Department Faculty - Mr. Andy Fallu and Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck - as well as their students for their beautiful performances! Click here to view a photo slideshow.

This was a fun event to see our students perform and to raise support for the School.

65 Books For Our Library's Wish List! Our School Librarian Elizabeth Cohen came up with this wish list of 65 books. Help us fill our bookshelves!

Care Packages to Waldorf Alumni in College

For the eighth year in a row, the annual holiday care packages made their way across the country and into the mailboxes of Waldorf's college-age alumni. This year, in addition to our famous homemade cookies and notes from the high school seniors, we had notes and pictures from our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. The packages provided a welcome break during final exams for members of the classes 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Enjoy this slide show of the assembly of the packages by our students.

Waldorf and ERASE Racism

For the fourth year, the Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to partner with ERASE Racism in celebration of Martin Luther King Day of Service. Erase RACISM is a regional, non-profit organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives to promote racial equity in areas, such as housing, public school education, public health and community development.

Next month - on Monday, January 21st (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), the Waldorf School of Garden City will host ERASE Racism's annual Student Leadership Forum. Three years ago, ERASE Racism, in collaboration with student volunteers, designed the Student Leadership Forum as a way to teach students about racial equity through hands-on activities. The full-day workshop will be led by adult facilitators as well as student volunteers.

News from Camp Glen Brook

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The Glen Brook Journal is in the mail and on its way to a mailbox near you! This year's Fall/Winter issue has some great articles from the Glen Brook staff. Read about Shelley Goguen Hulbert's first few months on the job as Glen Brook's new Executive Director, improvements to the Summer Camp Program, a field report from the Land Stewards, teaching life skills, moving slab wood, and a special thanks for the wood-fire oven. Can't wait to see your issue in the mail? You can download this issue online by clicking here.

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 because 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 Glen Brook Events

It is clear that coming to 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 the factor that keeps any child or teen from such an experience. Your support can help make it possible. This year, we have 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. And thank you for doing what you can to help us give more children and youth the experience of a lifetime!

You can also follow Camp Glen Brook on Facebook!
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Alumni/ae and Varsity Basketball Games - Saturday, January 12!

Each year, we invite our alumni back to play a fun game of basketball against our Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams. The Women's Game will begin at 10:00am. The Men's Game will begin at 11:15am. There will be a post game pizza party. If you are interested in playing, please RSVP via email to Jeanenne La Bella at This is always a fun and memorable day for everyone. Come out and be a part of the fun and make it a memorable day.

Attention Alumni: Please visit the Alumni/ae & Varsity Basketball Games Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending. (NOTE: Facebook username and password required.)

Alumni Notes

ERASE Racism will honor Waldorf alumnus Kenneth Chenault '69 on June 5th, 2013, with the Abraham Krasnoff Courage and Commitment Award. The award recognizes bold leadership, wise counsel, generosity and steadfast commitment to addressing institutional racism.

A proud Waldorf graduate, Mr. Chenault grew up with his sister and two brothers in Hempstead, New York. After 14 years at Waldorf, Mr. Chenault went on to receive a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Harvard Law. In January of 2001, he became CEO of American Express, where he has been credited with leading the company through the financial and psychological setbacks brought on by the World Trade Center attacks and ushering in a period of solid growth.

Mr. Chenault has remained active in the life of the Waldorf School. In 2004, he received the School’s Outstanding Alumnus Award and toured the School in October of 2011.

Congratulations to Karen (Gode) Lyke ’61 for completing her doctoral dissertation, which focused on oxalates in diets high in soy-augmented foodstuffs. Having accomplished this, mostly for the satisfaction of doing it, Karen will continue to "chop wood, carry water", and teach online for Hawthorn University.

Karen writes, ""My subjects were prisoners in Illinois, who had little choice about their dietary options. Among my findings are that oxalates embedded in the body can cause all manner of problems ranging from auto-immune thyroid disease to fibromyalgia, in addition to the commonly expected kidney stones; that most of the modern "miracle" soy products on the market today are by-products of oil extraction, subjected to extremes of temperature, pressure and pH, thus severely distorting their original composition; that oxalates can displace biotin, an unsung but very important B vitamin which affects blood sugar stability, fatty acid production, systemic metabolic balance and more; that the criminal justice system generates more crime than justice. The connection between oxalates and food (and soil) would be in that modern chemical based agricultural methods conduce to excesses of some nutrients while making others -- mostly trace minerals -- largely unavailable. The next question to pursue is what effect the presence or absence of trace minerals has on the oxalate content of plants. BioDynamic agriculture, which is what Waldorf students become familiar with, takes deliberate steps to facilitate the availability of the whole spectrum of nutrients, including trace minerals, to plants.

Waldorf graduate Tamara Ruppart '96 is collaborating on a short film with award-winning playwright Velina Hasu Houston.

Tamara Ruppart first learned about Japanese-American playwright Velina Hasu Houston in a multicultural drama class at Davidson College. Inspired and intrigued by the themes in Dr. Houston’s work, Ms. Ruppart went to live in Japan where she taught English. While in Japan, even as a foreigner, Ms. Ruppart felt uniquely in tune with the spirit and rhythm of the culture.

After returning from Japan and subsequently receiving her MFA in Directing, Ms. Ruppart directed Dr. Houston’s play Kokoro (True Heart) in North Carolina. Traveling from California, Dr. Houston attended one of the performances, and has since artistically paired with Ms. Ruppart.

Ms. Ruppart is now moving forward with an ambitious vision to not only share the stories of Dr. Houston on stage, but also disseminate her work more widely through the medium of film.

Ms. Ruppart and Dr. Houston are currently co-producing Path of Dreams, a short film in Japanese based on the legend of poet Ono no Komachi, which Dr. Houston has written and Ms. Ruppart is directing.

Velina Hasu Houston is an internationally acclaimed playwright, whose work explores themes of race and identity, engendering empathy in the audience by making the foreign relatable. At the same time, her work instills in her audience the courage to surmount the barriers that separate us by exposing the prejudices that slow society’s progress.

"Velina Hasu Houston is one of the great Asian-American playwrights of our time, and it is important to use film to magnify Dr. Houston’s significant voice," said Ms. Ruppart.

Ms. Ruppart plans to enter Path of Dreams into festivals around the world, including, but not limited to Cannes Festival International du Film (France), Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Japan), Los Angeles Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Tokyo International Film Festival (Japan).

Ms. Ruppart is currently raising funds for the film and plans to shoot in Japan in Fall 2013. The film has received fiscal sponsorship from Filmmakers’ Alliance, a non-profit partnership that will give a tax deduction to each individual that allows individual donations to the film to be fully tax deductible.

For more information, please visit or contact Ms. Tamara Ruppart at (917) 575-5665 or via email at

Liz (Hays) Steere '77 writes, "This year has been full of change for my family. My mom, Dr. Dorothea Hays, moved here to Madison, Mississippi this spring, and it has been wonderful having her so close. She has been a voice on the phone for way too long. She has settled in and is making new friends everywhere she goes. My oldest son Mike is attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he has declared a major in Electrical Engineering. It turns out that Charles Belfi ’77 lives near there so I had the privilege of having lunch with him in August. My middle child Chris is a senior in high school and actively looking for colleges thinking of majoring in Mechanical Engineering. And my youngest, Kim, is a freshman in high school with an avid interest in Biology and Laboratory Sciences. I continue to provide ground support for the kids, my husband Ken, and now my mother as well. Any free time is devoted to the high school supporting the various teams and programs my children are involved in. Life is full."

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