February 2013

In this Issue:

65th Anniversary Gala

Intro to Ballroom Dancing

Remembering Bob Dale

Highlights from the Lunar New Year Celebration

Waldorf Basketball

Alumna Gianna Smith '04 Brings Varsity Girls Basketball to the Knicks

4th Grade Visits
Queens Museum of Art

Breezeway Artwork

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards


News from Camp Glen Brook

Alumni Notes

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February - and Valentine's - Greetings from Waldorf!

Since our last e-Newsletter, much has happened at our beloved school. The sophomore class presented three plays by William Butler Yeats, our high school families took part in a discussion on Affording College and Navigating the Financial Aid Process; Waldorf families young and old attended a panel discussion and lecture by Douglas Gerwin '68 on Media and Technology; the After School Drama Club performed some songs from the musical "Mulan" - and that's just in the first two weeks of the month! For up-to-the-minute info on what's happening, visit the school calendar at:


As our families and teachers head-off to enjoy the February Winter Vacation, we hope you enjoy these highlights from today's Winter Assembly.




65th Anniversary Gala - Friday, May 10th, 2013

Join us on Friday, May 10th, 2013 at the Garden City Hotel 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.

We are delighted to have our school's Jazz Band perform during the cocktail reception and Seth Travins '93 and the Blue Ribbon Boys after dinner.

Proceeds will support the Scholarship & Endowment Fund along with two special projects - building a new greenhouse and updating the pre-school classrooms. Consider sponsoring this event. You can play a key role in making this event a success! Click here for more information.

2013 Honorees

Spirit of Waldorf Award

Bruce Travins entered our community in 1977 as a parent when he and his wife Barbara enthusiastically enrolled their son Luke '87 in 3rd grade. Two years later, they enrolled their other son Seth '93 in nursery. In 1988, Bruce became the School's librarian and for over 20 years, he was a constant source of support and resource to our teachers. Even though he retired in 2010, Bruce continues working with many recorder ensembles, volunteering throughout the school and attending class plays and high school assemblies.

Distinguished Faculty Award

In 1989, Jo Ann Shaw became a lower school class teacher at the Waldorf School of Garden City. She served as a class teacher for the classes of 1996 (grades 6-8), 2001 (grades 4-8), 2002 (grade 8), 2006 (grade 5), 2011 (grades 1-8) and, 2016 (grades 5-8). A beloved teacher to many students and mentor to many colleagues, Jo Ann served the Waldorf School with distinction on the College of Teachers and numerous other faculty committees.

Rebecca Soloway initially joined the faculty at the Waldorf School of Garden City in 1989 as a middle and high school math teacher (and served as the class advisor to the class of 1994) but in 1993, she began a journey as a class teacher, taking on the classes of 2005 (grades 1-8), 2010 (grades 4-8) and 2017 (grades 6-7). Rebecca also served the school with distinction on the Faculty Council, College of Teachers and numerous other faculty committees.

Outstanding Alumni Award*

A graduate of the Waldorf School of Garden City (class of 1990) Nicholas Croce, was the president of Inference Data. Prior to forming Inference, Nick served as president of Doar Litigation Consulting, where he was responsible for driving Doar’s introduction of groundbreaking technologies for courtroom presentation used by the nation’s largest law firms and Fortune 1000 corporations. Nick was also directly involved in helping set industry standards for courtroom technology within the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC).

A stellar student and proud alumnus of the Waldorf School of Garden City, Nick played on Waldorf's soccer, basketball and baseball teams and sang in the Waldorf Singers. During high school, he held the lead roles in two Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas: Iolanthe and H.M.S. Pinafore. After graduating from Waldorf in 1990, he attended Hofstra University where he majored in computer engineering. He returned to Waldorf several times to speak with high school students' about his Waldorf education, college experience, and his career.

*Awarded Posthumously

Franz E. Winkler Leadership

Marilyn Cranin is the longest standing member of the School's Board of Trustees. A landscape designer and horticultural therapist, the Waldorf School is proud to be counted among the institutions that have benefited from her fundraising insight and enthusiasm. Marilyn is the mother of three Waldorf alumni: Jonathan '72, Andrew '75, and Elizabeth '80 and the grandmother of a current student.

Hans R. Brechbühl Service Award

John and Kristin Miller have been supportive of the School in different capacities.

An alumna of the Waldorf School in Reutlingen, Germany, Kristin Eisert Miller began her Waldorf teacher training in Stuttgart, Germany and later continued at Sunbridge College in Chestnut Ridge, New York. In 2001, she joined the Waldorf School as a teaching assistant and later became a class teacher for the class of 2014. In 2006, she joined the school's Board of Trustees and has since been an active member on the Development Committee.

Kristin's husband, John D. Miller, is a former Waldorf trustee and was chair of the school's highly successful $2.1 million "Opening Worlds of Opportunity" capital campaign to renovate the library, increase the Scholarship & Endowment Fund, and refurbish the Glen Brook facilities. He is a founder of Arterial Vascular Engineering, Inc. (AVE), which began as a startup medical device company in 1991 and was acquired by Medtronic Corp in 1999.

John’s sons Andrew '09 and Peter '09 attended the Waldorf School from 1999-2004. Kristin and John’s daughter Emeline is currently enrolled in the Parent-Child Program and will start nursery in the fall.

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 scheney@optonline.net.

Remembering Bob Dale

It is with saddness that we informed our community last week of the passing of Mr. Robert "Bob" Dale. Bob was the former buildings and grounds supervisor at the Waldorf School of Garden City. He passed away on Sunday, February 3rd in Columbia, Tennessee.

To remember Bob, a group of alumni and alumni families have come together to raise money in Bob's name for the School. If you are interested in making a gift in memory of Bob Dale, click here and write "Bob Dale" in the "In Honor/Memory Of" field or mail a check to:

The Waldorf School of Garden City
Office of Development
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, New York  11530

On behalf of the Waldorf School community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to all of Bob's family and friends.

Highlights from the Lunar New Year Celebration

The Waldorf School celebrated the Lunar New Year on Wednesday, February 13th. International students as well as students in the high school Mandarin Chinese classes performed a wide variety of musical pieces, recitations, dances, plays and songs and for their peers, teachers and friends.

To read more and to view a short 5-minute video of highlights from the Lunar New Year Celebration, click here.

Waldorf Basketball

February is always a busy month for Waldorf's basketball teams. Last weekend, the Varsity Boys and Girls Teams traveled to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania for the annual Waldorf Schools Basketball Tournament at the Kimberton Waldorf School. A lively group of parents and fans were there to cheer-on our boys and girls teams as they faced other Waldorf schools from the northeast.

Friday, February 8th
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Washington (L 26-42)
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Kimberton (W 45-40)

Saturday, February 9th
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Green Meadow (W 40-25)
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Toronto (W 53-35)

Congratulations to freshman William Strauss for winning the boys 3-point contest! For the ladies, junior Jaclyn Proctor finished in an impressive second place, missing the trophy by only one shot.

Many thanks to Waldorf fan Scott Robinson for sharing these amazing photographs!

Finally, our congratulations to Waldorf's Varsity Girls Basketball Team! After successfully defeating the Solomon Schechter School in the IPPSAL Semi-Finals, 55-27, the team advanced to the IPPSAL Finals yesterday and faced long-time rival Portledge. Despite a strong showing, the team lost 28-63.

Our thanks to all the fans, parents, coaches and especially the players for a great season!

For more information, visit the Waldorf Athletics website.

Thanks to Waldorf Alumna, Varsity Girls Basketball Team Attends Knicks Game

On Saturday, February 2nd, 10 members of Waldorf’s Varsity Girls Basketball Team along with their coaches – Ms. LaSheena Brown and Mr. Paul LeSueur – traveled into New York City to watch the New York Knicks play against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden – all thanks to Waldorf alumna Gianna Smith.

A graduate of the class of 2004, Gianna is now the Coordinator of Community Relations for the New York Knicks. To read the story and to learn more about Gianna, click here.

4th Graders Visit Queens Museum of Art

As part of their study of Long Island Geography, the 4th grade at the Waldorf School of Garden City recently visited the Queens Museum of Art where they participated in the museum’s educational program called "Urban, Suburban, Rural".

"The panorama model gave the children an opportunity to see New York City as a whole and then to see how differently each part is settled and built-up," remarked class teacher Miss Kelly Beekman. "Since Brooklyn and Queens are the western part of Long Island, we can learn more about where we live."

Click here to read the article.

Artwork on Display in the Breezeway

Students, parents, faculty and friends are invited to view a series of stained glass windows as well as photographs about Camp Glen Brook that are currently on display in the breezeway connecting the Waldorf School’s lower school and the high school buildings.

The stained glass exhibit was put together by art teacher Ms. Nancy Metz and features mosaic images constructed by members of the junior and senior classes. Said Ms. Metz, "These projects give the students an opportunity to explore the creative potential and beauty of stained glass, where color and light work together."

Click here to read the article and to see photos of more stained glass artwork.

And on the opposite wall, be sure to check out a series of photographs about Camp Glen Brook. The photography exhibit was put together by Waldorf parent Iwonka Piotrowska.

"I wanted to strike a balance between the ‘work’ of Glen Brook and the ‘play,’ of Glen Brook," remarked Ms. Piotrowska. "The distinction between the two is often blurred, where work is experienced and remembered as a kind of play, and play is recollected as an event where great ‘work’ is accomplished." Click here to read more.

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.


What if you could raise money for the Waldorf School of Garden City while you shop online? Now you can, thanks to our new partnership with Socialvest! Socialvest allows you to shop online with hundreds of retailers and earn money for the Waldorf School and your favorite charity - at no additional cost to you. Click here for more information and sign-up today at:


News from Camp Glen Brook

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Winter Camp at Glen Brook

Glen Brook Winter Camp 2013 begins this Monday. Campers will be enjoying a fun-filled week of sledding, cross-country skiing, skating, snow tubing, star gazing, maple sugaring, arts and crafts, cooking and baking and more other fun seasonal activities. Be sure to visit the Glen Brook website to read up on all the latest updates from Winter Camp 2013!

You can also follow all the Winter Camp excitement on Facebook!
Join us at www.facebook.com/CampGlenBrook

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!

You can also follow Camp Glen Brook on Facebook!
Join us at www.facebook.com/CampGlenBrook

Alumni Notes

Congratulations to Scott Galasso '70 who recently published his 13th book of poetry entitled Collage. This collection of selected and new poems was published in November 2012. Just take a look at what one reviewer is saying:

"In Collage, Scott Galasso delivers vivid images, colors, and moods in a variety of poetry styles (form and free verse) that capture personal memories, history and the essence of places while sharing beliefs, and teaching valuable lessons. This collection encompassing some of his best work from 1973 to 2012 is ambitious, humorous, frustrating, compassionate and as honest and nakedly human as anything you’re likely to read."

- Christopher J. Jarmick, Seattle-based poet and author of The Glass Cocoon and Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements and Double Dog Dares

David Abram '75 is a cultural ecologist and environmental philosopher who lectures and teaches widely on several continents. His first book, The Spell of the Sensuous (Vintage, 1997), was hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, and has become a classic of environmental literature. Now with his latest book, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (Vintage, 2011), David returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. The book is now available in paperback and was a runner-up for the inaugural PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and a finalist for the 2011 Orion Book Award.

David's mother, Blanche, tells us, "his book is getting great reviews and David has spoken all around the world and recently at the United Nations!" Congratulations, David! To learn more about David's publications and his work, click here.

After spending two years with Peace Corps Ecuador, Daniel Foster ’03 is returning to the United States next month. At his site in the Andes, he has worked as an environmental educator - teaching water conservation and building composting toilets. Also, he has taught music at a rural elementary school. Daniel says he will miss his Sierran community and all of the friendships he made there, but he looks forward to coming home.

Congratulations to Kieran Kerekes '07! Kieran plays a high school student in the upcoming movie, "Admission". The film stars Tina Fey and Paul Rudd and will hit movie theaters on March 8th. Writes Kieran, "In the movie, I attend a Waldorf-style school in a Glen Brook-like setting! If anyone is looking for me, I have my hair combed over and I'm wearing a brown vest and a crimson colored long-sleeve shirt with jeans and brown boots." Kieran appears in the film in about 4 to 7 scenes including the opening scene where Tina Fey pulls into the parking lot of his high school. "I'm sitting in a black Toyata Prius which is on the right, next to the opening to the farm/school. It's a pretty good film!"

If you called the Washington DC office of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy this past fall, your call was answered by Peri Novick '12. As an intern in the Congresswoman’s office, Peri's numerous tasks included answering the phone, giving tours of the Capitol and handling the Congresswoman’s daily correspondences. Says Peri, "My interest in politics was something Waldorf stimulated through a variety of leadership experiences during high school." A first-year student at Brandeis University, her internship experience at Congresswoman McCarthy's office led the way to Peri's plans to study and major in social justice.

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.


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