March 2013

In this Issue:

65th Anniversary Gala

12th Grade Intro to Business visits American Express

Congratulations Mr. LeSueur!

Pi Day & More Math News

7th Grade from Brooklyn Waldorf visit WSGC

High School Students
Travel to Spain

Students Receive Gold for 2013 National German Exam

Waldorf Chambers Players - Ending on a High Note!


8th Grade Flower Power Fundraiser

News from Camp Glen Brook

Summer at Waldorf

Mr. Fallu to Perform at Regional Harmony Sweepstakes

Gallimaufry to Perform at Waldorf on March 26th

Stained Glass Exhibit
at Tilles Center

Alumni Notes


Alumni, Parents, and Friends:

Happy Spring! The first hints of spring have begun to stir in our playgrounds (despite the occasional spring snowfall). It is still chilly, but the sky is bright, and the daffodils are poking up their little green shoots. Students, teachers and families are now on spring vacation. For up-to-the-minute information, visit the school calendar at:

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

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

The Gala is about a month away and there's a buzz of activity as our volunteers gather items for the silent auction, collect journal ads, and sell event tickets. Join us on Friday, May 10th, 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 celebrating the sounds of the 1940s (the year of our School's founding).

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 refreshing the pre-school classrooms.

Consider sponsoring this event. You can play a key role in making this event a success!

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12th Grade Intro to Business Class Visits American Express

The 12th grade Introduction to Business class visited the corporate headquarters of the American Express Company (AMEX) in New York City on March 12th. The students received an overview of the company’s 163-year history; toured the archives; learned about the American Express business model, and participated in an interactive product development exercise.

The students had the extraordinary opportunity to listen to Mr. Kenneth Chenault, the American Express Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – as well as Waldorf alumnus from the class of 1969 – as he took time from his busy schedule to meet with the 12 students.

Click here to read the article.

LeSueur Inducted into Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that Mr. Paul LeSueur, Waldorf’s Athletic Director and Head Coach of the School’s Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Teams, was inducted into the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 9th.

A Garden City native, Mr. LeSueur has more than forty years of experience in teaching, coaching, and supervising various athletics and physical education programs around Long Island. He was one of the first Americans to play for the New York Cosmos in 1971 and was a member of the Cosmos first North American Soccer League (NASL) Championship team in 1972.

Click here to read more.

Happy Pi Day and More Math News

We have quite a few recent math-related stories to share with you. Our first story is about "Pi Day". March 14th (3.14) was "Pi Day" and our School celebrated with ... what else ... a Baked Pie Sale! The 11th grade sponsored the pie sale and many students, faculty and staff enjoyed a good slice of pie. 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.

High Scores for Six High School Students
on 2013 American Mathematics Competition

On February 5th, approximately 30 students from the Waldorf School of Garden City participated in the annual American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) contest. Among our students, sophomores Jonathan Gill, Deepjot Singh Sohal and Sheppard Somers won first-, second- and third- place awards, respectively, in the AMC 10 and Rui Zhu (junior), Caleb Yuan (senior) and Joohee Jung (senior), won first-, second- and third- place awards, respectively, for the AMC 12. Zhu was even in the top 1% of the national scores!

Click here to read more.

Eighth Graders Participate in Long Island Math Fair

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

Peter Le Porin and Luna Splendori, both eighth graders at the Waldorf School of Garden City, took part in the competition.

"The competition involved researching and writing a paper on a topic in mathematics, presenting that research before judges, and answering questions posed by the judges," said Ms. Deann Reyes, Waldorf’s middle school math teacher.

"Peter’s topic focused on probability – specifically 'casino math' and the odds of playing different casino games. Luna researched the Fibonacci sequence – specifically the history behind the Fibonacci numbers and the significance of the Fibonacci sequence in math, the human body, nature and more. All of us are extremely proud of their hard work and fine achievement!"Reyes continued.

The Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair is an annual competition sponsored by the Nassau and Suffolk County Math Teachers’ Association as well as the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The competition invites nearly 1,200 students in Grades 7- 12 to conduct independent research on a math topic that interests them. Once a paper is accepted by the review committee, the students make a 15-minute preliminary round presentation to the judges.

Both students made outstanding presentations and should be proud of their efforts. Congratulations to LePorin who will participate in the Math Fair's final round on Friday, April 26th.

7th Graders Visit Museum of Mathematics

The 7th grade class recently visited the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City where they participated in the museum’s hands-on exhibits and educational programs about the wonders of mathematics.

"The exhibits and educational programs illuminated for the children the many patterns that shape the world around us," remarked middle school math teacher Ms. Deann Reyes. "It was a joy to watch the students discover a side of math they have never seen before: exploring amazing hands-on exhibits, taking part in inspiring activities, and having an experience they will never forget."

Click here to read the article and to see more photos.

Located adjacent to Madison Square Park in Manhattan, the National Museum of Mathematics opened to the public in 2012.

"All of the exhibits about math incite a wonderful desire for play in visitors of all ages," said Ms. Reyes.

The class also took part in a group activity about "knot theory,' where they learned about trefoils and pentafoils and their interesting applications in biology.

7th Grade from The Brooklyn Waldorf School Visits Garden City

Speaking of the 7th grade, we were delighted to welcome the 7th grade class from The Brooklyn Waldorf School on Thursday, March 7th. In addition to meeting our 7th graders, the visiting students went on a tour with Mr. Rothenbucher, enjoyed a yummy lunch in the cafeteria, and participated in some fun gym and gardening classes. Here they are taking part in a panel discussion with a few current high school students.

High School Students Travel to Spain

During the recent February vacation, students in the 11th and 12th grade Spanish language classes traveled to Spain with Mrs. Perla Yanovitch (senior class co-advisor), Mrs. Libia Gallo (high school Spanish teacher), and Mr. Victor Kim (high school math and physics teacher), as well as a few parent chaperones. The group had an amazing week-long immersion into Spanish language, culture, food and art. Many thanks to Mrs. Yanovitch for sharing her travel journal with us and to senior Jeremy Wechsler for his photographs.

Click here to read more and to see pictures from their trip!

Students Receive Gold for 2013 National German Exam

In other news from the foreign language department, the Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that sophomores Sheppard Somers and Mikayla Ver Paul received Gold Awards for their Distinguished Achievements on the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) 2013 National German Examination.

Both students scored above the 90th percentile and ranked third and fifth, respectively, out of the 145 students on Long Island who took the exam!

“Congratulations to both students! If they were not already planning to go on a student exchange trip to Germany this year,” said German Teacher Ms. Juliane Schneider, “they would have qualified to apply for the AATG’s highest prize - a paid two-week trip to Germany.”

Waldorf Chamber Players Concert - Ending on a high note!

Please join us to celebrate the final performance of the Waldorf Chamber Players.

Sunday, April 14th

Concert at 4:00 pm in Bonner Hall
Reception from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Breezeway

After nearly 30 years of bringing beautiful chamber music to our community, Sunday, April 14th will mark the close of this wonderful tradition as Jeanette Resnick, former lower school music teacher, will be retiring and the Waldorf Chamber Players will not continue to perform.

In 1985, Mrs. Resnick co-founded the Waldorf Chamber Players. Since its inception, she has brought a variety of talented and inspiring musicians to play high-caliber classical music to Bonner Hall.

Come celebrate with us!


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8th Grade Flower Power Fundraiser

Help the 8th grade raise funds for their sailing trip on the Long Island Sound! The class is selling beautiful plants and flowers through FlowerPowerFundraising.Com. For every purchase made on this site, Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the Eighth Grade. For more information, click here.

News from Camp Glen Brook

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You can also follow all the Glen Brook excitement on Facebook! Following are some highlights from their Facebook page from the past few weeks. Join us at

Winter Camp 2013

Winter Camp 2013 flew by. The week's activities included ice skating, tubing at Granite Gorge, 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!

Maple Sugaring Weekends - March 1-3 and March 8-10

Maple Sugaring Weekends #1 and #2 were a great success! We couldn't have asked for better weather, or a better group of people to share both weekends with! A big thank-you to all the families who participated for the weekend -- thanks to your help, the staff at Camp Glen Brook harvested some delicious maple syrup and made some great new friends.

8th Grade Visits Camp Glen Brook

The Glen Brook staff had a wonderful week with the 8th grade. While the focus was maple sugaring and mastering all its steps from tree ID to bottling, the students also worked on the farm and in the kitchen, sheared our sheep, had a contra dance with live music, and enjoyed sledding hills.

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 30th and ends on August 10th. For children between the ages of 8 and 16, 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 for more information and to register now.

Family Camp (August 14–18) 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.

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

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. 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. (You can also now register online!)

Waldorf Gets the A Capella Bug - Mr. Fallu to Perform with Satellite Lane at Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Competition

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 30th New York Regional competition of the Harmony Sweepstakes.

"Out of the 100+ groups that applied for the New York regional this year, only ten were chosen to compete," said Mr. Fallu. "My friends and I in Satellite Lane are so proud to be one of them!"

Harmony Sweepstakes is a post-colliegate, semi-professional and professional a capella music festival and competition. For over a quarter century, the Harmony Sweepstakes has been delighting audiences and was the inspiration for the hit NBC show The Sing-Off. The winning group of each region receives an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles, California in order to compete in the national finals.

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

Gallimaufry to Perform at Waldorf on Tuesday, March 26th!

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to present Gallimaufry on
Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm in Bonner Hall!

Gallimaufry is a high-energy, 5-piece contra dance band. With a sound largely based in Irish, Quebecois, and Old Time tunes, arrangements often incorporate elements of rock and funk to create powerful sets that enthrall both the ears and feet of dancers. Waldorf alumnus Brian Lindsay (class of 2009) and his friend Alex created Gallimaufry at Oberlin College in 2010, and joined by Ness, Donal, and Arthur over the next three years, their unbridled energy and sophisticated sound have been electrifying dance floors all across Ohio and Pennsylvania. Also incorporating songs from a wide range of traditional and contemporary traditions, their resonant harmonies and driving rhythms give a creative spark of new energy to melodies both old and new.

The members of Gallimaufry are currently in college, and though some band members will be graduating this spring, the group plans to continue playing together. For more information, please visit

Or visit the Gallimaufry Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending.

Stained Glass Exhibit at the Tilles Center

In conjunction with the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island's premier performing arts presenter, stained glass art projects by students from the Waldorf School of Garden City will be on display between Thursday, April 18th and Wednesday, May 29th.

Located at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville, New York, the exhibit space is open daily until 6:00 p.m. or whenever there is a performance or meeting scheduled at the Tilles Center. Visitors to the Tilles Center are encouraged to stop-in and admire the students’ beautiful stained glass artwork.

For more information about the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, visit

For more information about the stained glass artwork on display, please contact Ms. Nancy Metz.

Alumni Notes

Carole Davenport '60 is a private art dealer. Her business aims is to offer fine quality Japanese and other Asian art of ultimate authenticity and high aesthetic sensibility. She began her own business in 1980 and has been dealing ever since with a main focus on the arts of Japan in all media. Her client base includes major collectors, museums, and dealers from around the globe. Recently, Carole took part in the 2013 Asia Week Exhibition "Present Meets Past" - Japanese & Chinese Works of Art and Contemporary Platinum Palladium Prints by Koichiro Kurita. The exhibit was on display at 22 East 80th Street (5th Floor) in New York City. Click here for more information.

Our congratulations to Carmella Marrone '64! She was the "foot soldier of the week" on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show on Saturday, March 9th. A graduate of the class of 1964, Carmella is now the executive director of the Women in Work Program at Queens College in New York which offers free job skills and life skills training to women and survivors of domestic abuse. Click here (or the image below) to watch the video clip.

Congratulations to Bob Gold '73! Bob's company - Bob Gold & Associates - provides strategic public relations and marketing services for the communications industries. Recently, the company announced a dramatic expansion of its marketing division by making LONGBOARD Marketing the in-house creative marketing arm of the agency.

The well-known and highly regarded Southern California-based marketing firm has guided countless consumer and B2B campaigns, winning many industry laurels and customer accolades. LONGBOARD Marketing —which has worked for brands including ESPN, ABC, Fox, NFL and Verizon—will be based in Bob Gold & Associates’ Redondo Beach headquarters.

“This move creates a powerhouse combination of established PR experience and unmatched marketing prowess,” said Bob. “We can immediately and dramatically expand our menu of services at Bob Gold & Associates, while quickly moving to deepen our client base and widen our marketplace reach.”

Founded by Bob Gold in 1997, the agency is dedicated to providing creative services that are highly targeted with reasonable fee structures.

Our congratulations to Sonya Gotz '87! Sonya married Scott Offerman on February 22nd in the Caribbean island-nation of Turks and Caicos. Best wishes to the newly married couple!

Danielle Colding '94, winner and star of HGTV’s “Design Star”, will be a featured designer at this year’s Design on a Dime on April 25th, 26th and 27th. Design on a Dime, New York City’s premier home design event, will bring together talented designers, diverse vendors, VIP shoppers and the press for an event that has previously raised over $3 million dollars to help Housing Works, an organization that helps provide homes to families affected by HIV/AIDS. Danielle, a proud Waldorf alumna from the class of 1994, would like to invite you to participate in this worthy cause. There are a few ways to participate; purchase tickets to this exciting event, donate any amount to Danielle’s vignette, or if you are the owner of a furniture or décor company, consider donating merchandise! Click this link to find out more about Danielle’s involvement in the event, or send your questions to Sarah Taylor at Hope to see you there!

Newsday - Long Island's hometown paper - recently ran a terrific "Executive Suite" profile on David Chauvin '97. Since 2007, David has been the vice president and partner at Zimmerman/Edelson in Great Neck, Long Island. David handles public relations, crisis management and new-client development for the firm. As David said, "We are archaeologists and translators. We analyze and understand the goals, objectives and culture of our clients. We then 'translate' that into the language of a client's target market in a way that will resonate with their audience and expand it." Click here to read the full article (Note: you must be a subscriber to Newsday or to Optimum Online in order to read the article.)

Since her freshman year at Rowan University, Deanna Bertini ’11 has been very involved on campus. Last year, she was an orientation leader and resident assistant. “As an orientation leader, I was responsible for guiding incoming students through orientation, easing their transition into college and informing them about the university.” She was also a mentor throughout the school year – overseeing 77 mentees. Recently, Deanna attended the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) conference in Washington, DC. The conference hosted several hundred students from over 30 institutions from seven states. "I attended the conference, did a presentation and ran a workshop on confidence in public speaking. At the end, I received an award for best presentation and outstanding leadership skills! I was very proud to have represented my university." Congratulations Deanna! We are proud of you!

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