April 2013

In this Issue:

65th Anniversary Gala
Friday, May 10th

Alumni Symposium
Friday, May 10th

Model UN


French Poetry Contest

Burnett Wins Poetry Award

Human Rights Activist
John Dau to Give Speech

News from Camp Glen Brook

Summer at Waldorf

Stained Glass Exhibit
at Tilles Center

In Memoriam

Alumni Notes


Alumni, Parents, and Friends:

We hope you had a happy Earth Day! Last Friday, students, faculty, staff, along with a few parent volunteers celebrated Earth Day with events and hands-on activities all around the School.

In the morning, students in grades 1-3 planted marigolds in the garden. In the afternoon, the entire school community split into small groups to work on the school grounds.

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and to see pictures.

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65th Anniversary Gala - Friday, May 10th

The Gala is a little over two weeks away! Did you purchase your tickets yet? We promise - this event will sell-out! So buy your tickets now. Send in your RSVP card or (better yet) purchase your tickets online.

Join us on Friday, May 10th, at the Garden City Hotel as we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Waldorf School of Garden City. This year, we are honoring Bruce Travins, Jo Ann Shaw, Rebecca Soloway, Nicholas Croce '90, Marilyn Crainin and John and Kristin Miller. (Click the following links to view photo galleries of classes connected with a few of our honorees):

  • 1990 - Nicholas Croce's class.
  • 1994 - The class Rebecca Soloway advised during high school.
  • 1996 - Jo Ann Shaw's first class.
  • 2001 - Jo Ann Shaw's second class.
  • 2002 - Jo Ann Shaw's third class.
  • 2005 - Rebecca Soloway's first class.
  • 2006 - Jo Ann Shaw's fourth class.
  • 2009 - Kristin Eisert Miller as a teaching assistant for the class of 2009.
  • 2010 - Rebecca Soloway's second class.
  • 2011 - Jo Ann Shaw's fifth class.
  • 2014 - Kristin Miller's class.
  • 2016 - Jo Ann Shaw's sixth class.
  • 2017 - Rebecca Soloway's third class.

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). The High School Jazz Band will perform during the cocktail reception and Seth Travins '93 and the Blue Ribbon Boys after dinner. It's going to be terrific!

Proceeds will support the Scholarship & Endowment Fund along with two special projects - building a new greenhouse and refreshing the pre-school classrooms.

Click here for more information.

Alumni Symposium - Friday, May 10th

We invite current and prospective parents to join us for a Continental Breakfast and an Alumni Q&A Panel Discussion on Friday, May 10th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Hear from alumni how the Waldorf School of Garden City helped make them into the people they are today. Together, these alumni have excelled in their chosen professions and they represent a broad spectrum of perspectives from different fields of study and practice.


Above (top row to bottom row, left to right): K. Catherine Englis Albano ’74 (Attorney), Hans-Christian Brechbuhl ’78 (Executive Director, Center for Digital Strategies and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College), Irin Carmon ’01 (Journalist, Staff writing at Salon.com), John Coffey M.D. ’74 (Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center), Danielle Colding ’94 (Interior Designer), Chris Jurak ’87 (Owner and Physical Therapist, One-to-One Care Physical Therapy), Carmella T.M. Marrone Ph.D. ’64 (Executive Director and Founder of the Women and Work Program at Queens College, CUNY) , Eric Mills ’84 (Drama Director, Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy), Scott M. Mills ’86 (Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Viacom, Inc.), Candice Poiss Murray ’88 (Commissioner of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, a NCAA Division III conference), Richard Schuhmann Ph.D. ’77 (Senior Lecturer and Program Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bernard M. Gordon MIT ENgineering Leadership Program, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering), Gareth Soloway ’99 (Chief Market Strategist, President and CFO, InTheMoneyStocks.com), and John Tomlinson ’77 (Executive Director, Paul Taylor Dance Foundation). Click here to download an 18-page collection of biographical profiles about these accomplished Waldorf alumni!

We welcome current and prospective parents to join us. This event is free and open to all current and propective parents; however only 40 spots are available. Current and prospective parents must RSVP using the form on this webpage. First come, first serve.

Waldorf Students Represent Luxembourg at Model U.N.

Eighteen students in the High School Model UN Club recently attended the annual National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference in New York City.

The four-day conference was a simulation of international diplomacy with the specific mandate of educating high school delegates from across the globe about real-world solutions to some of the most eminent crises that threaten the political stability of the increasingly-globalized society.

The conference hosted over 3,000 participants from 168 schools and nearly 20 countries and took place in both the Hilton New York Hotel on Sixth Avenue and the United Nations International Headquarters along Manhattan’s East Side. The conference provides a well-organized and intellectually stimulating experience for high school students. Click here to read the article.

Students Win Awards at Sprachfest

On Saturday, March 23rd, the Long Island chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) held its annual Sprachfest, a language festival fostering the learning and sharing of German language skills and cultural events.

Commack High School hosted this year’s Sprachfest with over 350 students from 11 schools across Long Island attending. The Waldorf School of Garden City participated with students from grades 7 through 12 under the guidance of Juliane Schneider. The following results of several competitions reflect the enthusiasm and hard work of the students. Click here to read all the results!

Students Win Awards in French Poetry Contest

At the recent Nassau County French Poetry Contest on Wednesday, April 10th, students from the Waldorf School of Garden City gave outstanding performances in numerous categories. Of the 22 students who participated, 11 received awards. This year, students participated in two ways: writing their own original poems in French or memorizing and reciting a poem in French from a selected list in front of a small jury. Click here to read all the results!

Sophomore Gerard Burnett Wins Award at Adelphi's Poetry Day

The Waldorf School of Garden City would like to congratulate freshman Gerard Burnett who won an award at Adelphi University's recent Poetry Day. Gerard's poem, "Overcoming the Darkness" is featured in the inaugural and latest issue of Sunlight and Soul Light. Sunlight and Soul Light is a student-run literary journal for the high school students at Waldorf. To read Gerard's poem, click here and turn to page 1.

Motivational Speaker and Human Rights Activist John Dau

Motivational Speaker John Dau will present a talk at the Waldorf School of Garden City on Wednesday, May 1st from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the School Auditorium. Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 will be invited to attend as well as all parents, alumni and the wider community.

John Dau is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. Dau was born into the Dinka tribe in war-torn Sudan. In 1983, his village was attacked by government troops involved in the Second Sudanese Civil War between the Arab government in northern Sudan and non-Arabs southern Sudan. The violence scattered his family, and Dau along with thousands of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” wandered hundreds of miles and faced disease, starvation and violence, until eventually arriving at refugee camps in Kenya. In 2001, he was one of 3,800 young Sudanese refugees resettled in the United States and one of 140 young people brought to Syracuse, New York.

Click here to read more and to RSVP.

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 www.facebook.com/CampGlenBrook

5th Grade Visits Camp Glen Brook

The Glen Brook staff had a wonderful week with the 5th grade. The class was originally scheduled to visit Camp Glen Brook during the first week of November; but because of Hurricane Sandy, the trip was rescheduled to mid-April. Despite the wait, the group had a blast exploring Glen Brook's forests and field ecosystems. They hiked Mount Monadnock for the first time, worked in the new Glen Brook greenhouse as well as on the Glen Brook grounds and farm!

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 www.facebook.com/CampGlenBrook

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!

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 www.tillescenter.org.

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

In Memoriam

As we announced last December, Mrs. Margaret Morrow, former art teacher at the Waldorf School of Garden City from 1969 to 1977, passed away on November 24th, 2012. In her obituary, her son Mark wrote, "She loved the school’s values, its faculty and was, there as everywhere she worked, utterly devoted to her students."

A Memorial Service for Mrs. Morrow will take place on Saturday, May 25th at 12:00 noon at First Christian Church of Freedom (12 Elm Street, Freedom, New Hampshire, 03836). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to two of her favorite charities: Doctors without Borders or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Letters of condolence can be sent to her son - Mr. Mark S. Morrow, 72 Louders Lane, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130 or via email at m_morrow@globe.com.

It is with sadness that we also inform you of the passing of Mrs. Barbara Peterson. Mrs. Peterson died on Wednesday, April 17th. She was 96-years-old. Mrs. Peterson worked in the Main Office at the Waldorf School of Garden City from 1967 to 1984.

Writes David White, longtime friend of the Waldorf School of Garden City, "Barbara Peterson and I studied together in the Waldorf Institute from 1966-1967. The following year, John Gardner hired her to work in the School's Main Office. She maintained records, prepared reports and did some public relations work for the School. She was an inspiring and reassuring presence, greeting folks in person and by phone - and remaining at her desk until the last child went home."

In 1984, Mrs. Peterson relocated to Viroqua, Wisconsin to be near her daughters and their families and became very involved with the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School. As that school grew, she served as secretary, registrar and librarian - developing a collection of children's literature and a superb library program for the children and faculty. Click here to read Mrs. Peterson's obituary in the LaCrosse Tribune website.

A Memorial Service in honor of Mrs. Peterson will be held on Saturday, April 27th at 2:00pm in the gymnasium at the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School (431 East Court Street, Viroqua, Wisconsin, 54665). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Barbara Peterson to the Barbara Peterson Children's Scholarship Fund at the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School (431 East Court Street, Viroqua, Wisconsin, 54665).

Alumni Notes

Recent Waldorf graduate and first-year student at Boston College, Olivia Adragna '12 has been "a powerhouse" for BC's women's fencing team and was one of 24 athletes who competed in the women's epee event at the NCAA national championship this past March. Conte Confidential - an unofficial Boston College Sports Blog - has this article, "Fencing Standout Olivia Adragna Shines at National Championship".

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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