May 2013

In this Issue:

Waldorf Celebrates 65th Anniversary with Gala Dinner

Alumni Return for Symposium

Waldorf Wins 1st Place in German Theaterfestival

8th Grader Wins 1st Place
in Long Island Math Fair

Waldorf Students Wins Leadership Award

Chenault '69 to Speak with Waldorf Students
at ERASE Racism Event

54th Commencement

News from Camp Glen Brook

Summer at Waldorf

Make Your Annual Fund Gift to Waldorf before June 30th

Alumni Notes


Dear Alumni, Parents and Friends:

Make Way for Ducklings!

Our Faculty Chair, Ms. Sabine Kully, informed us about this mother duck and her little ducklings who have taken residence in the Cranin Courtyard. We posted this picture on our Facebook page. Remember, you can follow Waldorf on:

And by the way, the popular children's picture book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey is available in the Miller Library. To search our library catalog, click here.




Waldorf Celebrates 65th Anniversary with Gala Dinner

A sold out crowd of 400 guests and supporters gathered on Friday, May 10th at the Garden City Hotel to celebrate the Waldorf School’s 65th Anniversary Gala.

The evening honored seven individuals from the School’s faculty, alumni, and parent communities who have made contributions to the School and the greater community. Attendees also enjoyed a dazzling night of celebration that included a fun cocktail hour with music by the High School Jazz Band, a silent auction, and an opportunity for hundreds of Waldorf families and graduates to renew old connections and make new ones. "The event was a success in every way," said Marjorie P. Jean-Paul, Waldorf’s Director of Development. "Members of the community near and far came out to celebrate our School, honor our leaders and raise financial support for the School. The overwhelming response for the event generated over $260,000 to benefit the School’s Scholarship and Endowment Fund along with two special projects – building a new greenhouse (click here to view the pictures) and refreshing the pre-school classrooms." The silent auction alone raised over $36,000 and featured over 90 items ranging from handmade crafts to original paintings to fabulous vacations in the Caribbean, Europe, Colorado, and Florida. One silent auction item in particular – a handmade wooden barn set made from reclaimed wood and constructed by current parent John Hiris along with a set of felt animals created by members of Waldorf’s Parent Craft Circle – sold for a record $2,000.

"I also want to gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for their help in underwriting this special event," said Ms. Jean-Paul. "Without their generous support, this event would not have been possible."

High School Chairman Roland Rothenbucher and Waldorf parent Kate O’Connell emceed the awards ceremony and set a wonderful tone for the evening, skillfully balancing humor and sincerity. Receiving the Spirit of Waldorf Award was Bruce Travins, who retired in 2010 as the School Librarian after serving for over twenty years. Former faculty members Jo Ann Shaw and Rebecca Soloway – who both retired in 2011 after 24 years of service – were both recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Award. A graduate of the class of 1990 and the former president of Inference Data, Nicholas Croce (who passed away in 2011) was the posthumous recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award. The School was honored to welcome to the event the Croce family who graciously received the Outstanding Alumni Award on behalf of Nicholas. Longtime Board of Trustee member Marilyn Cranin received the Franz E. Winkler Leadership Award. Receiving the Hans Rudi Brechbühl Service Award were John and Kristin Miller. A former board member, John co-chaired the School’s capital campaign in 2004. Kristin, a former class teacher, is now a member of the School’s Board of Trustees. Their daughter is currently enrolled in the School’s Parent-Child Program and will begin Nursery in the fall.

Above, the 2013 Award Recipients (L-R): Bruce Travins (Spirit of Waldorf Award), Jo Ann Shaw (Distinguished Faculty Award), Marilyn Cranin (Frank E. Winkler Leadership Award), Rebecca Soloway (Distinguished Faculty Award), and Kristin and John Miller (Hans R. Brechbühl Service Award).

Above: The School was honored to welcome to the event the Croce Family who graciously received the Outstanding Alumni Award on behalf of Nicholas Croce '90. Sadly, Nicholas passed away in 2011.

Guests enjoyed and took home beautiful herb plant centerpieces created by Waldorf alumna and co-founder of Blooming Urban Design Scapes (B.U.D.S.), Jennifer Dorman Weuker ’95 – with assitance by numerous Waldorf students. (Central to the Waldorf curriculum, students actively work in the School’s gardens where they engage in hands-on learning.) Consistent with the evening’s 1940s theme, Seth Travins ’93, a Waldorf graduate and the son of Bruce Travins, and his band The Blue Ribbon Boys, performed music for dancing that featured early swing jazz, rural folk, and old-time blues. One alumna, Irin Carmon ’01, a journalist and frequent contributor to MSNBC said, “It was a remarkably elegant, yet authentic evening. I was so glad to be present to join in standing ovations for those teachers that have made a difference in the lives of my family and me. There was a real sense of intergenerational continuity, too." Daneille Colding ’94, an interior designer and recent winner of the HGTV reality TV show Design Star, said, "I had an incredible time. The gala embodied the spirit of the Waldorf community by being very classy, extremely down to earth, and as always with a bit of quirkiness thrown in for good measure. I was humbled and inspired to be in the presence of so many who have shaped who I am today."

Click here to see more photographs. Photos courtesy of Ingrid Van Caen of LB Photo Studios. To see the full gallery of 463 photographs or to purchase high quality pictures, click here. A percentage of your order goes right back to the Waldorf School of Garden City!

Waldorf Alumni Return for Symposium

What do an interior designer who graduated from Stanford University, a journalist who graduated from Harvard University and an emergency room physician who graduated from Bowdoin College have in common? All three are alumni from the Waldorf School of Garden City and spoke as part of a 13-member panel at the Waldorf School’s Alumni Symposium on Friday, May 10th. The panelists shared with current students as well as current and prospective parents how the Waldorf School of Garden City helped to make them into the people they are today as well as how they excelled in their chosen professions.

The event was kicked off by a keynote address by Waldorf alumnus and the Executive Vice President at Viacom, Inc., Scott Mills ’86 and graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Mills shared his thoughts on innovation and leadership - skills that are nurtured early on at Waldorf as well as required to succeed in today’s workforce.

Classes were canceled for the morning so that students could meet with the alumni during the panel discussion in addition to three separate breakout sessions for in-depth conversations with the alumni – one on Business and Law, another on Science and Technology, and a third on Arts and Media. The day culminated with a catered lunch for the alumni and Waldorf’s junior and senior classes where students had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with specific alums about their chosen fields.

By the end of the day, it was clear to all in attendance that the alumni’s common experiences at Waldorf, where they were part of the School that fosters independent thinking and experiential learning, were integral to their success in life. In addition to their classes and rich curricular experiences, alumni talked fondly about their class trips to Camp Glen Brook - the School’s extension campus in New Hampshire, after-school athletics, creative and practical art projects and the incredible breadth of experiences their Waldorf education provided. Irin Carmon ’01, a graduate of Harvard University who currently works as a commentator on MSNBC and as a journalist at Salon.Com, talked about how the class plays students perform during their lower school years prepared her to speak concisely and eloquently as a journalist and as an on-air commentator on television.

Students and parents received an 18-page collection of biographical profiles about these accomplished Waldorf alumni. To download a copy, click here or visit

High School Chair Roland Rothenbucher was pleased to see so many former students who clearly benefited from their days at Waldorf. “We definitely will do this again!" Mr. Rothenbucher said. Likewise, today's Waldorf students someday might return to share their post-graduate stories.

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Waldorf Wins First Place at 36th Annual German Theatre Festival and Competition

On Thursday, April 25th, student theatre groups from schools and colleges across New England and New York participated in Mt. Holyoke College’s 36th Annual German Theatre Festival and Competition. Students in the senior German class from the Waldorf School of Garden City received first place for their play "Rumpelstilzchen" an adaptation of the Grimm’s fairy tale. The event was co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute Boston, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston and the Department of German Studies at Mount Holyoke College.

Said Waldorf’s High School Chair and German class teacher Roland Rothenbucher: "The Waldorf School has been participating in the German Theater Festival and Competition at Mount Holyoke College for the past 20 years; this year’s play, "Rumpelstilzchen", was full of rollicking good fun, humor and energy. The winners’ outstanding achievement is a testimony to their dedication over years of foreign language study." Over 150 students from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island participated in the day-long festivities.

Update: The Germany Missions in the United States also covered the event and had this review of it.

Eighth Grader Wins Gold Medal at Long Island Math Fair

On Friday, April 26th, over 600 students from across Long Island made presentations at the final round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair, held at Hofstra University. Peter Le Porin, an eighth grader at the Waldorf School of Garden City, received a gold medal.

"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 and high school math teacher.

Receiving a gold medal for his project, Peter’s topic focused on probability – specifically 'casino math' and the odds of playing different casino games.

"We are all extremely proud of Peter’s 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 1200 students in grades 7 through 12 from Nassau and Suffolk counties 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 in March to the judges. Students who make a successful presentation are invited to participate in the final round.

Students Win Kemp Hannon Leadership Award

New York State Senator Kemp Hannon recently congratulated Peter Escribano, Christiana Fahey and Elizabeth Wenner - all juniors at the Waldorf School of Garden City - on being named winners of his "Youth Leadership" Award. The award, open to all sophomores and juniors in New York's Sixth Senate District, was created to honor outstanding students in five leadership categories: academic, athletic, community, school and overall. Escribano received the school award, Fahey received the overall award and Wenner received the athletic award.

Above (L-R): Waldorf Juniors Christiana Fahey, Elizabeth Wenner,
New York State Senator Kemp Hannon and Waldorf Junior Peter Escribano.

Waldorf Alumnus Kenneth I. Chenault '69, CEO and Chairman of American Express, Will Speak With Youth From Long Island

On June 5th, a select group of Long Island high school students - including students from our School - will gather at the Garden City Hotel for a rare opportunity to speak with Waldorf alumnus Kenneth I. Chenault '69, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company. Students at the event, hosted by ERASE Racism, will have the opportunity to ask Mr. Chenault about his career path and the advice that he has for aspiring business leaders. The Waldorf School of Garden City - along with 7 other public and private schools - was chosen based on our involvement with ERASE Racism's Student Leadership Program, which is a series of workshops that teaches high-school students about the history of race and racism in the U.S. Students who participate in the Student Leadership Program also learn about ways to work in their own community to bring about more racial equity.

For these Long Island students, who are already acquiring the skills to become the next generation of leaders, the opportunity to speak with Mr. Chenault promises to be an invaluable learning experience.

After the youth event Mr. Chenault will be honored at ERASE Racism's 2013 Annual Benefit, also held at the Garden City Hotel. The organization will honor Mr. Chenault for his life-time commitment to creating racial justice and promoting racial diversity.

54th Commencement Exercises

On Friday, June 14th, the Waldorf School of Garden City will celebrate its 54th Commencement and the achievements of the 28 members of the Class of 2013. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am in the School Auditorium.

The keynote commencement address - chosen by the graduating class - will be given by High School English Teacher Deirdre Somers. Two seniors were also selected by their classmates to speak on behalf of the graduating class: Max Novick and Sophia Trikas. Waldorf's High School Chairman Roland R. Rothenbucher, the senior class co-advisors Alexios Kritas '85 and Perla Yanovitch, and Facilities and CIT Director at Camp Glen Brook, Grant Butler will address the graduates and their guests. Join us as we welcome Waldorf's newest group of alumni!

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

9th Grade Visits Camp Glen Brook

The Glen Brook staff had a wonderful week with the 9th grade. The class camped out in tents, went canoeing and participated in Glen Brook's High Ropes Course. The week started with wonderful sunny weather before turning to rain mid-week, but it gave them a chance to put their tents and raincoats to use. The group also did great work planting strawberries, cleaning out flower beds, and gathering danelion flowers for our biodynamic preparations.

11th Grade Visits Camp Glen Brook

The 11th Grade finished a wonderful week at Camp Glen Brook. The focus for the week was learning about navigation: Main Lessons taught about the historical developments in cartography as well as the skills of how to use a map and compass to navigate the woods and surrounding countryside. We also worked on metaphorical navigation - cultivating skills of teamwork and communication, food preparation and cooking, and the beginnings of how to approach risk management — all skills which will help students navigate their lives as they grow older. The students also devoted considerable effort attending to the various tasks that make Glen Brook work: bringing compost to the gardens, stacking firewood for the brick oven and the maple sugar house, cooking with Chef Ash, and taking care of the Glen Brook animals. The class also had a lot of fun playing games in the woods and meadow - working to strike the classic Glen Brook balance of work and play. It's hard to believe, but in just a few weeks, they'll return to Camp Glen Brook as seniors in the High School Orientation Trip!

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!

Make your Annual Fund Gift to Waldorf before June 30th!

We'd like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who has already contributed to the 2012-2013 Annual Fund.

If you have not had a chance to make your gift yet, it's not too late to drop off a check or make a gift online. Join the many families and friends of the School who have made a gift already this year.

We are currently at 93% participation among our current parent community. And we also hope to break last year's 30% alumni participation level. You can help us by making your contribution now.

Gifts may be delivered to the School, called in to the Office of Development (516-742-3434 ext. 309) or made securely online by clicking here.

It takes your support to make our School the wonderful place that it is today! If you have any questions or like to know more about our Development activities at the School, please contact Marjorie P. Jean-Paul at (516) 742-3434 ext. 309 or via email at

Alumni Notes

Waldorf alumna Tamara Ruppart '96 is collaborating on a short film - Path of Dreams - with award-winning playwright Velina Hasu Houston and she needs our help.

Tamara plans to enter her film 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).

Currently in week 4 of the film's online fundraiser, Tamara is 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 if made on the film's home site. To learn how to make a gift to Tamara's project, watch this short 3-minute Indiegogo video clip.

For more information, please visit or contact Ms. Tamara Ruppart via email at

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