June 2013

In this Issue:

Closing Assembly and
54th Commencement

Make you Annual Fund Gift
to Waldorf before June 30th

End-of-Year Slideshow

News around the School

News from Camp Glen Brook

Summer at Waldorf

Alumni Notes


School is out! And Happy Summer Solstice!

With summer vacation now upon us, we hope you enjoy the following updates.

The weather will be perfect for tonight's Midsummer Bonfire. Bring a picnic supper and join us tonight, Friday, 06/21, from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm for a fun craft activity, children's story, bonfire and sing-a-long. Click here for more details.

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Closing Assembly and 54th Commencement

Waldorf's Closing Assembly took place last Thursday, June 14th. Continuing a Waldorf tradition, the school-year ended with a beautiful closing assembly where students performed recitations, songs and short plays for their teachers, families and friends. Click here to read more.


Then on Friday, June 14th, the Waldorf School celebrated its 54th Commencement and the achievements of the 28 members of the Class of 2013. The keynote commenceent address speaker - chosen by the graduating class - was High School English Teacher Mrs. Deirdre Burns Somers. Senior class co-advisors Mr. Alexios Kritas '85 and Mrs. Perla Yanovitch - as well as Glen Brook's Facilities and CIT Director Mr. Grant Butler '85 - also addressed the graduates. Two seniors - Max Novick and Sophia Trikas - were also selected by their classmates to speak on behalf of the graduating class. Click here to read the story and to see pictures.

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 would 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 mjeanpaul@waldorfgarden.org.

End of Year Slideshow

We hope you enjoy this End-of-Year Slideshow. You can watch it by clicking the following image or clicking here.


Remember to turn up the volume so you can enjoy listening to our students, teachers and parents singing "A Parting Blessing" during last Thursday's Closing Assembly - as led by Music Teacher Mr. Andrew Fallu.

News around the School

ERASE Racism's 2013 Youth Event with Mr. Kenneth I. Chenault '69

On June 5th, a select group of Long Island high school students - including students from the Waldorf School of Garden City (see above photo) - gathered 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. Students at the event, hosted by ERASE Racism, had the opportunity to ask Mr. Chenault about his career path and the advice he has for aspiring business leaders. Later that evening, Mr. Chenault was honored as part of ERASE Racism's 2013 Annual Benefit. Click here to see the pictures from the Youth Event.

8th Grade Visits Washington DC

As part of their studies in American History and Civics, Waldorf's 8th grade class went on a 3-day trip to Washington D.C. and met with Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy. The congresswoman shared with the students her personal story about becoming a member of Congress and how, in 1993, she became politically active as a gun-control advocate. Click here to read more and to see all the pictures.

5th Graders Host Greek Olympics

The day started with rainy weather but Zeus, the father of the gods in Greek mythology, let the sun shine forth as the day progressed for the annual Waldorf School Olympiad. On May 23rd, the fifth graders hosted their own version of the Greek Olympics. Click here to read more and to see all the pictures.

Lexie Van Zant Receives 2013 Parent Association Scholarship

The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that Lexie Van Zant, a senior in the high school, is the recipient of the 2013 Parent Association Senior Scholarship $2,500 Award. In addition to writing a compelling essay, criteria for the Parent Association Senior Scholarship Award includes a student's academic record, participation in Waldorf’s programs and activities, and participation in the work of community, social or charitable organizations. Click here to read more.

21st Annual Sports Night Dinner

Student-athletes, parents and coaches gathered on Wednesday night, June 5th, for the Waldorf School’s 21st Annual Sports Night Dinner to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the School’s student-athletes. The evening also marked the retirement of Athletic Director Paul LeSueur. Click here to read more and to see all the pictures.

Practice-a-Thon 2013

During the month of April, Waldorf students in grades 4 through 12 took part in a "Practice-a-Thon." Proceeds from this event benefited Winthrop University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids, the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County. When the results came in, a total of 10,533 minutes were practiced and over $2,120 was raised. Click here to read more.

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

Upcoming Events at Camp Glen Brook

Summer 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.

Camp Glen Brook is still seeking a male high school sophomore or junior to join their Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program for Session 2 (July 21 to August 11) for this year’s summer camp. The nine CITs work closely with campers each morning as they move through the various camp activities. Afternoons are focused on stewardship, gardening, and food prep along with time for resting and swimming. One day off per week is accompanied by a $50 stipend. Contact Grant Butler, (603) 876-3342, or via email at gbutler@glenbrook.org.

Harvest Weekend (October 4-6)

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.

Each October, Glen Brook invites families to stay at the Camp for two nights and participate in Glen Brook's gardening and harvest programs, including:

  • Gathering Pumpkins
  • Collecting apples and making cider
  • Harvesting lettuce and leafy greens
  • Pulling potatoes from the ground
  • Planting garlic
  • Spreading compost for the next year's planting

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 reading and relaxing. Click here to sign-up!

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, our summer program begins on Monday, July 1st! Have you registered? This wonderful day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 13 offers both half and full-day programs, flexible scheduling, a variety of quality activities and special events led by dedicated and talented counselors. Summer at the Waldorf School creates an atmosphere of lively, yet relaxed, summer fun! Click here to learn more. (You can also now register online!)

Alumni Notes

Kathryn Kitt '87 is training to run in the ING New York City Marathon. Thanks to Kathryn's classmate and friend Rachel von Roeschlaub-Maniatis '87, Kathryn is running with Team Prize4Life - a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). On behalf of all her friends and teachers at the Waldorf School, we wish Kathryn the best of luck!

Our congratulations to Tiffany Williams '89 who recently joined Sodexo Campus Services as senior manager, area support for custodial programs. Tiffany has extensive experience in hospitality and custodial operations and has served as Sodexo's general manager at Manhattan College for the past three years. A graduate of Trinity University, Tiffany also holds an MBA in Management from Hofstra University.

Our congratulations to Orly Cogan '90 whose artwork will be on view at the Volta Art Fair in Switzerland during Art Basel festival this summer! To learn more about Orly's work, visit www.orlycogan.com.

Congratulations to Irin Carmon '01 who is joining MSNBC as national reporter focused on women, politics and culture. Richard Wolffe, Vice President and Executive Editor at MSNBC.com wrote, "Writing prominently on Jezebel.com and Salon.com, Irin has quickly become a leading voice of her generation. This year, Forbes named her to their "30 under 30" list in media. Her keen observations and passionate views have made her a regular on MSNBC."

The School extends its congratulations to those in the Class of 2009 who recently graduated from college. We received the following updates from these alumni:

Miranda Geraci-Yee '09 graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in art history and a minor in Asian studies. "Over the summer I will be spending a few weeks in France travelling around and applying for jobs. I am also working as a professional harpist playing at weddings and private events." Miranda's website is mirandageraciyee.weebly.com.

Alena Jones '09 graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas with a Bachelor's in English. Following her studying abroad adventure at King's College London in 2011, she has maintained a place on the President's Honor Roll for academic excellence and achievement each semester. Currently, she is the publications intern at the Houston Center for Photography, where she works on Spot magazine, the gallery's print and online publication.

Alison McRae '09 writes, "In May I graduated from the University of Virginia with a French minor and a Distinguished Honors BA in sociology after completing an undergrad independent thesis. In a nutshell, my research focused on the effects that culturally dominant masculinities have on the presentation of identity for racial and/or sexual preference minority students. Now that I've graduated, I've moved to the Washington DC metro area and I'm looking for jobs in non-profits and NGOs. If anyone in the WSGC family has any contacts that might be able to help me in my search or help me learn my way around town, please let me know. My email is alison.a.mcrae@gmail.com.

Taisha Thomas '09 graduated from Alleghany College with a major in psychology and a minor in communication arts.

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