September 2012

In this Issue:

Alumni Day and Fall Fair

Reunion Options

Waldorf in Boston

What's New around Waldorf

News from Camp Glen Brook

New Faculty and Staff

The Waldorf School of Garden City e-Newsletter is sent out each month to over 1,700 alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff (and former faculty and staff) with news and information about what's happening at the Waldorf School of Garden City.


Welcome Back to School!

The Waldorf School of Garden City opened its doors on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 to students in the first through twelfth grades. At 110 students, the high school opened with its highest enrollment ever! With a beautiful opening assembly, Faculty Chair Ms. Sabine Kully greeted the gathering of students, teachers, parents and friends. As part of the celebration, each of the 22 new first graders was welcomed to the Lower School with the gift of a rose from a member of the 27 students in the senior class. Lower School class teachers and High School advisors then shared a special wish for their class for the upcoming school year. Students in the nursery and kindergarten classes began their year on September 12th.

With a successful opening day behind them, the faculty, staff and students at the Waldorf School of Garden City look forward to the challenges and rewards of the school year.


Alumni Day and Fall Fair 2012 - Saturday, October 20th

Fall Fair and Alumni Day 2012 is only a month away and we hope to see you!

All Day - The Waldorf Photobooth in the Atrium

Bring your friends, classmates, family and teachers and have you photo taken in the Waldorf Photobooth. Enjoy a fun, spontaneous experience that only a photo booth can deliver. We will provide you with the props. You provide the smiles. Each guest will create a truly special, lasting memento of Fall Fair/Alumni Day 2012!

9:00 am - Continental Breakfast for Alumni and Alumni Parents in the High School Student Room

10:30 am - Gilbert and Sullivan Sing-Along with Mr. Rose and Mrs. Resnick in the High School Student Room

The Mikado ... Iolanthe ... Pirates of Penzance ... Rudiggore ... and HMS Pinafore!

These popular Gilbert and Sullivan operettas enjoyed broad and enduring success for close to 40 years when students from the Waldorf School of Garden City performed them for the school community.

Join us on Saturday, October 20th in the High School Student Room at 10:30 am as we reminisce - with Mr. George V. Rose (former choral director) and Mrs. Jeanette Resnick (former lower school music teacher and piano accompanist) - about these fond memories and sing some of our favorite songs from these popular operettas! To RSVP, please complete this form.

12:00 pm - Alumnae vs. Varsity Girls Soccer Game on the Laszlo Jurak Athletic Field (Warm-up begins at 11:15 am)

1:15 pm - Alumni vs. Varsity Boys Soccer Game on the Laszlo Jurak Athletic Field (Warm-up begins at 12:30 pm).



The Alumni/ae Soccer Games are a special part of the day and we always have an amazing turn-out of players and spectators. If you and/or your spouse would like to participate in either the women's (alumnae) soccer game or the men's (alumni) soccer game, please contact Jeanenne La Bella at (516) 742-3434 ext. 310 or via email at to sign up.

Reunion Options

5, 10, 15 years? Or do you just want to connect with your friends? There are a number of opportunities - throughout the year - for your class to celebrate a reunion (or if it's a non-reunion year, have a good excuse for a fun get-together!). We have a full year of events that you may want to pick as gathering points for your class. We need your help to make them a success.

We promise, the time commitment is minimal and you'll share the glory of putting together some memorable moments!

Click here for a list of upcoming events that we have designated especially for our alumni. Attending an event is an excellent way to build and grow social and professional networks, remain informed about news from campus, and display pride in your alma mater. From events at Camp Glen Brook to our annual Fall Fair and Carol Sing here in Garden City, Waldorf strives to offer a little something for everyone.

Whether you're a new alum or not, it's never too late to start attending Waldorf events.

If you have questions about an event or activity, please call Jeanenne La Bella '03 at (516) 742-3434, or send an email to

Waldorf in Boston - Today, Wednesday, September 19th!

Please join us for a regional Waldorf Alumni night!


Lucky's Lounge
355 Congress Street
Boston MA 02210

Click here for directions.
Tel: (617) 357-5825

Wednesday, September 19th
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Food and a private room will be provided. Cash bar.
Bring your business/calling card for a raffle!
Grads and non-grads are welcome!

Join these proud Waldorf alumni who have already said they will be in attendance:

  • Joshua Blumenthal ’99, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach and Intramural Coordinator at Regis College.
  • Patricia (Friedman) Chiquelin ’79, French Teacher at John Stark Regional High School and Volunteer Board Member at the Museum of Science, Boston.
  • Jacqueline (Giordano) Hayes ’01, Attorney at Conn Kavanaugh.
  • Rosheen Kavanagh ’97, Director of Students and Young Alumni Philanthropy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Charles Rose ’78, Principal Design Architect at Charles Rose Architects Inc.
  • Zoe Stark ’92.
  • Michael Tiedemann ’81, SVP/Creative Director at Digitas.
  • Tom Walsh ’00, Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Advisors.

Visit the Waldorf in Boston Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending! (NOTE: Facebook username and password required.)

Co-sponsored with AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America), High Mowing School, Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay, Monadnock Waldorf School, Kimberton Waldorf School, Washington Waldorf School, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner School of NYC, Waldorf School of Princeton, Merriconeag Waldorf School, The Waldorf School of Baltimore, Cape Ann Waldorf School, and Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.

What's New around Waldorf?

There is some very exciting news from the Miller Library. You can now view our entire collection online from home on the Waldorf Library website! This has been long in coming and School Librarian and Media Specialist Ms. Elizabeth Cohen is very happy to say that we now provide this service. "In our near future you will also be able to access the catalog via mobile devices!"

Opening Day Assembly

As part of the Opening Day Assembly, each of the 22 new first graders was welcomed to the Lower School with the gift of a rose from a member of the senior class. Lower School class teachers and High School advisors then shared a special wish for their class for the upcoming school year. To view a short video clip from the Opening Day Assembly, click here.

Connect with Waldorf Athletics via Alert Notifications!

Thank you to all our parents and alumni who completed the recent surveys over the summer regarding calendar events, communications and news stories. Your thoughts and comments were greatly appreciated and following your recommendations, a few changes have already been implemented.

Parents and fans of our student-athletes can now receive Alert Notifications automatically – either by email or by SMS text message – when an athletic team changes, cancels or postpones a game. You can also receive an Alert when the game's score and results have been posted online! For instructions on how to implement the Alert Notification system, click here.

New Nursery Classroom

We have a new Nursery classroom on the second floor. In order to meet increasing demand, our Early Childhood program - which includes Parent-Child classes, Nursery classes and Mixed-Age Kindergarten classes - is growing in leaps and bounds. This new classroom takes over the space that used to accomodate the Waldorf Institute, the Faculty Library, the Trustee Room and until recently, a Parent-Child classroom.

New Phone System

Ring! Ring! Have you noticed something different when you call the Waldorf School? Thanks to a gift from current parent Rene Gonzalez, we now have a new NEC phone system. With this new system, please note that our phone extensions have recently changed. But if you know your party's extension, you can enter it at any point. Or for a dial by name directory, press 1.

New Shades thanks to the Parent Association

Special thanks to the Parent Association! Through the PA's fundraising initiatives from last year, the school purchased new shades for the high school, lower school and cafeteria. This addition gives the rooms a fresh new look for our classrooms, better light filtration and better energy efficiency.

After School Clubs and Activities

We are pleased to announce an exciting new addition to the after school offerings at the Waldorf School of Garden City. Starting the week of September 24th, students in grades 3 through 12 can sign-up for a variety of After School Clubs and Activities. These clubs and activities are a fun and meaningful way to complement their Waldorf education and provide a familiar and secure setting for your children to learn new skills, meet new students in other grades and expand their educational and social horizons. Throughout the year, we will change the offerings so that students will have a diverse selection of clubs and activities to choose from. To read more about the clubs offered for the fall 2012 session, visit Please note there is a minimum of five students per club. For more information, contact Ms. Lynn Bufano at the Front Desk (516) 742-3434 ext. 322 or via email at

News from Camp Glen Brook

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Shelley Goguen HulbertWe are delighted to announce that Ms. Shelley Goguen Hulbert is the new Director of Camp Glen Brook! Ms. Goguen Hulbert comes to Glen Brook from nearby Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her children, now grown, attended the Monadnock Waldorf School, where she served as a board member. She holds a masters degree in social work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a certificate in biodynamic agriculture from the Pfeiffer Center at Sunbridge College. She was co-founder and Executive Director of Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm, a socially and environmentally sustainable community in Peterborough, New Hampshire and served, most recently, as Interim Executive Director of The Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics. She is passionate about building community, spending time in the natural world, working with children and teens, art, gardening and raising animals. Click here to read more.

High School Orientation for 9th and 12th Grades

High school Seniors and Freshmen spent the last few days of summer at Camp Glen Brook for the annual High School Orientation and to prepare for the start of school. This was the biggest Glen Brook trip yet, with a total of 59 students in attendance! The students spent time swimming, hiking Mt. Monadnock, having class meetings and singing songs around a fire at the granite ring. On the last morning, the seniors climbed "the wall," a twelve foot wall in which they support each other in getting everybody up and over to the other side. We hope they will keep that support and enthusiasm alive as they enter into the challenges of a new school year. Click here to read more about the High School Orienation trip.

Last week, the sophomore class spent an entire week hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They worked as a group to overcome personal challenges as they summited Mounts Lafayette and Lincoln, gazed at the breathtaking views, and learned about the geology of New England. Eight of the students elected to wake up at 4:30am in order to see the sunrise from Mount Lafayette, treating themselves to a stunning display of nature's majesty. We hope that their accomplishments and the teamwork they displayed will continue to inspire them. Click here to read more and see more pictures.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff!

The new school year brings with it additional changes to our faculty and staff community:

Donald BufanoMr. Donald Bufano joins our School as the 8th grade class teacher. Mr. Bufano brings over 35 years of teaching at numerous Waldorf schools in the northeast United States – including twenty years as a class teacher at the Washington Waldorf School as well as many years in the middle school and the upper school at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Click here to read more.

Lynn BufanoGreeting families and visitors as our new Front Desk Receptionist is Ms. Lynn Bufano. Ms. Bufano has performed a wide variety of administrative work – most recently as the Admissions Assistant at the Waldorf School of Baltimore and as the Registrar at the Rudolf Steiner Institute. Click here to read more.

Stephen JackowiczDr. Stephen Jackowicz comes to the Waldorf School of Garden City as our new ELL (English Language Learners) Instructor. Dr. Jackowicz began his studies at Harvard University and went on to a master’s degree from the New England School of Acupuncture. While pursuing a Ph.D. at Boston University, he spent time living in China. Dr. Jackowicz brings his international expertise to support the foreign students at our School as well as to teaching the Modern China Main Lesson course to the freshman and the new Mandarin Chinese elective in the high school. Click here to read more.

Cait PlatzMrs. Cait Platz is our new 1st grade class teacher. A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Mrs. Platz’s work in education began at a Montessori school and later a charter school in New Jersey. She then returned to Seattle to work at the Bright Water Waldorf School. We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Platz and her family back to Long Island and to the Waldorf School of Garden City! Click here to read more.

The faculty at the Waldorf School of Garden City are models for the kind of people we hope to graduate: bright, relentlessly curious, and cross-culturally fluent. They are committed teachers and scholars - people who want to help you develop personally and intellectually. We cannot say enough about how profoundly your teachers will affect your life. Because of our size and small classes, you will get to know your teachers as human beings, and in turn, they will get to know you. Click here to search our Faculty and Staff Directory and to learn more about them!

The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY  11530
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