September 2013

In this Issue:

Fall Fair and Alumni Day

Reunion Options

Mr. Rose and the Waldorf Choral Society

Announcing the Alumni
Parent Association

Waldorf in Philadelphia

What's New around Waldorf

New Faculty and Staff

News from Camp Glen Brook

Alumni Notes


Welcome Back to School!

The Waldorf School of Garden City opened its doors on Tuesday, September 3rd to students in the first through twelfth grades 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 new first grader 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. Students in the nursery and kindergarten classes began their year on September 11th. 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. View photos and see a short video clip here!


Fall Fair and Alumni Day - Saturday, October 19th

Fall Fair and Alumni Day 2013 is a month away and we hope to see you!

Free Continental Breakfast
Time: 9:00 am
Location: High School Student Room

Open to alumni (graduates and non-graduates) and our alumni parents!

Alumni Sing-Along
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: High School Student Room

"Swinging Along", "Every Time I Feel de Spirit", "Play For Me A Simple Melody", "The Keeper", "Green Grow the Rushes" ... These are just some of the songs Waldorf alumni and their parents will remember from countless assemblies, festivals and school events. Join us around the piano as we sing these songs and relive some fond music memories at the Alumni Sing-Along. Everyone - alumni, families of alumni and current Waldorf families too - are all welcome to attend!

Alumni Parent Table

Throughout the Fall Fair, be sure to drop by the Alumni Parent Table! These proud "Moms and Dads of Waldorf Grads" are interested in talking to fellow alumni parents to hear about their Waldorf memories and to identify possible activities to focus on as a group - like providing support for the School throughout the year. For more information, please contact Marjorie P. Jean-Paul at

Women's Soccer Game
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Laszlo Jurak Athletic Field

Former Athletic Director Coach Paul LeSueur is calling all his women's soccer players back. Beginner, intermediate and advanced players are all invited to come and play. The game is fast and quick but friendly and fun - playing for the love of the game.

Check out the team roster for the women's soccer game (thus far):

  • Penelope Grover '71
  • Bobby Lyons '76
  • Meg Ross '02
  • Meagan Gallagher '09
  • Abby Lyons '10
  • Annabella Sugrue '11
  • Lauren Gray '12
  • Alexandra Van Zant '13
  • Sophia Trikas '13
  • Anne Flomenhaft '13
  • Isabella Fraim '13
  • Carolyn Smalls '13

Men's Soccer Game
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Former Athletic Directors Coach Paul LeSueur, Coach Gordon Purdie and Coach Laszlo Jurak are calling all their players back. All alumni are encouraged to play. The mens' soccer teams will be comprised of players from odd vs. even graduating years. The game is open to alumni who graduated from or attended the Waldorf School of Garden City and teams will be determined based on your graduating year.

Join these proud Waldorf alumnai who have signed up to play!

Even Team:

  • Tom Gilbert '76
  • Rob Haedrich '78 
  • Bob Levin '90 
  • Charlie Foster '00
  • Tarik Carney '02 
  • Matthew Wasserman '12 
  • Jared Hescheles '12 
  • ChuChu Anagbogu '12

Odd Team:

  • Ken Marissael '71 (also parent of Julie '09)
  • David Resnick '79 
  • Ed Silva '81 
  • Grant Butler '85 
  • Chris Jurak '87 
  • Tom Davies '03 
  • Leo Bruno '07 
  • Kieran Kerekes '07 
  • Costa Trikas '11 
  • Sean Proctor '11 
  • Gregory Weiss '13 
  • Caleb Yuan '13

The Women's and Men's Soccer Games are a special part of the day and we always have an amazing turn-out of players and spectators. For more information, visit this webpage or contact Marjorie P. Jean-Paul at (516) 742-3434 ext. 309 or via email at to sign up. All players must come prepared with cleats and shin-guards in order to play.

Visit the Fall Fair and Alumni Day Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending. (NOTE: Facebook username and password required.)

Reunion Options

5, 10, 15 years? Or do you just want to connect with your friends? There are a number of opportunities for your class to celebrate a reunion (or if it's a non-reunion year, have a good excuse for a fun get-together). The upcoming Fall Fair and Alumni Day on Saturday, October 19th is a great time to celebrate.

Case in point: Catherine Sherry Mariakakis '83 is organizing the 30th reunion for the class of 1983 (see their 12th grade photo below). And we're delighted to be welcoming them back for the upcoming Fall Fair and Alumni Day on Saturday, October 19th. Does your class want to celebrate a reunion and do you need help? We promise, the time commitment is minimal and you'll have a great time!

Click here for a list of other 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.

Mr. Rose and the Waldorf Choral Society

The start of a new school year also means the beginning of a new season for the Waldorf Choral Society. Rehearsals began this past Monday, September 9th. Since 1963, Mr. Rose (Waldorf's former Faculty Chair and Music Director) has been conducting this adult community choir and this fall will mark his final season as the Choral Society's director. Experience the joy of singing with Mr. Rose and join the Waldorf Choral Society! The group will perform Mozart's Requiem at its December concert. For more information, please call (516) 747-4457.

Announcing the Alumni Parent Association!

We are pleased to announce the re-establishment of the Alumni Parent Association with Chiara Sugrue (mother to Annabella ’11) and Daryl Smalls (father to Carolyn ’13) who have volunteered to serve as co-chairs. The Association - also known as the "Moms and Dads of Waldorf Grads" - exists to assist the School, by maintaining relationships among alumni parents to the School and to each other. Their work will focus on ways to allow parents to remain active in social events and continue to assist with a variety of school fundraisers.

All parents of students who attended or graduated from the Waldorf School of Garden City are considered members of the Alumni Parent Association and are invited to participate in the work of the Association.

On September 28th, a group of volunteers will call all alumni parents in the New York area to share news about the Association and to personally invite parents to the Fall Fair/Alumni Day.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Alumni Parent Association, please contact Marjorie P. Jean-Paul at or call (516) 742-3434 ext. 309.

Athletics Update

Waldorf's athletics teams are already off to a fabulous start. The Varsity Boys and the Varsity Girls Soccer Teams both won their season openers.

In their season opener, the Varsity Boys made a convincing 04-02 win over Our Savior New American School. Co-captain and senior Peter Escribano netted three goals. The first one was assisted by freshman Jun Kil Seong, while the second was assisted by junior Daniel Macias. Escribano's final goal (to make the "hat-trick") was self-made and unassisted. Hammering Waldorf's fourth and final goal was senior TJ Bohm, who positioned himself well inside the box. One other highlight of the game was sophomore goalkeeper William Strauss’s performance. Strauss's penalty save in the second half kept Waldorf on top and was a crucial save at a pivotal point in the game. Strauss made six additional saves throughout the game. Waldorf's new Athletic Director and the head coach of our Varsity Boys Soccer Team, Shane Flanagan was very pleased for the team's win as they start the season on the best possible note. Be sure to follow the team's schedule and scores here.

In the Varsity Girls home opener against Lawrence Woodmere Academy (and inaugural game for new head coach Kim Wyant), the girls came out with enthusiastic energy and controlled the game from the start. After just two minutes senior tri-captain Marianna Paone scored her first of four goals when she broke free inside the goal box after taking a pass from classmate and fellow tri-captain Sofia Trikas, and scored Waldorf’s first goal, for a 1-0 lead.

Paone took just another fifteen minutes to score her second goal, (unassisted) and two minutes later scored her third goal on as assist from freshman Abby Picoli. Paone scored unassisted for the fourth goal to give Waldorf a comfortable 4-0 lead at halftime.

The midfield was lead by junior Mikayla Ver Pault, while Abby Picoli, sophomore Sklya Davis, and 8th grader Conchetta Bohm made important contributions.

The second half was more of the same as Waldorf got back on the scoreboard again just fifteen minutes into the half on a goal by Bohm, with another assist from Trikas.

The staunch defense of senior tri-captain Jaclyn Proctor and sophmore Julia Gonzalez, with sophomore goalkeeper Maria Golebiewski collecting seven saves, preserved the team's shutout. Trikas got in on the action by scoring on an assist from Davis to give Waldorf an insurmountable 6-0 lead.

Coach Wyant commented that she was "very happy that every uniformed Waldorf player got in valuable playing time during the game. We’re off to a great start and I’m looking forward to the remaining season!" Be sure to follow the team's schedules and scores here.

Connect with Waldorf Athletics via Alert Notifications!

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.

Waldorf in Philadelphia - Saturday, November 9th!

Please join us for another regional Waldorf Alumni night!

Pageant Soloveev

607 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Click here for directions.
Tel: (215) 925-1535

Saturday, November 9th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pageant Soloveev is a contemporary art gallery in Center City, Philadelphia that showcases international as well as local artists working in a variety of mediums. On exhibit will be artwork from people connected to the Waldorf community from around the country.

This Waldorf regional event taking place in Philadelphia is occurring in conjunction with an annual event organized and sponsored by the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, called the "Pop-Up Shop." This year the Pop-Up Shop will take place at an art gallery where a national Waldorf art exhibit will also be on display. Alumni of all Waldorf schools who live in or around Philadelphia are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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

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What's New around Waldorf?

Towards the end of summer, Waldorf launched on our website two, cool new Virtual Tours of the campus. Visitors may use the new maps to view the Waldorf campus from locations far from Garden City. The system includes some beautiful interior and exterior panoramas of buildings and grounds. For those who can't make it to Waldorf, these two 360-degree online tours of our Early Childhood classrooms and playgrounds as well as our Grades 1-12 classrooms can be viewed from any computer, tablet or smart phone device. But of course, nothing beats visiting the School in person!

Parent-Child Program in the Park

Did you know Waldorf's popular Parent-and-Child Program is expanding to Rockville Centre and Glen Cove? Both off-site locations immerse families in natural settings - one in the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre and the other at the Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove. For more information, click here.

After School Clubs and Activities

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2013 after school offerings at the Waldorf School of Garden City! Starting the week of September 23rd, 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, the After School Clubs and Activities are changed so that students have a diverse selection of offerings to choose from. To read more about the clubs and activities offered for the fall 2013 session, visit All clubs and activities meet from 3:20 pm until 5:00 pm and cost $100 per child per club. Registration and payment for these clubs can be made entirely online and should be completed by Tuesday, September 17th. Please note there is a minimum of five students per club. For more information, contact Kathy Bossuk at (516) 742-3434 ext. 328 or via email at

Welcome New Faculty and Staff!

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

Mrs. Chrisann DiDonato joins our School as the 1st grade class teacher. Born and raised on Long Island, Mrs. DiDonato graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing, which she followed with a master’s in speech pathology from Northeastern University. Most recently, Mrs. DiDonato completed her Waldorf Teacher Training and worked as a lower school assistant at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Assisting Mrs. DiDonato will be Mr. Jeremy Herrmann – who is known to many of you through his work in our 2nd grade, middle school and after school programs last year.

Marc LepsonMr. Marc Lepson is our new 5th grade class teacher. In addition to his Waldorf Teacher Training certificate, Mr. Lepson holds a bachelor’s in English Literature and Fine Arts from the State University at Albany and a master’s of fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Lepson’s professional experience includes a number of years teaching art, graphic design, printmaking and silk screening to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as younger children. Mr. Lepson has spent the past three years at the Brooklyn Waldorf School.

Nina MullaneThe High School is joined this year by Mrs. Nina Mullane - our new High School Secretary. Born and raised in Bayside, New York, Nina started her career as a licensed sales assistant in a New York City brokerage firm. After moving to Long Island and raising her family, she spent twelve years working with students with special needs in the Mineola School District. Now at the Waldorf School of Garden City, she is happy to remain a part of the education and well-being of children.

Kimberly ThompsonMs. Kimberly Thompson, High School Math Teacher, is well known to many of our students who had her as a teacher in the spring semester of 2012. She is a Long Island native and a graduate of Molloy College. She is an avid softball player and recently taught math at Division Avenue High School in Levittown.

One of the original members of of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Ms. Kim Wyant is the new Head Coach of Waldorf’s Varsity Girls Soccer Team. Ms. Wyant comes to Waldorf with a remarkable playing and coaching resume. As a player, she was the first goalkeeper in the history of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. Most recently, Wyant was an assistant women’s soccer coach at New York University.

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!

News from Camp Glen Brook

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High School Orientation for 9th and 12th Grades

Just before school opened, Waldorf's freshmen and senior classes came together at Camp Glen Brook for their High School Orientation Trip. In their days at our New Hampshire campus, the classes worked together to continue their stewardship of Glen Brook, hiked Mount Monadnock, relaxed and swam, and had class meetings to prepare for the coming year. This year, the seniors "finished" their 11th grade orienteering project by splitting into small groups and using only a map and compass to find their way back to Glen Brook through many miles of woods and fields in the surrounding countryside. They came back excited and full of confidence, and we know that this special challenge will be remembered for the rest of their lives. Click here to see more photos.

This coming week, the sophomore class will spend an entire week hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They work as a group to overcome personal challenges, gazing at breathtaking views, and learning about the geology of New England.

Harvest Weekend will take place at Camp Glen Brook from October 4th to 6th at the height of fall foliage season. We invite your family to join Farmers Kim Nilsen and Dan Foster '03, Chef Ash and the rest of the Glen Brook staff for a fun filled weekend focused on farming and delicious food. Grant Bulter '85 even tells me we may mill wood from some of our recently harvested trees for Mr. Somers' woodworking students to use back at school.

It is up to you how much you participate in the work of harvesting, preparing and preserving foods and how much you just kick back and enjoy the beauty of our farm and forests in the shadow of Mount Monadnock.

Please click here for more information and to register. We hope to see you in October!

Alumni Notes

Our congratulations to former Glen Brook Director and Waldorf alumnus Twain Braden '88 whose recent book The Complete Guide to Sailing & Seamanship was published by Skyhorse Publishing this past May. The book is the perfect blend of captivating sea stories and essential, basic instructional methods for anyone yearning to sail. Topics include seamanship and boat handling, anchoring and docking, and history and lore alike. The book is also enhanced with 100 original hand-drawn images by world-renowned marine illustrator Sam Manning. To read more about Twain, visit

Carole Davenport '60 is a private art dealer whose aim is to offer fine quality Japanese and other Asian art of ultimate authenticity and high aesthetic sensibility. After completion of an art history degree, summa cum laude, Ms. Davenport apprenticed at a New York art gallery, Daniel Brooks Inc., for five years. 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, from ceramics to Noh masks, lacquer and paintings, and sculpture. Her client base includes major collectors, museums, and dealers from around the globe. Her recent acquisitions will be on view beginning Friday, September 13th at 1:00pm and daily from September 13th to September 24th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There will also be a cocktail reception on September 16th and 17th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. For more information, visit

Recent Waldorf graduate and current freshman at Bucknell University, Isabella Fraim '13 informs us that she has been selected as an assistant director (AD) for the World Health Organization at upcoming 2014 National High School Model United Nations Conference. Bella will receive college credits for her work in the program and help run the conference. Mrs. Emmie Yaeger, Waldorf's high school history teacher, writes, "NHSMUN is pretty selective in their acceptance to the program. I am sure the four years that Bella spent participating in Waldorf's Model UN program at NHSMUN helped!"

Congratulations to Development Assistant and Waldorf alumna Jeanenne La Bella '03 and her partner Jose Almanzar on the birth of their son Michael La Bella Almanzar. Weighing 8lbs and 14 ounces, Michael was born on Sunday, August 25th at 4:32am. (While Jeanenne is away on maternity leave, Mrs. Maria Mosca - a parent in Mrs. Kane's Nursery class - will be her temporary replacement in the Office of Alumni and Development.)

Congratulations to Rachel Lindsay '00 who received a Patricelli scholarship from Wesleyan University's Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship! Rachel lives in León, Nicaragua, where she works as a consultant on community agriculture, fair trade and food security projects through the Social Business Network, and as an interpreter and translator (Spanish to English). In 2009, she received a Fulbright grant to study innovative ways to join financing and technical assistance to farmers in Nicaragua in order to promote more successful sustainable agriculture. At the end of her Fulbright, Rachel founded the position of Sustainable Development Coordinator for SosteNica, a Community Development and Micro Finance organization based in West Chester, PA, where she now serves on the Board of Directors.

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