November 2013

In this Issue:

2013-2014 Annual Fund

Fall Fair and Alumni Day

Shop and Support Waldorf

Waldorf Headlines

Mr. Rose and Waldorf Choral Society - Sun. 12/8


News from Glen Brook

Alumni - Save these Dates!

Alumni Notes

The Waldorf School of Garden City e-Newsletter is sent out each month to over 1,900 people.


Thanksgiving Greetings!

During this time of year, we give thanks for our family and loved ones. Waldorf's close-knit community of students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni is one of the hallmarks of our School. And we are thankful for the many people who make this community.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26th, is the last day to bring-in canned goods, packaged dry goods, boxed foods, and canned hams for the Salvation Army thanksgiving food assistance program. We hope you will join with us in this worthwhile program of practical assistance to our neighbors. All collected food will be picked up by representatives from the Salvation Army tomorrow morning.

The faculty and staff of the Waldorf School wish your entire family a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving.


The 2013-2014 Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is a great way to say thank-you to Waldorf. It is our single most important fundraising effort and it is now in full swing. Our annual phone-a-thon will take place on Saturday, December 7th - but if you want to save our phone-a-thon volunteers from calling you, make your donation now online and scratch giving to Waldorf off your to-do list.

To learn more about the Annual Fund, click here. You can also contact Waldorf's Director of Development, Marjorie P. Jean-Paul, directly at (516) 742-3434 ext. 309.

Fall Fair and Alumni Day 2013

On Saturday, October 19th, the Waldorf School of Garden City held its annual Fall Fair. The event, which was free and open to the public, was a wholesome and fun-filled day for children and families.

Organized by the school’s Parent Association, the Fall Fair boasts a host of unique arts and crafts, exciting games, a magical puppet show as well as healthy food and tasty treats. The event was an excellent opportunity to start one’s holiday shopping at our marketplace. The marketplace included quality vendors selling unusual, fine craft items. People from all over Long Island enjoyed a beautiful day of good food, unique handmade crafts, old fashioned children games, puppet shows, and craft workshops.

People from all over Long Island enjoyed a beautiful day of good food, unique handmade crafts, old fashioned children games, puppet shows, and craft workshops.

We posted some photos on our website (courtesy of Claudia Bousraou) from the Fall Fair!

In conjunction with the Fall Fair, the Waldorf School also held its annual Alumni Day celebration. Over 30 graduating classes returned to the Garden City campus. Members from the classes of 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were in attendance.

Many alumni and their families dropped-by the High School Student Room to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, to browse through old yearbooks, and to reconnect with friends. In the morning, alumni took part in a special Alumni Sing-Along with Waldorf’s former choral director, Mr. George V. Rose, and former lower school music teacher and piano accompanist, Mrs. Jeanette Resnick.

Click here to see all the Alumni Day photos!

Shop and Support our School

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Support the Waldorf School of Garden City while you shop for the holidays. Throughout the day on Tuesday, December 3rd, when you shop at ANY Barnes and Noble, a percentage of the net proceeds from all purchases made will support the Waldorf School! Also, please join us for special in-store events at the Barnes and Noble at 91 Old Country Road in Carle Place.

Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes and Noble? Visit and support us online from 12/03/2013 to 12/08/2013 by entering Bookfair ID 11244951 at checkout. Click here to download the flyer.

Stop and Shop A+ School Rewards

In addition to the Barnes and Noble Holiday Bookfair, here's another way you can help support the School!

From now through March 20th, 2014, the Waldorf School of Garden City will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop&Shop A+ School Rewards Program. All you have to do is log on to to register your card online.

After you register your card, each time you shop at Stop&Shop with your Stop&Shop Card earns CASH for our School! Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Stop&Shop website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our School by checking your grocery receipt. Our School will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our School's educational needs.

Signing up immediately can result in additional financial support to our School. Please don't delay. Be sure to register your card to benefit the Waldorf School of Garden City using ID #09302.

Waldorf Headlines

Fifth Grade Explores Science in Class Before Trip to New Hampshire

Before the 5th grade headed to New Hampshire, they learned some important lessons in science.

Sixth Grade Geologists study and perform Ringing Rocks in Pennsylvania

As part of the sixth grade study of geology, the class visited Ringing Rocks State Park in Upper Black Eddy, PA.

Students Participate in the Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Nine seniors from the Waldorf School of Garden City and a number of Waldorf parents participated in the 14th annual Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Sunday, October 6th at Jones Beach.

Parent-Child Program Expands to Rockville Centre and Glen Cove

Waldorf's popular Parent-and-Child program has expanded to two satellite locations – one at the Tanglewood Preserve of Rockville Centre and the other at the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove.

8th Graders Study Africa

Before heading to Camp Glen Brook for their coming of age trips, eighth grade students delved into the history, geography and ecology of Africa for their main lesson block.

Waldorf in Philadelphia

On Saturday, November 9th, more than 70 alumni from eleven Waldorf schools in the northeast attended a regional alumni event in Philadelphia.

TD Charitable Foundation Supports the Waldorf School of Garden City with Donation

The TD Charitable Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Waldorf School of Garden City to contribute towards the building of the school's greenhouse.

8th Grade Students visit Point Lookout Energy Park

On a recent October afternoon, a group of 8th grade students visited the Point Lookout Energy Park.

Mr. Rose's Final Concert as director
of the Waldorf Choral Society on Sunday, December 8th

Since 1963, Mr. George V. Rose (Waldorf's former Faculty Chair and Music Director) has been conducting the Waldorf Choral Society - a popular adult community choir. Over the years, numerous parents, alumni, teachers and staff - as well as individuals from outside our School - have been part of this community choir. This December will mark Mr. Rose's final season as the Choral Society's director. Join him and the members of the Waldorf Choral Society as they perform Mozart's Requiem on Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (50 Cathedral Avenue, Garden City, New York).

Many alumni from Waldorf's past will also be performing: Anna-Barbara (Brechbuhl) Churchill '84, Katie Shaw Devaney '95, Christian Jurak '87, Prema Kelley '00, Sophia Mavrikis Pisano '85, Charles Rose '78, Elizabeth Rose Lederman '76 (playing violin), Faith Rose O'Neill '86, Rebecca Rose '73, Thomas Rose '82, and Jeanette Rodriguez '78, Tara Talmadge '84  along with former Waldorf teachers Kristin Miller, Jeanette Resnick, and Leonore Russell.

After the concert, there will be a catered reception in Waldorf's High School Student Room from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. For more information, please call (516) 747-4457.

Waldorf Athletics

Basketball season started on Thursday, November 21st. We look forward to cheering-on our Varsity Basketball Teams in the weeks ahead.

Waldorf's Varsity Girls Basketball Team played aganst Solomon Schechter Day School and won, 54-27!. The Varsity Boys Basketball Team also played against Solomon Schechter Day School, but lost 32-36.

Come-out, support, and cheer-on our student-atheltes! Check-out the following websites to follow our teams, results and schedules:

Also, remember that Waldorf's Alert Notification automatically lets you know – either by email or by SMS text message – when a change, cancellation or postponement of a game has happened – or even the game’s score and results. Click here for instructions on how to implement the Alert Notification system. (Even if you signed-up to receive Alerts for the fall soccer season, you still need to sign-up again to receive Alerts for the basketball season.

News from Camp Glen Brook

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October and November are always a busy months at Camp Glen Brook.

The 6th graders studied astronomy and geology. The trip provided students a chance to visit some nearby geologic attractions and the beautiful night sky. They also harvested food from the gardens, fire building, and climbing of Mount Monadnock. Click here to see the photos from their trip.

In their first trip as a class to Camp Glen Brook, the 3rd grade spent a beautiful fall week taking care of the animals, harvesting food from the garden, learning to build shelters in the woods, learning to milk cows, and learning how to live together and help care for Glen Brook. The students pressed apple cider and churned ice cream; made apple crisp; kneaded and baked bread in our wood fired brick oven; and prepared a delicious harvest stew. Click here to see the photos from their trip.

The 4th grade spent a week tending to Glen Brook's farm animals - as well as studying farming and geography. The opportunity provided  students a chance to learn more about the landscape of Camp Glen Brook and its animal residents. Click here to see the photos from their trip.

The 7th and 8th grade boys and girls "coming of age trip" is an opportunity for students to learn through focused discussion and gratifying physical work. During their week, students learn to make fires, forge metal, split wood, build wooden bridges, shoot a bow and arrow, and fell a tree and mill it into boards. Students also spend solo time each day sitting amidst the Glen Brook forests and fields and having small group discussions about their thoughts and reflections. Click here to see photos from the boys' trip and click here to see photos from the girls' trip.

The 5th graders hiked Mount Monadnock for the first time, with weather so clear that we could easily see as far as the Boston skyline and the White Mountains. They studied botany in the forest, helped to move firewood, worked in the garden, and harvested apples and pressed apple cider. Click here to see the photos from their trip.

The 10th grade trip to the White Mountains included summiting three mountains - Lincoln, Lafayette, and Little Haystack. In addition to some breathtaking views of this spectacular area, the students learned about weather patterns and the night's sky. Click here to see the photos from their trip.

Upcoming events at Camp Glen Brook

Attention Alumni & Alumni Parents - Save these Dates!

Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

Join us on Friday, December 20th, at 8:00 pm for the annual Carol Sing and Alumni Reception. Rehearsal in the Music Room begins promptly at 7:00 pm.  All alumni and alumni parents are invited to attend the Carol Sing as well as the Holiday Reception that follows in the High School Student Room.

Also - download sheet music ahead of time to practice! We encourage all Waldorf Singers to join in the Carol Sing repertoire: "Nunc Angelorum", "The Hunter", "The First Noel" (set to Pachelbel's Canon) and "He's the Lily of the Valley".

Visit the Carol Sing and Alumni Reception Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending.

Alumni/ae and Varsity Basketball Games

Each year, we invite our alumni back to play a fun game of basketball. The Women's Game will begin at 10:00 am and the Men's Game will begin at 11:15 am. There will be a post-game pizza party in the High School Student Room. If you are interested in playing, please RSVP via email to Jeanenne La Bella at This is always a fun and memorable day for everyone. Come out and be part of the fun!

Visit the Alumni/ae & Varsity Basketball Games Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending.

Alumni Notes

After receiving the last Waldorf e-Newsletter, David Meissner '61 wrote to us and said, "I LOVE receiving this Waldorf School e-Newsletter! As an alum from the class of 1961, it REALLY keeps me feel still connected with you, if only in SPIRIT. These days, I am harvesting some end-of-the-season Frau Karl and Robert Weschler-inspired organic veggies from my home garden. Thank you so much! 'Bon chance': for another wonderful school year :-) Best Wishes!"

Thank you, David! We're happy to hear from you and so glad that you enjoy reading our e-Newsletter! If you have thoughts and wishes you'd like to share, just send them in an email to:

Barbara McCool '64 and Janet Bull Gregory '64 recently met with Waldorf's Director of Development Marjorie P. Jean-Paul on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Olney Art Association 2013 Juried Art Show. "Barbara had two of her original watercolor pieces on exhibit," said Marjorie. "They're titled 'A Rising Phoenix' and 'Ocean's Motion.' Both were masterfully done with beautiful depth and use of color. We had a great time catching up on their experiences as students and how Waldorf shaped their lives today. Janet and Barbara have remained friends since their school days in kindergarten."

Waldorf alumnus Ken Chenault '69 was on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley talking about "What if the U.S. defaults" on October 9th. Click here to watch the video.

On October 24th, the Philadelphia Music Alliance inducted a fresh batch of local music makers into their Walk Of Fame. In a ceremony on that date, plaques were placed along South Broad Street in honor of Peter Richard Conte '80, the Macy's Grand Court Organist who's been playing the Wanamake Organ since 1989. The unveiling of the plaques, which brought the total number in the Avenue of the Arts cement to 122, happened at Broad and Locust on Oct. 24. Go to for more info.

Chris Jurak '87 has recently begun teaching a beginners class in Qigong and Taijiquan on Thursdays, between 8:30 am and 9:30 am, at the Long Island Tae Kwon Do and Body Arts Center (830 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square). Qigong is a system of gentle exercise based on principles of Chinese Medicine and Taoist Internal Energy practice. Taijiquan was initially a martial art, but has evolved into a method also used for health and healing. Practice of both has been shown to improve balance, coordination and strength and to decrease stress and tension. Chris has studied Qigong and Taiji under various Chinese masters for almost 30 years. He is also a New York State licensed Physical Therapist, and applies both arts in his holistic-based practice. No prior experience is necessary, and all exercises are adapted to each individuals’s physical ability and fitness level. Class size is kept small in order to ensure a high level of quality and detailed instruction. For more information, please call Nilda Festa at (516) 354-0676.

Dan Strauss '88 writes to us that "my job as Education Manager for the Nature Conservancy just completed a big project related to education: The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Anthology of Urban Environmental Education Curriculum. Its a collection of lessons written by high schools educators and has been released in hard copy and electronically. I thought this might be interesting for people wondering what the class of '88 is up to and also to those in the alumni community who are educators."

Waldorf alumna and interior designer Danielle Colding '94 of Danielle Colding Design has spent the last 6 months working on a very unique "showhouse" with 25 other world class designers. She writes, "We have participated in the complete overhaul of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which is a part of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center complex on the Queens/Long Island border. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island provides comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. Over the past 27 years, the House has become a 'home-away-from-home' for over 18,000 families while their children receive treatment for chronic diseases and life threatening illnesses."

Danielle agreed to re-do seven of the common rooms -- three public bathrooms, three laundry rooms, and one telephone room (a den-like throwback to the days before cell phones) where parents communicate with the hospital about their children's progress. "This has been one of the hardest undertakings of my career."

For more information, visit

Congratulations to Tom Walsh '00 who was recently promoted to Vice President at Atlantic Trust. Tom provides asset allocation analysis and investment implementation as well as performance analysis and client reporting. Previously, Tom was a portfolio manager with the Investment Solutions Group of State Street Global Advisors, where he specialized in the management of foundations, endowments and charitable trusts and was responsible for setting asset allocations and reviewing portfolios with clients. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in math from Adelphi University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Long Island University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Our congratulations to Yahel Carmon '05. Yahel married Steph Herold on September 29th. Yahel's schoolmate Alec Ganci '04 was the best man and Jesse Kane '05 and Jordan Carmon '11 were groomsmen. The couple's dog "Lucky" was also in the wedding - which took place in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Congratulations to Joseph Yuan '09 and his group for receiving the Best Hardware Hack award at the HackNY Fall 2013 Hackathon! The HackNY Fall 2013 Hackathon is a 24-hour-make-a-computer-application competition. Entries this past competition ranged from a site that will auto-tune and sing news articles to you, to showing you where in a puzzle a piece goes. "My group consisted of four people: Adrian Vatchinsky, Carell Hamil, Vivian Park and me. We created a knife which, while slicing, can tell the difference between a tomato and a potato. The knife lets a computer know what it had decided and can find you local tomato-related-locations to your area as well as a random tomato/potato based recipe. It was a lot of fun to participate and I was happy we actually made the thing work!" Click here to read more.

On Sunday, October 6th, 2013, Lauren Gray '12, a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College and a former Student Leadership participant, along with her brother high school junior Michael Gray and their extended family and friend, hosted a fundraiser for ERASE Racism at the Sea Cliff Mini Mart. THe group raised $250 for the organization's Student Leadership Forums. Lauren attended the 2009 ERASE Racism Student Leadership Workshop as a 9th grader when she was at our school where she learned about racial discrimination and raising awareness to make change.

Inspired by her workshop experience, according to Lauren, "We recently set up a booth at a local street fair, where we printed up signage, posters and handouts all talking about the organization Erase Racism. We made about 150 different pieces of jewelry, which people received after making a five dollar donation to the cause. The people that donated were enticed to see a group of young white kids, in a predominately white neighborhood, talking about how racism needed to be ended. Reactions were widespread: some people were drawn into conversations by the signs, while others shrugged off saying things like "racism doesn't exist" or "I'm not done with being racist yet". While those individuals didn't donate to the cause, they did give a concrete example to some of my younger cousins of how important the fight against racism still is."

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