December 2013

In this Issue:

Why Give to the Annual Fund?

Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

Mr. Rose's Final Concert with the Choral Society

Waldorf Headlines

Camp Glen Brook News

Alumni/ae Basketball - Saturday, January 11th

Alumni Notes

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Seasons Greetings!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Waldorf School of Garden City, we wish you and your family a season filled with warmth and light!

Enjoy these highlights from today's Holiday Assembly: Click here or the following image to view some video highlights.

And did you see Waldorf's annual Holiday e-Greeting in your Inbox yesterday? In case you missed it, you can watch it by clicking this link. Remember to turn up the volume on your computer so you can enjoy the music as well.




Why Give to the Annual Fund?

Each decision we make has a long range impact. Please consider all the ways Waldorf has benefited you, your child and your family and make the decision today to make a gift to the School.

Make your 2013 tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund by December 31st.

Don’t take our word for it, read what others have to say about their reason for contributing a gift to the Waldorf School of Garden City.

You can make your gift online. For more information regarding stock gifts or if you have questions, please contact Marjorie P. Jean-Paul, Director of Development at 516-742-3434 ext 309. To learn more about the Annual Fund, click here.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

Earlier this evening, the Waldorf School held its annual Carol Sing and Alumni Reception. Under the baton of Music Teacher Mr. Andrew Fallu, families and alumni heralded the holiday season with beautiful Christmas carols in the candle-lit gymnasium. Following the Carol Sing, close to 60 alumni and their families attended a holiday reception in the high school student room where they reconnected with friends and teachers.

Click here to see photos from the Alumni Reception.

Mr. Rose's Final Concert as director
of the Waldorf Choral Society

Mr. George V. Rose concluded his extraordinary five-decade career as founder and conductor of the Waldorf Choral Society, with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Sunday, December 8th. Orchestra and soloists performed with the choir, which was supplemented by the return of many former members, Waldorf alumni and Mr. Rose's family - all who wanted to support Mr. Rose’s final appearance as conductor. Afterward, a reception was held in his honor at the Waldorf School, where he was for many years the music director and faculty chair. Many current and former members praised Mr. Rose’s musical talent and inspirational leadership. The Waldorf Choral Society first began rehearsals in the fall of 1964 and held its inaugural concert in February 1965. In the new year, the Waldorf Choral Soceity will resume its performing schedule under the new direction of Georgia Newlin, the director of music education at Adelphi University.

Waldorf Headlines

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Waldorf families and students donated a wide variety of canned goods, packaged dry goods, boxed foods, and canned hams.

Middle School Coming-of-Age Experience

For two weeks in November, Waldorf's 7th and 8th grade classes shared their questions and feelings with each other and their teachers about adolescence.

Seniors Perform Gumboot Dance - with VIDEO!

At the Thanksgiving Assembly, the 12th grade performed their version of the South African gumboot dance as part of their History of Africa main lesson course.

Junior Students Perform Dante's Inferno - with VIDEO!

Also at the Thanksgiving Assembly, one group of seven juniors decided to portray their assignment – Dante's Inferno – through modern dance.

Building Bridges with China - Chinese Educators Visit the Waldorf School

On Wednesday, December 4th, the Waldorf School of Garden City welcomed 40 Chinese educators.

Students and Families Organize Relief Drive for the Philippines

In response to the typhoon rescue efforts taking place in the Philippines, students and families from the Waldorf School organized a relief drive.

News from Camp Glen Brook

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Be sure to check out the latest issue of the Glen Brook Journal. This year's Fall/Winter issue has some great articles from the Glen Brook staff. Read about Gabriel's Field, the Necessity of Diversity, a field report from the Land Stewards, challenging perceived limitations through the ropes course, and the evolving facility of Glen Brook. You can download the issue online by clicking here.

Winter Camp at Glen Brook

The Glen Brook Winter Camp takes place during the February vacation and runs from Monday, February 17th to Saturday, February 22nd. Students in Grades 3-8 are invited to join in a week of sledding, cross-country skiing, skating, snow tubing, star gazing, maple sugaring, arts and crafts, cooking and baking and many other fun seasonal activities. Hurry because groups are filling fast. The cost is $695 for the week plus $125 for round-trip transportation between the Waldorf School of Garden City and Camp Glen Brook.

Sign-up by December 31st and recive Glen Brook's

You are also welcome to call Glen Brook directly at (603) 876-3342.

Maple Sugaring Weekends - February 28th to March 2nd
and March 14th to March 16th - ARE BOTH FULL!

Each March, Camp Glen Brook hosts two intensive weekend programs on maple sugaring. Maple Sugaring Weekend #1 (February 28th to March 2nd) and Maple Sugaring Weekend #2 (March 14th to March 16th) are both FULL!

The Glen Brook Staff is currently considering opening a third weekend. If you are interested in this and/or being added to the wait list for Maple Sugaring Weekend #1 or Maple Sugaring Weekend #2, please call the Glen Brook Office at (603) 876-3342. Families may stay at a nearby hotel and join Glen Brook for meals and activities. Please call to register for this off-site option as space is limited. Click here for more details.

About the Maple Sugaring Weekend: Families stay at Glen Brook for two nights and participate in all aspects of Glen Brook's sugaring programs: tapping trees, gathering sap, feeding the wood-fired arch, cutting and stacking wood, and boiling and bottling syrup. 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 sledding on the hill. The pace of each day is the usual Glen Brook balance of play, work, and leisure time. All visitors enjoy a fine pancake feast on Sunday morning and take home a souvenir of maple syrup in Glen Brook's signature glass flask.

Upcoming Glen Brook Events

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Alumni/ae Basketball Games - Saturday, January 11!

Each year, we invite our alumni back to play a fun game of basketball with our Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams. The Women's Game will begin at 10:00am. The Men's Game will begin at 11:15am. There will be a post game pizza party. 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 a part of the fun and make it a memorable day.

Attention Alumni: Please visit the Alumni/ae & Varsity Basketball Games Facebook Event Page to see who else is attending.

Alumni Notes

Dana Mark ’66 writes, "After 33 years as a Waldorf teacher at the Pine Hill Waldorf School and another private school in New Hampshire, at the age of 64, I retired, got married, and am living now in Louisiana with my husband, his two wonderful boys and two cats."

Adelphi University recently profiled Gianna Smith '04 on their website as one of their "10 Under 10" young alumni who has achieved great success before celebrating her 10-year reunion. To read more about Gianna, click here.

Attention Waldorf Alumni: Submit your "Alumni Note" today! Share your good news—be it baby, marriage, career move/achievement, award, publication, website, vacation, hobby, or whatever. Click here to submit your "Alumni Note" online.

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