August 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians:

While the warm days of summer make it hard to imagine, the first day of School – Tuesday, September 3rd – is just a few weeks away! For students in the first through twelfth grade, the day will begin at 8:10 am and the Opening Assembly starts at 8:30 am. Please note this is a full day of school, and all students will be dismissed at 3:20 pm. To maintain the festive mood, students are asked to wear assembly clothes for the first day of School. The Opening Assembly includes the Rose Ceremony, a tradition whereby the High School Seniors welcome the new first graders as they begin their journey through the grades. The following week, both the Nursery and Mixed-Age Kindergarten classes begin on Wednesday, September 11th. (Please refer to the separate letter from Janet Kane for details on the pre-school schedule.)

The new school year also 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • While Ms. Jeanenne LaBella is away on maternity leave, we are also pleased to welcome Mrs. Maria Mosca as her temporary replacement in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development.
  • The High School will be joined by Mrs. Nina Mullane, our new High School Secretary. Mrs. Mullane is a Long Island native who has children in college and has most recently worked in the Mineola Union Free School District.
  • Teaching math in the high school will be Ms. Kimberly Thompson. Ms. Thompson, who is well known to many of our students who had her as a teacher in the spring semester of 2012, 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 the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, Ms. Kim Wyant will be the Head Coach of Waldorf’s Varsity Girls Soccer Team this fall. 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.

When you return in September, you will notice a few changes around the School. The door to the lower school playground near the 1st grade has been replaced. Also, the cafeteria and high school student room have new locks that secure the rooms when the doors are closed. In the preschool, the kindergarten classrooms have new cubbies and Mrs. Kane’s nursery classroom has new cabinets. In addition, the walkway from the Cambridge Avenue exit door has been replaced and our public announcement system has been upgraded.

In closing, here are some additional reminders which will help the school year to begin more smoothly:

  • Cafeteria and Bookstore – we encourage you to replenish your child’s accounts as follows:
    • Cafeteria: 4th – 12th grades, $100; 1st – 3rd grades, $50
    • Bookstore: 5th – 12th grades, returning students, $150; new students, $200
    • Extra help will be on hand in the Business Office during the first week of school; however we encourage you to take care of these transactions now by mailing your check to the School; please indicate “Attention: Business Office” on the envelope.
  • Return your Family Contact Form if there are any changes: Last week, Mr. Ingenito sent a letter in the mail with your Family Contact Form. If you have not received this, please contact Mr. Ingenito. The information included on the Family Contact Form is vital for the health and safety of your children! Should the School need to reach you in the event of an emergency, or should someone other than you need to pick up your child, it is imperative that we have access to accurate information. If there are any changes, please complete and return the Contact Form today!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us over the next few weeks. We hope your family enjoys these last few precious weeks of summer and look forward to welcoming you back in September.

With warm regards,

Susan Braun
School Administrator
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY  11530
Tel: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 303
Fax: (516) 742-3457
Sabine Kully
Faculty Chair
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Tel: (516) 742-3434 Ext. 314
Fax: (516) 742-3457

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