August 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians:

While the warm days of summer make it hard to imagine, the first day of School – Tuesday, September 2nd – 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 10:30 am. Please note this is a half-day of school, and all students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm. To maintain the festive mood, students are asked to wear “assembly clothes” (boys wear jackets and ties; girls wear dresses or skirts) 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 10th. Please refer to the enclosed letter from Janet Kane for more information on the pre-school schedule.

As we look towards September, there are some new developments and exciting projects which we would like to share with you:

  • We are pleased to introduce the Waldorf School of Garden City 2014-2015 Speaker & Event Series! Open to current parents and the larger community, the Series includes noted speakers, as well as events and workshops, addressing important and timely questions facing parents today. The enclosed brochure provides more information about this exciting initiative – and we encourage you to share this information with family and friends! Our first guest speaker, Dr. Wendy Mogel, is an internationally acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of The New York Times bestselling book The Blessing of a Skinned Knee. Her talk, entitled “How can I be an effective parent in a culture that breeds anxiety and entitlement in children?” will take place on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 pm in Bonner Hall. Mark your calendars and register on-line now! While this event is free, due to anticipated demand for seating, we ask that you register in advance.
  • The cafeteria has installed a new payment system, which automates the entire process and enables parents to replenish their child’s cafeteria account online. Click here for more information about this improved process and instructions for making deposits to your child’s account for September. While we expect to implement a similar process for the Bookstore in the near future, for the beginning of school, parents of both new and returning students in the 5th through 12th grades should deposit $150 into their child’s bookstore account. Checks can be mailed directly to the Business Office.
  • Earlier this month, we launched the School’s new website. Its responsive design is now easy to view on tablets and smart phones, as well as desktop computers. Also, be sure to check out the new photographs and our new school video!
  • The much anticipated windows project is finished! Thanks to the generous support of our entire community, we replaced windows in the music, woodwork, fiber arts/handwork classrooms, as well as the physics lab and the kindergarten hallway. (Click here to see the photos on Waldorf's Facebook page.)

The new school year also brings changes to our faculty and staff, and we welcome the following new colleagues to our school community:

  • A graduate of Harvard University and a recent graduate of the Winkler Center’s Foundation Studies program, Mrs. Amy Stemkoski is teaching middle school science and biology in the 9th grade.
  • A graduate of Yale University where she majored in English Literature, Ms. Nina Renker is our new High School ELL Instructor.
  • Returning to our school is Ms. Maria VerEecke, who is teaching eurythmy in the lower school. Ms. VerEcke taught eurythmy at the Waldorf School of Garden City from 1981 to 1983 before teaching eurythmy for a number of years at the Green Meadow Waldorf School. She is a graduate of the Spring Valley School of Eurythmy.
  • Joining us from the New Amsterdam Waldorf School, Ms. Karen Talluto is our new Handwork Teacher for Grades 1-6. Many in our community know Ms. Talluto from her work in the Parent Craft Circle. She is a graduate of Evergreen State College and recently completed the Winkler Center’s Foundation Studies Program. She looks forward to sharing her passion for handwork with children.
  • Ms. Ruth Dominguez is our new Nursery Assistant. A native of Costa Rica, she is a graduate of Columbia University where she majored in Latin American Studies and Psychology.
  • Ms. Caitlin Sawyer is our new Development Assistant. A recent graduate from Hofstra University, Caitlin interned at the PR firm Zimmerman/Edelson, in Great Neck, N.Y., during which she worked on some PR projects for the Brooklyn Waldorf School.
  • Ms. Hongyi (Elaine) Jin is our new Middle School ESL Instructor. Ms. Jin recently completed her master’s in teaching English as a Second Language from Adelphi University. She also will be teaching the Modern China Main Lesson course in the high school.

To read more about these teachers and staff members, please visit www.waldorfgarden.org/faculty.

The August letter would not be complete without one final reminder – please review the information included on your Family Contact Form (which you received in the mail), make any changes, and return it to the School before September 1st. 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!

We hope that you and your family are enjoying these long, lovely summer months and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in just a few short weeks. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either of us and we’ll be happy to assist.

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
Email: brauns@waldorfgarden.org
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
Email: kullys@waldorfgarden.org

CAMPUS LIFE

We want students to meet exciting people, try something different, discover something about themselves, and see the world from a new perspective; put simply we want students to learn.

PARENTS

There is an inviting atmosphere throughout our school created by happy children, engaged families, and dedicated teachers. As a parent—the opportunity to self-select your child’s peer group, one which is aligned with your family’s values and outlook on the world, is amongst the most important educational decisions you can make.

GREEN & ACTIVE

We provide unparalleled opportunities for children, by immersing them in our working farm, outdoor adventures and a community of adults who respect the natural world.

ACADEMICS

We take the best of classical education and make it relevant by intertwining the arts with academics, resulting in a synergistic experience that creates deeper meaning. No other form of education provides for an academic experience this enriching, authentic and joyful.

ADMISSIONS

We provide opportunities for children to be challenged while creating an environment that allows them to be healthy, satisfied, and productive community members.

THE BASICS

Our school includes a 200-acre farm campus, organic gardens, and a community that values well-balanced children.

A Classical Liberal Arts Education Serving Grades N-12

225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530

516.742.3434

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