July 2021 E-News
A Message from the Faculty Chair
Thank you to all who made our year-end festivities and celebrations a huge success. It was a joy to see one another as we came together as a community to celebrate, promote and graduate our students.
Preparations for the next school year are already underway.
Enjoy your summer!
Dear Waldorf and Glen Brook Community,
Every school year brings forth a new beginning full of potential and endless possibilities for our community. It is your generous support that makes every step possible on this journey! As we close out the 2020-2021 fiscal year, we extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of our supporters for your continued dedication to the School and camp.
While this past year was challenging for all of us, we stand together stronger than ever with great excitement for what’s to come in the year ahead for The Waldorf School of Garden City and Camp Glen Brook.
Enjoy reliving memories from the past year and seeing the happy faces shine brightly even through masks in the video below!
Associate Director of
Development & Alumni Relations
The Waldorf School of Garden City
Camp Glen Brook
62nd Annual Commencement Ceremony
The Class of 2021 processed onto the field Friday, June 11th for the last time to accept their diplomas and receive accolades for their achievements. Under clear skies and a lovely outdoor tent, the class celebrated together in person and reminisced as they closed out their High School careers. In attendance were not only their family and teachers but also many other guests who joined us virtually through our online live stream of the ceremony.
We are so proud of the Class of 2021 and wish them nothing but the best in all their future endeavors. You can watch the recording of the ceremony below!
The Paul LeSueur Golf Classic, which took place on Thursday, June 17th at The Garden City Country Club, was a perfect day for Golf followed by a beautiful outdoor cocktail reception. The Classic, in conjunction with the Virtual Silent Auction, which was held on Wednesday, May 26th, raised over $115,000! We are immensely grateful to everyone for their support of these two events.
To view the event journal click here. To see a photo gallery click the image below.
Our student body was all smiles as they spent an afternoon out in the sun during their year-end Field Days! Students participated in relay sack races, water games, kickball, volleyball, and more. It was wonderful to see their happy faces as they enjoyed the friendly competitions and each other without masks for the first time all year.
Click below to see a full photo gallery.
Waldorf 9th Grader Earns Citation of Excellence at Adelphi Poetry Conference
Waldorf High School students joined students from across Long Island for Adelphi University’s Annual Poetry Day conference on April 30th. The event, which was held virtually, included poetry contests and open mic poetry slams. It was highlighted by a keynote presentation by poet Cynthia Dewi Oka. The day culminated in an awards ceremony where 9th Grader, Hope Finazzo received a citation for her poem, “In Reality.”
Middle School Student Raises Funds for Homeless LGBTQIA+
In conjunction with Pride Month and his B’nei Mitzvah project, Felix Crotty, the current Outreach Officer for the Middle School GSA, began a fundraising campaign for homeless LGBTQIA youth and an Amazon wish list to help get more LGBTQIA+ books into public and school libraries.“I decided to focus my project on awareness and access to LGBTQIA+ education for families and raising funds to help LGBTQIA+ teens at risk. If this sounds interesting and you would like to help, [read on] for a few ways you can make a difference.”
Waldorf BSU Presents BIPOC Representation in Media
In their final event of the school year, the Waldorf Black Student Union (BSU) presented the forum, BIPOC Representation in Media, featuring award-winning director, producer, and current Waldorf grandparent, Sam Pollard, for grades 8 and up.
The Forum addressed the important question: Why is representation in pop culture and the film industry so important? According to the BSU, “For most youth, how minority influences are portrayed in the mainstream media directly impacts not only how they perceive themselves, but also how they perceive others. PBS NewsHour polled 144 middle and high school students about media representation and 80% felt underrepresented both racially and culturally. With the success of recent films such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” it has once again been demonstrated that minority representation is important, not only in Hollywood but also in other aspects of pop culture.”
It is The Waldorf School of Garden City tradition for the Senior class to perform a play at the end of their senior year, entertaining parents, peers, and the community at large. This year, the class of 2021 performed The Rules of Comedy by Peter Bloedel for class, faculty, and community audiences both in the gym and under one of our beautiful gazebos.
The Rules of Comedy focuses on physical comedy to teach lessons in what is funny and what is not. To this end, it subverts the quintessential tragedy, Hamlet, and turns the final act into a comedy. Congratulations to the Class of 2021 for a great run!
Click below to see a full photo gallery.
Camp Glen Brook is excited to be gearing up for our 75th summer, starting July 4th. We’ve filled the first of two weeks of the season with facilitation techniques, lifeguard training, evening singing, anti-racist training, a campout, and so much more. We are excited and prepared; our staff is eager to welcome campers as well as this summer’s Counselors In Training!
Students, parents, coaches, and friends gathered virtually over Zoom on June 2 for the 2021 Virtual Sports Night to celebrate and honor our departing Senior Athletes. Coaches shared memories and words of encouragement for the seniors, acknowledging them for their hard work, talent, and dedication to the program. Athletics Director, Shane Flanagan closed out the evening by presenting three students with special awards:
Athletics Service Awards:
Celeste Parks and Luke Cleary
Gabriel Kane Spirit of Athletics Award:
Congratulations to our Student-Athletes from the Class of 2021! Please enjoy the slideshow below from the event.
Calling our graduating classes ending in ‘1s and ‘6s! Have you started making plans for your big reunion this year? We’re here to help! Whether you plan on celebrating in the fall during Alumni Weekend or are looking to schedule something virtually on your own time, please keep us posted. We’d love to help in any way possible.
Please contact Samantha D’Aleo at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Congratulations to those from the class of 2017 who are graduating college this year!
Class of 1961
In May, the Class of 1961 got together for a Zoom reunion to celebrate their 60th year anniversary! The class had a wonderful morning reminiscing, sharing stories of where their lives took them, and even singing a Waldorf favorite: “Swinging Along.”
Allan Zink described it as, “Both amazing and gratifying how spontaneously all those shared experiences and that old feeling of camaraderie resurfaced – a true “back to one’s roots” experience if ever there was one. Songs sung and poems learned by heart included!”
Members of the class on the call included: Terri Glatzer, Allan Zink, Pierre du Prey, Karen Gode Lyke, David, and Lana Meissner. Pictured Separately: Judith Bull.
Class of 1973
Earlier in February the Class of 1973 had a Zoom reunion. They had a wonderful event catching up on each other’s lives and reminiscing about their time at the School. Their class teacher, George Benner was also in attendance. Mr. Benner was the first male teacher to take his students from 1st to 8th grade! George will be 92 on July 23rd and, as a birthday wish, the Class of ’73 is working to put together their memories from their time with him for a “spotlight” in our upcoming Waldorf Magazine. We look forward to sharing their stories with everyone soon!
Bella Fraim ‘13 recently took on a role at Fitch Solutions (part of FitchRatings) as a member of their Customer Success Team. She will be managing client relationships within the company’s U.S. book of business and then down the road, global accounts. Congratulations, Bella!
Congratulations to Nzingha Helwig ’17 who graduated salutatorian of her class with a 4.0 GPA. Nzingha was featured in the SCAD Fashion showcase and in a Savannah Morning News article where she says “My love of fiber, the manipulations, the techniques, is what drew me to design. Especially during COVID, we have been taught how special and how much touch is needed and how important it is to us once that is taken away. It has challenged me to create a very tactile feeling art form and translate it digitally, so people can still feel that sense of touch through a computer screen. I want people to look at it and to imagine what it feels like or want to touch it. I really want to engage touch as soon as audiences see the pieces.”
During the fashion showcase, Nzingha was able to moderate a conversation between Paula Wallace and Diane Von Furstenberg. Nzingha was featured in both Women’s Wear Daily and Paper magazine in their annual feature on emerging designers. Nzingha will be interning at Lafayette 148 in fashion design. We wish you all the best, Nzingha!
Gabrielle Martin ‘17 (they/she) is currently an Actor and Marketing Director for Project Y Theatre Company’s Tiny Barn Theatre Festival in Vermont, which seeks to reinvent hybrid, post-pandemic theatre by creating experimental productions of new works for both in-person and remote audiences simultaneously. They are also a Teaching Artist with The Bread Loaf School of English’s education initiative, Beyond the Page, which brings experiential and theatrical learning practices into classrooms of all different disciplines, with an emphasis on critical race theory (CRT), diversity, equity, and inclusion. Next semester, she will graduate with degrees in acting, directing, and music from Middlebury College. Congratulations, Gabrielle!
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Monday, August 30th
Preseason Varsity Soccer Practice begins
Wednesday, September 1st – Friday, September 3rd
Orientation for Grades 9 & 12 at Glen Brook
Monday, September 6th
SCHOOL CLOSED – Labor Day
Tuesday, September 7th – Wednesday, September 8th
SCHOOL CLOSED – Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 9th
OPENING DAY: Nursery – Grade 12
Half-Day – 12:00 pm Dismissal
Thursday, September 16th
SCHOOL CLOSED: Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 25th
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