March 2020 E-News
~ Celebrating 100 Years of Education Worldwide ~
WSGC and COVID-19
As of today, distance-learning will continue through April 8th and School will be closed for our scheduled break through April 17th. As the situation evolves, keep up with the WSGC’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis by visiting our information page. Click the button below.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Parent Orientation (POSTPONED)
New Date TBA
A Tribute to George Rose (POSTPONED)
New Date TBA
Golf Classic & Dinner Reception (POSTPONED)
Monday, October 5th
10:30 am – 9:30 pm
High School Musical (CANCELED)
Continued Learning Despite the Distance
This week, the High School’s Charitable Snack Stand donated $650 to City Harvest, a non-profit organization that helps feed people in New York City. The organization’s board of directors currently has a double-match happening meaning that this will put almost $2000 into the system to help care for our neighbors.
This organization does excellent work making certain that food does not end up in a landfill and instead helps the 1.3 million New Yorkers who do not have enough to eat. COVID-19 is only going to raise the numbers of citizens who suffer from food insecurity, so at this time it seemed appropriate to put all available monies into immediate and local use.
See City Harvest’s one-minute video here: https://youtu.be/ztAmBktWIn8.
Thank you to the many students who work the snack stand, and a special thanks to current juniors, Jadyn Mardy, Celeste Parks, and Sophia Conrad for making this possible.
“Jeannine Davis and Erin Fitzgerald, facilitated the 2020 Subject Teachers Conference [earlier this month], and forged new connections among subject teacher colleagues from around the country. Teachers from all disciplines joined together at Sunbridge Institute to talk about child development, collaboration with colleagues, and classroom management. Each returned home with new tools for teaching their students and caring for themselves, as well as new friendships forged!” shared Linda Ogden, Sunbridge Institute.
Camp Glen Brook
We at Glen Brook are doing all we can to adapt to the COVID-19 outbreak, and hope that you and your family are well and are abiding by the advice of public officials and healthcare professionals. We are busy working with the Waldorf faculty to offer curriculum support for you, as parents and children learn from each other at home. We are also preparing for Waldorf classes this spring, and Summer Camp and Family Camp with all our best wishes for a healthy world. We know that a joyful summer in the vibrant community and the natural world of Glen Brook would be the best thing for our children after these school closures and social distancing, and we are planning for just that.
Spring and hope are in the air. Seedlings are coming up in the greenhouse, birds are building their nests in the maple tree on the front lawn, new shelving is being installed in the A-Frames, and a wonderful staff is being assembled to create a memorable and life-giving summer camp experience for our campers. With the hope that COVID-19 will recede soon, we imagine that children will be more ready than ever to settle into all that Summer Camp offers. We hope you will be joining us to sing around the campfire this summer.
Glen Brook is also striving to support our entire community during this challenging time. Please join us from the comfort of your home for the following events:
- After such tremendously positive feedback from our first live-streamed sing-a-long this past Friday, we’re going to start offering them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4:30 pm. You can find the live stream and the archives at glenbrook.org/at-home and on our Facebook page.
- We will host our first virtual Saturday Night Entertainment on Saturday, April 11th, so start to plan your acts! We’ll be taking pre-recorded videos of family-friendly skits, and we’ll host and play the skits for what promises to be a wonderful evening. Check glenbrook.org/at-home and our Facebook page for specifics later this week on where and how to share those videos.
- Om Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am we will be offering a free online community forum, open to any parents at the School. These sessions can be accessed via this link: https://zoom.us/j/405852479
On Glen Brook’s website at www.glenbrook.org/athome you will also find:
- A series of “Good Morning Glen Brook” videos of various activities around the camp.
- Audio stories to play for your children and families.
- Games for you and your family to play at home.
What’s Happening in Athletics?
Waldorf’s athletic department is working closely with our governing body NYSAIS Athletic Association and our league representatives from the PSAA in the hopes of salvaging an interscholastic season this spring. Proposals have been put forward suggesting ways we could make this happen.
While we are hopeful that we will be able to provide some kind of spring season for our student-athletes, we specifically hope to properly honor our graduating seniors who have given us so much over the past 4 years, so stay tuned!
Stay strong Waldorf, this time will pass.
Finally, a special Happy Birthday to Athletics Director, Shane Flanagan’s daughter Lyla who turned 1 year old this past weekend.
Socially Distant – Spiritually Connected
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Over these last few weeks we have been inspired by your compassion, positivity, and strength. Some of you are taking care of elderly parents and loved ones, others are finding creative ways to teach your students and children outside of the classroom, many of you are initiating virtual social hours with classmates, and together as Alumni of The Waldorf School of Garden City you are socially distant but finding ways to spiritually connect.
Remember to take care of yourself and reach out to fellow Waldorf community members to share your experiences in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic – resources, tips, and general points of inspiration that will help us all forge ahead together.
- If you are not sure where to begin, contact your Class Rep to help you connect to others or send the Development Team an email and we are happy to help make outreach.
- WSGC Resource Page (password is 225cambridge)
With Appreciation and Love,
Nicole S. Littrean
Director of Development
Development Associate – Alumni Relations
On Valentine’s Day, Dorian R. Glover ‘84, and Hon. Linda K. Mejias ‘97, were married in a beautiful and romantic ceremony at the Heritage Club at Bethpage. The couple made sure to incorporate the Morning Verse into the ceremony to acknowledge their shared Waldorf experience. The Verse was spoken by another Waldorf alum, John Norden ’85. Congratulations to you both and best of luck in this next chapter of your lives!
Congratulations to Bob Gold ‘73 and his team at Bob Gold & Associates, an internationally recognized boutique public relations and marketing agency. Bob Gold & Associates has been selected to help launch Immersion Neuroscience, the world’s most advanced predictive software company unlocking neuroscience to measure what people love. Bob Gold & Associates has also joined forces with Viamedia, the leading cross-media local advertising company for independent video providers, to promote their comprehensive suite of advanced video and digital advertising solutions.
Irin Carmon ’01, Senior Correspondent at New York magazine, CNN Contributor and New York Times bestselling author of Notorious RBG wrote the article “Pregnant in a Pandemic” in The Cut. Read the full article by visiting https://www.thecut.com/2020/03/pregnant-in-a-pandemic.html.
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A Message to Faculty Past and Present
Click the button below to see a heartwarming message from Alumnus Josh Blumenthal ’99, who shares a feeling of solidarity with all members of the Waldorf Community!
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Distance Learning Continues
Wednesday, April 1st – Wednesday, April 8th
Tuition Assistance Applications Due
Wednesday, April 1st
Transportation Applications Due
Wednesday, April 1st
End of 3rd Quarter (HS Only)
Friday, April 3rd
Spring Break – NO ONLINE CLASSES
Thursday, April 9th – Friday, April 17th
Classes Resume (Pending Review)
Monday, April 20th
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