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A Message from the Faculty Chair

Photo by Bianca LeRoux

Dear Community,

I am pleased to announce that Danielle Sierra will be joining The Waldorf School of Garden City as the Class Teacher for our rising third grade for the 2022-23 school year.

Most recently Ms. Sierra taught at both the Girls and Boys Prep Bronx Elementary Schools. There she initiated many extracurricular activities such as a Newspaper Club. Her strong background in singing and acting lends itself well to creating a vibrant and positive classroom environment. Ms. Sierra holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from The New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She is eager to begin her Waldorf training this summer.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Ms. Sierra to our community.  She will attend our Spring Festival on May 7th.


Kelly O’Halogan
Faculty Chair


The Waldorf School of Garden City Spring Benefit

Thursday, May 19th 6:00 – 10:00 pm The Royalton Mansion, Roslyn, NY

Have you purchased your tickets for the Spring Benefit? You can register, donate, or purchase journal ads by visiting www.waldorfgarden.org/spring-benefit. The deadline is this Thursday, May 4th. We hope you can join us to celebrate our wonderful honorees.

Franz E. Winkler Leadership Award
Beth Scherer
(1923 – 2022)
Accepting the award on her behalf: Rachel ’71 and James Madsen

Hans R. Brechbühl Service Award
Michael & Carol Proctor

Spirit of Waldorf Award
Bruce Murphy
Victor Rivera

Special Tribute to Claudia Hart for 20 years of service

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Spring Festival 2022

We invite you to join us for the School’s annual Spring Festival on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Bring a picnic blanket and a packed lunch, cake will be served after lunch.

The event will feature:

  • Maypole dancing and musical celebration led by grades 4 and 6
  • Puppet play presented by our Early Childhood teachers
  • Floral crown making
  • Family lawn games

This year, we have added an Open House for EC – grade 8 from 9:00 am-10:00 am. If you know of any families that may be interested, please contact mulvehilla@waldorfgarden.org or vegae@waldorfgarden.org.

The festival is a wonderful spring tradition – rain or shine. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the day!


School News

The Reel Abilities Film Festival

Written by WSGC Fiber Arts Teacher Sugandha Gupta

The panel discussion at REEL ABILITIES covered various challenges and stigmas attached to mental health and disabilities. It was an honor and a privilege to be one of the panelists, along with Miranda Lee, Jessica Cox, and Lawrence Carter-Long and moderated by Xian Horn. Jessica Cox is a pilot born without arms. Lawrence Carter-Long is a famous public figure and activist with Cerebral Palsy. Miranda Lee is a creative writer and curator who is autistic, and Xian Horn is a writer for Forbes Magazine who founded Give Beauty Wings and has Cerebral Palsy. The discussion shed light on ableism and how notions that disabilities are disadvantages undermine the talents, drive, and innovation disabled people bring to society. We also talked about disability as an identity and not something that defines people and how misunderstood the community is due to the literal negative connotations of the word.

As an Indian woman with a vision impairment caused by Albinism, I shared my experience living within the intersections of ethnicity, identity and disability. I feel that it is important to be authentic and share lived experiences as it helps bring people together and removes barriers and stigma attached to having conversations about challenges. As a society, we are all interdependent and can’t live in isolation. The more we understand each other authentically and without preconceived notions, the more we can relate and collaborate with one another.

Glen Brook

April has been a month of new life at Glen Brook. Five new lambs were born to Anita, Ruth, and Bonnie; as well as one human being to the Stehlik family (welcome to you, June Marie Stehlik!)  April was also a chance to have three school groups come to visit.  The 3rd and 4th grades from the Brooklyn Waldorf School spent a week exploring our forests, preparing delicious meals, and tending to the animals. The 7th grade from Maine Coast Waldorf School worked on group dynamics on the low ropes course, raised each other in the bosun’s chair to the rec hall rafters, and climbed North Pack Monadnock for views of mountains and the towers of Boston. Finally, the City of Lakes Waldorf School from Minneapolis sent their 8th-grade class for a week in the mountains.  May approaches, and we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of grades 8, 9, 11 & 12 for their separate spring trips.

Summer Camp and Family Camp in August are filling up fast.  There are still a few spots left, so register to reserve your place.  Know a high school senior who is looking for a life-changing experience after graduation?  We are registering now for Fall Gap.  Lastly, we’ve changed the name of our Land Stewards to School Programs Instructor to reflect the position better.  This immersive position offers the emerging teacher a once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate in a vibrant community and at the same time hone teaching and leadership skills in a growth-minded community. When there are no student groups here, the School Program Instructors help care for the facility and farm; and can learn many skills in these fields.

From all of us here at Glen Brook, wishing you a joyous spring.


What’s Happening in Athletics?

Dear Waldorf Sports Fans,

With only a few weeks left in the spring athletic season, all of our five athletic teams are practicing and competing hard against our PSAA and LIAIS league opponents as we near the playoffs!

  • The Varsity Softball team got their first win of the season against The Schechter School 12-7 in the opening game of a doubleheader. The girls narrowly lost the second game 11-10 in the final inning.
  • The Varsity Baseball team’s season has finally gotten underway after having its first four games postponed due to inclement weather. The team is now three games into their season, and Coach Hughes and Coach Torres are pleased with how the boys are improving from game to game. Please see below for a game write-up by 11th grader Darius Daughtry.
  • Our 7th and 8th-grade baseball and softball teams had their LIAIS season openers last week at Portledge. The baseball team secured a 10-5 victory while the softball team, unfortunately, suffered a loss.
  • Varsity Golf is eagerly anticipating their opening match of the season next week when they travel to The Tam O’Shanter Golf Club to compete against LuHi. Later that week, they will compete against Portledge at a match being held at the Glen Cove Golf Club.

Waldorf Student-Athlete Spotlight

This month we wish to highlight the amazing talent of 8th grader Danielle Burtis-Wyant. Danielle is a gymnast and has been training and competing since she was two years old! She represents All-Star Gymnastics in Levittown and recently competed in The Springtime Classic meet. Danielle competed in four events and did exceptionally well in all. She placed 1st in the Floor, Beam, and Vault events and 3rd in the Bars event. Her scores placed her in the 1st overall position of the 40+ gymnasts in attendance. She has another competitive meet this weekend, The State Championship, where she will be facing the top gymnasts from all over New York. Please join me in wishing her the very best as she once again goes for gold! Go, Danielle!

Go, Waldorf!

Shane Flanagan
Director of Athletics

Hungry Wolves fall just short on Opening Night Recap

by student Darius Daughtry ‘23

It was a cool night at Eisenhower Park on April 11. The Waldorf Wolves varsity baseball team took the field for their home opener in their blue jerseys, blue socks, white pants, and modest white Times New Roman font W’s on the front of their blue caps. They were about to play a game that proved to be as much of a roller coaster as the three years since the team’s last action. With only four returning players on the roster, the Wolves fielded an inexperienced but determined lineup that refused to go down without a fight against an evenly matched Avenues squad.

Coach James Hughes gave junior Darius Daughtry the starting nod in his varsity debut. After a rocky first inning in which he gave up three runs, Waldorf answered with two of their own. Daughtry capitalized on the team’s momentum and sat down the side in order on a measly 13 pitches. The offense continued in their half of the 2nd, scoring three runs on two bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch, making the score 5-2 in the top of the 3rd.

Daughtry was relieved by senior Josh Wang after 2.1 innings pitched and 4K’s. Wang held his own, pitching 1.2 innings while keeping the game within reach for the Waldorf nine. They entered the bottom of the fourth down 7-5. Wang hit a fielder’s choice (a questionable call at second) after a leadoff single by Daughtry. Shortstop Aaron Bertoni ripped a double to the left-center field gap to put two runners in scoring position. Feeling the pressure, Avenues’ pitcher walked catcher Viresh Chandra, but not before Wang scored on a wild pitch, pulling the Wolves within one. However, that was not the case for long, as Bertoni dashed home on ANOTHER wild pitch, evening the score going into the 5th. Bertoni took the mound with intentions to keep the score where it was, but errors in the field allowed Avenues to hang up yet another 2-spot on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the 5th, the Avenues pitcher got back-to-back strikeouts to lead off the inning. Just when everyone thought he would hang up a shutout inning, he walked Daughtry, who, prompted by first-base coach Andres Torres, stole second on the next pitch.
Wang followed up with a single to right field and a stolen base, putting both runners in scoring position.

At this point, madness ensued.

With Bertoni at the plate, the pitcher threw a pitch in the dirt that rolled to the backstop, allowing Daughtry to score. That’s not when the play ended, though. The catcher threw the ball past the pitcher covering home, which allowed Wang, who had already safely advanced to third, to sprint home to score! Avenues called for a pitching change after Bertoni singled, and the bleeding stopped after Chandra struck out.

With Bertoni unable to continue his outing because of a line drive that struck his pitching hand in the previous inning, Coach Hughes turned to 8th-grader Sebastian Martinez in his varsity debut with the game tied 9-9 to pitch Avenues’ half of the last inning.
Avenues hung up a 4-spot against the neophyte, the most they had in any inning all game. Waldorf got runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the 6th, but Martinez grounded out, ending the game, 13-9.

Even though the Wolves had their home opener spoiled, they certainly did better than many might have expected, considering many team members had never played organized baseball, let alone varsity baseball. Players and fans witnessed flashes of greatness from the team throughout the game. Tyler Royal, who had just joined the team days before and hadn’t played the game since the seventh grade, played stellar defense at first base. Holden Talluto-Hiris, in his first organized game ever, ripped a single to the opposite field. Viresh Chandra called his first game from behind the plate, covering the hardest position in the sport. Even if it doesn’t show up in their record, the 2022 Waldorf Wolves are certainly reaping the fruits of their labor.


Alumni Notes

Class of 1970

The Class of 1970 has always been a close group, and through the pandemic, and beyond, the class continues to hold Zoom gatherings as often as possible. Since the tragic war on Ukraine emerged, the class rallied and raised over $1,500 to support Waldorf families in Ukraine. An emergency support fund is being coordinated by the Friends of Waldorf Education (Freunde der Erziehungskunt Rudolf Steiners e.V.), through which various and evolving needs of our Ukrainian friends can be addressed.

We invite you to join the Class of 1970 and support these emergency efforts. AWSNA has an agreement with Freunde to solicit funds from the United States on their behalf. Visit https://www.waldorfeducation.org/donate and in the dropdown menu select “Freunde/Ukraine Relief” to support.


Kevin McAndrew ‘78

After a 35-year private sector career in consulting engineering, landscape architecture, and land planning in the NY metro area, Kevin McAndrew ’78 transitioned to the public sector now working for the City of Sarasota, FL as General Manager of Development Services overseeing project development review, zoning, urban forestry, code compliance, local business tax and serving as Secretary to the City Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.

Karnika Kisnadwala ‘12

Congratulations to Karnika Kisnadwala ’12 whose company, Kaanjj was recently featured in the Grazia India March 2022 Magazine. Karnika explains in the article, “South Asians abroad get their sense of style mainly from Bollywood, and I’d like to help change that and have them support the artisans and embrace their traditional roots.” Follow Karnika and Kaanjj on Instagram for the full story. @karnikakisnadwala @bykaanjj

Emma Keane ’18

Emma Keane ’18 will graduate from the College of the Holy Cross at the end of the month with a B.A. in Psychology and German Studies. Her interest in becoming bicultural and bilingual motivated her to apply to the Fulbright Program, where after an 8-month application process she was awarded a Fulbright grant as an English Teaching Assistant for the 2022-23 academic year in Germany. This international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between American citizens and people of other countries. Emma first visited Germany through the Waldorf study abroad program and traveled back for 6 months during college. She is thrilled to be returning to Germany and is looking forward to what this new adventure will bring. She is so grateful to all her mentors, professors, friends, family, and especially her Waldorf teachers who instilled in her a love for learning. Congratulations, Emma, on this incredible achievement!

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April Photo Flashback

Every month our students participate in a variety of fun and enriching activities. Enjoy this small sample of the events from April 2022, and some photos of the beautiful wildlife seen on our campus.

April 2022 Photo Flashback

Photos by Dylan Podlinski, Brandon Goldner, and Aruna Talapatra.

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Save These Dates

Spring Festival
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 8th

Last Day of Senior Daily Classes
Friday, May 13th

8th Grade Play
Friday, May 13th at 1:00 pm
Saturday, May 14th at 8:00 pm

WSGC Spring Benefit
Thursday, May 19th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Spring Concert for Grades 4-8
Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 pm

SCHOOL CLOSED – Memorial Day
Monday, May 30th

Spring Concert for Grades 9-12
Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00 pm

Sports Night
Wednesday, June 8th at 6:00 pm

Senior Play
Thursday, June 9th at 8:00 pm
Friday, June 10th at 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 11th at 8:00 pm

Play Day: Grades 1-3
Monday, June 13th

Field Day: Grades 4-8
Tuesday, June 14th

Field Day: Grades 9-12
Wednesday, June 15th

Last Day for Nursery & Kindergarten
Wednesday, June 15th

Closing Assembly and Last Day for 1-12
Thursday, June 16th

End of 4th Quarter (HS)
Thursday, June 16th

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm

Senior Commencement
Friday, June 17th at 10:30 am

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