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 eUpdate       January 2011
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All School Open House: Feb. 5th
Congratulations Scott!
Annual Carol Sing and Alumni Holiday Reception
Alumni vs. Varsity Basketball Games
Waldorf Schools Basketball Tournament
News from Camp Glen Brook
Waldorf Gives Back!
Rachael Abigail Holder '01
Margaret Bernstein '80
Charles Rose '78
Monthly Trivia
The News is coming!

The Waldorf eUpdate is sent out each month to over 1,320 alumni, alumni parents, former faculty, and friends with news and information about what's happening at the Waldorf School of Garden City.


In each issue, we post a new trivia question that tests your knowledge of Waldorf's "ins-and-outs." How much do you know about the school's past and present? A correct answer qualifies you to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate!
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Dear Alumni, Alumni Parents, and Friends:

Happy New Year!  We hope you and your families had a festive and joyous holiday season. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Waldorf School of Garden City, may you and your families enjoy a healthy and happy 2011!

All School Open House 

You - our loyal families - are among the best resource we have in bringing new families into our school community.  In our outreach efforts, we find again and again that word-of-mouth is the best method for attracting families and students to the Waldorf School of Garden City.


Is there a neighbor, a friend or a relative who might be interested in the Waldorf School?  Please feel free to inform them about our upcoming All School Open House on Saturday, February 5th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Visitors can meet our teachers, tour our school, and see student work on display.  This is a wonderful chance to take an in-depth look at our school and our curriculum.

With over 900 graduates, imagine the positive impact every alum can make in our ongoing outreach efforts.  We appreciate your continued support and commitment to the Waldorf School of Garden City!

For more information or to learn more about the admissions process, please contact Carol Proctor at (516) 742-3434 ext. 129 or via email at
Congratulations Scott!

Scott A. Williams '85The Waldorf School of Garden City is proud to announce that trustee and alumnus Scott A. Williams (class of 1985) will receive the David Award at Networking Magazine's Tenth Annual David Awards Breakfast.  Networking Magazine will honor Mr. Williams - and seven additional "Renaissance" men - for their dedication to the community.  Click here to read more.
Annual Carol Sing and Alumni Reception

On the evening of Wednesday, December 22nd, the Waldorf School held its annual Carol Sing. Under the baton of alumna Penelope Herdt Grover '71, families and alumni heralded the holiday season with beautiful Christmas carols in the candle-lit gymnasium. Following the Carol Sing, close to 75 alumni and their families - some from as far away as California, Georgia, Nebraska, West Virginia, and even Germany and Great Britain - attended a holiday reception in the high school student room where they reconnected with friends and teachers.  Click here to view the photos from the reception.
Alumni/ae and Varsity Basketball Games 

The Alumni/ae vs. Varsity Basketball games were held on Saturday, January 8th. In the Alumni vs. Boys Varsity Game, the Varsity Team won a very tight-match by a score of 37-30. Our thanks to Marcus Boyd '04, Tarik Carney '02, John Coffey '74, Kieran Kerekes '07, Michael LaBella '06, Kenneth Marissael '71, Jedd Savel '71, Kush Shukla '02, Christopher Smalley '07, and Eric Wright '71 for participating. In the Alumnae vs. Girls Varsity Game, the Girls Varsity Team won 23 to 16. Our thanks to Shanell Boyd '07, Anna-Barbara (Brechbühl) Churchill '84, Barbara (Costello) Lyons '76, Claire Lyons '07, and Abigail Lyons '10. In addition to the above players, we were delighted to welcome back former Athletic Directors Laszlo Jurak and Gordon PurdieClick here to see the pictures!

P.S.  Both Waldorf's Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams are in First Place in the Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League (IPPSAL) and undefeated in league competition! 
Waldorf Schools Basketball TournamentWaldorf Schools
Basketball Tournament:
February 11th to 13th
Speaking of basketball, the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams will be traveling to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania for the upcoming Waldorf Schools Basketball Tournament at the Kimberton Waldorf School.  If you live in the Philadelphia area, consider joining athletic director Paul LeSueur and the school's basketball coaches Susan Braun and Joe McMahon as we cheer our boys' and girls' varsity teams against other Waldorf and Steiner schools from the Northeast. 


Friday, February 11th
7:30 pm - Boys Varsity Basketball vs. High Mowing
8:55 pm - Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Washington

Saturday, February 12th
10:10 am - Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Rudolf Steiner
2:25 pm - Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Kimberton
8:05 pm - Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Baltimore

Sunday, February 13th
8:45 am - Boys All-Star Game
9:45 am - Three-Point Contest
10:35 am - Girls All-Star Game

For directions to the Kimberton Waldorf School, click here.

News from Camp Glen Brook 

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The renovation and expansion of Glen Brook kitchen and dining facilities is in full-swing! This is an exciting project with extraordinary consequences for the next generation of students and campers. Click here to read more and to view the construction updates and photos!


Winter CampThe pond froze this week, snow is in forecast for this weekend, and Winter Camp 2011 is filling up fast! We hope your child will join us again for a week of winter fun during February break. Open to students in grades 2 through 8, Winter Camp 2011 will be held from Monday, February 21st to Saturday, February 26th. As always, the week will include plenty of outdoor activities like sledding, snow-fort building, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, and hockey, and all the cozy ones, too, such as music, art, handwork, and cooking. We will also have our fifth-annual Winter Olympics and our third annual Winter Music Night! The application is available by clicking here. You are also welcome to call Glen Brook directly at (603) 876-3342.


Reviving a Glen Brook Tradition: Summer Camp Reunion!


Summer Camp ReunionJoin Glen Brook Culinary Director Ash Sheehan for a summer camp reunion and information session on Saturday, February 5th in the High School Student Room from 11am to 1pm! Ash will serve some signature dishes from Glen Brook and show photos of recent summers. This is a great way to catch up with old camp friends, make new ones, and have a little piece of New Hampshire summer in the middle of winter.


For more information contact Ash at (603) 876-3342 or


Each March, Glen Brook hosts an intensive weekend program on maple sugaring. This year's annual Maple Sugaring Weekend will take place over two weekends: March 11-13 and March 25-27. Families are invited to stay at the Camp for two nights and participate in all aspects of Glen Brook's sugaring programs: tapping trees, gathering sap, feeding the wood-fired arch, cutting and stacking wood, and boiling and bottling syrup. All visitors enjoy a fine pancake feast on Sunday morning and take home a souvenir of maple syrup in Glen Brook's signature glass flask.


Main House at Camp Glen Brook 


And it's not too early to start thinking about Summer 2011!


Session I: July 3 to July 23  

Session II: July 24 to August 13  

Full Session: July 3 to August 13


Click here for all the Summer Camp details!

Waldorf Gives Back!

With every New Year, we find ourselves resolving to be better individuals. To this end, the Waldorf School of Garden City, along with other area Waldorf schools, invites you to join us for a day of service in the New York Area.

Organized through New York Cares - a nonprofit volunteer organization - the annual "Hands on New York Day" gathers thousands of volunteers, sending them to the five boroughs to clean up parks and other recreational areas. This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 16th.

How can you help?

Next month, we'll send you detailed information about how you can sign-up as a volunteer on the Waldorf Alumni Team.We'll be joined by alumni from the Rudolf Steiner School, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Kimberton Waldorf School, and more, all working together to show our appreciation for the beauty surrounding us.

So for now, make sure to save the date, Saturday, April 16th, and get ready to help Waldorf give back to the community!

P.S. We will also announce a venue for a post "Hands on New York Day" gathering.  So stay tuned!

Rachael Abigail Holder '01


Dead Fish"Dead Fish," a play Rachael Abigail Holder '01, will have its official world premiere between February 9th and 12th at the Here Arts Center's Mainstage at 145 Sixth Avenue in New York City (between Dominick and Spring Streets). The play takes place in present day Brooklyn, NY and immediately introduces the audience to Zoe (35) and Harris (25), Guyanese-American brother and sister whose parents have passed away. Halie (19), their cousin from Florida who ran away from home, has shown up at Harris' apartment. Holder's lucid, straightforward style gives way to the characters leaving the audience with an inexplicable bond to Zoe, Jack, Harris, and Halie as they navigate their ever-evolving relationships. To purchase tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or online at

Margaret Bernstein '80

SAFE through the ArtsSAFE through the Arts is a weeklong program Margaret Bernstein '80 developed that uses the creative and performing arts to educate middle school students on the prevention of bullying, violence, and abusive relationships. The program, which is based upon three key components: Self-Affirmation, Financial literacy, and Education of non-violence, encompasses thirteen New York State learning standards in addition to a variety of performing and visual arts.

Margaret is running for a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. The two projects with the leading votes win the grant, and the general public has the opportunity to vote daily. "If we win, we would have the opportunity to provide 35 SAFE through the Arts violence prevention programs to students throughout New York State."  Let's all help Margaret out!  Vote here.

Charles Rose '78

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Charles Rose '78 and his architectural firm Charles Rose Architects Inc is pleased to announce the completion of the Jean Vollum Drawing, Painting, and Photography Building on the Oregon College of Art and Craft's hillside campus. Randy Gragg, Editor-in-Chief of Portland Monthly and former architectural critic at The Oregonian wrote:


"At the close of a year that has yielded only fleeting moments of good news, consider pausing to enjoy something great, built to last, and newly finished this fall ... If its craftsmanship, the way it shapes the winter light, or the artists buzzing inside don't juice the urge to take a class in the new year, it may at least inspire you to move your desk next to the best window and start making a better 2011 .... Every corner is a carefully composed and crafted convergence of forces that turns the artmaking inside into a collaboration with the surroundings .... I often end the year with a visit to the Mt Angel Abbey Library on my late-December birthday to let Aalto's orchestration of space and light help me find my next horizon .. Charles Rose's design for the Vollum building has a similarly powerful effect, inviting you to rally your wits, feel the possibilities of the moment, and get on with adding something creative to the world."


To read the article in its entirety, click here

Monthly Trivia


December's Trivia Questions: 

Help identify the picture. 
In the spirit of the holidays, help identify the individual sitting on Santa's lap in the following picture.  Can you guess who it is?  Where was it taken?  When was it taken?

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Answer:  Peter Curran telling "Santa" his Christmas wish during the High School Holiday Dinner, December 1984.

We received responses - and some great comments - from numerous people:

Wendy Walmsley '71 writes, "Peter Curran (former High School Principal) is sitting on Santa's lap.

Linda Goldstein Berke '78 writes, "That picture is of former History teacher, Peter Curran!

Scott A. Williams '85 writes, "Peter Curran a.k.a 'Bubba', sitting on Santa's lap (Another cameo appearance by Roland Rothenbucher) it is during the High School Christmas Dinner in the Student Room circa 1983, '84 or 85.

Tiffany Williams '89 writes, "Peter Curran is the person sitting on Santa's lap.

Tamara Ruppart '96 writes, "Mr. Curran! And sitting on RRR!"

Tom Kirk '80 writes, "Peter Curran is sitting on Santa's lap."

And congratulations to Charles and Jeanne Hawthorne* - the winner of December's trivia question - who provided the following response:  "That is Peter Curran sitting on Santa (or rather, Roland's) lap during one of the High School's Christmas parties in the mid-1980s."

*Charles Hawthorne was the School's Business Manager from 1981 to 1991.  His wife Jeanne was the High School Secretary from 1983 to 1986.  Today, they live in Wilton, New Hampshire where Charles is the Director of Finance at the High Mowing School.

January's Trivia Question:

Can you guess who these people are?  We'll update you in the next issue with the answer and some details.

January 2011 Trivia Picture

Send your response, your full name, and your graduating year in an email to Robert Ingenito '97 at A response with the best or closest answer has a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate

Good luck!
The News is coming soon! 

The News (Vol. 63, No. 1) Winter 2010The winter 2011 issue of The News is coming!  This semi-annual publication is sent to nearly 3,000 alumni, parents, and friends of the School.  Expect to receive your copy very soon.  Many thanks to our alumni class representatives for their help in collecting the Alumni Notes!  To send a note for the next issue, contact your alumni representative or Robert Ingenito '97 at

We love your feedback, observations, letters, and news updates!  So keep 'em coming!