"Education Toward Freedom" was once a Green Meadow tagline: the idea being that we capacitate children to become anyone they want to become. By giving them skills, experience, knowledge, confidence, and community, we help them freely choose their future.
Part of the way we do that is by giving them freedom throughout their education: to play, explore, fail and try again, persevere, question, ponder. This article from Psychology Today confirms the wisdom of our approach.
on Monday November 19, 2012 at 11:43AM
As we all recover from the effects of the recent storm and find ourselves grateful for basics like light, heat, and water, many of us are thinking about how to help those still in need. A great way to get involved is to support the 11th grade at Green Meadow, which is collecting food and other supplies for those affected by the storm locally. Items can be dropped off at 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.
Here’s a note from the students: “We urge you to bring in non-perishable food items and toiletries, such as canned goods, soups, pasta, rice, beans, peanut butter, diapers, shampoo, and laundry soap. We have collection boxes in the lower school and high school, and as they fill, we will deliver them to families and to the People to People Food Pantry. Please be generous! We will continue the food drive through December.”
Still another way to help, through Green Meadow, is to supply impoverished local families with Thanksgiving dinner. For participants in our Neighbor to Neighbor program, we are collecting food suitable for a Thanksgiving feast. Items can be dropped at the address above, marked “Neighbor to Neighbor”.
on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 12:10PM
Green Meadow will be OPEN TOMORROW for school at the normal time. Unless the power is restored tonight by the local utilities, the school will be running off a generator that has been professionally installed and will be monitored by an onsite technician. The buildings and grounds have had multiple inspections and all is well. We were very lucky and only had very minimal damage to the periphery of the school property.
We understand that getting to school may be difficult and even impossible for some families. Please do not do anything that will put you in harm's way. Only you can determine what is possible for you and your family. The teachers will do their best to support each student who needs to get caught up on work and you are welcome to contact the teachers with any questions. Please note that many teachers are still without power and may have limited access to Internet and phone in the evening.
There is likely to be limited or no busing available tomorrow, so please check with your local bus company. Some families are talking about carpooling; perhaps you can make a phone call to offer or request a ride.
There will be no Hot Lunch program until the Threefold Cafe notifies us that they are up and running again. Credit will be given, by the Cafe directly, to all families who have already paid for the week. Tomorrow and Friday, the 8th grade will offer pizza and salad (no organic option this week).
For Nursery and Kindergarten Parents: All Nursery and Kindergarten classes will resume tomorrow. Mrs. Grieder's Nursery children will meet in the Parent & Child classroom, located on the ground level of the Lower School building, next to the 8th grade classroom. All other Nursery and Kindergarten classes will take place in their regular classrooms. Please note that tomorrow, all children will need to bring a "ready-to-eat" wholesome morning snack, and full-day children will need to bring a bag lunch as well. Please refrain from sending juice and sugary foods. We will serve water and tea as usual.
Other points to note: * No after-school sports will take place until the power is back on. * After-School Program is only until 4pm until the power is back on. * Your child's daily schedule may vary from the usual this week. * There WILL BE SCHOOL on November 9 &12. * The Kim John Payne lecture scheduled for November 6 has been postponed until further notice. * Dress your child warmly, as the temperatures may vary and start off chilly in the morning.
We will see you tomorrow.
Tari Steinrueck Administrator
on Sunday November 4, 2012 at 11:22AM
One of the integral elements of a Waldorf Education (and one of the things many of us love most about being in a Waldorf community) is celebrating seasonal festivals. These celebrations create beautiful memories for the children and connect the whole family to the seasons, giving the year a lovely sense of rhythm.
At Green Meadow, we pride ourselves on celebrating a diverse collection of holidays that resonate with our multicultural parent body, knowing that every celebration honors different virtues and values. In September, we celebrate Michaelmas, which remembers the courage of St. Michael as he fought the dragon, and we look forward to the sweetness of Rosh Hashanah , the Jewish new year, and the sacredness of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. The Muslim families in our community fast each year for the month of Ramadan, which is usually in the fall but moves according to the lunar calendar. Each October, we hold the beloved Fall Fair (coming soon--details below), with pumpkin carving, cider pressing, hayrides, face painting, and much more. We also celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of light, in many classrooms, and our sister organizations, the Threefold Educational Center and Eurythmy Spring Valley, host a magical Lantern Walk on Halloween. In November, Green Meadow families from all over the world gather for a US-style Thanksgiving, and December, of course, brings Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, as well as Santa Lucia Day and our Advent Garden, both beautiful celebrations of light from the Christian tradition, and the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, which pagan families commemorate in various ways. We enjoy Valentine’s Day in February with a special, formal tea in the Kindergarten and many families celebrate Easter, Passover, and/or the equinox in the spring. May 1 finds us enjoying a traditional Maypole celebration and dance.
The school year closes in June as it opens in September, with our emotional Rose Ceremony: at the start of the year, the 12th graders welcome the 1st graders with a rose, and on the last day of school, those same 1st graders, now older and much more confident than when the year began, say farewell to the graduating class by presenting each of them with a rose.
We anticipate these days of celebration all year long, and are grateful to be part of a community that stops to celebrate and mark the passage of time and nature’s rhythms as often as we can.
Our next big festival is this Saturday, October 20, and we invite you to join us: it’s our Annual Fall Fair, which is more than 30 years old and attracts about 3000 people from the tristate area to our campus. You can read more here: www.gmws.org/fallfair.
on Tuesday October 16, 2012 at 08:32PM