Book Recommendation from CCFC: The Big Disconnect

We are thrilled to have Susan Linn, Executive Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), coming to speak at GMWS on May 6! Check out the CCFC's latest book recomendation, below.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age 
by Catherine Steiner-Adair

CCFC has long been at the forefront of the movement to reduce children’s screen time—and The Big Disconnect is an important tool for helping families and people who work with children address this challenging issue. As families are more and more consumed by screens —children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated.

Renowned psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair has written a highly readable book—relying on research and her clinical experience to argue for the urgent need to set limits on how much and what kind of media children consume. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects, but children desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.

Posted by vlarson on Monday September 30, 2013
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GMWS Alumni Stefan Schaefer's new film

Congratulations to Stefan Schaefer '89, from whom we just received this message:
Dear Waldorf Friends, 
I hope this finds you well. Below please find a press release about a film I wrote and directed, entitled MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU. The film stars Nicole Beharie (SHAME, 42, SLEEPY HOLLOW) and European leading man Ken Duken. It opens on Oct. 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago. It's a heart-warming, cross-cultural love story - rated PG-13 - that members of your school community may find compelling. For those of you who saw my prior film ARRANGED (, it features several of the same actors. You can learn more via the following links: 
Please let me know if you have any questions or whether I can provide any additional information. 
All the very best, 
Stefan Schaefer | writer, director  
Green Meadow Alum

My Last Day Without You is an independent feature film produced by Cicala Filmworks and Silver Shepherd. The film directd by Stefan Shaefer, sis co-written by Stefan Schaefer and Christoph Silber, and produced by Diane Crespo, Christoph Silber and Stefan Schaefer. The film is distributed by Novus Content and Mission Pictures. Film stars Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken, Marlene Forte, Laith Nakii, Robert Cohessy, and Reg E. Cathey. 
On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before.


Director's Note
The premise for the film is very loosely based on the experiences of my writing partner, Christoph Silber, who met his wife on the subway in Brooklyn. Such "chance meetings" are often depicted in film, and at times come off as narrative device, but both of us have been shaped by such encounters in our personal lives and so decided to forge ahead and flesh out some ideas.

We developed numerous treatments over the years, eventually settling on a love story between two characters that appear very different on the surface - a German on the corporate fast-track; and a pastor's daughter from Brooklyn with musical aspirations. Fortunately, the screenplay appealed to some amazing actors, who in turn took the story to places I could never have anticipated. Additionally, the music composed by Scott Jacoby and performed by lead actress Nicole Beharie elevate the film tremendously.


My Last Day Without You will have a limited theatrical run in October. We will be hosting premiere events in both DC and Atlanta.
Posted by vlarson on Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 09:44AM
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Today's Rose Ceremony

Professional photos are coming soon, but here's a sneak peek at today's Rose Ceremony. With great pride, we present the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2025. Welcome back, everyone!

Posted by vlarson on Monday September 9, 2013 at 11:25AM
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Getting Ready for School, and Staying Present in Our Lives

As we get ready for school to start next week, I wanted to share this article sent to me by a GMWS Board member. As with other aspects of parenting, so many of the challenges around media have to do with our own self-development, as we model a balanced life, healthy boundaries, and impulse control for our children. 

Happily, our child(ren)'s teachers, the Media Resource Group, our Community Education Series, and other parents are here to support all of us on this very worthwhile journey.

 See you next week!


Posted by vlarson on Monday September 2, 2013
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End-of -Year Slideshow: Happy Summer!

Enjoy this look back at the past few months.

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 11:38AM
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GMWS in Times Square

Last month, Green Meadow participated in an ad campaign in Times Square, as part of an initiative sponsored by NYSAIS (the NY State Association of Independent Schools), of which we are a member.  Our name was listed alongside other independent schools in NY state, and one of our photos was used. You can watch a 36-second video of the ad (Green Meadow appears at the 10-second mark) and see a screen shot below, which shows one of the photos we submitted (featuring Eighth Grader Utchaa Williams in the bottom left quadrant).






Posted by vlarson on Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 10:46AM
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GMWS 8th grade alumnus in The Journal News

From The Journal News, 6/10/13:

E. Ramapo alumnus to teach French GIs (Our note: He's a GMWS alum too!)

EAST RAMAPO – Christopher Smith of Chestnut Ridge, a Spring Valley High School graduate, was chosen to train with and teach English to French troops in Europe and participate in Normandy D-Day exercises as part of a NATO deployment. He is a sophomore at the State University of New York at Albany and is completing his second year of the Army ROTC program. He is a history and communications major. He attended kindergarten through eighth grade at Green Meadow Waldorf School.

Posted by vlarson on Monday June 10, 2013 at 09:54AM
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Join Us at the Nyack Farmers' Market!

Green Meadow is a proud sponsor of the Nyack Farmers' Market. (See opening day photo below.) Come visit us every Thursday through November!



Posted by vlarson on Monday June 3, 2013 at 10:57AM
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Spring 2013 Alumni Magazine Online Now!

Take a look at the Spring 2013 Alumni Magazine, featuring GMWS alumni in health care.

Posted by vlarson on Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 09:11AM
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