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Did you know we are just three miles from Bergen County, New Jersey?

Green Meadow Waldorf School is a private school near Bergen County, New Jersey. Just three miles from the New York/New Jersey border, we are easily accessible from the Bergen County towns of Woodcliff Lake, Montvale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Ridgewood, Allendale, Park Ridge, Mahwah, Ramsey, Glen Rock, and many more.

From our new Forest Preschool to a very special new After-School Program for 2018-19 (open to the public!), to performances and plays and facility rentals, there is so much on our campus that you don't want to miss!

This summer, call us for a private tour and see what our Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and High School can offer your child(ren).

Celebrate the Seasons with a Waldorf Teacher

Join us on Saturday, December 9 from 10:30am-12pm for a special seasonal event. Spend time in our beautiful cozy classroom on a cold December morning, while children play and adults have time for conversation. We will make felted acorns and learn some verses about Little Jackie Frost and King Winter. We'll also share a bowl of warm oatmeal together. Slow down, connect with new friends, and allow your little ones some time for an unhurried, magical morning.

Please register with Barbara Mann at 845.356.2514 x326 or bmann@gmws.org.

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Featured post: Local geography: Where else do Green Meadow students live?

To help prospective parents get to know our school, we have been sharing a bit over the last few weeks about where our students travel from each day to attend Green Meadow. In addition to Rockland County, where a majority of our students come from, Green Meadow families come from 11 other counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut each day.

We have already profiled the four counties where the majority of our students come from: Rockland, Orange, and Westchester in NY and Bergen in NJ. 

So where does everyone else come from?

Learn more about our Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, and High School.

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Local geography: Which towns in Orange County do Green Meadow students live in?

To help prospective parents get to know our school, we have been sharing a bit over the last few weeks about where our students travel from each day to attend Green Meadow. In addition to Rockland County, where a majority of our students come from, Green Meadow families come from 11 other counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut each day.

Up today: Orange County, NY, where 7 of our 210 families live. Students come from in the following towns: Bellvale, Chester, Tuxedo, Warwick, and Washingtonville

Learn more about our PreschoolLower SchoolMiddle School, and High School.

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Local geography: Which towns in Westchester County do Green Meadow students live in?

To help prospective parents get to know our school, we have been sharing a bit over the last few weeks about where our students travel from each day to attend Green Meadow. In addition to Rockland County, where a majority of our students come from, Green Meadow families come from 11 other counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut each day.

Up today: Westchester County, NY, where 10 of our 210 families live. Students come from in the following towns: Chappaqua, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Montrose, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, and White Plains

Learn more about our PreschoolLower SchoolMiddle School, and High School.

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Local geography: Which towns in Rockland County do Green Meadow students live in?

To help prospective parents get to know our school, we will be sharing a bit over the next few weeks about where our students travel from each day to attend Green Meadow. In addition to Rockland County, where a majority of our students come from, Green Meadow families come from 11 other counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut each day.

Today: Rockland County, NY, where 127 of our 210 families live. Students come from in the following towns: Airmont, Blauvelt, Chestnut Ridge, Haverstraw, Monsey, Montebello, Nanuet, New City, Nyack, Orangeburg, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, Pomona, Sparkill, Spring Valley, Stony Point, South Nyack, Suffern, Tallman, Tappan, and West Nyack

Learn more about our PreschoolLower SchoolMiddle School, and High School.

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Generations: an alumnus teaching the children of fellow alumni

Recently, we told you about our First Grade teacher, Daniel Bieber (Class of 2003), who has six GMWS alumni as parents in his class, along with three alumni from other Waldorf schools.  

Today, in the third installment of this blog series, we'd like to introduce you to Maureen Satriano, GMWS Class of 1988, whose twin daughters are in Daniel's first grade class. Maureen also has two older children in the school, serves as our school nurse, and has played many roles at GMWS since graduating.

"One of the best parts of my time at Green Meadow was learning to look at everything from many angles.  I feel it has given me a perspective in life that is sometimes challenging for others, and for me too.  But most of the time I find myself thinking about an event, an experience, or a person, and trying to understand, or at least consider it from someone else's perspective.  There were many outstanding aspects of a Waldorf Education that I am passionate about, but trying to figure something out in many different ways, or imagining what it must be like for someone else, stands out as a valuable tool to have in our modern times.

I chose Green Meadow because I wanted a Waldorf Education for my children.  There was no other choice, in my mind.  I want my children to experience learning in color, warmth of teachers and community, joy in learning, and depth of thinking.  I want to have children who can look their teachers, friends, and friends' parents in the eye, and carry on a meaningful conversation.  I want more Waldorf graduates in the world, who think outside the box, look at issues from all angles, have a global perspective of the world, and are inspired to make positive change, and who feel they have to tools to make a difference.  I wanted my children to love school, and I knew they could do that at a Waldorf school."

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Generations: an alumnus teaching the children of fellow alumni

Recently, we told you about our First Grade teacher, Daniel Bieber (Class of 2003), who has six GMWS alumni as parents in his class, along with three alumni from other Waldorf schools.  

Today we'd like to introduce you to Dr. Nicole Falanga, GMWS Class of 1998, whose son is in Daniel's first grade class.

"Green Meadow encouraged me to really think; to learn from and to question the world around me rather than becoming robotic and focusing on memorizing information and taking tests.
The teachers knew each of the students deeply and nurtured us toward our potential. I was given a safe platform to explore my individualism and was gently rerouted or guided when needed.

I wanted my children's early education to be play oriented; where self-directed learning would allow them to slowly discover the world. As Andrew begins 1st grade, I am excited that he will be given the tools to approach his life, learning, and interpersonal relationships in the thoughtful and intentional way that the school provides. I am confident that as he moves into the upper grades and high school, the sophisticated academic and social environment will be great preparation for life and learning beyond Green Meadow."

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Local geography: Which towns in Bergen County do Green Meadow students live in?

To help prospective parents get to know our school, we will be sharing a bit over the next few weeks about where our students travel from each day to attend Green Meadow. In addition to Rockland County, where a majority of our students come from, Green Meadow families come from 11 other counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut each day.

First up: Bergen County, NJ, where 45 of our 210 families live. Students live in the following towns: Allendale, Demarest, Fair Lawn, Fort Lee, Hasbrouck Heights, Hillsdale, Leonia, Mahwah, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Northvale, Paramus, Park RidgeRamsey, Ridgefield, Ridgewood, Rochelle Park, Rutherford, Saddle River, Teaneck, Upper Saddle River, Woodcliff Lake, and Wyckoff.

Learn more about our PreschoolLower SchoolMiddle School, and High School.

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Generations: an alumnus teaching the children of fellow alumni

Recently, we told you about our First Grade teacher, Daniel Bieber (Class of 2003), who has six GMWS alumni as parents in his class, along with three alumni from other Waldorf schools.  

Today we'd like to introduce you to Amina Gurcan, GMWS Class of 2004, whose son is in Daniel's first grade class.

"When thinking of my Waldorf Education at Green Meadow, what stands out most is the dedication of the teachers to their students, particularly the class teachers of the lower grades and how they commit to teaching and guiding the children for eight years. It amazes me how involved they are with their class, almost as if they were another parent. I will never forget the incredible dedication and patience my teacher had for each one of us in the class. I remember that she would make extra time to work with me on certain subjects that needed more improvement. She believed in me and that has always meant so much. 

I am awed not just by the way I was taught through Waldorf Education, but by how much I did while a student. I performed plays, made books, went on trips, learned to sew, had art, woodwork, and pottery classes, learned to write poems, learned a new art for my senior project, learned to play an instrument and read music. I played Beethoven's 5th Symphony! Not necessarily well but at least I experienced playing such an great piece of music. I don't believe I would have had such opportunities if I had attended a different school, and I am very grateful for my education at Green Meadow.

While pregnant with my son, Ensar, and thinking of his future, I knew that we would do all we could to try to send him to Green Meadow. I feel so blessed to say that he is now a Green Meadow student! Through my own experience, I see the great value of a Waldorf Education and knew that it was the type of education I wanted my children to have. Kindergarten was a wonderful experience and Ensar loved it. He is now an eager, enthusiastic, and curious first grader really ready for this new venture. These first two weeks have been both thrilling and nostalgic for me, as Ensar transitions to his new class. Having Daniel Bieber, who is also eager and enthusiastic, as the teacher, it all just feels right. "

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Photos from the Rose Ceremony (Sept. 2017)

The Rose Ceremony is a beloved tradition at many Waldorf schools, including Green Meadow. On the first day of school in September, the 12th graders welcome the 1st graders into the school by handing them a rose. On the last day of school, the (now taller, older, and wiser) 1st graders reciprocate and say goodbye to the 12th graders with a rose of their own. The whole school gathers to witness both events.

Last week's Rose Ceremony took place on Sept. 6 and was, as always, a beautiful and moving rite of passage for all of our young people.

Photos by Fernando Lopez

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