Community

Coming Up in June 2019: The Rose Ceremony

Community life at Green Meadow Waldorf School is rooted in rhythm and tradition, offering the children special events to look back on and look forward to, throughout their time here. One of the most special traditions is our Rose Ceremony, which takes place every September and June.

In September, the twelfth graders welcome the first graders into the school on everyone’s first day back. With Grades 2-11 watching from the audience, the small, often nervous first graders cross the large stage in Rose Hall, usually for the first time, and meet a smiling twelfth grader in the center, where the older student presents a rose to the younger child. It is beautiful to witness the personality of each child shine through in this interaction: the way each one walks, boldly or shyly, quickly or steadily; their facial expressions when giving and receiving the rose; the way a small child might sneak a peek at a parent, teacher, or classmate, seeking reassurance; the wistful countenance of the older students watching the young ones, some remembering the day all those years ago when they received their own rose from a towering teenager.

In June, on the last day of school, the process reverses and the first graders say goodbye to the twelfth graders by presenting them with a rose. Now the first graders are bigger, stronger, more confident. Many stride across the stage, exuberant with the awesome responsibility of presenting a rose to the very same senior who gave them their rose all those months ago on their first day of first grade. The seniors often walk more slowly than they did in September and appear much more reflective on this last day of their high school career. One sees them savoring the moment; they are saying goodbye to one stage of their lives and entering another. They accept the rose with grace and a smile, and the moment imprints itself on all present.

For many parents, the Rose Ceremony articulates so much of what we love about Green Meadow Waldorf School. Our children are seen, welcomed, given time to be children, educated with love, and then sent off as confident, well-rounded young adults, gifted with a presence and a steadiness that is rare in our speedy world. As adults, we feel the honor and the privilege of gathering together as a community to celebrate these young people, at ages 6 or 7 and 18 or 19, and hundreds of times in between; we want them to remember they are surrounded by adults who know them, care for them, and will guide them, through all their years here and beyond. For we know that this is one of the best ways to insulate young people from all kinds of crisis as they enter adolescence: we help them feel they are embedded in a community, accountable, and connected and we help them build resilience. These strategies aren’t a guarantee, but we know from experience that they are protective and effective. And so, with love, intention, and the gift of our presence, we create and maintain traditions that anchor and inspire them.

Header photo: First graders at the Rose Ceremony, September 2018 by Joseph Regan ‘18 ; other photos also courtesy of Joseph Regan ‘18 

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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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