Class of 2024 Mindful and Sustainable Rooftop

Originating with the Class of 1990, the Senior Fund has become a GA tradition. Parents of seniors contribute an increased gift to this fund, which is established in each class’s name in its senior year. The Senior Fund takes the place of the Annual Fund for parents of seniors and counts toward class participation numbers in all classes in which senior families have daughters.

Senior Parent Participation

  • 78%
  • 100%

The Class of 2024 is preparing to embark on their next chapter, and as we reflect on their journey, their experiences and resilience are truly remarkable. This class of bright and talented young women has a special bond. They have cheered and supported each other through both celebrations and challenges, the highs and the lows, throughout their academic years. Of fundamental importance, leading them through it all, is their health and wellbeing, which is our focus for our girls, as well as GA’s focus for current and future GA girls.

To that end, we are excited to announce a special initiative–the Class of 2024 Mindful and Sustainable Rooftop.  GA’s Upper School rooftop, already a cool and innovative architectural feature of the Upper School, is in need of renovation as part of its natural lifespan. This offers the perfect opportunity for this class to leave a positive and permanent mark on their school. It is our goal to reimagine the space into an oasis for all students to center themselves and focus on a healthy state of mind. The renovated green space will include sustainable features that help regulate the building’s overall temperature and picturesque grass and plant life will provide a quiet respite in the middle of a hectic day. The various nooks on the roof allow for personal moments to regain clarity as well as open space to gather as a group. A deep breath in and an exhale while taking in the beauty of the surrounding gardens and campus will be restorative for all GA students and faculty.

GA’s Upper School rooftop, already a cool and innovative architectural feature of the Upper School, is in need of renovation as part of its natural lifespan. This offers the perfect opportunity for this class to leave a positive and permanent mark on their school.
The various nooks on the roof allow for personal moments to regain clarity as well as open space to gather as a group. A deep breath in and an exhale while taking in the beauty of the surrounding gardens and campus will be restorative for all GA students and faculty.

 

The renovated green space will include sustainable features that help regulate the building’s overall temperature and picturesque grass and plant life will provide a quiet respite in the middle of a hectic day.

 

We invite you to be a part of this movement to bring mental health and mindfulness to the forefront of daily life at GA. A movement of making taking a break a sign of strength rather than of weakness; and perfectly aligned with School President Melina Salame’s motto for the year, stop and smell the roses! So, close your eyes, take a breath, and consider your daughter. Our gifts to the Class of 2024 Mindful and Sustainable Rooftop are a direct tribute to our girls and all they have achieved. Thank you for thoughtfully considering a gift. As a reminder, gifts to the Senior Fund are in lieu of the Annual Fund. To help fund and name this special project, Senior Fund gifts are traditionally two to three times a family's annual donation. Those with younger daughters will be counted for participation in those years as well.

We are so grateful for you and our GA community … family … and look forward to connecting with you at the many milestone moments ahead.

With great appreciation,

Nancy & Tim Armstrong
Chairs of the Class of 2024 Mindful and Sustainable Rooftop


 

The Upper School rooftop has welcomed the tradition of celebrating becoming seniors the morning after Commencement. 

DONOR LISTING

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Armstrong
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Arsov
Mr. & Mrs. Wells Beck
Mr. John Bertrand
Ms. Hope Bertrand
Mr. Esteban Bowles &
Mrs. Isabel Zumelzu
Mr. & Mrs. Torrey J. Browder
Mr. & Mrs. Brent Brower
Dr. Timothy Busler &
Dr. Marianne Monahan Busler
Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Carpenter
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Casazza
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Charney
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Coffield
Mr. Stephen Cohen &
Mrs. Lisa Kitterman-Cohen
Mr. Randolph W. Cook &
Dr. Magdalene Cook
Mr. Mark Bryant &
Dr. Verena M. de Cholnoky
Dr. & Mrs. Mit Desai
Dr. & Dr. Robert Dettmer
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick A. Dwyer
Mr. & Mrs. Blair D. Faulstich
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Genereux
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Grills
Mr. & Mrs. Ruben Guzman
Mr. & Mrs. Carney Hawks
Mr. & Mrs. W. Blake Holden
Mr. Haibo Huang & Ms. Yu He
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Isherwood
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. David Jones
Mrs. Sonia Morera &
Mr. Josep Julia
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Juneja
Mr. & Mrs. Philip M. Kruse
Mr. & Mrs. Oktay Kurbanov
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Lahey
Mr. Michael Lazar & Dr. Lauren Lazar
Mr. & Mrs. Gene Lee
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Lewis
Mr. & Ms. John S. Lin
Dr. & Mrs. John D. MacGillivray
Mr. & Mrs. Alfredo Marti
Mr. & Mrs. David Martucci
Mr. Brandt McKee &
Dr. Jackie Stoddard
Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. Messier
Mr. & Mrs. John Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Moore
Mr. & Mrs. Almond L. Nickerson III
Mr. & Mrs. William K. Nook Jr.
Dr. Yuri Novitsky &
Dr. Heidi Elliott
Mr. Julio Pekarovic &
Ms. Maria Vasconcelos
Mr. Lee Presser
Ms. Jill Ramirez
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Reid IV
Ms. Valerie Rockefeller & 
Mr. Steven W. Wayne
Mr. & Mrs. Christian G. Roth
Mr. & Mrs. Oliver A. Sabitsana
Mr. Kamil M. Salame
Mrs. Katherine Courpas Salame
Mr. Thomas Sullivan &
Ms. Joan E. Slattery
Mr. Yu Sun & Mrs. Yan Miao
Mr. & Mrs. Tolbert Tillman
Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Tirabassi
Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Williams Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Tyler J. Wolfram
Mr. & Mrs. John Wu
Mr. Jiangfeng Xia &
Mrs. Xiaojie Wang

About the original rooftop

Originally described by Roger Duffy of SOM architects as a landscape connecting the campus. Using rock original to the campus to create low stone walls to offer places to sit while connecting the building to the earth. Click or tap the image to read the full June 2004 Architectural Record article, revealing that mindfulness is in the foundation of the Upper School. 
First page of the PDF file: ArchitecturalRecord_USRoof

Site, light, environment, & wonder

The article by architect Roger E. Duffy in Greenwich Academy speaks to the original vision of the Upper School and rooftop, summarizing in four words: site, light, environment, and wonder. The green vegetated roof was to extend the front lawn as "an uninterrupted green surface," providing additional green space and improved thermal protection for the Upper School.
First page of the PDF file: GreenwichAcademy_USRooftop

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