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September 20, 2011


Seeking New Students
Parent-Infant Class
Welcome New Students
"A Taste of the Foothills"
All Community Meetings
Rummage Sales
Michaelmas Festival
"A Taste of the Foothills"
Parent Guild News
Fundraising Events
Auction Committee Chair
Do You Buy Groceries?
CSWS Dine Out Event
Parent Education
Calling all Alumni
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CSWS Seeking More New Students This Fall   


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Do you know of a family who might be interested in attending Cedar Springs?  We are still seeking additional students since enrollment was lower than hoped for this year.  We currently have 162 students enrolled (3-Day Kindergarten through Eighth Grade), but need around 170 to keep our programs thriving.  As an independent Waldorf School which does not receive federal or state money for our programs, we rely on tuition and fundraising income to keep our school healthy and strong.


Your personal referrals make all the difference.  Please refer any interested families you know to our school website for more information:




Or contact Lynn Morgan, Director of Community Development (lynn.morgan@cedarspringsonline.com  or 530-642-9903). Our first Open Classroom Tour to see inside our classrooms will be on October 4, but Lynn will gladly provide private tours before then.



mother and childTeacher Lauren Hickman is forming a Parent-Infant Class for babies (6-14 months old) and is seeking all interested families who would like to participate.  Classes will meet for one and a half hours once a week on either Thursday or Friday mornings depending on the group's need (naptimes are usually the determining factor).  Contact Lauren soon if you are interested since the class is limited to six babies: lauren.r.hickman@gmail.com   or 916-863-6051.


Lauren also has openings currently for 18 months - 2 1/2 year olds in the Parent-Child program.  Contact Lauren if you are interested in joining that class.


Further information and the application for our Parent-Child program is available on our school website (www.cedarspringsonline.com) or through the office (530-642-9903). 
Looking for local produce and other delicious items?   Look no further!

The Class of 2012 will be hosting their Farmer's Market in our lower campus on the following Fridays during the fall, from 12:30-1:45 pm:    
        September 30,  October 7, October 21 

        November 4 and November 18.

We have baked goods, fresh organic produce and so much more.  Drop by if you need any CSWS logo wear, water bottle or a new book bag as a holiday gift or for your own market shopping.  Truffle samples will be available soon for holiday pre-ordering.

Welcome to these additional new students and their families to our school since August:


3-Day Kindergarten

Ciana Kirsten - CSWS sibling

Emily Widroe - new family

(Four openings remaining in this class - tell your friends!)


5-Day Kindergarten

Passat Gazowsky - new family

Isabella Amend - Parent-Child grad

Alexandria Gardenhire - Parent-Child grad

(Eight openings remaining in this class - tell your friends!)


Fifth Grade

Greta Sharwarko - returning family


Fond Farewell

On behalf of Cedar Springs, we wish the following student and her family who are not returning this year our best wishes:


Olivia Lasecke (Sixth Grade)



taste of foothills

For more information, visit: www.atasteofthefoothills.com


Click here to view and print this flyer. (Adobe Reader required) 

cosmosYou're Invited:  All Community Meetings


How can we attract more students to CSWS?  How can we raise more money?  In what ways can we further support our teachers?  What can we do to better maintain and beautify our campus?  Come join us for an informative and active dialogue about our school's growth.  Important information regarding our Annual Report, school budget, committee work, fundraising and development plans for the year and how everyone can help support our school and teachers will be discussed. 


Each fall our school gathers as a community to meet one another, learn more about our school and get involved.  These meetings are for parents only and are for all new and continuing families.  This year we are offering three community meeting choices for the convenience of parents and to allow for more discussion. 


Please choose one meeting for at least one adult representative from your family to attend:



Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:30 pm

Friday, October 14, 6:00-8:30 pm

Saturday, October 15, 9:00-11:30 am


Meetings will be held  

in Upper White Feather.



Class of 2012 Rummage Sales 


We offer a huge thank you to all who have donated to us from our community!  There is still time, and instructions will follow at the end of this announcement.


Huge Rummage Sales at CSWS!


Friday, September 23, 3:00 - 7:00 pm


Saturday, September 24, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


All rummage will be half price after noon on Saturday.  Sale includes: books, furniture, decorator items, craft supplies, sporting equipment, toys, farmer's market produce and SO MUCH MORE!  Ads are running in the Gold Panner and the Mountain Democrat....so if you are looking for great bargains, get there early!  All proceeds will go to the Class of 2012's class fund toward their Eighth Grade trip and class gift to the school.


If you would like to make a donation of rummage to the Class of 2012, please bring your rummage to the lower field (basketball court) on Friday (9/23) at pick-up between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.  

Michaelmas Chalk Drawing



The Michaelmas Festival is free and open to all interested families and friends.   Please mark your calendars and invite your friends and family. 


"The autumn wind blows open the gate, St. Michael for you we wait.

We follow you, show us the way; with joy we meet this autumn day.

Good Morning. Good Morning"


As the school year begins, you will hear this song echo across our campus, as our morning circles reflect the move toward the fall and toward the mood of Michaelmas.  Mother Earth, wearing her mantle of yellow, red and golden brown delivers her bountiful harvest and the life forces of nature begin to recede.  As the leaves fall, nature is beginning a quiet, inward turning.  Human beings, however, are experiencing a time of inner awakening, a time of conscious awareness, and a celebration of the building and strengthening of our inner forces.


The equinox is, for us, a turning point, a change in the relationship of light to darkness in the world around us. On September 29, the autumn festival traditionally known as Michaelmas is celebrated at Cedar Springs, at other Waldorf schools, and in many other cultures around the world.  The festival is named for the Archangel Micha'el, conqueror over the powers of darkness.


Micha'el is traditionally portrayed as a brave and shining warrior, in glitteringarmor, the unconquered hero of the skies.  Astride his white steed, he fought and over-powered the dreaded dragon with his Sword of Light.  Our students also hear the story of St. George, a brave knight, who with the help of the Archangel Micha'el, subdues the dragon.  Micha'el, warrior against all that stands in darkness, guides and inspires us to find courage within ourselves to meet the darkness.  Like St. George and Joan of Arc, human beings who looked to Micha'el for strength and guidance, we too can prepare for the coming of winter by receiving the light from his sword.


We invite you to join us at our Michaelmas Festival, Saturday, October 1, 10 am - 1 pm.  Michaelmas is an especially treasured time at Cedar Springs since it is also our birthday.  Cedar Springs will be turning 22 years old this Michaelmas. 


Our annual Michaelmas Festival is a lovely family-friendly event which includes:

  • Michaelmas Play
  • Feats of Courage Children's Activities
  • Grades 1-8 Curriculum Display
  • Waldorf-Friendly Vendors
  • Snacks and BBQ Lunch for purchase
  • School Birthday Cake


Come support and cheer for our Sixth, Seventh/Eighth Grade Girls' Volleyball Team!  Their matches and locations are listed below.  GO HAWKS!



Tuesday, September 20: Markham Middle School in Placerville 3:20-5:00 pm


Wednesday, September 21: Buckeye School in Shingle Springs 4:30-5:30 pm (vs CP Montessori)


Tuesday, September 27: Gold Trail School 3:20-4:30 pm


Friday, October 14: Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks 3:45


Tuesday, October 18: El Dorado Adventist School in Placerville 3:20 pm


Friday, November 4: Sacramento Waldorf in Fair Oaks 3:45 pm


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Parent Guild News 

This Year's Officers, Representatives and Open Positions


Morning Glory - Marnie Coots
Rose - Open Position
Lily - Felicity Gazowsky
1st - Sarah Mayhew/Lisa Steinmetz
2nd - Lynnette Long
3rd - Tracy Kirsten
4th - Sarah Mayhew/Jennifer Lacher
5th - Open Position/Kim East
6th - Kari Benton
7th - Connie Niebaurer
8th - Rene' Crichton/Deby Hunt

Treasurer - Lisa Steinmetz
Secretary/Scribe - Kari Benton/Rene' Crichton
Co-Chairs/Coordinator - Open Position

Rhoda Cortez - Faculty Representative

Lynn Morgan - Development Representative 


Contact Lynn Morgan if you are interested in filling an open position on the Parent Guild this year.  





2011-2012 Fundraising Events - Mark Your Calendars!


October 9:  A Taste of the Foothills Wine and Art Event

October 17- 21:  Annual Giving Pledge Week

October 22:  Dine Out Event at Rubio's in Folsom

November 16:  3rd Annual Jump-A-Thon and Free Throw Contest

March 10:  CSWS Auction

Auction Committee Chair Announced!


Plans for this year's Auction are heating up.  The Auction Committee is pleased to announce this year's Auction Chair, Sharyn Mairani.  Sharyn led last year's Prize Patrol effort with great organization and enthusiasm and is excited to get started early with this year's planning.  Many key members of the Auction Committee will be continuing this year with their terrific leadership and continuity, but we are always seeking new members to join in this fun and important fundraiser for our school.  Last year's Auction made over $69,000 for our school and we need everyone's support in any way they can to exceed that goal this year.



9th Annual Cedar Springs Waldorf School's Auction

Saturday, March 10!


We are currently seeking donations for timeshares, privately-owned cabins or hotel accommodations to lead our Prize Patrol campaign.  If anyone has personal contacts or would be willing to make some phone calls, please contact Sharyn at sharyn@apiweb.org or (916) 792-9125.


Next Auction Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 27

8:30 - 10:00 am

in the Development Office Meeting Room


Please join us if you can, or contact Sharyn about how you can help this year.




boxtopsBOX TOPS = $ For our School




Please clip and save all of those little box tops off of boxes of store bought items and bring them to the school office.  There are also blue collection pouches near the information centers by your classrooms.  Don't forget to remind all your friends and family to save theirs as well.


For more info on supporting brands, please visit www.btfe.com 


Last year our school made $206 in Box Tops.

Our goal this year is $300!



Thank you for your support!

Melissa Beasley, Box Tops Coordinator


Do You Buy Groceries?     


Anyone who buys groceries can raise easy money for our school by participating in our Scrip program.  It's automatic once you register your grocery cards designating Cedar Springs Waldorf School as your charity of choice and doesn't cost YOU anything.  Online shopping can also raise CSWS money when you shop through our eScrip site on the Giving Page of our school website (www.cedarspringsonline.com).


Click to see the brochure for a list of our participating stores/programs and how to get started.  If you need help registering your cards, complete and return the sign up portion on the brochure and return it to our School Office.  Friends and family can participate too, even if they live out of town or out of state.  Forward the brochure on and let's get 100% participating this year!


For more information, contact our Scrip Coordinator, Sabina Keller at sabinakeller@att.net or 530-621-3372.



CSWS Dine Out Event Raises $130! 


Thank you CSWS community for supporting the "Chili's Gives Back" event on Sunday, September 18.  There were a total of 16 groups from Cedar Springs who let Chili's Restaurant do the cooking and the school made $130 from their participation! 


The next Dine Out event is at Rubio's in Folsom on Saturday, October 22, 11 am to 9 pm.  Rubio's will donate 20% of purchases to our school!  Spread the word to friends and families!


Stephanie Baumgartner


Parent Education 

 September Events and Workshops at Rudolf Steiner College

Alumni Corner

Calling all Cedar Springs Alumni and Their Families       


We want to hear from you!  What have you been up to since Cedar Springs Waldorf School? Where are you going to school/working?  What great things have you done in the world since we last saw you?  Our alumni are our proudest and most important accomplishments.


Join our "Cedar Springs Waldorf School Alumni & Former Community Members" Facebook group (http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/140262883442/) and join in the conversation with old friends and let us know what you're up to.


We also need your updated contact information if you've moved since you were at our school, so please send us your address/phone/email so we can stay in touch.  You may be receiving a phone call from someone in your class confirming your contact information for our school, so please fill them in.


Join us if you can at our upcoming Michaelmas Festival on Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on campus.  Any high school students seeking community service hours can contact Lynn Morgan (lynn.morgan@cedarspringsonline.com).


Lynn Morgan, Ed.D., Director of Community Development (mom of Michael, Class of 2011 and Kendall, Class of 2014) 


Newsletter Sponsors 


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On September 23-24, 2011, Sacramento's ArtBeast Studio will host The Festival of Little Houses, a weekend of whimsy and wonder on the banks of the American River in Coloma.  This event will offer families the opportunity to create, explore and play in nature.  The festival will feature family art workshops, craft stations, artisan demonstrations, song and story circles, live music and performances, and time to explore nature.  As part of the festival, each family will be invited to create their own little house using the offerings of nature.  Sticks, grasses, mud, bamboo, leaves, stones and mosses will be on hand, inviting children and adults to join in building fairy houses, altars, or land art to remind ourselves that all of us need to make art.  ArtBeast Studio co-founder, Bridget Alexander, comments that, "The festival is a weekend to put family, creativity, and community front and center to remind ourselves of the possibilities of all three."

 little houses

Friday, September 23 at 4 pm until Sunday, September 25 at 4 pm.

1-Day Tickets: Adults: $25; Children (12 and under): $10

3-Day Weekend Pass (includes camping): Adults: $50; Children (12 and under): $15.

Food and tent rentals will be available or bring your own. All proceeds support the Tubman House, a transitional community for young, homeless parents and their children.


For more information, view flyer or visit the following web sites:



The Festival of Little Houses Facebook page


Classified Ads 

WANTED:  Straus Cream Bottles. Please call Kira Yevsyukova at 957-4227 if you have small glass bottles from Straus brand milk.


WANTED:  A piccolo to buy or borrow and a lute for renaissance musical development in the Seventh Grade.  A small harp would be a dream come true.  If you have any of these instruments lying around and or the desire to come and play with us, please contact Lisa Morgan Seventh Grade teacher, hm# (530) 295-1163.  


PIANO LESSONS: Former CSWS class teacher Jennifer Jackson is now offering piano lessons at her home in Diamond Springs.  Jennifer has two degrees in music from Yale University and has taught music to children for 18 years.  She is now seeking students to reopen her studio.  Please call her at 530-417-3188 or e-mail at LindyHoppinJen@aol.com if you are interested in lessons.


CELLO LESSONS:  Charlie Hammond, Alumnus of CSWS, current SWS Orchestra student and Premier Sacramento youth symphony musician, is now accepting a few students for lessons.  In Placerville on Mondays: 30 or 45 minute sessions available.  Cell Phone: (530) 417-6676 or Lisa Morgan, Hm # (530) 295-1163.


VIOLINS FOR SALE:  - and size German student Violins for sale. The size violin has two new strings, a standard bow and case, all in very good shape.  The price is based on an appraised value of $400.  The violin also has two new strings, and includes a beautiful inlaid bow and carrying case.  Price is also A/V of $550.  Contact Nancy Weiner at (530) 906-7724.


TEMPORARY AFTERNOON DRIVER NEEDED:  Do you live in Pollock Pines?  Do you already travel from Cedar Springs to Pollock Pines between 3-5 pm?  I need assistance in transporting my kindergartener, Alyssa, to our home in the afternoons.  I'm recovering from surgery and afternoons have become the most difficult for me to drive.  I don't expect this to be long term and only need M-Th or whichever of those days would work for you.  I will pay $5/trip to help cover your time and extra gas.  Taking Sly Park Road exit, we live 3.2 miles from the freeway, between Hwy 50 and the lake.  If you are passing through the neighborhood anyway, and can help out one or more days a week for a few weeks, that would really help!  Please contact Judi Yost at (530) 919-0095 or judiyost@gmail.com 


Advertising in The Update


Would you like to advertise with us this year?  Please contact Monica Ness our School Receptionist for publication guidelines and pricing information (receptionistcsws@comcast.net or 530-642-9903).  Businesses who give a percentage back to CSWS for their sales can receive FREE advertising.  Promote our school and your business at the same time!


Community Events 


Super Sitters Babysitting Class


Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm

Presented by Marshall Medical Center

Designed for young people ages 11-14 who desire to become competent, responsible babysitters.

Pre-registration required. Call Community Health Education at Marshall for more information: 530-626-2990. Thank you for your support in this successful program! See flyer for more information.


Businesses Donating Profits to CSWS 

                                              Melissa Beasley Massage