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 May 2012

Mayfaire FestivalMayfaire


Thank you to our Faculty, Students and Parent Guild for a lovely recent Mayfaire Festival.







Cedar Springs Waldorf School

Kindergarten Summer Camp

Early Bird Registration 



Ages 3 (potty trained) to Rising First Graders.  Open to non-CSWS students.  Invite your friends!  Includes a healthy snack each morning and all materials.


Monday through Friday

8:00 am - 1:00 pm (camp)

(Note: 1:00-5:30 pm extended care, if there is sufficient interest)


June 18-22 with Miss Veronica
June 25-29 with Miss Veronica
July 2-6 with Miss Veronica

July 9-13 with Miss Inge


Space is limited to 12 students per session, so sign up today!


Early Bird Registration by May 31:  $160/week/child

Multiple week discount - $400 for 3 weeks


After May 31:  $175/week/child

Multiple week discount - $450 for 3 weeks



Click here for FlyerApplication, and Medical Release Form.

pentathalonFifth Grade Pentathlon


On Friday May 18, the Fifth Grade class showed their beauty, grace and athleticism at the annual Pentathlon held at Live Oak Waldorf School in Meadow Vista.  This year's event was larger than ever with 278 students participating from ten Northern California Waldorf and Charter schools.  


The children were divided into the five Ancient Greek city/states of Sparta (red), Athens (yellow), Thebes (turquoise), Corinth (green) and Delphi (blue) and competed with others within their city/state.  Events included discus, javelin, 40 yard dash, 225 yard run, long jump and Greek wrestling.   



pentathalonAs the events of the day proceeded, the children were rewarded with a great sense of accomplishment as they performed at their personal best.   Many children received wreaths from the Gods for winning first, second, or third place in their city/state.  Some children also received wreaths for performing their event with "Beauty, Grace and Style".  All in all, CSWS Fifth Graders earned a total of 19 wreaths!  But for all children, participating in this event was more than about winning - they showed tremendous compassion for others, made new friends, cheered on their classmates, and learned that they actually had the strength and endurance to perform these events and do well. 



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Thank you, Mr. Swarbrick and Ms. Cummings, for doing such an excellent job preparing the children for this event.   We will all remember the many special moments, camaraderie and spirit of this Pentathlon for years to come. 


Jane Andrew, Fifth Grade Parent

concertCSWS Benefit Concert Seeking Volunteers 

to Join the Planning Team


Looking for a dozen volunteers to help with a CSWS Benefit Concert to be held on September 15 at Bumgarner Winery featuring Uncommon Ground and Joaquin Fioresi. Join us for the official planning meeting at Bumgarner Winery on Friday, June 15 at 6:00 pm.   Light food provided, family friendly.


RSVP or (530)306-2025.

bus stop

Here Comes the Bus:

Eighth Graders Leaving on Their Class Trip, Tuesday, May 29


On Tuesday, May 29 the Class of 2011 will be embarking on their Eighth Grade Class Trip.  A large "Green Tortoise Bus" will be pulling into our lower parking lot around 3:30 pm.  If folks want to be able to exit the lower lot that day, they'll need to be clear of the lot before that or wait until we leave at 4 pm.  Parking along Gold Meadows will also be affected (the spots directly across from the parking lot exit).

Have a great trip, Eighth Grade!

A New Chapter Awaits


Dear CSWS Community,


Wow, these past five years have been an amazing journey.  As I transition into motherhood, I will hold so dearly in my heart all the memories and "life lessons" I have gained on the way.  The imprint my students have made on my heart and soul will be with me forever, I will miss them dearly.  I think I gained more knowledge and deepened myself more than the knowledge I gave!  I can not thank my parent body enough. Continue to be strong and united! 


It is very hard to step away, but a new chapter and adventure awaits!  Thank you all for making Cedar Springs the school that it is.



Keri Cummings and "Baby Biscuit"


P.S.  If anyone has maternity clothing to lend, please let me know.  If you would like them returned, please also let me know.

A Special Thanks



Over twelve years ago Rene' Crichton and her three

 children, Alexandra, Jacqueline and Spencer Nisson joined Lauren Hickman's Parent-Child Class. The Nisson triplets will now be graduating from our Eighth Grade Class this year. During this time span, Rene' steadfastly volunteered at CSWS in countless ways that deserve special thanks.   Parent Guild, Class Parent, Calendar, The Update, Auction, School Photos, Proofreading and countless school activities have benefitted from Rene's dedication and tireless work. 


On behalf of the Development Office and all of the committees and functions at the school that Rene' and her family have supported, thank you. 


Lynn Morgan, Director of Community Development

Blessings to Sandy Caplan and Her Family

Dear CSWS Alumni Families,
Early in May, past parent and CSWS Administrator, Sandy Caplan died, unexpectedly of a heart attack.  Memorial services for her will be held on June 24 in Hemet, California, where she had been teaching for several years.  If you would like to attend her memorial, you can contact her son, Adam Caplan, through Facebook.

Submitted by Gloria Howat Brown, past CSWS parent and teacher
A note from CSWS Alumni Parent, Richard English
"It is indeed sad news that Sandy Caplan has passed.  Much of the Cedar Springs Waldorf Community are probably not aware of the major contributions that Sandy made to our school.  She was our school Administrator in the early days and worked tirelessly with a whole host of other parents to build our school.  Her son, Adam, is a graduate of Tim Connolly's class (CSWS first graduating class.)  Those of us who were fortunate to have worked with Sandy truly appreciated her decision making, her fine sense of humor, and her dedication to building a Waldorf School in El Dorado County.  Among her many accomplishments was being a force behind the expansion of our present day site.  People move on, others come with new energy, and a fine school gets build.  This is the Waldorf way.  Thank you Sandy for all you did for us"

Graduation Essential Missing!!!!


A plastic tote with the sheer white fabric for covering the stage for graduation is missing. It was under the front stairs that lead to the office.  If you have any idea where this important tote as been moved to, please call Paula ThompSon, ASAP! 


Orders are now being accepted for this year's yearbook. The cost is $20. 

After Friday, May 25, the price goes up to $25.


Click here for the Yearbook Order Form.



Wednesdays 7-8 pm

Fifth Grade Classroom


Drop Ins Welcome - No Book Necessary - Come join in the discussion


Remaining Topics & Dates:

"Schedules"  May 23, 7-8 pm: Rhoda

"Filtering out the Adult World" May 30, 7-8 pm:  Rhoda


Please see flyer for information.


Rudolf Steiner College Classes  

Click here for summer classes and events and workshops at Rudolf Steiner College 


Important Dates - Mark Your Calendars!



Eighth Grade Play: The Peacemaker* by Nancy Jewel Poer, in our Outdoor Amphitheater

*Recommended for students 10 years or older only

Thursday, May 24, 6 pm

Friday, May 25, 11:30 am

Saturday, May 26, 2 pm - Matinee Fundraiser, $4/person admission


LAST DAY OF HOT LUNCH - Friday, May 25


NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day - Monday, May 28


Seventh Grade Play: The Taming of the Shrew* by William Shakespeare, in our Outdoor Amphitheater

*Recommended for students 10 years or older only

Wednesday, May 30, 11:00 am - Noon

Thursday, May 31, 7 pm - 8 pm


Last Day of Kindergarten - Wednesday, June 6

Rainbow Bridge Ceremony - Wednesday, June 6, 11:15 am


Last Day of Grades - Thursday, June 7

Assembly in our Outdoor Amphitheater, 8:30 am

Parent Reception in the Kindergarten Play Yard

Join us for refreshments and snacks following the assembly


Parents, friends and family are welcome to view students' work on display in the First through Eighth Grade Classrooms, once the students have finished their walk through; listen for the bell to begin.

Final Handshake on the walkway near the Music Garden Playground, Noon

Parents, friends and family are welcome as the entire Faculty and Staff shake each of the Grades students' (First-Eighth) hands to close our year together

Early Dismissal, 12:30 pm (NO EXTENDED CARE)

Parents receive their children as soon as they complete the Final Handshake


Eighth Grade Graduation in our Outdoor Amphitheater - Friday, June 8, 6 pm

All community members are welcome to attend.  Please carpool -- shuttle parking from El Dorado Savings Bank, beginning at 5:45 pm.


Grades Classroom Moving Day - Friday, June 15

Grades Class Teachers will be notifying you if your class will be changing classrooms next year and need parents to please come help.


Kindergarten Summer Camp & Puppet Shows - see this issue for dates and details


A Taste of the Foothills: CSWS Art & Wine Fundraiser at Smith Flat House in Placerville

Saturday, June 30

5:00-8:00 pm

Tickets $25 in advance; $30 at the door

See this issue for more info!


SAVE-THE-DATE: CSWS Alumni Gathering at Henningsen Lotus Park, 

Saturday, August 11

Contact Shaina Ault to help.

More info coming soon!



First Day of Grades - Opening Assembly, 8:30 am - Wednesday, Sept. 5

First Day of 5-Day Kindergarten - Thursday, Sept. 6

First Day of 3-Day Kindergarten - Monday, Sept. 10


SAVE-THE-DATE: Saturday, September 15

CSWS Family Concert Fundraiser at Bumgarner Winery

Contact Adam Beasley or Jennifer Bumgarner to help.

More info coming soon!

wine"Taste of the Foothills"

A Benefit for Cedar Springs

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 5 pm - 8 pm
Courtyard at the Smith Flat House



Please join us for this vibrant and fun evening while you sample food from area restaurants, taste wine from award winning El Dorado County wineries and watch local artisans demonstrate their craft.  Joaquin Fioresi, CSWS dad and lead vocalist for the band Sol Bridge, will provide music for the event.  We will also have a silent auction.
Some of the participants this year are: 
Wineries - Boeger, Bumgarner, Crystal Basin, Fenton Herriott, Oakstone, Shadow Ranch 
Restaurants - Back Wine Bar & Bistro, Beth Sogaard's Catering, Crystal Basin Bistro 
Artists - Brian Baker, Annette Mac Bean, Ashley Bennett Stoddard, Lexi Boeger, Cindy Stephens 
Tickets for this all inclusive event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  You can purchase tickets in the office or online at 
Invite your friends and family to what's becoming one of the premier events in El Dorado County! 
Volunteers Needed 
We need volunteers to help make this a first class event.  All volunteers will receive free admission and be able to take part in the sampling (but please no drinking during your shift).  We need volunteers in the following areas: 
Set up - 2:00-5:00 
Registration - 5:00 - 7:00 
Serving - 5:00 - 8:00 
Clean up - 8:00 - 10:00


Free Waldorf Kindergarten

Puppet Shows this Summer!


Come join us in the Kindergarten during the following Mondays this summer at 1:30 pm:


June 18 & 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Super Sitters Class


Marshall Medical Center is once again offering the "Super Sitters" class just in time for summer! The upcoming class takes place on Saturday, June 16, 2012.  


Saturday, June 16th in Placerville

Presented by Marshall Medical Center

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


Pre-registration required. Call Community Health Education at Marshall Medical for more information. 530-626-2990. Click here to view flyer.

PIANO LESSONS: Add rhythm to your child's life this summer... start piano lessons with Mrs. Jackson. 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 if you are interested in lessons.


"My daughter, Brianna, is a current piano student of Jennifer Jackson. Jennifer is always prepared, energetic and thorough in her teachings. Brianna looks forward to her weekly lesson and her playing is constantly improving. If you are considering piano lessons, I would highly recommend Jennifer as a teacher." - CSWS parent, Kelly Barton


CHILDREN'S ITEMS NEEDED: Searching for gently used items to help mothers in need at the Women's Empowerment Organization.  Children's clothes (ages newborn to three), carriers, strollers, cribs, and shoes.  These items will go to mothers and their families who have had to leave home with only their clothes on their backs.  Please deliver them to Lauren Hickman in the Morning Glory classroom.  Thank you for any help you can lend.  See Web Site for more information. 


LINDBERG SWIM CLUB MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!  The club is open to members and their guests from 9 am - 10 pm daily, from Memorial Day to beyond Labor Day.  Located at  6680 Rhodes Ave, between Mother Lode Dr. and Forni Rd.  Contact Heidi Mayerhofer:  Phone: 530-644-8293, E-Mail: Please put "Lindberg Swim Club" in the subject line. Click Here for More Information


All About Equine Animal Rescue, Inc. & Cedar Springs Arena
4420 El Dorado Rd. | Placerville | 916-520-4AAE |
Your child/children can learn about basic horse ownership responsibilities, basic handling and care, the rescue situation, and much more. 
June 11-15 Western Camp          
June 25-29 English Camp                  
July   9-13 Hunter/Jumper Camp                 
July   23-27 Cowboys & Indians Camp  
August 13-17 Horse Games Camp
August 20-24 Cattle/Rancher Camp
August 27-31 Mare/Foal Camp
September 3-7 Parent/Child Camp
Session I: 9am-12 noon   Session II: 1pm-4pm   Session III: 5pm-8pm
$195* per camper per session, $350* per camper for two session, same week
$100 Non-refundable deposit required
The week programs offer:
*$10 per hour early drop off & late pickup, available 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm
*$5 Lunch includes sandwich, chips & drink or bring a sack lunch 




Swing Inspection and Repair - Donation to CSWS!
Do you have a swing at your house that needs a safety check?  Worried that it may be getting old and worn?  I will climb up, inspect and repair as needed. Email or call: 
CSWS dad, Aidan Maguire
COST: An agreed upon donation to CSWS

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