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 June, 2012



 Graduating Class of 2012! 






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High School Here We Come!


Congratulations to Amy Elder and her Graduating Class of 2012.  This year's CSWS graduates will be headed to the following High Schools:


Sacramento Waldorf School

Hannah Gunasekara

Harry Taylor


George Washington Carver (Waldorf-inspired charter)

Dempsey Hunt


El Dorado High School

Liam Barney

Ian Bence

Finbar Day

Makayla Hoyt

Charlie Sahm


Ponderosa High School

Nicola Gloverhale

Alexandra Nisson

Jacqueline Nisson

Spencer Nisson

Nathan Poer


Union Mine High School

Zac Cherrington

Grant Foster

Mike Tutor


St. Francis High School

Katelyn Crowley

We Bid You Farewell With Gratitude: A message from the class of 2012 to the Cedar Springs community 



On the evening of June 8, 2012, the Class of 2012 completed their journey through the grades at Cedar Springs and commenced upon their path to high school.  It was not an easy journey.  But I can tell you, as their class teacher these last three years, it was a journey of solidarity and dedication for the students and families of this class.  Their unwavering commitment to Waldorf education and to Cedar Springs is a testament of the good that comes from working in community.  The fact that we didn't do it alone was echoed in the students' speeches at our graduation ceremony. 


The biography of a class is a tender and deeply individual story.  As a community you have watched my students grow, change, struggle, strive, triumph, teach, learn, lead, follow and be authentically human.  Each one is different, each one is gifted, and each one will serve this world in a unique and important way.  And the one thing they all have in common is you; because without you, there would be no us. 


Thank you for all that you do to keep this school afloat, keep your teachers informed and involved with your family, keep your kids in their desks and keep your heart right here at CSWS.  As I looked at my class with new eyes, it was clear that their successes and strivings were gifts to the whole of CSWS and will now be shared in the wider world.  I feel privileged to have known and taught them over the past few years.

On behalf of the class and families of this graduating class, I would like to extend profound gratitude to the faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and members of the Cedar Springs Waldorf School community for their tremendous support and guidance.  I would also like to thank the Class of 2013 and its parents for their wonderful and ambitious graduation decorations, refreshments and clean up.  


Additionally, many thanks are extended to:

  • Frank Yost for his gracious facilitation of the sound system, which made the proceedings available to all in attendance
  • Kari Benton for photographing the event and creating a shutterfly photo folder on our school website for all to enjoy
  • Laura Hauge for representing the Board of Trustees and conferring completion certificates to our fine students
  • Wendy Stuckey of Shingle Springs Florist for our beautiful corsages and boutonnieres
  • The Class of 2013 with Lisa Morgan and John Sandoval for their beautiful ukulele processional and recessional
  • Jared Swarbrick for his wise words of inspiration and encouragement
  • Paula ThompSon for always having our back as a class
  • Josh Barney for creating another scrumptious graduation cake
  • Christine Land for the lovely graduation program and so much more
  • Lynn Morgan and Scott Krieger for more than we can list here

And to all of you who are witness, once again, to the gifts a Waldorf education can bring to students and the world they inhabit.


Happy Summer everyone! 


With love and light,

Amy Elder, Class Teacher 2012...and rising Fifth Grade Class teacher!

Leaving on their Eighth Grade Trip for the Grand Canyon and beyond... 

8th grade trip

"Taste of the Foothills"

A Benefit for Cedar Springs

Saturday, June 30, 2012

5 pm - 8 pm
Courtyard at the 

Smith Flat House 


More restaurants, wineries & artists have joined the party!  You don't want to miss this fabulous event! 




Click here to see our Facebook Page and get more details about restaurants, wines, and artists 

Participating Restaurants: Annabelle's Chocolates, Back Bistro, Beth Sogaard's Catering & Vintage Market, Crystal Basin Bistro, Gold Vine Grill, The Rustic Fork, Shaft's Cheese Co., Smokey Ridge Charcuterie, Winterhill Olive Oil  

Participating Restaurants: Baiocchi Wines, Boeger Winery, Bumgarner Wines, Cantiga Wineworks, Crystal Basin Cellars, Madrona Vineyards, Jodar Winery, Oakstone Winery, Perry Creek Winery, Shadow Ranch Vineyard  

Participating Artists:  Bohemian Earth Building, Ashley Bennett Stoddard, DabchickVintage Gems, Mary Lou Dales, MaizyChain, Richard Deutsch, Claudine Grantham, Pluckyfluff, Annette MacBean, Cindy Stephens, Ron Runtenelli  

All of this for only $25 per person in advance or $30 at the door.  


swingOnly a Few Spots Left in Kindergarten Summer Camp -

Sign Up Today to Reserve Your Spot!


Week of June 18-22 with Miss Veronica (currently in session) 

Week of June 25-29 with Miss Veronica - FULL

Week of July 2-6 with Miss Veronica - 6 spots left

Week of July 9-13 with Miss Veronica - 6 spots left


Don't miss out on this wonderfully enriching camp experience for your child with our experienced Waldorf Kindergarten Teachers.  Camp is Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm for children ages three years (and potty-trained) through rising First Grade.  Non-CSWS students are welcome - tell all your friends!


Click here for more info and the application 

CSWS at Farmers' Markets This July


Come visit our school booth on the dates listed below to help promote Cedar Springs in our local community.  Our school has wanted a presence at our local Farmers' Markets for years, but hasn't had the inventory or the staffing to make this effort feasible.  Now that CSWS has the Gnome Village Store, we have an inventory of quality Waldorf-friendly goods to sell and Monica Ness and Lisa Steinmetz will be helping staff the booth, along with Lynn Morgan and several parent volunteers. 


We will be at the following markets through the month of July:


El Dorado Hills on Thursdays from 8am-Noon

Placerville on Saturdays from 8am-Noon


School info and a curriculum display will be showcased at each market and we welcome CSWS community members and students to drop by and help us tell people how fabulous our school is!

Fond Farewells 


Cedar Springs wishes these students and their families who will not be returning in the fall all the best on their journeys.  Each child and family contributes greatly to our school and community and we appreciate each of your contributions. Please keep in touch!


Macy Battershell

Ryan and Alana Baumgartner

Elly Rain Grover

Ciana and Colton Kristen

Greta Sharwarko

Armane Wheeler-Kone' 

Lily Jade Wilson


Calling All CSWS Alumni Students & Parents


Please join us for an

Alumni Gathering at the Park

Saturday, August 11

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Henningsen-Lotus Park


Click here to go to the webpage, learn more and RSVP! 


Unable to attend?

Click Here to Update Your Contact Information and Preferences   

You can request to only receive alumni info, if you wish. 
We just want to stay in touch with you!


Please contact event coordinators, Shaina or Megan
if you would like to help with the event:

Shaina Salzer-Ault, Class of 2000- shaina.ault@gmail.com

Megan Gilmore, Class of 2002 - megie101@hotmail.com

Cedar Springs Waldorf School Presents

Free Kindergarten Puppet Shows


puppet show

During the following Mondays at 1:30 pm In our Kindergarten:


June 18 & 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30


All families with young children are welcome.   

Puppet Shows are FREE and open to the public.

Bring your family and friends!

Cedar Springs Waldorf School's

"Thoroughly Soaking Thursdays!"




waterPlaytimes begin at Noon.

All CSWS Family & Friends
are Welcome! 


To help stay connected over the summer and enjoy a couple of the popular local swimming holes, please join us at any of the Thoroughly Soaking Thursdays below.  All CSWS continuing and new families, and friends are welcome. 


If you have any questions about directions or locations, please call Jocelyn Smeltzer at (916) 698-9675.  For each T.S.T., she'll be at the venue to greet you and, if you're new to our school, introduce you to everyone!


Remember to pack a lunch and bring your sunscreen!


August 2

Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Rd., north of Oxford St.

Appropriate for all ages and swimming levels.  A completely fenced, man-made swimming pond with sand, gradual beach entry, lifeguards and some shade.  Bring your sand/blow-up beach water toys.  Entrance fee of $3 per person for Cameron Park residents, $5 per person for all others.  Children 6 years and younger are free.   Snack bar available.


August 9

Cameron Park Lake (see above)...this place is just too fun!  (And it closes on Sat Aug 12th for the summer)


August 16

Bridal Veil Falls Park, Pollock Pines

Directly past Bridal Veil Falls (about 20 minutes east of Placerville on Hwy 50) is a sign indicating a picnic area located on the north side of Hwy 50.  This beautiful shady area of the river with a nice sandy beach is located above the dam, so the river is narrower and much warmer than in Coloma. Parking fee. Toilets, barbeques, slow current. Bring life jackets, flotation devices, facemasks, snorkels, sand buckets. After you park your car, go to the trail and walk to the left!


August 23

Bridal Veil Falls Park (see above)  


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!



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



Thoroughly Soaking Thursdays!

August 2, 9, 16, 23

Beginning at Noon

Each Thursday in August meet at a specific local swimming spot to re-connect with friends. See this issue for more info!


CSWS Alumni Gathering at Henningsen Lotus Park, 

Saturday, August 11

See this issue for more info! 



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


Saturday, September 15

CSWS Family Concert Fundraiser at Bumgarner Winery

Contact Adam Beasley or Jennifer Bumgarner to help.

More info coming soon! 
The El Dorado County Main Library and the
Placerville Children's Museum is hosting
A Day to Discover!
Saturday, June 23 at 10 AM to Noon
Tuesday, July 24 at Noon to 2 PM

Location: 345 Fair Lane, Placerville Library, Phone: (530) 621-5540
  • Make and take a piece of your very own art
  • Shop at a Farmer's Market
  • Be an animal doctor
  • Create stories at the interactive flannel board
  • Giant Baby Play Area
  • Outdoor Beach Ball Attack
  • And a few surprises too...

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 LindyHoppinJen@aol.com 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


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:hmm1964@yahoo.com Please put "Lindberg Swim Club" in the subject line.  Click Here for More Information


SHARED HOME FOR RENT - Looking for someone to share a home. Two large rooms, one with fireplace, private patio, private bath shared kitchen/common areas. Beautiful property on Motherlode close to school. Please call Bill at 530.306.5162. 

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