Waldorf School of Orange County 

2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA  92627 

Playgroup - 8th grade: (949)574-7775

High School: (949)574-7754 


Our Weekly Newsletter

News for our families and friends

September 27, 2012   


Mustard Flowers


In This Newsletter
Dates to Remember
Michaelmas Student Celebration
High School News
Space Shuttle
Fresh & Easy Scrip Opp!
Craft Group & COA
HS Request
Conference for Students
Student in Symphony
Conference for Teens
Aftercare Forms
Lost and Found
Dates to Remember
October 3 - 7 PM
Back-to-School Night
Eurythmy Hall

October 17 - 7PM
Early Childhood Info Mtg. (for prospective enrollment 2013/2014)

October 20 - 10AM
Morning in the Kindy (for prospective enrollment 2013/2014)

October 22 & 29th
PIcture Day (2 groups TBD, details to follow)

October 28 - 2PM
High School Open House (recommended for all community, espeically parents of 6th grade +)

November 1 & 2
No School - In Service Day

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 Fully accredited by the Schools Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Elisabeth Beck
Chris Bennett
Christiane Bohr
Jenell Carlson
Ingrid Feck
Masami Inoue
Angie Meier
Nancy Mitchell
Holly Richards
Kinberly Telfer-Radzat
Robin Theiss (Chair)
Deborah Waring
Miriam Whiteley 
Board of Trustees 
Elisabeth Beck
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett
Joe DeMichele
Chris DeRosa
Rainer Doemer
Gabe Frisby (Chair)
Gina Illes
Anthony Lazzara
Holly Richards
Jamie Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone 
Abril Turner
Michaelmas Here!Michaelmas


            Even in southern California amid record temperatures, there is a slight change in the air- a cool breeze in the evening, the slight turn of the leaves into auburn and gold, and new produce on the end caps of the grocery stores.

            In a Waldorf community, this change is marked by the Michaelmas Festival. For the children in early childhood and grades, this festival is characterized by the story of Michael and the dragon, an image of courage in the face of impossible ferocity. For the high schoolers and adults, this image is transformed inwardly, as we confront our own inner demons and summon our inner "iron sword" of courage.

            This festival also coincides with the autumnal equinox, the passing of summer into autumn. Equinox comes from the latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), marking the time of year when the balance of night and day is equal. The autumnal equinox marks the transition from long summer days to long winter nights. It is the time when nature turns inward for rest, and human beings turn inward for strength and seek a community of support.

            This Friday the school will celebrate the Michaelmas Festival by celebrating the community which lives among the children and teachers. In order to keep the festival intimate and curriculum-based, the day is exclusively for students and their teachers. However, this year, we would like to share this experience with you at the Back to School Night on October 3 at 7pm. On this evening, you will enjoy pictures from the Michaelmas Festival and hear the highlights from the day. We are hoping you can all make this important event.

            As the days grow shorter and darkness begins to grow, may we all find the fortitude, strengthened by our community, to let our inner light shine. Our lives are the examples from which our children form their determination to persevere through the darkness and have the courage to transform the world.


Happy Michaelmas!


Robin Theiss

On Behalf of the College of Teachers


Life is "Swell" in the High School!

How many times, have we parents exclaimed "I wish I went to school here!"  We have another reason. . . the high school has a new surf team!  The students are leaping out of their beds early in the a.m.,  before school starts to practice their new skills.


HS 2012 2013 

country house illus.
Back-to-School Night
Wednesday, October 3, 7PM
  • Slideshow of student Michaelmas Celebration.     A one-time opportunity for parents to experience our student Michaelmas Festival.    
  • A chance to win a reserved parking space for the year!!!  These normally go for upwards of $3,000 at our auctions.   Raffle tickets are not being sold.  All you need to do to qualify for a chance to win is COME TO BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT.  Winner will be drawn at the event.
  • Hear from pioneering-class alumni, Alexis Meadows, now in her second year of college.
  • Plan to be entertained, inspired and learn.  Light refreshments served.
  • Contrary to anything you may have heard, NO CHECKBOOKS, CASH, ATM OR ANY OTHER FUNDING REQUIRED.  Just bring yourself.
  • Adults only please.
The Final Endeavour
The students had an exciting day September 21, 2012 awaiting the space shuttle Endeavour on it's final flight.
Ms. Christiane points to the shuttle. Her husband was on the team that helped
 re-launch the fleet after it had been grounded
  • Staples gift cards are overloaded-for $25, it is worth $26.25 at the store & for $100, it is worth $105.
  • Edwards theater tickets ONLY cost $8.00 each & some movies are $12-$13!
  • AMC theater tickets ONLY cost $7.00 each~save money here too!
  • See's Candies: for one pound-$15.00 at The Scrip Store-worth $16.90 at the store!


See you at The Scrip Store!

Sandy Meadows, Scrip Coordinator

949.574.7775, ext 204



Shop Fresh & Easy Shop to Earn Cash for WSOC
September 15 - December 31, Fresh & Easy will donate $1 to our school for every $20 in Fresh & Easy receipts collected.  Save your own receipts, collect your neighbors and family's receipts.  Write your name on them.  Turn them into the Scrip Office and get credit toward your family's scrip commitment for the year.  It's that easy. 


The fineprint -- each receipt is calculated in $20 increments.  A receipt of $19 yields nothing.  A receipt of $99 dollars yields $4.

 Come join the Craft Group!
8:45 a.m.
at The Company of Angels
Josephine's creation for her Kindergarten daughter
The Company of Angels Flyer!
Calling all props!

Francesco De Benedetto, our new HS art teacher, is asking for donations of old items that could be used as props for still life drawings.  Toys, vases, glasses, bags, shoes, kitchen utensils anything that would look interesting visually.  If you would like to donate anything just drop it off either in the front office of the lower school or in the high school front office.  Thank you! 


Grade 12 WSOC student, Nicholas Purdy, is a performer with the American Youth Symphony. 

 This is a wonderful orchestra and we encourage you and your families to enjoy this upcoming FREE symphony performance in UCLA's Royce Hall.

Sunday, September 30

6 pm Pre-Concert Talk

7 pm Concert 


The American Youth Symphony is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians and to building audiences to support them. Led by Music Director Alexander Treger, the orchestra trains outstanding players ages 15 to 27, who seek to broaden their horizons in a pre-professional environment. Through free concerts at UCLA's Royce Hall, we foster curiosity, aspire to achieve excellence and share our explorations.

Click here to reserve free tickets    

 Social Initative Forum Conference
 created for grades 8th-12th
  Held by Truus Geraets, with guest speaker Robin Theiss.
Aftercare Forms Due Tomorrow!
Lost and Found Gnome
 A High school student, has lost her art journal. If you've found it please return to the front office, as it is part of a required course.  Thank You!