The Update Newsletter                June 2013

Eighth Grade Graduation - Congratulations to Lisa Morgan and the Class of 2013!
FREE Kindergarten Puppet Shows 
Fridays June 28 and July 12 at 1:30 pm 

Puppet show will begin promptly.  Families are welcome to play in our play-yard after the show. Refreshments and tour available following the show.  No RSVP needed.
Faculty Mentoring 2013-2014

Dear Friends,


On behalf of the College of Teachers, I would like to share with you our mentoring assignments for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. At our school, as is the case in most Waldorf Schools, mentoring is done within the faculty. Each teacher has a mentor who is experienced in the grade being taught and is well prepared to guide their mentee through the school year. Mentoring is overseen and guided by the College of Teachers, who reassesses needs and abilities each June and makes the assignments for the coming year.


Please know that your teacher is the best and most direct route to have your questions answered about the curriculum and the workings of your child's class. As is stated in our Communication Policy, we begin with direct and open communication with your teacher, rather than others. If this does not fully resolve your question or concern, you may contact your teacher's mentor. A final step is bringing your questions to the College of Teacher's directly. We appreciate your willingness to follow this model as it fosters open dialogue between you and your teacher which is often the most effective way of reaching resolution.  It also provides you and your teacher with further support and resources from your teacher's mentor and/or the College, as needed.


We have been busy at work during our June meetings, reviewing this past year and calendaring for the next. Each year, College looks at our mentoring and evaluation process to improve and streamline our efforts. We look forward to a summer of deepening our work and sharing the beauty and diversity of our curriculum with your children in the year to come.


For the College of Teachers,

Amanda Mutrux


College co-Chairs 
Faculty Chair
Veronica Gunasekara and
Amanda Mutrux 
Amy Elder

Christle Michelle Veronica Gunasekara and Inge Stoll

Veronica Gunasekara 

Inge Stoll
Inge Stoll Veronica Gunasekara
Christine SnowSarah Shaver
Sarah ShaverNicole Deutsch
Nicole DeutschAmanda Mutrux
Amanda MutruxPaula ThompSon
Hanna Jenkins Amy Elder
Amy Elder
Matt Taylor and Paula ThompSon
Paula ThompSon
Amy Elder and Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor
Amy Elder and Paula ThompSon
Music Improv

Fun From the Needle Felting Workshop!

Josie Phillippi and
 her new needle felted fairy!

Class Participants:  Martin Ness, Lisa Steinmetz,
Josie and Heather Phillippi

Guitar Students Enjoy the Workshop 
with Mr. Massey!

Jocelyn Foos, Aidan Robinson and Alex Rounds 
(Eric Valverde not pictured)

Welcome New CSWS Students!

A warm Cedar Springs welcome to 26 new students and their families.  More applications are in process and will be announced in our July Update issue.


Grayson Azevedo (5K)

Landon Bakes (5K)

Gwyneth and Andrew Barba (3K)

Ginetta Cappelli (5K)

Kynoa Dillinger (3K)

Gwyneth Doyon (3rd)

Tiernan (2nd) and Caileen (5th) Drake

Jonah Gunn (7th)

Soren Hansen (3K)

Nizhoni Hill (5K)

Russo (KG) and Arianna (5K) Jett

Siena (3K) and Leah (3K) Katz

Jakob Larsen (3K) - CSWS sibling

Alowyn Mingle (3K)

Evangelina Reeb (3K) - CSWS sibling

Brianna (3-Day KG), Kathryn (2nd) and Raymond (5th)

Aurora Shorrock (5K) - CSWS sibling

Sloan Storrs (3K) - CSWS sibling

Iolanna Touhey (5th)

Lilliann White (1st)


Fond Farewells

On behalf of CSWS, we wish the following families well on their journeys.  Each family and their child bring something special to our school and we hope they will keep in touch.  A few families are still finalizing their plans for the coming school year; further announcements will be made in our upcoming newsletters.


Caleb Ault (2nd)

Lylah (2nd) and Mirabelle (5K) Clark

Angelique Fioresi (4th)

Katherine Mansfield (5th)

Cassie Regan (7th)

Isaac Slingerland (3K)

Anna Standeven (3rd)


Note - Our 3-Day Morning Glory Class is FULL with a wait list, but we still have openings for this Fall in both our 5-Day Rose and Lily Kindergartens and also the 3-Day option in both of these classes.  Contact Lynn Morgan, Director of Community Development or the School Office for more information (642-9903).
Save the Date!
taste of the foothills  
Read the latest AWSNA newsletter "Inform" for articles about Waldorf education.

Part One: Children and iDevices: iPads, iPhones and iPods. Why our family did a U-turn!

Summer Reading Lists
Compiled by the librarian at SF Waldorf school
Summer Offerings at Rudolf Steiner College
Waldorf Today Newsletter
"Ten Tenets of a Balanced Whole Youth Sports Experience" 
To read this article or learn more about the newsletter click Waldorf Today Newsletter 


Cedar Springs Waldorf School's




*Summer Fun for All Ages!*



To help stay connected over the summer, please join us at any of the SUMMER PLAY DATES below. 


All CSWS continuing and new families, and friends, are welcome.  Playtimes begin at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted.  Note: It is highly recommended that your child, even if a  good swimmer, wears a life jacket when going to the river venues since the current may be fast. Remember to pack a lunch and bring your sun screen!


Friday, June 28th:  Free Puppet Show, Cedar Springs Waldorf Kindergarten 1:30pm

Playtime afterwards Kindergarten playground.


(No playdate - 4th of July week) 


Friday, July 12th:  Free Puppet Show, Cedar Springs Waldorf Kindergarten 1:30pm

Playtime afterwards Kindergarten playground.


Thursday, July 18th:  Folsom Aquatic Center 1200 Riley St., Folsom

Lots of entertainment - pools, slides, diving boards.  Shade & café available.  Entrance fee of $6 for ages 4 & up, $4 for 2- and 3-year-olds, under 2 free.  Pool opens at 1 pm.


Friday, July 26th:  Lotus-Henningson Park, 950 Lotus Road, Lotus

Meet at the river side of the park.  Entrance fee of $3 per car.  Although calm, there is current at this spot of the river.  Bring life jackets.  Nice paved walkway for bikes and skates.  Bring sun umbrella, lawn chair and/or blanket.



Thursday, August 1st:  Jenkinson Lake (Sly Park Lake), 4771 Sly Park Rd., Pollock Pine s

Beautiful high elevation lake.  Meeting place TBD (check with hosts). Vehicle fee of $10



Friday, August 9th: 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. 

Meet at the "beach" at 11 am.  Snack bar available.


Thursday, August 15th:  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. Mini waterslide in stream bed. Bring life jackets, flotation devices, facemasks, snorkels, sand buckets,


Friday, August 23rd:  Lotus-Henningson Park, 950 Lotus Road, Lotus

Meet at the river side of the park.  Entrance fee of $3 per car.  Although calm, there is current at this spot of the river.  Bring life jackets.  Nice paved walkway for bikes and skates.  Bring sun umbrella, lawn chair and/or blanket.


Thursday, August 29th:  Bridal Veil Falls Park (see above): End of Summer picnic and swim.


HOSTS: Lisa Mason-Mellberg (916) 240-1412, Jocelyn Smeltzer (916) 698-9675, Melissa Larsen (530) 748-8235 Click here to view or print flyer.

Dates at a Glance


June 2013


FREE Waldorf Kindergarten Puppet Shows 

June 28, 1:30 pm, No RSVP needed.


July 2013


FREE Waldorf Kindergarten Puppet Shows 

July 12, 1:30 pm, No RSVP needed.


August 2013


Back to school work parties

Please choose one of these work parties to help come prepare our campus for the start of school.  Contact Chris Coburn or Scott Krieger if you can help with campus projects this summer on your own time.

August 11, 9 am - Noon  

August 17, 9 am - Noon 


September 2013


First day of Grades

September 4


First day of 5-day Kindergarten

September 5


First day of Parent-Tot

September 6


First day of 3-day Kindergarten

September 9


Independence Day at the Ranch!

Celebrate July 4th at Shadow Ranch. This is an annual event that you do not want to miss. We will be featuring the band Uncommon Ground, who will be playing from 1pm-4pm. There will also be a catered BBQ lunch consisting of pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad, and slaw. 
Be sure to RSVP at if you plan on indulging in this good ol' fashion grub.  Lunch tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $10, but you can purchase a presale ticket from our web store for $8.50. 


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