The Update Newsletter                July 2013

Michaelmas Festival to be Held on Friday This Year


Michaelmas During our end of year faculty meetings, the faculty took up a brief examination of our school's current festival life.  Our summer meetings (held in June and August) provide us time to reflect on the school year that is coming to a close, and to look forward with eager anticipation to the year that will begin for us in the fall.  In the seven years I have worked at CSWS I have witnessed a steady, striving approach to providing our community a rich festival life.  This festival life has evolved and deepened over 23 years.  We have been blessed to work with active class parent bodies in addition to our dynamic Parent Guild.  As we reflect on that work, we have witnessed the demand that the festivals place on our families, faculty and administration.  For several years, the faculty has sought an opportunity to plan for a festival outside of the weekend, and we seized on an opportunity that the timing of our June meeting afforded us. 

Michaelmas This year, we will be hosting our Michael Festival and Feats of Courage on Friday, September 27th.  There will not be a festival day held on Saturday, in an attempt to offer the experience of a rich festival during a school day.  Sacramento Waldorf School, Camellia Waldorf School and other Waldorf schools hold their Michaelmas celebrations on Fridays during school. We will be gleaning lessons learned and practical advice from them in our planning.  Our Michaelmas Play will continue, as it is a tradition for our school. The Pumpkin Path, Advent Spiral and Mayfaire will remain weekend festivals, and we will solicit feedback after Michaelmas on how this change in scheduling worked for you and your family.


Michaelmas We realize that this will make it more difficult for some parents to attend the festival, and we hope that this early announcement will help in planning your fall schedule.  A task force will be meeting in July to begin the planning and logistics for this change.  We are excited at the opportunity to bring additional balance and health to our working, and we will be communicating more information about this festival in August's Update. 


Thank you all for your tremendous support,


Amy Elder

Faculty Chairperson 2012-2014

And the CSWS Faculty and Administration

Dates at a Glance


August 2013


Back-to-School Campus Work Parties:  

Sunday, Aug, 11 & Saturday, Aug 17; 9am - Noon

Choose one or both to attend.

Please send at least one representative from your family to help our teachers tidy our campus before the start of school.  FREE childcare for CSWS students in our Kindergarten Play Yard.  Older students can help, with supervision.  Bring your own tools, water canteens and lunch.  Can't make it?  Contact Scott Krieger (530-642-9903), Gardener Chris (530-305-4584), or your class teacher about specific projects to help on your own time.


August 10

New Parent Orientation, 10am - Noon (parents only)

This is a required, informative meeting for all new parents at our school. Come meet other new parents, some experienced ones and school representatives and learn more about our school.   The Orientation will include topics such as our school's philosophy, policies and practical matters such as parking, dress code, media, parent-teacher communication, fundraising and more.  

Please RSVP to Lynn Morgan (  Make up, TBD.


August 24

Kindergarten Parent Meeting, 9-10am (parents only)

This back-to-school meeting provided by our Kindergarten Faculty is for all new and returning Kindergarten parents.  You'll get to meet the other Kindergarten parents, learn more about what is in store for your children this year, including helpful tips and advice about what to bring for your child's cubby, nutrition and rhythms in the home to support going back to school and more.  Please send at least one parent to this meeting.  RSVP to your Kindergarten Teacher.


August 24                    

Kindergarten Work Party, 10am-Noon (children welcome)

August 26                    

Kindergarten Work Party, 9am - Noon (children welcome)

The Kindergarten Work Parties are specific to helping prepare the Kindergarten classrooms for the start of school.  They are also a great opportunity for you and your child to spend some time with your Kindergarten teacher in the classroom which can help the adjustment of the start of school. RSVP to your Kindergarten Teacher and ask for a project you can help with at home if you cannot attend.


August 24                    

Parent-Child Orientation, 1-2pm (parents only)

RSVP to Miss Christl Michele.


September 2013


September 4 (Wed)                     

First Day of Grades - Opening Assembly 8:30 AM

Parent reception following


September 5 (Thurs)                    

First Day of 5-Day Kindergarten


September 9 (Mon)                     

First Day of 3-Day Kindergarten


September 12 & 13 (Thurs/Fri)    

First Days of Parent-Child Classes


September 27 (Friday)                

Michaelmas Festival - Time TBA

Plan to join us for a family-friendly festival and celebration of CSWS's 24th Birthday during school.


For a complete school calendar, see our website:


Scrip: An Easy Way to Support Cedar Springs!


We're only about halfway through our summer break so far, but it's already time to look ahead to the new school year.  Because I'm the volunteer Scrip coordinator, I get the honor of reminding everybody every so often that Scrip is such a valuable and easy tool for all members of our community to use to raise extra cash for our school.  Many merchants, both online and brick and mortar, will repay your loyalty to their business by donating money to your choice of non-profit organization.  I know you want to make CSWS your top choice! The process is simple, and for most stores, it's as easy as swiping your loyalty or scrip card whenever you shop.

eScrip MallShop through eScrip's online mall when you shop online. It's easy!! How easy?  So, say, you want to buy something through Amazon.  First , save this link to your favorites eScrip On-Line Shopping Link.   Click on it, follow the links to Amazon and Cedar Springs gets 2.4% of your purchase.  Cool, huh?  The link is also available under the Giving tab on our school website  


And, to our new community members, welcome and I look forward to meeting you.  The Scrip program will be explained at the new parent orientation on August 10 and you will have the opportunity to order scrip cards.  Just know that Scrip requires nothing of you except that you use your scrip card when you do your grocery shopping.  In the meantime, there's no need to feel left out. You can still take advantage of our eScrip online Mall - just remember to click the eScrip button on the school website before you finish your purchase. 

scrip 10%August is Back-to-School Month at Safeway where they donate 10% for the purchase of selected items.  You can find out more at page.


Nugget cards are due for renewal in August.  Simply log into your Nugget account at to renew your account.  I'll be sending out email reminders throughout August to those who received their cards through the school.


Just let me know if you need new cards or want information about our programs.



Sabina Keller

CSWS Scrip Coordinator


TICKETS ON SALE NOW.  Currently seeking donations for our silent auction. 
Contact Jennifer Bumgarner or Sam Patterson 
to help on our planning team!
taste of the foothills  



11th Annual Cedar Springs Waldorf School's Auction & Dinner

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lakehills Covenant Church, El Dorado Hills




Don't miss the party of the year and an excellent way to support our school.  Now accepting donations. New committee members welcome. 


Contact Lynn Morgan ( for more info.


Read the latest AWSNA newsletter "Inform" for articles about Waldorf education.

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Experts say exposure to artificial light from tablets is causing sleep disorders
Set bedtime helps children learn: study

This month's articles at Simplicity Parenting's Blog

Summer Offerings at Rudolf Steiner College


Cedar Springs Waldorf School's




*Summer Fun for All Ages!*



Just a few play dates remain... 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, 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 Pines 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.

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WORK VISION:  I've been in childcare my whole life and a pp doula for the past 9. I am hoping to pursue my Waldorf teacher training when baby grows a bit. I have just come from a training in Portland at an outdoor Waldorf school focused on permaculture. I am creative and willing to help! I can also offer my Korean style body work that is very healing. 


PLS contact me if you know of something that might fit for our family. My email is or you can reach my cell @ 510-499-6921 Be well~Theresa


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