The Update Newsletter                October 2013


Cedar Springs Waldorf School won the #1 Private School Reader's Choice Award for 2013 in the Foothills Style Magazine!!
This Sunday!
Taste of the Foothills
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October 20, 2013



Smith Flat House

2021 Smith Flat House

Placerville, CA


Tickets $25 presale

$30 at door


All proceeds benefit Cedar Springs Waldorf School




Click here to get your tickets!

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Pumpkin Path Tickets
Available in the School Office


Cedar Springs Waldorf School


Warmly Invites You to Our

Pumpkin Path

Saturday, October 26, 2013


A magical, wholesome Halloween celebration for young children through Third Grade & their families.  


Invite your friends!



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Ticket On Sale Now in the School Office


$5 admission per person includes:

  • Pumpkin Path Guided Tour
  • Enchanting stories and characters along the Path
  • Small gifts at each delightful stop

 (Checks payable to CSWS)


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Space is limited to this popular event which sells out quickly.
Purchase tickets in advance in our School Office for the following time slots:

  • 4:30-5:15 pm
  • 5:15-6:00 pm
  • 6:00-6:45 pm (last entry at 6:30 pm)


COSTUME NOTE:  Please, no scary costumes, masks or commercial costumes for children OR adults.   





(Near the off-ramp of US Hwy 50)

You are welcome to drop off your passengers at the campus and then go park in the shuttle parking lot and hop on the Cedar Springs Express! 


Openings in our Rose and Lily Kindergarten


Miss Inge and Miss Veronica are seeking more 5 and 6 year old children to join their Kindergarten classes this Fall.  Who do you know who has a child who would love to be at Cedar Springs?  Invite their family to our Pumpkin Path, an upcoming school tour or have them contact me directly for more information:  Lynn Morgan, Director of Community Development at or 530-642-9903.  Tuition Support is available in our 5-Day Kindergarten and Grades programs for families who qualify and we would love to talk with them so they could learn more. 


Next Open Classroom Tour of Kindergarten through 8th Grade will be on Tuesday, November 5, 8:30-10:30 am.  Children are welcome.  RSVP to Lynn.

Applications, tuition rates, Faculty biographies and more information about our school are available on our school website:


5-Day Kindergarten: Inge Stoll


Inge grew up in Germany, finishing her school years as a goldsmith journeyman. As an au pair, she relocated to the U.S. with a family that eventually became her own. Her incredible love for children led her to operate an in-home daycare for seven years. Later, while working her way up the ladder in a pharmaceutical company, she found that the Waldorf Teacher Training classes combined her experiences in an exciting way. She has been at Cedar Springs since 2006.


5-Day Kindergarten: Veronica Gunasekara

Kindergarten Chair

Veronica has always focused her life on young children - through family gatherings, babysitting, child development undergraduate work, and as a midwife apprentice. Her intense desire to find an educational method, that accepted children with joy and nurtured their interest in learning, eventually brought her to Waldorf Education, especially after the birth of her first child. Through actively participating in the parent education programs at their school, she felt like she was "home" and maintained that connection while continuing her education and operating a Waldorf-inspired daycare center. She taught Waldorf parent/toddler and Kindergarten programs for six years before relocating here. She has been at Cedar Springs since 2005.


All Community Meeting for All Teachers and Parents


Each fall our community gathers to learn more about the finances and happenings at our school, enjoy a meal together and build community. These are required meetings held once a year for all teachers and parents.


We are providing two dates to choose from this year for your convenience and free extended care during the Friday session. Please plan to send at least one representative from your family to one of the following meetings:


Choose one to attend:

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-8:00 pm

(Sorry, no extended care available after 5:30 pm per our Special Use Permit)


Friday, November 15, 2:00-4:00 pm

(Free extended care for CSWS students) - RSVP needed. Look for sign ups outside your classroom starting in November.


Further agenda information will be coming soon.


Lynn Morgan on behalf of the Executive Committee

A Lovely Michaelmas

Thank you to our teachers, students, parents and friends for a lovely Michaelmas Festival. Look fore more pictures coming soon at the CSWS Shutterfly site.

Please let us know what you enjoyed most about this year's festivities and what could be improved for the future. Send your input to Lynn Morgan at who will share it with the Faculty and Parent Guild for next year's planning.

Nancy and horse Snoopy at one of the week long camping/riding trips she goes on, called the Ladies Annual Riding Kaper, involving more than 50 women.

Meet Your Board President


Nancy Weiner has deep ties to Cedar Springs, which is why she continues to serve the school even though her children have long graduated from here.


Nancy married her husband Mark (in a hot air balloon!) in 1989 and assumed title of step mom to three boys: Sam (10), Eli (8), and AJ (2). When her son, Benajmin was born, her mother insisted, "Only the best education for my grandchildren: find a Waldorf school." Fortunately, the kindergarten location for Cedar Springs was just five minutes from Nancy's house in Rescue when they started in 1995.


Ben eventually graduated with Paula ThompSon at the helm from 8th grade, and then from Sac Waldorf in 2010. He is now a senior at San Francisco State, majoring in Creative Writing.  Nancy's daughter, Emmy, attended CSWS thru 5th grade, and then followed her brother to Sacramento Waldorf School (SWS) and graduated from there last year. She now attends Sierra College, and then in January will head to Ireland for six months to help set up a vaulting team. (Vaulting is described as gymnastics to music on horseback.)


Nancy says she is still volunteering at Cedar Springs Waldorf School because "it just feels like home. I got so much from our experience there, and I am hoping to be able to give back to an amazing and wonderful organization. I can't believe how fortunate we are to have such a strong administrative staff, loving and dedicated teachers, and so many hard working and helpful parents. These are good times." She is an instrumental part of several committees, including tuition assistance and livery feasibility.


Currently, Nancy is the bookkeeper in the manufactured home business that she and her husband own, which involves sales of manufactured homes and management of mobile home parks.  She also works part time at Rudolf Steiner College as an admissions assistant because, as she says, "I just can't seem to get enough Waldorf." This is further evidenced by her volunteer work at the costume closet at SWS, helping with costuming for events and plays. She also enjoys spending a day a week with her mom running errands together, taking her granddaughter to horse riding lessons once a week, and running two half-marathons every year. A couple of her other passions include travelling and spending lots of time with her horse and horse friends trail riding, camping, and showing in Western Dressage. 

Hebrew Studies

As part of its Hebrew studies curriculum, the Third Grade class recently celebrated the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot and, with the help of class families, constructed a wonderful Sukkah -- or festival booth. These temporary shelters were used by the ancient Hebrew people during their harvest season; they would sleep, eat, and celebrate their bounty within the open walls of the Sukkah, which they decorated with plants, fruits, gourds, and even tapestries. (These shelters were also reminiscent of those the ancient Israelites used during their 40-year wanderings in the desert.) When the harvest was complete, down came the Sukkahs ...until the next year, that is.

Nicole Deutsch
CSWS Third Grade teacher
and Hebrew Subject Teacher
Dear CSWS Families,

Are you a parent of an early childhood student who would like a little glimpse into what is coming for your child in the Grades? Are you an alumni parent who has a little time on your lunch break, or an upper grades parent with fond memories of that magical Third Grade year? Well, the Third Grade class is looking for a few community members who could visit our class to help out with our weekly reading groups. You do not have to be a Third Grade parent to participate, just someone who has a half hour to spare and would like to get to know this wonderful class. 

Reading groups meet on Wednesdays from 11:55 AM -12:20 PM (perfect for a Kinder parent!) and on Fridays from 11:15-11:40 AM. Grandparents, Aunties and other friends of CSWS are welcome. Please contact me at if you are interested. I hope to hear from you!

Nicole Deutsch
CSWS Third Grade teacher

Class of 2014 Continues Recycling Program


Thank you to the Class of 2014 for continuing to lead our recycling program at CSWS.  Each week, Mr. Taylor and the Eighth Graders collect the recycling throughout campus and sort through it carefully. They do this both as a service to the school, to help our planet and for a fundraiser for their class.


Special thanks to Steve Morgan (Kendall Curtis' Grandpa) who volunteers his time to redeem the recyclable items for the class.


The Class of 2014 invites everyone to please drop off your redeemable recycling:


These items can be dropped off ANYTIME outside of the Seventh Grade Classroom where our recycling/sorting area is located.


Thank you in advance for your support! 
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New! Announcing Green Fridays!


Show your support for CSWS and wear your logowear every Friday. 


Logowear on sale now in the school office.



Youth T-shirt $7.50

Youth Long Sleeve T-shirt $13.50

Youth Hoodie $18.50

Women's cut T-shirt $10.00

Adult T-shirt $ 10.00

Adult Long Sleeve t-shirt $14.00

Adult Hoodie $22.00

What's New in Scrip

Safeway is changing their program slightly. Effective November 1, in order for your Safeway purchases to generate contributions for our group, you must pay using one of the following methods:

  • Debit Card
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Fast Forward Debit Card
  • SmartCheck
  • Safeway Gift Card
  • WIC
  • CalFresh
Of course, you still can pay for your groceries with a credit card, but your purchases will not generate contributions for Cedar Springs.


Do You Go to Jamba Juice?


How would you like to raise money for Cedar Springs Waldorf School every time you go to Jamba Juice? Well, with our new "Sip to Support" program, you can! Click the link below to get started!

  1. Visit to sign up and you will be mailed a (FREE) card.
  2. Be sure to select Cedar Springs as the organization you would like to support.
  3. Don't forget that your card needs to be activated. When you get the card, head back to the above link and click the "Activate Card" button at the top of the page.
  4. Once logged in, load your card by purchasing Jamba Juice offers.
  5. Now CSWS earns 10% of your purchase, every time!

If you have any questions about this or any of our other Scrip programs, please contact me.


Sabina Keller

Scrip Coordinator



News from and about the World of Waldorf Education

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


Read current news and events from and about Waldorf Education.


Autumn Offerings at Rudolf Steiner College

Dates at a Glance




Taste of the Foothills

Sunday, October 20 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Smith Flat House, Placerville
A Benefit for Cedar Springs Waldorf School featuring local wine, food and art. Buy your tickets online at


Pumpkin Path

Saturday, October 26 - 4:30 pm, 5:15 pm, 6:00 pm


NO SCHOOL - Faculty Inservice

Monday, October 28




NO SCHOOL - Veterans' Day

Monday, November 11


All Community Meetings - Choose One to Attend

Wednesday, November 13, 6-8 pm

Friday, November 15, 2-4 pm


NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break and Parent Teacher Conferences

November 25 - 29



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