The Update Newsletter                November 2013

All Community Meetings This Week

Choose One to Attend

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

(FREE childcare Friday only)


Both meetings will be held in the 6th Grade Classroom. 

This is a required meeting for all parents, teachers and staff.  
Please send at least one parent from each family.

Join our Board, Faculty and Committee Leaders for our annual All Community Meeting.   Learn more about what's going on at Cedar Springs:

  •  How is this year's budget?
  •  What projects do we have planned on the horizon?
  •  How can we all best promote our school and support our fundraising efforts to help keep tuition costs down?
Pumpkin Path Fun!
Thank you to our Teachers, Students and Parent Guild for a beautiful and enchanting Pumpkin Path.  Over 180 children and 200+ adults enjoyed our Path, raising approximately $1,800 for our school.  A special thank you also to our Alumni students who returned to help guide and entertain our guests.
To see more Pumpkin Path and other school photos so far this year, visit our school photo album.  Click here to visit Shutterfly now!

Cedar Springs Waldorf School and the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op are hosting a Holiday Market featuring over 40 vendors rich in handcrafted, unique items made with love.
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Holiday Market

Saturday, November 30

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 (Rain or shine - indoor venue)

 Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Avenue, Placerville

Who needs Black Friday when you can shop LOCAL to buy all your holiday gifts?  Foster a sense of community and support CSWS by attending the local Holiday Market!


A beautiful selection of items handmade by local artists and craftspeople will be available such as original jewelry, clothing, home décor, handwork (needle felt, crochet & knit), one of a kind toys and dolls, natural body and home products (herbal soaps, beeswax candles), books and seasonal delights.  Additionally fair trade products and locally roasted coffee, salsa, organic cookies and olive oil will be available throughout the market.  Melisa Clark, General Manager of the Placerville Co-op adds "I do all of my holiday shopping at the Holiday Market. I get to support local crafters, give unique handmade gifts to everyone on my list, and I can walk to the venue so I feel great about my impact on the environment!"


This year the event is being held at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville, with ample parking for community shoppers.  The Co-op will serve delicious breakfast burritos, muffins, coffee, chia and hot chocolate from 8-10:30 am. Lunch offerings will be sandwiches, wraps, salads, turkey and three bean chili, vegetarian curried rice soup, sodas, waters, bottled teas, chips, snacks or gluten-free cookies.  CSWS Parent and Global Good Fair Trade owner Laurie Dahl adds, "We are thrilled to partner with the Placerville Co-op for a second year and bring the market indoors this year at the Shakespeare Club".   There is such a wonderful array of products from many talented artists in our local community!"  


Cedar Springs Upper grades students and parents will be selling beautiful items to help raise funds for field trips and the school overall.  

Student paintings, ceramics, photography, knitted items, Waldorf-friendly supplies and toys and more will be available at the market this year."Art and handcrafts are an important part of Waldorf education," explained Lynn Morgan, Ed.D, and Director of Community Development at Cedar Springs. 
"There will be some beautiful work by our students for sale and on display at this year's market as well as wholesome, quality-made items that will make excellent gifts for the holidays."


Supporting handmade is truly the spirit of gift giving.  The economic benefits of supporting independent artists and makers are obvious to the local economy and enriching the whole community.  Live, learn, play and shop local!  See you on Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Holiday Market at the Shakespeare Club!  For more information, call 530-642-9903 or go to or

Taste of the Foothills


Sunday, October 20th was the picture perfect fall day for the 3rd annual Taste of the Foothills benefiting Cedar Springs Waldorf School. Attendees were treated to delicious local wines paired with gourmet cuisine while ambling through the Smith Flat House courtyard full of artistic works to the acoustic music of Adam Beasley. Taste guests purchased raffle tickets with an opportunity to win an array of fabulous items donated by event participants. Lucky winners went home with an assortment of local wine selections, gift certificates, and beautiful goods donated by our generous participants.


Taste organizers, Jennifer Bumgarner, 
Sam Patterson, Lynn Morgan, Monica Ness and Noël Robinson, are grateful to all who contributed:  Artists - Cindy Stephens, CSWS Class of 2014, Crowley Ranch, Crowley & Co., GW4m, Maizy Chains (Kimari Patterson), Oran Miller, Pluckyfluff (Lexi Boeger), Wonderwul (Annette MacBean).Wineries - Boeger Winery, Bumgarner Winery, Cantiga Wineworks, Crystal Basin Cellars, Jodar Vineyards & Winery, Shadow Ranch Vineyard.  Brewery - Placerville Brewing Company.  Local Juice - Barsotti Family Juice and Restaurants - Allez!, Annabelle's Chocolates, Crystal Basin Bistro, HeyDey Café, Shaft's Cheese Company, The Smith Flat House.  Original Acoustic music by Adam Beasley.  Photographer Lisa Mason-Mellberg of Lisa M Photography.  


Additional thanks to all volunteers and attendees for supporting our community with this delightful event that raised $3,300 for the CSWS. Everyone left with a smile and a warm heart.  We look forward the seeing you next year at the 4th Annual event!



Meet Your Board Vice President, Jody Roach


It says something when a school community is so cherished, parents choose to continue to volunteer even after their children have moved on. Jody Roach is one such alumni parent who currently serves as vice president on the Cedar Springs Board of Trustees.

Jody grew up in the Bay area in public school and knew that was not an avenue she wanted for her children. "Creativity is really lacking in today's schools," she pointed out. So once she moved to El Dorado County, she was intrigued when a neighbor told her about Cedar Springs. After visiting the school, she knew it was just the place to send her 5-year-old daughter Michaela for Kindergarten and her other daughter Carley Rose, just 18 months younger, for 3-Day Kindergarten.


Throughout their years at the school, Jody pointed out that she has always helped out in the classrooms and gone on all the field trips she could, but as the girls got older she wanted to "continue her volunteer presence at the school, and learning more about the leadership and being on the board seemed like the next move." Jody not only stepped onto the board, but also used her accounting skills to fill the position of Treasurer for five years, starting in 2008.

Remembering what it was like to be a new parent at the school, Jody has one word of advice for current parents: "Trust. Trust that the philosophy of the teachers and the Waldorf way will all come out right in the end. Cedar Springs helped my girls to learn to question everything and think outside the box." She also notes that Cedar Springs was an integral part of helping her raise girls who are "upright, honest, respectful, and communicate well. They also do well in school when they apply themselves."


Currently, Michaela is in her second year of college and Carley Rose is a senior at El Dorado High School. It's an exciting time of transition for the entire Roach family as the girls and mom are preparing for new adventures. Carley Rose just joined the National Guard. "She just really wants to help people and that is a group that goes out to help those in disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina." For her part, Jody has just started her new position as Business Manager for the Davis Waldorf School, and when she is not commuting, she will continue to enjoy gardening, riding horses, hiking, biking, "and all those other outdoor, physical activities."


Girls Volleyball


Congratulations to the CSWS Hawks Girls Volleyball Team for another fabulous season. The season started with bi-weekly practice for the fifteen 6th-8th grade girls at Coach Jim's house in August where they got to cool off in the pool afterwards!  In September, practices were held twice a week for two hours after school on the basketball-converted-to-volleyball court. The rigorous (but always fun!) training paid off when the matches began and the girls won almost all of the games they played against other schools.  Coach Jim put in tremendous effort coordinating matches with other middle schools to make sure the girls could practice their skills and gain experience. The Hawks played against a variety of other schools from Camino all the way down to Orangevale. 


All in all, there were a total of 10 practices and seven matches this season. The last match was played at Sacramento Waldorf, followed by a pizza party at Round Table. As a thank you to Jim, the team and parents presented him with a custom embroidered "Thanks, Coach" cooler bag filled with his favorite drinks. We are so fortunate to have CSWS Dad, Jim Curtis, who volunteers his time and expertise to the team. 


The team will miss our current Eighth graders next year--their efforts, hard work, and skills certainly made a difference in this great season.


Go, Hawks!


The Third Grade would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to the Eighth Grade for their enthusiastic and patient help in carving our pumpkins for this year's Pumpkin Path. Thank you, Mr. Taylor and the Class of 2014!


Change in Hot Dog Hot Lunch


The 7th Grade wants to thank all the families that are supporting our Hot Lunch fundraising efforts.  It is our pleasure each week to serve a nourishing hot lunch to your children.


We have not had any consistent requests for veggie dogs on Tuesdays, so we will no longer be offering a vegetarian option.


We welcome your feedback and again thank you for your support.


Mrs. ThompSon and the Class of 2015

T-shirt LogoDon't Forget, 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

8th Grade Fundraiser
Glass Drinking Jars  (or Glass Mason Jars)
Available in the office

1 for $12 or 2 for $20
Please make check out to "Class of 2014"
and place in envelope on wall in office.

Waldorf Today Weekly NewsletterThree great articles from November of 2010, 2011, and 2012...Still timely today.


News from and about the World of Waldorf Education

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


Read the October issue of the Why Waldorf Works newsletter


Read current news and events from and about Waldorf Education.


Autumn Offerings at Rudolf Steiner College

 Media and Children

Source: American Pediatrics Association


Media is everywhere. TV, Internet, computer and video games all vie for our children's attention. Information on this page can help parents understand the impact media has in our children's lives, while offering tips on managing time spent with various media. The AAP has recommendations for parents and pediatricians.

Today's children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. To help kids make wise media choices, parents should monitor their media diet. Parents can make use of established ratings systems for shows, movies and games to avoid inappropriate content, such as violence, explicit sexual content or glorified tobacco and alcohol use.


Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. In addition, the Internet and cell phones can provide platforms for illicit and risky behaviors.


By limiting screen time and offering educational media and non-electronic formats such as books, newspapers and board games, and watching television with their children, parents can help guide their children's media experience. Putting questionable content into context and teaching kids about advertising contributes to their media literacy.


The AAP recommends that parents establish "screen-free" zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers or video games in children's bedrooms, and by turning off the TV during dinner. Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content. It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play.


Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.


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Dates at a Glance




November 25 - 29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break and Parent Teacher Conferences




Sunday, December 1 - Placerville Christmas Parade - Come see our CSWS Float!
Saturday, December 7 - Advent Story & Spiral - Showtimes 3, 4 and 5pm.  Sign ups will be available in the School Office next week.
December 9-20 (Mon-Fri) - Advent Singing Around the Campfire, 8:15-8:30 pm.  Bundle up and please join us.

Click here to view the full school calendar



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