The Update Newsletter                January 2014

No School on Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King Day

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CSWS Parent Lynnette Long is featured as the "Mom Next Door" in January 2014's Sacramento Parent magazine. Click here to read the full feature focusing on balancing family-life, parenting and her love of the Waldorf education.  This article exemplifies the breadth of our community. Thank you Lynnette for honoring our school!



Mrs. ThompSon's talented Seventh graders were featured in the Mountain Democrat on December 20.  The artwork of the Class of 2015 was featured at Synapse Wines on Main Street in Placerville for the month of December.  The art show wrapped up with the student artists and their fine teacher hosting a meet and great during the Placerville's Art Walk. Click here to read the full article.  Photos courtesy of Mountain Democrat.

Be sure to pick up January 2014 issue of Style Magazine (El Dorado Foothills) and take a peek at OUTTAKES on page 18 featuring CSWS's Taste of the Foothills event from last October. 
Special thanks to Lisa Mason-Mellberg of
 L Mason Photography for the stunning photos of our event.



Please welcome these new students and their families who have joined CSWS since the start of school:

  • Amelie Shirman - 3-Day Morning Glory Kindergarten
  • David Dennis - Second Grade
  • Ryder Dittman - Second Grade
  • Nico (Third Grade) and AJ (Seventh Grade) East


Our current enrollment is now 166 students and interest seems to be picking up with increased inquiry calls and attendance on tours.


We are accepting applications for September now and re-enrollment for current students will begin soon.  Please spread the word about the following events to anyone you know who might be interested in our school either this school year or in the fall. 


Open Classroom Tours

Tours include a glimpse into classrooms K-8 and a question and answer with an experienced faculty member.  Children are welcome.

January 21 and February 11

8:30-10:30 am


Kindergarten Open House: "A Day in the Life of the Kindergarten"

Experience Waldorf Early Childhood with our Kindergarten Teachers as you learn about what and why we do what we do in our Waldorf Kindergartens.  Includes a tour of the classrooms, hands-on activities, discussion and even a delicious Kindergarten snack!  This event is for adults only please.

Saturday, Feb 8

10 am - Noon


Contact Lynn Morgan ( or Monica Ness ( to RSVP or for more information.

Christine and Dudley Land
The wonderful Land family
The Land's wholehearted commitment to CSWS is steadfast. They joined the CSWS community in 2005 when they attended a tour that Christine says "opened a whole new path to education for me. Not only did I want my children to have the Cedar Springs experience, but I, too, saw myself as able to learn a lot from this school." Christine later became an upper grades math specialty teacher and continues to be inspired by the "inclusive, organic, and intentional nature of this education." Their daughter, Nory, is in Miss Jenkins's Fifth Grade and son, Nolan, is in Mrs. Deutsch's Third Grade.  
Dudley is a willing spirit that jumps in wherever needed. His first big project at our school was to install a metal roof on the Fourth/Seventh Grade portable, followed by the kindergarten play structure and over 1000 yards of dirt he installed in the front playing field (became an irrigation expert too).  The list continues with the greenhouse installation, kindergarten back fence, and countless other contributions. As Scott Krieger says, "a cape is being made to properly illustrate the super hero status of Dudley."
We will need a set of capes as Christine attends both Faculty and Board meetings (scribe for both), is a long time Auction team member, and produces our beautiful invitations and catalogs including this year's Annual Giving mailing. Last, but certainly not least, is her mastery in baking and Fifth Grade soup chef. Lynn Morgan notes, "Christine has a lovely balance of intelligence, warmth, and talent that bring so much to CSWS. Her even-keeled and fun-loving nature is an asset to our community and staff." Christine is highly respected by our faculty and adored by both students & parents for going above and beyond for our upper grades math program.
"Dudley and I, and most definitely our children, really see Cedar Springs as central to our lives. We're happy to give what we can, and we look for ways to support this very special place," add Christine. Thank you Christine and Dudley for everything you do for Cedar Springs!  

CSWS Receives Generous Annual Giving Gift  


As 2013 came to a close, Cedar Springs received a generous year end gift thanks to Greg Widroe and Jane Phillips Widroe.  Greg and Jane are parents to Emily in the Lily Kindergarten class and continue to be grateful for the talented and caring teachers and staff at our school.  Inspired to give our school a significant gift this year, Greg and Jane have donated $20,000 to CSWS for our Annual Giving campaign to help support the operations and fiscal health of our school. 


It is their hope that their giving will inspire others to give any amount that they can, as 100% participation in our Annual Giving campaign strengthens our school and also better positions us when applying for additional grant funding.


On behalf of all of the CSWS community, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for Greg and Jane's generosity and forward-thinking.  Their generous gifts are significant and so vital to our future.


Thank you also to the grandparents, alumni, teachers and parents who have already given to our Annual Giving campaign this year.   Every gift matters to our financial health and future growth. 

Please give to Annual Giving today in any amount of your choice to achieve our 100% giving goal.


Thank you,

Lynn Morgan, Director of Community Development





Over Thanksgiving you all received an Annual Giving letter in the mail.  We invite you to please give any amount that your family can offer this year to help support our school's basic operating costs for our facilities, teachers and programs.  Your gift is vital to our success and fully tax deductible.   We will be following up with current community members to reach 100% participation in the Annual Giving campaign, which is especially important to granting organizations.  


Donations can be mailed, turned into the School Office or made online.

 Click this button to donate now!   


Thank you in advance for your support.   Contact Lynn Morgan, Director of Community Development, if you have any questions.

Seventh Grade Empty Bowls Supper Community Service Project 

On Saturday, November 16th, CSWS Seventh Grade students participated in Placerville's Empty Bowls Supper, a fundraiser that benefits the Upper Room which is a local dining room that serves the homeless and hungry population.  This community service project was inspired by Paula ThompSon, Seventh Grade teacher, who used the image of knighthood to explore the ideas of duty, honor and service with her students last year as they studied medieval history in Sixth Grade.  Mrs. ThompSon's desire was to extend the learning into Seventh Grade so the students could fully experience and perform acts of kindness and deeds toward one another, their families and community. 


This year's Seventh Grade class participated by making ceramic bowls that are given to Empty Bowls attendees (for a donation fee), who keep the bowls as a reminder that hunger exists in our community and around the world.  Bowls were also made by CSWS Sixth Graders, as well as many other local students and artists.  This year, Seventh Graders and other CSWS students also helped to set up for the supper, served bread and beverages, folded napkins, and cleared tables.


A Knighting Ceremony is anticipated within the next few months to celebrate the culmination of the Seventh Graders' knightly deeds and personal challenges as they are raised from the rank of Squire to Knight.


Jane Andrew, Seventh Grade Parent

Meet Cedar Springs Waldorf School Board Secretary Candice Hughes


When Candice Hughes first heard about the school her first reaction was "no way" because the tuition didn't seem manageable. Luckily, a friend told her to not let the money factor scare her away and that the school had a scholarship program. She knew the school was "perfect" after watching her son Avery interact with his teacher, Miss Jocelyn. "She was a Kindergarten Goddess. It was obvious she loved the kids and they loved her," Candice recalled.


Avery started CSWS as an energetic four-year-old and attended through Eighth Grade. Candice is so glad that she decided to go with her gut and enroll Avery in CSWS. "I cannot imagine what would have happened to my son without Waldorf. It made him who he is and was such a good fit because he's sensitive and talented at so many things in both the right and left brain, and the school met all of those qualities."


Candice enjoyed extensive volunteering in her son's class throughout those years, including reading helper in Second Grade, cooking in Third Grade and in Fifth Grade, she even taught the class how to make insect repellent and cough syrup from herbs. "That was very fun," she remembers. She also enjoyed taking care of the garden during one entire summer, serving on the Tuition Support Committee, and even working in after care when Avery first started school. "That was great because I really got to know everyone," Candice said.


One job Candice had always wanted to do, but could never find the time for during her son's tenure, was serve on the board. So, when Avery graduated from CSWS in 2009, she decided, "I better do it now or I may never get another chance." Though her son no longer attends the school, Candice provides a necessary historical perspective to the board and she enjoys "making decisions that guide the school."


Candice has worked for the United State Postal Service ever since Avery started CSWS, and today she is a mail carrier and supervisor. When she is not working, she is going to school to earn her MBA online, as well as a holistic nutrition certification. She hopes to enter a nutrition-related practice, perhaps as a health coach.


As for Avery, he graduated from Shenandoah High School in 2013 and is attending Sierra College while working for a solar company in Folsom.

The Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff will gather 
this Saturday, January 18, for an enrichment retreat as we begin our work in this new year.

CSWS Hawks Basketball Game Schedule


Everyone is invited to come out and cheer our Girls' and Boys' Basketball Teams.  All Games are held at the Sacramento Waldorf School gym.  Regular Saturday games are free of charge; there is an entry fee for tournament games.  See schedule below.


Sat 1/18 

1-2pm: Girls vs. SWS 7th    

3-4pm: Boys vs. Golden Valley 7th


Sat 1/25 

10-11am: Boys vs. SWS 8th  

11am-12pm: Girls vs. SWS 8th   

1-2pm: Boys vs. SWS 7th


Sat 2/1  

3-4pm: Girls vs. Davis 8th  

4-5pm: Boys vs. Golden Valley 8th


Sat 2/8   

1-2pm: Boys vs. Davis 7th   

2-3pm: Girls vs. Golden Valley 7th

4-5pm: Girls vs. Davis 8th


Sat 2/15 

9-10am: Girls vs. Davis 6th 

12-1: Boys vs. Camellia 6th-8th



Thurs 2/20 - Sun 2/23: Tournament times to be determined

 Cedar Springs on Social Media??
Are you grappling with our school needing to be apart of all the current media, but at the same time supporting the philosophy of Waldorf being a non-media focused environment?  We get it.  Liz Beaven, Dean of Academic Development at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks explains, "I fully understand that we (Waldorf educators) must strive to be current and in touch with the broader be able to deliver a relevant accessible message." 
Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world. We are at a point that CSWS needs to have a stronger local identity and presence in the regional community. To grow our school, we are required to share the magic of the Waldorf education to community members with similar core values. Social media is a viable channel to reach a broader base.
CSWS Director of Community Development, Lynn Morgan, explains, "Be assured that the Faculty and Board have discussed this very topic various times over the past year. Everybody is aware and supportive that we need to meet parents in the modern world with what we do at our school and judicious use of social media."
We ask for your support and participation in growing the recognition of Cedar Springs.  Thank you for considering it, NoŽl Robinson.     
Visit & engage in CSWS Channels
click below social media links to see our presence
Facebook is our most active social media channel.  We include events, updates & beautiful memories.
CSWS is new to Twitter.  If you are on twitter, please follow our page & help grow our audience.
We are new to YouTube & hope to build our page with original video.  Please submit video if you have it.


Share photos and memories so that we may share the magic of the Waldorf education.  Please submit photos, events, news & beautiful memories  to NoŽl Robinson at 

NoŽl is assisting CSWS in our marketing efforts and would love more great stories and photos to share.


Attention Gmail Users!


Did it take awhile to find the update in your gmail?


Our tech savvy friends at Google have rolled out a newly designed template for your inbox. If you are using this new design, your emails are being filtered into three tabs above your inbox messages: Primary, Social, and Promotions. Google is known for great innovations but the jury is still out if this is one of them.


Here's where we solve the mystery and you can go back to being "in the know". All CSWS communications are being filtered into your PROMOTIONS or UPDATES tab and you might not be seeing them. If you'd rather the emails we send appear in your Primary tab (general inbox), it's one simple step:


*Drag and drop my email into your Primary tab and click "yes" when Gmail asks if you'd like future messages from this email address to go to your Primary tab.


Voilŗ, you are back in the game!  If you haven't switched over to the new format , you should still be receiving our correspondence in your inbox and this is just FYI.


Share why you LOVE Cedar Springs Waldorf School!


Prospective Waldorf families want to hear from YOU, please take a moment to write a review about our wonderful school on the below school review sites (click on logo). Parents are doing their research before they contact a prospective school & your reviews will give them a peek into the wonder of CSWS!





donations_box.jpg Spring Rummage Sale Coming!


Please save your used items for our Seventh Grade rummage sale to be held Saturday, May 17.  If you have an item(s) that you'd like to donate but can't possibly store until then, please contact Edna Raridan at 530-558-5444 or e-mail her at

Help CSWS earn while you Shop and Dine!  


Here is a quick, friendly reminder from Cedar Springs that your online holiday shopping can contribute to our school in a big way this season.  If you are still looking to place that last minute order in to Amazon, REI, or any other of the 700 merchants partners, remember that they will donate to CSWS, but only if you tell them to. One click on the Escrip Online Mall button before you finish paying is all it takes! This isn't just for holiday shopping; you can do this in the middle of June.  Even the smallest contribution helps our school! 


Another way to contribute to CSWS is through the eScrip Dining Program.  For more information about this, click here. You may even find a place to dine while you're on the road. 


And one last thing, if you have an old unused vehicle that you're not sure what to do with, you can turn it into a tax deduction with benefits to CSWS before the end of the year. You can start the process by clicking on this Donation Line Link.


Again, if you have any requests or questions regarding scrip, don't hesitate to contact me.


Sabina Keller

Scrip Coordinator 

CSWS Alumni Corner:  Budding Success for Late Bloomer


Success does not often come easy; and for Class of 2006 graduate, Grant Lacher, it has been no exception. Grant's early years at Cedar Springs were challenging ones. Through the unique pedagogy of Waldorf Education and certain personal relationships at CSWS, we learned to focus on his gifts while addressing the hurdles of childhood. Focusing on Grant's innate artistic talent, daily encouragement to strive for his own personal best, and building his confidence through open communication, we nurtured important life skills beyond the academics. After graduating from Mrs. ThompSon's class at Cedar Springs, Grant was able to find continued success at Union Mine High School by creating his own study guides that looked much like Main Lesson pages, impressing teachers with his artistically embellished, imaginative writing, and connecting with his peers through his artwork--all skills nurtured, honored, and honed at Cedar Springs. Click here to read the full article.

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

Read current news and events from and about Waldorf Education at Why Waldorf Works.

Rudolf Steiner College Workshop and Event Calendar

Simplicity Parenting Training Program -- Available through their Distance Learning Training, beginning March 1, 2014. 
Painting Class & CSWS Fundraiser at The Painted Owl This Friday

This Friday, January 17th, come to The Painted Owl in Placerville and CSWS parent, Anne Mello, will guide you through the process of creating this handy tray using repurposed cabinet doors, some new hardware and milk paint.  Cost is $60 per person and includes all materials and instruction.  Book your reservation by Thursday and the school will receive 20% of the fee.  Space is limited so grab a friend and call today to sign up. 530-621-1886.  The Painted Owl is located at 376 Main Street in Placerville, right next door to Cascada Restaurant.
Heidi Leveroni, CSWS Parent and Owner of The Painted Owl
Twin Bed for Sale:child's broyhill twin bed with single mattress for sale: $100.00. Good condition. Contact Kim Barney, 642-2418.  

Waldorf Family Seeking Rental:
We're a Sac Waldorf family of four relocating to Cedar Springs and looking for a house to rent near Cedar Springs. We're a non-smoking household, although we do have pets. If anything comes up in the next three months, please let us know: or 916.850.5161. We would love to sign a 1-2 year lease if possible. Thanks so much in advance.

Want to go to Hawaii this summer?


Checking in June 12, checking out June 19, we have a one-bedroom condo reserved at the Ka'anapali Beach Club on Maui.  Located right on the sand, with views of Molokai, it has an amazing pool and is located near all kinds of fabulous things to do.  Sleeps a max of 4.  $1200


Checking in June 19, checking out June 26, you can stay in a two-bedroom condo at the Kona Coast Resort II on the glorious Big Island.  There's so much to do, you may need a vacation from your vacation.  Sleeps a max of 7.  $1500.


Want both weeks?  Only $2500 for both!  Enjoy and aloha!  Call Christine Land at (530)621-3976 for details.

Dates at a Glance



January 20- No School, Martin Luther King Day


January 21- Open Classroom Tour, 8:30-10:30am


January 31 - Last day to get your early discounted Auction Tickets




February 8 - Kindergarten Open House:  "A Day in the Life of Kindergarten," 10am-Noon


February 11- Open Classroom Tour, 8:30-10:30am


February 10, 12 & 14-  6:00-8pm 8th Grade Project Presentations 


February 17 through 21 - Teacher Conference/Parent-Teacher




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