Waldorf School of Orange County 

2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA  92627 

Playgroup - 8th grade: (949)574-7775

High School: (949)574-7754 


Our Weekly Newsletter

News for our families and friends

November 29, 2012




In This Newsletter
Dates to Remember
Winter Festival
Craft Group & COA
Singers Needed!
Detroit Waldorf
Thank you from 8th Grade
Parent Assoc. News
Gala Event News
Annual Giving
Amazon News
Scrip Tip!
Aftercare Reservations
WInter Camp
Yearbook Photos Needed


Dates to Remember

November 30
The Company of Angels: Wanda Lobito & Carrole Watts Trunk Show!

December 3
4th Grade Parent Evening

The Waldorf Journey Lecture

December 8
Winter Festival 1-5pm

December 13
2nd Grade Eurythmy Performance 10am

December 21
Early Dismissal 12:30pm

December 24 - January 6, 2013
Winter Break.  School resumes on Jan. 7.

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College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Elisabeth Beck
Chris Bennett
Christiane Bohr
Jenell Carlson
Ingrid Feck
Masami Inoue
Angie Meier
Nancy Mitchell
Holly Richards
Kinberly Telfer-Radzat
Robin Theiss (Chair)
Deborah Waring
Miriam Whiteley 
Board of Trustees 
Elisabeth Beck
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett
Joe DeMichele
Chris DeRosa
Rainer Doemer
Gabe Frisby (Chair)
Gina Illes
Anthony Lazzara
Holly Richards
Jamie Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone 
Abril Turner
Parent Assocation
Jamie Stahl, BOT Rep
Trae Diede, Community Building
Brooke Tomblin, Outreach
winter festival


Winter Festival


The merriment of the winter season beckons us to join together once again in a celebration of song, good food, festivities and friendship. Families and classes across the campus are busy preparing crafts, writing fortunes, baking cakes and learning music to share on Saturday, December 8th from 1 - 5:30.  

A few reminders:
It is strongly suggested that you pre-purchase your tickets to avoid lines at the event itself. Tickets will be on sale before school next week on the front lawn.  Tickets are 50 cents each. Each booth requires tickets rather than cash. Admission is free. For booth descriptions Click Here!

This is a special tradition at our school, and carries a festive mood along with it. Everyone is encouraged to dress in holiday attire; choirs and orchestral ensembles are to wear black and white as indicated by their teachers.  

It is easy to lose children with so many friends to play with and so much free time. Please keep an eye on the little (and not so little!) ones, and make sure they adhere to all the standards of safety they have come to expect on our campus. Please be particularly mindful that the blacktop and all other parts of campus will be closed at 4:30 when community caroling around the stage begins followed by the advent spiral.  

As is tradition, the festival will end quietly at sunset as the 7th grade walks the advent spiral. Please join in the singing of The Little Drummer Boy, and celebrate this beautiful event together as a school community. This is a reverent moment, and requires each individual to encourage the calm and quiet after such a festive day. Please refrain from loud conversation and the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, and collect all students and children around the spiral for this lovely closure to our evening.  

As soon as the spiral is over, the 7th grade students will lead everyone to the exits to say goodnight.  Please leave quietly, carrying the mood of the day along with you.  

Although cleanup efforts will begin after the spiral, no children are allowed back among the booths. We ask that you arrange care for little ones so that they do not lose the magic of the day.

This year we are happy to be partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank. Please consider bringing personal care items, canned goods and other non-perishable foods to share with those in our surrounding communities who are in need. Bins will be available by the ticket booth and beside the Company of Angels. Each donation you bring makes a tremendous difference. The drive will continue through December 21st, thank you so much for your donations.


Angel Wool Fairy
Craft Group
Every Wednesday 
8:30 am - 11am
We are making "Magic Wool Fairies" for next week's craft group
The Big Show is on Tomorrow, Friday, November 30! Bring your friends & family to shop the Wanda Lobito & Carrole Watts Jewerly Show
  COA Jewelry Show
Festival Singers Needed!
Join the lovely crew of singers for the Winter Festival. Contact Tiesha in Aftercare, or call front desk for more information.
Parent Education Event Rescheduled

Please note, the Parent Education event "The Waldorf Journey" previously scheduled for December 5, is being rescheduled.  It will now be January 26.  More information is to come, but we thought you would appreciate knowing you can remove the Dec. 5 learning experience from your calendar, and replace it with Saturday, January 26. 


Early Childhoood Application Deadline

January 11, 2013


If your child will be 3 years, 9 months by Sept. 1, 2013, it's time to apply for Pre-Kindergarten.  Applications will be distributed at the Early Childhood Information Evening on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7PM.  Attendance at one Information Evening is mandatory prior to applying.

Used Clothing Collection for the Detroit Waldorf School

Dear community members,


The Detroit Waldorf School is seriously impacted by the economic situation in the area.  I learned that some of the students do not have access to appropriate clothing. I thought we might be able to ease this situation a bit by sending clothes our children have outgrown, but are still in nice condition.


Please feel free to contact me if you are willing to help. Drop your bag with used clothes at the parking lot entrance of the eurythmy hall or contact me and I will pick up your donation. Do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.




Elisabeth Beck

Eurythmy teacher


To read more about how we can help our sister school in Detroit, please  Click Here!


The Holiday Greens Are Here!

Pick up your order near the front office anytime from 8am -3:30pm. We have 3 extra large wreaths for $38.00.


8th Grade sincerely thanks everyone for their tremendous support of this program.


Lost & Found

Starting Monday you can look through lost and found items on tables placed outside the front office.  On Wednesday, any items left over will be donated to charity.


Parent Association News!

Have you wanted to know where you can come to get connected to the heartbeat and community of the school? Where you can gather information and get involved? The Parent Association is the perfect place for that!


Next Meeting: December 6th at 7 p.m. in the High School, Linden Room. Park in HS lot, and enter through the HS entrance.


Special update from member of the Board of Trustees and much more.


Please join us!

More questions or comments?  Feel free to contact Jaime Stahl: see school roster 3rd Grade & 4th Grade Roster for Trae Diede.


The WSOC Cookbook, lovingly crafted by dedicated parent, Julie Fish, is the perfect momento, holiday gift and fundraiser. Please stop in The Company of Angels for your copies today!


Thank you!


Save the Date
The Annual Gala
March 9, 2013


Tickets will be on sale after we return from Winter Break.  In the meantime, to make this the most successful event possible, your help is needed and appreciated.


Every family is encouraged to procure one donated item.  We also need plenty of volunteers.  Please contact Denise Ogawa or Sara Rodelo to let them know you would like to share your time for a worthy cause.  Or if you have an idea about an auction item, Denise and Sara want to hear it.


To procure your donation, pick up the tools you need to help in the office, or download them here.

Donation Request Letter (take this to businesses you frequent and ask them to donate, you'd be surprised how many will say yes.

Auction Donation Form

Ideas for Successful Auction ItemsSponsorship and Advertising Opportunities 




If you have not yet had the chance to make your gift or pledge, here's something fun...


Make your gift or pledge by December 20, 2012 at 4PM to qualify to win $125 deposited into your Choice Lunch account (that's our school's hot lunch program).  $125 is a lot of lunch!  Don't worry if you don't already have an account, they can create one for you.  We have 2 of these to offer, so 2 winners will be drawn.  Everyone who has already given  or pledged will be included in the drawing, with the exception of WSOC employees and their spouses who are not eligible.  We also have to take the Cano Family's name out of the hat because they already won the reserved parking.


To make your gift or pledge today, come into the office for an envelope or go to www.waldorfschool.com/annual


Announcing the 

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 Affiliate Program

Great thanks to everyone who has already supported our new opportunity with Amazon...we earned $350.00 in our first week!


In case you missed this news in the newsletter before Thanksgiving  break, here is the 411.

Exciting news for Amazon shoppers.  Our school is now an affiliate of Amazon.com - which means that any purchases made by entering Amazon's site from the Amazon link on our WSOC website (upper right corner), will result in our school receiving at least 4% of the total purchase value. 


If you use Amazon SCRIP you family will receive 4% of the scrip purchase towards your family's annual scrip commitment (which is also earnings for the school) AND the school will receive 4% of your purchase as a donation from Amazon.  That's 8% total earnings for the school generated from shopping you are going to do anyway.  It's a WIN-WIN.


Follow these simple steps


1)  Purchase Amazon Scrip at the WSOC Scrip Store before you purchase to maximize the effects of this great program.  

click on the Amazon Icon in the top right corner.  This is the most important part.  You have to enter Amazon.com through the WSOC website for us to get credit.

3)  Shop and check-out as you normally would.  

4)  The following month, WSOC receives 4% of your shopping total, as a

donation back to the school from our friends at Amazon.  


Note:  The 4% credited back to the school through the affiliate program is not trackable back to your family account for family's scrip commitment (but the 4% from purchasing the SCRIP is).


Scrip Tip of the Week

Making a List and Checking It Twice:
  • We have small denominations for stocking stuffers (Starbucks $5, Barnes & Noble $5 & Target $10)
  • Starbucks $25 gift cards are now at 10%
  • Panera Bread $25 gift cards are now at 11%
  • LL Bean is now at 19%!

Scrip...helping to bridge the gap between the {rich} curriculum students receive here at WSOC & the amount of tuition paid!


Sandy Meadows, Scrip Coordinator

Aftercare Reservations DUE TOMORROW!
Please sign up for Big & Little Aftercare by November 30!  All late reservations will result in drop-in rates.
Early Dismissal at 12:30 on Dec 21st is also the last day for Chess Class in aftercare.  Take advantage of Holiday Shopping at the Company of Angels or get ahead on gift wrapping and sign your kids up for that date.
Kindergarten Winter Camp
Holly Richards is offering Winter Camp for the second week of our Winter Break: December 31 - January 4 for Kindergarten students.  Inquiries and sign-ups must be made directly with Miss Holly.  You must reserve space well in advance with pre-payment to secure your commitment.  There must be at least two committed reservations for the Winter Camp to exist.
The week-long Winter Camp is $200.00. Please sign up directly with Miss Holly at her classroom before 8:30 a.m. or after 1:00 p.m.. 
Pictures Desperately Needed!
Do you have pictures you can copy on a USB stick or on a disk in high resolution?  We need these images right away, please bring to the front desk as soon as possible (please put your names on items, so we may return them to you).
We know several of you out there have great photos of:
  • Spring Concert 2012
  • May Faire 2012

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