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

December 13, 2012




In This Newsletter
Dates to Remember
Thank You!
8th Grade Gratitiude
Early Childhood Applications Due Soon
Helping Detroit Waldorf School
Aftercare Forms
WInter Camp
How Can I Help?
Choice Lunch Contest & Annual Giving
Yearbook Photos Needed
Cookbook Fundraiser
Homecoming Event Dec. 15
Choir & Orchestra Performances
Room For Rent



Dates to Remember
December 15
HS Homecoming Game Estancia HS 4-8 pm
December 20, 4pm
Deadline to be included in Annual Giving Raffle
December 21, 8:45am
Annual Giving Raffle, Company of Angels
December 21
Early Dismissal 12:30pm
December 22
Company of Angels Open Saturday 9 am - 1pm

December 24 - January 6, 2013
Winter Break.  School resumes on Jan. 7.
January 9
11th Grade Parent Evening
January 11
Early Childhood Application Deadline
January 18 
No School- Parent Teacher Conference
January 21
No School-MLK
Janurary 26
Open House
Grades K-12
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 Fully accredited by the Schools Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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

Heartfelt Thanks


Last Saturday we celebrated the season with our much loved annual Winter Festival. It was a beautiful Southern California winter day. Our campus was transformed into a magical winter wonderland. There were delicious foods and treats to eat, wonderful crafts to create, lovely singing and music to listen to and special activities to participate in such as shopping at the Elves' Workshop, all culminating in the beautiful Advent Spiral at dusk. As you might imagine this celebration took the hard work of many many people in our community. The Winter Festival Committee would like to extend a warm heartfelt thank you to all the many people who helped create this wonderful gift for our children and community. Thank you, thank you! And best wishes for the holiday season!


The Winter Festival Committee

Catherine Averett, Beka Castro, Angie Mier and Brooke Trudeau

Winterfestival Hug (Nova) 



Thank you from 8th Grade
Thanks to everyone for dining at the Winter Festival Feast and for supporting the 8th grade fundraising effort.  We hope you enjoyed the food and the festival.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Nanda family for coordinating and providing the impressive spread of delicious Indian Food.  It was wonderful. 
 Zucchini Express
And another big hug and thanks
goes to our friends at 
Zucchini Express (the Gamboa Family) for donating the super sweet organic tangerines.
Early Childhood 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 were distributed at the Early Childhood Information Evening yesterday.

Used Clothing Collection for the Detroit Waldorf School

Thank You for the donations!  The support for our friends in need across the country is heart-warming.


Last Day For donations: December 19, 2012 at 3PM.  


What's needed:  gently used winter clothing, shoes & accessories (all sizes from youth to adult) 


Where to place them: Please leave these items at the parking lot entrance of the Eurythmy Hall.




Elisabeth Beck

Eurythmy teacher


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

Aftercare Forms for January 2013! 
Aftercare forms for Big Aftercare & Little Aftercare are located at the front desk and are due Dec 21st!
Winter Camp: Pre-K - 2nd Grade
Holly Richards is offering Winter Camp for the second week of our Winter Break: December 31 - January 4.  Inquiries and sign-ups are outside of Miss Holly's classroom.  You must reserve space well in advance with pre-payment to secure your commitment.  
The week-long Winter Camp is $40 a day.  Please sign up directly with Miss Holly at her classroom before 8:30 a.m. or after 1:00 p.m. 
How Can I Help with the Gala?
The Event is March 9, 2013, but this is really a community-wide effort starting now.  The volunteer team is aiming to launch our on-line website of auction items shortly after we return from Winter Break.  So if you are hanging on to a donation item (or even the idea of an item), please don't keep it a secret.  Let us know about it before Winter Break.  This goes for sponsorships or ad space too.
While you are out in the world shopping and eating, ask to speak with the store manager and leave them with one of our letters (available in the office or download from link below).  Remember, every family is encouraged to participate by procuring one donated item or to volunteer.


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 Items

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities 


Many great people are already hard at work on the event.  If you want to join them, have an auction item, want to purchase an ad or sponsorship or know somebody who does, feel free to find any one of these people and they will point you in the right direction:  Sarah Rodelo, Norm Paredes, Gary Tryan, Courtney Coulsell, Cindy Baker, Elizabeth Shier-Burnett, or Denise Ogawa (in the office). 

How To Win $125 in HOT LUNCH 
hot lunch
 Two families will win $125 in Hot Lunch Credit! 
Congratulations to 49% of the school who is already eligible to win because they have given or pledged to Annual Giving.
The rest is left to LUCK.
The drawing will be held Dec. 21, 2012 at 8:45 in the Company of Angels.  In order to be eligible for the hot lunch drawing, make your gift or pledge by Dec. 20, 2012 at 4PM.  
WSOC employees, their spouses, and the Cano Family (who already won the reserved parking space) are not eligible.  To everyone else, we are tossing some good luck your way!!
We have been asked "what constitutes a pledge?"  A "pledge" is a "binding promise to do."  You may make a pledge to Annual Giving, either on-line, in writing, or by using one of our handy envelopes.  The pledge can be installment payments over a series of months or it can be a promise to give a specified gift by a specified time.  Example $X by May 1, 2013.  Knowing your intention now helps us tremendously, and helps the volunteer Annual Giving Callers know they do not need to call you.
To make your gift or pledge today, come into the office for an envelope or go to www.waldorfschool.com/annual
To see how your class is progressing on participation, see the chart.
School-wide, we are up to 49% participation and our goal remains 100%.
School-wide, we are 56% of the way to our monetary goal of $100,000.
Pictures Desperately Needed!
Only 1 family has responded so far!  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
If you've made your list, checked it twice, and "Uh-Oh!" you still need a gift . . .  
Special Shopping Hours:
Saturday December 22nd from 9am -1pm



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Now sold at the company of Angels   

A Fundraiser for our school - $20 each!

(reservered orders are held at front desk)



"I just bought the Waldorf Palette cookbook earlier this week and I wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the whole thing! It's so much more than a cookbook. I love the way you arranged the chapters by grade and included commentary about the Waldorf curriculum. Fantastic job!"  Abril



Wildcats Logo
Wildcats Paw LogoIt's GAME TIME, sports fans!                    

 Homecoming handmade sign   


  4:00 - 8:00PM



4:30 -  High School Girls' Volleyball

6:00 - Wildcat Fun Zone

Audience participation games for students of all ages

6:30 -  High School Boys' Basketball



Estancia High School Little Gym

Use main parking lot and look for our signs

2323 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627



$5 Admission  Blank Text Box for Captions     

Fans 5 years and younger are free  

WSOC students will get a free ticket


Bring your Wildcat Spirit

Wear WSOC clothing or navy and white.

Proceeds from the snack bar benefit our program.  Be hungry!



Wildcat Spirit Wear for toddler to adult, and Homecoming tickets available for purchase

(cash or check accepted at event & front desk) 


strings 2012  

School Performances

for the outside community




HS Choir

December 14, 2012  6pm - 6:15 pm

The Lab, Costa Mesa (everyone invited, support our students and have dinner at The Lab)


7th & 8th Grade Strings

December 20, 2012 7pm-7:30

Bella Terra Mall, Huntington Beach (everyone invited, support our students and have dinner at Bella Terra)


The school often has mentors, evaluators and visiting teachers.  It is nice to put them up in a home rather than a hotel.  If you live fairly close to school and have an extra room in your home the school will pay $50 a night if you house one of our guests.  If you are interested please contact Gina Illes.