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


May 16, 2013 






In This Newsletter
Dates to Remember
Spring Concert
Happening in the High
Choice Lunch
Soccer Team
Student Exchange
School Calendar 2013/2014
Aftercare Forms
Annual Giving update
Summer Camps


Dates to Remember
May 16
WSOC vs Arroyo Pacific (3 pm) 

May 17 
Golf Tournament 10am BBQ (5 pm)
May 18
Morning in the Kindergarten (10 am)
Grade 2 Parent Play
(9 am)
Grade 1 Play (4 pm) 
May 23
Spring Concert,
St. Andrews (7 pm)
May 24
No school, In-Service Day
May 27
No School
May 28
1st Grade Parent Evening (7 pm)
May 29
Grade 8 Trip
Grade 7 Eurythmy Play
May 31
Grade 12 Play
(7:30 pm) Meadows Hall
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 Fully accredited by the Schools Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Chris Bennett
Christiane Bohr
Jenell Carlson
Barbara Cubanski
Ingrid Feck
Masami Inoue
Kurt Faerber
Angie Meier
Nancy Mitchell
Holly Richards
Kimberly Telfer-Radzat
Robin Theiss (Chair)
Deborah Waring
Miriam Whiteley 
Board of Trustees 
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett
Jenell Carlson
Joe DeMichele
Angie Meier
Chris DeRosa
Gabe Frisby (Chair)
Gina Illes
Jamie Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone 
Abril Turner
Parent Association
Jamie Stahl, BOT Rep
Trae Diede, Community Building
Brooke Tomblin, Outreach
You are invited to our...
 May 23, 2013 at 7 pm

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

600 St. Andrew's Road

Newport Beach, CA 92663 

Our annual concert showcases grades 4-8 in choir and Orchestra.  Please make yourself familiar with our expectations of how we will conduct ourselves in this environment.  
  • Children not performing in the concert should sit with their parents and be supervised at all times.  Noisy children are taken out of the concert hall or sanctuary.
  • No running, shouting, laying down on pews, chairs, playing on stage or food allowed.
  • Do not touch pew pads and pencils nor mistreat hymnals and bibles.  
  • Strings students will sit with their class both before and after their performance and will be released to their parents only at the end of the concert.
  • Siblings and young guests must be supervised during intermission, paying close attention & with consideration to the allotted time (doors should remain closed during performance).
 Fly a kite!  Catch a bug in flight . . .and land in the Company of Angels
Happening in the High

High School Student Artwork is on display in the Costa Mesa City Hall Lobby now through the end of the month.  You can see pieces created by Alicia, Nicholas, Jack, Tianna, Evanya, Jon Cruz, Jack, Chandler, Maya, Renee, Austin, Kier, Ryan, Nairi, Paula-Sophia, Dylan, Inessa, Calvin, Caroline, Blaize, and Rose.


HS Play

May 31st - Join us for the 12th Grade Play "God of Carnage", by Yasmina Reza, 7:30 pm in the Meadows Hall (appropriate for grades 7 and up).


HS Soccer League Game Schedule:

5/23 WSOC vs Arroyo Pacific at 4:30 pm 

Game Site Arroyo Pacific


5/30 Playoff Game Site TBA by coin toss on 5/16


Activities for Students

Spring Prom
Saturday, June 1
7 pm - midnight
Year End Banquet
Saturday, June 8
6:30 pm (rsvp by June 4)
Congratulations to our graduating students on their college
acceptances & scholarships:

Pasadena Art Center

Brooks Institute, Ventura

Humboldt State University

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

UC Davis

McGill University

Loyola Marymount University

($19,400 Arrupe Scholarship & additional $2,000 Scholarship)

University of the Pacific

($10,000 Regents Scholarship & additional $2,500 Scholarship)


($3,000 Merit Scholarship)

University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music

($20,000 Howard Hanson Scholarship, $1,500 William & Jocelyn Macy Sloan Scholarship)

University of Toronto

($5,000 Scholarship)

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

($10,000 photography/talent based scholarship)

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Got Lunch?

The year is winding down, and so may your ideas for healthy lunches that your kids will eat. Our current Grade 8 has been serving Hot Lunch (and cold lunch) all year, helping to raise money for their trip to Colorado, where they will be white water rafting, camping, and working on an Indian Reservation. (See deerhillexpeditions.com for more information about their trip). 


How can you continue to help? By ordering through www.choicelunch.com, where $1 from every order goes to the class. We are almost there! Please consider ordering. Again, the website is www.choicelunch.com and the school code is: waldorfoc


Some options:

  • chicken and veggies
  • a variety of salads
  • cucumber rolls
  • hamburgers
  • pasta and so much more!

 Check it out!






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  • "Thank-Scrip-ing Day in May"- A one day ShopWithScrip event featuring big percentages on ScripNOW products only, is around the corner, on Monday, May 20th. For 24 hours only, you can earn some of the highest percentages ever offered from your favorite ScripNOW retailers! Check your email or go to ShopWithScrip.com starting at 12:01 am EDT (that is 9:01 pm our time!!) to see the complete list of bonus offers!
  • Have you picked up your Family Scrip 3rd Quarter Update in The Scrip Store yet? How well are you doing?
  • Thank a dedicated teacher, make Dad smile on Father's Day, celebrate your graduate and don't forget to pack the scrip for vacations! All of this is available at The Scrip Store! 

2012-2013 YEARBOOKS



In case you have not heard the news...  The yearbook, which is normally $25, is being sponsored by our friends at Ken Grody Ford. This means if you're a student here, you receive one for free the last week of school.


The yearbook, thanks to whiz kid and stellar volunteer, Piet Agle, has been delivered to the printer!  A huge thank you to Piet for his outstanding dedication, to Jill Gallagher for her spirited coordination and to the team of classroom photographers for providing the photographs.  We are currently looking for volunteers to create the 2013/2014 yearbook.  If you are interested, please see us in the front office.   



Paying it forward....some community members are taking the inspiration of a free yearbook and turning it into a donation for WSOC.  The $25 they would have paid for the yearbook is now an additional tax-deductible Annual Giving gift or a contribution toward the much-needed Handwork/Woodwork Renovation announced at the Gala.  


An overwhelming thank you to our friends at.... 

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  Pilot Cup & Upper Grade Soccer Team


Soccer Practice for Grades 5-8

Every Wednesday & Friday 3-4:30 pm

Pack for practice: Don't forget your gear & water


Annual Pilot Cup

May 28 -June 2

(our specific dates to be determined)


Student Exchange 

In an effort to participate in an international effort to exchange students within the teacher training programs, I will be hosting a student from Kassel, Germany from May 21st- June 15. Is there a family at the school who would be willing to offer her a room? She will have her own car and could pay a modest fee ($500).

Please read her info below. If you have any questions, please contact Robin Theiss


Thank you so much!


 Waldorf teacher trainee looking for a room to rent: Documentary filmmaker and student at the Waldorf Teacher Training Center in Kassel, Germany, is looking for a room to rent with a local family from May 21st - June 15th. I will be at the Waldorf School of Orange County doing an intership with Robin Theiss during this time.

I am a responsible, friendly and outgoing 42 year old female non-smoker who enjoys hiking, reading, traveling and american culture and literature.



School Calendar for 2013/2014
Planning your family vacation just got easier.. .please click here for viewing!
June Aftercare forms are due on May 30th, by 4 pm
Big Aftercare Forms click here!
Little Aftercare Forms click here! 


Let's get this done in May!  100% participation is the goal. 


Grades 10 and 11 have led the way with 100%.  Many classes are not that far off.  If making your donation has eluded you, please get it done this week.  See "how to give" below.  


Annual Giving Statistics

Current School Wide % Participation:  82%

% of Financial Goal Reached:  87%


% Participation by Class (ranked most to least)

Grade 10:  100%

Grade 11:  100%

Grade 2:  94%

Grade 9:  92%

Grade 7:  88% 

Miss Holly's K:  87%

Grade 4:  86%

Grade 3:  84%

Grade 1:  84%

Grade 8: 83%

Grade 5:  77%  

Grade 12:  75%

Grade 6:  69%

Miss Barbara's K:  58%

Miss Terri's K:  53%

Miss Catherine's K:  38%




#1)  www.waldorfschool.com/annual    Takes 2 minutes.

#2)  Envelope in front office.  If you're already here, takes 2 minutes.

#3)  Send a pledge email stating amount and date of gift to come (prior to July 31, 2013) to dogawa@waldorfschool.com.  We've tried it.  Could take less than 1 minute.

 A sneak peek at our summer camps


Kindergarten: More details to come

Ms. Terri:  June 17 - 21 & 24 - 28


Ms. Holly: July 1 - 5, 8 - 12, 15 - 19


Ms. Catherine: July 22 - 26 & Aug 12-16


Ms. Barbara: July 29 - Aug 2 & Aug 5 - 9


Theatre Camp: More details to come

Kathy Paladino: July 1 for 4 weeks


String Camp: Monday - Friday

Beginning Strings: June 24 - July 5 (9:30 am - 12:30 pm)

Ages 7-9 & new students to WSOC grade 4 & up



Intermediate Strings: June 24 - July 5 (1- 4 pm) $275


Advanced Strings: Aug 12 - 15 (9:30 am - 2 pm) $240


To print flyer, click here!


Playgroup: For ages 18 to 3 years

Play, sing, puppet plays and outdoor fun! Maximum of 12 students per class (if classes fill up, we will add more days).

July 10 - August 29

Wednesday or Thursday (your choice)

9 am - 11 am $250


Kindergarten Garden


Kindy-Garden: What's growing on?

Before it was mainstream to eat organically and to compost your discards, Waldorf Schools have instilled a reverence in our youngest student to the graduating student in honoring nature and its gifts.


We are please to announce that our Kindergarten garden has been awarded a grant, thanks to the Schwarz Family for taking the time to harvest this (literally and figuratively) for our school.


Recognizing the importance of garden programs as an educational tool and a way to support healthy eating habits, Whole Kids Foundation has partnered with Food Corp to offer garden grants to schools, nationwide. Our kindergarten classes are the proud, and grateful, recipients of such a grant. The awarded $2,000 will go a long way to help them sustain their gardening program.


Thank you to the Whole Kids Foundation, created to help the community by Whole Foods Market, and to Food Corp, Inc for this wonderful gift!


To take a look at what's growing on, click here!