2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Playgroup - Grade 8:  (949)574-7775  
High School:  (949)574-7754
Newsletter for our family and friends
August 29, 2013
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In This Issue
Dates to Remember
September 3
First Day of School Pre-K - 12

September 4, 8:30 AM
New Family Welcome Tea
Company of Angels Garden

September 10, 7:00 PM
2nd Grade Parent Meeting

September 11, 7:00 PM
7th Grade Parent Meeting

September 18, 7:00 PM
New Family Orientation
Meadows Hall

September 25, 7:00 PM
Early Childhood Parent Education Event
Valeria Baadh Garrett
College of Teachers
Catherine Averett 
Chris Bennett
Christiane Bohr
Jenell Carlson
Barbara Cubanski
Kurt Faerber
Ingrid Feck
Brad Holm
Andrea Hubert
Masami Inoue
Lisa Masterson
Angie Meier
Holly Richards (Chair)
Robin Theiss
Deborah Waring
Miriam Whiteley
Board of Trustees
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett (Chair)
Jenell Carlson
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Gina Illes (Administrative Rotation)
Lisa Masterson
Angie Meier
Denise Ogawa (Admin. Rotation)
Kim Sava (Admin.  Rotation)
Jaime Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone
Linda Timmons (Admin. Rotation)
Abril Turner
Parent Association Chairs
Cindy Baker (Education Chair)
Sara Rodelo (Fundraising)
Jaime Stahl (BOT Rep)
Brooke Tomblin (Outreach)
Accreditation and Affiliations
Fully accredited by the 
Schools Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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AWSNA Website

Welcome to a New School Year
We hope you have enjoyed a beautiful summer with your family and are as ready as we are to embrace the new school year with eager anticipation. As the final coats of paint are being applied and the campus is being tidied for the great work that is about to unfold, please know how excited we are to see the students and all the families.  
This newsletter, in combination with information you have received from your child's class teacher, is designed to help you be prepared for school.  Should anything further be needed, please feel free to call us in the office.  


(Grades 1 - 8 students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 AM on the yard) 
New Faces in Faculty and Staff
Please join us in welcoming new members of faculty and staff, including a few whose faces you know who are taking on new roles.
  • Lisa Agle (Kindergarten Assistant, Miss Catherine)
  • Gabrielle Ader (Kindergarten Assistant, Miss Holly)
  • Michaela Heller (Little Aftercare Supervisor and Playgroup Assistant)
  • Lisa Forrest (Little Aftercare Assistant)
  • Lorri Valenzuela-Mier (First Grade Teacher)
  • Nicole Ichtertz (First Grade Assistant)
  • Jordan (Jay) Briand (2nd Grade Assistant & Big Daycare Assistant) 
  • Shelby Burnett (Strings Assistant)
  • Naqib Sayed (High School Humanities Teacher)
  • Alyssa Hamilton (Admissions and Development Assistant)
  • Lisa Masterson (Faculty Coordinator)

Lisa Masterton is someone with whom everyone is likely to interface, so we will take a moment to introduce her to you.  Lisa will be taking on the new role of Faculty Coordinator, which is the administrative arm of the faculty.  Lisa will help to ensure the implementation of the Waldorf curriculum through oversight of faculty orientation, development and coordination of schedules; establishment and maintenance of policies and procedures and providing a bridge between the college of teachers/faculty and administration.


Lisa comes to us with a wealth of experience.  Her first work in Waldorf, from 1987 - 1990, was as the founding member and pre-school teacher for our very own Waldorf School of Orange County!  Since then she has taught 8 years in early childhood, taken a grades class from 1 - 8  at the Portland Waldorf School, and has spent the last 4 years as the French language and Earth Science teacher at the Vancouver Waldorf High School while simultaneously acting as the Director of the Grades Teacher Education Program at the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy.  The depth of knowledge she brings to our school will be a great asset.


Lisa will be situated in the main office so feel free to stop by and say hi! Keep your eyes on the newsletter as we will be setting up some times for you to meet with Lisa and Gina Illes outside the Company of Angels to share a cup of coffee or tea and answer questions about this new role in our school.


  Faculty 2013

 Faculty and Staff, Back-to-School Week 2013


Hot Lunch Service Starts Sept. 9

hot lunch
  • For students Grades 1 - 12
  • 5 days a week
  • Healthy food with many options, including gluten-free, vegetarian and larger sizes for hungrier people
  • Earth-friendly packaging
  • Easy to order website.  If you haven't ordered before, use school code waldorfoc when setting up your account.  
  • Order now at
Welcome New Families
We are delighted you are here, look forward to getting to know you better and are happy to answer questions.
Welcome Tea Art

8:30 - 9:30

MEADOWS HALL (on high school side of campus)
This is for brand new families as well as any family who would like a "refresher."  Please join us.
Parking Lot Improvements
 Over the summer the school district completely repaved our parking lot.  They added permanent Parking lot 2013 speed bumps.  The speed bumps are traditional for school parking lots and are quite high, please drive slowly over them to avoid damaging your car. The lot has also been re-striped with much more clear definition of the "No Parking or Stopping" areas in red and the "Drop-Off Zone" (seen here) in yellow.  When using the "Drop-Off" zone, please pull forward to all the way in front of Company of Angels, or as far as you can, this will allow multiple cars to use it at the same time.

As always, we ask you to use caution when approaching the school to make sure all our children are safe and our neighbors remain happy!  
Happy Birthday WSOC!
25th birthday candles  
We celebrate our 25th Birthday this year.  
Save the early evening of Friday, October 11
for a family- friendly celebration of this special occasion.
Your being there is the gift, this is not a fundraiser.  
The Scrip Store 
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  • Sandy Meadows and her team of scrip volunteers are ready to help you start the year off right.
  • If you are brand new to the school or would like a refresher as to how this great program works and why it is so excellent for our school,  please read more.
  • If you already have your scrip system down, why not place an on-line order at and pick it up next week during school hours?
  • Go Scrip!
Adult Education Classes
from the Foundation Studies Program
Did you know most of the classes which make up the Foundation Studies program can be taken on an individual basis?  If you are someone who has considered Foundation Studies, but have found it too great a commitment at this time in your life, taking one class is a wonderful experience.
Please contact Chris Bennett with questions or to sign up.  Give us a call in the office and we'll give you his email address.
The History of Literature, with Robin Theiss
Look at how world literature through the ages reflects the changes in the development of human thinking and perception. 
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 PM. 
Class dates:  Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan 14
Fee:  $210
Intermediate Eurythmy, with Kurt Faerber
Learn to use movement to express poetry and music in a unique way in a series of 12 eurythmy classes.
Saturday mornings, 10:30 - 11:30
Class dates:  Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Jan, 25, Feb. 8, Mar. 15, Apr., 5, May 10, May 31
Fee:  $275
Speech and Drama, with Daniel Stokes
Daniel is sure to bring his expertise, years of experience and boundless enthusiasm into every session. Come ready to work hard and have fun as you explore the world of speech and drama.
Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Class dates:  Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11
Fee:  $175
Early Childhood Workshop, with Holly Richards
This weekend workshop is an opportunity to be inspired through theoretical and practical insights of the workings of the Waldorf Early Childhood Program.
Friday, Nov. 8 in the evening and Saturday, Nov. 9 during the day
Fee:  $200 
Parzival and the Search for the Grail, with Robin Theiss
Explore the deeper aspects of this medieval epic and explain why it is of such importance to the 11th Grade curriculum.
Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Class dates:  Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Mar. 15, Apr. 5, May 10, May 31
Fee:  $210 
High School Workshop, with Robin Theiss and Chris Bennett
In this weekend workshop, dedicated to the work of the Waldorf High School, we will look at the challenges of understanding and working with the developing adolescent, and the role Waldorf Curriculum plays in meeting those challenges.  Robin and Chris have over 35 years of High School experience between them, and plenty of stories to tell!
Friday, May 9 in the evening and Saturday, May 10 during the day
Fee:  $200