2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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High School:  (949)574-7754
Newsletter for our family and friends
September 5. 2013
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In This Issue
Dates to Remember
September 6
Deadline for Aftercare Forms

September 9, 7:00 PM
3rd Grade Parent Meeting

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

September 11, 6:30 PM
7th Grade Parent Meeting
8th Grade Parent Meeting

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

September 25, 6:00 PM
Early Childhood Parent Education Event
Valerie Baadh Garrett

October 11, 5:00 PM
WSOC 25th Birthday Celebration

October 15, 6:00 PM
Parent Education Event
"A Taste of Simplicity Parenting"
Mary Van Geffen
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 Year from the College of Teachers

While most people associate the new year with the first of January, those of us in education mark a day early in September as the new beginning. Continuing a long honored Waldorf tradition, the first day at WSOC was marked with the Sunflower Ceremony, the moment when the new First  Grade students were welcomed into the Grades by the oldest, in our case the 12th Graders. This assembly was also a time for the class teachers and guardians to share a snippet or a story of the upcoming grade's curriculum.  As Miss Jenell so beautifully put it, the best part of being a student or a teacher is that each year we have a chance to "do it better". 


Handwork and Woodwork Classrooms with Deck
The new Handwork and Woodwork Classrooms with exterior deck are so large, they don't fit in one photo!
If you have had a chance to visit the campus, you will have noticed that both the Handwork and Woodwork programs have larger spaces. In addition a wonderful layered deck  joins the two classrooms.  This new deck adds to the pathway between the Grades and the High School providing a welcoming gesture. Meadows Hall received a new sprung floor so that now we have two rooms to serve the needs of our full Eurythmy program. You will also have noticed that the third grade garden has been enlarged and relocated to the area between the Playgroup and Seventh Grade. We would especially like to thank  David and Elizabeth Burnett for once again spending so much of their time and labor refurbishing the boat after it too was moved.



The passing of Miss Uschi, our previous Playgroup Director, was sad and shocking; she will be missed by children and families in our community and beyond. We would like to thank Peter Norgaard for building and installing a memorial bench around which both our administrative and teaching faculty members were able to gather to share fond memories of Uschi.


While nationally private schools are struggling with enrollment, we are happy to note that we are beginning this year with more students than last, up from 336 to 346 students (Pre-K - Grade 12). We have added to both our teaching and administrative faculties. Please be sure to read the "new faces" section in this newsletter.


On behalf of the College of Teachers, we wish to welcome all of you back to a bountiful and blessed new year.


Holly Richards and Lisa Masterson

Co-Chairs of the College of Teachers

Greetings to Our New Families
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We are so happy you are here and look forward to getting to know you better.  We would love the opportunity to impart a few helpful tips, along with a foundation of understanding we believe you will find useful.

MEADOWS HALL (on high school side of campus)

This event is for brand new families, as well as any family who would like a "refresher."  Please join us. 
New Faces on Campus
Please join us in welcoming new members of faculty and staff, including a few whose faces you know who are taking on new roles.  This is more complete than the content published last week.  
  • Lisa Agle (Kindergarten Assistant, Miss Catherine)
  • Gabrielle Ader (Kindergarten Assistant, Miss Holly)
  • Michaela Heller (Little Aftercare Supervisor and Playgroup Assistant)
  • Lorri Valenzuela-Mier (First Grade Teachers)
  • Nicole Ichtertz (First Grade Assistant)
  • Jordan (Jay) Briand (3rd Grade Assistant and Big Daycare Assistant)
  • Shelby Burnett (Strings Assistant)
  • Sandra Blanco (Spanish, Grades 7 and 8)
  • Naqib Sayed (High School Humanities Teacher)
  • Alyssa Hamilton (Admissions and Development Assistant)
  • Lisa Masterton (Faculty Coordinator) 
Increase Your Scrip Profits!
Mark your calendars for Monday, September 16th! Scrip Logo Transparent

It is another "Thank-Scrip-ing Day."  

Create your family account at, using the WSOC enrollment code of 2C23E35E6868, then get ready to earn higher-than-ever scrip profits!

Questions?  We are right here in the front office and want to help, or you can reach us by email or phone.

Sandy Meadows 
Scrip Coordinator
(949)574-7775, ext. 204
High School Camping Trip

WSOC High School Camp-Hike  El Moro Camping Trip


The first day of high school started with all the students walking down to the beach.  This was the beginning of their overnight bonding trip.  At the beach they all fit on the #1 OCTA bus.  You can imagine the commuters on the bus as they watched all the students, with back packs, file on! The bus took them south on the PCH until they got to Reef Point where they took a quick swim and had lunch before hiking straight up the hill to their campground.  


The evening was filled with games, performing skits and enjoying an incredible sunset.  The next day was spent at Crystal Cove beach and included a much enjoyed lunch at the Shake Shack.  The students have all come back with a little more summer on their skin and a much stronger sense of community in their hearts as they head into this new school year.


Parent Education Events
Each year we invite a series of guest speakers to visit our campus and share their expertise with our community.  Two of these are coming up early this fall.  Both of them are geared towards families of young children (Playgroup, Pre-K, Kindergarten), but all are invited.  

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 PM
Valerie Baadh Garrett
"Movement and Learning:  The science and art of how play, games, and sports develop capacities  and learning for life"

Join the author of Games Children Sing and Play, and veteran Waldorf movement educator, in a fun and provocative program full of enlivening movement and insights in child (and adult) development.  Read more.  

Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 PM
Mary Van Geffen
"A Taste of Simplicity Parenting"

Explore a parenting approach that decreases cumulative stress in the lives of children and their families based on the book, Simplicity Parenting; Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and more Secure Kids by Kim John Payne.   More information to come.

Big Aftercare (Grades 1 - 8)
If your child will be attending Big Aftercare for the month of September, reservation forms are due tomorrow (Sept. 6).  You may turn them in to the front office.  


The cost of Big Aftercare is $7/hr reserved and $8.50/hr drop in. 

We LOVE the our students are so excited to be back that they don't want to leave, however; any student grades 1 - 8 not picked up by 3:15 will be placed into aftercare.  We kindly request no after school play dates on campus.  It's important for our staff to know that all students remaining on campus are part of that day's aftercare program.  Thanks for your cooperation.

A special note about late days for Grades 7 and 8
On these Tuesday and Thursday late days, siblings of 7th and 8th graders may remain on campus until 3:15 to coincide with the late-pick of the student in class. It's unnecessary to make two trips, therefore we will care for the younger sibling until 3:15 in Aftercare, but any students remaining after this time will be signed into Aftercare and you will be billed.

Chess is back
We are happy to announce, Academic Chess begins Friday, Sept. 20 (2:30 - 3:30) for grades 1-3 
Sign up in Big Aftercare.  Additional fee applies.

A new after school program through the same company called Masters of the Field will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for grades 4 - 6.   
Sign up in Big Aftercare.  Additional fee applies.

Little Aftercare (Kindergarten)
If your child will be attending Little Aftercare for the month of September, reservation forms are due tomorrow (Sept. 6).  You may turn them in to the front office.  

The cost of Little Aftercare is $7/hr reserved.  Forms turned in after Sept. 6 will be charged the drop-in rate of $8.50/hr. 

Hot Lunch Service Begins This Monday
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.  I you haven't ordered before, use school code
    when setting up your account.  VERY EASY.
  • Order now at  They can still process orders for this Monday if your order is placed by tomorrow at 9:00AM.
  • Also know that once your order is placed, you may cancel it with just a little bit of advance notice.  For example if you learn there is a class field trip, or know your child is out for several days.
  • Students need to pick up their lunches by the end of the lunch period. 
How Do I Get One of Those Beautiful Organic Veggie Boxes?
ZucchiniXpress We are fortunate to have ZucchiniXpress organic produce delivered right to our door.  They offer the finest seasonal, local and organic fruits and vegetables within 24 hours of harvest, as well as other organic products. ZucchiniXpress delivers to WSOC on Tuesdays after 1:30pm and donates to the Scrip program. Thank you to WSOC's own Gamboa family for making this available to us.
Visit their website to learn more about their offering and sign-up for their delivery program.
Happy 25th Birthday WSOC!
25th birthday candlesWe Celebrate Our 25th Birthday This Year!

Friday, October 11
5:00 - 8:00 PM

A family-friendly celebration of this special occasion

Your being there is the gift, this is not a fundraiser

  • Live music by The Breakaways
  • Bring a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner from a fabulous food truck
  • Share memories of days gone by as we look forward to an even brighter future