2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Playgroup - Grade 8:  (949)574-7775  
High School:  (949)574-7754
Newsletter for our family and friends
November 14, 2013
Quick Links to Articles
Dates to Remember
Japanese Study Hall: Every Mon.
3 - 4 pm Grades  5 -8
Located in Grade 6 classroom
NOV 15
Miss Terri's Lantern Walk
NOV 15
Grade 2 Japanese Play 6 - 7 pm
NOV 16
Miss Holly's Lantern Walk
NOV 15
Grade 9 Field Trip
NOV 16
HS Open House 10-12
NOV 17
Deadline for Photo Packages
NOV 18
Last Day to Reserve Parking Pass for Grandparents  Day
NOV 20
Grade 8 Field Trip
NOV 20
Miss Catherine's Parent Evening
NOV 22
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Early Dismissal 12:00 pm
NOV 25 - 29
Thanksgiving Break
Walk Through the Grades
Grade 7 Parent Evening
DEC 11
Early Childhood Information Evening
7  PM  
DEC 18
Grade 10 Poetry Evening
Meadow Hall 7 PM
DEC 19
Grade 8 Field Trip
DEC 20
Early Dismissal 12:30 PM
DEC 23 - JAN 3
Winter Break
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)
Kimberly Telfer-Radzat
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

Awsna Logo New 2013

AWSNA Website
HS Open House


We are so blessed at WSOC to have a high school on our campus.  Our children have the opportunity to complete the journey of a Waldorf Education that Rudolf Steiner envisioned - the complete curriculum.  The Waldorf high school years have been described as the fruit that is borne from the root of the work in early childhood and the grades.  Come and see for yourself!


Parents and students, (middle school-aged and above), are invited to attend, you can reserve at  



Flag Football

Congratulations to our Flag Football Team (Grades 6 - 8) on their win against San Diego Waldorf 34 - 0. The team went on to play in the Championships vs. Ocean Charter for a loss of 40 - 20. GO WILDCATS!




Early Childhood Application Deadline
Early Childhood Enrollment 2014 -2015
If you have a rising Kindergarten student for the 2014/2015 school year, the last opportunity to attend the Mandatory Information Evening prior to the standard application deadline is December 11.
Mandatory Information Meeting: on December 11, 2013
Application Deadline: January 10, 2014
To read the flyer click here!
Thank You

We are so grateful for all the wonderful ways our community beautifies and improves the school in many ways. We would like to acknowledge Peter Norgaard for making this incredible billboard for our front office, going so far as to use 100 year old wood with engraving.

Annual Giving

The Annual Giving Fund is fueled by the generosity of WSOC parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and community friends.  We are striving to earn $70,000 to bridge the gap in the operating budget for day-to-day expenses and for 100% support from WSOC families.  The 100% participation aspect is very important.  You should have received a packet via USPS about two weeks ago.  If you did not, please contact Denise Ogawa,


Thanks to the many of you who have already made your gifts.  


Why not state your commitment now and also be eligible for the Reserved Parking Space raffle?  


You can go to to pledge an amount that is auto-deducted monthly from November through July.  

Gifts need to be received by Wed., Nov. 20 at 4:00 PM. to be eligible for parking space raffle.  Raffle drawing will take place in Company of Angels, Thurs., Nov. 21 at 8:45AM.


Autumn Festival
Wilson Elementary

On October 30th, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten celebrated their Autumn Festival!  Thanks to the parent volunteers from each of the four classes, the big play yard was transformed into a harvest haven! The yard was decorated with pumpkins, gourds, flowers, dry leaves, and cornstalks (some of which our very own kindergarten classes grew and harvested!).  There was an obstacle course, a bean bag toss (into carved out pumpkins), treasures to be found and had at the Gnomes' Cave, a beeswax candle-rolling craft, and bobbing for hanging apples...which, of course, could be taken to the apple peeling station after!


We were happy to share this experience with a kindergarten class from, our neighbor, Wilson Elementary.  


Enormous thanks goes to Rebecca Schwarz, Josephine Lo, Kristen Krofina and of course, all of the parents who were able to help this year.  It is a great task to transform the yard in such a short amount of time, and to then take it down again just as quickly as it went up!  It was, truly, a great team effort.  Thank you.









Aftercare Forms

Due to Thanksgiving break we are requesting your Aftercare Reservation forms by Friday November 22.


Please email or fax completed Aftercare forms to or fax to (949)574-7740.


Academic Chess
Academic Chess
The new session starts tomorrow!  Please turn in your November Reservations forms to the front office with payment by Friday at drop off.


Handwork & Woodwork Open House Tomorrow

Friday, November 15, 8:30 - 9:30 AM


We are hosting a thank you event for the WSOC parents and extended circle of friends who so generously contributed to the Handwork & Woodwork Renovation.  It is an opportunity to see how their gifts have been transformed into a beautiful, new learning environment.  If you are among this group, you should have received an invitation via evite long ago.  As an FYI, the parking lot may be a little more crowded than normal tomorrow and there will be more parents on campus after the bell rings.
Winter Festival
December 7, 2013
How can you make our Winter Festival as lovely as our May Faire?  Keep an eye out for greens!  Our festivals are remarkable and it's all due to the community providing natural decorations that imbue a reverence felt and seen.  While you enjoy your break, please gather some greens and organize ways to inform your neighbors when they are clipping their landscapes.
We will need the greens upon our return to school starting December 2 and would love to see the following decorate our halls:
  • Evergreens
  • Bushels of berries
  • Holly
  • Laurel leaves
  • Pomegranates
  • Magnolia branches
  • Olive tree branches
  • Eucalyptus tree branches
The Company of Angels






Original hand-crafted jewelry made in sterling silver

With semiprecious stones, lapis lazuli, turquoise, spiny oyster shell and stained glass


Grandparents & Special Friends Day 

Friday, November 22nd

9:00am - 4:00pm



Did you know anyone can create a "Wish List" at the Company of Angels.  Inquire how you can make a list fit for parents, grandparents and magical influences that know exactly what you've been wishing for, or you can read the flyer to get some ideas click here for the COA flyer!

Grandparents & Special Friends Day


Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Friday, November 22

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


9:30 - 11:00:  Class presentations by Grades 1 - 12 students

11:00 - 12:00:  Grades 1 - 12 classrooms open


You should have received an email invitation to forward to your guests.  If you did not, please let us know.


The invitation included specific information about parking.  

  • Parking at the end of Canyon Drive is no longer available to us.  
  • Official event parking is at Fairview Park, off Placentia. 
  • Our main parking lot is available for guest drop-off after 8:50.  
  • If you have a loved one who cannot make the walk from Fairview Park, and you will not be dropping them off, you may obtain a special parking pass.  We have a limited number of spaces.  The deadline is Nov. 18.  See Erica at the front desk.  


The Company of Angels will be open and well-stocked for your guests on Nov. 22.  Special suppliers will be on-site, including:

  • Wanda Lobito Jewelry
  • Zucchini Express organic produce delivery
  • Cindy Johnson textiles


School will be over at noon. Big Aftercare is available.  Normal reservation policies apply.


Save the Date!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


For the Annual Gala & Auction


The team is hard at work creating a beautiful event to celebrate the school, build a memory, and to raise the big bucks for our operating budget.


The auction crew can absolutely use your help to generate donations for the silent and live auctions.  It is very helpful if every family can generate one donation in the spirit of "many hands make light work."  After the Thanksgiving break, we will supply you with a letter and some ideas for auction items.  If you want to start now, please contact Erica Ruvalcaba in the office to get the contact information for PA Fundraising Chair, Sara Rodelo.


Everyone else, please make the evening of March 15, 2014 as your first appointment in next year's calendar.

Grade 3


One of the great pleasures of the early grades is the weekly walk!  We are so fortunate to have many places to explore, including "Train Park" over the bridge beyond Estancia High School.  As third grade was returning from Train Park two weeks ago, I found a child lying at the beginning of the bridge waiting for the class to catch up.  Suddenly, I was fascinated to know how many third graders it would take to span the bridge.  As soon as I voiced my fascination, the class began lying head-to-toe across the bridge to see how far we would go.  After sharing the picture of our bridge span to the class parents, one parent asked if the experience was part of our math block on Measurement.  I had to reply honestly that I hadn't intended it to be, but it was definitely a serendipitous introduction!


Miss Brooke, Grade 3 Class Teacher