2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Playgroup - Grade 8:  (949)574-7775  
High School:  (949)574-7754
Newsletter for our family and friends
January 16, 2014
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Dates to Remember
Japanese Study Hall: Every Mon.
3 - 4 pm Grades  5 - 8
Located in Grade 6 classroom

Study Hall: Every Tues.
3 - 3:45 pm Grades 6 - 8
Located in Grade 6 Classroom
Math Club: Every Tues.
3:15- 4:15 pm Grades 6 - 8
Located in Grade 7 Classroom

Basketball Practice: Every Mon & Tues
3 - 3:40 pm Grades 6 - 8

Friday, 1/17

No School- Teacher Conferences


Monday, 1/20

No School- MLK Jr., Birthday


Wednesday, 1/22

Walk Through the Grades

Reservations required


Saturday, 1/25

High School Winter Formal


Wednesday, 1/29

Grade 4 Field Trip- ENC


Friday, 1/31

Grade 8 Play - To Kill a Mockingbird

Eurythmy Hall



Friday, 1/31

HS Snow Day

Entire student body offsite


Saturday, 2/1

High School Application Deadline


Tuesday, 2/4

Grade 8 Parent Evening


Wednesday, 2/5

Douglas Gerwin - Parent Lecture

Eurythmy Hall 7 pm


Wednesday,  2/12

Grade 12 Play - Some Like it Hot

Eurythmy Hall  7 pm


Thursday, 2/13

College Night - Freshman & Sophomores Preparing for the college application


Friday, 2/14

Auction Donation, Sponsorships & Program Advertising Due


Monday, 2/17 - 2/21

No School -Teacher Conferences


Monday, 2/17 - 2/21

February Break Sports Camp

Offered by Grade 11 for students grades 1-6



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)
Colin Severn
Jaime Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone
Linda Timmons (Admin. Rotation)
Abril Turner
Wende Zomnir
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
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Please note there will not be school tomorrow January 17 for teacher conferences & Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.


Sequoia Grade 5 Field Trip


We went exploring up a rocky hillside, climbing the outcrops and just clambering about. We found some good patches of snow for snowball fights; went through a patch of forest with lots of ice underfoot, then round and down back to our starting point. After a wonderful buffet lunch at the lodge, we drove off south for about 30 minuets to the trailhead for Little Baldy. This was an easy climb up the mountain (with snow here and there, of course), leading to one of the most amazing views in the Sierras. From the relatively flat ,rocky summit of Little Baldy (8044 ft.) we had an awesome panoramic view all around. To the east we had the imposing chain of the High Sierras, with many peaks (including Mt. Whitney) around 6000 ft. higher than us! South we could see the mountains the I-5 goes over to get to LA, and to the west ridge after ridge of mountains and hills leading down to the ocean of cloud that filled the Central Valley, and beyond that, far to the west, the Coastal Mountains. It was a breath-taking spot, and we were only there thanks to the lack of snow. 

Can You Host A Teacher?

We are hosting a teachers' conference titled "Movement Education Week" here at our school February 16 - 21 and are looking for rooms available from our families willing to host them. Are you one of these families?  Please contact Brad Holm 


Happening in the High


The 9th grade is getting ready for their next fundraiser!
You can support them by taking the day off from here to find out how! You can purchase tickets from Erica at the front desk.

High School Winter Formal

The 9th and 10th grades are invited to attend the Winter Formal at the Pasadena Waldorf High School


Snow Day!

The entire student body will be off campus and enjoying a snow day.


Grade 1 Assistant


Please welcome Piet Agle as the Grade 1 Assistant to Lorri Valenzuela-Mier. 




Please note that the Simplicity Parenting Workshop has been postponed until January 23.  You can still sign up for this workshop, for more information click here! 

Grade 8 Play


Please save the date for "To Kill a Mockingbird."  The community is invited to the performance held in the Eurythmy Hall at 7 pm. Please note that there are mature themes and parent discretion advised. 


Aftercare Forms for February

February Aftercare forms are due June 30th!


For Big Aftercare Forms click here! 


For Little Aftercare Forms click here! 


Lost & Found

We would like to donate all items in our Lost & Found bins to a great charity. Do you have a charity you would love to support and take these items to?  Please contact Erica at the front desk to collaborate. 


Do You Need Childcare for February Break?  Sign Up Now -- Sports Camp for Grades 1 - 6 
Fitness, Fun & Friends!

It is tradition for the 11th Grade to host a week of fun and movement 

for students in Grades 1 - 6.  It is both a service to the community of families looking for reliable, wholesome care for their child in a safe environment, as well as a fundraiser for their upcoming 12th Grade Trip.


Campers will play sports and games with the 11th grade. 

They'll have a healthy snack, a lot of fun, and make some new friends!


Monday - Friday 

February 17-21

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The cost is $250 for the week


So the 11th Grade may prepare ahead for who is coming with appropriate activities, please sign up in the office now.  Space is limited in order to ensure quality.  

The Gala & Auction is Saturday, March 15
An Invitation is Coming Next Week
The Auction Crew is Awaiting Your Items Now

Yes, it's finally time.  It's 2014 meaning the Gala is right around the corner.  We are counting on every family to donate ONE ITEM to be auctioned, and it would be even better if it were something you didn't have to purchase.  


The auction team is still hoping for, EVERY type of item.  From the indulgent to the practical.   They will be collecting your items curbside near the flagpole at drop-off next week Wed - Fri (Jan 22 - 24). 

  • Do you have access to a vacation home we could auction to become someone's family vacation?  We are still looking for Larger Live Auction Items and would love to add yours!!
  • Do you have access to a unique experience?
  • Or could you team up with somebody to provide a service such as, party-planning, landscaping, cooking, photo-book making, you get the picture. 
  • Or would your employer be willing to make a sponsorship contribution?

For inspiration and practicality, the Silent Auction Categories are:
Night Out
Family Adventure
Artisan & Collectibles
Food & Wine
Body, Mind & Soul
Community Services
Travel / Stay-cation
For Her
For Him
For Kids
For Pets
Silent auction items will be offered on-line and at the event, giving us access to a broad variety of shopping and greater numbers than our parent body alone.  The sky is the limit on our earning potential!
Helpful tools:
  • Donation Letter to help you obtain a donation
  • Form for you to fill out once you receive a donation (before you bring it to the office).  The school sends a very nice tax receipt thank you letter to all donors.
  • For over achievers - information on sponsorships and ad space (very helpful and needed!)
  • Ideas for successful auction items, please don't feel limited by the list.  Use only if you're stumped.
  • Need help.  Contact Denise Ogawa in the office, or (949)574-7775, ext. 210.
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