2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Playgroup - Grade 8:  (949)574-7775  
High School:  (949)574-7754
Company of Angels (949)574-7735
Newsletter for our family and friends
January 30, 2014
Grade 9 Woodwork
Quick Links to Articles
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

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


Friday, 1/31

Grade 8 Play

Eurythmy Hall



Friday, 1/31

HS Snow Day

Entire student body offsite






Saturday, 2/1

High School Application Deadline


Saturday, 2/3

Grade 4 Parent Evening



Tuesday, 2/4

Grade 8 Parent Evening

7 pm


Wednesday, 2/5

Grade 10 Parent Evening

7 pm


Wednesday, 2/5

Douglas Gerwin -Parent Lecture "Scythe & Compass"

Meadows Hall



Thursday, 2/6

Deadline to sign-up for Sports Camp


Monday, 2/10

Grade 7 Parent Evening

7 pm


Tuesday, 2/11

Grade 1 Parent Evening



Tuesday, 2/11

Miss Holly Parent Evening

6:45 pm


Wednesday, 2/12

Grade 12 Play - Some Like it Hot

Eurythmy Hall



Thursday, 2/13

College Night - Freshman & Sophomores

6:30 pm


Thursday, 2/13

Grade 3 Field Trip - Cal Earth


Friday, 2/14

Auction Donation, Sponsorships & Program Advertising Due

For Gala


Monday, 2/17 - 2/21

No School -Teacher Conferences


Monday, 2/17 - 2/21

February Break Sports Camp


Wednesday, 2/26 - 3/8

Grade 12 Trip


Thursday, 2/27 - 2/28

Grade 4 Field Trip - Pilgrim Overnight






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
Grade 8 Play

Tomorrow, January 31

Eurythmy Hall

7 pm (free)


 "To Kill a Mockingbird."  The community is invited to the performance, we ask that you please note that there are mature themes and parent discretion is advised. 


What's up Folks... Dancing!

'Tis the season to dance!  Last week, Valerie Baadh visited our campus bringing fun folk dances for many of the grades.  This week, Grades 1 and 3 have joined together to practice and share what they have learned.  It is such a gift to watch the "big" ones and "little" ones dancing together!

-Brooke Grade 3

Happening in the High




Winter Formal 

Grades 9th  & 10 attended the Pasadena Waldorf School Winter Formal. Students from Waldorf San Diego and Los Angeles also participated.


Snow Day January 31!

The entire student body will be off campus and enjoying a snow day together at Snow Valley--sledding, snowboarding, or skiing!


Save the Date!

  • February 6 Boys Basketball -Home Game 3 pm
  • February 12 Grade 12 Play "Some like it Hot" (parental discretion advised) $10 tickets at the door ( DVDs of Some Like It Hot will be available for pre-order the night of the play for $20 (cash or check only made out to WSOC)
  • February 13 College Night - Freshman & Sophomores.  An introduction to the college admissions process, what colleges are looking for, and what steps students can take in these formative years to have greater success in 12th grade
Grade 7 Handwork

 Take a peek at the 7th grade handwork finished projects with Christine Newell on International doll making.


Aftercare Forms for February

February Aftercare forms are due Today! Fax to (949)574-7740


For Big Aftercare Forms click here! 


For Little Aftercare Forms click here! 

Please note that Little Aftercare will now be moved into Ms. Holly's Room starting Monday, Feb 3 .


Yearbook Photos!

If you have been taking pictures of events with your camera, please consider sharing them with the yearbook committee. They may possibly be used in our lovely yearbook. Specifically we need any sports pics, winterfest, last year's mayfaire and strings concert. All pictures are welcome. Please email Erica Ruvalcaba for the email addresses of Claudia B or Stacey L.


Thank You!


Yearbook Committee 

Parent Education Evening


Featuring a lecture by renowned Waldorf teacher and Waldorf teacher educator, Douglas Gerwin


Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm

Meadows Hall

Adults only please


 "Scythe & Compass," Moral Education of the Adolescent


Children learn by example -- up to a point. Initially they develop by taking in and acting out what is around them. But eventually learning must arise from within if it is to be truly healthy.  Moral behavior is no exception.


In this evening lecture, Douglas Gerwin will explore the mystery of this metamorphosis, including recent research into the moral education of adolescents both within and beyond Waldorf schools. Specifically he will outline how a child's powers of imagination--if fully exercised in the lower school--give rise in the high school teenager to those crucial abilities of weighing, assessing, and arriving at truth. 


Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Anthroposophy - including Chair of its Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program - and Co-Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education.

Click here for flyer!


Hint . . .Hint, Dear Dads Valentines Bouquets


Wow your sweetheart with a unique bouquet this Valentines Day.  All proceeds will go towards beautifying the garden at the Company of Angels.   Philanthropic and beautiful.....does not get any more thoughtful than that!  Order yours at the Company of Angels starting next week. . .details to come (email orders accepted).


Driving, Riding and Walking to School


"Safe Routes To School projects are popping up all over the country. Enthusiastic parents, teachers, community activists, and health professionals are advocating for changes that get children out of cars and onto their feet and bicycles. The benefits of walking and bicycling, especially getting into the habit as a young person, are compelling." (SRS2)


Cycling is a wonderful mode of transport; there are of course basic safety regulations which must be adhered to in order to make this statement be true. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that "... bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles." By following the traffic regulations and especially by wearing the appropriate safety gear we can ensure that bicycle riding is both enjoyable and beneficial.


Our school's location provides nearby bike paths for those who live in proximity there are sidewalks for those who walk from the immediate neighborhoods. Many of us however still need to drive our children to school. As motorists, we must follow the traffic regulations. Our end of Canyon Drive has a 25 mph speed limit.; the parking lot has a 5 mph. limit. Our parking lot has been recently upgraded to facilitate the drop off and pick up of our children. Please help us keep or community safe by adhering to the posted regulations and remember that the drop off zone is for that purpose; it is not a convenient parking space even when school is in session.


Let us all become enthusiastic supporters of safety and be more than considerate and cautious as we approach the school neighborhood.



It's Gala Time...Let's Have a Kiki, Broadway Style




An invitation with all the details should have landed in your in-box last week.  Our event planners at Isis Design have an awesome evening of fun in store for everyone.


The Auction crew is hard at work and ready to receive your donation (which hopefully you procured instead of buying).  Please bring it to the office as soon as possible so it can be included on the event website. 

  • Event website up and running NOW and there are tons of ways for you to support us.
  • Buy event tickets.  Standard tables are for 10.  Plus a limited selection of 16-seaters.  You can let us know who you want to sit with.  Most classes will gather a group for 1 or 2 tables. 
  • Or you can invite people and form your own table because this event is fun for all adults. Feel free to invite co-workers, friends and family.  We promise to take good care of them.
  • Shop the silent auction, which is looking good and awaiting your items! 
  • Once we get some more items up, send the auction link to friends and family.
  • Place an ad.
  • Purchase a sponsorship.
  • Make a monetary contribution.
  • Sponsor a ticket for a teacher.

 Need tools to obtain a donation:



Do You Need Childcare for February Break? 

 Sign Up By Feb 6

 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

Daily Rate = $55 per day


So the 11th Grade may prepare ahead for who is coming with appropriate activities, please sign up in the office now, deadline is Feb 6. Space is limited in order to ensure quality.  

Annual Giving Fund is Growing


The Annual Giving Campaign is well underway and seeing beautiful and heartfelt support.  Thank you.


Many families have found their employer offers a dollar-for-dollar match.  This is helping to grow the fund.  If you're unsure of your employer's policy, please find out.  We are happy to do the necessary paperwork to match a gift of any size, because it doubles your gift!  


To see how your class(es) are doing on participation, click here! 

The top participation numbers are seen in:

  • Miss Barbara's Pre-K = 55%
  • Grade 5 = 55%
  • Grade 3 = 53%
  • Miss Terri's Kindergarten = 47%
  • Grade 9 = 46%

Everyone else...keep going!


The simplest way to make your gift is at  It can be a one-time lump-sum, or series of monthly installments that happen automatically through a pledge you set-up.  Either way, it takes no more than 3 minutes.


Or we have envelopes and brochures in the main office.


If the importance of every family's participation in Annual Giving is not right on the tip of your tongue, here's the brochure click here! 



If you have any questions about why the school asks for Annual Giving, please call Denise Ogawa (949)574-7775, ext. 210.  Or you can wait until a member of the Annual Giving team calls you to give you a little nudge.  Both are great.  But Denise is always here!


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