2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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High School:  (949)574-7754
Company of Angels (949)574-7735
Newsletter for our family and friends
May 1, 2014
May Pole
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

High School Jui Jitsu Club
3:30 - 4:30 Every Tues. & Fri
Meadows Hall
Pilot Cup Practice:  Every Tues & Thurs
3:00 - 4:30 pm Grades 5 & 6



Saturday, 5/3

May Faire

10 - 2 pm


Monday, 5/3

High School Beach Day


Tuesday, 5/6

Grade 10 Parent Evening

7 pm


Wednesday, 5/7

Walk Through the Grades  Reservations Required



Wednesday, 5/7

Eurythmy 101 Class, Eurythmy Hall

2 pm



Wednesday, 5/7

Daniel & Katie's Recital: $10 at the door

Eurythmy Hall

7 pm


Thursday, 5/8

Red Cross Blood Drive 8:30am - 2:45pm


Friday, 5/9

Grade 5: Pentathalon
Coronado Island, San Diego

5:45 am departure from WSOC 


Monday, 5/12

Grade 8 Parent Evening

7 pm


May 12

Board Meeting 

Reservation Required


May 14


Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day


Wednesday, 5/14

Eurythmy 101 Class
Eurythmy Hall

2 pm


Wednesday, 5/14

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day


Friday, 5/16

HS Art Festival

6 pm 


Friday, 5/16

Speech & Language Therapy Screening 

during school hours


Monday, 5/19

Patti Connelly Parent Lecture: Five Secrets to Happy, Less-Stressed Parenting

Eurthymy Hall

6:30 pm


Tuesday, 5/20

Grade 3 Field Trip: The Port of Los Angeles, Boat Tour


Thursday, 5/22

Spring Concert


Friday, 5/23

No School: In Service Day


Friday - Saturday, 5/23 -5/31

Grade 8 Trip


Monday, 5/26

Memorial Day - No school holiday


Tuesday, 5/27

Grade 9: Parent Meeting

7 pm


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)
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Gina Illes (Administrative Rotation)
Lisa Masterson
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)

Kristen Krofina (Volunteer 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

May Faire

May Faire
May 3, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 




Commitment is 2 buckets per family. Please bring them early in the a.m.

as there will be crews making floral arrangements needed before pick-up.  


In addition to two buckets of flowers, we will be needing filler. 

Do you have pretty leaves, ferns, wildflowers or items in your yard that could be added to flower arranging; your harvest will be appreciated! 


Free Entrance Wristbands & Entertainment/Food Tickets

Pick up your free entrance parent wristbands from the Company of Angels by Friday 3:30 pm. Families that have not picked up wristbands prior to May Faire will be subject to general public entrance fees. 


On the day of the event



Students need to arrive in their classrooms by 9:30 a.m. with their floral hair garlands ready. 



Students (and family members, if they wish) should wear white, pastels, or beige.



Blankets, chairs, sunscreen, plus snacks and water for little ones during performance.  After the maypole dancing, food vendors and games will be open.



 You may bring blanket and lawn chair seating, please place blankets in front, lawn chairs towards the back! Please remember to be consistent with our policy for class plays and performances, Photography and Videotaping during the May Pole Dance Ceremony will only be done by each class' designated photographer who will be wearing a lanyard badge to allow them to stand in the photographic zone.  To everyone else, please enjoy the event and do not stand in the photographer's zone.  Each class will be responsible for making the photos available.  We are sure you can appreciate reverent intention of the performances, as well as the ability to watch the dancing without having a sea of bodies holding cameras standing in front of you, or standing directly behind the dancing (which means the photographers are IN everyone's pictures). This is for the Procession of Students arriving on the field/ Class Performances / May Pole Dancing / On-Stage Musicians only.  Once the performances are over, you may take your own snapshots.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.



The festival is open to the larger community and there is limited parking spaces.  Please do not plan to park on campus. Plan to park at Fairview Park, a short walk away. 



Booths will be open 11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Cake Walk from 1:00 p.m. to 2: 00 p.m. Tickets are $1.00 each.

Please purchase your tickets at the ticket booth or before the event at

The Company of Angles. 


Red Cross Blood Drive


Thursday, May 8, 2014

8:30 AM - 2:45 PM

Location: After Care Room 


Please click here to schedule your life saving appointment NOW!

Or please sign up in the front office


Each donor will receive a Buy One Get One Free Sub from Quizno's,

a coupon for exclusive complimentary admission for two to the Laugh Factory Hollywood/Long Beach ( 2 drink minimum),

and a voucher for two tickets to an LA Galaxy Game

($20.00 Processing fee for 2 tickets, subject to availability and first -come-first-serve basis) 


Early Childhood Volunteers Needed

The Early Childhood Department is working on building up their substitution pool for next year. If you are interested in assisting, please submit a letter of interest in Miss Terri's inbox at the front office.


Board Meeting

Board Meeting May 12

If you would like to sign up to address the board during the open time for comments please send an email to  

6:15 - 6:45 pm 

Happening in the High


Class of 2014 College Acceptances

During the month of May, come to the lower school main office to see the bulletin board dedicated to the Class of 2014! Emmi Kohout, the new High School College Counselor, has put together a visual representation of the seniors' college acceptances, along with some other fun facts.


12th Grade Architecture Field Trip

As part of their History through Architecture block with Mr. De Benedetto, the seniors took a field trip to west Los Angeles in order to see some local architectural landmarks. In Santa Monica they spent time drawing the Eames House, and afterwards they visited the Edgemar shopping courtyard designed by Frank Ghery. Then, they traveled to his residence and saw it from the outside. The last stop on the tour was the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, known as the "Big Whale".




Professional Monologue DVDs for Sale

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the 11th graders while they performed their original monologues! For those of you who missed it, a limited amount of DVDs are available for $15 at the Company of Angels. Get a group together and enjoy the show!




Upcoming Soccer Schedule

May 8th, 2014 -     Soccer Playoffs, 4:45 pm HOME GAME           



Thank-Scrip-ing Day in May Brings Big ScripNow Bonuses!

On May 12, we're running another one day event featuring big rebates on ScripNow products only. For 24 hours you can earn some of the highest rebates ever offered from popular ScripNow retailers, and you'll be able to order and print eCards minutes before heading out the door when you're set up to pay online with PrestoPay™. The list of retailers will be released at 12:01 Eastern when it starts, so you'll have to wait until then to see the bonuses!


To participate, you just need a ShopWithScrip account, and you must be able to login to place online orders. Think about signing up for PrestoPay, ShopWithScrip's online payment system, if you haven't already. Please note: PrestoPay requires 2-5 business days to verify new accounts.


Note: ScripNow purchased with PrestoPay will be available in minutes. Orders placed during the 24 hour promotion and paid for by check will still receive Thank-Scrip-ing Day rebates, and families will receive their ScripNow eCard in minutes after the coordinator releases the order. 

Pilot Cup Soccer
Grades 5 & 6 will be participating in the Newport Mesa Unified School District from  May 27 - June 1, 2014. Practice for this event is held every Tuesday & Thursday from 3 - 4:30 pm.  Students must have this form signed in order to participate.
Eurythmy 101

Elisabeth Beck is offering three sessions of "Eurythmy 101" on Wednesdays from 2:05 - 2:50 in the Eurythmy Hall.  Class dates are:  April 30, May 7 and May 14. Please come to find out what your children experience in the Eurythmy lessons and have a bit of fun yourself. Sign up in the front office for more information click here!


Sign up for Summer Play group today!  You will find the sign up sheet in the front office, please note that all sign ups must submit payment to secure spot.  to find out more, click here!

Parent Lecture
May 19
Eurythmy Hall
6:30 Pm

Five Secrets to Happy, Less-Stressed Parenting with Patti Connolly

 Do you find yourself wishing you hadn't said something to your child? Or do you go to sleep feeling as if your child won yet another battle? Join Patti Connolly as she shares five secrets to happy, less-stressed parenting. These secrets were shared with Patti by "wise elders" of the Waldorf movement, Patti says, "just as she was convinced she was most definitely ruining her children." Please join us for our last parent education evening of the school year!

Patti Connolly became involved with Waldorf education when searching for the best education for her daughter, Emi, over 24 years ago. Since there was no Waldorf school near her home, she and her husband chose to home school Emi and a few years later helped found the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in 1989. She has enjoyed pursuing her love for learning as both an independent and public Waldorf school class teacher, kindergarten teacher, specialty teacher, education director, teacher mentor/evaluator, and adult educator in both the United States and Nigeria. She recently created a resource website for Waldorf educators, www.waldorfinspirations, with fellow Waldorf mentor Janet Langley.


Speech & Language Assessment
Speech & Language Assessments 
Held on May 16 during school hours

On Friday May 16 a speech & language specialist will be on campus to conduct preliminary assessments for our children. If you choose to have your child assessed (for a nominal charge of $25), please complete the application provided 
here and return to the front office before May 14. More specific details to come . . . 
Orchestra News & Spring Concert
Grade 7 & 8 Orchestra
In March our Orchestra students in grade 7 & 8 competed against high schools and middle schools.  They were subjected to "cold play" sheet music and many factors are considered in grading.  Our Middle school received a 'Superior Rating."  The only middle school to receive that rating out of 11 other schools competing. 

Their Superior Rating earned them the invitation to participate in the Regional Performance, May 7.  WSOC is the only middle school group who has earned this honor to play at this event, they will be among many high school groups. Congratulations to you all and to Miss Wondercheck!

Save the Date!  
Our Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, May 22 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Please note that there is no school the following day on May 23rd (In-Service Day) and on May 26th in observance of Memorial Day.

First Grade = First to 100% Annual Giving


Congratulations and well done First Grade.  You are the first class to reach 100% Annual Giving Participation.


What does your class need to to do reach 100%?  It couldn't be simpler.  Every family needs to contribute to the Annual Fund by making their gift

--On-line at


--Stop by the front office and slip a check into a handy Annual Giving envelope


1st Grade = 100%

5th Grade = 79%

3rd Grade = 78%

12th Grade = 77%

Miss Barbara's Class = 75%


To see the rest of the classes, click here.


If you can't remember if you have given for the 2013-2014 school year, contact Denise Ogawa.  It's a quick thing to look up, you are not bugging her.


Save the Date for Daniel & Kate!

Daniel and Katie Pitts were accepted this year into AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies), an American summer opera and accompanist coaching program in Graz, Austria. It's one of the more prestigious American programs, having been around for 44 years now, and the faculty comes from all over the world. The intensive morning-to-night program includes lessons, coaching, masterclasses, aria recitals with orchestra, German language classes, and much more. 


They have been giving benefit recitals to raise funds for tuition and other expenses for the program. They will be performing opera arias from Carmen, La Boheme, and The Magic Flute, German songs by Richard Strauss, works for solo piano, and more. The recital will be about an hour in length and appropriate for all ages.


They will be giving a recital at our school (WSOC) on Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM. Admission will be $10 at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!


Katie also has all of their upcoming performances on her website, and some recordings of her previous ones:!upcoming-concerts/c11so


And finally, you can follow their journey at:

Orchestra Camp Coming

Strings Summer Camp on WSOC Campus


June 23 - June 27  

Beginning Strings Ages 7- 9

9:30 am - 1:30 pm


June 30 - July 3  

Intermediate/Advanced Strings Age 10 +

9:30 am - 1:30 pm


For detailed information click here!  

To sign-up come to the front office