2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Playgroup - Grade 8:  (949) 574-7775
High School:  (949) 574-7754
Company of Angels:  (949) 574-7735
The Scrip Store:  (949) 574-7739

Newsletter for our families and friends
August 28, 2014

Welcome to a New School Year
Helpful Hints For Your First Day of School
  • We ask that you drive slowly and cautiously through our neighborhood and observe the many pedestrians and commuters we will be sharing the road with all year; give a wave of camaraderie  Please remember we have very little ones who break away from parents' grasps - drive slowly in our parking lot, remember to back out of spaces with awareness.
  • No Parking on the Red Lanes or leaving your car unintended. Red lanes along the flagpole are intended for drop-off and pick-up only.
  • Strings and Orchestra class is on Tuesday and Thursday, including the first day of school.  Remember your instrument!  Music Books are stocked at Company of Angels.
  • Company of Angels is open 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Our school store is a great way to start your day, grab a coffee, a treat and a hug! Early Childhood lunch baskets are available for purchase.
  • Lost and Found Bins are located in back of Main Office.
  • Closed Campus at 8:30 a.m. Gates are closed and re-open 5 minutes prior to dismissal. 
  • Entrance and sign-in required for parents/guests after 8:30 a.m. in main office.
  • Tardy times are noted and slips are given by main office front desk for grades 1 - 8.  Please accompany your child for tardy slip and sign them in if they are over 15 minutes late.
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K and Kindergarten) hours 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Grades 1 - 8 Hours:  8:30 -2:50 p.m.  Break 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.   Lunch is 12:35 p.m. - 1:10  p.m.
  • Please be advised any Grades 1 - 8 child who has not been picked up by 3:05 will be taken to Aftercare and you will be charged for a minimum of 1 hour at the drop-in rate.

Early Dismissal  for Grades 1 -3 after lunch at 1:10 pm:

Grade 1: Monday, Thursday &  Friday

Grade 2: Monday & Friday

Grade 3: Friday only


  • To the Parents of High School Students?  Please note that High School students are not allowed the use of cell phones or electronic devices during the school day. Please do not try to contact your student during school hours; call Carrie at the front desk (949) 574-7754.
  • Are you a grades school parent? Please remember that your child is not allowed to bring ANY electronic device to school. If you need to get a message to your child during their time at school, please call the front desk (949)574-7775.
Back-to-School Night With Michaelmas
Save the Date!


Friday Evening 5:00 to 7:00 PM September 26


Parents! Do you have the courage to take up the Michaelmas Challenge?


  • This will be an evening of families working together with games, activities and drama. Maybe a dragon or two will show up.
  • Bring blankets, chairs, picnic dinner; and food trucks will be available.
  • May you picture yourself armed with a sword of iron as you accept this challenge and we bid goodbye to summer's radiance, looking forward to the winter's inner quietude of strength. Join us! Happy Michaelmas!                                              
From The College of Teachers
The last days of August arrive and most people are maximizing their vacations; however, our faculty came together last week for an in-house back-to-school conference. We were refreshed with artistic activities, singing and eurythmy as well as taking up study and tasks related to our ongoing accreditation work. Our circle has expanded with the two new teachers in the High School - Eric Johnson who will teach classes in Physics and Math and Steve Graff who will be teaching Math. Our Early Childhood department has the new configuration of Miss Arieta and Miss Kelli as a Kindergarten team. Teachers in all areas were delighted to see the changes and improvements on campus - a huge thank you to Nancy Mitchell (who is replacing Gina Illes until her return in January), Chris Hammer and the many other summer helping hands.


The College spent last weekend in retreat. This is a special opportunity for a contemplation of where we are headed for the upcoming year. College members remaining from last year are Andrea Hubert, who will be co-chairing with Lisa Masterson, Catherine Averett, Barbara Cubanski, Christiane Bohr, Chris Bennett, Kimberley Telfer-Radzat, Masami Inoue, Angie Meier, Deb Waring, Brad Holm, Kurt Faerber, Robin Theiss and Jenell Carlson; The College looks forward to new members joining this fall.


The College and Board also had a joint meeting last week. We reviewed and updated our strategic goals, looked at our five year planning and reviewed the community survey results. We resolved to meet together more frequently this upcoming year and look forward to the study of the three-fold social organization which is the ideal in Waldorf schools.


With all these events, we are primed and excited to face the new school year!

Hot Lunch Service Starts First Day of School - Order Today!
hot lunch
Fundraising for Grade 8 Final Field Trip

Please help the 8th grade raise money for their service-oriented field trip at the end of this year.


Available 5 days a week with healthy options, including gluten-free, vegetarian and larger sizes.  Sign up for "Emergency Lunch!" your saving grace when you find your child's lunch in the backseat of your car after you've left. Simply call the front desk and inform them your child will need an Emergency Lunch and they will deduct the amount from your account. 


New! Simple flat rate pricing is $4.95 for regular size entrees, $5.95 for large.

Order now:  choicelunch.com

Use school code: waldorfoc


Welcome New Families

We are delighted you are here and look forward to getting to know you better.  Please join us for these new family events in order to deepen your understanding of our school.  The more you know, the greater the value.

New Family Welcome Tea Welcome Tea Art
September 3
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Company of Angels Garden

New Family Orientation
September 17
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Meadows Hall (in the high school)

This is for new families, as well as any family who would like a "refresher." Please join us.  RSVP at www.waldorfschool.com/acalendar by Sept 16.


Need a New Family Welcome tea flyer reminder click here!

The Company of Angels


Almost back...yes another school year to be filled with much surprise, wonderful experiences and incredible learning. Those of us at The Company of Angels are hoping to bring to the community the treasures, birthday gifts, books and just because items you may need...to read more about the store click here! 

Craft Group

Welcome crafters.....craft day will now be on Mondays 8:40 to 11:50 a.m. in front of the Company of Angels.
  • First craft day Monday September 8, the project will be weaving in the round using recycled t~shirts.
  • Monthly schedule will be posted outside the Company of Angels.
  • No experience necessary just a willingness to learn.
  • For more info visit the Company of Angels or attend the workshop.
Foundation Studies Students
Foundation Studies

Come learn about the school's foundation!



Click here for Foundation Studies Information!


Joy's Art Class

After School Art Classes for Kindergarten students through grade 8.

Upper grades will have the opportunity to explore and work individually on skills, subjects, 2-and-3 dimensional media of choice.

Come to the front office to sign up. Classes begin after the 2nd week of school.

Click here for Early Childhood Classes!


Click here for The Grades Art Classes!


Upcoming Events
September 2
First Day of School Pre-K - Grade 12

September 3, 8:30 AM
New Family Welcome Tea
Company of Angels Garden


September 2 - 3
HS Overnight Bonding Trip

September 3
Welcome Family Tea for New Families

September 3, 6:15 PM
Grade 8 Parent Evening

September 3
All High School Parent Evening
7 pm

September 8
Board Meeting

September 8, 6:45 PM
Grade 7 Parent Evening

September 10, 6:30 PM

For Grade 12, College Finance Planning Evening
Linden Room

September 13
Foundation Studies Begins!

September 17, 7 PM
New Family Orientation
Eurythmy Hall

September 19
Belgian Musicians Concert
For students during regular school day

September 22
HS Take Out Dinner Fundraiser

September 22 - 24
Grade 7 & 8 Overnight Field Trip

September 23, 7 PM
Grade 6 Parent Evening

September 26, 5 PM
For the whole family
On the playground

September 26 - October
CETY's Mexican Exchange Students Visiting the High School

September 29
Michaelmas Celebration For students during regular school day

September 30
Grade 10 & CETY's Students
Field Trip

Board of Trustees
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett (Chair)
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Lisa Masterson
Angie Meier
Colin Severn
Jaime Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone
Abril Turner
Wende Zomnir

Administrative Rotation:
Nancy Mitchell
Denise Ogawa
Kim Sava
Linda Timmons

Parent Association Chairs
Rachel Hulan
Kristen Krofina
Victoria Imsirovich
Jamie Stahl
Brooke Tomblin
School Administrator

It seems,our beloved Administrator, Gina Illes, has not gotten the memo that summer vacation is over! Luckily we spotted a faculty member out on the bluffs walking her dogs and solicited her services.


Seriously, Gina has taken her entire family to visit her mother who lives in Spain. They will explore the European continent and return at the semester.  At which time Gina will resume her position as Administrator extraordinaire.


We are pleased to announce that Nancy Mitchell will be the Interim Administrator. Nancy has just taken a class from 1st though 8th Grade and  is returning from a sabbatical year. Please introduce yourselves as you see her around campus.


WSOC Administration and Board of Trustees


High School
High School Bonds
On the first day of school the entire high school student body and their teachers will head out on their annual bonding trip. This year they will be camping at San Mateo campground, a mile from San Onofre State Beach. The bonding trips have been a great way to reconnect with friends and meet the new students and faculty.

High School Parents: Save The Date!

High School Parent Evening

September 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Meadows Hall

Helicopter Fire Drills
Parents - For your information:
The Orange County Fire Authority will be practicing helicopter landing drills out in the Southwest corner overlooking the bluffs, August 28, 29 and Sept 3. The firemen will be running hoses along Pacific Ave. and filling the helicopter with water for firefighting water drops. This will be from 8:30 to 4:00 with four landings and take offs each day.

Aftercare Forms
Aftercare is provided free of charge only on early dismissal days for grades 1 - 3 according to their individual class schedules.  Aftercare is provided for all grades 1 - 8 for the reserved fee of $7 an hour. Drop-in rates are $8.50 per hour. 

Note to All Parents Regarding School Dismissal:
  • Please be advised that this year any child who has not been picked up by 3:05 will be taken to Aftercare and you will be charged for a minimum of 1 hour at the drop-in rate. 
  • If you arrive late, you must park and come into the Daycare to sign your child out.
  • Please also remember that your child is not allowed to use any electronic device on school grounds, so if you find yourself running late, please call  949-574-7754 ext. 214
  • Please remember that your Grade school child must be picked up in the loading /drop-off zone in front of the grade school - the child may not walk down to the High School to wait for you (your high school student may walk up to the flagpole).


Please help us have a safe and orderly drop-off and pick-up time. Thank you for your cooperation.



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2350 Canyon Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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