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
October 2, 2014

As announced at Back-to-School Night,

we have recently signed a 25-year extension on our lease, 

making Canyon Drive our home until 2039!   


This news is too grand for a caption, please read the article below.


Memorable Back-to-School Night!

Thanks to the hundreds of people who attended.  The classrooms were

alive with families working together endeavoring to complete the Michaelmas challenges.  The Knit-a-Purlooza community service project, "casted-on" with an enthusiastic bang, and even got into the local press.  (See the Knit-a-Purlooza) article below.


Many were waiting in line for food when the announcements were made by David Burnett, volunteer Board of Trustees Chair.  So if you were unable to hear for any reason, or want to hear all the good news again....here's a re-cap of what was delivered in person, with far more style and grace than these words on a page can depict.




Enrollment Growth

  • We're happy to welcome 33 new families and a total of 357 students, 10 more than last year. 
  • The High School has its largest student body yet.
  • Strong enrollment is evidence that WSOC continues to be a destination for families seeking a more thoughtful education for their children.  We are among only a handful nationally who offer Waldorf curriculum spanning from Pre-K - 12th Grade, not to mention having a healthy Foundation Studies program.  All of this makes our campus a special site on this educational mission, something in which we can all take great pride.


"Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light."  (American Poet, Theodore Roethke)


  • Over the past 26 years, we have been at several sites - coming to Canyon Drive in 1998.
  • Continuing to evolve our home as a vibrant, healthy site connected to nature remains a priority to the school.


Then, David made the best announcement which many audience members, especially those who have been here for a decade or more, could hardly believe...


"I'm excited to announce that the district and our school recently signed a lease extension securing this site, our home, until the year 2039!  That is incredible!"


This home is secured for 2 full generations of Waldorf students.  Babies recently born into our community will have time to graduate high school, enter college, and be well into their careers by the next lease renewal will have to be considered.


"As just a school we survive, but as a community we thrive."

  • The lease extension took over 6 months of discussions, including efforts by our administrative staff and volunteer BOT.
  • We would like to thank Mr. Paul Reed of the Newport Mesa Unified School District for championing our request.
  • And a special thank you to Mr. Alex Hayden, parent of 2 children at WSOC, for voluntarily holding the reins on this special project and for taking such remarkable care of our future.



Thanks to our amazing community, we are already off to a sprint of a start. Finished squares are rolling in, 42 to be exact, and we started less than a week ago!


We're delighted our school is demonstrating its prowess in handwork while serving the broader community by knitting squares for charity.  This is fantastic in every way.


If you missed our "cast on" event at Back-to-School Night, there is a bag of goodies for you in the front office from our event sponsor, Michaels.  Come pick them up so you can get started.   


If you want to participate, but haven't mastered knitting, join us Monday mornings in front of Company of Angels.  There you will find knitters galore, ready to help... join the fun!


Go team Knit-a-Purlooza!


Keep an eye out for our own sort of Ocktoberfest with a "BREW AND KNIT" night coming up soon....details to follow.   Happy knitting!


We were featured in the Daily Pilot.  Click here to read all about it.


Thank you to our friends at 



Picture Day Oct. 14 & 15
Tuesday, October 14 - Grades 1, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 11 also Barbara's Pre-K and Miss Terri's kindergarten


Wednesday, October 15 - Grade 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 12 also Catherine's Pre-K and Ms Kelli & Ms Arieta's kindergarten


Make-up Picture Day will be first week in November.  No forms are needed!  You will be given an on-line order form and information after Picture Day.  


Reminder, No School on Monday, October 13
Just a reminder - there is no school on Monday October 13.  This is an in-service day for the faculty and staff.   

Note:  Last year we took November 1 as the in-service day to give everyone the day off post-Halloween.  This year Halloween falls on a Friday, so there's no school on Columbus Day instead.  
Town Hall Meeting - October 29, 7:30 PM
In response to parents who have expressed an interest in better understanding and more transparency of our school finances, the Parent Association cordially invites you to a Town Hall meeting.

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 PM
Eurythmy Hall
(note the time is 7:30, not 7:00 as stated in previous communication)

The Board of Trustees will discuss its process for setting a school budget, prioritizing expenses, implementing Tuition Adjustment, planning for the future, and will also preview budget issues for 2015-2016.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

If you would like to submit a question prior to the meeting, please send to the Parent Association by October 27 at parentassociation@waldorfschool.com

Slow Down In the Parking Lot Please
Slow Down
Yes, the parking lot is crowded.
Please remember, small children (our children) walk from their cars, through our parking lot, to get the school each day.  

Driving speeds should be S-L-O-W and S-L-O-W-E-R.

We've had a couple of close calls between tiny people and big cars.  

Slow down please.  Thank you.
Essential Oils Education

Please join us at Company of Angels 
for an educational talk about the healing powers 
of Doterra Pure Essential Oils 
October 15 at 11:00 am.  

Support For 8th Grade
The 8th Grade is looking for people in the market for winter greens. 

We know it's hard to think about now with our 80+ degree weather, but our order deadline is Nov. 7.   


Our school has sold these fresh products from the Pacific Northwest for many years, always with the highest level of satisfaction.   This year the 8th grade holds the reins of this fundraiser as a way to earn the final funds needed for their final class trip.  


The class is asking for the support of those who have access to people who might enjoy these products:  co-workers, employees, neighbors, friends and family, or even yourself.  This is completely non-mandatory and there is no pressure.  But if you are able to support them with your purchase of a very nice product or gift, then that is a winner for everyone.


Packets will be distributed in Grades 1 - 12 tomorrow, please check those backpacks and lunch baskets.  For Kindergarten, look for the packets available at the sign-in table.  If you would like to participate and finding the packet escapes you, we have them in the front office.

Thanks for thinking ahead and for the awesome support,

The Class of 2019

High School News
10th Grade Mexicali Exchange Program
Last Sunday, the 10th graders welcomed 15 exchange students from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. On Monday, they were part of our school's Michaelmas event and on Tuesday, the group enjoyed an outing to the Bodies and Titanic exhibits. They are living with their host families (10th grade WSOC families) this week, are attending classes in the high school, and will return to Mexicali on Friday. Our 10th graders will join them at their school, CETYS Preparatoria, in late March!

Many Thanks for the Support!
THANK YOU to everyone who supported the high school's fundraising efforts by buying an Italian take-out dinner or buying drinks and cookies at Back -to-School Night last week! We appreciate your support! Look out for another Italian take-out dinner on March 9 -- those tickets sold out fast!

Art on Display at City Hall
Please stop by the Costa Mesa City Hall to see high school artwork on display.  Last years 9th Grade Art History work (current 10th grade) is on display for the month of October. 

Upcoming Events and
Class Parent Meetings

Friday, October 3

Grade 3 Field Trip

Centennial Farms

8:45 am - 11:00 am


Friday, October 3

Bring Your Garage Sale Items

For Grade 7 Fundraiser

Drop-off and pick-up.  


Saturday, October 4

Grade 7: Garage Sale Fundraiser

Newport Medical & Wellness Parking Lot

8:00 am - Noon


Monday, October 6

Parent Lecture: How Does Waldorf Teach Reading?

Brooke Trudeau, Grade 4 class teacher

Meadows Hall

7:00 pm


Tuesday, October 7

Red Cross Blood Drive

Meadows Hall

8:30 am - 2:45 pm


Tuesday, October 7

Grade 2 Parent Evening

6:30 pm


Wednesday, October 8

Grade 3 Field Trip

11 am - 2 pm


Monday, October 13

School Closed for Columbus Day


Tuesday, October 14

Board Meeting


Wednesday, October 15

PSAT Testing

11th Grade


Friday & Saturday, October 17-18

Grade 4 Field Trip


Saturday, October 18

Morning in the Kindergarten

10:00 am - Noon

Reservations required


Saturday, October 18

Grade 4 Parent Morning

9 am


Monday - Friday, October 20 - 24

Grades 9 - 12 Away on Curriculum Field Trips


Sunday - Tuesday, October 26 -28

Grade 6 Field Trip


Wednesday, October 29

Grades 8 - 11 College Finance Planning Evening

Meadows Hall

6:30 pm


Wednesday, October 29

Community Town Hall Meeting

Eurythmy Hall

7:30 pm


Friday, October 31



Friday, October 31

Last day to sign up for "Presto Pay"

to be eligible for $100 Scrip Drawing

Monday, November 3

"Presto Pay" $100 Scrip Drawing

WSOC Scrip Store

Wednesday, November 5
Walk Through the Grades

9:00 am

Reservations required


Wednesday, November 5
Pre-K & Kindergarten Autumn Festival

Wednesday-Thursday, November 5-6
Grade 4 Lazy W Field Trip

Friday, November 7
Kindergarten Lantern Walk
College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Chris Bennett
Christiane Bohr
Eden Boric
Jenell Carlson
Barbara Cubanski
Kurt Faerber
Brad Holm
Andrea Hubert (Co-Chair)
Masami Inoue
Lisa Masterson (Co-Chair)
Angie Meier
Kimberley Telfer-Radzat
Robin Thiess
Brooke Trudeau
Deborah Waring
Board of Trustees
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett (Chair)
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Lisa Masterson
Colin Severn
Jaime Stahl
Carol Sudbeck
David Tabone
Robin Theiss
Abril Turner
Wende Zomnir

Administrative Rotation:
Nancy Mitchell
Denise Ogawa
Kim Sava
Linda Timmons

Parent Association Leadership Chairs
Rachel Hulan
Volunteer Leadership Co-Chair

Kristen Krofina
Volunteer Leadership Co-Chair

Victoria Imsirovic
Parent Education Chair

Jamie Stahl
BOT Representative

Brooke Tomblin
Outreach Chair
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Save a life. Donate blood.


All participants will receive ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

2 complimentary tickets to the Laugh Factory, a Buy-One-Get-One- Free offer to a 2014 USC Trojans football game, 2 complimentary tickets to the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

8:30 AM - 2:45 PM

Location: Meadows Hall


To schedule your appointment, go to  www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WaldorfCM.  Thanks for helping!


7th Grade Garage Sale
Merchandise Wanted
Tomorrow is the day to bring in the results of your early spring cleaning.  7th Grade welcomes you to donate merchandise for their garage sale at drop-off or pick-up tomorrow.  Look for a 7th Grade parent in front of the school, and they will be on the look-out for you.

Feel free to shop their garage sale too and tell your friends!   

Happy selling class!

The Sale is Saturday, Oct 4
8:00 am - noon
Newport Medical & Wellness Parking Lot
2216 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, Ca 92627
Biography Workshop 
This Friday & Saturday

Friday, Oct. 3 at  5.00 pm

Saturday, Oct. 4 at  3.30 pm


A unique and wonderful opportunity!


This is a Foundation Studies course that the program is happy to offer as a stand-alone workshop led by Lee Sturgeon Day.  Please join us if you can.  Contact Chris Bennett for more information and to register, as there is a $200 fee.  Please obtain Chris' contact information via Erica at the front desk.  

We all have a unique story, yet we share basic rhythms and cycles.  This workshop will introduce the 7-year life cycles from birth through adulthood, showing how childhood phases are mirrored and recapitulated in later adult ones.  Participants will be shown how to draw their Life Maps and will engage in practical and artistic activities as a way of exploring the patterns and meanings in their personal biographies.


Lee Sturgeon Day is a counselor and adult educator who has led workshops since 1975, and teaches in Waldorf Teacher Training programs.  She was a Waldorf parent for 13 years and is author of "A Slice of Life" and several workbooks.  Her website is  Lee Sturgeon Day for further details. This will be her third workshop here at our school.


Thank you Festival of Children Volunteers
Festival of Children Logo
A special thank you to the parents who volunteered this past month in
our WSOC booth at the Festival of Children in South Coast Plaza.  The
Festival of Children Foundation provides non-profit organizations with the opportunity to increase public awareness about their mission and their services for children.

This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for WSOC to spread the word
about our school in our community. We introduced many children to the joys of beeswax and handed out hundreds of brochures on our school.

Thank you to the following parents (and many of their children) for
volunteering to be external spokespersons for WSOC: 

Lynette Anderson 
Mila Beckers 
Cat Bogda 
Monique Bystedt 
Kathy Christian 
Rachel Dumaine 
Laura Fortino-Zeni 
Rachel Hulan

Kai Kaiser
Thomas Pangrazio 
Cherie Rolapp 
Laura Roth 
Heather Lewis Sebring 
Teresa Shoda 
Brooke Tomblin   
Parent Education Event - October 6

How Does Waldorf Teach Reading?

Presented by Brooke Trudeau, WSOC 4th Grade Teacher


Learn how Waldorf education works in tune with a child's natural development to foster both strong literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading.  Click here for full flyer.


Monday, October 6

7 PM

Meadows Hall



Japanese Study Hall
For Grades 5 - 8

Wednesdays, 3-4 pm 

Grade 5 Classroom




High School Japanese Club

For Grades 9-12

Tuesdays, 3:15- 4:30

Upper Grades Classroom 

RSVP to Masami Sensei

Click here for flyer 


Anthroposophical Study Group

Are you interested in learning more about the works of Rudolf Steiner who started the Waldorf school movement?


A study group will begin on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 am - 10.30 am. We will be reading 'Anthroposophy in Every Day Life' by Rudolf Steiner.  If you are interested to know more, please contact Helena Gorka, alumni parent.  You can obtain her phone number through Erica at the front desk.  


A Day At Amy's Farm
Perspective From a Chaperone

Miss Christiane's 3rd Grade class took a fabulous field trip to Amy's Farm a couple of weeks ago.  One of the chaperones was great enough to share this story with her, and we wanted to share it with you.  Happy reading.




Our High School rockers were featured entertainment at Back-to-School Night.  To see more great pictures like this from Back-to-School Night, check out the display cabinet near the front office next week.





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