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Newsletter for our families and friends
November 13, 2014
How do you say 2039?
We want to feature your "2039" images in our newsletter and on Facebook. 
The fantastic news of our 25-year lease is so good, we're celebrating all year
Be creative, clever, resourceful, and have fun!
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Is Next Thursday & Friday
Remember to Reserve Your Seats!
Next week we will welcome your children's grandparents, aunties and uncles, or other special people in their lives for a small peek into the magic of the Waldorf curriculum.  Students from Grades 1 - 12 will take the stage with their classes, sharing a small glimpse of what they're working on at school, followed by the opportunity to visit the classrooms.  Both days are identical, and seating is limited, so please choose either: 
Thursday, November 20:  1:00 p.m. -  2:50 p.m.
Friday, November 21:  10:30 a.m. -  12:30 p.m.

Several weeks ago you should  have received an email invitation which included instructions to reserve your seats for either Thursday or Friday.  You may reserve the seats on behalf of your loved ones, or forward the invitation allowing them to do it themselves. Please do not duplicate reservations.  There is only enough seating for each person to reserve for one day or the other, not both.  Performances will take place in the Eurythmy Hall.  To ensure people who have reserved seats will get a seat, there will be "ticket takers" at the door, making the reservation aspect pretty important.

Select "continue"
Scroll to the bottom of the calendar, choose "special events"
The system will email you a ticket.  Print out and bring to the event.

Autumn Festival

Last week, the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes celebrated Autumn Festival. The large kindergarten play-yard was transformed into a magical Autumn celebration surprise for them. A kindergarten class from Wilson Elementary, a neighboring school, was also invited!


The children participated in an obstacle course, bean bag toss, apple-picking, and new this year...a petting zoo!


Thanks to all of the businesses and organizations that donated decoration items:  The Pumpkin Factory, Sprouts, Home Depot, Trader Joes, Armstrong Garden Centers, Roger's Gardens, Orange County Great Park, and Irvine Park Railroad.


Enormous appreciation and thanks go to the parents of the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes, and one 2nd grade dad with a truck! Without your effort and participation, this event could not happen. From procuring items, to helping to set-up and take down, and manning the activities...thank you! Thank you to the parents who went above and beyond to collect donated items, and to those who helped to set-up and take-down...even though they hadn't planned on it! It is absolutely amazing what we can create when we all come together! Thank you! 


"Brew and Knit"


Thanks to everyone who came to the Brew and Knit gathering at Valiant  Brewery. It was loads of fun.  


We have collected 211 squares to date and are well on our way to our goal of 1,000 squares by January! Let's make a big push in November and  have all the kids (grades 2-12) bring back at least ONE square after  Thanksgiving. Parents you can cozy up by the fire with the kids over the  break and knit one too! Traveling? Great activity for the car or plane.  Visiting relatives? Ask them to knit with you!

Patchwork Festival - Looking for Volunteers!

WSOC will be participating in the annual Patchwork Festival on November  30th from 11-5pm in the Artist Village in Santa Ana. The festival  features 160+ local vendors selling diverse handmade goods, curated food
trucks, DIY craft stations, food artisan area, and live music.

Our booth will feature our handwork and arts curriculum and promote our  Knit a Purlooza activity.  We will also be offering a free craft for  children.  If you would be interested in helping out in our booth for a  couple of hours please contact Brooke Tomblin at 
parentassociation@waldorfschool.com.  Thank you!

Want to learn more about Knit-a-Purlooza?  Please see the attached flyer.

Thank you to our friends at



WSOC Parent Education Series


Interested in learning how Waldorf teaches Middles School math? 

Please join us for a fun and informative evening (adults only please!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7:00 pm in the Meadows Hall
Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Campus Beautification Day 

Roll up your sleeves for a Campus Beautification WORK DAY!


You are invited to roll up your sleeves on Saturday morning,
November 15th, with members of the Campus Beautification Committee as we spruce up our campus for Grandparents Day.  We will plant, prune, weed, water, sand and stain, among other things!   How much we will accomplish depends on how many of you graciously volunteer an hour or two of your time.   Volunteers will be met with a light breakfast snack and given well-defined and specific tasks to ensure an efficient and effective half day of improvement to our campus.  Come share in the satisfaction of some light manual labor and enjoy the results every time you return to campus! 
Please email parentassociation@waldorfschool.com to be included in the official planning for this rewarding event.  Last minute drop-ins are also welcome- bring your gloves and gardening tools!
Annual Giving
Gratitude Abounds!
22 Days into our quest for 100% participation in 100 days, we are off to a running start thanks to our supportive families.
Community-wide (as of last night) we have reached 34% participation.  We expect many more gifts to come in today by 4 PM in time for tomorrow's random drawing for the reserved parking space.  Best of luck to you all!
To see how your child's class participation is doing, see this chart.
Classes off to the quickest start are:
  • Miss Brooke's 4th Grade with 53%
  • Miss Andrea's 5th Grade with 48%
  • Miss Kimberly's 8th Grade with 44%
  • And Grades 11 and 12 both tied at 42%

Your gift can be made in monthly installments, or one-lump sum, on-line at waldorfschool.com/annua/ 

Or simply pick up an envelope in the office. 


Thank you everyone.  We are so grateful for your wonderful showing of support!

Successful High School Open House
On Saturday, November 8, we welcomed 68 guests to learn more about our high school.  The majority of these guests were people we were meeting for the first time. Thank you to everyone who worked early and behind the scenes to lay out the red carpet of impressive and delicious hospitality! 
Attendees were inspired by the high school faculty and delighted to hear from six alumni students who returned from as far as Northern California to share about their successful transitions to college.  Once again, they amazed us with their self-awareness, confidence, and ability to articulate their beliefs and feelings in front of a crowd. 
Meadows Hall was transformed into a gallery showcasing photographs of student experiences, as well as a sea of positive quotes and testimonials. 
"The gift to our child has been WSOC's sense of community.  The true relationships - fostering a feeling of being seen, recognized, loved, and championed - that we have found here have set very high standards for our son's future.  He will look for that love again and again...and because of that, he will never be lost."
WSOC Alumnus Parent
Winterfest - Saturday, December 6, 1:00-5:30 pm

Even though our Winter Festival is still some weeks away, it does not seem too early to share some exciting details with our community:

Our wonderful parent volunteers are already starting to plan décor and offerings - thank you to all of you who put in tremendous effort to make this one of our favorite days of the school year! This year, we are pleased to host Winter Festival predominantly on the High School side of campus, boasting the state-of-the-art electrical capacity needed for this event - plus non-carpeted floors! There will be all our traditional cherished crafts, music, good food, and festive mood -- with some new twists:

  • Most booths will be located on the high school side of campus.
  • Twinkle Star Café will take place in the festively-transformed Handwork classroom.
  • An Orchestra performance will be offered in the Eurythmy Hall before we all proceed to the Advent Spiral outside the lower grades to conclude the event
  • The Company of Angels will be open for business! To make your holiday shopping a little easier, "sleigh rides" from the HS campus to the store will be offered, and young children will be welcomed in the garden outside the store to enjoy a small craft or to hear a story for a short time while you find the perfect holiday gifts; high school students will be providing this service for holiday shoppers free of charge. And if you need another reason to shop, any purchase over $20 qualifies for a raffle entry to win wonderful prizes, with two tickets to the WSOC Gala (taking place May 30) as the grand prize!
  • Tickets for crafts, food and drinks may be pre-purchased throughout the week of the festival. Tickets  are $1 each. Admission is free.

Our Winter Festival wouldn't be the same without an abundance of greens - please help our decorating crew by keeping your eyes open for opportunities to obtain trimmings of evergreens, holly, laurel, magnolia, olive tree, eucalyptus, berry branches, etc., either from your own yard or just approach tree trimmers and Christmas tree vendors, they are usually more than willing to help. Bring your bounty starting on December 1st to help transform our campus into a festive Winter Wonderland! 



Upcoming Events and
Class Parent Meetings
Japanese Study Hall: Every Wed.
3 - 4 pm Grades  5 - 8
Located in Grade 5 classroom

Japanese Club: Every Tues.
3:15 - 4:30 Grades 9 - 12
Located in Grade 6 Classroom

Middle School Co-ed Flag Football: Every M, W, F
Nov 3rd-14th
3:00 - 4:00 Grades 6 - 8
Located in Grade 6 Classroom

Friday, November 14

Grade 3 Play

Eurythmy Hall

4:30 pm


Friday, November 14

Annual Giving Parking Space Drawing

The Company of Angels

8:45 am


Saturday, November 15

Grades 6-8 Flag Football Tournament

WSOC campus

9:30 am


Saturday, November 15

Campus Beautification Day

8:30-11:30 am


Monday, November 17

Grade 7 Parent Evening

6:45 pm


Monday, November 17

Grade 3 Parent Evening

7:00 pm


Monday, November 17

High School Food Packing Community Service Day


Monday, November 17

Holiday arrives at The Company of Angels


Wednesday, November 19

Grade 5 Parent Evening

6:00 - 7:15 pm


Wednesday, November 19

HS Poetry Evening

For Grades 7 and up

Meadows Hall

7:30 pm


Thursday, November 20

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Eurythmy Hall

1:00 pm


Friday, November 21

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Eurythmy Hall

10:30 am

Early Dismissal at 12:30pm


Thursday & Friday, November 21 &22

Matilda Jane Clothing Fundraiser

The Company of Angels


Monday - Friday, November 24-28

No School - Thanksgiving Break 


Tuesday, December 2

Room Rep Meeting

Handwork Classroom

8:45 am


Tuesday, December 2

Middle School Math Lecture

Meadows Hall

7:00 pm


Wednesday, December 3

Walk Through the High School

Reservations Required


Wednesday, December 3

Grade 2 Parent Evening

6:30 pm


Friday, December 5

Wanda Lobito Jewelry Show

The Company of Angels


Saturday, December 6



Monday, December 8

Board Meeting


Wednesday, December 10

Early Childhood Information Evening

7:00 pm


Wednesday, December 10

A Day in the High School

Grade 8 visits the HS


Saturday, December 13

Morning in the Kindergarten

10:00 am


Saturday, December 13

Advent Spirals

Eurythmy Hall

Miss Catherine - 4:00 pm

Miss Barbara - 5:00 pm

Miss Terri - 6:00 pm


Sunday, December 14

Advent Spiral

Eurythmy Hall

Miss Arieta& Kelli - 5:00 pm

Ms Fabian - 6:00 pm


Sunday, December 14

Sunday Holiday Shopping

The Company of Angels

11:00 am -3:00 pm

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
Happening in the High

As a culmination of the Grade 10 Poetics Block, the students will host a poetry evening, where they will share recitations from famous poets as well as their own original work. Don't miss this special evening!


Wednesday, November 19

Meadows Hall, 7:30 pm

Recommended for Grade 7 and up (just too long to sit for younger)

It will be about 1-1/2 hours with one short intermission

It's free! 


Dia De Los Muertos

The high schoolers recently spent a week gaining a greater understanding of the traditional Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (November 2).  In addition to the making papel picado, the 11th graders went on a field trip to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach for a Day of the Dead tour. They looked at altars created by local artists and made their own skull prints in an art workshop.  Many of the high school students also attended downtown Santa Ana's 12th Annual Noche de Altares. where they learned more about the altars, tried traditional foods, and experienced the music and dance of Mexico.

Scrip Presto Pay Contest Winners
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know who the two lucky scrip winners were November 3.  The "New" prestopay winner was Ann Tse and the "Already" prestopay saavy scrip shopper was Aarthi Patel.  Congratulations to you both and thanks to everyone for joining PresoPay. 

If you haven't already enrolled in PrestoPay, it is the online payment method offered through ShopWithScrip.com that allows you to pay for orders right from your home.  It's easy, it's secure, and it allows you to skip the hassle of paying with cash or check.  Plus not only can you print out "Scrip Now" certificates on the spot, you can do lots of reloads to scrip cards you already have.  These options make it possible to take advantage of every earning opportunity, even on weekends, school holidays, or evenings when you can't get to the scrip office or we are closed.  ShopWithScrip and PrestoPay are open 24/7!
Ms. Wondercheck in the News!
The Arts and Learning Conservatory (A&L), a nonprofit champion of after-school dance, band, orchestra, glee, choir and theater production in 11 Orange County school districts, recently received the Outstanding Arts Organization Award from Arts Orange County at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. WSOC's own music teacher Debora Wondercheck, founder and director of A&L, said the award was tremendously gratifying since her organization just celebrated its 10th anniversary. A&L has trained as many as 1,500 young people annually.

"Nothing gives me greater pleasure than opening up new avenues of self-expression for children," she said. "Not all of our students will pursue art or music as a career. However, the professional training they receive will open doors to life-changing opportunities that could lead to a paid college education, all the while [strengthening their] creative thinking, self-confidence and freedom to express themselves. It is a lifelong gift, no matter what they choose to pursue as a career."

The 2014 Orange County Arts Awards Honorees:
Back Row: Salwa Rizkalla, Mary Langsdorf of Orange County Women's Chorus, Don Ed Hardy
Front Row: Mayor Rush Hill of Newport Beach, Hans & Valerie Imhof, Debora Wondercheck of Arts & Learning Conservatory, Mark Chamberlain
Middle School Peer Mediators

WSOC would like to congratulate our latest group of Middle School peer mediators. They were chosen by their classmates based on their trustworthiness, honesty, confidentiality and thoughtfulness. The program, which was started last year, trains students to assist their peers in finding a workable solution to conflicts. We are excited to welcome four 8th graders and four 7th graders:


            Kylen Patel (8)                                    Corbin Jacques (7)

            Charlie Jimenez (8)                           Alex Tse (7)

            Remy Shultz (8)                                  Sidney Severn (7)

            Ayla Trudeau (8)                                 Carli Johnston (7)

Job Opportunities

Assistant Needed:

We are looking for a person to serve as a floating assistant in the younger grades. A knowledge of the Waldorf curriculum is essential; being in the adult education program would be a plus. The position would include early morning yard duty and would encompass 20 to 25 hours a week.

Please send your resume to lmasterson@waldorfschool.com

Traffic/Yard Duty Position

We are looking for a someone who would be able to cover morning yard duty at drop-off time - 8-8:30 and traffic supervision in the parking lot from 2:45 to 3:15 daily. The position would be ideal for someone who both drops-off and picks-up a child and who would like to earn a little extra money by working for 10 hours/week.

If this is something that is of interest to you, please contact Lisa at lmasterson@waldorfschool.com.  

Festival Singers

Interested in joining the Festival Singers this year?  They are also in need of acoustic guitar players and a ukelele player. 


Rehearsals will begin Sunday, November 2 at 3:00pm at a home in Huntington Beach. 


Please contact Teisha Hutchins at thutchins@waldorfschool.com for more details.

Craft Group

Please join our craft group every week Monday Mornings 8:40am-10:50am in the fresh air garden in front of The Company of Angels Store. 


Our Monday morning craft group wove baskets (Grade 9 curriculum) the last 2 weeks. Catherine made this basket to donate to our WSOC 2015 Gala and Auction! Photos of craft group weaving baskets on this link: http://castleofcostamesa.com/waldorf-days/wednesday-morning-craft-group/basket-weaving-monday-morning-october-27-2014 

For more craft group information - schedules and a gallery of our past craft group projects, please click here

Monday, November 17, 2014 - Wool Roving Angels

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