2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Company of Angels:  (949) 574-7735
The Scrip Store:  (949) 574-7739

Newsletter for our families and friends
December 4, 2014

Winter Festival


Saturday, December 6th, 1 - 5:30 pm - Rain or Shine


As winter approaches, we experience a special mood of anticipation and quiet contemplation, which brings us into a deeper relationship with the world around us. Gathering as a community brings us joy and comfort - and this year we have chosen to come together to celebrate our Winter Festival mostly within the cozy perimeter of the High School grounds. All the cherished traditional crafts and activities will be there, food to please every palate, lovely music, and good cheer!


It is strongly suggested that you pre-purchase your tickets to avoid lines at the event itself. Booths accept only tickets, no cash. Tickets are $1.00 each and will be on sale at drop-off and pick up tomorrow.  Admission is free. 

Sign up for Twinkle Star CaféWinter Festival

This very special - children only -- cafe is presented by Grade 4. The students provide a fine dining experience to children in Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Musical ambiance is provided by the 5th and 6th grade strings. 


Worth Mentioning Twice

As is tradition, the festival will end quietly at sunset as the 7th grade walks the advent spiral. The advent spiral of evergreens is a symbol of life, a picture of receiving and kindling our inner light to dispel the darkness around us. Please join in and celebrate this beautiful event together as a school community. This is a reverent moment, and requires each individual to encourage calm and quiet after such a festive day. Please refrain from conversation and the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, and collect all students and children around the spiral for this lovely closure to our evening.  As soon as the spiral is over, the 7th grade students will lead everyone to the exits to say goodnight. Please leave quietly, carrying the mood of the day along with you.  

Although cleanup efforts will begin after the spiral, no children are allowed back among the booths. We ask that you arrange care for little ones so that they do not lose the magic of the day.



It is not too late to contribute to the magnificent decorations we are accustomed to enjoying at the Winter Festival! Please help round out the picture by bringing evergreen clippings to grace our Advent Spiral and decorate the campus. Greens are being collected next to the 7th grade classroom. 

Introducing the Waldorf Festival Mess Kit
Happy Holidays! The high school classes will be offering several booths this year at Winter Festival this Saturday. In an effort to reduce festival waste and as a fundraiser to support the high school, the students will be selling the...WALDORF FESTIVAL MESS KIT!  This mess kit provides all the dishes and cutlery needed to enjoy all of the food and beverages on offer at our festivals. Buy it for your family or as a gift for an outdoorsy friend. The students will provide washing and drying stations for your mess kits on campus during Winter Festival. Click here if you need more reasons to buy the mess kit on Saturday or if you want to know more about it!
Craft Group - Calling All Elves!
If you took a winter festival craft kit, please make sure to get it to Christine TOMORROW  MORNING.  

Thank you to the MANY creative and talented crafting elves who have been so busy preparing surprises for the festival.

Please join our craft group every week Monday mornings 8:40 am - 10:50 am in the fresh air garden in front of The Company of Angels.  Next week, the group will be making Pine Cone Angels and White Paper Stars. More schedules and gallery of pictures: http://castleofcostamesa.com/waldorf-days/wednesday-morning-craft-group


A little history about our Shepherds' Play

In the middle of the 19th century, a professor from Vienna, Karl Julius Schröer, who was researching folklore and regional traditions, discovered the Oberufer Plays. He was charmed and impressed by them and returned a few years later to write down as much as he could. Years later this professor became the teacher and revered friend of Rudolf Steiner.


Towards the end of the 19th century Professor Schröer spoke to Steiner about these plays. His enthusiasm and concern about the possible loss of such precious folkways touched Steiner, who quickly realized their beauty and proceeded to bring order to the sketchy script and the music. In 1910 the first revived performance took place in Berlin, Germany.


From then on, these plays have become part of the Christmas time tradition for many Waldorf schools all over the world. They were first translated by Cecil Harwood, from England, who tried to keep intact the medieval way of speaking-the simple beauty of expression. 

Check out the WSOC Documentary Film!

If you were at Grandparents Day, then you have already seen this.  But, if you weren't, then pop a little popcorn and take a few minutes to watch this.  We are delighted to share this new documentary about WSOC, with extreme gratitude to our director, David Chan, who also filmed the interviews.  David works on major motion pictures (including projects such as "Fast & Furious"), and just a couple weeks before he visited our school, he interviewed Hillary Clinton.  The filming and interviews took place in May and June 2014 a few short weeks before summer break, so you'll see the familiar faces of the class of 2014, who are now in college.  A huge thank you to all the teachers and students who were interviewed.  We had such an abundance of excellent footage, we weren't even able to use all of it. Happy viewing!



Click below to view

WSOC Documentary



WSOC Class of 2020 fundraising MUSIC CD on sale now!


Ms. Beka's 7th grade class is proud to announce the arrival of its debut music CD entitled Alaska Bound. The CD, available for digital download or as a traditional compact disc, features 11 songs sung acapella in four-part harmony by all 28 students in the class of 2020.  Songs Include:Ave Vernum, Morning Has Broken, America the Beautiful, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Alaska Bound will fund the class' 8th grade trip to Alaska in the spring of 2016.



Please consider supporting our 7th graders by purchasing their debut album. With the holidays just days away, it makes a perfect gift!


Paying by Credit Card?   Digital Album ($12) and Limited Edition Compact Disc ($15) are available online at wsoc2020music.bandcamp.com.

Paying by Cash or Check? Please send email to wsoc2020music@icloud.com. Your order will either be hand-delivered ($12) or shipped ($15). 

1st Grade Mud Adventure! 
3rd Grade's Close Encounter With Giant Tumbleweed!




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 Basketball
Practice every Mon. Wed. & Fri.
3:00 - 4:00 pm Grades 6 - 8


Friday, December 5

Wanda Lobito Jewelry Show

The Company of Angels


Saturday, December 6


1:00 - 5:30 pm 


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


Wednesday, December 10

Last day to order school pictures

http://manteconphoto.smugmug.com (password - WSOC)


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


Friday, December 19

Grades PK - 8 - early dismissal at 12:00 pm

High school - early dismissal at 2:00 pm


Friday, December 19

High School Posada Party & Alumni Event

12:00 - 2:00 pm


Friday, December 19

Shepherd's Play for All Ages

Eurythmy Hall

7:00 pm


Monday, December 22 - Friday, January 2

Winter Break


Monday, January 5

School Resumes

Monday, January 5

Early Childhood Application Deadline


Tuesday, January 6

Room Rep Meeting

Handwork Classroom

8:45 am


Monday, January 12

Grade 12 Parent Evening

Juniper Room

7:00 pm


Monday, January 12

Board Meeting


Friday, January 16

No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences


Monday, January 19

No School: Martin Luther King Day

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
Early Childhood Enrollment 2015-16

If you have a rising Kindergarten student for the 2015/2016 school year, the last opportunity to attend the Mandatory Information Evening prior to the standard application deadline is December 10.
Mandatory Information Meeting: on December 10, 2014
Application Deadline: January 5, 2015

To read the flyer click here!
Annual Giving Update
We are nearly halfway through the Annual Giving Fund Drive which ends January 31, 2015.  Thank you to everyone for your participation and for giving generously.  

School-wide participation - 44%

We feel your appreciation for the school with each heartfelt gift.  But we need everyone! Please consider making your gift prior to the Winter Break.  Envelopes are in the office or use the super simple website, waldorfschool.com/annual.  In January, the volunteer callers will begin their phone-a-thon to all who have not yet given.

If you need to delay your gift until 2015 for tax purposes, please contact Denise Ogawa so we may count your participation now.

Congratulations to these classes for taking the lead:
  • Grade 12 - 75%
  • Grade 5 - 68%
  • Grade 4 - 67%
  • Ms. Arieta & Ms. Kelli's Kindergarten - 63%
  • Grade 7 - 61%
To see how your class is doing see the chart.


Congratulations to the Coulsell Family, this year's winners of the Annual Giving Drawing reserved parking space. They won the parking space in a random drawing which took place in the Company of Angels on Nov. 14, 2014.  

Thank you to Peter Norgaard for creating the new reserved parking space signs.  They are beautiful!
WSOC Alumni News
Congratulations to Alicia Afshar, winner of the 69th College Photographer of the Year Award of Excellence.  Alicia Afshar graduated with the WSOC High School Class of 2013 and is currently attending Brooks Institute of Photography.  Click here to see her winning photograph.  The subject of this photograph is Connor Bush, WSOC graduate Class of 2012.
Big Aftercare
Baba the Storyteller came to visit us in aftercare on Wednesday, November 12. The children were captivated by his songs and stories. We look forward to having Baba back again next year!

Middle School Basketball
Middle School (Grades 6-8) elective team basketball for girls and boys begins this week.  Practices are Mondays, 
Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm - all are welcome to come and play.  No equipment required.  Please wear supportive lace up shoes and comfortable clothing. 
How do you say 2039?
Thanks to Alyssa in 6th Grade for her beautiful 2039 pumpkin!
We want to feature your "2039" images in our newsletter and on Facebook. Send to parentassociation@waldorfschool.com. The fantastic news of our 25-year lease is so good, we're celebrating all year!  Be creative, clever, resourceful, and have fun!
The Holy Nights in Orange County

December 26 to January 6th 

Week nights 7:00 pm

Weekends 4:00 pm


Please join in celebration of the Twelve Holy Nights. We meet together in each other's homes - singing, reading , and discussing each evening Rudolf Steiner's profound Gospel lectures which makes this event a treasured highlight of the year. This season we will delve into the Gospel of St. John and Its Relation to the other Gospels. Please email Nancy Mitchell for a copy of the schedule of homes at nmitchell@waldorfschool.com .

Scrip News


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The time has come for the festivities with our loved ones. Please remember to "think scrip" for your holiday shopping and giving needs.  

We have lots in stock for everyone's needs.  ITunes, Target, Starbucks, Walmart and lots of restaurants for all the special people on your list.  If you need something ordered just make sure to do that early. Email Pam at plusk@waldorfschool.com.  

Including today there are only 12 days before the break.   While we try our best to be prepared for all your shopping needs, we do run out of stock on popular items when lots of people wait until the last minute.  We thank you to please shop early for the best selection!  Happy Holidays from the SCRIP STORE!
Get Your School Photos!
The last day to order school photos is Wednesday, December 10.  To order, please click here to access the website and enter the password -  WSOC.
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