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Newsletter for our families and friends
December 18, 2014


Come see the play this Friday night at 7 PM.

This production is starring and produced by members of our own faculty.
Free and all invited.  

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. 

At the sending of this newsletter we are in the third week of Advent, - the four weeks preceding December 25; Chanukah began on Tuesday evening as well as Las Posadas and in just a few days we will reach the winter Solstice - the longest night of the year. All of these occasions may be celebrated by different adherents, however there is also a common theme which is shared by many festivals or holidays at this time of year- that of the light. The light which was so brilliant in the heights of summer has slowly waned through autumn and as it is outwardly lessening we are called to carry it inwardly.


Here at school, these December days are marked by the tradition of the first Monday assembly; the High School and the Grades have separate celebrations while this season is celebrated individually with the walking of the spiral in each of the Early Childhood classes. In the High School, the assemblies have been feted with offerings from the different performing arts groups and will be culminated with a Las Posadas festivity on the last Friday of term. To hear their musical gifts, to see the reverence of the Eurythmists holding lit candles while they preformed a piece by Bach imbued Meadows Hall and all therein with the spirit of the season.


In the grades assemblies, each Monday morning throughout December,  different classes have shared poems, songs or other musical choices and in this last week, the teachers offered the gift of a Eurythmy performance. To begin the week with this gathering together in a darkened room, which is slowly enlightened by each class candle, brings a mood of introspection, and as each class filed out led by their teacher's lantern, there was indeed the sense that the inner light was being rayed outward.


These traditions are part of the fabric which is woven each day into the tapestry of what WSOC offers the children. The College also takes the theme of each season into its deliberations of the curriculum, the children and the business which it holds. 

Please come and see the Shepherd's Play on Friday evening Dec. 19 and imbue your holidays with the light of the season.


Wishing all in our community the gift of light "that gives warmth to simple shepherd's hearts, that enlightens the wise heads of kings".



Adults Join us for "Brew and Knit" - January 12

Please join us for the second brew night at Barley Forge Brewing in Costa Mesa, Monday, January 12th, 7:00 pm.   A good chance to catch up on your knitting, have a GOOD brew and visit with friends! 



"Knit-In" - January 21 - Parents Invited to Join at 3:00 pm

Here it is..... the final tally, the big push, the crescendo!! And we are going to celebrate!!


For the last 2 lessons from 1:10 - 2:50, the grades will be busy working away to complete their unfinished squares, helping one another as a community to finish as many squares as we can. 


At 3:00 on Jan. 21, parents are invited and encouraged to join us in the Handwork courtyard.  Come be part of the fun as we reach 1,000 squares or more for charity!  If you're not a knitter, come anyway for live music, food, and some surprise fun. 


The WOW list!

There are some go-getters, serious knitters out thereTake a look!


Mr. Brad's Mom - 53 squares...and counting!

Hynes family - 46 squares...... and counting!

Sandy Meadows - 28 squares..... and counting!

Lauren Boyle and family - 23 squares .....and counting! !

Yuki Shiraki - 12 squares....and counting!


And really all the gorgeous squares coming in with the love of our kids in them is a BIG wow....We have a tally of 511!  Keep clicking those needles. We hear Mr. Faerber is keeping his stash of finished squares in hiding.

Thank You for a Wonderful Winter Festival!


A couple of weekends ago, we celebrated the season with our much loved annual Winter Festival - for the first time held in our high school.  A creative, hard-working crew of staff and parent volunteers transformed the campus into cheerful and cozy festival grounds and the weather could not have been more perfect!


The classrooms usually dedicated to serious learning welcomed in guests young and old to create holiday crafts, dip beeswax candles, pluck a fortune from a candle boat, and sample irresistible applesauce. Delicious food, treats, and hot drinks were served at every corner. Little ones enjoyed the Crystal Forest, Twinkle Star Café and Elves' Workshop, and the whole community gathered in reverence at the end of the day to witness the 7th grade students' journey walking the Advent Spiral.

From the Winter Festival Committee to all of you, our deepest gratitude for creating and holding this wonderful gift for our children and community. With our best wishes for a peaceful, merry and bright holiday season! 

Grade 8 Backyard Fruit

Thank you to all who have purchased a bag for the past two sessions!
Our next will begin January 14. We are coming into citrus season, so lots of oranges, grapefruit, limes, lemons and tangerines. As well, our bags have included fresh herbs, chili peppers, avocados and apples! Sign up for our next session with Erica in the front office or with Ms. Kimberly at ktelfer-radzat@waldorfschool.com  ONLY $30 for 4 weeks!

Oh, and if you have produce to donate, we will take that as well! 
Drop off Tuesday or Wednesday mornings in the office.

 Class of 2019
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 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


Wednesday, January 7

Miss Catherine's Parent Evening

6:45 pm


Monday, January 12

Grade 12 Parent Evening

Juniper Room

7:00 pm


Monday, January 12

Knit and Brew

Barley Forge Brewing, Costa Mesa

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


Tuesday, January 20

Grade 4 Parent Evening

6:30 - 8:00 pm


Wednesday, January 21

Knitapurlooza Knit-in

Handwork Courtyard

3:00 pm


Friday, January 23

Grade 7 Eurythmy Play

Eurythmy Hall

7:00 pm


Wednesday, January 28

Walk Through the Grades

(Gr 3, 5, 7& HS)


Wednesday, January 28

Parent Education Lecture: Douglas Gerwin

Meadows Hall

7:00 pm


Tuesday, February 3

Room Rep Meeting

Handwork Classroom

8:45 am


Friday, February 6

High School Application Deadline


Friday, February 6

Grade 8 Play

Eurythmy Hall

7:00 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
Annual Giving Update
  • We have 44 days left (including the break).  
  • School-wide participation has reached a 64%.
  • We need participation from everyone!  The 100-day campaign for 100% participation closes on January 31.
  • The volunteer calling campaign begins in January.  If you are planning to give in January for tax purposes, please let Denise Ogawa know so she can take you off the call list.  
  • Envelopes in the office or it's so super simple to make your donation on-line at  waldorfschool.com/annual/

Congratulations to these classes who are so close to 100%:
  • Grade 12 - 92%
  • Grade 4 - 86%
  • Grade 8 - 83%
  • To see how your child's class is progressing, see the chart.  

Parent Education Lecture

by Douglas Gerwin


When:  January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Where:  Meadows Hall


The Sorcerer's Apprentice:  Teaching Technology in Waldorf Schools


As recent studies show, technology works like a drug. As with any drug, it can either help by speeding up and bolstering vital processes, or it can take over the very functions it was designed to assist.  In the first case, technology behaves like a dutiful apprentice to the sorcerer.  In the second case, the apprentice becomes the sorcerer.


How do we educate our students so that they are able to wield the sorcerer's wand without falling under its spell?  Please click here for more information.

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 .

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). 

Craft Group

Thank you to Christine and all the busy elves who made the Elves Workshop at this past Winter Festival a success. You can take a peek inside the "big people not allowed" elves workshop here:

This week the group crocheted infinity cowls, scarves and beanies  - get this: with a broom stick! How awesome is that? Yes! Broomstick lace crochet.... also known as jiffy lace and peacock eye crochet, is a historic crochet technique from the 19th century which is traditionally done using a broomstick.  They make for lively party conversations and lovely handmade gifts. 

Please check this link for future schedules and photo gallery and tutorials of past craft group projects: Waldorf Monday Morning Craft Group 
Gala 2015 - Save the Date
Saturday, May 30
Lyon Air Museum
  • Make May 30 one of the first notations in your 2015 calendar.  
  • Book your babysitters now for an evening of FUN and FUNdraising for a cause near and dear to our hearts - WSOC and this powerful education for our children.  
  • Your help in procuring an auction will be needed.  More information coming your way in the new year.
  • If you want to get going on gathering auction items now, contact Denise Ogawa.  Even over the break is fine.
  • Our committee has a wonderful time.  Want to make a positive difference?  Please join the team. Contact parent association if you can pitch in.
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2350 Canyon Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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