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

Newsletter for our families and friends
January 15, 2015

No School

Please note there will be no school tomorrow, January 16 for teacher conferences and Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Knit-a-Purlooza Knit-In January 21!


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


The students will work during the school day to complete their unfinished squares, helping one another as a community to finish as many squares as they can. As of today, we  785 squares!

Parents invited to join the fun from 3:00 pm - 5:45 pm on January 21


We invite the parents, the children, and our friends to come celebrate the spirit of this good deed and to help finish the 1,000th square. Come knit with us; enjoy the live music, the food and the Talent SHOW!  Not to be missed!   Stay until the end for the Tahitian Dancers featuring our own Mr. Jay and Miss Tiesha's son, Nekoa. And of course, don't forget your yarn and needles.


If you or your child would like to showcase your talent, please go to http://www.mywsoc.com for the Talent Show and Parent Volunteer Sign Up Sheets. 


As of today we have 785 squares, help us reach our goal of 1,000 squares!


High School Application Deadline

Applications for the 2015/2016 school year are due Friday, February 6, 2015.  Completed applications can be turned in to Erica in the front office.


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.


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

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

Middle School Basketball
Mon. Wed. & Fri.
3:00 - 4:00 pm Grades 6 - 8

High School Basketball
Mondays 2:00 - 4:30pm
Fridays 3:00 - 5:00pm
Grades 9 - 12


Thursday, January 15

Boy's HS Basketball Game

4:00 pm
Apollo Park

Friday, January 16

No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences


Monday, January 19

No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Tuesday, January 20

Grade 4 Parent Evening

6:30 - 8:00 pm
Grade 4 Classroom


Wednesday, January 21

Knit-a-purlooza Knit-in

Parents invited to join at 3:00 as we "cast-off" with a bang!


3:00 pm


Thursday, January 22

Boy's HS Basketball Game

3:00 pm


Friday, January 23

Grade 7 Eurythmy Play

Eurythmy Hall

7:00 pm


Saturday, January 24

Grades 9-12 Semi-Formal Winter Dance

Pasadena Waldorf School

7:00 - 10:00 pm (Bus leaves WSOC at 6:00 pm)


Wednesday, January 28

Walk Through the Grades

(Gr 3, 5, 7& HS)

Reservations Required


Wednesday, January 28

Parent Education Lecture: Douglas Gerwin

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Teaching Technology in Waldorf Schools

Meadows Hall

7:00 pm


Thursday, January 29

Boy's HS Basketball Game

4:00 pm

Friday, January 30
February Aftercare forms are due

Saturday, January 31

Deadline to participate in Annual Giving


Tuesday, February 3

Room Rep Meeting

Handwork Classroom

8:45 am


Thursday, February 5

Boy's HS Basketball Game

4:00 pm

Friday, February 6

High School Application Deadline


Friday, February 6

Grade 8 Play

Eurythmy Hall

7:00 pm


Sunday, February 8

Middle School Basketball Friendly Tournament


9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Monday, February 9 - Wednesday, February 11

High School Interviews

3:00 - 8:00 pm


Monday, February 9

Board Meeting

6:00 pm


Wednesday, February 11

High School College Night - Grades 9 & 10


Thursday, February 12

Move-a-Thon Envelopes Due


Thursday, February 12

Boy's HS Basketball Game

3:00 pm


Friday, February 13

Move-a-Thon - Grades 1-12

During school day


Monday, February 16 - Friday, February 20

No School:  Conference Week


Wednesday, February 25

Grade 10 Parent Evening

7:00 pm


Thursday, February 26 - Friday, February 27

Grade 4 Field Trip:  Before the Mast


Friday, February 27

All High School Snow Day


Saturday, February 28

AWSNA Delegates Meeting

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


Thank you Nancy! Welcome Back Gina!


I am filled with gratitude and give a heartfelt thanks to Nancy Mitchell for her dedication to the school and her excellent stewardship of the administrator position in my absence.  I returned to my office after the Christmas break and am right back into the swing of things renewed, refreshed and excited to take up this work once more.


Looking forward to seeing you all around campus!  

Gina Illes



If your child is a Grades 1 - 8 participant, it's time to start collecting donations.  If their packet has disappeared, they're available at the front desk.  The event is February 13.

If you have access to free or discounted new sporting goods equipment, we want to hear from you.  We're looking for prizes for the students.  Items such as:  frisbees, playground balls, soccer balls, basketballs, and on and on.  Contact Denise Ogawa if you can help us.

Annual Giving Update

Congratulations and thank you to 
Grade 8 and Grade 4.  It's an amazing show of support, you did it!
  • 3 classes now at 100%:  Grades 12, 8 and 4.  For record-keeping purposes, Grade 8 crossed the finish line last night, and Grade 4 finished this morning.
  • School-wide participation:  82%
  • 100-day campaign ends Jan. 31.  16 days left.
  • Phone-a-thon begins now to reach the 40 remaining families.  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/
Many classes are close to 100%.  Keep going!
  • Grade 5:  97%
  • Grade 11:  91%
  • Grade 3 - 91%
  • Grade 8 - 83%
  • To see how your child's class is progressing, see the chart.  

Battery Recycling Program
  • The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) began Costa Mesa's first Alkaline Battery Recycling Program in 2013 and the
  •  pilot program was a huge success. 
  • A total of five Costa Mesa schools participated and collected over 4,100 pounds of alkaline batteries.
  • A total of $2,600 in cash awards was given to participating schools; 
  • We made $300.00 last year. 
  • We have until April 3 to collect the minimum 50lbs (a full 5 gallon bucket) to once again collect $300, or we can go for a bigger prize.  If you have access to used batteries from your workplace, bring them to us so we can compete!
All class 2 batteries alkaline or rechargeable (standard size) are accepted and the positive ends must be taped with standard tape to eliminate shorting. Please bring to the lower school or high school office. (1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $600, 3rd place: $400, 4th place and on: $300)    

Happening in the High

Winter Dance
Grades 9 - 12 are invited to attend the Winter Formal at the Pasadena Waldorf High School Saturday, January 24.

High School Basketball Game Schedule
January 15
4pm WSOC vs Harvest (Location: Apollo Park) 


January 22

3pm WSOC vs Arroyo (Location: TBD)

January 29

4pm WSOC vs Maywood (Location: TBD)


February 5 

4pm WSOC vs Gateway (Location: TBD)


February 12

3pm WSOC vs Discovery (Location: TBD)

If we get a home game, we will let you know.  Fingers crossed! 

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Grade 8 Backyard Fruit


Thank you to all who have purchased a bag!   

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!


Please be sure to cancel your order or it will be assumed that you would like to continue in the backyard fruit fundraiser; contact Kimberly for additions or changes to your participation.

Oh, and if you have produce to donate, we will take that as well! 

Drop off  or mornings in the office.

Class of 2019



Academic Chess
Academic Chess for Grades 4-6 is beginning January 30. They will meet for one hour in Big aftercare at 3:00 pm. An additional fee for aftercare is charged ($7/hr).

Forms for February
February aftercare forms are due January 30.  

For Big Aftercare Form click here!

For Little Aftercare Form click here!

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 item will be needed.  Each family is asked to procure one item, although many bring in much more.  Denise Ogawa will send more information via email, including the letter to take to the business you know.  
  • What's a good donation item?  Don't be limited by this, but everything from accommodations in a timeshare or vacation property, to restaurant certificates, babysitting services, theater tickets, concert tickets, handmade gems, rounds of golf, art supplies!  We have the greatest, most beautiful, and diverse auctions around.  Now's the time to wrap your head around what you can get with a little effort and planning.
  • Woking on the Gala is FUN.  Want to make a positive difference?  Please join the team. Contact parent association if you can pitch in.
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