Newsletter for our families and friends
January 29, 2015




What a great event!  Thank you students, parents, and extended community members for your knitting! Thank you to all who had a blast on the talent show stage! See some fun pictures at the end of this newsletter. 

  • 913 squares complete!
  • 82 unfinished squares already on needles. If you still have knitting power left, please pick one up in the office so we can still make our goal of 1,000 squares before sending these off to Africa!
This event was brought to life by a trio of fabulous volunteers:  Liz Wenger, Elizabeth Shier-Burnett, and Amy Rasmussen.  Congratulations  team on a job well done!

Thank you to Michaels for the donation that made it possible!

Budget Preview Meeting

In an effort to provide continuing  transparency and clear communication regarding the school's budget, the Board of Trustees invites you to a budget preview meeting presented by the Budget Mandate Group on:


Monday, February 9
6:00pm, Eurythmy Hall


In this meeting, we will highlight the items affecting the 2015-16 budget and present the anticipated tuition rates for the 2015-16 school year. We will also discuss the changes in our re-enrollment and tuition payment processes for next year.


There will be a short presentation and time for Q and A. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to

Erica by Thursday February 5.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Board of Trustees and

Budget Mandate Group

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.

Do You Need Childcare for February Break?
Sign up by Feb. 6
Sports Camp for Grades 1-6
Fitness, Fun & Friends

It is tradition for the 11th Grade to host a week of fun and movement for students in Grades 1-6.  It is both a service to the community of families looking for reliable, wholesome care for their child in a safe environment, as well as a fundraiser for their upcoming 12th Grade Trip.

Campers will play sports and games with the 11th grade.  They'll have a healthy snack, a lot of fun, and make some new friends!

Monday - Friday
February 16-20
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
The cost is $250 for the week
Daily Rate = $55 per day

So the 11th Grade may prepare ahead for who is coming with appropriate activities, please sign up in the office now, deadline is Feb. 6.  Space is limited in order to ensure quality.

Annual Giving - 91% Participation School-Wide
2 Days Left to Reach 100% - Campaign Ends Jan. 31

Congratulations Grades 5 and 11 who reached 100% last week.  
  • 5 classes now at 100%:  Grades 12, 8, 4, 5, and 11.  (For record-keeping purposes those are listed in order of achieving the goal.)
  • We have surpassed last year's total participation which closed at 89%.
  • We are awaiting only 20 families to reach 100% across the board.  If this is you, the volunteer callers have been trying to reach you -- envelopes in the office or it's so super simple to make your donation on-line at
  • If you're unsure if you've given this year, feel free to contact Denise Ogawa.  
Many classes are so close to 100%.  You can still do it.
  • Grade 7 and Grade 1 - 96%
  • Grade 2:  95%
  • Grade 3 - 94%
  • Grade 6 - 91%
  • To see how your child's class is progressing, see the chart.  

Watch Your Speed!
Slow Down
Our neighbors have called us and asked that we SLOW DOWN.  

Speeding is not permitted in the surrounding neighborhood or in our parking lot.


The speed limit is 25 miles per hour down Canyon Drive.


Please be aware of your speed while entering the neighborhood and more importantly, while entering the school parking lot.


**Remember that this is a school and children are present in the parking lot and surrounding areas.**


Scrip News

We're happy to offer Z-Pizza scrip (thanks WSOC family!) at a whopping 10%  for the following locations: 
  • 26921 Aliso Creek Road,  Aliso Viejo
  • 2549 East Bluff Drive, Newport Beach
  • 7956 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach
  • 30822 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach
Want to know your mid-year Scrip balance?
You can look it up day or night on, OR feel free to call Pam in the Scrip office, 949-574-7739.  Pam can give you a couple of quick ideas for how to increase your Scrip profitability! 


One sure way to increase your profitability and decrease what you will owe at the end of the year, or better yet become a class donor.... is to have PRESTO PAY.  Technology has changed the face of scrip buying by making it even easier to support your child's class and the school!
  • Requires less planning than traditional cards.  Shop on-line at over 720 retailers, 24 hours a day. 
  • Ultimate flexibility!  Reload funds as you need them:  grocery cards, gas cards, and Starbucks just to name a few.  Reloading is easier than you may think! 
  • Print the certificates at home as you need them, or better yet send the certificate to your phone and the retailers will scan it.
Did you know?
Ken Grody Ford  will contribute $250 to your family Scrip account if you purchase a car.  This program has been utlized by many families, brought to us by Kurt Maletych, WSOC Dad.  They offer our families a great car-buying experience!  If you're in the market for a car, go see Kurt.  Actually call him first, he'll take good care of you.  We have his cell number in the Scrip office.

Gala - Saturday May 30, 2015 
"If you want to go fast, go alone.  
If you want to go far, go together."
--African Proverb

Help the Gala Team to make this our most sucessful event yet! 
  • Plan to attend
  • Think of inviting friends, family, and colleagues to the event
  • Plan to encourage friends, family and colleages to shop the on-line silent auction
  • Brainstorm the donation you will procure (each family is encouraged to generate at least one donation)
  • If you already know what your item is, or have it, bring it in!  In kindness to our volunteers, the deadline is April 17

It is our great and feasible desire for the success of the silent auction to reach new heights -- and that cannot be done without YOU, the community.  We're bringing it to you early in hopes you will accept our invitation to help. 

These documents were sent via email last Friday, but are here and in the office for your convenience: 

1)  Support the WSOC Gala:  This is the letter to take while asking for donations (or to send to someone you know).
2)  WSOC Auction Donation Form:  Turn this in with your donation.

3)  Ideas for Successful Auction Items:  In case you need to spark an idea, but please do not feel limited by what's on this list.  Classes or groups are welcome to pool their resources for group items and more FUN.
4)  Event Sponsorship Opportunities:  This is for our overachievers!  Do you know someone who would consider being an event sponsor, such as your employer?  Or do you know of a business who would like to reach our audience by advertising in the program? 

Have questions or want to get involved?  Contact


Academic Chess
Academic Chess for Grades 4-6 is beginning tomorrow, 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 tomorrow - January 30.  

For Big Aftercare Form click here!

For Little Aftercare Form click here!
Upcoming Events and
Class Parent Meetings
Japanese Study Hall: 
Every Mon.
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 29

Boy's High School Basketball Game

Location:  Maywood Christian School

4:00 pm


Friday, January 30

February Aftercare Forms 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 High School Basketball Game

Location:  Away

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


Budget Preview Meeting 

Monday, February 9

Eurythmy Hall

6:00 pm


Tuesday, February 10

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 High School Basketball Game

Location:  Away

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


Tuesday, February 24

All Community Parent Meeting (Gr K-12)

More information to come

Eurythmy Hall

7:00 pm


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


Sunday, March 1

AWSNA Delegates Meeting


Tuesday, March 3

Room Rep Meeting

Handwork Classroom

8:45 am


Wednesday, March 4

Walk Through the Grades (Gr 2, 4, 8 & HS)

Reservations Required


Thursday, March 5

Boy's High School Basketball Game

Location:  Away

4:00 pm


Saturday, March 7

High School Monologues

Eurythmy Hall

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


The Company of Angels


Oh how the days are one day...cold the next.  Is it truly still winter?  VALENTINE'S is here in the store - Lovely candles, soaps, silver heart necklaces and much more.  Hopefully you can find something sweet for your sweetie.


Our Twice Upon A Time/gently used clothing shed has been a HUGE success due to those parents who have donated the parents who have been shopping the Twice Store, and to Lisa Maris, Sara Rodelo, Jasmine Silebi, Yvonne

Lopez and Yuko McCarthy.  Since our opening for Twice mid November, we have raised $2,600 which in turn will be divided up among the classrooms (less 30% for The Company of Angels).  Yippee!! 


SHOP LOCAL...SHOP YOUR SCHOOL STORE!  I know it is hard to resist Amazon...but the store is here only if you remember us...we are here for the community...all proceeds benefit WSOC. 


Social media is our advertising tool - please like us on Facebook/The Company Of Angels and follow us on Instagram.

Happening in the High

Winter Dance
Grades 9 - 11 attended the Pasadena Waldorf School Winter Dance. Students from Waldorf San Diego and Los Angeles also participated.

Save the Date!
  • January 29 - Boy's Basketball Game, 4pm - WSOC vs Maywood (Location: Maywood Christian School - 3759 E. 57th Street, Maywood, CA  90270)
  • February 5 - Boy's Basketball Game, 4pm - WSOC vs Gateway (Location: TBD)
  • February 11 - HS College Night - Freshmen and Sophomores.  An introduction to the college admission process, what colleges are looking for, and what steps students can take in these formative years to have greater success in 12th grade. 
  • February 12 - Boy's Basketball Game3pm - WSOC vs Discovery (Location: TBD)
  • February 19 - Boy's Basketball Game3pm - WSOC vs Carson (Location: TBD)
  • February 27 - All High School Snow Day 
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Grade 8 Play

The community is invited to the Grade 8 Play, "The Princess Bride" 

Friday, February 6, 2015
Eurythmy Hall
7:00 pm (free)


If your child is a Grades 1 - 8 participant, it's time to collect donations. We have several envelopes from eager participants already!   If your child's packet has disappeared, they're available at the front desk.  The event is February 13. Packets due February 12. 

Out-of-town friends and family can support your student via the website,  A friendly, customizable template was sent to you a couple of weeks ago.  Need it re-sent? No worries, contact Erica at the front desk.

Wanted:  Access to FREE or DISCOUNTED new sporting goods equipment.  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.


Los Angeles Times and Daily Pilot Article Correction


Some of you may have seen the article about the measles in these two newspapers.  Unfortunately, due to poor reporting, the figure of 42% unvaccinated kindergartners in our school was not accurate.  We currently have 23% partially-vaccinated and 12% unvaccinated students in our kindergarten.

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)    

Knit-a-Purlooza Photo Gallery

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