Newsletter for our families and friends
March 19, 2015
Mustard Flowers

The WSOC Twelfth Grade Presents....

Kurt Vonnegut's
Cat's Cradle
Adapted by Daisy Barnard

Two performances 
Thursday, March 19, 7pm, Meadows Hall
Friday, March 20, 7pm Meadows Hall

Tickets are $10  pre-sale, $12 at the door.  
To purchase tickets,  please contact a high school student or email Carrie at


The time has come to re-imagine the largest exterior space on campus: The Playground and Central Yard

What was 5 years ago stated on the campus renovation plan as "coming someday" has finally arrived. Someday is today!

To see the design plans go to:

5 important things to know:

  1. We have a 25-year lease.  Now is the time!
  2. The funding comes entirely from donations (not tuition).  We will still need the community's support for the operating budget, through Annual Giving, the Gala, and the Move-a-Thon.
  3. GREAT NEWS!Thanks to our outstanding community, through a successful pre-launch and the 2014 Gala bid designated for this project, we have already raised 77% of the needed funding.  It's incredible!  
  4. The final and most important stretch of the race is now at our feet.  We are counting on the community to raise $93,500 to carry this torch across the finish line.  
  5. Financial commitments needed by this June.  Accepting pledges paid in installments through June 2017.  


We can do this, but not without you!


Learn More:

Questions about the project:  Contact Gina Illes
Questions about funding:  Contact Denise Ogawa

Parent Education Lecture by Patti Connolly 


When:  March 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Where:  Meadows Hall


Social Dynamics Through Childhood 

What's Normal?


In this lecture, we will examine the following:

  • How children's social-emotional development grows over time
  • The differences between bullying and normal childhood disagreements
  • How Waldorf educators creatively work with each student's gradually unfolding social-emotional awareness along with their classes' unique social dynamic

Please click here  for more information.


Happening in the High

Sailing the High Seas!

Two of our WSOC High School students, Bobby Oxford Pope (Grade 10) and Catherine Reynolds (Grade 9), were chosen to be part of a 9 person crew aboard a 38' "Apprentice" to sail in the 2015 Islands Race.  The race course started in Long Beach Harbor, went around Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands and finished off at San Diego' s Point Loma.  They were one of 34 boats that began the race on Friday March 6th.  They finished the next day, 4th in a class of 7, in 1 day, 15 minutes and 36 seconds. 


High School Artwork on Display at City Hall

For the month of March, Grade 9 Printmaking/Scratchboard and Grade 12 Mandalas will be on exhibit in the lobby of Costa Mesa City Hall.  Stop by and check it out!

Administrative Audit


The Board of Trustees has initiated an administrative audit.  The school has been growing rapidly and it was deemed necessary to have a review of the administrative structure to ensure efficiency and maximum use of resources.  The company doing the audit is very experienced with Waldorf Schools. You can learn more about them by visiting  their website at:  The audit process will start immediately and will include a two-day site visit in the second half of April.


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

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

High School Volleyball
Mondays 2:00 - 3:30pm
Grades 9 - 12


Thursday, March 19

Boy's High School Basketball Game

Location:  TBD

4:00 pm


Thursday, March 19

Ms. Arieta & Ms. Kelly Parent Evening


5:30 pm


Thursday, March 19 & Friday, March 20

High School Senior Play: Cat's Cradle

Meadows Hall

7:00 pm nightly

Ticket required for entry


Friday, March 20

WSOC Grades 7 and 8 Track & Field Event

Jim Scott Stadium & WSOC Campus

7:30 am - 2:00 pm


Sunday, March 22 - Wednesday, March 25

Grade 6: Death Valley Field Trip


Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27

All High School Off Campus

Grade 9: Farming Week

Grade 10:  Mexicali

Grade 11: Practicum

Grade 12: Sr. Trip


Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27

Bring in your Auction Item for Gala


8:00 - 9:00 am daily


Tuesday, March 24

Girl's High School Volleyball Game

Location: TBD

3:00 pm


Wednesday, March 25

Parent Education Lecture by Patti Connolly:

Social Dynamics Through Childhood What's Normal?

Meadows Hall

7:00 pm


Thursday, March 26

Grade 7 & 8 Music Festival (Strings)

8:00 am - 12:30pm


Friday, March 27

Aftercare forms are due


Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 10

No School: Spring Break 


Monday, April 13

Grade 11 Parent Evening

Sequoia Room

7:00 pm


Tuesday, April 14

Room Rep Meeting

Handwork Classroom



Tuesday, April 14

Grade 2 Parent Evening

6:30 pm


Wednesday, April 15

Miss Catherine Parent Evening



Wednesday, April 15

Grade 9 Parent Evening

Linden Room

7:30 pm- optional group study at 7:00 pm


Friday, April 17 - Saturday, April 18

Grade 8 Projects

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:
Gina Illes
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

Mark your calendars for this year

 May Faire 2015


Based on survey and parent feedback, the May Faire committee has decided this year to have a fresh, new look which continues to embrace Waldorf Education with the sense of community and family.


In the spirit of adventure and being environmentally-conscious we will try to create a smaller global foot print by being less wasteful, recycling, using reusable décor, more family games and crafts, and Contra dancing.


Every family will receive 2 free entry wristbands.


Wristband and tickets for meals (and for some of the games & crafts) can be purchased at Company of Angels two weeks before May Faire.


Drop & shop at "Twice upon a time" for May Faire white clothing.


Saturday May 2, 2015




Forms for April
April aftercare forms are due March 27.  

For Big Aftercare Form click here!

Presto Pay Your Way to Hundreds

Not A Presto Pay User Yet --  
Sign up and spend $200 using Presto Pay throughout March 2015 to be entered into a drawing for $100 in Scrip of your choice.  See or call Pam Lusk in the Scrip office if you need help signing up.  Or try yourself at

Already a Presto Pay User -- 
Spend $500 throughout March 2015 to be entered into a drawing for $200 in Scrip of your choice.

Your odds of winning depend on how many people qualify for entry.  Lotto players eat your hearts out.  Even if you don't win, you do because you supported your favorite school!

Don't forget to come in and get your scrip before spring break!

Company of Angels

First day of Spring arrives on Friday...time to read Secret Garden, The Little Princess, The Flower Festival, The Sun Egg to name a few.  Remember our shelves are stocked with many of these classic titles.  

The Sun is shining.  That is the magic.  
The Flowers are growing...the roots are stirring.  
That is the magic.  Being Spring is the magic!

In the store now.....
        Organic seeds to plant NOW!
        Easter books, bunnies, candles and Sea Salt Caramels
        Beautiful Everyday Artifacts Silver Necklaces w/Images - NEW
        Night Owl and Lucky Cards - NEW
        Crocodile Creek Balls - NEW
        Felting Supplies are restocked
        Universal Cotton Yarn to knit for wash cloths - NEW
        Arriving soon...Yarn from a new vendor Malabrigo...incredible

         Baskets available to build for your child's Birthday Wishes (one week prior)
         Our Wish List Book is ready for your wishes
         The Company of Angels is here, convenient, a constant fundraiser for            the school
         PLEASE shop your store.

Matilda Jane Clothing specializing in girls clothing from 12 month to 14 years and Adults  will be doing another Trunk Show on March 25.  See the attached flyer.  Please do come by...proceeds benefit the school.  We had a great show just Tuesday...beautiful items for your loved ones and yourself!  Here is your second chance...don't miss out!



Save the Date for 8th Grade Projects

April 17th 
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

April 18th 
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

See attached  flyer for more details.

AWSNA-Sponsored Webinar April 21
Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School

The Human Encounter: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School Community. A Conversation with Torin M. Finser, PhD

Join us for a webinar on April 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT

Register now!

A school is a community, and like all communities, its health depends upon the quality of its relationships. Join us as Torin speaks to the parent-teacher relationship in all its dimensions offering both practical advice and deeper, spiritual insights. This webinar is co-sponsored by AWSNA and the Anthroposophical Society in America.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Tickets on sale next week.
Book your babysitters now.
Saturday, May 30.  5:30 PM.

Auction item donations being accepted now.  Each family is asked to procure one item - the goal is for you to tap into your resources to get something donated (rather than purchasing it yourself).  

Auction item deadline  -- April 17. 
By March 27 if at all possible. 
If you know what you're obtaining but don't have it yet, please let us know what you have.  Alyssa Hamilton or Denise Ogawa are reachable all the time in the office!  Or you can email

WANTED!!  A stay in a vacation home.  If you have one, or know someone who does, please contact Alyssa, Denise or

Form to accompany your item attached
Order Your Yearbook Now!

Please fill out the attached order form and return to the front or high school office, or email/scan it to eruvalcaba

Click here for order form.
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