Newsletter for our families and friends
May 14, 2015






SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015


View visual art pieces created by our high school students and 

enjoy a performing arts 

presentation (eurythmy, choir, and chamber orchestra).


 Performance - Part I - 4:00 pm (Eurythmy Hall)

Meadows Hall Visual Arts Exhibition Opening - 4:45 pm

Performance - Part II - 5:30 pm (Eurythmy Hall)


Tickets $10 at the door


Can't make it to the Arts Festival?

Please stop by Meadows Hall Monday morning, 8:15 - 9:30 am, 

to view the visual arts exhibit.  

No tickets required. 




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Spring Concert - Save the Date!   

Our Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, May 21


 St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

600 Saint Andrews Rd, Newport Beach


Musician check-in:

Grades 4 & 5 - 6:00 pm

Grades 6-8 - 6:30 pm

Performance 7 pm


Please note that there is no school the following day on May 22nd

 (In-Service Day) and on May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  



Concert Dress for ALL:


White shirts with collars/tie/black dress pants/dark dress shoes/black or dark socks



White blouse/black skirt or dress (to knee when sitting) or black dress pants (no mini skirts or leggings)/

dress shoes (heels below 1 inch) tights or socks.


Our annual concert showcases grades 4-8 in choir and Orchestra.  Please make yourself familiar with our expectations of how we will conduct ourselves in this environment.  

This year ONLY ADULTS are allowed in the balcony seating.  No exceptions. 
  • Children not performing in the concert should sit with their parents and be supervised at all times.  Noisy children are taken out of the concert hall or sanctuary.
  • No running, shouting, laying down on pews, chairs, playing on stage or food allowed.
  • Do not touch pew pads and pencils nor mistreat hymnals and bibles.  
  • Strings students will sit with their class both before and after their performance and will be released to their parents only at the end of the concert.
  • There will be no intermission
Please click here to read more about concert etiquette.
Join the 181 people who have already Gatsby'd Up


Every parent, alumni, faculty member, admin team member, and all the cool cats who receive this newsletter should PLACE 1 BID TODAY.

Currently 167 bids are placed.  Help us reach 500 by May 20.

To place a bid if you ARE NOT attending - all you need is a bidder #
  1. Register as a supportive shopper - choose supportive shopper, quantity 1, you do have to enter a credit card, but you pay nothing unless you win an item.  Or contact Denise Ogawa who will sign you up in a jif.
  2. Look for a subsequent email from Denise with your bidder #, you'll receive a text too to log on from your smart phone.
  3. Check out the auction items on-line, and place a bid.
  4. You don't have to be at the event to be the winning bidder.  Shop now through May 30 at 8 PM.  If you're not there, we'll bring it back to the school for you.

To place a bid if you ARE attending and already have your ticket:
  1. You are already registered and should have your bidder #.  Look for the welcome email from Denise, the bidder # is toward the bottom, or look for the text from Greater Giving.  Can't find it - ask Denise.
  2. Check out the auction items on-line, and place a bid.

How do you decide what to bid on?
  • Explore the auction catalogthis is like window shopping, you can't place a bid from here
  •  Or just dive straight into the website
    • Explore by category
    • Or choose ALL
    • Search items with no bids for best values
    • Or search a keyword or item #
    • Select "details/bid" to learn more about the item and to place your bid
    • You will be notified if out-bid
  • See the end of this newsletter for a few suggestions.

  • JUDGES WANTED - 6 qualified Charleston Contest judges.  To qualify, place 1 bid by May 20 and bring your enthusiasm on May 30!  All you need is a bidder #.  Follow instructions above or contact Denise.  Winners will be drawn and announced May 21.  If you're not attending but win judging privileges, we'll sneak you in!  Shh.. You decide your own judging criteria - be creative, be fun, be wacky, be serious, be Gatsby.
    • Have you always wanted to Charleston, generally strut your stuff, or win a prize?
    • Whether you're brushing up on your Charleston, or cranking it out for the first time, these simple tutorials can be your guide or your foundation.  The dance floor awaits!  May 30 in Gatsby's Garden, approximately 8 PM.
    • Learn to Charleston
    • Pick up a few moves


Have you seen the design plans?

With over $350,000 already committed, thanks to some extremely generous and enthusiastic donors -  it is time to run the final leg of the race and carry the torch over the finish line in WSOC Community Spirit Style!  


We need roughly $50,000 pledged by this June (so that design team knows how much money they have to work with in order to make planning decisions).  


But that does not mean all the payments are needed by this June. Installments are gratefully being accepted through June 2017, allowing a family to give over time.  

  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, the 2014 Gala bid designated for this project, and several generous gifts and pledges since the launch, we have already raised 87% of the needed funding.  It's incredible!    Come on folks, it's time to make your gift.
  4. The final and most important stretch of the race is now at our feet.  We are counting on the community to raise the remaining $50,000 to carry this torch across the finish line.  
  5. Financial commitments needed before the last day of school.  Accepting pledges paid in installments through June 2017.  
The Pledge happening over the next 4 weeks is important.  Please visit the website for full details.


We can do this, but not without you!


Learn More:

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

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

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

Middle School Soccer Practice: 
M, W, & F 3:00 - 4:30pm Grades 5 & 6 

High School Soccer Practice: 
M 2:00 - 3:30pm

High School Track and Field Club Practice: 
T & W 3:00 - 4:30pm 

High School Surf Club: 
F 6:15 - 7:30am 

High School Sailing Club: 
F 3:15 - 5:45pm 


Saturday, May 16

High School Arts Festival

Starting in Eurythmy Hall for performing arts

Meadows Hall for art exhibit

4:00 - 6:30 pm

Tickets $10 at the door


Monday, May 18

HS Arts Festival Art Display

If you're not able to make the full art festival, pop in on

Monday morning to see the visual arts exhibit.

No tickets required.

Meadows Hall

8:15 - 9:30 am


Monday, May 18

Grade 4 Play

Eurythmy Hall

5:30 pm


Monday, May 18

Grade 7 Parent Evening

7:00 pm


Wednesday, May 20

Grade 10 Parent Evening

Oak Room

7:00 pm


Thursday, May 21

Spring Concert

St. Andrew's

Musician Check in:

Grades 4 & 5 - 6:00 pm

Grades 6, 7 & 8 - 6:30 pm

Doors open at 6:45 pm

Performance at 7:00 pm


Friday, May 22

No School: In Service


Monday, May 25

No School: Memorial Day


Thursday, May 28

Grade 8 Field Trip

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Villa Park

Friday, May 29

Aftercare forms are due 


Saturday, May 30

Annual Gala

Lyon Air Museum

5:30 pm

Advanced ticketing required


Monday, June 1 - Tuesday, June 9

Grade 8 Trip

Washington State


Eric Silva Jewelry Sale

Company of Angels

9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Wednesday, June 3

Grade 5 Play

Eurythmy Hall

6:00 pm


Saturday, June 6

High School Prom


Monday, June 8

Board Meeting


Wednesday, June 10

Playgroup Open House

10:00 - 11:00 am

Thursday, June 11
Grade 8 Field Trip
9:30 am
OC Great Park
Pickup at Park 4pm


Thursday, June 11

Last Day of School for Early Childhood


Friday, June 12

Last Day of School

12:00 pm Early Dismissal


Friday, June 12

Grade 8 Promotion

6:00 pm


Saturday, June 13

Grade 12 Graduation

2:00 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:
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


The entire faculty and staff would like to express their gratitude for an absolutely wonderful appreciation luncheon.  What a treat it was to sit and relax in the sunshine with colleagues while eating delicious, nourishing and healthy food.  It is truly a privilege to belong to such a caring community.







Due to popular demand -  ERIC SILVA, who has been a vendor at our May Faire for years, will be here at the store:



JUNE 3rd 

9AM - 3PM


His handmade collection of wearable sculptures made with eco-conscious materials is so incredible - you will not want to miss out!


The Company of Angel's Yearly Sale!



Spring Concert is coming up...we have gently used white shirts and blouses while supplies last.


June 1st - June 12th- 20% off MOST items

Summer Store Hours:  Wednesdays Only - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm




The Angels




Painting Workshops with Angelika Kolbe

Remaining Date:  May 15

Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am

Cost: $20 a session

Location: Big Aftercare trailer 


For more information, see  attached flyer.



The Early Childhood Department is taking applications for a class assistant. Must have at least six credits in Early Childhood education.  Letters of interest can be left at the front office attention Miss Barbara.




Denise Ogawa, our Development Director, will be stepping down from her position this summer.  We cannot thank her enough for her constant service to the school over many years, from volunteer Board member to early childhood to administration, she has been a perfect example of a committed and caring community member and a dedicated employee.


The Development Mandate Group, along with the Board of Trustees, has spent some time revisiting the development and fundraising functions of our school, and, after careful thought, have created the new position of Community Development Director.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please click here for an application package, or see Erica in the front office.



Forms for June are due Friday, May 29.

For Big Aftercare Form, click here .
For Little Aftercare Form, click here.


Visit the City of Costa Mesa City Hall lobby during the month of May and view Grade 2 artwork on display.





The Parent Association would like to recognize the amazing volunteer spirit of Liz Wenger, our May Parent Volunteer of the Month!
Many of you may know Liz for all the work she did getting our inaugural Knit-a-purlooza off the ground this year, but Liz has been raising her hand and volunteering to make things happen for far longer than that.  Whether co-chairing two annual Galas, or heading up the May Faire committee for many years , Liz is always one of the first to roll up her sleeves and get to work.  Her enthusiasm for our school community is infectious, so be careful if you walk up to her to say thank you,... she might just get you excited to be part of her next committee too!
The Parent Association would also like to thank these additional outstanding volunteer nominees;  Liz Burnett, Claudia Boden, Peter Norgaard, Annie Stawicki, Lori Hayden, and Lisa Maris.



The Arts & Learning Conservancy will be offering both Beginning Strings (June 22 - June 26 - entering grade 4 and up) and Intermediate/Advanced Strings (June 29 - July 3 - Ages 10+) summer camps at WSOC. For more information, please click here.

The Arts & Learning Conservancy will be offering Summer Theater Camp (July 6 - July 24 - Ages 9-15).  For more information, please click here.


Knitted Village Inspiration


100% proceeds benefit WSOC




Knitted Village and Garden

Being created by WSOC Craft Group


Your next family heirloom






Hand-Knit Blanket

Hand-knit Blanket

Created by WSOC's own Renuka Sharma, Kim Eijpen, Lorri Whitney, Arieta Bizaro, and Michaela Heller




Get your tickets from the curbside sales team or here


Pricing for both items:

1 chance for $20

2 chances for $35

3 chances for $50

4 chances for $65

5 chances for $75


You can mix and match your entries in-person.  Example:  Buy 5 tickets total - put 2 in for the knitted village and 3 in the blanket.  On-line - you cannot mix and match.


Drawing will be held at Gatsby Garden Gala, May 30.  Need not be present to win.  Being present does not increase your odds of winning.  Your odds of winning depend only upon the total number of entries received.


Please place a bid on 1 auction item today. 
Read if you want suggestions of items currently at $25 or less:

Items currently under $25 - current bid at time of writing noted.
  • 350, 351, 352, 353:  Series of artwork prints of Jzin Ten's famous felting projects.  $5
  • 280 - Lollipop Nail Salon Mother/Daughter Mani-Pedi.   $25
  • 282, 282 - Stance socks for women (2 pair).  $10
  • 354, 355, 356 - Stance socks for kids.  Multiple packages.  $5 and $10.
  • 700, 701 - Stance socks for guys.  $10.
  • 357 - Matilda Jane Dress.  $15
  • 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655 - Incipio phone case, multiple colors and sizes.  $5
  • 714 - Electric Tide Watch - $25
  • 360 - Flip Kite kids toy - $10
  • 656 - Oil Change with Bryon Lopez - $10
  • 222, 223 - OC Waxing $50 - $15
  • 362 - Discovery Kids Tabletop Easel - $10
  • 410 - Animal Planet Interactive Pet Laser Toy - $10
  • 411 - Animal Planet 3-Tier Cat Tree - $15
  • 414 - Animal Planet Wooden Pet Stairs - $15
  • 415 - Animal Planet Memory Foam Bed - $20
  • 503 - Bruxie $25 - $5
  • 504, 505- Pitfire Artisan Pizza $25 - $5
  • 510 - Plum's Cafe Breakfast or Lunch for 2 - $10
  • 514 - TK Burgers for 4 - $10
  • 515 - Daphne's California Greek $40 - $10
  • 451 - Fun for 4 in Laguna Beach (art museum passes and Active Culture) - $10
  • 517 - Memphis Cafe Breakfast for 2 - $10
  • 301, 302, 303, 304 - Sawdust Festival for 2 and $10 Active Culture - $5
  • 755 - Snow Valley $100 - $25
  • 518 - Luscious Organic Desserts Cupcake Party Tray for 36 - $20
  • 657 - Fast5Xpress Car Wash (16 washes) - $25
  • 524, 525, 526, 527, 528 - ZPizza for 5 - $10 
  • 229, 230, 231 - Chiropractic Exam with WSOC Mom Silvana Balsimelli - $20
  • 291, 292, 293 - Really cool metallic tatoos - $15
  • 365, 366, 367 - Adoreable tutus for little girls - $5, $10
  • 374 - Kindy Art Basket, chock full of good stuff:  $20
  • 534 - Organic maple almost butter and raw truffle/macaroons - $15
  • 535 - Sidecar Doughnuts basket of goodies - $25
  • 538 - Active Culture $50 - $15
  • 174 - Custom crocheted slippers - $20

If you  have a bidder # - go here
Need a bidder # - go here
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