Newsletter for our families and friends
September 3, 2015

Welcome to a New School Year 
Helpful Hints For Your First Day of School
  • We ask that you drive slowly and cautiously through our neighborhood and observe the many pedestrians and commuters we will be sharing the road with all year; give a wave of camaraderie.  Please remember we have very little ones who break away from parents' grasps - drive slowly in our parking lot, remember to back out of spaces with awareness.
  • No Parking by the Red Lanes or leaving your car unattended. Red lanes along the flagpole are intended for drop-off and pick-up only.
  • Strings and Orchestra class is on Tuesday and Thursday, including the first day of school. Remember your instrument!  Music Books are stocked at Company of Angels.
  • Company of Angels is open 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Our school store is a great way to start your day, grab a coffee, a treat and a hug! Early Childhood lunch baskets are available for purchase.
  • Lost and Found Bins are located in back of Main Office.
  • Closed Campus at 8:30 a.m. Gates remain closed and re-open 5 minutes prior to dismissal. 
  • Entrance and sign-in required for parents/guests after 8:30 a.m. in main office.
  • Tardy times are noted and slips are given by main office front desk for grades 1 - 8.  Please accompany your child for tardy slip and sign them in if they are over 15 minutes late.
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K and Kindergarten) hours 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Grades 1 - 8 Hours:  8:30 -2:50 p.m.  Break 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.   Lunch is 12:35 p.m. - 1:10  p.m.
  • Please be advised any Grades 1 - 8 child who has not been picked up by 3:05 will be taken to Aftercare and you will be charged for a minimum of 1 hour at the drop-in rate.

Early Dismissal  for Grades 1 -3 after lunch at 1:10 pm:

Grade 1: Monday, Thursday &  Friday

Grade 2: Monday & Friday

Grade 3: Friday only

  • To the Parents of High School Students - Please note that High School students are not allowed the use of cell phones or electronic devices during the school day. Please do not try to contact your student during school hours; call Carrie at the front desk (949) 574-7754.
  • Are you a grades school parent? Please remember that your child is not allowed to bring ANY electronic device to school. If you need to get a message to your child during their time at school, please call the front desk (949)574-7775.
IMPORTANT:  New Grades Student Pick Up Procedure
At the end of the school day the grades students will no longer wait out in front of the school . We will have the students wait on campus with aftercare staff. The outside parking lot attendant will radio for your child/children to walk out to your car. If you would like to pick your child up from the playground, you can park your car in a designated parking space and enter through the gate by the office. We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to create the safest possible environment for our students.
Back-to-School Night With Michaelmas
Save the Date!


Friday, September 25

5:00 to 7:00 PM 


Parents! Do you have the courage to take up the Michaelmas Challenge?

  • This will be an evening of families working together with games, activities and drama. Maybe a dragon or two will show up.
  • Bring blankets, chairs, picnic dinner; and food trucks will be available.
  • May you picture yourself armed with a sword of iron as you accept this challenge and we bid goodbye to summer's radiance, looking forward to the winter's inner quietude of strength. Join us!  Happy Michaelmas!               
From the College of Teachers

A warm Back-to-School Welcome to one and all! 
While our community at large may still be contemplating a return to school, your teachers and staff have been hard at work through the summer maintaining our grounds, making new improvements to the site, and planning and preparing for the year ahead.
The College of Teachers has already had their retreat. This is a prime opportunity for College members to review last year, bridge the summer with continuing business and pedagogy, and set new sights and intentions for the 2015-2016 school year. Deborah Waring will serve as College Chair this year along with Catherine Averett, Christiane Bohr, Eden Boric, Jenell Carlson, Brad Holm, Andrea Hubert, Masami Inoue, Lisa Masterson, Angie Meier, Robin Theiss, and Brooke Trudeau. 
Additionally, our Back-to-School Conference for teachers, administrators, and other interested members of our school and schools from Southern California, met with Dorit Winter for a wonderful discussion of another aspect of Steiner's work. We sang, painted, and had a opportunity to connect with others from our neighboring schools. A special thank you to Ms. Theiss, Ms. Carlson, and Ms Trudeau for organizing this effort and bringing Dorit to our school.
As is often the case, the beginning of a new year brings new faces to our faculty and bids us the occasion to say good-bye to others. Many of you know that Elisabeth Beck, our Eurythmy teacher, is taking a well deserved sabbatical and in her place we welcome Miyoung Schoen. Sadly, we must also inform you that Kurt Faeber, the upper grades and high school Eurythmy teacher, is relocating to New York. A movement program will be replacing Eurythmy in the high school for this year. It is the College's full intention to reinstate Eurythmy within the curriculum in the 2016-17 year. Julia Emaheiser is our first grade class teacher and Jennifer Staub will be teaching high school math and science. We wish those who are leaving us much happiness and enthusiastically welcome our new teachers!
We all look forward to greeting you and your children on September 8th!

Hot Lunch 

Hot Lunch starts the first day of school - order today!

Fundraising for our Grade 8 Trip to Alaska!
The 8th graders set-up, serve, and clean-up lunch every day in order to raise money for their end of the year trip to Alaska . For each lunch purchased, $1.00 is given back to the class.
A healthy lunch is available 5 days a week, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. You can also sign up for an 'Emergency Lunch' in case you are running late or a lunch was left behind. Log in below to see the options available. 
If you have any questions about the program, contact Gina Garrison at 
hot lunch

Order in advance:
Use school code: waldorfoc
Welcome New Families


We are delighted you are here and look forward to getting to know you better. Don't miss our New Family Orientation in order to deepen your understanding of our school.   The more you know, the simpler the transition!

Welcome Tea Art

New Family Orientation

Wednesday, September 9
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Meadows Hall (in the high school)

This is for new families, as well as any family who would like a "refresher." Please join us. 


Scrip Store has Moved!

Please visit the Scrip Store in it's new location!

Where: The Company of Angels
Hours:  Monday - Friday  8am -3:30pm

         Company of Angels                            Craft Group

Almost back...yes another school year to be filled with much surprise, wonderful experiences and incredible learning. Those of us at The Company of Angels are hoping to bring to the community the treasures, birthday gifts, books and 
"just-because" items you may need.

Welcome crafters.....craft day will now be on Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.- 10 a.m., in front of the Company of Angels.
  • First craft day Tuesday, September 15.
  • Project schedule will be posted outside the Company of Angels.
  • No experience necessary just a willingness to learn.
  • Leave your email address at the Company of Angels or with Christine Newell to get on craft list.
International Forum

WSOC Hosts the International Forum - A call for your help...
From November 18 -22 , WSOC will be the host school for the members of the International Forum for Steiner /Waldorf  Education.

The 'Hague Circle' is the international conference of the Waldorf education movement. Twice a year, active Waldorf teachers from all over the world meet for a multi-day conference in one of the participating countries or at the Goetheanum in Dornach. 
The conferences serve the mutual understanding and exchange on key educational issues that have national or global significance. The members of the International Forum - 'Hague Circle' - bring their experiences to the meetings, and discuss - on the basis of differentiated perceptions - the key criteria of Waldorf education and their application in different geographic, cultural, economic and political regions of the world.
We are seeking housing for these 35 foreign visitors; an important aspect of their visit is to experience the local Waldorf community. If you would be able to welcome a visitor or perhaps two, please let us know by sending an email to

After School Art Classes

September is here! I will be in school on the first day of classes and will post a schedule on the door of the Art Room with times that I will be available during the week. I invite parents to come by. There will also be a sign up sheet on the counter in the office.  We will start each art class as soon as the group is formed - most probably in the second or third week of school. 

Schedule for Fall (so far):
  • Early Childhood  -  Wednesdays at 1 pm and a second class TBA
  • 1st Grade  -  on "early day" Thursday at 1:10 pm
  • 2nd Grade  -  on "early day" Friday at 1:10 pm (or Monday. Tell me if both would be possible when you sign up)
  • 3rd Grade  -  TBA. Please tell me which days are possible and which are not and if your child can come after school at 2:50 pm.
  • Upper Grades 4th - 8th in one or two groups -  TBA.  After school at 2:50 pm. Please tell me which days are possible and if there is an after school activity on campus that I may be able to work around.
Classes are approximately an hour for the grades and 45 minutes for Early Childhood. The cost is $12 per class and includes materials.
You are also welcome to email me. Include as much information about days and times that are possible or not for your child to have art. It will be easiest for me to reply after September 5th but if you wish, I will put your child's name with the appropriate age group and we will confirm together when I get back.
Happy to see you and the children soon!
Miss Joy

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Save a life. Donate blood.

All participants will receive 2 tickets to the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE (Processing fees apply), 1 FREE Admission to Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, discounted tickets to select San Diego Padres games, 2 tickets to the Laugh Factory! (2 beverage minimum purchase) & a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations 
Monday, September 21, 2015
8:30 AM - 2:45 PM
Location: Meadows Hall
Please click here to schedule your blood donation appointment NOW! 
Community Development Director

Carolyn Gregg joined the administrative team this summer as our new Community Development  Director. Carolyn has a deep appreciation for Waldorf  education and a strong understanding of the importance of philanthropy.

Her background includes fundraising for Share Our Selves, a social service non-profit in Costa Mesa, and Alpha Phi, a women's fraternal organization focusing on leadership programs for women and heart health research and care. She also has extensive experience in volunteer management, alumnae programming and building donor relationships. 

Carolyn has a rising 5th grader and has been a part of the Waldorf Community for two years. She will be sitting in the main office so feel free to stop by and say 'Hi' as she is looking forward to meeting more of the community.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, September 8
First Day of School 
Pre-K - Grade 12


Tuesday, September 8 - Wednesday, September 9
HS Overnight Bonding Trip

Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 PM
Welcome Family Welcome and Orientation
Meadows Hall

Wednesday, September 9, 6:00 PM
Grade 1 Parent Evening

For additional dates,
please click here tvisit our website calendar.
Board of Trustees
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett (Chair)
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Lisa Masterson
Angie Meier
Leslie Morrison
Colin Severn
David Tabone
Abril Turner
Wende Zomnir

Administrative Rotation:
Carolyn Gregg
Gina Illes
Kim Sava
Linda Timmons

Parent Association Chairs
Rachel Hulan
Olivia SlutskyJamie Stahl
Lorri Whitney
High School

High School Bonds

On the first day of school the entire high school student body and their teachers will head out on their annual bonding trip. This year they will be camping at Casper's campground. The bonding trips have been a great way to reconnect with friends and meet the new students and faculty.

High School Parents: Save The Date!


High School Parent Evening

September 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Meadows Hall



Aftercare is provided free of charge only on early dismissal days for grades 1 - 3 according to their individual class schedules.  Aftercare is provided for all grades 1 - 8 for the reserved fee of $7 an hour. Drop-in rates are $8.50 per hour. 

Note to All Parents Regarding School Dismissal:
  • Please be advised that this year any child who has not been picked up by 3:05 will be taken to Aftercare and you will be charged for a minimum of 1 hour at the drop-in rate. 
  • Any student without a reservation will be charged the drop in rate for the entire month. Reservations can be picked up in the office, big aftercare, or the newsletter two weeks before the end of the month and are due 2 days before the start of the new month. 
  • If you arrive late, you must park and come into the Daycare to sign your child out.
  • Please also remember that your child is not allowed to use any electronic device on school grounds, so if you find yourself running late, please call  949-574-7754 ext. 214
Please help us have a safe and orderly drop-off and pick-up time. Thank you for your cooperation.

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