Newsletter for our families and friends
September 17, 2015

High School Bonding Trip Last Week, Caspers Wilderness Park
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!        

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

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.


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


High School Japanese Club
3:10 - 4:30 pm
For Grades 9-12
Grade 6 classroom

First meeting next Tuesday, September 22

High School Bonding Trip

On the first day of school, 57 of our 61 students and the high school faculty headed down to Caspers Wilderness Park Campground.  Despite the heat, they spent the afternoon enjoying lunch and hiking in Caspers Wilderness Park.  The evening was filled with group activities, discussions, skits and singing around the campfire.  

Many of the trip activities were led by the seniors. It was a great time for the students to discuss challenges and expectations for the upcoming year.  Each class was able to pass down some words of wisdom to the class below.  The new students were welcomed and given a feel of the culture of their new school.  The next day was spent doing a photo scavenger hunt. The trip was a great way for the students and faculty to harmoniously get together, returning with a much stronger sense of community in their hearts as they head into this new school year.

ART CLASSES                  PLAYGROUP
Playgroup Yard

Afterschool art classes with Miss Joy begin September 21,  
If you missed signups, please email Miss Joy at

Playgroup Orientation

Tuesday, September 29
7:00 - 8:15 pm

For details, please see the attached flyer.

Upcoming Events and
Class Parent Meetings
HS Japanese Club
3:10 - 4:30 pm
Grade 6 Classroom

HS Flag Football Practice
Grades 9-12
Mondays 3:00 - 5:00
Fridays 1:15-3:15

Friday, September 18
Grade 5 Field Trip - Beach Day

Monday, September 21
American Red Cross Blood Drive
8:30 am - 2:45 pm
Meadows Hall
Monday, September 21 
Grade 5 Parent Evening
7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 22
Grade 7 Parent Evening
7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 22
Grade 6 Parent Evening
7:00 pm

Friday, September 25
Back to School Night
5:00 pm
In the Yard
College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Christiane Bohr
Eden Boric
Jenell Carlson
Kurt Faerber
Brad Holm
Andrea Hubert 
Masami Inoue
Lisa Masterson
Angie Meier
Robin Thiess
Brooke Trudeau
Deb Waring (Chair)
Board of Trustees
Russ Bermejo
David Burnett (Chair)
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Brad Holm (College Rep)
Angie Meier
Leslie Morrison
Colin Severn
Olivia Slutzky
David Tabone
Abril Turner
Deb Waring (College Rep)
Wende Zomnir

Administrative Rotation:
Carolyn Gregg 
Gina Illes
Kim Sava
Linda Timmons
Parent Association Leadership Chairs
Rachel Hulan
Jamie Stahl
Lorri Whitney
Welcome back parents!  We look forward to another great year of community building and support for WSOC.  The mission of the Parent Association (PA) is to support and sustain the enrichment of the Waldorf experience for families through a paradigm of education (Head), volunteerism (Heart) and fundraising and outreach (Hands).
The PA is led by the Leadership Committee that meets each month to develop and support volunteerism, fundraising committees and room representatives.
We strive to improve our visibility, connectivity and engagement with the entire WSOC community.  You can always contact us in person or via email  We thank you in advance for your support this year and look forward to working with you. 
Rachel Hulan, Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination
Lorri Whitney, Room Rep Coordinator
Olivia Slutzky, Representative to the Board of Trustees
Jaime Stahl, Fundraising Chair


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


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. 

Please note that starting in October, Aftercare will close at 5:00 pm.

Academic Chess:
If you are interested in Academic Chess, please click here to see the attached flyer and sign up at   Please note that an additional charge for aftercare applies.  

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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Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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