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March 3, 2016
Celebrating our bumper crop of carrots!
Hello Waldorf Families!

It's hard to believe that Spring is just a few short weeks away. We have packed so much into the last few weeks. Our 8th Grade Projects were a huge hit. Thank you to all who were a part of the rapt audience last weekend (standing room only on both days!), and we hope to see many of you again this Saturday night at the 11th Grade Monologues. Prepare to be blown away by our high school students as they grapple with "the ordering of our obsessions." Don't miss it! Tickets are available now at the high school office.

Please scroll down to check our clips from our High School Film Festival, upcoming Parent Education opportunities, knitting nights, crafting for the Gala auction and much more.

Have a wonderful day, and don't forget to re-register next week for Fall 2016!

Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator



Scenes from the 8th Grade Projects
2016-17 enrollment for returning families Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11

We are opening enrollment to our returning families from March 7th through March 11th for the 2016-17 school year. On March 14, 2016, we will open enrollment to our outside applicants, so we ask that you re-enroll your child/ren before this date to ensure space for your child and avoid the $100 late fee.

To complete enrollment for 2016-17:

  1. You will receive an enrollment link from TADS on Monday morning. Log into TADS with your username and password. Review your child/ren's Enrollment Section for the 2016-17 school year ( and complete or change any sections that need updating.
  2. The payment of the $390 enrollment fee will hold your child's place at WSOC for 2016-17.
  3. Once the Enrollment section is complete, TADS will send you an email with the Billing Agreement. Select your payment method and schedule for tuition payments. The first tuition payment is due in August, 2016.
  4. Families choosing to apply for Tuition Adjustment for 2016-17 must complete Financial Aid Applications by April 4, 2016.

If you have any questions about the process, or anything else regarding registration, please contact Gina Garrison at


11th Grade Monologues this Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Eurythmy Hall
Each year, our WSOC juniors prepare an original monologue to present to their community and peers. Please join us! This year's theme: "Obsessive Compulsive in Order," 14 monologues exploring the ordering of our obsessions.Tickets are available for purchase at the high school office for $12 and are $15 at the door. For more information, call 949-574-7754.

You will love these insightful and powerful offerings from our high school students.
For grades 7 and up.
Students pound rice into a paste to create mochi with Yuko McCarthy, parent of Hannah in Grade 8 and Sarah in Grade 4.
Celebrating Japanese culture with mochi!
The grades classes have been enjoying mochi, a sweet rice cake, to celebrate the new year.
It's one of our students' favorite Japanese lessons each year, says Masami Sensei. "This year, it is extra special since we are making mochi both by machine and by traditional mochi making kit, called Usu (the mortar) and Kine (the pounder). The students learn a lot about the Japanese culture through this experience, and getting to eat their creations is a huge plus!"


High school orchestra performs at Disneyland


The WSOC high school orchestra performed for an appreciative crowd at Disneyland on February 22




Grade 5 students enjoy the edible portion of their Spanish lesson
Mayan legends & tamales
"We read a Mayan legend about the origin of corn, and this gave us a preamble to study the parts of the corn plant and the importance of corn in Mexico and indigenous cultures. We wrote our tamale recipe, we cooked and we also learned new verbs, vocabulary words and a rhyme. 
The children had a wonderful time, and we are so grateful to Ms. Bee for helping us with the cooking process!"
--Maestra Rocio, Grades Spanish teacher
There's Something About 007


See if you can spot the difference in this photo!


Stay tuned for ticket information in our next newsletter. We are now ready, willing, and able to take any and all Gala donations for our Silent and Live Auction. If you already know what your item is, or have it, bring it in! Items can be dropped off in Carolyn Gregg's office or Alyssa Hamilton's office. In kindness to our volunteers, the deadline is April 22


Here's the documents for donations: how to ask for one, the form to fill out, and some helpful suggestions. If you have a great idea that's not on there, like a James Bond-esque skydiving adventure, go for it! These documents also are in the main office.

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

High School Film Festival 2016:
See their short films here!

Last month, Grades 9-12 worked together in groups to create a series of short stop-motion films. They collaborated on set design, scoring the films (some with original compositions!), creating characters and took turns painstakingly filming each one frame-by-frame. A humorous Oscar-type awards ceremony followed.
The results? Impressive. There's a wide range from playful to profound, and each has its own unique charm. See all 12 of them for yourself here: WSOC Film Fest 2016.

 Morning Gathering with Board, College and Admin members

Please join us for a Morning Gathering with Board, College, and Administration members. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get to know members of these three vital components of our school.
Thursday, March 17th 8:45 - 10 a.m.
Thursday, May 19th 8:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.
The gathering takes place outside of Company of Angels. We hope to see you then!  

Parent Education

An Evening with Dr. Peter Selg
April 19, 2016
7 p.m., Meadows Hall

Dr. Peter Selg is director of the Ita Vegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numorous books, including The Essence of Waldorf Education (2011). In this book, "Waldorf Education is not a theory but a living reality, and Selg brings this reality to life before us through the biography of the first Waldorf school. Thus, we learn to see it in a new way -- in its essence, as a healing model of what education might become if the primary relationship, the inner core of a school, is the free relationship between teacher and student." 
More details of his lecture will be available in the next newsletter. We hope you will join us for an illuminating evening with Dr. Selg!

Soul Journey: Awakening the "I." How the Waldorf Curriculum Unfolds Healthy Child Development in the High School Years

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 
5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
A co-hosted webinar with the Anthroposophical Society and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America  

Register now!
With John Wulsin, co-sponsored by AWSNA and the Anthroposophical Society in America. John serves on the Editorial Board of Renewal, a journal for Waldorf Education. He has authored three books: "Laws of the Living Language," "Proverbs of Purgatory," and "The Spirit of the English Language."
Knit-a-Purlooza: Thank you Michaels for our recipe for success!
Feast your eyes upon these gifts from Michaels! 1000 skeins of yarn, hundreds of sets of needles...Time to CAST ON, fair knitters, and spin this yarn into golden warmth for our nation's residents in need. Come to Erica at the front desk for your knitting package, and helpers such as Kim Eijpen, Michaela Heller, Miss Christine and Miss Angie can assist with dropped stitches and other knitting emergencies. And if you don't knit alone, read on for social opportunities!




Come to our knit and libations night at Pie Society on Tuesday, March 8th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Or come to our knit and brew night at Barley Forge on March 21st from 6 pm to whenever your fingers give out!

Keep an eye out .... There's more fun knitting times to come! Please capture your knitting adventures and send to Alyssa Hamilton for inclusion in our newsletter!

Thank you for all your loving support and your squares!




In Gratitude,

Liz Wenger


Crafters needed: Join us to make craft donations for WSOC Annual Gala & Auction!
Come join Jzin Teng (CastleofCostaMesa.Com) to needle-felt/craft for our Waldorf School of Orange County 2016 Gala and Fundraiser, which is coming up on May 21!

Dates and Times:

Wednesday 3/2/16 8:45am - 11:45am. The Company of Angels School Store, 2350 Canyon Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Wednesday 3/9/16 8:45am - 11:45am. The Company of Angels School Store, 2350 Canyon Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Monday 3/28/16 10am-3pm. Potluck and craft. The large gazebo with tables at Tewinkle Park (or some intrepid soul invite us to your home!). This is the second week of spring break, children are welcome to volunteer too!

Tuesday 3/29/16 10am-1pm. The large gazebo with tables at Tewinkle Park (or some intrepid soul invite us to your home!). This is the second week of spring break, children are welcome to volunteer too!

Please bring: Please bring your felting pen, felting needles, foam pad, scissors, needle-and thread, if you have them.

Want to help? Wool and cash donations for supplies are welcomed!

Questions? Contact Jzin Teng, or email .
Come by Company of Angels and Presto Pay your way to scrip success!

Hello families! Please remember that once you have reached your WSOC scrip obligation of $275, everything earned after that is split between your class fund and the operating budget. This is an excellent way to raise money for your class! Even just using scrip for groceries and gas adds up quickly. If you have any questions, or need help getting your Presto Pay going, please see Pam at Company of Angels!
Thank you,
Pam Lusk

Company of Angels News: Shop Local & Support Your Community Store

The store is ready for the upcoming Spring Holiday - candles, dishes, baskets, garlands and much more to add beauty and delight for March.
Sara Rodelo -- mother of Gael in 4th grade, Isabel in 3rd grade and Helena in playgroup -- recently returned from the New York Toy Fair with orders coming in very soon. To name a few...Buddha Boards, Sky Boards, Dreamcatcher Swing, Spin-balls, New at Kendama - THE PILL, Unique building blocks by Plus Plus - Time to go outside and play!
We are replenishing ourselves with taper candles in lovely spring colors, a new set-up for our marble fans, Weleda products, Surprise Balls from Tops and much, much more!
TWICE UPON A TIME - Remember to drop off ONLY your gently used clothing - drop offs are accepted every day!
The Company of Angels was created 26 years ago to help parents and teachers alike with items that enhanced the Waldorf curriculum. We continue to bring to this community treasures from around the world, Fair Trade, Cottage Creations, and Handmade to name a few. 

We exist ONLY with your support throughout these years.  Please - shop small, shop local, shop YOUR STORE.  Please tell your family and friends that we are here and would love their support as well.  Small shops were here long before online sales and Amazon.Thank you!

The Angels

Who:  Kim Eijpen - mother of Jamie in 5th Grade,
Struan in Kindergarten and
Ruby in Playgroup.
When:  Monday mornings after drop-off in the Company of Angels Garden, weather permitting or inside when rain occurs!  Kim is here to lend her knitting skills to those in need and just to provide a great opportunity to stitch and enjoy.
Knitting projects: hats, cowls and water bottle carriers are on the agenda. What great fun!
Employment Opportunities

Full--time Business Manager
We are bidding our beloved business manager Kim (Sava) Capristo farewell after nine years of dedicated service (and she's been a WSOC parent for 15 years!). She will be leaving her position this coming June. We wish her much success in her future endeavors! Please click here for details about the position.

Part-time Admissions Assistant 

This part-time position will provide administrative support to the Admissions Director. Deep understanding of Waldorf education is a must, and completion of two years of Foundation Studies is a plus. Click here for details. APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION ARE ACCEPTED UNTIL MARCH 11, 2016.

Pick up a job package from Erica in the front office or email .

Upcoming events and parent evenings at-a-glance
Click here for school calendar
Friday, March 3  Grade 5 Field Trip
Saturday, March 4  High School Monologues
Tuesday, March 8 Grade 7 Parent Evening
March 11 Track and Field (Grades 7-8)
March 11 and 12  Adult Education
March 14-18 Grade 10 Mexico Trip
March 14-18 Grade 12 senior trip
Tuesday, March 15  Adult Education
Tuesday, March 15 DOMG
Thursday, March 17 Morning Gathering with Board, College and Admin members
Community News
Urinetown: The Musical
Starring WSOC community members and parents Colin Severn as the villain, Caldwell B. Caldwell, and Kim Capristo as Josephine Strong, Urinetown is "a side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution (and musicals), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold."

Click here for dates and times. Opening night is this Friday at 7 p.m.!

To purchase tickets, visit

WSOC hosted the first annual Waldorf Spanish Teachers Association conference on Feb. 17. The event was organized by our own Rocio Levito and WSTA. The event featured 47 teachers from all over the country and was a resounding success! 

College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Christiane Bohr
Eden Boric
Jenell Carlson
Andrea Hubert
Angie Meier
Holly Richards
Robin Theiss
Deb Waring (Chair)
Board of Trustees
David Burnett (Chair)
Chris DeRosa
Joe DeMichele
Leslie Morrison
Colin Severn
Olivia Slutzky
Abril Turner
Deb Waring (College Rep)
Wende Zomnir
Adminstrative Rotation:
Carolyn Gregg
Gina Illes
Kim Capristo
Linda Timmons 
Parent Association Leadership Chairs
Rachel Hulan
Olivia Slutzky
Lorri Whitney

Move-a-Thon 2016
Move-a-Thon 2016
Move-a-Thon 2016

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