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April 14, 2016
Hello Waldorf Families!

We have a lot to share this week! We hope to see you at the Senior Projects this Saturday- see below for details. We also have lots of Parent Education opportunities and community events coming up including screening the documentary "Screenagers" and a Town Hall meeting, and fun photos from all around campus.

We need you, intrepid shoppers, to sign up for the online auction supporting our Gala. The more shoppers we have now, the more streamlined our Gala will be! Our goal is to pare down the number of silent auction items at the event, so you are not faced with a mile-long table of goodies. We're economizing! Sign up here for bidding and tickets. Thank you!

A quick reminder about May Faire, coming up on May 7: It's a curriculum event, all are expected to attend, and each family is responsible to either donate $20, bring 4 bunches of flowers or bring branches and/or cuttings from their yard. Thank you for helping us make this special event beautiful and memorable! Need more info? Click here for flyer.


Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator

Please join us for Senior Projects this Saturday, April 16th!

The senior projects are a very different experience and have a completely different impetus than the 8th grade projects.  Whereas the 8th grade project is focused on learning a particular skill (hands on work) the senior project is focused on doing college level research and drawing conclusions (academic discovery).  The majority of time is spent writing a research paper.  Students use current, peer reviewed, empirical articles and compose a literature review to integrate into their work. They explore different methods of research such as observations, writing open-ended questionnaires, conducting interviews and coding responses. Ultimately they summarize their findings and draw conclusions of their own.
Students have done research on such diverse topics as drones, technology and the elderly, global warming, understanding the psychology of volunteerism and how to motivate children to exercise.
We invite you to come and hear students present their experiences and empirical research findings.  This is a wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of the maturing minds of our high school students.

Saturday, April 16: Intro in Meadows Hall at 1 p.m., followed by tours of projects in the High School classrooms.
1-3 p.m.
Refreshments served!

Scenes from Knit-a-Purlooza

We completed 933 squares by the end of Friday! Grades 1-8 participated in a final knitting assembly and Miss Christiane, Grade 4 teacher, garnered many knitting "pledges" from community members at the after-school knitting finale and talent show. So the real total is yet to be determined. The remaining squares are still being counted as they are coming in!

I would like to thank all those nimble and quick fingers out there... Students, parents and extended community members alike. We got there! We did it! And so So SO many are touched by all of this action of love! Thank you!

And the talent abounds at this school.. What a treat to see!!

Liz Wenger



Town Hall Meeting Thursday, April 28


Please join us for a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 7 p.m. in Eurythmy Hall. The College of Teachers will give a presentation on class size.
"Play is the highest form of research."- Albert Einstein
Miss Terri's kindergarten
Miss Holly's kindergarten
Teacher Jenell's playgroup
The crops just one week later! Photo courtesy of Glen Tanaka
9th Grade Farm Week at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

The 9th graders spent the week experiencing farm work and the joys and challenges a farmer faces trying to be successful in our modern times.  They learned about the technologies that have evolved to make planting, harvesting and shipping our produce easier, the legalities/certification requirements behind responsible and organic farming, and developed an understanding and respect for the hard work migrant workers do for agriculture in California. 

The 9th graders were tasked with picking sugar snap peas, and digging up carrots as a part of Tanaka Farm's community service benefiting Families Forward in Irvine; they were successful in feeding well over 100 families. They also seeded lavender, cleared and weeded beds, and planted broccoli, cauliflower, and lettuce sprouts.  Our 9th graders came away with feelings of gratitude and appreciation for the work that goes into the food we buy at the grocery store and a stronger, more holistic relationship with the earth.

Chaperones: Jennifer Staub & Francesco De Benedetto 

Heed the call of Bond


Time to start bidding on our online auction and order your tickets for the 007 in Monte Carlo Gala! Click here. Thank you!


Need donation or sponsorship forms? They are all below. 


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 cgregg@waldorfschool.com

Parent Education

Two Lectures with Dr. Peter Selg

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." 
Tuesday, April 19th "The Role of Imitation in Early Childhood," examining Rudolf Steiner's work in the realm of imitation as a vital part of child development from early childhood to age 7.
8:45 a.m.-10 a.m.
Eurythmy Hall
Adults only, babes in arms ok
Tuesday, April 19th "I am Different From You," an exploration of development in the middle school years.
7 p.m.
 Meadows Hall
Adults only
Click here for flyer!
Screenagers documentary showing at WSOC on May 11- free!
Please join us for a free screening of the documentary "Screenagers," which depicts the messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and Internet addiction, and offers insights on how our children can better navigate the digital world. For parents and children Grades 5 and up. A discussion panel will follow the film, featuring WSOC teachers Andrea Hubert, Grade 6, and Robin Theiss, high school, and other guests TBA.
Wednesday, May 11
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Eurythmy Hall
Reserve your free tickets here.
View trailer here!
How to Keep the Communication Channel Open with your Teen, a five-week course with Claire Knauss, LPCC (I), former class teacher at WSOC
On Wednesdays May 4 through June 18. No class May 18th.
9:30 a.m.- 11 a.m
Newport Beach
Click here for flyer and details!
Foundation Studies Fall 2016: Sign up now!

Have you ever said, I wish I was the one going through Waldorf Education! Or perhaps you would like to learn more about why Waldorf teachers bring subjects to their  students in a particular way. With Foundation Studies, you can! Waldorf School of Orange County's two-year program enables participants to experience many of the subjects their child learns, including a study of great literary works such as Parzival, form drawing, wet-on-wet watercolor, projective geometry and more. Additionally, courses include Child Development and the Basics of Waldorf Education, a Biography Workshop, and other fundamentals of Waldorf Education.
The program, which began in 2009, is directed by Chris Bennett, who joined the faculty of WSOC in September 2009 and is the former director of Kula Makua Adult Waldorf Education in Honolulu, and was an instructor at the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar (UK) for many years before that. Faculty members from WSOC support the program, as do several guest teachers from the wider Anthroposophical movement.
This two-year, part-time study is offered from September, 2016 to June, 2018. Tuition is $2,500 per year. Monthly payment option is available (September-June). Please click here for brochure and registering instructions.
Early Childhood Adult Education

WSOC parents craft wooden spoons with woodwork teacher Michael Knauss during an Early Childhood Adult Education class



Grade 3 shares their shelter projects with the WSOC community
Strings Festival 2016

"On Friday, March 10, the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra traveled to Garden Grove High School for a strings Festival.  The Festival  included many local junior and senior high schools. We performed three pieces of music in front of several judges and many other participating schools, along with selected sight-reading that we were seeing for the first time.  We were judged on many components - pitch, tone, and bowing among them - and were held up against many other excellent student groups.
Overall, we were satisfied with our performance as we know that we did our very best as a group. When we learned that we had achieved an "Excellent" rating, it felt great to know that we had worked so hard and received such high praise from the panel of judges.  Although we were only a few points away from obtaining a "Superior," we are so glad that we were able to represent our school in this festival."

- Lily Lieberman, Class of 2020

See more photos here.
 Company of Angels

We are here for you...5 days a week from 8:00 - 3:30.  A quick card, a thought to take to a friend, a birthday gift, or just a cup of coffee and a sweet.  Please continue your patronage.  

Thank You!

We are your one stop shopping center and The Scrip Store is here - any questions, please drop by and see Pam.

The Angels

How to check your scrip balance: Please read


Click on: Sign In
Enter: Username and Password  (If you do not know your username please contact Pam at plusk@waldorfscrip.com)
Click on Dashboard
In the middle of the page 3/4 of the way down click on Order History
The page that pops up will have your Activity for the Program Year 2015/2016

If you have any questions or need help getting started on your scrip shopping, just let us know.  
Thank you,
Pam Lusk

Aftercare Reservation Forms for May 2016 due Friday, April 22
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.

Early Childhood Assistant
Needed for the fall of 2016 but also for current substitution list. Beginning in the 2016 school year this will be a 27 hours and 5 days a week position. The candidate must have at least 6 but preferably 12 ECE credits; Waldorf and or EC experienced preferred.

Please submit your resume to: lmasterson@waldorfschool.com

Morning Gathering with the Board, College, and Administrative Staff

Please join us for our final 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, May 19th 8:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.
The Gathering takes place outside of Company of Angels. We hope to see you then!
Upcoming events and parent evenings at-a-glance
Click here for school calendar
Friday, April 15  Grade 2 Parent Evening
Saturday, April 16  Grade 12 Projects 1-4 p.m.
Monday, April 18  Grade 4 Parent Evening
Monday,  April 18  Miss Barbara Parent Evening
Tuesday, April 19  DOMG
Tuesday, April 19  Peter Selg lectures
Wednesday, April 20 Early Childhood Info Eve.
Wednesday, April 20  Grade 10 Parent Evening 
Friday-Saturday April 22-23  Adult Education
Saturday, April 23  Medieval Games
Sunday-Wednesday April 24-27  Grade 6 Death Valley field trip
April 25  Grade 7 Parent Evening
April 26  Adult Education
April 28  Town Hall meeting
The high school is now accepting your gently used items for their fundraising efforts- nothing is too big or too small! Call 949-574-7754 with any questions.
Community News

Bellagio Strings
Monday, April 18,
Gloria Dei Church, 33501 Stonehill Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: Free
Prelude Strings
Saturday, April 23
Calvary Church, 1010 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (chapel)
Cost: Free
Lion King Jr. Production
April 22-24

Segerstrom High Theater, 2301 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Cost: $10-15
Santiago Strings, Pacific Symphony
Sunday, May 1
Segerstrom Performing Arts Center
Cost: Free

LION KING JR. features 3 WSOC 5th graders this weekend! Elena Roussanova, Charis Wondercheck, and Evan Jones perform this Saturday at 1pm & 7pm, and again Sunday at 5pm

Click here for flyer.


Join WSOC seventh grader Sebastian Khan and friends next Thursday to beat the world record for most s'mores ever made. And help us eat our way into the Guinness Book of World Records! This event will serve to raise awareness for The Painted Turtle, where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids, and other camps benefiting those in need.
Thursday April 21
Huntington Beach Pier 

Congratulations to WSOC Class of 2012 alumn Aidan Telfer-Radzat! She graduates on April 23 from the University of Redlands with a BS in chemistry and a minor in biology. We wish her the best as she goes out into the world! 

College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Christiane Bohr
Eden Boric
Jenell Carlson
Andrea Hubert
Lisa Masterson
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


Waldorf School of Orange County | 2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa CA 92627 | 949-574-7775 | ahamilton@waldorfschool.com|  www.waldorfschool.com