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May 26, 2016
Hello Waldorf Families!

Thank you to all who donated, bid, shopped, bought raffle tickets, and had a great time at our 007 in Monte Carlo Gala & Auction! We had 140 guests in attendance. We made $89,514 in the silent and live auction and the raffle; several live items went twice. The paddle raise for landscaping netted $27,018, which is a lot of new trees and landscaping for our upcoming renovated playground area! In addition to being highly successful, we've gotten a lot of great feedback from those who enjoyed the longer dancing and gaming portion of the evening. Each year we get better and better at combining the act of celebrating with our community and successful fundraising. 

We are so thankful to everyone who participated, and our wonderful team of Gala volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring the vision to fruition, particularly Kathy Christian for creating the concept for our centerpieces and heading our beautifying committee, and Kristin Kazamaki for coming up with our Knitting James image. Many thanks to our 007 superstars (and super-donors & procurers) Johana Baird, Miss Barbara, Claudia Boden, Tara Cannon, Kim Capristo, Jennifer Clap, Jennifer Erdkamp, the Filipan family, Kimmy Gambol, Gina Garrison, the Gilmer family, Christie Hall, Tiesha Hutchins, Gina Illes, Chris Jones, Mitz Klaus, Yvonne Lopez, Lisa Masterson, Christine Newell, the Piazza family, Erica Ruvalcaba, Rebecca Schwarz, the Tarne family, Jzin Teng, Linda Timmons, and the Watson family. And thank you to Ron Striewig and Rachel Hulan for another successful wine pull, with 63 bottles sold- all benefitting WSOC. 

If you missed the Gala and are interested in funding any of the High School science lab requests that were listed in the Silent Auction, you still can! Just contact ahamilton@waldorfschool.com for more information.

And congrats to our raffle winners! Kelly Filipan took home the beach playscape, Pam Lusk nabbed the Denim Rug and Lisa Friend won the magical playscape. 

NOW ANNOUNCING THE WINE RAFFLE (magnum of Pinot Noir of Au Bon Climat) WINNER: Check your ticket...the winning number is 9272735!

Please scroll down to check out some Spring Concert info, Gala photos, what's new, our Pilot Cup schedule, and our AMAZING selection of summer camps- two new ones were just added! We have something for everyone!


Spring Concert tonight

We are looking forward to our Spring Concert this evening at 7 p.m.! Please be mindful that we are in a sanctuary, and that children are expected to sit quietly and upright in the pews without playing with Bibles, hymnals, pencils, etc. If you have a little one who is upset or no longer able to sit, we appreciate your taking him or her outside for a little fresh air and some movement. 

St. Andrews Presbyterian
600 St. Andrews Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

4th and 5th grade arrival time: 6 p.m.

6th grade arrival time: 6:15 p.m.

7th/8th grade arrival time: 6:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for family seating.

Cellos bring stops, and every student please arrive with your own music.

AFTERWARD- meet at Yogurtland on 17th St. to support our Grade 7 fundraising efforts!


Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator


Remember- no school this Friday, May 27th (in-service day) or Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day)!
Scenes from WSOC's 007 in Monte Carlo Gala & Auction 2016

WSOC Wildcat Pilot Cup Schedule
5/31  Tuesday
Farm Field #6
Newport Coast
6/2    Thursday
Farm Field #5
6/4     Saturday
CMHS Field #1
Additional play-off games to be scheduled if the team makes it to the playoffs
6/1  Wednesday
Farm Field #6
6/3  Friday
Farm Field #5
6/4  Saturday
Davis Field #1
Additional play-off games to be scheduled if the team makes it to the playoffs

Farm Fields: 2760 Fairview Rd. (next to CMHS) 
CMHS: Costa Mesa High School, 2650 Fairview Rd.
Davis: 1050 Arlington Drive, Costa Mesa

Poster created by Caroline Unger, Grade 12
For Grades 6 and up. Parental discretion advised!
Tickets can be pre-purchased from any high school student, at the door, or by emailing Carrie at 
Photo courtesy of Elijah Pangrazio, Grade 7
photo courtesy of Elijah Pangrazio

Grade 7 heads to Catalina

Grade 7 headed to Catalina last week with a few chaperones-  and for the first time, none of them were class parents. Games teacher Mr. Brad led the activities. For four days they hiked, swam, kayaked, and kayak-surfed; some also jumped off a rock into the ocean and we also encountered several 'wild' buffaloes! The weather was overcast, cool and windy, ideal for hiking the stunning ridge trails, which sometimes featured views of the ocean on both sides. 

This trip was an important exercise in self-sufficiency. The students were divided into groups of three or four per tent, and each group had to plan and cook their own meals, as well as figure out what equipment they would need for the whole trip. They helped each other set up camp, cook and take down all the tents at the end of the journey. It was a valuable experience for students of this age group to practice independence, and it certainly enhanced the camaraderie of our group! 
-- Chris Bennett, Class Teacher, Grade 7
WSOC Grade 5 participates with local Waldorf schools in Pentathlon on May 13

The Pentathlon is meant to provide Grade 5 students with an experience of the athletic pursuit of Beauty and Truth, with a sense that their efforts are being witnessed by the Greek gods. Can they attain the ideals of the archetypal human movements embodied in the five events? Truth relates to the measure of their efforts: how far can they jump, how fast can they run? Beauty relates to the form and dynamics of their movements: can they meet their wrestling partner with powerful form, can they stand with uprightness, extend their reach fully and aim the javelin towards the heavens?

It was a spectacular day on Coronado Island, with WSOC and several CA Waldorf Schools in attendance. The students were divided into four city-states (Athens, Sparta, Thebes and Corinth) and competed amongst each other in their respective groups.

Happening around campus
Grade 4 showed off their completed animal projects on Thursday, May 12, proudly sharing the depth of their knowledge about their chosen animal with fellow students and parent visitors. WSOC's Grade 4 Animal reports are valuable exercises in both written and oral presentation skills.
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.
The Company of Angels

Storewide sale: June 6th - June 17th - 20% off most items. This is the time of the year I love - the shelves can be cleared out and that means delightful new items can be purchased this summer to welcome you all back in September.

Wondering what to buy for year-end gifts?...The Company of Angels Gift Certificate is a great way to go. Please shop local...shop your store.

MATILDA JANE SALE - Lovely items for infants to grade age girls AND adult women, out in the store garden: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8TH - 9:00AM - 2:00PM.

Store hours for summer: WEDNESDAYS ONLY 8:30AM - 2:30PM. We will be closed July 27th for inventory and the last two weeks August 24th and 31st.

Blessings...Nona and the Angels

(949) 574-7735

News from Scrip!


Did you know that thanks to ScripNow and Reload products we have saved 50,482 lbs. of plastic over the course of a year?  That's the weight of EIGHT ELEPHANTS!  Make it a goal this summer to get signed up with Presto Pay and order direct delivery ScripNow and Reloads to earn money for your class and help the planet at the same time.

Need any help with Presto Pay?  Just come and see Pam in the Company of Angels and we will get you started!

Some of the following scrip for your summer needs:

Holiday Inn
Princess Cruise Lines
Royal Caribbean
Southwest Airlines

Aftercare Sign Ups for June due now

Employment Opportunities

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

Upcoming events and parent evenings at-a-glance
Click here for school calendar
Thursday, May 26  Spring Concert at St. Andrews, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31  Grade 11 Parent Meeting
Wednesday, June 1 Grade 3 play
Wednesday, June 1 Grade 1 Beach Day
Wednesday, June 1  Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Friday-Saturday, June 3 & 4  Adult Education
Friday-Saturday, June 3 & 4  Grade 12 Play
Thursday, June 9  Grade 7 Spanish Play

Community News

Strings Swap June 10th, 2:50 p.m.
June 10th 2:50 pm
(near flagpole)

What is a Strings Swap? We have generous donors donating their children's outgrown instruments to fellow students, and we have instruments for sale from our community as well; all benefiting our music program for grades 4 -12th.

Here's how to participate:

  • If you have an instrument to donate or sell please contact eruvalcaba@waldorfschool.com prior to this Swap date if possible, so she may list your items to potential buyers.
  • Anyone wishing to sell their instruments should bring it on this day with a price in mind. Sellers will be responsible for their own business dealings, but I will list your items for future inquiries.
  • We have limited donated instruments -- usually for incoming 4th graders -- but do leave your request (instrument and size) for the first available.

Grade 7 Fundraiser!

Cleaning out your closets, sorting out those old shoes, getting rid of old sheets and towels?? We'll take them all!! Next Tuesday, May 31 after drop off at the flagpole.  All the proceeds go to Grade 7's fundraising efforts. Thank you for your support!


Want to help a Waldorf School in Nepal? Here's how!
A message from Tashi Waldorf School: "We were established in Nepal in the year 2000, with the objective of propagating the Steiner Education System in Nepal. We operate through a sponsorship program and donations from generous people from abroad. The school has no other financial resources. As this system of education is still new to whole of Nepal, the need to publicize this system is very much indispensable.  

The school operates classes from Nursery to Grade 4. The Government of Nepal would like us to upgrade our school to Primary Level, for which we are required to run class 5 also.
Over the last 15 years, the school has had difficulty finding a suitable infrastructure. A larger part of our available funds is spent paying the rent for the school building and playground for the children, many of whom come from disadvantaged and poor families. A majority of the children have been attending the school for free.
We would like to request all likeminded people like you to cooperate with us by donating whatever amount is possible for you. Even your smallest support would be gigantic for us. This would be a big help for us to buy land and build the school thereafter."

Tashi Waldorf School,
Children of Nepal,
GPO Box 8975,
EPC 4218, Kathmandu,


Desperately Seeking Squares: We have 996!

Liz Wenger is counting and packing all of the Knit-a-Purlooza squares and getting them ready for shipment. WE NEED only FOUR MORE SQUARES to reach our goal of 1,000! Does anyone have a square to spare? Let Liz know! 


Debora Wondercheck recommends this event! The popular Americana/Bluegrass band, Grammy-nominated Della Mae, is coming to Huntington Beach for a single show. The band has just returned from a series of performances in Vietnam for the US State Department where they played before thousands enthusiastic Vietnamese fans.  

Friday,               June 10th
Location:           Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach
Doors Open:     7 p.m.
Show Time:       7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price:      $20.00 at  www.TRRanchMusic.com. Reservations required.

Summer Camps

Teen Acting

August 1 - August 5
10 am to 2 pm
Bring a sack lunch, snacks/water provided
6 pm performance Friday, August 5
kimpsava@yahoo.com to register

This week-long intensive offers students an opportunity to strengthen abilities through fun group activities and one-on-one training. They will learn techniques to deepen character development, build performance confidence, and create on-stage relationships while delving into the collaborative work of scene breakdown and study.
Finding the balance between building a character and allowing that character to respond in the moment is just one of the many important acting skills we hope to share in this workshop.
Classes led by Kim Capristo and Gina Garrison

About the Instructors

Kim Capristo is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York. Her passion for performance and character development led her to study at the Groundlings in LA where she sharpened her story telling skills. Kim has appeared in numerous stage productions both locally and regionally and was a recurring character on Nickelodeon's, Ned's Declassified. She has performed stand up and improvisational pieces drawing material from motherhood and as a student of life.

Gina Garrison obtained her degree in Theater Performance and Directing from Cal State University, Long Beach and is a credentialed Waldorf Grades Teacher.  As a commercial actor, she worked extensively in both regional and national ads (Sears, Swiffer, Dawn, Boston Market, etc.) Gina is a founding member of The Elephant Theater Company in Hollywood, and continues to perform in a variety of their award-winning and world premiere productions. She was last seen in Out of Orbit by Jennifer Maisel at Cal Rep Theatre. 

June 20 thru 24               Miss Barbara
June 27 thru July 1st       Miss Barbara
                  July 4th No Camp
July 11th thru 15th           Miss Catherine
July 18th thru 22nd          Miss Catherine
July 25th thru 29th           Miss Michaela
August 1st thru 5th          Miss Michaela
August 8th thru 12th        Miss Michaela
Summer Camp
9:00 to 1:00
Waldorf School of Orange County
$180/week (drop in $40/day)
Incoming Pre-K through
Rising Grade Two
 We will provide a snack. Children bring lunch.
Sign Up at "Sign up desk between Miss Holly's & Miss Terri's Classrooms"
Camp will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Please make check payable directly to the teacher hosting the week.
Payment is required to hold your child's spot.
Minimum of 6 children per day to hold camp.

Children's Summer Craft Camp

Location: WSOC...the garden outside COA

June 27th/28/29/30/July1
July 11th/12/13/14/15
Aug 8th/9/10/11/12

Time: 9:30 to 1:30
Age group: grades rising 2nd to 6th

Fee: $250 supplies included
Sample of Crafts:
Wet felting
Dry felting
Japanese marbling
Peg weaving
Dyeing yarn
For more info contact Christine @ newellchristine8@gmail.com
Class size limited to 10 children per week

June 27- August 12, 2016
Summer funCamp
Sports, crafts, games, and salty beaches!

Waldorf School- Big Aftercare trailer
2350 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
If you have any questions please feel free to send us an email:
Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Ages: Rising 3rd graders to 6th grade
  • We will leave campus every day promptly at 10:00 a.m. and will return at 2:30 p.m. for pick-up at 3:00
  • Snacks will be provided
  • Children must bring their own lunches
  • We will be going to the beach on Fridays-proper attire is required.


*The school will be undergoing renovation so Big Aftercare will be primarily a drop off and pick up location. Most of the activities will be off-campus and in the outdoors.
*Maximum of 25 kids (friends and neighbors welcome!)
*Weeks with less than 8 children attending will be cancelled.

Weekly price is $225 per child and will be paid directly to the school.
Prorated amount is $175 for 3- day attendance.
Payments must be made upfront and in full by June 20.

Week 1
June 27-1
Week 2
July 11-15
Week 3
July 18-22
Week 4
July 25-29
Week 5
Aug 1-5
Week 6
Aug 8-12


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