Your Bi-Monthly News & Updates
September 15, 2016

Photo courtesy of Danielle Cohen

Hello Waldorf Families!

It is safe to say our new playground has been beyond successful!
The first day of school was such a joy to behold with our children eagerly discovering all of the new equipment. Thank you again to all who contributed and worked so hard to make it happen.

We are excited about our first all-school event, our Back to School night this Friday. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Our high school students recently returned from their annual bonding trip. This year they enjoyed the beauty of Leo Carilllo State Beach in Malibu and had a blast camping, hiking and getting to know each other.

We are so excited to announce that beginning in October, high school junior Elise Frisby will debut her new monthly column about all things high school! Senior Rose Purdy will contribute her beautiful photographs, and we look forward to other guest contributors as well. 

Please scroll down for information on Back to School, our WSOC community survey results, new Scrip offers, Parent Education opportunities, dates to remember and much more!


Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator               

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Don't forget!

Back-to-School Night 
 Friday, Sept. 16 
 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.


                        PLAYGROUND FUN   

Meet our new teachers and celebrate a new school year!

Food by Taco Surf, 10% of sales goes to Grade 8's fundraising efforts. Drinks & desserts for sale, all proceeds benefit Waldorf high school. 

A gentle reminder: you are responsible for your children! 
Thank you!

An important message from our College of Teachers

In case you missed our last issue... For important information about our new faculty members and changes to the curriculum, please click here .

Upcoming High School Events- Save the Dates!

November 10: WSOC Grade 8 visits the high school (WSOC Grade 8 only)

November 11: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Walk Through the High School (parents only)

November 12: 10 a.m.-noon, High School Open House (students and parents)

See the Waldorf High School in action by participating in this immersive experience! These events are designed to provide an in-depth look at what makes a Waldorf high school unique and valuable, and to answer both student and parent inquiry. To RSVP for the Walk Through the High school and the High School Open House, click here. RSVP not required for the WSOC Grade 8 visit day.

The Big Picture
What's new with WSOC

Results of our 2016 Community Survey

Thanks again to all parents who responded to our annual Community Survey in June 2016. The results reflect the significantly positive relationships that parents have with the school and show that our parent community is steadfastly devoted to Waldorf education.The survey also highlights the areas where parents have concerns and where there are opportunities for improvement.You can view the survey results here, and see an overview of significant results and comparisons to last year's results here.

Regarding last year's Town Hall on class size and the Budget Preview meeting, we heard concerns about parents not being able to attend, although they were interested in the subject matter. We are exploring how we can make future events like these available remotely to parents in real time or through a recording. As the Board and the College study the survey results more closely, we will continue to address areas needing improvement, and will communicate when changes are made to address particular concerns.  

Scrip Deals- act now for 24 hours of bonuses!

Thank-Scrip-ing Day Returns Monday, September 19!
We're thrilled to announce the return of our bonus bonanza: 
Thank-Scrip-ing™ Day is BACK on September 19! Don't miss 24 hours of awesome ScripNow®, Reload, and Reload Now® bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers, available 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As always, our list of retailers is TOP SECRET - you'll have to wait until the promotion begins to find out who's participating.

To participate, you just need a ShopWithScrip® account (see Pam in Company of Angels to set up), and you must be able to log in to place online orders and have the ability to pay with PrestoPay™, our secure online payment system. Sign up ASAP if you haven't already so you can receive your ScripNow eCards and add funds using ReloadNow in minutes, or use Reload to add funds overnight!

Don't miss out on an opportunity to raise money for your class fund!
If you have any questions please contact Pam at
Happy Scrip-ing!
October sign-ups for after school art classes 

Kindergarten: Wednesdays starting Oct 5th
!st Grade: Thursdays starting October 6th
2nd and 3rd Grade: Fridays starting October 7th
Mixed grades: Wednesdays 2:50 pm starting October 5th
Cost - $50 for 4 week October block
Email Ms. Joy with questions and sign-ups after September 7th!
Parent Education

Waldorf School of Orange County 
Parent Education Series Presents

Please join us for an evening lecture and morning workshop with Ted Braude.

No one knows boys, their challenges and their inner-workings like Ted Braude. As a psychologist and therapist for over 30 years, Ted is a highly sought-after speaker and author. His engaging style connects with boys of all ages as well as their parents, teachers, and other staff who all participate in the boys becoming young men. For boys to develop as passionate, productive, purposeful and potent young men, a change is required in what they encounter with parents and other adults. Ted shares a new understanding and experience of power, conflict and love that is crucial for boys to transition into young manhood. 

"The Boy Whisperer" Ted Braude
October 14, 7 p.m. lecture
October 15, 8:30 a.m. to noon workshop
Meadows Hall

Adults only please! Please RSVP to

Maple Village features Creative Discipline Talk with Australian best-selling author and Waldorf teacher Lou Harvey-Zahra

Lou Harvey-Zahra's method, Creative Discipline, helps to solve trying moments while fostering positive life skills and connections. See flyer for details. 

Tuesday, September 27
6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Maple Village School Social Hall
$5 per person

WSOC's Adult Education program boasts record-breaking enrollment

Adult Education director and Grade 8 teacher Chris Bennett has shared with us that our Adult Education program has a record-breaking 51 students enrolled this year! That's over twice the number of those enrolled last year, he said.
Currently there are 40 students enrolled in Foundation Studies and 11 enrolled in the Grades program.
"I am so happy to see more and more local Waldorf community members participating in our Adult Education program," said Mr. Bennett. "It truly enhances a family's experience at school and deepens our understanding of the importance and beauty of a Waldorf education."

For more information about the program, click here.
Seeking volunteers for the Festival of Children

The Festival of Children is a community-wide charity outreach event held every weekend in September, in conjunction with National Child Awareness Month.

This volunteer commitment only lasts two hours on a weekend in September and greatly helps spread the word about Waldorf in our community (it's indoors and air conditioned)! The task is easy - sit at our table in South Coast Plaza for two hours and talk about WSOC with anyone who wanders your way! An instruction sheet and talking points will be distributed.

We only need one more volunteer on Sept. 25th from 2-4! Thank you so much everyone!

Aftercare Forms due September 29 at 4 p.m.

Parking by the bluffs-don't get a ticket!

Parking by the bluffs is now prohibited from dusk to dawn Monday through Sunday. This means that once the sun goes down, if you are parked in the lot facing the bluffs the city of Costa Mesa will issue you a parking citation. Make sure to park in our school lots; if they are full, please ask the faculty or staff in charge of the school event you are attending to provide you with a Waldorf placard to place on your dashboard to avoid getting a ticket.
Community News

hot lunch
Our hot lunch program Choice Lunch is available for Grades 1-12  It's easy, fast, offered 5 days a week, and it helps our 8th Grade reach their fundraising goals. 

Help Support Grade 8's Clothing Drive this October 6th
Proceeds support their 8th Grade trip. Flyer here!

Photo of craft group courtesy of Jzin Teng, Castle of Costa Mesa

Craft Group on Mondays
Please join us for a cup of tea and a simple craft outside The Company of Angels.  We meet from 8:45-11 a.m. every Monday. Our crafts include needle felting, wet felting, doll making, knitting, crocheting, and more. The schedule will be posted outside the Company of Angels.  If you have questions contact Christine Newell (handwork teacher) at . No experience is needed to participate.

Whether you're an avid photographer or just beginning to begin, fellow parent and WSOC events photographer Danielle Cohen and her creative partner Tracey Clark (author of the best selling photography book "Elevate the Everyday") are offering a photography foundations workshop that is infused with inspiration and encouragement and just enough technical information to really empower you to take the photos you most long to take. Give yourself this time to nurture your photography practice and feed your creative heart. For more information email

A WSOC Early Childhood family is fostering a precious 
4-week-old baby girl. If you would like to help us shower this loving family with helpful gifts, a basket has been set up in Company of Angels for us to fill! It will be presented to the family next Friday, September 23. Gift ideas include gift cards to Target, Whole Foods, and Mothers, gently used baby clothes, diapers in sizes 1 and up, or anything else you would like to donate.

Thank you for supporting this wonderful family on their noble journey.

Upcoming events and parent evenings at-a-glance- Click here for school calendar

* Pick up time for Early Childhood is 12:55 p.m. Kindergarten gate opens at that time.
*On early pickup days for Grades 1, 2 and 3, gates open at 1:10 p.m. Feel free to shop at Company of Angels or hang out with friends on the bench out front until that time. To ensure the safety of our students, the campus will be closed prior to 1:10 p.m. 
*Pick up time for Grades 7 and 8 is 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
And a loving reminder, we are a cell phone-free and dog-free campus! Thank you for your understanding.

September 16  Back to School night
September 19  Grade 6 Parent Evening
September 20  Adult Education
September 20  Grade 4 Parent Evening
September 21  Grade 5 Parent Evening
September 23  Miss Barbara Parent Evening
September 26  Grade 7 Parent Evening
September 27  DOMG
September 28  Grade 8 Parent Evening
September 29  Michaelmas

College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Christiane Bohr
Eden Boric
Jenell Carlson
Barbara Cubanski
Francesco De Benedetto
Gina Garrison 
Yvette Fabian
Andrea Hubert
Angie Meier
Holly Peterson (Chair)
Naqib Shifa
Robin Theiss
Brooke Trudeau
Lorri Valenzuela-Mier
Deb Waring 
Board of Trustees
Megan Brown
David Burnett (Chair)
Joe DeMichele
Gabe Frisby
Leslie Morrison
Holly Peterson (College Rep)
Colin Severn
Olivia Slutzky
Abril Turner
Wende Zomnir
Adminstrative Rotation:
Jeff Barth
Carolyn Gregg
Gina Illes
Linda Timmons


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WSOC | 2350 Canyon Drive | Costa Mesa | CA | 92627