Community Update
Dec. 7, 2018

Dear Friends,
You did something incredible last week. 

Thanks to YOU and all our generous and dedicated donors, we not only reached our $15,000 Challenge Gift match, we met and EXCEEDED our total fundraising goal of $40,000! 

Nearly 100 members of our community - including parents, teachers, students, staff, grandparents, alumni families, former faculty and friends of Waldorf - made a gift to our Annual Giving campaign this year, and gifts have continued to come in nearly every day this week! Included in that tremendous number above are 30 community members who opted to become "Evergreen Donors." It's truly inspiring what can be accomplished when we join together in our purpose and goodwill, a gesture exemplified so well by these lines from the Advent verse that was shared last week in this space:

The more we give light, the one to the other,
It grows and it glows, and shines even farther.

This amazing accomplishment is one we can all be proud of. Our success with this campaign will allow us to continue bringing creative programming to our wonderful student body throughout the year, while supporting our talented faculty and meeting the needs of our charming rural campus, all with an eye toward growth and improvement. 

We couldn't have done it without you, and we are so very grateful!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

In spirited community,

Nicole Deutsch 
Director of Community Development
Advent Spiral Tomorrow
Walk-ups Welcome!
Please Join Us for Some 
"Crafts and Conversation"
Would you like some support in making your children's morning and bedtime routines smoother? Ms. Inge will speak on the topic next Friday, Dec. 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Rose Kindergarten room. During the talk, she will also lead a simple holiday ornament crafts activity for parents, to help build our Children's Store inventory.  Childcare is available free of charge for those CSWS community members participating, but space is limited. Please RSVP to
Donation Deadline Extended! 

Please submit forms by Dec. 14.
Please click on donation forms below to download and print. Completed forms should be sent to:

For more information about the auction, visit our auction website:

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The Atlantic Calls out Dangers of "Distracted Parenting"
Artwork by Edmon De Haro, 
for the Atlantic Magazine
When it comes to children's development, parents should worry less about kids' screen time and more about their own, explains Erika Christakis of The Atlantic Magazine: 

Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes - car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a unicycle - that it almost seems easier to list the things they don't mess up than the things they do. Our society may be reaching peak criticism of digital devices.

Even so, emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids' development, but it's probably not what you think. ...

~   Keep Reading  ~
New Parent-Child Session Beginning in January!
Please join us for our Parent-Child Program for 3-4 year olds.  The Sunflowers Program is held fully outdoors and designed to help children deepen feelings of confidence; build capacities for learning; develop new communication and problem-solving skills, and strengthen emotional well-being.

Our Day:
  • Gather and play 
  • Morning circle time: singing, movement, finger games and verse
  • Nature, crafting, and/or a campus walk, or more play if that is what the day is asking of us
  • Snack time (We will supply delicious homemade snack, please let the teacher know of any allergies when registering) and meal clean-up
  • Nursery rhyme/nature inspired story and a goodbye song 
For younger children (19-36 months), our Daffodils Program offers interactive play, singing, finger games, story time, snack and craft activities. Parents and children work on projects that rotate between gardening, baking, painting, toy making/craft.

Breathe deep and enjoy parenting support, imaginative play, laughs, and warm meals while you share good conversation with like-minded parents.

Next Week is the Last Week to Join our Adult Eurythmy Class!
All parents are warmly invited to attend free introductory Eurythmy classes offered by our visiting Eurythmy teacher, Shannon Wieler. Ms. Wieler has been joining our First and Second Grades this month to introduce them to this unique form of movement, and now parents have an opportunity to experience it as well. This beginners class, held from 1-1:55 p.m. in the Lily Kindergarten room On Thursday, will focus on the movements and gestures in our language. Come and experience first-hand what this new art of movement is! To get a little better glimpse into this art, check out this informational video:  Waldorf School Eurythmy 
Deepen Your Work with Children Through this Special Waldorf Workshop
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Workshop Fee: $250 
Help Needed! 
Our school is much in need of an early childhood extended care assistant. We are  seeking a warm, responsible individual to help supervise this program. Experience with young children and knowledge of Waldorf pedagogy is preferred, but not required. The extended care position hours are Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. To meet state licensing requirements, applicants must have 12 ECE units, and be willing to comply with current CPR and First Aid training, clear a Livescan background check, a TB test, and a health screening and comply with current California vaccination requirements.  Please send inquiries to: Veronica Gunasekara at  

The College of Teachers is seeking individuals who can act as substitute teachers. With our pedagogical chair position now vacant, we no longer have a go-to for when our teachers are ill or need to be away for the day for personal or family needs. With the cold and flu season approaching, the College would like to begin compiling a list of people, especially those with a teaching credential or experience working with children, who can support our faculty in this way. Please contact Amy Roehl at if you would be able to help with this. 
Upcoming School Calendar Dates

Dec. 8 - Advent Spiral, 3-6p.m.
Dec. 10-14, 17-20 - Advent Singing on the Knoll, 8:15 a.m.
Dec. 13 - Santa Lucia
Dec. 13 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Children's Store
Dec. 20 - Alumni Panel, 8:45-10:45 a.m.
Dec. 20 - All School Assembly, 11:30 a.m.
Early Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 21-Jan. 6 - Winter Break, no school
Jan. 7 - Classes resume

Inspiring our students to reach their highest potential as free-thinking, creative human beings who have a life-long love of learning, Cedar Springs offers Waldorf education to families and their children, infants through Eighth grade. - CSWS Mission Statement

This form is made available to guide parent questions & concerns in support of our school's communication model. Please download and complete with Parent Mentors, Faculty, and Staff.