The Wave | February 2021
February Events
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February 1 l Black History Month Begins
February 1 l Chinese New Year Begins
February 3-11 l Spread the Love Pop Up Shop
February 1-4 l High School Eurythmy FairyTale
February 5-6 l High School Robotics League Meet
February 11-13 l High School Cabaret
February 14 l Valentine's Day
February 21-25 l Teacher In-Service I NO SCHOOL
February 26 l High School Mock Trial Competition
February 26-27 l High School Robotics League Meet
February 28 l Board of Trustees Meeting
Friendly reminder our on-site COVID Testing is at the Altadena Campus every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Spread the Love Pop Up Shop
Come shop for beautiful, Waldorf inspired toys, gifts, craft kits and so much more at the online Spread The Love Pop Up Shop starting February 3, 2022.

Handmade items are lovingly made by our very own community members. 100% of sales benefit our teachers, so shop with delight knowing you are supporting WSSD!

Click here for more details and the link to donate.

February 5 Kate Vance
February 19 Candie Harper
February 21 Sheila Salmeron
February 21 Joaquin Chavez
February 22 Liza Clifton
February 27 Deirdre Logue

Discover Early Pioneers of San Diego
America Newton was a formerly enslaved woman and one of the earliest known Black women in San Diego County. She moved from Missouri in 1872 and owned an 80-acre homestead west of Julian. She helped launch the former gold mining town working as a laundress for miners.
Since most black women at the time were restricted to domestic labor, Newton helped bring the movement and tradition to San Diego of black women creating work, opportunity, and success for themselves.

Nathan Harrison
Nathan Harrison, a formerly enslaved man from Kentucky, lived from the 1850s to 1920 in a small cabin on Palomar Mountain, located in northeastern San Diego County. He was a homesteader and the county's first permanent Black resident. He became one of the most widely known Black San Diegan of his day, often photographed by tourists venturing up Palomar Mountain.

Harrison died in 1920 at 100 years old.

Don Pio Pico settled in San Diego in the 1820s. He was a politician, ranchero and merchant who served as the last Governor of Alta California under Mexican rule. Don Pico's lineage is known to have African, Spanish and Indian ancestry.
A member of the prominent Pico family of California, he was one of the wealthiest men in California at the time and a hugely influential figure in Californian society.

Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year 2022 falls on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 15th, 2022. Read about Chinese myths and legends here.
新 年 快 乐
Xīn nián kuài lè!
Singapore Post Limited is launching a set of stamps to welcome the Year of the Tiger. The set of two stamps features graphical illustrations of the tiger, which is the third animal in the Chinese Zodiac order. The artist behind the illustrations for the entire series is Ms. Lim An-Ling, the designer behind the 2019 Singapore Bicentennial stamp sets.
11th Grade Eurythmy Fairytale
The 11th Grade with Ms. Kokos will be performing the tale of The Fisherman's Wife. It is a fairytale about a wife that asked the impossible from her husband. He caught a magical fish, and she asked him to let her live. If you can’t find happiness in things you already have, you’ll never be happy no matter which of your wishes will come true. The Fisherman’s seemingly good heart was not enough to make him happy because his wife was so greedy. The lesson of the fisherman and his wife can be written as: be grateful for what you have. Or: the greediness will eventually get you nothing  
The students will be performing for students this week and a recording will be shared with the greater community at a later date.

If you would like to donate to the FairyTale, all proceeds benefit the 11th Grade Service Trip- which will be taken in late Spring.  
Cabaret is Back!
Whether you are looking for a special pre-Valentine's Day date night, a chance to gather and celebrate the talents of our high school students (and enjoy some Waldorf humor), or a family outing filled with music, sunshine, and treats, Cabaret 2022 has you covered!
A Long Way From the Block
Please take a listen to Coach Thomas' recent and very inspiring interviews from his podcast "A Long Way From The Block." Two amazing journeys to the U.S. one from Grenada and one from Cuba. They both display how perseverance, passion, dedication and family helped them navigate their way through the world. New episodes are available every Monday wherever you get your podcast. 
Employment Opportunities at WSSD
Grade 1 Class Teacher
WSSD is welcoming applications for a full-time Grade 1 Class Teacher starting in the 2022-23 school year.
High School Science Teacher
The Waldorf School of San Diego High School is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic high school science teacher with leadership capacities for the 2022-23 school year.
Thank you
  • To our Parent Volunteers who continue to provide testing for our community twice a week! We appreciate you!
In the Classroom
Early Childhood
Last week Mr. Ian was able to spend time in some of our EC classrooms to observe the children making bread and soup. Please check out the latest blog post "The Magic of Soup Day."

Ms. Laura Ford shared some insight on what Soup Day is at the Waldorf School of San Diego. She, along with Ms. Penman and Ms. Sandelin, opened up their kitchens and classrooms to allow us to capture some of the imagery and wonderful smells & flavors.
Grade 5
Mrs. Holden's class traveled through time to study and create Ziggurat structures of Mesopotamia.

Fifth graders study ancient civilizations including India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Mesoamerica and Greece; Greek myths and Greek history; geography of North America; cartography; botany; fractions and decimals; free-hand geometric drawing; composition, spelling, reading, arithmetic.
Grade 7
Ms. Walker's class explores the pulley in Physics!
In 7th Grade, students work with the mechanics of the “simple machines” that underlie all labor-saving devices – the lever, the pulley, the inclined plane, and the wheel and axle. They also learn to apply algebraic equations to the laws that underlie the science of mechanics.
Middle School Girls Basketball
Coach Thomas and the team drilled ball handling and movement in preparation for the first game!

Season details will be posted school-wide in Parent Square.
High School
Last week the robotics team competed in their second meet at Qualcomm headquarters. It was a great learning experience for all of the team. Below is a photo of one of the team’s high scores:
Team Robowaves played a total of 6 matches experimenting with different strategies, using this meet as a fine-tuning opportunity for their strategy and communication. They are excited to see how they will perform in their next meet after having fixed minor mechanical problems and improved their autonomy. Below are some photos of the meet.
By Luis Daniel Weiss

Check out the January blog post about the Robowaves!
News from the Snake & Lily!
Hello Friends! 
Please check it out if you haven't already!

The Snake and Lily is now 100% online; all items are available for purchase via the shop's website. Once purchased online, items can be picked up on campus (or mailed).

Thank you! 

The Snake & Lily Crew (CJ McGrady & Liza Ferraro). 
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Scrip Doctor is In! 
Are you reaching your full scrip potential?

How it works:
Our families buy virtual and physical gift cards online at or on the RaiseRight App on their smartphones, or through the WSSD school store, The Snake & Lily to use in place of cash, checks, or credit cards for their regular everyday shopping. The Snake & Lily buys the gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a reduced cost to sell at full face value. The difference is immediate fundraising for our school!

Please visit our website for more info!

Stay the course my friends, scrip can be a lot of fun and provide huge funds for the school, your class trips and even tuition credit! For more details, contact Liza Ferraro 619-318-8460

In Huge Gratitude,
Liza Ferraro
Waldorf 101: Did you know?
  • After having classes outside due to Covid, at least one American Waldorf School is keeping classes outside permanently?

  • Waldorf pedagogy pursues practices for mental health and wellness? These include rhythm and routine, time for play and recess and deep teacher/child relationships just to name a few. 

  • In the High School curriculum, Waldorf embraces technology in ways that enhance the learning process by using it as a tool, rather than replacing the role of the teacher? Many Waldorf graduates have gone on to successful careers in the computer industry.
Online or Outdoor Tutor
My name is Donovan Wilcox and I am an 11th-grade student at WSSD. I know from personal experience how difficult homework can be, and how much easier it becomes when you have someone to work with who can provide support, motivation, and encouragement. I am currently available for hire as a homework tutor for 5th-10th grade students. I am available most afternoons of the week and my rate is flexible. All proceeds will go towards my class' 11th-grade service trip this Spring. I would be able to help your student with homework, classwork, and academic assistance of any sort. I am equally eager to help with math, writing, and/or reading assignments. Please reach out to me if you are interested. I am available on zoom or in a Covid-safe setting. I can be reached at or at (619) 597-3573.
Support our community!

All businesses listed will have a WSSD family connection. This is an opportunity to expand, increase and grow your business and a great way to support our community. Think of our community any time you shop, use professional services or dine out!

Our Directory is officially up on our website, under the Community Page!

Waldorf Alum Connections

Did you know that AWSNA offered a continental New Year happy hour for alums across the continent? Seventy-five alums attended and it was a blast!

Quarterly social events are now on the schedule.

Need an architect, an artist, an accountant? Support alum businesses and share with your community the alum business directory.

For more information on the above activities, or to join the monthly alum networking calls, connect with Nita June at
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Thank you!
The Waldorf School of San Diego earned a Niche grade of A for 2021!

Only 10% of schools across the U.S. receive an A or higher, so this is a huge accomplishment for us! Waldorf School of San Diego also ranked #20 in Best High Schools for the Arts in CA.
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