Community Update
Jan. 18, 2019
Dear Friends,

Next week, we have the pleasure of offering our annual Winter Concert.
Strings Teacher Mr. K
Music Teacher and Choir Director Ms. LaVanway
This event, one of two  instrumental and choral concerts our school puts on each year, is a  wonderful opportunity for the whole community to see the magic of our curriculum in action. It's also a beautiful testament to the creative work of our talented music faculty, Giorgi Khokhobashvili and Ali LaVanway, who work  incredibly hard to develop the musical ability of our students each week, while also instilling in them a love for music, and lessons on the importance of perseverance. Not only that, but making music together also, according to a recent study outlined in a great  story  you can read here ), makes us smarter, healthier and happier! 

A super quote from the article: 

One of the great things about singing is that is connects you to  the right side of your brain. This is the side responsible for intuition, imagination and all our creative functions. It connects us to a world of possibilities. In modern life we are constantly bombarded with so much information that we process and analyse. We tend to get stuck in the left, processing side of our brain. So it becomes fundamentally important to nurture the attributes of human beings that set us apart from machines. The best way to do that is singing.
~ Tania de Jong, singer and founder of  Creativity Australia

In spirited community,

Nicole Deutsch
Director of Community Development
You're Invited to the CSWS Winter Concert!
Our winter concert, showcasing our music program in grades 4-8, is coming up on Jan. 25. The 6:30 p.m. event, held at Cold Springs Church, features instrumental music performances, as well as by the recorder ensemble and upper grades choir. Please join us for a great evening! 
  "Art Unveiled" tickets now on sale!!!  
(Cover artwork by London Deutsch, CSWS Class of 2015)

Purchase your auction tickets online at  Tickets.  Individual tickets are $50 if purchased before midnight March 1st, 2019, and $60 starting March 2nd. 

Tickets include Silent and Live Auction entrance, walking dinner and dessert, artistic ambiance, dancing, and the opportunity to support CSWS!

Please join us on the Red Carpet!
Re-Enrollment Season is Here!
We have begun our re-enrollment process. You should have received detailed information in your email box this week. If you didn't, or are experiencing any technical issues, please contact Lisa Steinmetz in the office at 
Getting to know ... Our Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees is a group of individuals who volunteer their time to guide our school in carrying out our mission. This group includes:

Janette Dodge
Amber Jensen
Suzy Holtrichter
Bill Dittmann
Amy Roehl
Co-Chair, College of Teachers
Inge Stoll
Faculty Representative
Laura Hauge
Co-Chair, Parent Guild Steering Committee
Jane Widroe
Member At-Large

What are we about?
Our Board works to assure that we provide a quality service: that the policies and procedures that guide the work of the administration of our School meet all fiscal and legal requirements, as well as those set by our accrediting bodies (AWSNA, WECAN); that our operating budget is sound; that the Administration is effective; and that there is a strategic plan that guides our entire school in working collaboratively to carry out its mission. Our Board does not usually involve itself in specific academic matters or individual student or employee concerns; its primary responsibilities are fiscal, legal and strategic. To carry out these responsibilities, the Board of Trustees participates in and oversees the work of several Committees, and holds regular, public meetings monthly.

Did you know you can attend a Board meeting?

Regular Board meetings are public, and take place once a month on Thursday nights. If you are interested in what the Board is doing, you are welcome to come to a Board meeting as a non-participating attendee. (When confidential matters must be discussed, the Board holds executive sessions, which are not public.)  Please contact the Board President at if you are interested in attending.  

The Board meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year follows.  All meetings are in upper Whitefeather or the 6 th Grade Classroom:

February 7 th , March 14 th , April 11 th , May 9 th .

If you are interested in learning more, including taking a look at the work of Board committees, please visit the Board page on our school website: Board of Trustees
New Parent-Child Session 
Starts This Month!
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.

CSWS Community Invited to Attend Screening of New Documentary on Teen Anxiety 
Sacramento Waldorf School will host a special screening of a new documentary that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what parents and educators can do about it. This 55-minute film shows candid interviews with real teens about anxiety and tools that help and provide hope. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. This film is appropriate for students from Fifth Grade and up and features World Champion Swimmer Michael Phelps!
When and Where:

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. - SWS's San Juan Hall

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m. - SWS's Linden Hall

For more information, email
Winter Newsletter Coming in February - Alumni Submissions Welcome!
Our quarterly newsletter installment will publish next month. We are looking for news and submissions about our wonderful alumni. Photos, college admission updates, notable life events are all welcomed. Please send submissions or questions to
Captures from Beneath the Oaks ...
Kindergartners engrossed in a garden project! 
Beautiful 3rd Grade Chalkboard drawing depicting the seasons, by Ms. Bravo.
7th grade gardening
Kindergarteners watching the 7th Grade perform some of their Gardening class chores - a great opportunity for the older kids to model how to take care of our beautiful campus! 
Quote of the Week ...
"I'm really loving all this math courage!"
~ Mrs. Roehl, 4th Grade Teacher, working with her class on the process of adding fractions with unlike denominators. The kids were asking questions and sharing their ideas and answers around the process.
New Book from the Folks at Cyber Civics Aims to Support Families in their Digital Parenting Journey

This book  is packed with advice from dozens of digital experts  and includes at-home activities for families. You can r ead more in a post about the book  here .
Housing Ad
CSWS Positions Available 
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. 
This Month's School Calendar 

Jan. 21        MLK Jr. Holiday - No School
Jan. 25        Winter Concert , 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Feb. 1          Parent Guild Meeting, 1:35 p.m.
Feb. 7          Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 15        All-school Assembly, 12:30 p.m.
Feb. 18-22  February Conference Week, No School
Feb. 25        School Resumes
Mar 1          Parent Guild Meeting, 1:35 p.m.

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

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