The sky's the limit! High school science teacher Jessica Bailey and high school humanities teacher Kristen Cecil took WSOC's Grade 10 to the TEAM UP ropes course at UC Irvine for some high-level bonding on May 14th.
WSOC June 2018 Newsletter

Hello families!

It's out-breath time for all! Summer is on the horizon, just a few more weeks of school and we are out until September!

We are excited to announce the Class of 2018's college acceptances (below) and invite you to attend their graduation on Saturday, June 16th at 2pm. Grade 8 promotion is on Friday, June 15th at 5pm and you are warmly welcomed to attend that as well!

Artwork by Trinity Ruvalcaba, Grade 11
This Saturday, June 2, we will feature our annual WSOC High School Arts Festival on campus (Eurythmy Hall with an intermission in Meadows Hall) from 6-9pm. On display you will find several projects from a variety of artistic disciplines --  sculpture, architecture, painting and much more -- and also enjoy music and eurythmy performances by Grades 9-12. It is truly a must-see event and a wonderful way to get an overview of what our high schoolers have accomplished in the artistic realms this past year.

Please join us this coming Monday June 4th for a Community Forum at 7pm in Eurythmy Hall. T he topics are the grades language program, Eurythmy program, and hot lunch. Faculty would love to hear your thoughts on these topics!

It's almost time for End-of-Year reports! Reports will be ready for viewing on July 18, 2018. If you need assistance logging in to Big Sis to view them, please contact our registrar Kathy Christian and she will be happy to help!

Yearbooks will be distributed on Thursday, June 14th. Our high school yearbook staff, led by Jessica Bailey, poured their hearts and souls into this endeavor for many months, and you can see it on every page. If you missed the ordering deadline, it's not too late, but please order TODAY so you get it by the last day of school. You can order directly from TreeRing here.  For best results, order from your PC or Mac rather than a mobile device.

Lastly, we are eager to welcome some new faces to our campus! 

Douglas Garrett will be stepping into Gina Illes' role as school administrator starting this summer. His Waldorf journey began here at WSOC many years ago with his two daughters, who both attended Kindergarten through Grade 8. His experiences as a Waldorf parent led him to a deepening study into the foundations of Waldorf Education and service on several Waldorf school boards, the board of AWSNA and accreditation work. After four years in business administration at Pasadena Waldorf School, he says he is "grateful to be returning home!"

The College of Teachers is pleased to announce that Matthew Troedson will be the first grade teacher for the Class of 2030.  For the last four years, Matt has been a grades teacher at Cedar Springs Waldorf school in Placerville, California. He joined his class in 5th grade and is proud to be promoting them to high school. Matt received his AWSNA Grades Teacher certification from the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with emphasis on multiple subject teaching from Brandman University. While at the Steiner College, Matt studied under many notable Waldorf teachers such as Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann, Brian Gray and Ted Mahle. Matt will be relocating to Costa Mesa with his wife Sarah and their three-year old daughter Micaela. He is looking forward to embarking on this extraordinary educational journey with us.     

Tara Cannon  will be taking over for Carrie Frisby as high school administrative assistant starting in Fall 2018.  Tara began her over 20 years of experience in project management in television production and then moved into large entertainment venues (Honda Center, convention centers) managing events and productions, and finally landed in the nonprofit fundraising world. Tara has served as WSOC's Festival of Children chair for many years, chaired the WSOC Gala for two years, currently sits on Parent Association Leadership and has served as a Room Rep for Ms. Fabian. She grew up in Long Beach, is a graduate of CSULB and has two children here at WSOC, Noah in rising Grade 5  and Sawyer in rising Grade 3 . She is passionate about our school's community and the well-being of all children. 

Happy summer, and look for a few more communication pieces from WSOC before you swim off into the sunset on June 15th!                    

Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator

WSOC's Gala & Auction success!

Thank you to our wonderful community!

We are proud to report that  $105,863.50 in  NET PROFITS  were raised at our Around the World Gala & Auction 2018! The event was attended by 166 guests who bid, dined and danced the night away at the gorgeous Huntington Bay Club in Huntington Beach. 
This dollar amount includes $30,380 (exceeding our $30k goal) in paddle raise donations to fund additional science equipment for Grades 6 through 12!

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who supported the event through your solicitation and/or donation of  items to the silent and live auctions, sponsorships, volunteerism, attendance, and bidding. A giant thank you to our sponsors Acra Aerospace (Chris Jones), Merchsource (The Clapp Family), Burnham Benefits (Annie Stawicki) and Westley Williams. 

We are grateful to our Gala co-chairs Tara Cannon and Amy Rasmussen for spending countless hours streamlining the entire Gala planning process and making it fun. And thank you to our volunteers who beautified, created floral and table decor, organized auction items, did lots of heavy lifting and much more, all with a wonderfully positive attitude: Elijah Pangrazio (our resident student filmmaker), Geraldine Strub, Jennifer Clapp, Kathy Christian, Kim Eijpen, Kimmy Gambol, Liz Wenger, Luis Alarcon, Matan Tsufim, Melissa Armstrong, Michaela
Heller and Yvonne Lopez.

A very special thank you to artist 
Natalia Fabia and Bad Religion/Me First and the Gimme Gimmes bassist  Jay Bentley for contributing a signed Bad Religion guitar with custom art; it is  the single most successful silent auction item in WSOC's history, bringing the school an impressive $7900! 

Our auctioneers  from Harcourts Auction  did an incredible job. The gorgeous Gala photos are courtesy of the talented Ziqi Sang.

Congratulations to a job well done, everyone!

Teresa Alarcon
WSOC Development Director 

WSOC High School Graduation

   Please join us to celebrate our seniors
Saturday, June 16th 
Parsons Field (right behind school)
Our 17 seniors garnered $2,948,844 in total merit scholarship dollars offered over four years and received, collectively, 95 college acceptances!
The schools they selected are:
-           Baylor University
-           California College of the Arts
-           California State University, Fullerton
-           City University of New York
-           Culinary Institute of America
-           Georgia State University
-          Middlebury College
-          Orange Coast College
-           Pepperdine University
-          Reed College
-          Saddleback College
-          Scripps College
-           University of California, Santa Barbara
-           University of Redlands
-           University of San Francisco
-           University of Southern California
-           West Chester University

June At-A-Glance
Click   here for online calendar

June 1        Ms. Catherine parent evening
June 1        Grade 1 parent evening
June 2        High School Arts Festival
June 4        Community Forum
June 5       Grade 7 Eurythmy Play
June 5-13  Grade 8 Trip
June 5       Adult Education
June 6       Grade 6 field trip Getty Museum 
June 6       Grade 6 parent evening
June 7       Strings Swap
June 8       Adult Education
June 8       High School Prom
June 9       Adult Education
June 11     Board of Trustees
June 13     Grade 3 Beach Day
June 14     Last day of school for Early Childhood
June 14    Grade 9 Marionettes Play
June 15    Last day of school
June 15    Grade 8 promotion
June 15    Last day of playgroup
June 16    High school graduation
June  23   Adult Education graduation

You Can Still Order a Yearbook!
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WSOC Spring Concert 2018
On Thursday, May 24, WSOC had its annual Spring Concert at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. Students in Grades 4-8 performed in strings, orchestra, choir, recorder and band. Audience members enjoyed a diverse selection of music from Mozart and Beethoven to a Beatles medley to an arrangement of Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. Congratulations to all of our student musicians for a job well done and a special thank you to faculty members Debora Wondercheck, Rusty Vail, and Edwin Lovo for their hard work and leadership, and Brooke Natzke for emceeing the event.

Pilot Cup 2018
WSOC girls and boys Pilot Cup teams celebrate victories and good times with teammates

Our grades 5 and 6 combined forces to make two powerful Bronze division teams this year! 

The girls' team went 1-1 in pool play, a 3-1 victory over Kaiser and a hard fought 0-1 loss to Eastbluff. This was enough to earn second place in the pool and they will be in the playoffs this Saturday!
-Coaches Annie Stawicki and Brad Holm

The boys ended their run in the tournament yesterday with a heartbreaking 2-0 loss. The tournament record was 1-1-1; they scored 5 goals and conceded 2 goals in their last game after shutting out the previous 2 teams. The boys gave it their all. I'm so proud of them!
- Coach Fernando Ruvalcaba

Join us this Saturday!

Pilot Cup Girls' Playoffs
Saturday, June 2nd
12:45 pm
Costa Mesa High School, Field #1

Company of Angels Year-End Storewide Sale... Save 20% off most items!
End of the year storewide sale at Company of Angels! 20% OFF MOST ITEMS - JUNE 4TH - JUNE 15th!
Time to stock up on summer games, craft items, yarn, books and so much more!
9am - 2pm

Please call and check in as we will be out on two Wednesdays doing inventory:  JULY 25th and AUGUST 29th.
A gracious and heartfelt thank you to all the "Slice of Heaven" bakers this year.  What a delight it is to see our trays filled with homemade treats.  We thank you for this lovely gesture.

Happy Summer...enjoy these lazy, hazy, crazy days!

Nona and The Angels

Scrip News: Presto Pay makes ordering a breeze!
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Please note that a small $0.15 convenience fee will apply to each order. Currently, you can't link a credit card to your Online Payments (PrestoPay) account, as the credit card fees would take away from your rebate earnings. 

Any time of the year is a good time to get started buying Scrip! Please feel free to come by the Company of Angels anytime and we can get you started. I know firsthand as an 8th grade parent how important all the money earned from scrip helped with our trip. Start now and help your class with every dollar earned!


Pam Lusk
Scrip Coordinator

Learning by Doing 
Grade 6 explores mineralogy at Red Rocks National Park

The 6th grade recently finished their mineralogy block, during which they studied rocks, volcanoes, erosion and caves among other topics.

To get some field experience, the class and a savvy group of chaperones packed up their camping gear and headed to the desert. The first stop was Fossil Falls. Fossil Falls was formed when the Owens River was dammed by a volcanic eruption and ran over the basalt falls, sculpting and polishing the black rock into an amazing landscape. The Red Cinder Cone, visible to the North of Fossil Falls, is another geological feature left over from volcanic eruptions as far back as 440,000 years ago. 

After climbing around the area and looking for a variety of igneous rock, the group drove a short distance to our camping destination at Red Rock Canyon. Pitching tents in desert winds, climbing around scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations, a guided ranger tour of the area, and time with friends made the trip memorable and fun. A good time was had by all and everyone agreed that the food prepared in our rock niche was delicious. Next time you find yourself traveling toward Lone Pine or Bishop, pull off the side for a small scenic tour and geological marvels. You won't be disappointed!

--Ms. Christiane, Grade 6 teacher

Grade 3 shelter project

In third grade, children experience a new sense of self.  'Who am I in relation to others and to the world?' In Waldorf education we recognize this stage of self-discovery as the nine-year change. As the child emerges with the beginnings of independent thinking, the study of shelters around the world is a comforting and grounding project for them to explore. It speaks to the child's growing sense of individuality and a desire to create a sense of "home" within themselves.
Ms. Arieta's kindergarten raises their sails

WSOC kindergarteners have been hard at work creating sailboats with sturdy wooden bases and colorful hand stitched sails. 

This is another beautiful example of will work in Early Childhood, which requires patience,  determination and a  willingness to make mistakes and begin anew!
Playgroup Fall 2018 Registration Begins Today!
Parent Education

You may have missed out on Waldorf as a kid... but we have a solution!

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   th eir 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. Faculty members from WSOC support the program, as do several guest teachers from the wider Anthroposophical movement.

The program, which began in 2009, is directed by Chris Bennett, who joined the faculty of WSOC in September 2009.  He is the former director of Kula Makua, the Honolulu Waldorf Teacher Training Program, and was an instructor at the 
London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar (UK) for many years prior to that. He served as a WSOC class teacher from 2009-2017, when his class graduated 8th grad e.
This two-year, part-time study is offered from Sept 2018 to June 2020. Tuition is $2,500.00 per year. A monthly payment option is available (September-
June). Please click  here for brochure and registering instructions.


Summer Camps
Children's Craft Camp with Christine Newell, 
WSOC handwork teacher

Rising Grade 2 and up
Monday - Friday
9:30am - 1:30pm   
Click here   for dates and details!

Early Childhood Summer Fun 
with WSOC Early Childhood Faculty

Pre K- Rising Grade 1
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WSOC Campus

Click here for dates and details!

Waldorf Rhythm and Summer Bliss 
with the Big Aftercare Crew

R ising Grade 1- Rising Grade 5
Monday through Thursday
9am - 3pm
WSOC campus

Click here for dates and details! Click here for registration form.

Arts & Learning Conservatory Summer Camps

Click here for more info!
May Faire 2018 Snapshot

WSOC's May Faire on May 5 featured perfect weather (no gale force winds or rain this year!), fun booths and performances, and delicious food and drink. Thank you to Olivia Slutzky, Yasmine Mason and the May Faire committee (and many volunteers!) for their dedication to making the event a success, and to WSOC science teacher Kim Eijpen and our high school for committing to transform May Faire into an eco-friendly event. We cut way down on plastic use and upped our recycling efforts, and look forward to doing even more in the future. 

We dedicated this May Faire to our dear Curative Eurythmist Ms. Truus, who has served our school for many years and assisted countless children and families. We will miss her and wish her well as she travels back to her home country of Holland.

Grades 1 and 8 start weaving the May pole
Ms. Truus prepares to take the stage
High school face painting booth
Grade 6 recorder performance 

Community News
Grade 8 Promotion on Friday, June 15 

The WSOC community is warmly invited to witness this milestone in our 8th graders' academic journey!

Friday, June 15
Eurythmy Hall
Strings Swap on Thursday, June 7th

Do you have an instrument you would like to sell or donate to the school?

We will be hosting a  String   swap  where you can bring the instruments you wish to sell to upcoming/new students to Orchestra.

We also are very thankful to those wishing to donate to the school which allows for students to "borrow" instruments without a fee for as long as that student is enrolled.

Sellers  are responsible for their own sales. Sellers may list their instruments with Erica Torres in the case of future needs such as sizing or new students enrolled.

Donated Instruments:  Students using WSOC donated instruments must maintain and care for instruments and are responsible for any repairs and/or damages. Damages caused by negligence or instruments lost will revoke privileges to borrow immediately. Students must return the instruments and any accessories included to Erica Torres when the instrument is too small for student or student withdrawals (holding onto instruments for siblings and friends is prohibited).

Thursday, June 7
By flagpole outside WSOC front office

Middle School Basketball Camp

Every Wednesday through June 14 (from now until the end of school)
WSOC basketball courts
3:05pm - 4:30pm

Who: Boys and Girls- 
Middle School, High School and Alumni
(Teams will be mixed and evenly divided with the emphasis on sportsmanship and teamwork and FUN!)

WSOC Sixth Grader Christopher Reynolds wins Peace Poster award

For the last 31 years, Lions Clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. 

WSOC sixth grader Christopher Reynolds garnered a Certificate of Achievement for his entry and was selected as a regional winner of the Peace Poster contest. Congratulations Christopher!

Annual Giving 

Thank you to all who have donated and pledged! Donations to WSOC's Annual Giving Fund for the 2017-18 school year can be made through July 31, 2018 at

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Big Aftercare June forms, please email to Ms. E 
Little Aftercare June forms, please email to Ms. Michaela

Grades 1 and 8 played a spirited game of basketball on May 30th.
College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Christiane Bohr
Jenell Carlson
Gina Garrison (Chair)
Andrea Hubert
Angie Meier
Brooke Natzke
Holly Peterson 
Lorri Valenzuela-Mier (Chair)

Board of Trustees
Lisa Arnquist
Megan Brown
David Burnett 
Gina Garrison (College Rep)
Gabe Frisby (Chair)
David Kruse
Maureen McDermott
Leslie Morrison
Margaret O'Brien
Gary Roth
Colin Severn
Olivia Slutzky
Adminstrative Rotation:
Jeff Barth
Teresa Alarcon
Gina Illes
Linda Timmons

WSOC Ombudsmen
Russ Bermejo


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