The Wave | March 2021
March Events
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March 1 l High School Mock Trial Competition
March 3 l High School Mock Trial Competition
March 5 l 11th Grade Bike a Thon
March 7 l High School Mock Trial Competition
March 11 l High School Senior Projects
March 13 l Daylight Savings Begins
March 19-20 l High School Robotics Regional Championship
March 21 l Board of Trustees Meeting
March 30 l Parent Association Meeting
March 31 l Cesar Chavez Day
Friendly reminder our on-site COVID Testing is at the Altadena Campus every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

March 7 Lori Williamson
March 11 Amanda Womble

Native American, Californio, Mexican, Asian and European Women were trailblazers, doctors, ranch owners, authors, mothers and daughters.
For more information, visit the San Diego Foundation.
 Other historic sites and museums to explore:
The Waldorf School of San Diego is very sad to announce the passing of one of our beloved community members, Eric Mitchell. Eric is the father to Jessica and Natalie Mitchell whom both attended WSSD for many years. He was an active parent and regular member of Ms. Connaughton's camping parent group. He never missed an opportunity to be outdoors with the kids.

Eric was also a board officer at WSSD from 2015-2017 and was serving on our interim team running the school when we were without an Administrator for 10 months. Eric, along with many other board members, shepherded the way for me when I took the Administrator position, and I was always so grateful for his support and guidance over the years.

He will truly be missed by all, and we are wishing his family well during this trying time.
~ Rachel Davis, Administrator

Let us light a candle in the stillness of our hearts
whose warming glow creates a bond
of souls on earth and souls beyond
whose light shall not depart.

Click here if you are interested in making a donation to support his family.
WSSD Bike- a- thon
The 11th Grade is excited to bring a community Bike-a-thon to fundraise for their service trip in May!

The 11th Grade and other high school students will be seeking sponsors, and we invite any other community members to participate as well! You can find the sponsor form as an attachment or with the QR code. We also welcome anyone who just wants to hang out at the beach. There will be snacks and drinks for purchase (complimentary for riders with sponsors).

When: Saturday, March 5th from 9am to 4pm at the latest
Where: Fiesta Island
Details: Participants will gather sponsors (donating on a per mile or single sum arrangement) in advance. Pledge form

On March 5th, participants will ride around the island (long loop = 4 miles, short loop = 2.5 miles), and their laps will be recorded. There will be drinks and snacks provided and a central "hang out" spot on the beach with options for fun beach activities. (We also encourage participants to bring their own beach games!)

Fundraising Collection: Participants will receive their total miles when they have finished riding for the day and should then contact their sponsors to arrange payment collection. Money should be delivered (checks or cash) to the Colina front office. Checks should be made out to Waldorf School of San Diego with "Bike-a-thon" in the memo line.
It's time for Senior Projects!

This event is always an entertaining evening, where the students share their passions and interests with the community.

This year will not disappoint! Tune in to see presentations ranging from:

Making a Surfboard
Forming a Band
Writing and Recording an Original Song and Music Video
Upcycling bottles into Glassware
Restoring a WWI Officer's Saber
2D Video Animation
How Government Mismanagement of Nitrogenous Fertilizer In Middle-income Countries and Sub-Saharan Africa Lead to Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Degradation
Developing the ATW Cane

WOW! See you next week!
Join Senior Project Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 956 881 6789
Mock Trial Team
Pictured below is the WSSD prosecution team that competed in person in the Court House on Saturday.
Employment Opportunities at WSSD
If you are looking to join a Waldorf school with a highly respected faculty and staff that enjoys the support of dedicated, loving families, please get in touch with us! If interested email us at
To learn more about any position, click here.

The Waldorf School of San Diego is committed to increasing and supporting diversity in all of its forms in employment and in our programs. 
Parent-Child Class Teacher
Grade 1 Class Teacher
Grades Classroom Assistant
High School Science Teacher
Director of Development
Dear Families,

On behalf of the Spread the Love Team, we're excited to share that $16,086 was raised in support of class needs across the school.

Thank you to the entire community for joining in BIG to spread the love to our classrooms.

We are so happy to share that all but 3 wishes across the entire Lower and High School were completely granted. New lab coats, new instruments, sheet metal equipment, books for a lending library, a giant parachute are just a sampling of granted wishes.

A thank you to the Spread the Love Team listed below who worked so hard without a school budget, in a 6-week timeframe to make this event possible. But most importantly thank YOU for spreading the love.

Special Thanks:
Handwork Committee,10th GradeClass/Committee Basket Leads, CJ McGrady, Sheila Garczynski, Ian Cuevas, Liza Ferraro, Maris Goodstein, Hallie Silvas-Mueller, Shaneela Marlett, Melda Baysal Walsh, Liz Sacca, Emilia Sumelius-Buescher, Otilia Garcia, Katie O'Connor,Gina Campbell.

Thank you again WSSD families & friends. We hope the entire experience was as fulfilling for all of you as it was for us in reconnecting with our community  We are so incredibly grateful for your support, and our hearts are filled with hope and love.

With Gratitude, The Spread The Love Team
High School Cabaret
Not only did the students pull off a return to an in-person Cabaret during the pandemic, but they also broke ground by hosting the first outdoor version of the event and being the first to add a family-friendly matinee option.

The event brought in almost $6k towards the 11th Grade Service Trip!

Huge thanks to the following people, without whom this event couldn't have happened:
The team: Isabella Strauss, Emilia Sumelius-Buescher, Daiga Atvara and Amelia Vance.
Food: Charlie, Kate Vance
Sound: Leo Humphreys
All Raffle donators!
Welcome Back, Profe Carlos, you were missed!!

Many thanks to our High School Spanish teachers, Armida Gomez and Anaid Stere-Lugo for providing Spanish instruction for our middle school kids while Carlos was spending quality time with his family.
In the Classroom
Early Childhood Lilac
Lilac children really enjoyed helping put together our new see-saw. A big thank you to Max and Marie for their help. 
Grade 1
Grade 1

Grade One finished their first nature studies walk and celebrated Valentine’s Day. We practiced care and love for Mother Earth and all its inhabitants: worms, plants, people and minerals too! 

These images demonstrate a natural artistic rendering created after a walk around campus and handmade Valentines- many that included wildflower seeds for planting.
Grade 3
The Third Graders recently put on the spectacular (and rockin') musical "Moses, Drawn from the Water" in their outdoor classroom. It was a hit!
Grade 4
Ms. Rennick and the Fourth Graders finished up some handwork projects.
Mrs. Connaughton and the Fourth Grade discussed the inspirational life of slave-turned-philanthropist, Biddy Mason.
"The open hand is blessed for it gives in abundance, even as it receives."
Grade 5
The most recent block for the Fifth Grade was Botany. The students applied some brute force to create some eco-printed flags.
8th Grade Play
The 8th Grade performed Chateau la Roche. They had their audiences in stitches with their one-liners and slapstick!
High School
In celebration of MLK Day, some members of the High School Social Justice Elective performed the Amanda Gorman poem, Back to the Past. This elective is taught by Ms. Heather Scott and the students reading the poem are Estrella Khalsa, Donovan Wilcox, and Cassian Miller Felix.
HS Robotics Team Robowaves 18236 Qualifies for Regional Championships!

This Saturday, the Waldorf HS robotics team Robowaves 18236 competed at their league’s championship. After a round of judging and six matches, they qualified for the regional championships which will occur on March 26!

The team won 2nd place for the Design Award which is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solutions such as elegant design, robustness, and 'out of the box' thinking related to design. The team also won the prestigious Think Award which is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season.

You can learn more about our robot and how it has evolved here.

If you know of anyone who works in a field related to engineering and is willing to talk to the team about what they do, please let us know by emailing us at
We are so excited to announce the release of the first episode of a new WSSD podcast series, The Waldorf Way: A Parent Enrichment Podcast. This episode features our High School Math teacher Amelia Vance, available on Apple Podcast , Spotify and Sound Cloud. Check it out and be sure to subscribe so as not to miss future episodes.
January Blog
Click here to read the January Blog post: HS siblings and founding members of the Robotics elective, Luis Daniel and Kalyani Weiss take a moment to introduce and describe the program – now in its third year of existence at The Waldorf School of San Diego.
Waldorf 101: Did you know?
Coeducation and fostering of practical and artistic skills ensure the harmonious development of intellectual talents (IQ) and emotional ones (EQ). 

The first American Waldorf School was founded in New York in 1928.

The subject matter taught at Waldorf Schools is chosen according to an understanding of the developmental nature of the student. Assuring that each child realizes their own potential is the top priority.
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
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?

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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