The Wave | October 2021
October Events
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September 15-October 15 l National Hispanic Heritage Month
October 1 l Annual Giving Begins
October 2 l High School S.A.T.
October 4-8 l EC & Grades School Photos
October 8 l High School College Support Presentation
October 11 l Indiginous Peoples Day
October 11-15 l High School Photos
October 18 l Board of Trustees Meeting
October 27 l Parent Association Meeting via Zoom
October 29 l Dia De Los Muertos Celebration (high school)
October 30 l Wanderer's Way (details coming soon)

Looking ahead....
November 11, Veterans Day/NO SCHOOL; November 22-26, Fall Break/ NO SCHOOL

October Birthdays

October 19 Sudha Dorairaj
October 31 Armida Gomez
Halloween/ October 31

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth...
Read more about this holiday here

From our EID Commitee:
For those who celebrate Halloween, our Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee would like to offer this article to reflect on while choosing costumes for ourselves, our children or grandchildren.

National Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 15-October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
San Diego Hispanic Heritage Experiences: Embark on an immersive exploration of how Hispanic and Latinx culture help shape San Diego with vibrant, colorful art, traditional cuisine and more.

¡Celebrando! Latinx Heritage Month: Find events, online learning resources, and reading recommendations from the San Diego Public Library.

Smithsonian Events for Kids: Join the Smithsonian online for vibrant performances, read-alouds, and family activities that celebrate Hispanic heritage and help us understand our shared history.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
**For the very first time, the San Diego County Administration Building was lit to commemorate the Mexican Independence Day
Mexican Independance Day
Viva la independencia!
Mexican Independence Day -- Día de la Independencia -- is celebrated every year on September 16 to commemorate the country's freedom from centuries of Spanish rule.

This date has an even greater significance in this day and age because it represents decolonization (from Spain) and a stand against white supremacy- these are such important moments for anyone with indigenous heritage.
Thanks to Nirinjin Khalsa, who is always available to help our school store with their POS sytem and equipment!
In the Classroom
Grade 2: Students made moving pictures for the fable story: The Fox and the Grapes. 
In second grade they become aware of the duality of human nature, observing saintliness and mischievousness in themselves and others. The second grader is still not very far removed from their connection to spiritual world and they can still delight in its mysteries. Legends of the saints appeal to their moral sense of what is right and good and magical. Fables, on the other hand, provide an external view of our animal nature when pitted one against another. Our foibles are played out in the fables and the children can reflect upon them without judgment upon themselves.
Grade 6: Geometric form drawing.

Geometry drives the soul to truth. Plato
The sixth grader likewise has left the dreamy childhood consciousness and is entering awake adolescence. Although we might call their emerging intellect a 'false' dawn of intellectual consciousness, the sixth grader is none-the-less hungry to use their developing intellectual capacity. Our approach can be completely factual and grounded in the world while at the same time staying connected to the child and so relevant. In geometry, we transition from the world of free hand form drawing to the use of compass and ruler to create basic constructions.
Grade 8
From our 8th Grade teacher Ms. Cohen:
Continuing with World Geography, we've been learning about the mythological, historical, botanical, ecological, and ethical trade of the coffee plant. Great conversations happening in main lesson!

With homage to traditional Ethiopian coffee rituals, starting from green beans, plans are to have the student roast, grind, and brew coffee.
High School
Grades 9-12 will all be tuning in to watch Amanda Gorman at the No Place for Hate Back to School Kickoff!
On Oct 6, No Place for Hate® coalitions from across the country come together with Amanda Gorman to explore allyship, identity and change-making. 
10th Grade Social Justice
The 10th Grade welcomed back author Alephonsion (Alepho) Deng. We have been lucky to have him speak with our students the past several years.

He is best known as the co-author of the book They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan, along with his brother Benson, cousin Benjamin and American author Judy Bernstein.

10th Grade Social Justice Student Work
The school’s role is to help students think critically around issues, to understand varied viewpoints in order to stimulate critical thinking, and encourage both civil engagement and civil discourse. The goal should be for students to seek truth through free and independent thinking, drawing conclusions based in morality, responsibility, and human understanding.
12th Grade Calculus Seminar
Calculus ranks as one of the greatest achievements of the human mind. In many ways, calculus will be the climax of a student's high school math studies. The content of this seminar includes the fundamental elements of any first-semester college calculus course. The material is very challenging, yet extremely rewarding when, through effort, a student can grasp the profound ideas.
WSSD Admissions

We are available for any questions or inquiries regarding enrollment for the 2021/22 school year, please complete the Inquiry Form on our Tour page (Inquire Here) or email to connect with our Admissions team.

Check out the new Virtual Tours on our website!
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?
There are over 1300 Steiner schools worldwide!!

The first Waldorf school opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. A century later, it has become the largest independent school movement in the world, with more than 1,200 independent schools and nearly 2,000 kindergartens located in 75 countries
October is Kids Free San Diego!
Read more here at, an excellent resourse for San Diego families!

Kids Free San Diego is calling you back this October, where kids eat, stay, and play for free. With more than 100 deals on activities, attractions, meals and more, unforgettable family memories are waiting to be made in San Diego.
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.

As we journey through a second year of our Continental Alum Connect program and the accompanying online networking platform, we would like to remind you to share an invitation with alums and alum parents. Here is a direct link to join:

For more information on the above activities, or to join the monthly alum networking calls, connect with Nita June at
We’d love to hear from you. We value your opinion, and that’s why we want you to share your thoughts about your Waldorf experience! It would mean the world to us if you took a brief moment of your day to leave a review by clicking this link.
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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