The Wave | September 2021
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September Events
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September 1 | High School Welcome Back Evening
September 2 | Grade 1 Parent Meeting
September 6 l Labor Day
September 6 l Rosh Hashanah Begins
September 7 l EID Committee Meeting
September 8 l First Day of School Grades 1-8, High School
September 8 l Rose Ceremony (Grades 1 & 12 only)
September 9 l First Day of School Kindergarden
September 13 l First Day of Nursery
September 14 l First Day of School l 1981 ~ Happy Anniversary WSSD!
September 15 l Yom Kippur begins
September 20 l Board of Trustees Meeting
September 21 l EID Committee Meeting
September 28 l Finance Committee Meeting
September 29 l Parent Association Meeting via Zoom
WSSD is celebrating our 40th anniversary!

We want to kick of this year by honoring one of our founders,
Dorothy Lindsley Morgan.

Click below to read the origins of The Waldorf School of San Diego.

Over the the course of the 21/22 school year, we will be sharing memories and photos from the past 40 years.

Please forward any items you may have here.

September Birthday - September 23, Sherina Walker
Waldorf Alum Jennifer Velente wins Gold and Bronze in 2021 Tokyo Olympics!!
We are so proud of Jennifer!!
Jennifer Velente graduated from WSSD (when the school was still only K-8)...she says her Olympic success has its foundations in San Diego's cycling community, where fun and learning overshadowed victory.
This September, the Jewish community will observe
Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. (Sounds like raash hu shaa nuh)

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is blowing the shofar (ram’s horn) on both mornings of the holiday (except on Shabbat), which is normally done in synagogue as part of the day’s services but may be done elsewhere for those who cannot attend.

Rosh Hashanah feasts traditionally include round challah bread (studded with raisins) and apples dipped in honey, as well as other foods that symbolize our wishes for a sweet year.
Other Rosh Hashanah observances include candle lighting in the evenings and desisting from creative work.
The phrase Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement”. (Sounds like yaam kuh poor) Yom Kippur is dedicated to introspection, prayer and asking G‑d for forgiveness.

Feasts are replaced with fasting on this holiest of religious days. However, two traditional meals are enjoyed the day before the fast begins at sundown. Both meals begin by dipping round challah bread into honey, as is customary on Rosh Hashanah.

At sundown, the “soul is afflicted” by 25 hours of fasting—no drinking or eating. Fasting enables followers to stop their normal routine to refocus their attention to prayer and connecting spiritually with God.
Welcome to the World!
Congratuations to our Grades Spanish Teacher Carlos Vazquez- Martin and his wife Megumi, who welcomed their first child this summer.

Hi everyone!
This summer has been a very special one for us. We are so happy to announce that Maya was born on Monday, August 9th just after midnight. She is quite feisty and has a good appetite! 

We are learning a lot and are so grateful for the amazing team at the hospital – they truly are remarkable at what they do and the care they give to the babies there.

We hope you had a nice summer!
Carlos & Megumi
We welcomed Eamon Caleb Silvas Mueller on July 9. His big brother Bastian is falling in love with him. 
Hallie, Nikko & Bastian (Grade 1)
Our very own Heather Scott is a presenter for the upcomig Sunbridge conference:

Calling It Like It Is: Uncovering and Dismantling Racism in the Waldorf Movement.
Heather Scott is currently a high school humanities teacher at WSSD. Heather has taught here for 17 years. Heather’s interests are in diversifying Waldorf middle- and high-school curricula. She is passionate about supporting anti-racism through a grounding in history and biography and has a decades’ long interest in African-American culture and literature, especially attuned to Black women writers. Heather earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA from The University of New Hampshire, Durham.
Sunbridge Institute is an independent, not-for-profit adult learning community. Sunbridge offers world-renowned Waldorf teacher education programs, along with professional development and general interest courses and workshops on Waldorf teaching, Waldorf Education, organizational leadership, and the arts.
My recently launched podcast is titled "A long way from the block".
Stories of how passion and craft take us to different corners of the world.

My podcast focuses on talking with artists from many walks of life. Poets, Jazz Musicians, Coaches, Writers, Historians, Zen Priests and many more.

Documenting their stories and the tools they learned along the way and 
how they use them to navigate in the world. 
~ "Coach" Anthony Thomas

Available wherever you get your podcast.
Thank you to San Diego Futures Foundation for the (much needed) refurbished and upgraded computers for our staff/faculty and work station for High School students!

And thank you Mr. Ian for making the connection!
In the Classroom
Bianca Rennick
Grades Handwork

Ms. Bianca has a bachelor’s degree in Art and her teaching certification from the Waldorf Practical Arts program. Over the past several years, she has taught handwork in the classroom, and more recently, she has worked with homeschool families and done private instruction.

As a lover of all things fiber, some of her favorite hobbies include knitting and working with plant dyes. She also loves dancing and spending time with her family.
Susie Mitchell
High School Fine Arts

Ms. Mitchell brings extraordinary experience and qualifications to her new role, including extensive training in painting and drawing at California College of the Arts, culminating in a BFA with honors and an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has over 15 years of experience teaching at the university and high school levels. 

She participates in socio-political-focused artist collectives, collaborations, and curatorial practices and was a visiting Artist in Residence at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2015.
Maria Drogari
PT High School Math

Ms. Drogkari has a Master of Science in Education from the University of Bristol, UK, and a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Patras, Greece. 

Maria's experience is drawn from studying and working in the education systems of Greece, the UK, and the Czech Republic.

Her passion is to help students develop their abilities and accomplish their goals.
Her hobbies include contemporary dancing and tennis.
Early Childhood
Ms. Laura and Ms. Bianca dyeing yarn with natural plant dyes in preparation for the school year.
Grade 2
Ms. Stussi has been busy painting watercolor backgrounds for the Cursive alphabet for Grade 2.
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). 
619-280-8016 x 202
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
WSSD Development Events Coordinator
Now more than ever we want to 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!

AWSNA is extremely excited to host a new continental Alum business directory. Support Waldorf Alums in a host of fields from finance to graphic design. Please click here and share broadly!
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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