Education for the 21st Century
H ello Families!

We're newly back from Thanksgiving Break and are already well into our holiday season! Thank you to all who attended our wonderful Grandparents' Day on November 16, and those who participated in our Parent Education event with Dr. Dan Siegel on November 7.

Dr. Siegel's lecture broke our event attendance records, close to 250 adults and teens in the audience! Neurophysicist Dr. Siegel shared several key insights into how the teen brain works, and how a period of seeming chaos brewing in your teenager is, in reality, a highly productive and positive time. One story in particular resonated with the crowd: he described a young girl growing up in the comfort of the parental home, where everything is rhythmic and routine and her needs are anticipated and taken care of. She gets her bath, her comfortable clothes, her oatmeal in the morning. Eventually, however, she becomes restless and dissatisfied. Her mind is preparing her for adulthood: the discomfort is required to leave the comfort of "The Oatmeal House." Without this angst that teens experience, Dr. Siegel explained, our children would never leave the nest.

The event was filmed and will soon be available for internal viewing (thank you to WSOC parents Chi-Lin Pendergrast and Peter Norgaard!). We will update you when the filmed version is available.

Dr. Siegel's New York Times best selling book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain , is available at Company of Angels.

For future events with Dr. Siegel, please visit these links:

Our gratitude for our community swells exponentially during this busy season. Thank you to the many hands who created yet another beautiful Winter Festival for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, December 1. An extra special thank you to our Winter Festival committee: Grade 3 main lesson teacher Holly Peterson, Josh Boyle, Stacy Turek, High school science teacher Kim Eijpen and Christa Denson- and handwork teacher Ms. Christine, whose Elves' Workshop featured over 1,000 items handmade by volunteers with kits she created. And lastly, thanks to our woodwork teacher Mr. Matan for his wonderful community mosaic project.

Thank you also to all who purchased Holiday Greens and Trees for Troops. Our 8th grade students are significantly closer to their fundraising goals for their end of year trip to Wyoming.

If your child is ready for Pre-K or Kindergarten this fall, please attend our upcoming EC Info Eve this Wednesday and Morning in the Kindergarten this Saturday if you haven't already. And bring any interested friends! Application deadline for Early Childhood classes is Monday, January 7. Details below.

Don't miss our upcoming holiday plays this month! Our Shepherds' Play on Sunday, December 16 stars WSOC Faculty and Administration, and Grade 6 performs "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown" on Wednesday, December 19. Details in our calendar.

Finally, please take note of early release times on Thursday, December 20th. No aftercare will be provided on this date. There is no school on Friday, December 21.

Happy Holidays. everyone!

Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator
December Calendar

Mon 12/3, Tue 12/4 3:15p - 4:45p • 7th and 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Practice through Dec. 18
Tues, 12/3, Thurs 12/5 3:00p - 4:30p, High School Boys' Basketball Practice through Dec. 18
Wed 12/5, 7:00p - 8:30p • Early Childhood Information Evening
Thu 12/6, Fri 12/7 3:15p - 4:45p • 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Girls' Basketball Practice through Dec. 14
Fri 12/7, 5:00p - 7:30p • Kindergarten Winter Garden Spiral
Fri 12/7, 6:00p - 7:30p • Grade 2 Lantern Walk
Sat 12/8, 10:00a - 11:30a • Morning in the Kindergarten
Sat 12/8, 4:30p - 7:00p • Pre-K Winter Garden Spiral
Sun 12/9, 5:00p - 7:00p • First Grade Winter Garden Spiral
Mon 12/10, 7:00p - 8:30p • 12th Grade Parent Meeting
Tue 12/11, 6:00p - 8:00p • Adult Education
Tue 12/11, lunchtime • High School Club Fair
Fri 12/14 • Playgroup Session 1 ends
Fri 12/14, 6:00p - 8:00p • Adult Education
Sat 12/15, 9:00a - 2:00p • Adult Education
Sun 12/16, 7:00p - 8:00p • Shepherds' Play
Wed 12/19, 7:00p - Grade 6 play
Thu 12/20, 8:00a - 9:00a • Early registration for WSOC Grade 9 ends
Thur 12/20, 1:00p Las Posadas party for High School- 2:50p dismissal for Grades 9-12
Friday 12/21 - Fri 1/4 • WINTER BREAK

Return to school Monday, January 7, 2019
Annual Giving Update
43 Days In • $66k Raised • 48% Participation!

Dear Families,

We are 43 days in to WSOC's 100-day Annual Giving Campaign and are so grateful to report that the school has raised $66,198 of its $100,000 goal and reached 48% school-wide participation! This excellent start is a direct result of our community’s commitment to the success of WSOC’s Campaign. WSOC is deeply grateful for your gifts and generosity.

Why does WSOC strive for 100% participation?
The school's ability to reach its campaign goal requires the collective effort our community. The school recognizes that the capacity to give for each family is different. Yet each and every gift, large or small, makes a positive impact to the school's fund and helps it reach its goal. Our collective participation is also a key indicator within and outside of our school community that each of us is committed to WSOC's ability to continue providing an extraordinary educational experience to our students -- and thereby encourages others to join in and support the school.

If you haven't already done so, please consider making a tax-deductible gift or pledge to help WSOC reach its goal. To donate, please click here or go to the school's website at .

A heartfelt thank you for your gifts and generosity, and for supporting WSOC!
WSOC Faculty presents The Oberufer Shepherds' Play:
A Waldorf Tradition
Oberufer Shepherds' Play
Sunday, December 16
Eurythmy Hall

On December 16 th , you are warmly invited to see the faculty performance of the Oberufer Shepherds’ play. This play belongs to a trilogy of which this is the middle episode (the other plays are called the Paradise Play and the Three Kings Play).This biennial event is a gift to the community from the faculty and administration marking the Advent season.
Oberufer is an island on the Danube River. The German farmer communities had a tradition of putting on these plays about the events around the Christmas season. They performed them on their island regardless of religious affiliation. Since the island was isolated, life there, and this tradition, remained largely unchanged from the middle ages for many centuries. The story, words and actions in all the plays were passed down orally through many generations until they were were discovered by Karl Julius Schroeher in the middle 1850s. He was a researcher of German folklore in the region. He wrote them down with as many notes as possible as to how they were performed. The plays themselves are dramatic, but include elements of humor.

Karl Julius Schroeher later became Rudolf Steiner’s teacher. Steiner put order into the sketches and the plays were revived in 1910. They have been performed all over the world in Waldorf schools ever since. Originally, Christmas carols were sung to accompany the plays. However, Steiner asked Leopold van der Pals, a composer originally from Russia then living in Switzerland, to write music for these newly-discovered plays. It has become a tradition to continue to use his music for the performances to this day, and will be the music of our performance as well. 

Why we perform the play at WSOC

As Waldorf teachers we are tasked to “receive the children in reverence, educate them in love and send them forth in freedom.” While our school celebrates diversity in all areas, we are united in our quest to bring reverence and love for the world to our students so that they may decide the course of their lives in freedom. This freedom comes about through the birth of the higher self. A story about the birth of a very special child mirrors what we hope will be an event for all of us, that we will all realize our higher self. The Shepherds' Play is an outward picture of this inner birth. As such, seeing it makes it possible to carry it in our hearts as an image, regardless of our cultural, personal or religious differences. In fact, our players themselves represent a variety of ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds. 

The cast, with the support of the faculty, are delighted to offer this production to the students, parents and friends of WSOC. 
Early Childhood Events
Early Childhood Information Evening & Morning in the Kindergarten

E arly Childhood Information Evening (attendance to one of these events is required for enrollment in our programs)
Wednesday, December 5
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Morning in the Kindergarten (great for families new to Waldorf Education)
Saturday, December 8
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If you have a child in our Bridge Group, he or she is of age for pre-K this coming fall. Apply online now! 

The application deadline is January 7, 2019.
Bridge Class to Pre-K: What's Next?
HS Student Council Hosts Toy & Sock Drive On Campus: Drop off Donations at High School or Main Office
WSOC On and Off Campus
Ms. Barbara's Pre-K Revels in the Rain
Early Childhood outdoor experiences are a feast for the senses. Ms. Barbara's class thoroughly enjoyed their nature outing with the added bonus of rain.
Grade 3 Visits Cal Earth
On November 27, Grade 3 visited Cal Earth (California Institute of Earth Architecture), whose mission is to further the research, development, and education of Superadobe, a safe and accessible form of Earth Architecture that provides environmentally and financially sustainable living spaces. CalEarth is engaging in ground-breaking research and education that fundamentally transforms housing options worldwide. The field trip supports Grade 3's Practical Life studies, which includes house building. Students learned about how the Cal Earth domes are created and got to try their hand at building their own structures.
Grade 6 Creates Art with Brass Rubbings
The Grade 6 history curriculum includes an introduction to Medieval history. On November 6, WSOC's Grade 6 journeyed to The Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach.

The students heard tales of medieval life from Sir Albert Bluehood. Sir Albert brought with him an extra set of chainmail for the students to try on for size. The students heard stories of knights and the weapons they used. Stories of hardship were also told, including ones about the plague!

At the center, there are more than 150 facsimile brass markers depicting Medieval life of crusader knights and their ladies, merchants and kings, mythical dragons and unicorns, all in exquisite detail. The students chose a plate on which to do a rubbing, which involves laying a sheet of paper on top of a brass etching and rubbing on the sheet with graphite, wax, or chalk. The result is a lovely masterpiece!
WSOC High School Open House Showcases Experiential Learning

WSOC hosted its annual High School Open house on Saturday, November 10th. The event included a forum with alumni students and parents and tours of different departments, including the science lab.

Left: Students from WSOC's Grades 7 and 8 enjoy a hands-on science demonstration (arranged by WSOC science teachers Kim Eijpen and Ingrid Feck) from Grade 12's Noah Cohen-Wanis.
Company of Angels Special In-Store Holiday Events

Wanda Lobito Jewelry Show
Friday, December 7
9am - 3:30pm

Eric Silva Jewelry Show
Friday, December 14
9am - 3:30pm

Castle of Costa Mesa Handmade Sale
Saturday, December 15
9am - 3pm

Special Weekend Shopping at Company of Angels!
Saturday, December 15
9am - 3pm

For more information, see our Company of Angels Newsletter here!
Community News & Announcements
WSOC Student Christian Trinh-Tran Recognized by Local Congressman

 Last semester, students in WSOC's Grade 11 Current Events elective came up with their own solutions for all of the topics covered in the class (including Environmentalism, Politics, Economics, Social Issues, Food Industry, and more). At the end of the semester they compiled all of their solutions into a letter that they mailed to their local representative in congress, the two state Senators, and the President.

Christian Trinh-Tran's letter was over 12 pages and received a personally written response from his local representative, Congressman Ed Royce CA-39th District, commending Christian for his thoughtful work and acknowledging that in some areas he actually influenced the thoughts of the Congressman. 

Waldorf 100: What is it, and Why is it So Significant?
The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe. We are making our Centennial an occasion to further develop Waldorf education for contemporary times, and focus more consciously on its global dimensions. With many exciting projects on all continents. Keep your ears and eyes open, and be part of the movement: 100 years is just the beginning!
Anthroposophy Holy Nights Study Group 2018-19

T hese study groups are non-denominational and non-sectarian.

Reading : The Gospel of St. Mark by Rudolf Steiner + 2 lectures

Our traditional meeting, about an hour and a half, opens with a carol, a traditional holiday verse and a passage from The Gospel of St. Mark by Rudolf Steiner, chosen by the host. Reading and discussion follow and we close with a verse. A special joy comes from the informal conversations and good cheer around delicious treats –hearty and sweet! If you have something tasty to bring, please let the host know.

Please arrive at all meetings 15 minutes early so we can start right on time. Please let the host know if you can come and check for possible location/time changes. Email for addresses and phone numbers .  

Wednesday, Dec 26
Liz and David Wenger    
Thursday, Dec. 27
Rachel and Brian Dumaine

Friday, Dec 28
Julia Doemer
Saturday, Dec. 29
Blythe and Jerry Fair

Sunday, Dec. 30
Thomas and Angie Meier
Monday, Dec. 31
JoAnne McAllister
Tuesday, Jan 1
Carol Jacobson
Wednesday, Jan. 2
Paul and Nancy Mitchell  
Thursday, Jan. 3
Anarah and Malik Sharif
Friday, Jan. 4
Brooke Natzke

Saturday, Jan. 5
Dale and Chris Heuremann

Sunday, Jan. 6
3 p.m.
Linda Scotton
Contact: Eloise Krivosheia for details.

Waldorf Practical Arts Training
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Pick Up Basketball Starts in January 2019!

Looking for a fun way to stay in shape? Plus build some community spirit? Come join us for pick-up basketball Saturdays from 10 to noon. High school, alums and parents are invited. First run is tentatively set for January 12, 2019. More details to follow. For questions contact Joe DeMichele ( or Hugh Brennan (
Click here for WSOC College of Teachers, Board Members, Administrative Rotation and Ombudsmen

Waldorf School of Orange County
2350 Canyon Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627-3948
(949) 574-7775