Have you invited your family & friends to Harvest Faire yet? 2 more weeks!

Kindergarten Lagoon Day
Wednesday, Nov. 1st

Harvest Faire Crafting
Wednesday, Nov. 1st
9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Discussion with the Dean
Friday, Nov. 2nd
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Harvest Faire Crafting
Wednesday, Nov. 8th
9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Lantern Walk
Thursday, Nov. 9th
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
@ Marina Vista Park

Fall Parent/Toddler Ends
Friday, Nov. 10th

Veterans' Day
Friday, Nov. 10th
*** NO SCHOOL ***
(except Parent/Toddler)

Harvest Faire
Saturday, Nov. 11th
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ El Ranchito Girl Scout Camp

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Nov. 14th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 20th - 24th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Winter Parent/Toddler Begins
Tuesday, Nov. 28th

Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Community,

We made it through the heat! Thank you to our teachers, parents and students for being flexible as we forged through the beginning of this week. This was just another example of us working as a team.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Jack Petrash. I know some of our teachers and parents were also able to attend in Orange County and Pasadena, but I also know the vast amount of you were unable to join. For this reason (and because I love to sit with parents and talk about education and parenting), I am starting our Discussion with the Dean sessions again!

These will take place the first Friday of each month. The first one will take place next week.

Discussion with the Dean


How are Waldorf Educational principals relevant in our 21st Century World?

How does it prepare our students for the future?

Let’s talk about contemporary educators and current brain research.

What is needed for the new global economy?

What is divergent thinking and creative intelligence and when do they start?


Friday, November 2nd

9:00 - 10:15 am

The Grove Room

This is a time for adults only and is free! Bring your favorite beverage and an open mind. If you would like to bring a snack to share, you are more than welcome to do so.

RSVPs are helpful.



From the Office
Lantern Walk is Coming!

Thursday, November 9th
Marina Vista Park (NOTE: NEW LOCATION)
Parking along Colorado, Eliot and in parking lot by tennis courts.

What is Lantern Walk?

The Lantern Walk is a festival that we celebrate yearly at Maple Village. As Daylight Savings ends, and it becomes darker earlier, this is a time to walk through the darkness with our light, singing and holding lanterns. All of the songs we sing and the lanterns we make can serve to remind us of our own light which we can shine in the darkness.

In years past, we have shared cider and a story before our stroll through the park. However, since our community has grown so much larger, and since the story told is hard to hear in an open space and is more appropriate for older children to hear, we are simplifying our event this year and will not have cider sharing or the St. Martin story. Miss Paola will be incorporating the story into her Second Grade curriculum. Please see the schedule below.

Safety is very important; please be sure that your child stays close to you for the entire evening. All the the lanterns we make with the children are designed to be safe; with that said, they are holding real fire and will need to be continually monitored and may need guidance in how to safely hold their lanterns. When the evening comes to a close, the park is very dark, so be sure all of your personal items are safely stowed in your car before we gather in song.

We hope that you and your family have an enjoyable evening and experience the radiance of this joyful fall festival. We ask that a mood of quietness and reverence be held once the lantern procession has begun. Please refrain from socializing and talking at this time. If you do not know the songs, take the time to learn them from your child or simply take in the experience of lantern light and sweet singing. At the end of the night, we will gather as one, and then we ask you to please leave the park in silence, as our teachers sing.

If you have any questions or concerns please bring them to your class teacher or room parents.

We look forward to an evening filled with song!

The Maple Village Festival Committee

Our Evening:

  • 4:30-4:45
    • Gathering in the upper east side of the park.
  • 4:45-5:00
    • Lighting lanterns
  • 5:00
    • Songs led by Evergreen and Shady Tree Chorus with Miss Francesca
  • 5:10-5:30
    • Lantern Walk
  • 5:30
    • Faculty says their goodbyes and sings to families as they leave

Things to remember:

  • Refrain from talking during the lantern procession; we ask that there is Only Singing
  • Leave all personal items in the car
  • Parents are responsible for their child during the event

Things to bring:

  • Lantern (unless your teacher is bringing them all)
  • Extra fire stick to help keep lanterns lit during the walk

Songs we will be singing:

  • Glimmer Lantern Glimmer
  • The Sunlight Fast is Dwindling
  • Lanterna
  • Burn Little Candle
Quote of the Week

In the Girls' Bathroom:

Child 1: “Watch this... use A LOT of soap.”
Child 2: “Oh, it foams up SO much!”

Miss Lisa (walking by, overhearing and stepping in): “Well, we don’t want to use too much soap. Just one pump is enough. If we use too much soap, we will have to buy more, and that is money that can be spent on other things that are more fun than soap.”

Child 1: “We BUY soap?”

Miss Lisa: “Yes. Where do you think it comes from?”

Child 1: “We don’t MAKE it?”
Child 2: “Yeah, why don’t we make it? I know how to make it.”

Miss Lisa thinking to herself.. “How amazing is that. Only at a Waldorf School."
Can You Help?

Maple Village is seeking someone in our community who can help us expand our WiFi network to cover our whole campus. If you are this someone, please contact an administrator to let us know!
Parent Village
Harvest Faire

Hello Villagers!

We are only 2 weeks away from Harvest Faire!!! EEK! The Harvest Faire committee is so excited!!!

However.....we still need lots of help to make this a truly magical event for our children....and a great fundraiser!

Here are the areas we still need help in:

Friday Set-UP- EVERYONE any time of the day for at least an hour 10-5pm
Break Down Saturday 4-7pm (or until done) More hands will make it go quickly and then we can sit and relax around the bonfire and even stay to camp out!!! We will also have a raffle regarding staying overnight.... ;D

Face Painting- All times available
Pocket Person- 2-4pm
Food- All shift available
Games- All shifts available
Photography- Need people for our photo booth as well as wandering photograohers All shifts avail
Village- Village Crier - All shifts available
Greeter/Tickets- 12-3:15
Farmer 9-12pm
Miller- 9-12, 12-3:15
Village Shoppe- All shifts available

Handwork Wednesday
Please come to our last two weeks of Handwork Wednesday! It is fun and we have lots to do ;)

Exciting New Addition to This Year's Faire

The fairy & gnome village is a magical world, tucked away in a wooded niche of the Maple Village Faire, where children are free to create, build, and revel in the wonder of nature. Using only natural material, the children will create a resting place for the fairies and gnomes who visit the Faire, building cozy dwellings that are inviting, whimsical, and uniquely theirs.

In Gratitude,
Waldorf Community
AWSNA Inform Newsletter

This newsletter shares information about the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America's activities, events, news, and inspiring stories pertaining to Waldorf Education.

Click here to read October’s Inform - AWSNA’s community newsletter. Highlighted in this issue:

  • Waldorf Education's voice in the wider education community

  • Waldorf One World: WOW-Day

  • The Importance of Learning a Second Language

  • The Comeback of Cursive

“To contemplate the destinies of human beings with reverence and awe - that is something our times demand of us.”- R. Steiner

Please join us to grow, explore, and become more of who we are in The Art of Human Becoming: A Three Part Webinar Series on Biography and Social Art with biography practioners Kathleen Bowen, Patricia Rubano, Leah Walker, Sarah Putnam, Linda Bergh, and Jennifer Fox.

When: Wednesdays October 4, October 25, and November 15 at 7:30 pm Eastern. (All registrants will receive recordings of the webinars.)

Where: Online! Find out more and REGISTER here.

What: Sessions include an overview of biography, an investigation into understanding and transforming the forces inside and outside of us, and an exploration of the life cycles, including the seven year cycles, that inform the rhythms and patterns of our life.

Questions? Contact Laura Scappaticci at laura@anthroposophy.org

About Maple Village Waldorf School

Maple Village Waldorf School aims to create a compassionate and welcoming environment rooted in the traditions and the philosophies of Waldorf education. We endeavor to engage and nurture the whole child resulting in a balance of heart, mind, body and spirit. We strive to provide a full living education integrating academia, the arts and communal awareness in order to inspire, energize and develop creativity and a love of learning in each student.

For more information or to apply, please call us at (562) 434-8200, email us at info@maplevillageschool.org, or visit our website.
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