Harvest Faire is Nov. 11 - volunteers still needed!

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

1st Grade Readiness Parent Info Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 28th
Details TBA

Discussion with the Dean
Friday, Dec. 1st
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Families,

Happy November and Happy Fall weather!

There are so many exciting things happening right now. We had a fantastic Halloween day with older children helping younger ones for pumpkin carving and celebrations. Our 1st, 2nd and 4th grade walked to Dr. Betty’s on 4th Street upon her invitation to walk her labyrinth. She even painted “Welcome Maple Village” on her driveway and gave the children beautiful crystals and flags with character traits to take with them. (See photos below).

Some classes celebrated Dia de los Muertos, and Miss Ciana, Miss Jewel and Miss Kelley built a stunning altar in The Grove.

We had a great turn out for our first Discussion with the Dean this morning and are looking forward to meeting the first Friday of each month to address a different topic. Please feel free to join us!

Our Early Childhood Department is hosting a Waldorf star next week! We are honored to have Helle Heckmann visiting us for a day of mentorship with our Parent/Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten teachers. Helle is the head of the widely known Kindergarten Nokken in Denmark, an author, speaker and founder of Slow Parenting. If you want to check out her amazing and touching DVD of her Kindergarten program, please let me know. I have it on loan in my library.

Our students are creating lanterns and practicing songs for Lantern Walk (Thurs Nov. 9. See details below.) and our parents are busy crafting, gathering supplies and volunteers for Harvest Faire (Saturday, Nov. 11).

Our teachers have been implementing ideas gathered on their observation days, our administrative team is putting into place items shared at our regional Waldorf conference, we have new rope on our playground (yay Mr. Dan!), and our Waldorf 100 hallway is filling with postcards from Waldorf schools all over the world!

So much to be thankful for this month!!

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
Visiting campus? Sign in!
Need to check your child out early? Sign out!

As our school grows, so do the amount of adults entering our buildings. We are no longer at a size where everyone knows everyone. It is a positive change, but with that comes need for a few extra steps. With your children’s safety in mind, we are implementing a Visitor Sign-In Station in our front office. If you are coming to campus to volunteer in your children’s classes, helping to fix something, or have a meeting with me or a teacher, your first stop will be to see Alice. Please sign your name, time of arrival and destination in the Visitor Log Book. You will then be given a Visitor Tag to wear while on campus. This will be a sign to all teachers and students that you are someone we know and are invited. When it is time to leave, please sign-out and return your Visitor Tag. This does not apply to adults who have no intention of walking past The Office/Grove and are not entering the halls or rooms (ex: if you are crafting or coming to a meeting in The Grove).

If you need to sign-out your child early, please stop in the front office. Sign your student out in the Student Sign-Out Book. A staff member will go to get your child and bring them to you. It is that simple!

As a reminder, if you need to bring something to your child after school has started (lunch, violin, etc.), please stop in the office and leave it with a staff member. One of us will bring it to your child’s class for you. Having parents entering classrooms after the start of the day or being present in the hallway or window of the class is very distracting to the lesson. We do love you and appreciate you, but also want to respect the learning environment. Thank you!!
Parent Village
Hello Villagers,

We are 1 week away from Harvest Faire! This is crunch time! There are so many people helping out this year and it truly makes my heart happy! We do need everybody to make this event happen. If you haven't already, please, please sign up for at least one shift. Below are the following areas that still need help.
  • Set up - Friday anytime from 10-5pm and Saturday 7-10am
  • Break Down - Saturday 4-7pm
  • Face Painting - 10-12pm and 12-2pm
  • Jump Rope Maker - 10-12pm
  • Food - all shifts
  • Games - all shifts

We have so many great raffle items donated from local businesses! Here are a few. Don't forget to buy tickets for your friends and family who are not able to attend!!!

Annual Family Membership at Natural History Museum
3 Month Membership to Hanger 18 Climbing Gym
Gift Certificate to Twig & Willow
3 Month Subscription to Sparkle Stories


In addition to our new amazing catapult we will have Knight Challenges and Pixie Games. Collect coins for prizes such as handmade wooden shields and golden crowns (that the kids can adorn themselves), daggers, and silk capes or collect ribbons for a chance to be Knighted!
Closing Ceremony

Be sure to stay until the end for our closing drumming circle and fire dancing performance!!!
Harvest Faire - Kitchen Volunteers Needed!

This is Anna Stevens, Harvest Faire Food Chair and Maple Village mother, and I am writing to ask our community of parents and upper grades children for your help to make our Harvest Faire Feast magical.

Chef Maya with Phinom Cuisine and mother at Maple Village has created a beautiful feast that will be made with local ingredients donated from some of our favorite places.
Lee Gumbiner, Vice President of Operations at Museum of Latin American Art and father at Maple Village, has donated to us the use of a state of the art, professional kitchen located at MOLAA in Long Beach.

The pairing of this beautiful kitchen and the talented Chef Maya has created a unique volunteer opportunity for our community and a true culinary experience. With the guidance and instruction of Chef Maya, volunteers will prepare our feast from scratch. This will include learning special cooking techniques, use of professional cooking tools and the art of combining simple ingredients to make beautiful and unique seasonal dishes.

We are asking for volunteers Friday Nov. 10th at The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach between the hours of 9am and 5pm. We will divide the day into 3 4-hour shifts. I would like to invite the 4th-8th grade students to come on this day and gain culinary experience in a professional kitchen, while volunteering their time to the greater good of their community.

Shift 3: 2pm-5pm

If you would like to stay longer than one shift please let me know in your email.

We will need 2 volunteers on Nov 10th to help set up the kitchen at the Ranchito location.

Our kitchen will need volunteers the day of the Harvest Faire, Nov. 11th between the hours of 8:30 am-5:30pm.

Shift 1: 3-4 people are needed at 8:30 am at MOLAA to assist in the heating and transporting of our feast to the Harvest Faire location. (includes set up)

Shift 2: 9:30am-11:30am 6 volunteers

Shift 3: 11am-2:30pm 6 volunteers

Shift 4: 2pm-5:30pm 6 people (includes clean up)

Food sales are one of the most important and profitable parts of the Harvest Faire. We would love to have you earn your volunteer hours with us in the kitchen.

Please email me personally at annaestevens@gmail.com with the day and time you would like to volunteer and any further questions you may have.

With Every Good Wish,

Anna Stevens-Harvest Faire Food Chair
Maya Eller-Chef at Phinom Cuisine
Halloween Fun!
Free Time in the Evergreen Classroom

Time to do homework with a friend…
Time to read…
Time to do math…
Time to read a play…
But more fun to do homework with friends!
Waldorf Community

“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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