Happy December! Get ready for the Belmont Shore Holiday Parade tomorrow!!

1st Grade Readiness Parent Info Meeting
Friday, Dec. 1st
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Belmont Shore Holiday Parade
Saturday, Dec. 2nd
MVWS will have a float!

Explore Waldorf Education
Monday, Dec. 4th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Holiday Strings & Vocal Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 5th
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
@ Grace First Presbyterian Church

Handwork Wednesday
Wednesday, Dec. 6th
9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Winter Spiral
December 10th & 11th
Details TBA

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Dec. 19th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1st Grade Class Play
Thursday, Dec. 21st
Time TBA

Winter Break
Dec. 22nd - Jan. 5th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

School Resumes
Monday, Jan. 8th

Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Community,

Happy Beginning of December! To celebrate the upcoming holidays and our school, please come out to the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade on Saturday evening! Our float committee has been working hard to create a beautiful “Christmas in Paradise” float, and our families are welcome and encouraged to walk behind it. All information was sent out via email his week. Thank you to committee members Lee Gumbiner, Linda Galvan, Pam Villano, Francesca Preponis, Kari Rahni, Marisa Togiaso, Tony Duran and Andrea Bush. And thank you to everyone helping to make lanterns and decorate today!

Also, this week we had our Fire Department Fire Drill, and I am happy to report, we not only clearly passed, but the captain was very impressed with how organized, efficient and orderly we were. He had no suggestions for improvement at all! He was also very complimentary with our school as a whole and told me about his friend whose children go to the Waldorf School in San Diego. ;-) On that note, I think it is important to let you know that we run practice drills monthly (earthquake, fire and lock down). Our ‘report card’ on this drill is a direct effect of our rehearsals and your children’s ability to follow direction.

Have a festive and safe weekend, and I hope to see you at Explore Waldorf on Monday evening. Please help to spread the word!


Manzanitas “hanging out” at recess:
From the Office

Holiday Strings & Vocal Concert

The MVWS community is invited to:

MVWS Grades 3 – 8
Holiday Strings and Vocal Concert
Tuesday evening, December 5th, 2017
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Grace First Presbyterian Church
3955 North Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90808

  • Grades 5-8 Chorus students need to arrive at 5:45 PM for warm-up.
  • Grades 3 & 4 Strings players need to arrive by 6:00 PM for tuning.

All are invited to this special holiday event of beautiful music created by our student groups working together with each other and with their amazing teachers!

Pennies with Purpose

We are having a penny drive fundraiser to allow us to help a family in need this holiday season. Each of the grades classes were asked to decorate a container and challenged to collect pennies and make a difference in a family’s celebration. If we raise enough money, we will get presents, food, jackets and a Christmas tree if appropriate. Please join us in this challenge. If you have any questions please contact Pam Villano at 562-434-8200 or Business.admin@maplevillageschool.org.

Thanks for your help and have a wonderful holiday season!

Toy & Food Drive

Hello Maple Villagers,

It has been a long time since I have played the role of the village crier and how gladly I embrace this role especially now, for a mightily mighty good cause!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye!

As we face the holiday with glad hearts and tender feelings towards our family and friends, I ask that we remember those neighbors out there in our greater community who struggle to put food on their tables and to whom holidays occasion moments of sadness because gifts, such as toys and books, are impossible luxuries beyond their reach. For these neighbors in need--so that their households may shine with our light of giving and gratitude--I ask you to reach within your own home and share the surplus that is within your reach.

Please donate gently used toys and books so that these may be wrapped, ordered by age group, and gifted to less fortunate children this holiday season. Imagine how a forgotten toy in your child's room might delight another child, who expected little or nothing knowing her family's circumstance. I have watched parents come to the church, the weekend before Christmas, with ages and names of their children and take away a gift for each child with smiles of profound gratitude upon their faces. This, I believe, is the true gift of these holidays.

Should you also want to donate nonperishable canned and boxed goods--such as organic beans, soups, sauces, pasta, etc.--we also welcome them.

There will be two large drop-off boxes in the Grove Room for your donations. May they overflow with your generosity!

I hope that I have cried well and clear!

Thank you for hearing me,

Cathrine Ji

Trek To School Tuesdays!

Do you plan to walk, scooter or bike to school, but then just run a tad too late to do so?
Here is your excuse to get up a bit earlier and MAKE IT HAPPEN at least once a week!

Join Trek To School Tuesdays

Help the environment
Improve your health
Give your child the gift of movement before class
Alleviate stressful parking

Leave your car at home!

(If you live too far to participate - perhaps park a few blocks away!)
Parent Village


It’s all coming together for the Belmont Shore 35th Annual Holiday Parade for tomorrow night at 6 to 9 PM!

Join us and walk behind our float and enjoy the celebration with your children.

Have your waiver release form with you and meet at the float at no later than 5:30PM tomorrow night.

Do You Use Amazon?

Make Money for our School Without Spending a Penny more!

Amazon Smile

Scrip Through Amazon

With the holidays coming up, let’s take a minute to make sure that Maple Village can get some Scrip dollars from any purchases you might make, especially from the Amazon Smile scrip program!

When ordering from Amazon, please go to www.smile.amazon.com It is the same Amazon website. Login in with your regular Amazon user name and password.

On the next screen, you’ll be prompted to choose your charitable organization from a drop down list or search bar. Type in “Maple Village Waldorf School” in the search bar. On the next screen, check off the box for “Yes, I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support Maple Village Waldorf School.”

As you use Amazon Smile, you’ll get to track how much money you’re generating for the school.

Also, the school has a new scrip email contact address: scrip@maplevillageschool.org

Carver Scott has taken over for Jessica Tan for Scrip orders.

7th & 8th Grade Evergreen Class

Having fun with Organic Chemistry in the kitchen: making an emulsion (mayonnaise) with help from Jairo, a professional chef who just happened to be in our kitchen at the time!

Word Art Turkeys: Each feather is filled with memories and gratitude!

Waldorf Community
I'll be starting a new jump rope class at a dance studio in Long Beach, and I thought some of the MVWS students might be interested in joining. The class will take place at:
The rest of the information is included in the flyer attached above. Parents can register their kids at the website - www.letsjumpla.com. Once I know how many students are interested, I'll schedule a weekly class. The classes will eventually become a performance and competition team - the first in Long Beach!
- Mike Fry, MVWS jump rope teacher
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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