Winter Spiral is this Sunday & Monday - all details inside!

Winter Spiral
December 10th & 11th
Details in Bulletin!

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale
Wednesday, Dec. 13th

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

1st Grade Class Play
Thursday, Dec. 21st
1st Grade families only, please.

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

School Resumes
Monday, Jan. 8th

Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Families,

What a week we had with the Parade on Saturday night, Explore Waldorf Education on Monday evening, Strings/Chorus Concert on Tuesday evening, and we received a City of Long Beach recognition on Wednesday! (see all below)

Explore Waldorf Education was so informative and inspiring. I am very thankful to our panel of teachers, parents and high school students, who spoke so truthfully about the benefits of Waldorf Education from a real world perspective. Larry Tong (parent of a 6th grader and Kindergartener) reflected on the demands of a structural aeronautical engineer and how engineers are suddenly expected to think outside of the box, when they were trained their whole lives to think and perform inside the box. He also spoke about his own child’s education and how in Waldorf Education, we teach everything at a particular time in the child’s development - not a moment sooner or later - but exactly when it is the right time. As such, his child is thirsty for what is to come, instead of burning out on what he is learning. His son can’t wait for the more advanced science ahead and is salivating!

Jessica, a high school teacher, and Waldorf alum herself, explained that she valued her education because we see things as a system instead of isolated units. This consistent approach helped her tremendously when working in the field of allergies and looking at the whole picture to find cause and solution.

The high school students talked about the difference of instruction (to fill) and education (to draw forth). They also gave us a beautiful image of them as seniors and the duality of standing at the top of a mountain, looking down at all the years behind them and the richness of their education, and at the same time, knowing that everyone is looking up to the top of the mountain at them. They feel the responsibility of passing along their experience to others. They are passionate, poised and ready to dive into college. One of them also talked about the difference of being “pointy” and well-rounded. Ask me about it!

This Bulletin is FULL of exciting and important events happening NOW. PLEASE scroll through so you don’t miss a beat!

With appreciation,

From the Office

Winter Spiral

Winter Spiral will be held this Sunday, December 10th and Monday, December 11th in the MVWS Social Hall!

This is a powerful experience for both family and child. Your child will be going on a journey and we will be able witness their strength and bravery. The music will start and one by one, the children will walk the spiral. Who they are at this time is very special and the Winter Spiral will give you the chance to really see that. If you would like to know more about the meaning of WinterSpiral, we recommend this article from City of Lakes Waldorf School.

Important reminders for Winter Spiral:

  • Be on time as we will not be able to open the doors for late families.
  • This is a silent event - please, no talking.
  • Please dress your child in pants or leggings.
  • Have them wear simple, easy to walk in shoes.
  • Their tops need to be well fitting, not loose or flowing because of the candle.
  • All children’s hair needs to be clipped or tied back (buns or high ponytail work best).
  • Please, no cameras during the ceremony.
  • If you have a small child that is restless please exit quietly.
  • If you are not able to attend, please let your child's teacher know.
  • If you are planning to have siblings walk during a different time slot, please let their teacher know as soon as possible.

Dates and Times:

Sunday, December 10th
  • 3:30 - 4:30 Poppy Preschool
  • 4:30 - 5:30 Larkspur Kindergarten
  • 5:30 - 6:30 Sunflower Kindergarten
Monday, December 11th
  • 9:15 - 10:00 Sweet Pea Preschool
  • 1:15 - 2:15 1st Grade
  • 2:15 - 3:15 2nd Grade
  • 3:15 - 3:45 5th/6th Grade
  • 3:45 - 4:15 7th/8th Grade
  • 4:15 - 5:15 3rd and 4th Grade together

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

Thanks for your help and have a wonderful holiday season!

Toy & Food Drive

* If you would like to come wrap toys or work in the food bank, please join us on Saturday, Decemeber 16th at 8:00am at the church! *

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

Green Business Recognition

Exciting News! The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability awarded Maple Village Waldorf School a Certificate of Recognition for being a Green Business. The Long Beach Green Business Program is designed to recognize businesses that have committed to reduce environmental impact, increase efficiency and promote conservation. Our school demonstrates strong business practices in:
- Waste Reduction & Recycling
- Alternative Transportation
- Water Conservation & Pollution Prevention
- Green Purchasing
- Energy Efficiency & Conservation
- Staff Training & Public Awareness

The commission was very impressed with our school and expressed gratitude for all we are doing to set an example for others. Thank you to Billie Gentry for helping me with the application!


2018 Waldorf Arts Calendar

Student work in the Fine Arts from kindergarten through high school is featured in a beautiful Waldorf Arts Wall Calendar being offered to Waldorf communities nationwide by Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm. Proceeds go to Summerfield's Fire Disaster Fund. This 15 month calendar runs from January 2018-March 2019 and illustrates the special place art enjoys in the Waldorf curriculum.

See sample pages here: Front and Back cover | Monthly Pages | Intro Pages

Calendars are priced at $18 and will be in stock in our school store early next week!

Parent Village

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 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 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:

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

Our 3rd - 8th graders performed beautifully on Tuesday night! Thank you again to our Chorus teacher, Francesca Preponis; our Strings teachers, Anna Adkisson and Lucy Ford; our Strings tutors, and Grace First Presbyterian Church. And thank you to our parents for supporting music education for your children!
Thank you again to our Parade Committee, and all the parents who helped create our float, for making it possible to be in this year’s Belmont Shore Parade with thousands of watchers!! It was an amazing experience, and our students were incredible ambassadors!
Waldorf Community
Ms. Deborah's daughter Kristen is selling holiday treats! Kristen shares her mother's passion for food and cooking - consider ordering something special for your family.
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 - 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, or visit our website.
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