Winter Break starts FRIDAY! Info on Ms. Raine's Winter Break camps inside!

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

Discussion with the Dean
Friday, Jan. 12th
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, Jan. 15th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Families,

We are entering the final week before break, and the halls are filled with energy. I know there are many festivities planned for next week, so rest up! Please remember that our last day of school for 2017 is Thursday, December 21st. There is no school on Friday, December 22nd, but if you would like to bring your child, Ms. Raine still has space in her holiday baking class (see below to reserve spots)! School resumes on Monday, January 8th.

Our Winter Spiral was just beautiful. Thank you to Hospitality Committee Chair (Marissa) for gathering pine boughs, and to our teachers, staff Parent Village Chair (Reggie) and Poppy/Sunflower parents for setting up and cleaning up from this annual ritual. Our gratitude to Andreas and Ciana for adding lovely music as well. And, of course, thank you to parents for coming during the day to watch your children participate. I feel so much of the children's personality comes out when they walk the spiral. It is amazing to behold.

If you wonder whether the spiral impacts our students, look at what our youngest children did in after-care the next day:
Quote of the week the day after the spiral:
Child 1: “I am never touching a pine needle again!”
Child 2: “What if you want to be a bird?”

Have you taken your 10-second Transportation Survey yet? Please do, as it helps us! (See email sent yesterday and/or post below).

With appreciation,
From the Office
The Evergreens are busy preparing for their first
Evergreen Elves Holiday Sale
this coming Wednesday, December 20
from 12:30 to 1:30
in front of the chapel doors

We are now busy crafting many beautiful mosaic flower pots for the sale.
We will be fundraising for our 7/8 grade trip and projects.
We hope to see you there!

Have You Taken Our 10-Second Transportation Survey?

We are once again applying for the Green Ribbon award, and we need this simple anonymous information from all of our families, as alternative transportation helps!

CLICK HERE to take the survey. Can you please fill out by this
Monday, Dec. 18? Thank you!

Pennies with Purpose

We are nearing the home stretch with our fundraising efforts for a family in need. The children have taken hold of this campaign and really stepped up to the challenge. Some classes are holding a competition with me on who can raise more. I’m pretty sure I losing that race. Please help us these last 5 days and help a family feel our spirit this holiday season. If you have any questions please contact Pam Villano at 562-434-8200 or

Toy & Food Drive

* If you would like to come wrap toys or work in the food bank, please join us TOMORROW, 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

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 are in stock in our school store NOW!

Parent Village

Double Up on Scrip from

Did you know that you can earn scrip from two sources at once? Purchase a ScripNow e-gift card from (can be easily done from your smartphone or your computer) before checkout to pay for your purchases from and earn scrip from both the website (0.5%) and the e-gift card (2.5% plus any bonuses offered).

To purchase a ScripNow e-gift card from Amazon or any other participating retailer:

  1. First sign up for an account with and sign up for Presto Pay electronic payments. Select Maple Village as your recipient organization.
  2. Login to the website and select “Shop” to browse retailers, or select “Order” if you have installed the My Scrip Wallet app on your smartphone.
  3. Select the desired retailer, select the “ScripNow” e-card tab (if available), and enter the desired card amount. Click “Add to Cart”.
  4. Click on “Cart” when you are ready to checkout, enter your PrestoPay PIN number, and click “Submit Order”. Your e-gift card will be ready for use in a minute or two.

Send ShopWithScrip e-gift cards as gifts this holiday season:

Earn scrip for Maple Willage by sending gift cards through the website. All you need to do is follow the steps above but be sure to check the box “Make this a gift?” when you are choosing the gift card amount and enter the recipient information as prompted.

Be sure to sign up for the E-scrip website and register your credit cards.

In addition to, online shopping through the e-scrip portal on earns scrip for Maple Village. After signing up and choosing Maple Village as your target organization, just click on “Shops” after signing in, search for a favorite retailer, and click on that retailer’s icon to earn scrip while shopping.

You can also register your credit cards on the website to earn scrip automatically at popular local restaurants such as Tavern on 2, La Parolaccia, Number Nine, and Canadian Pizza. You will earn scrip when you pay with your credit cards without taking any additional steps.

Scripping is so easy, and the school earns money for FREE!

Also, the school has a new scrip email contact address:

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

7th & 8th Grade Evergreen Class

We had an amazing time last Friday at the AdventurePlex. Lots of team-building, camaraderie and fun! I think we will all remember this experience for a long time.
5th & 6th Grade Shady Trees Class

Our Northern Woodlands class (grades 5/6 Shady Trees and grades 7/8 Evergreens combined) experiencing the joy of contributing to community service by helping to unload the truck and set up the Food Bank pantry with volunteers from church and volunteers from our school this week.
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.
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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