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Experience the Grades

Tuesday, Feb. 6th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

6th Grade Medieval Games
Wednesday, Feb. 7th

Winter Parent/Toddler Session Ends
Friday, Feb. 9th

Rummage Sale
Friday, Feb. 9th
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Feb. 13th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

7th & 8th Grade Evergreen Class Play
Friday, Feb. 16th

Early Childhood Open House
Saturday, Feb. 17th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presidents' Day & Teacher Development Days
February 19th - 23rd
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Spring Parent/Toddler Session Begins
Tuesday, Feb. 27th

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

Letter from our Dean

Dear Families,

Thank you to those who attended the Parent Village meeting on Tuesday! It was great to see you all, and I truly am filled with gratitude when hearing about the strides you are taking to support our school.  For those of you who were unable to attend, please read the minutes in the PV Section below.

The first Friday of each month, I host “Discussion with the Dean.”  For the past two months, we have been discussing media and how to effectively reduce screen time for our children while still being able to have time for a shower or a phone call or a moment to ourselves!  And how do we navigate friend’s houses and extended family without sounding like we are judging? What are successful alternative activities? I’m happy to say, we heard great results this week from ideas shared last month. If you are interested in receiving a list of “alternative activities,” let me know. 
 
People who come to tour our school often ask me - “But will my child be prepared for a world of technology if they are not given computers, tablets and the like now?" I love that question. One of the reasons I love that question is this. My oldest son, Cole, was raised with very limited media: Nothing in the beginning years, family movie night in elementary school, and then easing into tastes of a handheld device (with a strictly written contract to boot) when he was in 5th grade. And when it was time to write his college essays for film school, he chose to write about it.  I shared this essay with the parents in our monthly discussion, and they asked if I could post it for everyone to read. I asked Cole’s permission, and here is a link to that essay
 
If you are wondering if it is worth all the hard work to follow your path of limiting media for your child, please read this essay.  And please know he was not affected adversely by the way he was raised. In fact, it is quite the opposite.  He applied to seven film schools, and he received seven acceptances with scholarships.  He is now thriving as a Junior at UCLA Theatre, Film and Television. 1,500 students applied his year. They admitted 21.
 
Standing with you and your vision,
 
Lisa
From the Office

Experience the Grades

Tuesday, February 6th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

We invite you to come and be a Waldorf student for an evening. Experience the enlivening quality of Waldorf education taught by our own teachers in Lower and Upper Grades. Since we believe children learn better when interacting with the material, our evening will include activities your children experience in class, as well as open discussion with the teachers.

The Lower Grades Session will be lead by Ms. Katy, our 1st grade teacher, and Ms. Raine, our 4th grade teacher. In this session, you will experience math the Waldorf way, through 1st grade rhythm and rhyme to 4th grade fractions. Your teachers will provide insights into how foundations are laid in the younger years and how higher-level thinking is creatively encouraged in the middle years. They will also address and dispel some of the myths about Waldorf mathematics along the way.

The Upper Grades Session will be lead by Ms. Lynne, our 7th/8th grade teacher. In this session, you will learn how the Waldorf Curriculum instills beauty, truth, and goodness in your children. Ms. Lynne will lead the group in activities and discussion and will share stories illustrating how these qualities come alive in our students during their 8-year journey through Waldorf education.

Space will be limited, so call the school at 562.434.8200 or email info@maplevillageschool.org by February 2nd to reserve your spot. Reservations will be made on a first come basis.

Childcare is available for currently enrolled MVWS families only. Please call (562) 434-8200 or email info@maplevillageschool.org to sign up for childcare. Cost is $10 per child and $5 for each additional sibling, paid directly to the childcare provider. Thank you in advance for paying in cash upon arrival!

 

We will start collecting donations on Monday, February 5th. All donations are tax deductible. If you have questions, please contact Kari Rahni at (562) 537-7484.

Green Piece

We are proud to share that we are officially a Long Beach Green Business!  We are recognized for implementing actions that reduce environmental impact, increase efficiency and promote conservation. Our business profile and best practices are posted on  www.sustainablelb.com and were recognized at a Sustainable City Commission meeting.
 
Please check out the webpage and support other Green Businesses too!
 

Parent Village

Parent Village Meeting Minutes

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Parent Village meeting on Tuesday!  If you missed it, you can view a PDF of the meeting minutes HERE.
Scrip - Go Mobile!

Did you know that you can effectively install a mobile app on your smartphone to purchase or reload ShopWithScrip gift cards and use them immediately to pay for purchases?   To install the app, visit  myscripwallet.com.  Once there, iPhone users can tap the up arrow icon at the very bottom of their screen (the icon that looks like an arrow in a square), then choose “add to home screen”. 

On an Android phone, tap the menu button in Chrome (probably 3 dots at the top right corner of the screen) and then choose “Add to homescreen”.  If you use Firefox for Android, press the menu button, click the “page” option, and then tap “Add to home screen”.  An icon will now appear on the home screen of your smartphone.

The great part about using MyScripWallet is that you can finish your shopping or ordering, and then purchase a ScripNow e-card or reload another existing card right before you are ready to pay (we often order cards while standing in line at Whole Foods and Starbucks, or right before submitting an order on  smile.amazon.com).  The clerk will scan the barcode on your phone and you can pay any remaining balance with cash or credit/debit card.  Any unused gift card balances can be used at a later time.

Remember to watch for ShopWithScrip bonuses (sometimes up to 25% scrip rates) and to complete any online ordering through either  smile.amazon.com or  escrip.com to double up on scrip, earning through both the website and a purchased e-card.

Photos
5th & 6th Grade Shady Trees Class

The Shady Trees enjoyed their day viewing ancient gold and precious artifacts at the Getty Center's Mayan, Aztec and Inca "Golden Kindgoms" exhibit.
Grades 4-6, Manzanitas and Shady Trees, enjoyed seeing and hearing the Long Beach Symphony with the LBUSD High School Honor Choir perform symphonic stories at the Terrace Theatre: Bizet, Wagner, John Williams and more!
3rd Grade Cottonwood Class

This week the Cottonwood class visited Ms. Sasha's Farm Lot 59 and had a wonderful time!
Waldorf Community

EURYTHMY WORKSHOPS

With Rachael Abbott

Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb. 3

Join us for ongoing monthly Eurythmy workshops on The Rhythms of the Seasons: Let your body and soul become attuned to the rhythms of the seasons as we explore the colors, gestures, and forms of the weekly Soul Calendar through guided movement meditation. No previous experience is necessary. PUBLIC WELCOME.

Suggested donation, $25 per workshop

RACHAEL ABBOTT grew up in Spring Valley, NY. She performed with the Else Klink Ensemble for 3 years after completing her eurythmy training at the Eurythmeum. She presently teaches in the Pasadena Waldorf School.

Event Location:
Anthroposophical Society, Los Angeles Branch
110 Martin Alley
Pasadena, CA 91105
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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