School starts Tuesday - we're so excited to see you!
First Day of School 
Tuesday, Sept. 4th 
See details below.

Stargazing Concert
Saturday, Sept. 8th
5:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
See flyer below.

Fall Parent/Toddler Session Begins
Tuesday, Sept. 11th

Me & My Baby Fall Session Begins
Thursday, Sept. 13th

Parent Village Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 13th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free childcare!

School Pictures
October 2nd & 3rd
From the Office
Missed Orientation?

Please bring your child's earthquake kit on the first day of school - instructions below!

Our Parent Handbook is available as a PDF download: 
Maple Village Waldorf School 2018-2019 Parent Handbook 
If you would like a paper copy, please contact the office. You must also sign a Parent Acknowledgment of 2018-2019 Handbook form in the office if you did not sign one at Orientation. 

Click the following links for PDF copies of handouts:

Please come to the office to pick up your Orientation folder, which includes the above handouts as well as class-specific information from your child's teacher.

* Parent/Toddler and Me & My Baby families are exempt from all of the above - though you are welcome to read our handbook and handouts! :)

 Announcing Our 2018-2019 Faculty & Staff!

After a summer of hiring and reorganization, we are very excited and proud to announce our faculty and staff for the coming year. 

Listening to our teachers and understanding their desires for growth and development is important to us,  so you may see some familiar names in different roles and perhaps some new people to meet!
  • Jake Abernathie - Music Accompanist
  • Anna Adkisson - Strings Teacher
  • Alyssa Bishop - Parent/Toddler Assistant Teacher & Morning Care Teacher
  • Francesca Delfin Preponis - Parent/Toddler Lead Teacher & Chorus Teacher
  • Sebastien Dupuis - Eurythmy Block Teacher
  • Lucy Ford - Strings Teacher
  • Katy Gannon - 2nd Grade Palm Trees Class Teacher
  • Charlotte Guest - Sunflower Kindergarten Lead Teacher
  • Jo Hendrix - Front Office (Thu/Fri) & Sweet Pea Preschool Teacher 2 (Wed)
  • Basil Hernandez - 4th Grade Cottonwoods Class Teacher
  • Sasha Kanno - Gardening Teacher
  • Nicol Kelley - Sweet Pea Preschool Teacher 2 (Mon/Tue) & Poppy Preschool Teacher 2
  • Ania Kubik - 6th/7th & 8th Grade Shady Trees Class Teacher
  • Ciana Lee - Games Teacher & Grades Aftercare Teacher
  • Lori Lochmiller - Larkspur Kindergarten Assistant Teacher & Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher
  • Mele McCabe - Poppy Preschool Teacher 1
  • Lisa McCarthy - Dean of Education
  • Jewel Nicholson - Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant Teacher & Early Childhood Aftercare Teacher
  • Iris Ortiz - Spanish Teacher
  • Ririko Oshiro - Handwork Teacher
  • Annette Parry - Games Teacher Mentor & Middle School Athletic Events
  • Kari Rahni - Outreach & Communications Coordinator
  • Kimberly Raine - 5th Grade Manzanitas Class Teacher
  • Peggy Reilly - 1st Grade Class Teacher
  • Kathy Rinden - Larkspur Kindergarten Lead Teacher
  • Paola Schouten - 3rd Grade Willows Class Teacher
  • Victoria Seaborn - Sweet Pea Preschool Teacher 1
  • Dan Steinbacher - Extended Day Program Supervisor & Faculty Support Floater
  • Alice Stevens - Admissions & Enrollment Coordinator
  • Emilio Tello - Parent/Toddler Guitarist
  • Larry Tong - Woodworking Teacher
  • Pam Villano - Business Administrator
  • Drew Wall - Morning Care Teacher
  • Meghan Wincor - Front Office (Mon/Tues/Wed)
First Day of School & Bridge Ceremony

9/4 Tuesday
First Day of School / Bridge Ceremony

8:30 Bell for Grades
10:00 Kindergarten late start
10:00 Sweet Pea Preschool late start (Poppies start Wed.)

All parents and caregivers are welcome to come observe the Bridge Ceremony in the Social Hall at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, where our new First Grade class will be making the symbolic journey over the bridge from early childhood to the grades.  Afterwards, parents and caregivers are welcome to stay in the Social Hall for light refreshments and a chance to chat with our Dean, Lisa McCarthy.
Stargazing Concert

Saturday, September 8th
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Marine Stadium

Maple Village Waldorf School presents:
Stargazing - Songs to Inspire and Connect
Our Annual Back To School Concert led by:
Maple Village Teachers and Community Members

Free Admission | Suggested Donation is $20 per family 
***This event is for MVWS families only (not open to the public).***

 Parent Village Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 13th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free childcare with reservation!
Now Enrolling
Parent/Toddler Fall Session

We still have spots available in the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday classes for our fall session of Parent/Toddler!  If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Alice ASAP.  This program usually has a waitlist, so now is the time to join!  Here are the session details:

Tuesday, Wednesday*, Thursday, or Friday
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
First Day:  September 11/12/13/14
Last Day:  November 6/7/8/9
Cost:  $295, all fees included

*Wednesday class will continue to be an outdoor class at Mae Boyar Park in Lakewood.  All other classes are held on the MVWS campus.

We also offer a discount for registering for the whole upcoming school year!  Families have the option to register for all three Parent/Toddler sessions upfront for $810, guaranteeing your spot on the day of your choice for Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions.  You will save $75 on registration fees and also receive half off our Preschool application fee ($50, down from $100), for a total savings of $125. Otherwise, registering for each session individually will be $295 per session.

Spots in each of the classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Me & My Baby Fall Session

Ms. Francesca will be leading a new session of Me & My Baby classes this fall!  Spots are still available; please help us get the word out to parents of babies aged 6-16 months.

Me & My Baby is a 9-week class designed for both of you – a unique opportunity to meet other parents/caregivers at this incredible time in your baby’s life. Drawing inspiration from many sources including RIE and Waldorf, Me & My Baby offers a place to connect, observe your child’s growth, and discuss child development and parenting in a warm, supportive environment. Come meet us once a week, share your joys and frustrations, and celebrate the journey together.  This class is for babies 6 – 16 months old and their parent or caregiver.

Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Fall 2018 Session: September 13th – November 8th

Tuition: $225 total per 9-week session

After-School Theatre for Grades Students - Sign Up Now!

We are excited to welcome KITE back this year, bringing their amazing theatre program to students in grades 1-8!  KITE will meet after school is dismissed on Friday afternoons.  For more information or to enroll your child, please email KITE at
Seeking Vehicle for Mr. Dupuis 

Our amazing Eurythmy teacher, Mr. Dupuis, has moved to Northern California, but he has agreed to come back to do a 7-week block with our students! We are seeking volunteers to provide him with any extra vehicle (car, moped, etc.) from September 17 - November 5. Please contact Lisa if you are able to help.  Sebastien will also be offering adult classes while he is here (see below!)

Adult Classes with Sebastien Dupuis

Thursdays: September 20 - November 1 (7 weeks)
1:15-2:25 Eurythmy
Why do we do Eurythmy in Waldorf schools? Come experience live music and poetry through flowing movement with others. An introduction to the new art of speech and tone eurythmy. 
2:30-4:00 Anthroposophical Study
Through observation, practical exercises and study we will explore how Anthroposophy (the philosophy at the source of Waldorf education) can help us acquire a deeper experience of the social question, liberty of thought, and a knowledge of the spiritual nature of the human being.
We will work with a lecture by Rudolf Steiner:
Please sign up in the MVWS office (participant minimum 4, maximum 16).
You may drop in to individual classes ($10 each) or register for both classes for all 7 weeks ($100).  Cash or checks (made out to Sebastien Dupuis) are accepted.
If finances are a constraint, other exchanges can be possible - please contact Sebastien.
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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