Happy fall equinox! School pictures will be taken Oct. 2 & 3 - schedule inside
School Pictures
October 2nd & 3rd
See schedule below.

3rd Grade Parent Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 9th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

5th Grade Parent Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 9th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

6th/7th & 8th Grade Parent Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 9th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Rummage Sale
Friday, Oct. 12 & Saturday, Oct. 13
Willow Class Fundraiser

Faculty In-Service Day
Monday, Oct. 15th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Oct. 16th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lou Harvey-Zahra Lecture
Tuesday, Oct. 16th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m
Open to the public!
Letter from our Dean
Hello Villagers,
Our Dean has had a very full and exciting week in Washington D.C. accepting the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon School award on behalf of our school. The ceremony, which was held on Wednesday, was live streamed on Facebook. As I watched, I saw several of you log in and either comment or "like" (or both). The support meant so much to her! I will let her share her experience in next week's bulletin but thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of "Lisa's Green Adventures in D.C." 
Have a great weekend!
Kari Rahni
Communications & Outreach Coordinator 
From the Office
School Picture Days Schedule

It's that time of year again! Schedule those hair cuts, pick those outfits, clean their faces and send them off for their school picture! 

We welcome back the talented photographer Shana Cassidy for her fourth year at MVWS. She will be staged in our Preschool courtyard area.  Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, October 2nd
  • 8:30-9:00  Manzanita 5th Grade
  • 9:00-10:00 Sweet Pea Preschool
  • 10:00-10:45 Willow 3rd Grade
  • 10:45-11:45  Sunflower Kindergarten
  • 11:45-12:30 Laurel 1st Grade
  • 12:30-1:00  Cottonwood 4th Grade
Wednesday, October 3rd
  • 7:45-8:00 Open for teacher singles
  • 8:00 Group Faculty Photo & Remaining Singles
  • 8:30-9:00 Shady Trees 6th/7th & 8th Grade
  • 9:00-9:30 Class Photographs
  • 9:30-10:30 Poppy Preschool
  • 10:30-11:15 Larkspur Kindergarten
  • 11:15-12:00 Palm 2nd Grade
MVWS Store Spotlight

Handmade soap bars for $6 each!  Only three left, made by a local friend of the school.

Parent Village
Diversity Committee

The role of the MVWS Diversity Committee is to make recommendations regarding diversity issues within the school and recommend methods for supporting equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance to best meet the needs of our unique students and families.  MVWS is already doing a lot in this area and we are here to help.

MVWS Diversity Statement:

We strongly believe that inclusion of diversity throughout the learning experience strengthens all subject areas. Through the Waldorf method of teaching, students hear stories about heroes and courageous people from around the world. Whether it is building models of the shelters of indigenous people in the 3rd grade, learning phonics through tales from Jamaica, China, Africa, India and Russia, or studying the heroes of recent history—like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.—the curriculum provides our students and families the opportunity to learn about and appreciate contributions from men and women from all cultures and walks of life. Children study Native America and Spanish language and culture, as well as learning Japanese verses, poetry and songs. Our attention to diversity and inclusion is not only experienced in terms of curriculum content, but also in terms of action. Cultural cooking is brought into every grade, and teachers integrate different learning styles into lesson plans, modify physical activities for various body types and are sensitive to the range of abilities in each class. Activity groups always integrate genders, and assumptions are not made about sexual identity. Use of language is approached with sensitivity to respect the private beliefs of students and families present in the school. Classroom decoration and school festivals and events honor and celebrate a diversity of cultural experience and expressions.
Parent Village Meeting Minutes

Dear Maple Village Community,

Last week we held our first Parent Village meeting and it was a great success!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us and who signed up for a committee or two. You earned one credit toward your volunteer hours!   If you couldn’t make it to the meeting but still want to know what was discussed the minutes are below.  There is still time to sign on to a committee if you haven’t already and many great events are around the corner that we will need your help with - Harvest Faire comes to mind!  

Our Best,

Jennie Virgilio & Britt Sexton
Co-Chairs, Parent Village

Can you spot the Maple Village faculty member in this photo from Chicago Waldorf School's eigth grade? :)
Now Enrolling
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 info@kitekids.org.
Adult Classes with Sebastien Dupuis

Thursdays: September 20 - November 1 (7 weeks)  There's still time to join!
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:  https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/Dates/19161010p01.html
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.
Waldorf Community
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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