Monday is Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
Veterans Day
Monday, Nov. 12th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Parent Handwork Mornings
Tuesday, Nov. 13th & Wednesday, Nov.14th
9:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Me & My Baby Fall Session Ends
Friday, Nov.16th

Harvest Faire
Saturday, Nov. 17th
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Held at Camp Fire USA

Thanksgiving Break
November 19th - 23rd
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Nov. 27th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Parent/Toddler Winter Session Begins
Tuesday, Nov. 27th

1st Grade Readiness Talk
Thursday, Nov. 29th
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Preschool Parent Night
Thursday, Nov. 29th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Me & My Baby Winter Session Begins
Friday, Nov. 30th

Open House for Prospective Families
Saturday, Dec. 1st
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Explore Waldorf Education
Tuesday, Dec. 4th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Winter Spiral
Sunday, Dec. 9th & Monday, Dec. 10th
Schedule & details TBA.
Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Families,
Thank you for joining our annual Lantern Walk yesterday. We have gotten so large, and what a beautiful site to see so many lanterns lighting up the early darkness.  All of the handmade lanterns were simply stunning.  
Just a reminder if you are visiting the school, enter through our front door (no entry at the courtyard gate). You will notice a difference at our front door entrance, as the door will now remain locked from 9:15 - 5:30.  Please call the school number if you are at the door and need to enter.  (There is a sign on the door with all information needed.) As always, if you are visiting a classroom, please sign-in at the office and obtain your visitor pass.  Also, please remember to close the door firmly behind you when exiting.  Our new office window will be installed over the Thanksgiving Break.  At that point, you will be able to be helped at the pass through window or be permitted to enter the school for volunteering, meetings, etc. 
This week I had the pleasure of watching our students perform beautifully for each other on our last day of our Fall Eurythmy block. Thank you again to our Board President,  Darshi Balasuriya for providing housing for Mr. Dupuis for the last 7 weeks and to  Alicia Sovich and Robert Dameron for providing him transportation.  This week I also loved working with our middle school students on applying for an International Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions Summit, reading one-on-one with our third grade students, counseling children who needed an extra ear, and talking to parents about child development and sharing ideas to implement at home.  I find such value in working directly with you and your children. Thank you.  
Get ready for our HUGE Harvest Faire - It is only a week away! We are still truly needing volunteer help, so see the information below regarding how to sign up and please help our village! 
Our Lost & Found grows during these cool mornings and warm afternoons, as children shed jackets during recess time. We try to catch which is whose, but it is difficult. Please label your child’s items.  If I see a label, I jump for joy and head straight to their classrooms to return the item. Win-Win! 
Have a wonderful holiday weekend (No school on Monday due to Veteran’s Day)!
From the Office
Volunteers Needed at Harvest Faire!
You may not be aware but Harvest Faire requires 100% parent volunteer participation on the day of the event.  If you haven’t already signed up for a shift (3 hours) please contact Meghan or Kari.  At our current sign-up rate some parents will be carrying the load of setting up a booth, staffing it the entire day, and clean-up.  Please help spread the workload (and the ❤️ love) by signing up!!!!!!!
Three easy ways to sign up:
1.  At drop-off or pick-up, sign up for a shift on the sheets in the Grove.  OR if you cannot make it to the Grove:
2.  Contact Meghan at - Let her know what shift (above) to sign you up for.
3.  Contact Anna at
It's going to be so much fun with all of us working together!
Many thanks,
Jennie & Britt
Monday & Tuesday Morning Care Volunteers Needed

We are looking for parent volunteers to sign students in to morning care on Monday & Tuesday mornings between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  This will count towards your volunteer hours.  Please  let the office know if you can help us.  Thank you to Gehisa, Mahsa, and Bassalla for helping us out on the other days of the week!
Aftercare Wishlist

Hi Maple Village families!

Cleaning out some cupboards before the holidays? Forgot to donate some stuff to the rummage sale last month?
Good news! Aftercare is looking for a few more games and other household items for donation:

  • A few bedspreads/large blankets for group sit-down activities
  • Mancala
  • Checkers 
  • Chess
  • Uno
  • Connect 4
  • Soccer balls and Basketballs
  • Yoga mats to be repurposed as nap mats
  • A few small trash cans
  • Blackout or heavy curtains to aid in our early childhood resting environment
  • Help with repairing or replacing the backboard of the basketball hoop
Please leave any and all items on the list in the Grove, marked "Aftercare Donation". Thank you so much in advance!
Mr. Dan and the Aftercare Staff
School Photos

School photos have arrived!  If you ordered photos before the shipping deadline, they are available for pick-up in the Grove.  If you have multiple children, each student has their own envelope this year.  Please do not take anyone else's photos unless you have their explicit permission to do so.
Parent Village
Parent Handwork - Tuesday & Wednesday Morning

Harvest Faire is just around the corner!  Please join us this Tuesday, Nov. 13th and Wednesday, Nov. 14th from 9:15-11:30 for handwork in the Grove.  For the upcoming Harvest Faire we will be paining rocks, making peg dolls, and making twine and bead bracelets.  It's a nice way to meet and talk with other parents.  And you get volunteer credits!

Our fall Eurythmy lessons with Mr. Dupuis culminated in an upper grades (4th - 8th) sharing with all grades classes in attendance. We were also treated with a performance from the adult Eurythmy students, and Mr. Dupuis also did a solo! We are so thankful for the depth of lessons Mr. Dupuis brings to us. We will miss him very much, as he travels back up to Northern California.  We are fortunate that Mr. Jake remains as our piano accompanist for Chorus.
Terralee Pettinger, 45-year parishioner of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, gave the 6th, 7th and 8th grades Shady Trees class an oral history of the property and the congregation from its beginnings, through the rebuilding - necessitated by the Long Beach earthquake of 1933 - as pictured in the wall plaque (look closely) all the way to the present-day Saturday Food Bank ministry for which our Shady Trees, along with the 5th grade Manzanita class, unload the food truck each month. The Shady Trees loved becoming more connected to this wondeful property which houses our school and our middle school campus. Thank you, Terralee!
Now Enrolling

Parent/Toddler Winter Session - Open Enrollment

Enrollment is now open to all for our upcoming winter session of Parent/Toddler classes!  If you know someone with a young child who might like to join us, please send them this info.  Here are the session details:


Tuesday, Wednesday*, Thursday, or Friday

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

First Class:  week of November 26th

Last Class:  week of February 4th

No Class:  weeks of December 24th or 31st (school closed for Winter Break)

Cost:  $295, all fees included

*Wednesday class will continue to be an outdoor explorers class at Mae Boyar Park in Lakewood.  We would love to have some more families join us!

To register, please contact Alice in the office.  Spots in each of the classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Currently all classes have openings - you can check the status of each class  on our website.

Thank you for helping to spread the word!  This class often has a waitlist so now is the perfect time for new families to join.
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, or visit our website.
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