❄ Winter Spiral is this Sunday & Monday - details inside! ❄
Winter Spiral
Sunday, Dec. 9th & Monday, Dec. 10th
Schedule & details below.

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Dec. 18th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Holiday Bazaar
Wednesday, Dec. 19th
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Chorus & Strings Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 19th
Call time 5:15 p.m.
Concert 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Held at Grace First Presbyterian Church.

Kindergarten Winter Potluck
Friday, Dec. 21st
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Held at Marina Vista Park.

Winter Break
December 24th -
January 4th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

School Resumes
Monday, January 7th
Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village families,
At this time of year, things can quickly ramp up as we try to prepare for the holidays - purchasing gifts, accepting invitations to parties, organizing family events, managing class and extracurricular performances, baking, grocery shopping and finding that last parking spot...  In an effort to enter the holidays with ease, we discussed this topic at Discussion with the Dean this morning.
When I asked the participants to share their wishes for this holiday season, here is what filled our chalkboard:
  • Connection to family
  • Less stress
  • Looking inward
  • Meaningful gifts and time
  • Empowerment
  • Time to appreciate the memories
  • Be in the moment
  • More about giving than receiving
  • Space for reverence
  • Being on the same team
  • Staying healthy
Do you see any of your wishes in that list?  If so, here are a few of the ideas that arose:
Having a “Giving Advent Calendar” in which each day there is a little task of doing something for someone else; telling children stories about giving such as  The Rabbit and the Carrot; planning ahead to find a schedule/rhythm everyone can commit to and feel good about before deciding ‘on the fly’ and possibly overcommitting; actually scheduling time to slow down and foster reverence for being in the moment together (our own Winter Spiral is a wonderful example of this!).  In Waldorf education, we teach through the heart, so showing children the love of giving is much more effective than ’telling’ them that giving is more important than receiving.
I read this article aloud, and in the end, we all agreed that  “having and experiencing are very different.”
May you travel through the coming weeks with intention and love,
From the Office
Winter Spiral

Winter Spiral will be held on Sunday, December 9th and Monday, December 10th in the MVWS Social Hall!


This is a powerful experience for both family and child. Your child will be going on a journey and we will be able witness their strength and bravery. The music will start and one by one, the children will walk the spiral. Who they are at this time is very special and the Winter Spiral will give you the chance to really see that. If you would like to know more about the meaning of Winter Spiral, we recommend  this article from City of Lakes Waldorf School.


Important reminders for Winter Spiral:

  • Be on time as we will not be able to open the doors for late families.
  • This is a silent event - please, no talking.
  • Please dress your child in pants or leggings.
  • Have them wear simple, easy to walk in shoes.
  • Their tops need to be well fitting, not loose or flowing because of the candle.
  • All children’s hair needs to be clipped or tied back (buns or high ponytail work best).
  • Please, no cameras during the ceremony.
  • If you have a small child that is restless please exit quietly.
  • If you are not able to attend, please let your child's teacher know.
  • If you are planning to have siblings walk during a different time slot, please let their teacher know as soon as possible.

Dates and Times:

Sunday, December 9th
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Poppy Preschool
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Larkspur Kindergarten
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunflower Kindergarten
Monday, December 10th
  • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Sweet Pea Preschool
  • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. 2nd Grade Palms
  • 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. 5th Grade Manzanitas
  • 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. 6th/7th/8th Grade Shady Trees
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 3rd Grade Willows
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 1st Grade Laurels
  • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. 4th Grade Cottonwoods
Aftercare Wishlist

Hi Maple Village families!

Cleaning out some cupboards before the holidays?  Forgot to donate some stuff to the rummage sale?  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!
Ms. Ciana and the Aftercare Staff
Shady Trees Class Fundraiser

“Blooming Paperwhites”
Holiday Fundraiser
By the Shady Trees Class
Grades 6, 7 & 8
Buy them!
Bloom them!
Enjoy roots!
Enjoy blooms!
And the sweet holiday fragrance!
$3.50 each

We will be taking pre-sale orders. 
Pick up at the MV Holiday Bazaar,
Wednesday, Dec 19th Noon - 3:00 PM
(or at any other time by prior arrangement).

Thank you for supporting our class for our Eighth Grade trip in June 2020!

Parent Village
Scrip Update

Hello Villagers!  Please place orders for plastic scrip cards by Wednesday, December 12th so that we have enough time to ship them to the school before we let out for Winter Break.  As always, I’ll place the purchase order as long as we have enough orders to cancel out the cost of shipping and still make some money.

Some families have bought Visa gift cards, which can be used anywhere that takes Visa, and these families have already met their Scrip donation for the year.

At any time, if you don’t want to buy plastic cards, you can gift the ScripNow e-cards to anyone by checking the box “make this a gift?” and emailing the recipient.

Any questions?  Contact Carver at  scrip@maplevillageschool.org

Annual Toy Drive for Church Food Bank

Dear MVWS community,

As we face the holiday with glad hearts and tender feelings towards our family and friends, we 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-- we ask you to reach within your own home and share the surplus that is within your reach.


Please donate new or 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 their family's circumstance. We 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 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 a large drop-off box in the Grove for your donations. May they overflow with your generosity!

We are also looking for volunteers (children and adults) to help wrap the gifts while the Food Bank is open from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th.

Now Enrolling

Red Rose Co. After School Activities


Tuesday:  3rd grade to 8th grade, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  Kindergarten to 8th grade, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Students will be driven to Marina Vista Park from school in the Red Rose Co. van.  Parents pick up at Marina Vista Park.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Annette Parry at 949-981-3749 or redroseco.info@gmail.com.

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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 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
You may have seen him at Harvest Faire; your grade-school students have had classes with him.  Mike Fry, of Let’s Jump LA, Maple Village’s jump rope coach, is offering Friday afternoon jump rope classes at MMS Dance Studio in Long Beach.  See flyer above for location, time and registration information. Let’s jump!
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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