Valentine's Bake Sale Fundraiser on Wednesday 💟
Valentine's Bake Sale
Wednesday, Feb. 13th
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fundraising Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 14th
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Details below.

Kindergarten Valentine Potluck
Friday, Feb. 15th
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
@ Marina Vista Park

Heavy Baby Doll Making Class
Sunday, Feb. 17th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP by Sunday

Presidents' Day
Monday, Feb. 18th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Teacher Development Days
Feb. 19th - Feb. 22nd
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Spring Parent/Toddler Session Begins
Tuesday, Feb. 26th

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Feb. 26th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Experience the Grades
Tuesday, Feb. 26th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Me & My Baby Session Begins
Thursday, Feb. 28th

Discussion with the Dean
Friday, March 1st
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
The Grove Room

Parent Village Meeting
Thursday, March 7th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free childcare!
Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Families,
As we end another wet and brisk weather week, thank you again for bringing your children with appropriate layers of clothing!
Congratulations to our 6th Graders who traveled to Aliso Viejo (with 7 other Waldorf Schools) to participate in the annual Medieval Games on Wednesday, with their classmates cheering to support them! Please see Ms. Parry’s article below with pictures of the event.
Either today or over the weekend, do you have 2 minutes and 38 seconds
I think you will find this well worth your time.
Please watch this Waldorf video brief, and feel free to share it with family and friends:  Seeding the Future
The world gets better one person and one action at a time. "Seeding the Future" provides a glimpse into the principles of Waldorf education, an education that fosters concern for others, connection to the world, and the capacity to be in service to society. This video short is a trailer to the international film, "Learn to Change the World”:  Waldorf 100-Films - Waldorf 100
And if you want to look at more Waldorf 100 links, here is the official site with information and projects from all over the world:
Have a beautiful weekend,

Interested in Fundraising for MVWS?

Dear parents and friends of Maple Village who have expressed interest in fundraising!


Please join others for a brief meeting on Thursday, February 14, 4-5 pm, immediately before the Board meeting.  We will meet and share goals/ideas/expertise.  I will also briefly share lessons learned from the recent Annual Giving Campaign.  From this meeting, I will report to the Board, so we can begin to strategize and co-ordinate our efforts.  If you cannot make it in person to the meeting, please email me your thoughts, ideas and your experience/expertise so we can all gain an overview - please do this, even if you have done this before, as I'm sure you recognize the flurry of activity that has gone on since the Town Hall meeting.

We really appreciate your willingness to actively support our school, and I look forward to working with you all!



From the Office

Annual Giving Campaign - Thank You!

Annual Giving 2018 - 2019

The Board of Trustees is grateful to all those who participated in the Annual Giving Campaign, November 22, 2018 – January 31, 2019.  We exceeded our goal and learned a lot, so next year’s fundraiser promises to be even more successful.

Our grand total of donations from the Fundly site and other avenues totals $10,882 from 67 donors!  We are sincerely grateful to every single person who contributed.  If there is some error, please forgive us, and  let Elizabeth know as soon as you can.

Experience the Grades

Come be a Waldorf student for the evening! Join Ms. Paola and Mrs. Reilly as they take you through lessons of the early grades and upper grades. Experience firsthand how Waldorf education teaches as a while and prepares for a lifetime of learning.

This event is open to current Waldorf parents and prospective parents who have already attended a tour, walkthrough, or open house at MVWS.

Tuesday, February 26th, 6-8pm
RSVP is required to or 562-434-8200
Adults only, please.

Class Updates
Shady Trees - Medieval Games

Why Medieval Games in 6th grade?

The middle school years have arrived!!!  Medieval Games are meant to be a rite of passage and can truly be a life-changing event for the sixth grader.  Year long challenges should happen where they are asked to look at the seven virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude, justice, hope, faith, and love to find at least one example of each of those in their life that they would like to improve upon.  Examples of this might be showing
temperance by raising their hand in class before they speak, or fortitude by completing their homework even though they really want to do something else.  These would not be the deep, reflective, virtuous changes you would expect in an adult, but they are the beginnings of the child starting to look at themselves in a new way.

The Medieval Games are made up of 7 shires with mixed students from 7 other Waldorf schools.  The challenges they face will not only give them a level of trust in their shire but ask them to be trustworthy in return.  The activities provide individual children an opportunity to step outside of their daily social roles and become leaders, followers and encouragers.

During the day’s events, new bonds have been formed, many emotions released and each child has discovered something new about themselves.  The shires create the space for that comradery spirit to shine at its best.  The event also calls upon the individual skills to shine and gives them an opportunity to look within themselves for what can they bring forth to contribute to their new-found friends.

Their journey is to gain knighthood and understand what it takes to be a knight or a "modern day knight"; to bring back to their schools some of the values they have learned and demonstrated whilst competing, such as honesty, courage, bravery, compassion, and generosity; and to continue being a pillar, now, for their own community.

Events they were challenged in:  Archery, High Seas Battle, Wrestling, Jousting, Dueling, Storm the Castle, Goat Pull, Cable Toss, Javelin, Tug-o-War, and an obstacle course ending in a long and dirty Mud Pit.

- Ms. Parry

Parent Village
Parent Village Meeting - Save the Date!

All Maple Village parents, guardians and community members are invited to a Parent Village Meeting on Thursday, March 7th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Free childcare for children age 3 and up is available from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with reservation to  The meeting itself is for adults only.  See you there!

Now Enrolling
Heavy Baby Doll Making Class
Please join Kari and Francesca for a heavy baby doll making class on 
Sunday, February 17 from 10-2pm in the Grove Room
Heavy Baby Dolls are weighted bunting dolls that are wonderful gifts for little ones to hug and love. The dolls are filled with lavender-infused millet, providing an enriching sensory experience of real baby feel and pleasing, calming scent. The process of making one and pouring your love into it alongside others is a lovely experience. We hope you will join us!
Workshop cost: $90 including all supplies
Please RSVP to by this Sunday, February 10th.
Creative Actors Studio
Home of KITE
Is Thrilled to announce:
 Drama/Story telling at Maple Village
Grades: 1-6
When: Fridays Jan 11- March 8th ( 8 week session, see attached flyer for detailed dates, Please note there is no class on Feb 22nd)
Where: Maple Village Waldorf School
Time: 3-4:30pm
Cost: $275 ( due on or before the first day of class, please reach out to Ms. Hara if this presents a problem for you.)
Tuition: can be paid via paypal at: (please choose the friends and family tab) or checks can be made to KITE.

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

   Waldorf Community
WISC and the Anthroposophical Society are pleased to offer you this rare opportunity to learn from Craig and Henrike Holdrege from the Nature Institute. 
Please note that this event is at the Rudolf Steiner Community Center in Pasadena!
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, or visit our website.
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