2019-2020 Preschool Reenrollment Period
March 4th - March 19th
(Kindergarten & Grades TBA)

Open House
Saturday, March 9th
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1st Grade Family Gathering
Sunday, March 10th
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2019-2020 Tuition Adjustment Application Period
March 11th - March 24th

3rd & 5th Grade Parent Meetings
Tuesday, March 12th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Discussion with the Dean
Friday, March 15th
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Grove Room
*** NEW DATE & TIME ***

Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, March 19th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1st, 2nd & 4th Grade
Parent Meetings
Tuesday, March 19th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 21st
6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Evening
Tuesday, March 26th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Letter from our Dean

Dear Maple Village Families,

Each year, NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) holds a conference for private schools across the nation.  This year, it was held right in our beautiful city, so I was honored and thankful to attend.

Over 5,000 people attended this conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.  There were four main speakers: Viola Davis (Anderson Cooper was scheduled, but had to back out at the last minute, and Viola stepped in!), Frans Johansson, Shiza Shahid, and Simon Sinek.  In addition, there was a plethora of workshops offered ranging from classroom and student experience, to governance to communication and advancement to leadership.

Guess what? It turns out Waldorf education is on the cutting edge! Here is how I know:

As I took notes in each workshop with an open and hungry mind, I kept hearing fancy terminology which, when explained, turned out to be exactly what we are already doing in Waldorf education and specifically at Maple Village.

One workshop was about “Instructional Coaching,” which we have already instilled in our peer mentorship program and outside evaluator/mentor program.

Another was about “Ideas for Schools in a Post-Normal Era,” where I heard about what students will need in this VUCA era (I will provide a treat on Monday for anyone who does their homework and looks this up), as well as “design thinking” and instilling empathy, “reframing the core” by taking normal extra-curriculars and making them curricular (such as all our specialty lessons.) I also heard about finding your values as a school and including the reflection of these in the children’s reports (hence our long end-of-year report which includes all of this!).  Then – I listened to the speaker talk about equity, justice, eco-literacy, building diversity into the curriculum, and transforming your school by committing to “loving the students unconditionally.” Let’s see -  check, check, check, check, check.

This is not to say we don't always have things to learn. I brought back tools for helping anxiety in the classroom, working with adults on how to explain differences with young children, thinking outside the box for the growth of the school, working diversity into leadership, and gathered plenty of inspiration for our teachers.

This conference was about how to re-imagine our schools and meet the needs of today’s children. We are in a world that is constantly changing. In the words of Simon Sinek, we are not playing a finite game. We don’t ‘win.’ Education is an infinite game. We are dedicated to creating beautiful human beings who can communicate, be vulnerable, patient, innovative, courageous, and have compassion and empathy. I learned that being an “infinite-minded leader” takes time. It is a lifestyle, not a goal.  I am committed.

(Please see below for Discussion with the Dean, as this will be the topic!)

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”    Rumi

With all my gratitude,


Beverly Amico - Executive Director, Advancement, Association of Waldorf Schools of North America was at the conference as well, and we had time to sit and talk over lunch. She found time the next morning to visit our school and loved it! Thank you to Kari Rahni for being her tour guide!
From the Office

Discussion with the Dean


(Note the change in time this month. We are trying to stagger times and are hoping this might be convenient for people to come a bit early before dismissal. EC families, please reserve aftercare asap through the office if you would like to attend (spaces limited). Look for an evening Discussion with the Dean in April!)
Friday, March 15th
1:00 - 2:30
The Grove Room
How is Waldorf at the cutting edge of education?
I will be bringing information and inspiration from the NAIS Conference and linking it to Waldorf education.
Bring your favorite beverage, paper and pen.
(If you feel inspired to bring a snack to share, feel free!)
RSVP’s are helpful, so please  email if you plan to attend.


Town Hall Meeting


Save the date!  The Board of Trustees invites all MVWS community members to join us for a follow-up Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 21 from 6:15 to 8:15 the social hall.  We want to share our progress with you on next year's budget, enrollment, and update you on our current financial picture. Please join us again.

Please note that childcare is not available for this meeting.

MVWS Store Spotlight


Assorted play silks are $15 each while supplies last.
Grades Class Meetings - Childcare


- TUESDAY March 12  Grades 3/5
- TUESDAY March 19  Grades 1/2/4
Prepaid Childcare Available - Cash Only - RSVP with Payment to Office - $10 ea $5 sibling - No cancellation available. Thank you.
Parent Village
Parent Village Meeting Minutes

Thank you to everyone who attended the Parent Village meeting last night!  If you would like to serve on any of the committees we can still use more help and welcome your involvement.  Please email us directly at or let the front office know and they will pass your information along to us.

Click here to view a PDF of the Parent Village meeting minutes.
Jennie Virgilio & Britt Sexton
Parent Village Co-Chairs
Scrip Update

Hello Villagers!

Amazon Smile is a fantastic and easy way to earn money for our school, at no extra cost to you. Go to and login with your regular Amazon user name and password.  You’ll need to affiliate your Amazon account with Maple Village Waldorf School in order for Maple Village to receive money from Amazon.

Shop as usual, and keep track of how much you’re earning for the school in the top left hand corner of the webpage. In order to make money for the school, you must use Smile for every Amazon purchase. With the ubiquitous of Amazon in our lives, this 0.5% donation adds up quickly. Our business office gets regular emails from Amazon Smile, letting us know how much has been donated. 

Lastly, if you want to donate even more to our school, you can buy a ScripNow! Amazon ecard on Shop With Scrip first and use it to pay for your items when you log into Smile. Amazon pays us twice, with donations from Smile and through Shop With Scrip. 

Thanks for scripping!

Yearbook Photos Needed

Have some photos to share for our school yearbook?   Click here to add to our Google Photos folder, or email photos to

In gratitude, 
  Class Photos
Shady Trees, Grades 6, 7 & 8, camped and hiked in Death Valley this week to support upcoming studies of chemistry and meteorology, and previous studies of animals, botany, geology, astronomy (including Ancient Civilizations), physics, and California geography and history:
Hiking through the narrow slots of Sidewinder Canyon:
Badwater Salt Flats; 282’ below sea level, lowest spot in North America:
Devil’s Golf Course:
Climbing down to Ubehebe Crater:
At the Furnace Creek Visitors’ Center:
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

   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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