Happy April! Remember to reenroll before Spring Break 🌷
2019-2020 Kindergarten & Grades Reenrollment Period
March 18th - April 14th
Extended to April 28th for rising first graders.

4th Grade Parent Meeting
Friday, April 5th
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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

1st Grade Parent Meeting
Tuesday, April 9th
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Preschool Parent/Guardian Day
Wednesday, April 10th

Book Study Group
Wednesday, April 10th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

5th Grade Class Play
Friday, April 12th
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
@ Marina Vista Park

Spring Break
April 15th - 26th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Book Study Group
Wednesday, May 1st
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Kindergarten May Faire
Saturday, May 4th
Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Families,
People sometimes ask, “Are Waldorf schools art schools?” The answer is, “no.”  Do we teach through the arts? Yes. We teach through many different forms of art. Whether it be mathematics, language arts, science or geography, children learn visually through the beautiful chalk drawings of their teachers, form drawing leading to cursive writing, painting, working with beeswax and clay, and three-dimensional projects. They learn auditorily through the art of storytelling, song, musical instruments, tongue twisters, verses and speech work. They learn kinesthetically through Eurythmy, Games classes, colorful and tactile manipulatives for math, geometric drawing with compasses and straight edges, main lesson movement work (ex: obstacle courses, throwing bean bags to multiplication tables, stomping their skip counting), handwork and woodworking…and gardening which involves all of the senses. 
Here is a wonderful article form the New York Times explaining how learning through the arts helps students remember information much more easily than just memorizing.  For 100 years, Waldorf educators have known that arts reach the feeling realm through beauty, and this leads to deep understanding of the material, as well as longevity of memory. 

Mariale Hardiman, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, where she directs the neuro-education initiative, was interested in how children do — and don’t — retain what they learn in school. “A lot of the information we teach doesn’t stick.”

What she saw as a school principal, she said, was that  when arts were integrated into the curriculum, “learning became more visible.” Teachers told her “the children would remember the information better when they taught it through the arts.”

Have a beautiful weekend, and enjoy some art!
From the Office

2019-2020 School Year Reenrollment Information


Last week to reenroll at a lower tuition rate!

Tuition will increase and spots will no longer be reserved for current students after April 14th.  We encourage you to reenroll before spring break.  Your reenrollment also helps us prepare financially and logistically for the upcoming school year.  Thank you to all who have reenrolled so far!

Kindergarten & Grades 1-8 Reenrollment Information
Kindergarten & Grades Enrollment Contract

If you have questions, please email Alice.

School Store Spotlight


Rectangular baskets available!
This featured one is only $30 and your purchase supports our school.

From the Board of Trustees


Dear Maple Village community,
Thanks to all of you who have joined in contributing $400 per child to help keep this year's budget on target.  Like the garden my grandsons helped me plant, we are seeing the results of your generous and thoughtful care.  Seeds are sprouting, and becoming recognizable as individual plants - alyssum and cosmos seemed to have been in the mix as well.  There has been some sadness, patches of the bed where no seeds have sprouted.  I am holding out hope that some are simply slower to germinate, and will show themselves in time.
As of 4/5/2019, we have received $13,086 for 35 kids and 29 families.  Thank you!

With gratitude,
Elizabeth Seward for the MVWS Board of Trustees

Book Study Group

Everyone is welcome at our next gathering, even if you missed the first couple! 

All MVWS parents and community members are invited to join a new book study group led by MVWS Kindergarten teacher Kathy Rinden.  The first book studied will be “The Education of the Child” by Rudolf Steiner.  We will meet for 5 Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm in the Grove.  The dates will be March 27, April 3, April 10, May 1, and May 8th.
Parent Village
Yearbook Early Bird Rate - Last Chance!

Lock in the early bird rate of $40 & PAY NOW!
The cutoff date for this rate is Friday, April 12th, 2019.
You may pay by cash, check, or let the office know you want to be billed (cc payments = extra $4 fee). 
Because the rate is dependent on how many books will be in the second order, missing out on the first order's "early bird" pricing could mean paying more than twice as much! Get on it.
Click here to add to our Google Photos folder, or email photos to  mvwsyearbook@gmail.com
Thank you for being prompt in your Yearbook orders!
Yearbook Committee Chair,
Scrip Update

Hello Villagers,

Do you shop at Lazy Acres? If so, have you signed up for their scrip reward benefits by using their Lazy Acres Community Card? Every time you shop at Lazy Acres, 4% of your total gets donated back to Maple Village when you use the Community Card. You can track your donation total through eScrip. This is a simple way to passively donate to the school and help to fulfill your yearly scrip donation minimum. 
If you need plastic scrip cards from Shop With Scrip, please order by noon on April 5 so that the cards arrive before spring break. 
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.

KITE Spring Drama Class


Creative Actors Studio
Home of KITE 
Is Thrilled to announce:
 Drama/Story telling at Maple Village 
Grades: 1-6
When: Fridays  March 20th- May 24th ( 8 week session. Please note there is no class April 19 and 26 for spring break)
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:  haralewis26@gmail.com (please choose the friends and family tab) or checks can be made to KITE. 
Thank you! ❤  
818.391.0169 cell
818.340.5333 office 
   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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