Our Spring Gala - Fundraising Fiesta is in One Week! 🍸
Spring Gala: Fundraising Fiesta!
Friday, May 17th
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Discussion with the Dean
Tuesday, May 21st
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Faculty In-Service Day
Friday, May 24th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Memorial Day
Monday, May 27th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

Chorus & Strings Concert
Tuesday, May 28th

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 28th - May 31st

Parent Village Meeting
Thursday, May 30th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Preschool/Kindergarten Transition Night
Tuesday, June 4th
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Middle School Class Play
Thursday, June 6th

Parent Appreciation Day
Friday, June 7th

3rd Grade Class Play
Tuesday, June 11th
Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village families,
As the year winds down, I know there is a lot to digest as far as calendaring - class meetings, potlucks, plays, appreciations, events...
One set of our classes has already wrapped, as our spring Me & My Baby, Parent/Toddler, and Bridge classes ended this week.  While our summer Wednesday Parent/Toddler class is full, we have a few spots left in our summer Thursday class, as well as openings in the summer Me & My Baby class, so please let the office know if you are interested as spots open up to new families on Monday.
I hope to see you all at our annual gala a week from tonight!  Thank you to Andi Levine and her committee for all they are doing to make this Fiesta a true treat.  Grab a babysitter and enjoy an adult night out.  You deserve it!
Our gala is coming up NEXT WEEK!
Have you bought your tickets yet?
From the Office
We had a well-attended and informative Discussion with the Dean last Tuesday evening. Our special guest Marlene Martin talked to the group of parents about what how to discover what lies beyond their child’s challenging behaviors. We discussed being CuriousCompassionate, and forming Connections. I couldn’t help but feel at the end of the evening that there was a desire for a Part 2 in order to apply what was discussed.  So… I’m happy to announce:
Discussion with the Dean - Evening Edition Part 2!

Tuesday, May 21st
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Attendance at the first one is definitely NOT a requirement to come to this one.  All are welcome!  We will discuss our own emotions that come up with our children’s behaviors, how to let our children (and ourselves) sit in discomfort to foster resiliency, the meaning underneath behaviors and also practical ideas for our tool boxes.
This event is free, open to our parents/caregivers, and adult-only.  Please bring paper, pen, and your favorite beverage if desired.

School Store Spotlight

Our school store now features a variety of Stockmar crayons, colored pencils, and sharpeners.  Stock up now for fun over the summer!

From the Board of Trustees


Dear Maple Village community,
The Board of Trustees is very grateful for the $400 per child contributions that many families have made.  These contributions, along with many more timely tuition payments, have made a substantial and positive difference in our cash flow.  We really appreciate the way our community has pulled together in these difficult times, and we are looking forward to next year!
As of 5/10/2019, we have received $18,000 for 47 kids and 34 families.  Thank you!! 

With appreciation,
Elizabeth Seward for the MVWS Board of Trustees

Chip McCarthy Retires from Board


The Board of Trustees wants to thank Chip McCarthy for his many years of devoted and selfless service to Maple Village Waldorf School. 

Chip was a co-founder of Maple Village, holding fast to a vision for children that has served (and will continue to serve) hundreds and possibly thousands of children and families.  He is a man of many talents and abilities, usually early to arrive and last to leave, willing and able to turn his hand to anything that needs to be done.  He has built furniture for the school; baked bread and offered baking classes; hosted retreats and dinners for faculty, Board, and parents; fixed many broken things; liaised with our landlord; energetically searched for what is needed for the school, including pulling us into using contemporary technology; he has set up and taken down events and festivals; and he has just completed his second term on the Board, where he has always been good-natured, gracious, and positive.  Most recently, he has served as Treasurer, and has piloted us through stormy waters!

He let us know several months ago that he would step back from his position on the Board, and we thank him for his years of devoted service and steadfast support, without which we would all not be here together to celebrate our unique community and provide such a warm-hearted Waldorf education for the children. 

We will greatly miss you, Chip, but we will see you on Friday at the Gala!
With gratitude from the Board of Trustees,
Darshi Balasuriya
Elizabeth Seward
Pam Villano
Paola Schouten
Billie Gentry
Parent Village
Yearbook Update

If you missed out on the preorder, you might still be in luck - please email Jo ASAP if you're interested in getting a yearbook!
Scrip Update

Greetings from Scrip Land!

I will order plastic cards from Shop With Scrip on May 15th if we have enough orders to cover the cost of shipping.

Also, if you have not fulfilled your school-yearly scrip obligation of $75 in donations per family, the business office will bill you at the end of the year.  If you plan to pay the business office the $75 if you have not used any scrip companies this school year, could you kindly let me know at  scrip@maplevillageschool.org? Then I can mark your scrip donation for school year 2018-2019 as complete on my spreadsheet.
You can buy scrip cards on the go on your phone and use your CREDIT CARD. Benefit Mobile allows for credit card use, and you can even buy scrip in exact amounts, like $32.87, instead of having to buy $40.  https://www.benefit-mobile.com/
Keep the donations coming with the Lazy Acres Community Card, Amazon Smile, Mighty Nest, Shop With Scrip, Ralph’s Supermarkets Community Card, EScrip, and iGive!
On Monday the Shady Trees (grades 6-8) completed the Campfire Long Beach Challenge Course.  It was a great day!  Everyone may have come home sore and tired.  It was a very inspiring day.  Our leaders, Peter and Dana, were great.
Now Enrolling
MVWS parent Siva Mohan has graciously offered FREE enrollment in her Sacred Roots wellness workshops to MVWS faculty, staff, and parents using the promo code MAPLEVILLAGE.  Please see the flyer below for offerings.  For more info or to sign up (registration is required), please click here.  Thank you, Siva!!

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.

   Waldorf Community
Hi there! We're the Burleson Family (Anne, Joel, June and Hart) and we'll be joining the Maple Village community next school year. June will be in the 2nd grade and Hart will be in Kindergarten. We look forward to meeting you all! 
We currently attend Richmond Waldforf School in Richmond, VA, but we'll be moving to Long Beach in July. Speaking of which, we're looking for leads on rental homes. Preferably 3 bedrooms, dog friendly and in a nice area that's walkable to things to do (furnished would be a bonus but not a deal breaker).
We're so excited to explore Long Beach! We've heard so many great things -- we actually have neighbors that lived there for 10 years and just moved back to VA...ahhh The Universe! 
Personally, we don't really know the area, so leads and recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much and can't wait to start this adventure! My email is  annebarronburleson@gmail.com if you'd like to reach out. Thanks again!
Becoming is the third film in a series of short films produced on the occasion of the centenary of Waldorf Education under the direction of the award-winning Californian documentary filmmaker Paul Zehrer, and which provide an insight into the inclusive diversity of Waldorf Education under the most diverse cultural, social, religious and economic conditions around the globe.

No age has a deeper impact on the whole of life than the first years of childhood. "During those first seven years, children develop their bodily foundation for life. They explore and experience the world with their senses and through meeting the other. These early encounters in life have a deep influence and long-lasting effect on the making of their own being,” says Clara Aerts, coordinating member of IASWECE and co-producer of the film, which was shot in the USA, Israel, Japan, India, South Africa, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany. "The experiences that we make possible - or withhold - for our children at this age form the most elementary basis for their further lives and thus ultimately for the future of humanity."
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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