Parent Evening at
Maple Village Waldorf School
The Advantage of Combined Grades Classes
and Shady Trees Parent Evening
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:30 – 7:30; 7:30- 8:15 p.m.
There are many advantages to both students and the school community when children in adjacent grades are combined into multi-age classes. Maple Village School has two combined classes: the Evergreens, grades 3 and 4, and the Shady Trees, grades 1 and 2. Attend this evening to find out how the Waldorf curriculum weaves through the multi-age development of the students and how the students are enriched, both developmentally and academically, by the extended classroom community.
Ms. Ania and Ms. Christina for the Shady Trees class, and Ms. Lynne, in her third year with the combined Evergreens class, invite all parents in our community to this informative evening.
We will begin together at 6:30. Parent attendees outside of the Oaks and Shady Trees classes will be excused at 7:30. From 7:30 – 8:15 we will hold a parent meeting for the Shady Trees class along with a visit to first grade with Ms. Christina for the first grade Oaks parents.
Childcare Reservation Required. Childcare, with Ms. Victoria, is offered at a cost of $10 per child, $5 for siblings. Childcare opens at 6:15. Please call or email the office to reserve a spot and please bring a snack for your child(ren).
This Saturday at our annual Harvest Faire we will be raffling off a beautiful handmade knitted farmyard story blanket – accessories included! The blanket is about 3 feet by 3 feet in size. It depicts a farmyard scene, complete with a knitted barnyard, two knitted sheep, a knitted cow, a knitted pig and piglet, knitted chickens and a knitted mouse. It has a pond and gorgeous land in seasonal shades – see the amazing photos below!!
Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20, and can be purchased this Saturday at Harvest Faire! For more information, see the Harvest Faire flyer. See you there, and good luck!!
Maple Village is hosting a series of communication workshops this year – we’d love to have you join us!
As our darling Maple Village School moves out of its pioneering phase and into becoming a developing school, we have been refining our governance structure based on Waldorf organizational principles. As Waldorf schools are governed in a rather unique way when compared to other public and private schools, we want to share some articles with our community members in hopes of shedding light on what this structure looks like.
The following is an excerpt from The Social Mission of Waldorf School Communities by Christopher Schaefer:
To develop the appropriate forms of governance among teachers, parents, and staff; among a teachers’ college, a board of trustees, an administration, and a parent association is an ongoing task for each Waldorf school and is part of the social mission of Waldorf education. Since 1919, for ninety years, independent Waldorf schools have attempted to evolve community forms in which the interests of teachers, parents, staff, and friends can find true expression.
In most Waldorf schools in the United States and Canada this has meant a teachers’ circle, or faculty council, having primary responsibility for all pedagogical life — determining the curriculum and hiring, mentoring, evaluating, and, if need be, dismissing teachers. The other main decision making group is a board of trustees consisting of teachers, parents, and friends who carry legal and financial responsibility for the school, who support the education by making sure that there are adequate financial resources and a suitable physical space for supporting the education. An administration, grounded in an understanding of the curriculum, provides the support and the expertise needed to help increasingly mature and complex schools function well. The parent association may foster community dialogues, sponsor adult education, support festivals, and serve the cause of responsible communication between teachers and parents.
In Waldorf schools, the absence of formal hierarchy, the group decision-making processes, the need to get to know each other as teachers, parents, and staff pull us out of our isolation. The form and nature of self-administration in our schools mean we need to learn to appreciate the differences between people while at the same time accepting that we are brothers and sisters on the road of mutual development.
While it is an exaggeration, I sometimes suggest that Waldorf schools are designed to enhance conflict. Certainly they are formed to help us meet at deeper levels and to help us “rub each other into shape.” This means that all adults in Waldorf schools need to be on a path of reflective self-development, to be willing to work their issues, for, without this foundation, interpersonal conflicts can undermine the proper functioning of the school. Even in the first Waldorf school, with Steiner present as founder and director, questions of trust, leadership, interpersonal conflict, and the proper delegation of authority were significant issues, as the essay by Francis Gladstone, Republican Academies, makes vividly clear.
If you’re interested in reading further, the complete article can be found online at The Online Waldorf Library. We also welcome you to send us your thoughts! If you would like to share your thoughts in person, a great time is during “Cocoa with Christina” on Friday mornings.
It’s almost Harvest Faire time!!! Please share this flyer with your family and friends, as this event is open to the public! Check out our Harvest Faire tag to see photo highlights from previous years.
Harvest Faire 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
5450 East Atherton St.
Long Beach, CA 90815
Celebrate the abundance and magic of the Harvest in our Enchanted Village as the Blacksmith, the Baker, the Wizard, minstrels and more delight you with stories, crafts, games, raffles, and live music.
Join in the festivities while enjoying homemade soup, bread, pulled pork, and homemade pies in the Village Café.
FREE ENTRY! Open to the public. Bring cash for coupons for our village tour, food, raffles, and fall crafts from our marketplace. See you there!
This is the last weekend to register for the Simplicity Parenting Workshop starting next Wednesday evening at 6PM. Like any work of art, families need inspiration, fresh infusions of hope and imagination. Contact certified Simplicity Parenting leader Mary Van Geffen with any questions at (213) 703-7729.