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The ABC's of Outdoor Play

Why is play so important?  According to Marc Armitage, a British Playworker (more on that in a moment), play is natural, essential, spontaneous, environmentally-based and intrinsically motivating.  To a Montessorian’s ears, those are the characteristics of learning, too.  At Evergreen, we describe what happens in our classrooms the same way.  Work, play, learning and being are synonymous because each is a natural and essential aspect of life itself.

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Esteemed Elders' Day

Over 75 grandparents and special friends celebrated Esteemed Elders’ Day at Evergreen on March 15.  The Grandparent Day tradition goes back to a least 1984. The program started with a reception hosted by the Evergreen Parents’ Association (ESPA) and coordinated by Evergreen parent Mr. Shonket Chakrabarti.  ESPA President, Mrs. Laura Libanati was on hand to orient visitors and share her many years of experience as a Montessori mom.

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Welcome Mrs. Sesko

Nothing is more important at Evergreen than the quality of our faculty.  Our teachers make Evergreen great.  It is their experience  expertise, wisdom, love, patience and passion for teaching that define the excellence of our school. For this reason, I am pleased to introduce Mrs. Sheri Sesko. She will be joining our Elementary classroom next fall.  Sheri comes to us with 17 years of experience as a leader in Montessori education.  Sheri will join Mrs. Hatziyannis in our growing third floor...

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On With the Show

Students enjoyed the recent performance of “If Pigs Could Fly” by the Blue Sky Puppet Theater.  Blue Sky was founded in 1974 by Michael Kotter and is one of the premier puppet theaters on the East Coast.  Based in College Park, Maryland, they perform over 1000 shows each year. Our children loved the dramatization of five folk tales from around the world.  After the performance, each child was able to meet and touch a puppet. The performance was sponsored by ESPA, the Evergreen School Parents’...

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Evergreen on a Roll

The Evergreen bus is always ready to roll.  This week Mrs. John’s class went to Glen Echo Park to see The Puppet Co.’s performance of Toyland.  The Toddler class rode the bus to Imagination Stage to see Wake Up Brother Bear.  Exploring the world is a natural part of the Evergreen curriculum.  With so many resources in the DC Metro Area, learning happens everywhere. You can see a clip of the Imagination Stage Performance here.

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Evergreen School Parent Education

Evergreen School is hosting two parent information nights on back-to-back Thursdays– January 17 and 24. Last week, Evergreen parents learned about our Academic Afternoon program through hands-on presentations. After an introduction by Head of School John DeMarchi, Primary teachers, Lynn  Liotta and Kaye John demonstrated advanced Primary materials including the stamp game and reading program. Parents learned how the third year of Primary is a critical time of consolidation, leadership and...

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New Head of School Blog

A new blog entry from John DeMarchi has been posted on the Head of School blog. “Perhaps, like me, you were stoked with optimism by President Obama’s address yesterday.  President Obama’s words made me think of our children at Evergreen…”  click here to continue reading.

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Celebrating Peace and Dr. King

Evergreen welcomed MJ and Jerry Park from Little Friends for Peace today.  The Parks led an energetic assembly to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and his work promoting peace. During the assemblies, children sang about conflict resolution, rode a Peace Train and learned how peace starts inside us all.  Mrs. Park even brought the “gift of peace”  and children saw their own reflection inside the gift.

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Reading Snowmen: Our January Bulletin Board

Cheers to Cora Michael and our wonderful new bulletin board.  Our Primary hallway is bright and cheery– perfect for these cold and rainy Washington winter days. Cora’s creations are more than just about color and form.  They highlight textures, 3-D materials and mixed media.  Yes, those are real scarves! And the marshmallows are styrofoam peanuts!

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Discover Montessori in Silver Spring: Evergreen School Open House 1/18

Prospective families are invited to visit on Friday, Jan. 18 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Come meet our teachers, talk to parents and see Montessori education in action.

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