Let There Be Peace: Winter Festival 2014

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Winter Festival is an Evergreen tradition since 1978 in which we celebrate love and warmth, friendship and light. This year’s theme is particularly poignant in view of recent events in schools around the world.

We are grateful to Music Director Caitlin Garry for leading the music portion of the program, Primary Teacher Rebecca Tobin for coordinating the art exhibit, Lourdes Barden Sims for coordinating the reception, Lourdes Buenaflor for the program, book drive and logistics, and all our wonderful parent volunteers!

Have a wonderful holiday and joyful New Year.

John DeMarchi

The Montessori Holiday Guide

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Montessori holiday guideNow that we’re in the holiday season, it’s time to start thinking about ways to enjoy this special– but challenging– time with your children.

While most of the holiday commercialism runs counter to many of our families’ principles, it can seem nearly impossible to shield our children from the excesses of the season.


I wish you all the best in the weeks ahead and encourage you to keep in mind the insights we’ve learned from Montessori– chiefly these: children crave authentic, child-scaled activities including hands-on work like puzzles, cooking and crafts; they love creative play and movement; children hunger for books rich with language and images;  they live for making music and quiet moments, routine, family and togetherness most of all.


Enjoy this special time with your family!

Regards, John DeMarchi

We are grateful…

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

photo 3 (7)We are so fortunate to be in a place of gratitude and love.  Kindness is contagious.  Here is what our Nest class is thankful for this season:

I am thankful for…

  • Lucy: flowers
  • Nico: My toys
  • Iona: Penny the dog
  • Patrick: My school
  • Vivian: Music
  • Alma: Kitties
  • Clarke: My mommy
  • Evelyn: My pet fish
  • Leia: My family
  • Margot: Ice cream
  • Nathan: My music
  • James: Jake, my cousin’s dog
  • Maia: planting flowers with Mommy
  • Joshua B: My cats
  • Joshua C: My brother Connor
  • Shanthi: Music
  • Avram: My dad
  • Noelle: my pet fish
  • Chloe: Time with my family

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

An Evergreen Reunion

September 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Over 50 alumni and alumni families came together on Saturday, September 27 at Lake Needwood Park.  It is clear that Evergreen friendships last.

Don’t underestimate the significance of your child’s social development.  Multi-age Montessori groupings foster closer, familial bonds among children. Children are secure in relationships built on community, not competition.  So don’t be surprised when your son or daughter is still in touch with Evergreen friends in high school and beyond.   It’s the norm.

In the News…

Photo Credit: Dan Gross, The Gazette Newspapers

Photo Credit: Dan Gross, The Gazette Newspapers

In between covering crime and political hearing, Aline Barros, a reporter for the Silver Spring Gazette took time to visit Evergreen School. She learned about our history, our Montessori program and  plans for our 50th anniversary.  Like many adults, Aline didn’t never imagined how much learning, concentration and growth can take place in a student-centered, loving classroom.  A link to her article is below…

“Students at Evergreen School in Silver Spring are making time to celebrate their school’s 50th anniversary between cooking classes, music sessions, Spanish classes, and library period…”  Read more of Aline’s article article here

Timeless Montessori

With our 50th anniversary year approaching, I’ve been digging (more literally than figuratively) through our school archives.

One conclusion: Montessori education is timeless.

It is heartwarming to see children in the ’70s working with materials that are familiar to our students today.  And its an honor to carry on these traditions with our current generation of children.

As we create our a photo archive for our anniversary our alumni– even the 55 year old ones– will be able to find and tag themselves as toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Here is a look back to 1976…

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The Power of Concentration

Much has been made of multi-tasking. It’s a busy world, we know.  So the more you can do at once, the better off you are, right?

Take a moment (if you have one) to consider the power of concentration.  In Montessori education, concentrated effort is essential.  Once children have begun to concentrate they become completely transformed… calmer, more intelligent and more expansive.

In a Montessori classroom, children can pursue a single line of self-focused work.  The goal is full absorption.  When the work is absorbing, challenging and self-directed, young children engage in deep and sustained concentration.

Have a look at concentration in a classroom… can you imagine anything deeper?

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Special thanks to Dr. Angeline Lilliard for her work on Montessori and Mindfulness.


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