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Marilynn Liotta Tree House Dedication

May 21, 2014 2 comments

Evergreen School Tree HouseOver 250 current and alumni families, past and present faculty members of Evergreen Montessori School in Silver Spring, Maryland dedicated a new custom-designed Tree House play structure in honor of the 30-year career of Primary Division Director Marilynn Liotta.  The dedication of the Tree House took place at the school’s annual Spring Festival and featured a violin recital and choral concert. Guest speakers included Mrs. Lynn Pellaton who served as Head of School from 1972 to 1996.

The Tree House is all natural and was constructed from sustainably harvested Black Locust logs and Osage Orange branches.  The Tree House is a permanent part of the school’s award-winning rain garden and was built by local craftsman Marcus Sims.  Ms. Liotta is retiring at the end of the school year.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

Peace Pole

Our new Peace Pole elevates our Play Garden.

Montessori Teamwork

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. —Henry Ford

Montessori teamwork

Montessori teamwork

People and Purpose: The Good Life

Evergreen SchoolHere at school, every so often– when the weather is just nice enough– it seems like the right time to ask an existential question: what’s the point of all this?

It must be spring time.

Schools like ours love to dig into big questions about Mission and Identity. Who are we? What do we value? and What sets us apart?

Beneath some school’s verbose Mission statements and punchy belief statements, deeper than their platitudes and clichés, lies their vision of The Good Life.   What does it mean to live well? How do we prepare our children to do so?

You will not be surprised that Evergreen believes the Good Life requires core academic skills:  reading, calculating, problem solving, analysis, inference and synthesis.

But more, the Good Life is filled with loving relationships with the people who surround us and endow our lives with meaning.  The Good Life is about people and purpose. What can we do today to make it likely that our children will become compassionate husbands and wives, moms and dads, neighbors and friends?

For us, cooperation-based, multi-aged Montessori classrooms are the best place to develop self-assured and self-actualized young people.  With our emphasis on developing confidence and competence, children view themselves as capable of doing hard, meaningful  things.  They become secure with their identity in a stress-free, supportive classroom community rather than a socially competitive one.

To lead the Good Life, according to the Evergreen formula, one must have unquenchable curiosity, an appreciation of beauty, a sense of duty to others, engagement with the world we live in and a vision for a better one.  It starts with knowing and loving ourselves.

Regards,

John DeMarchi

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