Archive for December, 2015

Summer Programs and Camp!

December 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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Get ready for a summer of creativity, discovery and friendship. With more than 50 years of experience, Evergreen offers joyful, safe and educational programs where active, curious children age 2.5 to 10 learn and grow. Led by our caring and experienced staff, our programs provide enriched experiences that children and parents love.

(click to see all sessions and dates)

Montessori Summer (Ages 2.5 – 5)

Learn the hands-on Montessori way! Includes trips to the pool, field trips, performer visits and more.

Acorns (Ages 3.5 – 4) and Sprouts (Ages 4 – 5)

Multi-faceted day camps focus on art, music, dance and fanciful creatures. Includes swimming, field trips, performer visits and more.

Specialty Camps (Ages 6 – 10)

Sensational programs in Art, Cooking, Karate, Musical Theater, Science, and Tennis led by expert teachers!


UgolMeet our Director: Stephanie Ugol Stephanie is the Evergreen School Summer Programs Director. She holds a BFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Georgia and an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communications from the Arts Institute in Atlanta. Previously she serve as Director of the Center of Youth and Family/Camp at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center. She also served as Director of Summer Camps at Sandy Spring Friends School.

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There is Joy in a Job Well Done.

There is Joy in a Job Well Done.

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Montessori Preparation

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment

The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self.

–Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori Observing a Child

Why Evergreen School?

December 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Taking Care of Each Other Evergreen SchoolWhy Evergreen School?

The most distinguishing characteristic of Evergreen School is the quality and expertise of our faculty.  Our teachers are committed to the Montessori philosophy of education.  As such, their strongly held beliefs in the capability and dignity of each child lead to a learning community based on respect.  It is an environment characterized by collaboration, kindness and a strong sense of mission and purpose.

The welcoming feeling in the school building comes from the sense of trust shared between children, teachers and families. Our teachers bring joy to their classrooms because they are performing meaningful, fulfilling work each day.  They experience a powerful sense of satisfaction from seeing their students learning, growing and making progress.  Our teachers are personally invested in the success of each of their students. This commitment is the foundation of our community spirit.

A significant reason why our teachers choose to work at Evergreen is our small class size and the intimate nature of our community.  Evergreen is a place that values knowing each child individually.  We are unique among Montessori schools for having such small classes and a low student/teacher ratio.

Our teachers are committed to their profession.  Lead teachers have all participated in rigorous Montessori training programs.  And they eagerly pursue continuing education and life-long learning about child development.  In addition to participating in national Montessori conferences, they attend local and regional workshops to stay abreast with current trends in education.

Following the Montessori Method, we believe that each child should have a personalized learning experience in which the level of challenge is appropriately set for each child.  No child is overwhelmed, frustrated or bored by lessons presented.  Children experience the right level of challenge, in an environment with high expectations so they continue to make progress.

The broad diversity of our community is a major strength; here is a place that all can call home.

Another key attribute of our program is our comprehensive program.  At Evergreen, we believe that every child has multi-faceted interests and passions.  Our Montessori classroom program is complemented by specials including music, art, physical education, library and Spanish.  By participating in specials twice each week, children experience continuity of their learning. Outdoor recess every day in an all-natural Playgarden gives our students the essential opportunity to connect with nature and have the kind of free play and social time that is vital to physical, social and emotional development. Finally, our facility provides the backdrop where all these activities take place. Our full-sized gym, art, music and library spaces are essential for carrying out our comprehensive program.

The quality of the Evergreen experience comes from our philosophy, our size and our structure. Most of all, it comes from our teachers and parent community who work hand-in-hand together to provide our children with the very best opportunities to learn and grow.

Why a Winter Festival?

December 17, 2015 Leave a comment

let it snowWhy do we celebrate Winter Festival?

Winter is the darkest season. But the darkness of winter draws our attention to light.  At Winter Festival we celebrate the light that each of us brings to our family, our classrooms, our school and our community.

Winter is the darkest season.  Winter is also the coldest season.  But the coldness of winter draws attention to the warmth in our hearts. With this warmth, each of us has the power to thaw bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.    At Winter Festival we celebrate the love inside each of us.

As Maria Montessori said, “Love is the most potent.” Love is the most powerful.

And just as the song goes, “As long as you love me so, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

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Why Montessori for the Kindergarten Year?

December 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Montessori MapWhy Montessori for the Kindergarten Year?

At Evergreen, the school year in which children turn six is called the Third Year because it is last one in the three-year Primary program cycle.  Children at this level are the equivalent age of children in traditional Kindergarten programs.

Children in the Third Year at Evergreen benefit from small classes and an excellent student-teacher ratio.  By the time they are in the Third Year, children are exceptionally well known by their Evergreen teachers.  In addition, the highly individualized Montessori approach ensures that children at this level are learning lessons perfectly matched to their level.

The Third Year is an incomparable opportunity for social/emotional development. A child who has spent two years as an understudy to the older children is now ready to be class leader, role model and mentor. This is the year in which a child’s confidence and self-assurance solidifies.  Our Third Year students work hand-in-hand with their teachers to set the tone in the classroom for all the other children.  One reason why Montessori classrooms are so peaceful is because of the strong leadership of Third Year children. Kindness and collaboration are the norm. When conflict occurs, Third Year children are well equipped to act as problem solvers and mediators—and teachers are nearby to guide or intervene as well.

Academically, the Montessori Method of education is a cumulative experience.  The curriculum is intended to be a presented in three-year cycles.  What children learn in the Third Year is built on what they have learned in previous years.  The Third Year is where the child internalizes concrete experiences and builds a strong educational foundation.  Third year children are proud to be able to write sentences and stories; they use math materials to add four digit numbers and multiply.  The value of the first two years is not fully realized if the child does not continue working with Montessori materials to their ultimate purpose.  The materials build upon one another; become more and more abstract; and require more concentration and independence.  Third Year work is high level and exceeds typical Kindergarten class standards.

Children who complete the three-year cycle in the primary class make easy transitions socially and academically to our Elementary classroom or first grade.

Why Montessori?

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Montessori approach to educating children is based on what we understand about children’s cognitive, neurological, and emotional development as shown to us through years of research.  Some of the key aspects of our program include:

  • Montessori is focused on teaching for understanding.  The Montessori materials give the child concrete sensorial impressions of abstract concepts.
  • The approach promotes organization and focus as being just as important as the academics.
  • The mentor/mentee is a critical feature.  The mixed-age class allows older children to be leaders and teach the younger children.
  • In Montessori schools, children from different neighborhoods who share common values have come together to create the school community.  Children who grow up in a Montessori environment often speak of close-knit relationships with classmates and their families.
  • Montessori supports personalized learning. Children learn at-their-own pace without unhealthy stress or artificial competition.   The child can move as slowly or quickly as needed to understand a concept.
  • Montessori students study other cultures creating the foundation for global citizenship.
  • Children are treated with a deep respect as unique individuals.  The school is keenly focused on the child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development.
  • Montessori teaches kindness, peacefulness, grace, and courtesy.
  • Montessori children learn through their five senses.  Materials are hands-on, allowing children to explore, investigate and research.  They become actively engaged in their studies rather than being spoon-fed information.
  • Montessori addresses different learning styles and helps children learn how to study.
  • Montessori challenges children and sets high expectations.  Children develop self-discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation.

Montessori children are typically engaged, and curious learners who look forward to going to school. They have a high level of self-confidence and independence, a lifelong love of learning, and feel close bonds with friends and teachers.

Why Montessori Elementary?

December 15, 2015 Leave a comment
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Baltimore Harbor Trip

Why Evergreen for Elementary?

At Evergreen, the Elementary program is designed specifically for the developmental needs of children aged six to nine.  Children in the Elementary program are the equivalent age of traditional first through third grade. Our Montessori elementary classroom, however, is very different—and has many important advantages—compared to traditional schooling.

One key difference at Evergreen is class size and student/teacher ratio.  Children in the Elementary program at Evergreen benefit from a co-teacher model with two phenomenal teachers: Mrs. Hannon and Mrs. Hatziyannis.  With our structure, children are exceptionally well known by their Evergreen teachers.  In addition, the highly individualized Montessori approach ensures that children in Elementary are learning lessons perfectly matched to their level. Teachers individualize instruction to keep each child optimally challenged.

Academically, Elementary students are moving from the concrete world of their Primary years and developing the ability to think abstractly. They are able to ask deeper questions and seek connections. The elementary curriculum encourages and nurtures this natural curiosity through a sequence of foundational skills in language and math as well as basic core knowledge in the sciences and humanities. In addition, our elementary curriculum is global. World cultures and geography, art, history and more are woven throughout the fabric of the curriculum. In addition, students learn Spanish.

Teachers are guides, not lecturers. Children still benefit from active learning and hands-on experiences. In Elementary, our teachers lead simulations or virtual field trips in which students experience deeper learning through active participation.  Children have choices and take ownership of their learning. There’s not a one-size-fits all curriculum that leaves some children bored and others frustrated. The classroom is full of materials instead of worksheets. Children solve problems and think, instead of memorize isolated facts with little context.

The mixed age classroom has academic and social benefits. First, children learn with and from each other. Older children model good work habits and produce exemplar work for the younger students to emulate. Second, instead of competing with each other, students grow into a community, and practice social skills every day.   One reason why our Elementary classroom is so peaceful is because of the strong leadership of older children. They work with the teachers to set the tone in the class; they take responsibility to make sure everyone is treated with kindness.  When conflict occurs, older children are well equipped to act as problem solvers and mediators—and teachers are nearby to guide or intervene as well. This kind of dynamic can’t happen in a single-graded class.

Finally, children benefit from a full outdoor recess every day. They have music, PE and art twice each week. Children who complete the three-year cycle in the Elementary class make easy transitions socially and academically to public and independent school fourth grade.

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