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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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Evergreen School Tree House

There is Joy in a Job Well Done.

There is Joy in a Job Well Done.

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Summer Bulletin Board

Our teachers are so creative! Have a great summer…


Summer Bulletin Board

Summer Bulletin Board



Rock and Roll Preschool

August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

So much for planning. My family didn’t plan to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland when we planned our summer vacation.  By the time we arrived in Ohio, we had already visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Art Museum in Philadelphia, bicycled on the Allegheny Passage and stayed at an eco-lodge in Cumberland.  We were looking forward to a few quiet days in Cleveland, and when we visited the Hall of Fame, I wasn’t expecting to gain any insights into school leadership.  I just wanted to see Michael Jackson’s glove and Madonna’s corset.

Here is what I learned: the majority of Hall of Fame inductees are musical groups, not individuals.  Even the solo artists collaborated with well-known producers and band-mates.  Creativity is social.  The relationship between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards was documented in an extraordinary ’50 Years of Satisfaction’ exhibit which emphasized the creative energy that came from their competing artistic visions.  In addition, the museum made it easy to trace how styles and genres evolved over time: bands influence one another, borrow, and steal. Oh, the debt the Beatles owe to Chuck Berry. No one succeeds alone.

I was also struck by the relationship between technology (FM radio, turntables, recording devices, video and MP3 player and creativity) and consumer culture. It was fascinating to trace the relationship between Civil Rights and popular music. And it was inspiring to the passion and perfectionism of Hall of Fame inductees.

The Hall represents the soundtrack of American culture. It is all so encompassing that it seems nearly impossible to curate.  Of all we heard and saw, this sticks with me the most:

When you’re weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
I’m on your side. When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

 Could there be a Simon if there never was a Garfunkel?

Evergreen’s Edible School Yard

Edible School Yard

Picking the last spring pea pod in the Evergreen garden!  Just in time for the last week of school, too.


Back to School for Me

Montgomery CollegeOur school year may be winding down, but learning and growing don’t stop for summer.  Our new camp staff is ready to go.  On Saturday, they participated in an orientation on the principles of Montessori led by Rebecca Tobin.   We are so thrilled to be working with such a creative and energetic group for the next two and a half months.

Not only will our campers continue to learn this summer, so will I.  Tonight begins the first of two summer courses I’ll be taking at Montgomery College.  Remember your first day of school jitters?  Then you know how I feel.  I worry: will the professor be friendly?  Can I survive three-hour lectures on four nights per week?  Is my attention span up for this?

My workload: I will be in class for four hours a night, four nights per week throughout the month of June– yes, its one way to gain some professional development.  I am sad to be giving up so many summer nights, but I have high hopes that these classes will be worthwhile.  I am sure I’ll be blogging about my experience as the month progresses.  Even though I have a Masters in Education, I am taking Early Childhood Curriculum Planning with Professor Sonia Hernandez and Child Growth and Development with Professor Barbara Marshall for credit hours.  

If meeting challenges, learning new things, and growing intellectually are keys to a long and happy life, then these courses will be great ways to spend my nights in June.

Cheers, John

Do Not Forget to Reminisce

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

summer camp busWhy is the last day of camp so grim?  It is because it’s heartbreaking to say goodbye to beloved friends. To say goodbye to the Connecticut Bel Air Pool.  To say goodbye to the crafts, the games, the songs, the amazing counselors and more.

We enjoyed nine great weeks of fun, science, adventure, cooking and more.  Thanks so much for joining in.  In particular, I want to thank our awesome counselors, Erika, Evan, Tasmin, Kathleen, and Lisi.  It was their enthusiasm, joy, experience, patience and kindness that made our time so delightful.  They are off to teach children in their own classrooms or be on their way back to colleges around the US. Another great contributor, our Camp Director, Caroline Maffry, did a wonderful job conducting the ‘summer orchestra’ this year. From hiring our great staff to planning field trips, the curriculum, t-shirts and more, she coordinated the endless details necessary to make camp work like a Swiss watch.  Thank you, Ms. Maffry!

And now… on to the thrill of a new school year.  Congratulations: everyone is a year older!  Soon it will be a time to see old friends and make new ones. It’ll be a time to learn new skills and make new discoveries.  It’ll be a busy time of hustle and bustle.

None-the-less, don’t neglect to reminisce about this wonderful  summer (kinda like that Kid Rock song.) Remember these long days of sunshine. The brutal heat and the icy popsicles.  Soap bubbles and watermelon.  Pine Cones and glitter glue. And all the good times and good friends at Evergreen Camp!

See you next summer!

John DeMarchi

Head of School

Up Close with the Mural in Wheaton Triangle

I was eating a delicious pork banh mi sandwich at Saigonese Restaurant  with my son and daughter today when I noticed the Evergreen School mural across the parking lot.   The mural was created in 2009 by Evergreen students.  Here are a few of my photos; I was focussed on close ups, but felt obliged to include one picture that  reveals the mural’s massive size.  It must be at least 30 feet long and 20 feet tall.  Our school is so proud to be responsible for such an awesome Wheaton landmark!  I would love to hear stories about how it was painted.

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