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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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There is Joy in a Job Well Done.

There is Joy in a Job Well Done.

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The Education Issue

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Evergreen School Washington FamilyThere are so many ways to organize a classroom or school.  I prefer one that respects children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.  That’s why our program is designed around a simple principle: if learning isn’t joyful, something’s wrong.

I also love telling parents about our school, Montessori education and why we do things the way we do.  Of course I was thrilled to be a guest writer in this month’s Washington Family Magazine Education Issue. What a great opportunity to let parents know what’s possible for their children.

You can see a pdf copy of my article by clicking Washington Family.

Fifty Years Since The March

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment

marchonwashingtonI hope to visit the Mall on Saturday for the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. You can see more about the schedule of events this weekend and through the week including an address by President Obama here. It will be a good time to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where you can find one of my favorite MLK quotes from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964:

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

As Evergreen School prepares for our 50th anniversary celebration as one of the first Montessori schools in the Washington DC region next year, it has been startling to notice all the other milestones from 1964. From the beginning of Evergreen School, the passage of the Civil Rights act of 1964, MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize and the creation of the Black Student Fund (see blog post below), fifty years can feel close or far away.

With progress and set backs, we march on working to fulfill the dream for our children and students.

Have the audacity to believe.

Thomas Jefferson and Me

ThomasJeffersonDuring my twenty-three years in education, my beliefs about children have not changed much.  But my understanding of how to meet their needs has evolved a lot.  Schools must be open to change, particularly as new opportunities challenge our long-standing assumptions.  We must ask ourselves if traditional models still make sense.

While visiting the Jefferson Memorial yesterday, I was struck by a quote inscribed under its dome.  Jefferson had written, “…institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.”

Jefferson MemorialAs information technology has made vast amounts of information available at our children’s finger tips, the classroom paradigm has shifted. Education is about much more that teaching of facts. Now schools must be set up to nurture the personal qualities that prepare children for meaningful lives in a changing world.  Personal qualities such as integrity, perseverance, grit and curiosity are more important than ever.

Are we willing to change our institutions to meet our children’s needs?

Evergreen and the Black Student Fund

Black Student FundEvergreen recently became a member of the Black Student Fund (BSF).  I am thrilled to be part of this organization that has helped so many DC area students and their families have access to quality education.  Evergreen has a long history of leadership in diversity issues in independent schools.  We have been recognized as the most racially and culturally diversity member of the Assiation of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)

As the BSF website says:

“Since 1964, the Black Student Fund has provided financial assistance and support services to Washington, DC metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-kindergarten to 12, and their families. BSF-assisted students stay in school, graduate high school with distinction and enter college. 70% of these students are from one-parent households. Many are the first generation to progress to higher education.

Established to racially desegregate the independent schools of the National Capital area, the Fund serves as an advocate for all black children and strives to assure that black students and their families have equal access to every educational opportunity.”

Evergreen will be participating in the BSF Independent School Fair on Sunday September 8 from 2 pm to 5pm at the Washington Convention Center.  I hope to see you there.

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The Puppet Giant at Glen Echo Park’s Puppet Co.


Here is a wonderful picture taken by Ms. Tobin after her classes field trip to the Puppet Co.’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk at Glen Echo Park.  I love it!

Cabin Fever

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Sea of evergreensAnother cold, February weekend in DC got me thinking about cabin fever.  Even though it  “is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment,”  I self-diagnosed using WebMD.   I didn’t get far and had to go to Wikipedia for help. There I learned that the kind of cabin fever I have is more than just  idiom; it has a scientific basis.

An article from a team of researchers from the University of Michigan in the journal Psychological Sciencecalled The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature claim that time in nature improves attention spans of subjects.

If it is hard on adults to be inside too much, can you imagine how a child feels?

I am grateful that I can take a break from writing and join E-day in the Rain Garden.  Those fortunate children, and me. Otherwise I may never be able to finish my

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