News & Announcements

SSMA Community Fund- COVID19

Now, more than ever, a strong community is what will give us strength. Many of our families and friends will soon be facing financial and emotional hardship.
Our Board of Directors is leading this campaign so that we can support as many families as possible. In the coming months, some might need help with groceries, medical expenses, rent, and other bills. The fund will support us during the 2020-2021 years and beyond. Help us make this fund strong to support as many as possible.
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Shining Stars Virtual Open House and Tour

Thank you for joining us on May 14th and 16th for our Virtual Open House. If you missed these events, you can still experience our Virtual Tour by visiting our video section or clicking the link below.
For more information, please call (202) 723-1467 or email
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Are you or other DC parents you know curious about why the Montessori model is one of the most popular educational approaches around the world? Come to an open house to learn more!

DC families from all neighborhoods are welcome and encouraged to learn more about how an authentic Montessori education cultivates creativity, curiosity, leadership, critical thinking and supports problem solvers who are also compassionate and kind to others. Interested parents can RSVP to reserve a space for any of our upcoming open houses.
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Join us for Shining Stars Montessori Academy's Family Market! SSMA is partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank to offer these monthly distributions of nutritious groceries to members of the Shining Stars Montessori Academy community, free of charge.
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SSMA Plans Fully Virtual Learning Start for 2020-21 School Year

SSMA Board and executive leadership have come to the difficult decision that we must pivot to the 100% virtual learning pathway this fall, through the first trimester, which ends right after the Thanksgiving break.
We will continuously monitor the situation and our learning options as the trimester progresses. If we are able to change our model at the start of the 2nd trimester, please keep in mind it is most likely that we will then move to the original two pathway options - (1) 100% virtual and (2) the hybrid model.
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Back to School or Distance Learning: How Do We Decide? - by SSMA Parent

Many parents facing this new school year have already been through some type of distance learning and—regardless of how well some kids adjusted—many agree that it sucks! I miss the days when I dropped my boys off in the morning and headed home to my usual routine. I miss the quiet spaces where I could write, create content, do my workout routines, and get things organized. For households where both parents work full-time jobs, things might even be less pleasant.
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Returning Families, It's Time to Re-enroll

The Shining Stars Enrollment Team wants to help any way that we can. We will be conducting in-person enrollment at the Shining Stars school building beginning the week of May 18th on Monday’s (10:00 am - 2:00 pm), Wednesday’s (12:00 pm - 6:00 pm), and Friday’s (10:00 am - 2:00 pm). Please ensure that you are wearing a face mask when you enter the school building for your safety as well as ours. If you have questions about the enrollment process or documentation for residency proof please send an email to either or prior to arriving at the school.
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Cultural Journey with Kids & Culture Camp

On April 27, 2020, SSMA’s virtual partnership with Kids & Culture Camp, KCC, will begin! As part of SSMA’s after school MAP extended learning program, KCC’s phenomenal instructors will provide live online cultural camps for ALL students. Students will embark on a virtual cultural journey as they study various countries from around the globe. The themes for this exciting cultural journey are as follows: Senegal’s Sensational Success, Canada's Captivating Culture, and Grasping Ghana’s Greatness.
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“This is education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth, which feeds a peaceful revolution and unites all in a common aim, attracting them as to a single centre... This is the bright new hope for mankind (Montessori).”

- Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

Although Dr. Montessori was Italian, her teaching methods cross national borders. Montessori schools were designed to teach all children, with an emphasis on self-directed learning and practical life skills.
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Monday, March 16: No School for Student, Teachers, and Staff will report to school to continue planning for Distance Learning
Tuesday March 17: Parent pick up Learning Packets from 9am to 1pm
Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, March 23: SSMA will take its Spring Break for teachers and students. There will no longer be a Spring Break period in April
Tuesday, March 24 - Tuesday, March 31: Student will participate in distance learning
Wednesday, April 1: SSMA will resume normal on-campus operations
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