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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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 cmooregause@shiningstarspcs.org or ttaylor@shiningstarspcs.org prior to arriving at the school.
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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 info@shiningstarspcs.org
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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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CURIOUS ABOUT THE MONTESSORI MODEL?

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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IS THE MONTESSORI ENVIRONMENT AND METHOD SUPPORTIVE TO STUDENTS FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS?

“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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SSMA CLOSED MARCH 16 - APRIL 24

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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Important Dates and Information

Progress Reports will be mailed out on April 2nd, 2020.

Parent/Guide Conference Day is Friday, April 10th, 2020; there will be No Virtual lessons on this day. Scholars will have to work on their task in Google Classroom
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Parent Support Meeting/Tutorial

Parent Support Meeting/Tutorial
For parents who are feeling anxious or overwhelmed by the prospect of helping your children get onto Google Classroom and/or Google Hangout, we will have an additional tutorial session on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, hosted by our communications specialist, Ms. Nona Richardson. Her session will focus on simply using the platform and working with parents who are not as computer savvy as they'd like to be. Ms. Richardson will not be able to troubleshoot issues with devices or computers but will focus strictly on Google applications.
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SSMA Distance Learning Walkthrough

SSMA Distance Learning Walkthrough (Reminder)
Parents are invited to attend a community meeting that will be hosted by our principal, Mrs. Jenkins on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 pm. Mrs. Jenkins will share our distance learning plans and programming for the weeks ahead. She will walk through the daily schedule, and explain how the guides will use our Google platform to translate our Montessori model. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the learning program during that time.
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