News & Announcements

Garden Build Day at Shining Stars Montessori Academy

We are asking for volunteers to join the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) to help Shining Stars Montessori Academy get ready for outdoor learning! We will build raised garden beds, spread mulch, create a stone pathway, and enhance the schoolyard for Shining Stars Montessori Academy students.
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Shining Stars Montessori Academy, 1240 Randolph Street NE, Washington, DC 2001

SSMA / CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK

Join Shining Stars Montessori Academy's Family Market! SSMA has partnered with the Capital Area Food Bank to offer monthly distributions of nutritious groceries to members of the Shining Stars Montessori Academy community free of charge.
When: Monday, February 14, 2022, from 3 pm to 5 pm
Where: SSMA Campus (front and rear entrance(s) of the building)

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.

My School DC Virtual EdFEST 2021

Join us at EdFEST 2021 and meet one-on-one with our dedicated staff to learn more about our school. SSMA offers a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential. We have multi-aged classrooms, special Montessori materials, uninterrupted work cycles, integrated arts programming, world language, and individual and small group learning opportunities.
Join us on December 11, 2021 from 10:00am - 1:00pm

SSMA Dual Language Immersion Program hosts SHINING STARS THANKFUL THURSDAY

SSMA Dual Language Immersion Program invites ALL families to come together over apple cider and donuts in the SSMA Children's Garden.

Please help us plan for this event by RSVPing no later than Wednesday evening (11/17).

The garden is located in the back of the school near 13th Street NE. Please use street parking - parking in the alley is limited.

If you have any questions or can support this event, please reach out to Grace Ha ([email protected]) or Monique Ross ([email protected] ),

We hope to see you there!

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.

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.

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 [email protected] or [email protected] prior to arriving at the school.

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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