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For Parents

Our Nature-Based Playground Inspires Kids and Adults

One of the most unique and busy spaces of Silver Spring Day School is its playground. Whether it’s visiting with parents after school, running around with children during a co-op shift, or hanging around the fence to spy on the Pre-Kers after drop-off, SSDS families spend a lot of time on the playground. It’s probably . . . read more 

Field Trips Help Us Welcome Fall With New and Old Friends

The fall season is always a favorite in our house: the fresh, cool air, the colorful leaves; and, of course, the pumpkins! Since our twins were two years old, we’ve ventured out to local farms for pumpkin picking and races through the corn maze. But this year was special; we got to spend our annual . . . read more 

SSDadSpot: At-Home-Dads Build a Special Bond

“Really, there is a national dads’ convention? What do you guys do? That’s great!” Initial surprise, curiosity, then positive feedback, is the response when I tell someone, often a mom at school or in a park, where I was the last weekend in September.  Yes, there really is a dads’ convention. I was one of . . . read more 

SSDadSpot: A Dad’s Take on Preschool Community

I come before you a changed man. To be honest, I was unconvinced by the message I heard two years ago when Adelaide rolled into the 2s, the gushes praising the invaluable parent community at SSDS and foretelling that I would make friends for life with every other bleary-eyed baby-schlepper in the parking lot. Is . . . read more 

The Confident Drop Off

The transition from summer to school can be difficult for many children (and parents!), and now that October has begun it’s natural to think that everyone will have adjusted to the new schedule. Experienced teachers have a warning, however: it’s not uncommon that anxiety at drop-off surfaces after the first month of school. Just when . . . read more 

Introducing Spotlight: The New SSDS Community Blog

As parents at Silver Spring Day School, we don’t just stand outside the door to our child’s education: we walk right in. We wash the cups, wipe the tables, sit to read a book with three kids in our lap; we sing the songs, get the “sharing timer” when necessary and gently wipe noses and . . . read more