SSDS Summer Discovery 2019


Silver Spring Day School is a local play based preschool and is an MCPS approved Student Service Learning site. Volunteer opportunities involve playing, supervising and interacting with young children ages 2–7 years of age in our Summer Discovery Program.

Come join us this summer!
Getting Back to Basics: Keeping it Simple with Dirt, Rocks, Wood, Water, Metal and Air

We will discover the beauty and awe of dirt, rocks, wood, water, metal, and air this summer. We will simply have fun exploring and creating with different basic, natural elements with our preschool summer discovery kids.

Student Volunteer Responsibilities

ALL Summery Discovery student volunteers will:

• attend a mandatory training meeting prior to volunteering

• respect teachers, staff, parents, children and other student volunteers

• follow instructions from teachers and staff

• arrive on time and sign in and sign out each day

• keep a watchful eye on children and report any issues to a teacher immediately

• call the summer program coordinator or SSDS office if unable to attend an assigned day

• be evaluated at the end of the week

• adhere to the “no cell phone allowed at any time” rule (unless approved by teacher)

• stay with their assigned group at all times; an assignment will be made at the beginning of each week

• maintain flexibility as responsibilities vary each day

• adhere to all program policies and guidelines

• wear an SSDS–provided t-shirt while volunteering


If student volunteers are unable to follow the above guidelines or perform the tasks assigned to them, they may be dismissed from the program at any time.

Student Volunteer Schedule Information


8:45 – 9:00 am Set up

Sign in, check on job assignment and begin set up

Possible duties include but are not limited to: filling sensory table, water area, water cooler; putting out sprinkler, bikes, art items, sand and water toys, pool, books, blankets for snack; setting up inside activity; taking out trash; and other jobs upon request. When student volunteers are assigned a project or station they will set up their station /project area and will remain there for the duration of playtime. Switching to another station is allowed only if the lead teacher has approved a change and all other job requirements have been fulfilled.

Please Note: Volunteers are expected to be at school no later than 8:30 am on the Monday of each camp week to orient to the flow of the particular summer week and to meet teachers and incoming volunteers. Thereafter, Tuesday – Friday volunteers are expected to be at school no later than 8:45 am to begin set up. 

9:00 – 9:30 am Indoor play

Begin day in assigned room.

Welcome children to room, play or help children with short morning project.

9:30 – 10:30 am Outdoor play

Help facilitate outdoor play and activities. 

Volunteer students will be assigned to supervise outdoor stations. Stations will be spread out around the playground and include but are not limited to: water area, swing, art area, book area, beading area, sand box, picnic tables, and more. Student volunteers will interact with children during outdoor play, remain outdoors, and only go inside when directed by a teacher or if given permission. 

10:30 – 10:45 am Clean up

All student volunteers begin outdoor clean up and will clean up their assigned station.

10:45 – 11:00 am Snack

Eat snack back in assigned rooms.
Student volunteers will report to their color group and help children get their snacks and waterbottles. After all children have been helped student volunteers may get their snacks, but will continue to assist the children in their group if necessary.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Indoor Activity:  Group Project/Drama/Movement, Free Play

Transition to indoor play in assigned classroom.
Student volunteers will play with the children by reading them books, building with them, or running an activity at a table. Student volunteers will follow the group to the activity of the day, and participate in the activity. Student volunteers must stay in the room to which they are assigned. Volunteers may not leave the room unless they are asked to do so by a teacher or they ask a teacher to leave. Wandering in the halls is not permitted.

12:15 – 12:45 pm Lunch

Eat lunch in assigned classrooms. IMPORTANT: due to several acute allergies, SSDS follows a strict NO NUTS policy for foods.  While at SSDS, no one (teacher, student volunteer, or summer program participant) is permitted to eat any foods made with nuts.
All student volunteers will help children get their lunches and remain with them at the table until lunch ends. 

12:45 – 1:00 pm Dismissal for Discovery Participants

After lunch, student volunteers will: help children with quiet activities, vacuum rugs, sweep floors, stack chairs or take out trash/recycling.

1:15 pm Sign out and Dismissal for Student Volunteers

When all duties have been satisfactorily completed, student volunteers will be dismissed by a teacher. At the end of the week the counselor must report to the Program Coordinator with SSL paper work and any other necessary follow up.

Student Volunteer Summer Program Options

Summer Discovery 2019 will begin the week of June 17th and end the week of July 22nd with a new session theme each week. Please indicate the week(s) you are interested and available to volunteer. SSDS will make every effort to honor your selection(s), but can not guarantee them.

Availability and Interest for Summer Discovery 2019
 YesNot Available
Week 1, June 17-21: Digging in Dirt!
Week 2, June 24-28: Clunking around with Rocks!
Week 3, July 1-5: Building with Wood! (closed July 4th)
Week 4, July 8-12: Splashing in Water!
Week 5, July 15-19: Clinking on Metal!
Week 6, July 22-26: Whooshing through the Air!

Student Volunteer Applicant Information

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Parent/Guardian Information


I understand/acknowledge that Summer Discovery student volunteers are: *
offered SSL hours only
not offered stipends by SSDS
required to attend mandatory orientation meeting
Silver Spring Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic status, or learning differences.