Silver Spring Day School is an MCPS approved Student Service Learning site and volunteer opportunities involve supervising and interacting with young children ages 2-7 years of age.
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Student Volunteer Responsibilities

Summer Program: Discovery

  • four student volunteers assist a teacher and a group of 18 children, ages 3 – 7 (Discovery)

Summer Program: Mini Discovery

  • two student volunteers assist a teacher and a group of 10 children, age 2 (Mini Discovery)

Student volunteers will:

    • 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
    • attend a training meeting prior to end of MCPS school year
    • wear an SSDS–provided tee shirt while volunteering
    • HAVE FUN!!

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

Weekly Hours

  • MONDAY: 8:30 am – 1:15 pm
  • TUESDAY – FRIDAY: 8:45 am – 1:15 pm

Daily Schedule

  • 8:45 – 9:00 am            arrival, sign in, set up outside stations and/or inside stations
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am            student volunteers at stations, parents and children arrive, indoor play
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am          outdoor play
  • 10:30 – 10:45 am        outdoor station clean up
  • 10:45 – 11:00 am        snack for all
  • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm     indoor play, art, drama, movement, room clean up
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm        lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:15 pm          read children books after lunch, dismissal for children, final clean up
  • 1:15 pm                        sign out

8:45 – 9:00 am Set up

Sign in, check on job assignment and begin set up

Possible duties include (but not limited to):  
filling: sensory table, water area (supervision of children is required at all times), 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.

Student volunteers will set up their station and 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.

9:00 – 9:30 am Indoor Play
Welcome children to room, play and/or help children with short morning project

9:30 – 10:30 am Outdoor Play
Student volunteers will remain at assigned station until clean up time

Possible Stations: water area, swing, art area, book area, check in table, playground, 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. Student volunteers will not form groups — they should spread out and supervise children.

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
We will serve snack as a group in a common, indoor space

Student volunteers will be asked to report to their color group and help serve the children snack and water.  After all children have been served, student volunteers may then get a snack, but also still assist the children in their group.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Indoor activity:  Group Project/Drama/Movement, Free Play
Groups line up and transition to indoor play in their assigned classroom.

Student volunteers are expected to 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
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 entertain children with quiet activities, vacuum rugs, sweep floors, put up chairs and/or take out trash/recycling.

1:15 pm Student Volunteers Sign out and Dismissal

If 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 for follow up.

7 week Summer Program - working with children ages 3 - 7

Please indicate your interest/availability below. SSDS can not guarantee your request(s).
Summer 2017 - Discovery
Session I Discovery: June 19 – June 23
Session II Discovery: June 26 – June 30
Session III Discovery: July 3 – July 7
Session IV Discovery: July 10 – July 14
Session V Discovery: July 17 – July 21
Session VI Discovery: July 24 – July 28
Session VII Discovery: July 31 – August 4

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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.