2019-20 calendar of events coming soon!
* Items marked with an asterisk are open to the public. Please join us! 

2018-19 Past Events:

* Sweep the Creek

Saturday, September 29, 2018     9-11 am

Join Acorn Hill families, faculty and Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) to help clean Sligo Creek. Some of our classes walk to Sligo Creek on Walk Day, and we are supportive of the effort to keep this area clean of trash and debris. FOSC provides gloves, bags, water and guidance on what help is most needed in each section. The section closest to our school is Section 6, Parkside Bridge, in between Forest Glen and Colesville Roads. Directions: from Forest Glen Road, travel east along Sligo Creek Parkway and take the second park-in on the right, immediately following Dallas Avenue. Meet us by Parkside Bridge at 9 am, or join us nearby if you come later.

* Adult Education Evening: Morning Mayhem

Wednesday, October 3, 2018     7:30-9 pm

Open to the public, bring a friend! Join us as we welcome PEP, Parent Encouragement Program (, to kick off our 2018-19 Adult Education Evenings. PEP will be speaking on morning routines and strategies. Mornings are a hot spot for many families. Parents need to get out of the house on time, but kids don’t always cooperate. How do you motivate them to move – without resorting to nagging, yelling or bribing? Learn how to achieve a more peaceful, productive start to everyone’s day.  A $10 donation is requested at the door. Adults only.

Click HERE for a flyer and more information.

Acorn Hill Gardening Event

Sunday, October 28, 2018     12-3 pm

Come learn about composting, planting garlic and blueberry bushes, and growing shitake mushrooms in our Acorn Hill garden. This event will take place before the Family Pumpkin Carving (please see below).

Thanks to the proceeds from last year’s Silent Auction and a grant, our garden was given a facelift of new soil, biodynamic compost and a deer fence last spring that yielded squash, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and sorrel this summer. Now it’s time to prepare for fall planting and readying our beds for winter:

  • In the upper gardens: pull dying plants and compost them, spray compost starter, then turn the soil and plant garlic and sow cover crop seeds
  • In the lower garden raised beds: turn the soil and plant 12 blueberry bushes
  • Drill holes in 4-ft oak limbs on a raised platform and hammer in shitake mushroom plugs

This workshop is run by teacher and lead gardener, Carol St. John, winner of the 2017 Edible DC Judge’s Choice award for Best School Garden at Potomac Crescent.

Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to eat at Acorn Hill before we start. Children are welcome and must be supervised. This event will be held rain or shine! There is room for 12 families to participate. Please register by clicking below.


Family Pumpkin Carving

Sunday, October 28, 2018     3:30-5 pm

An annual favorite! Parents attend with children to carve a pumpkin while enjoying snacks, music and storytelling. Bring a pumpkin, safe carving tools and newspaper for this fun event.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat

Wednesday, October 31, 2018     5:30-7 pm

Halloween night is an exciting time, but it can also be frightening and overwhelming for young children. This event is an ideal way for young children to experience the nature of Halloween in a safe and fun environment, sheltered from overpowering impressions. Children and their families will gather in costumes on the playground. Each family brings a jack-o-lantern (perhaps carved at the Family Pumpkin Carving) and wholesome treats or treasures to distribute to trick-or-treaters.

* Adult Education Evening: Give Your Child the Gift of Waldorf Education

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018     7:30-9 pm

Open to the public, bring a friend!

Join us as we explore the life-long benefits of Waldorf education. In this workshop, we will learn how:

  • the Waldorf curriculum, from nursery through high school, teaches to a child’s developmental needs
  • Waldorf education fosters critical thinking, empathy for others, and a love of learning
  • Waldorf education leads to academic success

The workshop is led by Jennifer Page, Faculty Chair (Head of School) at the Washington Waldorf School. Jennifer has been involved in Waldorf Education for over 20 years. She brings a breadth of experience in teaching and administration. Prior to her work as an educator, she practiced law in Maryland and DC, and was the former Director of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund.

Click HERE for a flyer and more information. There is no charge for this event.

Kindergarten Year Talk at Acorn Hill

Friday, November 30, 9:15 am-10:15 pm at Acorn Hill

Thinking about the kindergarten year and what’s next after Acorn Hill? Join Faculty Chair Kate Gage for a discussion on “The Kindergarten Year at Acorn Hill”. Hear from current and alumni parents about the value of the kindergarten year, as well as transitioning to other schools.  This informal event will be held during Handwork in the Willow Room.

* Family Holiday Crafting Social / Wee One Shoppe

Saturday, December 8, 2018     9:30 am-12:30 pm

Open to the public, grandparents and friends welcome!

Back by popular demand, join us for socializing, crafting, and shopping! 

A special event for children ages 3 to 8. Secret Shopper opportunity for kids! Parents, your children will be able to go through the Wee One Shoppe set up especially for them.With elf-en volunteers helping them (no parents allowed!), your kids will be able to buy small gifts for family members, specifically purchased or made and priced starting at just $1. Children will have fun wrapping and tagging their gifts as well. What a sweet surprise for you to enjoy something they selected all on their own! While the children pick out something special, enjoy the crafting social or possibly shop yourself at the new-to-you jewelry and Parent Circle Handwork items sale.

Acorn Hill Handwork Fairies will help you make your own holiday gifts! Purchase adult and child handcraft kits and have fun completing them during the social. Completed handwork projects will also be on sale. Mark your calendars!

Delicious bake sale included. Please join us!

* Candlemas Bonfire & Heritage Potluck

Sunday, February 10, 2019     4-5 pm

If Candlemas day be sunny and bright,
Winter again will show its might.
If Candlemas day be cloudy and grey,
Winter soon will pass away.

Candlemas, better known in these parts as Groundhog Day, has long been celebrated in various cultures to mark the middle of winter. It falls on February 2nd – midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox – and is one of the cross-quarter days that make up the wheel of the year, along with Halloween, May Day, and Midsummer. It is a time for reflection of new beginnings and renewal, marked by increasing physicality.

Gather around the bonfire, bring a dish to share, and join the Acorn Hill community for this midwinter celebration of light, music and warmth. For the entire family!

* Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

Saturday, Sunday, Monday
February 23-25, 2019     9 am-5 pm

This introductory workshop will explore the philosophy of Dr. Emmi Pikler, which advocates a peaceful and respectful approach to caring for babies and toddlers. Young children thrive when they are seen as participants in their own care and initiators of their own explorations and play. We will explore how careful and attentive physical care facilitates a child’s sense of competence. Participants will deepen their knowledge about infant-toddler care and education in order to provide peaceful and respectful care to babies and toddlers. This 3-day workshop will use a variety of experiential activities, as well as discussion and lecture. It is open to everyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of how to care for infants and toddlers at home or in center care. Participants will:

  • Explore the Pickler philosophy
  • Identify and understand children’s growth and development
  • Gain an awareness of children’s immense abilities
  • Understand the caregiver’s role in caring for young children

The workshop is taught by Liz Hagerman and Elsa Chahin. Saturday and Sunday will be held at Acorn Hill, Monday at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Fee: $400 (or $350 before Dec 31). Click HERE for more information.

* Silent Auction and Social

Saturday, March 9, 2019     6:30 pm-9:30 pm

The Annual Acorn Hill Auction Social is a wonderful parents-only event featuring a catered dinner, drinks, live music, and silent and live auction! The online auction will run for two weeks prior to the Social, from February 25th through March 9th, and includes a variety of items. Bid on priceless handmade crafts, unique goods and services donated by fellow Acorn Hill parents, restaurant gift cards and tickets to shows, and fabulous one-of-a-kind buy-in parties! All proceeds from ticket sales and auctioned items will go towards the school. Examples of past auction-funded projects include: bathroom and kitchen renovations, playground improvements, and technology upgrades and the newly revamped school website. Join the greater Acorn Hill community in support of our school and come out for an evening of fun! Tickets are $10 if purchased by February 11th, 2019 and will be $15 thereafter and at the door.

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* Adult Education Evening: Healthy Food Choices for the Whole Family

Wednesday, March 20     7:30-9 pm

In this insightful and interactive discussion, parents will learn a variety of ways to engage their children and family in meal planning, cooking and the complexities of different dietary needs in same households. Julie will give realistic ideas and some hard-core nutritional facts of how to implement the “Five Pillars of Health”, into our every day lives. Please join us. Suggested donation $10.

Click HERE for a flyer and more information.

This workshop is facilitated by Julie Wendt, Acorn Hill  alumni parent. She holds a B.S. in Resource Economics from Cornell University and a Masters of Science in Integrative Health and Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a Licensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN) in Maryland, a Licensed Nutritionist (LN) in D.C., and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).

Acorn Hill Gardening Event: Springtime in the Garden!

Saturday, March 23     1-3 pm

Join biodynamic gardening experts Carol St. John and Sally Voris and help prepare our gardens for spring. Together we will:

  • Turn over the garden beds
  • Apply, and nourish the soil with, two biodynamic preparations, Horn Manure and Barrel Compost
  • Plant peas in the upper garden
  • Make Thalassa mud balls

Click HERE for a flyer and more information.

This workshop is run by Carol St. John and Sally Voris. Carol, an Acorn Hill teacher and lead gardener, is the winner of the 2017 Edible DC Judge’s Choice award for Best School Garden at Potomac Crescent. Sally is the owner of White Rose Farm, a biodynamic agricultural farm in Carroll County, MD.

Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to eat at Acorn Hill before we start. Children are welcome and must be supervised. This event will be held rain or shine! There is room for 12 families to participate – please register below:


* John Biewen on his podcast “Seeing White”

Saturday, March 30     10-11:30 am
Washington Waldorf School
4800 Sangmore Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans; acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists; the renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics, unending racial inequality in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth, it’s an old story. John Biewen, host of the Scene on Radio podcast, dives into deep history to explore where our notions of “race,” and racism, came from in the first place.

Find the podcast here:

Child care available for children 3 years and older who are potty trained. This event is co-sponsored by Acorn Hill and WWS. Contact Christen Leonard at 301-229-6107, ext. 101 with any questions.

Please RSVP and/or register for child care

John Biewen‘s radio work has taken him to forty American states and to Europe, Japan, and India. He has produced for the NPR newsmagazines, This American Life, Studio 360, American RadioWorks, and the BBC World Service. He is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, where, in addition to producing Scene on Radio, he teaches audio courses to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. With co-editor Alexa Dilworth, he edited the book, Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, now in its second edition.

* Spring Fair

Saturday, May 11, 2019     10 am-2 pm

Join us for this annual and popular family event! Children enjoy outdoor games like the popular  marble run, and a special Toddler in the Woods area with activities perfect for little ones. There will be children’s crafts such as making pom-poms. Other highlights include a marionette play, the sale of used books, toys and jewelry and crafts lovingly handmade by our very own parents. Plus, a plant sale, taco salad lunch, and delicious homemade baked goods. Go Green and bring your own utensils, cups and plates for lunch!

Not to be missed! All are welcome!

*The Role of Play and Limited Screen Time

Saturday, June 1, 2019         11 am – 12 pm at Brookside Nature Center 

Saturday, June 1, 2019         5:30 – 6:30 pm at The Little Gym of Silver Spring

Join us for a community discussion while your 2-6 year-old children explore imaginative play using natural materials such as silk, wool, cotton, wood, shells to nourish their young senses.

Research indicates children engaged in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language and social skills, more empathy and creativity. The foundation for academic success begins with concentration, small muscle development and hand-eye coordination as precursors to reading and writing. A screen-free environment at school and a commitment to limit screen time at home is a critical step in developmentally appropriate exposure to technology.

For Brookside Nature Center please RSVP.

For The Little Gym of Silver Spring, please sign up by contacting them on (301) 681-7005.