Thank you for joining us for Parent Teacher Conferences, we hope you enjoyed them!

March 17th, 2017
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Next Week at Hilltop
Summer Fun Preview
Spring Sports
Parent Education Night
Save the Date
Before and After Care
Hilltop Helpers
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Next Week at Hilltop

Monday 3/20/17
MS Odyssey and Strategic Plan Meeting 8pm

Tuesday 3/21/17
Strength and Conditioning
Sweet Treats
What to Wear? A Discussion Around School and Dress Code 7-9pm

Wednesday 3/22/17
Girls on the Run
Spanish with Marco 

Thursday 3/23/17
Strength and Conditioning 
All School Gathering

Coming up...

Wednesday 3/29/17
MS Alabama Odyssey Trip  (thru 4/5/17)

Monday 4/3/17
Teaching Creatures
9:30-11:15

Thursday 4/13/17
UE Play @ 5pm


Check out the 2016-2017 School Calendar 
here.

Summer Fun Details Almost Ready!

We are filling in the final pieces of the SummerFun puzzle! We will be holding camps for the five weeks from 
June 26 - July 28th. We are hosting some new counselors and teachers, some from afar! Our Children's House teacher, Jaime McClelland, is bringing her Montessori experience from New Hampshire, and we will have Lower Elementary camps offered by an experienced teacher from Africa via Boston. Siza Mtimbri will be offering camps on:
  • Engineering - including building a prosthesis!
  • Africa Week - walking through Africa from the 1600's to modern times


Looking for Housing for SummerFun Teacher
We are looking for a house sitting, or "cottage", arrangement for Jamie and her daughter during the five weeks of SummerFun. If you have, or know of, such a possibility for all or part of the time, please contact Rebecca (frontdesk@hilltopmontessori.org) . Jamie writes, "We are delighted to join the community for the summer!  We are an active family that enjoys being busy with activities ranging from running to painting to cooking to exploring woods and ponds. It will be just myself and my 3.5 year old daughter, Summer, for the majority of the five weeks. My husband and brother will be making trips to Vermont on the weekends to stay with us. We would enjoy staying in a house that is close to local shops and parks and is relatively close to neighbors. If possible, a house with two bedrooms would be fantastic. We can't wait to spend part of our summer in such a beautiful place. Thank you for considering hosting us!" 



Look for more details in the SummerFun brochure out by April 1!



Sp ring 
Sports !

Frisbee
Upper El and Middle School
Start date: April 3
Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15-4:45
Cost: $75
Coach Nate Weeks
 
Baseball (offered through the Dummerston School)
Middle School
Start date: April 3
Practices: Mondays-Thursdays 3:15-4:45 @ the Dummerston School. Transportation will be provided.
Cost: $100
Coach Soren Pelz-Walsh
 
Brattleboro Recreation will also be providing Spring Sports Opportunities including T-Ball, Small Fry, Girls Softball, Little League, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, and Indoor Soccer. For more information please click on their Spring Newsletter. Also check out other events including an Easter Egg Hunt, Bowling Day, Pitch Hit Run & Home Run Derby, Open Gym Basketball & Game Room, Chess Tournament, and Super Bike & Fun day! Please note that some of the registration dates have passed but your child can still sign up!
 
If you have any questions regarding Spring Sports please contact Soren.



Parent Education Opportunity

What to Wear?!  
A Discussion around School & Dress
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 7PM
Hilltop Middle School

What kind of messages about females and their bodies do we give - specifically in terms of clothing?  This discussion will focus on the policing of girls bodies and sexuality and how this negatively affects both men and  women. It will also give concrete ways in which to talk to youth about dress code in supportive and non-blaming ways.  
 
Moderated by Anna and Shea from the Women's Freedom Center.  The Women's Freedom Center is the local organization working to end domestic and sexual violence in Windham and Southern Windsor counties. The Youth Advocate works with teachers, staff, students, and caregivers around issues of consent, rape culture, social media, objectification, body image, gender identity, and healthy relationships.    


SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, April 29th
*7:30am - noon
In the Arts Barn

*come when you want, but tag sale people are an eager bunch

Hilltop  Multi-Family 
Tag Sale and Market & 
Pancake Breakfast 

Believe it or not, spring IS coming... and you know what that means. Spring cleaning! Want to turn those no longer needed items into cold hard cash? Here's a fun solution: Join us for the Multi-Family Tag Sale and Market. Each family reserves a table for $10 and is responsible for selling their own treasures - you keep the profits. This year, we're adding a twist...

We're hoping to host other merchants who sell items that would be of interest to parents! So, if you know of someone who you think would fit this description, let Amelia know. The only contribution to selling at our market would be one small item that we will then put in a tricky tray raffle (like the one we did at the holidays). So, think children's clothing, activities, products etc.

Let the decluttering BEGIN!



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Hilltop Helpers

J ulia Fedoruk in the Middle School is still collecting for Carry Me Home, a Brattleboro-based 501c3 non- profit which sends clothing to refugees in Eastern Europe, coordinating with volunteer organizations on the ground to make sure the right items are sent to the right places when needed. Recent shipments have gone to Athens and to Lesvos, where refugees continue to arrive by boat.  

Collection for spring clothing has begun, with special focus on items for refugee children who have begun attending schools in Greece. Please bring items from the list below to the collection box in the lobby or the box in the Middle School. Carry Me Home is also in need of funds to pay for shipping. The largest box they can send, 44 pounds, costs $164 to ship. Please make donations via Indiegogo Generosity, or leave a check made out to Carry Me Home With Love in the collection box.

You can find more information about Carry Me Home on  Facebook, or via email.
You may be interested in PBS Frontline's Exodus , a documentary on the refugee crisis that aired in December 2016 and is still available to watch on line.


A big THANK YOU to Hazel for providing our students and staff with delicious pizza each week!


Many thanks to Brattleboro Tire, 558 Putney Road in Brattleboro for donating
snow tires for our Hilltop van . Please visit Dan and the boys at Brattleboro Tire for your car's needs and be sure to say "Thanks" on Hilltop's behalf. 
www.brattleborotire.com  or call them at 802-254-5411.




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Community News

Nomad vs. Settler, featuring Owen James, Hilltop Middle Schooler , on bass, and  Archer Parks , Hilltop graduate , playing guitar, will play all original tunes at Next Stage in Putney on March 25th at 7:30pm .  Nomad vs. Settler is a band of thoughtful teenagers playing music that is melodic and dynamic and totally enjoyed by all ages. Bring the family for an inspiring evening of music!





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