Field Day Fun!

June 9th, 2017  

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Next Week at Hilltop
Award Ceremony
Bead Ceremony
Field Day Fun
Lobby Makeover
Hilltop Helpers
Community News
Next Week at Hilltop

Saturday 6/10/11
Mason Kahn Award Recognition Ceremony

Check out the School Calendar 

SummerFun Registration has started! Flyers are at the front desk and online

Please explore the Summer camps and activities offered by Brattleboro Recreation in their  Summer Newsletter.

Saturday Evening's Award Ceremony
Don't Forget!

 This Saturday Evening, 5pm in the Arts Barn

the Inaugural Presentation 
 of the

Kahn Mason Award for Outstanding 
Contribution to Hilltop

Thank you to all who RSVP'd for this very special event.

If you meant to RSVP that you are coming, it's not too late, email Amelia. Hope to see you there!

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Classroom and Bead Day Ceremonies

The end of the school year brings high emotions and the opportunity for closure and transitioning events. At Hilltop Montessori School, the students and teachers have traditional and evolving ceremonies that each program shares within their classroom community. Each program had their own internal celebration of transitions and then, in the afternoon,  the whole school community came together for Hilltop's Field Day and Bead Ceremony. 

Take a look!

Bead Ceremony

Dance Party

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Field Day Fun!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this day so special!


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Ordering Grandparent and Special Friend Photos

Many, many thanks to Rachael Waring, Birch Room Parent and professional photographer, for donating her time and talents to take photos at Grandparent and Special Friend Day. To see the beautiful photos - and they are gorgeous, btw - or to order prints, visit and choose "Grandparent and Special Friend Day Hilltop", enter your email address and order away!

Remember Rachael the next time you are looking to have family photos done!

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Lobby Makeover


Thank you to sculptor and Children's House Parent, Rodrigo Nava, for designing and creating some wonderful new "artwork" for our lobby. The glass piece to the left will be lettered with future award recipients of the Kahn Mason Award for Outstanding Contribution to Hilltop. The large black metal sheet will soon be filled with magnetized Montessori materials creating a "movable" art piece for young and old to enjoy!

The newest addition to the ensemble is a beautiful bench hand crafted by our very own Marco Yunga! The ingrain, he has told us, is reminiscent of his homeland's Andes Mountains. We're so honored to have this little piece of Marco welcoming our guests!

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Hilltop Helpers

Wanted: Petsitter

Would your family or someone you know like to take care of our beautiful long-haired cat in your pet-free home this summer? Alie is an affectionate indoor cat and needs looking after while we're away, June 15th to August 15th. Pay: $400. A great test to see if your son or daughter is ready for a pet...and good for older kids who'd like to make a little money too! Also possible: A tryout. Take care of Alie for a single week, June 15-22. Interested? Contact Carol at 802-490-0197 or

Wanted: Brattleboro Rental Apartment 

Carol and Zoe Greenhouse are looking for a 2- to 3-bedroom apartment in downtown Brattleboro. (Great references.) Know of something? Contact Carol at or 802-490-0197. Thanks! 

Are you looking for extra help around the house? 
Childcare? Petsitter? House sitter...?

Hi, I'm Katie Reynolds, a Hilltop alumna (class of 2011!) and 
a rising junior at Mount Holyoke College,  and I'm seeking: any type of helper's job! Petsitting, house-sitting, childcare, you name it! Get in contact and I'm certain we can work something out.   As a counselor at SummerFun (both last year and this upcoming session) and a substitute in the Children's House, I am experienced in childcare for all ages up from 1.5 years old.   I love animals and have been working as a volunteer farm hand at Farming Connections Inc. in Guilford since 2011. I am perfectly willing to mold my schedule to yours, as long as I can still keep my commitment to my work at Hilltop. Any time of the day, any amount of time, I can be there!  

If you or someone you know is interested in my services as a house-sitter, childcare provider, or petsitter (and it doesn't matter what kind of animal!) please contact me, Katie or call 802-451-6822.

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.  or call them at 802-254-5411.

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Community News

Brattleboro Hockey

BUHS Pre-season Soccer Information  2017
While we are at the end of our spring sports season and vacation is coming up, as soccer coaches we are thinking that our fall season is just around the corner.  A preseason meeting is scheduled for the end of this school year for all interested soccer players ( boys and girls), currently in grades 8 through 11. The 
Meeting will be  Monday June 12, at 3:30 pm in the BUHS gym.  We encourage you to attend this meeting to get a head start with the administrative paperwork (consent and medical forms), and to get you informed about pre-season, practices and games. Some of you will go away on vacation, some of you will attend different sports camps, but we would like to offer you some local summer soccer possibilities (these listed below are for girls only). Hope you can attend some or all of them, however your schedule lets you!
  1. Every Monday evening, 6-8pm, starting June 26, conditioning and strengthening with Priscilla Svec.  At the Dummerston School field.  Last session August 14.
  2. Every Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm, conditioning and small-sided games with high school coaches at SIT soccer fields, starting June 28, ending August 9.
For more information, contact head Varsity coach Edwin de Bruijn at 

Graduating Hilltop Eighth Graders, Marley Hathaway and Daniel Snyder are counselors for this upcoming camp!  For more information  email or call 802-257-0888.

River Gallery School of Art Presents...

In-Sight Photography Classes

Poetry, Bookmaking and Art Project Summer Program
Poetry Studio,  242 Piney Brook Way,  Brattleboro
802- 257-8972
Attention is the Beginning of Devotion, Mary Oliver
Once again a summer workshop combining poetry, bookmaking and
art, will be held at Ann Gengarelly's Poetry Studio. As always,
young people will have the opportunity to write and draw in a natural
setting with woodlands and beautiful gardens. Each student will have
both a poetry and bookmaking class each day. This program offers a
rare opportunity to enjoy a community of kindred spirits, a community
of kindness that provides personal attention to each student.
Poetry classes will be taught by Ann Gengarelly who has been a
poet-in-the-schools for over twenty-five years. Bookmaking and Art
Design will be led by Tony Gengarelly who teaches Art History at
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

AUGUST 7, 8, 10, 11, AND/OR AUGUST 14, 15, 17, 18
We welcome students between the ages of 6-17 (with exceptions). Classes
will be kept small in order to maintain a one to six student-teacher ratio. Students
will be accepted on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. If interested call Ann
at 802-257-8972 or contact or .

Green Mountain Girls Camp
News Flash! Green Mt Camp for Girls, the beloved 100 year old summer camp in nearby Dummerston, has openings for girls ages 4-13 this summer! They are welcoming 4 year olds for Session #1 (June 19-23)  for day camp from 8:30-4:30  and all other ages are welcome to come for the day or stay the night as this is a Try Me Camp week! Arts and Crafts, Drama and Dance, Nature, Music, Sports and Games, Swimming and so much more! They also have a pay by the day option that week if you have limited availability! Financial Aid is available if income eligible! This is a great chance for you to check out the camp during a time when our summer program hasn't started yet and there are still openings! Call Billie at 802-257-1751 today or go online to register at u nder the Come To Camp tab.

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