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March 31st, 2017
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Next Week at Hilltop

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

Tuesday 3/28/17
Strength and Conditioning
Sweet Treats

Wednesday 3/29/17
Girls on the Run
Spanish with Marco 

Thursday 3/30/17
All School Gathering

Coming up...

Thursday 4/13/17
UE Play @ 5pm

Friday 4/14/17
LE Field Trip

Check out the School Calendar 

Sp ring 
Sports !

It's not too late to sign up for Ultimate Frisbee! 

Upper El and Middle School
Start date: April 10th
Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15-4:45
Cost: $75
Coach Nate Weeks
If you have any questions regarding Spring Sports please contact Soren.


SummerFun registration is up and running! Check out the camp choices and sign up now. The camps will run for five weeks,  June 26 - July 28".

Click  here to be directed to the online brochure.

Dear Community,

We are still optimistic that we will find summer housing for three camp "counselors"! We need a housesitting or apartment/cottage arrangement for:
  •  a teacher and daughter from NH (June 26-July 28th)
  •  a teacher and daughter from NJ (July 17-28th)
  • a teacher from Zimbabwe who will be coming from Concord, NH (July 17-28th)

If you, or anyone you know, might be able to make the housing for one of these visiting teachers possible, please contact Rebecca at the front desk.

Thank you!

To Reserve a Table for the Tag Sale!

Time is flying! Only 4 weeks until the Super Duper Multi-Family Tag Sale! 

Don't procrastinate, get your reservation in for a spot. There is limited space!   

ALSO WANTED: To borrow - electric griddles for the pancake breakfast portion of our program. 

Email  Amelia  to reserve a table and to let me know if you have a griddle we can borrow - $10 per table - you sell and keep proceeds. Thanks!

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

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

Hilltop's  Multi-Family 
Tag Sale and Market & 
Pancake Breakfast 

Toddler Program 

Have a safe and restful weekend.

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Children's House

During the month of April, we celebrate the Month of the Young Child. The entire month features free, fun activities for families with young children, throughout Brattleboro and neighboring communities. The Children's House classrooms drew their own self portraits that will be displayed at the 13th Annual Young Children's Art Exhibit on Sunday, April 2nd, from 10am until noon (postponed from Saturday due to storm).  The portraits can be viewed at the River Garden on Main St. in Brattleboro. 

Check out the Month of the Young Child brochures, or for more information and other events, look here. See you there! 


The CH team  

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Lower El

A few photos of those healthy enough to attend school this week - rest up and get healthy, everyone!

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Upper El

In the botany portion of our cultural studies, students have been learning about the chemical process of photosynthesis. They are also tending the plants involved in their botany experiments. On the Silk Road, the class last week explored the remarkable spread of the Islamic Empire in the decade following the death of Muhammad. This week, Dan introduced the contributions of science and medicine from this part of the world by inviting students to look closely at art from the period.  As a means of practicing skills in writing mechanics as well as sharing book recommendations with one another, students are writing brief book reviews to share with the class on a favorite book.

This is a time of year when the class often experiences extra challenges within the social fabric of our community - despite the snow on the ground, spring is in the air! Social challenges are normal and an important part of learning and growth at this age. We want to equip the class with a shared vocabulary that can empower students to talk about situations as they arise. To this end, our weekly Peace Curriculum lesson examined types of peer conflict. We discussed examples of physical and verbal aggression, then spent most of our time learning about the less-familiar category of "relational aggression," or doing things that undermine someone's relationships and standing in the community. Acts such as teasing, ignoring, eye-rolling, excluding, or embarrassing someone fall into this category, along with spreading an outright lie or sending a text in someone else's name, for example. We identified the important role of the bystander ("upstander"), and reviewed a range of possible responses both at the time of an act of unkindness, and after the incident. Simply moving to stand beside someone who is being treated poorly can be a powerful statement, reducing the feeling of isolation for the person feeling hurt. Students practiced a few things they could say to a friend who is being mean to someone. They have brought real thoughtfulness as well as a bit of humor to these discussions. Up next week: exploring social norms!
As you are most likely aware, we are embarking on our yearly play preparations. We will be needing some help. Scripts go home on Thursday, April 6th, and your child will need to memorize lines and cues over that weekend.  Another person to read the cues is helpful. On Friday, April 7th, we would like a small crew to stay after school to help set up the stage in the theater. A slip will go home for student sign-ups for this help. Finally, after the play on April 13th, there is a potluck dinner in the middle school that parents organize. A parent coordinator would be most welcome.
REMINDER: An in-class water bottle and indoor shoes are needed for all students. 

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Middle School

To follow the Middle School's travels to Alabama, click

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Hilltop Helpers

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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Hilltop is Active in the Community!

The Middle School has a display of prints and the printmaking process at 
Amy's Bakery . It is wonderful celebration of our integrated artistic endeavors and of the printing press we were able to purchase with a generous grant from the Mason Kahn Foundation.

Elementary Artwork is on display at the  Brooks Library  in celebration of our projects and Children's Art Month.

April is the  "Month of the Young Child". The brochure and posters you will see around town are done by Hilltop! We also sponsor one of the events, "Teaching Creatures", in the Arts Barn. 

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Community News

M'BOLO Performing at the Root Cellar, Friday, April 7th in Greenfield! 
Doors Open: 8pm, music begins at 9pm
Cover: $7

M'bolo, meaning "togetherness" in the Senegalese language Wolof, embraces this ethos in the creation of their high-octane hybrid of Mbalax and Rock. Lead singer/percussionist Cheikh Ngom began singing, dancing, and playing sabar drums at the age of four in the coastal city of Kaolack, Senegal. After performing throughout Africa and Europe, Ngom arrived in the United States, where he founded M'bolo with Dillon Zahner (guitar), Galen Willett (bass), Arone Ndiaye (keys), and Beza Gebre (drumset). Guitar, bass, keys, and drums fuse to form a rhythmically intricate lattice of propulsive licks, snaking leads, and hypnotizing grooves, punctuated by the rapid-fire attack of the sabar drums. Live shows are highlighted by the explosive energy of Ngom's dance moves, fusing his Kaolack roots with a Michael Jackson flair. Their debut album, entitled M'bolo, captures the fiery spirit of their live shows as well as the incantations of their more introspective and meditative chansons.
Opening for M'bolo will be Brattleboro's own VT Shakedown. A six piece band, their influences include Fela Kuti and James Brown: a tight rhythm section interacting with rippin' horn solos, polyrhythms laced among socially conscious lyrics, and groovy repeating bass and guitar lines. A regular staple at McNeill's (Brattleboro) and the Pizza Stone (Chester), VT Shakedown includes Jim Heffron (bari and tenor saxes), Anders Burrows (trumpet, vocals, percussion), Jay Cook
(keys, vocals, percussion), Evan Lincoln (guitar), Elliott New (bass) and Josh Francis (drums).

Summer Language Camp August 7th-10th 

Express Fluency is offering Spanish, French, and Latin classes August 7th-10th, at BUHS. The classes run from 9-12pm each morning (9-11:30 Thursday). They will engage and delight students ages 7- adult. World-class language teachers are coming to Brattleboro from OR, CO, LA, MN, ME and MI to teach these classes and teachers from all over the US are coming to observe them and participate in teacher workshops in the afternoons. 

Offerings Include:
  • Elementary Spanish taught by Annabelle Allen (Ages 7-11)
  • Beginner Spanish taught by Grant Boulanger (Ages 12-adult)
  • Intermediate Spanish taught by Becca Lynch Nichols (High School to adult)
  • Beginner French with Tina Hargaden (Ages 12-adult)
  • Beginner Latin* with Justin Slocum Bailey(Ages 12- adult)

We expect these classes to fill up, so recommend registering early.
More info and registration can be found here:

Full time student price: $125 (before June 1st) 

*A note about Latin. My daughter (Emmy, age 12) and I took Justin's Latin class together last summer and had the best time! Justin is a gifted teacher and he literally brings Latin to life in the class. Before the class I was honestly a little unsure of why anyone would want to take a Latin class, but now I recommend it to everyone. There are so many connections to English and all the Romance Languages. This would be a great class for someone facing PSATS or SATS, wanting a base from which to explore many other languages, interested in science and medicine, and so much more! Plus, it is a ton of fun.  Emmy and I still remember the Latin from the class now  7 months later and its like we have our own secret language at home.

Creating with Clay Summer Camp 2017

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