Thanks to all our Grandparents and Special Friends 
for joining us today!
And thanks to all the bakers and helpers! 

May 26th, 2017  

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Last Day of School Schedule
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Upper Elementary (UE)
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Next Week at Hilltop

Monday 5/29/17
No School-Memorial Day

Tuesday 5/30/17
Strength and Conditioning
MS Baseball Game @ Dummerston

Wednesday 5/31/17
UE 3 Day Trip
MS Baseball Game @ Dummerston 

Thursday 6/1/17
Strength and Conditioning
All School Gathering

Friday 6/2/17
UE Students Return back from 3 Day Trip

Coming up...

MS Upland Trip

Final Day of School for Lower Grades (TP,CH, LE, and UE)
Field Day 1-2pm (Parent Volunteers Needed-get in touch with Rebecca at frontdesk@hilltopmo
Bead Ceremony 2-3pm

MS Graduation

Check out the School Calendar 

SummerFun Registration has started! Flyers are at the front desk and online ! Sign up now as camps fill quickly!

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

Last Day of School Schedule
Hi Folks,

This is just a reminder that  Thursday,  June 8th , is the last day of school, it is a  full day . There is  no aftercare  this day,  dismissal  is at  3pm  for all.

Field Day:  1-2pm, all programs take part in games and fun outside on the soccer field. Parent Volunteers are needed, please email Rebecca at if you can help and would like to participate!

Bead Ceremony:  2pm - a celebration of olders in each program. This c elebration will take place by the pond. 

Thank you!

SummerFun Camps:  Everything Chocolate and Painting Our Story for 9-12 year olds are in need of enrollment or will be cancelled. We'd really like these programs to run, so sign up today!

Painting Our Story: A Mural Project for ages 9 -12.  This is going to an awesome camp organized by Keagan who helped the middle school student with the climbing  wall mural. Don't miss out!

Thank you!
Rachael Waring, a Children's House mom, generously donated her time and talents to take photos for Grandparent and Special Friend Day. A complimentary photo will be sent to Grandparents and there will be a special link  to Rachael's website where you can purchase additional copies. Stay tuned! 

Grandparent/Special Friend Day Photos

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped make today so special!

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Hilltop Helpers

Where are Odin's Sunglasses? One of our students lost his sunglasses, please contact Rebecca at email if you have seen them!

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!

Julia Fedoruk  in the Middle School, would like to thank all of you who have helped refugees through donations of clothing and funds to Carry Me Home, the Brattleboro-based 501c3 non-profit that sends clothing to refugees in Eastern Europe. We are currently shipping spring items, with special focus on items for refugee children who have begun attending schools in Greece. We are also beginning to stockpile fall/winter items to begin shipping in late summer. Please bring items from the list below to the collection box in the lobby. Carry Me Home is also in need of funds to pay for shipping. A 44 pound box costs $164 to ship. Please make donations via  Indiegogo Generosity - they only need $850 to reach their $10,000 goal!  or leave a check made out to Carry Me Home With Love in the collection box.

NEEDED ITEMS  (In gently-used or better condition, washed, without stains, rips, or holes)

Adult (men's and women's small or medium, no L or XL please) and children's (all sizes) items:
-long pants, jeans, and leggings
-long skirts
-long or short sleeve tops
-sweaters and sweatshirts
-new underwear
-raincoats and winter coats
-rainboots and sturdy shoes, all sizes
-men's flip flops sizes 8-10.5
For shipping: 
-Essentials brand vacuum storage bags, size large, 17.5 x 27.5 inches. These are intermittently available at the Dollar Tree Stores in Brattleboro and Keene, and fit our shipping boxes perfectly.

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.

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

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 .

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 from Elissa McLean: 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

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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