September 1, 2017

 Children's House Olders enjoy reading time outside!

Family Picnic Tonight, 5 -7 pm
We'll be celebrating the start of school at our Annual Back to School Picnic Pot Luck at Green Mountain Camp in Dummerston.

The weather looks good. Bring a favorite lawn game! We will have use of the Camp's pool with a life guard on duty and our very own Jay Cook will be entertaining us with his musical trio. The Board will be providing grillable items and we ask that you bring something to share. 

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Next Week at Hilltop

Monday 9/4/17
No School
Labor Day

Tuesday 9/5/17
MS to Upland 

Before Care begins

Thursday 9/7/17
UE Overnight Pinnacle Trip

Coming up...

Thursday 9/14/17
Parent Meeting
The Year Ahead, 
Supporting Home to School Life
CH & UE 
 5:30-6:30 p.m.
TP, LE & MS 
 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Check out the School Calendar 

Check out our Fall After School Program Offerings here!

Visiting Day!!

Thank you for visiting. It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces of new and returning students on Monday!    

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School Directory Corrections and More!

The School Directories will be printed soon!
The last day to send a correction to Rebecca at the front desk is this coming Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.

Back to School Forms need to be returned to the front desk by Tuesday of next week.  

After School Enrichment  Programs begin the week of September 11th, please return forms ASAP as programs fill fast! All programs begin at 3:30pm and go until 4:30pm unless noted otherwise.  The SSAT class will run until 4:45pm!

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  Library News - Recommend a book to a friend!

We have a collection of books available to students. The books are grouped by picture books, non-fiction, beginner readers, early chapter books, and chapter books. We are going to add a new section entitled "RECOMMENDED BY A FRIEND." We are inviting students to donate one book that they really enjoyed from their summer reading. The book should be brought to Wendy, our Learning Specialist, where you will find a short piece to fill out, stating why the child thinks their peers will enjoy their book. A sign out sheet to borrow a book is on the edge of the bookcase. So join in the fun and help keep our students reading all year long!

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Toddler Program

Welcome back! It's wonderful to be together again. The children have grown and changed in so many ways over the summer and it's delightful to witness their development. In addition to our 8 returners, we welcome 2 new students and their families to the Toddler Room - Quentin (parents Stephanie & Antoine) and Finley (parents Jen and Ben). We are looking forward to another playful and growing year!

Old friends catching up

New friends learning the ropes

The learning and fun continues

Enjoy the weekend.
Ellie, Amanda & Marco

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Children's House

The Children's House has had a great start to the new school year! Thank you, parents, for supporting us during our staggered schedule for the first few days. We know it was a challenge for some of our families, and we appreciate your help in providing this important opportunity for our new and younger children. 

We would like to welcome Athena and Kaleb to the Willow Room and Leo and Andrew to the Birch Room. We look forward to getting to know them and their families as they become a part of our Hilltop community. 

As we get into our regular school routine, here are some reminders to help things run smoothly: 

Drop off
Between 8:15 and 8:30. While we don't go inside till 8:45, we want all of our children to have time to play on the playground before our inside work cycle begins. 

Pick up
Half day children is between 11:45 and 12pm 
Full day children is between 2:45 and 3pm

Extra clothing
Please make sure your child has extra clothing for varying types of weather. This time of year layers are great as it tends to get warmer as the day goes on.  

Family Photos
We're excited to start displaying our family photos outside the Willow and Birch rooms! Please send them in with your child or email them to Serina at (Birch) or Rebecca at (Willow).

We're looking forward to a great school year!

Jonathan, Rebecca, Cheryl, Serina, and Mariam

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Lower El

The first week of school is a time packed with excitement, new routines and information, and opportunities to reunite with old friends and make new ones. Each child processes this change in his or her unique way. Jitters, anxieties, and even tears are not uncommon as children get used to the school routine once again. Often, just listening compassionately to your child's concerns allows them to process what's on their mind. If your child has a concern that a teacher can help with, please encourage your child to share it with a teacher; chances are, other students are feeling similarly, and it can be helpful to address it as a classroom community. 

During this first week, Lower El students read the book  The Golden Rule and discussed how the golden rule can help us create some practical classroom guidelines. Students mentioned things like welcoming others, being responsive to friends' needs, respecting differences, being helpful, speaking kindly, and being your own wonderful self.

We also told the story of how numbers came to be. You may ask your child if the number zero was always around (spoiler: no), and if numbers ever used to be represented by letters instead.

We finished the week with the first of Maria Montessori's Great Lessons: the Big Bang/Creation story. It is an epic story about how our universe came to be, and it inevitably inspires creativity, thought, and many more questions.

As a reminder, please be sure your child has a change of clothes, a mug for the classroom, and a pair of shoes to wear indoors (especially important during less pleasant weather). We look forward to seeing your children  on Tuesday!

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Upper El

The Upper El is off and running - exploring our new classroom arrangement, getting to know each other, setting classroom norms, digging into work. The students received two impressionistic lessons: one exploring the idea of scale and the universe (The Power of 10) and the other an introduction to the systems of human body. Another fun lesson for the 4ths and 5ths was a review of the classification of triangles by angle type and length of the sides. We welcomed 4 new students and their families to Hilltop: Diana, Finnegan, Abby and Sander. 

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Middle School

The middle school jumped right into their opening study, "A Walk in the Woods: A Forest and Human Ecology". The centerpiece of this unit is the plot study. From the syllabus: "This fall's science/humanities focus is a study of the place you live, in this case, your quarter of an acre piece of Upland. You are invited to delve into the ancient, interwoven, and rich forest world on your plot by asking questions, gathering and analyzing data, making connections, and carefully observing everything around you. Through seminar readings, visiting experts, independent scientific research, and daily journaling, you will explore the systems of matter, energy, and life that build a forest". We began our work by investigating and defining an acre, discovering the length of our pace, learning how to use a compass and employing our paces and compass lesson in an orienteering work, and building a nature journal full of graph, lined, and water color papers.  Later in the week we journeyed to Upland, marked out the plots, and began the practice of quiet observation.

Next week we will spend Tuesday through Friday in our Upland Odyssey diving deeply into our study, conducting the first literature seminar (The Man Who Planted Trees), cooking ridiculously delicious meals, and forging our community.


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BeforeCare and AfterCare begins Tuesday for all students!

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Hilltop Helpers

Thank you to Nara Iams for the delicious blueberry muffins on Monday.  The muffins were a tasty way for the Hilltop staff to celebrate the beginning of the school year-thank you Nara! 

House For Sale
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Open House: Saturday, September 9, 11:00-2:00
email for more info

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Community News

Brattleboro Women's Chorus

Next Stage Arts Project Presents...

Disc Golf Tournament

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