Friday Newsletter / October 6th, 2017

Special Night Coming Up Next Week
Montessori Outcomes:
A Discussion With Our Graduates
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017, 6:30pm


Monday 10/9/17
No School
Fall Foliage Day

Tuesday 10/10/17
UE/MS Home Soccer Match vs Chesterfield
Spanish with Marco 3:30-4:30
SSAT Prep Class 3:15-4:45

Wednesday 10/11/17
6th's Trip to Old Sturbridge Village
Chess 3:15-4:30
Mt Biking 3:15-4:30

Thursday 10/12/17
Early Morning Coffee Cart!
All School Gathering
LE Day Hike to Putney Mt
UE/MS Soccer 3:15-4:30
October Parent Meeting
Montessori Outcomes
Discussion with Alumni

Friday 10/13/17
LE Soccer 3:15-4:30
Putney Soccer Tournament (Fri-Sun)

Coming up...

Tuesday 10/17/17
CH Workshare 8:30-9am

Thursday 10/19/17
Noon Dismissal
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday 10/20/17
No School
Parent Teacher Conferences

*Childcare will be available both days. A Sign up sheet will be at the front desk.
Grandparent and Special Friend Day Highlights!
Notes from the Head of School, Tamara Mount
The national political rhetoric, climate, and actions of the past year have been disturbing to me. I could have been thrown into a deep depression, finding it hard to get out of bed each day, were it not for what we are doing here at Hilltop Montessori School. The events in Charlottesville, just before the start of the school year, especially hit home, as I went to the University of Virginia, and therefore feel a familiarity and attachment to that town. And now there is the incident in Las Vegas, and the challenges in Puerto Rico, again emphasizing how people are viewed and treated differently, and the many challenges we face as a society.

I have gone back to Dr. Maria Montessori’s writings and have been reminded of her motivations and discoveries. A hundred years ago she saw that the mechanized approach to education was designed to produce people who blindly followed leaders and allowed themselves to be controlled. She put forth the idea that children could be respected as individuals, given choices in what and how they learned, and be supported by caring adults who served as guides to an environment prepared for their learning. This approach supported children in developing independence along with a deep appreciation and understanding for the connectedness and community that they have with all people, with all living creatures, and with the world and universe. Montessori can be seen as an approach to education, but she also developed it as a methodology towards world peace. She evolved her ideas in the context of World War I and II, and was nominated several time for a Nobel Peace Prize. Many of her comments on education and peace resonate strongly today.

At Hilltop Montessori School, we “teach” peace in many contexts:
  • self - developing inner peace and the skills to make peace with others
  • environment - instilling an understanding and appreciation for the environment
  • cultural - celebrating our differences and knowing our connectedness, compassion for all
  • community - living our supportive interdependence 

The role that Hilltop Montessori School is playing in supporting the development of responsible citizens, and striving towards peace has kept me going. This was the theme of the message I shared on Grandparent and Special Friend Day along with this presentation . I welcome any comments or reflections, by emailing me or stopping by anytime.
Upcoming Events...
October 9: No school - Fall Foliage Day
October 11: 6th Grade Field Trip to Old Sturbridge Village.Students should arrive to school by 7:50am for an 8am departure. Students will return at 5:30pm. The 4th's and 5th's will have a normal school day.
October 12: LE Field Trip to Putney Mountain
October 19: Noon Dismissal-Parent Teacher Conferences
October 20: No School-Parent Teacher Conferences
October 24: T he fourth and fifth grade students will visit the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. Students will need to  arrive by 7:50am  for an 8am departure. Students will return by 5:00pm. Drivers/chaperones needed, contact Jen .
October 25: School Picture Retake Day
Everyone who was here on School Picture Day, Tuesday, September 26th, had their picture taken. If you did not fill out a picture form and would like pictures, please come by the front desk to fill one out. You must have these filled by next Thursday, October 5th.

Upper El
Wednesday, October 11th: 6th Grade Field Trip to Old Sturbridge Village. Students will need to arrive to school by 7:50am for an 8am departure. Students will return at 5:30pm. The 4th's and 5th's will have a normal school day.

Tuesday, October 24th: The fourth and fifth grade students will visit the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. Students will need to  arrive to school by 7:50am  for an 8am departure. Students will return by 5:00pm. Drivers/chaperones needed, contact Jen .

Middle School
Middle School Diversity Conference Opportunity
On November 3rd, teachers have an In-Service Day with no school AND there is a great opportunity for Middle School students and parents. We are looking for a Middle School parent to lead the effort to take any interested students to this conference on November 3. Please email Paul , if you are interested in going, and/or coordinating the effort.
Hilltop Helpers
A big thank you to parent and Board Member, Travis Shine , for dedicating a Friday afternoon to chainsawing and clearing out a fallen tree. We needed to get spiffed up for a weekend wedding rental!
All Program Conferences Have Been Sent Out!
Parent-teacher conferences are an important part of communication between school and home. For Upper Elementary and Middle School, the students actively participate in their conference!

Please be on the lookout for an email from to sign up for your conference time on October 19th or 20th.
Annual Fund Harvest Kick Off Party!
We are excited to launch our 2017-18 Annual Appeal 
with a kick off cocktail party at Scott Farm in Dummerston.  

We will have lively conversation, 
hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine. 
A perfect opportunity to mingle 
with Hilltop families and friends. 

When: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to
by Friday, October 20th


For help with Child Care we will also be pairing the party 
with a Halloween themed  Kids Night Out
on our Hilltop campus from 5:30 - 9 p.m.! 
RSVP for Kids Night Out 

We are excited to see you!
Community News
Upper El Student Makes His Point 

Just off the soccer field and still in his Hilltop soccer gear,  Ely Zamore-Cohen  (Upper El student) spoke with great confidence at a meeting of the  Vermont Climate Action Committee  this week. He noted the tragedies that have fallen upon Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida and about accepting that the changing weather patterns are indeed only going to get worse unless we start acting now. He also mentioned some solutions like living locally, biking and taking trains and added in a comment about the loss of our winters. He later submitted a written comment about what a Vermont childhood would be like without being able to make snowball and have snowball fights. His comments were met with enthusiasm; he was the only student speaker and the only speaker to receive applause!
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