Monthly Archives: November 2014

Stone Soup, Tuesday, November 25

Stone soup 2014The entire student body and faculty will join forces on Tuesday the 25th to prepare Stone Soup. Peace Buddies work together to cut vegetables, make cornbread, decorations and apple crisp. We always read the story of Stone Soup and reflect on its messages of sharing and graciousness. Then, we sit together and share in the fall harvest as one big family. We also take this time to celebrate the soups made by Middle School students throughout the year and encourage everyone to bring in non-perishable foods for a local food pantry.

2014 Fall Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

child with grandmotherWe welcome Grandparents and Special Friends to our campus on Monday, November 24th for Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to share their enthusiasm for their work with loved ones. Coffee and baked goods will be served at 8:30AM in the Arts Barn lobby followed by a brief welcome from Head of School, Tamara Mount. Then guests will be escorted to the classrooms where they will spend some time one on one with their grandchild(ren) or special friend(s). At 10:30 we will come together in the theater for All School Gathering after which students will say goodbye. For more information email Amelia Farnum, afarnum@hilltopmontessori.org.

“Of Bread and Paper” One Man Puppet Show Benefit at Hilltop Montessori School

Saturday, November 22 at 5pm, in the Arts Barn, Hilltop Montessori is thrilled to present one of its own – Middle School Teacher and Artist, Finn Campman as he stages his one man puppet show entitled “Of Bread and Paper”. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. There  is limited seating so reservations are required. Sign up a the front desk, or email Amelia at afarnum@hilltopmontessori.org. All proceeds are to benefit Hilltop’s 2014 Annual Fund.

Of Bread and Paper

This evocative piece, which played to sold-out audiences at the 2012 Puppets in the Green Mountains festival, invites you to enter a world of light and shadow where layers of meaning are glimpsed and gradually revealed.  Of Bread and Paper is the story of a poor refugee trying to find his way home. His exile is self imposed but enforced by the struggles of the world: poverty, conflict, indecision, and love. The show is played with paper figures, light and shadows and is appropriate for children 7 and up.

Bet you didn’t know…

Finn Campman studied printmaking and literature at Sarah Lawrence College, and began working with puppets in 1991 when he joined Sandglass Theater. Since then, he has worked with Roman Paska at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, taught puppet construction and design at Helsinki College of Art and Design and in residence at Hamilton College. He taught puppet and object manipulation for six summers at Sandglass Theater’s Summer Intensive. Finn is Co-Artistic director of Company of Strangers, whose production Moth and Moon won an UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He has toured Scandinavia, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, and Israel. Finn Co-directed and Designed Touchstone Theatre’s production of The Little Prince, and was guest video artist and composer in a collaboration with Contemporary Dance Wyoming. For four years he was an Artist in Residence at The Hall Farm Center for the Arts and Education. Finn created the video component for the Brattleboro Music Center’s production of Devine Chemistry, and has presented his work in two Puppetry In The Green Mountain Festivals.

 

Let’s Grow Kids

By Tamara Mount, November 14, 2014           

Time and time again, Dr. Maria Montessori’s ideas from 100 years ago are proven by modern science. Hilltop has been participating in the state-wide campaign, Let’s Grow Kids (http://www.letsgrowkids.org/), a public education campaign to raise the awareness of the importance of the early years in development. This campaign is to make Vermonters aware of facts that Maria Montessori noted in her early writings, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.  For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed.  But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers. At no other ages has the child greater need of an intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection.”

Or, as Let’s Grow Kids puts it, “Eighty percent of a child’s brain is developed by age three and 90% is developed by age five.” And, “Getting kids ready for school means more than helping them with their ABCs, packing their lunch boxes, filling their backpacks, and getting them to the bus on time. It starts the day they’re born with quality early experiences.” Montessorian’s have known it all along – the early years of development are critical and are worthy of investment – the investment of providing the quality experiences that happen at Hilltop every day.

Hilltop Investments Moved to Socially Responsible Funds

Hilltop Investments Moved to Socially Responsible Funds

By Tamara Mount, November 7, 2014

The Hilltop board is pleased to announce that we have recently moved our investments into a socially responsible portfolio that will be managed by the local firm Prentiss Smith and Company.  They evaluate companies from a variety of perspectives including environmental impact, executive management transparency, demonstrated long term planning, and the societal benefits of their products and services.  This move now puts our investments in line with our mission and goals to be good stewards of the environment and the community. It comes at a time when we have completed current new building expenses and are now focussed on protecting and growing our “Campus Reserve Fund” to maintain our beautiful facilities. We will also be preparing for an “Endowment Fund” to help ensure continued financial aid for future students. An endowment will not only ensure economic diversity by supporting financial aid, but it also creates long term financial stability for the school. This move is something the board has been interested in doing for some time and we are pleased to now be in a position to make such investments.

Additional Words from Board Treasurer, Rich Wolfe

In response to being asked why he chose to serve on the board and how he views his role as treasurer, Rich said “As newcomers to the area and the Hilltop school community,  we were so pleased with the way Greta was welcomed into her new Middle School class, and the experience she was having with her teachers. Katy and I have had a long relationship with Montessori education (Katy also attended Montessori school and worked at the schools where our son, Robbie, was in programs from toddler – 8th grade) and we immediately recognized the quality of the program at Hilltop. We wanted to support the school in whatever way we could, and I think my role as treasurer is logical because I have worked in finance my whole life (starting when I was in middle school and my father gave me the responsibility of managing our household finances). My hope is that as treasurer I am able to communicate with the greater school community about Hilltop’s financial health and help plan for the school’s future.”