Thursday and Friday, March 19th and 20th. Reminder that Thursday is a half day and there is no school on Friday the 20th.
Monday evening, March 30th from 5-7:30pm, join us for a family pot luck and Language Curriculum Night. This is a chance for parents to learn about how language arts are taught at Hilltop.
We realize and appreciate that you are trusting us to educate your child and to help her or him grow in a way that, for many of you, is very different from your schooling. We know that without grades and test scores, you are having to use other measures to know that your child is growing and thriving in this environment. We really emphasize the process in the work that is done here, but often it does result in an amazing product too. Many of the events coming up next week give you an opportunity to appreciate the products of the works of the students in our older programs. Please mark your calendar to attend these events. If your child is younger, you and your family are more than welcome to attend these events. The Poetry Night for the Middle School is sure to be magical in our new Arts Barn theater. These events are a wonderful way to see what Hilltop Montessori School encourages in all students.
Lower El Poetry Performance
Thursday, December 18th 8:45AM
Upper El Museum
Thursday, December 18th 2:00PM
Friday, December 19th 8:30AM
MS Poetry Night
Thursday, December 18th 7PM
Friday, December 5th, the Lower Elementary will be preparing a meal for the Overflow Shelter. LE Parent volunteers are invited to serve the meal. Once a month from November until April, Hilltop students will be preparing a meal to be served at the Shelter. Each program is responsible for one month.
The 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.
We 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. All proceeds are to benefit Hilltop’s 2014 Annual Fund.
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.
The Lower El classroom will be taking a field trip to Lilac Ridge farm on Thursday, November 20th from 9AM – 11:30AM
The Hilltop Board will meet at 6pm in the Middle School. All are welcome to attend.
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.