Spring 2014 Hilltop Montessori School Sports and After School Programs
After School Activities
In an effort to respond to what has become a more apparent and clearly established need from parents, Hilltop is expanding our high quality after school programs to children of many ages. We have put together enriching programs that draw on the experience of many local experts. Some examples of this are Mountain Biking with Daq Woods, Junior Chefs with Vicky Senni, and Historical Fencing with Ian Bigelow. These activities will be fun and experiential for the participating children. They will also help to extend the day for families that need more hours of child supervision.
Program start time is 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted. This session of programs take place from the end of April to June. Programs are not held when school is not in session.
All forms with payment are due by April 9th at the Front Desk.
Spanish – CH-4+ and Lower El with Elissa McLean - $95
Children’s House (Ages 4+) & Lower El, Mondays, 4/28 thru 6/2, program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
This class is a fun, engaging, student-centered introduction to the Spanish language. The focus is on developing fluency with the most frequently used words and phrases in Spanish through fun and quirky stories, games, personalized discussion and comprehensible, repetitive Spanish. Instructor Information: Elissa McLean is the founder and director of Escuelita Spanish School, offering innovative and effective Spanish programs to students of all ages. She holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and is a certified Pre-K-12 Spanish teacher. http://expressfluency.com
Fire and Stone – Lower El and Upper El with the Vermont Wilderness School- $75
Tuesdays, 4/29 thru 6/3; program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Explore the woods and fields of the Hilltop campus and learn ancient survival skills. Become at home in the forest exploring the fens, storytelling in the labyrinth, tracking wild animals, making fire by friction, and more.
Gardening – Children’s House with Cheryl Matthews - $75
Tuesdays 4/29 thru 6/3. Program runs 3:00 -4:00. (6 classes)
Gardening with children is a great way to teach them about fresh fruits and vegetables, and it’s also a practical, tangible way to teach them about issues important to our community and the environment. We will work in our greenhouse, amending soil, starting seeds and making a few fun take home projects. This fun time together is the perfect way to involve a younger generation in the farm to table movement.
Mountain Biking – Upper El and Middle School with Daq Woods - $75
Tuesdays 4/29 thru 6/3. Program runs 3:00 - 4:30. (6 classes)
Explore the trails at school and nearby. This activity will emphasize fun while getting exercise. Daq has 13 years of experience teaching kids to ride bike. Course requirements are: a mountain bike in good running order, helmet, eye protection, a small backpack with snacks and water. We will hone the student’s riding skills, and build confidence. We will be riding the extensive trail network behind the school.
New England Traditions – Lower El with the Tasha Tudor Museum, Sue Aldridge - $45
Wednesdays 4/30 thru 5/14. Program runs 3:00 – 4:00. (3 classes)
Students will create miniature pies, miniature cards and a picture frame with a wreath-like border based on the traditions of Vermont author, illustrator and early American lifestyle icon, Tasha Tudor (1915-2008). All projects will be inspired by Tasha’s 1957 book, Around the Year, which illustrates an 1830’s family enjoying the activities presented by each season. Students visit a time before computers, video games and the like and discover the joys within their own artistic pursuits.
Drum Circle – All Ages with Jay Cook - $75
Thursdays, 3/6 thru 4/10; program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Jay’s percussion ensemble workshops are energizing, fun, and “hands-on.” Students will experience playing African and African-style hand drums, marimba, bells and shakers. This class explores drumming technique, traditional rhythms and improvisation, as well as the cultural context of the music. Everyone should be prepared to jam!
Tennis – Lower El and Upper El with Jacob Miller - $75
Thursdays, 5/1 thru 6/5; program runs at 3:15 to 4:30 with pick up at the BOC courts. (6 classes)
Through a grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) the Brattleboro Outing club will again be offering reduced cost tennis instruction for students at Hilltop Montessori. The program will be in it's second year and like last year will be run by Jacob Miller, co-director of the BOC Summer Tennis Program. Each session will be held at the BOC outdoor tennis courts running from 3:15 to 4:30pm. The program will teach kids of all ages and ability levels the basic fundamentals of tennis, focusing on technique, movement, tennis etiquette/rules and how to be a good sport. Equipment will be provided for anyone who needs it.
Jr. Bakery: All Ages with Vicky Senni Dibe - $75
Fridays, 3/7 thru 4/11; program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Come have fun in the kitchen with food science experiments, pie poetry, sun bread, and other handmade doughs. Mold, spice, bake, and take home new ideas, recipes, and all sorts of goodies!
Ukulele – Lower El and Upper El with Laura Goldblatt - $75
Fridays, 3/7 thru 4/11; program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
In six weeks children will learn basic chords, how to tune the instrument using a tuner, six songs strummed and sung, and give a celebratory, sing-along performance for families at the end! This is a class for children who are brand-new to the instrument.
Historical Fencing – Upper El and Middle School with Ian Bigelow - $85
Fridays, 5/2 thru 6/6; program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Learn Historical fencing for fun and athleticism. The program will focus on technique and control through cuts, guards, footwork and drills. Start with the basic moves and then Capture the Flag has never been such fun! The instructor has 15 years experience in fencing and in other martial arts. He now focuses on Italian Rapier (Renaissance form of fencing) and German Longsword (Medieval fencing form).
Ultimate Frisbee - with Ben James - $50
Mondays and Wednesdays
Ultimate is for grades 7-8 running April through the end of the year. This is a coed team with skill building and games with area schools.
(Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School)
The winter sports program takes place on Thursdays for six weeks after the December break and before February vacation. Kindergarten students have ice skating lessons at Living Memorial Park. Lower Elementary students may choose skating at the park, downhill skiing at Mt. Snow (starting at grade 2), or cross-country skiing at the Brattleboro Outing Club. Upper Elementary and Middle School students have the option of cross-country skiing at the Brattleboro Outing Club or downhill skiing at Mt. Snow. These programs are required and fees are in addition to the school tuition.
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding- Elementary and Middle School, At Mt Snow - $130
Thursdays, 1/9 thru 2/13, students leave school 10:45 and return at 4:40 (6 classes) rentals available $48
The Mount Snow School Program was created to introduce or continue the participation in the sports of skiing or snowboarding for school age children. Mount Snow works with each school to customize the program for each school’s needs. The lessons teach the skills required for the sport as well as proper etiquette and responsibility to make it a more safe and enjoyable lifetime activity. The program is priced to be affordable for all who wish to take part. Rentals available for an additional $48.
Cross-country Skiing - Lower El, Upper El and Middle School with Brattleboro Outing Club - $60
Thursdays, 1/9 thru 1/31, students leave school 11:30 and return at 3:00 (6 classes)
Nordic skiing with the Brattleboro Outing Club is offered to 1st - 8th graders and will run for six Thursdays beginning on January 9th. The BOC offers cross-country ski instruction on their trails at the Brattleboro Country Club. The activities will be adapted to the snow and weather conditions, always consisting of some type of outdoor winter exploration.
Skating –Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School with the Brattleboro Recreation Department - $65
Thursdays, 1/9 thru 2/13, students leave school 12:30 and return at 2:15 (6 classes) rentals available
Group classes are a great way for children to be with friends while learning a new sport. This program is geared to younger children who are having their first skating experience. If there are older children who would like to help out and be role models, they are welcome. There is a hands-on teacher who focuses on skating technique as well as fundamental learning games to teach proper skating skills. Each class meets for 20 minutes of instruction. Practice time is during each session.
Winter After School Programs
Crafting for Gifts – Middle School with Nora Gordon - $45
Tuesdays, 12/3 and 12/10 program ends at 4:30 (2 classes)
Have you ever thought of making gifts and surprise your friends and family? If you're aiming for creative fun and easy fabric and felt gifts this year, these adorable crafts require little to no sewing skills. Have fun and get ready for the holidays with Nora.
Beginning French - All Ages with Madame Jan Coplan - $75
Wednesdays, 1/8 thru 2/12, program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Jan Coplan, certified French teacher and former Peace Corps volunteer, will be offering French classes for interested students. Her classes are infused in the language, interactive, and focus primarily on conversation. Included in the curriculum will be an exploration of the cultures of francophone countries, as well as, the basic essentials using games, poems, songs and activities. Instructor Information: Madame Coplan is a certified French teacher who started her own business - Profrance. She holds a Master’s in Education, has lived extensively in Paris and was student at La Sorbonne. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in the French speaking country of Mauritania and has traveled to Haiti several times.
Spanish – (CH-4+, Lower El, Upper El, and Middle School) with Elissa McLean - $95
Children’s House (Ages 4+) & Lower El 1st grade,Mondays, 1/6 thru 2/10, Upper El & Middle School, Tuesdays, 1/7 thru 2/11; 2nd -5th grades, Wednesdays, 1/8 thru 2/12. program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
This class is a fun, engaging, student-centered introduction to the Spanish language. The focus is on developing fluency with the most frequently used words and phrases in Spanish through fun and quirky stories, games, personalized discussion and comprehensible, repetitive Spanish. Instructor Information: Elissa McLean is the founder and director of Escuelita Spanish School, offering innovative and effective Spanish programs to students of all ages. She holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and is a certified Pre-K-12 Spanish teacher. www.EscuelitaSpanishSchool.org
Mindfulness and the Science of the Mind – Upper El and Middle School with Amir Flesher - $75
Tuesdays; program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Have you ever felt a lot of stress, speaking in public, being on stage, doing your best at sports, or conflicts with family or friends? Have you ever found it hard to concentrate, understand why other people do things, or even to understand why you feel the way you do? Practicing mindfulness-- the moment-to-moment awareness of our sensations, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings--is like having a user's manual for our minds that can help us navigate through all of the these joys and challenges in order to tap into the mind's natural state of ease. If you would like to explore developing this reservoir of ease within yourself through direct practices including various mindfulness techniques, quiet time spent in nature, and other avenues suited to the interests of the class (like movement or poetry) then give the class a try.
You can learn more about Mr. Flesher by checking out his website at: mindfulnessteacher.org
Circus Arts – All Ages with New England Center for Circus Arts - $125
Tuesdays, 1/7 thru 2/11 program ends at 4:00 (6 classes)
Come experience the magic and fun of Circus! Juggling, hooping, acrobatics and more! No experience necessary, all are welcome! With the New England Center for Circus Arts!
Basketball - Middle School with Patrick Keppel - $100
Mondays and Fridays, 11/18 thru 2/10 practice ends at 3:15 - 4:45
Practices will be held at the Austine School through February 10th (12 weeks). This program is for students in 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades with a maximum of 10 players. We have games scheduled on Dec. 9 and Jan. 13 against Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH. Other games TBD.
Programs are not held when school is not in session. Class sizes are limited and enrollment is done on a “first come, first serve” basis, so sign up as soon as possible. Once a class reaches its maximum registration, a waiting list will be started. Return of this form is your confirmation of your enrollment unless your student has been waitlisted; however, you will be notified if a class is not offered because of insufficient enrollment.
The fees also cover the equipment, supplies and administration for the programs. Hilltop Montessori School has a financial responsibility to these instructors that we must commit to prior to the activity. Because of this financial commitment, the following policy is in effect for all after-school activities: 1) if a student withdraws from a program any time after registering, through the first week of the program, you are responsible for paying 25% of the cost of the program. 2.) if a student withdraws from a program any time after the first week, you are obligated to pay 100% of the cost of the program. Instructors are not responsible for students after the class ends. Please plan on picking students up at the stated ending time of class. Students remaining more than 15 minutes after the completion of the program will be signed into After Care and charged $7.50. Final pickup is at 5:00 p.m. To be respectful of our staff’s evening, we will strictly enforce the existing policy of $1 per minute overtime charge for children picked up after 5:00 p.m.
Spring Sports and After School Programs
Mountain Biking – Upper El and Middle School with Daq Woods - $75
Coming again in April.
Explore the trails at school and nearby. This activity will emphasize fun while getting exercise. Daq has 13 years of experience teaching kids to ride bike. Course requirements are: a mountain bike in good running order, helmet, eye protection, a small backpack with snacks and water. We will hone the kids riding skills, and build their confidence. We will be riding the extensive trail network behind the school. Also depending on the length of days shortening in fall, a bike headlight may be in order.
Historical Fencing – Upper El and Middle School with Ian Bigelow - $100
Coming again in April.
Learn Historical fencing for fun and athleticism. The program will focus on technique and control through cuts, guards, footwork and drills. Start with the basic moves and then Capture the Flag has never been such fun! The instructor, has 15 years experience in fencing and in other martial arts. He now focuses on Italian Rapier (Renaissance form of fencing) and German Longsword (Medieval fencing form).
Ultimate is for grades 5-8 running April through the end of the year. This is a coed team with skill building and games with area schools.
Soccer – Elementary and Middle School with Ben James
Lower El Wednesdays, 9/11 thru 10/30, practice ends at 4:00 p.m. LE $50
Upper El Tuesdays & Fridays, 9/10 thru 10/22 practice ends at 4:15 p.m. UE $100
Middle School Mondays & Thursday 9/5 - 10/31, practice ends at 4:30 p.m. MS $100
Hilltop offers coed soccer skill building for lower elementary students and coed teams for upper and middle school students who will play games with other area schools. Whether your student is a beginner or advanced soccer player, they will surely enjoy this serious but fun sports opportunity.
“Going Far” cross country running – Upper EL with Bob Parks - Free
Mondays & Wednesdays, program runs from 9/4 to 10/30 and is held at Academy School, parents are responsible for transportation. Practices start at 3:10 p.m. and finishing around 4:10 p.m.
Cross Country running on trails, and also playing running games and doing practice drills. The program is open to Upper El Hilltop students, and practices take place at Academy School on Western Avenue. Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 3:10 p.m. and finishing around 4:10 p.m.. If you want to take part, please meet us on the big playground in back of Academy School. Families can carpool from the Hilltop campus. Program runs from Wednesday, September 4 to Wednesday, October 30.
Felting From Sheep to Shawl – Lower El with Laura Goldblatt - $60
Mondays, 9/23 thru 11/11; no class 10/14. program ends at 3:45 p.m. A sheep-to-shawl experience that included washing raw fleece, carding, and felting! Take-home projects could include felted animals, coasters, wall hangings, beads, and scarves.
Chess – Upper El and Middle School with Eric Strickland - $100
Tuesday & Thursdays, 10/8 thru 11/7; no class 10/24, program ends at 4:30 p.m.
The class will operate on the assumption that some students may not yet know how to play chess, while others already know the rules and a few basic tactics and strategies. The goal of the first six week class will be to familiarize all students with basic checkmates, the relative value of the pieces and how to make sound decisions for when to make trades, the most important tactics, and first steps toward being able to develop plans. Over the past several years students have done consistently well at the annual Vermont Scholastics Chess Tournament, held each year in April, with two placing First in their grade divisions in 2013.
SSAT Preparation – Middle School Jessica Turner - $275
The Secondary School Admissions Test, or SSAT, is a standardized entrance exam taken by students seeking admission into independent high schools. It is a common measurement of academic capabilities, separate from school records. Jessica will help students to increase their scores by preparing them with the test-taking skills necessary to read and solve problems using strategies to help them answer both math and verbal questions. Students will learn to eliminate incorrect answers and make wise educated guesses with practice tests.
The price of the class includes a practice textbook that will be provided. Class meets on Wednesday afternoons from Oct 9th - Nov 6th from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. The schedule is to provide preparation for the test given on Nov 9th. As this class was added after the sign-up forms were printed, please sign up by emailing or talking to Ann and dropping off your check at the front desk.