Fall 2014 Hilltop Montessori School Sports and After School Programs
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 enrichment programs to children of many ages. We have put together 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. These programs are now open to non-Hilltop students.
Program start time is 3:30 pm unless otherwise noted. This session of programs take place from September to October. Programs are not held when school is not in session.
All registration forms with payment are due by September 5th at the Front Desk.
Cultural Cooking: CH-4+ and Lower El with Elizabeth Rosenberg - $75
Mondays, 9/8 thru 10/20; program ends at 4:30 (6 classes)
Travel the world and learn about different countries and explore cross-cultural understanding though food. Students will compile a cookbook to take home at the end of the course using the recipes.
Spanish – CH-4+ and Lower El with Elissa McLean - $95
Children’s House (Ages 4+) & Lower El, Tuesdays, 9/9 thru 10/14, program ends at 4:30 (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
Soccer – Elementary and Middle School with Ben James
Lower El Thursday, 9/11 thru 10/30, practice ends at 4:15 p.m. LE $50
Upper El Tuesdays & Fridays, 9/9 thru 10/31 practice ends at 4:30 p.m. UE $100
Middle School Mondays & Wednesday 9/15 - 10/29, practice ends at 4:45 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 9/17 to 10/22 and is held at Academy School, parents are responsible for transportation. Practices start at 3:10 p.m. and finish 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.
Mountain Biking – Upper El and Middle School with Daq Woods - $75
Tuesdays 9/16 thru 10/21. Program ends at 5:30. (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 bikes. 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.
Fire and Stone – Lower El and Upper El with the Vermont Wilderness School- $75
Wednesdays 9/10 thru 10/30; program ends at 4:30 (6 classes)
Explore the woods and fields of the Hilltop campus and learn ancient survival skills. Become at home in the forest as we explore the woods, tell stories, track wild animals, learn to make and tend fire, taste wild edible plants, and more. Led by experienced instructors from the Vermont Wilderness School.
Crafting with Wool – Lower El with the Tasha Tudor Museum, Kathleen Meeks - $75
Wednesdays 9/10 thru 10/15. Program ends at 4:30. (6 classes)
Students will learn about the versatility of wool and create projects which may include: wet-felted soap, needle-stitching a fairy, gnome or pumpkin. Classes taught by Kathleen Meeks who keeps 47 Shetland sheep on her 17 acre Maybelle Farm in Wardsboro and says of her sheep “Their curious personalities, feistiness and wagging tales always bring a smile to our faces.”
Vermont author, illustrator and early American lifestyle icon, Tasha Tudor (1915-2008) used wool daily in her life. From carding, spinning and dyeing wool to knitting socks, mittens and shawls, to wearing wool tights and petticoats in the winter and creating corgi dogs, rabbits and owls to play with, wool was a natural and renewable material in both Tasha’s life and crucial to the survival of most early American inhabitants.
Historical Fencing – Upper El and Middle School with Ian Bigelow - $85
Wednesdays, 9/17 thru 10/22; program ends at 5:00 (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).
Drum Circle – All Ages with Jay Cook - $75
Thursdays, 9/11 thru 10/16; program ends at 4:30 (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!
Wild Plants Workshop – Middle School with Lauren Reilert-Manning - $75
Thursdays, 9/18 thru 10/30; program ends at 4:30 (6 classes)
A hands-on class exploring uses and benefits of wild plants. We'll be making and drinking herbal infusions, creating our own lip balms, herbal soaps, emergency salves for your hiking pack or first aid kit, and more.
Graphic Jam – Upper El with John Gurney - $85
Thursdays, 9/18 thru 10/30; program ends at 5:00 (6 classes)
A cartoon is more than just a goofy picture. It is a drawing designed to communicate an idea. We will explore elements of cartooning, illustration, and graphic novels. Students will design characters and learn how to make those characters expressive. They will invent story concepts and illustrate them and they will draw a lot of goofy pictures. The session will include a mix of structured lessons, individual projects and cartoon based games and activities. The only requirement is the desire to sit and draw for 90 minutes after the school day has ended.
Creative Movement – Lower El with Anna Hendricks - $75
Fridays, 9/19 thru 10/31; program ends at 4:30
Creative movement offers an introduction and exploration of the elements of dance (body shapes, fast/slow, high/slow, balance, relationships, sharp/smooth, body parts, focus etc. We will work to create dance pieces using the elements from modern dance, ballet and yoga techniques to increase flexibility and agility. Creative Movement explorations, alone and together will continue to be the centerpiece of our time together. Both boys and girls are encouraged take this class.
Yoga – Middle School with Lauren Reilert-Manning - $75
Fridays, 9/19 thru 10/31; program ends at 4:30
Join Lauren, an EYT and trainer of yoga teachers from around the world for an hour long yoga class. We'll be developing balance, strength, posture, and flexibility while exploring the yogic tradition.
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.
Other Seasonal Programs
(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
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 fee.
Cross-country Skiing - Lower El, Upper El and Middle School with Brattleboro Outing Club
Nordic skiing with the Brattleboro Outing Club is offered to 1st - 8th graders and will run for six Thursdays beginning in January. 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
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. Rentals available.
Basketball - Middle School
This program is for students in 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades with a maximum of 10 players. We have play games against Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, NH. Other games TBD.
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.
Held at the BOC courts. Brattleboro Outing club will again be offering reduced cost tennis instruction for students at Hilltop Montessori. The program 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.
Other After School Enrichment Programs
New England Traditions – Lower El with the Tasha Tudor Museum, Sue Aldridge
Jr. Bakery: All Ages with Vicky Senni Dibe
Ukulele – Lower El and Upper El with Laura Goldblatt
Crafting for Gifts – Middle School with Nora Gordon
Beginning French - All Ages with Madame Jan Coplan
Mindfulness and the Science of the Mind – Upper El and Middle School with Amir Flesher
Gardening – Children’s House with Cheryl Matthews