Sports/ Activities

Winter Session 2014 Hilltop Montessori School Sports and After School Enrichment Programs


Hilltop offers high quality after school enrichment programs to children of many ages. We have put together activities that draw on the experience of many local experts. Some examples of this are Mountain Biking with Daq Woods, Illustrating with John Gurney, Cultural Cooking with Elizabeth Rosenberg and Historical Fencing with Ian Bigelow. These activities are 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 open to non-Hilltop students. Please call the school to enroll. Program start time is 3:15 pm unless otherwise noted. Programs are not held when school is not in session.

All registration forms with payment are due by December 12 at the Front Desk.

After School Enrichment Program and Sign Up Form

Winter Session 2

Cultural Cooking:  CH-4+ and Lower El with Elizabeth Rosenberg – $85
Mondays, 1/5 thru 2/9; ends at 4:30 pm, we’ll be adding new foods/places to the repertoire (6 classes)
Location: Kitchen in the Main Building
In this class, we will “travel” and learn about several countries through cooking, language and culture. Home-made tortillas from Mexico, fresh-rolled sushi from Japan, smashed hummus from Lebanon might be on the menu. Through pictures, words and food, we will expand our cross-cultural awareness and cultivate a sense of curiosity about other people and places.
Skills We Will Address: Mortar and pestle, cutting board, knife, following recipes, cross cultural awareness
Some Ingredients We Will Explore: Spices, herbs, grains, vegetables, fruits, salt and pepper

Basketball – Upper El $50
Wednesdays 11/12 thru 2/1; ends at 4:30pm; games TBA

Basketball – Middle School $100
Mondays 11/10 thru 2/9 and Fridays 11/14 thru 2/13; ends at 4:30; games TBA

Drum Circle – All Ages with Jay Cook – $75
Tuesdays, 1/6 thru 2/10; program ends at 4:30 (6 classes)
Location: Music Room in Arts Barn
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!

Creative Movement – CH-4+ and Lower El with Anna Hendricks – $75
Wednesdays, 1/7 thru 2/11; program ends at 4:30 (6 classes)
Great Falls Creative Movement teach dancers young and old to find new and creative ways to express themselves through movement while building physical confidence and skill.  Fostering a love of movement and dance is our number one goal.  Dancers discover for themselves their own ranges of movement: How BIG they can move and how small; how fast and how slow.  The process of self-discovery is satisfying! Classes help foster strong self-image, self-awareness and self-direction and offer the unique opportunity to engage mind, body and spirit at the same time.

Fire and Stone – Lower El and Upper El with the Vermont Wilderness School- $85
Fridays 1/9 thru 2/13; program ends at 5:00 (6 classes)
Location: Outside with pick up in front lobby of Main Building
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.


Fall Session

Spanish – CH-4+ and Lower El with Elissa McLean – $65
Tuesdays, 11/4 thru 11/25, program ends at 4:30 (4 classes)
Location: Music Room in Arts Barn
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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

General Policies
Programs are not held when school is not in session. Class sizes are limited and enrollment is 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 wait listed; 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 $8.00.  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

Winter Sports
(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/snowboarding at Mt. Snow.

All fees for Winter Sports are included in Hilltop tuition, with the exception of Mt. Snow activities which incur an additional fee to cover transportation costs, lessons, etc.

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.

Spring Sports

Ultimate Frisbee 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.

Tennis is held at the BOC courts. Brattleboro Outing club will again be offering reduced cost tennis instruction for students at Hilltop Montessori School.  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

Gardening – Children’s House with Cheryl Matthews






“Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”
—Dr. Maria Montessori
The Toddler Program
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Children’s House
Ages 3–6
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