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Next week at Hilltop
Financial Aid
Notes from the Head of School
Snack Elves

The Faculty and Staff would like to thank the parents who cooked and baked for the Faculty Staff Feast. Boy, did we feast! It was wonderful!
Your platters, bowls, utensils are in the kitchen on the table. Come and retrieve at your convenience.


Coming up...

Wednesday, 1/9
Lower El Field Trip
to the Montshire Museum
Thursday, January 10
Winter Sports Begin! Please send your child(ren) in with appropriate winter gear, lunch and healthy snacks.
Tuesday, January 15 
Financial Aid Applications Due 


Financial Aid


If you're thinking about applying for Financial Aid for next year, please start the process as soon as you can. 


The deadline for submitting the Parent Financial Statement is 

January 15, 2013.


You can apply now: 

Click HERE. 

Each parent(s) or guardian(s) must submit a "Parents' Financial Statement" (PFS) and your most recent tax return online at Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). To be considered for financial aid all forms must be submitted by January 15.   

Hilltop's school code that must go on the forms is: 1435.


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If you have an item, service or community event you would like to post in this space, email Amelia. Deadline for entries is Thursday afternoon. Entries will be posted for one week unless requested otherwise. Thanks! 


Lift Tickets Sales to Benefit Boys and Girls Club -- $39 Each

Available at Burrows Sports, The Boys and Girls Club, Brattleboro Bowl, Vermont Country Deli, 99 Restaurant and Ted's Shoe in Keene. Tickets good through Jan.21-27 Tickets on sale through Jan. 13. Call 802-254-5990 for info.


Classes at BEEC

Nature Play After School:

Come investigate the winter world around us through games, activities and exploration in the fields and woods of BEEC!  We will explore winter survival strategies of plants and animals, uncover stories tracking wildlife, and mimic their winter behaviors. Tuesdays in Jan and Feb, 3:30 - 5:00pm. Grades 1-4. 
Play Days at BEEC: Let your child spend their days out of school at BEEC, playing and learning!  On January 21 & 22, Play Days at BEEC will host all children grades 1-4  as we explore the winter forest, play games, and have lots of sledding fun.  9 am - 3pm.  Call 802-257-5785 or email [email protected] for more information.

Putney House for Rent
3 bedrooms, 2 full baths; one half bath, finished basement with office, 3 decks, washer/dryer
open floor plan, Spectacular view!

$1,500/month plus utilities
Call Jenny or Randy Smith: 387-4560  


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Draft Detectors!


Thanks to Junio Anthes of Farnum Insulators, pictured here with our own Tom Griffith, for conducting a blower door test for us over break. Junio's findings will help us make our school more comfortable saving us energy and money! 


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Notes from the Head of School 


Dear Parents:


At our faculty/staff meeting on Wednesday we had an extensive and vigorous discussion about emergency procedures. I always come away from these meetings so impressed by how knowledgeable and concerned this group is. Opinions differed, and for a topic as sensitive as this, it could have been difficult to reach a solution that worked for everyone. However, it became obvious that there are different responses for different age groups, for different events, for different locations.


For security reasons we will send home by snail mail the plans that are evolving. They may seem scattered in their approach; please recognize that a procedure for a 3 year old will be different than one for a middle schooler.


These are also the very first steps; the procedures will evolve. We are looking to schedule an outside "expert" to come and assess our ideas. Of course we welcome any input!


As of Monday please take note of the following:


All doors will be locked until 8:15 am at which point the front doors will be open for students and families. Only the front door will remain unlocked. All other access doors will remain locked from the outside.


The front door will be locked at 4:00 pm.


Families using before care should drop off at the outside Birch Room door (by the porch / playground) and those picking up after 4:00 pm should come to the toddler room door at the porch. 







Email Tonia


Tiny House - Trailer (Still) Needed


This year, as part of the Upper El's practical life work, students will help construct a tiny house. The finished tiny house will be raffled off as a fundraiser for Hilltop and Morningside Shelter. The tiny house movement centers on building beautiful, small spaces that are mobile. Tiny houses are built on a trailer bed for easy transport and locating on a property. The houses feature charming details, energy efficiency, and creative use of space.

Chad Farnum, of Farnum Cellulose (a.k.a. Amelia's husband and Lucy's dad) is helping lead this project. He is donating a huge amount of time and talent. Hilltop will be soliciting donations for materials for this project from a variety of local vendors.

The house raffle will kick off at the big Spring Auction and the final drawing will be at the Strolling of the Heifers Parade.

To get started, we need a trailer to build on. Do you have a 7 x 10 to 8 x 12 trailer that you would like to donate, or know someone who does? Please contact me if you have a trailer that you think might work. This is going to be a terrific project for the students, Hilltop and Morningside Shelter.


Tom Griffith
Upper El teacher

 [email protected]     


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Snack Elves Needed


We need snack helpers for the new school term. It doesn't take much time and is a wonderful contribution to our school. We need someone to pick up food at the Brattleboro Co-op on Tuesday afternoon and we need at least one person to help Mariam prep food for the week on Wednesday mornings. Make a New Year's resolution you can keep! Please email Madeline Fan ([email protected]).


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