Come one, come all!
Hilltop 2013 Annual Fund
Kick-Off Carnival
Tomorrow 3-6pm

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Thursday, October 17
  • Alumni Night 7pm 

Friday, October 18

  • Birch Room Black Mountain hiking field trip 9-11:30am 
  • Hilltop Annual Fund Kick-Off Carnival 3-6pm
  • Ukelele 3-4pm  

Saturday, October 19

  • Upper El Soccer Game at West River Park 11:30am

Monday, October 21 - ANNUAL FUND WEEK!    

  • Middle School travels to Harvard Forest in Petersham MA
  • MS Soccer 3-4:30pm  
  • Fire and Stone 3-4pm
  • Historical Fencing 3-4pm
  • Going Far Cross Country Running at Academy School 3:10pm   

Tuesday, October 22    

  • MS Parent Presentation 7pm 
  • UE Soccer practice 3-4:15pm
  • MS Soccer Game at Grammar School 4pm  
  • CH and LE Spanish 3-4pm

Wednesday, October 23  

  • Children's House Pre-Conference Workshare 8:30-9:15am 
  • Bagel Lunch
  • Mountain Biking 3-4:30pm   
  • Fire and Stone 3-4:30pm
  • Historical Fencing 3-4pm 
  • LE Soccer 3-4pm
  • Going Far Cross Country Running at Academy School 3:10pm   

Thursday, October 24      

  • Noon Release - Parent / Teacher Conferences (Free childcare provided during your conference.  Childcare provided for $7.50 per hour from noon till 5pm.)  
  • Mask Making for Upper El and MS students - see below for description  

Friday, October 25   

  • No School - Parent / Teacher Conferences (Free childcare provided during your conference.  Childcare provided for $7.50 per hour from 8:30am till 5pm.) 
  • Mask Making for Upper El and Middle School students - see below for description 

Saturday, October 26 

  • Upper El Soccer Game at West River Park time TBD  

Looking Ahead...

 

Friday, November 1
Very first "Kid's Night Out", the Middle School hosts your child for an evening so you can paint the town, or the laundry room, whatever the case may be. Affordable rates. Email them for more info. 

 


REMEMBER: To see events further in the future go to the calendar on our website.
It's finally here! The 2013 Annual Fund Kick-Off Carnival!
The big day is here!
Join us for the 2013 Annual Fund Kick-Off Carnival


What to expect:
  • Live Music - Jay and his "beach band" - if you were at the September picnic, you know how great they are
  • Rigani Wood Fired Pizza - 2 tickets 
  • Popcorn - FREE 
  • Games and fabulous (more like recycled, but still great) prizes galore - FREE 
  • Pony Rides - 2 tickets 
  • Caramel Apples - 2 tickets 
  • Pumpkin Decorating - 2 tickets 
  • Giant Hilltop Jeopardy  
  • Pie Baking and Eating Contests - 1 ticket to enter the pie EATING contest 

Tickets $1 each

 

When you pledge to the Annual Fund at the party, your name will be entered in a drawing and you could win 2 full-day lift tickets to Mount Snow!

 

Also, we have a mystery parent challenge. If we achieve 30% participation of Hilltop families to pledge by the end of day Friday, our mystery family will kick in an additional $1000.00 to the Annual Fund. Hoo Ha!  

 

See you tomorrow! 

   

PARKING: We will have some volunteers on hand to help with parking. Park in the lot behind school. If that lot is full, we'll be parking cars down the driveway on the right hand side, as far off the driveway as possible and possibly on the fire road. 

 

Mask Making next week

Please sign up for Halloween Mask Making - $65. If we don't meet enrollment requirement, we will not be able to host this program. 

 

Thursday October 24th 12:30 - 3:30 and Friday October 25th 8:30 - 12:00  

(follow-up time after school TBD if needed) Upper El & Middle School students.

 

If you haven't checked out the masks on display in the lobby, please do! Email Ann Brehm  to sign up to make your own.  Artist Cynthia Houghton will provide materials and guidance for your creation!

Barn Update

THIS WEEK'S BARN UPDATE:

The circumference foundation walls are almost finished and the pump house for the sprinkler system has been sited. The pouring for the concrete slab will begin shortly. Footings for the connector between the Tonia Wheeler Children's and Elementary House aka the Main Building and the barn will also be set in the next few weeks. 

The water tank and pump house for the sprinkler system will be sited below the Elementary basement door in the hillside. 

The final truckloads of the poor soils found under the original barn will be gone by the end of the week. Crushed stone has been brought in by the ton. 

The team has been reviewing windows, siding, ventilation, and roofing options for the building. 

Soon a new building will begin to emerge!


Birch Room

Our Montessori classrooms are designed in such a way that all "works" lend themselves naturally towards the development of the skills required for oral and written language and reading. Throughout the classroom precise names are used for all of the objects and apparatus.

 

 

Nomenclature cards and booklets identify and name the various parts of the object or animal the child is learning about. Each part is isolated in color, which draws your attention to that particular part and not to other details. This reinforces the observation of specific characteristics of things that are in their own environment. Children gain a much clearer and deeper understanding of our world when they have vocabulary to put with images.  

  




  • On Wednesday, October 23, parents are welcome to visit the classroom with their children from 8:30-9:15. This is a good opportunity to see your child in the classroom before parent conferences.
  • If you haven't already, please sign up for conferences on the lobby bulletin board. They will be held on Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25.

Willow Room
  • Many thanks to the parents and friends who were able to join us for the Black Mountain Hike: Jen Betit-Engel; Megan Buchanan; Tara Davis; Kathryn Einig; Ciana's grandma, Annie; Rebecca Fontaine and Courtney Fontaine; Jaimie Scanlon and Kevin Warzecha.
  • On Wednesday, October 23, parents are welcome to visit the classroom with their children from 8:30-9:15. This is a good opportunity to see your child in the classroom before parent conferences.
  • If you haven't already, please sign up for conferences on the lobby bulletin board. They will be held on Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25.
Lower Elementary
It was wonderful to have such a large turnout for our first Workshare of the year! If our official Workshare time doesn't work with your schedule, feel free to email us to arrange a time to come in to see your child in action. The next scheduled Workshare is on the morning of Wednesday, October 30th. We look forward to seeing you there. Your children came in this week ready to work, researching planets, invertebrates, practicing math, and learning new grammar.

FIELD TRIP UPDATE:
This Friday's field trip is canceled because we weren't able to find enough transportation (one of the challenges of having a large class!). Instead, we will use the opportunity to take a mini-field trip in the woods around the grounds of the school. Thank you to all who volunteered to drive.

In other field trip news, we are scheduled to visit the Bassett Planetarium in Amherst on Friday, November 22 at 10:00. If you are interested in being a driver, please let us know. It should be an interesting and informative presentation on our solar system.

BOOKS:
If your child borrowed a bag of books last week, please make sure they bring them back on Friday. We will help them find new books to check out and bring home.

SHARING:
Just a reminder that Friday is our class sharing day. Students are invited to share an item (we ask that toys and valuables stay home) that is important to them.

CONFERENCES:
Conferences are next week; please sign up if you haven't already done so.

See you at the carnival!

Upper Elementary
Don't forget parent / teacher conferences are next week. We'll see you at the carnival!

Thanks!
Middle School
Middle School dates to keep in mind

Monday, October 21 - We are going to the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA to do some field work with a scientist there and to view their forest dioramas. (8:30 - 3:00)

Tuesday, October 22 - "Walk in the Woods" parent presentation night.  7pm

Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25 - Conferences

Wednesday, November 6 - We are participating in the Youth Environmental Summit in Barre, VT.  A long day - we are leaving at 6:45 and returning at 6pm

Thursday, November 7 - Curriculum Vitae, Love/Hate poetry recitation night







Community
Looking for a housesitter? Look no further!
Our very own Sarah Skusi, from the Birch Room is available to help. Email Sarah if you are interested.

Morningside Shelter is looking for donations, can you help?
 
Morningside  has a family of 3 moving out of the shelter into an empty apartment November 1st. If you have any of the following to donate, they could really use some help starting out (contact Cindy cwalier@morningsideshelter.org): They need: a couch, a chair, a TV Stand, a Dining Table and Chairs, a twin bed, a queen bed, and 3 dressers. They only accept items in good condition.

Speaking of Morningside Shelter, our Hilltop "flash mob" raised approximately $2000.00 for Morningside Shelter!


 
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