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Hilltop Board of Trustees Meeting, Wednesday November 19

The Hilltop Board will meet at 6pm in the Middle School. All are welcome to attend.

 Lower El Field Trip to Lilac Ridge Farm Thursday, November 20

The Lower El classroom will be taking a field trip to Lilac Ridge farm on Thursday, November 20th from 9AM – 11:30AM

 “Of Bread and Paper” One Man Puppet Show Benefit at Hilltop Montessori School

Saturday, November 22 at 5pm, in the Arts Barn, Hilltop Montessori is thrilled to present one of its own – Middle School Teacher and Artist, Finn Campman as he stages his one man puppet show entitled “Of Bread and Paper”. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. There  is limited seating so reservations are required. Sign up a the front desk, or email Amelia at [email protected]. All proceeds are to benefit Hilltop’s 2014 Annual Fund.

This evocative piece, which played to sold-out audiences at the 2012 Puppets in the Green Mountains festival, invites you to enter a world of light and shadow where layers of meaning are glimpsed and gradually revealed.  Of Bread and Paper is the story of a poor refugee trying to find his way home. His exile is self imposed but enforced by the struggles of the world: poverty, conflict, indecision, and love. The show is played with paper figures, light and shadows and is appropriate for children 7 and up.

Bet you didn’t know…

Finn Campman studied printmaking and literature at Sarah Lawrence College, and began working with puppets in 1991 when he joined Sandglass Theater. Since then, he has worked with Roman Paska at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, taught puppet construction and design at Helsinki College of Art and Design and in residence at Hamilton College. He taught puppet and object manipulation for six summers at Sandglass Theater’s Summer Intensive. Finn is Co-Artistic director of Company of Strangers, whose production Moth and Moon won an UNIMA Citation of Excellence. He has toured Scandinavia, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, and Israel. Finn Co-directed and Designed Touchstone Theatre’s production of The Little Prince, and was guest video artist and composer in a collaboration with Contemporary Dance Wyoming. For four years he was an Artist in Residence at The Hall Farm Center for the Arts and Education. Finn created the video component for the Brattleboro Music Center’s production of Devine Chemistry, and has presented his work in two Puppetry In The Green Mountain Festivals.

2014 Fall Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

We welcome Grandparents and Special Friends to our campus on Monday, November 24th for Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to share their enthusiasm for their work with loved ones. Coffee and baked goods will be served at 8:30AM in the Arts Barn lobby followed by a brief welcome from Head of School, Tamara Mount. Then guests will be escorted to the classrooms where they will spend some time one on one with their grandchild(ren) or special friend(s). At 10:30 we will come together in the theater for All School Gathering after which students will say goodbye. For more information email Amelia Farnum, [email protected].

Stone Soup, Tuesday, November 25

The entire student body and faculty will join forces on Tuesday the 25th to prepare Stone Soup. Peace Buddies work together to cut vegetables, make cornbread, decorations and apple crisp. We always read the story of Stone Soup and reflect on its messages of sharing and graciousness. Then, we sit together and share in the fall harvest as one big family. We also take this time to celebrate the soups made by Middle School students throughout the year and encourage everyone to bring in non-perishable foods for a local food pantry.

Overflow Shelter Meal Preparation

Friday, December 5th, the Lower Elementary will be preparing a meal for the Overflow Shelter. LE Parent volunteers are invited to serve the meal. Once a month from November until April, Hilltop students will be preparing a meal to be served at the Shelter. Each program is responsible for one month.