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12 Reasons to Choose An Independent (Private) School

One of my favorite educators, the late Priscilla Vail, used to talk about “the rightness of fit.” She referred to the choice of a school when you know that it is the place where your child will learn, grow, thrive and make friendships that last a lifetime. What do you look for when choosing a […]

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8 Ways to Foster a Toddler’s Love of Music

Do you want to nurture your child’s interest and excitement in music? Does you child show potential talent for music? At this age your child will learn best through exploration that’s fun. Here are a few age-appropriate ways to encourage your preschooler to get jazzed about music. Listening Listening to music of all genres stimulates […]

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11 Tips to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Spring Break

This year your spring break may be more along the lines of the staycation, but that’s OK! Here are 11 great ideas for setting aside intentional time for creating memories for the WHOLE family.: 1. Make some rules: such as, no phones and other electronic devices during activity times 2. As a family make a wish list […]

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3 Easy Morning Exercises For Kids

I wanted to share a fun morning exercise that your child can do before starting their day prior to eating a healthy nutritious breakfast. The exercise is called Training for a Triathlon. It can be done in your own home either inside or outside, requires some really great music (maybe your playlist has some Coldplay, […]

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CAPITOL HILLTOP: Monuments, Newseum, and Wizards!

Greetings from Washington, D.C.! I’ve come to appreciate a special characteristic of our eighth graders: patience. It all began with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. which was actually closer to 10. Because of our day early arrival this is the best the hotel could do. Next, delayed opening for the Smithsonian Museums (thank you #stella) and […]

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CAPITOL HILLTOP: D.C. Trip By The Numbers

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Corrine Wilm Selected As November Student of the Month

Hilltop Country Day School Eighth Grader Corrine Wilm was chosen by the faculty and staff as November’s Student of the Month. Nominations are solicited from all faculty and staff for Upper School students who have exhibited exceptional academic success in all of their classes during the month, but who have also modeled the school’s Core […]

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Tips for Successful Toilet Training in 10 Days

Are you counting the days until your toddler is fully potty-trained and can enroll in preschool? Have no fear! Hilltop’s Preschool teacher Mrs. Christine DeStefano is coming to your rescue! With more than 30 years of experience with preschool-aged children, and successful toilet training of her own two children, three grandchildren and hundreds of other 2 ½ […]

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Hilltop Kicks Off 2016-17 School Year With 6.25% Enrollment Increase

Hilltop Country Day School kicked-off the 2016-17 school year on Wednesday, September 7 with a record enrollment increase and a full slate of new programs. While other local schools are cutting programming and experiencing overcrowding, Hilltop is flourishing while maintaining the school’s signature small class sizes and nurturing environment. “Hilltop has been committed to providing […]

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Best Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Looking to bring home a piece of Hilltop’s Outdoor Classroom curriculum? It is not too late in the summer to put out a hummingbird feeder. Here in northern New Jersey, the only hummingbird that is native is the Ruby-Throated. These beautiful little birds migrate south to the tropics sometime in late September or early October, […]

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