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Looking Ahead

Family-Guide Work Day, Saturday, Jan 10, 9 AM-12 PM
Join us in the classrooms for clean-up and maintenance jobs. Get to know the classrooms on a whole new level!

Children’s House Open Classroom, Thursday, Jan 15, 3:30-5 PM
Pay a visit and have your child show you a few of the materials with which he or she is working at school. Please consider making arrangements for younger siblings to be cared for so that you and your student can make the most of this time.

Coffee with Co-Curricular Faculty, Friday Jan 30, 8:30-10 AM
Join us in the Carriage House after drop-off for coffee and conversation with faculty members who guide the students’ work in Spanish and in the music, movement and art studios, garden, greenhouse, and kitchens.

SEED Camp at Charlottesville Family’s Fun Fair & Camp Expo Sunday, February 15 from 10 AM - 3 PM
The annual Fun Fair and Camp Expo will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville from 10 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, February 15th. This event features camps for kids and teens from all over the east coast, including Mountaintop’s SEED (Summer of Ecological Experience and Discovery) Program! Invite your friends to come visit our booth and stop by yourself to say hello. Throughout the day there will be entertainment, giveaways, and activities for children. Visit the Charlottesville Family website for more information.

Mountaintop Camp Open House, Saturday, February 28, 10 AM - 2 PM
Parents and children interested in SEED Camp, Art, or elementary Montessori programs can visit the campus to meet staff members and see the garden, greenhouse, and other facilities. Faculty members from the elementary Montessori summer classroom will be available in the upper elementary classroom to talk with families interested in that program (for Mountaintop families or families with children who have attended preschool and kindergarten at another Montessori school). Tell your friends to come check us out or visit yourself to meet with our summer staff!

From the Blog

Preparations

construction

This week, our intrepid construction crew has been installing a silt fence for erosion control, as well as other erosion control devices. They have also installed a construction entrance for the trucks and equipment to access their work site. Crews are also working to divert existing water and sewer lines beneath the construction area.

The entrance and exit from the construction site is located at the bottom of the upper carline loop, by the main building. We ask for all parents, caregivers, and visitors to our campus to be vigilant and alert when exiting the upper driveway because of these construction vehicles, which may not have a clear view of cars pulling through the driveway.

construction

The students on campus are particularly aware of one safety feature added to our campus this week: safety fences outside the current construction barrier. Workers erected these around the pecan tree by the main carline loop, in front of UE1’s outdoor environment, and around the climbing tree to the left of the main building. These fences make it clear to our construction team that these areas are to be kept safe during the construction process, since the construction site will eventually expand to eclipse the entire upper parking lot.

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Construction Begins!

construction update

Barrier fencing was installed this week!

The front section of our school, which used to be home to the Cathcart Peace Garden and the front slope leading down to 250, has been blocked off, a sign of the impending arrival of construction vehicles. Our Lower Elementary 1 students, whose classroom is closest to the construction site, watched eagerly from their windows and took notes on their observations. Lots of students, seeing the fence, have been speculating about when the construction vehicles will arrive and when they will get to take their hard-hatted tour of the proceedings!

We love the construction sign, posted so it can be viewed from the main parking lot, that reads, “You are entering an injury-free construction zone.” We appreciate the reminder that our construction team is committed to the safety of all those who are involved in the construction of our new building, including the students.

We are excited to keep you posted on our progress in the coming months!

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