Nov 01


Halloween Fun at the Lower School

Throughout the campus there were joyful celebrations. The Halloween Extravaganza in Stage III challenged their visitors to find a solution to a cleverly crafted puzzle requiring group work and searching throughout the classrooms for the clues. Stage II had their annual costume parade which was viewed by Stage IV, and in the Hill House, Stage I trick or treated throughout the building where they found many interesting characters. More photos are welcome, see contact information at end of post.

Lisa and Laura’s Stage III class had an Egyptian theme for their problem solving activity. Students warned the parents to beware of the many “red herring” clues and then, of course, explained what that expression meant. You never know what parents don’t know. The parents were proud to solve the puzzle within the time limit! A great time was had by all.

Here is Deb Veillette, as an amazing Mad Hatter

Alice: “You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret all the best people are.”

Of all the Halloween acitivities, the Hill House was probably the place to see the most Halloween spirit, in spite of the significantly higher average age… Here we see Geraldine the Giraffe (aka Tonia O’Rourke) and her “little” giraffe friend Julie Gillikin. For Denita, it was business as usual in spite of her furry exterior. Tonia was the overall winner of the competition last year as well as in 2013 and 2015. Last year, the debut of Geraldine, she went on to win $500 in a local competition. Stay tuned later in the week for more news on Geraldine’s success in Halloween competitions.

Most of the Departments work together as a team and they choose a theme each year. They all want desparately to win the coveted trophy, the winner determined by the vote of the Hill House Stage I students. This year, coincidentally, the Development and Admissions (The one with the the zoo keeper/ safari guide) teams both chose animal themes. Left to right across both photos: Julie Gillikin, Katie Buchman, Bonnie Schemm, Juliette Olejnik, Marcia Ruff, Denita Banks Sims, Lisa Bottesi, Kellie Bagne and Lori Zinser.

This year’s winners by a margin of two votes over Geraldine the Giraffe, was the Head’s Office, outfitted as The Crayons – this must have been before “The Day the Crayons Quit”.  Left to right, Elane Feldman, Tiffany Hadjantoni, David Feldman, Kari Papadopoulos and Emily Wine.

The Trophy:

Here’s the whole Hill House crew along with Ryan Boyl on the far right as Superman – it’s not unusual to find Ryan in his cape on other days, as well. Next to Superman is Dave Fluent looking a little worse for wear and the masked person in the top row is Loree Kelly.

Here are some of the Hill House Trick or Treaters.

If anyone has any other good photos from either campus – parent, teacher or student photographers welcome, please send them to me – Carolyn Borman


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