Weekly Bulletin
May 23, 2012


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


Main Office:

(413) 586-1908

(413) 584-3198

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Friday, 5/25: 7pm

Grade 4


Monday, 6/4: 7pm

Grades 5 & 6 




8th Grade Play, A Midsummer Night's Dream
May 23 & 24, 1pm
May 25, 7:30pm

May 26, 7pm
Assembly Room


  Memorial Day - No School

Monday, 5/28


5th Grade Play, The Odyssey

Tuesday, 5/29, 11am

Wednesday, 5/30, 9am & 4pm


3rd Grade Play, Old Testament Stories

Thursday, 5/31 & Friday, 6/1, 9:45am


5th Grade Olympics

Friday, 6/1


Great Barrington 





Varsity HOME vs. 4 Rivers VBoys 






Varsity States, Open II & III



7th & 8th Grade vs. Parents 




From the Faculty Chair

Hartsbrook Personnel Needs
As we look ahead to next year, we see a number of teaching positions open that may interest parents. We prefer applicants with previous teaching or Waldorf school experience. Assistantships are an excellent way to learn more about Waldorf education if you are considering Waldorf teacher training.


Early Childhood Assistants
We will need teaching assistants for various programs, mostly in the afternoon positions.


Now that all of the programs will be on one campus, we will also be hiring an assistant dedicated to cooking and taking charge of the Homestead kitchen. The kitchen will be renovated this summer to make it more suitable for the type of food preparation we do on an everyday basis. This person will prepare snack for all of the early childhood classrooms and will also do ordering, shopping and kitchen clean-up.


Elementary School
In the elementary school, we are happy that Kirsten McGee will return as a grade 6 - 8 assistant. We are looking for two other assistants - grades 1 and 2 and grades 3 - 5. These assistants help the class teacher in a variety of ways, supervise recess, assist in handwork and may assist in other subject classes.


We are also looking for an enthusiastic go-getter to provide administrative support to the development office for approximately 10 - 15 hours/week. The hours may vary seasonally and with events. This is a year-round job. This person needs to be able to keep accurate records and work in the school database as well as enjoy providing support for events. A background in grant writing or writing would be a plus.


Land Stewardship Program

We are looking for an Assistant to provide support in all areas of our agricultural work at the school. This is a part-time position, suitable for those who enjoy sharing their love of nature, farming and the environment with students of all ages. Previous agricultural experience is a plus but not a prerequisite. Please see our Mission statement below:

The Mission of the Land Stewardship Program:

To provide students with the possibility to participate in an active farm and garden environment that combines the many varied components of working with the soil, plants and animals - this enables learning to take place in a meaningful way and provides a practical foundation for the study of the human being in relation to nature.

Through observations of the natural world as seen in a farm landscape, through participating in meaningful work that helps instill a sense of responsibility and cultivates a work ethic, through developing a heartfelt and informed relationship to the art and science of agriculture, students are provided the tools to enable them to become caring stewards of our earth.


For more details, visit the employment page of our website at www.hartsbrook.org. To apply for any of these positions, please send a letter of interest and resume to employment@hartsbrook.org.    

8th Grade Play:
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Come one, come all, to the 8th grade's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Please contact Vesna in the Main Office to reserve seats for the evening performances.
Final Assembly

The final assembly of the school year will take place at 11:00am on Friday, June 8th. Please note the 11:00am start time. This is 30 minutes earlier than other assemblies.

- Louise Spear  
Class of 2012

Class of Two Thousand and Twelve
Hartsbrook Athletics

Varsity Ultimate

Saturday's NEPSUL Tournament: The overall score was 1-3. We won our first game against Choate 11-6. We then lost our second game to Phillips-Andover 11-8. We finished 2nd in our pool and so got to play in the semi-finals against Northfield Mount Hermon, where we lost 11-8. And finally we ended the day losing to Hotchkiss 11-8 to finish the tournament in 4th. 
Yesterday's game vs. Longmeadow B: Hartsbrook 15, Longmeadow 0.
- Coach Johansen

Middle School Ultimate
The Middle School Travel Team finished its season with a week to remember! After last week's drubbing, I thought maybe we would just limp towards the finish line. Not this team! Showing an incredible amount of heart and a lot of newly-minted skill, Hartsbrook won its last 7 games against some difficult opponents in varied conditions. We notched our second win over a High School team with a 10 - 7 victory over ARHS JVB, and then outlasted Bement in a thriller on Thursday. This game was not very close for a while, with Hartsbrook building a 14 - 8 lead, but it went on for a very long time (over 2 hours), which saw us lose 6 players to other committments before the game was over. The remaining 10 players kept their spirits high and notched a 15-14 victory in our last home game. We travelled to Hilltown for our last regular season game and won a convincing 8-5 game. We continued to get strong play from Dante Radysh, Jacob Kaplan, and Gavan Rice handling the disc, and from a very deep cast of cutters and poppers (Artur, Gaelen, Natalia, Nora, Akio, Lucy, Terra, Marlee, Georgie, Fiona, Forest, Ian, Quentin, and Oliver). Our experience at the high school tournament had given many of our players some much-needed big-game experience, and when we turned to our more age-appropriate foes, we found ourselves with improved depth and confidence, which translated into quality victories. We finished our season at the Amherst Regional Middle School Tournament and faced Westfield (NJ), North Branch (VT), and Riot (RI). All of these teams gave us good games, and in each one our team showed skill, resiliency, and cohesion and pulled out three victories - 11-7, 13-5, and 10-5. Once again, our handlers handled and our poppers popped, and the results were great team play and convincing victories. It was a great way to end a season that saw an inexperienced team improve its skills and come together as a team. At the end of the last game, we came together in one last huddle, looked each other in the eye, and gave thanks to everyone who had made it a memorable season. 


The team will be together one more time, for an exhibition game vs. a parent/staff team after the Intramural tournament - Come to Hartsbrook at 4:30 on Monday, 5/28 for one last look at this fun and talented team.  


- Dan Kaplan, Coach
Intramural Tournament and Ice Cream Party
Our third annual Intramural Tournament and Ice Cream Party will take place this coming Monday, Memorial Day. The intramural event will be followed by a game between the Middle School Travel Team and its coaches and parents. Players should arrive at Hartsbrook by 1:00. Please bring your contributions for our ice cream sundae extravaganza, intramural t-shirts, water and white/light shirts for parents who plan to play against the 7th and 8th graders.

Ultimate Jerseys 
Please wash and return all jerseys. They can be brought to my office at recess or lunchtime, or left in the school offices. Intramural t-shirts are for students to keep.

Fall Soccer Season 
Students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to play on one of Hartsbrook's soccer teams next Fall. The registration forms will come out in the summer. For those of you that are planning ahead, the practice and game schedule is below. Please remember to have a current physical exam on file prior to the season starting. Contact the school nurse, Eraena Meehan, for more info, emeehan@hartsbrook.org.

Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls, Grades 8-12: 
Practices begin on August 27th.  Practices and games are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through November 4th. 

JV Boys and JV Girls, grades 6 and 7: 
Practices begin on September 6th.  Practices and games are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through October 31st.
 - Megan Owens
Summer Outdoor Fun

Attention all Hartsbrook families! Where does your family like to explore the great outdoors locally (within 2 hours of Hartsbrook)?

We are looking for suggestions to create a Summer Outdoor Fun List for the Hartsbrook website!


Please mention what it is called (park/place name), where it is, what you can experience/do there, how to get there, and what it costs. 



Enders State Forest, Granby CT
5 beautiful waterfalls within a half mile walk over easy to moderate trails. Keep an eye on any young children, it is drops off steeply in places.
Bring a picnic, swim suits and don't forget your camera!
From the intersection of Rt. 10 and Rt. 20 in Granby, follow Rt. 20 west for 3.8 miles, then turn onto Rt. 219 west for 1.4 miles. Parking is on the left near Enders State Forest sign.

Submit your ideas to Andrea Redenz in the Enrollment Office or to aredenz@hartsbrook.org. Thanks for your help!


- Andrea Redenz 

4th Grade Hadley History Field Trip

    Fourth Graders standing in front of the oldest house in Hadley, built in 1713. (photo by G. Taylor)
Open ESG Meeting for Parent Input 
(Please note the corrected contact information - sorry it was incorrect last week!)

The Hartsbrook Educational Support Group invites you to meet with us on Monday, June 4th from 2:15 - 3:00pm to hear from any interested parents regarding Educational Support at our school. We will meet in the half classroom on the second floor of Hartsbrook Hall.

Do you have questions? Ideas? Suggestions? Requests? We are all ears - come have a conversation with us before picking up your child.

The Educational Support Group (ESG) is a committee of faculty members mandated by the Faculty Conference to coordinate activities concerning the academic and social needs of our students. To that end, ESG provides classroom observation and consultation, Child Study, Support Circles, and faculty professional development opportunities, as well as coordinating developmental and academic assessments, providing some therapeutic and academic support and overseeing the student support that is scheduled within the school.

Members of the Educational Support Group include teachers from each part of the school: Elyce Perico (Chairperson, Educational Support Coordinator), Meg Fisher (Early Childhood), Nicki Robb, Polly Saltet, Marie Dominique Corbiere (Elementary and High School subject teachers), and Virginia McWilliam (High School). We meet once per week to study together, review the needs of students, and determine the ongoing progress of this program within the school. Our study helps us to deepen our understanding of human development and the many therapeutic approaches that can help to aid the child's continuing growth and capacities.  

RSVP to Elyce Perico (eperico@hartsbrook.org - 586-1908 x126) or just drop in. If you cannot make this meeting, yet have something you'd like us to hear, please email Elyce at the above address with your contribution.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on June 4th. 
- Elyce Perico
Summertime Scrip

Baby, it's hot outside but there's still plenty of time for Scrip!

Summer is almost here. Hopefully, you have plans to cool off at the pool, local swimming hole, or in the big, blue Atlantic. But we know that summer involves more than just staying frosty.

If you like to get your favorite picnic foods at The River Valley Market, we still have Scrip for that. Of course, we have Whole Foods, Stop and Shopand Big Y available, too.

If your summer plans include fixing that broken screen door, Home Depot scrip is still here.

With temperatures expected to reach triple digits again, why not plan a family movie outing? Yes, there is still some Cinemark scrip available. Would you like a chilly coffee-blend to go along with that Cinemark air conditioning? Take yourself over to Esselon or Starbucks before the show so you can really cool down.

Need a new bathing suit before you hit the beach? Target scrip and Old Navy scrip, of course!

Driving across the country to get to your annual family reunion? You can still stock up on Sunoco, Mobil, and Exxon for gasoline.

Now that you know that these Scrip favorites are waiting for you in Vesna's Hartsbrook Hall office, why not kick back on your chaise lounge and dream of your long-awaited family reunion, your newly painted mudroom, and a very cool pool.

Happy Summer from Katherine Glatter on behalf of the Scrip Committee
Host Family Needed

We have another German student interested in coming to Hartsbrook for three months in the fall. Once again, I am looking for families that might be interested in hosting.

Anne Wassenhoven will be starting 10th grade in the fall. She lives in a little village called Neckerhausen, near the Necker River, where she can see ships passing by from her window. Neckerhausen is near Heidelberg in the southwest of Germany. She lives with her mother, a librarian, her father, a software engineer, and their cat, Finn. Her two older brothers are out of school.

Anne loves music, dancing and acting, she plays the piano and the violin, and enjoys watching movies and being with her friends. In school, she enjoys English, German, History and Music. Anne's recommendations say that she is a good student, quiet and well-mannered. She sometimes needs encouragement to communicate her thoughts, but after getting used to a situation she participates with enthusiasm. She is well liked by her classmates. 

Anne likes being around little children and pets. She has no allergies. She is a vegetarian (no meat or fish). She says she is comfortable in urban or rural settings, and she would prefer her own room but can share if need be. She does not smoke. She may bring her violin along.

Because our current High School classes are quite small, I am having a harder time finding host families. These students truly add tremendously to the student body, so it would be wonderful if we could have them come. However, it is not possible without your help. If you are at all interested in the idea of hosting Anne for three months, please do get in touch with me at exchangeprogram@hartsbrook.org or (413) 625-6992. Host families receive $12.50 per day for room and board costs.

- Lara Radysh 
Venus Transit Observing at Hartsbrook

Tuesday, June 5, from about 6pm to sunset, the planet Venus will be visible as a black spot, passing in front of the sun. The next such transit will not happen for another 105 years, in 2117. Viewing the transit is best done with a telescope and a special solar filter. Please do not try to observe this event with the naked eye, as permanent damage can result from looking at the sun directly for a prolonged time. Hartsbrook High Astronomy teacher, Chip Weems, will set up a telescope on the grounds of the school for anyone who would like to come and see this rare event. He will also remain after sunset, for those who are interested in doing some stargazing.
- Chip Weems 
High School News

10th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C.
Thomas Heineman's 10th grade Ancient History class took a trip to D.C. last week. A theme of freedom from oppression emerged in our visits to the Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, the Japanese American War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the newly-opened Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, as well as in a play we attended at the D.C. Jewish Community Center. The play told the story of freed slaves and their Jewish former master coming together at the end of the war for a Passover seder - a ceremony based on the story of the liberation of Jews from slavery. We also enjoyed a Portuguese fado music concert at the Kennedy Center, Ethiopian and Peruvian food, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress, the Capitol Building and assorted monuments.
Alejandra says: "The highlight of the trip for me was the botanical garden."
Aubrey says: "Overall, the highlight of the D.C. trip for me was walking around looking at monuments and playing frisbee."

Joining the unemployment line at the FDR monument. 

Taking in the MLK Jr. memorial; Frisbee at the foot of the Capitol. (photos by R. McNaughton) 

From the Director of Development

No Matter the Amount, $1 to $10,000 - Your Gift Matters!

Click here to give: Donate Now


The 100% graphic club!


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High School overall parent participation went from 79% to 92% this past week. There are only three more families needed to give in the 12th Grade and we will have 100% high school parent participation - WOW!!!


WE REACHED 69% overall PARENT PARTICIPATION this week! -- a mini-mighty leap forward. Thank you, everyone!


AFund Graph May 23 


Why 100%?

  • Most foundations consider parent participation rates before agreeing to donate funds to a school.

  • It inspires high-level donors to give generously to Hartsbrook!

  • It's fun!


Why give to the Annual Fund?

  • It contributes directly to the health and sustainability of our school.

  • Because unlike tuition, gifts to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible, allowing families who can give more - a tax break.

  • We have always depended on those who can give more to keep our tuition rates low, enabling us to provide a modest level of financial assistance to members of our community who would otherwise not be able to provide their children with a Waldorf education.


Have more questions about the Annual Fund? About volunteering? About Alumni Outreach?Contact:


Karen Bates, Director of Development

(413) 586-1908 x129



Friday Community Mornings - Coffee and Tea with Great Company!

Please join us under the canopy in front of Hartsbrook Hall on Friday mornings, 8ish-10ish. We'll have Dean's Beans coffee, tea, and hot cocoa! All parents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are welcome.  

- Karen Bates

Community Bulletin Board

Hartsbrook Alums for Hire: Two Guys and a Blue Goose. Colten attended Hartsbrook K-9 and now attends Deerfield Academy, and Evan attended K-8, and now attends South Hadley High. We are 18 years old and are good hard workers. We are up for anything; yard work, lawn care, spring clean-up, moving, and painting...Give us a call or email if you are interested or want to learn more. Evan Mariani (413) 427-9895 marianievan@gmail.com. Colten McCormick (413) 668-6841cmccormick665@aol.com.     


Driver Needed: Looking for someone to drive for a trip to the NYC suburbs and back. My car or yours, for $75-100, all quite negotiable. If you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Julie (518) 506-0255.


Math Tutoring This Summer: Summer can be a great time for a student to a) repair math foundations, b) gain enrichment in math topics or c) prepare for Fall's math classes. I aim for a focused yet relaxed and positive summer math experience. I teach at Hartsbrook High, and have tutored children from elementary to 12th grade for the past 3 years. References available. Please contact Robin Pfoutz at 413-687-5454 or rpfoutz@hartsbrook.org. 


DANIEL J. KENNEDY Piano Studio: Professional piano instruction at a grand piano in an 1860 farmhouse. 10 minutes from Hartsbrook. A graduate of two music conservatories and also a Hartsbrook parent, Dan will instill in your child a classical technique and a love of music. Visit www.danieljkennedy.net and click on the piano! 


Babysitter Available: Very experienced thirteen year old, entering 8th Grade at Hartsbrook. Good with all ages, experience with some special needs. Red Cross certified, trained in basic first aid. Flexible availability during the summer. Please call Sofia at 247-9287 or email sofia576@gmail.com.
Animal Care: If you are in need of animal care this summer, my son Gabriel and I can help you. The cost is $8-$15, depending where you live. Contact Gail Voisin  at 413-256-0177.

Hettie Belle Farm Local Meat and Poultry CSA! Reserve your share now for this fall. Our beef and lamb is 100% grass-fed. Our pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks are pastured and fed only certified organic grain, grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Our animals are 100% antibiotic and hormone free. We believe it matters! Monthly distribution in Northampton/Florence (November-March). Many more details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. Come join us and become one of our member families!

Puppets in the Woods Summer Theatre Workshops: Ages 6-10. Into the forest we go, seeking Mother Nature's stories and gifts. In our yurt studio we bring the characters of our story to life to perform for our families on Friday! We also sprinkler dance, have music jams, hand dye silks, sing, and eat fresh fruit and locally baked artisan bread! July 9-13: Felted Puppets, July 16-20: Marionettes, July 23-27th: Paper mache Puppets. 9am - 3pm. Register with Beth Fairservis at: (413) 268-3588bethbirth@crocker.comwww.pachamamapuppets.com. 
Music & Art Summer Camp for Guitar and Ukulele! Beginners to advanced students ages 6-12. Weekly themed camps: July 9-13 (Travel the World); July 16-20 (Contemporary Rock & Pop); July 23-27 (Country & Western); July 30-Aug 3 (Music of The 60's). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Rd. in Amherst @ Miss Leticia's Music School, 8:30am-1:30pm. Campers bring their own lunch; snack provided. $275 weekly (multiweek and sibling discounts available). More info: www.missleticia.com or 413-256-1778. Email leticiadavies@comcast.net for application form.
Cello Lessons! Focus on Hartsbrook orchestra music, age appropriate repertoire, or both. Emphasis on tone, intonation and musicality - and having fun. Two years experience teaching Hartsbrook orchestra students, all ages. Start in Summer or Fall, 1/2 hour to 1 hour, at Hartsbrook or in Montague. References available. Please contact Robert Pfoutz, rpfoutz@hartsbrook.org or 413-687-5454.

Konichiwa! Seeking families to host a Japanese student this summer! I have two groups of students visiting our area in July & August. Middle school students from Sat, July 7th-Mon, July 9th (only 2 nights) and high schoolers from July 25th-August 13th. Host families must provide friendly conversation, a bed, meals and transportation. You will receive a $20/$30 stipend per night to help cover these costs. For more info, contact Marie Lauderdale marielauderdale@mac.com or (413) 230-1121 (cell). Domo-Arigato!  

Violin for sale: 3/4 size, practically brand new, chin rest included, $150. Call Jennifer  413-426-3066.   


In Need of Childcare This Summer? Mother of two Hartsbrook boys (2nd and 6th grade) is available Monday - Thursday from 8:30am until 5 pm to care for your child/ren at our home in Northampton from June to August. Swimming, hiking, biking, and other outings plus quiet time, games at home. Please bring a lunch, healthy snacks provided. $10 per hr. $5 per sibling. Please call Jennifer at 413-426-3066.


Summer Reading Skills Programs offered by UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education. Programs for 4-year-olds through 11th grade. Program sessions starting in June. Call the Institute of Reading Development (800) 978-9596 for information and to register.    


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