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Weekly Bulletin

September 19, 2012


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Holiday: Yom Kippur

Wed. Sept. 26

No School


 Holiday: Columbus Day

Mon. Oct. 8

No School


Open Class Day

Oct. 4


Strategic Planning

Open Forums

Thursday, 10/11

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Open House Day

Oct. 13


Parent Evenings

 Grade 2

Tuesday, 9/18

Grade 3

Thursday, 9/20

High School

Wednesday, 10/3


Field Trips 


8th Grade to Nantucket

Sept. 18-21 

6th Grade to Cape Cod

Oct. 2-5

7th Grade to White Mts.

Oct. 2-5

6th Grade Caving Trips

Oct. 11 and Oct. 12



Soccer Games 



Sept. 14

VG @ MacDuffie

VB @ White Oak

Sept. 19

JVG home vs. GCS

Sept. 20

JVG home vs. Charlemont

Sept 24

VG Home vs. Eagle Hill

Sept. 25

VB Home vs. Eagle Hill

Sept. 27

JVB Home vs. Eaglebrook

Sept. 28

VG @ Charlemont

JVB Home vs. Charlemont

VB @ Dublin

Oct. 2

VG @ Four Rivers

VB Home vs. Swift River

Oct. 5

VB @ Putney

Oct. 8

VB vs. Buxton @ Charelemont

VG vs. Buxton @ Charlemont


An Inviation From the Faculty Chair

What a wonderful week it has been. Our campus is full and alive.  Children, families, faculty and staff are all finding new rhythms of work and play and we celebrate the sunny days with the particular joy that comes when we know deeper nights are coming. 

In the same breath that we look behind and celebrate our unified campus we also turn forward. Where will Hartsbrook be in three to five years?


Be a Co-Creator of The Hartsbrook School's Future

Stategic Planning 

A Waldorf school needs its families, faculty, staff and broader community to help focus its vision and guide its efforts for continuous improvement. We invite you to help us identify our strengths and weaknesses and see our obstacles and opportunities. Please add your voice as we plan major initiatives and decide where to concentrate our efforts for the next three to five years.  

Please Provide Your Input!

Strategic Planning Open Forums at Hartsbrook:
Morning and Evening Session:

Thursday October 11th - 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Thursday October 11th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Online Survey, Please Complete:  

Strategic Planning Survey 

Thank you for participating and making our strong institution even better!

- Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

Welcome International HS Students!

This fall the Hartsbrook High School welcomes six international students. When you see them around campus, please give them a warm welcome to our community!  Over the coming weeks we'll tell you a bit more about each of them.  


We would like to express our immense gratitude to the families that are hosting these students. 




Left - Akino Onaka, Japan - 11th grade, hosted by Nora Yamazaki-Heineman

Center - Killian Kotschi, Germany - 10th grade, hosted by Will Harrison

Right - Anne Wassenhoven, Germany - 10th grade,  hosted by Elena Nietupski




Left - Maude Greggio, Germany - 10th grade, hosted by Lucie Latuner

Center - Sophie Teske, Germany - 10th grade, hosted by Elena Nietupski

Right - Sunhild Hartmann, Germany - 10th grade, hosted by Sydney Shaw  

- Virginia McWilliam
High School Faculty Chair

Michaelmas Celebration
 Thursday, September 27th 2:15 to 3:00 PM

  Parents Welcome to Attend!


Michaelmas treasure 

It's time for Michaelmas, time to remember the story of St. George and the Dragon. We'll sing songs together and head out to the field for our annual game of Dragon's Den, where children seek a treasure from the dragon's lair. 


What is Michaelmas?

In Waldorf communities, the season of Michaelmas is the time of Summer's ending and the Autumn Equinox, and is characterized by dealing with the dragons that confront us in our lives. This is when we summon our courage and bravery and face these challenges head on, so that we may conquer our proverbial dragons.

At Michaelmas we recognize and honor the brave deeds we do in everyday life, small or large. It's a time to reflect on these deeds and give ourselves some appreciation for what we have accomplished, and the feats of bravery that lie ahead. Good luck with those dragons!

- Megan Owens

Athletics Director

Waldorf One World Day - Thursday, September 27th 


red folded paper starThe 5th, 6th and 12th grades invite you to participate in WOW Day this year. We will be selling yummy food after the Michaelmas Games on Thursday afternoon at dismissal. Please support our efforts by stopping by and purchasing some treats! All proceeds will go directly to the WOW Day 2012 efforts. Thank you for your support!


What is WOW Day?

 Waldorf students in action for other Waldorf students
all over the world.


With your ideas and activities such as crafts and sales campaigns we will raise money to support Waldorf and social initiatives around the globe. In 2011, students from over 220 Waldorf schools in 26 countries collected more than 360,000 €  for Waldorf and social initiatives contributing to more than 60 organizations in almost 30 countries.  The administration costs are completely covered by the Friends of Waldorf Education and therefore not one cent is lost!


You can help schools, kindergartens and remedial education organizations receive vital support for their social projects.


- Alexis Major Jameson

5th Grade Class Teacher

Thank You and Welcome-  Development

Belgian Waffles this Week -  Friday Morning at Hartsbrook Hall

Hello Hartsbrook Families and Friends

Thank you, everyone, for your generous financial contributions and for your dedicated gifts of time and talent to serve our school throughout the years. Thank you for your spontaneous gifts of wagons, tools, office supplies, artistic creations, cakes, food, coffee and gas money on class trips, rocking horses, fair décor greenery, shade tents, home garden blossoms and vegetables, and so much more.


I would, especially, like to thank the Class Parents and Holiday Fair Class Reps for their extra hours and incredible gifts of coordination and organization, and for inspiring us all to support the needs and adventures of our children's classes.   Welcome to a new year of fun!

While monetary gifts contribute directly to the health and sustainability of our school, volunteering and gifts-in-kind make possible all the activities, trips, nourishment, and "everything" that is at the heart of Hartsbrook.

Our Development goals will remain foundational rather than expansive this year. Our 2012-2013 goals are to build on the success of last year's Annual Appeal by increasing our goal to $85K with 100% community participation and increase our scrip goal to $10K. Our goals include continuing to develop a thriving Alumni Association and finding volunteer partners who can help us support, organize and regularly thank our volunteers.


We strive to insure that volunteering experiences are fun and rewarding experiences and to invest more time cultivating relationships with our extended Hartsbrook community and friends. I invite you to come and participate in any way you can:

  • Volunteer (Thank you, to everyone who filled out the Hartsbrook Volunteer Opportunities form!)
  • Donate to the Annual Fund
  • Attend our festivals and athletic events
  • Tell someone you know about Hartsbrook - bring a friend to the Holiday Fair
  • Use scrip - for more info: visit our website at and click on Support our School

 Ask Vesna (scrip enthusiast extraordinaire)! 586-1908 x100


Thinking about volunteering is a part of volunteering - one step closer - in my book. Thank you, to those who think about helping, want to help, but cannot quite make the time. We look forward to your participation when the time is right for you!


Bring your gifts here - and let them shine. We thank you for your continuing support of the Hartsbrook School and the children we serve.   



- Karen Bates

Director of Development


2012-2013 Development Committee

Joe Moore, Chair & Board Liaison

Karen Bates, Director of Development

Marie Lauderdale

Tracy McQuade

Jim Ritchie-Dunham

Louise Spear

Heide Zajonc

New High School Faculty


Joshua Harper is a second year graduate student at UMass Amherst pursuing a Master of Music degree in choral conducting. At UMass, he conducts the Women's Choir co-conducts the Recital Choir and sings with the UMass Chamber Singers. He did his undergraduate work in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Music Composition/Theory. He is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. Joshua is very excited to be a part of the Hartsbrook community this year!  



Alex Workman joined us to teach Life Sciences in the High School. Alex previously worked in a developmental biology lab at Smith College. While at Smith, he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 2010. A graduate of Kimberton Waldorf School, Alex completed a BA in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, where he later worked as a research technician in a thoracic oncology laboratory. Alex is a soccer and guitar enthusiast and has two children, Ella and Nicholas, who participate with great joy in Cricket on the Hearth. He is very excited to join in the many facets of Hartsbrook's community life.




Gloria Black joined us to teach Spanish in the High School. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Gloria obtained a BA in Economics from the Universidad de Bogotá.  After a business career in Columbia, Gloria moved to the US. She has a Masters in linguistics from UMass and has been an Adjunct Professor of Spanish at various area colleges, among them fifteen years at Westfield University. Gloria volunteers in the library, teaching "Spanish for Children with Parents" and is a watercolor artist. Gloria has raised a daughter and three stepsons and lives with her husband locally. 


- Virginia McWilliam

High School Faculty Chair

Personnel Updates

Leslie Evans joined us this summer as Enrollment Office Assistant. Many of you know Leslie; as she has been a Grades 1 and 2 Assistant, a Robin's Nest Assistant, and a class parent. Leslie has also worked extensively in admissions, student recruitment, training, program development and coordination. She was the Program Director for two study abroad organizations specializing in sending students across the globe. We are very happy to have Leslie's enrollment strengths as well as her friendliness as the first face many parents encounter at Hartsbrook. Leslie lives in Montague Center with her husband Arthur and their two children, PJ (sixth grade) and Laila (fourth grade) who started at Hartsbrook in the Nursery!

Tracy McQuade joined us this fall as the Development Office Assistant. Tracy has a background in software, marketing, business development, and data analysis, and has served as a program director for a nonprofit organization. In addition to assisting in the administration of the Development office, Tracy will be working on communications by developing our Facebook page, publishing our Bulletin and maintaining news on the website. We are happy to have Tracy's administrative and organizational strengths as well as her passion about Hartsbrook. Tracy lives in Williamsburg and has two children, Maxwell (second grade) and Graham (Kindergarten), both Hartsbrook students.


- Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

Thank You and Farewell, HeatherBell

Thank you HeatherBell for all that you have brought to Hartsbrook. We will miss you!

As many now know, we unexpectedly lost our beautiful Jersey cow HeatherBell, at the end of July and two days after giving birth to a calf. Milk fever is a condition that affects older cows, particularly Jerseys, and despite a feed regimen and care designed to offset this condition, HeatherBell did not respond to the vet's course of treatment. Her death was a surprise and a shock to all of us who have been deeply involved with her care.


We will always remember her fondly for standing so patiently while many young children learned how to coax creamy milk from her,and for giving us three beautiful calves during her time here at Hartsbrook.


Her orphaned bull calf, Sorrel, quickly received a companion herd mate, Felix, a bull calf born on the same day and given to us by Mapleline Farm in Hadley. We have also been fortunate to find another beautiful purebred Jersey, a heifer who is 16 months old and due to birth to her first calf next spring. Her name is Miss April, and while she does not have the beautiful horns that HeatherBell sported with such pride, nor such a patient personality, she more than makes up for that with her youthful vigor and beauty.


This morning, both our kindergarten classes enjoyed the sight of Miss April cavorting through her new pasture, kicking up her hind legs in glee at the sight of such beautiful clover flowers!  


Welcome Miss April, Sorrel and Felix...the start of our new Jersey herd.



  - Nicki Robb

Dirctor, The Land Stewardship Program


Sports Updates

Soccer HS girls 9/14/12 - Girls Varsity MacDuffie 6 / Hartsbrook 3  Hartsbrook had a rough time connecting passes in the first half, and MacDuffie scored 5 of their 6 goals. Sunhild scored 3 consecutive goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. We connected passes very well but it wasn't enough to catch MacDuffie. Lucy Grossman had some very nice saves and had a total of 11 saves for Hartsbrook.

See the calendar  for game and practice schedules.

- Lainie Kennedy
Varsity Girls Soccer Coach


Workshop: The Body and Soul of Nourishment


Saturday, October 27,  9am-1pm
Hartsbrook Hall


We will explore deeply and broadly how we nourish our children and ourselves. Join us for a talk by Alicia Landman-Reiner MD, a lesson in the art of cooking for our loved ones from Elizabeth Sustick RN, and a snack of delicious wholesome food shared with the whole group.


DR. ALICIA LANDMAN-REINER practices family and integrative medicine and has many years of experience caring for children and consulting in Waldorf settings. She is also the Education Director for the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine. She currently resides in Utah after having lived in the Pioneer Valley for many years.


ELIZABETH SUSTICK is an Anthroposophic Nurse educator and trained natural foods cook. She is co-owner of Paul and Elizabeth's Natural Foods Restaurant, Northampton, a Hartsbrook co-founder and former Cricket on the Hearth teacher.


COST: $25 per person. For more information please call (413) 584-3198 or visit   


Please RSVP by replying to
or by calling the Enrollment Office, 584-3198.


Community Bulletin Board 

INDOOR CAT NEEDS A HOME - Due to allergies, we need to find a loving home for our 13-yr-old, spayed, long-haired female cat.  Kuan Yin is beautiful, healthy, affectionate and, at times, talkative.  She's an indoor cat who's happier without other cats.  Please call Eric or Heidi 413-625-2686. 


THE WOVEN WORD AFTER SCHOOL WRITING WORKSHOPS -  Begins wek of September 11, Open and Ongoing enrollment. Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 -- Thursdays 3:30-5:30 Organized in Sessions.  "Because everyone has something to say, and writing is a powerful way to say it."

For Information & Registration, contact Lynn Bowmaster at 413-584-337.


3 BEDROOM HOUSE TO RENT IN HATFIELD - 15 minutes to Hartsbrook.  Quiet, dead-end street.  Pets considered.  November 1 (or maybe 10/15).  Please call 413-247-9287 


Multi-Arts THEATER, ART & FASHION - Give your child the tools for successful learning.Art programs strengthen your child's attention and help to improve academics and critical thinking. 

Program runs month-to-month:   TUESDAYS 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 867 N. Pleasant St, Amherst
Fee: $65 per month Info: 413-584-7951 or


SEEKING HOUSE SWAP OR RENTAL FOR THANKSGIVING WEEK - We are looking to rent a house in or near Northampton for my family who will be visiting Thanksgiving week. They are also interested in a house swap. They live in Berkeley, CA and have a beautiful 4BR house a couple of blocks from the Rock Ridge shops. Any interest or leads, please email or call 917-373-1316.

FRIENDLY FAMILIES NEEDED to open their homes to a Japanese High School student from November 10th-13th. Fifty students from Koryo High School in Hiroshima are touring our area and hoping to experience our culture first hand by participating in a homestay program. If you are interested in being a host, please contact Marie Lauderdale:, call or txt (413) 230-1121 for info.


STAY HEALTHY THIS FALL WITH YOGA! Enjoy small yoga classes in Karen Sheingold's lovely studio in the woods in Amherst. First class free. New students: 30 days of classes for $50. New to yoga? The 6-class Introduction to Yoga is just for you. For details, For first-hand information, talk with Sarah Shields or Jean Zimmer. Contact: or 413- 253-0313.


TWIN BED FOR SALE - Deluxe teak hardwood twin bed frame with super comfy Oxford "King Koil" contour box spring mattress. $200 for set. New condition. contact Margot or Pablo 413-586-8583

PARENTING FOR PEACE group study and practice with child educator Gina Simm. She will share the works of Inbal Kashtan, Parenting From Your Heart. Her parenting approach is based on the principles of compassion, connection and partnership. Inbal is a (Non-violent Communication) NVC trainer and co-founder of BayNVC . Contact Karen Bates for more information. 413-230-0215


The ART OF HOME HERBALISM with Brittany Nickerson in Amherst. NEW Apprenticeship Class Added! Every other Friday starting in October 2012 - June 2013 Time: 1-4pm. This apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the world of western herbalism and give you the tools to be an effective and empowered home herbalist. For more info: The Art of Home Herbalism Contact Karen Bates, class coordinator 413-230-0215 

The Community Bulletin Board is for small classified-type advertisements. Each submission costs $5.00, is limited to 3 paid repeats and should be no more than 6 lines of text, about 60 words. Payment for Community Bulletin Board submissions should be made by Friday of the publication week. No charge for advertisements for free events or nonprofit organizations. Submit ads to:  

General Policy for the Bulletin  No political or religious advertisements.  No competitive program advertisements.  No fundraisers.  The editors will decide placement of advertisements and may edit for content and length.  The Hartsbrook School retains the right to choose not to print any advertisement.

Hartsbrook: Clarity of Thought ~ Warmth of Heart - Strength of Purpose