Weekly Bulletin

October 3, 2012


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


Open Class Day

Thursday Oct. 4


Holiday: Columbus Day

Monday Oct. 8

No School


Strategic Planning

Open Forums

Thursday, 10/11

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


All School Open House 

Sat. Oct. 13

10 AM - Noon


Harvest and Land Dedication Festival

Fri. Oct. 19


Parent Evenings




High School

Wednesday, 10/3

1st Grade

Tuesday, 10/16

6th Grade

Tuesday, 10/16


Wednesday, 10/17

3rd Grade

Wednesday, 10/17


Field Trips 


6th Grade to Cape Cod

Oct. 2-5

7th Grade to White Mts.

Oct. 2-5

12th Grade to Concord

Oct. 4

6th Grade Caving Trips

Oct. 11 and Oct. 12


Soccer Games 



 Oct. 2

VG @ Four Rivers

VB Home vs. Swift River

Oct. 5

VB @ Putney

VG @ Putney

Oct. 8

VB vs. Buxton @ Charelemont

VG vs. Buxton @ Charlemont

Oct. 11

JVG @Four Rivers

JVB @ Greenfield Common School

VB Home vs. Four Rivers 

Oct. 12

VG Home vs. Four Rivers

Stratigic Planning Open Forums

Next week, the whole Hartsbrook School is invited to engage in strategic planning. Having just completed accreditation, a consolidation of all programs on the main campus, and the acquisition of abutting agricultural land through the APR process, the school is in an ideal place to consider where we want to be in 3 - 5 years. Some of the areas where we might focus are enrollment and marketing, development, professional development for the faculty, curriculum refinement, communication and community building, governance, campus or facilities expansion. Of course, all of these areas are vital to any school but the question is, "What are our priorities?" Your voices are important in helping us discern this.

If you would like to respond in written form, please use the survey at: Stratigic Planning Online Survey


If you would like to respond in a more conversational way, we are holding two Strategic Planning Open Forums with our consultant Kay Hoffman and with Strategic Planning Task Force members Swansea Bleicher, Jeff Kalman, Rosemary McNaughton, Noah Smith and Louise Spear.

Please join:

Thursday October 11th - 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Hartsbrook Hall- Upstairs

Thursday October 11th - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hartsbrook Hall- Great Room

From all of these voices, a strategic plan will be created which will then be brought to the whole community to invite your continued involvement in helping to make Hartsbrook an even better school!

Louise Spear
- Faculty Chair


Michaelmas -

Seeking Treasures from the Dragon's Lair!


The Hartsbrook School celebrated Michaelmas by sharing a song together and heading to the field for our annual game of Dragon's Den, where children ran through challenges to seek a treasure from the dragon's lair!

 For more photos Hartsbrook Photo Site ~All School Events~ Michalmas


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!

- Louise Spear

Faculty Chair



Chip Weems created a school photo site on Smugmug where he and Lori Lynn Hoffer post photos taken at school events. It is password protected to be available only within our school community. Photos you see in the Bulletin are just a few selects from a much larger gallery of photos. The Bulletin will notify you when new photos have been posted. You can find the password on the inside back cover of your school Directory, or by stopping in at the office.  

Photos put up in the last week include Michaelmas Festival, kindergarten and nursery, elementary school, high school sports and stone sculpture... and general fall landscape images.


The PVTA bus that serves The Hartsbrook School is primarily a college bus. Bus 39 will not run from Sunday 10/6 to Tuesday 10/9 as there is a mid-semester break at this time. Bus 39 is the one that stops at Hartsbrook.



As part of the regular review process of Hartsbrook administration, we invite parent input for the review of  Director of Development Karen Bates. You are welcome to call or send written comments until October 30, 2012.   Thank you, Louise Spear

Directory Updates

Dear Hartsbrook Families, Faculty & Staff,


The 2012-2013 Hartsbrook School Directory has been printed and distributed. In it you will find the passwords for our Smugmug photo site and our Handbook.Please add these new families, they joined us after the directory had gone to press. Contact Vesna, in the main office, with questions.



Welcome NEW families!


Mary Hannah Henderson and Mark Sims

149 Aubinwood Road

Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-7423



Hezekiah Fleck Sims, Grade 3


Amy Burkey and John Rollinson

38 Breckenbridge Road

Hadley, MA 01035

(413) 303-0099



Alexander Burkey, Grade 3 (joined us this week)

Teresa Burkey, Grade 6 (joined us this week)

Simon Burkey, Grade 10 


Due to a clerical error, Ms. Nicki Robb's faculty contact information was not included in the printed directory. You will be receiving a sticker to put into your current directory. Contact:

Nicki Robb
Land Stewardship Program Director
4 Hulst Road
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 586-1908 x119
Cell(413) 530-8794




Thank you,

The Administration

You are Invited -

Hartsbrook Harvest and Land Dedication Festival

Thank you, Dreier family for your incredible generosity that will benefit The Hartsbrook School for years to come.

Friday, October 19, from 11:30 AM to 2:15 PM -


Please join us at the Hartsbrook Harvest and Land Dedication Festival. At this time we will rejoice in the harvest and pay tribute to Alexander and Olivia Dreier for their donation of a 36 acre parcel of land to our school.  This is a special event in which we will celebrate the Dreiers for their continued generous support of our school and where we will gather as a community to welcome this new land into our care and stewardship.


The Hartsbrook School is preserving 32.5 acres of this land for agricultural use where it has now been protected from development in perpetuity by entering into an agreement with the State of Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources as part of the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Act.


Additionally, this land is part of a 2000 acre section of rural land that the Kestral Trust is working to preserve between the Holyoke Range and the Fort River in Hadley, MA. Therefore, they provided a financial gift to help with closing costs.


This event marks the culmination of a two-year process shepherded by the school's Long Range Planning and Land Stewardship Committees and supported by local conservation officials in the Town of Hadley and the state of Massachusetts and, of course, by school friends and founding parents, Alexander and Olivia Dreier.


We are celebrating this event in the autumn when we bring in the harvest and give thanks for all that sustains us in body and soul; a fitting time indeed to acknowledge this incredible gift. Come and join us in celebrating this milestone as we walk the land together. 


- Nicki Robb

Land Stewardship Director

High School Highlights - Intensives

9th Grade - History of Drama 

Scenes from The Odyssey

As part of the History of Drama block, Hartsbrook's Ninth Grade was joined by the freshman class from Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene for an exhilarating drama intensive at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. Working without a text, the students spent each day in improvisation and design workshops, developing ideas for "etudes" or short scenes from The Odyssey. The work was led by members of the Double Edge Theatre troupe, but ideas for the scenes came from the students themselves. On the final Friday evening, the scenes were presented to parents and friends from both schools before a festive, potluck dinner.

The leaders of the theater project, Stacy Klein and Carlos Uriona, are former Hartsbrook parents.



11th Grade - Parzifal and the Triform Camphill Community

Triform Camphill Community

As part of their study of Parzifal, the Eleventh Grade spent a week at Triform Camphill Community in Hudson, New York. The following are reflections by class member Lucie Latuner:


"In Parzival we look at the word compassion, how Parzival and the other characters in the story apply it. I was amazed to find how some of the young people at Triform, people with special needs, are some of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Their hearts are so big, and they have so much to offer. I was amazed how every single person had a job that they felt was important and that was an important part of keeping the community running. During my stay at Triform, I was thinking a lot about the word normal, what it means. What is normal? Who decides what it is? I came to the conclusion that everybody has their own normal and that there is no use trying to fit into someone else's. I am incredibly grateful that I had this opportunity, and I hope to return some day."


- Tony Cape

High School Humanities

Thank You Volunteers!

Thanks so much for giving of yourselves on behalf of our children. The Hartsbrook Heart beats stronger because of YOU!


The breeze, the trees, the honey bees - all volunteers! ~ Juliet Carinreap

2nd Grade Parents: Jonah Zuckerman built a beautiful balance beam for the second grade classroom. Also, Mark Hensely was in charge of organizing and leading our weekend painting project with Tim and Amanda Viles, Matt Therrien, Naho Tanamura-Green and Scott Green, Jennifer and Lane Hall-Witt and Tamer Pepemehmetoglu all lending a hand to beautify the second grade classroom.


Penny Herter for planning, shopping and cooking the meals for the 8th grade trip to Nantucket.


Lori Lynn Hoffer for taking pictures of the children at Michaelmas, for all your extra pro-bono hours you put into the enrollment outreach materials, and for keeping Hartsbrook graphically harmonious!


Swansea Benhem Bleicher as a Board member and supporter of Enrollment 


Taryn Paladiy - for helping with the Friday morning coffee and enthusiastically jumping on board as a new parent to help in so many ways.


Tara Hoffman - a new parent jumping in with gusto as our Holiday Fair Food Rep - with a background in the Food Service industry - Thank you, Tara!!


Amanda Viles - for helping and organizing the volunteer coordinating program efforts in the development office.


High school parents Steve Nietupski and Jim Shaw - for felling a tremendous tree on the Nietupski property and cutting it into perfectly-sized logs for the new nursery play yard. This heroic feat was manifested on one day's notice! High schoolers, Will Harrison and Sidney Shaw, and exchange students, Sunhilde, Anna and Sophie - for working late into the night until all the pieces were finally delivered to the school. The children love the new sandbox, balancing logs and houses we have been able to build.


Tim McNerney - for helping on the first day of school with mounting and taking down the banners for the flower assembly.


Tim Bowman - for volunteering his time to come and do a goalkeeper training for our varsity goalies. This is a huge help to our teams!

This Volunteer Recognition section in the Bulletin is launched to you from the Development Office.
We believe in appreciating you!  If there is someone you would like to thank, someone who you know did something, gave something that helped out in any way, please let me know: kbates@hartsbrook.org, leave a note with Vesna, or message at 586-1908 x129.  Blessings on our school!

Hartsbrook Summer Camping Trip - Save the Date

Sunday, July 7, 2013 - Thursday, July 11, 2013
The Hartsbrook community has reserved the entire
INDIAN HOLLOW CAMPGROUND! You are invited to come and relax in a family-friendly campground in the hills of beautiful Chesterfield.  You can park your chair in the Westfield River and chat with friends while watching your children play. You can eat a picnic lunch with your family, or share a meal and make new friends. You can swim/tube/hike/bike/play an instrument/play ball/catch a Frisbee/cast a line/toast a marshmallow. You can s l o w  d o w n.
If you love this annual event, share your excitement with others at a Parent Evening. Forever thinking about warmth and sunshine.
- Leslie Kellogg

Sports Updates

Soccer HS girls
 9/28/12 Girls JV Great Barrington 1 / Hartsbrook 4
At the start of our visit to Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner, sweeper Hannah Jones and defenders Anja Wood and Iris Morin, with Schuyler Bright and Willow Jarvis in front of them, were a solid unit in our back half. Up front, Lindsey Crouss figured a way through Steiner's defenders a couple of times but we were 0-0 at the game's midway mark.
Lila Gaffney struck early in the second half, with a goal in the 33rd minute, followed by several more.  This allowed Miranda Columbia to exit her role as goalkeeper, playing under rainy and cool conditions, and warm up stretching her legs running midfield coming in for Ayla Osgood, who had been working hard defensively and making great runs tactically along the outside. Robin Bleicher closed out the game in goal. 4-1 Hartsbrook.
See the calendar for game and practice schedules.
- Eric Bright
Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cellist Natalie Haas - Workshop and Concert at Hartsbrook!

Hartsbrook is pleased to be hosting this acclaimed international touring and recording duo on Thursday, November 8.  An afternoon workshop and evening concert are scheduled.   Alasdair, Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and Natalie, sizzling cellist, display dazzling teamwork and a passion for improvising on the melody and groove of Scottish tunes.  The duo frequently performs at the Iron Horse in Northampton.
WORKSHOP Thursday November 8th: 2:00 PM to 3:20 PM 
Where: Hartsbrook, Piening Hall
Tickets:  $20 per person, free to Hartsbrook students
Open to parents, friends and the general public
CONCERT Thursday November 8th: 7:00 to 9:00
Where: Hartsbrook, Piening Hall 
Tickets: $17.50 for adults, $15 for students and workshop participants. 
Please call the High School at 413-586-1908 for tickets. 

Kaspar Hauser: The Open Secret of the Foundling Prince! Glen Williamson and The Hadley Lyre Ensemble

Glen Williamson
Two hundred years ago, a child was born in Germany who would grow up to become one of 19th-century Europe's most enigmatic and compelling figures. At the age of 16, this strange boy appeared on the streets of Nuremburg, barely able to stand, walk or speak. In Kaspar Hauser: Who was he? And why does his story still affect us?
Through drama and masterful storytelling, award-winning New York actor Glen Williamson has created an epic fairytale with historical interludes, including esoteric interpretations as well as the latest scientific research about Kaspar Hauser. Live music provided by The Hadley Lyre Ensemble.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 pm
Where:The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
Tickets: $20 general / $15 students & seniors 65+. Tickets at the door or Online 
Questions? The Pioneer Valley Muse Group, pvmusegroup@gmail.com or phone 413-549-0997.


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 www.hartsbrook.org   


Please RSVP by replying to admissions@hartsbrook.org
or by calling the Enrollment Office, 584-3198.


Community Bulletin Board 

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: marielauderdale@mac.com, 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? Try the 6-class Introduction to Yoga. For details, www.karensheingold.com. For first-hand information, talk with Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields or Jean Zimmer. Contact: karen@karensheingold.com or 413-253-0313.


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 r.ki_eelah@yahoo.com.


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 

LAURA MELE, CERTIFIED ARBORIST -  Expert tree, shrub & garden care.  Serving the Pioneer Valley.  20 years experience.  No job too small!  413-582-0336

FLUTE LESSONS AT HARTSBROOK - Emily Sapa, M.M., brings a creative, positive style to teaching flute students of all ages and abilities. She is an experienced instructor and performer and is committed to sharing a fun, productive and healthy approach to studying music and the flute. For more information, please contact at 612-788-4611 or emily.sapa@gmail.com


TEMPORARY LODGING FOR "HARRY MOHAWK" - $100/month. Do you like pets? Would you like to help us with a home for Harry (a lovely Guinea Pig) until May, 2013? We are currently in Brazil, but Harry is still in the US. We need a warm home for him for the next six/seven months. We will pay $100/mo for food and bedding. Contact: patricia.vance@gmail.com or andreaa@aux.umass.edu.


WARDROBE MOVING BOXES AVAILABLE - Hartsbrook School costumes have been unpacked and we have a numer of cardboard garment storage boxes available. Please contact Louse Spear

if you are interested in these boxes. 413-586-1908 x 127
FOR SALE: SUZUKI CDs $5 ea.- Piano School Vol 1, Vol 1&2, Cello Vol 1&2, Violin Vol 2; used books free include Violin Vol 3  Heidi Moskovitz 413-219-1289

HANDCRAFTED SHOES made in USA.  Soft, flexible & durable. Exclusive coupon HARTSBROOK for 15% off classroom shoes thru October 31st. www.softstarshoes.com

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: bulletin@hartsbrook.org.  

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