Weekly Bulletin

October 31, 2012


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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  Upcoming Events


Parent Teacher Conferences -

Thurs. Nov. 1

Fri. Nov. 2


St. Martin's Pageant + Lantern Walk

Wed. Nov. 7


Visiting Day

Thurs. Nov. 8


Half Day - HF Prep!

Fri. Nov. 16


Holiday Fair

Sat. Nov. 17

Parent Evenings


5th Grade

Tuesday, 11/6


3rd Grade

Thursday, 11/8



Soccer Games 



Oct. 31
Varsity Girls
Nov. 1
Nov. 2

Nov. 4




2012 Varsity Soccer Playoffs!

Come and Support our Teams

Hartsbrook's Varsity Boys soccer team finished up regular season play with an impressive 10-0 record - undefeated!  This is their second undefeated season in a row.  The Varsity Girls finished the regular season in third place. The girls' division is very competitive, and the playoffs are sure to be exciting!  Come on out and cheer on the Hartsbrook Hawks as they finish up a great season.


Quarterfinals, Wednesday October 31st

Semifinals, Friday November 2nd

Championships, Sunday November 4th


For current standings and playoff brackets: RVALonline.com

Wednesday - 10/31 TODAY!
GIRLS: Quarterfinals @ Hartsbrook vs Dublin, 3:00pm

Thursday - 11/1
BOYS:  Quarterfinals at Hartsbrook, 3:00pm (vs winner of Charlemont vs Swift River preliminary played on Wed)
GIRLS:  Practice, location TBA

Friday - 11/2
BOYS:  Semifinals @ Hartsbrook 3:00pm (Winner of Thursday's game goes on to semifinals)
GIRLS:  Semifinals - Location TBA

Saturday -11/3
Possible afternoon practice for teams in the finals.

Sunday - 11/4
Championship games at Stoneleigh Burnham.  Boys game starts at 11:30am, girls game starts at 1:30pm


Coming soon- Basketball and Ski Club Registrations.  These will be sent to your in-box!


For more photos Hartsbrook's Photo Site 


Enrollment Office Changes

Four years ago, Suzy Kirsch joined the Hartsbrook administrative staff as Enrollment Coordinator.  In this position she welcomed many current families to the school, especially in our Early Childhood programs.  She was also a pioneer in our transition to more electronic communication, bringing us the services of Constant Contact which currently handles registration for our smaller programs and distributes the weekly Bulletin and all of the email reminders about events. 

Last year, Suzy was hired as Enrollment Director with the departure of Jacqui DeFelice. In this position, she worked with great dedication and enthusiasm for the good of our school.  Her gracious and warm presence welcomed new parents and students.  Now she is moving on and we would like to thank her for her dedication to Waldorf education and wish her the best.  Fortunately, she will remain part of the Hartsbrook community as a parent.

Acting Enrollment Director

Leslie Evans has accepted the position of Acting Enrollment Director. We will be looking at how to support Leslie in this vital position and providing administrative assistance and other help. We are very fortunate to have such a well-known and capable person to step into the enrollment office. We will also begin advertising for a permanent Enrollment Director.

- Louise Spear

Faculty Chair



Childcare for Hartsbrook children is available during the conferences, this will be outside so dress your children warmly! Please sign up for childcare in the main office.


CLASS PHOTOS - Nursery through 12th, are now available on the Hartsbrook's Photo Site. Kindergarten through 12th have both a formal and a silly. Have a look! Thanks to Chip Weems for capturing all those smiles.


VOTE FOR HARTSBROOK in the FLORENCE SAVINGS BANK CUSTOMER CHOICE PROGRAM -  Last year the Hartsbrook School Scrip program received $1,000 from this program. This year the total being donated to local non-profits has been increased to $75,000 with each award based on the number of votes the organization receives. In order to vote you must have an account or loan with FSB - even a child can vote if his or her name is on an account. The  Scrip committee will also provide paper ballots at the Main Office and at Friday morning coffee. Please vote for the Hartsbrook School today! Thank you!  Louise Spear for the Scrip Committee


Thursday, November 8, 8:15am - 12:30pm

Inviting parents to take this opportunity to get a view into all the grades and participate in a school wide assembly. Visit classes in Grades 1- 12, join the High School for a mini-lesson, attend a Q & A session and enjoy an assembly showcasing student talents in grades 1-12! Come and get an inside view into our school.  Please call the Enrollment Office to let us know what class/es you would like to visit. 413 584-3198.


Emergency Notification System Announcement


The Hartsbrook School is continuing to work with AMG Alerts to provide emergency notification services for parents, faculty and staff.  This service sends, based on each user's preference, a text message, an email message or a phone call to notify you of weather-related school closings or provide other school emergency information.  Occasionally, the system will send an email to all users asking for updated account information.  It is recommended that you check your account each time the update request is sent, to be sure that your information and preferences are accurate.
When you click on the link provided in the email, you will be directed to your personal information page where you can enter home, work or mobile telephone numbers, alternative email addresses and select your preference for contact.  In most instances, the School will only send a message via your preferred contact method, although in the event of an urgent issue any or all forms of contact that you include may be used.  Be sure to check your email from last weekend for a message from AMG Alerts.  If you don't see one in your inbox, be sure to check your junk or spam folder and add AMG Alerts to your safe sender list to be sure you will receive future email messages from the School.
If you do not have an email address on file with the School, or if you did not receive your email from AMG Alerts, please send an email to operations@hartsbrook.org
 to be included in the notification program.  Please provide your first and last name and an email address, and a link will be sent to you to add additional contact information.  

AMG Alerts uses this information ONLY for alerting purposes at the request of The Hartsbrook School. Your information is not used in any other way.  You can also find a link to the AMG Alerts privacy statement on the user profile page. 
- Patrick O'Connor
Operations Manager

Saint Martin Pageant and Lantern Walk - 

Wednesday, November 7th

 The second grade will present the Saint Martin Pageant and lead a lantern walk on Wednesday, November 7th. We invite children from the nursery, kindergarten, first and third grades to attend with their families. The play will be performed in the lobby of Piening Hall at 4:15 p.m. Children may sit in the floor, while the stairs and balcony are available for adults and their little ones. Please plan to arrive early enough to settle in before the play begins.

After the performance, the audience will exit behind the singing second graders, each class gathering in their respective classrooms, or the Great Room, to light lanterns before lining up outside. It would be appreciated if parents could bring long matches or lighters to help keep the lanterns burning brightly. The second grade will then welcome the first grade, kindergarten, and third grades to join the procession, with parents and younger children behind. We will process along the paved path toward Piening Hall, into the soccer field, and back around to the play yard, where we will gather in a circle to sing together before quietly heading into the darkness. The festival should end around 5:15 p.m. We hope that you can join us!


                                                                                             Warmly, Tanya Lax

Second Grade Class Teacher


Let's Create a Community of Gingerbread Houses for the Fair.

Time to draft up your plans, order your chocolate windows and slice almond roof shingles. All families, students and parents, are invited to build a gingerbread house to be auctioned off at the Holiday Fair. Houses can be any height but footprints should not exceed 2'x2' including the base the structure is on. Please use a sturdy base. All components must be edible but are not limited to sweets. Houses go home with the highest bidders - please explain this to your children so there are no surprises.


"IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME" This is a FUNdraiser. The more people who participate the bigger the community contribution.


AND... THIS YEAR... A LITTLE DESIGN COMPETITION! Ribbons for a variety of categories. And, a special prize to the person or family who builds the house that gets the highest bid.

Here is a picture of Sam & Anja Wood's house from last year. They have big plans for this year. Dare to challenge them!


DON'T FORGET to register by sending the name of your house and the name & age(s) of the builder(s) to Sam Wood at samwood@live.com. For questions contact Sam Wood.

Holiday Fair Highlights 

Magic is in the air! The Holiday Fair is just a few weeks away. Please take a moment to sign up for a shift, plan for a baked good or make this the year you will spend the long weekend drafting your Gingerbread House!

For questions, concerns or ideas, speak to your class Rep, call a Chair or stop in: HF Committee Meetings: Fridays, at 8:45, Handwork Room or Stop at the Coffee Hour




2012 Fair Chairs, Reps and Responsibilities List 


CHECK OUT: 2011 Fair~ Hartsbrook Photo Site ~2011-12 Archive Galleries ~ Holiday Fair  



red folded paper starPaper Star Workshop
On Wednesdays, November 7 and 14 we will offer a Holiday Fair Craft Workshop to make the folded paper stars that so beautifully adorn the windows of our school during the Holiday Fair and afterwards. The workshop will be from 8:30 - 10:30 AM in the Handwork Room, which is located upstairs in Hartsbrook Hall. 7th grade parent Cindy Bright will be leading the workshop assisted by Faculty Chair Louise Spear. We will provide all supplies. This is a simple craft that anyone can learn and we welcome you all to come! 




 A Call for Entertainers


Have you always secretly longed to be a Pocket Person? Are you and your banjo ready to emerge from the basement? Is there an untapped Town Crier deep inside of you? Well, pull up your socks, uncover your talents, and jump into the Holiday Fair.
~ Musicians of all stripes to lift spirits in the café, Lobby, and fire circle;
~ Pocket Persons, with the ability to stand being mobbed by hordes of adoring children;
~ King Winters, the coolest, chillest, sparkliest guys;
~ Fire tenders,  exuders of good cheer;
~Marionette Show ticket takers - able to combine welcoming smiles and firm denial of access to late-comers;
~ Town Criers: strong, enthusiastic voice a must;
~ Brass players for the Fair Fanfare;
~ Other skilled entertainers we haven't thought of yet.
Now's your chance! Beat the crowds and call me early!   Polly Saltet for the Holiday Fair Committee, Home phone: 413 584-5256 psaltet@hartsbrook.org



Greenery Needed for Decorations




Copious amounts of greenery and branches including 8-10' tall pine saplings, 6'-8' Birch branches, loads  of evergreen boughs, ivy, berries and seed pods.  






- More than you can imagine will be needed to decorate the campus - indoor and out. And to transform Papa's House into a magical space for children.




 Supply Donations Needed


~ Fairy lights, LED candles, long lengths of pastel or white fabric, silks, hay bales, paper snowflakes for the Children's Bazaar (or Snow Fairy Cave).

For Jump Ropes - worsted weight 100% acrylic yarn (wool and cotton don't work).  


 ~ Coffee cans- large with lids- for ticket collections.

~ Beads of All kinds and sizes for earrings and necklaces 


Holiday Fair Baked Good Donations

Our hungry fair-goers look forward to all the treats and eats available to them! Whole pies, miniature bread loaves, cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, corn bread, pumpkin loaves, ANYTHING is welcome and sought after to take home for the holidays or to enjoy on site! Happy Baking! Please remember NO PEANUTS or nut oils. Contact Tara Hoffman with questions, 413-423-4509



Thank You! 


  The Holiday Fair Committee











Hartsbrook Hawks Eye View - Game Reports 

10/18/12 - JV Boys Soccer Hartsbrook 3/ Eaglebrook 4 

The Hartsbrook JV boys fell to Eaglebrook on Thursday losing 4-3.  Down 3-0 at halftime, the Hartsbrook boys put forth their best efforts scoring 3 unanswered goals in the 2nd half.  Goals were scored by Henry Moskovitz (off a corner kick) and two by Abel Toran.  Finnegan O'Connor recorded an assist.  
- Brian Delisle, JV boys coach

10/23/12 - Girls Varsity Soccer Hartsbrook 3 / Stoneleigh-Burnham 4
Hartsbrook struggled in the first half, as Stoneleigh took the lead at half 2-0. Stoneleigh continued to fight and put in two more goals in the second half. Elena put in a penalty kick in the second to start off a several quick goals by Hartsbrook. Eliana then got a pass from Elena to make it 4-2. With 3 minutes left in the game Sunhild put in a goal off a breakaway to make the score 4-3. Lucy had a strong game and had 13 saves for Hartsbrook.
- Lainie Kennedy, Varsity Girls Coach

10/24/12 JV Girls Four Rivers 3 / Hartsbrook 0
Four Rivers scored twice against Miranda Columbia, with the first a sneaky ball placed into the bottom corner of the net. Mirandamade two saves in the half to keep the score close. While Hartsbrook succeeded in breaking through, our shots were either rushed or held too long, attracting a strong challenge from Four Rivers' sweeper. Erin Hudson set up the best opportunity of the game but her shot went powerfully wide. In the second half, Miranda was relieved by Robin Bleicher, the only other goal a direct kick taken from a difficult angle along the side of the box. Sylvana Szuhay showed great awareness with her passes and overlapping runs along the sideline.
- Eric Bright, JV Girls Coach

10/26/12 JV Girls Hartsbrook 5, Greenfield Center School 3
Hartsbrook started fast, with Lila Gaffney scoring three times, including a penalty kick. Center School in its first game of the season ended the first half having figured out how to penetrate the gaps between defenders and, given the time to do so, was able to put two into the net. Alena Ayvazian began the game in goal and was followed by Robin Bleicher, who notched two saves along with the goals against. Grace Pulsifer played an aggressive style in goal during the second half, one save and one goal allowed. She ranged far and wide with quick judgment to scoop up a number of through balls. Ingrid Husemoller and Lila finished the game with two more goals.
- Eric Bright, JV Girls Coach
See the calendar for game and practice schedules.
Visit RVALonline.com to learn more about participating schools, sports, schedules, field maps for away games, and up-to-date match results for all league games

For more photos Hartsbrook Photo Site ~

Upcoming Alumni Events!

ALUMNI "June & The Bee" at IRON HORSE

Nov. 2nd at 7pm

Emma June & Elihu Ayres,"June & The Bee" are playing at the Iron Horse Music Hall,

We are opening for a marvelous blue grass group called The Gaslight Tinkers.


We are so grateful to those who came and supported us both in person and in spirit back in September. We have new tunes to share! We hope you can make it. As some of you know, we are in the early stages of getting our work off the ground so your support is greatly appreciated


Check out their Facebook Page and a sound clip.



Saturday, November 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Amherst

5pm Wine & hors d'oeuvres with Silent Auction, 6pm Performance


Sierra Gamble, 2008 graduate of Jeff Kalman's 8th grade class, will be performing broadway hits as part of a fundraising effort.  She is raising monies still needed to attend the prestigious American Music and Dramatic Academy this February in New York City. Sierra is a exuberant singer and performer and the event promises to be fun and exciting. Please attend if you can or find out more on her blog  sisisbroadwayadventure.wordpress.com/ , check out the Check out Sierra's flyer! or contact: shannonrgamble@gmail.com or 413 367-2297

NEXT WEEK - Sign Up Now!

Fiddle and Cello Workshop and Concert at Hartsbrook

Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cellist Natalie Haas
Hartsbrook is pleased to be hosting this acclaimed international touring and recording duo on Thursday, November 8th.  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. Sponsored by Stamell String Instruments.  


WORKSHOP Thursday, November 8th: 2:00 - 3:20pm 
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 - 9:00pm
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. 

Community Bulletin Board 


REAL PARENTS, REAL DAUGHTERS WORKSHOPS hosted by Jackson Street School in Northampton and open to all: 2nd/3rd grade girls four Monday evenings beginning 11/12 and led by Rachel Simmons. Kindergarten/1st Grade girls four Wednesdays, beginning 11/28, led by Beth Grams-Haxby. For more details and to register, please visit http://girlsleadershipinstitute.org and click on programs.  Space is limited.  You may also contact Julie O'Connor (Hartsbrook Parent and GLI Volunteer with questions).


FINE FIDDLES - We rent quality violins, all sizes, for reasonable rates! Fine Fiddles is in the Eastworks building in Easthampton and will deliver to Hartsbrook for your convenience. Call Alison: 413 230-8884, Karen: 413 320-9381 or Liz: 413 320-3370


TEEN YOGA CLASS -  Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton is offering a Teen Yoga Series!  These classes will offer a combination of yoga poses, meditation, creative movement, art, and music.  Series runs from November 7th - December 19th, Wednesday afternoons 4 PM - 5:15 PM (no class November 21st).  Pre-registration required - please call 413 585-9642 for more information!


ENJOY ROBUST HEALTH THIS YEAR with affordable healthcare from Asherah Allen, Lic. Ac,  Dipl. OM, L.M.T., offering Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Massage Therapy, and Custom Blended Flower Essences.  Asherah offers family practice medicine and traditional and non-invasive acupuncture: laser and touch needle technique for kids and adults.  www.awakenedhearthealingarts.com or 413-584-8484 294 Russell St., Hadley


The ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE -  Sustaining Poise in a Stressful World. Back pain, neck pain, stress, tension? Please join me for this hands-on lecture-demonstration. Overcome obstacles that prevent you from fully engaging in your activities. Ruth Rootberg, alumna parent gives two free workshops Wednesday. October 24, noon - 1:30 and Thursday, November 8 at 7pm. Jones Library, Amherst. Information: RRootberg@comcast.net or 413 687-7566


FULL SIZE CELLO for SALE - I bought a practice cello a year ago and used it only one month.  We fixed a few things for better sounds.  It was $540, now $150 or BO.  Please contact at Chieko at cyamazaki2242@gmail.com


Pioneer Valley HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S GINGERBREAD BUILD! Dec.8, 2012 at the Eastworks in Easthampton. Build a gingerbread house, individually or with a team. At 2:00 the building begins, at 4:00 the public is invited to bid and take them home. Call 413-586-5430 or 978-877-1818 to register, get sponsorship information, or ask questions. All proceeds go to the building of homes for working low-income families in the Valley! We look forward to Building homes, hope, & community with you!




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.

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