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Weekly Bulletin

November 14, 2012


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


Half Day - HF Prep!

Fri. Nov. 16


Holiday Fair

Sat. Nov. 17

10am - 3pm


Wed. Nov. 21



Thurs. Nov. 22nd and Fri. Nov. 23rd


Parent Evenings


1st  Grade

Wednesday, 11/14



2nd Grade

Wednesday, 11/14



8th Grade

Wednesday, 11/28






Basketball- Register Now!
First Practice:
Monday, 11/26



The Executive Circle


The Executive Circle is composed of Faculty Chair Louise Spear, Operations Manager Pat O'Connor, Faculty Conference Chair Polly Saltet and the three department heads - Magdalena Toran for Early Childhood, Catherine Hopkins for the Grade School and Virginia McWilliam for the High School. This group meets weekly, on Tuesday afternoons, and serves as a hub for school coordination and as an advisory group to the Faculty chair.


The group considers both operational and Faculty Conference topics. Operational topics this year have included after school building use, parking capacity at dismissal (See article from high school geometry class for some suggestions), and the use of the school's buses.  Some of the Conference topics we have looked at this year include staffing plans, succession planning, enrollment and clarifying mandates for various committees.


For a look at this group's mandate see the Community Handbook on our Parent Information page.


Louise Spear

- Faculty Chair

Parking Solutions - a High School View

The High School Geometry class recently put down its protractors and compasses, borrowed a 100 foot measuring tape from Miles Herter, and investigated the parking crunch on campus.


Problem:  Parents have trouble finding safe spaces to park at pickup time.

Discovery: An average of 9 spaces are wasted each day by gaps between cars.

Solution: Park closer together and free up spots!


What you can do:
~Carpool, use public transit, and bike when possible
~Never park on the driveway, this blocks emergency access.  Please respect posted signs!


 If your car will be here during pickup time (3-3:30pm)

~Faculty, staff, and students please park in the lot by the soccer fields.  Please fill in from the back and park immediately next to the previously parked cars.  If cars were parked with a narrow 8 foot spacing, we believe we could fit 54 cars in this lot.  We measured an average mid-day usage of about 43 cars.  Look for spots beyond the basketball courts, and it's also fine to parallel park along the exit driveway from this lot, as long as cars can still get through.


~Families please park in the lot next to Hartsbrook Hall.  Fill in from spots closest to the building outwards, parking immediately next to previously parked cars.  Avoid gaps like the one in the picture! Check the lot by the soccer fields for spots that have opened up during the day - you are allowed to park there, too!


Thanks for your help to alleviate the parking pressure,
The Hartsbrook High School Geometry Class



Please wash and return soccer jerseys by this Friday.  Bring them to the main office.



- 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 and help Hartsbrook receive the greatest grant possible. Vote online or pick up a ballot in the office or at the Friday Scrip table.


Web Site Improvements &

Hartsbrook's new Facebook Page! 

  On the Hartsbrook Home Page:

 ~Big news and announcements such as weather closings

On the News and Events Page:

~Quick links to Event details

~Announcements and News

~Grades at a Glance - look for class specific news-  parent meetings +trips.
~Upcoming events

~A place to return for big news stories


On our Hartsbrook School Facebook Page:

~Alumni news

~Local events and stories of interest

~Event photos

This update of our website seeks to solve the immediate need to quickly find out "what's happening" at Hartsbrook. It is part of a longer term project to assess web technologies and improve communications.

If you find yourself looking in your email for old Bulletins to find out "what was that date again?!", try the website instead. There will be hiccups along the way as we try a new approach so let us know what information you didn't find or any problems you run into.


Thank you!

- The Administration

Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Seventh Grade is hosting a FOOD DRIVE for our local survival centers. Bring food Monday, November 19, Tuesday, November 20, and Wednesday, November 21, during the Thanksgiving week.

The food pantries are in need of the following non-perishable foods: 

pasta, rice, canned or dried beans, canned soups, nut butters, other boxed or canned proteins.


Food can be dropped off in the Hartsbrook Hall Lobby and the High School Lobby in Piening Hall. Last year, the Hartsbrook community donated 270 lbs. of food - we hope to make this year's even more! Help us reach our goals! Thank you.


Hero Hendrick-Baker for the Seventh Grade

 Basketball Season - Registration Due Friday 11/16

Registration invites were sent by email and are due this Friday! 

Contact Megan Owens, Athletics Director, if not received.


Practices will begin immediately after Thanksgiving vacation. I am happy to announce that we will have a boys' team and a girls' team this year, rather than a coed team. Basketball is open to all students in 8th-12th grades.


 P.S. SOCCER TEAMS - Please wash and return soccer jerseys by this Friday.  Bring them to the main office!


See the calendar for game and practice schedules.

Visit 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 sports photos Hartsbrook Photo Site ~

High School Arts and Performance Showcase

Monday, November 19, 2012, 1:45pm - 3:05pm, Piening Hall Assembly Room


You are invited to take this opportunity to experience high school students sharing their process and products out of woodworking, painting, and stone carving classes, followed by performances of the A Cappella group, the String Ensemble, and the Jazz band.

The showcase will be attended by grades 6-12. Hartsbrook parents are warmly welcome to attend and enjoy. A gallery of the Arts works will be created in the Piening Hall lobby on Monday morning, and can be visited any time after Main Lesson and before the showcase.


Cherrie Latuner

- High School English, Literature and French

Extended Day Changes

Extended Day Director Nina Gordon will be leaving the program at Thanksgiving. We are very fortunate that assistant Olivia Judd is willing to step into the Director position and is very qualified to do so. We wish Nina all the best as she goes on sabbatical with her husband and awaits the birth of their first child this April.


Assistant Brione Smith left the program at Halloween and Spencer Friedman has taken her place. We also expect kindergarten assistant Kelly Maurer to join the program at Thanksgiving to replace Olivia as an assistant.


Louise Spear

- Faculty Chair

Prevention Specialists Presentation

November 28th, 6:30pm-8pm

As part of our commitment to the social and emotional health of our students, we have invited a group called FCD to work with students in grades 7 - 12 on substance abuse education and prevention. The FCD Prevention Specialists present the most up-to-date information available on the physiological and psychological effects of various drugs and provide a forum for discussing the issues relating to the choices people make. They do not tell students what to do but recognize that each student must make his or her own choice about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
FCD is unique in that the Prevention Specialists have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. Most began their own drinking and drug use in middle and high school and have experienced the pressures and issues involved in alcohol and drug use.
They will work with each grade separately. FCD is an international group which has worked with many schools and colleges, including the Great Barrington and Hawthorne Valley Waldorf Schools.

All parents and other community members are invited to a parent presentation  by FCD Educational Services on Wednesday, November 28th from 6:30 - 7:30 in the Piening Hall Assembly Room with refreshments to follow from 7:30 - 8:00. The parent evening in the high school will start at 8:00 to allow attendance at the presentation. FCD believes in educating the whole community, not just students, and provides sessions for parents and teachers as well as the work with the students.

Louise Spear and Virginia McWilliam

Naturally Raised Pork For Sale

Now is the time to order fresh or smoked pork cuts from our own pigs. This exceptional meat is only available once a year and now is the time. Our two pigs have been cared for by the 6th grade as they have taken on their daily work with the cows, feeding them grain and food scraps from our Homestead kitchen and campus, as well as over-mature vegetables from the school garden; this varied diet produces meat of exceptional quality and flavor. Please let me know if you would like to receive details of cuts and prices. Supplies are limited and as all cuts will be sold on a first come, first serve basis (and we usually sell out) please call ext.119 or email me at


Nicki Robb
-Director, The Land Stewardship Program

Upcoming Alumni Even  

- Sierra Gamble Sings 


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:, Check out Sierra's flyer! or contact: or 413-367-229

Alumna Concert 


On Tuesday, November 20th, 2012, alumna Kiara Ana Perico will again offer Hartsbrook students a gift in the form of 2 concerts - a shorter one at 1:25 for students in grades 1 - 5 and a longer one at 2:15 for students in grades 6 - 12. Kiara is a highly accomplished violist and she will be playing Bach solo suite 1 in G Major BWV 1007.  There will be room for parents in both concerts as the students will not fill all the seats.
Kiara graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance  in 2011 and since then has been playing indie rock music with the Trans Siberian Orchestra, singer/songwriter Laura Warshauer and others. This fall she is on tour with Air Traffic Controller and Bleu. She will bring a little taste of this more contemporary music to the concert for the older students.
Thank you, Kiara! 

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 and click on programs.  Space is limited.  You may also contact Julie O'Connor (Hartsbrook Parent and GLI Volunteer with questions).


RAKING JOB AVAILABLE - If any eight graders or high school students would like to earn money for their major class trip (or for themselves), I need help raking leaves at my house in Sunderland. -Arn Krugman 413-446-9727


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!


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!

STAY HEALTHY and CALM DURING THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOGA! Enjoy small yoga classes in Karen Sheingold's lovely studio in the woods in Amherst. First class free. New students: 30 days unlimited classes for $50. Private sessions available. For details, For first-hand information, talk with Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields or Jean Zimmer. Contact: or 413-253-0313.


FELTED HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP - Felt is the best ornament-making material because it's soft, natural and easy. We will make at least 5 different ornaments. Dates: Monday, 11/26, 9:30am - 2:30pm; Wednesday, 11/28, 9:30am - 2:30pm, Thursday, 11/29, 9:30am - 2:30 pm and Saturday, 12/1, 9:00am -2:00pm. For more information or to register, contact Eva Camacho at 202-270-0657 or Please indicate your preferred day. 


WOOL SWEATER request from Elisabeth Radysh. Many of the toys that I create are made from (mostly) wool sweaters. I would be most grateful and happy to recycle - transform - your gently worn, maybe shrunk or outgrown sweater into a new form of existence! Drop off possibilities: at the Holiday Fair at my booth (Nov 17) or after that with Lara Radysh at the office at Hartsbrook.


LAKE WILLOUGHBY RENTAL and LAKEFRONT LOT for sale in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 canoe and no TV. It sleeps 8 comfortably. Clear water surrounded by lushly wooded hillsides creates an expansive and magical setting making it an ideal location for family vacations. See Rental images or contact


Learn about Co-op Power  with Tim Holcomb 877-266-7542 Our mission is to promote a just and sustainable energy future by building community owned energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses. Get tips and advice on saving energy and money in your home. 1) No-cost Mass Save home energy assessments and 75% discounts (up to $2000) on weatherization and insulation of your home. 2) 40-50% savings on Solar Hot Water 3) Opportunities to participate in Community Owned Solar and Community Owned Biodiesel businesses.




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