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Weekly Bulletin

November 21, 2012

  The Hartsbrook School
193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Wed. 11/21


Thurs. 11/22 + Fri. 11/23  

Substance Abuse Prevention Presentation

Parents of 6th-12th

Wed. 11/28

6:30 - 7:30pm


Thurs. 12/6


Parent Evenings


8th Grade

Wednesday, 11/28


High School

Wednesday, 11/18

6:30 - 8:30p





Deadline: Nov. 30th
First Practice:
Monday, 11/26





As we look ahead to Thanksgiving gratitude comes to mind. This is very appropriate as we reflect on last Saturday's glorious Holiday Fair. Thank you to parents, students, families and friends for your work to help make the Holiday Fair a joyous community event. It is a gift to the children, the families of our school, and to the larger community when we are able to share our bounty with others on a day like this.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

31st Annual Holiday Fair -

A Resounding Success!


red folded paper starThe Holiday Fair grossed over $22,500 dollars and exposed over 2,500 people to the Hartsbrook School and Waldorf Education, many for the first time. In addition to the funds raised, we cannot put a value on the goodwill created in our community, nor can we calculate the future benefits that may come.  Events such as the Holiday Fair bring future enrollment which expands our parent and student community and, perhaps most importantly, brings to the larger community all the gifts that our students will share with the world.


It is difficult to thank everyone for the value of their efforts when the results are truly immeasurable.  



Holiday Fair Reflections from Your Fair Chair  

The 31st Annual Holiday Fair was a resounding success.  Your good wishes for splendid weather were clearly heard!  But more importantly, every bit of effort you put into making this Fair incredibly successful was felt, needed, appreciated and received with thanks. 


If I may quote Beth Volkmann (alumni parent and Vendor Chair), "To all known and anonymous benefactors large and small - thank you for every donated moment of time and goods that contributed to making the fair a huge success - you know who you are!"


Producing the Holiday Fair as a community is a TALL order!


Not only is it about our collective efforts... the pots of chili and baked goods, the woolly gnomes, the costumes, the extraordinary fire, birch logs cut and drilled, pockets sewn, chairs and desks moved, greenery hung, masses of multi-colored geometric stars, 400 grilled cheese sandwiches made, pickles cut, 100s of balls of yarn balled, carpets rolled, tables moved and moved again, gingerbread constructed, activities watched over, cars directed, buses driven, puppets coming to life and clean-up completed!  Phew!


 It is also about the rewards... To see our children's faces light up, watch them laugh and joke with their friends and see our children playing music and singing to our ear's delight. To be moved by the intense dedication of our older children and high schooler's helping in every capacity that they were asked. To watch guests enjoy the food and children delight in all the surprises we created.  And to finally, at the end of the day, take a moment to enjoy being surrounded by our beloved children and our community of parents, friends, faculty and staff  relaxing with a song by the fire.


This is the magic of the Holiday Fair.  This is why we work to put it together - why we count on each other to bring it about and why every person's gift is needed and appreciated.


We are one big bountiful family! We can do anything! 

Blessings on a happy thanksgiving.


Your partner, Karen Bates

Development Director and 2012 Holiday Fair Chair

To the Holiday Fair Chairs ... 

Thank you:

Tara Hoffman, Food and Beverage Chair - For your hundreds of hours putting the numbers to the test and making so many improvements. It is because of you, Tara, and all the cooking and baking efforts of our parents, our Food Service brought in a 38% increase from last year's food gross!


Penny Herter, Crafts and Activities Chair - For your calm and wise voice coming from years of Fair volunteering experience, guiding us in the right direction.


Marie Lauderdale, Children's Bazaar Chair - For inspiring so many to make beautiful creations for our children, for creating the magic Snow Fairy Cave and for always having a creative approach to any challenge.


Beth Volkmann,  Vendor Chair - For once again quietly and efficiently organizing all those extraordinary vendors.


Polly Saltet, Entertainment Chair - For steadily finding pocket ladies, criers and entertainers and for hand sewing so many new costumes.


Leslie Ritchie-Dunham, Parking Chair - For your exuberance and fun. Your presence transferred to your team who made everyone's first impression of the Holiday Fair a pleasant surprise and their leaving a cinch! 


And to staff who put in many extra hours for all that is needed:

Lori Lynn-Hoffer - Graphics

Tracy McQuade - Support and Coordination

Leslie Evans - Publicity

Pat O'Connor - Facilities

Diane Chilson - Finance Coordination (lots of counting!!)

And to the Holiday Fair Class Reps...

Thank you for putting in countless hours.

Your creativity and stamina are awesome and inspiring!




Thank You Nursery families for 300 Gnomes, 200 acorns, 150 mushrooms, 30 bees, 200 painted acorn caps, 500 hand-stamped bags... all handmade for the new Treasures in a Haystack activity...



 Holiday Fair - What a Glorious Day!






For more photos Hartsbrook Photo Site ~


Berkshire East Ski and Snowboard Club 2013
Registration Due Friday 11/30

We are pleased to invite all Hartsbrook families to participate in our annual ski and snowboard club at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.  Discounted lift tickets, rentals and lessons are available to all members of Hartsbrook families during six consecutive Fridays from January 11th through February 15th, 2013.  Transportation will be arranged for children in grades 6-12 for an additional fee of $25 


Follow the link below for our new online registration form.  Complete registrations and payment must be received by Friday, November 30th.  Make checks payable to The Hartsbrook School with "ski club" in the memo.   There will be no late registrations accepted.



If you have any questions email Megan Owens

- Megan Owens


Please be sure to look both ways, in front and in back of your car as you enter and leave the parking lot and driveways. Students and parents of all ages and sizes will be walking. I have heard from a parent about a near miss Friday. Thank you, Louise Spear



This year's edition of the Community Handbook is now available on the school's website. The Hartsbrook School's anti-bullying policy is included in the Handbook.



First photos now available on the Hartsbrook's Photo Site. More will be posted through the weekend.



Motorola Verizon smart phone with small keyboard, black. Pick up in the High School Office


ONE WEEK ONLY! Mon. 11/26 - Fri. 11/30

By popular demand and unceasing requests by former customers of the Seven Sisters Store! These calendars are unique, hard-to-find and speak directly to our Waldorf Community - and they are absolutely beautiful! 


WHEN? Monday, 11/26 - Friday 11/30.

2:30-3:30p Monday - Thursday, 12:00-1:30p Friday.


WHERE? Outside Hartsbrook Hall  


We have a longtime connection to the distributor of these calendars, the company has agreed to a bulk order to resell to our community as a FUNDRAISER for the School. 

 All proceeds (after cost) will return to the Hartsbrook School! Calendars run between $16.00-$26.00. Cash or check only. Limited Supply.

Beth Volkmann ~

Holiday Shopping with Scrip Gift Cards

As a non-profit organization, the Hartsbrook School is able to purchase gift cards at a discount from various retailers and sell them back to the community at full value. With every purchase of a gift card, the purchaser is helping the school with no additional cost to the purchaser.  Holiday Scrip Order Form

With snow in the near future and the Holidays around the corner, whatever your budget or need,
we have Scrip for that!

Snow shovels and de-icer? They sell them at Home Depot, of course, and
we have Scrip for that!

Jeans for your growing-like-a-weed teen? Old Navy or Gap and
we have Scrip for that!

The latest vampire story for your bookish boy? Barnes and Noble,
we have Scrip for that!


If it's simply cloves and oranges, potatoes for your latkes, or a gift basket for your neighbor, you'll likely find what you need at Big Y, Whole Foods, River Valley Market, or Stop and Shop, and guess what? We have Scrip for that!


Don't forget that you can give Scrip cards directly as Holiday gifts. Excellent choices include Esselon, Cinemark, LL Bean, and Bertucci's. If you have teenage nieces and nephews on your list, I'll bet they would love iTunes or for Christmas, and yes, we have Scrip for that!

As we have done in previous years, we are offering special scrip orders before the holidays. Use our Holiday Scrip Order Form to place you order, and turn it in to the Main Office by 3:30pm (dismissal time) on Monday, December 3 and your scrip will be ready to pick up on Wednesday, December 12.


If you visit you will have even more choices. Pick and choose and we will order it for you so you can have it right in time for Holidays!


If you have any questions as to how this program works, please get in touch with Vesna in the Main Office or Heidi Moskovitz.

Thank you,

Karen Bates for Scrip Committee


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 6th - 12th 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 - 7:30pm 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

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


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.


LOVABLE CAT NEEDS A HOME -Our cat, Tiger Lily, is getting lonely with her family being gone so much. She is very snuggly and loves to spend much of the day outdoors. She is gentle and playful with children and now that our children are grown, Tiger Lily would love more youthful company. Please call Caryn 845-558-7390 or stop by the High School Office if you can give her a good, new home.


CHRISTMAS TREES -many varieties, cut-your-own and precut. Pages' Tree Farm/Green Diamond Systems, 125 Blue Meadow Rd., Belchertown (off Ware Rd., Rt. 9, opposite DPW yard), follow signs.  Handmade wreaths.  Hartsbrook grandparents--1989. Mass. "Tree Farmer of the Year".  Hours:  Sat. 8:30-4-30 and Sun. noon-4:30 starting Nov. 24 or by appointment:  413-323-4401, 413- 218-2932, or


PARENTING FOR PEACE group study and practice with child educator Gina Simm at Pioneer Valley Cohousing Common House in N. Amherst. FLYER LINK. Gina will share the works of Inbal Kashtan, Parenting From Your Heart. Her parenting approach is based on the principles of compassion, connection and partnership. Contact Karen Bates for more information. 413-230-0215 or

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