Weekly Bulletin

December 12, 2012

  The Hartsbrook School
193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Handel's Messiah
12/16 3-5pm

Hartsbrook students with Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra



Solstice Celebration
Thursday, 12/20 7pm-8:30pm
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton, MA



Calling Art and Writing Submissions
Grades 7-12
Writing Entry by: 12/14
Art Entry by: 1/4/13

Winter Break
Half Day & Assembly 12/21
Break 12/24/12 - 1/4/13


Parent Evenings


4th Grade

Fri. 12/14 1-3pm







Boys home vs. Swift River 12/13
Girls home vs. Charlemont


Please Join the Solstice Celebration 

Gather to share the light of candles, the spirit of song and the soul of fellowship. Be one of the many parents, alumni and friends who return to this ever-growing event first inspired ten years ago by High School founder Roberto Trostli.


So that you may join in full voice, we have included the community songs right here. Print and practice and see you there!


Lord of the Dance,Green Grow the Holly, Deck the Halls

Dona Nobis Pacem (for alumni), How a Rose (for alumni)


Alumni - A special invite to you!

Please come to an Alumni rehearsal at 4:00pm, 12/20

at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton



Solstice Celebration flyer




PVTA REDUCED SCHEDULE from 12/22/12 - 1/21/13
Due to the college winter session schedules there will not be a bus to Northampton at Hartsbrook dismissal time. During Winter Break and after break there will be no dismissal to the bus in grades 1 - 8 until January 22nd. Please plan accordingly.



Hartsbrook teachers are preparing to submit student work from grades 7 to 12 for the annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Award.  

Writing Entry Deadline: 12/14/12
Art Entry Deadline: 1/4/13

Interested students let your teacher know.  Grades 7 and 8: Catherine Hopkins,  Jan Baudendistel. High School: Cherrie Latuner.


RETAINER FOUND on the soccer field. Contact Vesna for details.


In Stock cards are available in the office. Use them to purchase your holiday gifts or give them as gift cards and Hartsbrook will receive a percentage of the sales.

This Weekend - Students Perform Handel's Messiah

Come see Hartsbrook Middle and High School students performing Handel's Messiah with the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. This orchestra (ages 12-18) is amazingly talented and performs as a professional orchestra. It should be quite an event!


Symphony Youth Orchestra

Handel's Messiah for City Music Springfield

3:00 - 5:00 pm, Sunday, December 16th

South Congregational Church  
45 Maple Street
Springfield, MA 01105


Burrito Orders - Due Next Week

Dear Parents,  


The senior class would like to thank everyone who ordered burritos during the fall. We are happy to announce that we will be serving burritos again in the winter and spring of 2013. Please see the attached order form for all the details, and if you have any questions and/or concerns please direct them to Mr. Heineman


For burrito lovers, it's time to order again!


Burrito delivery days: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11


Small burritos $5 each for 13 weeks = $65
Large burritos $6 each for 13 weeks = $78


Chicken, vegetarian and vegan options are available

Note: There is no credit for missed meals due to absence


Click here for Burrito Order Form


Order and payment due in the main office, no later than December 19th.


Thank you for your support, Class of 2013

Hawk's Eye View - Basketball Season Opening Game

12/11/12 Co-Ed Varsity Basketball: Hartsbrook 56 / Great Barrington 50 


The Hartsbrook basketball team started its season off with a Co-Ed game vs. Great Barrington. The team fought hard and won a back-and-forth, heated affair. Hartsbrook showed great composure, rallying from a 13-point halftime deficit to pull away in the final minute. Jacob led the team with 22 points and was a force on the glass. Killian and Gabe both sparked the transition game with great defensive pressure on the perimeter, leading to some easy buckets on the other end. The first boys' game is Thursday at home vs. Swift River, while the girls get their season underway next Tuesday vs. the Academy at Charlemont.


Tim Kane, Coach

Viennese Ball

Don't miss this exciting event on January 19, 2013!

Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for adults, $50 maximum per family. Make reservations by calling the main office - 586-1908.


Waltz lesson for all take place from 6:00 - 7:00pm. 

The Ball begins at 7:00pm with an opening piece by the 8th grade. Refreshments served at 8:00pm.


The Viennese Ball is an elegant evening of dancing, conversation and dessert. Students in grades 7 - 12 and adults are warmly invited to attend.  Please extend the invitation to any Hartsbrook alumni you may know.


We look forward to sharing this lovely event with you!  


- The Students and Parents of the 8th Grade

CPR and First Aid Class Feb 2nd

This CPR & First aid class is designed for anyone caring for children - parents and teachers alike. It will include basic life-saving techniques for critical situations as well as first aid treatments for common illnesses and injuries. Conventional treatment protocols as well as natural modalities including homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations will be discussed. This class is taught by Nicole Thurrell, Recreation Therapist and Wilderness EMT. Nicole served for many years as Health Director for a wilderness therapy program she co-founded while also working on an ambulance in Lake Placid, NY.


Heartsaver CPR
The Heartsaver CPR course teaches participants how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies in infants, children, and adults. This includes emergencies caused by respiratory issues such as choking and drowning as well as from cardiac issues such as electrocution, cardiac arrest, and stroke.


First Aid
This First Aid course is designed to teach participants to prevent, recognize, and treat the following illnesses and injuries: soft tissue injuries such as cuts, abrasions, and impaled objects, shock, head trauma, sprains, fractures, burns, severe allergic reactions, poisoning, bites and stings, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, frostbite, and infections. This course will be a classroom format combined with an experiential/practical component. In addition to the conventional protocols for treating the aforementioned issues, an emphasis will be placed on alternative modalities for treatment including homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations. Participants will be guided in assembling their own first aid kits to include homeopathic and herbal preparations.

Join Us - Saturday, February 2nd, 2013


CPR Only

9:00am - 11:00am

Fee: $35.00


CPR & First Aid

9:00am - 2:30pm

Fee: $75.00


Registration Deadline: January 11, 2013


Click Here for Registration Form


Please contact instructor, Nicole Thurrell with any questions (413) 775-3320

Gingerbread on Display!


Thank you to Northampton Area Pediatrics for displaying the enormous "3 Little Pigs" gingerbread village created by the 1st and 8th graders for the Holiday Fair. The office staff was TREMENDOUSLY excited to put it in their waiting room, where it will be seen and enjoyed by hundreds of children over the next month. They has put a sign on the village that says "Created by the 1st and 8th grade classes at the Hartsbrook School." Stop by and have a look!


This gingerbread house was purchased by our own Lackman Lynch family and donated by them to Northampton Area Pediatrics, as they did last year with the "Jack and the Beanstalk" gingerbread house.


Thank you to Alexandra Lynch and Jon Lackman for purchasing and sharing our sweet creations!


Sowing the Seeds of Stewardship

Goal: $85,000


If you haven't received your personal appeal in your mailbox yet, you will soon!


Your kind and generous contributions are lovely examples of stewardship-in-action: the careful and responsible management of something (our school for our children) entrusted to one's care.


We can reach our goal! We need you. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to our school, which can be pledged now, and paid any time before August 31, 2013.


100% Participation Goal

In addition to casting a vote of confidence for our school, 100% participation from all of the current families, board and salaried faculty/staff is a way for each of us to make a gift to each other, to know that we thrive together as a community!


There is still time left to make your year-end donations.The Development Office will be accepting donations during Winter Break.


Donate Online


Where does your contribution go?

  • It supports our academic, artistic, athletic and practical arts programs, as well as all education outside the classroom, including field studies.
  • It allows for the heart of Hartsbrook to keep beating strongly by supporting our teachers' salaries and benefits.
  • It helps bridge the gap for over half our families who could not otherwise enroll their children without tuition assistance.

In sowing the seeds of stewardship, your participation is the seed! It takes everyone - please give whatever you can to help us reach our 100% Participation Goal - every dollar goes a long way toward helping us sustain our roots at Hartsbrook.


With heartfelt appreciation for your support!

- Karen Bates


"What you appreciate . . . appreciates." - Lynn Twist, global activist, author.



Friday Community Mornings - Coffee and Tea with Great Company!


Please join us under the canopy on Friday mornings, 8ish-10ish.We'll have Dean's Beans coffee, tea, and hot cocoa! All parents, staff and friends are welcome.


Karen Bates, Director of Development




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 nrobb@hartsbrook.org.

Nicki Robb
- Director, The Land Stewardship Program

Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendars



THANK YOU! Ten Stella Natura calendars sold almost instantly! That means $90.00 for the School and ten happy gardeners! If you missed the chance, you can visit www.stellanatura.com and place an order directly with these marvelous people. All has been delivered and checks for $14.95 can be made out to Beth Volkmann and put in the Holiday Fair mailbox. And if you still have an unpaid Advent Calendar, please email me! volkmann@comcast.net

Thank you!  



~ Beth Volkmann for all the rosy-cheeked and jolly elves, gnomes and fairies at your School.

Local Holiday Performances


A CHRISTMAS CAROL-- 2 FREE Performances!


Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 pm, the Jones Library, Amherst  
Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 pm, Congregational Church, Florence


In this amazing solo performance, David Anderson of Walking the Dog Theater plays all of the characters in Charles Dickens' beloved classic! 


Raphael's Madonna Images with Lyre Interpretation

Saturday, Dec. 29 at 6:00 pm, The Nacul Center, Amherst, $15

A meditative evening with music therapist Channa Seidenberg.


The Incarnation of the Logos: An Epic Tale of Christ's Coming to Earth, with Glen Williamson

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm, The Nacul Center, Amherst, $20 / $15 students & seniors

The story of Jesus' birth, childhood and youth as you've never heard it before. The Incarnation of the Logos harmonizes the conflicting nativity accounts of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and weaves the threads of many traditions into an intimate but also cosmic drama.


The Pioneer Valley Muse Group, pvmusegroup@gmail.com, (413) 549-0997. More info is also on our website: www.pvmusegroup.org.

Community Bulletin Board 

GROUP EXHIBIT AND OPEN STUDIOS in Leverett at the Crafts and Arts building. Great holiday gift items can be found... pottery, glasswork and fine arts.  Hartsbrook parent Lori Lynn Hoffer will be participating. Saturdays: December 8/15/22 from 11am to 4pm MORE INFO


GIFT OF HEALTH FOR 2013! ReNEW Vitality: Nutrition for Energy and Wellbeing - Rosamond (Reed) Wulsin, Health & Nutrition Counselor. Reach your health goals with practical guidance and support. Address concerns about feeding the family, improving energy, reducing stress, managing food sensitivities, preventing chronic illness, and more. For information, and free holiday health consultation, email rosamond.wulsin@renewvitality.com, or visit www.renewvitality.com .


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 jzp@greendiamondsystems.com.


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 r.ki.eelah@gmail.com.


HILLSIDE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Come and cut-your-own Fraser Fir, Balsam or White Pine (native species) Christmas tree in the beautiful hilltown of Chesterfield at Hillside Christmas Tree Farm owned by Hartsbrook Faculty Chair Louise Spear and her husband. We also carry pre-cut trees and wreaths which we sell in Chesterfield and at Atkins farms. We are located 5 miles from Williamsburg on Rte. 143 at 286 Main Rd. Open on week-ends.


BUCHE DE NOEL MADE TO ORDER - It is holiday time. French Buche de Noel  made to order, small 25$ serves six and large $45 serves 12.  Made by pastry chef Didier Voisin Call 256-0177 Gail Voisin


CAR WANTED for local use by teen driver. Must be safe but need not be pretty. Can pay $2000-$3000.  Please call Jessica at 413-687-1811


IMPROVE YOUR DIET AND SAVE TIME - Green Garlic Natural Cooking - Julie Garren, Personal Chef and Educator.  Bring whole nourishing foods back to the table with personal chef services, classes, menu planning, and grocery store tours.  Expertise includes major food allergies, Weston A. Price, Paleo, and creative vegetables. Visit www.green-garlic.com for more information including all upcoming classes.  email: julie@green-garlic.com


FREE PARENT WORKSHOP- Talking About Sex - a workshop on age appropriate topics for parents of young children. Sponsored by Northampton Parents Center and Northampton Public Schools. Presented by Jane Fleishman a Healthy Sexuality Educator. Monday, December 10 6:30-8pm Bridge St. School. Preregistration not required (unless families need child care) Barbara Black bblack@northampton-k12.us


TWEEN MINDFULNESS AND YOGA help to calm the mind, regulate the breath, strengthen the body, manage stress and anxiety, make wise decisions, and overcome interpersonal conflicts. In this two hour workshop, tweens will practice mindfulness skills they can use on their own at home and share with others.  Ages 9-12. Friday December 28th, girls 10am-Noon, boys 1-3pm , $40 MORE INFO

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