Weekly Bulletin

December 19, 2012

  The Hartsbrook School
193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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



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


Early Childhood Marionette Show "Mother Holle," a Grimm's Fairy Tale
Saturday, 1/12/13, 11am & 1pm
Eric Carle Museum


Viennese Ball
Saturday, 1/19/13 7pm- 10:30pm

Northampton Center for the Arts


Reflections on Last Week's Events

As our families and communities try to heal from last week's tragic events, several questions seem common to all, no matter our personal religious or spiritual beliefs. These include "How to make sense of this event?" and "How can we keep our children secure in our modern world?"

In third grade, our students study the story of Cain and Abel in which Cain, in a fit of apparently jealous rage, kills his own brother Abel. When called to account for his deed by God, Cain answers with the phrase, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Surely our hearts resound with the certainty that the answer to this question is "Yes!"  When one person suffers, we all suffer. We hope that our children, with their dawning recognition of the world's imperfections and sorrow, will also feel that the answer is yes. Indeed, all that we do as Waldorf educators is designed to help students develop their own moral compasses so that they are keepers of the earth and of each other.
Candle illustrationSeveral weeks ago, I wrote about all of the seasonal celebrations we observe at Hartsbrook in December. Most families will experience their own celebrations in the next few weeks, whether rooted in family or religious tradition or both, and these annual rhythms are a great source of nourishment to our children and ourselves in making the world knowable and connected. On an even deeper level, all of the traditions mark the polarity of inner warmth and light being born in the midst of winter's darkness and cold, and this experience of nature's cycles is one of the deepest sources of security for all of us. Despite whatever disturbances modern society creates in the natural world, the cycle of day and night, winter, spring, summer and fall, creates in all of us a deep sense of knowing the world.

With best wishes for a holiday season of light and warmth,
Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Bring Light to the Dark 

Gather to share the light of candles, the spirit of song and the soul of fellowship. We will start the evening with a moment of silence to offer our thoughts to those who are suffering.

Be one of the many parents, alumni and friends who return to this special event 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), Lo, How a Rose (for alumni)



 Alumni - A special invite for you! Alumni rehearsal 4:00pm, 12/20

 Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton 




Solstice Celebration flyer



Welcome Olorin!

Dear Hartsbrook Community, 
It is with great joy that we announce the birth of our son, Olorin Rene Major Jameson (Oli for short). Olorin was born on Thursday, December 13th, at 2:09 in the afternoon. He weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. Mother, baby and father are doing great! 

With love, 

Alexis and Neal Major Jameson

Get Your Holiday Scrip!

Scrip will be available under the canopy, on Friday, during dismissal. Or stop in the office anytime.
Bring your checkbook and stock up on last minute gifts!
Attention shoppers: Whole Foods has increased its donation from 3% to 4%! Thank you, Whole Foods!

Winter Holiday Office Hours

During the upcoming winter break, our hardworking administrative staff will also be taking some time off. All offices will be closed on December 24th and 25th and December 30th and January 1st.

The Main Office, Enrollment and Development Offices will be open Wednesday - Friday of each week from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Call or email first to check for the Operations, Business Office, Faculty Chair and the High School Offices.

School Announcements

Employment Opportunity

Enrollment Office Assistant, starting in January. See Job Description for details.


Order Burritos by Friday

Winter/Spring Burrito Hot Lunch - Submit Burrito Order Form to Main Office by Friday 12/19


PVTA Reduced Schedule from 12/22/12 - 1/21/13
During and after Winter Break and there will be no dismissal to the bus in grades 1 - 8 until January 22nd. Please plan accordingly.


Last Call - Art Submissions - Grades 7-12

Annual Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Award Art Entry Deadline: 1/4/13 

Contact: Grades 7 and 8: Catherine HopkinsJan Baudendistel; High School: Cherrie Latuner.

Enrollment Director Hired


We  are pleased to announce that Leslie Evans has been hired as Enrollment Director. Leslie joined us last summer as Enrollment Office Assistant. Leslie has a Bachelor's Degree in French and Comparative Continental Literature as well as a background in international education and student enrollment. She has worked extensively in admissions, student recruitment, training, program development and coordination. She was the Program Director for two study abroad organizations specializing in sending students and faculty to Scandinavia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

At Hartsbrook, Leslie has played a variety of roles from Grades 1 and 2 Assistant to class parent to Robin's Nest Nursery Assistant. Her strong relationships throughout the community will be an asset to her new role. 

We are very happy to have Leslie's enthusiasm and her administrative and organizational strength leading our enrollment office and to have her enthusiasm and warmth as the first presence many parents encounter at Hartsbrook. Leslie lives in Montague Center with her husband Arthur and their two children, PJ (sixth grade) and Laila (fourth grade), who both started here at Hartsbrook in our Nursery program! She looks forward to building awareness about our wonderful school in the local community and beyond!  

- Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

High School Physics

The famous Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment that demonstrates a state of uncertainty that exists on the quantum level called a "superposition" and magnifies it to the macroscopic level, emphasizing the power of the observer in bringing the system into a determinate state. The cat (or in this case, penguin) goes into a box along with a radioactive atom that could decay at any time and kill it. After a half-life of the atom, it has a 50% chance of being dead or alive depending on whether the atom has decayed or not, but when it's in the box we have no way of observing it. So is the cat (penguin) dead or alive? We don't know until the box is opened and it is observed.


- Meaghan, 12th Grade Student




While it is hard for us to accept a cat or penguin as being both dead and alive at the same time, this is the standard accepted interpretation at the scale of particles - the radioactive atom exists in a superposition of the states of having decayed and not yet having decayed until it is observed by someone or something - and Schrödinger's thought experiment asks us to confront this quantum uncertainty at a human scale. This brings up deep philosophical questions about the interpretation of the results of quantum mechanics and the role of the observer in affecting the outcomes of experiments. The 12th grade curriculum brings in a maturing philosophical approach and the Modern Physics block is the most philosophical of our physics courses, asking the students to explore how we grasp the world through perception, from the effects of optical illusions, blind spots, and complementary colors up through the idea of reference frames in relativity and the observer effect in quantum mechanics.


 - Ms. McNaughton, High School Physics and Math


waiting for Content- Karen


Sowing the Seeds of Stewardship

Goal: $85,000


Welcome to this year's Annual Fund Appeal


Each year, we look forward to our Appeal as a way to reach out to you - supporters and investors in our school.

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.

With heartfelt appreciation for your support!

Blessings and joy on your holiday season and winter break.


- Karen Bates


Friday Community Mornings - Coffee and Tea with Great Company!

There will be no Community Coffee this Friday. We will resume after Winter Break on Friday, January 11th in the New Year 2013


Viennese Ball

Don't Miss This Exciting Event on January 19, 2013!



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.


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.

We look forward to sharing this lovely event with you!  


- the Students and Parents of the 8th Grade

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

Local Holiday Performances


A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 2 FREE Performances!


Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:00pm, the Jones Library, Amherst  
Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:30pm, 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 6:00pm, 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 7:30pm, The Nacul Center, Amherst, $20 / $15 students & seniors

The story of Jesus's 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.

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

Recipe Correction

Boiling water must be added for great baked rice.


Baked Brown Rice and Rice Custard

Bake rice (1 cup rice to 1 ½ cups BOILING water) in a covered, ovenproof dish at 350 degrees until the water is absorbed. To make the custard, spread one cup of previously-cooked rice in the bottom of a deep baking dish, layer it with raisins to taste, and pour over this a mixture of 2 beaten eggs, 2 cups of milk and a dash of vanilla. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top and bake uncovered at 350 degrees until set.

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 .


COLORED LIGHT AND SHADOW PERFORMANCE: Please join us on Sunday, January 6th at 7PM in the Great Room of the Hartsbrook Waldorf School (193 Bay Rd, Hadley, Ma) when we will share our latest explorations in making music visible through moving colored light and shadows. Dobbs Hartshorne will accompany us on bass cello and Bruce Elliot on flute. We are excited to share 3 pieces: Sense of Touch, Bach's Air on a G string, and Song of the Deep Forest. For more information, contact: Michael Howard, livingformstudio@gmail.com (413-549-5954)


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 


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 


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 



PUPPIES PUPPIES PUPPIES! Gorgeous Australian Labradoodle pups born 12/7. ready by Valentines Day. A rainbow of colors. Visit www.auslabradoodlesne.com for details. Bred & raised by a Hartsbrook family. Thank you. Kathryn Fanelli Australian Labradoodles of New England, Amherst, MA






















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