High School Students shoveling ice rink
Weekly Bulletin

January 9, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


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

7 - 10:30pm 

Northampton Center for the Arts


Open House Day





Parent Evenings


2nd Grade


1/9/13 7-9pm


7th Grade


1/9/13 7-9pm


5th Grade


1/15/13 7-9pm


6th Grade


1/15/13 7-9pm






Thursday Jan. 10
Girls Bball @ Dublin (and dinner)

Monday Jan. 14
Girls Bball @ Putney
Tuesday Jan. 15
Boys Bball @ Putney
Thursday Jan. 17
Boys Home vs. 4 Rivers


January is named for the Roman god Janus, who had two heads; one to look back and the other to look forwards. This seems a fitting name for this month in which we begin to look toward the coming school year while still being in the midst of the current one.

At Hartsbrook, we continue to work on many of the projects launched this fall or last summer such as Strategic Planning and the Early Childhood building. Look for news on these items, which bridge the past and the future, in the coming months.


At the same time, we are beginning to plan next year's program and staffing. News about these items will also be coming out in upcoming Bulletins. The enrollment/re-enrollment season also starts now so many of you will also be hearing from Enrollment Director Leslie Evans about some exciting new initiatives in Enrollment.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair



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.



$15 for students, $20 for adults, $50 maximum per family.

Make reservations by calling the Main Office - 586-1908.


Saturday, January 19, 7-10:30pm:

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

Active Dismissal - Improved Traffic Flow

In order to improve the flow of traffic and to increase the number of parking spaces at dismissal time each afternoon, we are trying a voluntary system called "active dismissal" for students in grades 5 - 8 and their siblings. Parents who want to pick up their child(ren) without getting out of the car will do so on the north side of the driveway loop, where students will wait with a teacher. More details have been distributed to parents by the class teachers in grades 5 - 8. Please use the driveway loop only for this type of pick up between 3:15 and 3:30 each day.

Personnel Update

We are pleased to announce that  Alexandra Mahoney, an alumna of Hartsbrook High School and older sister of Hartsbrook High senior Sam Stein,  will be the joining us as 3rd grade main lesson assistant.  Debra Courage will continue as grades 3 - 5 assistant for rest of the day.  Please introduce yourself to Alexandra when you see her.

News From Development

Sowing the Seeds of Stewardship

Goal: $85,000
Wow, we've reached $40K!

The Annual Fund now has total commitments of $44,727. This represents 53% of our goal of $85,000. For this I give sincere thanks to the 105 people who have

 committed to date - 

this includes parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff who have contributed or pledged to this appeal. 


We are so grateful for your philanthropy - gifts large & small mean so much!


Blessings and Happy New Year! 

Karen Bates, Director of Development

Friday Waffles This Week!

Friday Community Mornings - Coffee and Tea with Great Company! 

Please join us in the Great Room in Hartsbrook Hall on Friday mornings, 8ish-10ish. We'll have Dean's Beans coffee, tea, hot cocoa and waffles (regular & gluten/egg/wheat free)! Everyone welcome!

High School Highlights - God To Adam

During our grade 9/10 art history block, we looked at a famous fresco painted by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. You all know it: On the left Adam lies languidly on a patch of grass. God floats at the same level surrounded by angels, with flowing beard and swirling cloth. He stretches out his energetic right hand towards the remarkably relaxed hand of Adam. Their pointers almost touch. 



Here's what some of the students imagined God said to the first man:


Maible:  I don't think he said anything. Intense eye contact.

Sunhild: Wake up!

Forest: Adam, come with me. It's okay. Take my hand. Take -- take --.

Terra: Work well. Work for your living.

Gaelen: Go forth, mein Kind!

Lucy: He might have given him an electric shock. No words.

Nora: I am putting you on the earth to build and create the human race, do not fail me.

Gavan: I can help you, but you must stand up and overcome your past.

Conor: You have a very soft finger; I bestow on thee the gift of awesomeness; Here I will help you up, you are getting grass stains.

Ian: Let this be a lesson to you. I will now leave you to your own devices.

Kilian: Leave this place and give the Earth the human spirit.

Lauralyn: (giving him wisdom) Don't disappoint me; goodbye.


Jan Kees Saltet, High School Humanities


CPR and First Aid Class Feb 2nd - REGISTER NOW

Internal Registration Deadline: This Friday, January 11! 


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


CPR Only

9:00am - 11:00am

Fee: $35.00


CPR & First Aid

9:00am - 2:30pm

Fee: $75.00


Internal Registration Deadline: January 11


Click Here for Registration Form


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

Local Production of Fiddler on the Roof

Tickets are going fast . . . don't miss this local production of Fiddler on the Roof. Hartsbrook 5th grade student Hillary Atkinson is in the cast, as well as alums Jaimon Olmsted, Olivia Lederman and Sierra Gamble. Past teacher/parent Rob Olsted also performs, and past parent Caroline Lederman is the costumer.

See dates and ticket information at:  http://www.alsct.org/

Community Bulletin Board 

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

NEW CLASSES STARTING AT Multi-Arts: Each month we will focus on a different area of the arts. January Classes: ART AND THEATER Fridays 3:30pm - 5:30pm, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, Fee: $65/month. 
www.multi-arts.org or 413-584-7951


WILD HEARTED BOYS: Mentoring Tomorrow's Conscientious, Caring and Courageous Men. A program encouraging boys ages 9-13 to explore, inquire, play, reflect and dialogue within the context of the natural world and all of the challenges and mysteries it presents. Led by male mentors whose goal is to honor and foster the inner capabilities of each participant. 10 sessions, alternating Saturdays from Feb 2nd - June 8th; 9:30am to 3:30pm; sliding scale from $500 to $600; 408 Montague Rd., Shutesbury, MA; Contact Ben at 413-253-910; www.adventureinadventureout.com. 

BASIC WET FELTING COURSE: This course will provide foundational information about wool, the tools used in the techniques of 2-D manipulation and the craftsmanship for fine felting. 5 classes. Mondays, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 & 2/25; 7:00 - 10:00pm; or Wednesdays, 1/16, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 & 2/27; 9:30am - 12:30pm. Cost of the course: $125.00. To register or for additional information, please contact Eva Camacho at (202) 270-0657 or lanahandmade@gmail.com 

PUPPIES PUPPIES PUPPIESGorgeous Australian Labradoodle pups born 12/7 ready by Valentine's Day. A rainbow of colors. Visit www.auslabradoodlesne.com for details. Bred & raised by a Hartsbrook family.


AMHERST OFFICE / ARTIST STUDIO / THERAPY OFFICE FOR RENT: Available February 1.  900 square feet, $480/mo. with no utilities. Electric approx. $60/month, hot air gas heat approx. $80/ month this time of year. No central AC but LOTS of windows. It has one big room, two smaller rooms (office and storage?) and an accessible bathroom. Has been a pottery studio--large utility sink and exhaust fan for kiln included. No obvious exterior signs are permitted. The Claw Foot Tub, 534 Main St., Amherst, MA, (413) 992-7229  theclawfoottub.com


PARENTING FOR PEACE: group study and practice with child educator Gina Simm at Pioneer Valley Cohousing Common House in N. Amherst. 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.  More Info


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. julie@green-garlic.com


COMMUNITY CAPITAL: Common Capital, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen our community through economic and community development, has launched an innovative way for you to invest a portion of your savings into local businesses and community projects. To learn more, go to www.commoncapital.org.   

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.

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