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Weekly Bulletin

January 23, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


Open House
This Weekend!

1/26 10am-noon


CPR and First Aid

Saturday, February 2nd








1/30 7-9pm


8th Grade


1/30 7-9pm







Thursday, January 24
Boys home vs. Swift River 
Thursday, January 24
Girls @ Stoneleigh-Burnham 
Tuesday, January 29
Girls Home vs. Charlemont
Wednesday, January 30 Boys Home vs. Dublin

School Safety

At Hartsbrook we are looking again at the question of school safety and we have decided to expand our Visitor's policy as a first step. Here is what this means in practical terms.



We will now require all visitors to the campus, who are here when school is in session, to sign in and out of the main office. We will be adding signage to make this clearer. We will also issue Visitor badges to these people so that they are easily identified by anyone as visitors. We will intercept people who are not employees or students and send them to the office for a badge. This policy is in effect now.



In order to make this policy work, we also need parents to wear Parent badges when they are within the school buildings, when school is in session, at times other than drop off or pick up, because the students and employees cannot recognize all of the parents and distinguish them from visitors. Parent badges are available in the main office and will also be available at this Friday's coffee so that you can keep them in your car if you visit campus frequently. If you forget, you can always pick one up at the main office.


Parents should also sign in and out at the main office when they are within a building during a school day as we need this information for various other purposes in several types of emergency situations. If you just have business with the office or want to drop something off at the main office, you do not need to wear the badge.


This policy will go into effect on January 28th. It will require a change of habit for the school community. Thank your for your efforts to comply with this change.  We continue to welcome parents to visit classes and volunteer, and do not want this change of policy to be a barrier to parent participation.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Join us for an Open House
Celebrating Early Childhood through High School Waldorf Education!

Kindergartener rakingSaturday, January 26
The Hartsbrook School would like to warmly invite you, your family, friends and community to our All School Open House.
  • Mini-Lessons in a variety of subjects and grades 
  • Student Displays
  • Musical Performances
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Early Childhood Circle & Snack
  • Q & A
  • Refreshments    
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Please call our Enrollment Office if you have any questions: (413) 584-3198

We look forward to seeing you
here at Hartsbrook!




There are several new people you may see on campus.

In January, three interns from the Waldorf teacher training program at Antioch New England started in the grade school:

  • Hartsbrook parent Chava Moulton in Grade 1
  • Moriah Peterson in Grade 6
  • Meredith Merchant in Grade 7


Van Kolodin has started as an additional member of the  Building and Grounds department, working between 11:00am and 3:00pm in all parts of the campus.


Matthew Meers has been hired as the Theatrical Director of the high school musical (a cappella teacher Joshua Harper is the musical director), and he will be on campus during the school day and after school until mid-March when we will all enjoy the high school production of Pirates of Penzance.


Welcome to The Hartsbrook School!


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

School Nurse

Our school nurse, Eraena Meehan, has resigned from her position for personal reasons. Operations Manager Pat O'Connor is working on updating the job description and hiring a replacement nurse. Please contact him with any leads for experienced school nurses who would like to work part-time. He has also been in touch with the state school nurse's association and with the Town of Hadley public school nurse leader, with whom we collaborate.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair


Pizza Update


Thanks to everyone who has ordered pizza during the first half of the year. We are grateful for the support!


Last week we had a snow day on Wednesday. These orders will be honored on March 6th. If you ordered pizza for January 16th, you will receive that pizza on March 6th. The topping will be BBQ chicken.


The order form covering March 13th - May 15th will appear in next week's Bulletin. You can print it at home or pick one up in the Main Office.



The 8th Grade

Come Support the Hartsbrook Hawks Basketball Teams!

Upcoming Home Games:


1/24 ~ Boys home vs. Swift River

1/29 ~ Girls home vs. Charlemont
1/30 ~ Boys home vs. Dublin
1/31 ~ Cancelled
2/6  ~ Boys home vs. Charlemont
2/8  ~ League Preliminaries - Hartsbrook might host a game this day.


All home games are at 4:15pm.

The gym is at College Church, 58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton.


Game Reports 


Boys: Four Rivers 55 / Hartsbrook 51

Hartsbrook boys basketball fought admirably against Four Rivers.


- Bryant Rother, Coach



See the Athletics 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.

News From Development

Annual Fund Appeal 2012-2013 Progress Report - We've hit $54K!


The Annual Fund has total commitments of $54,679. This represents 64% of our $85,000 goal. I give sincere thanks to the 42 current families who have committed to date, as well as to the alumni, alumni parents (over 30 so far), grandparents (over 20 so far) and friends who have contributed or pledged to this appeal.

100% Participation Goal

100% participation of all parents, Board members, core faculty and salaried staff is a way for each of us to make a gift to each other, to know that we thrive together as a community!


The 123 contributors to date represent:

~ 22% of current parents

~ 100% of our Board

~ 66% of core faculty & salaried staff


NEW Ambitious Alumni GOALS!

Alumni parent GOAL - 75 gifts. So far we are at 34.

Alumni GOAL - 50 gifts. So far we are at 8.


Thank you to all who have contributed, will contribute and are thinking of contributing to this year's Annual Fund.  Your gift matters!


Sowing the Seeds of Stewardship Annual Fund Appeal is about sustaining our roots - the health and sustainability of our school - and, it's about nurturing connections - thriving together as a community.  Imagine 100% participation!


Your partner,

Karen Bates, Director of Development

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 and hot cocoa. Everyone welcome!


Karen Bates, Director of Development


Viennese Ball 2013 . . . Oh What a Night it Was!


The 8th Grade class in its finery




After the Waltz - club music in the ballroom of the Northampton Center for the Arts
Stay tuned for more photos: Hartsbrook Photo Site
The 8th grade would like to thank everyone who came to the Viennese Ball for making it a lovely, special event. Thank you for supporting our class. We had a great time and hope that you did, too.


We would also like to send heartfelt thanks to those who put in many hours of work before, during, and after the ball:

  • The 8th grade parents for preparing and hosting the ball. The food was fabulous! The decorations, lights, and sound were perfect!
  • Emily Fox for teaching us to waltz and leading us in the opening dance. You are amazing!
  • Liz Rose and Dan Kennedy for playing wonderful waltzes for hours. Bravo!
  • Gunner's mom, Polly Anderson-Keener, for composing waltzes just for us. How special was that!
  • Chip Weems for taking pictures throughout the evening. We can't wait to see the photos!
  • Forest Andresen for DJ-ing the club music at the end of the night. Rock on, Forest!
  • The Northampton Center for the Arts, Penny Burke, and Steve Davis, for providing a splendid home for the Viennese Ball.  We will miss your beautiful ballroom!

Thank you all!

The 8th Grade Class


2nd Grade at Glen Brook

Sledding, skating, hockey, hikes, fires, stargazing and lovely meals . . . the 2nd Grade enjoyed its first trip to Camp Glen Brook in New Hampshire!

Foundation Studies - Join Us!

The Hartsbrook School Foundation Studies group is now in the middle of the second year of this two-year program.  Foundation Studies gives participants a better understanding of ideas from Rudolf Steiner that underlie Waldorf education. Foundation Studies is a pre-requisite for those entering Waldorf teacher training programs.

We meet on Sundays from 9:00am - 1:00pm with a break in the middle and some artistic activity each week.

Our next four sessions will focus on Steiner's ideas about social life, known as the Threefold Social Order, taking off from the basis of one of Steiner's books, Philosophy of Spiritual Activity. We will work with former Hartsbrook High School art teacher Nathaniel Williams during these four sessions.


Cost: $25/session.

For date or more information, please contact: Foundation Studies Coordinator,  Katherine Nickel.

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 Olmsted also performs, and past parent Caroline Lederman is the costumer.

See dates and ticket information at:

Community Bulletin Board 

WILD HEARTED BOYS: Mentoring Tomorrow's Conscientious, Caring and Courageous Men. *NOTICE: DATE CHANGE*   February 16 to June 22 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-  Feb 16- June 22; 9:30am to 3:30pm; sliding scale from $500 to $600; 408 Montague Rd., Shutesbury, MA; Contact Ben at 413-253-910; 

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 

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


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  More Info


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


BABYSITTER NEEDED for 4 month old in South Amherst home. Ideally 10:30-5:30 M-F but fewer days/hours may be possible. Thank you. Caroline Sabetti


FRIDAY WITH THE ARTS: Try a class free of charge - space limited.  Our program runs month-to-month. Each month we will focus on a different area of the arts. January: ART & THEATER. FRIDAYS 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 867 N. Pleasant St, Amherst, Fee: $65/month.  Enroll and pay online; use our SAFE, SECURE payment processing through Amazon. 413-584-7951  


THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: Self-care, balance, mobility, independence. Monday, January 28 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at the Bangs in Amherst (Room 101). This class, taught by Ruth Rootberg, is the first of a program for seniors offered at the Amherst Senior Center, sponsored by Highland Valley Elder Services. The lecture-demonstration is free and open to all, and the entire program is free and includes 7 group classes and 3 private lessons. Priority for the on-going class is given to seniors. No pre-registration is necessary to attend just the lecture demonstration. To register for the entire class, contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114.


Have you ever gone into the woods and wondered where all the animals are? Tracking is an exciting experiential approach to understanding the world outside your own back door. It is also the way that we as humans have studied the animal world for thousands of years. Introduction to Tracking - February 16th; Applied Tracking - February 23rd, 9am to 3pm; Cost: One session - $55; Both sessions - $100; Children (ages 10- 15): $45/session; , 408 Montague Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072; Info and registration at or contact Ben at 413-253-4910.

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