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Weekly Bulletin

January 30, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events



CPR and First Aid

Saturday, 2/2



Open Class Day

Thursday 2/7 



Strategic Plan Community Feedback Session

Wednesday 2/13, 7pm


February Vacation  

Assembly Day 2/15,

No School 2/18 - 2/22


Early Childhood Building Community Meeting

Monday, 2/25, 6:30pm


Farm Camp

April 15-19 


for April and Summer sessions



Parent Evenings





1/30 7-9pm


8th Grade


1/30 7-9pm


3rd Grade


2/6 7-9pm






Wednesday, January 30 Boys Home vs. Dublin


Tuesday, February 5 Boys @ Eagle Hill


Wednesday, February 6 Boys Home vs. Charlemont


Wednesday, February 6 Girls vs. Charlemont at Cowell Gym in Shelburne Falls

Be a Part of Our Future!

Two Upcoming Community Meetings

Early Childhood Building Community Meeting
Monday, February 25th, 6:30pm
Hartsbrook Community Gathering for the Presentation of the Design of the New Early Childhood Building 


Our architect, Laura Fitch, our construction managers, Wright Builders, Inc., our civil engineer, Terry Reynolds, and the Early Childhood Building Committee have spent the winter months transforming community and teacher input and the goals of the school into an attractive and affordable building.


Members of the committee and the architect will be on hand to walk you through the plans, describe some of the details, invite feedback and input and answer any questions you may have. We hope you will join us that evening and lend your enthusiastic support to the project as we move forward.


Early Childhood Building Committee


Save the Date! Wednesday, February 13th, 7pm

Hartsbrook Community Gathering for the Unveiling of the 2013 Strategic Plan


Have you always wanted Hartsbrook to have a Parent Council?

Do you have talents and skills you would like to donate to our community?

Are you excited about sharing this type of education with your friends and family, but not sure what to say or do?


We met with many of you in the fall for feedback and many hours have gone into strategy and planning . . .


Please come and join us at the kick-off party for our Strategic Plan:

Presentation, Dessert, and a Call to Action


See you there!


Strategic Planning Task Force, Swansea Benham Bleicher, Noah Smith, Rosemary McNaughton, Jeff Kalman & Louise Spear

Enrollment Reminders


Don't forget to drop off your Enrollment Intention forms for next year!


Financial Aid deadline is February 15th.  


Leslie Evans,

Director of Enrollment


Business Manager Review Comments Requested

As part of the regular review process of Hartsbrook administration, we invite parent input for the review of Business Manager Diane Chilson. You are welcome to call or send written comments until February 17th, 2013. Diane reports to Pat O'Connor.

Thank you,

Pat O'Connor, Operations Manager


Pizza Orders Please Forms Now Available


Pizza Order forms are now available for March 13th - May 15th. You can print them at home or pick one up in the Main Office.


Pizza Order Form


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


Note for next week: the 8th grade will be away next week at the Schepker Glass Geometry Studio. The 7th grade will be delivering pizza. Thanks for your help, 7th grade! The 8th grade will take additional orders for February 6th on Thursday and Friday of this week. Now orders will not be taken on Monday and Tuesday.



The 8th Grade


7th Grade Play - Alice in Wonderland

The Seventh Graders invite you to see their play: Alice in Wonderland. We will be performing it Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 1:30pm; Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 9:00am; Thursday, Feb. 14th at 9:00am; and again at 6:30 that evening. Tickets (no cost) for the 6:30 performance (to hold a seat as seating is limited) will be available in the Main Office next week - after Monday, Feb. 4th.

Hope to see you there!
Catherine Hopkins for the Seventh Grade Thespians

Come Support the Hartsbrook Hawks Basketball Teams!

Upcoming Home Games:


1/30 ~ Boys home vs. Dublin

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:


1/24 Girls - Stoneleigh Burnham 42 Hartsbrook 11
The Hartsbrook girls basketball team ran into a tough test Thursday against the defending league champions Stoneleigh Burnham. Jackie scored the first basket of the game, and finished with 8 points on the evening. Alejandra sparked the offense with a late 3 point basket, while Maude fought hard down low against the opposition's imposing front court.


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.

Friday Community Mornings

Coffee and Tea with Great Company

Many folks have come up to me and remarked on how much they enjoy Friday Community Coffee each week. They look forward to the opportunity to speak with and learn from those they may not typically have the opportunity to meet.


Friday Community Coffees are a relaxed, uneventful time to bring us closer as a community.


Come catch up with old friends and, perhaps, make new ones!

Join us: Every Friday, 8-10am

Your partner,

Karen Bates, Director of Development

Biology Collaborations 

At the Trapani Lab with Joe and Jenna
The 12th grade Biology elective gives students the opportunity to review central concepts and look ahead to college-level sciences. We use a college textbook and supplement our reading with articles from the popular press and scientific journals. In December we visited the laboratory of Dr. Josef Trapani at Amherst College.  Joe and his thesis student, Jenna, introduced us to their research in electrophysiology. They use a small fish, the zebrafish, as their model organism to study how sense organs translate external stimuli into neuronal information. Students performed a brief experiment, labeling specific cell types in a live specimen, which we could then visualize under a fluorescent microscope. Many thanks to Joe and Jenna for hosting our visit!


In February we will visit a federal ecology lab on the Connecticut River near Turners Falls.


Alex Workman, Life Sciences          


Choices: 10th Grade Prison Field Trip

On Tuesday, January 22nd, together with Monadnock Waldorf High School, the juniors had the opportunity to visit MCI Shirley, the medium-security prison of 1,200 inmates in Shirley, Massachusetts. We arrived at 9am and, after a thorough security check, we listened to the stories of eight prisoners self-enrolled in a program of education for high school students. The inmates spoke of their lives, their crimes, and what they've learned that they would pass on to young people. Here are some of the impressions that we brought away from this experience:


"The inmates' crimes were horrible, but they are not horrible people. What they did was bad, but if they define themselves as their actions, then they will continue on in the same way."


"I got the sense that these men must have been very emotional people to have been brought to the stage that they could kill or harm in a split second."


"My struggle throughout the morning was connecting these people who were saying these true and meaningful, even philosophical things, with their crime."


"They talked about how each of us creates the reality that we live in, how important it is to make good decisions and have people that support us, how one must believe in one's self and have a goal in life; because if one doesn't, it is easy to get sucked into someone else's goal which, in some cases, can lead to bad things."


Cherrie Latuner,

High School English, Literature, French  

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.

You're Invited to Dan Kennedy's CD Release Party




Come to the CD Release Party for composer-pianist and Hartsbrook parent Dan Kennedy's award-winning album Intuition. Featuring special guest (and Hartsbrook parent) Stephen Katz on cello.


Friday, February 8th at 8pm at the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield.


Children welcome.


For more info:    




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. Contact Ben at 413-253-4910; 


WEEKEND ANIMAL TRACKING WORKSHOPS IN SHUTESBURY: 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. Info and registration at or contact Ben at 413-253-4910.

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


THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: Self-care, balance, mobility, independence. Monday, January 28 from 1:30-3pm 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.


DANCEMEDITAION MINI-WORKSHOP: Spring Series at The Wild Life Sanctuary in Florence. March 9, 3-5:30pm; April 13, 10 am-12:30pm; and May 11, 3-5:30pm, taught by Anastasia M. Blaisdell. $25 per class pre-reg. 2 wks in advance, or $30 thereafter. DanceMeditation is a truly innovative, inspired movement practice that frees the body, develops seamless concentration, awakens the heart, and clears a path for our own inherent ability to heal. We will write, breath, stretch, move in unconventional ways, and dance ourselves free, if need be! Contact Anastasia: or 413-822-2405.


CREATIVE DANCING SPIRITS! Movement for ages 3-5 at Cradle in Thornes, in Northampton, Fridays 3:30-4:30, 8 week series beginning Feb. 1. Register at Cradle. This class aims to instill awareness of body, breath, and positive social behavior, as well as respect for all living things. This class will enrich your child's early developing years by adding a playful yet purposeful, positive experience! Taught by Anastasia M. Blaisdell. For more information please contact Anastasia: inneropening@gmail.comor 413-822-2405. 


LEARN THE ART OF HOME HERBALISM! This apprenticeship is an introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and foods to heal yourself and your family. You will learn how to make herbal medicine, harvest and store medicinal herbs from the wild and your own home garden and care for your loved ones naturally. We will explore remedies for the common cold, seasonal allergies, trouble sleeping, herbs for stamina and stress relief along with many other topics. This class will meet on selected Sundays, March through July; each day will be intensive and hands-on. Please join us! Contact Brittany Wood Nickerson: or visit:

FREE UPRIGHT PIANO! Model: Kincaid, light Maple wood, in very good shape, recently made minor repairs but it could use a tune. Obtained it for free and willing to pass on for same. Please contact Michael Abbate, for more information.
BIOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL ART CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: a unique, part-time training for individuals interested in the mystery of human life. Open doors to new possibilities for spiritual insight, social understanding and renewal, and human freedom. The program meets over the course of three years, two weeks each summer and one week each fall and winter, in Chestnut Ridge, NY. 

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