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Weekly Bulletin

February 6, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events



This Friday, 2/8 


Open Class Day

Thursday, 2/7 

Community Meetings!

Strategic Plan 
Community Launch Kick-Off Party  


Wednesday, 2/13 7pm


Early Childhood Building Presentation 

Monday, 2/25 6:30pm


Alice In Wonderland, 7th Grade Play 

Thurssday, 2/14 6:30pm


February Vacation  Assembly Day 2/15
No School: 2/18 - 2/22


All School Open House 

Saturday, 3/9 10am

Farm Camp

April Vacation and Summer sessions


Parent Evenings


High School



2/6 6:30-8:30pm


3rd Grade


2/6 7-9pm


Nursery and Kindergarten


3/5 7-9pm







Tuesday, February 5 Boys & Girls @ Eagle Hill 4pm, depart 2:30pm


Wednesday, February 6 Girls & Boys vs. Charlemont at Cowell Gym in Shelburne Falls
Friday, February 8 Boys' Preliminaries
Basketball Tournament Week
2/11 - 2/14

Be a Part of Our Future!

Two Upcoming Community Meetings


Strategic Plan Community Meeting

Wednesday, February 13th, 7pm

Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall


Have you always wanted Hartsbrook to have a Parent Council?

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

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. We have attached a summary of the Plan and a complete version is available from Faculty Chair, Louise Spear.


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

Presentation, Dessert, and a Call to Action


MORE INFO- Strategic Plan Summary


See you there!


Strategic Planning Task Force,

Swansea Benham Bleicher, Noah Smith, Rosemary McNaughton, Jeff Kalman & Louise Spear


Early Childhood Building Community Meeting

Monday, February 25th, 6:30pm

Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall


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.


For a first look: 


MORE INFO - Floor Plan

MORE INFO - Elevations


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,
Alex Jansen (chair), Tupper Brown, Heather Damon, Rachel Kennedy & Pat O'Connor



Enrollment Forms Due

Please drop off your Enrollment Intention forms for next year!


And remember, the Financial Aid deadline is February 15th. 


Welcome, Andrej Mihalo Vasovic!

Andrej was born on February 1st. Mom and son are happy and healthy. Congratulations to Vesna, Alex and Emma on their growing family. 
Remember to Sign In and Out

Once morning drop off is over, you must sign in at the Main Office, and pick up a parent badge, before visiting any building for any purpose. 


Pick Up Parent Badges

If on campus, for any reason, after morning drop off, you need to wear our parent badge. These can be picked up in the Main Office.





Viennese Ball Photos are available on our photo site. Thanks to Chip Weems for all those formals and informals!


7th Grade Play - Alice in Wonderland

The Seventh Grade will present Alice in Wonderland on the stage in the Assembly Room in Piening Hall. Daytime performances are:

Tuesday, 2/12 at 1:30pm
Wednesday, 2/13 at 9:00am
Thursday, 2/14 at 9:00am

Evening performance: Thursday, 2/14 at 6:30pm

Please pick up tickets for this evening performance to make sure you can get a seat. Tickets are available from Erin in the Main Office at no cost.

We look forward to seeing you at our play!
Catherine Hopkins for the Seventh Grade Thespians
Boston Globe Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards - Congratulations, Hartsbrook Students!
The 2012-13 school year is the 90th Anniversary of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized the exceptional abilities of our nation's youth, and provide a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents. Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work, and become a part of the community of young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. The Boston Globe sponsors the program here in Massachusetts. This year drew submissions from thousands of Massachusetts students from 7th to 12th grades who were judged by a panel of literary and artistic professionals. 



Eight Hartsbrook seventh graders and three high school students entered a piece of writing or artwork to be judged.  We are pleased to announce that the following students were recognized with awards: 


~Sylvana and Nick received the Silver Key Award for their writing.

~Dante and Henry received Honorable Mentions for their art.

~Lila and Hero received Honorable Mentions for their writing.


Congratulations to all students! We are very proud of all of you!


Catherine Hopkins, Seventh Grade Class Teacher

Cherrie Latuner, High School Teacher

Basketball Playoffs!

Upcoming Games:


~TONIGHT! 2/6  ~ Girls + Boys vs. Charlemont @ Cowell Gym in Shelburn Falls, 4:30pm  


~ Girls' quarterfinals Monday 5pm at Eagle Hill.


Basketball Tournament Week: 2/11 - 2/14

Our boys' and girls' basketball teams are headed into the River Valley Athletic League tournament.


The girls will play Monday at 5PM at Eagle Hill.  The boys' playoff schedule will be determined by the end of this week as regular season play finishes up. Our boys' team might end up playing a home game on Monday. Playoff schedules will be posted on the school's athletic calendar by the end of this week.   


GAME REPORT, February 5, 2013


Hartsbrook basketball teams traveled as a co-ed team to play the Eagle Hill School. The game was intense and the score went back and forth between teams. The first half ended with Eagle Hill ahead by only 2 points and the pressure was high. As the end of the game neared, it was tied 44 to 44 with only 13 seconds left to play. As the clock ticked down, Eagle Hill scored 2 points and left Hartsbrook with 3 seconds remaining! Gabe passed the ball to Vincent and he took two dribbles down the court, reached the 3 point line and took the shot...with half a second left in the game, the ball soared through the air and swish! It was a victory!!!!

The final score was Hartsbrook 47, and Eagle Hill 46. Vincent ended up with 28 points, Jacob with 6, Gabe with 6, Jackie with 4, and Alejandra with 3, which came from an amazing 3 point shot!


Gavan, reporting from the Hartsbrook press


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.

Development News


The Hartsbrook School Annual Fund is at $57,350 and still growing!
A sincere thank you to all who pledged and made gifts and who have helped us progress towards our goal of $85,000.

A gift to the Annual Fund at any level represents your commitment to the Hartsbrook School, and to your child's education. It allows us to provide faculty and staff salaries, tuition assistance and extracurricular activities and to support our strategic goals and building and grounds department..


In order to meet this need, we encourage monthly giving to the Annual Fund. If you are interested in making a pledge and paying monthly via credit or debit card, please contact Karen Bates at (413) 596-1908 x129 or .


Or for a single payment . . . Click Here to Give to the Annual Fund Today! 


Your Annual Fund donation helps ensure the long-term health of the school. Annual Fund giving supports our vibrant school, our exceptional curriculum, and our rich and diverse community.


100% Participation Goal

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


Contributors to date: 135

Parents: 23%

Board: 100%

Core faculty & salaried staff: 68%


Thank you to all who have contributed, will contribute and are thinking of contributing to this year's Annual Fund. The strength and passion of our community is felt in each gift that we receive.


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! All parents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Please come!


Karen Bates, Director of Develpment

A New Member of The Enrollment Department 

Marie Lauderdale has recently joined us as Enrollment Office Assistant. Many of you know Marie as a class parent and volunteer for the Holiday Fair. Marie lived and worked abroad for many years as an ESL teacher. Since returning to the USA three years ago, she has been involved in event planning, and all aspects of coordinating cultural exchange programs for a non-profit. We are very happy to have Marie's enthusiasm and friendliness as the first face many parents encounter at Hartsbrook. Marie lives on Beaver Lake in Ware with her husband, Lew, and their two children, Cash (1st Grade) and Willow (kindergarten). 
Welcome, Marie!

Leslie Evans, Director of Enrollment

Pirates of Penzance - Rehearsals Under Way 

Rehearsals are under way for the Spring High School musical, The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. The production is being guided by the talented duo of musical director Joshua Harper and theatrical director and choreographer Matthew Meers. Josh joined the High School last fall as A Capella director and vocal coach for the winter solstice festival. He's currently a graduate student in choral conducting at UMass. Matt is new to the Hartsbrook community, having worked in theater and TV in New York City and in children's theater at numerous venues around the region since moving to the Valley in 2001. Lead roles have been cast and rehearsals are now in full swing. There will be five performances in Piening Hall between March 14th and 16th.

Pirates has been performed before by the 7th grade and was the first-ever Hartsbrook High School musical, directed by guest teacher George Rose. Plans are still in flux, but Matt Meers promised that this year's show would be different. Asked about his experience so far, he said: "I'm excited to be working with such a creative group, and seeing them take ownership of a production that is essentially theirs."


Save the Dates:

Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, 3/13 7pm - Audience welcome
Grades Performances: Thursday, 3/14 and Friday 3/15, 11am and 12:30pm
Performances: Thursday, 3/14 7:30pm, Friday, 3/15 7:30pm, Saturday, 3/15, 2pm and 5:30pm  


Tony Cape, Faculty Liaison 

Hartsbrook Hosts a Teachers' Colloquium

March 1st - 3rd, the Center for Contextual Studies will offer a working colloquium focusing on the second lecture of Rudolf Steiner's Study of Man.


The colloquium is open to anyone, and we request that those choosing to participate take the time to familiarize themselves with the lecture.


In this lecture, Rudolf Steiner develops the basic ideas of a new approach to educational psychology. This approach takes into account the presence of the spiritual dimension of human development in the learning process.


The goal of this colloquium is to gain a deeper understanding of the lecture through a collaborative approach, combining study and artistic deepening in a dialogical setting. We will also find time to reflect on our work together and explore ways to bring this kind of study alive in our faculties. Please join us as we actively work with the questions facing our schools!


Facilitators include Jon McAlice, Barbara Richardson and Jan Kees Saltet.


For More Info - Program Overview

Registration Form


For more information contact Michele Starr at (802)578-1382 or, or Louise Spear. 

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:    





Free to a Good Home


In the move from Ben Smith, we ended up storing a number of items that the school will not use again. If you would like to look at these items, please contact me as they are stored off campus.


All of these items are in used condition but we would love it if you could use them. They are:
  • Trestle style wooden kitchen table
  • Ben Smith office desk
  • Several pine or painted wood bookshelves or storage units
Louise Spear

Community Bulletin Board 

CELLO FOR SALEAlbert Lee cello, bow and case. Plays beautifully. Slight crack on body. $500. Contact: Tony Cape at 


PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS: Interested in private voice lessons? Have you always wanted to sing but you're afraid of how you sound? Now filling spots for the spring! Instructor: David Ranen. Experience: 34 years as a choral and vocal teacher. Vocal Coach for Hartsbrook HS musicals. Contact: 253-5866 or Lessons are one-half hour. Tuition is based on a sliding scale.

STAY HEALTHY AND CALM WITH YOGA! Enjoy small yoga classes in Karen Sheingold's lovely Amherst studio in the woods. First class free. New students: 30 days unlimited classes for $60. Private and therapeutic sessions. Workshops. For details, Or ask Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields, Reed Wulsin or Jean Zimmer. Contact: or 413-253-0313.


ARTS WINTER CAMP: Fun and active, our camps might just be what you are looking for! Multi-Arts  Winter Camp: February 18 - 22. Theater, fashion design, art, and dance. Grades pre-K to 6. Groups organized by age.  413-584-7951.


MULTI ARTS VIDEO COMPETITION: Win $100 or a slot for any of our one-week camps. Get your iPod, computer or video camera and make a 1 to 2 minute long video about Multi-Arts. Open Registration. Deadline is March 1st. For details check blog at  


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.

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. 


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.

AUDITIONS - YOUTH ON BROADWAY: Come be part of this fun and exciting professional-quality musical theater performance class for young people, 4-12 grade. Becca Greene-Van Horn, former NYC professional actress, and Cindy Naughton, award winning musical director, will give local talented youth an opportunity to shine with songs and staging from some of Broadway's best loved shows, including: Sound of Music, Hairspray, Wicked, Annie, Oliver, Seussical, Once upon a Mattress, Camelot, Grease and more. The class concludes with a live Musical Theater Revue June 1 and 2. MORE INFO

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