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Weekly Bulletin

February 13, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


Community Meetings:

Strategic Plan 
Kick-Off Party
Wednesday, 2/13




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


Full Moon Owl Prowl
Saturday 2/23/13 6:30pm 



All School Open House 

Saturday, 3/9 10am

Farm Camp

April Vacation and Summer sessions


Parent Evenings


Nursery and Kindergarten


3/5 7-9pm






Basketball Tournament Week


Basketball Tournament Week 2/11 - 2/14


Strategic Plan Launch Meeting


Wednesday, February 13th, 7pm

Assembly Room, Piening Hall


Dear Hartsbrook Parents,
I would like to personally invite you to gather with the Hartsbrook community for the Launch of our Strategic Plan. We are meeting this evening, 7pm in the Assembly Room.

We welcome your ideas, your skills or simply your presence, as we join together to envision and create the future for our school. This will be an interactive evening of conversation, brainstorming and dessert.

MORE INFO- Strategic Plan Summary


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Swansea Benham Bleicher for the Strategic Planning Task Force


Early Childhood Building Community Meeting

Monday, February 25th, 6:30pm


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 Reminder


Financial Aid Deadline ~ February 15th


Hartsbrook School Vacation Office Hours

All school offices will be closed Monday, February 18th in observance of President's Day. Most offices will be open from 9:00 - 3:00 on Tuesday - Friday but call first to make sure we are in!

7th Grade Play - This Week!

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 1:30pm (note change)
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

Nursery Classes Location

The Great Room in Hartsbrook Hall will be used by the nursery classes for the rest of this week as the south modular has suffered water damage from broken pipes. Please welcome these smallest Hartsbrook students and their teachers into the elementary school building when you see them.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Friday Community Mornings ~

2/15 is an Assembly Day, Join Us!

Please join us under the canopy, 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 Development

Basketball Playoff Week

Basketball season is wrapping up.  The final games in the River Valley Athletic League playoffs are taking place this week. (See RVAL calender for up to date games)


Congratulations Hartsbrook athletes on a great season.  We are especially proud of our first-ever Girls Basketball Team for their hard work in coming together to be a strong team over the course of the season.  A big thank you to our wonderful coaches, Bryant Rother (boys) and Tim Kane (girls). 


Athletics Updates

SKi Club

This Friday's ski club departure will be immediately following the assembly and dismissal.  Pack a lunch to eat on the way to Berkshire East and enjoy a full afternoon on the slopes.  Return to Hartsbrook will be at the usual time.  Our make-up date for last Friday's cancellation will be on 2/22.  More info to follow via email.


Ultimate Frisbie

Planning for the upcoming ultimate season is well under way!  I am looking forward to another exciting season with our very talented Hartsbrook Ultimate teams.  Practices will begin in mid-late March, as soon as the fields are dry and clear of snow.  We will offer three programs, according to grade level:


Intramurals - Open to grades 5-8.  Mixed-grade teams will practice and play games at Hartsbrook on Wednesday afternoons.   


 Middle School Travel Team - Open to grades 7 and 8.  Practice and play games with other middle school teams from nearby schools.  Takes place Thursdays and Fridays.  MS travel team participants must also participate in Intramurals.

Varsity Ultimate
 - Open to high school students.  Practice and play games on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with some weekend tournaments.  This is a competitive team and participants must make a full commitment. 


Megan Owens, Athletics Director


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.

International Student Program News

We welcome two new students who joined our 10th Grade in January from abroad. Rahel Ohlendorf from Berlin, Germany and Theodore Dermange from Geneva, Switzerland. Rahel is being hosted by the Chadbournes, an alumni family, who a few years back hosted her brother Luis and Theodore is being hosted by the Andresen family. Rahel and Theodore will be part of our 10th Grade until April.
Rahel Ohlendorf
Theodore Dermange
We also welcome back Maude Greggio from Strasbourg, France who was here on an exchange from September-December. Her wish to stay on until the end of the school year tells us a little about the great things happening in our high school. Maude is being hosted by the Noyes family.

Thank you to all the host families! You make this program possible!

Two of our 10th Graders are currently abroad. Will Harrison is in Marburg Germany and Maible Coughlin in in Berlin Germany. They left during the winter break and will return at the end of March. We hear they are enjoying their stay.


Lara Radysh
International Student Program Coordinator

High School Coffee House




For more photos: Hartsbrook Photo Site~ Highschool~ General~Coffeehouse

Full Moon Owl Prowl

Saturday, February 23rd 6:30-8:30 pm
*Last weekend of February break!

Join members of the Land Stewardship Committee in the Great Room in Hartsbrook Hall at
6:30 pm for an introduction to local owls. We will then venture out to Hartsbrook's agricultural land under the light of February's full moon to listen and watch for owls. 

Please dress warmly, wear waterproof boots, and bring snow shoes if you have them.  As we will be out walking, watching, and listening for more than an hour, this walk is best suited for children six years and older.  You may contact Cindy Bright at if you have questions or would like more information.

Cindy Bright for The Land Stewardship Committee

Village Harmony Singers ~ 

Coming to Hadley and Hartsbrook

Thursday, February 28th


Performance for Hartsbrook Students:

(time TBD)


Evening Performance: 7:30pm

Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple St.


We are so very pleased to have the Northern Harmony singers coming to Hartsbrook to share their music with our students. Be sure to catch their local evening concert!


Northern Harmon programs present a remarkable range of different singing styles, from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian "hard voice" to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre, from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound to a delicate, pure, early music timbre.  Their honest and heartfelt singing never fails to draw enthusiastic response from their varied audiences.

The program will include traditional singing from South Africa, Georgia, Bulgaria, and Corsica, American shape-note and quartet gospel songs, and a set of fourteenth century sacred pieces.

For more info:  Village Harmony 


Arn Krugman, 4th Grade Class Teacher

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. 

Community Bulletin Board 

HOUSE FOR RENT Great Northampton location! We are actively seeking renters for our beloved home. Four-room, 2-bedroom plus finished basement, attached garage, large back yard. 5 minutes to downtown; 10 minutes or less to Hartsbrook! Walking distance to bike path, conservation area, playgrounds, YMCA, shopping center. Ideal for small family (or couple). Pets considered. Please contact Jordan Abbott,  or 584-6534.
FLORENCE BULK FOODS buying club seeks new members to join its long-established co-op.  The Northampton Pre-Order Co-op receives deliveries from natural-foods distributor UNFI every 4 weeks in the Florence Road/66 area.  Buy in bulk to save money and make shopping easier.  Our family likes to get grains, nuts, dried fruit, frozen fruit, butter, canned goods, cleaning products, bath tissue, vitamins, and more.  Contact me by March 9th to get oriented and get your order in for the March 19th delivery.  Rosemary McNaughton 413-537-9755.

EXPERT TREE PRUNINGWinter is a great time for dormant tree and shrub pruning, especially fruit trees. Call or email  Certified arborist Laura Mele for a free estimate.  Now is the time! 413-582-0336 or


HOST FAMILIES NEEDED Looking for friendly folks interested in cultural exchange to host a Japanese High School student from March 22-28th.  Students from Happy Science Academy in Japan are touring our area and hoping to experience our culture first hand by participating in a homestay program. Evenings and weekends are spent with the host families, days with the group. Please contact Marie Lauderdale:, call or txt 413-230-1121 for more information.


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. One day option available.  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  


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.   


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