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Weekly Bulletin

February 27, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Open Class Day Thursday, 3/7


Big Open House Saturday, 3/9, 10am



4th Grade 3/6 - 3/8
8th Grade 4/3 - 4/6


High School Musical
Pirates Of Penzance
3/13 - 3/16


Professional Day


Good Friday


Farm Camp

April Vacation and Summer sessions


Parent Evenings


Nursery and Kindergarten

Tuesday  3/5 7-9pm


6th Grade

Tuesday  3/5 7-9pm


3rd Grade

Wednesday 3/6 7-9pm





 Stay tuned for Ultimate Frisbee Season news!


Thank You and An Invitation From
Strategic Planning

Dear Hartsbrook Families,


To all who came to our Community Meeting on February 13th, thank you for your enthusiastic participation and support in our envisioning and planning. It was an inspiring and productive evening.


For those who missed it, here are a few quotes from parents:


"I really enjoyed the strategic planning session. It was an engaging session that provided a much-needed channel for input from the parent constituency. I look forward to more of these constructive sessions... together. The reconstitution of the parent council is a prime example of the school making good on its strategy, and with the energy evident in the meeting, I have every expectation that many excellent changes will be forthcoming."  


"What struck me most about the meeting was the opportunity to hear differences in experience and sentiments voiced by parents about the school... I wish that more parents had been present to share their perspectives about the present and their hopes for the future of the school!"


"This is going to be fun!"


The areas that met include: Enrollment, Communications, Parent Council, Development, Alumni Relations, Governance and Campus Planning.  Pedagogy is another area the faculty is taking up.


If you missed the evening but you still want to participate in creating the future of our school, we want to hear from you.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Swansea Bleicher. 


Thank you again for your participation!



- Swansea Benham Bleicher for the Strategic Planning Task Force

Personnel Updates


I am sorry to announce that Operations Manager Pat O'Connor has resigned from his position, effective March 2nd, to pursue other professional opportunities. 

The creation of the position of Operations Manager four years ago was an important evolution in Hartsbrook's administrative structure as we separated the management of buildings and grounds from the physical tasks involved in maintaining the campus. The school's IT needs and Business Office also came under the umbrella of Operations Manager.

This decision soon proved its worth as Pat led the school through a very eventful time as we finished Hartsbrook Hall, sold and moved out of Ben Smith, renovated the South Modular to serve as an Early Childhood space and began to plan for a permanent Early Childhood building on the main campus. Along the way, we also acquired our two modern buses, renovated the Homestead kitchen to better serve Early Childhood needs, completed a replacement reserve analysis on all of the components of our buildings and improved our use of technology in the school administration. 

Through all of these changes, with their attendant upheavals and inconveniences, Pat was always able to keep the big picture in sight even when it meant, as it often did, more work for him and his crew. He served the Hartsbrook School with admirable dedication and integrity, and we owe him tremendous gratitude for his service over these last four years. 

Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Position Announcement 


A posting for the job of Operations Manager can be found on our website under Employment Opportunities. Please encourage anyone who might be interested to take a look. 



All School Open House 


Bring a Friend to School

Please join us on Saturday, March 9th
from 10am - 12pm
This "Big Open House" will have activities for children and offer visitors and current parents a chance to see student work, learn more about the Waldorf curriculum and get a peek at your child's next grade. Please bring a friend or someone who you think would like to learn more about our school. Come share what makes Hartsbrook such a special place!    


- Leslie Evans, Enrollment Director


River Valley Market Green Stamp Program 


River Valley Market Members:

Check your River Valley Market member newsletter for a Green Stamp Program voting link. Today is the last day to vote for Hartsbrook as March's Green Stamp Donation recipient. Please vote!


Pizza News


Pizza order forms for March 16th to May 15th are now available!  Please complete and return with

payment to the Main Office. Forms are available in the office or can be printed here.


Orders that were placed for January 26th (snow day) will be honored on March 6th. Additional orders for March 6th can be placed on March 4th or 5th.


Thank you for supporting our pizza sales!


Pirates of Penzance ~ Tickets on Sale 

Tickets are now on sale for Pirates of Penzance, the high school community's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's perennial favorite.  Directed by chorus teacher Josh Harper and Hartsbrook newcomer Matt Meers with costumes by Margaret Evans, the show promises to be a dazzling event for audiences of all ages.


The production extends the concept of community theater begun last year by faculty chair Virginia McWilliam.  All high school students are either members of the cast or are helping with playbill, set design, costumes, lighting or props.  Parents have also been involved in co-ordination, stage construction, catering, concessions and other roles.


~Adults: $15/ Students: $10

 *$45 family cap



Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, 3/13 7pm - Audience welcome

Grades Performances: Thursday, 3/14 and Friday 3/15, 11am

Performances: Thursday, 3/14 7:30pm, Friday, 3/15 7:30pm, Saturday, 3/16 2pm and 7:30pm  


Reservations cannot be made until payment is made. Stop in or call the Main Office 586-1908 ext 100or the High School office 586-1908 ext 106.
Cash, checks or credit cards accepted.


Seating is limited by a major stage extension! Purchase in advance and arrive early. Seating is first come first serve. 


Tickets will be held until 5 minutes before showtime. Remaining tickets sold at the door.


Tony Cape, Faculty Liaison



Athletics Update  ~ Ultimate Frisbee

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.

Friday Morning Community Coffee

Please join us us in the great room for Friday Morning Community Coffee. 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

Thank You To Evan Jones and Cowls Lumber

Thank you to parent Evan Jones for generously giving time and ingenuity to help Pat O'Connor and Ed Mann build a bridge at the Hartsbrook school!


Since last fall, Pat and Ed have been working with Evan (parent to Sam, Rachael, and Hannah) to help Hartsbrook build a bridge on our property. This bridge was required for APR compliance and allowed us to receive the land grant from Alexander and Olivia Dreier. Evan volunteered his time helping Pat and Ed design the bridge, source the fifteen 8" x 8" x 20' timbers and construct the bridge sections. He also donated time with the boom truck to properly place the sections on February 5th.


Thank you Evan and Cowls Lumber for making it possible for our school community to walk to the farthest reaches of our newly acquired APR land. When wetlands and intermittent streams make access so difficult, this is no small thing! This new bridge has opened up a field that has not been actively worked for many years. How wonderful it will be to have students and equipment gain access to this field, The Knoll, and allow work to begin. From us all, thank you!  


The Land Stewardship Program

High School at the Model UN

Hartsbrook High School joined the 60th Session of the Harvard Model United Nations this year, together with over 4,000 students from around the U.S. and the world, as a delegation representing the country of Mauritania. Hartsbrook has been sending delegations to the Harvard Model United Nations for the past seven years. 
Leaving Hartsbrook


Thomas Heineman, High School Humanities

Caleb and the Calves

Reflections from Caleb, 7th Grade Student

Over the past 6 months I have spent many days with the young steers. There were a lot of good days, some bad days, and many mediocre days. It wasn't until the last few weeks that it really came together. Now they are listening attentively to my commands and (mostly) doing what I ask of them. On some days they would be inattentive and lazy and wouldn't do what I asked. The other breeds do what other people ask of them, but because Jerseys are smart, they say, "I don't want to do this right now, why don't we just not". They now know everything I taught them.


- Caleb



Reflections from Ms. Robb, Land Stewardship Director

Since late fall, Caleb  has been working every day for thirty minutes with these young steers, training them to listen to his commands, teaching them how to work and move together as a team. By alternating between voice command and the use of a goad stick, Caleb has taught these animals to pay attention to him and follow his direction; he has learned a whole new vocabulary that joins him with all ox trainers throughout the western world . . . "Gee," "Haw," "Put In," "Step Up," and "Back Up" . . . seemingly simple commands but which require of the trainer a keen understanding of the nature of the animals, how to work with their distinct personalities and differences and how to be clear and definitive in commands and expectations.


It is now clear that our young working steers (they will become working oxen only when they arrive at four years of age) have reached that important milestone where they have come to know and respond to Caleb's commands; in short they have become Caleb's calves. For Caleb, this is a journey also, for he has needed to listen to these creatures and acquire the skill of knowing how to coax from these animals their willingness to work with him. This has required patience and understanding of him, firmness and warmth. However, the journey is not over yet and Caleb and his calves still have a way to travel together before he can proudly claim that his calves are "broke" and the animals can be put to work at the Farmstead.


We are greatly indebted to the help and guidance given us by Mike Austin of Austin Farms, who has assisted Caleb with his training and kindly loaned us the calf yokes, the very same ones that he used as a young lad of Caleb's age when he learned how to break his own calves!


Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship Director 

Village Harmony Singers

On Thursday, February 28th, the Northern Harmony singers are coming to Hartsbrook to share their music with our students.
Their program includes traditional singing from South Africa, Georgia, Bulgaria, and Corsica, American shape-note and quartet gospel songs, and a set of fourteenth century sacred pieces. 
Be sure to catch their local evening concert:

February, 28th 7:30pm

Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple St.  For more info:  Village Harmony 


Arn Krugman, 4th Grade Class Teacher

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 ManThe colloquium is open to anyone. We request participants 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 through dialogue. 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. 

Jan Kees Saltet, High School Humanities 

Community Bulletin Board 

The CD RELEASE PARTY for composer-pianist Dan Kennedy's album Intuition has been rescheduled. Friday, March 1 at 8pm at the Arts Block Café, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Featuring Stephen Katz on cello and Joe Fitzpatrick on drums. Children may bring jumpropes. Handicap accessible. For more info:
JOURNEY CAMP: Inclusiveness and peace-building are the hallmarks of Journey Camp, which offers children a supportive atmosphere where it's easy to be themselves and make friends. Creative play draws on art, music and the outdoors. Sessions at Woolman Hill, Deerfield, and Taproot Commons Farm, Cummington. For more information, Google Journey Camp or call Marsha Lieberman, 413-588-6399.


DRUM LESSONS Are you a musician? Would you like to improve your sense of rhythm, or maybe become the next Questlove?  Drumming is both the most basic human activity and one of the hardest instruments to master. Study with a drummer who has 18 years experience with hand drums, classical percussion, jazz and rock, and find out what it means to play in time. To set up a lesson, email or call 718-916-1544. 
STAINED GLASS SUPPLIES:  we have a box of leftover pieces of stained glass in a variety of colors and sizes, glazing compound, goggles and gloves. Free. Please email:


GARDEN SERVICE: Want the benefits of a home garden but not all the work? Foggy Road Vegetable Garden Services would love to help. Services we perform include: initial crop plan and design, soil preparation, growing and planting seedlings, watering, weeding, pest management and seasonal maintenance. Visit for more information on our services and packages. You may also contact us at or 908-770-7838. 


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.
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


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.


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