Weekly Bulletin

March 6, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


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


Parent Council Inaugural Meeting!
3/20, 7-9pm  


Professional Day


Good Friday


Farm Camp

April Vacation and Summer sessions


Parent Evenings


3rd Grade

Wednesday 3/6 7-9pm


5th Grade

Tuesday 3/12 7-9pm


1st Grade

7th Grade
Wednesday 3/13 7-9pm

8th Grade

Thursday 3/14 7-9pm





 Stay tuned for Ultimate Frisbee Season news!


Open Invitation  to~ 

Start Up the Parent Council


Ever feel like you didn't know who to turn to for a school issue? 
Wondering how decisions get made?
Have a great idea, but don't know whom to tell?
Want to meet parents from other grades and share experiences?
The Strategic Planning Task Force has recommended that the Parent Council be started again at The Hartsbrook School. 

The Parent Council can play an important role in the school by providing a bridge to the board, the faculty, and the administration. The exact way in which it interacts with those bodies, and the details of the purpose and mission statement of the Parent Council need to be worked out.

Inaugural Meeting
March 20th, 7-9pm
Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall
All are invited to help plan the restart of the Parent Council.

1) Presentation of the previous Parent Council history. Discussion of what worked, and what didn't.

2) Presentation of Hartsbrook's organizational structure and how various bodies interact. Discussion to determine the Parent Council structure and the way it should fit in with the other school organizations.

3) Parent Council Mission statement brain storming session.

4) Start up planning, with expected outcome of key milestones to begin functioning, including establishing operational rules, marketing group, messaging group, others?

As you can see it will be a fun and action-packed evening. Please come and share in the excitement. All are invited. March 20th, from 7 to 9 pm in the Great Room.

From Parent Council Design Team: Swansea Benham Bleicher,
Jim Piermarini, Virginia McWilliam, Annie Woodhull, David Ranen


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 

Refer a Friend to the High School

Check out our student invite!


Student Invite to our Open House 


Friday Morning
Community Coffee ~
Waffles this Week


Please join us us in the Great Room for Friday Morning Community Coffee. We'll have Dean's Beans coffee, tea, and hot cocoa, and this week we will have home made waffles!


All parents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Please join us.


- Karen Bates, Director of Development


No PVTA Bus March 17-23


There will be no 38 or 39 PVTA bus service during the week of March 17th, as the colleges have their spring break. Please make alternate arrangements for transportation if your child usually takes the bus.

Pizza News


Pizza order forms for March 13th 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.


Thank you for supporting our pizza sales! 

 - The 8th Grade



Pirates of Penzance ~ Tickets on Sale  



~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


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.


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


- Tony Cape, Faculty Liaison

Star Party and Comet Viewing! 

2nd Annual Star Party to Launch the 2nd Appeal of our Annual Fund


Wednesday, March 13th, starting at 7pm

Stroll on down to the Hartsbrook Observatory for star, planet and comet gazing.

Star cookies provided.


Comet Panstarrs has been rising this past week and is visible through binoculars or the high school's telescopes.  Hartsbrook High School astronomy teacher, Chip Weems, will be opening up the school observatory and showing off the comet and a few other celestial objects for anyone who would like to stop by. There's even a chance that the just-past new moon will pass in front of the Comet Panstarrs tail!


If you are coming by for a Parent Evening or for the High School musical dress rehearsal, Mr. Weems is planning to have the observatory open before and after your meetings.


Where is the Hartsbrook Observatory?

The observatory is located behind the South Mod. Although the school's telescope is pretty powerful, it can't look through clouds! So check the Bulletin next week for any last minute updates about date changes due to the weather.


2nd Appeal for The Hartsbrook School Annual Fund

We have an opportunity to achieve 100% participation. It is a way for each of us to make a gift to each other, to know that we thrive together as a community. Currently, we are at 24% participation for parents in the Annual Fund. Great! Amazing! This is 1/4 of over 200 families that have already contributed, it's time to close the gap and reach 100%.


Karen Bates, Director of Development

Take & Bake Pizzas - Senior Fundraiser 

This spring, the senior class will be participating in a service trip / class trip to Costa Rica to help endangered sea turtles. This is a once-in-a-lifetime endeavor, but is quite pricey. In order for this trip to happen, we need to raise money! 
Take & Bake Pizzas
We are selling Take & Bake pizzas, regular and gluten free, as well as cookie dough, all from Hillside Pizza. Hillside Pizza is a local all-organic cafe pizzeria with gluten free and vegan options.

You may be asking, "What are Take & Bakes?" It's quite simple. You place an order for a "Take & Bake" pizza or a tube of cookie dough (or 10 if you want!), and on April 4th they will be available to take home. 


Seniors Taking Orders

Throughout March, you will find Seniors under the canopy taking orders.


Order deadline: March 28th

One Time Pizza Pick Up: April 4th


On April 4th we will be under the canopy of Hartsbrook Hall waiting for you or your child(ren) to pick up your order. It's as simple as that.  

Look for seniors, or contact the office if you are interested!


 - Thomas Heineman, High School Humanities

Alumni News - Farm to Table on Amherst Campus
Tobin Porter-Brown, left, and Peter McLean
Alumnus Tobin Porter-Brown makes headlines at Amherst College with plans to develop Book and Plow Farm, a farm-to-campus-table initiative. For more details: 
Tobin was in Kindergarten with Celia Riahi, and spent his early grades with class teacher Katharine Kretz.



Photo Credit: Rob Mattson

Community Bulletin Board 

PUPPETS IN THE WOOD Summer Workshops: Hartsbrook parents and teachers Beth Fairservis (artist and puppeteer) and Stephen Katz (cellist and composer) will accompany children on a music, dance and art journey. In the forest and in our yurt studio, we will create puppet characters, costumes, sets and music. On Friday we perform!  We also make masks, play in the sprinkler, have music jams, hand dye silks, and eat fresh fruit and bread.♦ July 8 -12th - Forest Fairies - (6 to 8 yr olds). July 15-19th - (9-12 yr olds) 9am-3pm. $300/week. Sibling rates. Click to Pre-Register. Contact Beth 413-268-3588 or bethbirth@crocker.com.
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 rosemary_mcnaughton@mac.com 413-537-9755. 
SUMMER HOME RENTAL Visitors this summer? My Northampton home is available for rent on a weekly basis for several weeks in July and August. Three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, quiet street in the Smith College neighborhood. Easy walk to downtown shops, bike path, Mill River swimming, running trails, playgrounds, and YMCA. Backyard deck and trampoline. Accommodates five easily. Not fancy, but clean and comfortable. Fifteen-minute drive to Hartsbrook. Due to allergy issues, no pets or smokers please. Contact Jean Zimmer: jeanzibean@verizon.net or 413-336-2999. 
SEEKING SUMMER RENTAL Former Hartsbrook family (Nicky, Ron and Jill) is looking for rental housing for the month of July, 2013 to possibly Aug 10 for our return visit to the Valley.  Please contact Ron Halterman or Jill Irvine RHalterman@ou.edu  or 405 447 4649 if you can aid our search.

HOUSE PARENTS NEEDED The Lukas Community in Temple, New Hampshire, a Steiner inspired community serving the lifelong needs of adults with developmental challenges, seeks individuals interested in living and working with our residents and co-workers in an Anthroposophical community.  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.
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 www.foggy-road.com for more information on our services and packages. You may also contact us at adam@foggy-road.com 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,  jordangelabbott@yahoo.com  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 mindful525@gmail.com

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