Weekly Bulletin

March 13, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


High School Musical 

Pirates Of Penzance 
3/13 - 3/16


Animal Care Club Family Orientation

Saturday, 3/16 8:30am


3/18 NO SCHOOL Professional Day


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



8th Grade 4/3 - 4/6



Good Friday


Farm Camp

April Vacation and Summer sessions


Parent Evenings


1st Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade  

Wednesday 3/13 7-9pm

2nd Grade

Tuesday 3/19 7-9pm






Pirates of Penzance - This Week!

Purchase Tickets Now

Hartsbrook High School Pirates of Penzance Trailer


Adults: $15 / Students: $10      $45 family cap


Show Times:

Dress Rehearsal:

Wednesday 3/13, 7pm - Audience welcome

Grades Performances:

Thursday 3/14 and Friday 3/15, 11am


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.


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.

Open Invitation to Start Up the Parent Council


Ever feel like you didn't know where 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 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

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

 Ultimate Frisbee ~ Register Now!

Please follow the links below to register. The season schedule can be viewed on the Hartsbrook website under Athletics.  


Intramurals - Open to grades 5-8, all experience levels. Mixed-grade teams will practice and play games at Hartsbrook on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm. Participants will get a team t-shirt to keep. The first day of Intramurals will be March 27th.

Intramural Registration: click to REGISTER NOW


Middle School Travel Team - Open to grades 7 and 8. Practice and play games with other middle school teams from nearby schools 3:30-5:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays starting March 28th (no practice on the 29th, Good Friday). Schedule notes: some away games will return home after 5:30; there are two Tuesday events, April 23rd and 30th; there are two weekend events, May 12th and 19th. MS travel team participants must also participate in Intramurals.

Middle School Travel Team Registration: click to REGISTER NOW


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. Please view the entire schedule on the Hartsbrook website under Athletics. Follow the link to the registration form for complete information.

Varsity Ultimate Registration: click to REGISTER NOW


I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the fields!

Megan Owens, Athletics Director


See the Athletics Calendar for game and practice schedules.

Visit RVALonline.com to learn more about participating schools, sports, schedules, field maps for away games, and up-to-date match results for all league games.

Ultimate News


Hartsbrook Senior Vincent DeFelice is competing with the Black Ice Ultimate Frisbee team of New England in the National Youth Ultimate Club championships in Chicago, March 15 and 16. Vincent, who is applying to Amherst and Roger Williams Colleges for next year, said he was excited to play "at the highest level of high school Ultimate." During his years at Hartsbrook, he has captained the soccer, basketball and Ultimate teams. Way to go, Vincent!  


Last year The Hartsbrook School won the Division II State Ultimate championship. Sign up now for this year's team!



Comet Viewing Tonight!

Wednesday, March 13th, 7:30pm


Comet PANSTARRS is a bright comet, visible with the naked eye, seen shortly after sunset, on the western horizon. Binoculars or a small telescope will show even more of its wispy tail. Sunset will be just before 7pm and the best viewing will be from about 7:30 to 8:00. 


Chip Weems will set up telescopes near the soccer field for viewing, weather permitting. The comet will start to dim by next week as it moves away from the sun. Bright comets are quite rare, sometimes going more than a decade between, so don't miss this one!


Chip Weems, High School Science

Personnel Update ~ School Nurse


Please welcome Jesscia LaCroix, R.N., as our new school nurse. Jessica will be on campus each day school is in session from 10:00am - 2:00pm and will work from the infirmary next door to the Main Office. Jessica worked most recently at the Cutchins Center for Families and Children in Northampton as a school nurse. She lives in Florence with her family and is eager to get to know the Hartsbrook community.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

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.



We are quite aware of the many potholes in the gravel portion of the driveway caused by the cycle of melting and freezing particular to a New England March. Karl's Excavating of Hadley will be scraping and re-grading the gravel driveway as soon as the ground is thawed to a depth of 4 - 6 inches. Filling in the potholes by hand works very temporarily but is washed away by the next rainstorm - another frequent feature of our early spring weather. Until Karl's can get here, a cautious approach is best!


Ed Mann, Building and Grounds

Welcome Back Weekend Animal Care Club


Family Orientation This Weekend!

Saturday, March 16th at 8:30am


We will once again be inviting our families in Grades 3-6 to help us with weekend animal care. This has been a great success in years past, with families pitching in to feed, water and care for our farm animals over the weekend. This is a wonderful way to work alongside your children as they proudly show you all that they do every day at school in caring for the animals.


We have tried an online sign up process in the past but this year we will return to nothing more complicated than than attending an orientation with myself and signing up to take a shift in an old calendar hanging outside my office door.


Please come to an animal care orientation this coming Saturday, March 16th at 8.30am. We will meet outside the goat barn and take care of all the animals together; this way, even if your child does not work every day with the goats, sheep, poultry or donkey, you will learn all you need. If you are wanting to come, but are unable to make it this weekend, please let me know and we will find another time. All families who sign up will need to participate in this orientation.


This is an exciting time of year to work with the animals! Chicks will be hatching, baby goats and lambs being born and Miss April our heifer cow is due to calve in just 4 weeks! Busy times indeed.


Looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday.


Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship

Florence Savings Bank Customers' Choice Award 


Congratulations, Hartsbrook!


Because of our 172 votes, 60% more than last year, Hartsbrook received a $2,500 Customers' Choice Community Grant from Florence Saving's Bank.


The funds will go to our Scrip program, and a portion of Scrip goes toward financial assistance.


Thirty-six local organizations received grants this year in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society received 650 votes and the largest grant of $5,000. Way to go, DPVHS!


It was an honor to receive this gift for Hartsbrook and to watch as other organizations received grants for their needs as well.


Karen Bates, Director of Developement

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 homemade waffles!


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


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

Around Campus  

Alyca sings Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel for the Faust block, grade 12.
High School 
Computer Science


Early Childhood Walks
Mud Season Beings!


Community Bulletin Board 

AESCHYLUS UNBOUND is a new play co-authored by Glen Williamson and the late Mala Powers, acclaimed star of film and television, about ancient Greek mystery religion and the life of Aeschylus, the first great playwright and the "father of western drama." This historical play is about mysterious ancient rituals, world-shaking battles, and a warrior poet on trial for his life. Click for MORE INFO Performance will be at The Hartsbrook School, April 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm in Piening Hall.
INCONVENIENT TRUTHS: Understanding The Root Cause of Your Child's Social, Academic & Behavioral Issues. Do you want to help your child and family to be happier, healthier, and more successful? A natural brain-based approach can help. Join Dr. Megan Hudson, Center Director of the Brain Balance Achievement Center for an evening of learning, connecting, and answers about your child's struggles. Thursday March 21 from 6:00 to 8:00pm @ Sylvester's Restaurant in Northampton. Registration required. Limited seating. Register here 
HELP! HOST FAMILIES NEEDED! I'm looking for families to host male students and teachers from Japan from March 22-28th. You will receive a $40 per night stipend to help cover the cost of meals, transportation and board. Please call Marie on 413 230-1121 or marielauderdale@mac.com for more information.
RENTAL AVAILABLE: We are seeking a renter for our newly renovated two-bedroom apartment in Amherst. Join an environmentally conscious household and share the apartment with a retired Waldorf teacher. Our spacious backyard abuts beautiful Wentworth conservation area. We are close to hiking, bike path, bus route, and a 10-minute ride to the Hartsbrook School. Please contact Maria Botelho Ayres at 253-7692 or mbotelho@educ.umass.edu.
SPRING EQUINOX FAMILY YOGA! In this lively family yoga class we will be growing trees and spring flowers and we will run like the springtime wind. We will stretch our bodies after a long winter and be the playful animals that inhabit the springtime forest as we practice yoga poses and play games together as families. March 24th from 3:30-4:30pm. Call 585-9642 or check our website www.yoga-sanctuary.com for more information.  

Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton is offering a Teen Yoga Series! These classes will offer a combination of yoga poses, meditation, creative movement, art, and music.  Spring series to start in April, Wednesday afternoons 3:45-5pm. Pre-registration requested - please call 585-9642 or check our website www.yoga-sanctuary.com for more information.
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. 
DANCEMEDITATION: Connect to your body, breath, heart, and spirit center in a new, innovative, refreshing way through this 8 week series of Dance meditation in Florence, MA at The Wild LIfe Sanctuary, Monday Mornings, 10-11:30am March 18th- May 6th. $80 for full series or $13 Drop -in fee. Taught by a previous Hartsbrook mom, come visit a world of intuition, dance, community, and transformation! Contact: Anastasia M. Blaisddell at 413-822-2405 or inneropening@gmail.com


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. 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. 


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