Weekly Bulletin

March 21, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Next Open Class Day
Thursday, April 4


8th Grade Play 4/3-4/6


3/29 Good Friday 

4/15-4/19 April Vacation


Farm Camp

April Vacation and Summer sessions



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4th Grade

Friday, 3/22 1-2:30pm

High School

Wednesday, 3/27 7-9pm







Pirates of Penzance 

And What a Show It Was . . . 


 Thank you, High School!
For more photos, go to Hartsbrook's Photo Site
High School > General > Pirates of Penzance

No PVTA Bus March 17-23


There is no 38 or 39 PVTA bus service through the rest of this week as the colleges have their spring break. Please make alternate arrangements for transportation if your child usually takes the bus.

2012 - 2013 Annual Fund Spring Appeal


Welcome to Spring!


Spring is awakening, a time to stretch our wings until we can fly with vigor to face the adventures ahead. As the Director of Development and as a parent, I'm glad to be part of this vital community that does all it can to support every aspect of education at the Hartsbrook School.


2012 - 2013 Annual Appeal Goal: $85,000

To date, we have received $60,000!


Thank you all for your generous response, your contribution means so much!


Imagine 100% Participation


Please help us close the gap.

All donations - regardless of the amount - are truly needed. High participation is a vote of confidence and impacts the potential for gifts received from outside sources such as foundations, businesses and individuals.


Board Members - have reached 100%

Staff and Faculty - have reached 100%

So many grandparents, relatives and special friends have already given.

Parents are over 25%. We can reach 100%!


Make Your Pledge or Gift Today!

100% = Cake for Your Class!

French Master Pastry Chef Didier Voisin has generously offered to make a cake for each class as it reaches 100% participation! Didier and Gail Voisin are parents to Gabriel, 11th Grade and Paul, who graduated from Hartsbrook High in 2007. Thank you, Mr. Voisin.


Which class will reach 100% first? Your donation counts in each of your children's classes.


We know that finances can be tough these days. We are extremely grateful for everyone's sacrifices. Independent schools grow from seeds planted with love and blossom from the spirit of giving - your participation is the seed!


When you make a donation to Hartsbrook we come together as a community to help our children. I want to thank each and every one of you very sincerely for your participation.


With heartfelt thanks,


Karen Bates for the Development Committee


Friday Community Mornings - Coffee and Tea With Great Company


Please join us under the canopy in front of 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.


- Karen Bates, Director of Development

Smart Lunches 


No Fooling . . . we're excited to start serving Smart Lunches at Hartsbrook on Monday, April 1st! 


For busy families, this easy online ordering and delivery service brings fresh, fun and nutritious lunches to students while providing great convenience to parents. With menu offerings including soups, salads, pastas and wraps, your children will find their favorites.


Lunches will be delivered to Hartsbrook on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for children in grades 1-12. If you have any questions about the menu or service, visit: www.smartlunches.com,

call (857) 239-9974 or email info@smartlunches.com.  


Smart Lunches will visit Hartsbrook with samples to try on Tuesday, March 26 at dismissal time.  Stop by and find out what it's all about.


For more info: Smart Lunches Welcome Flyer


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

WGBY PBS Choral Festival "Together in Song" 


Dear members of the Hartsbrook School community!


As you all may know, our great 7th and 8th Grade chorus takes part in the WGBY PBS Choral Festival "Together in Song" (Season III). This festival will present almost 40 choruses from all over Western New England.


We have been practicing hard, and have been chosen by the jury to be videotaped and featured in the broadcast. This is by itself a great achievement and a wonderful promotional opportunity for our small school, but we are hoping to get to the semi-final and even to the final stage of this great festival. 


Our incredible 7th and 8th grade choral performance, recorded by WGBY, will be aired on April 6th at 8:30pm. Please tune in and watch us sing!


This is a contest, and we need your votes to become semi-finalists and to sing live on April 28th in Springfield. We need your support! Please watch us online and leave your cheerful and uplifting comments there!

Please go to http://togetherinsong.wgby.org/  after April 6th and vote!


I also encourage you to send this message to all those who would be delighted to watch this wonderful group of children singing with such enthusiasm and talent!


Ms. Irina Yakub, Choral Director


Compost for Sale


Despite the snow being down, it is the first day of spring and of course our thoughts are now turning to the garden! We are very happy to offer some of our own compost, well broken down and wonderfully stable for slow release of nutrients over the growing season. This compost is made up of a mixture of different manures from our own animals and food waste gathered from the classrooms and Homestead kitchen. It is of a superlative quality and when tested at the soil analysis lab at UMass, the results were off the charts!

The compost may be purchased by the bag, well screened for a fine plant-mix grade, or available loose by the cubic yard or bag.


Pre-screened, by the bag: $5.00

Self-serve by the bag: $3.00

Self-serve by the cubic yard: $20


For more information or questions, please contact Nicki Robb at nrobb@hartsbrook.org  


Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship

 Ultimate Season Begins

The ultimate season begins March 31st for Varsity and March 27th for Intramurals. All players must be registered and FULLY PAID by the first practice. Pay by check or credit card at the Main Office.


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.

Foundation Studies Looks at Biodynamic Agriculture!


Foundation Studies students will be studying biodynamic agriculture for the next two sessions and members of the Hartsbrook community are welcome to join us for a fee of $25/session. We meet on Sundays for study, brunch and artistic/practical activity from 9am - 1pm. Contact Katherine Nickel for more information.


Sunday, March 24 - Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture - Megan Durney, Head Gardener at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Vallley, New York


Sunday, April 7 - Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture, cont'd - Mac Mead, Director of the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

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

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.
FLUTE LESSONS AND ENSEMBLES AT HARTSBROOK - Emily Sapa, M.M., brings a creative, positive style to teaching flute students of all ages and abilities. She is an experienced instructor and performer and is committed to sharing a fun, productive and healthy approach to studying music and the flute. For more information, please contact at 612-788-4611 oremily.sapa@gmail.com . 
WILD HEARTED BOYS - SPRING SESSION: Mentoring Tomorrow's Conscientious, Caring and Courageous Men. A program encouraging boys ages 9-13 to explore, inquire, play, reflect and dialogue within the context of the natural world and all of the challenges and mysteries it presents. Led by male mentors whose goal is to honor and foster the inner capabilities of each participant. 6 sessions, alternating Sundays from April 14th - June 23rd; 9:30 am to 3:30pm; sliding scale from $325 to $400; Location: 408 Montague Rd., Shutesbury, MA; Contact Ben at 413-253-4910; www.AdventureinAdventureOut.com. 
SEEKING AU PAIR OR OTHER JOB IN ITALY 2013-2014: Very mature, French college student (now at Smith) seeks au pair or other position working in Italy (Florence?) for next year. Louise is fluent in French, English and Italian, has 2 younger siblings (hence great with kids), and is preparing to become a translator. Contact Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli (7th grade mom) with any contacts: 461-6959; storiesthatmove@gmail.com. 
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.
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  

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