Weekly Bulletin

March 27, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Good Friday


April Vacation


Next Open Class Day
Thursday, 4/4


8th Grade Play 4/4-4/6
Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing  
4/4 1:30p
4/5 11a and 7p
4/6 7p 
Senior Project Presentations:
4/10 1:30p - 3:15p
4/10 and 4/11 6:30p-9p



Parent Evenings


High School

Wed., 3/27 7-9pm


6th Grade

Tuesday, 4/23 7-9pm

Ultimate Games




4/2 V@ARAS
4/2 JV@ARAS 


4/4 V@4 Rivers



Annual Fund


Parent Participation

Grew from 25% to 28% this week. Thank you!

  Let's reach 50% before Spring Break!

Imagine 100% Participation


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%

Many grandparents, relatives and special friends!

Parents are at 28%. 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! 



Which class will reach 100% first? Your donation, will be counted as a contribution for each of your children's classes.


With heartfelt thanks,


Karen Bates for the Development Committee

Take & Bake Pizzas - SIGN UP BY TOMORROW!

This spring, the senior class will be participating in a service trip / class trip to Costa Rica to help endangered sea turtles. They need your help funding!
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

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

Enrollment Corner ~ Contracts and Deposits Due!


Reminder - Contracts and deposits are due April 5th.

If you are not paying in full and need to establish automatic payments, please go to  the Parent Information Page on our website to sign up for FACTS Tuition Management.


 For Financial questions, please contact Diane Chilson in the Business Office.  413-586-1908 ex. 104


For any enrollment questions, please contact Leslie Evans, Enrollment Director. 413-586-1908 ex. 115


Leslie Evans, Enrollment Director

Planning Our Parent Council


To all Parents, Faculty, Administration and Board Members,

A strong council can play an important role in our school by providing bridges across the school communities.  On Mar 20th a lively group of parents, Faculty, Administration and Board members met to brainstorm the central ideas for a re-launch of a Parent Council. Thank you to all who attended and contributed.


We invite all of our community Parents, Faculty, Administration and Board members to come to the next meeting and keep the ball rolling!


 Next topics:

1) Mission statement review

2) Role of the council in community building

3) Ways in which the council interacts with decision making bodies

4) Council organization ideas and discussion


Please join us in developing  a council that will best serve our community

Date, time and agenda will be posted in the next bulletin. 



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

2013 - 2014 School Calendar Highlights 


Here are the high points of next year's school calendar for everyone's planning purposes. On-day holidays are not listed but they include Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, M. L. King Jr.  Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day. Many of the smaller details are still to be worked out. We will post on the website when ready. 

September 4 - First Day of School

October 31 and November 1 - P/T Conference Days

Nov. 28 and 29 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 - Winter Break

Feb. 17 - 21 - February Break

April 21 - 25 - April break

June 6 - Last Day of School


-  Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

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: 

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


For more info: Smart Lunches Welcome Flyer 2 


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Save the Date... High School Celebration with Jazz Band!



Mark your calendars, save the date:

The class of 2013 would like to invite you to an evening of food, music, song and community on Friday, April 12th 7-10pm. Featuring Hartsbrook High's own Jazz band, and much, much more! Location to be announced, keep your eye on this space for an update on the location.

Thomas Heineman, High School Humanities

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 beginning 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

Waldorf Today ~

Natural Egg Dyes 


Check out the latest Waldorf Today Issue for:

Natural Egg Dyes 


Signs of Spring! 


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.

SUMMER ARTS: Dive in to the arts, guided by outstanding artists in the fields of art, theater, dance, mime, fashion design, crafts and lots of magical games.  Join us during our summer camps from June 24 - August 9. Our popular ONE- DAY option will assure you of the richness of our programs. Spark your child's flow of creativity. Register at: www.multi-arts.org   413-584-7951 Financial Aid available.  Facebook 


AMHERST LEISURE SERVICES Check out LSSE activities including Youth Tennis, Messy Art, Decorated-dressage, Fantastic Flutes, Chronicles of Narnia drama classes and Bicycle Maintenance and Repair.  LSSE Website


KROKA EXPEDITION'S 2013 SUMMER Our summer programs (for ages 9-18) span one to three weeks and offer experiences in wilderness living, traditional native skills, rock climbing, caving, and white water paddling. Our daily adventures are punctuated by singing, swimming, building with natural materials, learning practical handcraft skills, and exploring with new friends. All of this is done within the holistic lifestyle of a nurturing community: celebrating food, sharing living spaces, and working and playing hard in nature. More Infot www.kroka.org or call us at 603-835-9087.


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. 
TEEN YOGA CLASS: 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.
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.

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