Weekly Bulletin

April 3, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


7th & 8th Grade Chorus
"Together in Song" Competition
Watch: April 6th, 8:30pm
Vote to help the Chorus get to the semi finals


Next Open Class Day
Thursday, 4/4


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

High School Jazz Band Fundraiser Concert
Friday 4/12 7 - 9pm
Location TBD
April Break
4/12 Half Day/Assembly 
4/15 - 4/19


Parent Evenings


6th Grade

Tuesday, 4/23 7-9pm



Wednesday, 4/24 7-9pm


Ultimate Games



4/4 V@4 Rivers
4/8 V home vs. Frontier
4/11 MS @ MacDuffie 



Annual Fund

Have I Given Yet?

Look for an email this week confirming your contribution or how to do so!


Parent Participation

100% of the Hartsbrook classes are past 20% participation!

Total parent participation is 31% participation and growing!


Let's Reach 50% Participation before Spring Break!

 Make Your Pledge or Gift Today!

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


It is through the joy in learning, kinship with nature, and working in community that we prepare students to meet the challenges of the future and to find purpose and meaning in their lives.


Let meet this challenge as a community!  


With heartfelt thanks,

Karen Bates for the Development Committee

Friday Lemonade and Tea!


Friday, April 12th, we'll have lemonade and sun tea for sale for a $1 (donation) that will count as your Annual Fund gift!


Come quench your thirst and help us reach 50% Annual Fund giving participation before Spring Break.


Karen Bates

This Week - Watch and Vote!

7th and 8th Grade Chorus Performs on WGBY


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 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. 


Please tune in and watch us sing!


Watch: Performance airs on WGBY April 6th at 8:30pm

Vote: go to http://togetherinsong.wgby.org/2013/03/hartsbrook-school-chorus-cantar/ after April 6th and vote!


This is a contest; 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!

Ms. Irina Yakub, Choral Director

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: 586-1908 ex.104

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


Leslie Evans, Enrollment Director

Register Now for April Vacation Farm Camp


There are still spaces for April Vacation Farm Camp, from April 15th-19th. It's Spring and many of our animals are about to give birth! It's sure to be an exciting week around the farm! Register today:  Farm Camp Registration or call the Enrollment Office: (413) 586-1908, ext.116.


Lost & Found 
A small glass vase, a red- enameled silver link bracelet, a pair of folding reading glasses in a box, and a brooch with a "Russian Beauty" painting can all be claimed in the Main Office. Many more pieces of jewelry, keys, and sunglasses are in the lost & found as well. Could they be yours?
Bus Service
Bus 39 service ends May 10th. Please plan according.  The schedule

Take & Bake Pizzas: Pick up Thursday 3 - 4pm

 Thank you to everyone who ordered pizzas in support of the class of  2013. Don't forget to pick up your pizza orders:
Thursday, April 4th, under the canopy between 3 and 4pm.

Funds raised contribute to funding a service trip / class trip to Costa Rica to help endangered sea turtles. Thank you!


Thomas Heineman for the class of 2013

For parents or caregivers with children ages  18 months to 4  years old.  

FEE: $75

DATES: April 24th; May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

DESCRIPTION: A walk leads to the fields and hills where we stop for rest and play. Gathered together outside in the natural environment children are free to explore or stay close to their caregiver. After a simple 
snack we will sing songs of farm and forest and field.  

On the way towards home we will visit the farmstead to enjoy the animals. Please bring appropriate clothing for all weather.

Call Leslie for more information: 413-584-3198 

Hartsbrook Hawks - Ultimate 

Varsity: Hartsbrook 15, Amherst 4
The Hartsbrook varsity ultimate team defeated Amherst JVA in its first game of the season on Tuesday. Spirits were high on a freezing cold afternoon as the Hawks played against former classmates who now are part of the Amherst team.
JV team beat PVPA's JV team 7-3

Upcoming: Hartsbrook Varsity vs. Four Rivers Varsity on Thursday (away) 

Foundation Studies Looks at Biodynamic Agriculture

Foundation Studies students will be learning about  Biodynamic agriculture this Sunday, and members of the Hartsbrook community are warmly welcome to join us.
Sunday, April 7 - Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture - Mac Mead, Director of the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York. The Pfeiffer Center is an international center for Biodynamic gardening and gardening education.
There is a fee of $25/session and we meet in Piening Hall  for study, brunch and artistic/practical activity from 9:00 - 1:00. Contact Katherine Nickel for more information.
Louise Spear

Smart Lunches: Give It a Try!


Smart Lunches are being delivered to Hartsbrook.


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 Flyer 


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Save the Date: High School Jazz Band Fundraiser Concert!




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

Roger Sorkin, Hartsbrook Parent, Makes the News!!


Congratulations, Roger!


"When Florence filmmaker Roger Sorkin found himself frustrated with the way he saw climate change discussed and debated, he sought to change the way the topic was being framed. 


With that in mind, Sorkin has been working on his film, 'The Burden: Fossil Fuel, the Military, and National Security,' since July 2011 and hopes it to be finished by this summer....a short version of the film recently won some attention.  Sorkin is the grand prize winner in the short-video category for the American Clean Skies Foundation Energy Visions Prize.  His film was selected from about 30 films submitted in the category." 

Excepts from Florence man wins award for short film on climate change by Krista Mangiardi.

Full Article

Around Campus!

Kindergarten Puppet Shows with Mrs. Poplawski      Grade School Assemblies
Grade School, Egypt Block                             High School, Self Portraits        
Students from Japan spend a day at Hartsbrook            Open Class Day Visitors   
For more photos go to The Hartsbrook Photo Site 
Parenting Workshops with Aletha Solter, Ph.D.
Aletha Solter, Ph.D., a renowned parenting educator and founder of the Aware Parenting Institute (http://www.awareparenting.com), will be on the east coast giving two workshops in Northampton, MA: 
"Why Babies Cry: Some Unrecognized Reasons" on Thursday, April 4  
"Discipline Without Punishments and Rewards" on Saturday, April 6
For parents and professionals (therapists, counselors, social workers, teachers, daycare providers, nannies, doulas, midwives, birth educators, etc.) 
Location: Cradle (Thorne's Marketplace), Northampton, MA.
To register: Contact Cradle, (413) 341-5282 or Eliza Parker at Contact@InspiritAlive.com or (720) 252-9982. 

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.

EGGS! Chickens have been most prolific. MANY Delicious free range organic eggs are available at 128 West Street, Hadley. Drive in the driveway - eggs are in the barn. Sliding Scale to $6.00/Dozen.


PARENTING FOR PEACE: group study and practice Wednesdays with child educator and non-violent communication facilitator, Gina Simm, at Pioneer Valley Cohousing Common House in N. Amherst. Gina will share the works of Inbal Kashtan, Parenting From Your Heart. Her parenting approach is based on the principles of compassion, connection and partnership. Contact Gina Simm for more information: ginasimm54@gmail.com.  More Info


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. 

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