Weekly Bulletin

April 10, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


Friday 4-11~ 
Assembly Day/ Half Day 
4/15 - 4/19 ~ 
No School 


7th & 8th Grade Chorus



Senior Project Presentations

Wednesday 4/10 1:30pm + 6:30pm  Thursday 4/11, 6:30pm


High School Arts Showcase

Friday, 4/11 7p-10pm

@ the Nacul Center, Amherst


Parent Council Planning Meeting Wednesday, April 24th, 7p-9p


Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Friday, May 10, 8:30am to 12:30pm


May Celebration

Friday, May 10, 1p-3p


Parent Evenings


6th Grade

Tuesday, 4/23 7-9pm



Wednesday, 4/24 7-9pm


Ultimate Games



4/10 3:30-5:30p
Intramural Ultimate RvG, BvO


4/11 MS @ MacDuffie

4/12 V@ Deerfield







Next Year's School Calendar

We have made one change - there will be no school on Thursday, Sept. 5th, in observance of Rosh Hashanah, and there will be school on Friday, September 13th as Yom Kippur will be observed  on Saturday, September 14th. 
Vacation Office Hours
School offices will be open from 9am - 3pm Tuesday - Friday, but call first to make sure we are in. 
Found: 2nd Grade Scarf
A second-grade student-knitted scarf was found at Safety Village in Florence. If you know its creator, please contact Erin in the office.
Vote NOW

Our great 7th and 8th Grade chorus takes part in the WGBY PBS Choral Festival "Together in Song" (Season III).  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! VOTE HERE


Scrip for Sale on Friday

Scrip will be sold on Friday under the canopy. Stock up for break!


Thursday, 4/11, is the Last Burrito Day

Senior Project Presentations Tonight!
The Senior Project is something that students work on for a year, beginning in 11th grade. It is an opportunity to learn something completely new in an in-depth manner, or to deepen something in which the student has had an interest in for a long time.

This year we have a little bit of both. One student has spent a year learning the guitar while another, after years of playing, learned how to build her own personalized electric guitar. You will be amazed by the array of talents and interests that our 12th graders will demonstrate. If you are a parent of a younger child, please come see what worlds can open up for your student after 12 years of Waldorf education.

All performances will be in Piening Hall    CLICK FOR PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30pm (For studentsWednesday, April 10 at 6:30pm
Thursday, April 11 at 6:30pm

This Friday: 

The Hartsbrook High School Arts Showcase



The class of 2013 invites you to an evening of food, music, song and community 


Friday, April 12th, 7-10pm

Nacul Center - 592 Main Street in Amherst, MA

(West on Main St. from town center, on the left, big brick building, formerly a chapel)



The NCMC Youth Jazz Band

Many individual and group acts by the students of Hartsbrook High School

Artwork by High School students

MC'd by Vincent DeFelice & Sam Stein

A Few Spaces Left - Register for April Vacation Farm Camp!


April Vacation Farm Camp: April 15th-19th. It's Spring, there is a brand new calf 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.


From the Director of Development 



Good Goal News

Annual Fund Goal: $85,000


The Annual Fund has total commitments of:




For this I give sincere thanks to the 70 current families who have committed to date, as well as to the alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, friends, board, faculty and staff who have contributed to this appeal.



 Parent Participation


Many more of you have given donations this past week - bringing the total Hartsbrook parent participation to: 


Parents 37%

 We need just 24 more gifts from parents by Friday to reach 50%.


Board: 100%

Core Faculty & Salaried Staff: 79% 


50% Friday

 We'll have lemonade and sun tea on Assembly Day. These donations will 

count as your Annual Fund gifts!

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


Make Your Pledge/Gift Today

  • Email me your pledge today: kbates@hartsbrook.org
  • Mail in your pledge or donation
  • Extra pledge/gift envelopes available in every building. Thank you

With heartfelt thanks,

- Karen Bates for the Development Committee

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 on April 24 from 7 to 9pm in the great room.


 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 on April 24 from 7 to 9pm in the great room. 



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

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

FACILITATOR: Magdalena Toran
FEE: $75
TIMES: 9am to 11am
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 

Thank You From the Senior Class

Thank you to all who supported the senior class by buying Mi Tierra Burritos these last few months. As a reminder, Thursday, April 11th is the last burrito day. Join us on May 6th at 1:30pm and see a presentation about the Costa Rican sea turtle project that burrito purchases helped support.
Again, Thank you,
Thomas Heineman, Senior Class Adviser

Much Ado About Nothing


Congratulations to the 8th Grade for a fantastic production of Shakespeare's  Much Ado about Nothing!







Community News

David Ranen Receives Excellence in Teaching Award


David Ranen is a Harold S. Grinspoon  Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award" Recipient for 2013. The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation supports and rewards exceptional public and parochial school teachers in our region as part of the Pioneer Valley Awards for Excellence in Education. David received this award for his work at Amherst Regional Middle School.


David is currently a Hartsbrook Board member, and his daughter graduated from Hartsbrook High School in 2012.  David will be honored with friends, family and other award recipients during a ceremony on Thursday April 25. MORE INFO and about the Excellence in Teaching Award

Joyce Eichacker, Hartsbrook Parent, Makes the News!!


The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) named Joyce Eichacker, Warren Conservation Commission chair, as Conservation Commissioner of the Year at its annual environmental conference held on March 2.


Joyce has been involved with the Warren Conservation

Commission since 2006, and was voted in as chair in 2009. Joyce and her husband, Rich, are parents of a Hartsbrook 1st grader. 


Book Reading by Tony Cape


Tony Cape, High School Humanities teacher, recently published a new book. 


He will be reading from his book, Diamond Highway, A Tibetian Buddhist Path in America.


Friday, May 3rd at the Unitarian Society

220 Main St, Northampton

More Info


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 7:00pm in
Piening Hall.

ROOM FOR RENT: Room for rent in quiet home in Florence. Available July 1st. Share kitchen, bath, living room, and gardens with Hartsbrook family of 2 and 1 small, quiet dog. Large deck, yard, gardens. Washer/dryer and ping pong table in basement. 15 minutes to Hartsbrook, 5 minutes to downtown Noho. Non-smokers only.  $450 + utilities. Call 586-0601.

READY, WILLING AND ABLE (and CELLO)  Should any of the following be something you'd like to get done, but don't have the time for, give me a shout! Yard Cleanup, Vegetable Garden Start, Worm Compost Start, Paint Exterior/Interior Touch-ups, Moving, Cello Lessons. Cheers, Ben Purdon Contact: 413-320-1349 or benjamin.purdon@gmail.com

FIRST GENERATION BENEFIT CONCERTSaturday April 20th, 7:00pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. An evening of music and theater to support the First Generation youth arts program in Springfield. Featuring Hartsbrook parent Charles Neville, Evelyn Harris, Avery Sharpe, Youssoupha Sidibe, Tony Vacca, Jo Sallins, Bideew Bou Bess from Senegal, and a sneak preview of First Generation's New Work. Tickets : www.academyofmusictheatre.com. For more info visit:  www.performanceproject.org or call 586-4960.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION (WATERCOLOR) CLASS: Lauren Mills, children's book author/illustrator and art teacher, is offering a 5 week class in dry brush watercolor techniques specifically for book illustration. Includes some color theory, design, and techniques needed to create a believable and appealing illusion on the page. $125 plus materials. 5 Wednesdays in May, 3:30-5:30pm. Hartsbrook High School Literature Room. Contact: Lauren Mills, laurenmillsart@gmail.com/ (413) 695-4064 / www.laurenmillsart.com

AWAKENING OUR LISTENING: A Workshop in Musical Improvisation with Channa Seidenberg
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 1-6pm. White Barn Studios, 20 Dickinson St., Amherst.
Workshop fee: $75 - $60 (sliding scale) Online RegistrationInfo: The Pioneer Valley Muse Grouppvmusgroup@gmail.com(413) 549-0997. What is it about music that evokes such deep emotion in us? How does music so often communicate what we cannot say in words? We will improvise with metal instruments, open-string instruments, and voice. This workshop is open to musicians and non-musicians alike. Instruments will be provided.
This is an inspired movement practice that clears the path for our own intuitive ability to heal. We will breathe, stretch, move in non-conventional ways, do partner/ witness work and dance ourselves free, if need be! Taught by Anastasia M. Blaisdell, a previous Hartsbrook mom of two. Please pre-register by emailing me at inneropening@gmail.com. $30

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  

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