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Hadley, MA


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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

Open Class Day 
Thursday, May 2, 8:15a to 10:45a

Parent Evenings

8th Grade
Tuesday, 4/297-9pm

8th Grade
Wednesday, 4/297-9pm

Wednesday, 5/1 6:30pm

Ultimate Games 
4/25 4-5pm 
MS Home vs. 4 Rivers

4/26 MS @ ARMS at Ft. River Elementary 
depart- 2:40

4/29 4p-5p 
V home vs. 4 Rivers JV (no seniors)

4/30 3:45- 4:45 7th/8th  
Girls at GCC fields

May 1st Buxton B Tournament (no seniors)

May 1st Intramural Ultimate   

Weekly Bulletin

April 24, 2013




Join National Screen Free Week

Next Week: April 29th to May 5th!

Next week is National Screen Free week. This annual event is sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. As a school we hope that you observe this week in a way that makes sense for your family.


Research and experience indicates that exposure to electronic media hinders the learning process and limits the development of children's capacities and abilities; perceptual, intellectual, creative and social. The hours we spend with our phones, computers or televisions, despite the allure of social media, is a hindrance to connections between people and a loss of the activities they replace.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends extreme limits on screen time for young children: 


"Unstructured playtime is more valuable for the developing brain than any electronic media exposure. If a parent is not able to actively play with a child, that child should have solo playtime with an adult nearby. Even for infants as young as 4 months of age, solo play allows a child to think creatively, problem-solve, and accomplish tasks with minimal parent interaction." More Info


The loss of activities and family time that media replaces may be especially true for older children and adults. We invite you to experience and be nourished by the unfolding of springtime. Start your garden, watch an Ultimate game after school, ride your bike or simply walk!


The AAP recommends that parents "establish 'screen-free' zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers or video games in children's bedrooms, and by turning off the TV during dinner."


Perhaps the greatest benefit of shutting off the screens for one week is a consciousness about media use and its effects. We encourage you to engage your children in conversation on this topic - perhaps even at the dinner table!


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Planning Our Parent Council 

Join in Tonight!

April 24, 7-9pm
Great Room
We invite all of our community parents, faculty, Board and administration members to join us!


The polling is complete, and the date is set. Please come, and invite someone to come with you, to tonight's Parent Council startup meeting. We will be reviewing the mission and launching into new business that will cover:

  • Role of the council in community building
  • Ways in which the council interacts with decision making bodies
  • Council organization ideas and discussion

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

Personnel Updates


Our Extended Day Director, Olivia Judd, will not be continuing at Hartsbrook next year. She is returning to graduate school to study early childhood education.

First and second grade assistant Caitlin Pow will also be leaving us to go back to school. She will be entering the Waldorf teacher training program at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire.


If you are interested in either position, please

Pop/Rock Voice Class Recital Today at 5pm


April 24, 5pm

Great Room


Join us for a short performance featuring five talented young singers (including Hartsbrook's own Mary Andrews & Anja Wood!) This performance is free and open to the public.


Tony Lechner

7th & 8th Grade Spring Orchestra/Chorus Concert


All are invited to the 7th & 8th grade Spring Concert on May 7th at 7:00 in Piening Hall! Band, orchestra and chorus will be showcased!


Rebecca Rose

From the Director of Development


We've Reached 69% Parent Participation!


We did it, Thank you! To those who purchased hot apple cider and made their gifts on a dreary sleet-driven day, your pre-break gifts brought parent participation from 37% to 63% -- from 70 families to 121!


The momentum has caught on, and gifts received over break bring us to 69%.

10th grade has one family left to give to reach 100% - Go 10th Grade!!
4th grade has 2 families left to give to reach 100% - thanks so much!! 
The High School leaped to 70% overall parent participation. 


How many families are needed for your children's grade(s) to reach 100%?


Nursery - 13 more of 21

Bluebird - 9 more of 16
Meadowlark - 9 more of 16
1st Grade - 10 more of 23

2nd Grade - 4 more of 14
3rd Grade - 9 more of 24
4th Grade - 2 more of 14
5th Grade - 8 more of 25
6th Grade - 10 more of 25
7th Grade - 12 more of 24
8th Grade - 10 of our 21

9th Grade - 3 more to go

10th Grade - 1 more to go 
11th Grade - 2 more to go

12th Grade - 6 more to go  



Remember: for families with children in more than one class, your gift counts toward the percentages in all of their classes with one gift!


No matter the amount - your gift matters MORE INFO


Make Your Pledge/Gift Today

With heartfelt thanks,

Karen Bates for the Development Committee

Seniors Depart for Costa Rica Class Service Trip

Join us on May 6th at 1:30pm for a presentation about the Costa Rican sea turtle project that you helped support.
New Arrivals on the Farmstead


Welcome Skye

On April 8th, Miss April calved a beautiful golden calf. She is a healthy calf with race-horse legs, the longest Jersey eye-lashes you ever did see and a wonderfully sweet disposition. In no time at all, she was up on her gangly legs navigating her way, albeit rather wobbly, to Miss April searching out sweet Jersey cream. Her name is Skye. She is already learning how to be tied at the stanchion, relax to the feel of human hands grooming and stroking her, and navigating the world of a barn with two curious steer calves. Visit the cow barn and you can delight in her youthfulness, what a delight to have a young heifer join our herd!

New Lambs 
On a blustery Friday morning last week, the last day of Spring Farm Camp, I arrived early to find BOTH of our ewes giving birth at the same was a surprising (and rather confusing) scene for the farmer! After shepherding them both into the lambing pens, it became clear which lambs belonged to which mothers! Patriot has birthed healthy twins (a male and female) and Comfrey a single female. The lambs are doing famously, delighting in their attentive mothers' care. The 5th Grade, who take care of the sheep every day, have the challenge of naming these beautiful lambs.
8th Grade Bee Keeping
Last Sunday, with Oliver leading the helm for the 8th Grade class, we installed 4 new swarms of bees into their new beehives. These bees had traveled from an apiary in Georgia and were ready to be released into the hives with their new Queens. It is quite a sight to watch 4 pounds of honeybees be rather unceremoniously shaken into a hive....a buzzing mass indeed. As they settle into their new hives, the bees are being fed a mixture of sugar and chamomile tea and are already busy drawing out bright white new beeswax and forming beautiful honeycomb that will become their home. This week, as part of their beekeeping studies, the 8th grade will inspect the 2 hives that have valiantly made it through the winter and see what is happening inside these 4 new hives...we hope to already see the Queens at work laying eggs, the promise of a burgeoning colony!
Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship Director
Hartsbrook High School Arts Showcase 


Music, Song and Community














On Friday, April 12, High School students, families and friends met to enjoy an evening of entertainment. The Showcase included the NCMC Youth Jazz Band, individual and group acts by the students and student artwork. A great time was had by all!

Community News

Thank You!

Thanks to Leslie Ritchie-Dunham for chaperoning all of the Geology field trips and to Kristen H for chaperoning the trip to the museum.


Thank you to Leslie Ritchie-Dunham and Tom Joyce for volunteering on a most dreary day to help with the hot apple cider (sans Lemonade) annual fund fundraiser on the Friday before Spring Break. You wore your Spring smiles and were amazing to work with.


Thank you to Van, our newest, dearest, Building & Grounds assistant, you are everywhere! Your goodwill and gracious efforts are so appreciated as we look through shiny clean windows, open cleaned out cabinets, find well-stocked closets and cupboards at every job is too big or too small or too high - you are amazing. Thank you from our entire Hartsbrook family!


Community Bulletin Board 

1860 FARMHOUSE FOR SALE: 1301 S. East St, Amherst. Cheery 3+ BR, 1.5 bath, 2,472 sf, 1.86 acres at the foot of Mt. Pollux in South Amherst. 3-season porch, woodstove, replacement windows, new heating system. 10 mins. to school. Asking $399,900. For more info or to take a virtual tour please visit

WELCOME SPRING WITH YOGA! Enjoy small yoga classes in Karen Sheingold's lovely Amherst studio in the woods. First class free. New students: 30 days unlimited classes $60. Private and therapeutic sessions. Gardening and yoga workshop, May 4. See Or ask Lori Lynn Hoffer, Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields or Reed Wulsin. Contact: or 413-253-0313.

FAMILY REUNION/LOOKING FOR A LARGE HOUSE Our extended family is planning a reunion the last week of June for 4-7 days, depending on cost/availability. Ideally within driving distance of 2-3 hours from Amherst and close to water, but other options considered. Room for up to 20 people but some people can sleep in tents, if appropriate. Plenty of references. Contact Erica at (770) 402-0529. Posted by Andrea and Jacob Ayvazian, 7th & 3rd grade family. 
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 15-19th  (6-10 yr olds) 9am-3pm. $300/week. Sibling rates. Click to Pre-Register. Contact Beth 413-268-3588 or


SITTER NEEDED: We are looking for someone who can stay with our kids while the two of us work in the house. We have a baby (13 months old) and two girls, 7 and 5 years old. We will need help to stay just with the baby until the second week of June, and then all three kids after that. We would need help al least 2 times a week, between 3-4 hours each time. If this is something you are interested in, please let us know, and we'd love to talk to you more. or (202) 270-0652


HARTSBROOK ALUMNI FOR HIRE: Two Guys and a Blue Goose Colten McCormick and Evan Mariani are Hartsbrook alums, now college freshman. Colten, (Hartsbrook K-9), attends UC Davis. Evan, (Hartsbrook K-8), attends Bryant University. We are 20 years of age and good hard workers (ask our past employers!) this will be our second year doing this type of work so we have more experience and knowledge of landscaping. We are up for anything; yard work, lawn care, spring clean-up, moving, and painting. Contact: Evan (413) 427-9895, Colten (413)-668-6841 or

ROOM IN A HOUSESHARE available for the summer: Sublet in nice colonial home in Holyoke for 2 or 3 months. Large room with private bath available. Smaller room with shared bath may also be available. Yard, gardens, great common spaces, lots of sunshine, quiet neighborhood. House has a community feel, with frequent shared meals. (No smokers, no pets.) For more info call Adrian: 413-695-1998.
SUMMER YOGA MONKEY CAMP FOR KIDS: A joyful camp combining stories and art with yoga, movement and games, taught by Yoga Sanctuary owner and longtime teacher, Sara Rose. June 24-28, 9am-12pm.  Please call (413) 585-9642 or visit our website for more information.

SUMMER THEATER WORKSHOPS: Week-long workshops with Village Theatre Company for ages 8-14. Come create an original play - a different theme every week. HomeSpun Musical, 7/1-5,  Something's Funny... 7/8-12 and WhoDoneIt? 7/15-19. Taught by former Hartsbrook parents Christine Stevens & Tim Holcomb. or or (413) 549-4881.


ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: Amherst Summer Weekend Course July 26-28 - an in-depth experience for students of all levels. Then 8 more workshops, July 29-31, are presented on topics from meditation to music, balance, voice, and more. Alumni parents Christine Stevens and Ruth Rootberg are among the faculty. Earlybird registration: May 24. For more information, "Connections" or for a pdf brochure.


MULTI-ARTS is opening registration for its thirteenth annual summer camp session! Children delve into the world of music, theater, dance, visual arts, fashion design and creative writing, guided by internationally renowned professional artists and teachers. There are currently 24 Financial Aid slots available. Based on your annual income, pay just $100/month for this incredible artistic adventure! Sign up here:Multi-Arts Offerings


ACUPUNCTURE HEALING ARTS: Home style treatment setting near Amherst. for free consultation. Website: Frederick E Steinway, Lic. Ac.


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: Should any of the following be something you'd like to get done, but don't have the time for, give me a shout! Spanish Tutoring, Cello Lessons, Yard Cleanup, Vegetable Garden Start, Worm Compost Start, Paint Exterior/Interior Touch-ups, Moving or Personal Training. Cheers, Ben Purdon (Hartsbrook Alum - 8th Grade Class of 1999, son of Rebecca Rose) Contact: 413-320-1349 or

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 : For more info visit: 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, (413) 695-4064 /

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 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 $30

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