The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Grandparents & Special Friends Day 
Friday, May 10, 8:30am
to 12:30pm
May Celebration 
Friday, May 10, 1pm-3pm

Open Class Day
Thursday, May 2
7th & 8th Grade Orchestra/Band/Chorus Concert
Tuesday, 5/7 7pm-8:30pm
High School Prom 5/18
Foreign Language Showcase Grades 6-12
Wed 5/29 11am-12:30pm
Class Activities
1st Grade Play
Week of 5/6-5/10
2nd Grade Play
Week of 5/20-5/24
3rd Grade Play
Week of 5/13
4th Grade Play
Week of 5/28
6th Grade
Montreal Trip 5/21-5/24
7th Grade
White Mountains 5/14-5/17
8th Grade
Maine  5/17-5/23
9th, 10th, 11th
Off-Campus Intensives
Week of 5/13
Senior Play
Parent Evenings

Wednesday, 5/1 7-9pm
High School
Wednesday, 5/1 6:30pm
3rd Grade
Wednesday, 5/8 7-9pm

Rising 1st Grade
Wednesday, 5/8 7-9pm
1st Grade
5th Grade
Wednesday, 5/15 7-9pm 
Ultimate Games 
4/25 4-5pm 
MS Home vs. 4 Rivers

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

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

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

May 1st Buxton B Tournament (no seniors)

May 1st Intramural Ultimate   

Weekly Bulletin

May 1, 2013



Registrations have been coming in from Grandparents and Special Friends. If there is someone special that you think we may have missed inviting or that your child would like to invite, please call Karen Bates (413) 514-3198 ex. 129 or register them here:  REGISTER NOW

     It's customary to wear white on May Day!

The May celebration is a joyous festival for our younger children, Cricket through 4th grade. The 6th graders help out by providing music and special entertainment.

Afternoon Schedule
12:15pm - Nursery/Kindergarten Dismissal

12:30pm - 1st-4th Grade Dismissal
*5th-8th Grade students with guests will be released at 12:30pm to meet their families for lunch.   


12:15 - 1:35pm Light Lunch
Children, families and special guests are invited to share a meal or a picnic. A light lunch, soup and sandwiches will be be provided.  We encourage all parents to bring additional picnic supplies for children who may need a heartier meal before activities.

12:15 - 1:15pm Family Portraits in the Flower Garden

1:pm - 1:45pm May Fair Activities: 
Crown making, cupcake walk, face painting, watermelon and more!
1:45 - 3:00pm May Fair Parade and May Pole Dancing

 3:15pm Dismissal for grades 5 - 8
A Call for Flowering Greens!



Children will be making crowns during May Celebration. Please help by bringing in vines, greens or flowering branches. 


Drop them off Friday, May 10th in the morning in the Kindergarten yard.


Thanks to the 2nd grade families for organizing crown making!

Power Down!

It's 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. In addition, 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.  More Info


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

Bus Service Stops 5/11


No service for Route 39 starting Saturday, 5/11/13. Please plan accordingly for your children!

Parent Council News

Recently the board has requested that the Parent Council at The Hartsbrook School be reinvigorated. A small group of Hartsbrook parents, faculty, administrators, and board members has been working to make this happen. To that end, they have constructed the following mission statement for the Parent Council, and will continue to work to help make the Parent Council a vibrant and active part of the school ecosystem. 


Parent Council Mission Statement

The Parent Council aims to be a fun, inclusive, and permanent organization that furthers the School's mission by helping to build community, support the staff, and facilitate frank and constructive communication among parents, faculty, staff, and the board.


The Parent Council currently aims to:

1) Facilitate Communication

    • From parents
    • To parents
    • Among parents
    • Provide a safe space for discussion

2) Support the School Community

    • Become a resource for views, volunteers, skills
    • Demonstrate appreciation
    • Build school community

3) Help Support the School Mission

    • Help raise funds and other resources
    • Make the school better known

4) Give Parents a Say in Governing

    • Help parents speak to, participate in, and influence Hartsbrook decisions
    • Strengthen accountability

5) Perpetuate Itself

    • The Council will be a permanent body
    • To that end, the Council strives to be a welcoming and fun organization
    • It will include representation across all classes and organizational bodies

Next Steps

Shortly you will be hearing more about the Parent Council and what it could mean to you from your class teacher, the Bulletin, and other methods. We will be looking for parent representatives and interested parents to participate in the organization. The first meeting will soon be scheduled close to the end of this school year, so we can hit the ground running next year.

We've Reached 80% Parent Participation!


Wow! The class percentages are climbing!

4th grade and 9th grade reached 100% and enjoyed their cakes!

10th grade has 1 family left to give to reach 100% - Go 10th Grade!!

11th grade has 2 families left to give to reach 100% - thanks so much!!

The High School is now at 80% overall parent participation.

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


Nursery - 11 more of 21 families to go!

Bluebird - 5 more of 16
Meadowlark - 5 more of 16

1st Grade - 4 more of 23

2nd Grade - 3 more of 14
3rd Grade - 11 more of 24
4th Grade - 100%
5th Grade - 7 more of 25
6th Grade - 9 more of 25
7th Grade - 11 more of 24
8th Grade - 8 more of 21

9th Grade - 100%

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

12th Grade - 5 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

  • Email me your pledge today:
  • 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

Ultimate News

A few photos from Monday's winning game with Four Rivers. More photos


Senior Projects

After spending a year independently learning something entirely new or deepening their knowledge of something they are involved with, High School Seniors recently shared their projects with classmates, family and friends. Projects included:
Vincent DeFelice: Abstract Painting
Madeline DeWolf: Poetry as a Means of Self-Discovery
Meghan Drisko: Built an Electric Guitar
Jacob Garfinkle and Elena Nieutupski: Salsa Dancing
Dunan Herman-Parks: Shoe Making
Meaghan Horak and Jacqueline Ritchie-Dunham: Wrote, Directed and Filmed a Short Film; also Wrote and Performed the Musical Score
Kelsey Murphy: Fantasy Painting
Robin Roblee-Strauss: Designed and Built a Table
Oliver Smith: Made a Stop-Motion Film
Samuel Stein: Rebuilt an Old Car
Sean Tousey-Pfarrer: Learned Guitar and Studied the History and Science of Guitar Music
Miles Wilhems-Tricarico: Created a Book of the Chance Encounters of Street Photography
For more Photos: Hartsbrook's Photo Site
Around Campus

Nursery students enjoy their view and Spring Farm Campers welcome our new calf.  


 After a chilly hike up Mt. Sugerloaf, 2nd Graders warm up at Magic Wings Buttery Conservatory. 

Community News

Book Reading by Tony Cape - Friday


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


Dispatches from the Boreal Forest of Canada  


A Father and Son Trip 

Nursery parent Mat Jacobson and son Foster spent their spring break traveling across Canada to protect the caribou. Mat, manager of Pew Charitable Trust's International Boreal Conservation Campaign, was attending a meeting of several aboriginal nations in Northern Quebec and Labrador, including the Innu, Inuit, and Cree, that are coming together to discuss shrinking caribou herds in Canada's Boreal forests.


 For stories of their journey and of Mat's work, READ MORE

Spelling Bee  


On Wednesday, March 27, the JFK Middle School was a hive of activity! The 13th Annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee unfolded that night in a packed auditorium and was broadcast live on local radio and TV. Again swarming the stage was the Hartsbrook team - Brian Schumacher (father of kindergartener Sepha), Jon Lackman (father of kindergartener Lucy and 1st grader Lola) and Ian Breen.

As they did last year, the team buzzed past the first round (one of just eight teams to do so, out of forty teams total) despite misspelling "orgeat," a syrup used in cocktails that is pronounced "orzat." (All the other teams got it wrong, too.)  In the semis, their honeyed run continued as they successfully spelled dirndl (a kind of skirt), but then they were stung by "daiquiri," which they spelled "daquiri." Orgeat and then daiquiri! Obviously, they have not been drinking enough booze.

They did at least wear costumes this year - they went as The Bee't Poets.

Not to drone on, but they have high hopes for next year's Bee! By which time Lackman and Breen will have completed their two-year quest to read the American Heritage Dictionary (all 2,000+ pages of it). They are currently completing the letter "S." (If they'd finished by last year, they might not have been eliminated by "zebu.")

If any Hartsbrook students would like to compete in the Scripps bees, the Team would be happy to coach them.

Bee well, Jon Lackman

Community Bulletin Board 

EGGS FOR SALE: The third grade is offering eggs for sale after school, usually on Thursdays.  They are organic eggs from our own chickens and sell for $2 per half dozen. If you would like some, please find the children's egg stand outside the third grade room at 3:15pm on Thursdays. Thank you. James Pewtherer, 3rd Grade Class Teacher


SUMMER CAMP? Please, can you recommend a great summer camp, in New England (or upstate New York) which is strong in some of these areas: environmental awareness, recreational sports, the arts, community building or music.  (Ages:8-13) Thanks, Arn Krugman 413-446-9727


SUMMER CHILD CARE GROUP: There are still 2 openings in my Wednesday childcare group this summer (and some possibilities to come additional days when other children are on vacation). We enjoy craft time, baking, painting and gardening, circle time, story time and homemade snacks and lunches. There is plenty of time for outdoor play and running through the sprinkler! Please call or email for more information: Jennifer Van Beckum: (413) 586-0596,


SUMMERTIME HOUSE-SITTING OPPORTUNITY in South Amherst, for an individual, a couple, or a family who is looking for a peaceful place to stay for 3-4 weeks this summer, mid-July through mid-August. Two friendly indoor cats and a great view are part of the package. If interested, please contact Reed or Dennis at 413-253-9282.
FOR SALE 2004 HONDA Pilot Ex-L. Seats 8. Leather heated seats, dark green exterior. 117,700 miles. Consistent regular maintenance and oil changes. Contact Suzy

SUMMER JOB FOR AUDIO VIDEO INSTALLATION: I am a parent of two Hartsbrook students who owns an audio video company called Perfect Sound. I have a job opening for one Hartsbrook High School student for this summer. This would be a part-time job for 3-4 days a week for the entire summer. Requirements: 17 years of age or higher, must have basic hand tools, good people skills, transportation to and from our West Springfield location, and basic computer skills. Please email resume to  or visit:

SUMMER TUTOR AVAILABLE to work one-on-one with students on reading, writing and math skills. I can help make summer "practice" fun and productive! For students in grades 2 through High School. Please contact Alexis Major Jameson or (413) 230-7953. 

9th ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT at Hampshire College's Franklin Patterson Hall Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 am-4:00, featuring keynote speaker Halina Brown of Clark University and the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative. There will also be workshops on topics  ranging from local IRA investing to sustainable heating options, exhibitors, and live music. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. Register online at or contact (877-266-7543) for more information.


VACATION HOME: Enjoy a beautiful family vacation Plum Island - north of Boston - in a barrier Island off of Newburyport consisting of national wildlife park and miles of quiet beaches -- great for birding, fishing, and biking, kayaking, boating and lazy beach days. 3 bedrooms, open floor plan,decks and water views. A few weeks still available. Special reduced rate for Waldorf families! 

HOUSE FOR RENT IN AMHERST WOODS: Luxury 3 bdrm, 3+bath,contemporary home with library and studio. Available Aug 1st, See listing #78024 for more details.
Contact: Anne Burton or (413) 256-0945

SUMMER MASK MAKING, ART AND THEATER CLASSES: in August with local artist Lea Chiara at the Art Always studio in Florence. Now enrolling: Maskmaking and Performance for ages 7-11 and 12-15; Dreams in a Box: Exploring Shadowbox Sculpture for ages 13-17. For more info, please call Art Always at 413-584-3050, visit, or email

WILD HEARTED BOYS: SUMMER ADVENTURE WEEKS: A program for boys, ages 9-13, to explore a different Valley location each day and make new friends along the way! Canoe, kayak, explore caves, build rafts, rock-climb and more! Each week will culminate with an overnight camping trip. June 24th-28th and July 15th-19th; cost is $350/week; Location: 408 Montague Rd., Shutesbury, MA; Contact Ben at 413-253-4910;


STARLIGHT'S YOUTH THEATER proudly presents The Little Mermaid, Jr., the musical, on May 17th (7:00pm), 18th (2:00 & 7:00pm), 19th (2:00pm) at the Academy of Music, Northampton. Tickets $16 adults and $12 students/seniors and available at, in person at the box office, or by calling 413-584-9032 ext 105. Please join our exuberant, local, all-youth cast, including Hartsbrook students and alums, for this fun-filled adventure "under the sea"! For more information about the show and Starlight's Youth Theatre,  


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.

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

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 /

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