The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events

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

Parent Council Planning Meeting 
Monday 5/13 7-9pm
High School Prom 5/18
Bramble Hill 6:30pm
Foreign Language Showcase Grades 6-12
Wed 5/29 11am-12:30pm

Field Day
Wednesday, June 5th

8th Grade Promotion
Friday, June 7th

12th Grade Graduation
Saturday, June 8th
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
Loki and the Giants
Week of 5/29 + 5/30
6th Grade
Montreal Trip 5/21-5/24
7th Grade
White Mountains Trip 5/14-5/17
8th Grade
Maine Trip  5/17-5/23
9th, 10th, 11th
Off-Campus Intensives
Week of 5/13
Senior Play
Parent Evenings 
3rd Grade - tonight
Wednesday, 5/8 7pm


Rising 1st Grade - tonight
Wednesday, 5/8 7pm
1st Grade
5th Grade
Wednesday, 5/15 7pm 


4th Grade
Friday, 5/17 1pm
2nd Grade
Wednesday, 5/22 7pm


7th Grade
Wednesday, 5/29 7pm


Ultimate Games 
May 1st Buxton B Tournament (no seniors)

May 1st Intramural Ultimate   

Weekly Bulletin

May 8, 2013


We look forward to welcoming many grandparents and friends!


Guest Arrival Times:

If you are visiting a student in:

Grades 1-11, please register at 8:15-8:30am

Kindergarten or Nursery, please register at 10:15-10:30am


Click to see the Grandparents and Special Friends Day 


 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

Regular dismissal, to guests if they have them!


12:30pm 1st-12th Grade students with guests 

Students will be released to share lunch with their families

(5th-12th return to classes at 1:25pm)


12:45pm 1st-4th Grade 

Regular dismissal 


3:15pm 5th-8th Grade 

Regular dismissal


3:25pm High School 

Regular dismissal



12:15 - 1:35pm Light Lunch

Children, families and special guests are invited to share a meal or a picnic together. A light lunch of 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.


May Fair Activities:

1:00 - 1:45pm Crown making, cupcake walk, face painting, watermelon and more!


1:45 - 3:00pm May Fair Parade and May Pole Dancing


A Call for Flowering Greens!

Please Deliver Friday Morning


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.  Buckets will be available for cut branches.


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

The Mood in May 


In the last month of the school year, events seem to accelerate.
This week we have the senior trip presentation from their time in Costa Rica working with endangered sea turtles. We have music concerts in grade 5 - 8, the first grade play,
and a parent evening for the rising first grade. On Friday we have Grandparent's and Special Friends Day alongside the May Celebration. 
In the coming weeks, we will see plays from grades 2, 3, 4 and 12, the fifth grade will attend the Greek Olympics, and our Ultimate teams will compete in tournaments. Classes will rush to finish handwork projects, building projects and main lesson books. All grades from grade 5 - 11 will have some experiential learning with a field trip away from Hartsbrook. 


In faculty meetings, we reflect on the year past and year to come as we hear about the 8th grade students this week from Ms. Baudendistel, the rising first grade next week from the kindergarten teachers, and the High School students from the High School faculty.

We also meet with the 8th grade students and see a display of their work through the years and, in the last week of school, we spend time with 12th grade students to hear their reflections on their education and their plans and dreams for the future. 
And finally, all of this is leading up to the last day of school with the final assembly and Promotion, with Graduation to follow on Saturday. 
Many of these events are open to the school community, so keep an eye on the Bulletin and on your class communications so that you can participate in the activities that interest you in this glorious dash to the finish! 

Louise Spear, Faculty Chair
Seeking Land Stewardship Program Assistant


We are looking for an Assistant to provide support in all areas of our agricultural work at the school.

This is a part-time position, suitable for those who enjoy sharing their love of nature, farming and the environment with students of all ages. Previous agricultural experience is a plus but not a pre-requisite. 


For job description and Land Stewardship Mission Statement : MORE INFO

Extended Day for 2013-2014


Please remember to sign up for Extended Day when you return your contract. It really helps our planning to know how many parents want to use Extended Day regularly so that we don't run out of drop-in spaces.

Bus Service Stops 5/11


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

Parent Council Planning Meeting

The date for the next Parent Council start-up meeting is:
May 13th 7-9pm in the Great Room 
The hot topic will be the Parent Council connectivity to the other school organizations. So, please come join the discussion about how to make the Parent Council a vibrant part of the school's ecosystem. We look forward to seeing you there.
From Parent Council Design Team: Swansea Benham Bleicher, 
Jim Piermarini, Virginia McWilliam, Annie Woodhull, David Ranen 

Must-See Home Game!

Tuesday, May 21st, 4pm
Hartsbrook vs. Four Rivers
Please take this opportunity to see some of the best athletes in Hartsbrook's history finish up their final season! There is an incredible amount of collective talent on our Varsity team and this is the last home game for many seniors. Hartsbrook and Four Rivers have a healthy and long-standing rivalry and it is sure to be a very exciting game. 

 Other opportunities to cheer on Hartsbrook Ultimate: 
- Saturday May 11th: Greenfield Tournament at Greenfield Community College, all day 
- May 25th-26th, MA State Championships in Greenfield 
Varsity Team
This year, Hartsbrook's Ultimate program, intramural to Varsity, includes more than 90 Hartsbrook students! Here are some intramural photos:
Intramural practice

Senior Mentor Appreciation

On behalf of the High School I would like to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the people who mentored our seniors this year throughout the senior project period. These projects would not have been possible without the selfless help and commitment of the following people:


Neal Parks mentored Vincent DeFelice in painting.

James Robinson mentored Meghan Drisko in making her electric guitar.

Emily Fox mentored Elena Nietupski and Jacob Garfinkel in salsa dancing.

Sharon Raymond mentored Dunan Herman-Parks in shoemaking.

Lynne Bertrand and Harry Keramidas mentored Meaghan Horak in filmmaking.

Cherrie Latuner mentored Mady DeWolf in poetry writing.

Anne Haendiges mentored Kelsey Murphy in painting.

Joshua Sitron mentored Jackie Ritchie-Dunham in creating a movie score.

Mark Gamble mentored Robin Roblee-Strauss in furniture making.

Chip Weems mentored Oliver Smith in stop motion filmmaking.

Ben Freed, an alumnus, mentored Sam Stein in rebuilding a classic car.

Carol Lollis mentored Miles Wilhelms-Tricarico in street photography.


The High School community takes its hat off to you all for rising above and beyond your dedication to your craft and mentoring these young people. Thank you.


Thomas Heineman

Senior Class Adviser

For more Photos: Hartsbrook's Photo Site
Congratulations to the three Hartsbrook students who participated in the 2012-13 Western Massachusetts District Music Festivals.

Erin Hudson and Sylvana Szuhay played cello in the Junior District Concert.


Jackie Ritchie-Dunham played flute in the Senior District Concert.


If you are an instrumentalist or singer, you may be interested in participating in the

orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, or chorus next year. Contact Kelly Hudson, parent coordinator, if you have any questions.

Community News

A Thank You



If you've  wandered down the hallway of Hartsbrook Hall recently, you may have noticed some changes. Our sixth grade parent, Terry Cline, put a great deal of time, energy and expertise into converting a hodgepodge of library, Extended Day equipment and handwork carts into a very pleasant space which honors and accommodates all three of those activities.


The Extended Day equipment is now clearly organized on its shelves, which Terry refurbished. The library for the younger grades is now a cozy, inviting corner with a bench and plants, and our Handwork Fairy Godmother, Gail Voisin, now has her own rainbow domain safely tucked into the sunny corner, where our students love to visit her for some extra help on their projects.



When I look at this new arrangement, it makes perfect sense, but it took the very experienced eye of Terry Cline to make it work so seamlessly. Thank you, Terry!


-Polly Saltet, Eurythmy 

Hartsbrook Family Camping

Save the Date July 7th 


One and all are welcomed to an enjoyable and relaxing place called Indian Hollow.

All members of our Hartsbrook family are invited up to Indian Hollow Campground in Chesterfield from July 7 (after 2:00) till July 11 (at noon).

The campground has bathrooms, fire pits, hiking/biking trails, a large field and a wide shallow expanse of the Westfield River to play in. We have reserved the whole campsite just for us!
You can bring your bathing suits and bikes for the day, or bring tents and coolers for a 4-night total break from your everyday stresses.

If you have any questions, please ask your class teacher, Louise Spear, Swansea Bleicher or Leslie Kellogg. 

Shop River Valley Market in May


For the month of May, Hartsbrook is River Valley Market Co-op's Green Stamp Program recipient.


Thanks to Liza Cabot-Case, mom of Aubrey, for nominating Hartsbrook!


Click for MORE INFO

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


HOUSE SITTING? Our lovely two- to three-bedroom home is available for rent from July 11 to August 3 for $500 per week. We need someone there to look after our very sociable cat and the gardens, (no lawn mowing, though). We're in Hadley, right across from the Hartsbrook School on a quiet cul-de-sac, with woods behind the house. Please, no children under 6, and no pets. Polly and Jan Kees Saltet 413.584.5256

ASPARAGUS SUPPER May 11th, Seatings 5pm and 6:45pm North Hadley Congregational Church. Tickets: $15 adults, Children 6-14 $8, under 6- free. Asparagus, potato salad, ham, mixed breads and ice cream, strawberries and cookies.

TUTOR AVAILABLE for summer months: Rosie Pearson, current and longtime private tutor at Hartsbrook High School has availability during the summer. Tutoring work focuses on English language skills: improving writing and grammar skills for all ages; PSAT, SAT, and ACT study practice, TOEFEL study practice for non-native English speakers/writers. $40 per hour. References available. 413.253.9871,

BIXBY BROTHERS YARD WORK AND LANDSCAPING - Need help around the house or yard? Tucker, Reed and Evan are ready to help with the grunt work, heavy lifting, moving, mowing, raking or whatever you need. Call (413) 575-2103

SUMMER MATH TUTORING Robin Pfoutz, Hartsbrook Math teacher and tutor, is tutoring math this summer and fall. Summer is a great time to build confidence and prepare for the next year. References available from the school and parents (and students!). Please contact Robin at 413-687-5454 or 

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.


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.


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.

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