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Hadley, MA


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High School Prom 5/18
Bramble Hill 6:30pm
Foreign Language Showcase Grades 6-12
Wed 5/29 11am-12:30pm

Parent Council Launch Meeting
Thursday, May 30th 7p

Field Day
Wednesday, June 5th

8th Grade Promotion
Friday, June 7th

12th Grade Graduation
Saturday, June 8th
Class Activities
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 
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 

Weekly Bulletin

May 15, 2013

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

May Celebration 2013


What a splendid, delightful and colorful day!


Thank you to everyone for helping to make Grandparents & Special Friends Day and May Celebration a day to remember. Over 140 guests joined us for a day in the life of the Hartsbrook School.  Everyone's love, organization, support and care made the day a joyful occasion that was enjoyed by all!

"Everyone" includes many from near and far - dear grandparents, relatives, friends, students, alumni and current parents, board members, faculty and staff - we wish we could thank each one of you!
Your efforts, time and even prayers for good weather created such a poignant day together. Thank you! 

Karen Bates, Director of Development

Leslie Evans, Enrollment Director



Comments and suggestions welcome. For Grandparents & Special Friends Day, email For May Celebration, email  






Calling all Parents!

Take the:




Help the Parent Council set priorities for next year!

It is important to know the interests and concerns of all of our parents.


Please take this quick anonymous survey and let us know what is important to you!   Feedback from each parent is vitally important to the school and the 10 minute investment of your time should yield great benefits to the school and the Hartsbrook community.



Calling all Parents ~ Mark Your Calendar:   
Thursday, May 30th


Great Room~ Hartsbrook Hall


Who should be there?   


YOU! All parents are welcome and encouraged to come.



All parents are encouraged to come and kick off the New Parent Council.


Each class will be choosing Parent Council Representatives that will represent your class(es) wishes, concerns and questions throughout the year. 

Check in with your teacher~ who will be your representative? Will it be you?


Warm regards,
From Swansea Benham Bleicher, Jim Piermarini, Virginia McWilliam, Annie Woodhull, David Ranen, Tara Hoffman
Parent Council Design Team


Pizza News 

New pizza orders for Wednesday, May 22 will NOT be taken on Monday or Tuesday since the 8th Grade will be away. Order can be placed tomorrow May 16th. Thanks for the support.~ The 8th Grade


Sports Photos Needed for the Yearbook

We need photos of fall middle school soccer team. Also need action shots for the current middle school and varsity ultimate team. Please contact  Lori Lynn Hoffer or 413-367-9198


Holiday Lights to Donate?

Does anyone have working Christmas lights that they can donate to the High School? We prefer that you are willing to part with them, as it is very difficult to keep track of different people's strands. Please contact Caryn Hesse in the High School Office -- needed by Thursday, May 16.

Biodynamic Garden Preparation Available
If you are gardening this summer you can enliven your helping elements with a Biodynamic preparation. Mix in water and sprinkle on plants, land and compost to introduce a plethora of helping elements. We (Liza, Amber, Aubrey) will give it out at school on Mondays and Tuesdays in May at pick-up. About a 1/4 cup will do a garden; a cup per acre. BYO container. (The Pfieffer Center has donated the preparation and we are asking that recipients give $5 to the Annual Fund) - Liza

Extended Day 2013-2014

Please remember to sign up for Extended Day when you return your contract if you are sure you will need it next year. It really helps our planning to know how many parents want to use Extended Day regularly, and we sometimes run out of drop-in spaces if you wait until the fall.


Welcome Frances Cameron - Operations Manager 


I am pleased to announce that Frances Cameron has accepted the position of Operations Manager at Hartsbrook. Frances will commence regular hours in the office the week of June 3rd, but she will be in the office and attending some meetings before that time.


Frances has been a Cricket parent with her sons Miles and Glenn, who will both be enrolled at Hartsbrook next fall, and she lives in Southampton with her husband David. Frances has worked previously as a water systems engineer for Tighe & Bond of Westfield. She looks forward to getting to know the Hartsbrook community and working on various facets of the school's operation.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair


Must-See Ultimate 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: 
- May 25th-26th, MA State Championships in Greenfield 
The Work of the Faculty Conference 


The Faculty Conference is one of the core leadership groups in the school as it has oversight of the program of the school and its administration. In this role, the Conference handles issues that are of importance to the school community. This year is our 33rd year as a school, and we have been working with a variety of issues related to our status as a mature organization and the need to renew our work for the next generation.


Since 2010, we have spent two years on accreditation and the first half of this year on strategic planning. Each of these projects required us to look at ourselves and identify how we were doing and where we needed to put our focus in the next few years.


During strategic planning, the Faculty Conference especially looked at the pedagogical work of the school. The top recommendation in this area was to improve our efforts in professional development (this was also a recommendation from the Accreditation self-study). We plan to better fund this area next year, and the Teacher Development Committee is working hard on this, too.


The Teacher Development Committee is one of several committees that is mandated by the Faculty Conference to exercise oversight in one area of our work. The mandate of the TDC is to oversee professional development, mentoring and evaluation. Mandates are approved by the Conference and issues needing discussion within each mandated area are also brought to the Conference. Current members of the TDC are Valerie Poplawski (chair), Polly Saltet, Cherrie Latuner, Jan Kees Saltet and Louise Spear.


The Teacher Development Committee decided to focus available resources on teachers in their first three years of teaching. A member of this group has been part of every review committee this year. We have completed eighteen current reviews and a few overdue reviews. Each salaried member of the faculty is reviewed in the first year, the 3rd year and every three years thereafter. Only reviews with major recommendations or follow-up needed are reported to the full Conference. 

The Faculty Conference, as a group that senses the needs of the whole school, also looked at recognizing the need for department meetings for Early Childhood, the Elementary School and the High School and the need to include more faculty in the Conference work. This year each department met one day each week to discuss issues of interest to that department. Some examples from the grade school were recess coverage and consciousness, first grade cut-off dates (jointly with Early Childhood faculty), and building up a parent evening curriculum. The whole faculty meets on Thursdays for 45 minutes, with the Conference meeting afterwards until 6:00. The faculty meeting focuses on a variety of topics like professional development with our school counselor, lawyer or educational support consultants, class reports and artistic activities. The new schedule for Conference meetings allowed several new members to join. 

Other Conference committees are the Educational Support Group, the Land Stewardship Committee and the Executive Committee (more on this committee next week). We have clarified the mandate for all three of these committees this year. There are also three working groups this year: a group looking at the middle school, a group looking at festivals and assemblies and a newly formed group to look at our existing sabbatical policy and how this fits into the picture of an overall need for faculty development and rejuvenation.
Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

TED Talks - News of Note 


Please take a ten-minute break from your day to see this TED Talk featuring Jack Petrash from the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, speaking about his 40 years of teaching!

Educating Children For The Journey: Jack Petrash  

Also see:
Sir Ken Robinson outlines three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how the current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.


Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley


TED Talks are a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading."

Community News

Poetry Reading June 9th 


Please join Cherrie Latuner, Hartsbrook High Literature and French teacher, for a festive gathering and a reading of her new chapbook, Soon They Will Fly.


Piening Hall Assembly Room

Sunday, June 9th at 4:00pm


"This poem performs an act of communion as it mingle memories of the poet's mother with moments from a lake the poet loves to visit. A meditative process takes hold here: actuality speaks and the poet listens. Genuine delicacy informs the poet's insight into what has been lost and what remains. Cheryl Anne Latuner is wonderfully alert to the inclusiveness and transparency of the natural world, how it speaks for and to spirit."

- Baron Wormser, author of The Road Washes Out in Spring

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!


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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


ORGANIC SUMMER CSA: "Market-Style" Farm Shares available from Enterprise Farm, River Road, Whately. 23 weeks of local, organic produce at a 25% discount over our retail Food Shed prices. Free access to our Pick-Your-Own field during the growing season, which includes our beautiful cutting flowers. For more information, please go to or email

SUMMER CHILDCARE: Handwork, playing in the frog ponds, farm walks for berry picking and to see animals. For children in 2nd, 3rd or 4th. Snack provided, bring a lunch. $25/1 hr, $32/ 2 hrs, $40/3 hrs. Materials provided. Days and times flexible. Call Gail Voisin (413) 256-0177 


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. 

SKILLED, EXPERIENCED BABY SITTER available during the summer. 14-year-old certified in babysitting through the Red Cross Babysitting program. I know advanced First Aid, and I have experience caring for children and babies. Good with all ages. Lots of varied babysitting experience, as well as experience as camp counselor leading games and supervising art activities.  References available. Call Sofia at 413- 341-3679 or

LANDSCAPE DESIGN & ORGANIC GARDENING SERVICES offered by Jeannine Haendiges, dba foliate. Licensed landscape architect and NOFA-accredited organic land care professional providing full range of landscape design services including consulting, master planning, planting plans, specialty gardens including rain gardens & green roofs, landscape restoration, hardscape and garden structure design, maintenance plans and organic gardening services. Background in sustainable design. Phone: (413) 687-9142

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 (413) 549-4881.

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

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

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!

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

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 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 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.



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