The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events

Div I Ultimate State Championships
Saturday 5/25: Greenfield High School- Starting 9am
Sunday 5/26: 
Greenfield Community College- Time TBD

Intramural Ultimate Tournament and Ice Cream Party
Monday 5/27

Foreign Language Showcase Grades 6-12
Wed 5/29 11am-12:30pm

Parent Council Launch Meeting
Thursday, May 30th 7pm

Field Day
Wednesday, June 5th

Final Assembly
Friday, June 7th 11am

8th Grade Promotion
Friday, June 7th 3pm

12th Grade Graduation
Saturday, June 8th 10am
Class Activities
2nd Grade Play
The Legend of Jumping Mouse
May 21, 22 and 23
9:45 am


4th Grade Play
Loki and the Giants
5/28- 1:30pm
5/29- 9:50am + 5pm
5/30- 9:50am
6th Grade
Montreal Trip 5/21-5/24
8th Grade
Maine Trip  5/17-5/23
Senior Play
Parent Evenings 
2nd Grade
Wednesday, 5/22 7pm

6th Grade
5/28 7p-9p


7th Grade
Wednesday, 5/29 7pm
Desert Social with Virginia McWilliam- High School Transition Preview


Ultimate Games 

Weekly Bulletin

May 22, 2013

GOAL: 100% We're almost there!

In addition to casting a vote of confidence for our school, 100% participation is a way for each of us to make a gift to each other, to know that we thrive together as a community!

We've raised: $76,174
GOAL: $85,000, $8825 TO GO!!

Together we can accomplish so much and help make a difference. Your annual fund donation benefits every child, every day, enhancing virtually all the areas of student life at Hartsbrook, i.e., programs, curriculum, teacher salaries and continuing education, enhancements for academic departments, studio and performing arts, athletics, buildings and grounds and financial assistance.

Percent of class contributing and number of families to reach 100%
Remember: for families with children in more than one class - your gift counts toward the percentages in all their classes with one gift!
100% Club 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades!

The Annual Fund is heading to the finish line, with total commitments of $76,174.50. This represents 89% of our goal of $85,000. For this I give sincere thanks to all the current families, as well as to the alumni, alumni parents, grandparents and friends, faculty and staff, and board members, who have contributed or pledged to this appeal. Your kind and generous contributions are lovely examples of stewardship-in-action: the careful and responsible management of something (our school for our children) entrusted to one's care.

With heartfelt thanks and enthusiasm,
Karen Bates for the Development Committee

Make Your Pledge/Gift Today!
Extra pledge/gift envelopes available outside the main office. Or send me an email and I'll send you one in the mail. Thank you!

Calling All Parents!


Take the Parent Satisfaction Survey 

Help the Parent Council set priorities for next year! 

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.


Click Here for the Survey


Sports Photos Needed for the Yearbook

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


Lost and Found

The elementary school Lost and Found will be displayed on the bench by the entrance to the building until June 6th. After that time, we will donate it to a charity as we will be preparing the campus for the weekend festivities. The Lost and Found from the final assembly / picnic / Promotion / Graduation will be kept for 2 weeks after school is out. We will call you if we see an ID on items or  return them to your child's class teacher. 


Please check regularly, even if your child is not in the elementary school, as many items end up here if they are left on the field.


Children's Library ~ Please return all books

The last day to borrow is this Friday unless you make special arrangements with me. The 6th graders and I will start to circulate lists of books still checked out next week to the class teachers. Once summer vacation begins, library books can always be returned to the main office.

- Louise Spear

2013 USA Ultimate MA High School State Championships ~ This Weekend!

Open Division I @ GHS State Ultimate Championships
May 25th & 26th in Greenfield 
Hartsbrook's Varsity Ultimate team will play in Division I of the MA State Championships in at the Greenfield High School (Sat) and Greenfield Community College (Sun).  Last year we took first place in division II.  Come out and support our players as they match the strongest teams from across Massachusetts.  
Saturday pool-play:  Our first game is vs. Northampton at 9am.  Our second game is vs. Amherst V at 11am, and third game is vs Sharon at 1:00.
If we are in 2nd or 3rd place in our 4-team pool after the 1st 3 rounds then we will play a 4th game at 3:00;  If we are in 1st, then we skip the 3:00 game and go directly to Sunday's matches.

Senior Play: The Sea

The Hermit's Shack
The Sea is a rare comedy by the controversial British dramatist Edward Bond. Born in 1934 in London, Bond has been one of the most successful playwrights for the modern stage in the world. In 1965, his ground-breaking play Saved was instrumental in repealing the British stage censorship laws, which dated to 1843. Like many of his later plays, it features graphic and shocking violence. Even The Sea, a comedy which dates to 1972 and is relatively light-hearted, has dark and explosive moments. The play is also weighty and philosophical and is suitable for Grades 7 and up.


Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm

Friday, May 31, 7:30pm

Saturday, June 1 at 7:30pm


The dress rehearsal is on Thursday, May 30 at 2pm. Parents and others and welcome to attend.


News From the Nurse


Plan for Fall Health Forms!

We are excited to announce that this summer many of our required health forms will be on the Hartsbrook School website.


The Medication Authorization Form is for students who require medication administration while at school, either scheduled or as needed (such as an epi-pen), The Medication Authorization Form must be filled out for each medication and signed by the parent/guardian and health care provider.  Bring them to children's physicals!


Physical Forms / Vaccination Forms: We require physical exam reports and vaccination reports yearly for all students participating in sports (before fall practice) and for students entering Nursery, Kindergarten, Grades 4, 7, and 10. If you have chosen to have your child vaccinated on an alternative schedule, please remember to promptly send in a vaccination record once you've completed even just one vaccination.


Make appointments now and beat the rush of summer physicals at your child's health-care provider's office. Forms will also be mailed mid-summer.


If you have any questions, please contact the School Nurse, Jessica LaCroix, at x124.


Jessica LaCroix, School Nurse

Lyme Disease Precautions and Protocols

Spring has sprung, and along with the vibrant, green flora, the colorful flowers reminding us that winter has passed, we also have an abundance of those dreaded insect-like creatures: ticks. They live in the woods and fields and brush against us, attaching, as we take those nature hikes.  Once on our bodies, they travel to those warm, moist locations, like the armpits, groin, and hair.


As they begin their meal of blood, we usually don't notice. The fear, of course, is that the attached tick is a deer tick infected with the Borrelia bacteria, which causes Lyme disease. The adult ticks are easy to spot; it is the nymphs which are barely perceptible (only 1.5mm) and still can spread the bacteria.


But there are precautions we can take for ourselves and our children. READ MORE 

Jessica LaCroix, School Nurse

7th Grade: White Mountains, New Hampshire Wilderness Trip

Beginning at the Lodge at the base of Mt. Washington, the class learned how to pack a backpack, hiked four miles up to the Carter Notch Appalachian Mountain Club's Hut at 3,288 ft. and then the next day to the summit of Carter Dome at 4,832 ft. 
 Here, in their own words, are students' impressions of the trip:

"Water came rushing down the mountain, tumbling over the rocks . . . to a roaring waterfall . . . trees were bursting with leaves . . . the sun was hidden in the cloudy sky . . . when we finally got to the hut, our packs felt suddenly lighter . . . the faint orange twinkle of the early sunshine reminded me of the coming day . . . after what seemed like forever we climbed out of the trees, the world before us: a rolling sea of blue and green, of mountains as far as we could see . . . far below the cool lakes rippled in the wind . . . the wind whipped my face . . . battered evergreens . . . the sheer drop to the hut we had left that morning . . . the top of Carter Dome . . . like a dream . . . there were no way to put it into words . . . peace and silence in the wilderness . . . I think how beautiful the world is and just how lucky we are!"


The Seventh Grade

Look What the 4th Grade is Building for Our Livestock!

With lumber donated by Alan Page (Grandfather to Arya in Meadowlark), unbelievable skills and energy from Keith Shields (father of Quinn, 4th Grade), who is leading this construction, and the boundless energy of the 4th Grade, we have the makings of a beautiful, sturdy barn to house our flock of sheep over the summer. Please wander down past the apiary, past the Three Sisters garden and you will see this great barn . . . and what a view the sheep will have!


High School Prom



Stay tuned, more photos will be posted on our photo site soon

Community News

Alumni Receives Teaching Award


Alumnus Michael Sustick received a Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013. He is one of eight Franklin County educators being recognized throughout the Valley for their outstanding teaching and impact on children.


Michael Sustick, a kindergarten teacher at Discovery School at Four Corners in Greenfield, is known for lessons that focus on each of his young students. Sustick has been teaching for two years at the local school . . . "Michael involves all of his students. He uses many different techniques and makes a point of helping each child be successful. He has excellent management techniques and respects all of his children."


  Read Full Article

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

ITEMS FOR SALE: 1) White Brand: 4.0 Cubic freezer chest, good condition, asking: $100 2) Thule Roof Rack Kit with wind guard, no accessories with it, asking: $150 3) Thule Bike rack that fits on the trunk, fits 3 bikes. Used one season! Asking: $50 Contact: David Ranen: (413) 253-5866


DRIVER NEEDED: Looking for a responsible adult driver (could be a college student) who wants to earn a little extra $ and & is available to start Fall 2013. The task is to pick up my 2 children from school and drive them to Deerfield. Once a week or more would be great!  Call or e-mail to discuss further, compensation provided. or 413-768-8180.


FRIENDS OF PUFFER'S POND PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Sat, June 1st, 8:30-11:30am. Celebrate the pond at one of the year's sweetest events. Join us for delicious pancakes made from donated local ingredients, with, of course, real maple syrup! Raffle prizes and wonderful music in the park. Help raise funds for care and maintenance of our Amherst treasure. All-you-can-eat pancakes and coffee are still only $8 for adults and $6 for kids. Mill River Recreation Park. MORE INFO


TWO BEDS NEEDED: Looking for frames, box spring, mattress or similar. Size: Adult size preferred smaller ok. Will borrow or buy. Need on or before June 30 for a year. Contact: 413 203 3032 or 303 449 2180


HAND WORK AT MY HOME: 2nd - 4th grade students. 1 hr is $25, 2 hrs. is $32 and 3 hrs. is $40.  I will provide materials. My son Gabe is my assistant. You can play in the yard, gardens or frog ponds or we could take a walk at Brookfield Farm. 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.

HOUSESITTING? 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


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