The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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End Of Year Events

Thursday, June 6th
Last Day for Early Childhood

Friday, June 7th
Final Assembly ~ 11am
Under the tent, all welcome!
Picnic on the Grounds until 2pm

8th Grade Promotion ~ 3pm

Graduation, Class of 2013 
Saturday, June 8th 10am

Weekly Bulletin

June 5, 2013

Dear Alumni/ae


We look forward to your presence at Graduation.

Please stop in at the Alumni/ae Table to receive your alumni/ae button!


Many blessings to you!


Fresh Flowers & Flowering Boughs Needed for June 7th-8th

Can you contribute flowers to beautify our school for the upcoming 8th Grade Promotion and 12th Grade Graduation ceremonies? If so, please drop off your flowers on Thursday, June 6th, or Friday, June 7th, in the water buckets that will be under the canopy of Hartsbrook Hall. Thank you!


Lost and Found 

Please check the elementary school lost and found before this Thursday at 3:00, after which we will donate it to a charitable organization. It is stored on the bench under the canopy.

Children's Library ~ Please Return All Books

Once summer vacation begins, library books can always be returned to the Main Office.


2013-2014 Extended Day ~ Sign Up Now

Sign up now to ensure that there will be space for your child(ren). Contact the Enrollment Office with questions.

Yearbook Sales This Week


We will be taking orders and payments for this year's yearbook, The Odyssey, under the canopy of Hartsbrook Hall this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, for $25.00. 


There will be distribution and signing on the morning of Saturday, June 15th from 10am - 11am


After June 15th, yearbooks can be picked up or purchased in the Main Office, between 9am and 3pm.

PoTLuCK Sales This Week

High School Arts and Literary Magazine

Hartsbrook High School is proud to announce the upcoming arrival of our 8th annual arts and literary magazine.


PoTLuCK - "Where everyone brings a different taste or flavor to the table."


Our student editorial committee has been busy collecting submissions of art and writing from our student body and compiling them into boundlessly bountiful lushes of literature and admirably awe-inspiring art!


Don't miss your copy of the Spring 2013 issue of PoTLuCK!
Available for purchase during the last week of school - $5.00


Thank you!

Lauralyn Zacek, Ian MacPherson, Conor Ritchie-Dunham, Eliana Moskovitz, Terra Szyhay and Maude Greggio

Turning Our Thoughts Towards Summer

As another school year nears its end, we are all looking forward to summer with its promise of renewal and refreshment.


For our students and families, we hope that you experience some of the many wonders of summer in Massachusetts - berry picking, swimming in local ponds, attending the many outdoor concerts and events, camping in the nearby hills and mountains and enjoying our varied coastline. 
We wish you the joys of connecting to your family, extended family, summer and camp friends!


Here at school we will be doing many of the same activities and looking forward to the construction of the early childhood building (see below). 
We will miss you all - students and parents - and wish everyone  a glorious summer vacation!
Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Early Childhood Building Project

Since our community meeting in April, the Early Childhood Building Committee, our architect, engineer and builders have been working hard on refining details of the site work, building, pricing and schedule. Although we are not done with this work yet, we are very close, and it is extremely likely that this project will start soon after school is out.

One change you may see this week is the re-location of some of our farm animals. The sheep are moving into a shelter on the APR land behind the basketball court, the goats and donkey are moving into the sheepfold with a reinforced fence, and the chicken house is moving to a slightly different location. Thank you to the fourth grade and volunteer parent Keith Shields for building the new sheep shelter.  
Once we reach an agreement with our builders and have permits in hand, we will let everyone know with a letter to the community.


Early Childhood Building Committee
Alex Jansen, Chair
Tupper Brown, Board of Directors
Frances Cameron, Operations Manager
Heather Damon, Faculty
Rachel Kennedy, Faculty

Development Updates

We've had another great year in Development at Hartsbrook. Thank you, each and everyone for your generous and warm response to our Annual Fund and for your belief in Waldorf education. With your support, you insure that Hartsbrook remains a vibrant and healthy school.


"It is a true gift to be able to give, and a gift to participate in a momentous way in the future of our school, and the future of so many wonderful children." - Anonymous parent



From our dedicated founders to the enthusiastic new families at Hartsbrook, it is the strength and creativity of our community, this foundation of great people, which makes our school thrive.


2012-2013 Annual Fund Progress

Financial Goal: $85,000. To date, we have raised $77,285. Only $7,715 to go!

Participation Goal: 100%, We're at 98%!!


Thank you, Hartsbrook. Have a lovely summer!

Karen Bates, Director of Development




Personnel Update


I am pleased to announce that Spencer Friedman will assume the position of  Extended Day Director next year. Spencer is a Hampshire College graduate and has worked in the program this year since November. He has subbed in our early childhood classes as well. Kelly Maurer will also return as an assistant, and we will be hiring one additional assistant.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Council News: 

Off to a Great Start!


Parent Satisfaction Survey

Almost 50% of our parents have taken the time (so far) to fill out the survey - heroic results for this time of year! Thank you! There's still time to take it:


 Take the Hartsbrook Parent Satisfaction Survey Now    


Results are being reviewed and will be available to all!

Parent Council
Thanks to all the Class Council Representatives who have committed. There're a few slots open; speak with your teacher if you are interested. Look for more communications towards the start of school.

Congratulations, Danté!


Congratulations to Danté Radysh Bowman, 9th Grade, whose artwork has been chosen for publication in the upcoming edition of The Marble Collection: Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, Spring 2013.












To order the Spring 2013 edition please visit:  The Marble Collection




5th Grade Hike to Mt. Monadnock



6th Grade Travels to Montreal!



The week before Memorial Day, the sixth grade class of Ms. Damon went on a trip to Montreal. Wednesday, our first full day, included a visit to the Basilica of Notre Dame, where the students sang two beautiful songs prepared under the guidance of Mrs. Yakub. The students then had fun discovering the narrow streets of Old Montreal and trying out their French when ordering ice cream or buying a T-shirt. In the afternoon, we went on a guided tour (en français!) at the Château Ramezay, a museum with historical items of everyday life in early Montreal. That evening, we enjoyed dinner at the elegant French restaurant Chez Queux, on Place Jacques Cartier. 


Thursday was another busy day which began with swimming in the Olympic pool of L'Université de Montreal, then continued at the Parc Olympique, where we saw the Biodôme, the Insectarium, and the Botanical Garden. On Friday, our final stop before departure was at the Marché Atwater, where students, in small groups, were given money to buy lunch on their own, taste some "fromage," and treat themselves to attractive and delectable tarts, croissants, or éclairs. Many thanks to our great team of chaperones, without whom the trip would not have been possible!


Check them out - singing at the Nortre Dame! 


Madame Corbière




The Senior Play: The Sea

The senior class offered three performances of Edward Bond's The Sea last week. Both farcical and tragic, the play was a huge hit with audiences and showcased the extraordinary depth of acting talent among this particular group of seniors.
Tony Cape, Director 




Farewell to Hartsbrook's Class of 2013


And off they go!


Vincent DeFelice: 

Union College - may concentrate his studies in Biology



Madeline DeWolf:

Will be working and attending Greenfield Community College


Meghan Drisko:

Marlboro College, interested in pursuing botany and biology



Jacob Garfinkel:

Bryant University, majoring in International Business with a focus on entrepreneurship and a minor in Spanish


Dunan Herman Parks:

Will be moving to NYC to find work in the arts



Meaghan Horak:

Massachusetts College  of Art & Design, Studying Film and Illustration


Kelsey Murphy:

Mount Holyoke College - interested in pursuing Marine Biology



Elena Nietupski:

University of Massachusetts, Amherst - majoring in Theater


Jackie Ritchie Dunham:

Smith College. Gap year Kroka Ecuador Semester Program followed by time in Spain. Majoring in International Management and minoring in Performing Arts.



Robin Roblee Strauss:

Will be taking a gap year to focus on work and also travel in Europe


Oliver Smith:

Earlham College - will focus study on English, Biology and History



Samuel Stein:

Hampshire College - undeclared major


Sean Tousey Pfarrer:

 Holyoke Community College and work



Miles Wilhems-Tricarico:

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth - concentrating on Engineering and/or Computer Science



Community News

Hartsbrook Families ~ Stay in Touch for the Summer!


Families and caregivers ~ you're invited to join the Hartsbrook Families discussion group/list serve. 


If you're looking to:

- find a carpool partner, babysitter, used cello or Esselon pal

- rally a parent night out or invite others to a  local event

- raise topics for discussion as they pertain to the well-being of our children or the daily logistics of child rearing

. . . please speak up! 


This group is not affiliated with the Hartsbrook School administration, faculty, board or Parent Council and is NOT the place to solve issues best addressed through school channels or answer 

 questions that need a formal response.


To join, click the link below, click "sign in to view this group," and then click "join group."



I hope we all hear more from each other soon!

~ Roger Sorkin, Parent

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. 

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 mingles 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

Community Bulletin Board

WOMEN'S SCI-FI BOOK CLUB: Looking for wise women who love cutting edge sci-fi and think the frontiers of science are cool. Women who think that while Heinlein, Herbert and Asimov were the masters, Stephenson, Card and Rusch rock too. If this describes you, you might be interested in our sci-fi book club. Contact Leslie at Read long and prosper!


SEEKING RENTAL: New Hartsbrook family (2 adults, 1 first grader, no pets) moving to area looking for affordable rental. One of us is a carpenter and all-round handy house person that could also do repairs and updates if need be. Please contact or (206) 550-1877.


ART OPENING at the Loft Parlor, Mill 180 in Easthampton, this Saturday June 8 5pm-12. "Art Happening" group show featuring four works by Hartsbrook Parent Kathryn Fanelli. 



ACUPUNCTURE: Happiness Wave Acupuncture, open all summer. Inari clinic dates June 22 & July 22.
Please see webpage (scroll down) about Inari. http:/


KHALSA CAMP: Looking for an amazing experience for your child this summer? Check out Khalsa Camp based out of Leverett. we travel throughout the valley--swimming, yoga, horse back riding, hiking, and other adventures! July 1st - Aug 16th; 9am - 5pm, Ages 5 - 13. for more info. (413) 548-8855.


SUMMER PROGRAMS: Tennis Lessons for kids age 5-12. Saturdays in June and August. Youth Riding lessons in late June, mid-July, and late August. Laughing Dog Bicycles offers the whole family a chance to hone their skills. Check them out! Amherst Leisure Services


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


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


LOCAL MEAT AND POULTRY CSA: Hettie Belle Farm. Reserve your share now for this fall. Our beef and lamb is 100% grass-fed. Our pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks are pastured and fed only certified organic grain, grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Our animals are 100% antibiotic and hormone free. Monthly distribution in  Northampton/Florence or on the farm in Warwick (November-March). More details  at We do hope you'll join us and become one of our member families!


1 to 2 WEEK HOUSE-SITTING OPPORTUNITY in South Amherst, for an individual, a couple, or a family who is looking for a nice place to stay this summer, June 18th - 27th. Two friendly dogs, a large yard (with underground fence), two kittens (maybe), a beautiful pool and a great view are all part of the package. If interested, please contact Penny or Miles at 253-1310. 


SUMMER MUSIC LESSONS: Hartsbrook parents Dan Prindle (M.M. and Ph.D. Candidate in Music Theory) and Michelle Prindle (B.M. in Voice Performance) are offering summer music lessons in cello, bass, guitar, voice, or piano.  Lessons focus on instrumental or vocal technique, but can also include creative aspects of music-making: songwriting, composition, improvisation, or music theory.  Call 860.289.9547 or visit


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


PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS: Michelle Gardella (mother of Hartsbrook alums) lives with her family in an Airstream, traveling around the country, photographing love in all its forms. This summer she will be in Connecticut and the East Coast and would love to offer a special to all Hartsbrook families on her WILDlife sessions. Each session takes place in the great outdoors, and includes a handcrafted hardcover book (made with recycled paper of course!) and digital files for posterity and safe-keeping. All Hartsbrook families will receive 25% off! Contact: or  949-637-4686


WOMEN'S ART AND NATURE RETREATS at Yurt in the Woods Studio. Beth Fairservis and Kathleen Bowen invite you to come on a journey of self discovery. Bring your challenges, hopes and dreams. Achieve new perspectives, renew awe and wonder. Awaken to yourself through Art, Nature, Story and Conversation, Haydenville, MA. July 28th - Mask Making, Aug 18th - Altar Creation, September TBA.  For more information and registration please call or email Beth at 413-268-3588


HARTSBROOK ALUM LOOKING FOR SUMMER PLACE TO STAY: Sara LePouttre, a Hartsbrook alumna  and daughter of former PE teacher Sean LePouttre, is looking for a place to stay this summer while she works at Brookfield and Small Ones Farms. She is willing to house sit or just pitch a tent on your land if you live close to these two farms. She will be using her bike for transportation. Please contact her at if you are interested in finding out more about her plans.


HANDWORK 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.


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

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

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