Weekly Bulletin

September 11, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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New Parent Orientation

Friday, 9/13 9-10am


Parent Council

Monday, 9/23 7-9pm


Open House

Saturday, 10/5

10am - 12pm


Parent Evenings


Parent Council

Monday, 9/23 7-9p


Grade 7

Thursday, 9/12 7-9p


Field Trips


7th Grade to the White Mountains

Oct. 1-4 







Sept 12

VB @ PVPA (leave 3pm)

Sept. 13

VB @ Dublin (leave 3pm)

VG Home vs. Dublin

 Sept. 17

Coed JV Home vs. GCS coed

 Sept. 20

Coed JV Home vs. Steiner coed 6th

Welcome Back! 

Just as the changing tides of nature, alternating cool and crisp weather with tropical and steamy air,  let us know that autumn is coming,  the changing tides of humanity on our campus let us know that it is time for school to start. First came parents at the back to school picnic, followed closely by students at orientation events. Next we welcomed the first real day of school with almost all students in attendance and parents at the parent teas last Wednesday and Friday. Now we are in our first full week of school with a regular schedule for all classes and the school year is really underway.


We are very happy to see all returning and new parents and students and are looking forward to a great year of work and play together at Hartsbrook!


- Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

2013 Flower Ceremony


Participating in a ceremony celebrated by Waldorf Schools around the globe, our First Grade students are welcomed into the Hartsbrook Elementary school by their Eighth Grade and Twelfth Grade buddies.


We celebrate the Classes of 2018 and 2014

And give a warm welcome to the Class of 2025!



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For more photos: Hartsbrook Photo Site  >All School Events >Flower Ceremony

(See the back cover of your directory for the password or call the office ) 


Hot Lunch Options ~ Order Now

  • First delivery is September 25th, Order Now!
  • Grades 3 through 12
  • $1.75/slice, any variety
  • You may order in advance for all weeks or any Tuesday for the next day
  • Deadline to order in advance: September 20th

The 8th Grade class will be delivering Sibies Pizza to your child's classroom on Wednesdays. Please see the attached form for varieties and order details. For questions: Catherine Hopkins

Pizza sales raise funds for the 8th Grade class trip, thanks for supporting us!



  • October 3rd  ~ December 19th (10 weeks)
  • Grades: 2 through 12
  • Cost: $5.00/sm or $6.00/lg (You must order for full 10 weeks)
  • Deadline to order: September, 30th

The senior class will be delivering Mi Tierra Burritos to your child's classroom on Thursdays. Please see the attached form for varieties and details. For questions: Thomas Heineman
Burrito sales raise funds for the 12th Grade class trip, thanks for supporting us!



Delivery of Smart Lunches will be offered later this fall. Last spring Hartsbrook piloted a healthy hot lunch delivery program that was greeted with enthusiasm.  This program will be restarted when the Smart Lunches team lets us know they are ready to go.

Parent Council ~First Meeting Monday 9/23 7-9p

Join us at the Parent Council meeting, in the Hartsbrook Hall Great room, on September 23rd 7-9p  to get to know all the Class Council Representatives and launch our 2013-2014 plans!


Everyone is welcome! Check with your class parent to make sure the Representative seats have been filled in your children's classes.

Possible PVTA Route Elimination~

Please Add Your Comments!

The PVTA is soliciting comments from the public regarding route changes. The proposal is outlined here: CSA


Route 39, which serves Hartsbrook students taking the bus to Northampton after school, is one of the routes being evaluated for possible elimination of stops. Please leave your comments! Route 39 evaluation can be found at: Comment Here  Comments can be made at the bottom.


Louise Spear

-Faculty Chair

2013 Yearbooks on Sale


Last year's yearbook, The Odyssey, is still available!


$25.00 -  cash or check


Stop in The Hartsbrook Hall main office to pick up your copy.


Leslie Evans

-Enrollment Director

Early Childhood Building Progress 

As you no doubt have noticed, construction on the Early Childhood Building is well under way. Most of the framing is now complete, and interior plumbing and electrical work will commence this week. The project started last June and is anticipated to be completed by the December holidays.  Early Childhood teachers who currently have classes in the South Mod hope to move into their new classrooms over winter break, with classes resuming in January in the new building.  


We kindly ask that all parents, children, and visitors be aware that this is an active construction site and that entry within the construction fencing is strictly prohibited.  Your safety is our biggest concern during this period, and we have put safeguards in place to make sure that construction hazards are contained within the fence.  


If you wish to discuss the project or have any questions, please contact Frances Cameron, Operations Manager at


- Frances Cameron

Operations Manager

Third Grade "Best of Show" at Franklin County Fair! 

Second Graders plant Three Sisters Garden last Spring

As the first official foray into the Agricultural Arts program here at The Hartsbrook School, each class plants a "Three Sisters Garden" in the spring of Second Grade.  The Three Sisters garden is a traditional Native American method of farming, in which the three sisters, corn, beans and squash, are planted together in a mound of earth.  This model offers a glimpse at the interdependence of life.  The corn provides a trellis for the climbing beans.  The beans offer nitrogen to the soil and roots of the corn.  The squash runs about the ground, providing shade and retaining moisture for the plants.  Human beings tend the garden and are rewarded with a bountiful harvest each autumn! 

"Best of Show"

The (current) third graders and their families worked throughout the summer to weed and maintain the garden.  Last week, the first harvest was a small selection of corn and squash varieties which were entered into various Youth Vegetable divisions of the Franklin County Fair.  After Friday's dismissal, families caravanned to Greenfield in eager anticipation of the results. 


 We are delighted to report that out of the six divisions entered, the third grade placed in five categories: 

      • ~2nd place for Butternut Squash
    • ~1st place for Acorn Squash
    • ~1st place for Squash, any kind
    • ~1st place for Indian Corn
    • ~"Best of Show" for our collection of gourds!  

We were then able to explore and appreciate the many contributions of others in all sorts of areas; from handwork to Lego creations, watercolor paintings to scarecrows, personal collections to preparing a cow for judging.  We couldn't help but recognize the tremendous talent and variety of interests that exist among the students at the Hartsbrook School, and would like to invite you all to think about entering next year!


3rd Grade with Fair Entries



We would also like to sincerely thank all of our parents for helping us in the garden, and especially Nicki Robb, for her warm guidance and tireless devotion.

Tanya Lax, Third Grade Class Teacher


Around Campus

The campus is full of activity. Friends new and old are being found in the school yard. Soccer practices and games are underway. Young students are meeting and playing tag games with their buddies from older classes. Classes are underway and our parents spent a lovely late summer evening picnicking on the grass.


For more photos, be sure to check out Hartsbrook Photo Site  >All School Events

(See the back of your directory for the password or call the main office.)


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Community Bulletin Board 

HOUSE SHARE - with Hartsbrook mom and son - (optionally) furnished room available. Kitchen, living room, and a beautiful yard with gardens to share. Located in Florence. For more information call 413-586-0601


AFTER SCHOOL FALL FELT MAKING: Join me this fall and discover the alchemic wonder of felt making! It has been my pleasure to teach felt making in the Hartsbrook High School for the past three years. This fall I'm excited to offer classes for ages 9-12 at my Amherst studio.Six Mondays from 3:30-5pm starting Sept. 16th. for details and registration info. Contact: Rory Valentine


WELCOME FALL 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. See Or ask Lori Lynn Hoffer, Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields or Jean Zimmer. Contact: or 413-253-0313.


PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS: Interested in Private Voice Lessons? Have you always wanted to sing but were afraid of how you sound? Now Filling spots for the fall. Instructor: David Ranen, Experience: 43 Years as a Choral and Vocal Teacher, Past Vocal Coach for Hartsbrook HS musicals, Contact:413-687-3472 or Lessons are one-half hour. Tuition is based on a sliding scale.


SEASONAL NATURE RETREATS for WOMEN: A Gathering of Forces. Join Beth Fairservis & Kathleen Bowen in a circle of support and awaken to yourself through art, nature, story and conversation. We will harvest the riches of our summer experiences with contemplative exercises  that help us to reconnect with the world and to build our courage for the coming winter. At Yurt in the Woods Studio, Haydenville, Mass. Sunday Sept 29th, 2013 10-4pm Lunch Provided. Contact: Beth Fairservis at or 413-268-3588.


MUSIC TEACHER AVAILABLE: Teacher with experience working with Waldorf students 6 and older now scheduling lessons for cello, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, as well as group coaching for strings. Meet at Hartsbrook or in Ashfield.  Contact Daniel at  or  413-628-3986  for more information.


NANNY NEEDED: We would like to hire a part-time nanny to come in 5 mornings a week (4 hours/day) to take care of our 18-month-old son. Please contact Eva ( or Roger (, or call (413) 584-1005.


HAPPINESS WAVE ACUPUNCTURE healing arts Amherst-Hadley area location. For information please see website or email: 


PERSONAL COACHING: Hartsbrook parent offers personal coaching for kids AND parents.
Kid coaching for 5th grade and up. I use targeted assessments & work to improve communication at school and at home, study habits, time management, etc. Parent coaching also for improved communication with kids and relationships as well as transformational work for life transition and other. Mind Garden Coaching - 413-695-3520 -

PIANO LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS: Experienced music teacher has 2 slots available on Wednesdays at her music studio in Hadley. Learn piano with joy and no stress. Call 413-584-7951 or write to register or for more information.


THE WOVEN WORD AFTER SCHOOL WRITING WORKSHOPS -  Begins week of September 11, Open and Ongoing enrollment. Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 -- Thursdays 3:30-5:30 Organized in Sessions.  "Because everyone has something to say, and writing is a powerful way to say it."

For Information & Registration, contact Lynn Bowmaster at 413-584-3373.


PIANO LESSONS: Piano teacher with Music Ed. Degree and 35 years teaching experience is accepting new students, ages 4 and older. Piano studio is off Bay Rd. 10 minutes from Hartsbrook School. Laura Pierce Music Studio, 21 Grela Terrace, Belchertown, MA   413-213-0522  




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