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Weekly Bulletin

September 18, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Thursday 9/26
Activities Times TBD

Friday 9/27

Dragon's Den Game

Grades 1-8

11:50am- 12:30pm


Parent Council

Monday, 9/23 7-9pm


Open House

Saturday, 10/5

10am - 12pm

Parent Evenings


Grade 4

Wednesday, 9/18



Grade 5 

Friday, 9/20 1-3pm


Parent Council

       Monday, 9/23 7-9pm


Grade 2

Wednesday, 9/25 7-9pm         



Field Trips


8th Grade to   

Morse Hill

Sept. 17-20


7th Grade to the White Mountains

Oct. 1-4







 Sept. 20

Coed JV Home vs. Steiner coed 6th

Sept. 24

JVB @ Charlemont

Sept. 25

JVG home vs. Charelemont

Sept. 26

JVG @ Four Rivers

Sept. 26

VB home vs. Charelemont

Sept. 27

JVB vs. Four Rivers

Sept. 27

VG vs. Buxton @ Charlemont


Michaelmas is a festival celebrated in Waldorf schools that celebrates human courage and resolve. Celebrated around September 29th, Michaelmas also recognizes summer's ending and the turning of the seasons.    
An image often used to celebrate this holiday is the battle between Saint George and the dragon which symbolizes how we must summon our courage to face and conquer our own proverbial dragons.

Nature gives us the picture of a nut or seed, which contains within it all that has been distilled from  summer's bounty, and carries the potential for the future. In our inner life, we can feel how summer's outbreath has ended and been transformed into new resolve and strength as we launch into the new school year. 


In the words of a song we sing with the students at this time of the year:
"Michaelmas, Michaelmas, the time to show both courage and form. Look well around------Inside you must wake!Trees may shake. I shall stand the storm."

CA Lindenberg


At Hartsbrook, we have celebrated Michaelmas in a variety of ways over the years, and a committee is hard at work forming plans for this year's celebration which will take place at the end of next week. We will send out an email with final details early next week.


Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

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

Healthy Campus:

Policy for Children with Non-emergency illnesses

Children should only be in school when they can fully participate in their educational program.
Please see the attached Health Guidelines to be clear when children should stay at home and/or will be sent home by the school nurse.
Thank you for helping keep all our children healthy!



Jessica LaCroix

Hartsbrook School Nurse


Campus Safety: Visitor Policy


All guests and visitors must sign in and out of the main office where they will be issued a Visitor badge. 

All parents must also sign in and out at the main office and wear Parent badges when they are
in the school buildings whenever school is in session, aside from drop off or pick up.
These badges help students, employees and other parents distinguish parents from visitors and guests, and having a central tracking log is essential  in emergency situations.

If you just have business with the office or want to drop something off at the main office, you do not need to wear the badge.


Thank you for your cooperation!

Louise Spear
Faculty Chair

Campus Safety: Parking, Pick Up and Drop Off
With a building project on campus this fall, we have even more activity in our parking areas. Please remember to:
- Drop off students so that they can walk on the sidewalks and not through the drop-off circle;
- Leave parking nearest the canopy for Nursery families;
- Leave parking nearest the goat pen for Kindergarten families;
- Staff, faculty and high school students should park in the farthest lot when they are on campus all day
- Keep the side of the main driveway and the middle of the drop off circle free of cars.
Louise Spear
Faculty Chair

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.

Hartsbrook Hawks Soccer!

9/13/13 Girls Varsity Soccer Hartsbrook 4/ Dublin 2 

The Hartsbrook girls had a great start. They kept possession of the ball and mid-fielders were able to play through, resulting in many scoring chances. Hartsbrook defended well against Dublin's fast counter attack.

-Charles Fahlsing,

Girls Varsity Coach


9/13/13 - Boys Varsity Soccer Dublin 5 / Hartsbrook 1 
The Hartsbrook boys fought hard, showing great endeavor in a match that was closer than the score line indicates. Simon drew a penalty, which Gavan converted confidently. Goalkeeper Connor came off his lines to defend the goal several times, in addition to making one acrobatic save to keep the Hawks close in this one.

9/12/13 - Boys Varsity Soccer PVPA 2 / Hartsbrook 1 
Gabe scored a goal on a corner kick, and eighth grader Henry led the defense confidently in a close game against a strong PVPA side.

9/10/13 - Boys Varsity Soccer Hartsbrook 1 / Four Rivers 2
The Hartsbrook Boys opened up their season at home against Four Rivers in a tightly contested game. Dante  controlled the midfield, and Gabe was able to score with a well struck left footed shot.
David Bach
Boys Varsity Soccer Coach  


Holiday Fair ~ Planning has Begun!

Dear Hartsbrook families, 
We'd like to take the opportunity to introduce Tracy McQuade and Tara Hoffman, as the 2013 Hartsbrook Holiday Fair Co-Chairs. Both Tracy and Tara served on the Holiday Fair committee last year and are excited for the opportunity to Co-Chair this event!

The Holiday Fair is not only a fundraising opportunity but also affords us the opportunity to celebrate and share what is unique and magical about Hartsbrook. This year we are continuing some of the traditions we have grown to love and expect, and also introducing elements to breathe new life and energy into the fair experience. More news soon!

Fair Chairs and Class Responsibilities
What are the responsibilities for your child(ren)'s class?

We are recruiting volunteers for:

Activity & Craft Chair- This person will organize the crafts and activities hosted through the Elementary and High School.

Entertainment Chair- This person will help facilitate the "showcase" components of our Fair such as demonstrations and entertainers.

High School Chair- This person will help us re-envision the best ways to showcase our High School. Perhaps this Chair could find student leaders to "Co-Chair" the High School involvement.

Please contact either Tracy or Tara if you are interested in helping.
Tracy McQuade
Tara Hoffman

Do You Happen to Have?

Amplifier and CD player needed~ 

If you have one to sell or donate, please contact Jan Kees Saltet. We need a reliable, quality sound system to use in our High School History through Music classes, as a supplement to our live offerings. 


Vacuum Cleaners Needed ~

The High School could use a couple more vacuum cleaners to keep its premises clean.  Please contact Caryn Hesse if you're able to donate one.


Baby Food Jars Needed~

The Fourth Grade is looking for a quantity of the shorter (2 &1/2 inch) baby food jars with lids for our painting lessons. If you have any to spare, please drop them off in the Fourth Grade classroom in Hartsbrook Hall at any time. Thanks! James Pewtherer

Around Campus


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.)







Celebrating Our Community

Art Opening


Hartsbrook parent and graphic designer Lori Lynn Hoffer is having an exhibit of her paintings October 1-15 in the Barnes Gallery at the Leverett Crafts and Arts building (LCA).


OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 5, 4:00-8:00pm. Gallery hours Sunday, Oct. 6, 12:00-4:00pm, Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:00am-4:00pm, or by appt:


Alumna Album Release



Alumna Abby Weems, 8th Grade Class of 2008,  has a new album, Hell Bent, being released on September 17th.







Community Bulletin Board 

PARENTING: Does the thought of getting the family back into a routine for the new school year make you feel uneasy?  Are meltdowns happening too often in your family?  Mulberry Tree Parenting can help.  I work with individual families to improve family routine and scheduling, help with developmental and behavior issues, and help you find more time for connection in your family life.  For Info:  Jennifer Van Beckum: 586-0596,


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 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


MAKING SENSE OF LIFE: How do I recognize my authentic self? What thread runs through my life? What is my next step? Looking at our biographies and living into imagery and narrative we will explore your dreams, challenges and blessings. Oct. 3,10,17,24. 9:30am-12. Limited to 6 participants. 413-320-1723

BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: 25 minute mini sessions for children preschool to high school. $100 session fee for the first person ($25 each additional person, siblings only). INCLUDES: 1 810, custom online gallery and social sharing App, 4 retouched photographs featured on our blog. All other images, products and prints sold separately. | Erin | 413-262-7973


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


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 age 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 -        


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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   General Policy for the Bulletin  No political or religious advertisements.  No competitive program advertisements.  No fundraisers.  The editors will decide placement of advertisements and may edit for content and length.  The Hartsbrook School retains the right to choose not to print any advertisement.

Hartsbrook: Clarity of Thought ~ Warmth of Heart - Strength of Purpose