Weekly Bulletin

October 1, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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 Open House

Saturday, 10/5

10am - 12pm


Class Photo Days

Tuesday10/8 + Thursday 10/10


Signe Schaefer Reading

Monday, 10/7 7-9pm


Columbus Day ~ No School

Monday, 10/14

Parent Evenings



Parent Council
Monday 9/21 7p-9p 


Grade 3

      Tuesday 9/22 7-9pm


Grade 7

      Thursday 9/24 7-9pm    



Tuesday, 10/1 6:45- 8:30pm


Field Trips


7th Grade to the White Mountains

Oct. 1-4

6th Grade Camping

Oct. 8-11

12th Grade to Concord

Oct 9-10






Oct. 2

VG Home vs. Putney

Oct. 2

Coed JV @ Steiner 

Oct. 4

 VB @ Four Rivers

Oct. 7

 VB Home vs. Great Barrington

Oct. 8

VG @ Charelemont 

Oct. 8

 Coed JV Home vs. GCS Coed

Oct. 9

Coed JV Home vs. PVPA

Oct. 10

VG Home vs. Four Rivers

Oct. 10

VB @ Eagle Hill

Oct. 11

VB Home vs. PVPA

Open House This Weekend!
Saturday Oct. 5th, 10am-12pm
Bring family and friends for a fun fall day!  Activities, refreshments and the chance to peek into what is next for you and your children at the Hartsbrook School. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please sign up for parent teacher conferences on October 31st and November 1st.
Early Childhood - Grade 8 ~ In the main office.
High School ~ Through a link on the High School Week at a Glace page, on the school website.
There will be childcare for school-age children available during the conferences from 8:00 - 5:00. As all classrooms are in use, the childcare will be outside, so dress children warmly and send snacks if needed.
Louise Spear
Faculty Chair

Class Photos

We will take class photos next week on Tuesday, October 8th and Thursday, October 10th, weather permitting. These are group photos of the students which will appear in the yearbook and will also be available for purchase on Hartsbrook's Photo Site. Photos will be taken by High School Earth Science and Photography teacher Chip Weems, who will let us know when they are available.
Louise Spear
Faculty Chair

Vote For Hartsbrook!

Florence Savings Bank Customer of Choice Grant Program

Last year the Hartsbrook School Scrip program received $2,500 from this program run by the Florence Savings Bank. The total being donated to local non-profits is $75,000 with each award based on the number of votes the organization receives. In order to vote you must have an account or loan with FSB - even a child can vote if his or her name is on an account. We will  provide paper ballots at the Main Office and at Friday morning coffee or you can vote electronically ~ VOTE HERE  


Vote for the Hartsbrook School today!


Louise Spear

Faculty Chair


Our Healthy Children

Biography and the Practice  
of Human Becoming 

Book Signing & Reading with Signe Eklund Schaefer


Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
193 Bay Rd, Hadley, MA 01035


Life today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our participation in nature and the broader culture.
We often focus on the outer needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change. Can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our inner life and to our own evolving biography as it reflects and informs the outer world?


Admission is free, books will be available for purchase that evening. For more information please call 413-320-1723 or contact Kathleen Bowen: 413-320-1723 or kathleen56@gmail.com   


Mindful Parenting
Biography and Social Art Sessions with Kathleen Bowen

November 5, 12, 26 and December 3 and 10

Choose the morning or evening series:8:45-10:15 am or 7:00-8:30 pm

In the Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall.

Family and work responsibilities, the distraction of everyday life and an abundance of 'expert' advice can make us feel overwhelmed and confused about our children's needs and our responsibilities as parents. How can we practice a healthy attentiveness to what is right for our children and develop greater confidence and follow-through in our ability to meet their evolving needs as we perceive them?

What kind of parent do I want to be? What gifts do I bring to parenting? What is my child asking of me? Come and join us as we explore these questions and more through artistic exercises, story, writing, and conversation.  


Cost: $100 per person. Please register and pay in the Hartsbrook Hall main office (413-586-1908). For more information contact Kathleen Bowen: 413-320-1723 or kathleen56@gmail.com  


Hawks Eye View ~ Soccer

We're Having a Great Year!

9/25/13 - Girls JV Soccer Hartsbrook 0 / Charlemont 0

While Charlemont out-shot Hartsbrook 6 -2, it was a defensive battle ending without score. Hartsbrook's best pushes came in the first half on when Anja Wood carry from midfield and in the second when Hannah Jones broke through. Robin and Mary combined for the shutout in goal.

Eric Bright, Girls's Junior Varsity Soccer Coach


 9/27/13 - Girl's Varsity Soccer  Hartsbrook 5 / Buxton 1

The Hartsbrook Girl's Soccer team improved to 2-0 last Friday. With no subs on the bench, the team worked really hard to earn the victory. After a 1-0 halftime lead, they were able to distance themselves from Buxton by playing quicker passes and creating good scoring chances. 
Charles Fahlsing, Girl's Varsity Soccer Coach
10/1/13 Girl's Varsity Soccer  Hartsbrook  7 / Four Rivers 3
Nearly back to full strength the Hartsbrook Women were able to avoid a shaky first five minutes improving to 3-0. Kendall Jensen scored a hat-trick and Erin Hudson found the back of the net 4 times, bringing her season total to 10 goals. Hartsbrook struggled to stay onside with Four Rivers playing a high defensive line. The team is looking to improve to 4-0 in their next game. (Home vs Putney,10/2/13)
Charles Fahlsing, Girl's Varsity Soccer Coach
JV Girls Soccer:

High School Intensives ~

12th Grade Coastal Ecology, Hermit Island Maine

Students in the microscope lab
The 12th grade spent the week of September 16th in Maine studying invertebrates and coastal ecology. Main lessons were shared in the morning with the senior classes of eight other Waldorf schools. Afternoons were spent collecting specimens such as periwinkle snails, sea urchins, anemones, and sponges in the tide pools. Students rotated through afternoon activities such as the microscope lab and seascape painting. The final day featured clam hunting in the mud flats and a contra dance with a live band.
The 12th grade in Hermit Island, Main

Even the sea holds the bright stars in their movement/ As if it were the night sky.'  -Eun

'The ocean, the quietness, and the dark nights had the most profound effect on me. All the people I met on this trip helped broaden my perspective on life and relationships.'
'With each swell of the tide, the water washes up, playfully spiraling around the seaweed covered rocks.'

'The lab work was very interesting. Seeing those star fish up close was mind-blowing!' - Gabe 
Alex Workman
High School Biology

High School Intensives ~

11th Grade "Parzival" and the Triform Community


The 11th grade Main Lesson block on Wolfram von Eschenbach's "Parzivaltakes up the medieval romance from 1200, in which a young knight's quest for the holy Grail takes him from naďveté to pride to self-reflection to self-mastery. In this course, we trace this remarkable, event-filled journey, and ask questions about our own journey on the path toward self-mastery.  Coursework is based in daily discussion and includes written personal reflections and artwork on themes drawn from the book. The block includes a week-long intensive at the Triform Camphill Community for adults with developmental disabilities, in Hudson, NY.



Journal entries at Triform 

One young man impressed me the most. Though outwardly he could move around well enough, he couldn't speak at all, or chose not to make any sort of noise. But he still managed to cut half an onion into perfect little pieces, carefully pushing them around until they were where he wanted them. ~ Zoë


"...I met someone who just hums. Virginia said today that time moves slower for him. It made a lot of sense. At one point he was weaving, and at the end of each beating, he would just sit there for quite a while and look contemplative. I guess for him it doesn't seem like such a long time. ~Maible


I worked in the gardens most of the time and it is really interesting to watch the students, how different they are.   ~Kaspar


Connecting with the people at Triform had been a wonderful experience, and I didn't want to leave it behind so quickly. ~Will 


Cherrie Latuner

High School English, Literature and French


Calling Student Performers

Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus ~ Western District Auditions

Calling all student instrumentalists and singers to audition to participate in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Western District orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and chorus concerts.

Senior Districts are for grades 9-12:

Auditions November 9th, rehearsal January 4th and concert January 11th.

Junior Districts are for grades 7 & 8:

Auditions December 7th, rehearsal March 8th concert March 15th.


Hartsbrook students enjoy getting audition feedback and participating in the festival with peers from all over the region. Participants may also be invited to try out for the All-State Concert held at Boston Symphony Hall.


To learn more about auditions, requirements, fees, dates: http://www.mmeawd.org 


Any high school student who wants to participate needs a check payable to Hartsbrook for $11 and to complete a student endorsement form: ENDORSEMENT FORM 


DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 8. Return check and form to Caryn Hesse.

Contact Kelly Hudson, parent coordinator, if you have any questions.


For more photos of our Michaelmas Celebration go to: Hartsbrook's Photo Site



Celebrating Our Community

Martha Stewart has a Penchant
for our Parents!
Congratulation to ALUMNI PARENT Kathleen B Smith nominated by Martha Stewart for her American Made textiles reproductions. 

and CURRENT PARENT and super talented artist Eva Camacho Sanchez who is featured on on page 42 in the October issue
of Martha Stewart Living Magazine!

Eva Camacho-Sánchez, parent of 3 Hartsbrook children and owner of Lana Handmade, was featured in the most recent  Martha Stewart Living Magazine for her felt work. 


Art Opening ~ This Weekend


Hartsbrook graphic designer and parent Lori Lynn Hoffer is having an exhibit of her landscape 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:


Music in Tone & Word:

An Afternoon of Lyre & Poetry with the Hadley Lyre Ensemble

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm 

FREE Admission
at Northampton Friends Meeting House, 43 Center Street, Northampton, MA 01060
The Lyre Ensemble includes Elyce Perico, Educational Support Coordinator (top left) and Valerie Poplowski, Kindergarten Class Teacher (2nd from top left).
Please join us as we celebrate the unique contribution of the lyre to the musical fabric of North America-- its history, its present, and its future. The program includes works by J.S. Bach, Arvo Paert, Colin Tanser, Gerhard Maasz, Max Gross, Jan Nilsson, Turlough O'Carolan, Channa A. Seidenberg, and Julia Elliott. Selected poetry from ancient to modern times on the theme of music will also be presented. Refreshments afterwards. This event celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Lyre Association of North America.
Contact the Pioneer Valley Muse Group at
413-549-0997 or pvmusegroup@gmail.com.
Community Bulletin Board 


DO YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE? 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.
DAN KENNEDY PIANO & PERCUSSION:  My students sound great because we use natural technique. 10 mins. from school. Call or text this Hartsbrook dad at 413-548-6385. Now offering drum lessons too! 
THEORY AND OBSERVATION/ RIE TRAINING: If you are interested in the work of Magda Gerber and her inspiration for seeing and working with infants and toddlers in a respectful and caring way, a RIE training may be for you! I am hoping to bring a week long RIE training to New England in 2014. If you might be interested (parents, caregivers, educators), please contact Beth~ volkmann@comcast.net and  www.rie.org or  MORE INFO


AMHERST LEISURE SERVICES: The Green Games- Learn about the environment in Spanish and have fun! Native and beginning speakers welcome. Tues., Oct. 8-Nov. 194-5 pm, Bangs Center, $89. Call 413-259-3065 or go to www.lsse.org. 
FAMILY FUN DAY ~ CLARKE SCHOOL~ Saturday, October 19th, 2013, Noon - 3 PM, Round Hill Road Northampton, MA - Look for the big tent! Family Fun Day welcomes all members of the community to our Northampton campus for a day of family friendly, fall-themed activities. See below for a schedule of events. Info: call 413-582-1119 or visit www.clarkeschools.org/familyfunday
FARM CSA: Hettie Belle Farm Local Meat and Poultry CSA! 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.  Monthly distribution in Northampton/Florence & on farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Many more details at www.hettiebellefarm.com 
AFTER SCHOOL CLIMBING:After school program @ Central Rock Gym (Hadley). Games, climbing, art, friends, homework help, problem solving and fun! Mon-Fri 3-6pm through the school year. First session is FREE! Call, email or show up.
GERMAN PLAYGROUP for bilingual toddlers and preschoolers. Fridays 10-11am, in N. Amherst. We will sing, read stories and play.Email Jennifer at GermanPlaygroupAmherst@gmail.com 
PARENTING FOR PEACE: group study and practice with child educator Gina Simm at Pioneer Valley Cohousing Common House in N. Amherst. Gina will share the works of Inbal Kashtan, Parenting From Your Heart. Her parenting approach is based on the principles of compassion, connection and partnership. Contact Gina for more information at gina@cohousing.com.
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, javanbeckum@iglide.net. 
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. Kb@kathleenbowen.com. 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 8×10, custom online gallery and social sharing App, 4 retouched photographs featured on our blog. All other images, products and prints sold separately. www.birdiebunnyphotography.com | Erin 413-262-7973 


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