Weekly Bulletin

October 9, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Class Photo Day

 Thursday 10/10


Columbus Day ~ No School

Monday, 10/14


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 10/31

Friday, 11/1


Parent Evenings


Parent Council

Monday 10/21 7p-9p

Grade 3

Tuesday 10/22 7-9pm

Grade 7

Thursday 10/24 7-9pm


Tuesday, 10/1 6:45- 8:30p

Field Trips


6th Grade Camping

Oct. 8-10


12th Grade to Concord

Oct 9-10







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

Oct. 14

VB vs. Buxton

Oct. 15

VB Home vs. White Oak

Oct. 16

JVG vs. Steiner

Oct. 17

JVG @ GCS (7th v. 7th)


A Time of Harvest, Gratitude and Changing Seasons

It is hard to know which is more colorful, the turning maple outside Hartsbrook Hall, sporting every conceivable color of the rainbow or the vibrant red kuri squash and pumpkins, spilling out from our harvest crates outside the 3rd grade classroom.
The gardens and fields have yielded their last harvest. Fields have been hayed, potatoes have been dug and the beans, corn and squash are safe from the coming frosts. Our seeds for next year are drying on screens in the Homestead, a promise for next year's harvest.  I am also hopeful there may be a small honey harvest for us this year as well!

And what of our animals? The cows are starting to grow out their long coats and the pigs, enjoying the Homestead kitchen slops, are putting on their own layers to ward off the cold nights. The goats and sheep are preparing themselves for next year's spring births.

I am always amazed by how much the farming year is one continuous circle, with agricultural decisions needing to be made here and now, only to be brought into being many months away! The most pressing questions facing a farmer as winter approaches are whether the earth has been laid to rest properly with a good cover crop to protect our soil, and if the livestock have all they need for food and shelter to get them safely through the coldest of weeks.It is also at this time that farmers will select which animals will be kept for breeding and which are ready to be sent to market.
It is with the deepest gratitude that I look about our Farmstead and see the many ways that we as a community are nourished by the life within it.
Nicki Robb
Director of Land Stewardship


Parent Teacher Conferences ~

October 31st and November 1st

Early Childhood - Grade 8 ~ Sign up in the main office.
High School ~ Sign up here (HS Week at a Glance Site)
Outside childcare for school-age children available 8am - 5pm. (Dress warmly and bring snack) 

Class Photos ~ Final sessions tomorrow

Final class photos tomorrow Thursday, October 10th, weather permitting.
Some classes were photographed Tuesday, October 8th.
Directories are On Their Way
The Hartsbrook School 2013 - 2014 phone directory will be sent home to families by the end of the week. This resource contains phone numbers for families, employees and Board members and other useful information. It is a paper document sent home with your youngest child if they are kindergarten age or older.
Community Handbook on the Website
The 2013 - 2014 Community Handbook is available on the Parent Information Page on the Hartsbrook School website: Community Handbook.
This document contains school policies and procedures. Our anti-bullying policy, as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is also included in this document.

Enjoy the Bounty!

On Thursday afternoons at 3:15 p.m. the third grade will have eggs and squash for sale outside their classroom.  The eggs are from our own hens, completely organic, and cost $4/dozen or $2/half-dozen.  
Butternut, delicata, sweet dumpling, acorn and ornamental squash were all grown and harvested by our class.  They will range in price from $1 - $2.  
Thank you for supporting our Agricultural Arts program.


Tanya Lax, Third Grade Class Teacher

Scrip - With Your Help We Can Do More!

Last year, Hartsbrook made almost $6300 because families, at no cost to them, used Scrip cards for their regular shopping. What could we make this year with your help?
GIFT CARD: Visit Vesna at the main office to purchase gift cards that you can use instead of your debit or credit cards.

Available cards include: Whole Foods, River Valley, Big Y, Esselon and many more.


ON LINE:  if you would like learn how to reload your card or order cards on-line or with your phone, please contact Heidi Moskowitz. 413-219-1289



All families and friends~ please take a minute to register your standard store discount cards. Each of these organizations will donate a percentage of purchases back to the school of your choice. 


BIG Y:            BIG Y shopper card
Stop & Shop: STOP and SHOP shopper card
Target:           TARGET credit card


Vesna in the main office at (413) 586-1908 ex: 100

Heidi Moskowitz at (413) 219-1289

Holiday Fair ~ Preparations are Underway!



This week we are seeking:


Entertainers - Do you know jugglers, stilt walkers, mimes or other performers? We need your talents! Contact: Joyce


Demonstrations - What can you show our guest? We are seeking a cider press, iron forge, spinning wheel. What can you add to the excitement of our day?  Contact: Joyce 


Musicians - Students, parents, alumni, alumni parents, teachers, and friends, help bring joy to all ears. We will have a jam session and small ensembles in the coffee house, calming music for resting babies, strolling minstrels, festive fun music in the food tent, and more.  Please contact Swansea  to schedule a spot!





And Introducing..... The Soup & Chili Cook Off!

Did you have an opinion about the Soup or Chili we cooked/ served for last year's Holiday Fair?


Help us find the best Soup & Chili Recipes to use for the Holiday Fair.

Anyone can enter, anyone can vote! Grab a pot, whip up the goods and bring it down to Hartsbrook for a tasting competition.


Date:     Friday, October 25, 2013 (2 weeks out, practice now!)

Place:    Under the canopy

Time:     12:45 - 3:30pm or until all votes are cast

 Contact Tara for more information.
Warmly, Fair Co-Chairs
Tracy McQuade  Contact: Tracy
Tara Hoffman Contact: Tara

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

10/2/13 - Coed JV Soccer Hartsbrook 1 / Steiner 5

Lindsey was solid in the sweeper role and, together with Dana in goal, provided leadership to a young Hartsbrook team while the 7th graders were away on their class trip.   Ayla figured out how to unlock Steiner's defense and, in the halftime huddle, delivered insight that in the second half resulted in an outstanding pass from Annabelle swinging outside behind Ayla in an exciting play up the sideline.

Eric Bright

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Coach

 1st and 8th Grade Buddies
In a tradition that encourages children of different ages to work and spend time together, each 1st Grader is matched with buddies in the 8th Grade.  The 8th Graders enjoy sharing all they know and the 1st Graders are so delighted by the care and attention from their older friend!
8th Grade buddies teaching the 1st Grade to knit
Apple and Pumpkin Picking!
Jessica Stark, 1st Grade Class Teacher
Catherine Hopkins, 8th Grade Class Teacher
High School Intensives ~

10th Grade Ancient History: The Birth of Civilization

10th Grade students in Washington DC
As part of their study of Ancient History the tenth grade visited Washington, DC. 
This is an intensive that supported the block work in Ancient History: The Birth of Civilization. Our studies have taken up the beginnings: the beginnings of agriculture, specialized work, political and religious institutions, and the beginnings of cities: life in the city. One of the themes in our curriculum for the tenth grade is comparing and contrasting, and a visit to our nation's capital is a wonderful way to compare and contrast what has and what hasn't changed. A simple walk around the Mall, Washington's Obelisk, Lincoln's Greek Temple, Jefferson's Roman Temple, and Martin Luther King's forward-looking monument can provide rich insight into the past, present, and even the future.
Thomas Heineman
High School Humanities
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.


Early Childhood Building ~ Setting Down Roots



Thank you to Alan Page of Green Diamond Systems for donating the beautiful pillars that frame the lovey entrance to the new Early Childhood building.

This entryway will shelter the families of our youngest students as the come for drop off and pick up. 


Alan is the grandfather to Arya Rose, a 1st Grade student. 

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

Music in Tone & Word ~ THIS WEEKEND!

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.
Alumni News!


Gabriel Rollinson '12 is performing this week with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

The performance is Beethoven's 9th Symphony, which the New York Times called:

 "a vibrant, lucid and intriguing account that culminated with a fleet, exciting finale that featured an impressive quartet of vocal soloists and the impassioned singing of the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus."

Danny Boyle Memorial Run/Walk


Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:00 AM

3.5 mile Cross Country Run/ Walk/ Mountain Bike


Join the race or come for food, raffles, music and fun.

Proceeds go to cancer research.


This race is held in honor of Danny Boyle, brother of Coleen Healy, a Hartsbrook parent.


Questions: Boylerace@gmail.com or www.accu-specracing.com 

Holyoke Lodge of Elks,  250 Whitney Ave,  Holyoke, MA 01040

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.

SEEKING POTTERY MENTOR: Senior, Elaine Moskovitz, is looking for a pottery mentor for her senior project. If interested, or have any connections, please contact her directly at 413-686-1126 or elianamoskovitz@gmail.com


FAMILY YOGA CLASSES: Yoga Sanctuary is offering our Little Tots Yoga Series starting Oct. 11-Nov. 15, Fridays 10:45-11:30am. Bring your little one (ages 2-4) and join Sara Rose for a playful introduction to the magic of yoga. Also, join us October 26th, 3:30-4:30pm for our special Halloween Family Class! Halloween costumes encouraged. Visit our website www.yoga-sanctuary.com | call 413.585.YOGA | or email info@yoga-sanctuary.com.

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
THERAPUTIC BODYWORK Rejuvenate and heal with Hartsbrook parent, Samantha Burnell, L.M.T. The work I do is an eclectic mix of deep tissue, Trigger-Point therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Massage and many other modalities. Introductory rate: $60 /75 minutes. Regular massage not only feels good, but has long term health benefits. samanthaburnell@gmail.com. 413-824-2870. To schedule an appointment:  http://samanthaburnelllmt.fullslate.com/ 
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

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