Weekly Bulletin

October 16, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Cook Off!

Bring Your Best Pot of Soup or Chili

Friday, 10/25 12:45-3:30pm


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 10/31

Friday, 11/1

No School

Parent Evenings


Parent Council

Monday 10/21 7p-9p

Grade 3

Tuesday 10/22

6:30- 8:30pm

Grade 7

Thursday 10/24 7-9pm

Field Trips


8th Grade to Plymouth


6th Grade Caving

Oct. 24 + 25







 Oct. 16

JVG vs. Steiner

Oct. 17

JVG @ GCS (7th v. 7th)

Oct. 17

 VB @ Charlemont

Oct. 22

VB Home vs. Eagle Hill

Oct. 22

JVB @ Charlemont

Oct. 22

VG @ Stoneleigh Burnham

Oct. 23

JVG @ Steiner

Oct. 24

JVG @ Charlemont

Oct. 24

VG @ Charlemont

Oct. 24

JVB @ Greenfield Center

Oct. 25

VG @ Eagle Hill


Introducing ~

Our Early Childhood Faculty and Staff

We would like to introduce the Early Childhood faculty who, with love and warmth, hold and care for our youngest community members. 
Back (L to R): Rachel Kennedy, Taryn Paladiy, Chris Shaw, Debra Courage. Middle (L to R): Jacqueline Strauss, Janine Harrison, Valerie Poplawski, Meg Fisher. Front (L to R): Magdalena Toran, Nathalie Lewis, Sherri Gionet.
Missing: Nicole Romer, Aemelia Thompson, Anna Grettenberg, Kelly Maurer, Gretchen Scholl. 


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 will be available 8am - 5pm. (Dress warmly and bring a snack.) 

Update: Eighth Grade Wednesday Pizza

The Eighth Grade wants to thank all of our customers, Grades 3 through High School, for supporting fundraising for our end-of-8th-grade trip.


Order ahead now: Pizza  Order Form 


We will also take orders for a particular week on Tuesdays before school (8:00 to 8:30am) or money can be brought to the 8th grade room at morning snack time.  We would also like to clarify that, just as is true for the 12th grade burrito sales, there is no credit given for absences.


If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Hopkins. We thank our pizza maker, Sibies Pizza of South Amherst, for their support of the 8th grade.


Thank you again for your support - enjoy the pizza!

Corrections to The 2013-14 School Directory

Please take Note!

The phone numbers in the 6th grade class list on page 10 for Leela Dolan and  Ari Cox should be as follows:

Leela Dolan   (413) 367-9199

Ari Cox    (603) 320-9955


 The correct phone number for Board member Ruth LeBar is (203) 287-1051.


Thank you,

The Administration

So, You Have a Great Soup or Chili Recipe?
Bring it to the Cook-Off!


Help us find the best soup & chili recipes to use for the Holiday Fair! Anyone can enter, anyone can vote! Fill your pot and bring it down to Hartsbrook for a tasting competition.


Date:     Friday, October 25, 2013 (Next week, practice now!)

Place:    Under the canopy

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



Contact Tara for more information.

Tara Hoffman, Fair Co-Chair

Eurythmy Ensemble to Visit Hartsbrook
On November 19th, the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble will offer two performances during school for our students and one in the evening for the public. It has been a number of years since we hosted a touring ensemble at our school, so this is a joyful and festive opportunity for our students and parents to experience the beauty of a professional performance.


The group will be in town from the afternoon of Monday the 18th until the morning of the 20th, so we are looking for housing for eight people for two nights in the community, as well as offers of food for two dinners, a lunch, and snacks. If you would like to help support this event in any way, please contact Polly Saltet by email, at school, 586-1908, or at home, 584-5256.


Thank you!

Polly Saltet

Eurythmy and Faculty Conference Chair

Hawks Eye View ~ Soccer


Tuesday 10/8/13 VG Charlemont 4 / Hartsbrook 2

Thursday 10/10/13 VG Hartsbrook 5 / Four Rivers 2

Last week the Hartsbrook women's soccer team faced two good opponents. On Tuesday the ladies were a bit unfortunate, suffering a loss in a game that was much closer then the score suggests. The girls responded with a great win on Thursday. They dominated possession and were able to score some well orchestrated goals. Hartsbrook has a week to prepare for the last three games of the regular season. The team is 4-2 heading into their next game. 


Charles Fahlsing

Hartsbrook Women's Coach




10/8/13 - Coed JV Soccer Hartsbrook 9 / Center 1

Hartsbrook spread the field playing an effective passing game versus a young Center School team. Finn O'Connor led scoring with four goals.


10/9/13 - Coed JV Soccer Hartsbrook 1 / PVPA 3 

Hartsbrook's ball control resulted in a 1-0 lead, until the early minutes of the second half, when Hartsbrook fell to a more determined PVPA attack.


Eric Bright

Girls JV Soccer Coach 




6th Grade Camping Trip to Cape Cod ~
(10/8 - 10/10)

Mrs. Haendiges, 6th Grade Class Teacher, and the sixth graders enjoyed beautiful autumn weather on their trip to Cape Cod. They participated in many activities including bike trips, a boat trip to study aquatic life, and a guided walk along the tidal flats of the Wellfleet Audubon Sanctuary. They built a large beach bonfire to cook on, and had many great learning experiences.
Lori Lynn Hoffer
7th Grade Camping Trip to Cardigan Mountain ~
Southern White Mountains of New Hampshire (10/1 - 10/4)



Ms. Damon's Seventh Grade class,

Climbed a mountain, alas!

'Twas the start of October,

The year far from over,

The view from the top: clear as glass!


Our class was grouped into three.

Each learned to identify trees!

The teamwork was strong,

All encouraged all along,

We supported each other like geese!


Each built up the trust in their group

And checked that their boot laces looped.

Each packed a good lunch

And snacks for to munch

For each day at the end we were pooped!


The peak of it all was Cardigan,

A mountain we won't soon climb again!

The incline was steep,

The alpine zone we did meet.

At the end we were glad we'd begun!


Heather Damon
7th Grade Class Teacher

High School Intensives ~

9th Grade History of Drama

The Ninth Grade typically begins the year with the History of Drama block, and this year the class took part in a one-week clowning intensive to extend our experience of tragedy and comedy. 


We were fortunate to welcome movement teacher Laura Geilen from Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in New York, who led a workshop in her specialty of clowning.  Working with minimal props, Laura guided the students each day through a series of different improvisation activities.  Awkward and self-conscious at first, the Ninth Graders steadily developed their skills until they were clowning confidently in red noses and costumes. 


The week's work culminated in a series of delightful presentations to an audience of students and parents.


Tony Cape
High School Humanities

High School Blocks~

Electricity and magnetism

High School students investigating methods of creating and neutralizing static electric effects.  In the block we start by isolating magnetic and electric phenomena and then see how they come together to form the electromagnetic force that is behind so much of our technological advances.
Rosemary McNaughton
High School Physics and Math

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

Around Campus

Savoring Precious Sunny Days


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.)





Community Bulletin Board 
PUT ON YOUR APRON WORKSHOP SERIES: with Elizabeth Sustick RN, of Paul and Elizabeth's Restaurant. November 2, 2013 - Findus Pancakes and other good things to eat cooking class 11a-2p.  December 7, 2013- Homecare course addressing some common childhood Illnesses 11a-2p. Location: 15 Manhan St Northampton Fee: $30 per class- preregistration required via email esustick@gmail.com

SEEKING POTTERY MENTOR: Senior, Eliana 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 


JAZZ PERFORMANCE: Bob & Jerry Good Talks: Traditional Jazz Conversations. Sunday, October 20, 2013 3pm. The North Hadley Congregational Church, 243 River Drive, North Hadley, MA. More Info: http://www.bobandjerry.com/calendar.html


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.  www.yoga-sanctuary.com   | call 413.585.YOGA | or email info@yoga-sanctuary.com.


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 

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