Weekly Bulletin

October 29, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 10/31

Friday, 11/1

No School


Our Healthy Children ~Mindful Parenting

5 sessions series starting 11/5



Richard Neal From CampHill Village

Saturday, 11/9


 Visiting Day

Monday, 11/11


Martinmas ~ Pageant and Lantern Walk

Tuesday, 11/12

Families KG~3rd 3:15 to 5:00 pm


Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble

Tuesday, 11/19


Holiday Fair

Saturday, 11/23


Parent Evenings


High School

Wednesday 11/6 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Nursery and Kindergarten

Wednesday 11/6 6:45 to 8:30 pm


Grade 4

Wednesday 11/6 7-9pm


Grade 6

Wednesday 11/6


Field Trips /
Class Events


7th & 8th Grade
Halloween Party

Wednesday Oct. 30 5-7:30pm









Quarter  Finals Today


Please watch the RVAL Website for game details.


Basketball and Ski Club enrollment soon!


Saint Martin Pageant ~

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

3:15 - 5:00 PM

For Families, Kindergarten through Third Grade


Presented by the Class of 2024


3:15 PM - Children remain in classrooms with teachers and their parents for a hearty snack. 

3:50 PM - Audience seated outside (weather permitting) or inside Piening Hall lobby.

4:00 PM - Saint Martin play performed by 2nd Graders

4:30 PM - Lantern Walk

4:50 PM - Bonfire, cider and songs!

Who is Saint Martin?

From France comes the legend of Saint Martin who, as a young officer in the Roman army, passed under an archway in the city of Amiens and discovered a poor beggar huddled there. The man was nearly naked, shivering with cold, and had received no alms to assist him. On seeing him, the young Martin took his own cape from his shoulders, cut the garment in half, and covered the poor man to warm him. That night Martin had a dream in which he saw Christ wearing the same piece of his cape. The experience confirmed in him his devotion to all humankind regardless of their station in life. Saint Martin was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature, and his ability to bring warmth and light to those who were previously in darkness. On the evening of Martinmas, he is remembered in many French households with a festival of lanterns, carrying light throughout the darkened home, singing songs.


The Martinmas celebration is inspired by old customs honoring St. Martin. As the sun sets earlier and rises later, the world grows darker and the inner light of humankind wants to shine forth. Children and parents gather as the sun sets. Handmade lanterns, often decorated with stars, suns, and moons, are lit as a symbol for the children of their own individual light. Our walk into the cold, dark evening gives us an experience of caring and sharing as we move toward the darkness of winter.


Jeff Kalman

2nd Grade Class Teacher

Go Hawks! Varsity Soccer Teams Play in League Quarterfinals Today... !!

The boys' and girls' soccer teams will play in the River Valley Athletic League quarterfinals today!


The Boys will travel to Buxton School in Williamstown, and the girls will play a home game vs Four Rivers Charter School at 3:45pm.  The winners of today's games will advance to the Semifinals on Friday.  The finals are on Sunday at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield.


You can track all of the league games on the River Valley Athletic League's website, under 'Soccer'.  You'll see current standings as the regular season games finish up this week.  The playoff bracket will be posted at the end of this week.  Wednesday's Quarterfinal games will be hosted by the higher-seeded teams... stay tuned for updated info!

2013 Varsity Girls
2013 Varsity Boys



Megan Owens

Hartsbrook Athletics         



Visiting Day

Grades 2 though 12

Monday, November 11, 2013

Visit High School Classes: 8:10 am to 12:45 pm

Visit Grades 2-8: 8:30 am to 12:45 pm


All welcome to come to the Assembly: 11:15 am- 12:30 pm

Grades 3,4,5,8 and High School will be performing


This special day offers you the opportunity to visit your own child's class or sign up to see any of the other classes in Grades 2-12. Adults only for the class visits please. All are welcome to come to the assembly featuring Grades 3,4,5,8 and the High School from 11:15 to 12:30.


Please pre-register with the Enrollment Office at (413) 584-3198 to observe a main lesson beginning at 8:30 and ending at 10:00. Observation will be followed by Q & A and refreshments in Piening Hall and the assembly.


We look forward to seeing you!


Leslie Evans

Enrollment Director



Parent Teacher Conferences ~ THIS WEEK

October 31st and November 1st

Child care:  Contact Vesna in the main office to sign up for childcare.
Please bring your child(ren) to the south modular playground when dropping off at the beginning of your conferences. Remember to have your child dress warmly for outdoor play and send along snacks if needed.
Register for childcare, drop-ins will NOT be accepted!

Mi Tierra and Burrito Hot Lunches

By now you have heard the tragic news that has befallen Mi Tierra. We send our sympathies and support to the Mi Tierra family and to all of the other families that lost their businesses due to fire.


Good news for burrito lovers! Mi Tierra will continue making burritos for us. Jorge, the owner of Mi Tierra, has let us know that they would continue making burritos for us out of their other restaurant.


 So we will continue our burrito Thursday lunches will be uninterrupted. 

On behalf of the senior class,
Thomas Heineman

Hartsbrook Hall's Lost and Found... Has Been Found!

A curious thing happens in the basket outside the kitchen.  A sweater or shoe or water bottle or other such thing gets left behind someplace and is put in the basket. Then, like magic, the items begin to multiply!  The basket fills, the mound heaps, and then the basket bursts!  The items that are labeled usually find the way back to their owner, but the others get lost, sometimes forever.


Listen closely, dear people! This is the future of the Lost and Found:

Each week, on Thursday afternoon, the basket will be cleaned out of items that are not labeled and have been there for more than a week - they will be sent to one of our area Survival Centers.




Thank you for your kind attention and good luck in your findings!

Flu Season


The 2013-2014 flu season, which peaks in January or February, will start soon.  It may be a matter of weeks before I begin to see students in the health office who have flu symptoms, such as fever, body aches, fatigue, cough and sore throat. Experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk.


If your child does become ill, please keep him or her at home. Children are more likely to experience complications from the seasonal flu.

The following link, The CDC Flu Guide for Parents, offers necessary flu education to parents. Please read the document closely. Let's keep our students and school as healthy as we can during the upcoming flu season.

Thank you, Jessica LaCroix, RN

Paper Star Workshop

red folded paper starOn Thursday, November 7 and 14 we will offer a Holiday Fair Craft Workshop to make the folded paper stars that so beautifully adorn the windows of our school during the Holiday Fair and afterwards. The workshop will be from 8:30 - 10:30 am in the Handwork Room, located upstairs in Hartsbrook Hall. 7th grade parent Cindy Bright will be leading the workshop assisted by Faculty Chair Louise Spear.


We will provide all supplies. This is a simple craft that anyone can learn and we welcome you all to come! 


Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

Holiday Fair ~ Preparations are Underway!


Thanks to all who have been working to create this special day!


We are seeking:


Help with Signs! Friday November 1st, under the canopy to help cut, trim, sand and prime new signs. Come for your teacher meeting and drop in to help. Bring a jigsaw if you can.

If you can help, on Friday (or another day),  Let Tim McNerney 413-341-1379 know!

 A Raffle Organizer for Set Up Day- Seeking the person who, on Friday 11/22 can take vendor donations and combine them to make gift baskets to Raffle on Fair Day. Contact: Tracy


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!


Items on our Bucket List ~ Let us know if you have any of these items!

  • Twinkle lights- we need lots and lots of twinkle lights- donated or borrowed
  • Extension cords - will be returned, please label your cord.
  • Large grill with cover  (2) - to be used in the food tent
  • Propane tank (3-4) - to be used in the main tent kitchen and kettle corn maker
  • Camping propane burner stands (2) Used for reheating soup.
  • Donated baskets for raffle items
  • Baskets to borrow for displaying and holding baked goods, and breads
  • Serving platters & cakes stands for displaying baked goods in the Bakery
  • Chaffers (4) / food warmer - for keeping food warm
  • Full, or nearly full, skeins of mid-weight (worsted weight) synthetic yarns in any and all colors for the jump ropes.
  • Lengths of woolen yarns for the finger knitting workshop/circle.
  • Greenery~ as the date gets closer, we will need lots of greens to decorate the campus.


Bring small donations to the Elementary front hall, there will be a box.
To arrange for larger pieces or for question, please contact Tracy 508-341-4596


Warmly, Fair Co-Chairs
Tracy McQuade  Contact: Tracy
Tara Hoffman Contact: Tara

Calling 7th and 8th Grade 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.


Junior Districts are for grades 7 & 8:

Auditions: December 7th

Rehearsal: March 8th and Rehearsal & 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 7th or 8th grade student who wants to participate needs a check payable to Hartsbrook for $11 and to complete a Student Endorsement Form


Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 13th

Return check and form to Caryn Hesse in the high school office.


Questions: Kelly Hudson, parent coordinator 413- 369-4797 or ckcehudson@comcast.net  

Please Join Us-

A Talk With Richard Neal from Camphill Village

Saturday November 9, 2013
11am - 12:30 pm

Hartsbrook Hall Great Room

Camphill Village in Copake,  NY is a community of people, some with special needs, who live and work together caring for each other and the Earth.


  • Is there a place for a Camphill community in the Pioneer Valley?
  • Why Camphill is a successful model
  • How it differs from other residential models
  • How to start a Camphill in the Pioneer Valley 

Please come with your questions!


Louise Spear

Faculty Chair

Seniors to Join Monte's March ~

A Call for Donations!

2012 Monte's March

For the third year, the seniors will be marching with radio host Monte of 93.9-The River to raise awareness about hunger in our communities, and raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Also on the 26-mile walk from Northampton to Greenfield will be Congressman Jim McGovern and Andrew Morehouse, executive director of the Food Bank.Seniors will join the march for a couple miles and then return to their lessons. ABOUT MONTE'S MARCH


DONATIONS PLEASE! The class invites community members to make a donation for this occasion and let us know what you are donating so that we can track the amount and number of donors Hartsbrook has! Monte's March is a fundraiser rather than a food drive because the food bank can obtain food at much less than retail prices, providing up to three meals for every one dollar donated.


Hartsbrook is donating a week at Farm Camp to be auctioned off on air to support the fundraiser. To donate, call the radio station during the march at 1-888-323-HOPE (4673) or bring your donation  to the High School in advance of the march and we will deliver donations and a total of our pledges on air!


Thank you!

Rosemary McNaughton & Tony Cape

Senior Class Advisors


High School Main Lessons~

10th Grade Conic Sections

Our main lesson work includes:

  • Working with clay to have a three-dimensional experience of how the conic sections can literally be cut out of a cone.
  • Constructing conic sections with compass and ruler.
  • Using analytic geometry to manipulate the equations for the conic sections.
  • Solving systems of simultaneous equations with two variables to find intersection points for various combinations of conics (e.g. a circle and a parabola).
Steve Haendiges
High School Math & Science



Global Perspectives

In our continuing efforts to broaden our global understanding the High School invited Dr. Sadeed Jawad to speak with us.


Dr. Jawad has overcome great personal difficulties growing up in worn torn Iraq and spoke with elegance and compassion about themes that are common to all humanity: war, loss, poverty, religion and struggle through great personal obstacles to overcome and establish a life despite all obstacles.

Thomas Heineman
High School Humanities

Scrip ~ It's Worth the Trip!

Introducing the NEW Scrip Monthly Order Program

Scrip is an important fundraiser for our school.
If every family were to purchase, for example, at least $100 of grocery scrip per week, Hartsbrook would receive over $52,000 in revenue. 
Yes, $52,000! Please start using scrip today!
If you shop at Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, River Valley Market, Big Y or Esselon, please join our Scrip Monthly Order Program Today.  Place a standing order for your weekly Scrip cards and we'll have them waiting and ready for you with an email reminder.
To place a monthly standing order:

What is Scrip? Click Here:  Scrip Brochure

Thank you-
Karen Bates
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 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 to the families who have offered to host performers for two nights.


Thank you!

Polly Saltet

Eurythmy and Faculty Conference Chair

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

Location: 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.   FLYER


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  


Celebrating Our Community

A Reading and Signing




High School English Teacher invites you to A Reading and Signing of Soon They WIll Fly--A Meditation at Fitzgerald Lake Sponsored by Broad Brook Coalition and Laurel Park Association

Thursday, November 14, 7PM at Normal Hall, Laurel Park, Northampton

See http://www.cherylannelatuner.com for full details.



Community Bulletin Board 

ALUM LOOKING FOR WORK: Hello Hartsbrook community! I am currently going to Hampshire college and I am looking for about ten hours of work a week. I am great around the house, running errands, child-care, keeping you company, put me to the task and I will get it done! Call Maggie Ranen  413-687-1630 or email: maar13@hampshire.edu


POETRY READING: Hartsbrook High School English Teacher Cherrie Latuner invites you to a reading of her recently published poetry chapbook. More Info or http://www.cherylannelatuner.com/


High School English Teacher invites you to A Reading and Signing of Soon They WIll Fly--A Meditation at Fitzgerald Lake Sponsored by Broad Brook Coalition and Laurel Park Association

Thursday, November 14, 7PM at Normal Hall, Laurel Park, Northampton

See http://www.cherylannelatuner.com/ for full details.


WOVEN WORD YOUNG WRITERS:  has limited openings for Session II, beginning Nov. 20 in Hadley.  Now in its 14th year, Woven Word builds on a wealth of experience in what makes young writers tick.  We offer an enriched setting which includes great prompts, lots of choices and a supportive peer circle. For more information, contact Lynn Bowmaster, Lrbowmaster@gmail.com, or visit us at: www.wovenwordyoungwriters.weebly.com.


HOUSE FOR RENT: 3 bedroom house for rent in Leeds. 1.5 bathrooms large kitchen and full basement for storage. Quiet dead end street across from the Mill River. 20 minutes from Hartsbrook. Please call Suzy for more information, 413-219-1270


STAY CALM AND BALANCED THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOGA! Enjoy small classes in Karen Sheingold's lovely Amherst studio in the woods. First class free. New students: 30 days unlimited classes for $60. Private and therapeutic sessions. See www.karensheingold.com. Or ask Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli, Lori Lynn Hoffer, Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields. Contact: karen@karensheingold.com, 413-253-0313.


Soups, Stews, Jazz & Blues- An Evening of Fine Dining Featuring Charles Neville - Saturday, Nov. 2 Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville and the Skeletones.  At 6:30pm volunteers will be serving up a delicious pre-winter, warm-your-heart community dinner of various vegetarian and meat soups and stews on a $6-9 sliding scale. The community meal will be followed by an evening of live music -- a mix of jazz, blues, and bebop -- and dancing.  If you love a big horn section, this band's for you.  @ 8pm -- $10 tickets at the door. www.shutesburyac.com


SKI & SNOWBOARD SWAP & SALE: Berkshire East Ski Area: Charlemont, MA. Sunday, November 17 ~ 9:00 am to 3:30 p.m. Join us for another great sale. MORE INFO.


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

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