Weekly Bulletin

November 6, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Richard Neal From CampHill Village

Saturday, 11/9


Visiting Day

Monday, 11/11


Half Day Dismissal

Monday, 11/11 

Early Childhood: 12:30pm

Grades 1-12: 12:45pm


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 8

Tuesday, 11/12



Grade 6

Wednesday 11/13



Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday 11/18

Field Trips /
Class Events








Basketball and Ski Club enrollment soon!

The Hartsbrook Board of Directors

As with every board of directors, our Board has a fiduciary responsibility for ensuring the success and welfare of the whole school, and as such it has a bias toward working at the strategic rather than operational level.  The Board sees its responsibility as creating policy and structure that enable the school to attract and retain the very best teachers and to provide the very best education - in every sense - to the students in its care.

The Board leads by working as a servant to the cause of Waldorf education. Its role is to provide the strategic picture that informs all of the ongoing operational work of the school.  It doesn't infringe in matters of pedagogy, but it does have a particular responsibility in areas of finance, fund raising and capital improvements, and it assists in an advisory fashion on some issues of administration.

The work of the Board is directly reflected in the committees that a Board member may serve on depending upon their skills and interest: Finance, Long Range Planning, Strategic Planning, Buildings and Grounds, Development, Enrollment, Nominations and Trusteeship.
The Board is comprised of current and former parents and faculty, and on occasion others interested in Waldorf education, who are able to bring experience, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities.

This year there are six new Board members and we would like to introduce them to you below and in future bulletins.

Thank you,


Tupper Brown

Chairman of The Board

Jedediah Liebert

Native New Englander, Jed Liebert, parent of Ahnkai in Kindergarten and Anmei in Cricket and has been at Hartsbrook for two years. He is the owner and wealth manager of Liebert Investment Management. A Certified Financial Planner and Boston University graduate, Jed decided to join the Board through an appreciation of his own Waldorf education at the Monadnock School in Keene, NH. He will bring his skills to the Finance committee. 

Lane Hall-Witt

West coast "transplant", Lane Hall-Witt, parent of Alex in the 3rd grade and Lane in the 5th, has been at Hartsbrook for six years. After owning a software consulting firm, Lane entered into the academic world and is currently the director of a graduate program for international students at Smith College. As both a pragmatist and an idealist, Lane's objective in joining the Board is to help insure that Hartsbrook remains a strong, vital institution so it can carry out its educational mission. He will be serving on the Long Range Planning Committee and helping to oversee the Strategic Planning Group.  

Visiting Day 
Monday Morning, November 11, 2013
For Grades 2 though 12

 8:10 am
  -12:45 pm High School   
    8:30 am - 12:45 pm Grades 2 - 8     
Please register* to observe a main lesson beginning at 8:30 am (please be here at 8:00 am  for High School and 8:15 am for Grades 2 - 8). This is an opportunity for prospective and current parents to visit your child's class or sign up to preview what lies ahead in the Hartsbrook School's rich curriculum.
Adults only for Grades 2 - 8 class visits please.
All are welcome to come to the assembly which will feature Grades 3, 4, 5, 8 and the High School.

8:00 Arrival and Registration for High School Visits
8:15 Arrival and Registration for Grades 2-8 Visits
8:30-10:00  Observation of Classes in Grades 2-12

10:00-11:15  Informal Conversation, Q & A  and Refreshments, in the Piening Hall lobby.
11:30-12:45  Assembly - Presentations by Grades 3, 4, 5, 8 and work showcase from Grades 9-12
Early Childhood: 12:30pm
Grades 1-12: 12:45pm

 *Please  the Enrollment Office to register, or for more information:  413-584-3198  


Saint Martin Pageant ~ Next Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

3:15 - 5:00 pm

For Families, Kindergarten through Third Grade


Presented by  the Second Grade, 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 - Campfire, 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


New Hot Lunch Option ~ Tasting and Sign Up 11/13

Taste Smart Lunches on Wednesday, 11/13!
Delivery will begin 12/3.

Representatives from Smart Lunches will be on campus Wednesday, November 13th at 3:15pm for a tasting and for delivery sign up.
Louise Spear
Faculty Chair 

Mi Tierra and Burrito Hot Lunches

Good news for burrito lovers! Mi Tierra will continue making burritos for us from their 2nd location. There will be no change in our hot lunch delivery schedule.
Senior classes, for several years, have been selling Mi Tierra burritos to raise money for their community service trip. A recent fire on destroyed many businesses including Mi Terra. Mi Terra is a family run business and, while they did have insurance, it is not likely to cover the majority of their losses.

The class of 2014 has donated to a fund to support the hope and determination of the Mi Tierra family and all business owners in the Route 9 complex to reopen in the near future. You can help by stopping by any Citizens Bank or Stop & Shop or by donating online:



We hope that you can help out and thank you! 

The Class of 2014

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. 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

We are seeking:


Help with Signs! This Saturday November 9th, under the canopy @ 9am to help cut, trim, sand and prime new signs. Bring a jigsaw if you have one.

If you can help, Let Tim McNerney 413-341-1379 know!


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
Eurythmy Ensemble to Visit Hartsbrook
On November 19th, the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble will offer three performances:
In school for students: 11:50am -12:30pm and 2:15-3:00pm
Public Performances: 7:00pm
Evening Tickets: $10, $6, and $25 for a family
Evening shows are appropriate for students grade 7 and up.
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.


Thank you to the families who have offered to host and feed the performers.


We hope to see you at the evening performance.  Please spread the word and bring a friend!


Questions: Polly Saltet: email or 413- 586-1908.


Thank you!

Polly Saltet

Eurythmy and Faculty Conference Chair

Soccer Season Wraps Up

Hartsbrook's Varsity soccer teams both finished their seasons with exciting playoff matches. After winning their Quarterfinal games, both the boys and the girls advanced to the Semifinals.


The girls traveled to Putney, VT to play a tough game against the top-seeded Putney School for a final score of Putney 4, Hartsbrook 2.  The boys traveled to Dublin, NH to play the undefeated Dublin School with a final score of Dublin 3, Hartsbrook 2.


Thank you to all of our soccer players and coaches for a wonderful season!

Please wash and return all uniforms to the main office by the end of this week. 


Our 2013 Teams

Varsity Girls 2013


Varsity Boys 2013
Junior Varsity Girls 2013
Junior Varsity Boys 2013



Megan Owens

Hartsbrook Athletics         

Looking Ahead ~ Winter Sports

Basketball season will begin Monday, November 25th

Practices and home games are at the College Church in Northampton on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45 pm.  Bus transportation is provided to and from Hartsbrook. Both of our coaches are returning from last year and we are looking forward to another fun season.  Look for the registration form coming out via email by the end of this week.


Ski/Snowboard Club

Hartsbrook will again be offering discounted lift tickets, rentals and lesson packages at Berkshire East.   Please stay tuned for more info. There are several local ski swaps this month, organized by UMASS, Berkshire East and Northampton Lions Club.  This is a great way to find affordable equipment.


Megan Owens

Hartsbrook Athletics  

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  

Seniors Joined Monte's March This Morning! 
A Call for Donations!

For the third year Hartsbrook seniors joined with radio host Monte of 93.9-The River as he walks from Northampton to Greenfield to bring awareness of hunger in our communities and raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Today the students walked with Congressman Jim McGovern. ABOUT MONTE'S MARCH

High School students walked with Congressman Jim McGovern



The class invites community members to make a donation and let us know what you have donated, 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

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

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

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.


Cherry Latuner



Community Bulletin Board 

ALUM LOOKING FOR WORK: Hello Hartsbrook community! I am currently going to Hampshire college and I am looking for 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


YARD HELP NEEDED: Would any 8th -12th Grade student be interested in raking leaves in Sunderland to earn money for a class trip or for yourselves? Please contact Arn Krugman at 413-397-3153 or 413-446-9727


WANTED- ROOM TO RENT OR HOUSE TO SHARE:  My name is Tanya McIntyre. My son Willow recently joined the 9th Grade class. We are coming from Canada and looking for a place to stay during the week. We are flexible and friendly, open to various kinds of arrangements! please email or call: tmcintyre06@gmail.com or 413 658 7173


WINTER FARM SHARE: Enterprise Farm Winter Share December 1, 2013 - May 10, 2014.  Imagine this:  A winter of organic fruits & veggies that are fresher than can be had at a supermarket.  Local roots, winter greens, tree-ripened citrus, avocados, Florida strawberries, and much more.  www.EnterpriseFarmCSA.com


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.



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