Weekly Bulletin

November 27, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Thanksgiving Break

11/27 Half Day

11/27 Assembly Day

No School 11/28 +11/29


Open Class Day (for external visitors)

Wednesday 12/4 

8:30am to 10:30am


Winter Garden

Early Childhood - 3rd Grade

Sunday 12/08

Expect times from your teachers!


School Meeting ~

Proposed Tuition Model

Tuesday 12/10 7pm


Solstice Celebration

Thursday 12/19



Winter Break 12/23 - 1/3

Half Day 12/20

Assembly 12/20

Parent Evenings


Grade 2

Tuesday 12/03 7-9pm


Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday 12/16

Field Trips /
Class Events


6th Grade Play

December 11, 12 + 13






Ski Season~   See enrollment links below!


This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. As a school community, we can also savor the glorious day we experienced on Saturday at the Holiday Fair. Our thanks go to our hard-working, tireless, and courageous Holiday Fair co-chairs Tara Hoffman and Tracy McQuade who had the vision to bring so many new ideas to the Fair while retaining its essential character. We are also grateful to all the other volunteers who took on major roles and to the entire Hartsbrook community - parents, students, alumni, alumni parents, board members, faculty and staff  - for working together to bring us this magical day which was, in turn, a wonderful way to share our school with the greater community. 
May we all take some of the warmth with us into our own celebrations with our families and friends this Thursday.

Louise Spear
Faculty Chair 


Thanksgiving Break Schedule

Wednesday 11/27 - Half Day, dismissals:

Early Childhood and Grades 1-8  - 12:30 pm

Grades 9 - 12 - 12:45 

Grade school assembly:

 11:30 am with Grades 2 - 8 performing

All school offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for a well-deserved Thanksgiving break!

Scrip For Sale, Wednesday

Wednesday 11/27,  at dismissal, under the canopy.

Pies for Sale

A few Next Door Over Pies are for sale, contact Tara

Pumpkin- $10.00

Pecan- $15.00

Apple- $10.00


What an Extraordinary Holiday Fair!

We've heard rave reviews about old favorites, delivered with fresh enthusiasm and about all that was "new".  It took a bit of extra to bring to light; our wine and cheese vendor evening, a new marketing look, new signs, a new arch, new entertainment ideas, a new "experience Hartsbrook"  learning track,  a new focus on creating the children's garden,  a new tent place, new menu items, a new on-line staffing plan, a new home built kettle corn machine.... and the list goes on...


There are so many elves who worked tirelessly and graciously to bring this fair to life.

Seen and unseen;

We craft treasures, bake treats and cook pots and pots of soup.

We hike the woods for just the right berries and we haul truckloads of trees.

We cut and paint signs and hang precariously off ladders to get the decorations just so.

We wrangle prices, hunt for deals and find all the supplies we need.

We fold stars, build candle bases, string lights and roll balls and balls of yarn.

We practice songs, and shows and bring all our talents to share.

We imagine, create and occasionally cajole to get the job done.

We plan and we organize and on one magic day, all our wishes come to be.


It is a true gift to our community- Hartsbrook and beyond.

From the first person who stepped up to say "'I'll do that" to the last one who, in the dark,  moved a table back to its place - we thank you for giving of yourself to bring this gift to life.

For for the good spirit generated on a fantastic day and for earnings in our school coffers,

here's to you!


In gratitude,

Tara and Tracy 

And The Numbers are In...  


There may be some final adjustments but the theme is clear..
Fantastic Job by All!!


Last Requests...  


LAWN SIGNS- If you took a lawn sign PLEASE pick it up and return it under the canopy.  Send Leslie Evans an email to let you know it's been retrieved.  These are more expensive than you'd think, please don't let them disappear!


LOANED ITEMS- Thank you! Please pick up your baskets, electrical cords, pans and pots. They will be under the canopy or pots may be found at the homestead.


FEEDBACK WELCOME-  We plan to get a feedback survey out, but if feedback is burning a hole in your pocket, please send your comments to bulletin@hartsbrook.org and it will find its way to the right person.

Parent Meeting on Proposed New Tuition Model~

Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm

Last week, members of the school's Finance and Enrollment Committee presented a new tuition model to Parent Council members at their meeting on November 18th. The proposed scheme would produce modest steps in the tuition from Early Childhood through grade 8 that reflect the progression of the program. Many of you will have received an email on this topic from your Parent Council representative.

The discussion of this proposal was lively and we would now like to invite other parents to a presentation and discussion of this model on TuesdayDecember 10 at 7:00 in the Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall. The proposal is still under discussion by both the Board and Faculty Conference.
Louise Spear
Faculty Chair

Berkshire East Skiing

Greetings Hartsbrook Families

Winter weather is upon us, and it is time to sign up for Ski and Snowboard Club!  Discounted lift tickets, rentals and lessons are available to all members of Hartsbrook families.  Follow one of the three links below to register according to your arrival time.  (Parents or siblings may sign up for any of the three groups but must arrive at the time noted.)  A separate registration form is needed for each participant.  Complete registrations and payment must be received by Friday, December 6th.  Make checks payable to The Hartsbrook School with "ski club" in the memo.  There will be no late registrations accepted. 


High School (3:00 arrival)
High school students will depart Hartsbrook at 2:00, will arrive at Berkshire East at 3:00 and will depart from Berkshire East at 9:30 pm.  They will be transported by chaperones to and from Berkshire East (no additional fee for transportation).  Their program consists of five Friday visits between January 10th and February 14th, excluding January 31st, which is the Model UN weekend.



Grades 5-8 (4:15 arrival)

Students in grades 5-8 may depart from school following the3:15 dismissal and will pick up their passes at Berkshire East at4:15. This program consists of six consecutive Fridays fromJanuary 10th through February 14th.  Please Note:  Parents are responsible for arranging their own transportation and supervision while at Berkshire East.
 Grades 4 and Below (1:45 arrival)
Students in grades 4 and below may depart from school following the 12:45 dismissal and will pick up their passes at Berkshire East at 1:45.  This program consists of six consecutive Fridays from January 10th through February 14th.  Please Note:  Parents are responsible for arranging their own transportation and supervision while at Berkshire East.     
Megan Owens
Athletics Director

12th Grade ~ Senior Biology

In Senior Biology this year, students studied the molecular components of cells such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.  We use a college textbook to review and consider central concepts in more detail.  Last week we set the books aside to draw at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield.  The conservatory houses an incredible variety of domestic and exotic butterflies.  This week students present articles on topics such as the rising alkalinity in rivers and the effects of air pollution on pollinators. 




Alex Workman


Fair Day

 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

Woolens and Stella Natura Calendars

The winter wind is blowing and snow will soon follow. A special order of soft merino wool from LanaCare and Hocosa will be provided to the Hartsbrook Community to keep your children warm this winter. Samples will be on display in the Early Childhood buildings with order forms. 

All profits from the sale will be given back to the school so this is a wonderful opportunity to be warm of body and of heart! 


Orders will be collected until December 9 with delivery well before the winter vacation.~ If you would like an order form mailed to you or have questions, volkmann@comcast.net.


Also on hand are copies of the Stella Natura bio-dynamic calendar. Please let me know if you would like to reserve a copy!~ Beth Volkmann, for all the bundled up elves and gnomes still caring your for your school.

Community Bulletin Board 

A NOTE REGARDING COMMUNITY NOTICES: Due to technical snafu, we may have lost your ad request! If your expected listing is missing, please contact bulletin@hartsbrook.org to ensure that it is listed next week!  Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. 


EXOTIC YOGA RETREATS: blending the worlds of yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of visual beauty, health-giving sumptuous tastes, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure. Upcoming retreats / holidays... Happiness & Yoga in Costa Rica, 11-day South African Yoga Safari, Yoga & Detox on a private Greek Isle.  www.exoticyogaretreats.com 


FOR SALE 2002 Volvo XC70 (AWD station wagon) Well maintained In good condition $4800. Contact Lisa Tucker Dorseytucker@gmail.com (413)268-0232

GREY MATTERS:  Protecting the Developing Brain To fully understand how young developing brains are impacted by alcohol and drug use, sleep, food and media, we must first understand the evolution of the brain and how it has adapted to environmental and social changes. What happens when mass media and technology evolve faster than our brains can adapt? This workshop will explain how the interaction between biological and environmental factors impacts brain circuitry and human behavior. Friday, December 6th, 8:30am-12pm Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA


WOMEN IN NATURE:  Her Wild Roots is accepting applications for their program beginning in February, 2014. If you have a longing to deepen your connection to nature, learn valuable skills in the outdoors and homesteading, and to have the support of a great group of women, then check this out.  www.herwildroots , herwildroots@gmail.com, or contact Jeannie Bergstrom 413-367-2842 or Kathy Dean 413-625-2550. 


Multi-Arts WORKSHOP: Create a movie about your family. Celebrate your holidays with an entertaining short movie. Bring a smile and a warm feeling to your family party. Two hours individual workshop with Multi-Arts. Fee: $45 / $25 for Multi-Arts' members/ $15 low income families Saturday, November 23th Place: Multi-Arts, Hadley.


MILK COOP OPENINGS: Hadley-based raw milk coop is looking for a few more people/families to round out our weekly driving rotation. We use Robinson Farm in Hardwick, which offers certified organic raw milk from 100% grass-fed cows. Mmmm good! Contact Jonathan Evans (253-1234) if interested.

 MATH TUTOR AVAILABLE: Previous Waldorf math teacher with years of experience tutoring elementary school through calculus. My specialties are working with students to whom math doesn't come easily and with advanced students who need some more challenge. SAT prep also available. Contact: coxzanne@gmail.com


TREAT YOURSELF: Take care of yourself. Relax, refresh, heal. Treat yourself to an hour that will strengthen and revitalize you for the rest of the week. Oil Dispersion Bath Therapy is now on sale.  Introductory rates now $15.00 off. Then take 10% off every Bath Therapy until Christmas. Click here to find out more.


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 morewww.EnterpriseFarmCSA.com

The Community Bulletin Board is for small classified-type advertisements. Each submission costs $5.00, is limited to 3 paid repeats and should be no more than 4 lines of text, about 45 words. Payment for Community Bulletin Board submissions should be made by Friday of the publication week. Please drop off or mail payment, to The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035.  No charge for advertisements for free events or nonprofit organizations. Submit ads to: bulletin@hartsbrook.org.


General Policy for the Bulletin  No political or religious advertisements.  No competitive program advertisements.  No fundraisers.  The editors will decide placement of advertisements and may edit for content and length.  The Hartsbrook School retains the right to choose not to print any advertisement.

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