Weekly Bulletin

December 11, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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High School Open Class Day

For visitors, Thursday, 12/12 8:10-10:30am


Choral Festival

7th & 8th Grades Choir perforMore Info

Thursday 12/12


Solstice Celebration

Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Thursday 12/19 



Winter Break

12/23 - 1/3

Half Day 12/20

Assembly 12/20

Parent Meetings


Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday 12/16

Field Trips /
Class Events


6th Grade Play

"Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady"

Wednesday 12/11 9a

Thursday 12/12 9a

Friday 12/13 9a + 7p




Ski Season~   Registration closed. Please get your checks in to Vesna!

Early Childhood ~

Moving Day is on the Horizon! 

Wright Builders continues to put finishing touches on the early childhood building.  Countertops, bathroom fixtures, final plumbing and electrical work is ongoing this week with hopes that final building inspections will occur next week. Construction on the building is expected to be substantially complete on or around December 19th.
Also, be on the lookout for PV-Squared on our campus this week as they will be installing our 9-kW solar photovoltaic system on the south facing roof of the building.  The new PV array will be completed towards the end of this week, and we are excited to be flipping the switch on our first renewable energy project here on campus.

We have been so grateful for our home in the South Modular and to the High School who snugged into tighter spaces to make room for us.  The children from the Song Sparrow Kindergarten and the Little Wren Nursery will 'help move' a few precious things into the new building before the winter holiday.  During winter break, early childhood faculty will be busy setting up and working in their new classrooms.  When school re-opens on January 6th, we will welcome the children and their parents into the new building.


A celebration of the creation of this warm, inviting space and green clean energy will take place later this winter!


Fran Cameron, Operations

Magdalena Toran, Early Childhood Chair

December Events

Choral Festival ~ This Thursday evening, December 12th at 6 pm, the 7th & 8th Grade Chorus will perform with other young choral groups at a Choral Festival at the NCMC Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton. More Info


St. Lucia DayDecember 13th. We observe this Swedish tradition with a procession of second graders offering St. Lucia buns to everyone in the school.  


Clothing and Food Drive ~ The 7th and 8th Grades will collect warm winter clothing and food through this whole season to help let our experience of inner warmth shine out into the world.


Solstice Celebration ~ On Thursday, December 19th at 7pm, the Hartsbrook Solstice Celebration will take place at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel in Northampton. Bring your singing voices and join in the celebration!


Holiday Assembly ~ And finally, our seasonal celebrations conclude on December 20th, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, when we gather for The Hartsbrook School Holiday Assembly in Piening Hall.

  Please join us for our annual



Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Northampton


Hartsbrook High School hosts an evening of song, dance, comedy and revelry. 
Join us as we raise our voices to celebrate the Solstice
and mark the turn of the year.  


Gather to share the light of candles, the spirit of song 
and the soul of fellowship.  


Alumni, friends, family and the community are welcome!


Children are expected to sit with their families for the entire program.



Warm Clothing and Nourishing Food ~

A Seventh and  Eighth Grade Service Project

Through December 17th, the Seventh and Eighth grades invite you to help trim our warm clothing tree! Bring in warm mittens, hats, or socks to hang on the little tree in the Lobby of Hartsbrook Hall. Use a clothespin or clip to keep the pairs together. We also have a box by the tree for canned goods and packaged foods. Items such as tuna, nut butters, beans, pasta and rice are especially appreciated. 


On December 18th, the Eighth Grade will deliver these gifts to the Amherst Survival Center. Please join us in helping to ensure that those in our community who need assistance, will be warm and well fed this winter season. 


Thank you,
The Eighth Grade, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Nickel
The Seventh Grade and Ms. Damon

Friday Morning Coffee

Please join us under the canopy each Friday, after drop off, for Community Coffee. We'll have coffee, teas and on some mornings you may even find hot waffles!


Stop in and by your holiday Scrip!

Karen Bates, Director of Development

Vote For Hartsbrook!

The Florence Savings Bank Customer of Choice Grant Program closes at the end of December, vote now! Last year the Hartsbrook School Scrip program received $2,500 Grant based on the number of FSB customers that voted for our school.  We will  provide paper ballots at the Main Office and at Friday morning coffee or you can vote electronically ~ VOTE HERE 

Review Process

As part of the regular review process of Hartsbrook administration, we invite parent input for the review of  Enrollment Director Leslie Evans. You are welcome to call or send written comments  by December 31, 2013.  Contact Louise Spear

Community Meeting on Proposed New Tuition Model~

Members of the school's Finance and Enrollment Committees presented a new tuition model to our community last night. The proposed model 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 proposal is still under discussion by both the Board and Faculty Conference. If you were unable to make this meeting or have questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact:
Dennis Szuhay:  wulsinszuhay@wans.net
Bryant Rother: bprother@gmail.com
Swansea Benham Bleicher: swanseabbb@hotmail.com
Nicole Roma Thurrell: nicole.roma@gmail.com
You can also reach out to your class(es) Parent Council Representative(s) to bring up comments, questions or concerns. 

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! Holiday Shoppers

Remember To Pick Up Scrip Gift Cards before you Shop!

With the purchase of scrip for everyday purchases 3-18% rebates are given to our school. These purchases have the potential to be a big money maker for our school. For example, if every family used $100 of scrip for their weekly food purchases, it would amount to over $30,000/year of "free money" for our school. 

With snow in the near future and the Holidays around the corner, whatever your budget or need... we have Scrip for that!


River Valley Market Co-op returns 5%, Whole Foods 3%, Esselon 10% and LLBean a whopping 16%!! 


Snow shovels and de-icer?  Home Depotof course.


A new doll for your wide-eyed girl? An American Doll card for you.

Jeans for your growing-like-a-weed teen? 
Old Navy or Gap

The latest story for your bookish boy? 
Barnes and Noble


If it's cloves and oranges, potatoes for your latkes or a gift basket for your neighbor.

Think Big Y, Whole Foods, River Valley Market, or  Stop & Shop

Don't forget that you can give Scrip cards as Holiday gifts.

How about Esselon, Cinemark, LL Bean, or Bertucci's?


Teenagers on your list? iTunes or Amazon.com, and yes, we have Scrip for that!    


Pick up your desired Gift Cards at the Main Office or Friday Morning Community Coffee. 


For more information: 

SCRIP Brochure 

SCRIP Monthly Standing Order Form- Grocery 


For questions, contact Vesna in the Main Office (413) 586-1908 or Heidi Moskovitz (413) 219-1289.

Thank you, 

Karen Bates for the Scrip Committee

Hartsbrook Pork for Sale ~

Just in time for the holidays

Now is the time to order fresh or smoked pork cuts from our own pigs. This exceptional meat is only available once a year and now is the time. Our two pigs have been cared for by the 6th grade as they have taken on their daily work with the cows, feeding them grain and food scraps from our Homestead kitchen and campus, as well as over mature vegetables from the school garden; this varied diet produces meat of exceptional quality and flavor.


All cuts are packaged and frozen in quantities suitable for smaller households. The smoked meats have been naturally cured without the use of any preservatives and smoked over hickory coals. Please let me know if you would like to receive details of cuts and prices. Supplies are limited and as all cuts will be sold on a first come,first serve basis (and we usually sell out) please call ext.119 or email: nrobb@hartsbrook.org

Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship Director

High School Happenings

Model UN

On Saturday December 7th we officially kicked off the Model United Nations season with a trip to Keene, NH to participate in a one day conference hosted by the Monadnock Waldorf School that focused on the issues of the Congolese conflict. Hartsbrook sent nine delegates, representing five countries, three of which were seated on the Security Council. Five schools attended with over fifty students in all. Of the six acknowledgements at the end of the day Hartsbrook received two of them.


While the Monadnock conference was small by comparison to the Harvard conference it gave us a chance to sharpen our negotiating skill in preparation for our trip to Boston this winter.


Tony Cape

High School Humanities

Ninth Grade Drawing

The 9th grade's trimester of Drawing began with studying value with one source of lighting, first with a sphere and outdoor landscape, and then copying Leonardo DaVinci's drapery. Sarah's Drapery study is shown here. We also studied anatomy, starting with human facial features and sculpting the skull in clay. Sloan's study of an eye is shown here. This was drawn in pencil and white chalk on grey paper. Nora's portrait studies after Prud'hon in charcoal and Klimt in graphite are also shown. We studied perspective, and Romer's drawing shows his character in two point perspective. The top part of the character is above the horizon line and the lower part is below. Romer's eye level is midway on the character. We ended with an observational drawing of a boot or shoe. Oliver's drawing of his boot in graphite is shown here.



Lauren Mills, Art

Celebrating Our Community

Woolens and Stella Natura Calendars

WOOLENS ~ 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 are on display in the Early Childhood  and Elementary 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! Order deadline: December 12 for delivery before the winter vacation. If you would like an order form emailed to you or have questions, volkmann@comcast.net. ~ Beth Volkmann, for all the bundled up elves and gnomes still caring your for your school.


STELLA NATURA Biodynamic Planting Calendars ~ Several copies of this calendar are on hand for purchase. The cost is 14.95 and the profits return back to your school. Beautiful and informative, a must for many! "This Calendar has many aspects: a basic introduction to astronomy, a simple ephemeris, a planting guide, a star map, aid for following the movement of the planets in the night sky, and articles by nine different authors. All of these attempt to provide a true picture of the world outside us and ideas to assist in developing a healthy relation to that world." ~ Beth Volkmann, (I will deliver the calendars to each who requests one while they are on hand) 

A Christmas Carol

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Charles Dickens

Performed by David Anderson, Directed by Ted Pugh
Live music performed by the Hadley Lyre Ensemble
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm
At Northampton Friends Meeting House
43 Center St., Northampton, MA 01060
(appropriate for ages 10 & up)
Through drama and masterful storytelling, David Anderson of Walking the Dog Theater performs this holiday classic exactly as Charles Dickens wrote it, giving the audience not only the dialogue (in multiple London accents) but the descriptive passages as well. Anderson's rendition, directed by Ted Pugh, is a modern revival of Dickens' own manner of storytelling. Dickens gave performances drawn from "A Christmas Carol" and "The Pickwick Papers" throughout the Northeastern United States, from his arrival in Boston in mid-November, 1867 to his return to England in April 1868. 
Walking the Dog Theater's production, now in its 8th year, received high praise from Bruce Hallenbeck of The Independent, who wrote of David Anderson's performance, "Amazing one-man show. . .what Dickens intended all along!" The performance will include live music from the Hadley Lyre Ensemble.
For more information, contact The Pioneer Valley Muse Group at (413) 549-0997 or
Community Bulletin Board 

SEEKING CHILDCARE: Local Waldorf Family seeks childcare/play buddy for a sweet one year old boy. Playing, story time, meals and tidy up. Hours are flexible, some weekends. Please call Torrey at 413.717.0443  


BUCHE DE NOEL: Order your traditional French Buche de Noel cake for the holidays.  $25 for small (serves 6) and $45 for large (serves 12). Made by French chef Didier Voisin. Call 413-256-0177  for orders  and for questions. 


WALDORF DOLLS FOR SALE: Handmade with exquisite attention to detail and with deep intention, Q'ewar dolls from Peru have been delighting children for many years. Created by women of unique skill in both doll making and knitting, these dolls have gained the attention of quality Waldorf toy suppliers in the past few years, including  Nova. I have several dolls on hand for sale, mailed directly from the US liaison of the Q'ewar project. For more info  www.qewar.com or to see photos of the dolls, email Beth: volkmann@comcast.net.  


WALDORF NATURAL GIFTS: Hedgehog Farms, a Holiday Fair vendor, has an online store with kite paper, felting wool, felting and knitting needles, crayons, modeling beeswax and candle decorating wax, books, wooden cars and puzzles, and more! Just in: 24 count Stockmar colored pencil tins and plant colored beeswax! Call if looking for something not on eBay: we have more items than are listed. Save on shipping and arrange local pick up. We can even gift  wrap and ship out-of-town! Contact Lisa Seymour: 413-586-9741 or email: hedgehogfarms@charter.net


CHRISTMAS TREES:   Come visit Hillside Christmas Tree Farm in the beautiful western hilltown of Chesterfield for cut-your-own or pre-cut fraser firs, balsam firs or native white pine Christmas trees.. We also sell wreaths, roping and live trees. Hours are all day on Saturday and Sunday. Rt. 143, Chesterfield, 5 miles from Williamsburg - 413 296 4068.    We also sell our trees at Atkins Farms in Amherst if a drive to the countryside does not fit into your week-end plans. 

Louise Spear


PUT ON YOUR APRON WORKSHOP- Make and take home your own apron. Taught by alum parent handwork instructors Kathy Smith, Louise Spear and Elizabeth Sustick. January 5, 2014, 10-2 Hartsbrook Hall. $42 includes pattern, fabric & sewing notions. All skill levels welcome. Pre-registration required: esustick@gmail.com


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


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.comherwildroots@gmail.com, or contact Jeannie Bergstrom 413-367-2842 or Kathy Dean 413-625-2550. 

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