Weekly Bulletin

January 15, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Piano and Cello Concert with Danae and Gotthard Killian

1/18 ~ 3pm - 5pm!


Martin Luther King Day

Monday 1/20


Parent Meetings


Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday 2/10



Bridge to 1st Grade

Wednesday 1/15



6th Grade

Wednesday 1/15



2nd Grade

Wenesday 1/22
7 - 9 pm


3rd Grade

Thursday 1/23


Ski Club on Friday!

Weather permitting

What is The Executive Circle?

The Executive Circle plays a key role in Hartsbrook governance and focuses on operational and pedagogical topics. Much of the work of this group is to respond to input coming in all forms and from all areas of the school and to send this input along in a variety of forms to other individuals, committees and departments of the school. We also help to form the agenda of the two regular meetings which are the faculty/staff meetings on Thursdays and the Faculty Conference meetings on Thursdays. Many items are decided in this circle when they do not need the attention of the larger groups.
Who is on the Executive Circle?
The three department heads:
Magdalena Toran, Early Childhood
Jeff Kalman, Elementary School
Virginia McWilliam, High School
Polly Saltet, Faculty Conference Chair
Louise Spear, Faculty Chair
Frances Cameron, Operations Manager  for the operational portion of the meeting.
When does this group meet?
Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 - 3 pm. The meeting is divided between operational and Faculty Conference parts.
What are some examples of topics that come to the Executive Circle?
This week we are looking at the two year interim accreditation report that is due in April in the operational part of the meeting as well as fielding some smaller items like a Parent Council request to use a room for meditation and plans for an event to celebrate the opening of the new Early Childhood building. In the Faculty Conference part of the meeting, we are always looking at hiring for next year in January, and we are also looking at the process to bring the  pedagogical priorities of the three departments to the Conference and the whole faculty. This will in turn inform the pedagogical part of the strategic plan and be incorporated into next year's budget planning.
Louise Spear
Faculty Chair
Save-The-Date! The Viennese Waltz Ball is Coming
The Eighth Grade will host the annual Viennese Waltz on February 8th, in the evening! 
This year we will be guests of the Jewish Community of Amherst, on Main Street, Amherst. This event is for students Seventh Grade though High School and their parents. It is one of the major fund raisers for the Eight Grade - come and dance in your ball gowns and suits, enjoy Viennese desserts, and listen to live music!
Look for the posters, and the announcement that tickets are available in the main office, in person or by phone
Thank you!
Leslie Kellogg, Viennese Ball Coordinator
Catherine Hopkins, class teacher


Wednesday Pizza ~ Time to Reorder!

The Eighth Grade looks forward to continuing to provide  pizza.
Grades 3 through High School:
Order now for 1st week of February -1st week of May

Click for the:  PIZZA ORDER FORM
It helps the Eighth Grade for customers to order for the whole term, however we will continue to collect weekly orders before school on Tuesdays. The pizza is ordered by 
1:00 on Tuesdays so no orders for a particular week can be added after that. Extras are generally available on Wednesday lunches. 
Please remember that there are no refunds for missed weeks. If a class will be away on a Wednesday, and the teacher informs us ahead of the order we will arrange for it to be delivered on another day.
Friday Pizza Grades 5-8
The 8th Grade also offers pizza for Friday lunch for these grades. The order forms are done weekly and can be obtained from each class teacher and returned by lunch time on Thursdays. Thank you!
The Eighth Grade thanks you for helping us towards our wilderness canoe trip at the end of the year.

Winter Session PVTA Bus Schedule

The PVTA bus which stops in front of Hartsbrook (Bus 39) will be in the Winter Session Schedule until January 20th, which means it does not stop at Hartsbrook at dismissal times. No students will be dismissed to the bus until normal service resumes.

Seeking Host Family for Spring Semester

We are seeking a host family for an exchange student from China from January through June 2014. Yingyuan will be joining the 10th grade and needs a loving stable home to support his arrival and assimilation into our school and American life. You will receive room and board compensation. For more information contact Lara Radysh at ExchangeProgram@Hartsbrook.org

Waffles at Community Coffee This Friday

Please join us in the Great Room in Hartsbrook Hall on Friday mornings, 8ish-10ish for coffee and tea with great company!


This week Development will be serving waffles in honor of the Hartsbrook Parent Council and all that they have brought to our community.


Regular & Gluten Free with yogurt and real maple syrup. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa! 
All parents, alumni parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are welcome.


Karen Bates, Director of Development

Understanding Our World

The High School has been having a series of talks on Tuesday afternoons over the last few months. We have had the opportunity to hear Dr. Jawad speak about living in Iraq during the war, John Fox spoke to us about what every American should know about taxes, and now we have the honor to hear Alena Bartoli speak to us from the perspective of a Jordanian woman and a world traveler. Please join us in our continued series: Understanding Our World, Journey Through Jordan with Alena Bartoli.


Tuesday January 21st from 2:30pm ~ 3:20 pm.


Thomas Heineman, Humanities

Cricket on the Hearth registration is open!

This parent/child class meets once per week and is open to parents/caregivers with children ages birth to four years old. Join us for a teacher led morning that is educational, supportive and nurturing. 
Contact the Enrollment Office for more information: 413-584-3198

Have You Tried Smart Lunches?

January Support for the Survival Center~

Food Donations Please

The Seventh and Eighth grades are continuing their support for the Survival Center with a January food drive.  Please add non perishable food items - soups, pastas, nut butters - to our donation boxes in the lobby of Hartsbrook Hall and Piening Hall through the end of January.  The Seventh Grade will deliver the donations and get a tour of the facilities at the end of the month.

Thank you from the Seventh and Eighth Grades! 

Parent Council Initiatives ~ Carpool Sign Up

A new and much requested Carpool Sign Up will be available during Friday morning coffee.  Find families in your area and sign up to share driving to/ from school.
Join together to save on gas and get to know your neighbors!
Please note: The car pool lists will be available in the Elementary Front Hall but the office is not responsible for managing edits/ changes or cancellations.
Annual Fund
Thank you, to all who have contributed, will contribute and are thinking of contributing to this year's Annual Fund.


Because of YOU....Our school's mission becomes a reality.     

 The Hartsbrook School is a non-profit organization under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Please Join Us!


If you haven't made your annual fund donation yet, please consider giving to our school.


The Hartsbrook School is a school unlike any other:  Through joy in learning, kinship with nature, and working in community, teachers guide, nurture, and encourage students in preparing them to meet the challenges of the future and to find purpose and direction in their lives.


Donate Now

 "Hartsbrook's greatest achievement is the vibrant, close-knit, and selfless community it has sustained - and which has sustained it - over these many years." -Ty McCormick, alumnus


Your gift to the Annual Fund makes this all possible.


If you have questions about the impact of your gift or about the School, please call me. I can be reached at (413) 586-1908 ext. 129.


With heartfelt gratitude,

Karen Bates

Director of Development


Hartsbrook Pork for Sale

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 Sixth 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

Galette des Rois in French Classes

This past week, the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades had an opportunity to taste a special French cake called "la Galette des Rois" or "kings' cake."   The type of cake varies according to the region.  In Paris, where I grew  up, the Galette des Rois is made with puff pastry and frangipane, while in Provence, the Gâteau des Rois is made with brioche and candied fruits.  A little bean or porcelain figurine is hidden in the cake, and the person who finds "la fève" is given a crown to wear for the day.  Everyone says, "Vive le roi!" or "Vive la reine!" (long live the king or queen!).  This fun tradition is still very much alive in France, where most families eat the galette with friends, often more than once, around January 6th (the twelfth day after Christmas).

In our French classes, the galette is also an opportunity to learn, hear, and practice related songs and stories.  Fourth graders review
and read the story of "La Petite Galette," similar to "The Gingerbread Man."  Every year, I teach Third Graders the names of the ingredients in a galette, and later this spring, they will have fun making their own little galette.  


Bonne Année 2014 à tous!
Madame Corbière

Why Waldorf?

Preparing for Life ~ A New Film

Produced by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Los Altos, CA, the film:


 "Preparing for Life"


explores how a focus on creativity, resilience, innovative thinking and social and emotional intelligence over rote learning prepares students for our current times.


A great production! Watch now:


A few highlights:


"In any company it has to do with-  Can you think? Can you collaborate? Can you communicate?"


"What really counts is resilience, creativity, adaptability."  

"We have to differentiate between building skills, and building capacities.  Waldorf education builds capacities."
"It's the doing, the tasting, the creating, the making of the experiment from scratch.  It's not getting something pre-boxed." 

"It's a practical understanding of a different way of doing things that has been lost by mainstream education."

"We can look around the world today and see a lot of forty-year-olds who don't know what they're doing, because they were prepared for one thing and the world has changed.  The big picture is the key here, because we live in a time where we don't know what the world is going to be like in ten years, and they have to be able to think their way through it in a whole-systems way."
Celebrating Our Community

D&G: An Afternoon with Danaë & Gotthard Killian

Piano-Cello-Flute and the Waldorf Movement in China

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall

Suggested donation at the door: $10 or what you can (donations help to cover the cost of piano tuning & refreshments for this event)


Australian pianist Danaë Killian and Swiss cellist & flutist Gotthard Killian perform works by Shostakovich, Messiaen, and Beethoven. What makes D&G's performances particularly exciting is that their work is informed by a keen interest in the healing and transformative forces within music. Their performances invite listeners to awaken to a deeper and more organic experience of musical tone. Danaë and Gotthard perform internationally and enjoy discovering and sharing new ways to explore the interplay between music and other arts, including poetry and eurythmy. 
Gotthard will also share some images and thoughts about the burgeoning Waldorf School movement in China, where he currently serves as a class teacher and as director of the full-time Waldorf Teacher Training at Spring Valley Beijing. He also acts as a musical-pedagogical advisor to emerging Steiner School communities in China. 
Refreshments will be served. 
Questions? Contact The Pioneer Valley Muse Group, 413-549-0997,  

Greenfield Spoken Word with Cherrie Latuner 1/21




High School Teacher Cherrie Latuner will be a featured reader at the Greenfield Spoken Word on January 21, 2014. Among other work, she will read from her recently published chapbook, Soon They Will Fly--A Meditation at Fitzgerald Lake

For More Info: Greenfield Spoken Word

Dan Prindle at the Iron Horse Music Hall 1/23

Hartsbrook parent Dan Prindle will be headlining the Iron Horse Music Hall on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7pm
Dan will be performing songs from his new album, "Where You Land". More info 
For tickets: click for tickets  or email dan@danprindle.com


All Hartsbrook Family Camping- Save the Date!

Wednesday 8/6 ~ Sunday 8/10, 2014

Each year Hartsbrook families chip in to rent the entire Indian Hollow campground in Chesterfield, MA for our own use.  Some families come just for the day, others stay up to all four nights.


Children bike through the woods and build chutes in the river.  Lounge in a chair, or sing along with guitars and fiddles while you roast a s'more. Enjoy hikes, swimming holes, ultimate and capture the flag in the open fields.  On our last night, following a communal bonfire, the High School students often sleep out under the stars in the field. 


For information, directions (Google and state Web sites are totally inaccurate), or to find out why this is my favorite event of the summer, contact Tim McNerney at 341-1379.  Mark your calendar and save the date.  


Organized by Hartsbrook families; not a school event. 

Camphill Community Development

 You are invited to join us in discussing how to bring a Camphill style community to the Pioneer Valley.  This is a follow up to the meeting with Richard Neal from Camphill, organized by the Homestead Community Farm group.


Date:                    Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Time:                   10:30 am-Noon

Location:             Prospect Meadow Farm Career Training

                             and Exploration Center,

                             62 Main St., Hatfield MA.

                             (behind the Hatfield Center Store)


-Discussions on next steps and the direction needed to build an intentional, farm based, life sharing  community for people of varying abilities.

-Establish an organizing committee to lead efforts to implement next steps.

Community Bulletin Board 

LOCAL ACUPUNCTURE: Acupuncture supports the body's natural rhythms.No needle options,flexible charges.  www.acupuncturewomencare.net inquiries: eskersource@gmail.com


FEBRUARY VACATION CAMP: Registration is open for Multi-Arts February Vacation Camp. Dates: February 17-21. Full week, half-days week, and one day only options available Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst for more info: www.Multi-Arts.org or call 413-584-7951  At Multi-Arts children embark on an exciting journey engaged in art, music, dance, theater and writing projects that tap into their creative thinking skills and broaden their artistic horizons.


EMBRACING THE DARKNESS: A Seasonal Nature Retreat with Beth Fairservis and Kathleen Bowen Jan 26th 10-4 pm. This retreat offers you time to reflect deeply on your life within you and outside of you in the nurturing beauty of nature.  Kathleen and Beth will lead you gently through the day with contemplative experiences both in the yurt studio and in the surrounding woods. A nourishing vegetarian lunch of local foods will be provided. In the Woods Studio. Haydenville, MA. Cost: $75 For info/ registration: Beth Fairservis or 413-268-3588  

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