Weekly Bulletin

January 29, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events


Open Class Day

Wednesday, 2/5


Viennese Waltz

Saturday, 2/8


Professional Day

EC - 8th Grade

Friday, 2/7

No School


High School

Open Class Day

Wednesday, 2/12


EC Building Opening Ceremony

Friday, 2/14, 12:45pm


February Break

Friday, 2/14 Half Day and Assembly

No School, 2/17-2/22

Parent Meetings


Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday, 2/10



High School

Wednesday, 2/04

Class Activities


High School

Model UN

1/30 ~ 2/1


7th Grade Play

Week of 2/10


Ski Club on Friday!

Weather permitting

NO HS skiing this week!


Basketball is in Season

Click for Athletic's Calendar

Clean Energy at Hartsbrook
Last Friday, January 24th, The Hartsbrook School took a first step in bringing renewable energy to the Hartsbrook campus.  The solar panels on the roof of the Early Childhood Building were activated for the first time, and the Hartsbrook School is now a producer of clean renewable energy.  The panels have a capacity of 9.8 kW and will provide enough energy to power the new building, with some excess power for the other campus buildings.  
Tupper Brown, the Chairman of the Board, and Adam Thurrell of PV-Squared came to address an enthusiastic crowd of students, faculty, and staff and to flip the switch on the solar panels.  We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to our generous friends who provided full financial support for this project in the form of donations and a loan (which will be paid back in full through financial incentives and the electricity savings realized by the system!).
Francis Cameron, Operations Manager
Early Childhood Building ~
Opening Ceremony
Help us celebrate the opening of Hartsbrook's new Early Childhood Building. This beautiful space will provide our littlest students a place of beauty and warmth for generations to come.

Save the Date:
Friday, February 14th

Piening Hall

12:45am, details to follow


As the lower grades student assembly is ending, we will have a presentation in honor of all those who helped bring the Early Childhood building to a reality and a celebration of our renewable energy project. At 12:15pm, we will go outside and be joined by the entire student body to encircle and bless the new Early Childhood Building. 


Refreshments and a walkthough to follow.  

Parents welcome, we look forward to you joining us!


Karen Bates, Director of Development

Prepare to Waltz!
The Eighth Grade invites all students, Seventh Grade  and above, parents, alumni, and friends to join us for the annual Viennese Waltz. Come and dance the night away with our musicians, Dan Kennedy and Susan Conger! Elegant attire is encouraged. Desserts and punch will be served.
TICKETS: Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at the main office, in person or by phone. Get your tickets early~ the new space is slightly smaller! Students - $15.00; Alumni and adults - $20.00; max of $50.00 per family. 
WHERE: Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. Amherst.
WHEN: 6pm with a lesson led by our waltz teacher, Emily Fox, followed by a grand opening waltz by the Eighth Grade at 7pm. 
Dancing until 10:00pm.
The Eighth Grade thanks you for your support. 
Questions? contact Catherine Hopkins or Leslie Kellogg

Thank you!
Leslie Kellogg, Viennese Ball Coordinator
Catherine Hopkins, class teacher


Financial Aid Deadline ~ February 15th

Important Reminder: The Financial Aid deadline is  February 15th. Please make sure that you have completed your FACTS application online at www.hartsbrook.org. Your application must be complete by this date. 
Email our Business Manager, Diane LeBarge or call (413) 586-1908 x104 if you have questions. 

Wednesday Pizza ~ Last Week to Order Ahead

The Eighth Grade will  continue to provide  pizza through the spring.
Click for the:  PIZZA ORDER FORM

(Sssshhhh...Adults Only Evening! Tee hee!)

Mark you calendar now, the Hartsbrook Carnival is returning!


When: Saturday, March 1st, 7:30 - 10:00pm

Where: Piening Hall


This is an evening to let your hair down, sing a song, do stand-up comedy, BYOB, and laugh together. AND it doesn't cost you a penny! Have you always wanted to read a poem to an audience? Write and perform a skit with your friends? Sing a folksong? Or a punk song? Or your own song? Here's your chance. Even if you'd like to just be an appreciative listener, we need you there.



Parent Council ~ New Initiative!

Parent Meditation

Parent Meditation

Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:00am

South Modular Building


The Parent Council has created a time and place for Parent Meditation as a way for parents to support each other in finding quiet time to be with ourselves.  We invite all Hartsbrook community members to join us.  If you've never meditated, come 5 minutes early and we'll provide some basic instruction.


Meditation can help us, as parents, be less reactive and more thoughtful in how we respond to our children.  How might our parent community benefit, as well, from engaging in this practice together? Hartsbrook School founder and current Board member,  Arthur Zajonc writes eloquently:


"The wakefulness that results from contemplative practice can, when joined with inner equanimity and empathy, create the possibility for a new form of community life. ...With the birth of the silent self we step outside the particularities of our social self and become part of the human family. ...If we are able to bring this level of awareness to each other, if we can listen from the center of our being and speak to the highest in the other, then a new kind of relationship is formed, one based in freedom."  (Arthur Zajonc, Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry.)


Please come any Thursday that works for you.  Questions?  Contact Jennifer Hall-Witt

High School Happenings ~


The High School held its annual Coffeehouse event last Saturday night, with the seniors hosting us in a 50s style diner.  Their chosen theme of the 1950s and 60s allowed for some creative tensions between decades, and we were visited by many luminaries of the era such as Elvis, James Dean, Doris Day and Ed Sullivan.  Musical talents were on proud display, dramatic talents were... well, attempted, and we were even treated to a kung fu demonstration.  My advice: don't get in a rumble with the 9th grade. 


Rosemary McNaughton
Senior Class Advisor

High School Happenings ~

Tenth Grade Embryology

Have you considered lately that you began life as a single cell?


This month the Tenth Grade Embryology block collaborated again with Dr. Josef Trapani and the students of his laboratory at Amherst College. Dr. Trapani and his students use the zebrafish, a small member of the minnow family, to study development and adaptation in the nervous system. Zebrafish are useful for studying development because fertilization and all subsequent growth occur outside of the mother. The developing embryo is transparent and can be easily observed under a microscope. Over the course of a week, the Tenth Grade observed fertilized embryos from the one-cell stage of development until the larvae hatched from their chorions and swam around. We also visited the Trapani lab to learn about Dr. Trapani's research. Thanks again to Dr. Trapani and his lab!


Alex Workman, Life-Sciences

Create Your Own Story ~  Introduction to Art and Biography

Can you see yourself with open eyes, an open mind and an open heart?

Join us in a journey of self discovery through art. No experience needed. A play date!

February 2,  from 1pm-4pm  $35 

Great Room at Hartsbrook School


To Register: Stop in to the office or contact Vesna

For Questions: Contact Kathleen 413-320-1723


With Facilitators Kathleen Bowen and Amy Spalding-Fecher

Kathleen Bowen is a certified biography worker, coordinator and a founding board member of the Center for Biography and Social Art, fiber artist, adult educator and mother of two grown children. 


Amy Spalding-Fecher is a process oriented art facilitator, artist, architect, and mother of two daughters.


Coming soon: 

Aware, Awake and Alive ~ Art and Biography

Encountering Self  ~ 4 weeks in March. Tuesday mornings 8:45-10:30am. $100

Meeting yourself through art. What lives in you? Can you see yourself? Where is your balance?

Awakening to Others ~ 4 weeks in April. Tuesday mornings 8:45-10:30am. $100

Exploring empathy, temperaments and unexpected teachers in our lives. Almost every aspect of us has arisen as a result of this or that person having influenced our lives by helping us or teaching us something.

Embracing the Wisdom in Our Own Story ~  4 weeks in May. Tuesday mornings 8:45-10:30am. $100

Journey into story and fairy tales as we find archetypal themes and windows to look through, to view and experience our own lives. Every life is an unfolding story.


Kathleen Bowen and Amy Spalding-Fecher

AWSNA Conference Coming to Hartsbrook

Each year the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America holds an annual conference for teachers from the North American continent. This year, for the first time,  the conference will take place at Hartsbrook from June 23 - 26. The theme is "Cultivating Humanness Within a Technological World," and the keynote speaker is Craig Holdredge, Director of the Nature Institute. Parents are welcome to attend the lectures for a small fee.


We'll be looking to our community to help out with event logistics, so we will keep you informed as the time comes closer. This is the first time that Hartsbrook has hosted this event and we are excited about this opportunity.

Louise Spear, Faculty Chair
Celebrating Our Community

Finding A Place In Nature Based Writing

High School Teacher Cherrie Latuner will be leading the workshop:

Finding Place in Nature Based Writing  
Hitchcock Center for the Environment  
Saturday, February 8, 9am-12pm 
Spend a Saturday morning in winter sauntering and writing. We'll walk the nature trails in search of prompts to memories and sensations, the relics that reopen the worlds we have known and recall the places we have loved. Once back inside, we'll sketch out those place-based memories-perhaps the beginnings of memoirs, stories, or poetry. No writing experience necessary, and all levels welcome. This is a generative morning, meant to enliven the senses and awaken our words.

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. 

Community Bulletin Board 

STAY HEALTHY, CALM AND BALANCED THIS WINTER 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. 


WINTER BREAK CAMP Its time to sign up for Winter Camp (February, 17 - 22) and Summer Camp 2014 at Camp Glen Brook.Glen Brook is located in southwestern NH and has been weaving Waldorf ideals into a wonderful summer camp experience for 3rd - 10th graders since 1946. It is owned and operated by the Waldorf School of Garden City, NY. More info and to register:  www.glenbrook.org.


PUPPETS IN THE WOODS Summer Arts Camp with Beth Fairservis & Stephen Katz Ages 6-10, 9-3pm. June 23-27, July 21-25, Aug 4-8th. Our camp is a week long immersion into Nature and Theatre making.  We gather materials and stories from the woods, and then practice theatre games, make puppets, dye silks, make dances and sing songs to create a magical tale to share with friends and family on Friday. $300 per week. Register before Feb 30th for $250.  Contact Beth at bethbirth@crocker.com or 413-268-3588. www.pachamamapuppets.com

-- Loire Valley and Brittany (July 16-July 30): $3100 per person PLUS airfare
Registration deadline is February 15th.  Contact Madame Corbière or Madame Latuner to see the brochure.  E-mail for more information:


CAT SITTER: We are looking for a responsible, caring person to look in our cats during winter vacation week. We live in Northampton close to Smith College and downtown. Live-in during the week is also possible. Contact Beth Volkmann at volkmann@comcast.net 


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.

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