Weekly Bulletin

February 5, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events

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, 11:45am


February Break

No School, 2/17-2/22

Friday, 2/14 Half Day and Assembly

~11:00 - 11:45am Grades 1-6 performances

~11:45am - 12:15pm Building Opening Ceremony w/ Grades 7-12
~12:15pm Building Blessing all school

Parent Meetings


Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday, 2/10


Class Activities


7th Grade Play

Wed. 2/12 9am

Thurs. 2/13 9am + 6:30pm



Ski Club on Friday!

Tickets valid at 10am for lower school students.


Basketball is in Season

Click for Athletic's Calendar

Enrollment News ~

First Grade Teacher Hired

We are delighted to announce that Jan Baudendistel has accepted the position of class teacher for the First Grade class starting in September 2014.  


Jan came to The Hartsbrook School in September 1987 in order to work with Ekkehard Piening and the other remarkable people who were devoted to bringing Waldorf education to the Pioneer Valley.  Over the last twenty-six years, she has led three classes from first through eighth grades.  As one of the founding teachers, she has been Faculty Chair and Conference Chair at various times. Her tremendous dedication, energy, and insight into what the school needed next are seen throughout the school in its campus and program. Jan has represented Hartsbrook as one of our delegates to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America since 1988.  She lives in Pelham with her husband James Pewtherer, who is our Fourth Grade class teacher.


We are very excited that Jan is starting her fourth class at The Hartsbrook School. Her teaching experience, enthusiasm, and skill at building a strong class community among parents and children are wonderful harbingers for her new class and will serve to strengthen our whole school community.


Louise Spear

for the Faculty Conference

Prepare to Waltz, This Saturday!
Get Your Tickets Now
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! Elegant attire is encouraged.
TICKETS: Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at the main office, in person or by phone. 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.
Questions? contact Catherine Hopkins or Leslie Kellogg
Thank you!


No School Friday 2/7 for Early Childhood and Grades 1st - 8th

Friday, February 7th is a professional day for Early Childhood and Grades 1st - 8th.
The High School will be in session.

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 LaBarge or call (413) 586-1908 x104 if you have questions. 

Wednesday Pizza ~ Order Now 

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

In case of snow: If "Pizza Wednesday" is a snow day, Pizza will be delivered the following Monday.

Mid-Winter Departures

Building and Grounds staff member Van Kolodin's last day of work will be Monday, February 10, 2014. He will be leaving Hartsbrook to pursue his musical endeavors more fully.
Early Childhood Cook and Extended Day Assistant Erin Ferrentino has also left her position.
We will miss them both and wish them both the best in their future pursuits.
Louise Spear
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



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

Enrollment News ~

Join the Outreach Task Force

Come join the Outreach Task Force and give the Valley an amazing Hartsbrook

experience! The Outreach Task Force is currently forming under the direction of Leslie Evans, Enrollment Director. Our task it to develop ideas and schedule events so we may share the richness, beauty, and strength of Waldorf Education while also giving students more opportunities to share their learning and talent. Come help us schedule art shows, performance art, science displays, parent teas, student volunteer opportunities, campus tours and more. 


For more information contact:  Nicole Thurrell, Enrollment Committee


Parent Council ~ Music Sharing Evening

The Parent Council has created a time and place to showcase many of our talented students.


Music Sharing Evening

Friday April 4th, 6:30 - 9:00pm

Pienning Hall


On Friday, April 4th, the Hartsbrook Parent Council will host our first "Music Sharing Evening". This evening event will be an informal recital open to all Hartsbrook students.  For students, it is an opportunity not only to get more comfortable playing in public, but also to be inspired by what other students - including those from the high school - are doing with music.   For parents, it will be a wonderful showcase of the many talented students we have at the school, from the youngest learning "Twinkle Twinkle" on the violin to the High School composers and virtuosos. Individuals may play one short piece, and small groups (e.g. 2-5 people) are also welcome to perform.  

Details will be coming out soon about the programme but for now block out  6:30 - 9:00pm and come join us to play, listen, and enjoy! Questions: Contact: Randall


Randall Spalding-Fecher, Parent Council Representative

(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.



News in the Grades ~

8th Grade Asian Studies Block

Last week to cap off our Asian Studies block the 8th grade visited the Leverett Peace Pagoda. Sister Clair Carter took us around the Pagoda and explained the origins of Peace Pagodas. Afterwards Sister Clair invited us into the new temple for tea and cookies. The Leverett Peace Pagoda offered us a unique look into Ancient Indian and Sri Lankan art and architecture and Japanese Buddhism, a wonderful amalgamation of Asian culture all here in Leverett, Massachusetts.

Thomas Heineman
High School History Teacher

High School Happenings ~

9th Grade Visits the New Bedford Whaling Museam


As part of the Main Lesson block in Moby Dick, Ninth Graders visit the New Bedford, MA, Whaling Museum. Students sketch the skeleton of a 48-foot juvenile sperm whale--the famous species of which Moby Dick is one! The whale was recovered in 2002 as a result of being stranded on Nantucket Island--in the same way that Native Americans first did their whaling on that historic shore.


The museum also houses the worlds largest and most distinguished collection of scrimshaw, the folk art of etching into whale teeth and bone, which students study and sketch as they imagine sailing aboard a whaling vessel for three to four years at a stretch!



Cherrie Latuner

High School Happenings ~

10th Grade Hat Making

The 10 graders have been working on a community service project to provide fun, warm hats to local youth in need, while at the same time increasing their own sewing-related skills and creativity. The goal was for each student to make at least four different kinds of hats of ascending degrees of difficulty before moving on to make a hat for personal use.  The students have met the challenge with enthusiasm and many have made more than the required four.  The plan is for the hats to be donated to a local shelter or survival center.  Here they are with some of their early creations.



Margaret Evans, Handwork

CPR & First Aid Training

Sunday, February 23rd 9:30am - 3:30pm

Location TBD


This CPR & First Aid class is designed for anyone caring for children. It will include basic life-saving techniques for critical situations as well as first aid treatments for common illnesses and injuries. Conventional treatment protocols as well as natural modalities including homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations will be discussed. This class is taught by Nicole Thurrell, Recreation Therapist and Wilderness EMT. Nicole served for many years as Health Director for a wilderness therapy program she co-founded while also working on an ambulance in Lake Placid, NY.


Heartsaver CPR

This Heartsaver CPR course teaches participants how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies in infants, children, and adults. This includes emergencies caused by respiratory issues such as choking and drowning as well as from cardiac issues such as electrocution, cardiac arrest, and stroke.


First Aid

This First Aid course is designed to teach participants to prevent, recognize, and treat the following illnesses and injuries: soft tissue injuries such as cuts, abrasions, and impaled objects, shock, head trauma, sprains, fractures, burns, severe allergic reactions, poisoning, bites and stings, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, frostbite, and infections. This course will be a classroom format combined with an experiential/practical component. In addition to the conventional protocols for treating the aforementioned issues, an emphasis will be placed on alternative modalities for treatment including homeopathic remedies and herbal preparations. Participants will be guided in assembling their own first aid kits to include homeopathic and herbal preparations.


Register Now

Sunday, February 23rd

CPR Only : 9:30am - 11:30am

Fee: $35.00


First Aid Only: 11:30am-3:30pm

Fee: $55.00


Sign up for both for $75.00


Half of all proceeds will be donated to The Hartsbrook School.




Please contact instructor, Nicole Thurrell with any questions (413) 775-3320.

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 is experience necessary, and all levels are welcome. This is a generative morning, meant to enliven the senses and awaken our words.
Community Bulletin Board 

WRITING WORKSHOP: Woven Word Young Writers has limited openings in its Tuesday after school workshop for Session III, meeting Feb. 25-May 13 in Hadley. There are also openings in our Wednesday workshop for high school writers. Now in its 14th year, Woven Word builds on a wealth of experience in what makes young writers tick.  We offer an enriched creative writing setting which includes great prompts, lots of choices and a supportive peer circle. For more information, contact Lynn Bowmasteror visit us at: www.wovenwordyoungwriters.weebly.com.


AWARE PARENTING PARENT EDUCATION WORKSHOPS at GROW with Hartsbrook parent, Swansea Benham Bleicher. Tears and Tantrums:  a three-part Aware Parenting workshop for parents of infants and toddlers. Why do babies cry?  Why is my toddler constantly pushing the limits?  Learn the reasons for crying and tantrums and how you can respond to strengthen your bond with your child and improve sleep and behavior issues. 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, Mondays, 6-8 pm at Grow in Northampton, $60, (413) 341-5282 to register: http://www.grow-community.com  


PLANS FOR BREAK?  What are your children doing for February Vacation? How about an EXCITING journey that taps into their creative thinking skills and broadens their artistic horizons Multi-Arts camp runs from February 17-21, and we have full-day, half-day and one day options available. 14 years and older are welcome to apply as Counselor in Training To register visit: Multi-Arts.org


MINI VAN FOR SALE: 2008 Mazda 5 Minivan - $8300. Great family car in excellent condition. Silver exterior and black interior. Automatic, touring model. 87,700 miles, one owner, purchased new from the dealer. All records show regular service from the dealer. No problems with the car. Perfect car for carpooling!  deborasperling@comcast.net or call 413-320-9949 


 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:


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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