Weekly Bulletin

February 26, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


Open House

Saturday, 3/1, 10am~12pm


Hartsbrook Carnival

Saturday, 3/1


Adults Only!


Shannon Hale Visit

Wednesday, 3/5



Angela Hanscom, TimberNook Camps

Critical Links Between Time Spent Outdoors, The Brain and a Child

Thursday, 3/6 6:30-8pm



World Cafe Event

Envisioning Hartsbrook's Future

Wednesday, 3/12 7-9pm 


Music Sharing Evening

Friday, 4/4 6:30 -9:30pm


Parent Meetings


Next Parent Council Meeting

Monday, 3/10



7th Grade

Thursday, 3/6 7pm


4th Grade

Tuesday, 3/11 7-9pm

Class Activities


2nd Grade Play

The Legend of St. Odelia

Wednesday, 2/26 9:30am 

Thursday, 2/27 9:30am 

Friday, 2/28 11:50am


3rd Grade Play

Moses:  Child of the Nile

Wednesday, 3/5 9:30am

Thursday, 3/6 9:30am

Friday, 3/7 9:30am


High School Play


Thursday 3/13 7pm

Friday 3/14 7pm

Saturday 3/15 2pm

Saturday 3/15 7pm 



Ultimate registration, coming soon!

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Welcome Back! 

The month of March will be a busy one at Hartsbrook with many exciting events and educational opportunities planned. 


Events include a community-wide World Cafe gathering to envision the future of our school together, a fun evening Carnival for our adult community and a busy play season including the first-ever High School production of a Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth.


We have diverse educational opportunities ranging from a book talk with Shannon Hale, to nourishing cooking classes.


We are especially pleased to announce a new Early Childhood initiative: "Forest Classroom" a mixed-age, outdoor based program. 


Be sure to read the Bulletin for details of these and other March happenings. 


 Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Envisioning Hartsbrook's Future Together

When: Wednesday, March 12th, 7 to 9pm

Where: Piening Hall




The Hartsbrook Board and Faculty Conference join together to warmly invite Parent Council Members, Parents and Community Members to a World Cafe event.

The World Cafe is a fun, effective and open format for hosting a large group dialog.  Our intention is to bring together a broad cross-section of our community to bring focus and energy to the topic of what we love about our school and how we can bring the beauty of Hartsbrook to the broader community - touching on our strategic plan and the enrollment progress.  


We will enjoy treats and tea, and it is sure to be a lively and creative conversation!  Please join us! 


The Hartsbrook Board and Faculty Conference

This Saturday!
March 1st 10am - 12pm

Hartsbrook Carnival ~ Saturday!

Come Enjoy an Adults Only Evening

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.


Please consider bringing a snack or a drink to share!




If you have something to offer, please contact Polly Saltet

Announcing: Forest Classroom

Our Newest Early Childhood Program

We joyfully announce the opening of our Forest Classroom... a mixed-age, outdoor
 based Early Childhood program for children ages 2.9 to 6+.

The natural world is a wise and gifted teacher. Young children need opportunities to connect with the wonder, beauty, tranquility, and integrative activities available in the great outdoors. These experiences provide an essential foundation for development and learning. 
We joyfully announce the opening of our mixed-age Forest Classroom. Our outdoor classroom will be the field and forest of our beautiful campus, nestled between the farmland and the Seven Sisters Mountain Range of the Pioneer Valley. We will spend our mornings outdoors and return indoors for lunch, rest and respite from extreme weather. 
For more information on the benefits of an outdoor education, be sure to join us for Angela Hanscom's presentation on "The Critical Links Between Time Spent Outdoors, the Brain and the Child". 


Registration for Spring + Summer Farm Camp is OPEN
Spring Camp Dates: April 21-25
Summer Camp Dates: Session 1- June 16-20; Session 2-June 30-July 3 (4 days); Session 3: July 7-11; Session 4: 14-18

Parent Meditation

Reminder: Parent Meditation is Thursdays, 8:30-9:00am in the South Mod.  You are welcome to join us any Thursday morning that works for you!
Brought to you by the Parent Council. 

Employee News

Paul Voisin is now working for The Hartsbrook School as a part-time Building and Grounds Maintenance Assistant in the afternoons.  He has also been working with Nicki Robb as a Land Stewardship Assistant and will continue in this capacity.

Advertise in the Macbeth Playbill!

The producers of Macbeth (3/13, 3/14, and 3/15) invite members of the wider Hartsbrook community to advertise in our playbill.  Reach hundreds of audience members with your business card, display ad or well wishes to specific cast members! 

Rates:  Business card $25, half page $50, full page $100.

Deadlines: For reservations: 3/5.  For copy and art: 3/10

Exchange Program News


Visiting Students: We would like to welcome Maximillian from the Ravensburg Waldorf School in Germany to our high school. He has joined the 10th Grade and will be here until the end of April, living with Gaelen his exchange partner. We are very happy to have him here.   

In other exchange news, we bid farewell to Isabel who returned to    
Überlingen Germany just before the February break.
Traveling 10th Graders: There are several 10th Graders preparing to head off on exchanges in the next few months, and two who have already departed. Ciara and Dante are currently in Germany. In March Nora and Conor  head there as well, while Gavan will depart for Spain and Lucy to Austria. In April we will also be saying bon voyage to Terra who is off to France and Hannah who will do our first exchange to Taiwan!


 We wish them all a wonderful linguistic and cultural experience!
Lara Radysh
International Student Program Coordinator

Join us for An Evening Lecture...
The Critical Links Between Time Spent Outdoors, the Brain, and the Child

A Presentation by Angela Hanscom of TimberNook
When: Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:30pm

Today's children are constantly in an upright position. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We've taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. What we don't realize is that we are keeping children from attaining the very skills needed to keep them safe in the first place! Hanscom upends traditional thought and practice by revealing the critical links between the child, the brain, and the great outdoors.



Angela Hanscom is a revolutionary pediatric occupational therapist turned nature enthusiast--using the woods, river, and giant mud puddles to prevent disabilities. She is the founder of the unique and unconventional TimberNook camps that are spreading in New England - with the potential to go nationwide. Hanscom is also writing a book, Balanced & Barefoot, which discusses the critical links between play outdoors, child development, and academic success.

Author Shannon Hale is Coming to Hartsbrook

When: March 5, 2014 at 1:30pm


Author Shannon Hale will give a book talk to middle grades students on March 5th at 1:30pm. Shannon won a Newberry Honor Award for her book Princess Academy and is the author of many other books. This event, which is sponsored by the Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley, is part of a tour publicizing Shannon's  new book Dangerous which moves her work into the science fiction/fantasy genre.

Please see the attached form for more info or to order books. Book orders need to be turned in to the main office ahead of the event.   MORE INFO and BOOK FORM

MacbethA High School Production

Evening Performances: March 13, 14 and 15 at 7.30pm

Matinee Performance: Saturday, March 15 at 2pm


Rehearsals are in full swing for the High School production of Macbeth.


Co-directed by Tony Cape and Virginia McWilliam, the show is the first Shakespeare  production in the High School and incorporates a number of innovative features. These include "supernatural" troupes of dancers, original music, and the division of the principal parts between two actors. Tony Cape commented: "We realized both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are split personalities in whom ambition and moral awareness are in conflict. We felt it would offer some soul protection for young actors if they shared the responsibility for tackling such dark roles".



$12 adult, $8 student, Family cap of $30


Tickets (but not seating) can be reserved through Caryn Hesse at the High School office. 413.587.0590 ex: 106

Parent Council ~ Music Sharing Evening

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


Music Sharing Evening

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

Where: Piening 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 program 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

Waldorf Approach to the First Year 
of Life
with Magdalena Toran

: Tuesday Mornings 9-11:30am,  March 4th - April 8th 
Where: This class will be held at Grow, 150 Main Street, Thorne's Market

Cost: $130

During the first year of life children build a foundation of health that will stay with them throughout  their lives. In a safe and caring environment, we will work together to deepen our intuitive parenting so as to nourish our children during this formative time.  


Together we will explore topics that support your baby and your family's needs. Discussion will include: the importance of warmth, sleeping and waking, understanding your baby's cures, the benefits of rhythm and routine, exploring freedom of movement, and caregiving as a time for building relationships. 


Contact Grow for Registration

Put On Your Apron Workshop Series with Elizabeth Sustick RN

 A Little A' This "N" That, Natural Foods Cooking Class


When: Saturday, March 22nd, 1 - 4pm

Where: 15 Manhan St. Northampton, MA 01060

Cost: $35.00

What to bring: cutting board and knife, kitchen washcloth


My grandma, she can make soup,

With a little a' this 'n' that.

She can feed the whole sloop group,

With a little a' this 'n' that.

Stone soup! You know the story.

Stone soup! Who needs the glory?

But with grandma cooking, no need to worry.

Just a little a' this 'n' that.

- Pete Seeger


Learn to prepare simple and nurturing food for your family, using organic grains, vegetables and fruit.


The Healing Basket Workshop


When: Saturday, April 12th,  1 - 4 pm

Where: 15 Manhan St. Northampton MA 01060

Cost: $35.00

What to bring: scissors, hot water bottle, hand towel, face cloth


"I never caught anything from an apron but love" 

- Author unknown


If you are interested in having a well-stocked first aid basket that will bring healing and smiles, using principles based on Anthroposophic Medicine, please join me for this workshop. We will explore the use of botanicals and homecare gestures for typical childhood occurrences that disturb well being, such as burns, bites, rash, restlessness, earache, cough, and sore throat. We will also use plant dyed felt to sew some simple healing basket items such as scissor, thermometer or band-aid holders. Adults only event.



Please send non-refundable payment in full to reserve your place for either workshop to:

Elizabeth Sustick,  Contact: 413 586 8083, esustick@gmail.com

15 Manhan St, Northampton MA 01060


Elizabeth Sustick RN has been an active member of the Hartsbrook School community as a parent, grandparent, teacher, board member, and nurse. With her son and husband she owns and operates Paul and Elizabeth's Natural Foods Restaurant in Northampton.

Explore Your Life Story Through Art with 
Kathleen Bowen and Amy Spalding-Fletcher

Kathleen Bowen and Amy Spalding-Fecher are pleased to offer classes to explore your life story through art. You are invited to attend one month or all three.  No art experience needed.


 If you are interested in beginning the journey of understanding how your life story is impacting your present, join us! We will look at our 'human becoming'.


AWARE: Encountering Self  

When: Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:45am-10:30am

Cost: $100

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


AWAKE: Awakening to Others                  


When: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 29, 8:45am-10:30am

Cost: $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.


ALIVE: Embracing the Wisdom in Our Own Story                          


When: Tuesdays, May 6, 12, 20, 27, 8:45am-10:30am

Cost: $100

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



All Classes at Hartsbrook, register at the main office, 413-586-1908

Questions: Kathleen-  413-320-1723  kb@kathleenbowen.com 


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


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

Hartsbrook Hawks Basketball

The Hartsbrook 8th grade basketball team wrapped up their season with a come from behind win over Bement, 28-27. The team had a fun season, showing strong improvement throughout the year.


Dana provided the team with versatility and scoring, while Erin and Lindsey were two of the teams top perimeter defenders, disrupting the opponents. Henry was the teams top outside shooter, and Caleb contributed with passing and all-around offense. Jonas was a great shot blocker for the team, and Ayla excelled with her rebounding. Jing and Sofya maintained great attitudes throughout the season, and Saphira added a scoring boost in the low post. Malcolm was the top free throw shooter during the season.


Thanks for everyone who played, it was a great year!   


Tim Kane

2013-14 Basketball Coach

High School Happenings ~

Model United Nations

On Thursday, January 30, nineteen students left early to drive down to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, for the Harvard Model United Nations as delegates from Finland. The Harvard Model United Nations, or HMUN, is a simulation of the United Nations, where students from around the world can get a taste of formal debate and how the UN works, and meet new people and experience many different cultures.  



After some hassle getting our rooms, we headed down to the opening ceremonies, where the CEO of Polaris Project spoke, then dived head first into debate. Over the next few days we met people, explored the topics, and, most importantly, attended many committee sessions, and got to bed very late. Finally, on Sunday morning, tired from the long committee meetings and the Delegate Dance of the night before, we dragged ourselves out of bed, packed, and attended our last committee sessions. Afterwards there were the closing ceremonies, where the best delegates and delegations received awards, and we headed back home. For me personally, HMUN was a totally awesome experience, which I cannot wait to go to next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. 


Nora Cooper
Class of 2017
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. Learn the three reasons for misbehavior, ways to resolve conflict in a non-authoritarian manner, the pitfalls of punishments and rewards, and basic techniques for democratic discipline.  Three part series: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, Mondays, 6-8 pm at Grow in Northampton, $60, call (413) 341-5282 to register http://www.grow-community.com


FREE FILM SERIESZonta Club of Northampton's Free Film Series-held on the last Wednesdays of February, March and April - will build awareness and open up community discussions about teen dating violence; rape culture; sexting; provocative Facebook, SnapChat, and emailing; and many more important topics.  Parents and Educators will walk away with a better understanding of the daily struggles kids face and with ideas for discussing and tackling these important issues. MORE INFO


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


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