Weekly Bulletin

March 12, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


World Cafe Event

Envisioning Hartsbrook's Future

Wednesday, 3/12 7-9pm 


No School for the High School- Monday 3/17

Lower schools are in session


Guest Speaker: Florian Osswald

Waldorf Education in a Technological World

Thursday, 3/27



Music Sharing Evening

Friday, 4/4 6:30 9:30pm 

Parent Meetings


3rd Grade

Friday, 3/14 1:15-3pm


2nd Grade

Tuesday, 3/18 7-9pm


8th Grade

Tuesday, 3/18 7-9pm


Early Childhood

Tuesday, 3/25

Class Activities


High School Play


Thursday 3/13 7:30pm

Friday 3/14 7:30 pm

Saturday 3/15 2 pm

Saturday 3/15 7:30pm 


5th Grade Play

Dates TBD


3rd Grade to Glenbrook

3/21 -3/23


6th Grade to Glenbrook




You are Invited to a World Café
Envisioning Hartsbrook's Future Together

When: Wednesday, March 12th, 7 to 9pm

Where: The Great Room, Hartsbrook Hall



All members of the Hartsbrook community are warmly invited to a World Café-style meeting on Wednesday, March 12, 7 to 9 pm, in the Great Room in Hartsbrook Hall.  Tea and treats will be provided.
  The Board of Directors and the Faculty Conference are hosting the event -- a work session for parents, faculty, and Board members to affirm our aspirations for our school and share ideas about how to realize them.  The "World Café" format will allow us to break up into small working groups, in hopes of stimulating lively and fruitful discussion.  

We will, in particular, be trying to think creatively about ways to increase enrollment at Hartsbrook.  What can each of us do individually -- as parents, faculty members, and Board members -- to engage our wider community as ambassadors of our school?  What might Hartsbrook itself do, institutionally, to deepen and enrich its bonds with our wider community?

These are large and challenging questions.  We will try to approach them by opening a path that leads from concrete aspects of our own experience of Hartsbrook to concrete forms of community engagement on behalf of the school.  What brought us to Hartsbrook?  What keeps us here?  In what ways might we share our Hartsbrook experience with others in our community?  And how might the school itself seek out new ways to participate in the broader life of our community?

This is an exciting time for Hartsbrook.  Last year, our school community came together to define our hopes for the future and to embody them in the Strategic Plan.  Now we are engaged in the process of working together to bring those aspirations to pass.  Please join us.

The Board of Directors and the Faculty Conference are hosting the event.


The Hartsbrook Board and Faculty Conference

Our newest community members, Chinni and Stardust.

Macbeth, This Weekend- Get your tickets now!

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

Matinee Performance: Saturday, March 15 at 2pm


Co-directed by Tony Cape and Virginia McWilliam, Macbeth is the first Shakespeare tradgedy 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".


Recommended for children 7th Grade and up. All parents welcome!          


$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

It's Ultimate Frisbee Season!

Register Now

VARSITY ~ For High School Students

Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM to Sunday June 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM


GRADE SCHOOL ~ Grades 5-8

Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM  to Thursday June 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM


Note: The season start date may be shifted to the week of March 24th if the fields aren't dry.



Music Sharing Evening ~ Book Your Places Now

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


Hartsbrook's first Music Sharing Evening, organized by the Parent Council, is coming up quickly.  On Friday, 4 April from 6:30pm to 9:00pm Piening Hall will showcase the wide range of musical talent in our school - from beginners up to virtuosos. This informal recital is open to all Hartsbrook students as performers, and we welcome the entire Hartsbrook community in the audience (a good time to get the 1st and 2nd graders excited about their future music classes!).


We are putting together the program now, so please email the student name, grade and name of the piece to Randall.spaldingfecher@gmail.com to secure your spot.  You can also ask questions via email or to the parents who will be at the school at drop off on Friday.

We look forward to hearing your music!


Randall Spalding-Fecher, Parent Council Representative


PVTA Bus - NO bus service next week


Bus Riders be aware: There will be no bus service on Route 39 the week March 17th-22nd.
 (It's college spring break week)

Good news!  After review, the Route 39 bus service is not recommended for changes. 


Congratulations, Western District Orchestra and Choir Members!


Congratulations to Alena, 8th grade cellist, and Robin, 7th grade vocalist, for their acceptance into the Western District Orchestra and Choir, respectively.  This is sponsored annually by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. 


The performance is this Saturday, March 15th at 3 pm at the UMass Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

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

Personnel Update

Katharine Payne

The Conference of Teachers and Board of Directors are delighted to announce that Katharine Payne has accepted the position of class teacher for the sixth grade class starting in September 2014.   Class teacher Arn Krugman has decided that he will not continue with the class into the upper grades. We are grateful for the excellent work that Mr. Krugman has done with the children, especially in forming relationships among the students and parents and in sharing his love of nature. We believe he has formed a fine foundation for this class's coming years at Hartsbrook, and for their work with their next teacher.


Katharine was born and raised in New York where she attended the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School from grades 2 - 12.  Her family was closely involved with the school where her father taught math and her mother taught German and handwork. Her uncle was Ekkehard Piening who was the founding class teacher at Hartsbrook. Katharine graduated from Bates College in Maine in 1990 with a double major in Music and German and went on to receive her diploma in Waldorf education from Emerson College in England in 1993.


Katharine began her life as class teacher as Hartsbrook the following year and worked here until she left her class in 1999 to start a family. She is married to Kim John Payne and is the mother of two daughters, Saphira and Johanna, whom she has home schooled using the Waldorf curriculum since 2009. They have recently enrolled at Hartsbrook in the 8th and 6th grades. Katharine has also worked at the Hawthorne Valley School, as a handwork and orchestra teacher, and has been an adjunct member of the arts faculty at our own high school. From 2009 until the present time, Katharine has worked as the Administrative Director of The Center for Social Sustainability.  We are vey excited abut the many gifts she brings to this class and to the school.


Please join us in welcoming Katharine and her family to Hartsbrook.


Louise Spear, Faculty Chair

Annual Fund Update


Why I Give to the Annual Fund


Our teachers give their very best for our children, every day, to bring out the very best in our children.  Our tuition payments alone don't cover the cost of having these great teachers, so my annual giving makes up some of the difference.  I continue to give so that they can continue to give.

- Jim Ritchie-Dunham, parent of Jackie '13 and tenth-grader, Conor


Your Gift Makes the Difference - No Matter the Amount


Did you know?

~ Someone came before you.  For thirty-three years, every generation at Hartsbrook generously planted the seeds for the experiences and opportunities we provide to today's students.

~ Hartsbrook allocates over $600,000 in tuition assistance to families every year, meeting increasing enrollment demands from a diverse community.

~ The Annual Fund helps keep tuition down allowing those who can give more to give in a tax deductible way.


Help Us Reach 100% Participation 



Thank you to everyone who has given so far to bring us past $60,000.  Only $40,000 left to go! 


Have more questions about the Annual Fund? Contact:

Karen Bates

Director of Development

413-586-1908 x129



Or stop in my office - upstairs in Hartsbrook Hall           

Hartsbrook Lamb For Sale

We are offering for the first time to our school community an assortment of lamb cuts from our own Hartsbrook sheep. These animals have been raised on grass and hay along with a small daily supplement of grain; this combination produces meat of exceptional flavor and texture. All cuts have been packaged for the freezer in quantities suitable for smaller households.

Please let me know if you are interested in getting information on cuts and prices. This lamb will only be available while supplies last.




Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship

News in the Grades ~

7th Grade Chemistry

7th Grade Students testing for Acid/ Base: 


High School Happenings ~

10th Grade Greek History
 Artistic work from Main Lesson:
3 Goddesses, Miles


Athena, Hannah
Vase, Terra
Oedipus, Lauralyn


Women in Ancient Greece, Nora


The Hartsbrook School presents a lecture with

Guest Speaker, Florian Osswald
Waldorf Education in a Technological World
Thursday, March 27, 7:00-8:30pm
How do we balance Waldorf education's emphasis on the development of capacities in the child in a technological world filled with media and constant stimulation? Our students are part of that world even as they develop the capacities and the remarkable presence of mind we so value. Hear some leading thoughts on this topic from a Waldorf educator and bring your questions and observations for what should be a lively evening of conversation.

Florian Osswald is co-leader of the educational (research) section at the world headquarters of the Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland. Trained as an engineer and later as a Waldorf teacher, he taught mathematics and physics for 24 years in Waldorf schools in Switzerland. He has worked in various countries as an advisor to faculties and colleges of teachers.  He will visit Hartsbrook on March 27th and 28th to work with faculty, staff, parents and students.
Contact jpewtherer@hartsbrook.org  for more information. Join Us! Registration is not required.

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.

Around Campus

 For more photos, be sure to check out Hartsbrook Photo Site  >All School Events

(See the back of your directory for the password or call the main office.)  

Community Bulletin Board 

YOGA MONKEY KIDS CAMP: Yoga Sanctuary is offering a summer camp for children ages 5-10 this June 23rd-27th. Join Sara Rose for this spirited camp that weaves yoga and creative movement, storytelling, creative crafts and games into one fun and enchanting week! Come play, make new friends, and grow strong from the inside out. 413.585.9642 or email info@yoga-sanctuary.com.


MATH TUTOR AVAILABLE Previous Waldorf math teacher with years of perience tutoring elementary school through calculus. My specialties are working with students to whom math doesn't come easily and with advanced students who need some more challenge. SAT prep also available.

HARTSBROOK FAMILY LOOKING FOR FALL RENTAL in Amherst or Northampton.  Quality2-3 bedroom house or apartment.  Please email coxzanne@gmail.com

HADLEY-BASED RAW MILK COOP:  is looking for a few more people/families to round out our weekly driving rotation. We use Robinson Farm in Hardwick, which offers certified organic raw milk from 100% grass-fed cows. Mmmm good! Contact Ben Grosscup if interested. 


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

SUMMER THEATER WORKSHOPS: Join Hartsbrook alums Olivia Holcomb and Emma Ayres of Village Theatre Co. this summer for theatre workshops for ages 5-7 and 8-12 at Grace Church Parish Hall in Amherst.  Create an original play in one week, a different theme each week - musical, comedy, legends, fairytales.   www.villagetheatreco.com  or christinestevens@me.com


JOURNEY CAMP: Inclusiveness and peace-building are the hallmarks of Journey Camp, which offers children a supportive atmosphere where it's easy to be themselves and make friends. Creative play draws on art, music and the outdoors. Sessions at Woolman Hill, Deerfield, and Taproot Commons Farm, Cummington. Click for More Information


EARLY CHILDHOOD ITEMS TO SHARE? Looking for a used inexpensive little table and chair or two for an infant/toddler. Also looking for someone to be a "pass-me-downs buddy" for any natural fiber clothing or objects that they may have outgrown. Respond to Emily unite4evernow@gmail.com 


MOVING SALE:  1. Cleats UMBRO brand  Size 12 worn-twice blue/black upper with white strip and white sole. asking $12 (compare at +$40retail)  2. Split-sole Dancesport shoe in Black  (never worn) compare on line $68. Asking $25 size 15* Contact Liza 


SUMMER ARTS: Become a Multi-Arts member  and secure your child's place in Multi-Arts for the summer.  Pay in 5 monthly installments $113, and know your child will be creatively engaged this summer doing art, theater, music, fashion design, dance and creative writing. Must sign up  BEFORE March 9th! 


FREE FILM SERIES: Zonta 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.

The Community Bulletin Board is for small classified-type advertisements. Each submission costs $5.00, is limited to 3 paid repeats and should be no more than 4 lines of text, about 45 words. Payment for Community Bulletin Board submissions should be made by Friday of the publication week. Please drop off or mail payment, to The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA 01035.  No charge for advertisements for free events or nonprofit organizations. Submit ads to: bulletin@hartsbrook.org.


General Policy for the Bulletin  No political or religious advertisements.  No competitive program advertisements.  No fundraisers.  The editors will decide placement of advertisements and may edit for content and length.  The Hartsbrook School retains the right to choose not to print any advertisement.

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