Weekly Bulletin

March 26, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


Guest Speaker: Florian Osswald

Waldorf Education in a Technological World

Thursday, 3/27


Great Room


Open Class Day

Elementary School

Thursday, 4/3


(prospective families)


Music Sharing Evening

Friday, 4/4

6:30 - 9:00pm

Piening Hall

Parent Meetings


Nursery, 3/31



High School

Tuesday, 4/1 6:30pm

Class Activities


5th Grade Play

The Trojan War and The Odyssey

Wed., 3/26 9:45am

Thurs., 3/27 9:45am

Fri., 3/28 9:45am and 5pm


6th Grade ~ Glenbrook



7th Grade ~ Glenbrook



8th Grade Play 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wed., 4/9 1pm

Thurs., 4/10 8:45am

Thurs., 4/10 7pm

Fri., 4/11 7pm


Senior Projects

Tues., 4/15 6pm

Wed., 4/16 6pm

Thurs., 4/17 9am



Join us Thursday Evening For..
A Conversation With,
Florian Osswald
Waldorf Education in a Technological World
Thursday, March 27, 7:00-8:30pm
The Great Room, Hartsbrook Hall
How do we balance Waldorf education's emphasis on the development of capacities in the child with 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.
Registration is not required!

Music Sharing Evening Evolves... Hartsbrook parents welcome to play!

Sign Up This Week

Music Sharing Evening

When: Friday April 4th, from 6:30pm

Where: Piening Hall


The Parent Council is finalizing the program for Hartsbrook's first Music Sharing Evening. To encourage our students to get up and share their music with us, we have decided to expand the program to include Hartsbrook parents.  We invite amateurs and professionals alike to contact us to be part of this informal recital.


As always, we welcome the entire Hartsbrook community as the audience (a good time to get the 1st and 2nd graders excited about their future music classes!).


Sign Up:

In the Main Office, in the High School Office, or by emailing the performer's name, grade (if a student!) and name of the piece to Randall 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


Parent Meditation

Reminder: Parent Meditation is Thursdays, 8:30-9:00am in the South Mod.
March 27 and April 2 beginning promptly at 8:30am, there will be a brief lesson for people who want to learn to meditate.  Please arrive a few minutes early!
You are welcome to join us any Thursday morning that works for you!
Brought to you by the Parent Council. 

8th Grade Play ~ A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Eighth Grade is delighted to present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", on the stage at Piening Hall.  Perhaps the most beloved of Shakespeare's plays, it celebrates love, with all its confusions, the nature of perception, and the spirits behind Nature, weaving their delights and quarrels through the seasons (a poetic picture of global warming!).
We invite the whole community to come enter into this magical world. 
In-school performances:
Wednesday, April 9th, 1:00 to about 3:00pm
Thursday, April 10th, 8:45am to about 10:45am
Evening performances:
Thursday, April 10th, 7:00pm
Friday, April 11th,  7:00pm
Tickets for evening shows:
Visit or call the main office to reserve your ticket (not your seat) for the evening performances.
All ages welcome. To help cover our play costs there will be a $5.00 charge for 7th grade through adults. Payment can be made in the main office or at the door. Seating is limited, so reserve your evening ticket soon!
We look forward to sharing this magical dream with you!                
The Eighth Grade




April and Summer Sessions 

Farm Camp at The Hartsbrook School offers children a fun learning opportunity to work hands-on with farm animals and to participate in a variety of agricultural craft activities.
Contact: (413) 584-3198 with any questions.

High School Happenings ~

My Exchange to Germany by Gaelen

On November 5th I flew to Munich, Germany to do a school exchange for three months. I lived in

Ravensburg, a city in the south of Germany, with my host family. My exchange student, Maxi, is a boy my age with whom I had exchanged a few letters and decided to do the exchange. 


During my time in Germany I went to school and participated normally in everyday life of the family. Maxi and I and his brother and sister would go rock-climbing a few times a week, and the whole family often went skiing on the weekends. We usually went into Austria to ski and were in the Alps. The Alps were the biggest and by far the most impressive mountains I have ever seen in my life. Every time we went, I was even more amazed by their beauty and stature. During my time there, I also learned to speak German fairly well. I was by no means perfect but after a month of extreme mental fatigue I was able to say what I wanted to and participate in conversations normally. 


Everything was new (It was my first time in Europe) and there was always something new to notice or some new word to learn. It helped give me a much better perspective on people and cultures in general and although I was a little bit nervous at first, to leave my familiar life, it turned out to be an absolutely wonderful experience. I made friendships that are some of the strongest I've ever had and am already planning on returning often to see my friends and family.


Gaelen, 10th Grade

High School Happenings ~

10th Grade Meteorology

The 10th grade just finished their trimester long Meteorology class with Mr. Weems that explored the physics, chemistry, and dynamic nature of our atmosphere. Each student kept a weather journal for two months, spent a month forecasting weather, drew clouds with dry pastels, and worked on a self-defined project to deepen their connection with the atmosphere.

Student quotes:

 Terra: It was interesting to learn how the low pressure and high pressure systems and jet streams among other factors help meteorologists predict the weather and then we were able to look at maps online to predict the weather for the next few days.

Miles: With respect to his project: Coding for an Arduino microcontroller may look simple for a first timer, but it is actually a very difficult system to set up so that it would read local humidity, temperature, and pressure.

Ian: Even something that seems small and insignificant can cause an astronomical impact on the world around.

Conor: Endless tangential debates from molecules to solar systems and everything between.

Gaelen: We endured the bitter cold to learn that trees are made of air.

Lauralyn: I never realized how in depth the topic of meteorology could go. I learned so many interesting facts about the weather and had many memorable experiences: observing and drawing clouds, learning about different cloud classifications, and being able to experience this topic fully through my research project.

Hannah: I was amazed by the speed at which the clouds changed and moved, and how difficult it made it to draw them.
Chip Weems, High School Science

Art and Biography:
Awakening to Self and Others 

with Kathleen Bowen and Amy Spalding-Fecher



When: Wednesdays April 9, 16, 30, 9:00 am-11:30am

Where: The Great Room

Cost: $75 for all 3 or $25 per session


Explore temperaments, empathy and unexpected teachers in our lives.  Join us in a brief artistic journey into the temperaments and their influence in our lives.   Contact Kathleen Bowen 413 320 1723 or Amy Spalding-Fecher 413 992 8337 for more information.

Put On Your Apron Workshop Series
with Elizabeth Sustick RN

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.

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.


THRESHOLDS IN LIVING AND DYING:  With Linda Bergh of Beholding The Threshold, at The Hartsbrook School.  There are moments in our lives when we glimpse our purpose and mission. Discover how thresholds reveal our purpose in life and strengthen us. April 11-13. Hartsbrook School. Sliding scale $150-$190. Friday night (4/11) session 7-9pm $15.  MORE INFO  or contact The Center for Biography and Social Art  or Kathleen 413 320 1723


SEEKING CHILD CARE WORK 13-year-old rising eighth grader seeking child care job(s).  Safe-sitter certified.  Amherst/Belchertown area.  After school/weekends.  Autumn Marley (413) 323-6627 


CAMP RECOMMENDATION: If your child is ready for overnight camp, consider Friends Camp. It is a small, affordable Quaker camp in China, Maine.  It is a perfect match for Waldorf families who value simplicity.  The counselors are affectionate, compassionate, nurturing and FUN!   Each child is accepted and joyfully embraced for who they are- a valuable gift!  My children, Grades 3 +4 have attended since they were 7, we love it and want to spread the word! Check out their website or call Luna Greenwood 339-223-4562 If you are interested in hearing more about Friends Camp, check out their website or call  Luna Greenwood (339) 223-4562


SUMMER STRINGS: Berkshire Summer Strings is welcoming applications from strings players, mandolin and guitar players, ages 8-16, for our week long fiddle music program. Waldorf students from around the region are invited, with their families, to join us in an outdoor music experience where traditional music performers and teachers will share their wealth of tunes, inspire our musical community, and guide us in making a joyful noise in the Berkshire hills. A Benefit Concert, Contra Dance and Community Concert, too! Director, Erika Ludwig, is the strings teacher at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and a Waldorf alumna. MORE INFO 


THE MAGIC FLUTE: The Memorial Hall Association and your Local Cultural Council  invite your family to a FREE film presentation of  THE MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart.  This is the Metropolitan Opera's adaptation in English designed for children. SUNDAY, MARCH 30 AT 2:00 PM. Bring the family to this introduction to Opera.  Doors open at 1:30. Seating is first come, first served. The Memorial Hall Theater is located  at 51 Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls. MORE INFO   
UPCOMING CONCERT Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas will be at the Iron Horse, Thursday, May 1, at 7:00 pm.  If you saw them last year at the school, you know what a treat their concerts are. If you missed them, here's your chance.  $17.50 advance, $20 at the door. Call 413-586-8686 for tickets.  
WELCOME SPRING WITH YOGA! Enjoy small classes in Karen's lovely Amherst studio in the woods. First class free. New students: 30 days unlimited classes for $60. Private and therapeutic sessions, workshops, special classes. See www.karensheingold.com. Or ask Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli, Lori Lynn Hoffer, Nicole Romer, Sarah Shields. Contact: karen@karensheingold.com, 413-253-0313.

SEEKING RENTAL HOME Waldorf professional family on sabbatical looking for home for rent near Hartsbrook Waldorf School, either a short term rental for the summer (May 1 - August 30) or a home available for long term rent from May 1 2014 - July 1 2015.  We are a small family of 3 and our son will be attending 6th Grade at Hartsbrook.  We have a 10 year old gentle dog as well.   We are a non smoking, vegetarian family.   Please contact adam_barrows@carleton.ca or call 613-830-9762

MATH TUTOR AVAILABLE Former Waldorf math teacher with years of experience 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.

GUATAMALA PROJECT: In August I will go to build a Bottle School with Hug It Forward. I am very excited to do something for children far away. I need to raise $1800 in order to go. I plan on bringing over a violin to leave there in hopes that the instrument closet will grow! Below is a link about the program and where you can contribute. Rebecca Rose MORE INFO 

KHALSA CAMP: Let your child spend their days outside in a safe and nurturing environment this summer! A unique program based out of Leverett, MA offers three sessions, each with their own theme--Nature Challenge, Cooperative Trust Building, and Expressive Arts. Woven throughout the weeks are camp activities: yoga and meditation, horseback riding, free swim and swimming lessons, challenging hikes, daily field trips and sharing circles. June 30 - August 15. Ages 5 - 13. Early Bird Discount if you register by April 15! Visit www.KhalsaCamp.net for more info. KhalsaCamp@gmail.com (413) 548-8855

WEST AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM CLASSES FOR KIDS A community class for mixed ages and abilities (Ages 5 and up). Help children build confidence in their creative expression, as we let our spirits soar to the rhythm of the drums! Dance Classes taught by Jai Fuller, Drum Classes taught by Harijap & Jai Fuller. Live drumming will accompany all dance classes! Mondays April 7th - May 19th at the Leverett Crafts and Arts Center. Drum- 3:30 - 4; Dance 4 - 4:45. Contact siri.om.stone@gmail.com to register.

MAINE ARTS CAMP  www.maineartscamp.com - a small, creative camp community, ages 8-16. Extensive programs in the visual arts, along with theater, cooking, dance, music, photography, film making and more. Non-competitive, high level instruction from teachers and professionals, limited enrollment of about 100 campers, lots of personal attention!


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


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