Weekly Bulletin

April 4, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


Open Class Day

Elementary School

Thursday, 4/3


(prospective families)


Music Sharing Evening

Friday, 4/4

6:30 - 9:00pm

Piening Hall


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 Project Presentations

Tues., 4/15 6pm

Wed., 4/16 6pm

Thurs., 4/17 9am 


Open Class Day

High School

Thursday, 4/17


(prospective families) 


April Vacation

Pre- Break Assembly:

Thurs., 4/17 2:15pm


No School

Good Friday, 4/18


No School

4/21 to 4/25

Parent Meetings

1st Grade, 4/11




Ultimate Frisbee-

Click for Athletics Calendar 

Farm Camp

Come One, Come all

Music Sharing Evening, This Friday!

Music Sharing Evening

When: Friday April 4th

6:30pm start

Where: Piening Hall



The entire Hartsbrook community is invited to the first Music Sharing Evening.  Enjoy a broad range performers from Grade 1 through High School - as well as special guest appearances by talented parents! 


Light refreshments will be available for purchase to support the cost of these events. You are welcome to join for part of the event or for the whole program.


For any last minute performers, you can email Randall to secure your spot on the program.


We look forward to sharing this musical evening with you! 

Randall Spalding-Fecher, Parent Council Representative

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 requested $5.00 contribution 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

New Credit Card Policy

We are pleased to announce that we will now accept credit cards for all financial transactions paid to the school.  New legislation allows all non-profits to charge a fee to the card holder when a credit card is used. This fee is  meant to cover the service fee that  credit card companies charge the non-profit. It is $2.50 or 2.9% of the purchase, whichever is higher.  The fee for using a debit card is $2.50, no matter the amount charged, if the card is used in person with the card available.

There will be no fee when the credit card is used  for donations.
Great news!
You may now purchase Scrip with credit cards!
Now, if you purchase scrip cards with your credit card you will not only benefit our school, you will accumulate credit card points or miles at the same time. 
Stop in and ask Vesna for details


Contracts and Deposits Due April 5th

Contracts and deposits are due by April 5th. Please mail them or drop them off in the business office. 

Employment Review

I am conducting an employment review for main office administrative assistant Vesna Vasovic. Please drop off comments in writing, in an envelope addressed to me, at the main office or arrange a time to talk. I would like to receive all feedback by Friday, April 4th.
Thank you, Louise Spear

Correction to 2014 - 2015 School Calendar

The last day of school next year will be June 5th and not June 12th as previously announced. Thanks to the alert reader who spotted this mistake!
All other dates remain the same.
First Day of School - September 3
Winter Break -  December 22 - Jan. 2
February Break - Feb. 16 - 20
April Break - April 20 - 24
Last Day for Early Childhood -  June 4
Last Day for Grades 1 - 12 - June 5 

Save the Date ~ Senior Projects

Tuesday, 4/15 6-9 pm
Wednesday, 4/16 6-9 pm
Thursday, 4/17 9-10:30 am
The Senior Projects are one of the most exciting aspects of a Waldorf High School education. Students spend the better part of a year working on a project that may be something they have never done before or perhaps something that they have always wanted to elaborate and take to the next level. These presentations are always eye opening and are a perfect way to see Waldorf education in action. Please join us in the Assembly Room at Piening Hall and bring a friend. All high school students are required to attend these presentations.
Contact Caryn Hesse with questions. (413) 586-1908 ex. 106
Save The Date


Grandparents & Special Friends Day! 
Friday May 9, 8:30am-12:30pm
in conjunction with the MAY CELEBRATION

High School Research ~ Parking Crunch

A High School Geometry class investigated our afternoon parking crunch.


Discovery: Averages of 9 spaces are wasted each day by gaps between cars. We could fit 54 cars in this lot, however average usage is 43 cars. 


If your car will be here during 3-3:30pm pickup,  

Faculty, staff, and students please:

  • Park in the lot by the soccer fields.
  • Fill lot from the back of the lot (by the basketball court).
  • Park immediately next to the previously parked cars.
  • Look for spots beyond the basketball courts.
  • It's fine to parallel park along the exit driveway from this lot, as long as cars can pass.
Families please:
  • Park in the lot next to Hartsbrook Hall.
  • Fill in from spots closest to the building outwards, parking immediately next to previously parked cars. 
  • Avoid gaps like the one in the picture! Check the lot by the soccer fields for spots that have opened up during the day - you are welcome to park there, too!

Thanks for your help to alleviate the parking pressure!           




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.

News From The Grades

5th Grade Performs The Trojan War and The Odyssey




7th Grade Woodworking Projects 



9th/10th Grade Elective students have decided to build toy/model boats.  Students will employ a range of conceptual and practical skills during this process including planning, design, wood shaping, and wood joining to create a boat that is both finished and capable of floating.  

The 11th Grade will complete two projects during this trimester.  The first will be Custom Wooden Sandals.  The design and comfort of each sandal will be achieved by the students' careful planning, consideration, and carving.  The second project will be the completion of benches and stools that were started during their 10th grade year.
Justin Lively
High School Woodworking Teacher

High School Happenings ~

10th Grade Chemistry

The 10th grade students are studying acids and bases for chemistry,  titrating an acid and base as part of a study of molarity. 



 Virginia McWilliam, Chemistry

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: Off campus, contact Kathleen for location

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 

FAMILY AFTERNOON WITH THE ARTS: Sunday April 13, 1:30-4:30 pm Join Multi-Arts with your entire family and engage yourself in a creative process full of fun and self-discovery. You will feel alive more than ever recreating yourselves through art, story telling, theater, and even movie making. Jones Public Library, Amherst, Free of charge.


SEEKING HOUSING: Vermont farm family seeks 3 bedroom house to rent 9/14 to end of May.

Or, seeks responsible adult or couple to share a house in Leverett. Sabra Ewing flaghillfarm@wildblue.net  


TEARS AND TANTRUMS: A two-part Aware Parenting workshop for parents of infants and toddlers with Swansea Benham Bleicher. Part 1: Sunday April 13th, 11:30am to 1:30pm, Part 2: Sunday April 27th, 10am to 12noon. Location: Grow in Northampton.To register: call Grow at (413) 341-5282. Cost is $40. 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.


SOCCER CAMP: Does your student ages 6-14 enjoy playing soccer? Would they benefit from learning some specific skills to enhance their game? Join us for a fun-filled week of soccer camp at Hopkins Academy, July 14-18. The hours are 8:30-3:30 with the option for extended day from 3:30-5:00. MORE INFO, or call Jen Weaver 413-426-3066 


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 


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

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. 

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