Weekly Bulletin

April 9, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


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 7pm

Wed., 4/16 7pm

Thurs., 4/17 9am 


Open Class Day

High School

Thursday, 4/17


(prospective families) 


Deutsches Theaterfest 

3rd Grade Performance

Thurs., 4/17 10:20am


April Vacation 

Pre-Break Assembly

Thurs., 4/17 1:25pm


Building Opening Ceremony

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-

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Farm Camp

8th Grade Play ~  This Week!

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


Contracts and Deposits are Due Now

Please drop them off in the business office. 

4/17 Last Burrito Day


Thursday, 17th April is our final burrito day. Thank you all for helping to send our senior class on their service trip to the animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Costa Rica. Stay tuned for the date and time that the seniors will report on their work when they have returned!
Thomas Heineman, Senior Class Burrito Executor

Friday Coffee and Tea with Great Company!


Please join us under the canopy in front of Hartsbrook Hall on Friday mornings, 8ish-10ish. We'll have Rao's coffee (donated by the Majka family THANK YOU!), tea, and hot cocoa.
 All parents, alumni  faculty, staff and friends are welcome.

Music Sharing Evening

Raises the Roof at Piening Hall!

Last Friday a full crowd in Piening Hall enjoyed the music of more than 30 students from Grades 1 to 8 at the first Hartsbrook Music Sharing Evening.  The relaxed program ranged from JS Bach to Nirvana, and from Henry Purcell to Christina Perri.  We even had a few guest appearances by parents and visiting guests. There were many debuts and stellar performances from all!


Thank you to the Parent Council members who organized the event and to the Faculty, music teachers, families and students who supported the event with such enthusiasm.


A special thanks to 7th grade parent Randall Spalding-Fecher for bringing us the inspiration for this event, shepherding it along, emceeing on Friday and playing a beautiful Chopin Nocturne.


Here are some accolades from parents who attended:


"What a wonderful and festive night to celebrate the musical achievements and talents of Hartsbrook. I was reminded with each student and musical number of how special our school is!"

Michelle Hendrick


"What a beautiful, love-infused evening of camaraderie and music! It was pure joy watching young children and their older schoolmates all performing one after the other. The variety and the depth of talent was astounding. This event was the epitome of what I love most about Hartsbrook."

Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli 



Sadly, our technology failed and we do not have many photos. Please send any photos you might have taken to the Bulletin.  We will be posting the final program on the school website next week.


Start preparing for the next evening this Autumn!


Friday ~ Third Grade Spring Store!

Birdhouse Gourds, Felted Eggs + Chicks, Popcorn


Friday, April 11th
12:30 - 1:00pm, during pick up
The third grade will sell handmade items under the awning to raise money for their building project.  All items have been made by the third graders and  were grown or raised at the school.  There will be birdhouse gourds and felted eggs with chicks for $5 each, as well as bags of popcorn for $1.
Thank you for your support, The Third Grade

Senior Project Presentations ~ Next Week

One in a series of culminating endeavors in the four-year Waldorf High School experience, the year-long Senior Project provides a framework for students to express their passion for some interest they would like to develop further and are willing to work on with intensity. Frequently, these projects are hands- on, such as building a boat or a computer from scratch. Others are artistic, such as designing and sewing an outfit for each member of the class. Some are research-based: previously, one such project resulted in measuring star clusters and publishing the results in an academic journal. 

This year's Senior Projects:

Tuesday, April 15 7-9 pm
Gabriel Voisin - Techniques in painting
Nora Yamazaki Heineman - Ink drawing
Alejandra Rojas - Songwriting
Sydney Shaw - Fire Juggling, concluding with a demonstration
Wednesday, April 16 7-9 pm
Aubrey Cabot Case - Consciousness and a theory of everything
Lucie Latuner - Arrangements for a cappella singing
Eliana Moskovitz - Wheel pottery
Eun Pyo Hong - Fashion show of her own designs and creations

Thursday, April 17 9:00-10:30am
There will be a presentation for 7th & 8th grade students repeating the following:
Lucie Latuner - Arrangements for a cappella singing
Eliana Moskovitz - Wheel pottery
Nora Yamazaki Heineman - Ink drawing
Eun Pyo Hong - Fashion show of her own designs and creations
Please join us for what promise to be educational and enjoyable experiences. Students, parents, grandparents and friends are welcome. This is a great opportunity to show your friends and neighbors aspects of a Waldorf education.We recommend the presentations to students in 4th grade and up.  We request that younger children and babies present be closely supervised so that our seniors can deliver their presentations in a formal atmosphere with minimal noise and distractions.
For questions contact Caryn Hesse, 413-584-3198, ex 106

The 3rd Grade to Perform in the Deutsches Theaterfest

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Where: Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA

The 3rd Grade will participate in the 37th Annual Deutsches Theaterfest, a German Theatre Festival and Competition. They will perform, "Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten von Grimm", an adaptation of the Grimm fairytale, "The Bremen Town Musicians". Prizes will be awarded on the elementary, secondary and college/university levels.


Current performance schedule: SCHEDULE

For final schedule and more details: MORE INFO


Thank you to Karen Winter, German Teacher, for adapting this piece and working with the Third Grade!


Tanya Lax, Third Grade

Early Childhood Building Opening Ceremony  ~ Next Week

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.


When: Thursday, April 17th, 2:15pm

 details to follow

Where: Piening Hall

Note: The assembly for Grades 1-8 will begin at 1:25pm, with limited seating.


As the lower grades student assembly is ending, we will have a presentation in honor of all those who helped bring the new Early Childhood building to a reality and a celebration of our renewable energy project.


At 2:50pm, we will go outside and be joined by the entire student body to bless the new Early

Childhood Building.


Refreshments and a walkthrough to follow.

Parents welcome, we look forward to you joining us!


Karen Bates, Development

Host Family Needed for High School Student

We have accepted a boy named Alvaro Gomez Puntes from Spain into the 10th Grade next year. He is interested in attending Hartsbrook for the entire school year (Sept-June) and I am now looking for a host family for him. Leslie Evans and I skyped with Alvaro and his parents and he was very friendly and seemed to be able to get along well. His mother and father are looking for a different kind of education for him and they felt he would benefit from Waldorf Education.

Alvaro will be 15 in May. His favorite subjects are PE and science. He really likes to play soccer but also plays volleyball and Frisbee. In his free time he plays sports and spends time with friends or going to the movies. He says he is very outgoing and likes to participate in outdoor activities. At home he also reads. 
Alvaro likes pets, and younger children. He has a sister who is 21 and a brother who is 17. He has no allergies and has no dietary restrictions. (He likes meat, vegetables, fruit, pizza, hamburgers...)
He would like a room of his own but could share if need be. He does not smoke. And says he is comfortable in a rural or urban setting. Last summer he spent a month in Pennsylvania.

We are looking for a kind, loving, supportive home for the 2014-2015 school year. Ideally the family has a student (boy or girl) of similar age but if not that is also fine. If it feels like too much to commit to a full school year but you are still interested in hosting do contact me anyway! We would love for him to be able to join the 10th grade but can only do so if we find a host family. There would be room and board compensation plus the $100 stipend per month from the school.  
Alvaro will want to be on the HS sports teams, so after-school sports schedules will need to be worked into host family's schedule.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested. exchangeprogram@hartsbrook.org  
Thank you all!
Save The Date


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

Welcome to Spring!

Spring is awakening, a time to stretch our wings until we can fly with vigor to face the adventures ahead.


2013 - 2014 Annual Appeal Goal: $100,000

To date, we have received $75,000!

Thank you all for your generous responses, your contributions mean so much!


Imagine 100% Participation ~ Please help us close the gap!


All donations - regardless of the amount - are truly needed. High participation is a vote of confidence and impacts the potential for gifts received from outside sources such as foundations, businesses and individuals.


Board members - 100%

Full-time staff and faculty - 100%

All staff and faculty - 54%

Parents are 28%.

So many grandparents, relatives and special friends have already given.


We can reach 100%! 

Which class will reach 100% parent participation first?

Your donation counts in each of your children's classes.                   


We know that finances can be tough these days. We are extremely grateful for everyone's sacrifices. Independent schools grow from seeds planted with love and blossom from the spirit of giving - your participation is the seed!


Make Your Pledge or Gift Today!


Donate online


or mail in your pledge or gift


Karen Bates, Development

For questions, email: kbates@hartsbrook.org or 413-584-3198, ex: 129

Alumni News

The UMASS Amherst's Department of Theater is producing "Peter Pan". Hartsbrook alumna Emma Ayres has been cast as Peter and has written the music for the play.  


"Peter Pan"

UMASS Rand Theater               

April 10, 11, 12, 18 at 8 p.m.
April 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. 
School matinee April 17 at 10 a.m.

Remarkable, fantastical, and a little bit strange - the tale of Peter Pan has captivated people for over 100 years. UMass Theater is thrilled to be part of that legacy of theater magic in its production of J.M. Barrie's original play. Ours will be a production that confronts the story's melancholy aspects - the fear of growing up, of lost children, of longing - and counters them with a joy born of the power of creativity, play and joy. The pretend is near!


TICKETS: $16 general admission, $8 for students and seniors. MORE INFO




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.

Welcome To the Farm!




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.


Join Us. Share The Harvest: Brookfield Farm CSA shares available. Biodynamic/Organic produce direct from our farm to you and your family. We have just 30 shares left - so now is the time to purchase a share for the coming season: MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION  Or call    413-253-7991 to speak with someone. We hope you join us for the coming season! 


SEEKING SUMMER RENTAL: Former Hartsbrook family, academic/artistic, currently spend academic year in Cincinnati and looking for summer rental home in Amherst/Hadley/Northampton area (Jun 15-August 15, 2014). With our 7-year-old daughter, there are three of us, as well as an impeccably well behaved cat. Non-smoking. Happy to housesit and care for your home and garden in trade for some amount of rent, or assume standard sub-let.   Please contact Brian at brian.schumacher@uc.edu or (917) 693-4865 


TEACHING CREATURES: Teaching Creatures offers fun, educational live animal programs for birthday parties, scout meetings, community events and other special gatherings. High school internships in exotic animal care and wildlife education also available. Visit www.teachngcreatures.com or contact Rae Griffiths at 413-323-8417.


HOME RENTAL SEPT. 2014-MAY 2015:  3-bedroom furnished home available for the 2014-2015 school year. Our house is in Pelham, about a 15-minute drive to The Hartsbrook School. Great home on a quiet dead-end street with wonderful neighbors and the beauty of nature all around. Dates are flexible -- we'll be leaving Aug. 15 to travel for the school year. Click for PHOTOS and MORE INFO  Email darcipyn@hotmail.com or call 413-230-3027.


Another week added! PUPPETS IN THE WOODS Summer Arts Camp with Beth Fairservis & Stephen Katz. Ages 6-10, 9-3pm. June 23-27July 21-25 / July 28-Aug 1 / Aug 4-8. A week-long immersion into Nature and Theatre Making, we gather materials and stories from the woods, then practice theatre games, make puppets and dances, dye silks, sing songs, and create a magical tale to be shared with friends and family on Friday. $300 per week. MORE INFO or Contact Beth at bethbirth@crocker.com or 413-268-3588 


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 

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