Weekly Bulletin

April 16, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


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 

Thurs 4/17 - Full Day!


Pre-Break Assembly Grades 1-6

Thurs., 4/17 1:25 to 2:10pm


Building Opening Ceremony

Grades 1-12

Thurs., 4/17 2:15pm


Dismissal at 3:15pm!


No School

Good Friday, 4/18


No School

4/21 to 4/25

Parent Meetings





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Farm Camp

Early Childhood Building Opening Ceremony  ~ Thursday

 Help us celebrate the opening of Hartsbrook's new Early Childhood Building. This beautiful space provides our youngest students with place of beauty and warmth for generations to come. 

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

Where: Piening Hall

Note: The assembly for Grades 1-6 will begin at 1:25pm, with very limited seating.


After the lower grades student assembly ends at 2:10pm, we will have a presentation in honor of all those who helped bring the new Early Childhood building to fruition 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 for parents and visitors to follow.


Dismissal will be held at 3:15 as usual.


Parents welcome, we look forward to you joining us!


Karen Bates, Development

Senior Project Presentations ~

This Week

This year's Senior Projects 
Assembly Room, Piening Hall

Wednesday, April 16 7-9pm
Lucie Latuner - Arrangements for a cappella singing
Eliana Moskovitz - Wheel pottery
Eun Pyo Hong - Fashion show of her own designs and creations
Sydney Shaw - Fire Juggling, concluding with a demonstration

Thursday, April 17 9-10:30am
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
Tuesday's Senior Presentations:
Nora Yamazaki Heineman - Ink drawing
Aubrey Cabot-Case - Consciousness and a theory of everything
Gabriel Voisin - Techniques in painting
Alejandra Rojas - Songwriting 
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

Hartsbrook In the News

The article:
is now available on Mass Live and will be printed in the Springfield newspaper, The Republican, on Monday.
"A young child's primary task is to learn about their own abilities and the world around them through exploration and play," said Rachel Kennedy, the early childhood education teacher at The Hartsbrook School.

This fall, the Hadley-based school will launch its "Forest Classroom," a program for children, 2.9 to 6 plus years of age, in which Kennedy will introduce the mixed-aged group of boys and girls to nature and outdoor exploration on the school's 46-acre campus. The program, five mornings a week, adds to existing outdoor learning experiences, such as farm camp, and land stewardship, offered through the Waldorf school, an independent day school based on the teaching vision of Rudolf Steiner.   READ MORE





Save the Date: Forbes Library, and The Hartsbrook School, will present a showing of the award-winning "School's Out - Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten" on April 26 at 2 p.m. at the library at 20 West St., in Northampton.





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

School Vacation Hours 

All school offices will be closed this Friday and next Monday for Good Friday and Patriot's Day.  Offices will be open next week on Tuesday thought Friday between 9:00am and 3:00pm, although it is always best to call first for an appointment.

News From the Grades ~

The Third Grade to Perform in the Deutsches Theaterfest

When: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:20am
Where: Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA

The Third 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

Save The Date


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

Save The Date ~

A Conversation, The Music Program at Hartsbrook

When:Tuesday, May 6 from 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Great Room in Hartsbrook Hall

Building on the energy of the Music Sharing Evening, the Parent Council is organizing an interactive evening dedicated to exploring the role of music at Hartsbrook.  Come to learn more about the music program and the place of music in Waldorf education. 


 Come for the music.  And come with your ideas:


 What might the music program of the future look like?

How might the music program be used to let the broader community know about our school?

Are you interested in singing or playing with other parents, just for fun?


Come to listen and come to share.  We hope to see you there! 


And if you missed the April 4th Music Sharing Evening, have a listen to these great performances:


8th grade Hero singing opera:  LISTEN NOW
8th grade Jonas singing/playing electric bass: LISTEN NOW
8th grade Alena and her 4th Grade brother, Cedric, play a duet: violin and cello: LISTEN NOW 

6th Grade Leela sings: LISTEN NOW 

2013 - 2014 Annual Appeal Goal: $100,000

50% Participation Before Break ~ Make Your Pledge This Week!

Quench Your Thirst and Make your Annual Fund Pledge at the same time.

This Thursday before and after the Student Assembly... 1:00 - 3:30pm


We'll have Annual Fund pledge tables, refreshing lemonade and ice, and welcoming smiles.  Imagine 100% Participation!


Parent Participation

I give sincere thanks to the 49 current families who have committed to date, as well as to the alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, friends, board, faculty and staff who have contributed to this appeal.

Many more of you have given donations this past week - bringing the total Hartsbrook parent participation to: 


Parents are at  28% participation!

We need just 39 more gifts from parents by Thursday to reach 50%.


Karen Bates, Director of Development


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 413-584-1908, ex: 129

High School Happenings

11th Grade Literature

In this 11th-grade literature class we read "Inferno", the first book in Dante's Divine Comedy, as well as excerpts from "Purgatory" and "Paradise" in order to understand the full scope of Dante's three-part journey toward divine love. Among other assignments, students write an original "Canto" in imitation of "Inferno" and complete artistic projects that they present orally with passages they have learned to recite in Italian.


Zoe Noyes

Excerpts from students' cantos:


Falling from long strings arachnids fell to earth,

eight eyes all black and glowing in the light.


Long and hairy legs extend from the chest,

like eight phalanges moving in all ways

they grabbed the murky air with pinching claws.


I felt my heart drop deep into my chest

as I witnessed the poor wandering souls

sprung upon by creatures from the trees.


The evil souls were caught in stringy web,

strung up in the trees, twitching and alive,

their bodies being drained of living blood.


Zoë Noyes

Will Harrison



The shadow covered nearly all the lake

And made the water shake more than before. 

The shades, despite their pain dove deep, deep down


And through the darkness far above the lake 

A pair of bloodshot eyes stared back at me.

And as a lighthouse standing on the shore


Pierces dark with light and guides the ships

With comfort towards their homes so safe and warm,

Just so, the pair of eyes did fight the dark


But reader, let me tell you loud and clear

No sense of comfort came from those two lights.


Will Harrison

Kira Weilerstein

"All my life was a false game of worry,

The space of the shadows attracted me,


I wandered with terror of being seen.          


Then I sunk so far into the background,

That I became a stranger to my form,

So I cursed my own self through my sins."


A gentle teardrop traveled down his cheek.

I saw his remorse and fear of the light,

I could not help but feel compassionate.


I felt that I recognized another.

He was sprawled on the desiccant flatland,

Making puddles with his thick teardrops.


Rebecca Marmor


"The road we tread has ceased its moving down" he said

"hell's second circle has been breached by us

a beast awaits ahead upon the path 


Simon Burkey
and past it sinners are like those we've met

you would have feared these souls in Florence bright

they loosed their neighbors' souls from earthly bonds


hiding in their homes they drew their blades

and hooded stole their selves back to their hearths"

ahead I saw the figure of a snake


It was not larger than the snakes of earth

But it was black as mortar in a forge

It stood upright and but had no human limbs


Jesse Olsson

Land Stewardship 


The Spring Surprises Continue!

Well, well, well, what a surprise met 5th Grader Gus this morning as he headed off to the sheepfold to take care of bottle feeding our Dorset lambs.....newly arrived in the world, another pair of twins born to our first time Shetland ewe Fern...2 beautiful black ewe lambs!


So now the 5th Grade have quite a lot to take care of. Just so that everyone can keep track of all these new arrivals, they are:

Dorset lambs from the Umass farm - Jake, Brook and Clover;

Shetland lambs born to Comfrey two weeks ago - Perseus and Trillium;

Our latest arrivals are waiting to have their names given to them.

The sheepfold sure is a busy place!



Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship



8th Grade Hive the Honeybees

Last week, 8th grade donned their beesuits and veils to hive 5 new colonies of honeybees. Newly arrived from Georgia these bees are now well settled in their new hives in the Hartsbrook apiary. They are being fed a mix of sugar syrup and chamomile tea to help them adjust to their new surroundings as they search out the local nectar sources. More to follow.....



Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship




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.

Alumni News

Elizabeth Mealey, Class of 2010, is a founding member of an initiative to start a Camphill community in Kenya: http://jamiicommunity.wordpress.com

Elizabeth is currently doing a year abroad, from Tufts University, at the University of Tübingen, Tubingen Germany.
Community Bulletin Board 

SUMMER HOUSE-SITTING OPPORTUNITY in South Amherst.  Peaceful home for 3-4 weeks this summer, beginning approx. July 19th. Two friendly cats and a great view included. If interested, please contact Reed or Dennis at 413-253-9282 or wulsinszuhay@wans.net.


Multi-Art's Spring Break Camp! Register now for April 21-25. Each day will be filled with theater, art, dance, black light and so much more! We have full-day, half-day and one day options available to fit your schedule. For students 14 years we offer a Counselor in Training (CIT) program.  Contact Multi-Arts for MORE INFO and Registration.  


THE SUMMER GARDEN, Northampton, offered by Hartsbrook Cricket Teacher, Gretchen Scholl. Summer days in the garden feeding bunnies, relaxing in the hammock swing, picnicking under the apple trees, homemade ice pops and tea made with mint from our garden. Stories, crafts and lots of outdoor play.  Join us for a relaxing, rhythmical day of play! 

Ages 4 -7 years, June 10th - July 17. Tues/Wed/Thurs. 3 morning program: $150/ week, 3 full day program: $275/ week. Contact: gretchenscholl@hartsbrook.org


 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.  


SHARE THE HARVEST: Join Us! 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.

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