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Weekly Bulletin

April 30, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Friday, 5/9

8:30am - 12:30pm


May Celebration

Friday, 5/9



Music Program Conversation

Tuesday, 5/6 7p-9p


The Adaskin String Trio Benefit

Friday 5/16 7-9pm


Parent Meetings


Parent Council

Monday 5/12 7- 9 pm


Early Childhood

Wed. 4/30 6:45 - 8:30pm


7th Grade

Thurs. 5/1 7p-9p


6th Grade

Wed., 5/14 6pm


2nd Grade

Wed, 5/14 7pm


High School

Thurs., 5/15 6:30pm


Grade News


7th + 8th Grade Spring Fling

Fri., 5/2 5:30 - 8pm


Rising First Grade "Meet the Teacher"

Mon., 5/5, 6:45 - 8:30pm


5th + 6th Grade Strings & Band Concert

Tues., 5/13 2:20pm


7th + 8th Grade

Spring Concert

Tues., 5/13 7-8pm



Sat., 5/17 



Ultimate Frisbee-

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Farm Camp

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Grandparents & Special Friends Day 
Friday May 9,
in conjunction with the MAY CELEBRATION


Guests of Grades 1-12:

8:30 - 9:15am check-in for 9:15am classroom visits

Guests of Early Childhood:

9:15 - 10am check-in for 10am puppet show with students



Classroom visits for visitors to Grades 1-12

Puppet Show for Early Childhood visitors

Reception and Exhibits

Question and Answer with Students

Assembly and Presentations

Portrait Photography

Campus Tours



12:30 to 1:30pm

~Registered Guests will receive a lunch ticket

~Parents, if you or your children would like to join your guests for lunch, please stop at the main office and purchase a ticket, $5/ meal.



~ NOTE: Children, Grades 1-4 will be dismissed at 12:30pm, not 12:45

May Celebration
Friday May 9,
1:00 -3:00pm
Early Childhood through Fourth Grade
1 to 1:40pm
~for children Early Childhood to Fourth Grade
~flower crown-making, a cupcake walk, crafts, obstacle course, music.
~Classes will gather by grade in the Kindergarten play yard.
~Procession and student Maypole dances
~Music and more! 
Thank you to the upper Grades for helping to make this day so special!

Next Week ~

A Conversation, The Music Program at Hartsbrook

When: Tuesday, 5/6, 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Great Room,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.  Virginia McWilliam will bring her eloquence and creativity to make this subject come alive. After briefly exploring what other schools do in their music programs, we will open up the floor to your ideas.


~How might Hartsbrook strengthen its music program in the short-term?

~What might a longer-term vision for the music program look like?

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

~Are parents interested in events that include adult performaces singing or playing with each other, 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 


PVTA Bus Service 

The PVTA bus route 39, which serves Hartsbrook, ends for the year on May 9th as the local colleges let out for summer.

Supplies Needed - Paint, Cardboard, Paper Bags 

When the High School Seniors return from their service trip to Costa Rica next week, they will ramp up work with artist and activist Beth Fairservis on their production "WHO'S AFRAID OF THE CORN WORM? A March on Monsanto & GIANT PUPPET Play!" with performances in several towns and Hartsbrook scheduled 5/28 - 5/30. (More details to follow)

They need donations of supplies; paper grocery bags,  colorful house paint (yellow especially!) and  large pieces of cardboard.

Donations may be brought to the High School office in Piening Hall.  Thank you!

The Adaskin String Trio ~

A Benefit for The Hartsbrook School

The Adaskin String Trio will perform a benefit concert for the Hartsbrook School  featuring works of Beethoven, Roland-Manuel, and Roentgen.
WHEN: Friday, May 16, at 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall, 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA
TICKETS: available at the door, $10/adults, $5/ children, maximum $25 per family
The Adaskin String Trio, now in its twentieth year, comprises Emlyn Ngai, violin, Steve Larson, viola, and Mark Fraser, cello.  The group has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. Their playing has been hailed for "vigor, precision and stylistic certitude" (Charleston Gazette) as well as "spontaneity, intensity and charm" (Peninsula Review) and the Boston Globe praised them for "directing the listener to the heart of the matter."
Formed in 1994, the trio performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and in Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara and Chicago. In addition, the trio's concerts have been regularly recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio.
For more information contact: Mark Fraser: mfraser61@yahoo.com
We are pleased to have Mark as a cello teacher at The Hartsbrook School! 

How Should SCRIP Profits be Spent?

Join the Vote!

Dear Hartsbrook Community,
At the next Parent Council meeting Monday, May 12th, 7-9 pm.  There will be a vote to decide how proceeds from our Scrip Fund will be used for our school and our community.  Come hear about the options and let your opinion be known.  The decision will go to the Board, who are awaiting suggestions from Parent Council.  
We hope to hear as many voices from our community as possible so that our decision can well represent all. 

Colee Asia,
Meadowlark Parent Council Representative and FUNdraising Committee Co-Chair.

Update on the March 12 All-School Meeting 

In March, the Board of Directors hosted an all-school meeting that brought parents, faculty, and Board members together to discuss our experiences of Hartsbrook, explore ways to increase enrollment, and assess priorities established in the School's Strategic Plan.  The Board invited attendees to share their thoughts by writing on paper tablecloths: this yielded an abundance of material that the Board is now drafting into a report for the Hartsbrook community.  The report documents the experiences and ideas shared during the meeting, with a focus on "action items" for the School to consider as it works to boost enrollment.  The goal is to complete the report in May and distribute it to the School community through the Parent Council, Faculty Conference, and Board of Directors.

A quick sampling of "action items" inspired by the evening's discussion: engage our community more directly (by making people feel more welcomed to attend Hartsbrook events, by taking our talents - music, theater, visual arts - out into the community); organize parents, faculty, students, and alumni to serve as ambassadors of the School; explain the School's approach to "the whole child" and its significance in the contemporary world; affordability, affordability, affordability.

The Board has made tentative plans to host two all-school meetings during the 2014-2015 school year, one each in the Fall and Spring.
Hartsbrook Board's Ad Hoc Joint Meeting Committee

News From the Grades ~

The Third Grade Performed in the Deutsches Theaterfest

On Thursday, April 17, 2014 the Third Grade performed "Die Bremer Stadtsmusikanten von Grimm", an adaptation of the Grimm fairytale, "The Bremen Town Musicians" at the 37th Annual Deutsches Theaterfest, a German Theater Festival at  Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
They then had an encore performance at a school wide assembly the same day.


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


Tanya Lax, Third Grade

News From the Grades ~

8th Grade Visits the Lowell Mills

The Eighth Grade traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts on Monday to visit the National Industrial Park set in some of the almost 170 year old mills. We saw the process of changing raw cotton into textiles from the pre-industrial home setting to the great water-powered mills where 100 or more machines were tended by young women from Yankee farms. We were able to weave on beautiful hand looms. It was a great wrap-up for our study of the Industrial Revolution.

Catherine Hopkins, 8th Grade

High School Happenings

Senior Project Presentations

 A rapt audience enjoyed a final night of senior presentations.



Eun Pyo Hong - Fashion show of her own designs and creations

Eliana Moskovitz - Wheel pottery 


Lucie Latuner - Arrangements for a cappella singing
Sydney Shaw - Fire Juggling

The Eight Grade Performs Midsummers' Nights Dream

with Special Appearances by the First Grade


Catherine Hopkins, 8th Grade

Hartsbrook In the News ~ Farm Camp

Farm Camp at The Hartsbrook School was Showcased on "Mass Live"
"Bleats, clucks, moos and the sounds of happy kids are filling the campus of The Hartsbrook School in Hadley this week during their vacation farm camp."  READ MORE 

And if you missed it, see Mass Live's write up on The Hartsbrook School's new Forest Classroom Program:
Community Bulletin Board 


DISCIPLINE WITHOUT PUNISHMENTS OR REWARDS: A two-part Aware Parenting workshop for parents of young children with Swansea Benham Bleicher. Part 1:  Saturday, May 3rd, 9am - 12pm, Part 2:  Saturday, May 10th, 10am - 12pm, Location: Grow in Northampton, To register: call Grow at (413) 341-5282.  Cost is $50.   Learn the three reasons for misbehavior, ways to resolve conflict in a non-authoritarian manner, the pitfalls of punishments and rewards, and basic techniques for democratic discipline.


BIXBY BROTHERS YARD WORK AND LANDSCAPING: Need help around the house or yard? Evan, Reed and Tucker are ready to help with the grunt work, heavy lifting, moving, mowing, raking or whatever you need. Call Evan at (413) 658-5583.


HARTSBROOK ALUMNI FOR HIRE: Two Guys and a Blue Goose:  We are Hartsbrook alums now Sophomores in college. Colten McCormick, K-9, now attends UC Davis, Evan Mariani, K-8, and now attends Bryant University. We are 21 years old and hard workers (ask our past employers!). We have three years of experience in landscaping and are up to tackle any challenge. We are versatile and will do any type of yard work, lawn care, spring clean-up, moving, and painting... We hope you are as excited for summer as we are!  If you are interested or want to learn more- Evan (413) 427-9895, Colten (413)-668-6841, Or on the web: www.twoguysandabluegoose.com


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.


FREE HAMPSTER: Sweet little hamster - free to a good home.  Comes with everything! cage, food, carrying case and a good happy upbringing.  Born in December 2013. Call John or Leah -  413-253-0205 (Pelham).


ACUPUNCTURE: Offered with prayer and care. happiness-wave acupuncture eskersource@gmail.com or  www.acupuncturewomencare.net *a social service, not a business*


TreeCycle ABORISTS/ ARTISTS: An Exceptional, Local, Sustainable, and Affordable Tree Service To us, Every tree is a work or art. For Free Estimates and more info please visit TheTreeCycle.com


MILK CO_OP: Hadley-based raw milk coop seeking a few more members. We take turns driving once a week to Robinson Farm in Hardwick, which offers certified organic raw milk from 100% grass-fed cows. Mmmm good! Contact Jonathan Evans at jevans@crocker.com if interested.



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! 


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  



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