Weekly Bulletin

May 7, 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



The Adaskin String Trio Benefit

Friday 5/16 7-9pm


Parent Meetings


Parent Council

Monday 5/12 7- 9 pm


6th Grade

Wed., 5/14 6pm


2nd Grade

Wed, 5/14 7pm


High School

Thurs., 5/15 6:30pm


8th Grade

Mon., 5/19 7-9p


3rd Grade

Tue., 5/20 7-9p


7th Grade

Wed., 5/28 7-9p



Grade News


7th + 8th Grade

Spring Concert

Tues., 5/13 7-8pm



Sat., 5/17


3rd Grade Strings Concert

Tue., 5/20 2:15pm


4th Grade Play Week



6th Grade- Montreal

5/20 - 5/23


5th Grade Pentathlon

Fri., 5/23


8th Grade Class Trip

5/23 - 5/30


5th + 6th Grade Strings & Band Concert

Tues., *5/27 2:20-3pm
*note date change




Ultimate Frisbee-

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Farm Camp

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!

  Children and adults are encouraged to wear white!


Flowers For May Fair Needed

Flowering boughs are needed for crown making, procession and decorations.  Please bring cut boughs on Friday morning to the Homestead building.  Buckets will be waiting- Thanks!

Supplies Needed - Paint, Cardboard, Paper Bags 

High school Seniors need donations of supplies: paper grocery bags, colorful house paint (yellow especially!) and  large pieces of cardboard.  Bring to the High School office. Thanks!

Did You Know It's International:

Hartsbrook In the News

Farm Camp at The Hartsbrook School Farm Camp was showcased on "Mass Live" and in "The Republican":

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 represent all. 

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

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!

Host Family Needed 

We are looking for a kind loving family to host Haluka who will be joining the 9th Grade this fall. Haluka lives in Canada and would like to continue going to a Waldorf School and felt Hartsbrook would be a perfect place for her. Haluka speaks English, French and Japanese. She has an 11-year-old brother and gets along with people of all ages.
Haluka is interested in handwork, music, arts, physical education and French. She plays the piano and guitar. Haluka is also into circus arts and it sounds like she can cook! Haluka is a vegetarian. She has a bit of hay fever and a slight allergy to cats thought she feels she could live with them if she did not have to care for them.
Haluka has attended Waldorf schools since First Grade and would like to be able to continue. Her family is very committed to Waldorf education. If possible it would be great for a high school family to take Haluka but she is open to living with younger children. We just need a family that is warm and welcoming and interested in an addition to their family.

Room and board is $17-20 per day plus $100 stipend per month.  
If you are at all interested please contact Lara Radysh via email:  exchangeprogram@hartsbrook.org 
Thank you,
Lara Radysh, Exchage Program Coordinator

AWSNA Summer Conference at Hartsbrook:

Cultivating Humanness in a Technological World

June 23rd - 26th


Teachers, administrators, board members, and interested parents from Waldorf schools all over the continent have gathered each summer since the late '60s to meet colleagues, listen to insightful lectures, and engage in stimulating workshops around a topic of great interest.


This is the first time that Hartsbrook has hosted the conference. We are delighted to share our wonderful community and campus with the wider Waldorf community, and to take up the critical topic of cultivating humanness in a technological world.


More Info:

Conference Program and Registration Details

Community members are welcome to register for the full conference (see registration form for fees) or to attend the lectures (no fee, but donations welcome).


Volunteers Needed:

We expect about 225 conference participants and will need some help!


Food Tent Help:

While the snacks and meals will be catered, we need help to serve and clean up!

Helping out in the food tent offers a great chance to meet Waldorf folks from all over the continent - and we'd be very grateful for your help!

 Online Vounteer Sgn-up Sheet


Host Families Needed:

We are also looking for housing for some colleagues traveling from Mexico and Canada. Please contact  jbaudendistel@hartsbrook.org if you could offer lodging and breakfast. We can provide $25 - $40 per person per night if needed.


Thanks for your help!


Jan Baudendistel for the Summer Conference Planning Committee

New Blackboards for Grades 5 - 8


Miles Herter with Oliver Noyes and Marley Bernard

Over April break, new blackboards were installed in the second floor classrooms of Hartsbrook Hall. The boards are sturdy and beautiful. They compliment the classrooms in a similar fashion to the wonderful custom-made boards on the first floor. We are thrilled to have this addition to the 5th - 8th grade classrooms.


And, we are thrilled and grateful that Miles Herter was willing to lend his great skills as a master cabinetmaker to designing, building, and installing the new boards. Miles listened to the needs and wishes of the teachers and then went to work. Every detail was crafted with artistry and skill. From the map rail at the top to the chalk rail at the bottom, from the expansive wings to the delightful decorative elements, the boards are a marvelous embodiment of function and beauty. Thank you, Miles, for creating our new boards!


Such a project needs support in order to happen. We are grateful to all those who helped. Funding for the custom aspects of the boards was provided by a gift to the school for this purpose. Thank you to the generous donor! Dennis Szuhay and Penny Herter helped with finish sanding; Will Harrison helped with assembly; Oliver Noyes, Aubrey Cabot-Case, Marley Bernard, and Jim Nutter helped with installation. Thanks to all of the support crew!


We hope you can find a time to visit the second floor classrooms soon and have a look at the new boards. They are a stunning canvas for the chalkboard writing and drawing that will accompany the classes for years to come.


Jan Baudendistel, for the grateful teachers and students in Hartsbrook Hall

High School Happenings ~

9th Grade Descriptive Geometry


Nora Cooper's work illustrates the careful, precise work students perform to depict an object from different points of view.  This process is used in architecture and design, and develops a capacity for visualizing solid objects that is directly used in higher math and in engineering.  In addition to the abstract mathematical forms, students are sketching their own houses.
  Steve Haendiges, High School Math and Science

High School Happenings ~

Senior Service Trip to Costa Rica

The senior class returned this week from its service trip to Costa Rica, where we spent five days at the Jaguar Rescue Center on the southern Caribbean coast.   The center was started seven years ago by two biologists from Barcelona zoo and is now an extensive operation that draws large numbers of daily visitors. We helped the international staff of volunteers with the all daily tasks of preparing the animals and their environment for their guests and shared many memorable experiences with them. On Wednesday afternoon we presented a slide show of the trip to the middle and high schools.

Tony Cape

Senior Class Co-adviser

"Who's Afraid of the Corn Worm?"

A Senior Class Puppet Play with Community Performances

For their final theatrical production as Hartsbrook students, the Seniors decided to explore large scale activist puppet theatre in the tradition of the Bread and Puppet Theatre, and they chose the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as their theme.  The introduction of GMOs has raised controversy about the health and environmental effects of the organisms themselves, the pesticides and herbicides used in conjunction with their production, corporate control over the traditional practices of farming, and labeling laws for consumers.


Seniors will be creating puppets with the simplest of materials: cardboard, recycled paper bags, and paint, as well as various and sundry wheeled vehicles, backpack frames and found fabric.  They will give four performances in the Pioneer Valley, the first one commencing with a march in conjunction with the world-wide  March Against Monsanto day.  All performances are free.


~5/24 noon, march from Whole Foods in Hadley to Kendrick Park in Amherst, followed by a performance and rally at 1:30pm.  The community is invited to join the march.
~5/28, noon, in Northampton on Main St. on the lawn of the First Churches
~5/29 noon, in Greenfield, at the Solar Park
~5/30 time TBA, The Hartsbrook School 


The students are led by Beth Fairservis . Beth has been producing large scale puppet events for over 10 years and teaches puppetry and theatre making to children of all ages.

Francesca ~ Faithful Friend for 31 Years

Francesca, thank you for being such a faithful guardian to our goats; for greeting us each and every morning with your special welcome; and for standing so patiently and lovingly while children learned how to groom and take care of you.
You were always "out-standing in your field"! 
We will miss you.

Community Bulletin Board 

FAMILY TO FAMILY SALE: The South Hadley Family Center is hosting their 7th annual Family 2 Family sale on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 8:00am-12:00pm at the All Saints Episcopal Church - 7 Woodbridge Street in South Hadley. Baby and children's clothing, toys, strollers, sporting goods, various media, baby gear, maternity wear. Bake sale and coffee.  This event is a fundraiser for the Family Center - $2-5 donation requested at the door.   contact shfckids@yahoo.com


A TELE CIRCLE OF SUPPORT: "Flower Essences for Raising Happy, Healthy Kids and Thriving Moms" A Tele-Circle of Support for moms looking for holistic ways to deal with the common challenges of raising children (hyperactivity, social problems, sleeplessness, sibling rivalry) taught by Carla Savetsky, RPA, MS. 6-week teleconference class starting Friday May 16th at Noon - 1:15pm EST MORE INFO or Carla.


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, 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 tacklling 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 ARBORISTS/ ARTISTS: An Exceptional, Local, Sustainable and Affordable Tree Service. To us every tree is a work of art. For free estimates and more info please visit TheTreeCycle.com


MILK COOP: 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


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

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