Weekly Bulletin

May 14, 2014


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Upcoming Events 


The Adaskin String Trio Benefit

Friday 5/16 7-9pm


Forest Classroom Information Evening  

Come and learn more about our new program for children ages 2.9 to 6+.

Wed., 5/21 6:45pm 



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



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

The Adaskin String Trio ~ This Week!

A Benefit for The Hartsbrook School

The Adaskin String Trio will perform a benefit concert  featuring works of Beethoven, Roland-Manuel, and Roentgen.
WHEN: Friday, May 16, at 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Hartsbrook School, Piening Hall
TICKETS: At the door, $10/adults, $5/ children, $25/max/ family
We are delighted to have Mark as a cello teacher at The Hartsbrook School!
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



Summer Conference ~ June 23rd-26th

Cultivating Humanness within a Technological World


All Welcome!

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 AWSNA (The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) 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 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!

 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.




Jan Baudendistel for the Summer Conference Planning Committee


Lost and Found Whereabouts!

The Hartsbrook Hall Lost and Found will be given to a charity on Thursday, June 5th. This will include all items left behind up to this date. If items are labeled, we will return them to your child. Lost and Found from the final day of school, after school picnic, promotion and graduation will be given away the following Friday, June 13th as we prepare for Farm Camp and the AWSNA Conference.

Again, we will try to return labeled items. Please check if you are missing items. The Lost and Found is located in a basket outside the adult bathroom on the first floor of the building and in the High School lobby.

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!

Farm Camp - CIT Spots Available

Counselor in Training spots are still available for Summer Farm Camp. There are a few Sprouts spots left in Session 1.  Young Farmers are FULL.

"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.

Grandparents Day and May Celebration

Grandparents Day and the May Celebration on Friday 5/9 was an amazing event, thanks to the participation of so many members of the Hartsbrook Community!
This day is a wonderful tradition and is emblematic of Hartsbrook's family focus. On a day such as this, we model for our children and grandchildren what it means to be a community. Beyond that, the event is certainly a wonderful way to showcase what makes Hartsbrook unique:  a place where children are encouraged to explore, engage their imaginations and find their path at their own pace,  while also learning what it means to be part of a community that includes family, neighbors, animals and the land for whom they will be stewards in the years to come.
I am sure you heard remarks of gratitude from Grandparents; many visitors spoke highly of all the elements of the day and the gracious welcome they received.  The class visits were inspiring and the opportunity to engage in a Q & A afterwards with seniors was well received.  The Assembly, with its presentations by each grade,  was a compelling experience, as was Jan Baudendistel's overview throughout these presentations.  The luncheon was an opportunity for Grandparents to mingle with their families and enjoy the campus.  
And these Grandparents were hardy folk who didn't mind getting a bit wet as they transitioned easily into the May Day Celebration, admiring their children as they joyfully wove the maypole ribbons, shared Morris dancing and walked carefully around in the cupcake walk.

A Heart-felt Thank You to All of Our Grandparents and May Day Team! 
Thank you to all those volunteers, helpers, musicians, students, faculty, staff, families and guests who came together with such joyous effort to make this a day we will long remember!

Annual Appeal

Thank you all for your generous responses, your contribution means so much!


Imagine 100% Participation


Make Your Pledge or Gift Today!

- Email me your pledge today: kbates@hartsbrook.org 

- Donate online 

- Mail in your pledge/donation -

- Extra pledge/gift envelopes available in every building. Thank you!


Please help us close the gap.  We are at 38%!




100% = Cookies for Your Class!

Which class will reach 100% participation first? Let's find out. 


Homemade cookies to each class as they reach 100%

- complements of your Hartsbrook Development Committee


Imagine crossing the finish line of 100% participation. What will it feel like to unite our community in this way? As each family pledges to the Annual Fund, magic happens and the momentum builds, inspiring others to jump in and give their gift too! 100% - setting a precedent for how we come together - now and in the future. Remember, each family's gift counts towards all their children's classes. So, if you have

three children at the school, you increase participation in three classes with one gift.  More than all else, and especially during our very busy lives, I want to thank each and  every one of you very sincerely for your kind generosity and for taking the time to make your family's pledge.



With heartfelt thanks,

Karen Bates for the Development Committee 

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

What Keeps Us At Hartsbrook?


World Café Joint Meeting
On March 12th we held the World Cafe Joint Meeting of The Board, Faculty Conference and Parents.  During the meeting we captured the thoughts and feelings of the participants around two questions:
What keeps you here at Hartsbrook?
How do we take that message out into the broader community as an enrollment question?
Comments from Parents, Faculty Conference and The Board
We thoroughly enjoyed reading comments from the perspective of parents, faculty and the Board, to discover what surfaced as important, to see similarities and differences.  We thought you would enjoy reading them as well, enjoy!  
Highlights of Parent, Faculty, Board comments: What Keeps us at Hartsbrook? 
Full set of quotes go to this link: Full Set of Quotes 
What a lovely message from the heart of the Hartsbrook community!

Next Steps
There were many great comments on the question of moving our message out into the broader community and we are continuing to capture and work with those.  Our committee plans to continue the momentum around this question and that of enrollment and what we as a community can do, by hosting another World Cafe event at the start of the next school year. 
Thank you,
Virginia McWilliam, Annie Woodhull, Lane Hall-Will, Leslie Ritchie-Dunham 

Hawks Eye View

Ultimate Frisbee Season is in Full Swing!


Catch a Game!
RVAL Ultimate Tournament 
For the Varsity Team
Wednesday, 5/14    2- 6:30pm  at Greenfield Community College.  TODAY! 
First game at 1:30pm and pizza at 6:30pm

Intramural Tournament
For Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
Friday, 5/16  at Hartsbrook,  3:30-6pm

ARMS Tournament
For the Middle School Travel Team- Grades 7 and 8
Sunday 5/18  9am - 4:30pm at Amherst Regional High School

Looking forward:  States Div II games will be on Saturday, May 31st!

Celebrating Our Community

Alumni News


Please join Leta Herman (Mom of Dunan, Class of 2013 ) for her new book's launch party and book signing event at Booklink Booksellers in Thornes Marketplace. Thursday, May 15th, 6:30-8:00pm. "The Energy of Love" shows you how to use ancient Chinese wisdom and the Five Elements - Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water - for positive relationships, love, and happiness. It's great for understanding your children's energy types as well.  Please come for some good food, fun, and The Five Elements!
Community Bulletin Board 

RAW 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! Start now or in the fall. Contact Jonathan Evans at jevans@crocker.com if interested.


LOST!  A pair of Vortex binoculars, last seen on Thursday, May 1, outside the fourth grade classroom.  Found?  Please contact Jennifer Hall-Witt: jhallwit@smith.edu, 587-0751.


PIANO AND DRUM LESSONS  Dan Kennedy Piano and Percussion B.Mus. Oberlin, M.M. New England Conservatory. Please call (413)548-6385 or email dankennedypiano@yahoo.com.


NEED A BABYSITTER? Want to go out for an evening or away for a weekend? Call me, Alana Reynolds 413-626-6361. I... am a Hartsbrook Alum... have extensive experience with infants and children... am finishing graduate school for Occupational Therapy ...am available anytime until June 1st and most evenings and weekends throughout the summer.  I  ...can supply references upon request   ...look forward to meeting you and your children!   I am also available for pet care and house sitting!


SUMMER RENTAL In PROVINCETOWN, Cape Cod MA. We have a lovely first floor condo on the Harbor side with private access to the ocean. 2BR (sleeps 6), a full bath,  fully stocked kitchen. The front deck is a wonderful place to sit and eat meals. There is plenty of parking and it's on the bus route into Provincetown and only 2 miles from the National Seashore Beaches. We have only one week left, Saturday, June 21 to Saturday, June 28, 2014. The cost is $800. Please contact Sheila MacNab Millar at 413.549.2624 or email smacnab@comcast.net. Sorry no pets. Thank you, Sheila


BADMINTON SUMMER CAMP: Prepare your school-age child for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics at our own 'training' camp. Programs will also include hiking, swimming and having a joyful time! Combining 35 years in Waldorf education. Located 7 min from Hartsbrook at the Burkey/Rollinson house near Mt. Warner. 5 day week/ 9a to 2p /$250. Call for details. Week One: June 9 - 13; Week Two: July 7 - 12. Miss Burkey 513-375-8860


HOUSING AVAILABLE:  Studio Apartment in a house with a quiet family (Hadley, Mass) Utilities Included. Looking for quiet, tidy, warm-hearted individual. Ideal for Graduate student. No smoking at all. May through August. Potential to extend. Beautiful space in really nice condition. Hardwood floor, quiet neighborhood, private entrance, deck, kitchenette. Room for gardening. Bathroom shared with one other very nice person. 2.4 mi from Umass or Amherst.  $580 / month.  Please call John or Amy, 413-210-5400 


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  


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


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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