Hartsbrook Family Resources

Tools and Support

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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

SENIOR FUNDRAISING

We have a hot lunch option on Wednesdays for grades 1-12 thanks to the Seniors working hard to raise money for their Senior Trip!

Hot lunch pizza slices will be available each Wednesday starting January 24th! Order for the upcoming week or for the whole year. Orders must be placed by Mondays in order to receive pizza Wednesdays. Order now.

FAMILY EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT WORKSHOPS & PROGRAMS

See full details of these programs on our Workshops page.

Our family education workshops are chances to unite with your community and a leader in a specific domain. Each session delves into a particular topic, ranging from Simplicity Parenting, wilderness first aid and safety, health and wellbeing, Anthroposophical themes, artistic endeavors and more! New offerings will be added for the next school year. Thank you for attending and participating in the rich selection of offerings we have had for the 2023-2024 academic year.

There will also be a number of adult-centered school activities coming up in the next school year, hosted by the Family Association. Volunteers to help are always welcome, please email fta@hartsbrook.org with your interest.

SEEKING COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS!

We are looking for volunteers for many activities around school. If you’re feeling called to get more involved, please reach out to the following people if you are interested:

  • Campus Committee (campus improvement projects like painting, building, gardening and more.)
  • Community Reporting (write articles about athletics, plays, and school events for the blog, bulletin, and Hartsbrook Journal – with freedom to choose what you cover)

AFTER SCHOOL PLAY

Families are welcome to gather around the Athletic Field after school as a way to connect and also transition before leaving school. We would like to remind families that this area is the designated space for gathering and the spaces beyond are all used for after school programs including the play yards and inside school buildings. Families are welcome to stay until 4pm or to stay to cheer on Hartsbrook athletes playing home games. See Athletics Calendar.

PARKING & CARPOOLING

Even if you don’t need to carpool but can offer rides, please consider signing up for the carpool list.

A reminder that High School students should park in the upper parking lot. Parents, while we value your presence and the community spirit, we kindly request that you limit your time on campus after school until we can implement a long term plan to resolve parking constraints. We are committed to fostering connections and relationships and will continue to provide opportunities for everyone to come together. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Below is an updated parking/dismissal map.

Parents

Ways to Connect

Family Association

The Family Association is on a mission to create cohesion in our community at all levels:

  • with teachers, to support their ability to give our children the very best
  • with parents, to enhance our bandwidth so we can help each other when challenges come
  • with staff, to let their gifts shine to create a truly extraordinary environment
  • for our children, around whom this entire community shapes its hearts and action!

Contact:
Jennie and Lisa
FTA@hartsbrook.org

Hartsbrook Family and Guardians Facebook Page:
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Hartsbrook Family Google Group:
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Parents

The Family Association sponsors and supports...

Let’s craft together on the second Thursday of the month, from 8:30-10:30am!
  • October 12, 2023
  • November 9, 2023
  • December 14, 2023
  • January 11, 2024
  • February 8, 2024
  • March 14, 2024
  • April 11, 2024
  • May 9, 2024

Come together for performances by our community:

  • January 19, 2024
  • March 1, 2024

A day for Hartsbrook families to enjoy food, games, artisans and music together on campus!

November 18, 2023, 10-2pm – Holiday Fair for Hartsbrook Families
New Artisan Market – Open to the Public – 3-6pm

Come together to prepare for festival week at the work day, then donate and find new-to-you items at the clothing swap on Festival Day!

  • September 24, 2023 – Work Day
  • September 27, 2023 –  Clothing Swap
  • April 28, 2024 – Work Day
  • May 1, 2024 – Clothing Swap

A gorgeous river for swimming, bike trails, and a huge bonfire. Children and families to mix, mingle, and roam!

August 22 – August 25, 2024

Engagement Opportunities

Teacher Support

A healthy parent-teacher or parent-advisor relationship is vital to creating a mutually supportive environment for your child through the years.

Support a productive learning enviornment

Families can support their teachers by providing a home environment conducive to learning, a quiet place for homework, adequate nutrition, a good night’s sleep, and limited exposure to media experiences. Please arrive at school on time or a little early!

Communicate with your teachers, they are your family's allies

Communicate with teachers about any significant happenings in your child’s life that will impact his/her/their school experience. Collaborate with teachers for possible tutor assistance or additional evaluations.  Attend parent/teacher conferences.

Keep informed!

Most important is to read the Weekly Bulletin emailed on Wednesday afternoons. Your class teacher will also send weekly or bi-weekly emails. The Hartsbrook website, particularly the Family Resources page, provides information about the school, events, meetings and athletic schedules.

Participate in your class' happenings

Attend class meetings, volunteer to chaperone, sign up to help with plays, join in on family trips. There are ways to be a part of and support class initiatives that will work with your schedule and interests!

Volunteer Support

The second area of parent engagement is through volunteering your time and talents to support the Hartsbrook community in building a strong school.

Join in festivals and special events

We invite all parents to participate in the annual Holiday Fair, including preparations and staffing of the event. You will be invited to participate in other events, celebrations, the Harvest, Winter and Spring Festivals and fundraising events.

Participate in community activities

Stop in for monthly Friday morning coffee, take a crafting class, help at an event, offer your skills – there are many ways to get involved.  Our community has so many gifts to share that support the school and enhance student experiences. What will you bring?

Participate in community work days

In the fall and spring we invite all members of our school community to participate in a fun work day to complete necessary projects as a community.

Be an Ambassador and help with community outreach

Full enrollment is the best form of long-range financial health for the school. Word of mouth from our present families remains the most effective means of increasing interest in our school. We invite you to assist the Enrollment Department in welcoming people to the Hartsbrook community (staff open houses, host international students, coordinate student art displays, or help organize community service projects).

Join the Family Association

All parents/guardians are invited to join and participate in the Family Association (FTA), as it builds deeper connections between parents/guardians and the Hartsbrook Community.

Financial Support

The third area of engagement is financial support for the Hartsbrook School and the education provided for your children.

Tuition

Tuition is the major source of revenue for the school, but we strive to keep that tuition amount affordable while supporting a vigorous academic, child-development focused curriculum.

Donate to Hartsbrook’s Annual Giving Campaign

The true cost of educating each child exceeds tuition revenue and must encompass support for tuition on the sliding scale for qualifying families and budgeted program costs. Like other schools, we ask families to invest in their child’s education, as they are able, by making a tax-deductible donation to Hartsbrook. more about ways to give

Shop at the Seven Sisters School Store

The Seven Sisters School Store combines physical and online sales. It is open every Friday during the Friday morning coffee time and at other times during the year. Profits support the school. Learn more about our school store or shop online.

Special fees

During the year, additional fees may arise, if, for example, tutoring, external consultations, or special services are recommended that the school does not provide. Other expenses may include: musical instrument rental or purchase starting in Grade 4, private music lessons, optional sports fees starting in Grade 5 and some optional high school class field trips (for example, Model UN). Assistance for these fees may be available.

In Support of our Extraordinary Community

“It may be the work with the animals in the barns, the bees in their hives, the care of the soil through building compost piles; perhaps growing a vegetable garden to feed the community or harvesting grains to mill and bake bread with. All these experiences, and many more, combine to connect our students with life on this planet, and what is needed to develop the skills to be knowledgeable and caring members of this global community – joining knowledge, a measure of grit and skill, combined with just the right amount of empathy. What a wonderful combination with which to step out into this new world”.

-Nicki Robb, Land Stewardship Director