Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the week of May 2, 2016


Updated April 29, 2016




Spring Fling is This Friday!

Spring Fling begins at 3 p.m. this Friday, May 6, and we hope that all families will be there! If you are unable to be here at 3, please ask another family to oversee your child until you arrive. All the details are available at the Spring Fling website, including the schedule, what to bring, and other important notes.
  • We will not conduct regular pick-up procedures on Friday, because of Spring Fling.  If you will be picking your child up after 3:00 p.m., please park your car and walk to the playground to check your child out with either Mrs. Pennock or Ms. Gearhart.
  • The transportation buses will depart slightly earlier than usual, at 3:15 p.m., for students who take the bus and are not staying for the afternoon activities.
  • The Fun Run will be taking place on the street and through the meadows between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., so please use extra caution if you are arriving or departing during that time.
  • Obviously, there will be no after school program or Noticing Nature because of Spring Fling!
Valley Gives 2016:  Together We Are Stronger
Tuesday, May 3, is Valley Gives, a 24-hour event promoting philanthropy and the spirit of giving throughout the Pioneer Valley, hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Valley Gives is a day to come together and support organizations throughout the valley and strengthen our communities.  If you would like to participate in Valley Gives, please consider supporting Bement's Annual Fund at our Valley Gives page.

A Grand Day

Bement's Grandparents and Grand Friends Day will be Friday, May 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. Invitations will be mailed very soon. If you need to provide or update a grandparent's address, or if your child's grandparent is unable to attend and you'd like to invite a special friend, please email Lizzie Doubleday at to be sure they receive an invitation.

Do You Need a New Blazer Patch?
Formal Monday Dress days are coming up in June. Don't forget a patch for your new blazer!  They are available in the school store, which will be open at Spring Fling, or in the business office.
Lost Items
Please contact Mrs. Pennock if you know the whereabouts of either of these missing items. Thanks!
  • A black fleece jacket with the Bement seal and the name "Matt" on it.
  • A pink backpack with orange polka dots and a name embroidered on the front.  A homework folder with name on it is inside.  Missing from Keith Schoolhouse.



A final THANK YOU to all the swimming volunteers

After a great month of swimming we want to say, “THANK YOU!!” to all the parents and relatives who volunteered to help this year.  It was a fun and successful year where the kids made wonderful strides with their swimming strokes.  The volunteers always play a huge role in this program and everyone in the lower school appreciates your help.  We could not do it without you!  The terrific group of helpers this year were: Gretchen Loebel, Jo-Ann DiBari, Wendy Blanchard, Amelia Mosley, Andi Turowsky, Carol Holubecki, Laurel and Jim Lunt, Lisa Kittredge, Melissa Hale, Jerry Svejkovsky, Andrea Fournier, Jennifer Wagner, Jennifer Hoffman, Sara Rourke, Jenn Gagne, Sarah Schatz, Margaret Smarr, Ann Lozier, Marlena Furness, and Jacqi Mosselson.  THANK YOU ALL for your help!



Spring Fling!

Spring Fling is this Friday, May 6!  We look forward to seeing everyone here from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. This is a fun afternoon planned for families. Teachers will be busy running various events and all children must be under parental supervision.  If you cannot be here at 3:00 p.m. when Spring Fling begins, please make sure to find another family to oversee your lower schooler until you arrive...and let Mrs. Pennock know about these arrangements. Many thanks, and see you Friday! For more details and a schedule, look here.

First Grade Field Trip

The first grade will be taking a field trip to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment for the morning of Friday, May 6. We will also be away during lunch, so first graders will need to pack a bag lunch for the trip and make sure that they follow the Family Handbook's guidelines for packed lunches. The Hitchcock Center asks that we try to bring lunches that are packed as sustainably as possible, so that we don't leave any trash behind. Students should wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty and wet because we will be exploring outside and in/around a pond.


Baccalaureate and Commencement

Baccalaureate is on Thursday, June 9.  Commencement is on Friday, June 10.  These traditional events end our year on a high note.  They are required school events for all of our students.  If for any reason your lower schooler cannot attend either celebration, please let Mrs. Pennock know as soon as you can, as attendance is taken both days.  Thanks for your help with this!



Getting Ready for our Final Events

Formal Monday Dress is required for Baccalaureate and Commencement.  All students need to wear navy blazers (not sweaters) with the Bement patch, white collared shirts (with ties for boys), and dress shoes (no sandals or sneakers).  Boys may wear khaki shorts or slacks, and girls may wear khaki skirts, skorts, pants, or Bermuda-length shorts.  See the Family Handbook for more details, or check in with your child's teacher or Mrs. Pennock.  If you have seen these beautiful events, you know how wonderful our students look in their Monday finest!  We thank you in advance for your attention to these details.  




Don't forget to sign up for a spring conference with your lower schooler's teacher.  They will begin after mid-term reports are posted to NetClassroom on Friday, May 6.  Be sure to read your child's report before your conference!  If you have any questions about accessing your child's report, please contact our registrar, Lizzie Doubleday at



Next Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch on Friday, May 6, is Group A: Andon, Holubecki, Lozier, Rolland, Rourke, Smarr, Thompson. Thank you!

Friday Band Schedule
The band rehearsal schedule for Friday, May 6 is:
Grade 4: No Band (Spring Fling!)     Grade 5:  The Eight Dwarves



Seventh Grade Field Trip

The seventh grade will take our annual English class trip to The Emily Dickinson Museum on Wednesday, May 4. Snack will be provided and no money is necessary unless students would like to buy something from the museum gift/book shop.



Ninth Grade Service Learning Trip Informational Meeting

Next year, Bement's ninth grade service learning trip will be a house building project under the supervision of Cambiando Vidas in the Dominican Republic.  There will be a presentation on Thursday, May 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the TCY room of the Kittredge Building and we encourage all who are interested in learning more about the program to attend.



Spring Fling is Friday, May 6!

It is time again for Spring Fling. Our upper school students are working hard to design creative and fun booths of games for all attendees to enjoy. Spring Fling is a required school event. If your child is unable to attend or must leave early, please email 


In addition, the Parents Association has a terrific Spring Fling website filled with helpful information about the day's events, including the schedule.  Please note that all students need to be under an adult's supervision throughout the afternoon because the teachers will be running booths and helping out in other ways!  If you cannot be here at 3:00 p.m., please find another family to oversee your upper schooler until you arrive.



Current Eighth Grade Parents - Save the Date!

On Wednesday, May 18, from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m., Leif Riddington, Director of Secondary School Placement, will host an orientation for parents of returning eighth graders (i.e. next year's ninth graders, the Bement class of 2017).  This meeting will be a very informative discussion about the ninth grade year at Bement and the secondary school placement process.  Please look for a letter from Mr. Riddington soon with more details.



Ninth Grade Self-Portrait Presentations

Our ninth grade students continue to present their self-portraits during select upper school morning meetings in the Kittredge Building. The dates, always subject to change, are as follows: 5/4 (Peter, Maya, Lauren), 5/5 (Bernardo, Joe, Clyde), 5/9 (Sol, Soohyun, Maddie G.) and 5/10 (Xavier, Eli). To confirm a performance, please ask your son/daughter or email Deb Stewart Pettengill (Fine Arts Chair) at  The ninth grade boards are currently on display in the dining halls, be sure to take a look when you are on campus (or view them on our Facebook page).



The spring term academic schedule is posted here.





The dining room menu for this week can be found here.





This week, the fourth and fifth grade bands will perform at the all-school meeting on Friday, May 6, at 8:10 a.m., in the Barn.





The spring athletic schedule is available here and is also a link from the home page of our website.  Please check it regularly, as games may be added, rescheduled, or cancelled throughout the season.





Be A Counselor-in-Training This Summer!

Did you know Bement's summer program offers a Counselor-in-Training option for campers age 13 to15 years old?  Teenagers have the opportunity to develop valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp.  Space is limited to five CITs per session; if you have questions, Doc Potter, the director of summer programs, will be happy to answer them!


Our summer programs offer adventures for everyone from ages 4 to 15, from Junior Camp for our youngest campers, all the way to a Counselor-in-Training program for our oldest. The Adventure Day Camp is a great choice for campers between 7 and 12 years old, with activities that include hands-on history with our neighbors at Historic Deerfield, cooking and baking, computer programming, sports, art, swimming, and lots more!  Or you might consider the Outdoor Challenge Weeks for your adventurous 9 to 14 year old, offered in collaboration with Adventure In, Adventure Out.


For dates and more information, contact the director of summer programs, Doc Potter ( or check out our website. See you this summer!





Visit the Spring Fling website at There is LOTS of helpful information about the afternoon's activities there, as well as opportunities to sign up for the Fun Run, purchase tickets for the basket raffles or $5,000 tuition raffle, enter the cupcake contest, and more!



The School Store Needs a Helping Hand

The school store will be open at Spring Fling on Friday, May 6, and on Grandparents and Grand Friends Day, Friday, May 27.  We could use some extra staffing those days, so please contact Carol LeBlanc at or 413.535.9346 if you would like to help. Thank you!



Parents Association Meeting

The next PA meeting will be Tuesday, May 17 at 8:10 a.m. in the dining hall.  The officers will discuss the revised PA bylaws and will vote on adopting them at the end of the month.  If you have comments on the bylaws, or any other suggestions, please join us at this meeting or email the PA at Thank you!





Ballet Showcase
The ballet students of Julia Chen P'15 '17, will be holding a Ballet Showcase in the Bement Barn on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m.  All ages are welcome, and admission is free.  Please come to see our talented dancers and find out more about the ballet program.




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Important Dates

for Spring Term:               Full school calendar is here.  

                                           2016-2017 Key Dates are here.


May 3                                  Spring Fling Committee Meeting, 8:15 a.m.
May 4                                  Seventh Grade to Emily Dickinson Museum
May 5                                  Cambiando Vidas Presentation, 
                                                (2016-2017 service learning trip), 4:30 p.m.
May 6                                  First Grade to Hitchcock Center                               
                                           Spring Fling, 3 to 6 p.m.
May 12                                 Kindergarten play, 
                                                "Where the Wild Things Are" 8:15 a.m.                              
                                            Second Grade to Northfield Mountain
May 16                                Sixth Grade Play, 8:10 a.m.
May 18                                Secondary School Breakfast for
                                                 Current Eighth Grade Parents, 8:15 a.m.
May 23                                No Monday Dress
May 26                                Ninth Grade Play, "Into the Woods Jr."
                                                 2 p.m. in the Barn
May 27                                Grandparents and Grand Friends Day,
                                             Noon dismissal — no lunch served
                                        Ninth Grade Play, "Into the Woods Jr."  7 p.m.
May 30                                Memorial Day (attendance required),
                                                 dismissal at 12:30 p.m. (approximate) 
June 1-3                             Upper School Exams
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 3:30 p.m.
June 2                                 Second Grade Play,
                                                 "Four Billy Goats Gruff" 8:15 a.m.
                                          Seventh Grade Play, "Scenes from Much
                                                 Ado About Nothing" and Eighth Grade Play,
                                                 "Scenes From The Heart of Robin Hood" 2:45 p.m.
June 6-7                             Upper School Exams
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 3:30 p.m.
June 7                                 Slam the Exam (US) 12:15-3:15 p.m.
June 8                                 Final Day of Classes
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 1:45 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 2 p.m.
                                            Cotillion, 6:30-10 p.m.
June 9                                 Baccalaureate (attendance required), 4 p.m.
                                            Farewell Evening, 6:15 p.m. in the Barn
June 10                               Commencement (attendance required), 10:30 a.m.
June 13                               PA Faculty Appreciation Luncheon