We Want You Back!: Thank you to the families who have turned in their re-enrollment contracts. Just a reminder that those agreements and deposits for the 2015-2016 school year were due in the business office last week. If you have not submitted your contract and payment, please do so as soon as possible prior to the start of spring vacation. Please contact Kim Loughlin in the admission office if you have any questions. Thank you.
Head of School Consultant Meeting: All parents are invited to meet consultants from Carney Sandoe, the firm that has been hired to help find Bement's next head of school, on Tuesday, February 24 at 8:10 - 8:45 a.m. in the Middle Dining Room.
Dinners To Go? Yes Please! Are you looking for a night when you don't have to cook dinner? Look no further! Bement's fifth grade parents are sponsoring a fundraiser to help defray the cost of the annual fifth grade Nature's Classroom trip in April. You can help by ordering a Dinner To Go, freshly made in our very own Bement kitchen! Entrees serve FOUR, and include gluten-free chili, vegetable lasagna, and gluten-free minestrone. Each entree includes bread (cornbread with the chili) and chocolate chip cookies...all lovingly homemade by our wonderful kitchen staff! All will be made the day of pick up and all can be frozen for future use. It's an easy way to support the fifth grade and to take a night off from cooking! A bright green flyer went home on Thursday, but another can be downloaded here. The deadline for orders is Thursday, February 26, and the pick up is the following Thursday, March 5. Order forms should go to Mrs. Pennock in the lower school and Mrs. Costa in the upper school. Questions? Please contact fifth grade parent Michele McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After-School Group Update: If you would like after school care (after 4:30 p.m.), please contact Toni Costa, administrative assistant to the lower and upper schools, at email@example.com. Any amount of time between 4:30-6:00 p.m. is available Monday through Thursday, and from 3:15-6:00 p.m. on Friday.
Fun On The Ice! On Thursday February 26 Drakesters will celebrate the winter term with our annual skating party at Deerfield Academy. Every student will need to have a pair of ice skates and a helmet to join in the festivities.
March Camp Information: Several Bement teachers are offering camps at Bement over the March break. Please click here for more information. Contact the teachers individually to sign up!
Swimming: Bement's lower school swim program begins in April. Click here for the forms necessary to participate.
Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group: Group B on Friday, February 27. Rich, Schatz, Zaccheo, Blanchard, Strycharz, Bergeron, Lunt, Hoffman, Houlbecki.
4/5 Grade Band: The Mvtjzen Bennduh and The Buddies have band on Friday. Bring your instruments!
Black History Month: Mr. Snedeker will present a retrospective on the history of jazz for Black History Month during morning meeting on Monday, January 23.
March Camp Information: Some Bement teachers are offering camps at Bement for upper schoolers over the March break. Please click here for more information. Contact the teachers individually to sign up!
Community Service Group Update: This year a group of six students and one teacher in our Community Service program have been visiting nursing homes, bringing cheer to the residents through music and conversation. The group has visited four nursing homes thus far. Typically, the residents have enjoyed seeing and hearing the students perform with stringed instruments, on keyboard of various types, with oboe, with voices (individual and small-group vocal pieces), and they have joined us in singing guitar-accompanied old favorites such as “You are My Sunshine” and “Oh Susanna.” Before and after our visits, we have chatted with the residents, often hearing how grateful they are to us for taking the time to come and share ourselves with them. If you have any ideas about ways our group (and similar types of groups in the future) might serve in our local communities, please contact us.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner: Bement's dining room menu can be found here.
THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES:
Nián Jié, Shōgatsu, and Seolnal: We will have a Lunar New Year celebration on Thursday, February 26.
Friday Morning Meeting: Join us on Friday at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn and enjoy the fifth and sixth grade band perform!
THIS WEEK'S ATHLETIC SCHEDULE:
The winter athletic schedule is posted here. Please check it regularly in the case of a rescheduled or canceled game.
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
Sydney Qualifies for State Championship: Last Sunday, second grader Sydney competed in a level 3 gymnastics meet. This was her first time competing in all four events; bars, floor, beam, and vault. Sydney spends an enormous amount of time practicing her gymnastics skills, and we were excited to learn about her recent achievement! We’re really proud of Sydney!