Food Drive: Every year Bement participates in the The United Way of Franklin County's "Supper for Six" food drive. On Friday January 23, we sent home a reusable grocery bag and request that you fill the bag with a non-perishable meal for a family of six and return it to the school during the following week. This is an opportunity for families to think about what kind of foods they can put together to make a meal and make a difference in the life of another family.
Parent Educational Talk--please come! On Monday, January 26, from 5:00-7:30, the Parents Association is hosting an important educational talk for parents featuring Christine Savini of Diversity Direction, along with with Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter, a psychologist from Boston. These speakers are nationally recognized and it's an honor to have them at Bement! The evening will be focused on learning techniques to talk to our children about diversity of all kinds in our world. A light meal during will be served promptly at 4:45 and attendees are welcome to bring their meal to the Tim Young Meeting Room for the presentation, which will begin at 5:00 sharp. In order for the kitchen to plan appropriately, please email email@example.com if you plan to attend. Please come, as this is not to be missed!
To Our Day Families: January is a busy month in the admission office, as we begin to make our first round of decisions about new boarding students for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a good time for us to know if you are considering a day to boarding switch. Any family of a currently enrolled day student who would like to consider boarding next year at Bement should let the admission office know your interest. Please feel free to contact Kim or Julia in admissions if you have any questions. Knowing of your interest helps the admission office to plan how many potential openings we will have for new boarding students.
Soup Drive 2015: Drakesters are ready for aSOUPer challenge—are you? The students in the Drake Building are collecting soup donations for The Franklin Area Survival Center in Turners Falls. This program provides much needed food for individuals and families in the Franklin County Area. Collection bins are conveniently located around campus. We are accepting donations until January 30, and we challenge you to help us collect at least 300 cans, boxes, and packets of soup. Yes, you CAN help!
Sneakers: A reminder to bring a pair of sneakers for P.E. each day. Thanks!
On Cold, Cold Mornings: Keith House parents may have noticed that their children have been staying in frequently during opening recess. This is because the Keith policy is to stay in when the temperature dips below 12 degrees, or when the wind chill factor is below that. We love for children to be out in the mornings, but we don't want to jeopardize their health or comfort on these cold, cold mornings!
Friday Morning Meetings: One of the highlights of our week is coming together as a school on Friday mornings in our all-school morning meetings. In the winter term, we try to get started right on time (8:10) so that the upper school can get to classes at 8:40. This means that we keep students inside, and ring the bell at 8:05. We thank parents in advance for getting our students here promptly on Fridays...and all days!
Ice Skating at Recess: Our skating rink is ready for business, thanks to our "Rink Manager", Mr. Jackson, who has created it for us on our playground. It will officially open this Monday, January 26! Please remember that lower schoolers who bring skates to school are REQUIRED to bring skate guards and helmets as well. These will keep our skaters as safe as possible as they enjoy themselves on the rink...have fun!
Any Preschoolers at Home? If you are considering Bement for kindergarten for your preschooler, be sure to let the admission office know and sign up for one of our upcoming kindergarten screenings!
Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group: Next week's Lunch Bunch will be Group B on Friday, January 30. Rich, Schatz, Zaccheo, Blanchard, Bergeron, Lunt, Hoffman, and Holubecki.
4/5 Grade Band: On Friday the Woodwind Winners will have band. Please remember to bring your instruments! Fifth grade will have drama class.
9th Grade Service Trip: The ninth grade wishes to thank you for your support of this year's service trip to La Suiza orphanage. Due to your generosity, the orphanage received all of the items that they needed most including plates, utensils, toiletries, and clothing.
Tri-Weekly Reports: The second winter term tri-weekly period closes on Friday, January 30. We will notify you via email once grades have been posted to the Parent Portal on either February 5 or 6. If you have problems accessing your account, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let Bement's Community Service Group Help You Help Others! Do you have donations of clothing, household goods, or other items for area shelters, survival centers, and donation centers? Do you struggle to find the time to get those donations to the organizations that need them? The upper school winter community service group can help! Bring your donations to school, and the community service group will get them to people in need. Donations can include clothing, shoes, children’s toys, books, linens, housewares, personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, etc.), cleaning supplies, paper towels, laundry detergent, baby gear, diapers, baby food, blankets, towels, and cat litter. Items (clean and in good or new condition) can be brought to Ms. Spicer-Lindquist’s classroom (Room 201 in the Kittredge Building) or Ms. Gearhart’s classroom (Room 104 in the Kittredge Building). If you have a large quantity of donations, contact Ms. Spicer-Lindquist (email@example.com) to make arrangements for the service group to pick up your items during the service time on Fridays between 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm until March 5.
The Upper School Community Service Group Bake Sale: For the fifth year, the upper school’s winter community service group is raising money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The Food Bank distributes about 9 million pounds of food annually to thousands of people in Western Massachusetts. The purchasing power of the Food Bank allows the organization to distribute about nine dollars’ worth of food for every one dollar donated; this means the money we raised last year was able to provide about $2,300 worth of food! Bement’s community service group will fundraise by holding a bake sale in the Kittredge Building on January 16. Students can purchase baked goods before skiing and at pickup. Cash is preferred, but students may charge up to two dollars to their Bement account (parents can contact Ms. Gearhart, firstname.lastname@example.org, if they do NOT want their child to charge). Any additional donations are also welcome; there will be a collection can in the Kittredge Building until February 5.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner: Bement's dining room menu can be found here.
THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES:
Friday Morning Meeting: Our second and third grade chorus will be performing. It a performance that is sure to delight!
Visual Art News: Bement is thrilled to have six students exhibiting work at the annual teen art show at Artspace, 5 Mill St, Greenfield MA. The opening reception is Friday, January 30, from 5 – 7 pm. If you can’t make the reception, but still want to see the show, Artspace is open from 4-6 pm, M, W, F and 3-6 pm on Tu and Th. Exhibiting students: Jordan, Katya, Alfred, Neil, Maddy, and Sol!
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.