Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the week of November 7, 2016

 

Updated November 04, 2016

 

ALL-SCHOOL

 

Last Day of Fall Term

The last day of fall term is Friday, November 18.  We will have an early dismissal that day to allow the faculty and staff to attend a professional development meeting.  Lower school dismissal is at 1:45 p.m. and upper school will dismiss at 2 p.m.  

 

After School Group coverage will be available until 4:30 (5:00 p.m. by special arrangement). There is NO lower school Noticing Nature that day. If you need After School Group for your child that day, please contact Ms. Costa (tcosta@bement.org) by Thursday, November 17, and let her know approximately how long you will need coverage. 

 

 

Thank You, Class of 2016

This week our three new hydration stations were installed in the Kittredge Building, the Arts Wing, and the dining hall. They provide filtered water to the water fountains and ice machine and offer a place to easily fill reusable water bottles. These stations are the class gift of last year's ninth grade, the class of 2016.  Be sure to thank our recent alumni when you see them!

 

 

Share Your Thanksgiving Table

Not all of our boarding students are able to travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Our boarding community has a week full of wonderful activities planned for those who are staying on campus, but we hope students might also have the opportunity to experience a Thanksgiving gathering at the home of a day student friend or with a Bement family. If you and your family would be interested in inviting a boarding student to Thanksgiving dinner, please contact Megan O'Brien at mobrien@bement.org.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

Congratulations!

A number of Bement students once again participated in the annual Junior Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk held at Six Flags New England on October 16.  Supporting their schoolmate, Keira, the "Kicking It for Keira" team raised over $1,600 for type 1 diabetes research, with sponsorship from Brattleboro AutoMall, Summit Chrysler and Fairfield's Autos.

 

 

We're Still Collecting Bottle Caps!

In honor of Guy Fawkes day, a new ditty to remind you that Ms. MacCallum is still collecting plastic bottle tops for a Drake Building art project:

Remember, remember!  
The fifth of November, 
The plastic container tops; 
I know of no reason 
Why plastic bottle tops
Should ever be forgot!

 

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL

 

Run, Run, as Fast as You Can...

To see the first graders perform The Gingerbread Man on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn. Parents, grandparents, and younger siblings are all welcome.

 

 

 

Annual Drakester Game Luncheon
On Thursday, November 10, we are asking all Drake students to bring in a card or board game (no electronic games) to share.  Please be sure to put your child’s name on the game they bring. We will have a luncheon in the Barn followed by an hour of singing, fun, and games.

 

 

Attention Fifth Grade Families...

 

Fifth Grade Step Up Day

On Wednesday, November 16, the upper school will celebrate its annual step up day for fifth grade students. All current fifth grade students will be invited to spend the morning (8 to 10:30 a.m.) learning about the upper school, attending classes, and touring the Kittredge Building. In addition, there will be time scheduled for a question and answer session.

 

 

For Fifth Grade Parents: Upper School Information Session

On Thursday, November 17, all current fifth grade parents are invited to an information session in the middle dining room of Bement House. Emily Lent Hemingway, Lower School Head, and Amie Keddy, Upper School Head, will speak about the Bement upper school with a special focus on the transition from fifth to sixth grade. Our time together will include conversations about the academic schedule, athletics, advisory, and other key features about grades 6, 7, 8, and 9. In addition, we will have time for a question and answer session. Please RSVP to Toni Costa at tcosta@bement.org if you plan to attend. The session will take place from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., and a light breakfast will be provided.

 

 

 

Last Day of Fall Term
The last day of fall term is Friday, November 18.  We will have an early dismissal that day to allow the faculty and staff to participate in a professional development meeting.  Lower school dismissal is at 1:45 p.m.  After School Group coverage will be available until 4:30 (5:00 p.m. by special arrangement). If you need After School Group for your child that day, please contact Ms. Costa (tcosta@bement.org) by Thursday, November 17, and let her know approximately how long you will need coverage. There is NO lower school Noticing Nature that day. Because the last day is an early dismissal, the lower school will have a dress down day!

 

 

Next Week's Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch on Friday, November 11 will be Group C: Blais/Bussard, Gagne, Hoffman, Lankowski, LeBlanc, Paasch, Rolland, Sherman.  Thank you!

 

 

Friday Band Schedule

The band schedule for Friday, November 11 will be as follows:

Grade 4 - The Dubah Bears            Grade 5 - This Name Doesn't Concern You

 

 

UPPER SCHOOL

 

Fall Dance (for grades 7, 8, and 9)

The ninth grade will host the annual Halloween Dance tonight (Friday, November 4) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7 ($5 if you wear a costume) and there will be snacks and drinks for sale. Please be prompt for 9:30 pickup at the front of the school. 

 

 

For Parents:  Learn More About Bement's Ninth Grade Program

Parents are invited to an information session about Bement's ninth grade program on Thursday, November 10 at 8 a.m.  The ninth grade year at Bement provides opportunities for student leadership and self-discovery while also thoroughly preparing students for the academic demands of secondary school.  Amie Keddy, Upper School Head, and Leif Riddington, Director of Secondary School Placement, will lead the discussion along with the ninth grade advisors and heads of the math, English, and arts departments. A light breakfast will be served.  Please RSVP to Toni Costa at tcosta@bement.org by Tuesday, November 8.

 

 

Upper School Swim Test
The swim test will be administered Tuesday, November 15 to all sixth graders and students new to the upper school. Please see more information on the swim test under the Athletics section below.

 

 

Upper School Academic Schedule Fall 2016 is linked here, for your reference during the term.

 

 

THIS WEEK'S MENU

 

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

 

 

THIS WEEK'S ATHLETIC SCHEDULE

 

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

 

 

On Tuesday, November 15, all sixth graders and those students new to the upper school will participate in our swim test.  This allows us to make sure all students can pass a basic test to be safe in the water.  Any sixth grader or new student who plans to swim for their winter sport will take the test after we return from Thanksgiving, when winter sports begins.  All students should bring appropriate swim suits, a swim cap if need be, and a towel.  Dorothy Milne and Martha Price will offer instruction to any swimmers who have difficulty.  Please contact Alex Bartlett with any questions or concerns.

 

 

Good Luck to our Runners!

On Saturday, six members of Bement's cross country team will compete in the Massachusetts Middle School Cross-Country Invitational in Devens, MA.  Seventh graders Gabe, Chase, Ken, and Jorgen, and eighth graders Tim and Philips will represent Bement in the race.  And on Sunday, Mr P is running the New York City Marathon.  Good luck to everyone, we'll be cheering for you!

 

 

THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES

 

As the fall term winds down many plays and performances are on the calendar (see Looking Further Ahead, below).  This week the first grade will present The Gingerbread Man on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn.

 

 

Please join us at our all-school morning meeting in the Barn on Friday, November 11 at 8:10 a.m. for a performance by the upper school chorus (grades 7, 8, and 9)! 

 

 

PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

Next Meeting of the Parents Association

The Parents Association will meet next on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:10 a.m. in the dining hall. Please join us as we plan Bement community fun and fundraising events.  Wish you'd been at the last meeting? You can always view the meeting minutes on the Bement website.

 

 

 

BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Be A Snowbird This Winter!

The Bement Snowbirds ski program will be back in action on Sundays this winter. This program begins in January at Berkshire East and includes 6 group lessons with a ski instructor based on skier experience. We get a group rate, day lift ticket, and rentals if needed. MUST BE age 7 or older this year to participate in the group lessons. Please contact Sharon McGuinness at sharonaiden10@gmail.com with questions, and look for more information next week.

 

 

Get Ready for Mini-Term This Weekend

Our mini-term theme this year is "Oceans" and you can get started with a National Geographic LIve event at The Academy of Music in Northampton on Saturday, November 5. For more information on the event, click here. 

 

 

 

 
The Look Ahead publishes weekly on Fridays during the school year.  
To make a submission, please email your information to Meg Clark, Director of Communications at mclark@bement.org by noon on Thursday.
 
Any changes or corrections to your contact information should be sent to addresschange@bement.org.
 
 
LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD:
 

Important Dates 

for Fall Term:               2016-2017 Calendar is here.

 

 
November 7 School Picture Retakes
November 9 First Grade Play, The Gingergread Man, 8:10 a.m.
Fifth Grade to UMass Fine Arts Center
November 10 Ninth Grade Program Information
Session for Parents, 8 a.m.
​Drake Game Luncheon

November 13-18 Ninth Grade Service Learning Trip
November 14 Third Grade Play, The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf, 8:10 a.m.
November 15 PA Meeting, 8:10 a.m., Dining Hall
Sixth Grade Play, 8:10 a.m.
November 16 Fifth Grade Step Up Day
Second Grade Play, Big Bad Wolves in School, 8:10 a.m.
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Eighth Grade Play, Father Comes Home From the Wars
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ by Suzan-Lori Parks, 3:30 p.m.
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Seventh Grade Play, Love's Labour's Lost, 3:55 p.m.
November 17 Fifth Grade Parents Upper School Information Session,
8 a.m., Middle Dining Room, Bement House
November 18 End of Fall Term - Early Dismissal (LS 1:45 p.m./US 2 p.m.);
Faculty Professional Development

November 28 No Classes; Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.;
Faculty Professional Development
November 29 Mini-Term begins!
 
LS=Lower School; US=Upper School

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