We welcome our new and returning families to the beginning of a new school year at Bement! We have a number of new faces on campus, including our interim head of school, Frank Henry PTT, P'05 '08, who shares his welcome here.
In addition to Mr. Henry, we also welcome the following new members of our Bement community:
Jessica Burnham, First Grade
Meg Clark P'17, Director of Communications
Annie Clarke and Caitlin Reed, Dorm Parents, Jackson House 1
Jeremy Galvagni, Upper School Mathematics
Fang Liu, Upper and Lower School Chinese
Emily MacLeod, Upper School Drama
Suzanne Martino, School Nurse
Suellen Walsh-Rother and Bryant Rother P'12 '17, Dorm Parents, Blydenburgh House
Renee Wu and Thomas Mangan, Dorm Parents, Jackson House 2
First Day of School and What to Wear
Classes begin on Thursday, September 10 at 8:10 a.m. Thursday is a regular school dress day. Friday will be a dress-down day due to the All-School Picnic that evening (see below) and Monday, September 14 will be Dress Monday attire.For all the specifics on school dress, check here. Dress code information is also in the Family Handbook.
Do you need a navy Bement blazer for Monday dress? Do you have one (or 2 or 3...) that your child has outgrown and you'd like to trade for a new one? Come to the Blazer Exchange on Wednesday, September 9 from noon to 3:00 pm!
Health Forms Were Due August 1
All students are required to have complete health forms on file before the start of school. If you have not yet sent in your child's health forms, click here to download and print the forms. Return the completed forms to Marty Smith in the business office as soon as possible. If you cannot schedule a physical exam for your child prior to the start of school due to insurance restrictions, please note the date and time of your child's appointment on your forms. You may submit the completed healthcare provider's report once your child is seen.
Head of School Search Update
Our Search Committee has been hard at work this summer evaluating candidates in the search for a new head of school. We expect to have candidates on campus early this fall; please be aware these visits will require some adjustments to our daily schedule. Information on opportunities to meet the candidates will be distributed prior to each one's visit. Andy Beall TT, P'15 is the chairman of the Search Committee and shares this update.
Please be "aware"
Bement is a nut, banana, and latex-aware campus. No products containing any form of nut or banana should be brought to school or to school activities (i.e. bake sales, picnics, field trips).
Save the Dates!
The 2015-2016 school calendar is here, and the link is always posted on the home page of our website. Important term dates are posted at the end of each Look Ahead. The calendar is subject to change, so please check regularly for updates.
A Message from Carole Pennock, Head of Lower School
Bement teacher, Louise Smith, will be offering her much-loved after school program, Noticing Nature. Learn more about this program and how to sign-up here.
For fifth graders interested in participating in upper school sports, please read this letter from our athletic director, Alex Bartlett.
A Message from Dean Fusto, Head of Upper School
On behalf of the entire upper school faculty and staff, I am excited to officially welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year! Although summer vacation extends a bit longer this year, we are all anticipating the wonderful day when we celebrate the opening day of school. As I write you today, many teachers are hard at work preparing their classrooms while Toni Costa, upper school administrative assistant, and I are finalizing all fall schedules and events.
Regardless of whether you are a new or returning student, I am certain that your back-to-school “to do” list is growing in length with each passing day. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the transition easier. The Look Ahead is the very best way to stay on top of announcements, events, and other important details. In addition, Toni and I are always available via email, phone, or a personal visit to answer any questions you might have. We want to make opening day and the beginning of a new school year as stress-free as possible. In that spirit, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of a few important details:
During either the final week of August or the first week of September, you will receive a welcome message from your child’s advisor. The communication can take many forms including a written note, email, or even a surprise phone call.
New Student Orientation
Please note that "new" denotes all students that are new to the upper school. This includes each rising sixth grader who was in Bement's lower school last year.
The new student orientation is on Wednesday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and includes lunch and snacks. We will begin our meeting in the Grace Bement Reading Room in the library at 10:00.
The orientation period from 10:00 - 2:00 is for students only, but will be followed by a new parent information session from 2:00 - 3:00 in the Tim Young Meeting Room located in the Kittredge Building. Any parent who is new to the upper school (including parents of sixth graders who attended Bement in the fifth grade) is invited to attend. During our hour together, you will have a chance to meet all upper school teachers and participate in an interactive panel session.
Academic Class Schedules
Returning students will receive a fall term class schedule on the first day of school. All students new to the upper school will receive their schedules during the Wednesday, September 9 orientation session. The deans and advisors will help each student outline and highlight their schedule.
Textbook and Supply Questions
Textbooks and school supply lists are distributed by teachers in their respective classes during the initial class meeting. If you have questions regarding textbooks or the availability of used or online texts, please contact department chairs (listed below). In general, there is limited availability of used texts and those that are available will be on a "first come, first serve" basis. Supply requirements may vary, but a list of general school supply recommendations may be found here.
MATH: Blake Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORY: Katrina Spicer - email@example.com
ENGLISH: Amie Keddy - firstname.lastname@example.org
SCIENCE: Martha Price - email@example.com
WORLD LANGUAGE: Nancy Pond - firstname.lastname@example.org
FINE ARTS: Deb Stewart-Pettengill - email@example.com
If you have not chosen your music option for Fall term, you should do so now and email your choice to Ms. Stewart-Pettengill (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sixth graders can choose to play in either the band or string orchestra, and all sixth graders sing in chorus during the year. Students in grades 7, 8, and 9 can choose to play in either the band, string orchestra, or sing in the chorus. If you are new to the Upper School OR if you are a returning student who has decided to switch music options,, please let Ms. S-P know your choice by August 21.
Attention Band and Orchestra Students
All upper school students should bring their musical instruments on the first day of school. There will be music block rehearsals.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS
A Message from PA President, Lisa Kittredge
Hello and welcome back from summer vacation! At Bement, all parents are members of the Parents Association. In my family, we encourage team spirit and ask that everyone chip in to help make everyone's job easier and more fun! One of the assets that Bement offers is a warm family and community environment, so I am asking all parents to please consider helping a little this year and make the planned school events easier and more fun! There are many ways to be involved in the Bement community.
Please email email@example.com to put your name on our volunteer list. Let us know how you are interested in sharing your time and talents with the PA. We are grateful for everyone's contribution to making Bement the great school it is for our children.