Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the Week of December 15, 2014

 

Updated December 12, 2014

 

 

 

ALL-SCHOOL:

Holiday Tea:  Please join Shelley and Rob Jackson at their home, the Mary Hawks House, at 3 Old Ferry Road, on Wednesday, December 17 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Children are welcome!

 

Early Dismissal:  Please remember that there is an early dismissal on Friday, December 19.  Lower school is dismissed at 1:45 and upper school at 2:00 pm.

 

After School Available on Friday, December 19:  After School care is offered on December 19, between 1:45-4:30 (or any amount of time in between) in the library.  Please contact Doug Harder at dharder@bement.org or 413-834-7333 to sign up! 

 

High-Speed Train Info:  The Deerfield police chief has asked us to alert our Bement community that Amtrak's high-speed rail service is scheduled to start running through Northampton and Deerfield around December 22.  Trains will be traveling between Northampton and Greenfield at speeds between 60 and 80 miles an hour, far beyond the speed of the freight trains that used to run around 20 miles per hour.  Many of our families use railroad crossings on their commute to and from Deerfield each day.  We alert you to the need now to obey the crossing gates and general laws to never stop on railroad tracks with your automobile.  Please observe all safety practices when approaching railroad crossings in your daily travels.  Have a safe and happy holiday season.   Ken Cuddeback, Business Manager.

 

Monday Dress:  Monday Dress will resume on January 5. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL:

Last Day of School:  Our mini-term will end on Friday, December 19, which is also our last day of school before the holiday break.  That Friday will be a Dress Down Day and an early dismissal...1:45 for lower schoolers, and 2:00 for upper schoolers.  We'll see everyone back again on Monday, January 5, in Monday Dress, ready for the rest of winter term!

 

Five Things:  Most students have their Five Things (hat, coat, mittens/gloves/snow pant, boots) and are enjoying winter outdoor fun!  Students should wear all five things TO SCHOOL, so that they are dressed and ready for morning recess. Many thanks!

 

Extra Clothes:  Winter term is a wonderland of outdoor fun in the snow!  However, snow is wet and clothes get wet...even clothes under the FIVE THINGS.  For that reason, we ask that EVERYONE in the lower school have an extra set of clothing at school all winter long.  Your children will truly appreciate dry clothes when the ones they have on get wet and cold!  Many thanks!

 

Noticing Nature Group on December 19:  Please note that there WILL be Noticing Nature on Friday, December 19. 

 

Missing:  A silver heart pendant necklace with pink flowers.  If you find it, please contact Carole Pennock. Thank you!

 

A Franklin County Family in Need: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is in need of some support to sponsor a specific family this holiday season.  A grandmother raising a teenage boy and a young child are looking for holiday help.  We have been offered a specific list to fulfill and would like to ask the Bement lower school community if they would like to help donate funds to fulfill this family's wish list.  If you would like to help please drop by the business office with a donation or stop by the school store on Thursday, December 11 between 3-5 and you can donate there.  Thank you for considering helping this local family have a great holiday season too. If you have any specific questions or would like to help collect the items needed please contact Lisa Kittredge or email the Parents Association at bementpa@gmail.com.

 

Kindergarten Holiday Gathering:  Kindergarten parents, caregivers, and siblings are invited to the annual Kindergarten Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 17 from 2:30-3:15pm in the kindergarten classrooms.  Please join us to spread holiday cheer before the winter vacation begins!

 

Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group:  Next week's Lunch Bunch will be Group A on Friday, December 19. Flack, Melnik, Paasch, Gagne, McCarthy, Volchanskaya, Fournier, and Fraser.

 

4/5 Grade Band: On Friday the Flying Dolphins and Boom-Sax-a-Clarinets will have band.  Please remember to bring your instruments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPPER SCHOOL:

Mini-Term Grade Reports:  The first tri-weekly of our winter term covers all academic work completed during mini-term, but grade reports only include effort marks and comments. The appearance of letter grades will resume at the culmination of the second tri-weekly period in late January. If you have any questions or concerns related to grades, please email the specific teachers.

 

Winter Term: The upper school winter term schedule goes into effect on Monday, January 5. If you would like a preview of the daily schedule, please click here

 

Get Organized Day:  On Monday, January 5, the entire upper school will participate in "Get Organized" day.  All students must bring their assignment books to morning meeting. Advisors will assist them in noting important dates, sporting events, and other items for the month of January. Please help us reinforce this essential skill at home by asking your son or daughter to show you their completed assignment books.

 

 

 

THIS WEEK'S MENU:

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner:  Bement's dining room menu can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS:

A Franklin County Family in Need: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County is in need of some support to sponsor a specific family this holiday season.  A grandmother raising a teenage boy and a young child are looking for holiday help.  We have been offered a specific list to fulfill and would like to ask the Bement lower school community if they would like to help donate funds to fulfill this family's wish list.  If you would like to help please drop by the business office with a donation or stop by the school store on Thursday, December 11 between 3-5 and you can donate there.  Thank you for considering helping this local family have a great holiday season too. If you have any specific questions or would like to help collect the items needed please contact Lisa Kittredge or email the Parents Association at bementpa@gmail.com.

 

Parent Educational Talk:  On Monday, January 26 from 5:00-7:30 the Parents Association is hosting an important educational talk for parents in the Tim Young Meeting Room featuring Christine Savini of Diversity Direction.  The evening will be focused on learning techniques to talk to our children about diversity of all kinds in our world.  We will offer a light meal during this event.  In order for the kitchen to plan appropriately please email bementpa@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

 

 

BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:

Ballet at Bement: There will be ballet classes offered at Bement in January.  For students interested to attend ballet classes, please register with Julia Chen [yu629@yahoo.com] before the winter vacation.  The registration form and a tentative class schedule are attached here.

 

Ballet at Bement Nutcracker at Deerfield Academy: The Nutcracker performance at Deerfield Academy’s new Hess Center for the Arts will be held at 2pm on Sunday, December 14. There are some students from Bement who will participate the performance.  They are Rosalie, Madelyn, Campbell, Meah, Abbigayle, Alanna, Gabriella, Manisha, Ely, Anna-Lise, Alice, and Amelia.  All Bement students and family and friends are welcome to attend.

 

A Celtic Nutcracker:  Sixth grader, Dahlia, is dancing in A Celtic Nutcracker at Bowker auditorium at UMass on December 13. There are two shows at 2:00 and 7:00. Learn more here. P.S.  Mr. Riddington is narrating the show!

 

The Nutcracker in Vermont:  Sixth grader, Ava, will perform in the role of Clara at the Brattleboro School of Dance's production of the Nutcracker.  Ava's performance dates on December 19 at 7:00 p.m. and December 21 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more about how to see the show here.

 

 

Still Thinking About Joining the Ski Program? Bement parent Caroline Johnson (Elliot -grade 7 and Liam -grade 6) is extending accepting applications until Dec. 19! Please note this is parent-organized activity, parents and their children are invited to come ski as a group with the option of a one-hour lesson offered by a Berkshire East instructor. This is a chance to ski with your friends and bond with other parents! We look forward to a great season!

 

 

Need a Few Hours to Unwind While Your Fifth or Sixth Grader Has a Blast at the YMCA in Greenfield?  For just $5, your child will enjoy an active night of gagaball, basketball, ping pong, dancing, and so much more!  Good times!  Tested and loved by several Bement parents! Please see details on the attached flyer for this Saturday, December 13 from 6-8:30pm.  

 

 

 

LOOKING FURTHER AHEAD:

Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.

December 17                      Kindergarten Holiday Party.  2:30-3:15 p.m.
December 17                      Holiday Tea at Mary Hawks House 3:30-5:00
December 19                            December vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
January 4                           Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.
January 5                                  Classes resume
January 5                           Upper School Get Organized Day
January 18                         Skating and Basketball Party 4:00-6:30 p.m.
January 21-27                     Ninth Grade Service Trip to the Dominican Republic
January 26                         Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Children About Diversity.  5:00-7:30 p.m.
February 2                         Upper School Get Organized Day
February 5                                Long weekend 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
February 9                         Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.
February 10                              Classes resume
February 13                       Winter Dance for Grades 7-9.  6:30-9:30 p.m.
March 6                                     Spring vacation  1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
March 29                           Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.
March 30                                  Classes resume
March 30                           Upper School Get Organized Day
April 9                               Grades 6 and 7 Parent Conferences 5:00-8:30 p.m.
April 16                             Grades 8 and 9 Parent Conferences 5:00-8:30 p.m.
April 20                             No classes
May 4                                Upper School Get Organized Day
May 8                                Spring Fling
May 22                              Ninth Grade Play 7:00 p.m.
May 22                                      Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal
May 25                                      Memorial Day Celebration 12:45 p.m. dismissal
May 27                              Upper School Final Exams
May 27                              3:15 Dismissal LS/ 3:30 US
May 29                              Lower School Field Day
June 1                              Upper School Final Exams
June 2                              Upper School Final Exams
June 2                              Upper School Slam the Exam.  2:00 p.m. Mary Hawks House
June 3                                       Final day of classes 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
June 4                                       Baccalaureate (Attendance required) 4:00 p.m.
June 5                                      Commencement (Attendance required) 10:30 a.m.

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