Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the week of April 14, 2014


Updated April 11, 2014



Long Weekend Guests:  A message from Dave Belcher, dean of boarding:  "Greetings Bement Parents!  With the upcoming Spring Fling long weekend approaching in a couple of weeks, our boarding group once again finds itself with modest needs for home stays for some of our international boarders.  So, I am taking keyboard in hand to type this appeal to an already generous group of people to possibly extend themselves once more.  I have made an announcement in the upper school about this, but I want to follow that up with an appeal directly to parents.  The stay would be from the end of Spring Fling on Saturday, April 26 through 4 –6 pm on Monday, April 28, at which time the boarders can return to their dorms. Please contact me at the school number (413-774-7061) or if you would be interested in hosting someone. Cordially and with appreciation, Dave Belcher dean of boarding." 


Grandparent Day Invitations Have Been Mailed:  Please remind all grandparents to check the mail for their special invitation to Grandparents Day 2014 which is May 23. RSVPs can be made online here or by calling 413-774-3021. Please note that RSVPs are due by May 16. Grandparents Day is Friday, May 23, 2014.







Swimming Continues!  Our first week of swimming has been great and we look forward to week two!  Thank you for sending in everything with NAMES written helps us in busy locker rooms!

Natures Classroom:  We wish our fifth graders well as they enjoy their time in Natures Classroom.  They will be gone from Wednesday, April 16, to Friday, April 18. We look forward to hearing all about it!

Another 3:15 Dismissal:  We will dismiss the lower school at 3:15 this Thursday, April 17.  This will help the congestion on the street when the upper school dismisses at 3:30 that day.  We will NOT have a Dress Down Day, as we did last week...There is still After School Group and Noticing Nature, but there are no fifth grade/upper school sports after school.


Spring Fling:  We are all looking forward to Spring Fling on Saturday, April 26.  This is counted as a regular school day and attendance will be taken.  Please let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will be unable to attend...we know that there will be some conflicts, but we expect everyone to be here otherwise.  As you know, there is no school the following Monday, April 28.  Spring Fling is a fun-filled morning and we know that your family will enjoy it.  Children are under their parents' supervision, so if you are unable to be there, please hook your child up with another family.  Read more about it below in the "Parents Association News section"! Thank you!


Fifth Grade Noticing Nature:  There will be an optional Noticing Nature on Friday, April 18 for fifth graders who have signed up for that after school program.  Since this is the day they arrive back from Nature's Classroom, Mrs. Smith understands that not all fifth graders may want to participate, but it is an option for those who do!


Lower School Band Schedule:  The schedule for the remainder of the school year can be found here.  The Exploding Rainbow Bacon-Eating Unicorns are practicing this Friday.


Lunch Bunch This Week:  Group B.  Ardrey, DiBari, Fournier, Holubecki, Lunt, Patton, Schatz, Walker, and Wierzbicki.







8th/9th Parent Conferences:  School will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. in order to prepare for our April 17 8th/9th grade Parent Conference night.  We will end the day with a sports block from 2:20 until the 3:30 dismissal time. Please remind your son and/or daughter to bring their athletic clothes.

Spring Electives:  Spring electives will begin on Friday, April 18. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will make their selections on Tuesday, April 15. For more details on the electives program in the upper school, please consult page 42 of the Family Handbook.
Tri-Weeklies:  The first tri-weekly of the spring term ends on Friday, April 18 and progress reports should be available in Net Classroom toward the end of the week of April 21 – 25. Lizzie Doubleday and Toni Costa will send you a reminder once they grade reports are available for viewing.
9th Grade Dominican Republic Presentation:  The 9th grade class will present images and reflections from their trip to the Dominican Republic at the Friday, April 18 all school meeting. The presentation will begin at 8:10 a.m.


Presentation of 9th Grade Self-Portrait Boards:  On Monday, April 14 Alice, Lachlan, and Emily L will present their boards at morning meeting, and on Wednesday, April 16 Yi, Chloe, and Sowon will present theirs.









9th Grade Dominican Republic Presentation:  The 9th grade class will present images and reflections from their trip to the Dominican Republic at the Friday, April 18 all school meeting. The presentation will begin at 8:10 a.m.






Athletic Schedule:  The new spring upper school athletic schedule can be found here.  Please remember to check the schedule often, as dates may change.










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







Spring Fling Bake Sale Help! We need salespeople or a dedicated soul who would like to run the show. A great, easy way to help the PA & enjoy a few hours of the morning. Please contact Cressey Janko at if you can help us!  Thank you! 


Feeling Lucky?  The Parents Association will begin selling tickets for the annual 8 Item Raffle and the 5K Tuition Raffle on Monday!  Stop by and visit us under the tent and learn more about the exciting prizes, which include an iPad Mini, $5,000 towards tuition towards any school, local restaurant gift certificates, and more!  Read all about it here and check your child's backpack for the blue flyer as well!


Spring Fling Fair:  It’s right around the corner. On Saturday, April 26 from 9-12, come and celebrate spring with Bement!  There will be many activities for Bement students and families to take part in.  This year we will have games created by each grade, hayrides, the drawing of the 5K Tuition raffle and the 8 item raffle, a delicious bake sale, the school store, Tim Young’s Annual Slide Show, a wonderful lunch, AND a Fun Run!  Spring Fling is a required school day and if any student is unable to attend please notify Mrs. Pennock or Ms. Costa.  School dress is not required but all students are encouraged to wear our 2nd annual Spring Fling T-shirt, designed by 8th grader Nailah Barnes.  More info to come…








Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.  Next year's key dates are found here.

April 16                          Open PA meeting
April 16-18                      Fifth grade trip to Nature's Classroom
April 26                          Spring Fling (attendance required)
May 13                           Second grade field trip to Hitchcock Center
May 23                                   Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal
May 26                                   Memorial Day 12 p.m. dismissal
June 4                                   Final day of classes 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
June 5                                   Baccalaureate (Attendance required) 4:30 p.m.
June 6                                   Commencement (Attendance required) 10:30 a.m.
June 6                           Final day of school
September 4                   First day of classes