Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon: Help Needed! The Parents Association is hosting the annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, June 8. Please join us in saying thank you to the dedicated men and women who make Bement the special place it is for our children. We need your assistance to make this a festive event! Please see the attached sign up sheet for ways you can help and sign up by Monday, June 1. Thank you!
Found Glasses: Did you lose your glasses at Spring Fling? If so, please contact Marty Smith in the business office. Nike glasses with a black and teal frame were turned into the school.
School Store: The school store will be open after the commencement ceremony on Friday. Please stop by!
Summer at the Carle: Looking for something fun to do locally this summer? Stop by the admission office and pick up a family pass to the Eric Carle museum in Amherst! Each pass admits two adults and up to four children.
Health Forms:Health forms the 2015-2016 school year and can be found on our website. Simply download, print, complete and return them by August 1, 2015. There are no additional websites to visit or waivers to complete. Everything you need is in this file. Thank you for your time and efforts in completing these forms. Feel free to contact school nurse, Elie Shuman, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Library Books: Any materials not returned by the end of the school year will be considered lost and families will be billed. Thank you for your assistance in helping your student round up their stray books. If there are any questions about your child's library record, please feel free to email Marcia Bernard, school librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for a wonderful year in the Clagett McLennan Library!
End of the Year Library Dates: With the end of the school year just weeks away, please note the following dates: May 26 is the last day for students to check out library books and June 1 all library books are due back to the library. Please plan accordingly!
Attendance: Please let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will not be at school for baccalaureate or commencement. We take attendance at these required school events, and knowing in advance about absences is very helpful. Thank you!
Dress Down Days: Monday and Tuesday, June 1, and 2, are Dress Down Days. On the last day of school, Wednesday, June 3, all students should wear regular school dress. Thanks!
Last Day: Remember that lower school dismissal on the last day of classes, Wednesday, June 3, is at 1:45. There is NO After School Group that day. Many thanks!
The Yearbooks Are Coming! Mr. Bensen has worked hard to create another wonderful yearbook for all of us at Bement and we appreciate his creativity, dedication, and hard work! PARENTS, PLEASE NOTE: Lower school students sign ONLY their names in other children’s yearbooks. Teachers will be reminding their students about our policy before yearbooks are distributed, and we ask always that parents reinforce this at home. Thank you, parents, for your help with this! You’ll enjoy the yearbook!
Timing is Everything: Baccalaureate starts at 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 4. All students should arrive on campus, in Formal Monday Dress, no later than 3:30 p. m. We walk to the Brick Church as a school. We hope that parents will attend and will find seats in the church before we arrive so that you can enjoy our procession into and out of the church. All students should be picked up on campus after baccalaureate (at 5:00 p.m.), unless other arrangements are made with the classroom teacher or Mrs. Pennock.
Commencement starts at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, June 5. All students should arrive on campus in Formal Monday Dress, no later than 10:00 a. m. We hope that parents will attend this lovely ceremony. If you cannot, your children may be picked up at noon. For those of you who attend, you are invited to stay for an outdoor luncheon following the ceremony. We look forward to both of these beautiful Bement events and we thank you in advance for getting your children dressed up in Formal Monday Dress! (See below for specifics.)
Formal Monday Dress: All students wear Formal Monday Dress for baccalaureate and commencement. Below is a reminder about what is expected for Formal Monday Dress.
White collared shirt
Khaki skirt, khaki Bermuda-length shorts, khaki skort, or khaki long pants
White collared shirt and tie (NO turtlenecks)
Khaki slacks or khaki Bermuda-length shorts
Navy blazer with Bement patch (NO sweater)
Dress shoes (NO sneakers): leather or other dress shoes, including leather sandals (NO rubber flip flops)
Weather permitting, commencement is held outside. You may want to put sunscreen on your lower schooler for that ceremony. Lower schoolers my bring hats to wear during commencement, but they must keep them in their pockets as we proceed into the commencement ceremony. Thank you so much for helping with all of this...you will be impressed when you see how wonderful our students look at these year-end festivities.
End-of-Year Dismissal: The last day of After School Group is Tuesday, June 2. On Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2, the upper school will be dismissing at 3:30, so the lower school willdismiss at 3:15 on those days. The last day of classes is Wednesday, June 3. The lower school dismisses at 1:45 that day and there is NO after school coverage. Many thanks!
Summer Options June 15-19: Are you looking for something for your kids to do before Bement camp starts?? Then take a look at signing up for Mr. D's sports program held the week of the June 15 - 19. Find out all the information here!
Kindergarten Farm Field Trip: Both kindergarten classes are taking a field trip to the Melnik Farm on Monday, June 1. They will leave mid-morning and will return to school in time for lunch. Please dress your child for the weather and have them wear rain boots or sneakers.
Fourth Grader Bowling Party: On Tuesday June 2, the fourth grade will celebrate an amazing year with a pizza and bowling party. After morning classes we will head to the French King Bowling Alley for a fun-filled afternoon. Students will need to have sneakers, socks, and a water bottle.
Second Grade Play: The second grade will perform Stone Soup on June 1 at 8:10 a.m.
The Kindergarten End of Year Party: The kindergarten party is for parents, caregivers, and younger siblings of current kindergartners. It is at 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 2 on the playground (or in the K classrooms in the case of inclement weather).
End-of-Year Daily Schedule: There are so many details to keep track of during the end of the school year and we want to make it easy for you to find all of the information you need in one place. We hope you find the attached end-of-year document helpful as it provides a detailed daily list of final exams, dress codes for the remainder of the school year, and arrival/dismissal times for school and special events. As always, please do not hesitate to email or call Dean and Toni with any questions.
Used Text Books: Please click here for all information pertaining to the collection and potential resale of used textbooks.
Blaze and Yearbooks: On Tuesday, June 2 we will be sending home a copy of both our school Yearbook and Blaze with each upper school student. Blaze is our arts and literary magazine that showcases students' creative writing and visual art. We hope you enjoy perusing the work that various Bement students have produced in 2014-2015.
Make-Up Exams: Any student who is absent during the final exam days will be able to make –up the exam with Ms. Gearhart on Wednesday, June 3 from 8:30 – 11:30.
Slam The Exam! Tuesday, June 2 -- Slam the Exam is an annual event in the upper school that celebrates the completion of all final exams. All logistical details will be announced during upper school meetings. We will enjoy a hearty lunch, athletic events, yearbook distribution, and an opportunity to swim in the school pool (weather permitting). This is a required school event. All students should bring bathing suits, a towel, and athletic clothes.
Contemporary Dance Comes to Bement: A new contemporary dance program with Jennifer Bennett will begin in the dance studio in September. A course description can be found here and a registration for is here. For more information, please contact Jennifer at email@example.com
Blue Heron and the Code Blue Band: Bement parents, Mike Kittredge PTT, P'06 '18 '21 and Bruce Schwartz P'10, are part of the Code Blue Band. This band so generously donated their performance for Shelley and Rob Jackson's celebration, so if you missed it, or would like to enjoy the band again, they will be performing at the Blue Heron in Sunderland on June 25. Learn more here.