Welcome Back to Monday Dress: We are excited to see everyone back at school on Monday, March 30. Just a reminder that we will begin Monday Dress that day.
Visit Bement at The Meltdown in Northampton! The Meltdown is a free, indoor festival for families at the Smith Vocational School in Northampton on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There will be three stages of music, many authors, puppets and storytellers, along with a dance club, petting zoo, bounce house, circus, food court, vendors, and more. Bement will be there with a booth of activities, so stop by and say "hi". We'd love to see you!
Spring Fling T-Shirt Designs Due This Wednesday, April 1! We hope that many students have been using their creative talents over break to prepare an entry for the Spring Fling T-Shirt Contest. Details on how to submit your entry may be found here on the new Spring Fling website!
No Parking: Just a reminder that the parking lot by the library off routes 5 & 10 is not to be used for drop-off or pick-up for safety reasons. Thank you!
Last Kindergarten Screening: Bement is hosting its final kindergarten screening of the year on April 7 & 8. If you know of anyone considering our program, please have them call the admission office to learn more or to sign up!
Spring Term in the Lower School: So many exciting things will be happening this spring! Swimming will begin on Tuesday, April 7, and that's also the month that our fifth graders will go to Nature's Classroom. Spring Fling comes at the beginning of May, and Grandparents Day will happen towards the end of May. With plays and other fun end-of-year activities planned, this promises to be another busy and very enjoyable spring!
Swim Time!: We are all looking forward to the start of lower school swimming at Deerfield Academy! This year it will begin on Tuesday, April 7, and end on Thursday, April 30. All students must bring a bathing suit (with their name in it), a towel (with their name on it), and for all girls--and boys with hair longer than 2 inches--a swim cap (with, you guessed it-- their name on it). Students may also bring a swim mask or goggles, if they wish. All of this should be sent to school in a plastic or waterproof bag--with name on it! We also require a warm hat to wear home from Deerfield Academy, since students will be walking back with wet hair. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mrs. Pennock or Mr. Dobosz....many thanks!
Swim Caps: If your child would like to purchase a Bement swim cap, the school store has some available. Stay tuned for when the store will be open, so that your child may get a cap.
Swimming Forms: Make sure all swimming forms are returned to Dr. Dobosz A.S.A.P.!
Winter Reports: Winter reports went home on March 12. They are available via your parent portal, NetClassroom. If you have not received one for your lower schooler, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at email@example.com.
Snow, Snow, Go Away! Although the snow outside is melting, it may still be on our playgrounds when we return to school on Monday, March 30. If it is still around, we ask that students continue to have their "Five Things" here for recess and PE times. A change of clothing is also a must! Many thanks!
Hold Off on Shorts: If the snow remains on the ground, we also will ask that lower school students NOT wear shorts to school until the snow disappears. Br-r-r, it will be too cold for bare legs!!
Spring Term Recess Rules: As we have done at the beginning of each term, lower schoolers will review spring recess games and rules. This will happen at our opening Monday morning meeting, and all that we discuss will be posted on our outdoor recess bulletin board. We look forward to lots of fun and good sportsmanship during our spring recesses!
Fifth Graders and Upper School Sports: From Alex Bartlett, athletic director: Fifth graders will be able to participate in the following sports for the spring: track and field (co-ed), baseball (coed), ultimate (co-ed), and boys and girls lacrosse, respectively. At this point, we can commit to fifth graders practicing with teams, but not playing in games. If it turns out that the opposition is appropriate and the numbers work out, playing in games could be an added bonus. We do ask that if a child commits to the team, which they show up heartily, even in lousy weather etc. The charge will be $150 for the term. Fifth graders interested may sample sports on Monday 3/30 and Tuesday and 3/31. Kids could try out a different sport each of those days and commit to a team on Wednesday 4/1. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group: Group A on Friday, April 3. Lozier, Flack, Melnik, Paasch, Gagne, McCarthy, Volchanskaya, Fournier, Fraser.
4/5 Grade Band: Mutjzen Bennduh and The Buddies have band on Friday. Bring your instruments!
Spring Term Schedule: Spring term is just around the bend, and this means warmer temps and a brand new academic schedule. Parents can view the new schedule here.
Electives: During the spring term, all upper school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will sign up for an electives course. All electives are led by Bement faculty members and will take place on alternate Fridays in April and May from 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Past electives have included Jazz/Rock band, cycling, crafts, photography, video production, dance, culinary arts, magic, and a variety of other offerings.
Parent Conference Night: Important Information: The upper school will host our spring parent conferences on April 9 and 16. Please note the dates below as they detail the conference nights for specific grade levels:
Thursday, April 9 - 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Grades 6 and 7 only
Thursday, April 16 - 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Grades 8 and 9 only
The spring conferences are optional. You will be scheduled for 10-minute sessions with any teacher you wish to meet. Parent conferences are provided as a means for you to get to know your child’s teachers and to ask questions about his or her performance and progress. Mrs. Costa will be sending home an official invitation and more details via email in the next few days for grades 8 & 8. The email invitation for grades 6 & 7 was sent last week. If you are a parent of a sixth or seventh grader, and you did not receive that email, please contact her.
1:1 Advisor Tri-Weekly Chats: On Wednesday, April 1, all students will meet 1:1 with advisors to review the most recent term grading reports. Advisors will use teacher comments to help students set performance and effort goals for the first tri-weekly period of the spring term. Please contact your son or daughter's advisor if you have specific questions.
Bement Reads: Every Tuesday morning the upper school spreads its joy for reading through "Bement Reads". All students in grades 6 through 8 spend morning meeting time in a community silent reading. Please remind your son or daughter to bring a favorite book on Tuesdays.
THIS WEEK'S ATHLETIC SCHEDULE:
Athletic Schedule: Bement's spring athletic schedule can be found on our website here. Please check this regularly, as game times and dates do change.
From Athletic Director, Alex Bartlett: Students have signed up for their sport choices, so they should be ready for practices Monday March 30 and like in the fall, our practices are Monday through Thursday, 3:00 to 4:30. As always, I ask for much parental help with outfitting our athletes with warm gear for an often cold and blustery spring. Keeping warm thermal shirts and pants in lockers is always a safe bet. Please contact with me with any questions or concerns at email@example.com.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS:
Spring Fling Website: Be sure to bookmark the new Spring Fling website and check back often to get updates! The day's schedule of events, raffel information, Fun Run details, photos, and more can be found there, so be sure to keep up-to-date on the day's hapenings!
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
Contemporary Dance Program at Bement: Bement is excited to include a contemporary dance to its existing after-school dance program. This program is designed for children 3-5, and also for lower and upper grades. The 8-week session will begin April 13 and run until June 2. Tuition is $120. Read more here.