Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the week of May 23, 2016


Updated May 21, 2016



Friday is A Grand Day at Bement!  Grandparents and Grand Friends Day

We will welcome many grandparents and grand friends to campus on Friday.  Please note that this will be a regular school dress day and students will be dismissed at noon.

No Monday Dress
Monday, May 23 will be a regular school dress day, so that everyone has time to get their blazers and other Formal Monday Dress items ready for our end-of-year events.
A Note from the Library

It's been another great year in the library! Please note these important end of the year dates:

  • Friday, May 27:  last day for students to check out books
  • Wednesday, June 1:  all books are due back to the library
  • Any books remaining out past June 1 will be considered lost, and replacement charges will be billed. If you have any questions about your student's account, please email Ms. Bernard. 

Thank you for your help in returning your student's books so we may prepare for next year. 

Memorial Day is a School Day
Please note that we DO have school on Memorial Day.  It is a half-day, and we participate in the town of Deerfield's Memorial Day ceremony, held at Deerfield Academy.  The lower school will be singing, and the upper school strings will perform. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m., but is subject to the length of the ceremonies.



No Monday Dress This Monday

We are not requiring Monday Dress this Monday, May 23.  This will allow families ample time to get those special duds all cleaned up for our end-of-year events!  See below for what these dress requirements are...



All Dressed Up

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, lower schoolers are asked to wear their navy blazers—not sweaters—with their regular Monday Dress. Formal Monday Dress is required for Baccalaureate and Commencement.  All students need to wear navy blazers (not sweaters) with the Bement patch, white collared shirts (with ties for boys), and dress shoes (no sandals or sneakers).  Boys may wear khaki shorts or slacks, and girls may wear khaki skirts, skorts, pants, or Bermuda-length shorts.  See the Family Handbook for more details, or check in with your child's teacher or Mrs. Pennock.  If you have seen these beautiful events, you know how wonderful our students look in their Monday finest!  We thank you in advance for your attention to these details. 



One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish!

Third grade will be going on the annual fishing field trip on Thursday, May 26.  Each third grader should bring the following: a snack, worms to fish with, and a hat (optional). Think sun!




Please let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will not be at school on Memorial Day, or for Baccalaureate, or Commencement.  We take attendance at all three of these required school events, and knowing in advance about absences is very helpful.  Thank you!




As you clean up blazers for our year-end events, please take a minute to check for extra ones that may have found their way to your house!  We have a number of missing blazers (many with names in them) and they have not shown up in Lost and Found.  Any "found" blazers should be delivered to Mrs. Pennock's office.  Thanks for checking.



Field Day

Lower Schoolers are getting ready for Field Day, Friday, June 3!  After a lower school picnic, the kindergartners and ninth graders will kick off the afternoon with a three-legged race....then the real fun will begin!  Children have been divided into "teams”—blue and white (our school colors.) A list of who is a blue and who is a white will be in next week's Look Ahead.  Siblings are all on the same team (upper and lower) and children remain on the same team throughout their time at Bement.  All children should wear shorts that day...athletic shorts are fine.  We ask that the Blue Team wear blue tee-shirts (any shade of blue) and the White Team wear white tee-shirts.  Tee-shirts do NOT have to be new—just all blue or all white! (Minor decorations are OK.)  Lots of the games involve water, so students may wear bathing suits under their shorts and tee-shirts that day.  Please send in a towel and a change of  clothing, most students will be wet for the ride home!   We all look forward to this fun-filled event!  Many thanks!



Thank you, Lunch Bunch!

The lower school teachers are so thankful to our loyal Lunch Bunch parents (and grandparents!)   Without their help, we could not have held our Friday lunch time faculty meetings.  Today was their last day and we want to thank the following parents and grandparents, for a whole year of Friday lunch coverage: Alexandra Andino, Sara and Guy Ardrey, Sheri Andon, Natalie Blais, Wendy Blanchard,  Jim and Erin Cherewatti, Jennifer Cox, Jo-Ann and Aaron DiBari, Andrea Fournier, Brian Fraser, Marlena Furness, Jenn Gagne, Jennifer Hoffman, Carol Holubecki, Desiree Kicza, Niki Lankowski, Carol and Shawn LeBlanc, David Lewandowski, Anne Lozier, Laurel and Jim Lunt, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Jennifer Paasch, Emily Rich, Christian Rojas, Kate and Greg Rolland, Sara and Jamie Rourke, Sara and Shawn Sabelawski, Sarah and Noam Schatz, Maggie Smarr, Richard Strycharz, Jerry Svejkovsky, Julie and Brian Thompson, Andi Turowsky, Nick and Charlotte Waynelovich. Kudos to all of you!


Memorial Day  

We DO have school on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal on the street.  We end the morning at Deerfield Academy sharing a special Memorial Day ceremony with Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook, and Deerfield townspeople.  The lower school will be singing My Country 'Tis of Thee.  If you would like to practice this song with your lower schooler, click here for the words. Please remember to let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will not be at school on Memorial Day.  Thank you!



After School Group Notes

The last day of After School Group will be Tuesday, June 7.  In the meantime, parents, please note that IF YOU PICK YOUR CHILD UP EARLY from After School Group, instead of at the street at 4:30, make sure that you or your child CHECKS OUT with Ms. Emery or Mrs. Torras. Thanks!


Second Grade Play

The second grade will perform Four Billy Goats Gruff on Thursday, June 2 at 8:10 a.m., in the Barn.



Fourth Grade Play

Aesop's Fabulous Fables and Twisted Tales will be performed in the Barn by the fourth grade at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7.


Kindergarten Party

The kindergarten party is for parents, caregivers, and younger siblings of current kindergartners.  It will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m., on the playground (or in the kindergarten classroom in the case of inclement weather).



Friday Band Schedule
There is no band on Friday, May 27, but please remember to bring your instrument if you are performing in the showcase!



End of Year Exam and Event Schedule

Toni and Dean have provided a full day-by-day final exam and end of year schedule, with all the details your family needs to know about times, events, dress requirements, locations, and more, for our end of year events. Please feel free to contact them with any questions!  This schedule will remain posted in the Look Aheads through the end of the year.



Ninth Grade Musical

On Thursday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m., the ninth grade will present Stephen Sondheim's musical Into The Woods Jr. Due to space constraints, parents and families are encouraged to attend the Friday evening performance, rather than the Thursday in-school performance.



Grandparents and Grand Friends Day

The entire upper school is eager to welcome all grandparents and grand friends to Bement on Friday. Our program includes class visits, art exhibits, and a performing arts showcase.  The upper school class schedules can be found here.



Memorial Day

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, is a required school day. All upper school students will meet with their regular Monday classes. Our dismissal time is 12:30 and there is no upper school after school program available. If your son or daughter will not be at school on Memorial Day, please email Dean Fusto, Alice Gearhart, or Toni Costa in advance. 



The spring term academic schedule is posted here.


The day-by-day end of year and exam schedule is posted here.





The dining room menu for this week can be found here.





Monday, May 23, the sixth grade drama group will perform their original play, The Cookie Jar Mystery at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn.


Thursday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, May 27, at 7:00 p.m., the ninth grade will present Stephen Sondheim's musical Into The Woods Jr. Due to space constraints, parents and families are encouraged to attend the Friday evening performance, rather than the Thursday in-school performance.





The spring athletic schedule is available here and is also a link from the home page of our website.  Please check it regularly, as games may be added, rescheduled, or cancelled throughout the season.





Summer@Bement is Full of Fun!

Our summer programs offer adventures for everyone from ages 4 to 15, from Junior Camp for our youngest campers, all the way to a Counselor-in-Training program for our oldest. The Adventure Day Camp is a great choice for campers between 7 and 12 years old, with activities that include hands-on history with our neighbors at Historic Deerfield, cooking and baking, computer programming, sports, art, swimming, and lots more!  Or you might consider the Outdoor Challenge Weeks for your adventurous 9 to 14 year old, offered in collaboration with Adventure In, Adventure Out.


For dates and more information, contact the director of summer programs, Doc Potter ( or check out our website. See you this summer!





Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Your help is needed!  The Bement Parents Association is hosting the annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, June 13.  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 Friday, June 3. Thank you!





Holy Cow, Batman!

Family Film at Amherst Cinema presents Batman: The Movie at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21.  Based on the 1960s television series, the movie pits the Caped Crusader and Robin against Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, and others.  Before the film, Mad Science of Western New England will present a fun talk about the real-life science behind some of the most popular superhero powers including the science of flight, invisibility, walking up walls, and more!  Tickets are only $5. For more information, click here.



Young Shakespeare Players Romeo and Juliet

Sixth grader, Charlotte, will be performing in the Young Shakespeare Players' production of Romeo and Juliet on Sunday, May 22, at the Renaissance Center in Amherst at 1:00 p.m.



Amherst Ballet Spring Program
Seventh grader, Madeline, will be dancing in Music, Motion, & Emotion at Bowker Auditorium on Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.  The program features several collaborative works, all performed with live music.  More information on the performance is here.




The Look Ahead publishes weekly on Fridays during the school year.  
To make a submission, please email your information to Meg Clark, Director of Communications, at by noon on Thursday.
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Important Dates

for Spring Term:               Full school calendar is here.  

                                           2016-2017 Key Dates are here.


May 23                               No Monday Dress
                                           Sixth Grade Play, "The Cookie Jar Mystery," 8:10 a.m.
May 26                             Annual Third Grade Fishing Field Trip
                                           Ninth Grade Play, "Into the Woods Jr."
                                                 2 p.m. in the Barn
May 27                                Grandparents and Grand Friends Day,
                                             Noon dismissal — no lunch served
                                        Ninth Grade Play, "Into the Woods Jr.,"  7 p.m.
May 30                                Memorial Day (attendance required),
                                                 dismissal at 12:30 p.m. (approximate) 
May 31                                Second Grade Insect Fair, 2:30 p.m.,
                                                  in the Library
June 1-3                             Upper School Exams
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 3:30 p.m.
June 2                                 Second Grade Play,
                                                 "Four Billy Goats Gruff," 8:15 a.m.
                                          Seventh Grade Play, "Scenes from Much
                                                 Ado About Nothing" and Eighth Grade Play,
                                                 "Scenes From The Heart of Robin Hood," 2:45 p.m.
June 3                                 Field Day
June 6-7                             Upper School Exams
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 3:30 p.m.
June 7                              Fourth Grade Play, "Aesop's Fabulous Fables and
                                                 Twisted Tales," 8:15 a.m.
                                            Kindergarten Party, 2 p.m.
                                            Slam the Exam (US) 12:15-3:15 p.m.
June 8                                 Final Day of Classes
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 1:45 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 2 p.m.
                                            Cotillion, 6:30-10 p.m.
June 9                                 Baccalaureate (attendance required), 4 p.m.
                                            Farewell Evening, 6:15 p.m. in the Barn
June 10                               Commencement (attendance required), 10:30 a.m.
June 13                               PA Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
June 27-July 8                    Session 1:  Bement Summer Program
July 11-July 22                   Session 2:  Bement Summer Program
July 25-August 5                 Session 3:  Bement Summer Program