Spring Fling is Here! At last, Spring Fling has arrived! We hope that all families will be able to join us on campus this Friday, May 8 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. for an afternoon of fun. Class booths, the Fun Run, raffles, bake sale, and a family cook out, are just some of the things to look forward to on Friday! If you are unable to join us, please find another family to watch your child, as the teachers will be busy at the booths. For more information, visit the Spring Fling website, and review the flyer here.
Spring Fling Bake Sale! With Spring Fling just around the corner, so it’s time to think about creating some fun treats and delicious snacks for the bake sale. This event is for parents and students so we are looking for breakfast goodies (muffins, pastries), big cookies, decadent brownies, and our best sellers-CUPCAKES! Let your imagination go wild- the more frosting and decorations- the more we sell! Feel free to package them for later use over the weekend (in large or small quantities). We’ll have water available, so bring your travel mugs and refillable water bottles. Donations to the bake sale can be left Friday morning May 8 on the shelves in the entrance to the dining hall, or bring them with you when you arrive for the Spring Fling Fair. To sign up for baking something here. Feel free to contact Bement first grade parent Jennifer O’Neill with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org -Happy Baking!
Parking and Pick-Up at Spring Fling: Due to safety and the schedule of events for Spring Fling, there will not be a regular pick-up procedures on Friday, May 8. If you can't attend Spring Fling and need to pick up your child anytime after 3:00 pm, Please park your car and walk to the playground to pick up your child and check out with Ms. Pennock or Mr. Fusto.
Parking Dos and Don'ts: From Business Manager, Ken Cuddeback: "It’s that time of year when I feel the need to remind our parents of the need to observe safe driving practices and courtesy as you drop off and pick up your student(s) in front of the school each day." Here are some basic Dos and Don’ts to follow.
Welcoming Our New Families To Bement! The admission office is looking for parents who would volunteer to serve as welcome hosts to our new parents and families. We would be grateful to have one or two parents per grade willing to take time from your busy schedules this spring to call our new families and welcome them to Bement. Over the summer it would be great to keep that connection going through calls, emails, and maybe even a casual get-together. New families have told us how much they've appreciated having access to a current parent to answer questions like “what is the Blazer Exchange" or to just have a familiar face in the community who facilitates a smoother transition for them. If you are interested in being a welcome host, please contact Julia in the admission office. Email, call, or drop by!
Grandparents Day, Friday May 22: Grandparents Day is on Friday May 22 from 8 am - noon. Invitations have been mailed to grandparents. If your child's grandparent is unable to attend and you’d like to invite a special friend, please email Lizzie Doubleday at email@example.com and we will mail them an invite. RSVPs can be done online on our website (the link is on the front page in the "News" section) or by calling 413-774-3021.
A Final THANK YOU to All the Swimming Volunteers: After a great month of swimming we want to say...THANK YOU! to all the parents and relatives that volunteered to help with swimming this year. It was a fun and successful year where the kids made wonderful strides with their swimming strokes. The volunteers always play a huge role in that and everyone in the lower school appreciates all your help. We could not do it without you! The terrific group of helpers this year were the following: Gretchen Loebel, Jo-Ann DiBari, Andrea Solzak, Wendy Blanchard, Amelia Mosley, Andi Turowsky, Benedicte Menke, Carol Holubecki, Laurel and Jim Lunt, Lisa Kittredge, Melissa Hale, Kim Butz, Jerry Svejkovsky, Cong Chen, Andrea Fournier, Jennifer Wagner, Guy Ardrey, Julianne Schloat, Jennifer Hoffman, Sara Rourke, Michele McCabe, Erin Cherewatti, Jenn Gagne, Carol LeBlanc, and Sarah Schatz. THANK YOU ALL for your help!
Tzedakah Box for Children and Food: A Penny Drive is underway in he Keith House! We are raising money to give to the Franklin County Community Meals Program. Each child has made their very own tzedakah box that was inspired from the Judaic tradition of tzedakah, a tradition of giving of oneself to help others. Every day can be a special day when one gives tzedakah and even a few pennies can be a wonderful sign of community and love. If you’d like to add your pennies you can drop them off in Mrs. Currie’s classroom.
Mid-Term Reports: Mid-term reports should be available online by Monday, May 4. If you have any problems with or questions about the reports, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks!
Conferences: Don't forget to sign up for a spring conference with your lower schooler's teacher. And be sure to read his/her online mid-term report before you attend that conference...Thanks!
Dress Down Fridays: Don't forget that lower schoolers may dress down on Friday, May 8, and Friday, May 15! Enjoy!
On the Other Hand: Formal Monday Dress is required for Baccalaureate and Commencement. All students need to wear navy blazers (not sweaters), 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 or skorts. See the 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.
More About Baccalaureate and Commencement: Baccalaureate is on Thursday, June 4. Commencement is on Friday, June 5. These traditional events end our year on a high note. They are required school events for all of our students. If for any reason your lower schooler cannot attend either celebration, please let Mrs. Pennock know as soon as you can, as attendance is taken both days. Thanks for your help with this!
Spring Fling: Spring Fling is this Friday, May 8!! We look forward to seeing everyone here from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. This is a fun afternoon planned for families. Teachers will be busy running various events and all children must be under parental supervision. If you cannot be at school when Spring Fling begins, please make sure to find another family to oversee your lower schooler until you can arrive...and let Mrs. Pennock know about these arrangements. Many thanks...and see you Friday!!
Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group: Group C on Friday, May 8. McCabe, Ardrey, Sabelawski, Cherwatti, Turowsky, DiBari, Rourke, LeBlanc.
4/5 Grade Band: #Why Do We Keep Hashtagging has band on Friday. Bring your instruments!
Get Organized Day: On Monday, May 4, 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 months of May and June. Please help us reinforce this essential skill at home by asking your son or daughter to show you their completed assignment books.
Rachel Simmons Visit--Reschedule: The Rachel Simmons workshop for eighth and ninth grade girls has been rescheduled and will take place on Monday, May 11.
Ninth Grade Presentations: On Wednesday May 6, Mira, Katya, and Emily will present their pieces in the Tim Young Meeting Room at morning meeting.
Ninth Grade Program Breakfast and Information Session: On Thursday, May 7, the ninth grade advisors will host a breakfast and information session about the features, experiences, and themes of ninth grade year at Bement. All families of current seventh (rising eighth grade) students are invited to join us for this event. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Toni Costa at email@example.com by Tuesday, May 5.
After School Program: There will be no after school proctoring for upper school students on Spring Fling Friday, May 8.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Bement's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu can be found here.
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.
THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES:
Friday Morning Meeting: Come enjoy Bement's orchestra and fourth grade band perform at our 8:10 a.m. meeting.
On Monday May 18 at 8:10 a.m., please join the lower School in the barn for a performance of the sixth grade drama class' original fairy tale, Band of Us. This is Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as you've never seen them before, with appearances by some very unexpected characters.
On Thursday May 21 at 2:00 p.m., and on Friday May 22 at 7:00 p.m., the ninth grade class will perform George and Ira Gershwin's hit musical Crazy for You. Because of space constraints, parents and family are encouraged to attend the Friday evening performance, rather than the Thursday in-school performance.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS:
Box Tops for Education: Thank you to all the families who remembered to clip and send in their Box Tops for Education tabs this year. The Bement Parents Association received a total of $177.60 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you have some tabs you've been accumulating in your kitchen drawer, send them to school with your child. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. There is a collection box above the printer in the Keith House (across from Carole Pennock's office) and a bucket in the window of Toni Costa's reception area of the Kittredge Building. Help support the Bement Parents Association by cutting and submitting your Box Tops before they expire.
Next Spring Fling Planning Meeting: The next Spring Fling meeting is Tuesday, May 5 at 3:30pm in the middle dining room. Volunteers are still needed to help with the event! Please join us!
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
Bement Youth Back on Broadway: Bement sixth graders, Isabelle and Trudie, are going to perform in Youth on Broadway in Amherst the weekend of May 9. Click here for more information. Break a leg, girls!