Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the week of October 24, 2016


Updated October 21, 2016



Due to the weather, the annual Field Hockey Jamboree will be postponed until Sunday, October 23, and may begin slightly later in the morning if the weather is still not cooperating. Ms. Price will keep players updated throughout the weekend. The Bement Invitational cross-country meet at Deerfield Academy will now take place on Saturday, October 29, beginning at 10 a.m.




Helping Families Learn About Bement

Next month the admission office is holding both an open house for grades 1 through 9 (Friday, November 11) and a kindergarten open house (the first of four will be Tuesday, November 15) and we'd appreciate it if you will help us spread the word by sharing the postcards we have provided. Lower school parents, look in your child's back pack today for these postcards. Upper school parents, please feel free to swing by (or have your child swing by) the admission office and we will share these cards with you. Give a postcard to a family you know considering Bement, or carry a few in your car to post at your workplace, favorite coffee shop, library, etc.  Thank you!



Telephone Notification System

The Bement School uses an automated telephone and text messaging system to provide emergency notification services during the school year, primarily for weather-related delays and cancellations. We sent test messages on Thursday evening (October 20) to all households.  If you did not receive a message, please let the business office know. Please read this important letter from Ken Cuddeback regarding our emergency notification system procedures.



Don't Throw Away Those Plastic Caps!

All students are encouraged to bring in plastic caps of all colors and sizes for a Drake Building art project. Plastic bottle caps both large and small, tops to cartons and markers, everything is appreciated! Please bring your clean caps to Ms. MacCallum in the Drake Building. Many thanks!



It's a Halloween Fiesta!

Mister G's Halloween Fiesta will take place Sunday, October 30 at 11:00 am at The Academy of Music in Northampton.  Latin Grammy winner Mister G will have you on your feet dancing!  Bement is a sponsor of this event and we have 7 FREE tickets. If interested, please stop into the admission office to pick one up.  With only 7 tickets, we will give out one per family on a first come, first served basis. If not all are spoken for by next Friday afternoon, we will be happy to give families a second ticket as well. To purchase additional tickets (Adults $10, Children $8, Children 1 and under are free) or to learn more about Mister G, visit his web site We also have a few CDs!



Family Directories are Here!

Your child should have brought home your copy of the Bement Family Directory. Please take a look at your entry, and if there are any corrections to be made send them to We will send out a list of any corrections next Friday.



School Pictures

School picture retake day will be Monday, November 7.  To have a retake, you must return the packet with everything in it, except the class picture which you may keep.  Packets should be returned to Mrs. Costa by Friday, November 4.  Retakes will not be taken without the complete packet returned.  Thanks so much!





Fall Mid-Term Progress Reports and Parent Conferences

Fall mid-term progress reports were posted on NetClassroom last week, and we hope you have all had a chance to access and read this important information about your child. If you have any trouble logging in to NetClassroom, please contact Toni Costa or Emily Lent for assistance.


Parent conferences with homeroom teachers began this week, and teachers are eager to speak with all parents about children’s progress. If you have not yet scheduled a time to speak with your children’s teachers, please contact them as soon as possible!



After School Group

Bement offers after-school care from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for lower schoolers and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for all students. Please remember to alert Toni Costa or Emily Lent if your lower schooler will be staying after school, as this helps us plan ahead!



Don't Throw Away Those Plastic Caps!

All students are encouraged to bring in plastic caps of all colors and sizes for a Drake Building art project (similar to this!). Plastic bottle caps both large and small, tops to cartons and markers, everything is appreciated! Please bring your clean caps to Ms. MacCallum in the Drake Building. Many thanks!



Halloween is Just Around the Corner

Halloween is Monday, October 31, so we will celebrate it on that day with Hat Day! Funny hats, scary hats, silly hats, home-made hats, baseball is each student's choice. We will wear hats to school that day, take them off in classes, and then put them on again at lunch time. Hat Day is optional for students. Please do not send in candy that day unless you have checked with your child's teacher.



A Note About Cough Drops

At this time of year, our students often develop coughs and sore throats, and cough drops become a hot commodity in the lower school. Our nurse, Ms. Martino, has a supply available when she is here in the mornings. In the afternoons, Ms. Costa or Ms. Lent can distribute cough drops if needed. Please note that cough drops are medicine, not candy. Please do not send your children in with cough drops that stay in their cubbies! Our school physician, Dr. Benson, advises that students not have more than two cough drops per school day, and we will distribute them accordingly.



Next Week's Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch on Friday, October 28 will be Group A:  Gauthier, Gendron-Waidlich, L. Lunt, McCarthy, McGuinness, Rojas, Strycharz, Svejkovsky, Thompson.  Thank you!



Friday Band Schedule

The band schedule for Friday, October 28 will be as follows:

Grade 4 - The Dubah Bears            Grade 5 - This Name Doesn't Concern You





Ninth Grade Secondary School Visits

Ninth grade students who do not plan to visit secondary schools during the week of October 24-28 should plan to attend their regular classes that week. 




The second tri-weekly of the fall term ends today. We hope to post reports to NetClassroom by the end of the day on Thursday, October 27. If you have any problems accessing grades and comments, please contact Toni Costa at



French Exchange Program with Ermitage

If your seventh, eighth, or ninth grade student is interested in the June 2017 trip to France or if your family is interested in hosting a French student from Ermitage this spring, please contact Linda Brown at by Wednesday, October 26.



Upper School Community Service

During winter term, the upper school offers a community service program as an alternative to Friday afternoon skiing activities. The leaders of our program would like to invite any interested parents to contribute ideas for community service opportunities and/or time to instruct student participants in the art of community service. Discussions and activities addressing homelessness, racial reconciliation, enslaved children, and food insecurity are now being considered, and we are eager to learn of more ways that those students participating can demonstrate compassion toward others.  So, if you would like to offer ideas for activities or talk with students about community service, please contact Emily MacLeod ( or Frank Massey ( to let them know. 



Upcoming Field Trip Information


Sixth Grade Field Trip to The Quabbin Reservoir

On Friday, October 28, all sixth grade students and their advisors (Frank Massey, Linda Brown, Fang Liu, and Daniel Hales) will travel to the Quabbin Reservoir in Petersham, MA. Entering at Quabbin Gate #40, we will hike to the site of Dana Common, the former center of one of the five towns of the Swift River Valley that were flooded (at least partially) in the 1930s to make room for the Quabbin Reservoir.   Look here for more details about the road to Dana Common.


After the hike, we will feast from our bagged lunches and then head to the New Salem Historical Society at which we will view artifacts, including many photos, of the now flooded towns.  During this part of our trip, we may also have time for some outdoor games.  The cost of the field trip is $20, and will be billed to each family’s school account.  Emergency Contacts during the trip:  Frank Massey 413-687-4615 or call Bement at 413-774-7061.


To prepare for the field trip, please:

  • Dress freely but warmly enough to spend several hours outdoors. Bring a hat, coat, and gloves or mittens. Wear shoes suitable for a long walk. Please do not wear shorts.
  • Bring a bagged lunch with something to drink (no energy drinks, no soda), several snacks (no candy or gum), and at least one bottle of water. We will eat lunch outdoors.
  • Bring any outdoor games you may want to play (footballs, Frisbees, soccer balls).
  • Bring electronic games, MP3s, etc. if you like for the bus ride only (no cell phones please; advisors will have phones available if needed). Please make sure all material is appropriate for school.
  • Pick-up sixth grade students at the normal 3:30 p.m. Friday dismissal time.


Seventh Grade Field Trip to Billings Farm in Woodstock,VT

On Friday, October 28, the seventh grade students and their advisors (Martha Price, Jeremy Galvagni, Ann Dubie, Anna Wetherby, and Emily MacLeod) will depart at 8:00 a.m. for Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont.  Students will return to campus for a 4:30 p.m. pick up. 


If students wish to visit the gift shop at Billings Farm, we recommend that they bring $10 to $15. Please pack a bag lunch and drink for your son or daughter. In addition, warm clothing (layers preferable) is strongly encouraged. The cost of the field trip is $20, and will be billed to each family's school account. Emergency Contacts during the trip: Martha Price 413-824-2009 or call Bement at 413-774-7061.



Upper School Academic Schedule Fall 2016 is linked here, for your reference during the term.





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





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





Next Meeting of the Parents Association

The Parents Association will meet next on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:10 a.m. in the dining hall. Please join us!



Genevieve's is All "Wrapped Up"!

Thank you to all the families, faculty, and staff who participated in the Genevieve's fundraiser this year. We earned approximately $1,400 in the sale.  Don't forget that you (or friends) can order giftwrap and goodies online at throughout the year, using the Bement code 8133, and we still earn 40% of the proceeds.



Everyday Shopping Can Help the PA 

The Bement Parents Association wants to spread the word about some easy ways to help Bement without spending extra money.  Last year your shopping for everyday items earned $1,268 for the PA to contribute to Bement. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.  Check out the retailers who offer "free" money to organizations like the Bement PA here.



Have you been clipping Box Tops for Education and letting them pile up in your kitchen drawer?

The first submission for this school year needs to be prepared and received by November 1.  Each valid certificate is worth 10 cents for Bement!  Visit for details on participating food and household products, coupons, and even online shopping.  Drop off your coupons, by Tuesday, October 25, in the collection box above the printer in the Keith Building, the Parents Association mailbox in Barton House, or with Toni Costa in the Kittredge Building.  If dropping them off is inconvenient, you can mail them to Alice Patton (address in Family Directory).





Being Mortal

Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Hospice of Franklin County will present a free screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline film Being Mortal on Tuesday, November 1, from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Find more information here.



Youth on Broadway Auditions

Auditions for Amherst Leisure Services' Youth on Broadway will take place on Thursday, November 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 5, Noon to 5 p.m. Taught by former NYC professional actress/ director Becca Greene-Van Horn and musical director Daniel Monte, this class will culminate in a professional-quality Musical Theater Revue.  For more information, click 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.
Any changes or corrections to your contact information should be sent to

Important Dates 

for Fall Term:               2016-2017 Calendar is here.


October 24-28                    Ninth Grade Secondary School Visits
October 26-28                    Eighth Grade to Gettysburg
October 28                         Sixth Grade to Quabbin
                                           Seventh Grade to Billings Farm
October 31                         Lower School Hat Day
November 4                        Fall Dance, Grades 7-9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
November 7                        School Picture Retakes
November 9                         First Grade Play, The Gingergread Man, 8:10 a.m.
                                       Fifth Grade to UMass Fine Arts Center
November 10                      Ninth Grade Program Information
                                                  Session for Parents, 8 a.m.
November 13-18                Ninth Grade Service Learning Trip
November 14                      Third Grade Play, The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf8:10 a.m.
November 15                     PA Meeting, 8:10 a.m., Dining Hall
                                            Sixth Grade Play, 8:10 a.m.
November 16                       Second Grade Play, Big Bad Wolves in School8:10 a.m.
November 18                    End of Fall Term - Early Dismissal (LS 1:45 p.m./US 2 p.m.); 
                                                 Faculty Professional Development
November 28                      No Classes; Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.;
                                                 Faculty Professional Development
November 29                      Mini-Term begins!
LS=Lower School; US=Upper School