Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the Week of September 1, 2014


Updated August 29, 2014



First Day of School:  Classes begin on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:10 a.m.  Opening day is a regular school dress day.


Buildings Open at 8:00 a.m.:  Unless your child is signed up for our breakfast program, we remind you that our campus opens at 8:00 a.m.  All buildings are locked and there is no teacher supervision until that time.  Thank you!


Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures:  Dropping off and picking up your child is as smooth and easy as can be...if you know the procedures!  Refresh your memory hereNote: We remind you not to pull into or park in any of the parking lots on campus--space is very limited for faculty and staff!  


No Idling, Please:  Due to a Massachusetts state law, we are asking that you not sit and idle your car in the school pick-up zone for more than five minutes.  Please turn off your engines if you are not in a regular pick-up line and are parked in front of the school. Details are found here 


Photos:  Please contact Julia Flannery by Monday, September 1 if you do not want your child photographed for Bement-related publications.  You may simply hit "reply" to this email or you may call 413-774-4209.


From the School Nurse:  If your child takes medication of any kind (taken both on a regular basis or temporarily, like antibiotics) and needs this medication to be administrated during school hours, click here and the permission slip is here.


Head Checks:  Elie Shuman, Bement's school nurse, writes: "Head lice is a common occurrence that many schools struggle with each year.  In an effort to minimize the impact on our school year, head checks will take place on campus several times a year."  Please read more here.






Lower School Orientation Day:  Wednesday, September 3 from 12:30-2:30 is our lower school orientation and open house.  The schedule can be found here.


Friday 3:15 Dismissal:  Please note that the lower school dismisses every Friday at 3:15.  We will begin our 3:15 Friday dismissal on September 5.


For 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Families:  A welcome to the Drake Building can be found here.  Important details inside!


Noticing Nature After School Program:  For over a decade, Bement teacher, Louise Smith, will be offering her much-loved after school program, Noticing Nature.  Learn more about this program and how to sign-up here.


After School Care:  After school care begins on Monday, September 8 from 3:30-4:30.  You may sign your child up for any number of days per week at either $7.50/day or $37.50/week.  Contact Marty Smith in our business office to sign up at or by calling 413-774-7061.  You may also call the school on any given day if you need after school care for that day.


5th Grade After School Sports Information: From Bement athletic director, Alex Bartlett: Fifth graders will be able to participate in most upper school sports for both the fall and spring terms again this year.  We can commit to fifth graders practicing with teams Monday through Thursday, but not necessarily playing in games. During game days kids are encouraged to support their team at a home game or make alternative arrangements. Playing in games would be an added bonus, but we want to make sure that upper school students get priority for playing time if the team numbers are high. This term the choices are soccer, field hockey, cross country, and possibly recreational tennis. All are co-ed except field hockey, which is all girls.  With limited court space and high numbers, fifth grade participation in tennis will be determined on Tuesday, September 9.We do ask that if a child commits to the team, that they show up heartily, even in lousy weather etc., but we are certainly flexible with schedules if kids choose to play in another outside league. The charge will be $150 for the term.  Students are also encouraged to try out different sports, including tennis, with our upper school on Thursday, September 4 and Monday, September 8.  We ask that they make a choice by Tuesday, September 9.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  With gratitude, Alex Bartlett







New Student Orientation:  Please note that "new" denotes all students that are new to the upper school.  This includes each rising 6th grader who was in Bement's lower school last year.  The new student orientation is on Wednesday, September 3 from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and includes lunch and snacks. We will begin our meeting in the Grace Bement Reading Room in the library at 10:00.  The orientation period from 10:00 - 2:00 is for students only, but will be followed by a new parent information session from 2:00 - 3:00 in the Tim Young Meeting Room located in the Kittredge Building. Any parent who is new to the upper school (including parents of 6th graders who attended Bement in the 5th grade) is invited to attend. During our hour together, you will be introduced to most members of the upper school faculty and have a chance to meet your child's advisor and teachers. 


School Supplies: Upper school teachers have crafted a school supply list which should cover most of the most necessary and commonly used items. There may be cases where a teacher has a specific request for a supply that does not appear here on the attached list. 


Athletics: Sports begin on Monday, September 8. Please read more here.  Please address any athletic related questions or concerns to Alex Bartlett, upper school athletic director, at or 413-774-7061 at extension 108. 


Upper School Supply Store: The Bement upper school supply store is located on the 1st floor of the Kittredge Building. The store is open every day and students may purchase anything they need for classes. To make the process as seamless as possible, family accounts are billed when a purchase is made.


Attention Band and Orchestra Students:  All upper school students should bring their musical instruments on Friday, September 5. There will be music block rehearsals.


After School Program:  The upper school after school program will officially begin on Thursday, September 4 and is offered daily throughout the fall term from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Please contact Doug Harder at or 413-834-7333 to arrange proctoring/study hall in the library.


Class Schedule:  The upper school fall schedule can be found on the school website in the "upper school" section under "academics", as well as here.










Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner:  Bement's dining room menu can be found here.





The fall athletic schedule is posted here.  Please check it regularly in the case of a rescheduled or canceled game.





Attention Band and Orchestra Students:  All upper school students should bring their musical instruments on Friday. There will be music block rehearsals.






Blazer Exchange:  Do you need a navy Bement blazer for Monday dress?  Do you have one (or 2 or 3...) that your child has outgrown and you'd like to trade for a new one?  Come to the blazer exchange on Wednesday, September 3 from 12:00 -3:00 pm!  If you have a blazer to exchange, your new blazer is free!  If you are seeking a blazer without a trade, it's just $7. Such the deal!  We all like to start the new school year off fresh and request your blazers be neat and clean for exchange. 


All-School Family Picnic: This festive, community-building annual event will be on Friday, September 12 from 4:30-6:30pm here on campus--rain or shine.  This is an awesome community event to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!  It's a delicious potluck dinner, please bring a dish that serves 10 to share (salad, casserole, cold cuts...).   Our Parents Association will provide drinks and desserts.  Remember that we have a nut-free policy at Bement too!  Hope to see you there!








Sunday Chinese Class:  Bement parent, Cong Chen, has been a long-time teacher at the Amherst Chinese School, which holds classes for adults and children on Sundays.  Interested in learning more Click here for a flyer.







Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.


September 2                      Boarders arrive and registration 1:00-4:00 p.m.

September 3                      Boarder orientation
                                        New Upper School Student Orientation 10:00 a.m.- 2:00
                                        Lower School Orientation and Open House 12:30-2:30 p.m.
                                        New Upper School Parent Meeting 2:00-3:00 p.m.
                                        Blazer Exchange and School Store 12:00-3:00 p.m.
September 4                      Classes begin
September 12                     All-School Picnic 4:30-6:30 p.m.
October 10                         Parents Day 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
October 13                         No classes
October 25                         Fall Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast
October 26                         New Parent Dinner
November 7                        Author and Illustrator Day
November 21                      Thanksgiving Vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
December 2                       Classes resume
December 19                            December vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
January 4                           Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.
January 5                                  Classes resume
January 18                         Skating and Basketball Party 4:00-6:30 p.m.
February 5                                Long weekend 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
February 10                              Classes resume
March 6                                     Spring vacation  1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
March 29                            Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.
March 30                                   Classes resume
April 20                             No classes
May 8                                Spring Fling
May 22                                       Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal
May 25                                       Memorial Day Celebration 12:45 p.m. dismissal
June 3                                       Final day of classes 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
June 4                                       Baccalaureate (Attendance required) 4:00 p.m.
June 5                                       Commencement (Attendance required) 10:30 a.m.