Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the Week of September 22, 2014


Updated September 19, 2014



Monday is School Picture Day!  This Monday, September 22, is School Picture Day.  Picture forms went home last week and need to be turned into Mrs. Pennock (lower school) or Mrs. Costa (upper school.) Students must have their forms in order to get the photo package that the family selected.  If you need a form, please see Mrs. Pennock or Mrs. Costa first thing Monday morning...we have extras!


New Parent Dinner:  We invite all new parents to the home of Shelley and Rob Jackson for a casual meal together on Sunday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P to Toni Costa at  We look forward to seeing you there!








Pick-up Reminders:  We are pleased with how quickly our students have remembered the procedures at pick-up.  Our process was designed to allow parents to pick up their children in a quick, smooth, and orderly fashion.  We want to remind parents that they can help keep the process moving smoothly when they:  1.) Stay in their cars and let us help children into cars, 2.) Pull up as far as possible when cars in front pull out, 3.) Never park in the line and walk in...if you want to park and walk in, please park on the street north of campus, and 4.) Please don't "cut" in line.  Many thanks for your help with this very busy time! 


Friday Lunch Bunch:  Please let Mrs. Pennock know ASAP if you want to help with Friday lunches.  She will be putting together lists and schedules next week and she needs to know everyone who will be helping!  Many thanks! Lunch bunch information can be found here.


4/5 Grade Band:  The 78th Dimension of "Fun" and Boom-Sax-a-Clarinets have band practice on Friday, so please bring your musical instruments to school.


After School Athletic Training:  Is your lower schooler looking to have some fun and be athletic while doing it?  Well then, this is the program for them!  This program will help to get them moving and build good movement habits and patterns which can increase overall strength, speed, agility, and balance.  We will use specific movements that will emphasize correct jumping and landing techniques, develop linear and lateral acceleration and deceleration principles so that they can be the best little athletes they can be!  Thursdays this fall during after school.  3:30-4:30.  Contact lower school P.E. teacher, Will Paulding, for more information at







Arts and Literature Unite! The ninth grade annual English & Arts Department field trip is Monday, September 22. Chaperoned by Amie Keddy, Sarah Marcus, Leif Riddington, and Deb Stewart-Pettengill, the entire ninth grade class will explore the rich and varied contemporary art exhibits at MASS MoCA museum of contemporary art in North Adams, then enjoy a Thai lunch before returning to Bement for our regular 4:30 dismissal. Over the past few years, the arts and English teachers have enhanced the ninth grade program by finding myriad ways to connect our areas of discipline. The collaboration has supported and enriched projects and performances, including ninth grade self-portraits, dramatic monologues, and baccalaureate speeches.  Students are asked NOT to bring any electronic devices on the trip. This includes cell phones. (Chaperones will have cell phones that may be used in case of emergency.) We'd like to encourage connection and conversation during the bus ride and museum visit. Students may bring digital or manual cameras. Photography is allowed in the museum, but only WITHOUT the use of a flash. Students may bring money for the museum gift shop. Each student's Bement account will be charged $40 to cover the cost of the trip. 


My Side of the Mountain Trip:  The sixth graders will be going on a field trip on Tuesday, September 23. Led by instructors from Adventure In Adventure Out along with Ms. Lent and Mr. Riddington, the sixth graders will be practicing the wilderness survival skills they have been reading about in My Side of the Mountain in English class. The sixth graders will leave at 8:10 on Tuesday morning and will return by 1:30 p.m. Bag lunches and drinks will be provided. Sixth graders should be dressed appropriately for spending most of the day outdoors in the woods and by a river, rain or shine. They can have a flexible dress code on Tuesday, as they will need hiking boots or study sneakers, socks, and pants and a shirt that can get wet and dirty. Quick-drying fabrics are preferable to cotton and denim. Sixth graders should bring outer layers that are warm and, above all, waterproof!



TW/F1:  The first tri-weekly of the fall term ends on Friday, September 26. Grades and comments will be posted to Net Classroom on Thursday, October 2 by 5:00 p.m. If you have any problems accessing reports, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at  or at extension 106.











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.








School Store: The school store will be open on Thursday, September 25 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Stop by and see what is new!  Here is a permission slip if your child will be shopping without you.


And Speaking of Shopping:  Land's End has two great deals you may like!  But remember, every time you shop at Land's End, Bement can get 3% of that sale, if you choose the "School Uniforms" section, and use The Bement School's Preferred School Number:  900025297!  30% off your total sale 9/25-9/29 (use Promo Code. FAMILYTIME  and PIN 1799) and free Bement logos embroidered on items 9/19-9/21 (use Promo Code. LOGO4FREE and PIN 1102).  Happy shopping...and saving!









Weekend Conference for Girls Ages 9-12:  Current Bement parent, Lisa Gancy, is co-teaching a weekend workshop for preteen girls, ages 9-12 at the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen, MA September 26-28.  The workshop is described as "A “coming-of-age” weekend gathering to introduce independent self-care practices to pre-teen girls (9-12) through music and herbalism."  For more information, please click here.


Wingate Farm Dinner: In the fall of 2012, Bement alumna Olivia Pettengill’03 moved from Appleton Creamery in Maine to her family's farm in New Hampshire, Wingate Farm, to pursue her dream of farming the family land. Currently, she and her business partner, Susie Parke-Sutherland, raise eggs, meat birds, produce, and flowers.  Wingate Farm is the focus of a Special Farm Dinner at the Gill Tavern on September 30.  The menu and more information can be found here.


Yoga:  Former Bement parent, Cynthia Pliakas-Dery, is offering yoga classes just five minutes from Bement on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.  $15 per class.  Email Cynthia for more information at 




Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.

September 22                     Ninth grade class trip to MASSMoCA

September 28                     New Parent Dinner

October 10                         Parents Day 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
October 13                         No classes
October 15                         Parents Association Board Meeting 3:00 p.m.
October 22-24                     Eighth Grade Trip to Gettysburg
October 22-23                     Ninth Grade Overnight Camping Trip
October 24                         Sixth Grade Trip to Quabbin Reservoir
October 24                         Seventh Grade Trip to Billings Farm
October 24                         Oktoberfest--Parent Event
October 25                         Fall Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast
November 7                       Author and Illustrator Day
November 12                      Parents Association Board Meeting 7:45 a.m.
November 21                      Thanksgiving Vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
December 2                        Classes resume
December 7                        Barnes & Noble Book Fair
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.