Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the Week of November 3, 2014


Updated October 31, 2014




Picture Retake Day:  Our picture retake day is THIS Monday, November 3, at 8:30 a.m. If your child will be having his or her picture taken on retake day, you must return the picture packet with everything in it, except for the class picture, which you may keep.  The packet should be returned to school by MONDAY-- retake day.  In addition, if you missed the first photo day due to an absence, please be sure to have your photo taken on November 3 at 8:30 a.m.  Thank you


Author/Illustrator Day is Here:  The Bement School will celebrate Author Illustrator Day on November 7 with a very special visit from Jack Gantos. The multi-award winning author of The Rotten Ralph series, Joey Pigza, and Dead End in Norvelt will make three presentations on that day in the Tim C. Young meeting room in the Kittredge Building:

  • Grades 6-9 from 9:00-10 a.m.

  • Grade K-2 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Grades 3-5 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Parents are welcome to attend. (Please note there will be no book signing on that day. Pre-purchased books will be signed in advance. Thank you.) Thank you to our Parents Association for sponsoring this wonderful event.


Bake Sale Containers:  Thank you to all of the bakers who contributed to our bake sale at the Fall Bazaar!  There are several left-over platters and other containers in the dining hall.  In event you are missing yours, these containers can be found on the shelf in the dining hall where you dropped off your baked goods. Please stop by and find your missing items. Thank you!


Flu Shots at Bement:  Flu shots will be offered to day students at Bement in November.  Please review the Vaccine Information Sheet from the Center’s for Disease Control to learn about this important measure to prevent influenza infection.  If you would like your child to receive a flu shot at school, please return the influenza vaccine request form.  This form requests certain demographic information that we are required by the Massachusetts Department of Health to collect for anyone who receives state supplied flu vaccine. Please be aware that we only have the flu shot and not the flu mist.  We are only able to offer vaccine to children who have already received flu vaccine in the past without difficulty or reaction to the vaccine.


MCBA: The Bement Massachusetts Children's Book Award program will officially begin on Tuesday, November 4 with a rally in the library. Students in grades 4-6 are invited to read from the list of 25 nominated books and then to vote for their favorite on March 6. Students must read a minimum of five books to be eligible to vote. Our school vote will be compiled with those from students across the Commonwealth and a state winner will be announced. There will be book clubs forming, and a Battle of the Books competition as well. The program was established to encourage reading for pleasure in races 4-6, and while voluntary, we hope you will encourage your student to participate. For more information please check our MCBA blog here.










Baby, It's Cold Outside!:  We've been enjoying beautiful afternoons, but the mornings have been cold!  Many lower schoolers are coming to school without coats, and they really need them until well after lunch time.  Please remember to send your child to school with a warm jacket...a hat and gloves wouldn't hurt either!  Thanks and b-r-r-r-r!


Ferdinand:  The first grade play, Ferdinand, will take place on Monday, November 17 at 8:10 a.m. in the barn.  Families are welcome to attend! 


Can You Help?  We are looking for a few parents to assist with costumes for the first grade play, as well as assisting children backstage the morning of the play on November 17.  You do not need to know how to sew, as we mostly need help organizing, mending, and washing.  The morning of the performance we are looking for non-first grade parents (as our first grade parents will be watching in the audience!) to help the children with their various costume changes backstage.  Please contact Sue Robertson at ext: 137 or by email at for for details.  Thank you!


5th/6th Step Up Day: On Wednesday, November 12 the upper school will celebrate its annual step up day for 5th grade students. All current 5th grade students will be invited to spend the morning learning about the program, attending classes, and touring the building. In addition, there will be time scheduled for a question and answer session. Step-Up morning will take place from 8:10 – 10:30.


Rising Sixth Grade Information Session:  All current fifth grade parents are invited to attend an information session about the upper school on Thursday, November 13. Our time together will include conversations about the academic schedule, athletics, advisory, and other key features about grades 6, 7, 8, and 9. Parents will have an opportunity to meet a number of upper school faculty members. In addition, we will allot time for a robust question and answer session. Please RSVP to Toni Costa, upper school administrative assistant, at if you plan to attend. The session will take place from 8:30 - 10:00 and a light breakfast will be provided.


Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group:  Next week's Lunch Bunch will be Group B on Friday, November 7. Zaccheo, Blanchard, Strycharz, Bergeron, Lunt, Hoffman, Houlbecki, Rich, and Schatz.


4/5 Grade Band: On Friday the The Flying Dolphins will have band.  Please remember to bring your instruments!









Get Organized Day:  On Monday, November 3, 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 month of November. Please help us reinforce this essential skill at home by asking your son or daughter to show you their completed assignment books.


SSAT Reminder:  A few weeks ago we sent home details about the Saturday, November 15 SSAT test to be administered at Bement. If you are a parent of a seventh, eighth, or ninth grader who has decided to register for the test, we want to remind you of the following details that were previously mailed to you. You may want to print these as they all pertain to the time period leading up to test day.


Concussion Education:  In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the rising incidence and long-term consequence of concussions in school sports. In  an effort to improve education and prevention, Bement has implemented a concussion management program which is detailed here.












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







The fourth and sixth chorus will be performing on Friday.  Join us for the concert if you can!








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







Do You Have Some Extra Containers?  Do you have any plastic containers (from 1 cup to 2 quarts' size) piling up at home, waiting to be recycled? One? Two? Ten? More?! The Franklin County Community Meal Program needs them all! Clean containers with lids (such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and restaurant/deli containers) are used to bring food for the needy and homeless served by the FCCMP and its volunteers in Greenfield. Mr. Bensen (the elder) collects them at his office in the Drake Building; there's also a collection box in the Kittredge Building. Many thanks in advance!


Sunday Ski Program for Families at Berkshire East:  This is a group package for six consecutive Sundays beginning in January. Lift tickets, lessons and rentals are all discounted! Click here for more information and to sign up!  Questions?  Contact Bement parent, Caroline Johnson at



The Yeomen of the Guard:  Come see Bement parent, John Vance, in the Valley Light Orchestra’s production of The Yeomen of the Guard at the Academy of Music November 7-9 and November 14-16.  Click here for more information. 



Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.

November 3                       Upper School Get Organized Day

November 6                       Fifth grade to National Acrobats of China at the Fine Arts Center

November 7                       Author and Illustrator Day

November 10                      Sixth Grade Play Happily Ever After? 8:10 a.m.

November 12                      Fifth Grade Step-Up Day 

November 12                      Parents Association Board Meeting 7:45 a.m.

November 13                      Current Fifth Grade Parent Information Session 8:30-10:00 a.m.

November 17                      First Grade Play, Ferdinand.  Barn 8:10 a.m.

November 17-19                  Upper School Term Tests

November 20                      Third Grade Play, Dragonslayers Academy.  Barn 8:15 a.m. 

November 21                      Thanksgiving Vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US

November 21                       Second Grade Play, I Am Not.  Barn 8:15 a.m.

December 1                        Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.

December 2                        Classes resume

December 6                        Barnes & Noble Book Fair

December 17                      Holiday Tea at Mary Hawks House 3:30-4:30

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 5                           Upper School Get Organized Day

January 18                         Skating and Basketball Party 4:00-6:30 p.m.

February 2                         Upper School Get Organized Day

February 5                                Long weekend 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US

February 9                         Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.

February 10                              Classes resume

February 13                       Winter Dance for Grades 7-9.  6:30-9:30 p.m.

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

March 30                            Upper School Get Organized Day

April 9                               Grades 6 and 7 Parent Conferences 5:00-8:30 p.m.

April 16                             Grades 8 and 9 Parent Conferences 5:00-8:30 p.m.

April 20                             No classes

May 4                                Upper School Get Organized Day

May 8                                Spring Fling

May 22                              Ninth Grade Play 7:00 p.m.

May 22                                       Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal

May 25                                       Memorial Day Celebration 12:45 p.m. dismissal

May 27                              Upper School Final Exams

May 27                              3:15 Dismissal LS/ 3:30 US

May 29                              Lower School Field Day

June 1                              Upper School Final Exams

June 2                              Upper School Final Exams

June 2                              Upper School Slam the Exam.  2:00 p.m. Mary Hawks House

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.