Life at Bement: Look Ahead

For the week of February 15, 2016


Updated February 12, 2016

Re-enrollment for 2016-2017

Enrollment Agreements and Intent to Enroll letters were mailed last week. If you have not received your re-enrollment packet, please let the admission office know (413.774.4209).  The health insurance form, a signed copy of the enrollment letter, and the deposit to reserve your child(ren)'s place for 2016-2017 are due to the admission or business office on Monday, February 15.  Please contact Kim Loughlin in the admission office if you have any questions about re-enrollment. Thanks!



Three Cheers for the Math Club!

The Bement Math Club took second place in the National MathCounts Connecticut Valley Chapter Competition on Saturday, February 6 at Hampden Charter School in Chicopee.  This means the entire team will compete in the state finals on Saturday, March 5.  Congratulations to Elven, Jamie, Ben, Tim, Alice, Keishi, Quan, Ken, Lucas, and Alex.  Jamie, Ben, and Tim also placed among the top ten individual competitors. Many thanks to the parents who have been such terrific supporters of the math team.  Thank you also to the coaches, parents Cong Chen and Nick Bagley, and former teammate and current ninth grader, Victoria, for their effort throughout the year.  Best wishes to our mathletes in Boston next month!



Dinner-To-Go! Order Forms

The fifth grade wants to save you time and effort, with a hot dinner to take home!  Dinners will be freshly made the day of pickup, Thursday, February 25.  The proceeds support the fifth grade's trip to Nature's Classroom this spring. The dinner options are (1) gluten-free chili (vegetable or meat), cornbread, and cookies, and (2) vegetable lasagna, garlic knots, and cookies.  Cost is $25/meal (each meal serves 4). The order form is available here.  Orders are due on Thursday, February 18.



March Camp Information

There are several on-campus camp options for students of all ages during March break.  March camp information is posted on our website

A tremendous thank you to everyone who donated a filled food bag to the Suppers for Six campaign. This United Way event collected more than 500 bags of suppers to distribute to local families in need.  Bement and Baystate Franklin Medical Center were the two largest donor groups.  Many thanks to our Bement giraffes for helping friends and neighbors in our community.
Key Dates for 2016-2017
The key dates calendar for the 2016-2017 school year is available on the home page of our website, so that you can begin planning for next year!  



Valentines Day

We will celebrate Valentine's Day on MONDAY, February 15! Because it falls on a Monday, there will be no Monday Dress...instead, we will have a Dress Down Day, as long as students wear something RED on top!  Children are invited to bring in valentines with the following caveats:

  1. Valentines must go to ALL students in your class.
  2. If you give valentines to children in the other class in your grade, please include all students in that class.
  3. You may send valentines to anyone in any grade or to any teacher in the lower school.
  4. If you want to bring any sweets to school that day, please check with your teacher first.
  5. Please remember, we are a nut-free campus!

All lower schoolers will be creating their own valentine mail bags and will have time on Monday to deliver valentines around the lower school.  You'll find class lists in the 2015-2016 Family Directory or ask Mrs. Pennock for a copy of the roster.  Many thanks!

Important PE Information - Please Note

Attention Grades 4 and 5:  Skating for PE

Skating during PE will begin on Monday, February 22 and will continue for the week.  Each student is required to bring A PAIR OF SKATES AND A HELMET (bike helmets are fine) to class.  Please DO NOT feel like you need to go out and buy a brand new pair of skates for your child if they do not have any.  We have skates that might fit someone or you could ask around and see if someone else has a pair to borrow.  Only use buying a new pair as a last resort, unless that is something you want to do.  You can contact Mr. D. through the school phone or via email at if you have any questions. Thanks for your help!



Swimming Instruction in April

During the month of April, the lower school spends PE class in the pool twice a week.  Please read this message from Mr. D. and return the attached form to Mrs. Pennock or your child's teacher by Friday, March 4.

Fourth Grade Field Trip
On Monday, February 15 the fourth grade will take a lunchtime field trip to the Bement swim meet at the Deerfield Academy pool.  They will be cheering on classmates who are participating in the meet.  Parents should pack a nutritious bag lunch for their fourth grader that day, remembering no nuts, gum, candy, or glass containers please.  Parents are welcome to volunteer as back up timers; if you are interested, please contact Martha Price at
The Third Grade Presents The Sneetches
The entire third grade will perform in Mr. Bensen's "gently adjusted" version of the Dr. Seuss classic on Friday, February 26 at 8:10 a.m. as part of our all-school morning meeting.  Please note this is a date change from what was previously listed. You won't want to miss it, and you might get a preview of fourth graders in their Colonial Ball finery!
Colonial Ball Notes
A much-beloved and anticipated Bement tradition, the Colonial Ball, will be Friday, February 26. As part of their colonial studies, the fourth grade will hold the ball in the Hall Tavern at Historic Deerfield at 10 a.m.  There will be music, dancing, costumes, and a delicious lunch afterwards. Mrs. Mullens has sent information home, but if you have questions or would like to help, please contact her.

March Camp Information

Several Bement teachers are offering camps at Bement over the March break.  Please check our website for more information.  Contact the teachers individually to sign up!


Next Lunch Bunch

The Lunch Bunch on Friday, February 19, is Group AAndon, Holubecki, Lozier, Rich, Rourke, Smarr. 

Friday Band Schedule
The band rehearsal schedule for Friday, February 19 is:
4th Grade: The Reeders      5th Grade:  Flying Hippos  



Winter Dance 

The ninth grade will host our annual Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 12, for grades 7-9. Please make note of the following items:

  • The dance begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.  Please be prompt with student pick up at 9:30 in the front of the school.
  • The dance is open to all seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. The admission fee is $7.00.
  • There will be snacks and drinks for sale during the dance.
  • Guests' names must have already been submitted for them to attend the dance.


Highlights from La Suiza - Postponed

The ninth grade class will not present highlights from their 2016 trip to the La Suiza orphanage during our Friday all school meeting this week. Look for a rescheduled date soon!



The academic schedule for winter term is available here.  PLEASE NOTE:  Because of the Friday ski program, upper school pickup time is 3:45 p.m. on Fridays during winter term.





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





Please join us in the Barn on Friday, February 19 at 8:10 a.m. for a dance performance.





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





Parents Association Meeting

The next meeting of the PA will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:10 a.m. in the dining hall.  Please join us to hear about upcoming plans and share your ideas for PA events, or email the PA any time at!  



Spring Fling Planning Meeting

The next meeting of the Spring Fling committee will be Tuesday, February 23 at 8:15 a.m. in the middle dining room of Bement House. Please note the time change!





Enjoy a Classical Concert this Saturday!

The Pioneer Valley Symphony will be performing at the Greenfield High School Auditorium on Saturday, February 13.  Look closely at the performers, and you will see Anna Wetherby and Nancy Pond!  More information is available here.



Teen Art Show at Artspace

February 19 will be the last day to catch the Teen Art Show at Artspace in Greenfield featuring art from Sol, Jenny, U Jin, Neil, Peter, and Clyde. 



Check Out the new Arts Block!

Bement alumni Jeremy Goldsher '04 is a part of the reinvigoration of Greenfield's Arts Block building. There are upcoming performances of all kinds—check it out!



March Break Pottery Camp

Cycle Pottery is again offering a vacation camp during our March break. Many Bement students have had a great time at Cycle Pottery, learning how to throw on a potter's wheel!  View the flyer here.



Happier Families!

Looking for a fresh, fun outing for your family?  How about a comedy show?  Check out the program at Happier Valley Comedy in Easthampton!  You can find out more here.




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Important Dates

for Winter Term:               Full school calendar is here.


February 15                         Re-enrollment for 2016-2017 Due                         
                                             Fourth Grade to Swim Meet at lunchtime
February 16                         Parents Association Meeting, 8:10 a.m.
February 23                         Spring Fling Committee Meeting, 8:15 a.m.
February 25                         Dinner-To-Go pickup in the dining hall                     
February 26                         Third Grade Play: The Sneetches, 8:10 a.m.                        
                                             Fourth Grade Colonial Ball, 9:30 a.m.
March 2                             Eighth Grade drama, Scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird, 11:30 a.m.
                                            Second Grade Author's Tea, 2:30 p.m. in the library
                                           Seventh Grade Drama, The Comedy of Errors (abridged!), 4:10 p.m.
March 3                               Upper School Ski/Service Day
                                            Third Grade Biography Fair, 8:30 a.m. in the library
March 4                                Fifth Grade Play: A Mother Goose Tale, 8:10 a.m.
                                             Lower School Swim Forms Due                              
                                             Early Dismissal: LS 1:45/ US 2 p.m.
March 28                             Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.
March 29                             Spring Term Begins!