For Parents: PA Events


Here is a sampling of our events. In advance of each, flyers are sent home and details are in the weekly Look Ahead. Volunteer by contacting the Event Chair or emailing

ALL SCHOOL PICNIC - Friday, September 15, 2013
Family-style potluck held at the start of school. This event gives new parents a chance to meet our community and kick off the school year together. Each family brings a dish to share. Help needed with setup and cleanup. Contact: Peg Johnson at

AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR DAY - held biennially, next event Fall 2014
A remarkable event in which local authors and illustrators share their work on a personal level with Bement students. The day ends with a book signing open to parents.

BAKE SALES - fall and spring
Volunteers needed to bake items and work the sale.

BAZAAR AND FALL FESTIVAL - Saturday, October 26, 2013
This autumn fundraiser features quality items for sale at tag sale prices. It is held in conjunction with a farm stand, bake sale, 9th graders' pancake breakfast, and 5th graders' chili and hot dog sale. Volunteers needed for organizing items, working the sale, and cleanup. Many hands make light work! Contact: Cressey Belden Janko at

BEMENT SCHOOL STORE - open intermittently, see weekly Look Ahead
From sweatshirts to flip flops and lots in between, everyone loves the school store. Volunteers assist with set-up and sale of items. In addition, the store sells Dean's Beans coffee and gourmet tea from The Tea Guys; it also coordinates the Blazer Exchange. For more info, see

BLAZER EXCHANGE - September 4, 2013 and April 26, 2014
Twice a year - at Orientation and Spring Fling Day - there is an opportunity to purchase or exchange pre-owned jackets and sweaters required for Monday Dress and Formal Dress occasions.

- December 7, 2014
Book Fairs vary from year to year - on and off campus such as Barnes & Noble book fair events - providing a chance for the community to expand individual libraries while supporting Bement with a percentage of sales. Contact Lee Rubeck

- June 2013
Held after classes conclude for the year, this event serves to thank our faculty and staff for their dedication. Volunteers needed to provide salads and desserts, and for setup, serving, and cleanup.

FOOD DRIVE - February 2013
After the holidays, Bementers fill recyclable bags full of non-perishable food for local families in need. Donations coordinated and distributed by the Food Bank or Franklin County's United Way. Contact: Cressey Belden Janko at

The Claggett-McLennan Library welcomes parents to volunteer on a regular basis. Tasks include assisting at the circulation desk, re-shelving, and book processing. Contact: Marcia Bernard at

OPEN MEETINGS- All meetings are open to the Bement parent community. See the Look Ahead for dates.

- Friday, October 11, 2013
The Parents Association supports the annual school tradition of bringing together boarding and day parents to meet teachers, visit classes, and enjoy campus with our children. The School Store is open at this time.

- Sunday, January 19, 2014
On a Sunday afternoon deep in winter, we are invited to Deerfield Academy's rink and indoor basketball courts. Soup, sandwiches, and drinks provided. This event is free to our school community; families must bring their own skates. Volunteers needed for setup, serving food, and cleanup. Contact Andi Turowsky & Lisa Ganci

SPRING FLING SATURDAY FAIR - Saturday, April 26, 2014
Yes it's a school day, but it's also a lot of fun! Games and prizes coordinated by individual grades. Fun Run through the streets and corn fields of Historic Deerfield. Opportunities to volunteer include organizing, setup, running booths, and cleanup.

Proceeds from all PA events go directly to the Parents Association School Fund which sponsors various programs for parents and students throughout the year, and at the end of term, it donates profits to areas of the greatest need on campus.