The following is a listing of the many events sponsored by the Bement Parents Association throughout the school year. Please consider volunteering for those that may be of interest to you, either by contacting the Event Chair or emailing the PA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-School Picnic – Friday, September 14, 2012
Family-style picnic with fun to be had by all. Held at the beginning of the year, the picnic gives new parents a chance to meet returning parents, and the rest of the Bement community a chance to kick off a new school year together. Each family brings a dish to share. Help is needed with set-up and clean-up.
Author/Illustrator Day – Biennial Event, next event is Friday, Nov 2, 2012
A remarkable biennial event in which local authors and illustrators share their work on a personal level with Bement students. We end the day with a book signing that is open to the Bement community.
Bake Sales – Several times throughout the year
Volunteers are needed to work behind the baked goods table and assist with sales. Flyers are sent out before events, and information posted in the Look Ahead, to let all the parents prepare their favorite baked goods.
Bazaar and Fall Festival – Saturday, October 13, 2012
This fall fundraiser features quality items at tag sale prices. Clean out your attics, basements, and closets! Helpers can assist with the organizing of the items and get a sneak preview of the items for sale. Volunteers are needed for the day of the sale and especially for clean-up. Many hands make light work! For more information, email Cressey Janko at email@example.com.
Bement School Store – Various times throughout the year
Kids love the items, and this is a very exciting and rewarding place to volunteer. Helpers can assist with the set-up and sale of items. The School Store is usually open once a month; times and locations will be posted in the Look Ahead. The Store also has ongoing sales of Dean's Beans coffee and gourmet tea from The Tea Guys, and runs the Blazer Exchange.
Blazer Exchange – September 5, 2012 & Saturday, April 27, 2013
A twice-a-year opportunity (prior to the start of school and at Spring Fling Fair) to purchase or exchange pre-owned blazers and sweaters as required for Mondays and Formal Dress occasions.
Book Fairs – Various times throughout the year
Book Fairs vary between on- and off-campus book sales (such as Barnes & Noble book fair events), providing a chance for students, families, faculty & staff to expand their personal libraries while supporting Bement with a percentage of sales.
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon – June, 2013
A luncheon held at the end of the year to THANK our hard-working faculty and staff for all their incredible work throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to provide salads & desserts, and for set up, serving, and clean up.
Food Drive – February 2013
After the holidays, when food donations start to decline, we collect donations of nonperishable food items, which are needed throughout the entire year. In previous years, donations have gone to either the Food Bank, or the Franklin County United Way's Suppers for Six program.
Library Support – Throughout the school year
If you have some time on your hands, the Bement library is a great place to be. The Claggett-McLennan Library welcomes folks interested in volunteering in the library on a regular basis. Tasks include assisting at the circulation desk (check in/check out books), re-shelving books, and book processing.
Open Meetings – This year, all meetings will be open to the parent community. Meetings will be held twice a month, dates to follow.
Parents' Day – Friday, October 5, 2012
This fall school tradition is a day bringing together boarding and day parents to meet and mingle. The format of the day includes class visits, upper and lower school meetings, the Parents Association introductions, and much more.
Skating/Basketball Party – Sunday, January 20, 2013
A great, free opportunity for parents and kids to ice skate and/or shoot some baskets! Soup, sandwiches, and drinks provided for all. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve the food, and clean up. This event is held at Deerfield Academy, and families must provide their own skates.
Spring Fling Saturday Fair – Saturday, April 27, 2013
Yes, it's a school day, but it's a day full of Kids Fair Fun and great school spirit. Plenty of opportunities to help organize and volunteer at the event.
Any proceeds from these events benefit the Parents Association School Fund. Funds are used for an end-of-year gift to the school, sponsorship of educational programs for parents and students, and for PA-sponsored events throughout the school year.
Former head of school from 1947-1971, Mary "Gug" H. Drexler, passed away on April 23, 2013 at the age of 101.
Remembrances of Gug's time as head of school can be found on the school's alumni facebook page.
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