Early Dismissal and Happy March Break: Lower school is dismissed at 1:45 and upper school at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6. We hope you have a wonderful March break and we look forward to welcoming you back in (hopefully!) warmer weather on March 30.
AISNE Update from Shelley Jackson: If you were at Bement last year, you heard plenty about our ten-year reaccreditation process that happened in September 2014. We wrote a lengthy self-study, a team of educators representing the Association of Independent Schools (AISNE) spent four days studying everything at Bement, and they provided us with a detailed report of what they observed. It included ten recommendations which we are obligated to do, or at least to explain why we won't be doing them. At the one-year mark (January 2015), we were required to provide commentary on our progress. I submitted that report to AISNE last month, and I will happily forward it to you if you'd like to read it. It's been a gratifying process, and as you can see, it's one that makes it nearly impossible to step away from a self-evaluative, reflective mode. Do let me know if you'd like me to send it along.
Friday After School Care: After School Care will be available in the library the last day of winter term, Friday, March 6. Elizabeth Smith, our trusty Friday After School person, will be in the library from 1:45 until 4:30. If you need this coverage, please let Toni Costa (firstname.lastname@example.org) know as soon as possible. Many thanks.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: On Friday, March 6, the library will be hosting its annual all-school celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Students in all grades are encouraged to wear their wildest, most colorful, mis-matched socks for Crazy Sox day in honor of Fox in Sox. Activities throughout the day will include games, art projects, trivia, oobleck, readers' theater, and much more. Learn more here. Librarian, Marcia Bernard, will be collecting empty cardboard toilet paper tubes for one of the projects. Please send any you may have in with your child. Thank you!
Want Dinner Made for You? Good news! The fifth grade has extended the deadline to MONDAY MORNING, so there is still time to participate! You can help by ordering a Dinner To Go, freshly made in our very own Bement kitchen! Entrees serve FOUR, and include gluten-free chili, vegetable lasagna, and gluten-free minestrone. Each entree includes bread (cornbread with the chili) and chocolate chip cookies (the breads and cookies are NOT gluten-free)...all lovingly homemade by our wonderful kitchen staff! All will be made the day of pick up and all can be frozen for future use. It's an easy way to support the fifth grade and to take a night off from cooking! Your order form can be downloaded here and pick up is Thursday, March 5. Order forms should go to Mrs. Pennock in the lower school and Mrs. Costa in the upper school. Questions? Please contact fifth grade parent Michele McCabe at email@example.com.
Eric Carle Passes: Looking for something to do over March break? Come to the admission office to get a pass to the Eric Carle museum in Amherst! Each pass admits up to four children and two adults.
School Store: The school store will be open on Thursday, March 5 from 2:00-5:00. Here is a permission slip if your child will be shopping without you.
Friday, March 6: Friday is the last day of winter term. It is an early dismissal (1:45 for lower school) and is also a Dress Down Day! We wish everyone a wonderful spring break!! We will see you back at school on Monday, March 30.
Noticing Nature: There will be NO Noticing Nature on Friday, March 6.
Don't Forget to Pick Up Your Dinner! Thursday, March 5, is the day that you can pick up the Dinner-to-Go that you ordered! Just stop by the kitchen between 3:00 and 5:00, and it will be waiting for you. Thank you again for your support of our fifth grade trip to Nature's Classroom!
Swimming: Bement's lower school swim program begins in April. Click here for the forms necessary to participate.
Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group: Group C on Friday, March 6. McCabe, Ardrey, Sabelawski, Cherewatti, Turowski, DiBari, Rourke, LeBlanc,
4/5 Grade Band: The Woodwind Winners and The Attack of the Pink Fluffy Tigers (meow) have band on Friday. Bring your instruments!
End of Term Grades and NetClassroom: All upper school teachers will submit final grade reports to the registrar on Saturday, March 7. Parents should be able to view reports in NetClassroom by end of day on Thursday, March 12. Please contact our registrar, Lizzie Doubleday (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about accessing grades.
Spring Term Schedule: Spring term is just around the bend, and this means warmer temps and a brand new academic schedule. Parents can view the new schedule here.
National Exams: For a number of years, students of Latin and French have been taking a national exam at the end of their winter term. This does not affect their Bement language grade at all, but is a valuable exercise to see how our students perform vis a vis others across the country. Every year we have had students achieve high rankings, not only in the local chapter, but also nationally. Students of Spanish at Bement will take a similar exam early in the spring term, as their testing dates are different from the others. Spanish students are also preparing to take part in a national spelling competition in April.
Community Service Update: The Community Service group had a busy winter term. Students and faculty have made lunches and baked muffins and desserts for Community Meals in Greenfield. We would like to thank dorm parent, Emily Whitney, for her continued assistance to me this happen every year. A small group of students, with Frank Massey, have visited several nursing homes bringing song, laughter, joy, and handmade valentine cards to the residents. This year, community service wrapped boxes and filled goody bags and made birthday cards for Birthday Wishes in South Hadley (an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children), thank you cards for deployed soldiers, and created small activity books for children in hospitals. For the first time this year, we collected your gently used clothes, books, and toys and delivered them to four different local shelters.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner: Bement's dining room menu can be found here.
THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES:
As the final week before break approaches, there are many performances:
On Monday morning March 2 at 8:10 in the Barn, the sixth grade drama class will present their original play, The Big Bad Wolf's Second Chance, for the lower school.
On Tuesday, March 3 at 8:15 in the Barn, the fifth grade ("The Buddies") will perform Theogeny.com for the lower school.
Wednesday, March 4 at 8:15 in the Barn, the other fifth grade (Attack of the Pink Fluffy Tigers (meow!)) will present their performance of Theogeny.com.
On Wednesday afternoon, March 4, we will have a triple bill performance in the Barn starting at 3:45. The seventh grade drama class will present scenes from Acts 2 and 3 of Hamlet, followed by a dance performance, and culminating in the eighth grade drama class' scenes from Julia Cho's, The Language Archive.
For our Friday morning meeting, the third grade will perform Saving Sir Lancelot.
THIS WEEK'S ATHLETIC SCHEDULE:
On Thursday March 5, the upper school skiers and snowboarders will head to Bromley Mountain in Vermont for a full day of skiing. We will leave at 8:15 and return by 4:30. Community service and cross-country skiing will have their own full-day plans. Students will be provided lunch, but may bring money for food in the lodge. Please have them leave technology at home. The ticket and transportation will be approximately $50 charged to accounts. Contact Alex Bartlett (email@example.com) with any questions.
BEMENT PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS:
Spring Fling: If you are interesting in learning more about how you can help with Spring Fling fair, please come to the planning meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the middle dining room. Contact Bement parent, Sara Sabelawski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
March Pottery Camp: Several Bement families have taken participated in this pottery camp and it comes highly recommended. Dates available during the last two weeks of March break! Read more here.
Mr. Snedeker's Photography Exhibit: Our very own band director, Jim Snedeker, has an exhibit of his photographs, entitled, Found Scenes, which captures art images in everyday life. The exhibit is up now at the Sunderland Library and runs through April.
...And Mr. Snedeker's Orchestra Performance!: Jim Snedeker will be performing with the Holyoke Civic Symphony on Sunday, March 8 at Holyoke Community College at 3:00 p.m. Performances will include William Waltonís Crown Imperial March; Ralph Vaughan Williamsís Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor; and Edward Elgarís Enigma Variations. Admission is free.