Bement Look Ahead

For the week of November 30, 2015


Updated November 27, 2015




Get ready for Mini-Term 2015:  We're all joining the Circus!





No Monday Dress during Mini-Term

There is NO Monday Dress required on Mondays in mini-term. Regular daily dress code rules do apply, however.  The last day of mini-term, Friday, December 18, will be a dress-down day.



Give Back on #GivingTuesday!     

Our first day of mini-term, Tuesday, December 1, is also #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate generosity by giving to your favorite causes and organizations. We hope you will take a break from holiday shopping, and give back to the organizations that are important to your family. Bement will be giving back, too! Everyone who makes a donation to Bement's 2015-16 Annual Fund by 11:59 p.m. on December 1 will be entered into a drawing, and the winner will receive a matching gift (up to $50), in their name, to donate to an organization of their choice!  If you've already donated to this year's Annual Fund, you are already entered! On #GivingTuesday, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, share your own efforts, and encourage others to join you in giving. Contact Sara Ardrey, director of alumni and development, with any questions about Bement's participation in #GivingTuesday.


Head Checks
All students will have their heads checked on Wednesday, December 2.  We check heads at the beginning of each term and after every break.
Hour of Code is Coming!
During the week of December 7, Ms. Bernard will once again be hosting an Hour of Code for all students. Hour of Code is  an international event that aims to introduce students to computer science. Bement joins over 126,000 other schools in hosting an event.  This year's themes are sure to be popular: Minecraft and Star Wars.  Check it out for yourself at!
Bement Receives an Important Grant
Bement has received a STARS Residencies (Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) which allows us to host an instructor/performer from Circus Smirkus for two weeks during mini-term.  These grants support creative learning opportunities for students, which are an important part of a successful education.  Learning the circus arts employs the same tools students need to learn in order to reach their goals. While they're spinning plates, juggling, and unicycling, Bement students will also be learning the eight "Circus Secrets" that will benefit all areas of their education:  Try; Try Again; Try a New Way; Watch; Listen; Step-By-Step; Go Slow; and Read.  We can't wait to kick off this mini-term spectacular on Tuesday, December 1. Thank you, MCC!  




The lower school is excited about our upcoming mini-term: THE CIRCUS!!  We have been preparing building decorations and we watched Tom Easton and his juggling upper schoolers in a morning meeting.  Tom let all lower schoolers try their hands at juggling and we had a few who took to it like a duck to water (Mrs. Freda, in particular!)  When we return on December 1, we will be working with a performer from Circus Smirkus, thanks to our grant from the MCC, who will teach all of us to be circus performers.  Many other fun learning experiences await our students and we hope you will check in with your lower schoolers each day to see what they have learned!  Bement Big Top, here we come!!


Winter Term P.E. Class Reminder

Mr Dobosz would like to remind everyone that during the winter term most P.E. classes are held up at the Deerfield Academy gym.  In order to keep their floor clean we ask that each student have TWO pairs of shoes for class each day.  One pair is to walk up to D.A. in and the other is to wear during gym time.  The sneakers everyone has now are fine, please do not go out and buy a new pair.  Each student just has to remember to wear boots (if they are wearing their five things on the walk up to D.A.) or another pair of shoes that can get dirty and then they change into the clean sneakers for class.  Thanks for your help and if anyone has any questions please feel free to contact Mr. D at  Enjoy your break!


Five Things to Remember

Don't forget that winter term begins with mini-term (Tuesday, December 1) and all students must bring their five things to school every day.  The five things are: hat, gloves, jacket, snow pants, and boots.  Br-r-r--winter is on its way!


No More Shorts

Put those shorts away until spring term, it's time for long pants!  Remember, no shorts during winter term. Thanks!


Friday Dismissals

The lower school continues to have a 3:15 Friday dismissal in the winter term.


Next Lunch Bunch

The next Lunch Bunch, on Friday, December 4, will be Group A: Andon, Holubecki, Lozier, Rich, Rojas, Rourke, Smarr.  Thank you!




Final Term Grades

Fall term has come to a close and we will begin winter term when mini-term begins on November 30. Grades for the term are posted to NetClassroom.



Get Organized Day

On Wednesday, December 2, 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 December. Please help us reinforce this essential skill at home by asking your son or daughter to show you their completed assignment books.



1:1 Advisor Tri-Weekly Chats

On Thursday, December 3 all advisees will meet individually with their advisors to review tri-weekly reports. Advisors will revisit student goals from previous terms and move forward with action steps for the remainder of the academic year. If you have questions, please contact your son or daughter’s advisee directly.



Winter Sports!

Winter sports will begin on Tuesday, December 1, our first day back, so please come prepared. Information on sports choices and the Friday ski program, was emailed earlier this week or can be found again here.  Once you have read the letter and made your decision, please complete this sign-up form for all Friday afternoon programs and return to Mr Bartlett by Friday, December 4.



The academic schedule for mini-term is available here (three different weekly schedules). Please note that due to the nature of mini-term, daily schedules do sometimes change on short notice.





The dining room menu for the first week of mini-term can be found here.





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.





December PA Meeting

The PA will meet next on Tuesday, December 15 at 8:10 a.m. in the middle dining room of Bement House. Please join us and share your thoughts and ideas.  The minutes from PA meetings are available on the website.



Holiday shopping can help the PA

Planning on doing some holiday baking or holiday shopping in the near future?  Don't forget that you can easily help support the Bement Parents Association, without spending anything extra, at the same time.  Click here to check out the retailers who offer "free" money to organizations like the Bement Parents Association.



Be a Snowbird this Winter!

Ski season is just around the corner! Join this group of Sunday skiiers at Berkshire East in the Snowbirds program.  For more information or to register, check out the flyer here.  Register by Wednesday, December 9.



Book Lovers, Save the Date!

The Parents Association will be hosting a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble in Hadley on Friday, December 11. Share your book fair vouchers with friends and family, because the book fair is an online event, too (follow the instructions at checkout, valid December 11-16). Join the fun and participate in holiday singing and/or giftwrapping. Read more about the Book Fair and Holiday Singing here.  Please contact Amelia Mosley at with any questions.





Enjoy a holiday tradition with a performance of The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. The program includes many of the Bement ballet students of Julia Chen P'15 '17.  This performance will take place in Studio 1 of the Deerfield Academy Hess Center.




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Important Dates

for Mini-Term:                   Full school calendar is here.


November 30                     No Classes
December 1                       Mini-term kickoff at 8:10 a.m.
December 9                       Dartmouth Aires, 2 p.m.
December 11                      Barnes & Noble Book Fair
December 15                     Parents Association meeting, 8:10am
December 16                     Kindergarten Holiday Party, 2:45pm
                                            Holiday Tea at Mary Hawks House, 3:30 p.m.
December 18                       Winter Vacation: LS dismissal=1:45/US dismissal=2pm
January 4                            Classes resume
January 8                            Ski Program/Community Service begins