Bement Look Ahead

For the week of May 30, 2016


Updated May 27, 2016



Memorial Day is a School Day
Please note that we DO have school on Memorial Day.  It is a half-day, and we participate in the town of Deerfield's Memorial Day ceremony, held at Deerfield Academy.  The lower school will be singing, and the upper school strings will perform. Dismissal is at 12:30 p.m., but is subject to the length of the ceremonies.
Health Forms for 2016-2017
All returning families should have received an email this week with links to all of the required health forms for next year. The forms are also available at our website, either from the home page or by following the For Parents>Health Office links.  Please download, print, and return the forms to Bement by August 1, 2016 to avoid a late fee.  Thank you in advance for your time and effort in completing these forms.  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Martino, R.N., at
End of Year Dismissal Times
Please note that beginning June 1, the lower school will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. and upper school will dismiss at 3:30 p.m.  because of upper school final exams.  Please see the lower school section below for information about the after school program and Noticing Nature, and the upper school section for a complete day-by-day calendar of exams, dress codes, and dismissal times for upper schoolers. 
A Note from the Library

It's been another great year in the library! Please note these important end of the year dates:

  • Friday, May 27:  last day for students to check out books
  • Wednesday, June 1:  all books are due back to the library
  • Any books remaining out past June 1 will be considered lost, and replacement charges will be billed. If you have any questions about your student's account, please email Ms. Bernard. 

Thank you for your help in returning your student's books so we may prepare for next year. 




Noticing Nature 

The last day of Noticing Nature is Friday, June 3, which is Field Day.  As Field Day is filled with wonderful water games, please have your children bring an extra set of (dry!) clothes for the afternoon.




Please let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will not be at school on Memorial Day or for baccalaureate or commencement.  We take attendance at these required school events, and knowing in advance about absences is very helpful.  Thank you!



Dress Down Days

Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7, are Dress Down Days.  On the last day of classes, Wednesday, June 8, all students should wear regular school dress.  Thanks!



Timing is Everything

Baccalaureate starts at 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 9. 

All students should arrive on campus, in Formal Monday Dress, no later than 3:30 p.m.  We walk to the Brick Church as a school.  We hope that parents will attend and will find seats in the church before we arrive so that you can enjoy our procession into and out of the church.  All students should be picked up on campus after baccalaureate (at 5:00 p.m.), unless other arrangements are made with the classroom teacher or Mrs. Pennock.

Commencement starts at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, June 10. 

All students should arrive on campus in Formal Monday Dress, no later than 10:00 a.m.  We hope that parents will attend this lovely ceremony.  If you cannot, your children may be picked up at noon.  For those of you who attend, you are invited to stay for an outdoor luncheon following the ceremony.  We look forward to both of these beautiful Bement events and we thank you in advance for getting your children dressed up in Formal Monday Dress!  (See below for specifics.)



Formal Monday Dress

Formal Monday Dress is required for Baccalaureate and Commencement.  All students need to wear: 

  • navy blazers (NO sweaters) with the Bement patch,
  • white collared shirts or blouses (NO turtlenecks) with ties for boys,
  • dress shoes (NO sneakers or rubber flip flops). 
  • Boys may wear khaki shorts or khaki slacks, and girls may wear khaki skirts, khaki skirt-length skorts, khaki pants, or khaki Bermuda-length shorts. 

See the Family Handbook for more details, or check in with your child's teacher or Mrs. Pennock. We thank you in advance for your attention to these details. 



Field Day

Lower Schoolers are getting ready for Field Day, Friday, June 3!  After a lower school picnic, the kindergartners and ninth graders will kick off the afternoon with a three-legged race...then the real fun will begin!  Children have been divided into "teams”—blue and white (our school colors.) Contact Mrs. Pennock for a list of all lower school Blue or White team designation.  Siblings are all on the same team (upper and lower) and children remain on the same team throughout their time at Bement.  All children should wear shorts that day...athletic shorts are fine.  We ask that the Blue Team wear blue tee-shirts (any shade of blue) and the White Team wear white tee-shirts.  Tee-shirts do NOT have to be new—just all blue or all white! (Minor decorations are OK.)  Lots of the games involve water, so students may wear bathing suits under their shorts and tee-shirts that day.  Please send in a towel and a change of  clothing, most students will be wet for the ride home!   We all look forward to this fun-filled event!  Many thanks!



End-of-Year Dismissal Times

The last day of After School Group is Tuesday, June 7.  Before that, starting on Wednesday, June 1, the upper school will be dismissing at 3:30, so the lower school will dismiss at 3:15. This will happen from Wednesday, June 1, through Tuesday, June 7.  On our last day of classes, Wednesday, June 8, the lower school will dismiss at 1:45.


Memorial Day  

We DO have school on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal on the street.  We end the morning at Deerfield Academy sharing a special Memorial Day ceremony with Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook, and Deerfield townspeople.  The lower school will be singing My Country 'Tis of Thee.  If you would like to practice this song with your lower schooler, click here for the words. Please remember to let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will not be at school on Memorial Day.  Thank you!


Second Grade Play

The second grade will perform Four Billy Goats Gruff on Thursday, June 2 at 8:10 a.m., in the Barn.



Fourth Grade Play

Aesop's Fabulous Fables and Twisted Tales will be performed in the Barn by the fourth grade at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7.


Kindergarten Party

The kindergarten party is for parents, caregivers, and younger siblings of current kindergartners.  It will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m., on the playground (or in the kindergarten classroom in the case of inclement weather).



Sports Week with Mr. D

Looking for something for your kids to do before Bement summer camp begins?  They could be at Sports Week with Mr. D!  Details here.



Friday Band Schedule
The band schedule for Friday, May 27, is:
Fourth Grade:  Jazz 9.10        Fifth Grade:  Bo Knows Band



End of Year Exam and Event Schedule

There are so many details to keep track of during the end of the school year and we want to make it easy for you to find all of the information you need in one place. We hope you find the day-by-day final exam and end of year schedule, helpful as it provides a detailed daily list of final exams, dress codes, and arrival/dismissal times for school and special events.  As always, please do not hesitate to email or call Dean and Toni with any questions.  This schedule will remain posted in the Look Ahead through the end of the year.



Memorial Day

Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, is a required school day. All upper school students will meet with all of their regular Monday classes (refer to the day-by-day schedule for details). Our dismissal time is 12:30 and there is no upper school after school program available. If your son or daughter will not be at school on Memorial Day, please email Dean Fusto, Alice Gearhart, or Toni Costa in advance. 



Slam The Exam! Tuesday, June 7

Slam the Exam is an annual event in the upper school that celebrates the completion of all final exams. All logistical details will be announced during upper school meetings. We will enjoy a hearty lunch, athletic events, yearbook distribution, and an opportunity to swim in the school pool (weather permitting). This is a required school event. All students should bring bathing suits, a towel, and athletic clothes.



Step-Up Afternoon

All returning upper school students will meet by grade with their advisor teams for the 2016-2017 school year. This will be an opportunity for current fifth graders to meet the sixth grade team, sixth graders to meet with the seventh grade advisors, current seventh graders to meet with eighth grade advisors, and current eighth grade students will meet with the ninth grade advisor team.



The spring term academic schedule is posted here.


The day-by-day end of year and exam schedule is posted here.





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





Thursday, June 2, the second grade will perform Four Billy Goats Gruff at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn.


Thursday, June 2, at 2:45 p.m. in the Barn, the seventh grade drama group will perform scenes from Much Ado About Nothing. Immediately following, the eighth grade drama group will perform scenes from The Heart of Robin Hood.


Friday, June 3, we will celebrate Carole Pennock at our all-school morning meeting at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn.  




The spring athletic schedule is available here and is also a link from the home page of our website.  Please check it regularly, as games may be added, rescheduled, or cancelled throughout the season.





Register Now for Summer@Bement—Sessions are Filling Up Quickly!

Our summer programs offer adventures for everyone from ages 4 to 15, from Junior Camp for our youngest campers, all the way to a Counselor-in-Training program for our oldest. The Adventure Day Camp is a great choice for campers between 7 and 12 years old, with activities that include hands-on history with our neighbors at Historic Deerfield, cooking and baking, computer programming, sports, art, swimming, and lots more!  Or you might consider the Outdoor Challenge Weeks for your adventurous 9 to 14 year old, offered in collaboration with Adventure In, Adventure Out.  AIAO is limited to 13 students per session.


The second session of camp, July 11-22, has limited availability in Junior and Adventure camps, please register soon if you are counting on your child being a Bement camper this summer.  For dates and more information, contact the director of summer programs, Doc Potter ( or check out our website. See you this summer!





Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Your help is needed!  The Bement Parents Association is hosting the annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, June 13.  Please join us in saying thank you to the dedicated men and women who make Bement the special place it is for our children.  We need your assistance to make this a festive event!  Please see the attached sign-up sheet for ways you can help, and sign up by Friday, June 3. Thank you!



Box Tops for Education

Thank you to all the families who remembered to clip and send in their Box Tops for Education tabs this year.  The Bement Parents Association received a total of $169.30 for the 2015-2016 school year + $35 that was submitted after last year's March deadline.  Total received since September 2015: $204.30.  If you have tabs you've been accumulating in your kitchen drawer, please send them to school with your child.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents.  There is a collection box above the printer in the Keith House (across from Carole Pennock's office), a cup in the window of Toni Costa's reception area of the Kittredge Building, put them in the PA mailbox in Barton House, or just have your child give them to their teacher.  Help support the Bement Parents Association by cutting and submitting your Box Tops before they expire.





Cycle Pottery Summer Sessions

Cycle Pottery, a popular Bement vacation activity, is offering summer programs, one of which is during that hard-to-fill week before Bement summer camp begins.  Special discounts for returning students and siblings!




The Look Ahead publishes weekly on Fridays during the school year.  
To make a submission, please email your information to Meg Clark, Director of Communications, at by noon on Thursday.
Any changes or corrections to your contact information should be sent to

Important Dates

for Spring Term:               Full school calendar is here.  

                                           2016-2017 Key Dates are here.

May 30                                Memorial Day (attendance required),
                                                 dismissal at 12:30 p.m. (approximate) 
May 31                                Second Grade Insect Fair, 2:30 p.m.,
                                                  in the Library
June 1-3                             Upper School Exams
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 3:30 p.m.
June 2                                 Second Grade Play,
                                                 "Four Billy Goats Gruff," 8:15 a.m.
                                          Seventh Grade Play, "Scenes from Much
                                                 Ado About Nothing" and Eighth Grade Play,
                                                 "Scenes From The Heart of Robin Hood," 2:45 p.m.
June 3                                 Field Day
June 6-7                             Upper School Exams
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 3:15 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 3:30 p.m.
June 7                              Fourth Grade Play, "Aesop's Fabulous Fables and
                                                 Twisted Tales," 8:15 a.m.
                                            Kindergarten Party, 2 p.m.
                                            Slam the Exam (US) 12:15-3:15 p.m.
June 8                                 Final Day of Classes
                                        Lower School Dismisses at 1:45 p.m.
                                        Upper School Dismisses at 2 p.m.
                                            Cotillion, 6:30-10 p.m.
June 9                                 Baccalaureate (attendance required), 4 p.m.
                                            Farewell Evening, 6:15 p.m. in the Barn
June 10                               Commencement (attendance required), 10:30 a.m.
June 13                               PA Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
June 27-July 8                    Session 1:  Bement Summer Program
July 11-July 22                   Session 2:  Limited Space Available
July 25-August 5                 Session 3:  Bement Summer Program