We Have School on Memorial Day: Just a reminder that Memorial Day is a required school day and is Monday Dress. We do have classes in the morning. We end the morning at Deerfield Academy sharing a special Memorial Day ceremony with Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook, and Deerfield townspeople. Students will arrive back on campus for a 12:45 p.m.dismissal.
Health Forms:Health forms the 2015-2016 school year and can be found on our website. Simply download, print, complete and return them by August 1, 2015. There are no additional websites to visit or waivers to complete. Everything you need is in this file. Thank you for your time and efforts in completing these forms. Feel free to contact school nurse, Elie Shuman, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Library Books: Any materials not returned by the end of the school year will be considered lost and families will be billed. Thank you for your assistance in helping your student round up their stray books. If there are any questions about your child's library record, please feel free to email Marcia Bernard, school librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for a wonderful year in the Clagett McLennan Library!
End of the Year Library Dates: With the end of the school year just weeks away, please note the following dates: May 26 is the last day for students to check out library books and June 1 all library books are due back to the library. Please plan accordingly!
Grade 5 Noticing Nature: The final Noticing Nature will be on Friday, May 29, which is also field day. Since field day is filled with wonderful water games, please have your children bring an extra set of (dry!) clothes for the afternoon.
Attendance: 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 1 and Tuesday, June 2, are Dress Down Days. On the last day of classes, Wednesday, June 3, all students should wear regular school dress. Thanks!
Last Day: Remember that lower school dismissal on the last day of classes, Wednesday, June 3, is at 1:45. Many thanks!
Timing is Everything: Baccalaureate starts at 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 4. 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 5. 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: All students wear Formal Monday Dress for baccalaureate and commencement. Below is a reminder about what is expected for Formal Monday Dress.
White collared shirt
Khaki skirt, khaki skirt-length skort, khaki Bermuda-length shorts, or khaki long pants
White collared shirt and tie (NO turtlenecks)
Khaki long pants or khaki Bermuda-length shorts
Navy blazer with Bement patch (NO sweater)
Dress shoes (NO sneakers): leather or other dress shoes, including leather sandals (NO rubber flip flops)
Field Day: Lower Schoolers are getting ready for Field Day, Friday, May 29! 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.) A list of all lower school students was sent home via email with each one's team designated by a "B" or a "W." Siblings are all on the same team (upper and lower) and children remain on the same team throughout their time at Bement. This list will only be available through this email and not in the Look Ahead online. 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: The last day of After School Group is Tuesday, June 2. Before that, starting on Wednesday, May 27, the upper school will be dismissing at 3:30, so the lower school willdismiss at 3:15. This will happen from Wednesday, May 27, through Tuesday, June 2. On our last day of classes, Wednesday, June 3, the lower school will dismiss at 1:45.
Memorial Day: We DO have school on Memorial Day, with a 12:45 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!
Fourth Grade Plays: L.A. Gendry and the Temple of Kalos will be performed by fourth grade "The Brasshoppers" at 8:15 on Wednesday, May 27, and "The Hyper Sloths" at 8:15 on Thursday, May 28.
Second Grade Play: The second grade will perform Stone Soup on June 1 at 8:10 a.m.
The Kindergarten End of Year Party: The kindergarten party is for parents, caregivers, and younger siblings of current kindergartners. It is at 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 2 on the playground (or in the K classrooms in the case of inclement weather).
4/5 Grade Band: Brasshoppers and #WhyDoWeKeepHashtagging have band on Friday.
End-of-Year Daily 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 attached end-of-year document helpful as it provides a detailed daily list of final exams, dress codes for the remainder of the school year, 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.
Make-Up Exams: Any student who is absent during the final exam days will be able to make up the exam with Ms. Gearhart on Wednesday, June 3 from 8:30 – 11:30.
Memorial Day: Memorial Day is a required school day. Given our early dismissal, all upper school students will meet for shorter periods in each of their five Monday classes. Our dismissal time is 12:45 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. You can find a detailed schedule for Memorial Day here.
Athletic Schedule: Bement's spring athletic schedule can be found on our website here. Please check this regularly, as game times and dates do change.
THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES:
Friday Morning Meeting: We will have many of performances on Friday! Our sixth grade band will perform, as will our seventh, eighth, and ninth grade band. Fifth graders Sho and Grace will each perform a piece on the piano as well! You are invited to join us at 8:10 a.m. in the Barn, if you are able.
Please join the upper school in the barn on Thursday afternoon May 28 for a double feature performance. The seventh grade drama class will perform scenes from Hamlet at 2:45 and at 3:00, and the eighth grade drama class will perform the final act of Julia Cho's comic and touching play, The Language Archive.
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
Blue Heron and the Code Blue Band: Bement parents, Mike Kittredge PTT, P'06 '18 '21 and Bruce Schwartz P'10, are part of the Code Blue Band. This band so generously donated their perfomance for Shelley and Rob Jackson's celebration, so if you missed it, or would like to enjoy the band again, they will be performing at the Blue Heron in Sunderland on June 25. Learn more here.