Bement Look Ahead

For the week of June 6, 2016


Updated June 08, 2016


This is the last Look Ahead for the 2015-2016 school year!  

The June Look Ahead will arrive in your inbox later this month, with information to get everyone ready for 2016-2017.


Congratulations, ninth graders, and happy summer, everyone! 



Blaze Literary Arts Magazine is here, and it's digital!  Produced by a hard-working upper school elective group with Ms. Bernard this spring, you can view this year's Blaze here.

End of Year Dismissal Times

Please note that the lower school will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. and upper school will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, because of upper school final exams.  The last day of after school is Tuesday, June 7. On Wednesday, lower school dismisses at 1:45 p.m. and upper school dismisses at 2:00 p.m.  Please see the upper school section below for a complete day-by-day calendar of exams, dress codes, and event times for upper schoolers. 

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 return it as soon as possible. Thank you!

Thank you to all the parents who have kept the Health Office informed of strep diagnoses.  Unfortunately, it appears to still be active in the community, so please be aware and don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider if you suspect your child may be ill.
Lost and Found is FULL
When you are on campus this last week of school, please visit the Lost and Found collection in the Polk Building (down by the dance studio).  There are many, many, many items on the racks and in the bins. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the year.
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
Summer at the Carle
Looking for something fun to do locally this summer?  Stop by the admission office and pick up a family pass to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.  Each pass admits two adults and up to four children.
Library Books: Past Due!

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 another wonderful year in the Clagett McLennan Library! 





Please let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will not be at school 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 blouses or collared shirts (NO turtlenecks) with ties for boys,
  • dress shoes (NO sneakers or rubber flip flops). 
  • Boys may wear khaki slacks or khaki shorts, and girls may wear khaki skirts, khaki skirt-length skorts, khaki pants, or khaki Bermuda-length shorts.  Cargo pockets are not acceptible for Formal Monday Dress.

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. 



End-of-Year Dismissal Times

The last day of After School Group is Tuesday, June 7.   Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7, the upper school will be dismissing at 3:30, so the lower school will dismiss at 3:15.  On our last day of classes, Wednesday, June 8, the lower school will dismiss at 1:45.



Fourth Grade Play

Aesop's Fabulous Fables and Twisted Tales will be performed in the Barn by the fourth grade at 8:10 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. New Dates: Wednesday, June 15-Friday, June 17.





End of Year Exam and Event Schedule

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to find all of the information you need for the end-of-year events. 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. 



Used Books

Please use this link for all information pertaining to the collection and potential resale of used textbooks.



After School Program

The final day of our after school proctored study hall will be Tuesday, June 7.  There is no after school program on Wednesday, June 8.  Please email to make arrangements for after school proctoring.



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.



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





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





Tuesday, June 7, the fourth grade will perform Aesop's Fabulous Fables and Twisted Tales 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.  Pick up and drop off will be at Bement.


The second session of Adventure camp, July 11-22, is full, 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!





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!




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Important Dates

for Spring Term:               2016-2017 Key Dates are here. 


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.
                                            Last Day of After School
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:  Adventure Day Camp (age 7-12) is FULL
July 25-August 5                 Session 3:  Bement Summer Program
Thursday, September 8      First Day of School