Bement Look Ahead

For the week of April 21, 2014


Updated April 18, 2014



Business As Usual:  ...just in a new location.  Our business office has moved upstairs!  Same building (Barton House), new floor.  Come over and day "hello"!


Spring Fling Fair:  We are looking forward to celebrating our annual Spring Fling on Saturday, April 26.  This is a required school day.  Please let either Carole Pennock or Toni Costa know if your child is unable to attend due to a prior conflict.  The schedule of events is here and you can learn more about the community Fun Run, as well as the raffle baskets below in the Parents Association News section.


Monday After Spring Fling:  Please be advised that since Spring Fling is a required school day, the Monday after Spring Fling (Monday, April 28) is a day off from school.


Welcoming Our New Families to Bement:  The admission office is looking for parents who would volunteer to serve as welcome hosts to our new parents and families. We would be grateful to have one or two parents per grade willing to call our new families and welcome them to Bement. Over the summer it would be great to keep that connection going through calls, emails, and maybe even a casual get-together. New families have told us how much they've appreciated having access to a current parent to answer questions like “what is the Blazer Exchange" or to just have a familiar face in the community who facilitates a smoother transition for them. If you are interested in being a welcome host, please contact Kim or Julia in the Admission Office.  Email, call, or drop by!







Spring Fling:  We are all looking forward to Spring Fling on Saturday, April 26.  This is counted as a regular school day and attendance will be taken.  Please let Mrs. Pennock know if your child will be unable to attend...we know that there will be some conflicts, but we expect everyone to be here otherwise.  As you know, there is no school the following Monday, April 28.  Spring Fling is a fun-filled morning and we know that your family will enjoy it.  Children are under their parents' supervision, so if you are unable to be there, please hook your child up with another family. Thank you!


Lower School Band Schedule:  The schedule for the remainder of the school year can be found here.  The Furry Egyptian Penguins and Bald Cat are practicing this Friday.


Lunch Bunch This Week:  Group C. Blanchard, Bull, Kittredge, McCabe, McCarthy, Turowsky, Vochanskaya and Zaccheo.







Tri-Weeklies:  The first tri-weekly of the spring term ended on Friday, April 18 and progress reports will be available in Net Classroom toward the end of the week of this week. Lizzie Doubleday and Toni Costa will send you a reminder once they grade reports are available for viewing.

9th Grade Dominican Republic Presentation:  The 9th grade class will present images and reflections from their trip to the Dominican Republic at the Friday, April 25 all school meeting. The presentation will begin at 8:10 a.m.


Presentation of 9th Grade Self-Portrait Boards:  On Monday, April 21 Kai, James, and Elijah will present their boards at morning meeting, and on Wednesday, April 23 Trevor, Jay, and Jerry will present theirs.


Spring Fling 2014 :  We will celebrate Spring Fling on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00-12:00. This is a required school day for all students. Each advisor group oversees a booth and all advisees participates by signing up for  various shifts during the day. If your son or daughter is unable to attend Spring Fling, please email the advisor directly.  The schedule is as follows:  Booths Open – 9:00 – 10:45, Fun Run - 11:00, Lunch - 11:30.  All upper school students should arrive at 8:45 a.m. to set up their booth and they should check out with their advisor at the end of Spring Fling festivities. We look forward to a memorable day!


Beauty and the Beast Costumes:  Are you available to help with the 9th grade musical's costumes?  Might you have some at home you can lend for the performance?  Please see Emily Macleod for more details!










9th Grade Dominican Republic Presentation:  The 9th grade class will present images and reflections from their trip to the Dominican Republic at the Friday, April 25 all school meeting. The presentation will begin at 8:10 a.m.








Athletic Schedule:  The new spring upper school athletic schedule can be found here.  Please remember to check the schedule often, as dates may change.










Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner:  Bement's dining room menu can be found here.







Spring Fling Day: Could you spare half an hour of your SPRING FLING SATURDAY to help make it run smoothly?  If so, please email Cressey Thank you!


Bake Sale:  Now that we have some lovely volunteers to run the bake sale, we're looking for yummy things to sell!  If you're in the mood, we would love to share your sweets with all of Bement!  Delivery Saturday morning is terrific. Thank you!


Spring Fling Fair:  It’s right around the corner. On Saturday, April 26 from 9-12, come and celebrate spring with Bement!  There will be many activities for Bement students and families to take part in.  This year we will have games created by each grade, hayrides, the drawing of the 5K Tuition raffle and the 8 item raffle, a delicious bake sale, the school store, Tim Young’s Annual Slide Show, a wonderful lunch, AND a Fun Run!  Spring Fling is a required school day and if any student is unable to attend please notify Mrs. Pennock or Ms. Costa.  School dress is not required but all students are encouraged to wear our 2nd annual Spring Fling T-shirt, designed by 8th grader Nailah Barnes.  More info to come…


Feeling Lucky?  The Parents Association will begin selling tickets for the annual 8 Item Raffle and the 5K Tuition Raffle on Monday!  Stop by and visit us under the tent and learn more about the exciting prizes, which include an iPad Mini, $5,000 towards tuition towards any school, local restaurant gift certificates, and more!  Read all about it here and check your child's backpack for the blue flyer as well!








We are deeply saddened to announce that a member of our community, Thomas James Brown, father of Julie Bete-Brown in fourth grade and former partner of Jennifer Bete, passed away on Tuesday April 15.  In lieu of flowers, Tom himself previously requested contributions be made to The Bement School Fox Family Scholarship Fund, which supports financially deserving students who represent diversity at Bement, providing them with the opportunity to participate in all activities and services offered at the school. Our thoughts and love will be with Julie, Jennifer, Ted Moser, and their family.  To donate online or mail a check to: The Bement School Fox Fund, PO Box 8, Deerfield, MA 01342.






Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.  Next year's key dates are found here.

April 26                          Spring Fling (attendance required)
May 13                           Second grade field trip to Hitchcock Center
May 23                                   Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal
May 26                                   Memorial Day 12 p.m. dismissal
June 2                           Fourth grade play, A Fabulous Fandango of Fablery
June 2                           Second grade, The Pig's Picnic
June 4                                   Final day of classes 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
June 5                                   Baccalaureate (Attendance required) 4:30 p.m.
June 6                                   Commencement (Attendance required) 10:30 a.m.
June 6                           Final day of school
September 4                   First day of classes