Bement Look Ahead

For the Week of October 27, 2014


Updated October 24, 2014




Fall Weekend Activities:  We hope to see you at the Fall Bazaar this Saturday, October 25 from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.  An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit the ninth grade service trip to the Dominican Republic, a chili tent to help the fifth grade class at Nature's Classroom, a LARGE community tag sale, a bake sale, a farm stand, and more will all be part of the fun!  We hope to see you on Saturday!


Do You Have Some Extra Containers?  Do you have any plastic containers (from 1 cup to 2 quarts' size) piling up at home, waiting to be recycled? One? Two? Ten? More?! The Franklin County Community Meal Program needs them all! Clean containers with lids (such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and restaurant/deli containers) are used to bring food for the needy and homeless served by the FCCMP and its volunteers in Greenfield. Mr. Bensen (the elder) collects them at his office in the Drake Building; there's also a collection box in the Kittredge Building. Many thanks in advance!








Halloween is Hat Day at Bement:  Halloween is always a fun day in the lower school!  We do not wear costumes in the lower school, but we do wear hats!  Funny hats, scary hats, silly hats, home-made hats, baseball's each student's choice.  We will wear them to school, then put them on again at lunch time, so that everyone will get to enjoy everyone else's chapeaux!  Please do not send in candy that day unless you have checked it out with your child's teacher...and, of course, no one is required to wear a's up to each student to decide if he or she wants to wear a special hat that day!  No wigs or masks...just hats!  Enjoy!!


Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group:  Next week's Lunch Bunch will be Group A on Friday, October 31.Flack, Melnik, Paasch, Gagne, McCarthy, Volchanskaya, Fournier, and Fraser.


4/5 Grade Band: On Friday the 78th Dimension of "Fun" and #DontCallVerizon will have band.  Please remember to bring your instruments!









Grades are Posted:  Grades have been posted to NetClassroom.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Lizzie Doubleday at


One-on-One Advisor/Advisee Tri-Weekly Chats:  At the conclusion of each tri-weekly period (every 3 weeks), the upper school sets aside time to allow advisors to meet privately with each advisee to discuss all aspects of the grade report. Their conversations are often centered around encouraging student reflection on teacher comments and corresponding letter and effort grades. In addition, many advisors use this time to help advisees craft short-term and long-term academic goals. The next 1:1 chat will take place on Monday, October 27. 


French Trip:  Did you miss the informational session with Nancy Pond on Parents Day to learn more about the student trip to France?  It's not too late! You can read more here and contact Nancy Pond at for more information. 











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







On Friday, ninth graders Min Jung and Alfred, will treat us to piano performances.  Also, the fourth grade band will be performing.  This is not to be missed!






The fall athletic schedule is posted here.  Please check it regularly in the case of a rescheduled or canceled game.







Dare to be Scared!  The Bement family, Belden Janko's, invite you to come down to a real HAUNTED HOUSE after school on Halloween, Friday, October 31.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m.  (Scary but safe for brave kids over 7.)  119 Old Main Street, Deerfield.


Sunday Ski Program for Families at Berkshire East:  This is a group package for six consecutive Sundays beginning in January. Lift tickets, lessons and rentals are all discounted! Click here for more information and to sign up!  Questions?  Contact Bement parent, Caroline Johnson at


Does Your Lower Schooler Want to Learn Hip-Hop?  Fourth grader, William, has so much fun dancing at Lively Dance in Ashfield, that he wants other Bementers to join him!  He writes, "Do you want to learn hip-hop?  You can at Sanderson Academy in Ashfield, MA on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30.  Open for those in grades 2-5."  See William for more information or click here!


This Weekend- TCHAIKOVSKY, TOMASI, BRAHMS:  On October 25 at Bowker Auditorium at UMass Amherst, Bement’s own faculty, Nancy Pond and Anna Wetherby, will perform in the season opener for the Pioneer Valley Symphony.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Learn more here.


This Weekend- Snoopy, the Musical Sixth grader, Isabelle, will be performing in the musical Snoopy, playing Frieda, who is Charlie Brown's friend with the "naturally curly hair." Arts Block in Greenfield October 24-26. Click here for more information.


The Yeomen of the Guard:  Come see Bement parent, John Vance, in the Valley Light Orchestra’s production of The Yeomen of the Guard at the Academy of Music November 7-9 and November 14-16.  Click here for more information. 



Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.

November 6                       Fifth grade to National Acrobats of China at the Fine Arts Center

November 7                       Author and Illustrator Day
November 12                      Parents Association Board Meeting 7:45 a.m.
November 17                      First Grade Play.  Barn 8:10 a.m.
November 21                      Thanksgiving Vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
December 2                        Classes resume
December 6                        Barnes & Noble Book Fair
December 19                            December vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
January 4                           Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.
January 5                                  Classes resume
January 18                         Skating and Basketball Party 4:00-6:30 p.m.
February 5                                Long weekend 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
February 10                              Classes resume
March 6                                     Spring vacation  1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
March 29                            Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.
March 30                                   Classes resume
April 20                             No classes
May 8                                Spring Fling
May 22                                       Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal
May 25                                       Memorial Day Celebration 12:45 p.m. dismissal
June 3                                       Final day of classes 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
June 4                                       Baccalaureate (Attendance required) 4:00 p.m.
June 5                                       Commencement (Attendance required) 10:30 a.m.