Hello New Families: Welcome to your first edition of Bement's "Look Ahead"! During the school year, the Look Ahead is emailed on Fridays and it will give you a glimpse into the upcoming week. There are sections for all school, lower school, upper school, as well as school dining menus, athletic schedules, performances, and other important information. If there is another email address you would like us to add to our distribution list, please let us know by replying to this message. Happy reading!
Grades are Ready: Current families, all grades have been posted to NetClassroom for your review. Please contact Lizzie Doubleday at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Boarding Families: A message from Dave Belcher, dean of boarding: Even though the school year has just drawn to a close, we are already making important plans to prepare for the arrival of our boarding students on Tuesday, September 8. Read his entire letter here including theBement Boarding Parent Handbook .
Email Outage: Bement is changing its email providers on July 15. All Bement email addresses will remain the same (the first initial of a person's first name, their entire last name, @bement.org). However, during this change-over we may be unable to receive email messages. We do not know how long this outage will be--it could be anywhere from 15 minutes to two days. If you send someone at Bement an email on or after July 15, and you receive a bounce-back email message, please re-send the email at a later time. And you are always welcome to call the school instead at 413-774-7061! Thank you!
Summer Camps at Bement: Fun at Bement can continue all summer long! From June 29 to August 7, campers ages 4 to 15 enjoy fun-filled days in our Junior Camp, Adventure Camp, and Counselor-in-Training program. From swimming to hands-on history activities with Historic Deerfield to model rocketry, there's something for everyone this summer at Bement. For more information, contact Ms. Lent at email@example.com or check out our website.
Outdoor Challenge Weeks This Summer: For the first time this summer, Bement is partnering with Adventure In Adventure Out to offer three one-week outdoor challenge experiences. Each week brings new locations and new challenges, including rock climbing, caving, kayaking, raft building, geocaching, and more! This offering is open to children between the ages of 9 and 14 from June 22-26, August 10-14, and August 17-21. Space is limited, so check out our website now!
Head of School Search Update: During the past few months, our head of school search consultants, Chuck Burdick and Peter Philip from Carney, Sandoe & Associates, have been busy identifying potential candidates to present to our search committee. In July, the search committee will meet to review resumes and interview candidates. For new parents, we have a section dedicated to the search process on our website.
June 30 Deadline: If you tend to save things to the last minute, you're not alone and there's still time to participate in Bement's 2014-15 Annual Fund! We're at 75% parent participation, and that means we have work to do since our goal is ALL IN to have all 2014-15 families donate to Bement's Annual Fund. To give online click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a donation to be charged on your student account, or mail a check (postmarked by June 30) to The Bement School. Thank you!
From Parent Annual Fund Co-Chairs, Kim and Joe Butz P'19: Congrats to the second grade families (class of 2022)! These families are ALL IN and leading the way for us to make a splash at Bement with all families donating to the Annual Fund 2014-15. Close behind them are the kindergarten and seventh grade classes. There's still time to give if you've been meaning to make a donation: give online here, email Sara Ardrey at email@example.com to coordinate a donation from your student account, or mail a check (postmarked by June 30) to The Bement School. Thanks to the families who have already participated, we're grateful for your generosity and support of our community.
Eric Carle Museum Passes: Looking for a fun activity over the summer? What about a visit to the Eric Carle Museum? The admission office has several free family passes good for one-time admission for two adults and up to four children. It's a great way to spend a rainy afternoon... Call the admission office at 413-774-4209 if you're interested.
Looking Even Further Ahead: The 2015-2016 school calendar is here for your planning purposes. This calendar is subject to change, so please check our website for updates.
Lower School Head Welcome: Please read this message from Carole Pennock which has important information regarding lower school next year, including new student and new parent orientation dates and times.
Grades Are Ready: End-of-year grades are ready and are posted in NetClassroom. If you have any questions, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Summer Reading: Do you have a voracious reader at home? Want to encourage one? Marcia Bernard, Bement's school librarian, has compiled a great resource for you that can be found here.
Dress Code: While planning your back-to-school shopping, you may want some reminders on Bement's lower school dress code which can be found here.
Upper School Head Welcome: Please read this message from Dean Fusto which has important information regarding upper school next year, including new student and new parent orientation dates and times.
Summer Reading: New students should select any book from this list, read it over the summer, and in the fall, they should bring their book to school and they will join a faculty-lead book group. There is no formal writing assignment.
School Supplies: Recognizing that many families like to get a head start on the purchase of school supplies, upper school teachers have helped to create a list to help guide your purchases. Click here to view the list. Although comprehensive, the supplies do not include items that are unique to an individual teacher’s requests. During opening week, all students will learn if there are additional items necessary for a given class.
Music Selections: Mrs. Stewart-Pettengill, arts department chair, coordinates all of the upper school arts programs. If you are a student new to the upper school, please email your musical choice and direct any arts-related questions to Mrs. Stewart-Pettengill at the following email address: email@example.com
- Musical choices for sixth grade are band or strings. All sixth grade students participate in one term of choral music in addition to their instrumental choice.
- Musical choices for seventh, eighth, and ninth grades include band (includes brass and woodwinds), strings, or choral music. Please email choice by July 19.
Dress Code: While planning your back-to-school shopping, you may want some reminders on Bement's dress code which can be found here.
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
Contemporary Dance Comes to Bement: A new contemporary dance program with teacher Jennifer Bennett will begin in Bement's dance studio in September. A course description can be found here and a registration for is here. For more information, please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballet at Bement: If your child is interested in ballet, there is an excellent after-school program in the school's dance studio. Lean more here.