Bement Look Ahead

For the Week of September 15, 2014


Updated September 12, 2014



New Parent Dinner:  Please note that the date of our New Parent Dinner has changed to September 28. All new families will be receiving an invitation by next week.  If you have not received your invitation, or have any questions, please contact Toni Costa at


Family Handbook Signature Cards:  If you haven't yet returned the signature page for the Family Handbook, please do so either by sending it in with your child or mailing it back to Bement in the envelope provided.  If you have any questions, please contact Toni Costa. Thank you. 


Admission Visitors Parking Spaces:  Please note that the school has two parking spots dedicated to guests visiting the admission office here at Bement.  Visitors can come at any time of day, so we need to keep those open.  Thank you!






Friday Lunch Bunch:  Would you like to come and enjoy lunch with your lower schooler and friends?  The lower school teachers have faculty meetings on Fridays and we invite you to oversee a table.  For more information, click here.


Pick-up Notice for All Parents If you happen to be late for picking up your child, please note:  1. When your child has not been picked up on the street by 3:45, he or she will be taken to after-school group (on the playing field) and charged the appropriate after-school fee ($7.50).  2. When your child is not picked up by 4:45, he or she will be taken to late aftercare in the library (also charged the appropriate fee which is $15/hour). 3. If you pick your child up before after-school group is over please tell Ms. Low or Mr. Harder you have your child. 4. ALL STUDENTS must check out with the teacher with the clipboard before leaving campus...on the street and after after-school group.  Many thanks!


Dress Code Reminder Regarding Short Shorts:  Just a reminder that short shorts are not part of the dress code.  Shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh.  In addition, students may not wear any clothing that is frayed or unfinished at the edges.  Remember: Neat, clean, and presentable!


From the Family Handbook:  Please remember that we ask for students to have a change of clothing at school.  Between rain, recess, PE, mud, and who-knows-what-else, it is always nice to have clean, dry clothes available.  Many thanks!










Electives:   During the fall term, all upper school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will sign up for an electives course. All electives are led by Bement faculty members and will take place on alternate Fridays in September, October, and November from 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Past electives have included Jazz/Rock band, cycling, crafts, photography, video production, dance, culinary arts, as well as a variety of other offerings.


School Picture Forms:  Please note that School Picture Day takes place on Monday, September 22. All order forms were sent home with upper school students on Wednesday, September 10. Please contact Toni Costa at 413-774-4209 extension 106 with any questions or for replacement forms.









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








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








Parents Association Fall Fundraiser: It is time for the fall gift wrap fundraiser with Genevieveís! Bement receives 40% from each item ordered- itís a great way to support Bement!  The sale begins Friday September 12, and runs through Friday, October 17.  Sales packets will be sent home with students with instructions on how to participate.  Participation is strictly voluntary, and each packet has a cover letter which explains how to complete the order forms and details of the sale.  Please read the letter carefully and return order sheets (keeping the pink copy for yourself) by October 17.  We expect delivery of items by November 13. If you have questions please contact Sara Harvey at  Thank you for participating in this fundraiser for the Parents Association! 


PA Meeting:  All parents are members of the Parents Association.  Your PA board holds board meetings once a month and you are always welcome to attend!  Share your ideas, offer feedback, or simply come to hear what we are working on!  The next meeting is Wednesday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the middle dining room in the Bement House.  Join us if you can!


Upcoming PA Meetings:  The PA board will also be meeting on October 15 at 3:00 p.m. and November 12 at 7:45 a.m.  All meetings take place in the middle dining room in Bement House.  Please join us if you can.


Bementoberfest:  Make sure you save the date of October 24 for Bementoberfest!  Secure your babysitter now for this fun Oktoberfest gathering at the home of Shelley and Rob Jackson here on campus.  Games, music, festive food, and a bonfire are sure to delight.  Check future Look Aheads for more information, including when and how to purchase tickets and more gathering details!






Faculty Art Show:  During the month of September, the Hampden Gallery at UMass, Amherst, is showing the work of visual arts teacher Deb Stewart-Pettengill.  The exhibition entitled Zephyr consists of sculptural wall pieces created from aluminum mesh.  Gallery hours are: Tuesday- Friday 1-6 pm and Sunday 2-5 pm. The work can be seen through September 30.






Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.

September 17                     Parents Association Board Meeting 3:00 p.m.

September 28                     New Parent Dinner

October 10                         Parents Day 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
October 13                         No classes
October 15                         Parents Association Board Meeting 3:00 p.m.
October 24                         Oktoberfest--Parent Event
October 25                         Fall Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast
November 7                       Author and Illustrator Day
November 12                      Parents Association Board Meeting 7:45 a.m.
November 21                      Thanksgiving Vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
December 2                       Classes resume
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.