A Message from Head of School, Shelley Jackson: "I just want to send my warmest thanks for all you did to make last Friday so memorable. I can't remember a nicer Parents Day! It was such joy to see you in classes, roaming around the campus, making new friends, and reacquainting with old ones. Your children looked proud to show you around, and I hope you soaked up all that it means to be in Kindergarten, third grade, ninth grade, or anywhere in between. I know it's not easy to devote the day to us, but record-breaking numbers of you did, and we're all grateful. Hoping to see you at the Bementoberfest, the Bazaar, or both!"
Last Call for Bementoberfest Tickets! We know you are going to attend on October 24, because you've told us you'd see us there! But did you know that Tuesday (10/21) is the last day to buy your tickets? Rose-Ann and her team need to plan for the correct number of attendees and we want you to be a part of the fun on Friday! You can buy tickets under the tent at drop-off and pick-up Monday and Tuesday, October 20 & 21, as well as at the business office. Don't miss out! Read more here.
Fall Bazaar Drop-Offs Continue: It's the magical time of year where you can clean out your attics and basements while supporting Bement's Parent Association! The PA is looking for items for our annual Fall Bazaar, held Saturday, October 25 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Drop off your items at Bement until Thursday, October 23 (no Friday drop-offs please!)
Wondering What to Donate? All items need to be of good quality and working condition. Large furniture with prior consent only.
Toys & Games (all pieces included)
Baby/Early Childhood Items
Books (no text books)
Hand-held Electronics only (no computers)
Dress-code-appropriate clothes (clean, no rips/tears, kids' sizes only, no hats)
Halloween's Just Around the Corner: 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 caps...it'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 hat...it'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!!
Mid-term Reports: Mid-term reports should be posted online this weekend. If you have any trouble accessing them, you may contact Lizzie Doubleday at email@example.com next week.
Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group: Next week's Lunch Bunch will be Group C on Friday, October 24. Ardrey, Sabelawski, Cherewatti, Turowsky, DiBari, Rourke, LeBlanc, and Lankowski.
4/5 Grade Band: On Friday the Flying Dolphins and Boom-Sax-a-Clarinets will have band. Please remember to bring your instruments!
Sixth Grade Field Trip to The Quabbin Reservoir: On Friday, October 24, all sixth grade students and their advisors (Emily Lent, Xiaomo Hong, and Pagna Donlevy) will travel to the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, MA. In the morning, we will be treated to a video presentation and talk on the history of Quabbin and its current uses at the Visitorís Center. After a brief question and answer session, we will hike along the Winsor Dam. By then, it will be time to eat our lunches, picnic-style, on the grassy area next to the Visitor's Center. After lunch, we'll play games such as Frisbee, wiffle-ball, football, and capture the flag. In the afternoon, we will take a short hike to get a closer look at the reservoir and watershed area. The cost of the field trip is $20, and will be billed to each family's school account. Emergency contact: Alice Gearhart at (413) 522-1621.
To prepare for the field trip, please:
-Dress freely but warmly enough to spend several hours outdoors.
-Bring a hat, coat, and gloves or mittens.
-Wear shoes suitable for a long walk. Please do not wear shorts.
-Bring a bagged lunch with something to drink (no energy drinks, no soda), several snacks (no candy or gum), and at least one bottle of water. We will eat lunch outdoors.
-Bring any outdoor games you may want to play (footballs, Frisbees, soccer balls).
-Bring electronic games, MP3s, etc. if you like--for the bus ride only (no cell phones please; advisors will have phones available if needed). Please make sure all material is appropriate for school.
-Pick-up sixth grade students at the normal 3:30 p.m. Friday dismissal time.
Seventh Grade Field Trip: Billings Farm, Woodstock,VT: On Friday, October 24, the seventh grade students and their advisors (Damon Mallory, Martha Price, Sarah Marcus, and Nancy Pond) will depart at 8:00 a.m. for Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont. Students will return to campus for a 4:30 p.m. pick up. If students wish to visit the gift shop at Billings Farm, we recommend that they bring $10 - $15. Please pack a bag lunch and drink for your son or daughter. In addition, warm clothing (layers preferable) is strongly encouraged. The cost of the field trip is $20, and will be billed to each family's school account. Emergency Contacts during trip: Martha Price- 413-824-2009 and Nancy Pond - 413-512-0402
Tri-Weekly Reports/F2: The second tri-weekly of the fall term ended on Friday, October 17. Grades and comments will be posted to Net Classroom on Thursday, October 23. If you have any problems accessing reports, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at firstname.lastname@example.org or at extension 140.
Annual Pancake Breakfast: The ninth grade class invites you to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast buffet on Saturday, October 25 from 8:00 am to 11:00 during the Fall Bazzar. The breakfast will cost $10.00 a person and $7.00 for any children under the age of ten. Each year the ninth grade class travels to La Suiza orphanage for boys in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Bement has been sending students to La Suiza for the past seven years and this breakfast is one way the class raises funds for the trip. The ninth grade class looks forward to your support and hope you enjoy our delicious breakfast! Click here for a flyer with more information.
THIS WEEK'S MENU:
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner: Bement's dining room menu can be found here.
THIS WEEK'S PERFORMANCES:
There will be no all-school Friday morning meeting due to the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade field trips on Friday.
THIS WEEK'S ATHLETIC SCHEDULE:
The fall athletic schedule is posted here. Please check it regularly in the case of a rescheduled or canceled game.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS:
Attention Bakers: The Fall Bazaar is almost here, and we need your help in baking some delicious treats for the BAKE SALE! This event is for the surrounding community so we are looking for breakfast goodies (muffins, pastries) for the early bird shoppers, big cookies, decadent brownies, and our fall best sellers - loaf breads and pies! People love to come and pick up homemade pumpkin or apple bread to have Sunday morning or a homemade pie for dessert! Most of our customers are looking for goodies to take home to their family, so travel packaging is helpful. Donations to the bake sale can be left Friday afternoon 10/24 on the shelves in the entrance to the dining hall. You can contact Marlena Furness with any questions at email@example.com.
Missing a Serving Dish...or Two? There are many utensils and serving dishes that were left behind from the All-School Picnic last month and are currently sitting on the shelf above the coat hooks in the dining hall. Please find your way over and look for your missing items. Thank you!
BEMENT COMMUNITY NEWS:
Does Your Lower Schooler Like to Dance? 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!
TCHAIKOVSKY, TOMASI, BRAHMS: On October 25 at Bowker Auditorium at UMass Amherst, Bementís 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.
Last Weekend for 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 Orchestraís production of The Yeomen of the Guard at the Academy of Music November 7-9 and November 14-16. Click here for more information.