Bement Look Ahead

For the week of September 26, 2016


Updated September 23, 2016


Would You Like to Be A Host Family?

While school has barely begun, it is already time to look ahead to our first long weekend of the new school year, when our dorms do close down and our dorm parents enjoy a well-earned rest. A number of our international boarders find themselves in need of a host family to welcome them. If you have the space, time, and inclination, we would love to share one of our charming young people with you and your family!  The long weekend runs from dismissal on Parents Day, Friday, October 7 until somewhere in the 4 to 6 p.m. window on Monday, October 10.  Please contact our dean of boarding, Dave Belcher, to express your interest and availability.  He can be reached at or the school phone number.



New Parent Dinner

All new Bement parents have been invited to the home of Christopher and Stephanie Wilson for a casual meal together this Sunday, September 25, at 6 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you then! 



...And an Invitation for Returning Parents, Too!

Because the Wilsons are also new to Bement, they are inviting returning parents to dinner as well, for the same opportunity to get to know everyone better. Invitations have been emailed; please RSVP, if you haven't already. The invited groups will be a mix of parents from all grades, so we can all share and enjoy the experience of meeting and making new friends here at Bement!



Walk-In Wednesdays

Do you know of someone who may be interested in Bement for their child?  Walk-In Wednesdays provide a chance for parents to drop in to have questions answered and gather information about Bement before committing time in their schedule for a full campus tour or visit with their child.  Encourage your friends and colleagues to drop in Wednesday mornings this fall from 8-9 a.m.



Welcome to Cold and Flu Season!  

This is a time of year when we see an increase in respiratory viral illnesses and our students have been together just long enough to begin to see lots of stuffy noses and coughs at school. To help minimize the spread of cold and flu viruses on campus, please keep the following in mind:

  1. If you are sick, stay home.
  2. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, or coughing/sneezing into your hands. Also wash your hands before eating.  Soap and water hand washing is preferred over hand sanitizers.
  3. Do not share cups, utensils, or anything that goes in the mouth.
  4. Get your flu shot every year.
  5. Please review the Return to School After Illness guidelines on page 37 of your Family Handbook.


Speaking of Flu Shots  

We anticipate offering flu vaccine at school sometime this fall. Day families, we encourage you to get your children vaccinated as soon as possible at your local flu clinic. When our vaccine arrives, boarders will be first priority and any remaining vaccine will be available to day students. Please contact Suzanne Martino if you are interested in having your child vaccinated at Bement. We will be offering the flu shot only; flu mist (nasal spray) is not recommended this year by the state vaccine unit. If your child has never received a flu vaccine, they will need to visit their primary care provider to have one administered.





Keith House Field Trip!

Hip hip hooray, the Keith House is on their way... to a fun afternoon field trip to a local apple orchard on Wednesday, September 28! More info to come home in homework folders on Monday.



Friday Lunch Bunch

We had our first group of parents (Group A) help out today with great success!  Next week we look forward to Group B: DiBari, Holubecki, Lozier, Rich, Schatz, Sherman, and Smarr on Friday, September 30!



Mark Your Calendars!

On Thursday, October 6 and 13, the upper school will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. for parent conferences.  This means that the Lower School will dismiss at 3:15 on those two Thursdays.  We do this to avoid an overcrowded pick up time.  Thank you for your help with this, and don't forget that every Friday is a 3:15 dismissal for lower schoolers!




Please put your child's name in all of his or her clothing. When we find clothing around campus it is so easy to return when names are inside. Otherwise the clothing goes to Lost and Found in the library building, making it harder for everyone to get the clothing to where it belongs. This is especially true for navy blazers; there are 80+ of them here every Monday and they get left behind at recess and other places regularly. We can return them to their rightful owners when a name is inside. Thanks!!



Bement in Iceland

We are excited to present this intergenerational trip opportunity to this year's fifth and sixth grade students. We are planning to travel to Iceland with students, and parents or grand-friends, from June 13-June 23, 2017. Please join us for an informational meeting on Friday, October 7 (Parents Day) at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 of the Kittredge Building. This year's trip will be led by Martha Price, Science Department Chair, and Emily Lent Hemingway, Lower School Head. 



Friday Band Schedule

The band schedule for Friday, September 30 will be as follows:

Grade 4 - Majestic Pop-Tarts            Grade 5 - Little Einsteins





Ninth Grade to MassMoCA

The ninth grade annual trip to Mass MoCA art museum in North Adams will take place this Monday, September 26. We will leave Bement after morning meeting and return to school for the regular 4:30 p.m. pick up time. Students need to bring a bag lunch and drink. Please remember, no nut products in lunches. Students may bring cameras and spending money for the gift shop, but not cell phones or other electronic devices. Chaperones will have phones in case of emergency.



Tri-Weekly Reports/Fall 1

The first tri-weekly of the fall term ends on Friday, September 30. Our registrar hopes to post all grades and comments to NetClassroom by end of day on Wednesday, October 5.  If you have any problems accessing reports, or don't have your user name and password, please contact Toni Costa at or at 413-773-5967.



Parent Conferences

The upper school will host our fall parent conferences on October 6, 7, and 13.  Please pay close attention to the dates below as they detail the conference nights for specific grade levels:


Thursday, October 6:  5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Grades 6 and 7 only


Friday, October 7:  1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.   Boarding students only (All grades)


Thursday, October 13:   5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Grades 8 and 9 only


The fall conferences are optional. You will be scheduled for 10-minute sessions with any teacher you wish to meet. Parent conferences are provided as a means for you to get to know your child's teachers and to ask questions about his or her performance and progress.


Toni Costa will email all sign up sheets directly to parents. Sixth and seventh grade parents/guardians should have already received an email about conference night. Please refer to that email to sign up for conferences, and remember to include teachers' names and subjects. Conferences are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Thank you!



Early Dismissal on Conference Days

The upper school will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 and 13 due to parent conferences. Any students not picked up by 3:45 p.m. will be sent to our after school program in the library. Please email Toni Costa with questions or to arrange after school care.



Bement in Iceland

We are excited to present this intergenerational trip opportunity to this year's fifth and sixth grade students. We are planning to travel to Iceland with students, and parents or grand-friends, from June 13-June 23, 2017. Please join us for an informational meeting on Friday, October 7 (Parents Day) at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 of the Kittredge Building. This year's trip will be led by Martha Price, Science Department Chair, and Emily Lent Hemingway, Lower School Head.



The upper school fall academic schedule can be found here.





The dining hall menu for this week can be found here.





The fall athletic schedule is here and is also always linked from the home page of our website. Please check it regularly, as games may be added, rescheduled, or cancelled throughout the season.





Please join us at our all-school morning meeting in the Barn this Friday, September 30, at 8:10 a.m. for a piano performance by ninth grader, Mark, and a recitation from Mr. Bensen.





The Bement Fall Bazaar is Saturday!

The annual Fall Bazaar is Saturday, October 1 from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.  Donation drop-off begins this Monday! Click here for a flyer with all the details. We still need volunteers for sorting, set up, and clean up, as well as for the bake sale. To sign up please click here. ( does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Carol LeBlanc at to sign up manually.) Have a truck? We could particularly use your help hauling away remaining items on the afternoon of October 1. Thank you for your help and support!



Do you need giftwrap?

It is time for the annual fall giftwrap fundraiser with Genevieve's! Bement receives 40% from each item ordered - this is a great way to support Bement and always be prepared for holidays, birthdays, and other gifting occasions!  Packets will be sent home next week, please be sure to read the cover letter carefully. Order forms are due by Tuesday, October 11.  We expect delivery of items in mid-November. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Grover P'22  at  Thank you for your support of the Parents Association!



Bementoberfest - Looking for Sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring Bementoberfest? Contact the PA at  Please save the date and schedule childcare for Friday, October 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.! Bementoberfest is an over-21 only event. More details in next week's Look Ahead.





Bement Math Club

The Bement Math Club meets in the Kittredge Building, Room 101 on Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This year, we are also considering participating in the National Science Bowl ( Please join us! All are welcome. Contact parent Cong Chen at for more details!



Attention Golfers!

Crumpin Fox is now offering a Franklin County resident rate any day of the week after Noon for $45 per person for 18 holes of golf, with a cart. Juniors 12 and under play for free!  Read more about it here and yes, if you recognize golf pro John Jackson, that is because his mother, Shelley, is our former head of school!




The Look Ahead publishes weekly on Fridays during the school year.  
To make a submission, please email your information to Meg Clark, Director of Communications at by noon on Thursday.
Any changes or corrections to your contact information should be sent to

Important Dates 

for Fall Term:               2016-2017 Calendar is here.


September 25                    New Parent Dinner at Mary Hawks House, 6 p.m.
September 26                   Ninth Grade to Mass MOCA
October 1                           Fall Bazaar
October 6                           Parent Conferences, Grades 6 & 7, 5-8 p.m.
                                           Dismissal time change:  LS 3:15 p.m./US 3:30 p.m.
October 7                         Parents Day, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
                                            Parent Conferences, Boarding Only, 1-2:30 p.m.
October 10                       No Classes
October 11                        PA Meeting, 8:10 a.m., Dining Hall
October 13                          Parent Conferences, Grades 8 & 9, 5-8 p.m.
                                            Dismissal time change:  LS 3:15 p.m./US 3:30 p.m.
October 15                         SSAT Test
October 21                         Bementoberfest
October 22                         Field Hockey Jamboree; Bement Invitational@DA
November 11-19                Ninth Grade Service Learning Trip
November 15                     PA Meeting, 8:10 a.m., Dining Hall
November 18                    End of Fall Term - Early Dismissal (LS 1:45 p.m./US 2 p.m.); 
                                                 Faculty Professional Development
November 28                     No Classes; Boarders Return 4-6 p.m.;
                                                 Faculty Professional Development
November 29                     Mini-Term begins!
LS=Lower School; US=Upper School