Bement Look Ahead

For the Week of November 17, 2014


Updated November 14, 2014




Early Dismissal:  As a reminder, there is an early dismissal on Friday, November 21.  The lower school will dismiss at 1:45 and the upper school at 2:00 p.m.


After School Care:  However, there will be after school care on Friday, November 21.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact Doug Harder at


NO Monday Dress:  To celebrate our last week of the fall term, we will not wear Monday Dress this coming Monday, November 17.  We will wear REGULAR DRESS instead...this is NOT a dress down day.  This will prepare us for December, when we do not wear Monday Dress at all for the three weeks of mini-term!


Next Look Ahead on November 28:  Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving break!  Your next Look Ahead will arrive in your inbox on Friday, November 28. Be sure to look for a fun surprise about mini-term!


Are You IN?  This year on Tuesday, December 2, Bement joins an international movement called #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday was founded as a global day of giving back.  It's a simple idea, but we feel it's also very "Bement". Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  You can join this movement by supporting Bement's Annual Fund on December 2.  For more information, please contact Bement's development office.


Eric Carle Museum Passes:  Looking for something to do over the Thanksgiving break?  Stop by the admission office and pick up a free pass to the Eric Carle museum in Amherst!  Each pass admits up to four people, so bring a friend!









Food, Fun, and Games:  To celebrate the Drake building student's hard effort this term, the third, fourth, and fifth graders will have a special lunch and activity time on Thursday, November 20. Children are encouraged to bring a non-electronic board game to school so that they can enjoy playing them with fellow students. We’re all looking forward to some well-earned fun time together.


Last Day of the Term:  The last day of fall term is Friday, November 21.  We will have an early dismissal that day, to allow the teachers to meet afterward.  Lower school dismissal is at 1:45.  After School Group coverage will be available until 4:30 (5:30 by special arrangement.)  If you need After School Group for your child that day, please contact Mr. Harder ( and cc Mrs. Pennock.  Let Mr. Harder know approximately how long you will need coverage. There is no lower school Noticing Nature that day.  As you know, because the last day is an early dismissal, the lower school will have a dress down day!  


Term-end Reports: Your lower schooler's term-end report should be posted by Monday, November 24...possibly before.  If you have any trouble finding it, please contact Lizzie Doubleday at


Interactive Native American Project:  ​Don't miss the virtual tour of our Native American study.  Fourth graders have created a walking museum tour displayed in the library.  You won't want to miss this interactive tour of Native dwellings they have created.  The display will be in the library until November 20.  Bring your cell phone or tablet for an interactive QR code experience!  It's truly not to be missed!


Lunch Bunch Schedule 2014-2015: We are off to a good start with Lunch Bunch!  Sincere thanks to the parents who help us out at Friday lunches so that teachers may meet. Now that fall term is coming to an end, here is the Lunch Bunch schedule for the rest of the year.


Next Week's Lunch Bunch Group:  Next week's Lunch Bunch will be Group A on Friday, November 21. Flack, Melnik, Paasch, Gagne, McCarthy, Volchanskaya, Fournier, and Fraser.


4/5 Grade Band: On Friday #DontCallVerizon will have band.  Please remember to bring your instruments!









Term Tests:  On November 17 – 20, the upper school will administer fall term tests. These assessments are designed for each grade level to synthesize material learned in all academic classes. For a more detailed explanation of term tests, please refer to page 42 in the Family Handbook. In addition, teachers were provided with official term test schedules this week. Please check assignment books to be sure that your son or daughter recorded the specific date of each term test. 


Important Reminders for SSAT November 15:  Here are some VERY important reminders for those who have signed up for the SSAT test at Bement on November 15.


Unfortunately, if You Did Not Sign Up for the SSAT, You are Not Allowed to Take the Test:  The next test date for the SSAT is on December 13.  Registration must be completed by November 22.  Test locations available at









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







This week is bustling with performances!  Join us if you can!


Monday, November 17:  the first grade performs their play, Ferdinand at 8:10 a.m.


Tuesday, November 18:  On this day you will be treated to two very different stories of love. Join us in the barn at 3:30 for scenes from Act One of Romeo and Juliet, performed by the seventh grade drama class. This will be followed at 4:00 with scenes from Julia Cho's contemporary play, The Language Archive, performed by the eighth grade drama class. 


Wednesday, November 19:  Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella and the Prince AFTER the end of the story? Ms. Marcus and her sixth grade drama class have created their own unique spin on this tale. Join them for the premiere of this original and hilarious play, Happily Ever After?  at 8:10 am. 


Thursday, November 20: Third Grade Play, Dragonslayers Academy at 8:15 a.m. 
Friday, November 21: The second Grade Play, I Am Not, will be performed at Friday morning meeting at 8:15 a.m.









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







Next PA Meeting: The next PA meeting will be on Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the middle dining room of Bement House.  Please join us if you can!




Caroling, Caroling...  Bement third grader, Yosola, and her mom, invite you to join them for a festive evening of caroling on December 23.  Click here for more details.  All are welcome!





Upcoming Dates: Full school calendar is here.

November 17                      First Grade Play, Ferdinand.  Barn 8:10 a.m.
November 17-19                  Upper School Term Tests
November 18                      Seventh grade perform Act One of Romeo and Juliet at 3:30 in the Barn
November 18                      Eighth Grade Performs Julia Cho's The Language Archive 4:00 in the Barn
November 19                      Sixth Grade Play, Happily Ever After? Barn 8:10 a.m.
November 20                      Third Grade Play, Dragonslayers Academy.  Barn 8:15 a.m. 
November 21                      Second Grade Play, I Am Not.  Barn 8:15 a.m.
November 21                      Thanksgiving Vacation 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
December 1                        Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.
December 2                        Classes resume
December 6                        Barnes & Noble Book Fair
December 10                      Open PA Meeting.  8:00 a.m.  Middle Dining Room
December 17                      Holiday Tea at Mary Hawks House 3:30-4:30
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 5                           Upper School Get Organized Day
January 18                         Skating and Basketball Party 4:00-6:30 p.m.
February 2                         Upper School Get Organized Day
February 5                                Long weekend 1:45 dismissal LS/ 2 p.m. dismissal US
February 9                         Boarders Return 4:00-6:00 p.m.
February 10                              Classes resume
February 13                       Winter Dance for Grades 7-9.  6:30-9:30 p.m.
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
March 30                           Upper School Get Organized Day
April 9                               Grades 6 and 7 Parent Conferences 5:00-8:30 p.m.
April 16                             Grades 8 and 9 Parent Conferences 5:00-8:30 p.m.
April 20                             No classes
May 4                                Upper School Get Organized Day
May 8                                Spring Fling
May 22                              Ninth Grade Play 7:00 p.m.
May 22                                       Grandparents Day 12 p.m. dismissal
May 25                                       Memorial Day Celebration 12:45 p.m. dismissal
May 27                              Upper School Final Exams
May 27                              3:15 Dismissal LS/ 3:30 US
May 29                              Lower School Field Day
June 1                              Upper School Final Exams
June 2                              Upper School Final Exams
June 2                              Upper School Slam the Exam.  2:00 p.m. Mary Hawks House
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.