Bement Look Ahead

For Summer 2016


Updated June 27, 2016


Welcome to the summer edition of the Look Ahead! 




For Our New Families
To our new families, we extend an additional welcome to the Bement family!  During the school year, the Look Ahead is emailed on Fridays to the addresses you have provided. Please read the Look Ahead regularly, as it will contain all the important information you will need for the upcoming week. A second summer Look Ahead will publish in mid-August.  A link to the current edition of the Look Ahead is always posted to the home page of our website. Please contact the communications office by replying to this email if you have any questions about receiving the Look Ahead

Grades Are Ready

End-of-year grades have been posted to NetClassroom for all students. If you have any questions or problems accessing the reports, please contact Toni Costa,, for upper school assistance or Emily Lent Hemingway,, for lower school assistance.

Health Forms for 2016-2017
Bement's required health forms are available at our website, either from the home page or by following the For Parents>Health Office links.  Please download, print, and return the forms to Bement by August 1, 2016 to avoid a late fee.  Thank you in advance for your time and effort in completing these forms.  If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Martino, R.N., at

June 30 Deadline

There is still time to give back to Bement as we near the close of our fiscal year. We hope you will consider a donation to Bement's 2015-2016 Annual Fund. We are currently at 68% of parents who have donated to Bement so far this year. We are trying to break last year’s record of 80%. With your help, we can increase our parent participation rate, which represents a strong community when we approach other fundraising sources. A gift of any amount counts toward our particpation rate. Give online, email to coordinate charging a donation on your student account, or mail a check, postmarked by June 30, to The Bement School. Thank you!



From Annual Fund Parent Co-Chairs, Erin Cherewatti P’19 ’21 ’24 and Joe Butz P’19

Congratulations to the third grade families, Bement’s class of 2022! These families are ALL IN and leading the way for us. Each family in the class of 2022 has donated or pledged to donate by June 30. Close behind them are the sixth grade and first grade classes. There is still time to give if you've been meaning to make a donation: give online, email Sara Ardrey at to coordinate a donation from your student account, or mail a check, postmarked by June 30, to The Bement School. Thank you to the families who have already participated, we are grateful for your generosity and support of our community.



Eric Carle Museum Passes Available

The admission office has several free family passes, good for one-time admission for two adults and up to four children at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst. Call the admission office at 413-774-4209 if you would like to visit the museum for free!



2016-2017 Calendar

The 2016-2017 school calendar has been posted at the home page of our website for your planning purposes. The calendar, as always, is subject to change, so please refer to the online version throughout the year for any updates.



Welcome from Emily Lent Hemingway, Lower School Head

Please read this welcome message from Emily Lent Hemingway which contains important summer information for lower school families, including Summer Reading Olympics information.



Grades Are Posted

End-of-year grades have been posted to NetClassroom for all lower school students.  Please contact Emily Lent Hemingway if you have questions or problems accessing your child's grades.



Summer Reading Events

Ms. Bernard and Ms. Lent hope lower schoolers will join them in the library for a special summer reading get-together from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6 for Keith House students (entering K, 1, and 2 in September)or from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 1 for Drake Building students (entering grades 3, 4, and 5 in September). You will receive an invitation from Ms. Lent with more information about these events in the coming weeks.



Class Lists and School Supplies

Families will receive class lists in August. Lower school teachers will contact their students directly at this time with a message about the upcoming year and any school supplies families may need to purchase.




Mark your calendars with the date and time of our orientation for all lower school families on Wednesday, September 7 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. You will receive details and a schedule for this event in August, along with class lists. See you then!



Dress Code

When doing your back-to-school shopping, a copy of the Bement dress code is always good to have on hand. Here is a copy of the 2016-2017 dress code, which you will also find in the 2016-2017 Family Handbook when it arrives in your mailbox this August.





Welcome from Amie Keddy, Upper School Head

Please read this welcome message from Amie Keddy which contains important contacts and summer information for upper school families.



Summer Reading

All new students should select and purchase a book from the 2016 summer reading list posted on the Bement website. New students will join one book group discussion session on the first day of school in September. There is no formal writing assignment for summer reading.



Advisor Information

Every student in the upper school is assigned an advisor whose chief responsibility is to oversee the academic and social-emotional welfare of each advisee. Your child will soon receive a welcome note by mail from their advisor.



Academic Class Schedules

All students new to the upper school (including all rising sixth grade students from the Bement lower school) will receive an advance copy of their daily class schedules during the orientation on Wednesday, September 7. In addition, advisors will also provide copies of individual schedules to all students on the first day of school.



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:

  • Musical choices for sixth grade are band (woodwinds, brass, percussion) or strings (violin, viola, cello, bass).  All sixth grade students participate in one term of choral music, one term of drama, and one term of visual art in addition to their instrumental choice.
  • Musical choices for seventh, eighth, and ninth grades include band (woodwinds, brass, percussion), strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), or choral music. These students also have terms of either drama, visual art, art history, or computer art in addition to their musical choice.

We ask that students who are choosing to play an instrument they have never played before have introductory lessons during the summer, so that they will be familiar with the instrument. 

Please email your choice to Mrs. S-P by July 8 if you have not done so already.



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 this list to help guide your purchases.  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.



Dress Code

When doing your back-to-school shopping, a copy of the Bement dress code is always good to have on hand. Here is a copy of the 2016-2017 dress code, which you will also find in the 2016-2017 Family Handbook when it arrives in your mailbox this August.



Ninth Grade Cambiando Vidas/DR Trip

The digital version of the trip information distributed to ninth grade families for the November trip to the Dominican Republic is here.  Please read, if you have not already, as some deadlines occur over the summer.





Register Now for Summer@Bement—Sessions are Filling Up Quickly!

Our summer programs offer adventures for everyone from ages 4 to 15, from Junior Camp for our youngest campers, all the way to a Counselor-in-Training program for our oldest. The Adventure Day Camp is a great choice for campers between 7 and 12 years old, with a wide variety of activities. Please note: Adventure Camp session 3 has limited space available, register soon! 


Or you might consider the newly added additional Outdoor Challenge Week (August 15-19) for your adventurous 9 to 14 year old, offered in collaboration with Adventure In, Adventure Out.  AIAO is limited to 13 students per session.  Pick up and drop off will be at Bement.  Specific itineraries are posted here for Outdoor Challenge Weeks.


Adventure Camp sessions 1 and 2, and Outdoor Challenge Weeks 1 and 2, are full, please register soon if you are counting on your child being a Bement camper this summer.  For dates and more information, contact the director of summer programs, Doc Potter ( or check out our website. See you this summer!





Welcome from Lisa Kittredge P'18 '21, President

A welcome message to all families, from the Parents Association!





Ballet at Bement

If your child is interested in ballet, our website has more information about the excellent after-school ballet program held in the school's dance studio, including schedules and registration forms.




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 6                     Boarder Arrival/Registration 1-4 p.m.
September 7                      Boarder Orientation
                                         Upper School New Student Orientation,
                                                 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
                                         Upper School New Parent Meeting, 9:30 a.m.
                                         Blazer Exchange and School Store, noon-3 p.m.
                                         Lower School Orientation and Open House,
                                                 12:30-2:30 p.m.
September 8                     Classes begin
September 9                      All-School Picnic, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
September 13                    Parents Association Meeting, 8:10 a.m.
September 19                    School Pictures
September 25                    New Parent Dinner at Mary Hawks House, 6 p.m.
October 1                           Fall Bazaar
October 7                         Parents Day, 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
October 10                       No Classes
October 14                         Home Run Fundraiser
October 15                         SSAT Test
October 21                         Bementoberfest
October 22                         Field Hockey Jamboree
November 11-19                Ninth Grade to the DR
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!