Bement Look Ahead

For the week of October 17, 2016


Updated October 14, 2016


Please join us in the Clagett/McLennan library at Bement on Thursday, October 20, for the opening reception for the exhibition of Breaking the Surface: Interviews and Portraits of Friends.  More information about the event is here.





The Parents Association is once again hosting Bementoberfest, a fun-filled Oktoberfest-stye celebration on Friday, October 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.!  If you missed Bementoberfest last time (in 2014) be sure to schedule a babysitter or arrange for a sleepover for the kids so you don't miss out! It's a fun evening for adults, filled with live music, a bonfire, and great food and drinks under the tent at the Mary Hawks House. For ticket information, visit the PA website here.  Suggested donation is $25 per ticket, or tickets are available in the business office during school hours. Bementoberfest is an over-21 only event.



Are You Missing Glasses or Keys?

After Parents Day, we found a small, zippered, gray glasses case with a pair of foldable reading glasses inside. If these sound like yours, please contact Emily Lent at


Also, a large set of keys (including car keys) was found at the north end (athletic fields/Mary Hawks House) of campus following one of the parent dinners at the Wilsons. If they might be yours, please contact Toni Costa at



Family Directories are Here!

Your child should have brought home your Bement Family Directory this week. Please take a look at your entry, and if there are any corrections to be made send them to We will send out a list of any corrections next Friday.



School Pictures

School picture packets went home this week!  We hope that everyone is pleased with them, but if not, there will be a retake day on Monday, November 7.  To have a retake, you must return the packet with everything in it, except the class picture, which you may keep.  Packets should be returned to Mrs. Costa by Friday, November 4.  Retakes will not be taken without the complete packet returned.  Thanks so much!



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.





Lost and Found

The lost and found area in the Polk Building is getting full! If you are missing any items, especially Monday Dress blazers and sweaters as well as other outer layers, please stop by to look through our growing collection of found items. You might find what you lost!



Halloween is Just Around the Corner

This year Halloween is on a Monday, so we will celebrate it on that day with Hat Day! Funny hats, scary hats, silly hats, home-made hats, baseball is each student's choice. We will wear hats to school that day, take them off in classes, and then put them on again at lunch time. Hat Day is optional for students. Please do not send in candy that day unless you have checked with your child's teacher.



Mid-term Reports

Mid-term reports are available on NetClassroom right now! If you have any trouble accessing them, please contact Toni Costa or Emily Lent. The link to NetClassroom is always available from the home page of our website.



Next Week's Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch on Friday, October 21 will be Group D:  Ardrey, Cox/Kicza, Furness,  J. Lunt, Rourke, Sabelawski, Turowsky, plus Rolland.



Friday Band Schedule

The band schedule for Friday, October 21 will be as follows:

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





SSATs will be tomorrow, Saturday, October 15

  • All students should arrive at the Kittredge building at 8:15 a.m. The test will promptly begin by 8:30 a.m. and end at noon.
  • Snacks will be provided during breaks in testing. 
  • Students should bring their own #2 pencils.
  • All test-takers should be picked up at the Bement drop-off/pick up area promptly at noon. Please be punctual as proctors will not provide post-test supervision.


Ninth Grade Secondary School Visits

Ninth grade students who do not plan to visit secondary schools during the week of October 24-28 should plan to attend their regular classes that week. 




The second tri-weekly of the fall term ends on Friday, October 21. We hope to post reports to NetClassroom by the end of the day on Thursday, October 27. If you have any problems accessing grades and comments, please contact Toni Costa at or extension 106.



Upper School Community Service

During winter term, the upper school offers a community service program as an alternative to Friday afternoon skiing activities. The leaders of our program are currently planning this year’s Friday afternoon meetings and would like to invite any interested parents to contribute ideas for community service opportunities and/or time to instruct student participants in the art of community service. Discussions and activities addressing homelessness, racial reconciliation, enslaved children, and food insecurity are now being considered, and we are eager to learn of more ways that those students participating can demonstrate compassion toward others.  So, if you would like to offer ideas for activities or talk with students about community service, please contact Emily MacLeod ( or Frank Massey ( to let them know. 



Upcoming Field Trip Information


Sixth Grade Field Trip to The Quabbin Reservoir

On Friday, October 28, all sixth grade students and their advisors (Frank Massey, Linda Brown, Fang Liu, and Daniel Hales) will travel to the Quabbin Reservoir in Petersham, MA. Entering at Quabbin Gate #40, we will hike to the site of Dana Common, the former center of one of the five towns of the Swift River Valley that were flooded (at least partially) in the 1930s to make room for the Quabbin Reservoir.   Look here for more details about the road to Dana Common.


After the hike, we will feast from our bagged lunches and then head to the New Salem Historical Society at which we will view artifacts, including many photos, of the now flooded towns.  During this part of our trip, we may also have time for some outdoor games.  The cost of the field trip is $20, and will be billed to each family’s school account.  Emergency Contacts during the trip:  Frank Massey 413-687-4615 or call Bement at 413-774-7061.


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 to Billings Farm in Woodstock,VT

On Friday, October 28, the seventh grade students and their advisors (Martha Price, Jeremy Galvagni, Ann Dubie, Anna Wetherby, and Emily MacLeod) 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 to $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 the trip: Martha Price 413-824-2009 or call Bement at 413-774-7061.



Upper School Academic Schedule Fall 2016 is linked here, for your reference during the term.





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.


​Come support our Bement athletes next weekend on Saturday, October 22, at the annual Bement Field Hockey Jamboree, beginning at 9 a.m. on the fields at the north end and the main campus, and at the annual Bement Invitational cross-country meet, held at Deerfield Academy and beginning at 10 a.m.





On Friday, October 21, during our morning all-school meeting in the Barn, we will enjoy a preview of upcoming upper school drama performances and a special Halloween-themed video from Ms. Mugnani's ninth grade Spanish class featuring Tiffany, Ben, Mark, and Ashley.





Next Meeting of the Parents Association

The Parents Association will meet next on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:10 a.m. in the dining hall. Please join us!



Everyday Shopping Can Help the PA 

The Bement Parents Association wants to spread the word about some easy ways to help Bement without spending extra money.  Last year your shopping for everyday items earned $1,268 for the PA to contribute to Bement. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.  Check out the retailers who offer "free" money to organizations like the Bement PA here.





Mr. Snedeker is in the Orchestra!

Bement's band director, Mr. Snedeker, will be performing in the orchestra pit for the Exit 7 theatre company's upcoming production of Little Women, based on Louisa May Alcott's famous book.  He'll be playing several different clarinets and flutes! The theater is in Ludlow, MA, and the show runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for three weekends; opening night is Friday, Oct 21 For tickets and more information, please visit Exit 7's website.




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.


October 15                         SSAT Test
October 20                          Art Exhibition Reception, 3:30-5 p.m.
October 21                         Bementoberfest
October 22                         Field Hockey Jamboree; Bement Invitational@DA
November 4                        Fall Dance, Grades 7-9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
November 9                         First Grade Play, 8:10 a.m.
November 13-18                Ninth Grade Service Learning Trip
November 14                      Third Grade Play, The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf, 8:10 a.m.
November 15                     PA Meeting, 8:10 a.m., Dining Hall
                                            Sixth Grade Play, 8:10 a.m.
November 17                       Second Grade Play, Big Bad Wolves in School, 8:10 a.m.
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