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For the Week of March 11, 2019

THE LOOK AHEAD

To help with your planning, here is a summary of dates (more information below):

 

 

 

The full school calendar

may be found here.

Thursday, March 14

 

Monday, March 25

 

Friday, March 29

 

Tuesday, April 2

 

Thursday, April 11

 

Friday, April 12

 

Thursday, April 18

 

Friday, April 19

 

Friday, May 17

ALL SCHOOL

Be a Welcome Family!

This is an exciting time in the admission office as we think forward to next year and the new families that will join us in the fall. We are looking for volunteers to be Welcome Families. Welcome Families connect with new Bement families (usually in your child or children's grades) and responsibilities include sending welcome emails, answering questions throughout the year, and may include meeting new families at Spring Fling or offering meet-ups over the summer. If you are interested in assisting our office as a Welcome Family, please contact Rachel Sadler in the admission office.

Progress Reports

Progress reports for both the upper and lower schools will be posted to the Parent Portal by the end of the day on Thursday, March 14.

Spring Break

We hope everyone has a fun and safe spring break! Boarding students will return to campus between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Classes resume on Monday, March 25.

Spring Fling T-shirt Design Contest

All students are invited to submit a design for the PA's Spring Fling T-shirt contest. Submissions are due Tuesday, April 2. One winner will be chosen from the lower school and one winner from the upper school. Both designs will be printed on the t-shirts that all students and teachers will be given to wear at Spring Fling! Designs should be made in black pen (clear solid lines with no shadowing) on white 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Submit designs to Ms. Lent or Ms. Costa. Please contact Niki Lankowski with questions. Stay tuned for more information about Spring Fling coming soon!

Head's Coffee

The next Coffee with Chris Wilson will be on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:15 a.m. in the dining room. All parents and caregivers are invited to chat with Chris about all things Bement!

Parent Workshop - A New Trend Among Adolescents

The next Parent Workshop Series will be on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Tim Young Room in the Kittredge Building. 20% of high school students in Massachusetts report currently using vape pens and e-cigarettes, and 40% have tried them at least once. To help parents learn more about a new trend of nicotine use by adolescents, Melinda Calianos from the Hampshire Franklin Tobacco Free Community Workshop will come and address what these products are, why they are harmful, and how to protect our kids. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend this workshop, please click here to RSVP. Childcare will be provided for those who attend the workshop.

Save the Date for Upcoming Performances

Please mark your calendars for four upcoming morning meeting musical performances:

 

  • Friday, March 29 - String quartet performance
  • Friday, April 12 - Sixth grade orchestra performance
  • Friday, April 19 - Fourth and fifth grade band performances
  • Friday, May 17 - Sixth grade band performance

 

These performances will be in the Barn at 8:10 a.m., and all are welcome to attend. If you are not able to be there in person, we will record all performances and will post videos for you to enjoy.

Grandparents and Grand Friends Day RSVP

Grandparents and grand friends are invited to spend a half-day at school with their Bement student(s). Come enjoy student performances, classes, and learn more about our community on A Grand Day on Friday, May 24 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Invitations were mailed to grandparents this week. If you didn't get a chance to fill out our grandparent and grand friend contact information form this fall, please send their info to grands@bement.org and we'll make sure to add them to our list. You may RSVP here for your child's grandparents or grand friends (also available on the community section of bement.org). Please contact Megan O'Brien with any questions. 

Help Us Plan Spring Fling

Planning for Spring Fling has begun! If you are interested in helping with Spring Fling this year (Friday, May 10), please email Iris Chelaru P'26. The next Spring Fling Committee meeting will be on Friday, March 29 at 8:15 a.m. in the middle dining room. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. 


Spring Fling is a special time for the entire Bement community to enjoy an afternoon of fun and games outside! All students, faculty, staff, friends, and family are invited to join the fun with activities for all ages, including: games, face painting, fun run and a raffle. Food and drinks are provided. Rain date: Friday, May 17, 2019. Visit the website for more information.

Summer Camp at Bement

Junior Camp is now full during both sessions 1 and 2. Spaces are still available in Adventure Camp (ages 8-12), CIT (ages 12-15) and Digging Into Nature at Pine Hill (ages 5-12). Don't miss out on the fun this summer!

The Bement Blog

Visit our news section for the next Bement Blog post, March Madness Kim Loughlin, Assistant Head of School, Director of Admission.

Next Look Ahead

The next Look Ahead will be sent on Friday, March 22.

FROM THE
LOWER SCHOOL

Fifth Grade Spring Sports

The fifth graders are invited to participate in upper school sports during the spring term. You can register here and find more information in this letter from Alex Bartlett, our athletic director.

Spring After-School Options

We are pleased to offer some new after-school activity options this spring. More information and registration are available here.

Swim Time!

We are looking forward to the start of lower school swimming at Deerfield Academy. Swimming will begin on Tuesday, April 2, and end on Thursday, April 26. All students must bring:

 

  • a bathing suit
  • a towel
  • a swim cap for any student with hair longer than 2 inches
  • a warm hat for the walk back from Deerfield Academy with wet hair
  • a plastic or waterproof bag to hold it all

 

Students may also bring a swim mask or goggles if they would like. Please be sure your child's name is on every single item, including the bag. Please contact Ms. Lent or Mr. Dobosz with any questions.

Girls on the Run in the Spring

Bement will host a Girls on the Run team again this spring on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45. Girls on the Run is a program for third, fourth, and fifth grade girls that encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Registration is now open!

FROM THE
UPPER SCHOOL

Spring Academic Schedule

The upper school spring academic schedule is available here.


Spring Sports

Students have signed up for their choice of spring sport, so everyone should arrive back on campus ready for practices on Monday, March 25. Our practices run Monday and Wednesday 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The spring athletic schedule will be posted on our website over March break. Please read this letter from Alex Bartlett, our athletic director, with more information.

  FROM THE PA


Next PA Meeting

The next PA meeting will be Thursday, April 18 at 8:10 a.m. in the dining hall.

Interested in Becoming a PA Officer?

If you are interested in becoming a PA officer next year, please contact Niki Lankowski or Sara Ardrey. Click here to learn more about these positions. Being a PA officer is a great way to help our community and the school!