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Preparing for Back-to-School Transitions
Kimberly Loughlin, Assistant Head of School, Director of Admission

I am not ready for the “back-to-school” onslaught of sales and promotions for school supplies and wardrobe purchases. How do they grow two sizes in three months? It is still summer and I am holding on tight. But I am also keenly aware of students and parents who are still in summer mode, but who are feeling the need to prepare for the start of school.

A new school year brings a range of emotions for everyone. In anticipation of reconnecting with friends and teachers, meeting new people, starting a new sports season, advancing a grade, there is both excitement and nervousness. We hope through a variety of our summer correspondences (the Look Ahead, our Family Handbook, and new calendar) we have alleviated some of the stress of feeling prepared for the start of school.

The best way to prepare for the start of school: read through each of these documents and contact us with any questions.

What can your student do?

  • Each student should read through the Family Handbook on their own or with you to be familiar with our expectations for the year to come. Students can continue their summer reading by finishing what is required and pick up some additional books. August is a great month for a jump start on the MCBA book list!
  • Starting to “practice” sleep times (early to bed and morning routine) helps to be well rested and ready for the busy days ahead. Brain science makes it clear that sufficient sleep is critical to maintaining health and attention. Doctors advise elementary and middle schoolers get 9 to 11 hours and 8 to 10 hours for teens. (
  • As boarding students prepare to pack their things, don’t forget a favorite item or two: a cozy blanket, favorite mug, pictures of family and friends.

Orientations on September 4 will ease those nervous butterflies for those students joining us at Bement for the first time. So in these next few weeks enjoy picnics, bike rides, beach days, and we will look forward to coming together refreshed and looking ahead to a great year together!

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