News

April 28th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Tennis Sweeps Nashoba to Even Record

April 28th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

While there has certainly been plenty going on of late with our proposed plans for The Barn project, I wanted to take some time in this space to come back to The Main Thing.  

April 28th, 2017
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

As many know, there are beehives alongside the school garden. Our plants in the garden rely on pollination to produce fruits and vegetables. Honey bees, along with native bees, butterflies, insects, birds, bats, and the wind all contribute to pollination—or the fertilization of plants—resulting in the formation of seeds and then the fruits. Pollinators move the pollen from the male parts of the plant to the female parts to ensure fertilization. Studies have shown that at least of 30% of our food crops rely on honey bees and other pollinators.

April 26th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

In February I shared a community update on the exciting program and campus growth that is underway. I take this opportunity now to provide another update on our progress.

April 24th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School and Brit Dewey, President, Board of Trustees

Head of School Brendan Largay and Board President Brit Dewey wrote the following guest commentary to the Belmont Citizen Herald.

April 24, 2017

Dear Editor:

April 14th, 2017

One bus route will run to and from camp each day from June 26 to September 1. The bus will make four stops at the following locations:

April 14th, 2017
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher

Scenes from kindergarteners carding wool!

April 14th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Skenderian and Huntington Shine for Belmont Day

April 14th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

Innovation

Steve Jobs once said that innovation distinguishes the difference between a leader and a follower. One of the reasons I so gladly accepted the opportunity to be the head of school was the opportunity to work with the talented group of leaders already assembled here—teachers and administrators, alike—and continue the powerful thread of innovation that runs so deep here at Belmont Day.  

April 13th, 2017

A reenactment of Soujourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman"

April 12th, 2017

Join us as four of our five teams kick-off the spring season!

April 9th, 2017
By
Bradley and Kristen Lewis

Belmont Day parents Bradley and Kristen Lewis wrote the following letter to The Belmontonian in support of the school's building project plans.

April 9, 2017: Letter to the Editor, The Belmontonian

Dear Editor:

April 7th, 2017
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Coordinator

“The sun will come out tomorrow…”

April 7th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Track & Field Schedule Expands

Historically, the track & field team has competed in 5-6 interscholastic meets per season. This spring, the team is scheduled for 8 meets, including new additions Pike and Lesley Ellis. Led by a handful of committed eighth graders, this year’s group of 18 athletes is anxiously anticipating their first meet, which takes place next week at Park. Dalia Dainora-Cohen, Margo Danahy, and Sam Dornstein are all returning for their second year on the team and are hoping to contend in their respective events.  

April 7th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

“Any interest?” My question, asked to our nurse, Liz LaRocque, felt innocent enough. It was attached to a forwarded email regarding the “AISNE Health and Wellness Symposium” in May. Given Belmont Day’s leading work in Health and Wellness–a program that has been showcased for other schools with consistency from year to year–this felt like the right question to ask, knowing that they want to stay abreast of the latest and greatest of professional development opportunities.

April 5th, 2017

21 days and counting! Kindergarten's chick eggs hit day 21 of their gestation period today so we expect there will be hatching activity soon. Follow the live web stream of the egg incubator and brace yourself for signs of life over the coming days!

March 31st, 2017
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Technology Specialist

Middle school students are using both their engineering and workworking skills in the ID8 Lab to create an interactive table. They used drills and saws to cut out the middle of an IKEA side table. They will add LEDS into the middle and cover them with a piece of acrylic. Then they will use a Makey Makey to trigger the LEDs to light up when touched. The final picture shows the model that inspired the project.

March 31st, 2017

Middle School Math Specialist Kathy Gruzynski recently presented at the Association of Mathematics Teachers in Massachusetts’ Spring Conference. The theme of the conference was Taking Risks in the New Frontier: Rigor, Reasoning and Relevance. Kathy’s presentation focused on rich math tasks-activities that can be used in the classroom that pair teaching specific math skills with critical thinking skills.

March 31st, 2017

Ten middle school students spent Wednesday evening, March 29, listening to nationally acclaimed poet Marie Howe read her work as the 2017 recipient of the Robert Creeley Award in Acton. Two Massachusetts high school students, winners of the statewide Helen Creeley Poetry Contest, also read.
 
“It was wonderful to be in a room of hundreds of people listening to live poetry. There’s nothing like seeing and hearing great living poets to help students understand the possibilities for their own expression,” said Mr. Spencer. 
 

March 31st, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Lacrosse Programs Benefit from Sixth Grade Additions

March 31st, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”

The call of the Freedom Riders rings through history, and will certainly ring true this Thursday night as our sixth grade welcomes the BDS community to Freedom Night. Their study of civil rights—the sacrifices made in an effort to achieve them, the progress we have made as a nation, and the distance we have yet to travel—has been deep and meaningful. Freedom Night showcases one grade’s comprehensive exploration of issues of racial, socio-economic, and gender diversity, to be certain, but also diversity of thought and opinion.

March 29th, 2017

Today at BDS, kindergarteners welcomed a very special visitor to their classroom. Dr. Dawn Binder, veterinarian and owner of the Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic in Belmont, spoke to students about her job as part of the class's unit on community helpers. The students learned about different types of vets, had a chance to ask thoughtful questions, and met some very special animals; a duck and a sugar glider. After the presentation, students proudly gave Dr. Binder a tour of the animal hospital that they had created during drama. 

 

March 24th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Tennis Team Heads Outside

Following indoor tryouts at Harvard, and a few practices in the gym, the tennis team braved the cold temps on Thursday and finally got outdoors, traveling off campus to their “home away from home.” This spring, the tennis team will host their home meets at the Pequossette Courts on Trapelo Road in Belmont. The town courts were recently refinished and provide the opportunity for more matches with four side-by-side courts. Coaches are excited about the addition of eighth grade newcomers Will Levy and Madison Liesching.

March 24th, 2017
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Auditioning for Annie, the Seventh and Eighth Grade Musical

March 24th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

Last week, I looked at the ways that our eighth grade students have already set off to change the world through their Capstone work this year. As promised, the three hearty students who presented their work on Monday are honored here in this week’s Scoop. As you’ll recall, Capstone is a journey into the remarkable curiosity, leadership, insight, and talents of our eighth grade student leaders as change agents for the future. Here is what I learned from our final three presenters:

March 17th, 2017
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher

Warp and Weft

Fourth grade art students worked in the wood shop to create triangular looms, and then in the art studio to dye and hand weave fabric. Check out their exhibit outside of Coolidge Hall.

March 17th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Spring Season Underway Despite Weather

Nearly a foot of snow on Tuesday canceled the first day of interscholastic tryouts and forced teams inside the remainder of the week. Excited for the new season, coaches and athletes made the best of the situation and had productive starts to their seasons. The lacrosse and ultimate teams utilized gym space both on- and off-campus, while tennis traveled to Harvard’s indoor courts, and track ran on nearby roads.

Athletics News

March 17th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

Last week, I wrote about our efforts to nurture curiosity here at BDS and promised a look at our commitment to community with this week’s installment. In the interim, something extraordinary has happened that inspired me to reconsider my plan—Capstone. It has moved a different NAIS mission into place for this week…changing the world.

March 15th, 2017
By
Bea Rooney

It is with great pleasure that I write to share some exciting staffing news with you. Carl Geneus will be returning to camp this summer as our seasonal camp director! 

Carl is our physical education teacher at Belmont Day during the school year and began his journey with Belmont Day Camp last summer to cover while Betsy Kelder, our former director of summer and external programs, was out on maternity leave. 

March 15th, 2017

Wednesday, March 15

March 15th, 2017

Collection pod on campus through April 9. Donate now!

March 14th, 2017

Tuesday, March 14

March 10th, 2017
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

Music and the Rubik's Cube 

March 10th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Athletes Gear Up for Spring Season

With a successful winter season of athletics in the books, athletes are gearing up for the wpring season. Next week, sixth grade athletes will be trying out for all five spring sports offerings: boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse, track and field, tennis, and ultimate frisbee

 

March 10th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Athletes Gear Up for Spring Season

With a successful winter season of athletics in the books, athletes are gearing up for the spring season. Next week, sixth grade athletes will try out for all five spring sports offerings: boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse, track and field, tennis, and ultimate frisbee

March 10th, 2017

As promised, here begins the first installment of a six-part series inspired by the NAIS annual conference theme of Mission, Vision, and Values.  As a reminder, six themes of mission were showcased throughout the conference - curiosity, diversity, community, wellness, innovation, and changing the world. Each week, I will be commenting on one of the six themes and how they manifest here at Belmont Day.

March 3rd, 2017
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

Seventh and Eighth Grade Carving

March 3rd, 2017

Greetings from the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference!

March 1st, 2017

Sign up for Spring Conference Day Programs!

Conference Day is Wednesday, March 22. We have a great trip planned to LEGOLAND. Program hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended day coverage until 5:30 p.m. OUR LEGOLAND trip Includes unlimited rides, workshops, free building time, LEGO films, and a pizza lunch. Minimum enrollment of 25 children is needed to run the program. Download a registration form.

March 1st, 2017

The Belmont Day community looks forward to an exciting and informative week of Capstone presentations.

February 17th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Dance Performance a Huge Success

The dance program is only in its third year of existence yet is already expanding opportunities for students. This week, lead instructor Valery Marcantonio took her nine dancers to Sunrise Senior Living Center in Weston to perform for residents. The team performed two routines, each one a unique creation inspired by different music and styles. Following the performance, students had the opportunity to connect with the audience making for a great experience for all involved. 

Athletics News

February 17th, 2017
By
Chris Parsons, Performing Arts/Music Teacher & Assembly Coordinator

This week, seventh and eighth graders from Mr. Parsons' theatrical makeup class spearheaded preparing fifth graders for their play, One Midsummer Night. It was an excellent opportunity for them to put their training to use, and cast members reveled at seeing them in action!

February 17th, 2017

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.

On a morning when the entire community came together to celebrate fifth grade and their Shakespeare mash-up, One Midsummer Night, the closing monologue of Robin Goodfellow Puck has given me pause as we move towards break.  

February 13th, 2017

Monday, February 13

February 10th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I provide this update to you. It is the upshot of a tremendous amount of work by faculty and countless other members of our community. As many of you already know, the board of trustees voted to approve an enrollment growth initiative last year that would add up to forty-five students in total to our sixth, seventh, and eighth grades over the course of the next four to five years, with approximately fifteen more students in each grade than are currently enrolled today. We would also add faculty to support this enrollment growth.

February 10th, 2017
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher, Arts Coordinator

The studios have been busy over the past few weeks with artists creating work for themselves and for others! Fifth graders have paused working their ceramic projects to help design and create the scenery for their upcoming production of “One Midsummer Night.” Third and first graders have been making their contributions for the Homegrown Auction class art project—be on the lookout more information about these stunning works!

February 10th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Varsity Teams Ready for Friday Night Hoops

February 9th, 2017

School closed on Thursday, February 9 due to weather.

February 3rd, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

For those of you who are not inclined towards professional sports fandom, forgive me. I don’t know how many more times I will have the opportunity to write an article like this one, and every now and then, you just have to scratch that itch.

Our eighth grade students were born in 2002-2003. That means—if they are rooting for their Boston-based home teams—that they have witnessed eight local professional sports championships in their fourteen years of life.  

February 3rd, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Athletes Share Season Highlights at Assembly

February 3rd, 2017
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Technology Specialist

Students in the Trust Your Crazy Ideas club use Leap Motion to read sign language and have the computer show and say the letter.

February 3rd, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Kalin and Kim Win Marathon Match

February 3rd, 2017

Keep up-to-date on the progress of our capital campaign!

January 27th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Fencing Victorious in First Match

January 27th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

Good evening everyone,

Like many of our students and families, I have spent the week fighting off one of those wintertime colds that often plagues a small school like ours in January—and this winter’s model is a particularly fierce one. It is my hope that anyone who has been snagged by this bug takes advantage of this weekend to rest up and get well. Finally, for those of you who have navigated along so far without getting hit, I offer you my envious congratulations. May your luck continue!

Have a great weekend everyone. Be well.

January 27th, 2017
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

Fifth Grade Woodworking Water Towers

January 20th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Balanced Attack Leads Boys’ JV Past CFS

January 20th, 2017
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

Dotted Notes Spotted in Music Class

January 20th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

Windows and mirrors. I first learned of them through the National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) and the work of Dr. Peggy McIntosh years ago. But this morning, as we welcomed parents for lower school visiting day, I found myself thinking about the difference between, and the value of, windows and mirrors. Through a window, we are granted access to a world that may be very different from our own—filled with experiences and ideas that perhaps we haven’t seen before.

January 20th, 2017

Proceeds to benefit Native American Heritage Association and American Association of University Women.

January 18th, 2017

Three faculty members will present a workshop at the 2017 AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference on Saturday, February 4. The conference theme is "Using My Difference to Make a Difference." Fifth grade teacher Debbie Grossman, middle school performing arts teacher Susan Dempsey, and fourth grade teacher Mary Norman will present "Privilege and Allyship," a workshop for white conference participants. Through discussion, activities, and role play, students will learn about their privileges, what it means to be an ally, and gain new understandings and tools for action. 

January 13th, 2017
By
Chris Parsons, Performing Arts/Music Teacher & Assembly Coordinator

Special Effects and Stage Make-Up Class

January 13th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Basketball Program Trending in the Right Direction

January 13th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

Raising [My] Voice

January 6th, 2017
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Badminton Gears Up for First Match

After three weeks of practice, the badminton team will finally kick off its interscholastic season next week at Shady Hill. With only four returning players from a year ago, this year’s team will be relying heavily on a handful of experienced eighth graders, including team captain Ethan Smyke and standout performer Max Reitshamer.

Athletics News

January 6th, 2017
By
Anne Armstrong, Arts Coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher

The studios have been buzzing with activity during these first few days back from winter break! A few snapshots from Thursday include kindergartners using watercolors to complete their printed cityscapes, first graders discovering how to make multicolored sheets of paper, and fifth graders applying their printmaking blocks and skills to create a design cube with clay.

January 6th, 2017
By
Brendan Largay

A New Year's Resolution

A freshly sharpened pencil. A song I haven’t heard before. The stillness of daybreak. A baby’s first cry. I am a sucker for anything new. The unspoiled potential of it all. 

January 6th, 2017

Joshua Burek, Director of Communications and Outreach at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, was a guest at Belmont Day School today. Mr. Burek met with the middle school Model UN club to discuss leadership, international affairs, and careers in public policy.

January 5th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for summer camp and vacation week programs!

If you are new to Belmont Day, please visit our registration website to enroll.

Returning families can follow this link to register for 2017 or to make additions or changes to their registration.

January 4th, 2017

Join us to learn more about the exciting and enriching summer camp options at Belmont Day. We offer general and specialty camp programs for children entering pre-k to grade nine from June 19 to September 1, 2017. Our programs are led by dedicated and experienced counselors who support campers in making new friends, pursuing interests, and gaining independence. Be part of the Belmont Day community, where kids explore, play and grow.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

January 1st, 2017
By
Audra McFarland, Director of Admissions

Applications for pre-k through grade 7 candidates must be submitted online by Wednesday, January 11.

December 20th, 2016

The Send-off Assembly goes mysteriously quiet...

December 16th, 2016
By
Leesa Mercedes, Ph.D.

“Our story, post PoCC, involves a recommitment to encouraging authentic and mutually respectful dialogue and a call to action to support all members of the Belmont Day School community.”

December 16th, 2016
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Technology Specialist

Beginning the Journey into Artificial Intelligence

December 16th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Varsity Hoops Teams Upend Waldorf

December 13th, 2016

The BDS Tech Team, iRobot, and Apple Education deliver an afternoon of robots, coding, and fun!

December 9th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Fencing Moves On Campus

December 9th, 2016
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Acting with Masks

In this seventh and eighth grade elective students work with Basel and Expressive Masks.
 

December 9th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

Lenny and Lino’s Tree

December 8th, 2016

Join us to learn more about applying to be a Future Leader at Belmont Day! We will host info sessions on Friday, January 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Erskine Library and Tuesday, January 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Coolidge Hall.

December 2nd, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher

Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Approaches in the Arts

December 2nd, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

A Love of Reading

Thanksgiving break always seems to arrive just in time—Labor Day to Thanksgiving provides the longest stretch of uninterrupted school days we will have all year long and everyone is ready for some down time, family time, turkey time or, as is the case in my house: curl-up-with-a-good-book time. Annually, the quiet that comes with that tryptophan-induced sleepy Thursday afternoon offers an ideal time for our family to reacquaint ourselves with the magic of literature.

December 2nd, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Dance Program Expands

With the addition of five sixth grade athletes, the Belmont Day dance program continues to grow. In its third year of existence, this year’s team has a total of nine dancers including veterans Lucia Cartmell Toffoli, Katey Finnerty, and Rayne McNerney. The team hopes to expand its performance schedule this winter, so stay tuned for dance-related news!

Athletics News

November 18th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher

Students Explore Printmaking

November 18th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Students Wrap-Up Fall Season with Win over Coaches

November 18th, 2016

Casey McQuillen is a Boston-based singer/songwriter and former American Idol Contestant. She’s performed her anti‐bullying program, The “You Matter”Tour, at over 75 middle and high schools in New England over the past two years. On November 18, Casey performed for middle school students at Belmont Day School.

November 18th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” - Cicero

As we approach Thanksgiving, I figured now would be as good a time as any to articulate that for which I would like to give thanks. Forgive me for writing in a list this week, but then, good writing often changes syntax (at least, that’s my intellectualized excuse)…

On this Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for...

November 11th, 2016
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

Middle School Projects: Wooden Lamps and Structures

November 11th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

First, a heartfelt thank you to all of our service men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. I get to write the article that follows here because of the work you have done and continue to do to defend our freedoms as a nation. Thank you.

Second, I have been giving those freedoms a great deal of consideration this week.

November 11th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Cross Country Shines at State Invitational

November 5th, 2016

On the heels of their work with educator and diversity leader Rosetta Lee last Friday, three Belmont Day students attended the AISNE (Association of Independent Schools New England) Middle School Diversity Conference at Thayer Academy on Saturday, November 5. The keynote speakers were Oliver Arias and Eric Axelman, a teaching and performing team from Pushed Learning and Media.

November 4th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Field Hockey Wins Back-to-Back Games

November 4th, 2016
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

In music classes, students explore of a variety of specific skills through monthly topics. In September classes focused on musical letter names for the notes in the spaces of the treble clef staff; October was rhythm month with an emphasis on the practice of quarter notes and eighth notes. In November are exploring musical preludes. Older students are challenged to consider whether a prelude is a piece of music that precedes a work or is actually a movement that marks the beginning of the work. Non-musical forms like prefaces, prologues, and preambles are included in these discussions.

November 4th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

Diversity Matters

October 28th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Soccer Stays Hot, Blanks Fenn

October 28th, 2016
By
Chris Parsons, Performing Arts/Music Teacher & Assembly Coordinator

Third Grade Presents "Imagine"

October 28th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

Screenagers

"I have been on the road with this documentary for eight months all over the country, and I have never heard a collection of thoughtful questions like the ones coming from your students tonight." - Delaney Ruston, speaking about BDS students after viewing her film, Screenagers.

October 21st, 2016
By
Anne Armstrong, Arts Coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher

Printmaking

October 21st, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Flag Football Starts Strong

October 21st, 2016
By
Brendan Largay

As the halls fill this afternoon for the first of our three parent conferencing opportunities this term, I am struck by the critical role that parents play in an educational community and the premium we place on that involvement here at BDS. Belmont Day has long prided itself on the strength of our parent-student-teacher investment in one another that ensures the strength of our community as a whole.

October 21st, 2016
By
Dolly Ryan, Director of Technology

Online/Blended Education Symposium for Independent Schools, or OESIS, is a think tank igniting transformation in independent schools.

October 14th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

Unconditional Love

Today marked my first Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day at Belmont Day.  

October 14th, 2016

Film Screening—Thursday, October 27, 6 to 8 p.m. 

October 14th, 2016
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Technology Specialist

Repetitive Shape and Form

October 14th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls' Soccer Battles Carroll to 2-2 Tie

October 14th, 2016

The Ko Family and Wellesley Toyota Speaker Series Presents Rosetta Lee

October 7th, 2016
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

Sawing, Drilling, and Hammering

October 7th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Cross Country Runs Down Pike

October 7th, 2016
By
Diane Foster

Riding the Waves

October 5th, 2016

Sign up for Fall Conference Day Programming!

Conference Day is Wednesday, October 26. We have a great trip planned to Roll On America. Programming is available for children from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended day coverage until 5:30 p.m. Roll On America Includes unlimited access to roller skating and laser tag, arcade tokens, and a pizza lunch. Minimum enrollment of 25 children is needed to run the program. Download a registration form.

October 1st, 2016

Raise Y[our] Voice Co-Chairs Margaret Wade (P ’14, ’14, ’17, ’18) and Bradley Lewis (P ’17, ’20) cordially invite Belmont Day families to join Head of School Brendan Largay and Belmont Day School Faculty for dinner and conversation about the school’s strategic initiatives, including construction of The Barn and school growth. We are excited to share the latest plans and timeline, as well as answer any questions you may have. Please join us for one of six gatherings—in Lincoln, Winchester, Cambridge, Lexington, Belmont, or on campus.

October 1st, 2016

Model UN Club members take part in the Global Leadership Conference.

September 30th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys' Soccer Evens Record with Win

September 30th, 2016
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

Put On a Happy F.A.C.E.

September 30th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

The BDS Story, Chapter 2

 

September 30th, 2016

Tuesday is a five-game day for our middle school interscholastic teams. Go BDS!

September 23rd, 2016
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Seventh and Eighth Grade Arts Elective: Devising Theater

September 23rd, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Pfeffer and Dainora-Cohen Shine in Opener

September 23rd, 2016
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

What Does the 'Main Thing' Have to Do with the Election?

 

September 21st, 2016

Join us today for our middle school interscholastic teams' season openers! Go BDS!

September 16th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

Leaving a Mark

Space matters. Consider the lengths to which teachers will go regarding their classroom set-up: do we have enough room on the rug to sit in a circle? How can we use the Kiva in a meaningful way to equally inspire learning and provide a comfortable space for our eldest students? How flexible can the furniture in my classroom be so that I can teach lecture style one day and Harkness-style the next? Can the children reach the top shelf of that bookcase? No matter the age of the child, what your space looks like can be as critical as how you ultimately use it.

September 16th, 2016

Everything Bees, Create Your Own TedTalk, and Parkour—these are just a few options from an impressive list of clubs available for middle schoolers this semester. Comprised of mixed-grade groups, middle school clubs meet twice a month and are led by faculty and staff who have expertise in or share a passion for a particular topic or activity. Clubs provide students with an opportunity to make choices—in fact, each middle schooler is able to choose two club offerings to participate in each year.

September 16th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher

It's All About Hands!

September 16th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Flag Football Looks to Turn it Around

September 9th, 2016
By
Anne Armstrong, visual arts teacher, arts coordinator

The Belmont Day arts faculty is delighted to be back on campus and looks forward to engaging students in a wide array of creative projects.

September 9th, 2016
By
Brendan Largay, Head of School

Crafting the BDS Story

As I grow more and more comfortable each day at Belmont Day School as its new Head of School, I find myself reflecting often on one of my primary goals for the year: Get to know BDS. It sounds so simple when you read it like that. Get to know BDS. How hard can that be?

September 9th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girl’s Soccer Prepares to Rebuild

September 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! This, our 90th school year, promises to be filled with friendship, fun, and learning!

August 17th, 2016

Anne Armstrong, Meg Lloyd, and Kathy Jo Solomon complete their cross-country bike trek.

August 10th, 2016

The first day of the 2016-17 school year is fast approaching and we can't wait to see you.

July 25th, 2016

Campologists say "We welcome you to Belmont Day, Mr. Largay!"

July 18th, 2016

Belmont Day athletes qualified for the Massachusetts Middle School Track and Field Championship Meet.

June 30th, 2016

The community gathered to celebrate the leadership of retiring Head of School Annette Raphel

June 20th, 2016

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2012 on the completion of their secondary school educations! 

June 20th, 2016 to September 2nd, 2016

Announcing this summer's theme: Wheels, Wings, and Other Things!

June 16th, 2016

This summer three Belmont Day faculty members will spend 10 weeks on a cross-country biking trek.

June 15th, 2016

We are experiencing ongoing telephone service interruptions; until service is restored, please email us.

June 13th, 2016
By
Meredith Green, Class of 2016

Hi, my name is Meredith and when given the task of writing a graduation speech, I tried to think of everything I’ve done here at BDS, and what tied it all together. I quickly realized that through the years, songs and chants have made us all closer together. Here’s an example, and I would have to ask my classmates to join me in a chant.

June 13th, 2016
By
Susannah Paine, Class of 2016

Hi, I’m Susannah, and from my ten years of experience here at BDS I’d like to offer ten suggestions on how to be—that is, how to be a Belmont Day School graduate.

June 13th, 2016

Belmont Day's June 13 graduation exercises featured speeches by three members of the Class of 2016.

June 13th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

To the Class of 2016: I could not be prouder than to be “graduating" with you although as you head off to high school I will, for the first time in my life since I was five-years-old, not be looking at Labor Day as a proxy for New Year’s Day. Like you, I am heading off into a kind of unknown, and like you I am dependent on my friends in the communities in which I participate to support me through the transition.

June 13th, 2016
By
Theo Dadagian, Class of 2016

Good morning, my name is Theo Dadagian, and I’ve been a Belmont Day School student for ten years now. When I recently turned fifteenI had a realization. Two thirds of my life have been spent at Belmont Day. The other third I barely understood what life was, and heck, I don’t know any better now. As you can imagine I’ve gotten to know this school very well. I’ve walked through the halls so many times I could do it with my eyes closed. I’ve watched the school change, and grow to what it is today.

June 10th, 2016

The annual sports banquet is a celebratory event for our student-athletes, coaches, and families.

June 3rd, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

The Last Scoop

June 3rd, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Thank You Eighth Grade

June 3rd, 2016

Student Summer Reading Selections
On Monday, June 6, homeroom teachers will distribute summer reading books to students as they visit the next grade. Our students will be enjoying the following books:

June 2nd, 2016

In sixth grade, students designed, built, tested, and raced solar cars.

May 27th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Teaching 2.0
A while ago (in 2014!) I wrote about the challenge of creating the perfect lesson plan—one designed to be engaging with clear aspirational objectives and rigorous content; one that considers the developmental needs of learners and allows both the teacher and the student to experience the joys of learning. 

May 27th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Ultimate Completes Perfect Season

May 27th, 2016

Thank You
Thank you to Westcott Mercantile for loaning the BDS Barn Raising decorating team so many amazing items for Coolidge Hall! If you would like to visit Westcott Mercantile, they have two Belmont locations: Cushing Square and Belmont Center (in the space formerly known as Marmalade).

May 27th, 2016

The fourth graders have been growing plants since the beginning of April for the fourth annual plant sale!

May 27th, 2016

Students who have participated in enrichment classes this trimester are excited to share their work with the community. We hope you will join us for these showcase/sharing events.

Please note—children who would like to attend any of these events must be accompanied by a parent, unless they are enrolled in the after school program.

May 27th, 2016

At the Corporation Meeting, three faculty members were acknowledged for reaching milestones.

May 20th, 2016

Next Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26 are the final two days of interscholastic play for our spring 2015-16 athletics teams. Don't miss your chance to see our middle school athletes in action as they finish out their seasons. Go BDS!

May 20th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

What Great Teachers Have in Common

May 20th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Siekman and Everett Help Girls’ Lax Secure Winning Season

May 20th, 2016
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Instructional Technology Specialist

Technology
Visit our Arts gallery for photos of our students immersed in various artistic disciplines, including this week’s featured photo of the seventh and eighth grade tech crew preparing for the upcoming musical.

May 20th, 2016

Fifth grader Kaeleen Chen was recently named first place winner of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s (MWRA) Annual Writing Contest. Kaeleen will be presented with her award at a ceremony scheduled for later this month at the Deer Island Treatment Plant. The MWRA received close to 500 writing entries this year and only selected 7 winners in each category (grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8). Kaeleen received a second place prize in the grades 3 to 5 category last year.

May 20th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

This week students and faculty enjoyed an all-school honey tasting of our first Belmont Day wildflower honey. The middle school beekeeping club extracted the honey from combs from last year's hive. While we were only able to get a small amount this year, as much of the honey had to be left in the hive for the bees, we wanted everyone to have an opportunity to taste our delicious local honey.

May 20th, 2016

Performances: Wednesday, June 1 , 7 p.m; Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m
PAC
Our seventh and eighth grade students are very excited about their work on Oliver! The anticipation of the upcoming performances has energy soaring. We invite you and your family and friends to enjoy the fruits of their exceptional efforts. Performances will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m.

May 17th, 2016

As mentioned in the fall, we will be offering a bus route to and from Belmont Day this summer. The route will run in Cambridge. We have finalized the stops and are excited to share the information for those interested in taking advantage of this great new service.

May 13th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Service Reigns the Week of May 16th
This coming week there is an opportunity for everyone in the school community to be of service, including parents, faculty, and students—and most of that service will both do and feel good!

May 13th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Track & Field Outruns Meadowbrook 

May 13th, 2016
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher, Arts Coordinator

Visual Arts

May 13th, 2016

We were thrilled to kick off the RAISE Y[OUR] VOICE Capital Campaign for Belmont Day School at the BDS Barn Raising event on Saturday, May 7.

May 13th, 2016

Friday, June 3, 5:30 p.m.
We hope you will join us in honoring outgoing Head of School Annette Raphel on Friday, June 3 at 5:30 p.m. at a family event (open to the entire BDS community). We will celebrate Annette's incredible contributions to BDS, enjoy delicious cookout food, and participate in fun, kid-friendly activities!

Schedule of Events:

May 13th, 2016

The Belmont Day Roots & Shoots club had an exciting weekend of volunteerism! Last Friday, 23 students stayed after school to participate in furniture painting for Furnishing Hope, an organization which provides furniture to families who move from temporary to permanent housing. Furnishing Hope will pass along the freshly painted and designed furniture to children for their new bedrooms. BDS parent Suzy Palitz and Roots & Shoots member Emma Bauman introduced the organization to our club.

May 13th, 2016

Friday, May 20
Belmont Day community members are invited to come support local business by visiting Belmont shops, restaurants, and other local businesses on Friday, May 20. Our business neighbors help us as regular vendors who deliver to the school or provide a place for us to consume excellent local fare. In appreciation please consider wearing a “B” sticker and shopping near the school.  

May 12th, 2016

Belmont Day was delighted to welcome author Bill Harley to campus on Monday, May 9. Mr. Harley also happens to be an accomplished storyteller and Grammy winning singer-songwriter. In addition to presenting to larger groups, he conducted a writers' workshop with third graders who recently finished reading his book Night of the Spadefoot Toads. View photos from Mr. Harley's day at BDS in our gallery.

May 12th, 2016

Earlier this week Belmont Day first graders had a visit from WBZ meteorologist Danielle Niles. Danielle spent an hour with the students telling them about her job, explaining various aspects of weather, such as the water cycle and cloud types, showing some behind-the-scenes videos, and much more.

May 6th, 2016

Isn’t it amazing to think that in a few short weeks our students will be completing the 2015-16 school year at Belmont Day? Before you begin preparation for summer vacation, we hope you will take a look back and remember all of the moments that have led you and your family to this point. In the spirit of reflection and reminiscing, we invite you to view a short video.

May 6th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

A Throwdown Challenge to Experience Joy

May 6th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Lax Receiving Strong Play from Newcomers

May 6th, 2016
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

This Week in the Woodshop
The woodshop has been busy this week with exciting projects, including first grade snakes, second grade rocking people, third grade hole ’n’ a boxes, fourth grade wooden boxes, and middle school wooden puzzles and clocks. Take a peek at our busy students at work! Visit our Arts gallery

May 6th, 2016
By
Sarah Merrill, Director of High School Placement

This year our eighth grade students looked at 24 different schools—public, independent day, and independent boarding. Our local public schools continue to be wonderful options for the high school experience and along with Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Minuteman Career and Technical, Waltham, and Winchester high schools our students were accepted at 13 independent schools.

Students were accepted to:

May 6th, 2016
By
Margo Danahy and Susanna Keller on behalf of Roots & Shoots

Roots & Shoots is looking forward to the coaches vs. eighth grade ultimate frisbee game that is happening on Wednesday, June 8 on Far Field from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.! Members of the BDS community can cheer on the players and participate in a Roots & Shoots friendraiser for Shelterbox, an incredible organization that provides life-saving aid to those affected by natural disasters. Roots & Shoots will teach volunteers about Shelterbox through interesting, engaging, and hands-on activities.

May 6th, 2016

At a special ceremony last Friday afternoon, two of our enrichment students became black belts—a first at Belmont Day! Congratulations to fifth graders Isabella Kim and Nico Rimer for this outstanding achievement.

May 6th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

With the help of beekeeper Mel Gadd and our beekeeper-in-training, Ms. Solomon, who completed a beekeeping class this past winter, we were able to install two colonies of bees on Tuesday—one in the hive from last year and the other in the new hive. Both hives are located next to our school garden. There was a break in the rain on Tuesday and, though cloudy, the bees were eager to get into their new hives! We had a great crew of pre-k students, second graders, and the middle school beekeeping club to witness the event.

April 29th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Epic Rap Battles
When you enter the letters “ERB” into a Google search, “Epic Rap Battles” is what pops up first on the results list—that acronym would likely be far more popular and more highly anticipated than what ERB actually stands for here at Belmont Day. A wry explanation of the acronym might be “Extrinsic Rating Bureaucracy,” but that is not what it stands for either.

April 29th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Ultimate Wins Again

April 29th, 2016
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

Musical Code Breakers

April 29th, 2016

This year, third graders have learned a lot about ecosystems and how living and nonliving things depend on each other to keep an ecosystem balanced. They studied biomes and ecosystems, and food chains and webs in particular ecosystems. Together, students created a huge food web that represents some of their research. They also studied animals within each ecosystem and created trading cards that explain facts and information about each animal.

April 15th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Lax Doubles Up Shore in Season Opener

April 15th, 2016
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Coordinator

This Week in the Coolidge Art Studio
The Coolidge Art Studio has been abuzz this week with projects ranging from fingerprint painting to ​tie-dye. Take a peek at the busy artists at work! Visit our Arts gallery.

April 15th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Smarter, Faster, Better
We have all been there. A deadline for a project or piece of work looms. Suddenly, cleaning out a drawer or rearranging shoes seems pretty important, and you engage in a frenzy of activity, which may accomplish some goal, but not the most proximal, important, or impactful one. Or, you become temporarily paralyzed with the enormity or difficulty of what you need to accomplish and find solace in a television show or a long conversation with a good friend.

April 15th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

Garden Workday was a Big Success! 

April 14th, 2016

Second Graders Participate in Read-a-thon for Read for Seeds

April 8th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

In Character
At the strategic planning community forums we outlined our plans for the future and shared results from the recent parent survey. Many of you who attended received confirmation about what you probably already suspected. Our parents are highly satisfied with our academic program, the school community and values, character education and social competency, teacher quality, and the pre-k to eighth grade structure.

April 8th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Tennis Topples Shady Hill 6-2
With rain washing out every other sport, the tennis team headed inside to take on Shady Hill this week and emerged with a 6-2 win. Eighth grade newcomer Max McKee shined in his Blue & Gold debut, only dropping one game en route to a convincing 6-1 win at #2 singles. Likewise, first-year players Elisabeth Pitts and Ezekiel Yarboi shook off some pre-match nerves and teamed up for 6-0 win at #4 doubles.

April 8th, 2016
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Fifth Grade Thespians are Quoting Shakespeare!
Good dawning to thee, friend.  How dost thou?

April 8th, 2016

The Roots and Shoots middle school service learning club is excited to be accepting donations for Room to Grow. Room to Grow is a nonprofit organization that provides social worker support, parental education, and needed items for families living in poverty. Families receive this support throughout pregnancy, infancy, and until children are three years old.

We are collecting and organizing donations for Room to Grow here at Belmont Day now through Thursday, April 28. The Roots and Shoots club will also be volunteering at Room to Grow. 

April 8th, 2016

Belmont Day Director of Summer and External Programs Betsy Kelder has been elected vice president of the American Camping Association (ACA) New England Board of Directors for the coming year. Betsy has served on the ACA New England board since 2013. As a board member she has served as chair of the board stewardship committee and on the membership committee.

April 8th, 2016
By
Jennifer Friborg, World Language Teacher

On Wednesday, seventh grade French students hosted three visitors from Haïti. Ezner Angervil, Vana Edmond, and Roseline Obel are master teachers from Matènwa, a progressive school in rural Haïti. They are visiting the United States to expand their knowledge of various teaching styles and methods. Prior to the visit, Belmont Day students learned background information about Haïti and Matènwa.

April 8th, 2016

For this morning’s middle school meeting, students attended an assembly about community involvement. Belmont Day welcomed five individuals who are engaged in their respective towns to sit on an informal panel and speak with our fifth through eighth graders. 

Participants included:

April 8th, 2016

They're here! Our kindergarten class is thrilled to welcome 10 new additions in the form of recently hatched baby chicks. The eggs arrived to their classroom several weeks ago and students assumed the responsibility of carefully tending to them until they were ready to hatch. In preparation for the chicks' arrival, students made happy birthday and welcome cards and banners. The kindergarteners' efforts and observations anchor their study of the life cycle of a chicken from egg to adult. Meet the chicks here.

April 1st, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Originals
Each of us knows that our child is an original. And we often value thinking that takes us by surprise—thinking that is unpredictable, but enchanting in its unexpectedness. I remember my son, seeing roller skates for the first time and calling them “show trucks,” or calling my attention to the special properties of “a magnifinding glass”.

April 1st, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Tennis Team Full of Talent

April 1st, 2016
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

Freedom Night Songwriters
Visit our Arts gallery for photos of our students immersed in various artistic disciplines, including this week’s featured photo of sixth grade students Lucia and Delia composing a song for their upcoming Freedom Night.

April 1st, 2016

We hope you will attend the BDS Barn Raising and Campaign Kick Off on Saturday, May 7. Join us for this community event (adults only) where we will share exciting news, partake of fabulous food and beverage, and—most importantly—celebrate Belmont Day!

Questions we have heard around the corral:

April 1st, 2016

While we were disappointed to have to postpone Monday’s planned author visit with Bill Harley, we are delighted to have found a new date for Mr. Harley to come to Belmont Day this year. He will be on campus on Monday, May 9. In addition to presenting to larger groups, he will be conducting a writers' workshop with third graders who have recently finished reading his book Night of the Spadefoot Toads.

Parents are welcome to attend any of the presentations listed below.

March 30th, 2016

On Tuesday evening, eight members of the middle school literary magazine club attended the Robert Creeley Award Night at Acton-Boxborough High School. The late Robert Creeley was a nationally known poet who grew up in Acton. Late in his life, he and a devoted group of fans established the Robert Creeley Foundation to promote poetry and related projects; the foundation hosts poetry and art contests open to high school students across the state, open mic poetry nights, and each year recognizes an acclaimed poet who gives a public reading.

March 25th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Sixth Graders Create Balance for Track & Field

March 25th, 2016

Belmont Day Art Teachers on the Road: Ms. Solomon and Mrs. Armstrong Attend National Conference

March 25th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Math Lessons
Making the choice about the best lesson to introduce skills is the hard part.

During a math discussion about a subtraction problem a teacher collects a variety of answers and listens for the strategies that produced those answers. The problem the students are working on is not a random one—it has been carefully selected to tease out a major idea and to elicit some common mistakes. The problem, 507 – 169, is set in a context.

March 21st, 2016

Classes begin at 10 a.m. for all students due to weather conditions.

March 18th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Thirty-two Things I Didn’t Know Before This Week and One Thing I Definitely Did

March 18th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2016
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Poetry Performers
This week seventh and eighth grade students performed a series of original haikus in their arts elective, Poetry Performers.

Visit our Arts gallery for additional photos of our students immersed in various artistic disciplines.

March 18th, 2016

What an extraordinary week of Capstone presentations. Capstone is truly one of the defining aspects of Belmont Day School and the eighth grade experience. We couldn't be more proud of this extraordinary bunch of students!

March 18th, 2016

Clean out your drawers and closets and donate gently used children's items to Cradles to Crayons! Between March 15 and April 9, Belmont Day School will be home to a collection "pod" for Cradles to Crayons. Drop off your donations in the pod at pick-up, drop-off, or anytime. 

March 18th, 2016

The Summer Discoveries team is excited to share two exciting additions to our Journeys program this summer.

March 18th, 2016

Take Flight at the Community Reading Event!*
Tuesday, March 22, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Erskine
Library

March 11th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Twenty Sixth Grade Athletes Prepare for Tryouts 
The snow has melted, the temperature is rising, the fields are painted, and the nets are up—the spring athletics season is right around the corner. Next week, 20 sixth grade athletes will try out for interscholastic teams, representing the largest cohort ever trying out for the spring season. The athletes will be trying out for all five spring sports offerings: boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse, track and field, tennis, and ultimate frisbee.

March 11th, 2016
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Instructional Technology Specialist

Fifth Grade Robotics

March 11th, 2016
By
Tina Fox, William Yepes, and Anderson Santos

On Saturday, March 5, six Belmont Day middle school students, chaperoned by faculty members Tina Fox, William Yepes, and Anderson Santos, attended the Association of Independent Schools New England’s Middle School Students of Color Conference at the Gordon School in Providence. The theme of this year’s conference was Ignite the Spark: Seize the Moment. The day began with passionate opening remarks by Gordon’s Head of School Ralph Wales.

March 11th, 2016
By
Jen Friborg, Model UN Club Faculty Leader

On Saturday, March 5, nine Belmont Day fifth to eighth grade students participated in a Model United Nations (UN) Conference at Bentley University along with 350 other local middle school students. Our students dazzled with their positive, informed participation. Of special note is that our students prepared almost entirely independently for this conference, doing research about current events and various international communities on their own time as there was little preparation time available during the school day.

March 11th, 2016

Please join us at one of our upcoming forums to ask any questions you may have about the exciting and ambitious strategic planning work that is underway. 

Community forums have been scheduled for:

March 11th, 2016

Next week you will receive a letter from Belmont Day parent and development committee chair Kim Morris asking you to consider participating in the 2015–16 annual giving program. This video is an exciting showcase of a Belmont Day initiative that epitomizes the type of collaboration and innovation that thrives at Belmont Day. Your gift to annual giving make projects like this possible. Thank you!

March 11th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Memoir
This past weekend I was in Florida, along with my sister, to assist mother in trying to organize all the papers in her house—tax forms, medical documents, wedding announcements that she had saved, information about her condominium, legal papers, menus from memorable trips, grandchildren’s report cards, photos…

March 8th, 2016

Lead! Share Your Vision for Art Education

Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Coordinator Anne Armstrong has been selected as a presenter at the 2016 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention. She will present a best practices lecture on Partnerships for Success: Professional Development Across Disciplines and Divisions in Chicago in March.

March 4th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

The Future Beckons

March 4th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Fencing Finishes On Top

March 4th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Art Teacher

Seventh and Eighth Graders Working in Fabric Design
This week seventh and eighth grade students in Fabric Design, an eight-week arts elective, are creating repeated block prints on fabric using hand-designed raised relief blocks, ink, brayers, and their imaginations!

March 4th, 2016
By
Beth Krebs and Betty Chu Pryor, First Grade Teachers

First grade students were joined by their families on Monday morning as they celebrated the 100th day of school. Each first grader brought a collection of 100 items from home for the class’s 100th Day of School Museum. Some of the collections included square paper clips, bow tie pasta, Lego bricks, beads, and coins. Students used scales, balances, and tape measures as they compared the weights and lengths of their collections. You might be surprised at how heavy 100 cotton balls are, or how long a collection of 100 bay leaves is when the leaves are laid out end to end!

March 4th, 2016
By
Jen Friborg, Capstone Coordinator

The 2016 Capstone Presentations will be held during morning, afternoon, and evening sessions March 14 to 17 in the kiva. Now in its thirteenth year, the Capstone experience is a highlight for eighth graders. As you look over the presentation schedule and titles you'll see the wide array of topics and interests of this year's eighth grade class. The presentations are the culminating event in the 'triathlon' of the Capstone experience, which encompasses a year of research and independent project work.

Please note that the order of presentations is subject to change.

March 4th, 2016
By
Blair Fross, Associate Director of After School and Enrichment Programs

Students who have participated in enrichment classes this trimester are excited to share their work with the community. We hope you will join us for these showcase/sharing events.

Please note—children who would like to attend any of these events must be accompanied by a parent, unless they are enrolled in the after school program.

March 4th, 2016
By
Amy Sprung, Librarian

Author Bill Harley Visits Belmont Day
Monday, March 28

February 29th, 2016

Snaps of engaged appreciation carried through the PAC during the eighth grade poetry slam on February 26. Some students performed original works, while others chose to recite a variety of both classic and modern poems or excerpts from their favorite songs or raps. Organized by seventh and eighth grade English teacher Elisabeth Klock, the slam featured a range of voices, styles, and approaches to performance. Mrs.

February 26th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Friendships

February 26th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Varsity Teams Finish Seasons with Dramatic Wins

February 26th, 2016
By
Chris Parsons, Performing Arts/Music Teacher & Assembly Coordinator

First and Second Grades Prepare for "The Rainbow Holder”
This week, first and second graders are busy rehearsing for their upcoming play, "The Rainbow Holder." This musical extravaganza sends students on a joyous search for rainbows and acceptance. The students will perform for the Belmont Day community at 8:50 a.m. in the PAC on the morning of Friday, March 25.

February 26th, 2016

Enrollment is open for our fun after school enrichment programs for the final trimester. Here are the new offerings:

Art Around the World {3:30-4:30 p.m., pre-k to grade 1 | Ms. Cormier}
This fun and exciting course uses a variety of mediums to explore both contemporary and traditional artworks from all over the world. Each week students will view artworks from different cultures, adapting techniques and materials to create a body of art that is personally connected to the their own lives and experiences. 

Broadcast Radio Drama

February 26th, 2016

Head of School Annette Raphel was recently away from campus…over 3,000 miles away to be exact. Annette was in San Francisco participating in the 2016 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference. The theme this year was What’s Your Story? The Power of Trailblazers, Catalysts, and Calamities, which aligned quite nicely with our school’s theme for the year of Making Change.

February 24th, 2016

Wednesday, February 24: Come out in support of our middle school athletes! All games and matches begin at 3:30 p.m.

February 12th, 2016

Roots and Shoots club advisors Leigh Twarog and Mary Ellen Coyne-Gordon chaperoned a group of eight middle school students on an outing to Perkins School for the Blind on Tuesday evening. Our students helped out with the Perkins School's Valentine's Day dance. The mature and articulate group demonstrated the Belmont Day values in action by participating with respect and empathy, kindness and patience. Ms.

February 12th, 2016
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

Upcoming Greening Meeting
Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 a.m.
Lower School Art Room

Please join us for our next Green Team meeting. The topic will be the “Future of the Belmont Day School Garden.” We will review last season's garden news, look ahead to upcoming garden events (including a garden workday in April), and talk about the Belmont Day honeybee hives and plans for this coming summer, including student involvement, food pantry donations, and future initiatives. Bring your ideas!

February 12th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Why Your Responses to the Belmont Day School Survey Really Matter

February 12th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ JV Basketball Continues Its Winning Ways

February 12th, 2016
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Technology Specialist

Robotics Class
Visit our Arts gallery for photos of our students immersed in various artistic disciplines, including this week’s featured photo of fifth graders learning about robotics.

February 11th, 2016

As a first grader can attest—dogs really do sometimes eat homework!

My dog ate my homework!

February 7th, 2016

School will be closed on Monday, February 8 due to the winter storm warning that is in effect.

February 5th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Life Before and After Belmont Day
I am reading admissions files and imagining our future students. I am reading their parents’ and schools’ descriptions of who these children are, what makes them happy, how they choose to spend free time, what growing edges they have, and how much they are appreciated. I am fully connected to those parents who want an extraordinary educational experience for their children.

February 5th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

The Blue & Gold Topples DCD on the Hardwood

February 5th, 2016
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

Woodworking Projects in Fourth Grade and Middle School Arts
A traditional woodworking project is a wooden box. At Belmont Day all fourth graders create a wooden box using traditional hand tools and joinery techniques. The students determine the size and style of their individual box. Creating a wooden box encompasses all the woodworking skills the students have learned from first through fourth grade. Emphasis is placed on the importance of accuracy during their box construction to create a tight box.

February 5th, 2016

School is closed due to weather conditions. All school events are canceled.

February 2nd, 2016

Capstone Project Connects Eight Grader with President Teddy Roosevelt
Eighth grader Erik Bjork spent time with President Teddy Roosevelt last week, thanks to actor and author Ted Zalewski. Erik interviewed Mr. Zalewski whose one-man show “Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body and Spirt” gives voice to many of Roosevelt’s own words, writings, and beliefs. 

January 29th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Gum Chewing
In my job I receive many requests, some from students. A recent example is a petition signed by many seventh and eighth graders to be allowed to chew gum at school.

January 29th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Jacobs and Fletcher Leading Badminton to Undefeated Season

January 29th, 2016
By
Chris Parsons and Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts

A New and Organized Costume Closet!

January 22nd, 2016
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Coordinator

Grades Seven and Eight Arts Sharing

This week during arts block, seventh and eighth graders gathered together in the kiva to share their in-process work and finished projects as they celebrated the end of the second nine-week arts term. 

There are four arts terms during the year for seventh and eighth graders. Each student takes two arts classes per term, choosing among the various arts courses for three of the four terms. The fourth arts term is focused on the performing arts and culminates in the spring musical. 

January 22nd, 2016

Our recent Making Change mailing included a letter from Belmont Day School Board of Trustees President Karen Liesching. The letter provided important information on board initiatives, including the head of school search and transition, facility expansion, planning task force work, and capital campaign plans.

January 22nd, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

A Community of Heroes

It wasn’t like this hasn’t crossed our minds. Every time the weather is inclement we are acutely aware that we have only one road to the school; our emergency planning always includes consideration for what would happen if that road was blocked. But honestly, who would have believed that we would have an opportunity to practice?

January 22nd, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Varsity Doubles Up SSDS with Commanding Win 

January 15th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Middle School Parents’ Visiting Day
Middle school parents—think back to when you were in middle school. It shouldn’t be that hard. According to Laurence Steinberg’s book, The Age of Opportunity, the adolescent years are among the most powerfully memorable. It is a time when a person’s identity emerges— how do they see themselves, feel about themselves, advocate for themselves, develop relationships? 

January 15th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Completes Dramatic 15-Point Comeback Over Charles River

January 15th, 2016
By
-Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

A Day in the Wood Shop
Visit our Arts gallery for photos of our students immersed in various artistic disciplines, including this week’s featured photos of recent wood shop projects—seventh and eighth grade woodcarvings, second grade paddle boats, and fourth grade xylophones.

January 15th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Next week, the third annual Friday Night Hoops event will take place at Meadowbrook School of Weston. On Friday, January 22 the boys’ varsity basketball game tips off at 6:30 p.m., followed by the girls’ varsity basketball game at 8 p.m. 

Our athletes would like to invite the entire Belmont Day community, including alumni, faculty, students, and families to attend this special event. The singing of the national anthem, the play-by-play commentary, the warm-up music, and the available concessions are sure to make this an event to remember. 

January 15th, 2016
By
Health & Wellness Team

This year we have found many ways to celebrate kindness, both formally and informally. We have displayed a Hands of Kindness and Kindness Garden bulletin board, a friendship book made by second graders; and Secret Someones in the middle school—just to name a few. We have had many classroom lessons based specifically on kindness. Most importantly, there are many acts of kindness playing out every day throughout our school. As you can imagine, we are not the only ones focusing on kindness. Did you know that there are whole weeks devoted to kindness around the world?  

January 8th, 2016
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Words to the Wise
With Building a Child’s Brain as the subtitle, Dana Suskind’s Thirty Million Words had an irresistible pull. The book deals with the enormous importance of the ‘chit-chat of life’ and chronicles a University of Chicago study about the vast differences that talk, especially parent-talk, can make for children.

January 8th, 2016
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Morton, Randall, and McKee Lead the Charge for Fencing 
The fencing team opened up its interscholastic season with a home meet on Thursday afternoon against the International School of Boston. Eighth grader Oliver Morton, seventh grader Marielle Randall, and sixth grader Leo McKee provided a spark for the Blue & Gold by each winning two bouts. ISB, however, won the match by taking two out of three weapons (6-3 in epee / 6-3 in sabre). Belmont Day took foil by a score a 5-4 leaving the total bout count 16-11 in favor of ISB.

January 8th, 2016
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

Musical Changes

January 8th, 2016

Toy Drive Thank You
We recently received this thank you message from the Bridget Brigade Foundation: 

“With much gratitude, the Bridget Brigade Foundation thanks you for spreading cheer and smiles to children hospitalized during the holidays. Belmont Day School donated 80 toys, which were delivered to local hospitals. The student-made cards were a special addition and greatly appreciated. Thank you for being an important part of the Bridget Brigade this holiday season. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2016!”

January 8th, 2016

Melissa Garside (pictured right) from Guiding Eyes for the Blind presented to the Belmont Day community this morning. She and her puppy-raising colleague, Lisa, discussed how dogs become guides for people with vision impairments, from puppy rearing and fostering to breed and dog selection. Students were delighted by guide dog Lexi and puppy-in-training Mario. Thank you to the PA enrichment committee for organizing the assembly.

December 18th, 2015

Admission Applications Due January 8
The admissions office is now accepting applications for Pre-kindergarten through Grade 7 candidates for Fall 2016 entry. Applications should be submitted online and must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016.  

December 11th, 2015
By
Carl Geneus, Physical Education and Athletics Teacher

Art, Science, Soul, and the Equity Imperative

December 11th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School and Kate Isler, Kindergarten Teacher

Building Blocks

“What children learn does not follow as an automatic result from what is taught, rather, it is in large part due to the children’s own doing, as a consequence of their activities and our resources.” -Loris Malaguzzi, The Hundred Languages of Children

December 11th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Trio of Team Veterans Will Lead Girls’ JV Hoops

December 11th, 2015
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Coordinator

Visual Arts

December 11th, 2015
By
Kaleen Moriarty and Dean Spencer, Sixth Grade Teachers

It’s not every morning that you can get all thirty-one sixth graders out of bed in time to get to school at 5:30 a.m. However, that is exactly what happened last Friday, December 4 for our first-ever Astronomy Breakfast. Still in their PJs, students were treated to completely clear conditions as they used iPads, binoculars, and telescopes to survey the sky. Highlights included seeing Venus, Mars, and the brownish stripes of Jupiter’s surface, all in line with a beautiful waning crescent moon.

December 11th, 2015
By
Dolly Ryan, Director of Technology

On Wednesday afternoon over 100 students, parents, teachers, and grandparents attended the Hour of Code event. Coolidge Hall was packed with families sitting together working, smiling, laughing, thinking, and joyfully learning in a carefully prepared environment—it was Belmont Day at its best.

December 4th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Holiday Gifts

December 4th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Fencing Program Expands

December 4th, 2015
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Fifth Grade Devised Theater Project

December 4th, 2015
By
Jen Friborg, Model UN Club Coordinator

On Saturday, November 21, eleven middle school students took part in a Model UN Conference at Northeastern University. They joined nearly 400 middle school students from around Massachusetts to discuss important world issues and make resolutions to solve global problems.

Our students participated as delegates of New Zealand. During middle school clubs period they worked hard to research their country and the issues they were preparing to debate.

December 4th, 2015
By
Belmont Day School Technology Department

Over 100 million students worldwide have participated in an Hour of Code. The goal for this year is 200 million participants by the end of 2015.

What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify programming and show that anyone can learn the basics. Students of all ages, from kindergarten up, can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials. 

December 4th, 2015
By
Vikki Arnold, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Communications

On Monday, November 23, we were thrilled to welcome our Class of 2015 graduates along with alumni from the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 back to campus for a delightful annual tradition—the Fall Alumni High School Panel and Yearbook Signing. These young alumni spoke with current eighth grade students about their high school experiences. And, new this year, the format shifted from a large panel to smaller groups that allowed for closer interactions and more in-depth discussions.

November 20th, 2015
By
Amy Sprung, Librarian

If you have not yet had the opportunity to see the second grade interactive mural “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” for yourself, you should pay a visit to engage with their incredible work. The mural is located in the hallway outside the second grade classroom. 

November 20th, 2015
By
Liz LaRocque, School Nurse

Lice Facts and Recommendations

As the holidays and vacations approach, it is prime time for sleepovers and kids sharing vacation beds with siblings and cousins—which means it is prime time for the spread of lice. I know it is not something we want to think about, but it is important that you check your child's head regularly for lice and nits.

November 20th, 2015
By
Belmont Day School Technology Department

Hour of Code
Wednesday, December 9, 4 to 6 p.m.

Coolidge Hall

What's a Kibo? What are the two most important statements you need to write code? 

November 20th, 2015
By
Beth Sousa Zois, Development Associate

On the evening of November 12, parents, faculty, and members of the community gathered in Coolidge Hall for an informative and lively presentation by teacher and neuroscience expert Andrew Watson. Andrew led a discussion on working memory and its connection to long term memory and learning, and answered questions during his interactive presentation. The Ko Family and Wellesley Toyota Speaker Series was founded in 2008 by Belmont Day School alumnus Nai Nan Ko ’94.

November 20th, 2015

This fall first and fifth graders studied the digestive system. As a culminating activity, both grades came together to share information and interesting facts. First graders also shared their life-size models of the digestive system. See more photos of the students working together.

November 20th, 2015
By
Stella Balter, Elena Dainora Cohen, and the Belmont Day Fifth Grade

Tuesday, November 24 to Thursday, December 17

Fifth grade is hosting our annual Share the Warmth clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides basic needs for children from birth to 12 years of age. 

November 20th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Paris Crisis

Last Friday night, a mere week ago, the world was alerted to an unfolding crisis in Paris by news media, on social networks, and even by text alerts. As details emerged on Saturday morning and throughout the week I have been compelled to conduct research to try to make sense of this most recent act of global terrorism. There are many complex questions and few simple answers.

November 20th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Cross Country Puts Finishing Touches on Memorable Season

November 20th, 2015
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher

Making Music in the Art Room

Soon second graders will be making music with ceramic bells they created in the art studio! To prepare, students learned about and practiced the key to making successful bells—rolling the coils of clay to a consistent thickness. Students used clay to hand-build two bells this term, learning the techniques of making coils, welding clay, adding shapes, and carving.

November 17th, 2015
By
Vikki Arnold, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Communications

Saturday, November 7 was a day complete with two special community events. First, we celebrated and honored the contributions of two interim heads of school—Lewis Kimball (1988 to 1989) and Anna Jones (1998 to 1999)—and dedicated benches in their memory. The ceremony included thoughtful remarks about these two important leaders from Belmont Day's past made by former drama and music teacher Kathy Randall P '99, '04 and associate teacher program coordinator David Downing.

November 17th, 2015
By
Vikki Arnold, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Communications

Our sixth annual Friday Night Lights on November 6 was a fun and memorable night full of Belmont Day School spirit and pride! The support from alumni and friends was particularly wonderful this year—with over 25 alumni in attendance—and we were excited to see so many familiar faces. Thanks to all who attended and helped make this such a great evening for our middle school athletes and the BDS community.

November 13th, 2015
By
Deborah Brissenden, Assistant Head of School

History, Change, and Faculty

November 13th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Bauman and Turissini hold Meadowbrook to One Goal Under the Lights at Harvard

November 13th, 2015

Talking Out Loud About Kids, Money, and Values
Thursday, December 10, 8:15 a.m.
Coolidge Hall

November 13th, 2015
By
Debbie Grossman, Fifth Grade Teacher

The fifth grade has begun their owl pellet dissection. Students are working with a partner (or two) as a detective team. Using tools, they'll find bones of different animals that an owl ate and regurgitated. They'll use different bone identifying charts to figure out what type of animal(s) were in the owl pellet they dissected. At the end of the dissections, partners will create a poster to display the bones they found in their pellet. We invite you to stop by fifth grade in a few weeks to see their discoveries!

November 13th, 2015

The boys' and girls' soccer teams competed fiercely against Meadowbrook last Friday night and made the sixth annual Friday Night Lights a memorable event full of Belmont Day School spirit and pride! The support from the Belmont Day community, including students, parents, faculty, alumni, and friends, was wonderful. Thanks to all who attended and helped make this such a great evening for our athletes! Enjoy photos from the event in our Friday Night Lights gallery.

November 13th, 2015
By
Belmont Day School Parents' Association

Wednesday, December 2 to Friday, December 4

It's almost time…for the BOOK FAIR! The Book Fair will be held in the Erskine Library from Wednesday, December 2 to Friday, December 4.

NEW! This year we are teaming up with the PA Gamewright fundraiser on Thursday, December 3 when we will extend our hours to 8:30 p.m. with wine, cheese, and games starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Erskine Library. 

November 13th, 2015
By
Belmont Day School Parents' Association

Thursday, December 3

Slamwich, Rat-a-Tat Cat, There’s is a Moose in the House, Rory's Story Cubes, The Scrambled States of America, Frog Juice, Chomp… if you haven't played these games you should! Playing board games is fun, and fun is good (forgive us Dr. Seuss!), and here is your chance to play them, and own them. 

November 12th, 2015

Toy collection to benefit children hospitalized during the holidays!
Monday, November 23 to Friday, December 18

November 9th, 2015

Alumni parents Rosi and Brian Amador P '10 and their Latin sextet Sol y Canto were joined by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, a string quartet from Mexico, for a dress rehearsal of Sabor y Memoria at Belmont Day this morning.

November 6th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Deborah Brissenden, Diane Foster, Liz Gray

Affinity Groups

On Thursday we hosted our first parent affinity group, inviting parents of children of color and faculty of color to gather to share stories, frustrations, strategies, triumphs, and dreams.We are passionate advocates for the affinity group experience for parents and recognize it as way to strengthen our inclusive community. 

November 6th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Football Team Rebuilds Around Strong Leadership From Yarboi and McKee

November 6th, 2015
By
Kurt Robinson, Communications and Technology Specialist

The Journey

November 6th, 2015

Thanks to a suggestion from a current parent, a Facebook group has been created for current Belmont Day School parents to discuss topics or share information beyond official Belmont Day-sponsored events and activities. Items for sale, fundraisers, community service opportunities, and group outings are just a few examples of things that may be of interest to fellow parents in the community. The group functions just like any other Facebook profile or fan page, but is only accessible by Belmont Day parents.

October 30th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Real World Problem-Solving

Robert J. Sternberg, currently Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, holds thirteen honorary degrees and his work has profoundly affected the way we think about intelligence.

October 30th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Soccer Earns Back-to-Back Wins Behind Dynamic Play from Green and Moore

October 30th, 2015
By
Susan Dempsey, Performing Arts Teacher

Performing Arts

Visit our Arts gallery for photos of our students immersed in various artistic disciplines, including this week’s featured photos of the earnest beginning of animal studies (a characterization technique) in sixth grade performing arts class.

Also, be sure to visit the photo gallery from last week’s third grade performance of “Everybody’s Garden”. 

October 30th, 2015
By
Liz LaRocque, School Nurse

Health and wellness classes are in full swing. This is not news to seventh graders and their parents as health and wellness classes have been happening every week since September, led by our incomparable team of Dr. Leesa Mercedes and John O'Neill. Last week, Leesa and John attended a three-day sexuality education certification professional development program to add to their already formidable skills in leading our seventh and eighth grade health and wellness units.

October 23rd, 2015
By
Chris Parsons, Performing Arts/Music Teacher & Assembly Coordinator

Third Grade Presents “Everybody’s Garden”

Third graders performed for a packed house on Thursday morning when they presented their musical theater extravaganza, “Everybody’s Garden.” The story centered on a garden of bugs and their interactions with the children who live in the house nearby. The elaborate messages of understanding and accepting each other’s differences and celebrating each other’s similarities left audience members humming the clever tunes as they exited the PAC.

October 23rd, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Making Caring Common

Answer this question—if you had to choose between having your child be happy or good, what would you say? And, more importantly, what would you do to actualize your choice? 

October 23rd, 2015
By
Jaleen Siekman and Kathleen Spencer, Friday Night Lights Co-Chairs

Friday, November 6, 6:15 p.m.
Harvard Soccer Stadium, Cambridge

October 23rd, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 8 a.m.
Erskine Library

What?    
A conversation and Q&A with the tech team about the technology we are using in middle school.

Who?    
Parents of middle school students.

When?    
Wednesday, November 4 at 8 a.m. in the Erskine Library.

October 23rd, 2015
By
Jennifer Friborg, Capstone Coordinator

Learn - Do - Share

October 23rd, 2015

Last Friday, we welcomed over 225 people for Grandparents' and Special Friends' Visiting Day. The wonderful morning included a special sharing assembly, classroom visits, and a well-attended forum with Deborah Brissenden, Liz Gray, Diane Foster, and David Downing discussing the importance of our six values here at Belmont Day School. This annual visiting morning is always an extra special one at Belmont Day, and we are so grateful for the hard work of our hosts, led by event co-chairs Nareeluck Stephenson and Jeana Colangelo. 

October 23rd, 2015

Thank you to the student and alumni volunteers, faculty, staff, and parents who were instrumental in the success of the inaugural Harvest on the Hill Farmers’ Market and Fall Festival. From Mr. Smith's kid-powered apple press, which produced the most delicious cider, to Ms. Solomon's garden tours and pick-your-own-kale, the event was replete with autumnal activities that showcased the ingenuity and values of our community. Thanks to terrific fall weather and a palpable happy vibe amongst vendors, patrons, and BDS volunteers, the first Harvest on the Hill produced a bounty of joy!

October 23rd, 2015
By
Dolly Ryan, Director of Technology

I recently came across an article in EduTopia in which a high school talks about the concept of an "instructional coach,” someone who is a subject-area expert, co-teacher, and professional development coordinator for faculty. I smiled as I started watching the video of teachers talking about how much this instructional coach has helped them. I smiled because we at Belmont Day already know, and have known, the importance of this role for over seven years.

October 23rd, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Wade and von Gottberg Step Up for Boys’ Soccer

October 16th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Parent Conferences
During a half-hour time on an upcoming Wednesday or Friday, you will sit down to talk with teachers about your child’s growth, challenges, and accomplishments. We will share our—and welcome your—observations, hopes, challenges, and satisfactions. This conversation is vital for your child’s optimal progress. We know that when parents and teachers talk, there is greater achievement in schools.

October 16th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Cross Country Continues to Roll 

October 16th, 2015
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator

On Saturday, October 3 twenty-one Belmont Day students, parents, and faculty volunteered at Gaining Ground in Concord, an organic farm that donates all of its produce for hunger relief. Participants finished harvesting sweet potatoes, cleared the potato bed, and sorted sweet potatoes in the green house for curing at the farm. A wonderful day of fun for a good cause!

October 16th, 2015
By
Belmont Day School Sixth Grade

Continuing a decades-long tradition, sixth graders returned from their annual three day trip to The Farm School in Athol, MA last week full of songs and stories about their time on the farm.   

What did they do?

October 16th, 2015

On Tuesday, October 13 Belmont Day welcomed author Kate Messner to campus as part of the fourth annual Carol Cirillo Speaker Series. Her visit included conversations with and presentations to students. Many of our students were already very familiar with Ms.

October 16th, 2015
By
Brendan Largay, Head-Elect

Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community,

October 9th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Insight Outside
Teaching design thinking is not a luxury but a necessity. We know that our students will face a future ripe with opportunities for entrepreneurship and invention. Consider that in my lifetime microwaves and triple-washed bags of mixed lettuce, computers and cell phones, itemized store receipts and ATMs, the Internet and online shopping, GPS and Siri, YouTube, TED talks, and Uber were all invented and have become part of the fabric of everyday life.

October 9th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Siegel-Bernstein and Biotti Power Field Hockey to Impressive Win in Season Opener

October 9th, 2015
By
Bill Smith, Woodworking and 21st Century Skills Teacher

Sawing: One of My Favorite Classes
In September, first graders arrive to the woodworking studio for the first time poised and eager to build. Many have sneaked peeks into the studio, heard curious loud noises coming from within, and smelled the fresh cut pine in the air. Now it is their turn to enter the room.

October 9th, 2015

Last week, there was some extra noise on the Belmont Day campus from the preparation of a geothermal testing well that was being dug to explore the feasibility of using this sustainable energy source at Belmont Day. In order to determine how geothermal will perform on campus we completed the drilling of a 500 foot closed loop geothermal test well on the sideline of Claflin field.

October 2nd, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Soccer Team is Full of Experience

October 2nd, 2015

Music, Stories, and Fun!
Join us on the second Saturday of each month for free and interactive performances for young children and their families. Our first concert is Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m. in the Erskine Library and will feature Marsha Goodman-Wood.

October 2nd, 2015

Parents of Children of Color Breakfast
Thursday, November 5, 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

Coolidge Hall

October 2nd, 2015

The Ko Family and Wellesley Toyota Speaker Series will welcome Andrew Watson to speak with the Belmont Day community on November 12 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Palandjian Arts Center.

October 2nd, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

I read many books this summer—isn’t that what summer is for?—and several stood out for different reasons.

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel, is summarized most excellently (and succinctly) in an article in Educational Leadership that explains four ways to most effectively study.

September 30th, 2015
By
Karen Liesching, President

Dear Members of the Belmont Day Community,

We are pleased to announce that Brendan Largay, Head of the Middle School at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to succeed Annette Raphel as the Head of Belmont Day School effective July 1, 2016.

September 30th, 2015
By
Karen Liesching, President

Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community,

We are pleased to announce that Brendan Largay, Head of the Middle School at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to succeed Annette Raphel as the Head of Belmont Day School effective July 1, 2016.

September 25th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Truth—No Consequences

The world, as we know, is changing, even in the teaching of reading—from debates about sight words and phonics to the demise of the print encyclopedia and whether Wikipedia is a legitimate source to how to develop skills to support reading on a Kindle or iPad. We know more about the way brains work and we have research about how to enhance comprehension. 

September 25th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Football Program Expands

Last fall, Coach Geneus led the first ever flag football team to a 4–2 record. With momentum from their inaugural campaign, this year’s team has increased its roster size (from 10 to 14) and scheduled games (from 6 to 9). The larger team coupled with the additional interscholastic contests is a clear sign that flag football at Belmont Day is here to stay. 

Team Captains Announced

September 25th, 2015
By
Anne Armstrong, Visual Arts Teacher and Arts Coordinator

Visual Arts

“I can’t wait to see what these colors make!”
“What tools did you use?”
“Look at this!” 
“This worked differently than I thought it would—what about yours?”

September 25th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Friday, October 2, 8:50 a.m.
Palandjian Arts Center

September 25th, 2015

Belmont Day Middle Schoolers Travel to Boston, New Hampshire, and Lowell

If you were looking for a seventh or eighth grader on September 15, you would have had to look up—way up—to find our eighth grade class, and 134 miles away to find our seventh graders. 

September 25th, 2015

Schedule and Logistics
Thursday, October 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Once a year we offer an opportunity for parents to be introduced to the academic landscape for the year—what are the highlights, structures, and expectations? Please come meet all of the people who make the school run smoothly and who may teach, eat with, dismiss, observe, assess, coach, and cheerlead for your child.

September 25th, 2015

Farmers’ Market and Fall Festival
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for Harvest on the Hill—a family-friendly open air market featuring local farms and artisans on the pastoral grounds of Belmont Day—co-sponsored by Belmont Day and edibleBOSTON.

September 25th, 2015
By
Amy Sprung, Librarian

Upcoming Author Visit: Kate Messner
Tuesday, October 13

We look forward to welcoming author Kate Messner for presentations with students next Tuesday, October 13. You may order a book by filling out an order form (ORDER FORM) and submitting it either to your child's homeroom teacher or directly to the library, or by emailing Ms. Sprung to reserve a book by Friday, October 2. 

September 25th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Adapted from article by Sara Goldstein

September 18th, 2015
By
Diane Foster, Lower School Head

The Courtyard Transformed

"The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” - Richard Louv, author of Last Child in The Woods

September 18th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Sparks and Kim Will Pace XC Team

Expectations are high for two second-year runners: seventh grader Jameson Sparks and eighth grader Will Kim. Last year in their rookie campaigns, the duo helped the cross country team to one of its most successful seasons in program history. In a sport where individual accomplishments can often trump team success, Sparks and Kim have bought into Coach Armstrong’s team-first approach and will be instrumental in bringing the newcomers up to speed (both figuratively and literally) this fall. 

Athletics News

September 18th, 2015
By
Chris Parsons, Performing Arts/Music Teacher & Assembly Coordinator

“Everybody’s Garden” is a Show for Everyone!

September 18th, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 8:15 to 9:30 a.m.
Erskine Library

September 18th, 2015
By
Belmont Day School Enrichment Committee

Thursday, September 24, 8:50 a.m.
Palandjian Arts Center

The enrichment committee is excited to welcome a Senegalese drumming troupe on September 24 for our first enrichment assembly of the year. Parents are welcome to attend the exciting performance and instructional talk, which begins at 8:50 a.m. in the PAC. 

If you are interested in joining the enrichment committee, please contact Lia Meisinger for more information.

September 15th, 2015

Open Forum dates, times and locations are now finalized for all of our Head of School finalist candidates, and we’d like to share this information with you. The Open Forums are for all interested BDS community members. These are larger sessions in which the candidate will give brief introductory remarks and then spend the remainder of the time addressing questions.
 
Open Forums for the first candidate, David Liebmann:
Thursday, September 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Coolidge Hall

September 11th, 2015

Welcome to our New Adult Community Members!

Faculty and staff:

  • Liz Gray, middle school head
  • Mary Ellen Coyne-Gordon, learning specialist, grades five to eight
  • Lesley Robbins, pre-kindergarten teacher
  • Vladimir Hucko, assistant chef

Leave replacement faculty:

September 11th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Lost: A Closet; Found: A Menu of Possible Solutions

September 11th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Field Hockey Boasts Largest Team in Program’s History

September 11th, 2015
By
Frank Toppa, Music Teacher

“All About the Hokey Pokey” - Music Theme September 2015

September 11th, 2015

We have many new spaces, four of which have new identifying names. Sending children to the former conference room or development office didn’t seem very exciting. Sending adults to trailer 1 or trailer 2 did not set our hearts aflutter. Thank you to Cat Francis, Mary Merrill, and Beth Sousa Zois who submitted irresistible monikers. 

September 11th, 2015
By
Liz LaRocque, School Nurse and Health and Wellness Coordinator

The health and wellness team is incorporating the theme of “Celebrate Kindness” into our lessons this year. To kickoff the initiative in a wonderful way, we introduced the theme to BDS faculty during opening meetings in August. Faculty members answered the prompt “Kindness is:” and wrote their response on a cut-out of their hand. The answers speak to the amazing community we have here at Belmont Day. See for yourselves on the bulletin board on display at the beginning of the lower school hallway for the next several weeks.

September 11th, 2015

The month of September will be an especially exciting one at Belmont Day. We welcomed 51 new students and 46 families, 6 faculty and staff, and 6 associates to our community—and we are delighted to welcome four head of school candidates in the coming weeks.

September 10th, 2015

September 10, 2015
 
Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community:
 
We would like to share details with you about the first of four Head of School finalist candidate visits to be held next week on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18. 
 
The campus visit schedule has just been set, and it includes opportunities for the Head of School finalist candidate to tour the campus, attend classes, and meet with faculty, staff, administrators, students, current and former parents, trustees, as well as alumni over the course of the two days.

September 8th, 2015

September 8, 2015

Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community,

We hope that you have had a terrific summer and are eagerly anticipating the start of the new school year tomorrow.

We are excited to provide you with an update on the Belmont Day School Head of School search process and have excellent news to report on both where we are in the search process and upcoming search-related activities.

September 8th, 2015

Welcome back everyone! We are looking forward to a wonderful 2015-16 school year.

Wednesday, September 9

September 3rd, 2015

Belmont Day looks for opportunities to implement environmental best practices to help create a more sustainable school environment. As we begin the 2015–16 school year, we have implemented an exciting water-related change that will help us further our sustainability goals and reduce our carbon footprint. Starting this fall, the school will no longer receive deliveries of five-gallon water jugs.

September 3rd, 2015

The Belmont Day campus has been anything but quiet this summer with 11 incredible weeks of exciting and diverse camp program​s taking place.​ Fifteen specialty and sports sessions, including two exciting new offerings—field hockey and sewn circuits—were anchored by our eight-week camp program. The days were filled with new discoveries, exciting adventures, and, of course, lots of fun. The campers, families, and staff made Summer Discoveries a joyful community and together created lasting memories. The staff was engaged, contentious, kind, caring, and enthusiastic.

August 21st, 2015

Each trimester Belmont Day offers a range of exciting classes led by enthusiastic teachers for Belmont Day students and for students enrolled at other schools. We have an exciting line up of after school classes. Our community enrichment classes are open to children in grade 1 and above.

These classes are currently open for community enrollment for the fall session, Monday, September 14 to Friday, December 4.

August 14th, 2015
By
Betsy Kelder, Director of Summer and External Programs

Summer camp goodbye

July 31st, 2015

Session D camp families are invited to join us for two upcoming events.

  • Parents' Visiting Day - Wednesday, August 12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Parents and special friends are welcome to join their camper’s group to experience some of our daily activities and watch the children in action.

  • Family Fun Night - Wednesday, August 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Enjoy the pool, games on the field, and other great activities. Registration forms will be emailed out and are due back by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11 with payment of $5 per person for pizza.

July 31st, 2015

On Community Service Day in May, students and teachers worked hard to get our school garden ready for a fruitful season—and what a productive season it has been so far! Our organic garden has yielded several types of greens including kale and arugula; we've harvested sugar snap peas and the summer squash is now coming in. The fragrance of herbs—and the nearby honeybee hive—fills the air.

July 31st, 2015
By
Sandra Rhone, Summer and External Programs Administrator

Well, this week certainly felt like the heart of the summer—humidity, heat, and sun…we had a blast! We played in the water a lot this week. We broke out the hose in games, played some drip, drip, drop in tennis, swam, and made sure we drank water all day long. Everyone weathered the heat well and enjoyed a less humid day today.

July 24th, 2015
By
Sandra Rhone, Summer and External Programs Administrator

What a wonderful Friday it is today! After a hot start to the week, we are having a lovely, warm, breezy day at camp. I can’t believe another week has gone by. Wednesday marked the opening ceremonies of our Olympics competition. Each group was assigned to a country—Wales, Kenya, or Greece—and will compete until next Friday’s closing ceremony when we find out the Olympic winner! 

July 17th, 2015
By
Sandra Rhone, Summer and External Programs Administrator

It’s hard to believe, but today marks the half-way point of our eight week summer camp program! How quickly these first four weeks have gone—I hope the next four go slower so we don’t have to think about the fall and the start of school for a little longer.

July 10th, 2015
By
Sandra Rhone, Summer and External Programs Administrator

What a great first week of B session we have had! The color games got off to an amazing start on Wednesday. Each team met their captains and competed in the first activities: creating team cheers, logos, and war cries. Today we had a camp-wide color event. Every group had 5 trivia challenges to complete and then each team lined up in full alphabetical order!  It was an amazing event full of spirit, community, and fun!

July 2nd, 2015
By
Sandra Rhone, Summer and External Programs Administrator

What an amazing Session A we had from our Independence Day celebration, to the Invention Convention, and many other fun and exciting camp activities! Our campers came up with some amazing inventions to help aid in the speedy running of camp and many of them centered on machines to apply sunscreen. It is great that our campers take sun-safety and wearing sunscreen so seriously—we think there would be a huge market for a way to apply sunscreen that didn’t make our hands oily. A big thanks to the judges Lila “The Innovator”, Peter “The Pro”, and Mr. Vegas!

June 26th, 2015
By
Sandra Rhone, Summer and External Programs Administrator

Happy first Friday of summer! We had an excellent and interesting first week of camp. We welcomed new campers every day as area school districts closed for the summer. Our staff did an amazing job to help each new camper feel part of the group and to jump into all the fun and wacky things that are underway at Belmont Day Camp!

June 15th, 2015 to August 28th, 2015

Belmont Day Summer Discoveries programs kick off on Monday, June 15 with specialty and sports camps. Our four two-week day camp sessions begin June 22 and run until August 14. We will wrap up the summer with more specialty and sports camps from August 17 to 28.

June 5th, 2015

Plasterers completed closing up the walls and finish plastering. Carpenters installed new exterior double doors, siding & trim, and re-framed access to crawlspace for new access door hatch. HVAC subcontractor removed older ductwork in crawlspace and added new return and supply ductwork in the floor. Painters cleaned ceiling and began priming walls and electrical conduit.

June 5th, 2015
By
Rachel Alexander, Class of 2015

I’m Rachel Alexander and I have been at Belmont Day School since pre-kindergarten. To give you perspective, that's 230,688,000 seconds we have been together. Or 2,670 days, or 381 weeks and 3 days. That may not seem like a long time, but trust me, a lot can happen in 3,844,800 minutes. For each day we were here, we collected an experience. So when your teacher tells you to gather all your experiences from the past ten years and shove it into five minutes, your mind goes all over the place.

June 5th, 2015
By
Chaney Dalton, Class of 2015

My very first memory at BDS is of my eighth grade partner, Kathryn, calling me to say happy birthday when I turned five. I remember how much that meant to me, and how much I looked up to her. I recently reached out to her for the first time in nine years over the phone. Talking about the times when I was a spunky little pre-ker makes me realize how far I’ve come these past ten years. Now I’m the older eighth grade partner, and I have my own pre-k buddy, Kate. She’s fun, silly, and kind and I love spending time with her. I hope I mean as much to her as my eighth grade partner did to me.

June 5th, 2015
By
Ryan Firenze, Class of 2015

BDS has enhanced our knowledge of the world. We study many subjects and each of the subjects gives us skills and information. In English this year with Mrs. Klock, we learned from House on Mango Street and To Kill a Mockingbird about how people do and do not fit in. We learned about discrimination in the past and present. Of course, in English we also learned about sentence structure and grammar.

June 5th, 2015

The audience at Belmont Day's June 5 graduation exercises had the opportunity to hear incredible speeches from three members of the Class of 2015. These speeches were selected with care by a committee of eighth graders, faculty, and administrators. The reflections are filled with wisdom, humor, and fond memories of each student's unique experience at Belmont Day.

June 2nd, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Belmont Day School Sports Achievers

May 30th, 2015

James Brissenden '07 is graduating from Bates College. Congratulations to the Brissenden family!

May 29th, 2015
By
Leslie Jeng, ​Chair, Committee on Trustees

To the Belmont Day Community:

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting of the Belmont Day Corporation on May 21 and to those of you who submitted proxy votes to help insure a quorum for the election of trustees. We also want to express gratitude to those of you who suggested individuals for the board; as a result, we had an impressive pool of candidates.

May 29th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Contemplating Closure

This is the last issue of The Scoop this year and as we are delighting in the thrill of moving up, the bittersweet moment of graduation, and the many other traditions that surround this time of year (field days, pre-k and eighth grade trip to Drumlin Farm, seventh and eighth grade play, athletics banquet, last middle school dance, receiving summer reading books, classroom closing rituals, the new graduates inaugurating the pool season…) it is a privilege to take a moment and consolidate the swirl of emotions.

May 29th, 2015

Belmont Day, in partnership with edibleBOSTON, will host Harvest on the Hill—a public farmer’s market and celebration of sustainability—on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 29th, 2015

Week 6 Construction Update
Electrician finished up conduit install for lights and fans. Plastering subcontractor installed durarock for areas to receive wall tile. Blueboard was installed at all other areas to receive plaster. Plaster began to be applied at storage room wall and at areas around the new windows. Plastering will continue throughout the week and into next week in preparation for paint.

May 29th, 2015

Hiring Update

May 28th, 2015 to May 29th, 2015

The seventh and eighth grades proudly present their spring musical, "Bye Bye Birdie." The Belmont Day School community is cordially invited to join us for the following performances. The show will run for approximately 90 minutes. 

Thursday, May 28

  • Dress Rehearsal, 8:50 a.m., Palandjian Arts Center

May 27th, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 11:17 a.m.

Thank you again for your patience. The school's phones are now operating as usual.

May 22nd, 2015

Week 4: Demolition continued with interior doors removed and tested, along with the removal of the existing tile mosaic, existing pendant light, lean-to at east wall, and exterior siding at east wall. Rough electrical and conduit installation continued with the coordination and confirmation of switch and device locations. Scaffolding for cupola is ready to be setup upon approval and completion of the new sub-floor installation. 

May 22nd, 2015

In 2009, Belmont Day held the first annual all-school community service day. The idea for this day of service emerged from a committee of faculty and parents who believed that it would a natural expression of the school's values and an extension of our long-standing commitment to community service.

May 22nd, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Remarks from May 21 Corporation Meeting
BeeDS 2015

Imagine a queen encased in a sweet prison, where the other inhabitants are eager to kill her off. As they furiously eat through the sugar, their desire to assassinate their monarch disappears. By the time they break through, they are ready to declare their undying allegiance until death do them part some six weeks later.

May 22nd, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Track Finishes Season with Commanding Win

In their final meet of the season, the track and field team doubled-up Shore Country Day with a commanding 95-47 victory. There were countless individual highlights on the afternoon, but the team relays stole the show. Both the boys’ (Amani Gottlieb, Hamza Shemsu, Nathaniel Dolny, and Oliver Morton) and girls’ (Izzy Moore, Emma Bauman, Val Farley, and Natalie Murphy) relays won exciting races. All in all an exciting finish for the track and field team!

May 22nd, 2015
By
Roots and Shoots Middle School Club

With the support and efforts of Roots and Shoots and the Belmont Day community, the goals of having a Belmont Day team riding, increasing awareness, and raising funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were all accomplished.

May 22nd, 2015
By
Tina Fox and Nancy Fell, Second Grade Teachers

For the past eight years, second graders have worked with Gaining Ground, an organic farm in Concord that raises and distributes all of its produce to local hunger relief agencies. On Wednesday, students traveled to Gaining Ground and planted sunflowers and celeriac, weeded asparagus beds, and mulched flower beds. On Friday, as part of Community Service Day, students decorated reusable bags that will be used as part of the farm's Families First program.

May 18th, 2015 to May 29th, 2015

Monday, May 18

  • Robotics Showcase, grades 1 and 2 in the grade 1 classroom, 4 to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19, 4 to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Robotics Showcase, pre-k and kindergarten in the grade 1 classroom

Wednesday, May 20, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Yoga Play in the PAC
  • Design Squad Expo in the wood shop

Tuesday, May 26, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

May 15th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

The Whole Game

Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor David Perkins muses about teaching and baseball. His book, Making Learning Whole, uses the game of baseball as a metaphor. As a fan who is careful to acknowledge his limitations as a serious player, he has learned to see how things fit together; he had to understand the whole game in order to see the implication of individual plays on the outcome. He reasons the same should be true of teaching.  

May 15th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Everett Continues to Shine in Net for Girls’ Lax

May 14th, 2015
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

The Belmont Day Beehive is officially up and running—or should we say buzzing? The honeybees arrived on Tuesday, May 5—a large group of worker bees with one large queen bee. The bees were installed, with the help of beekeeper Mel Gadd, in their new home and welcomed by an eager group of students and faculty.

May 8th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Children Helping Children

Belmont and Nepal have more than three letters that connect them.

May 8th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Tennis All Even with Two Weeks to Play

May 7th, 2015

Demolition continued with selective removal of drywall from the interior walls. The electrician removed the remaining existing lights and installed temporary lights. Rough electrical work continued with running in-wall cable for switches, controls, and devices. Carpenters removed the existing lean-to storage shed and existing windows. Carpenters also began to frame openings for new windows.

May 7th, 2015

On Thursday, May 7, kindergarten student Emmett relieved Mrs. Raphel of her post and became Belmont Day School's Head for a Day. Emmett planned a full day, including front door greeting, extra library time, a tour of the campus via tractor, and a request for lemonade and popsicles at lunch! Lower School Head Diane Foster had the pleasure of sitting down with our new head for an exclusive interview.

May 6th, 2015
By
Becky Roberts, Middle School Head

On Thursday morning, Roots and Shoots, the student greening team, and others will participate in a Skype conversation with Dhamey Norgay. A high school friend of Director of Development Mary Merrill's, Dhamey has very strong connections to his home country of Nepal and to the Sherpa community through his own mountaineering and that of his father, Tenzing Norgay, who, with Sir Edmund Hillary, reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the first time in 1953.

May 1st, 2015
By
William Yepes, World Language and Spanish Teacher

Twenty students from the seventh and eighth grade Spanish class and 4 teachers traveled to Puerto Rico during Spring break. It was a terrific adventure where students were able to experience the language they have studied at Belmont Day beyond our classroom walls. 

May 1st, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Two Important Dates for Parents

May 1st, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Lacrosse Falls in Sudden Death Overtime

May 1st, 2015

Weeks 1 and 2 Construction Updates

Week 1: The construction site was set up; a temporary fence was erected for safety, tree and shrub protection were installed, and temporary plastic barriers were put up to keep debris and dust out of occupied areas during demolition. The electrician removed the existing lights and wiring, and ensured the site was safe to begin demolishing the walls and flooring. The demolition crew began to strip panels, drywall, and baseboard from the walls.

May 1st, 2015

Sarah Merrill Returns to Lead High School Placement

April 22nd, 2015
By
Alice Henry and Lindsay Graves, Pre-kindergarten Teachers

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee! Konk-la-ree! Jay! Jay! 

April 17th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

What, Exactly, Are the ERBs?

April 17th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Moore and Gottlieb Lead the Way in Season Opener

April 12th, 2015

The Massachusetts State Scholastic Chess Team Championship (Hurvitz Cup) is a USCF-rated team-versus-team tournament, open to teams of students from public and private schools in Massachusetts, as well as teams composed of home-schooled Massachusetts-resident students.

Our lower school team (K to grade 3) included Dennis J., Zephyr B., Jacob S. and Theo V. The team finished in a respectable 5th place overall. Congratulations to Dennis and Jacob on their individual medals for winning three out of four of their matches.

April 10th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Lacrosse Improves to 2-0 with Win Over Nashoba

April 10th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Lynn Lyons’ presentation a week ago about how to work with—not eradicate—anxiety was helpful, smart, and grounded in good humor. Children worry for all kinds of reasons. For starters, adults worry and aren‘t always good at shielding children from it; news about what is happening in the world can be puzzling and frightening. Sometimes children are temperamentally or genetically predisposed to worrying while some children creatively draw on their imaginations to conjure up worst-case scenarios.

April 9th, 2015
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

The students in this spring’s greening club have built the boxes for a Warre beehive that will be installed near our school garden on April 30 after our Earth Day sharing assembly. Please come meet our beekeeper Mel Gadd on Tuesday, April 28 in the front gallery from 8:15 to 9 a.m. to find out about everything bees and honey at Belmont Day.

April 6th, 2015

April 6, 2015

Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community,

We are happy to report that the search for our next Head of School is progressing on schedule.

April 3rd, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Ultimate Sprints Past Shady Hill in Season Opener

April 3rd, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

When Bathroom Mirrors Speak To You

When I need to see graffiti in a school bathroom, I will admit my first emotion is trepidation. However, earlier this week when I was asked to visit a middle school bathroom, I did not feel the expected sense of gravity. I followed some eighth grade girls into their bathroom to find a mirror filled with post-it notes—each with an endearing sentiment and encouraging words. There was also a pad of blank post-its and an invitation for others to add their own uplifting and supportive thoughts.

April 2nd, 2015

Don't miss the spring season openers on Thursday, April 2. Four of our five interscholastic teams—girls' lacrosse (3:00 p.m.), boys' lacrosse (4:00 p.m.), tennis (3:30 p.m.), and ultimate frisbee (3:30 p.m.) will face off against Shady Hill. Go BDS!

Directions to Shady Hill's campus

March 27th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

BDS: Curiosity Catalyst

It is no secret that one of the qualities that most teachers and parents know to be important for learning and happiness is curiosity. Susan Engel’s new book The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood suggests that we must focus even more  carefully on nurturing this quality. Engel is Director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College and author of the wonderful recent Globe Magazine article “7 Things Every Kid Should Master”.

March 27th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Lacrosse Looks to Campbell for Leadership

March 20th, 2015
By
Julian Tinmouth ’19

Last week a group of fourth graders got to vote for the MCBA. In between two non-fiction shelves, was a desk, two black pens and a white curtain where we voted. After about two or three people voted we took some pictures. Bob (the wooden man in residence in the library) was holding a red ballot box. After voting, we took our pictures with Bob as we placed our ballots in the box. It was very fun! We will have a celebration for the book that wins in May. Visit our photo gallery.

March 20th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Harvard Opens Doors for Tennis Team

March 20th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Report Card Reflections

We have sent out the second term report cards. I have already, at a previous time, confessed that I have every one of my children’s report cards. They are narratives that tell of their lives as students—of their ups and downs, triumphs and challenges. The companion to photos of their growing years, they give glimpses into the boys that have formed the core of the men that they have become.

March 19th, 2015 to April 11th, 2015

Calling for Cradles to Crayons Donations & Volunteers

Clean out your drawers and closets and donate gently used children's items to Cradles to Crayons! Between March 19 and April 11, Belmont Day School will be home to a collection "pod" for Cradles to Crayons. Drop off your donations in the pod at pick-up, drop off, or anytime. The pod will be on campus through Saturday, April 11 when we will host a sorting event from 2 to 4 p.m. 

March 13th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Scaffolding Excellence

March 13th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Lacrosse is Prepared to Take on a New Season

March 6th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Believe It or Not … Here Comes Spring

March 6th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Although good teachers come pre-wired with many excellent attributes, there are specific skills that make a difference in students’ learning. Robert Marzano and Deborah Pickering analyzed many research studies to isolate the variables that most affect student achievement. In order, these variables are:

March 5th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

To help make up for lost school time due to this winter's historic snowfall, we will have school on three Friday afternoons this spring: March 27, April 10, and May 1We will provide lunch these days on the regular lunch schedule for students in first through eighth grades. Pre-kindergarten students may elect to stay for extended day at no charge, or to go home at 12:30 p.m.

February 27th, 2015

Sign up for Conference Day Programming!

Conference Day is Wednesday, March 25, 2015. We have a great program planned offsite including a trip to the newly opened and highly acclaimed Launch Trampoline Park. Programming is available for children from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended day coverage until 5:30 p.m. 

February 27th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Amazing Outings for Badminton and Dance

February 27th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

What Parents Can Learn from Marshmallows, Gorillas, Jam, and Mindsets

There are classics in literature which we hope everyone will have the opportunity to read. There are classics, too, among psychologists that inform the way we understand human behavior. In reading what’s new, I am amazed by how often four studies are cited as core to subsequent research. You may know all of these—if so, you have aced the psychology classics exam. If not, here’s a quick summary and suggested videos.

February 27th, 2015

Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community,

Thank you for welcoming our search consultants, Marcus Hurlbut and Deirdre Ling of Educators’ Collaborative LLC, to campus on Monday and Tuesday.  

Their visit was very productive and valuable, and it focused on important conversations with Belmont Day parents and students, as well as with all Belmont Day faculty, administrative team members and staff. Following their visit, Marc and Deirdre commented:

February 26th, 2015

The 2015 Capstone Presentations will be held during morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on March 9 to 12 in the Kiva. Now in its twelfth year, the Capstone experience is a highlight for the eighth graders. The presentations are the culminating event in the 'triathlon' of the Capstone experience, which encompasses a year of research and independent project work for our eighth graders. ​Everyone in the Belmont Day community is encouraged to attend the presentations.  ​

Please note that the order of presentations may change.

February 13th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Tag! We’re It.

At the recent board/faculty dinner, we looked at tag lines—those few words that instantly conjure up a positive image—for products, brands, and institutions. I posed some tag lines for you to consider during the snow day, and here they are along with the institutions/products that they are associated with:

February 13th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Stumbles in Final Two Games

February 13th, 2015
By
Blair Fross, Associate Director of After School and Enrichment Programs

Monday, March 9, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Movie: premiere of “Small Town Secrets” in the PAC

Monday, March 9, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Robotics Showcase in the first grade classroom

Tuesday March 10, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Ducktape Sculptors in the lower school art room

Tuesday March 10, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Robotics Showcase in the first grade classroom

Wednesday, March 11, 4 p.m. Violin Performance; Location TBA

February 12th, 2015
By
Liz LaRocque, School Nurse

Measles Information

There has been a lot of concern over the recent outbreak of measles in the United States. At Belmont Day, we have been receiving calls about the illness and our immunization rates. I wanted to share that information with you.

February 11th, 2015

Sumatran Tigers

Last year, when some of us were in fifth grade, we read an article on a very endangered species of tigers from Sumatra. We learned that there are only about 350 Sumatran tigers left in the world. From there, we further researched these animals and hoped that we could help raise awareness and money for them. We shared our concerns and ideas with the other members of Roots & Shoots, a middle school community service club, to get more support and ideas. We put everyone’s ideas together and Tiger Week was born! Tiger Week will begin on February 23.

February 10th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Dear Families,

I read somewhere that in addition to the historic amounts of snow accumulation in such a short time—and stay tuned for Acts IV and V coming to us later this week and weekend—that we have had 84 hours of continuous snowfall. I also heard Governor Baker say that we could fill Gillette Stadium 90 times with the snow that has fallen. That got me, and some of the teachers, thinking. So, if you are looking for some new ideas for this afternoon, courtesy of our faculty, you might consider:

February 10th, 2015

Dear Members of the Belmont Day School Community,

Marcus Hurlbut and Deirdre Ling of Educators’ Collaborative LLC, the search consultancy firm we have retained to assist us in the search for our next Head of School, will be on campus to meet our community on Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24.  

When they are on campus they will have conversations in both small groups and open forums with parents, faculty, staff and administrators.

February 8th, 2015

School will be closed on Tuesday, February 10 due to snow conditions.

February 6th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Dance Team Shines in Debut Performance

February 6th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

On Being Wrong

February 5th, 2015

This morning we celebrated Chinese New Year at our Sharing Assembly with Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy performing the Lion Dance. Chinese legend holds that the lion comes before the lunar New Year to bring good luck. This traditional dance is often performed at weddings.

February 3rd, 2015

Classes will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3. Please plan to drop your child off at the front door only where staff will be waiting to accompany him or her from your car to the building.

February 2nd, 2015

We will joyfully celebrate the third graders' hard work and creativity on Friday, March 27 from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m in Coolidge Hall. Students began their state report research this week.

January 30th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel

Growing Joy, One Student at a Time

January 30th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Varsity Basketball Teams Shine on Friday Night

January 30th, 2015

February Vacation: February 17 to 20

Belmont Day offers vacation week programs for children in pre-k to grade 8 who want to be active, have fun, and explore a new place or topic during the February and April school vacation weeks.

February Onsite Program: Dr. Frankenstein—Mad Scientists At Play

January 24th, 2015

Due to the Winter Storm Warning that is in effect from midnight tonight until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday we are unfortunately canceling our Family Fun Night event that was scheduled to take place on January 24.

January 24th, 2015

Due to weather and hazardous road conditions, the admissions office is canceling all scheduled admission assessment visits for prospective kindergarten students on Saturday, January 24.  

All applicants scheduled for today will be automatically re-booked for the same time slot next Saturday, January 31. If this rescheduled time presents a conflict, we ask you to please email Audra Peek, Director of Admissions, at apeek@belmontday.org so that we can work to come up with an alternative arrangement.  

January 23rd, 2015
By
Annette Raphel

In Consideration of Late Bloomers

January 23rd, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Team Effort by Girls’ Varsity Topples Solomon Schechter

January 16th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel

Reinforced glass in classroom windows. Check.  
Locking the exterior doors, including the front doors, during school hours. Check.  Changing the locks on classroom doors. Check.
Installing cameras on the perimeter of the building. Check
Increasing coverage at the front desk before school. Check.

January 16th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Reitshamer and Wade Dominate the Fencing Strip

January 9th, 2015
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

My Kid Would Never…

I know that I am of a decidedly different vintage than our parents. When I was the age of the children in our classrooms, cell phones, calculators, and personal computers did not exist. In fact, when my own children were in high school, I didn't have to consider the challenges and opportunities of all these devices available to our students both at home and at school. 

January 9th, 2015
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Badminton Wins Season Opener

January 9th, 2015

Endless Abilities Screening
Thursday, January 29, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

We are delighted to announce that Belmont Day will host a screening of and Q&A session about the documentary film Endless Abilities on Thursday, January 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Palandjian Arts Center. 

January 5th, 2015

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for summer camp and vacation week programs!

December 19th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

End of the Year Confession

I am having an end of the year crisis and am ready to confess: I am finding it really hard to be efficient in my job. And it is my admiration for our faculty and your children who are the root of my problem.

December 19th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Overcomes Half-time Deficit to Win 39-31

December 19th, 2014

At Belmont Day Summer Camp we celebrate Halloween in August so why not enjoy a bit of summer in January? Join us on Sunday, January 11 from 11 am to 1 pm for winter fun! Activities include:

  • innovations activity
  • seasonal craft
  • face painting
  • bouncy slide
  • woodworking project
  • ropes course element and more!

You can enter a raffle to win a free week of camp in 2015. Spread the word - everyone is welcome! Bring friends, neighbors—the whole family. This event is free and open to the public

December 12th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

COnceptual DEepening 

December 12th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

New Leadership for Girls’ Varsity Basketball

December 12th, 2014
By
David Downing, Associate Teacher Program Director

Teacher Residency at Belmont Day

The Belmont Day School Associate Teacher Program is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Belmont Day offers a teacher residency program where participants earn a master’s degree in elementary or early childhood education granted by Lesley University, as well as a Massachusetts teaching license, in fourteen months.

December 12th, 2014

eKids Consulting Workshop—Making Good Choices with Technology
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Palandjian Arts Center

December 12th, 2014

What is big, blue, and has a volume of 422,830 square centimeters? Ask the sixth grade. In an unconventional way of learning about volume of irregular shapes (think rectangular solid with an appendage of a half cylinder missing two cylindrical holes!), they figured out the volume of individual big foam blocks and then set up a great ‘sculpture’ and figured out its total volume. We bet they’ll never forget the concept and formulas! Thanks to Ms. Moriarty’s math classes.

December 12th, 2014

Before Thanksgiving, Chef Lightbody and two parents, Elise Reitshamer and Cheryl Mullan, sent a “What’s for Breakfast?” survey to middle school students as part of our Mission Nutrition initiative. They asked questions such as: Do you eat breakfast every day?, Has the earlier start to the school day changed your breakfast habits?, What would make you eat breakfast more often?, What is your favorite breakfast food?, and Did you know that studies show that students who eat breakfast regularly perform better academically and athletically?.

December 11th, 2014

On Wednesday afternoon and evening, 160 parents, children, and grandparents attended one of three Hour of Code sessions. Coolidge Hall was packed with families sitting together working, smiling, laughing, thinking, and joyfully learning in a carefully prepared environment—it was Belmont Day at its best. 

December 5th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Sleep

Will this essay put you to sleep?

I asked a class of fourth graders to give me a number indicating how they were feeling at the moment with one being the lowest and five being nearly perfect. The number was to be accompanied by a one sentence explanation. I was a five. The cause was the arrival of non-debilitating snow where there was no need for a decision about the safety of holding school. I fully expected to hear a string of fives. What happened next surprised me.

December 5th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Winter Teams Wrap Up First Week of Practice

December 5th, 2014
By
Vikki Arnold, Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Communications

On Monday, November 24, we were thrilled to welcome our Class of 2014 graduates along with alumni from the Classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 back to campus for a delightful annual tradition—the Fall Alumni High School Panel and Yearbook Signing. These young alumni spoke with current eighth grade students and parents about their high school experiences.

December 5th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

It is impossible as you walk through the city streets not to notice the piles of wrapped gifts that sit in store windows. This is the season, after all, to both give and receive presents. Accompanying the joy of picking out the ‘just right’ present is the pressure to get it right, to not disappoint, and to convey caring, affection, and appreciation.  

December 4th, 2014
By
Susannah Paine and Graham Huntington

The Model UN program is wrapping up its second season at Belmont Day. We had a group of 14 students in grades six, seven, and eight. Several were founding members of the Belmont Day School Model UN club last spring, but most were new to the activities. It was an enthusiastic, self-motivated group!

December 2nd, 2014

David Downing, Belmont Day School’s Director of Teacher Training, has been appointed to the Charles River School Board of Trustees. David’s 30 years of experience in classrooms at both Belmont Day and Charles River include teaching pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and fifth grade. He is an adjunct faculty member of elementary and early childhood education at Lesley University. David has an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree from Lesley University.

November 21st, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Thanks

November 21st, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

A Joyful End to the Fall Season for Interscholastic Athletes

November 21st, 2014
By
Belmont Day Fifth Grade

Dear Belmont Day Community,

Fifth grade is organizing a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons called Share the Warmth. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that provides basic needs for children from birth to 12 years of age. Share the Warmth will run from Tuesday, November 25 to Friday, December 19. You can drop off your donations in the boxes in the front lobby.  

November 21st, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

On Saturday, November 15, a great group of faculty, parents, and students worked in the Belmont Day School Garden for three hours—pulling weeds, removing invasive vegetation, picking final crops, and, finally, mulching the garden beds and pathways with newspaper, cardboard, and salt marsh hay. 

November 21st, 2014

Last week, the Roots and Shoots club volunteered at the Belmont Special Olympics Basketball Free Throw Contest. There were 14 volunteers from fifth to eighth grade. We all had so much fun cheering on the players! We counted the athletes' baskets and reported them to a desk where it was recorded, as well as caught rebounds. There were 30 athletes that we helped, and this was Roots and Shoots' fourth year volunteering at this event. 

November 21st, 2014

“What did I bring back? Try to be yourself more. Don’t try to act different for other people. You only get one life and you should live it the best you can; try to have a good time.” - Jayson Clayton 

November 21st, 2014

After School Discoveries now has a blog that can be found on the BDSG parent site. We encourage parents to visit this site for updates and photos about what students are doing in after school.

Read the blog now at https://sites.google.com/a/belmontday.org/after-school.

November 21st, 2014

Last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code in one week. The goal for this year is 100 million by the end of 2014. 

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify programming and show that anyone can learn the basics. Students of all ages, from kindergarten up, can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials.

November 21st, 2014

Second graders planted garlic in the school garden this fall. In addition, on Thursday they made a special snack for second and third graders using our own Belmont Day School garlic (planted last year by the current third grade students), oregano, and parsley.

November 21st, 2014

Belmont Day Book Fair News

We are still in need of some volunteers and this is a wonderful way to meet others, commit a relatively small amount of time, and watch, in awe, the voracious reading appetites that our students have developed. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristin McKee (kristinhmckee@yahoo.com).

Below are five ways that our book fair may be different than book fairs you may know:  

November 17th, 2014

Toys to benefit children hospitalized during the holidays!
Monday, November 17 to Wednesday, December 10

New, unwrapped toys in the $10 to $15 range for girls and boys of all ages are welcome in the collection box located at the entrance of Belmont Day School. 

We are grateful for the Belmont Day community’s participation and support!

November 14th, 2014

The Hour of Code
Wednesday, December 10

The Hour of Code is coming, and we encourage you to be a part of the largest learning event in history! Last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code in one week. The goal for this year is 100 million by the end of 2014. 

Belmont Day is hosting an Hour of Code event. Drop in for one hour and join in the fun.

November 14th, 2014

The fifth grade has begun their owl pellet dissection. Students are working with a partner (or two) as a detective team. Using tools, they'll find bones of different animals that an owl ate and regurgitated. They'll use different bone identifying charts to figure out what type of animal(s) were in the owl pellet they dissected. At the end of the dissections, partners will create a poster to display the bones they found in their pellet. We invite you to stop by fifth grade in a few weeks to see their discoveries!

November 14th, 2014

Wednesday December 3 to Friday, December 5

It's almost time…for the BOOK FAIR!

The Book Fair will be held in the Erskine Library from Wednesday, December 3 to Friday, December 5. We're looking for volunteers to help with setting up and taking down the Book Fair, and to work during the Fair. Any time you can offer is appreciated.  

The hours of the fall Fair are as follows:

November 14th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics
Fall Season in Review

Boys’ Soccer

November 14th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Failure Redefined

Once upon a time, in another school, in another country, and another time, a diligent student did really poorly on a test. He had several choices:

November 11th, 2014

For the past several years our eighth graders have looked forward to the end of the fall season when they get the chance to square off against their coaches on the soccer field. Don't miss this year's meet-up—it promises to be an exciting game!

November 10th, 2014

Exploring Origami and Haiku

November 7th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Writing

Writers who write about teaching writing have an advantage. They use their expertise to write about their craft. Mathematicians, on the other hand, aren’t particularly inspiring or nifty when they talk about mathematics. My husband is a technical writer for engineering software and believe me, I don’t usually sigh with pleasure at the stuff he writes.

November 7th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Girls’ Soccer Saves their Best for Last

November 7th, 2014

We hope that you will join us in repurposing your old prescription eyeglasses for people in need. The Belmont Lion's Club will accept our donations through their Lions Recycle for Sight program

November 7th, 2014

Last Friday, October 31 was Halloween and the community enjoyed the annual Belmont Day Halloween parade of students and faculty members—led by Mr. Toppa—around Claflin Field. It was wonderful to see everyone in their costumes! Enjoy some photos from the morning in our Halloween gallery.

November 7th, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

Belmont Day School Garden Clean Up Day
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
(Rain date: Sunday, November 16)

November 2nd, 2014

Join us for a unique look at Belmont Day School's exciting curriculum, culture, and community. Tour the school, meet our teachers and learn how Belmont Day School inspires leaders and 21st century learners. Our Open House event is a great opportunity for prospective 3rd through 8th grade students to get to know our school.  An indoor play space will be set up for any preschool through first grade guests, but please note that a parent or guardian must remain with the child at all times. 

October 31st, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Football Picks Up Two More Wins

October 31st, 2014

Did you know that many Belmont Day School facilities are available for rent to both Belmont Day families and community members, and to the general public? In the past, individuals, groups, and organizations have rented our gymnasium, performing arts center, Coolidge Hall, playground, classroom space, kiva, outdoor fields, and library.

October 31st, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

A collection of 20 Belmont Day students, parents, and faculty volunteered at Gaining Ground in Concord, an organic farm that donates all of its produce for hunger relief. Beets, carrots, and leeks were harvested, sorted, washed, and packed for transport. The asparagus patch was cut down and cleared, and other garden beds were weeded and raked. Heirloom pinto beans and black beans were shelled and sorted.

October 31st, 2014

TEACHER(S)

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

Wednesday, November 5—all day

Friday, November 7—after 12:30 p.m.

CONFERENCE LOCATIONS

October 31st, 2014

Last Friday, we welcomed over 225 people for our Grandparents' and Special Friends' Visiting Day. The wonderful morning included a special sharing assembly, classroom visits, and a well-attended forum with Annette Raphel and other faculty members discussing the important roles of both tradition and innovation at Belmont Day School.

October 31st, 2014

The Belmont Day School Roots and Shoots club, a middle school club that helps support charities and communities around the world, recently held a bake sale at Friday Night Lights. The members of the club and some faculty members baked sweets to sell. Students sold baked goods and ended the evening with a grand total of… $700.00 exactly! The money will be donated to the MSPCA, an organization trying to help prevent animal cruelty. Thank you to everyone in the Belmont Day community who supported our bake sale and the MSPCA! 

October 31st, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

The boys' and girls' soccer teams competed fiercely against Meadowbrook last Friday night and made the fifth annual Friday Night Lights a memorable event full of Belmont Day School spirit and pride! The support from the Belmont Day community, including students, parents, grandparents, faculty, alumni, and friends, was wonderful. Thanks to all who attended and helped make this such a great evening for our athletes! Enjoy photos from the event in our Friday Night Lights gallery.

October 31st, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Adolescence

“Adolescence is not a deficiency, a disease, or a disability but it is a stage of life when people are less mature than they will be when they are adults.”

October 30th, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

If you were to walk by the lower school classrooms at Belmont Day, you may notice outside in the courtyard some plastic covered "items." These "items" are actually moveable hoop house herb gardens made by the middle school greening club using PVC pipes and 4mm plastic. Students have been researching cold frames and hoop houses for extending growing seasons in our school garden. These smaller hoop houses are experiments in both materials and methods.

October 24th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

The Perfect Recipe for Teaching a Child

I get lots of magazines, some of them professional and some for pleasure. One of the ones that I read regularly is Cooks Illustrated. That might make you think I am a cook, so before you read any further, please know that reading about cooking and actually doing it are two completely different things.

October 24th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Field Hockey Carries Momentum into Final Weeks of Season

October 24th, 2014

Last Friday morning the third grade performed their class play, "The Garden Show" for fellow students, faculty, families, and friends. We are pretty sure this was the only garden-related play in any universe that featured a singing compost pile. To recap this highly entertaining production: aliens from planet Chlorophyll land in a garden and meet some new friends who teach them all about it; they learn about soil, photosynthesis, pollination, and the creatures who call the garden home.

October 24th, 2014
By
Jennifer Friborg, Capstone Coordinator

Learn - Do - Share

October 17th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Coolidge Hall Update

October 17th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

A Season of Narrow Misses for Boys’ Soccer

October 17th, 2014

Continuing a decades-long tradition, sixth graders returned from their annual three-day trip to The Farm School in Athol, MA last week bursting with tales of their time on the farm. 

What did they do?

October 10th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Reading About Reading

As parents, we all want our children to be readers. Gently, and sometimes not so gently, we point out familiar signs and labels and help our children name things, connecting print with what we are saying. How thrilling it is when a child ‘reads’ McDonalds or a stop sign. But even before this word recognition starts, children have been acquiring literacy skills that have set them on the long journey to becoming readers. 

October 10th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Wade, Kim, and Dolny Pace XC to Strong Finish

October 10th, 2014

Tech Talk for Middle School Parents
Wednesday, October 22, 8 a.m.

What?  A conversation and Q&A with the tech team and the faculty about the technology we are using in middle school.

Who?  Parents of middle school students.

October 10th, 2014
Register now for November classes!

Where: Belmont Day School
When: Tuesday evenings, November 4, 11, 18, 25
What: An evening of fun enrichment classes for the whole family!

Class lineup:

African Drumming, all ages—parents, too!, 6 to 7 p.m.   

Join us for a trip around the world to West Africa without leaving your seat. This class will explore the instruments, music, and culture of Ghana. Learn how to make the drums speak.

October 10th, 2014

Friday Night Lights 2014
Friday, October 24, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

We hope you’ll join us at Friday Night Lights on our usual turf field behind Harvard Stadium to cheer on the Belmont Day boys' and girls' varsity soccer teams as they battle it out against Meadowbrook. It’s a fun evening for Belmont Day students of all ages, alums, faculty, staff, and parents!

October 10th, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

Reminder! Two Upcoming Farm to School Month Events

We still have room for two events to celebrate Farm to School Month. Belmont Day is participating in a number of ways—we are partnering with local farms, cultivating our own school garden, highlighting local foods in our lunch program, and hosting two family events. 

October 10th, 2014

The third grade has been working on a garden project, and needs your help. They will be collecting fruit and vegetable food scraps all next week! Everyone who is interested can collect fruit and vegetable food scraps at home next week and bring them to school on Monday, October 20.

These food scraps will be used for compost, which means they cannot include any meat or dairy products.

October 3rd, 2014

Exercise the Fun Way at Belmont Day!

Open to boy and girls in pre-k to grade 2; open to Belmont Day students and to the public
Saturday mornings, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Belmont Day School Gymnasium
Featuring Belmont Day Head Soccer Coach Anderson Santos

Fall and Winter Session Dates (dates are subject to change):

October 3rd, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Mathematical Musings

"Why,” a parent wondered, “can’t you just teach the math algorithms the way I learned them?” “Explain to me,” she asked, “exactly why there is a shift in math instruction.”

October 3rd, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Great Week for Girls’ Soccer

September 30th, 2014

Join us for music, stories, and fun on the second Saturday of the month as we host a monthly free event for toddlers and preschool-aged children and their families.

Schedule:
October 11- Tim Seston 
November 8 - Vanessa Trien
December 13 - Jeff Jams
January 10 - The
Jamberries
February 14 - Ben Rudnick
March 14 - Karen K of the Jitterbugs

September 26th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Friday, September 26, 8:50 a.m.

September 26th, 2014

Belmont Day Middle Schoolers Travel to Boston, New Hampshire, and Lowell!

If you were looking for a seventh or eighth grader on September 10, you would have had to look up—way up—to find our eighth grade class, and 134 miles away to find our seventh graders. 

September 26th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Flag Football Tallies Dramatic Win

September 26th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Caring: A Value Alive and Active at Belmont Day

September 26th, 2014
By
Chef Tara Lightbody

Squash, Apples, Tomatoes, and Potatoes!

Squash is in season and on Thursday Chef Campbell served maple cinnamon spaghetti squash as the “hot veg of the day" for lunch. The meal was a big hit—especially with Ms. Twarog and a number of third and fourth graders! 

Other exciting kitchen news: 

September 26th, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

Tuesday, September 30, 7:45 a.m.

Parents and staff please come to the first greening meeting to set up our schedule for the year, talk about upcoming events, and brainstorm for future activities and initiatives. All are welcome! This Tuesday, September 30 at 7:45 a.m. in the lower school art studio (Ms. Solomon’s room).
 
October Greening Events:

September 19th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

CLUBS: Children Learning Unusual Bunches of Skills

One of the most engaging ways to encourage investment is choice. Another is to introduce a possible new interest or extend a prior one in a risk-free environment. A third is to nurture relationships with adults who can be added to the list of people who can serve as resources when needed. 

September 19th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Field Hockey Unfazed by Small Numbers

September 19th, 2014
By
Kathy Jo Solomon, Visual Arts Teacher and Chair, Belmont Day School Green Team

Belmont Day School connected with Lexington Community Farm this summer as a resource for farming tips and seedling donations to our school garden, which included scallions, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. All our summer produce went to Rosie’s Place Food Pantry. Check out their summer newsletter describing their donations, including ours!

September 19th, 2014
By
Blair Fross, Associate Director of After School and Enrichment

Register Now for October Classes!

September 12th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Fall Athletics is Underway!

September 12th, 2014

Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

September 12th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

The Synergy between Innovation and Tradition

September 5th, 2014
By
Annette Raphel, Head of School

Welcome to a New School Year

In many jobs, each day is similar to the one that precedes it, building slowly on prior experiences. In schools we have definitive cycles. We have the unusual opportunity of having fresh starts and fresh beginnings. Rooms are scoured and rearranged, curriculum is overhauled and revamped, new name tags adorn folders and cubbies, packages are unwrapped, new furniture is immaculate, bulletin boards are crisp. We could not be more excited.

September 5th, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence

September 4th, 2014

At the conclusion of summer camp we set to work to complete the first phase of renovations to our wonderfully versatile and historic Coolidge Hall. As some of you may know, Coolidge Hall formerly served the school as a gym and then a performance space. The renovations removed the remnants of these former uses (a stage, theater lighting, and storage closets) in order to improve the space for its current primary function as our dining room. We are now able to reduce the number of lunch rotations from four to three with three grades dining together.

September 4th, 2014
By
Jen Friborg

The seventh graders had a special visit that connected with their summer reading book. The book, Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clemens, has a main character who is blind. Our visitors were volunteers from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. Mr. Catarazolla spoke about his experiences as a blind person, students asked questions, and we also learned about guide dogs. The speaker was full of life and humor, and students participated enthusiastically in an activity designed to sensitize them to how the world is perceived by those with impaired vision.

August 31st, 2014

Our "Seed to Table" program was featured in a Boston Globe West article about summer camps that focus on healthy eating. Belmont Day Chef Tara Lightbody led this two-week program that explored Indian, Asian, Italian, and Mexican/South American traditions and recipes.

August 27th, 2014

Each year, Belmont Day faculty and staff kick off the new school year with a series of opening meetings to prepare for the return of students and families. The adult community engages in curriculum planning, classroom setup, book group discussions, discipline- and division-specific meetings, and creative problem-solving. Meetings begin with an interactive community activity.

August 20th, 2014

We welcomed seven associate teachers and ten new faculty and staff members to the Belmont Day community for the 2014-15 academic year. This fantastic group spent the day at a new faculty orientation in advance of the opening day of school on Wednesday, September 3. We’re looking forward to the great work that each of them will do this year and in years to come. Welcome everyone - we’re so glad to have you!

August 15th, 2014

Belmont Day campers and faculty and staff volunteers helped maintain the garden this summer. Alumnus Franklin Stubbs '07, son of art teacher and greening committee co-chair Kathy Jo Solomon, installed a new irrigation system. Thanks to these efforts we were able to donate fresh, pesticide-free produce to Rosie's Place, a sanctuary for homeless women in Boston. Check out our mention in the Rosie's Place newsletter.

August 6th, 2014

Belmont Day Summer Camp happily accepted the the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about ALS and to honor a former Boston College athlete, Pete Frates. Campers and counselors alike sported BC's maroon and gold that day. Camp Director Betsy Kelder then went on to nominate her former camp - Hidden Valley - to take the challenge as well.

June 9th, 2014

Class of 2014 Moves On

June 2nd, 2014
By
John O'Neill, Director of Athletics

Coaches' Award Mission

The Belmont Day Coaches’ Award recognizes the two student-athletes who best embody the school values through athletics. The award is presented each year to one male and one female student in the eighth grade.

May 23rd, 2014

First grade students recently completed their science unit about weather which culminated in recording weather reports of their own making. Eric Fisher, Chief Meteorologist from WBZ news visited the students to discuss weather and show the children how weather reports are produced at WBZ, both in and out of the studio. Mr. Fisher noted "I am surprised and impressed with the children’s vast and accurate knowledge of clouds!"

Join us to learn more about the exciting and enriching summer camp options at Belmont Day. We offer general and specialty camp programs for children entering pre-k to grade nine from June 20 to September 2, 2016. Our programs are led by dedicated and experienced counselors who support campers in making new friends, pursuing interests, and gaining independence. Be part of the Belmont Day community, where kids explore, play and grow.

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