Lenny and Lino’s Tree
Head of School
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.
“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...
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.
Belmont Day had the great fortune, through the generosity of the Ko Family and Wellesley Toyota Speaker Series, to welcome Rosetta Lee to campus today. Ms. Lee, a nationally recognized leader in diversity, inclusion, and anti-bias work, spoke to families this morning about strategies for difficult conversations about current events—a particularly salient topic with the election nearly upon us—then met with and led workshops for our middle school students, concluding her day doing professional development work with our teaching and non-teaching faculty.
"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.
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.
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.
Today marked my first Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day at Belmont Day.
Riding the Waves