Leadership Blog

A Look Behind the Green Screen

Post date February 16th, 2018
I don’t often get the opportunity to see behind the green screen that marks the boundary of the Barn construction site. The construction vehicles are tall enough to be seen over the screens, and I hear them, certainly, so I know that the work is being done. But it is something else to see the progress being made in person. Part of working at a pre-k to grade eight school is borne of a desire to keep ourselves young. A great litmus test for that perpetual youth was my visit yesterday to the site itself with CP, our director of operations. I felt six years-old again. Huge vehicles, lifted from...read more

Teacher Training at BDS

Post date February 7th, 2018
I’ve worked in education for 30 years because I’m fascinated and inspired by a relationship that I think exists in the world’s most healthy and generative schools; children given space to figure out the adults they will become in classrooms where adults are tapping into the children that they themselves once were. There is no more precious place than where those two powerful perspectives converge, and it deserves to be celebrated, honored, and understood. In my role as director of the associate teacher program I am humbled daily by the commitment and reflective practice it takes to be an...read more

Lower School Parents' Visiting Day

Post date February 2nd, 2018
We were thrilled to spend the morning with those of you who were able to attend. Parent visiting days provide a window into the wonderful school experience that your child lives each day, and we hope it offered glimpses into the richness of the curriculum, the depth of the relationships your child forms at school, and the expertise with which the teachers guide the learning taking place. You may have noticed in your visit today and/or in the conversations about school that you have at home that your child has seemed to hit a big leap in their development as a learner. Well, you are not alone...read more

Do Your Job

Post date January 25th, 2018
Next week, I will be ceding this space to Diane Foster as she welcomes lower school parents on their visiting day. So, I’ll have to get my (annual?) celebration of local sports team excellence in this week. If you are not a sports fan, bear with me—the BSO gets some love here, too. If you are a sports fan, but you’re not a Pats fan…apologies in advance. A year ago, on the eve of last year’s Super Bowl, I reflected on a life of New England fandom and the lessons I learned from both the successes and failures of local teams and the lessons for our children who are growing up in the ‘City of...read more

Middle School Parents' Visiting Day

Post date January 19th, 2018
Middle school is a multi-staged journey, yielding discoveries at every turn. Today many of you were able to join us for one leg of the trip. As parents often reflect, the everyday life of their child at school can become a bit more opaque as their child enters middle school and sometimes holds onto more information than she chooses to share. Today—along with back-to-school night, sharing assemblies, theater performances, other events, and Friday Folders—is just one of the many ways we celebrate and honor the parent-school partnership at BDS. And even though, at the middle school stage, a...read more

Creating Curriculum

Post date January 12th, 2018
As a devoted reader, I find the most rewarding books are those that can transport me across time and space and into experiences that push my thinking to a deeper level. A teacher’s passion for curriculum design often comes from the same excitement as the author’s—the opportunity to create a new world of experiences for students that develop their skills and ignite their desire to learn more. At Belmont Day I am privileged to work with so many dedicated creators of curriculum. Our faculty know that the best curriculum is created in environments where current research is readily available, best...read more

Happy New Year

Post date January 7th, 2018
I hope folks are enjoying the double snow day reentry to the new year in warmth and comfort. What a storm! I have always enjoyed the welcoming of a new year. It is a time when we simultaneously look back and ahead, much like the two-faced Roman god, Janus, after whom the month of January is named. Of course, it is also the time when we are inundated with suggestions for resolutions about what to change and how to change it from just about every direction—talking heads, Twitter feeds, magazines, family members, and friends—to say nothing of our own inner dialogue as we turn the page on another...read more

A Holiday Wish for Reconnection

Post date December 16th, 2017
I don’t know when or where you will be reading this week’s Scoop… perhaps on a mobile device as you set to travelling to visit family in faraway places or sitting with a comforting cup of hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire. Wherever you may be, I hope these words find you as joyous in your anticipation of the rest, relaxation, and reconnection that the holiday season brings as I am. I simply love this time of year. This season speaks to me most, perhaps, because it offers time for reflection—whether around a packed dinner table of friends and family or in the pages of the “Top 10...read more

PoCC 2017

Post date December 8th, 2017
Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of joining nine members of Belmont Day School’s community in attending the People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Anaheim, CA. The conference, which is the most well attended annual conference of any that are offered by the National Association of Independent Schools, welcomed nearly 6,000 adult participants and another 1,600 students for the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC). Not including myself, all of Belmont Day’s participants are people of color. In all, every facet of the school was represented: admissions, business and finance, the...read more

Lenny and Lino’s Tree

Post date November 30th, 2017
For those of you who joined the BDS community this year you may wonder about the story of the fir tree that stands beside the Bungalow between the Archery and Far Fields that will soon be bedecked with lights and ornaments. Others of you may marvel at the growth of the tree that has flourished on our campus for ten years to honor the memory of a beloved member of our community. The story of the tree is captured beautifully in this article, written by Jill Becker P ’14. Enjoy, and have a great weekend. A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP: THE L & L TREE by Jill Becker P ’14, reprinted annually since the...read more