Brendan Largay, Head of School

A Spirited Celebration of the Whole Child

This week will close out with joyful anticipation thanks to the annual Friday Night Lights competition under the lights at Harvard that awaits us this evening and Saturday’s Massachusetts Middle School Cross Country Championship at Willard Field in Devens.

This morning’s Spirit Day celebration, complete with a community-wide, cross-graded parade, live music, and a pumpkin launch, helped build the excitement. Students (and faculty!) showed off their school spirit with festive Blue & Gold attire, and their pumpkins were adorned with beautifully designed paper “capes.”

The partnership between parents and teachers is a hallmark of Belmont Day. The thoughtful and authentic discussions about each student’s growth, successes, and challenges during conferences this week are essential to this partnership.

Our arts faculty—Anne Armstrong, Kassie Bettinelli, Tyler Cotner, Susan Dempsey, Chris Parsons, Kurt Robinson, Bill Smith, and Kathy Jo Solomon—spent Monday at Mass MOCA in North Adams in anticipation of bringing the entire sixth grade there later this year, and they returned inspired. Enormous, mind-expanding exhibits of engineering, sculpture, and other visual art left them joyful and full of ideas.

I am grateful for this week’s unique focus on our school’s commitment to whole child excellence—an inspired arts team, the partnership between parents and teachers, a community parade, and the prospect of a well-played victory tonight under the lights and tomorrow in Devens. Go BDS!

Giving Thanks

On Tuesday, we will gather for our annual Thanksgiving assembly—an opportunity to express gratitude as a community.

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