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Learning Updates for May 20 to May 24

May 28, 2024

Second Graders Raise More Than $10K for Gaining Ground

On Community Service Day, the second graders spent the morning at Gaining Ground in Concord. Gaining Ground is a local nonprofit that grows and distributes 100% of its organic produce to local hunger relief agencies. Last year, Gaining Ground grew and distributed over 120,000 pounds of organic produce. Our students weeded vegetable beds and spread compost, helping the farmers in their work to help people experiencing food insecurity. The work at the farm was a culmination of a year-long service learning project that linked work in our own BDS garden with fundraising, education, and community action. The work with Gaining Ground supports the second grade social studies curriculum where students have been mapping food labels to better understand where produce comes from, the environmental and nutritional impact of transporting food, and equitable access to fresh food. Last month the second graders collected pledges from relatives, friends, and neighbors for the number of pages read during a two-week period. This year the second graders are proud to announce that they raised $10,668.97 to donate to Gaining Ground! We would like to thank everybody who supported them by making a pledge, reading alongside them, and cheering for them every step of the way.

– Nancy Fell, Katie O’Brien, and Ian Hacker, the second grade team

Eighth Grade Latin Students Craft Curse Tablets

Eighth grade Latin students have been studying the evidence of life in the Roman world, specifically in Roman Britain. Through their study of the sacred baths of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath), students learned of an ancient practice–curse tablets. Used to invoke a deity to right a wrong, Romans held strong beliefs in the power of the mystery of the tablets and students were able to try their hand at this ancient practice. Using their mastery of vocabulary and Latin syntax, students wrote their own invocations, transcribed them into an ancient script, and then, in collaboration with Teacher Conroy, spent time in the IMPACT lab molding and etching them into curse tablets that will last the ages. Hopefully, our students have wielded this power for good.

– Nicole Buck, Latin teacher

First Graders Plant the Three Sisters Garden

First graders have taken turns visiting the garden and working with Ms. Solomon this spring. They have gone on a garden tour, tasted chives, mint, and other herbs growing, and been monitoring the bee hives and honeycomb growth. Our work in the garden complements first graders’ study of Indigenous communities, specifically the Wampanoags, by learning about the Three Sisters Garden, which is crucial to local Indigenous farming. So far, first graders have planted corn, the first “sister,” and will plant beans and squash before the end of the school year. First graders have also planted sunflowers from seed, which they will transport to the garden when the flowers are ready. Sunflowers serve as another helper in the garden. Their work with the Three Sisters Garden will continue when they return to BDS next year as second graders. They will harvest the three crops in the fall that they are planting now.

– Geoffrey Fox and Katie Hogan, first grade teachers

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June 7, 2024

PE Update: First Graders Explore Their Athletic Identities At Belmont Day we often say that every student is an athlete. But what does that actually mean? Our Athletic Identity Project is a chance for first graders to explore that idea…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

June 7, 2024

Recipients of the 2023 Coaches’ Awards returned to campus Thursday afternoon for the Athletics Banquet. Before recognizing this year’s award winners, Liam Brodeur, Avery Schneider, Nebiyou Elias, and Quincy Treisman shared some advice with this year’s graduating class and then…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

May 31, 2024

Belmont Day’s mountain biking team has grown exponentially in gnarliness since its inception four years ago. This year’s squad benefitted from extended Monday rides, leveling up throughout the season, and culminating in the first-ever MTB “away game” at Great Brook…

By Devan Fitzpatrick, middle school learning support specialist and club advisor |

May 28, 2024

Our middle school chess club hosted a tournament against Milton Academy on Saturday, May 18. The type of tournament that they played was the Swiss System, which enables all students to play every round. Students from both teams played with…
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