Learning Updates for February 14 to February 18

February 18, 2022

Third Graders Are As Happy As Clams About Similes

Recently in third grade, students dove into an exploration of similes. We read My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven to illustrate how similes can be used as powerful description tools. Students then wrote a poem describing someone they are grateful for and created a collage of that person representing those similes. Third graders also recently created “synonym rolls,” listing as many synonyms of a chosen “banned” word (sad, happy, said, etc.) and put this knowledge to use as they created their simile poems.

– Carlyn Simons, associate teacher in third grade

Second Graders Present Their Changemakers Research

On Wednesday, the second graders presented their changemaker research to a captive audience of their peers in the Erskine Library. The presentations were the culmination of a collaborative project combining research skills, the exploration of exciting and vibrant nonfiction texts from the library, and artistic expression. During the project, students learned about people who have overcome challenges, persevering towards a goal of finding solutions to problems facing themselves and others. The connection to our social competency curriculum also allows students to see themselves reflected in the work of their changemakers. In the spring, the second graders will be participating in their own service-learning project, empowering them to “be the change they wish to see in the world.”

– Katie O’Brien and Nancy Fell, second grade teachers

Arts Update: The ‘Hole’ Story in Woodworking

In woodworking, students are progressing on a number of challenging projects. Our first and second graders are designing a vehicle of their choice, such as a taxi, a recreational vehicle, a school bus, or even an ice cream truck. To construct their vehicle, students must use all of the tools they are learning this year including hammers, drills, clamps, and saws.

Third and fourth graders are both working on ‘hole in a box’ projects with different degrees of difficulty. In the third grade, students work within a chosen design focusing on accurate measurements and the use of tools to create the intended design. Fourth graders take it a step further by creating their own designs and applying new tools for shaping. The shaping tools are rasps, files, and hand planes which they use to creatively shape their boxes to designs of their liking.

– Bill Smith, woodworking teacher


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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