Learning Updates for January 29 to February 2

February 2, 2024

Pre-k Welcomes Guests for Lunar New Year Celebration

On Wednesday, our pre-kindergarten classes were joined by the parents of Averie, Oliver, William, and Zachary for a celebration of the Lunar New Year! We learned all about foods with special meaning such as noodles, dumplings, fish, and chicken, and Lunar New Year traditions such as new clothing, fireworks, and the reunion dinner with family. We made dumplings and bao out of clay, cut our paper flowers and fish, and made paper dragons. We even assembled our veggie dumplings with the help of Chef Lightbody! Children scooped the filling, wet the sides of the dumpling skins, and folded them up tight. Then, after Chef Lightbody steamed the dumplings, we got to taste them! We are so grateful to Iris, Zhuyun, Catherine, and Trish for joining us and sharing this special holiday with our class!

– Kim Edwards and Nicole Siverls, prekindergarten teachers

Wellness: Drawing The Breath in Middle School

Every week middle school advisories have the option of participating in a Wellness Wednesday mindfulness activity as an opportunity to play, rest, connect, and recover. The activities vary from games that stoke body and mind awareness to brief meditations or mindful movements.

Last week the activity was called Draw Your Breath. Students used markers and paper to literally draw a line or other visual representing their breathing. Then they were asked to try breathing in a calming pattern and to see how that visual might differ.

The MacKillop advisory took on the challenge, and their illustrations show how unique our breathing patterns can be. Need a calming activity? Try it yourself and see what you create.

– Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director

Fifth Graders Creates Guidebooks Based on The Arrival

This week in humanities students have been working on their guidebooks project. In chapter three of The Arrival, the main character consults a translation guide as he is trying to find a loaf of bread. Students created a similar guidebook for this project. They chose one theme to focus their guidebook on, animals, places, transportation, or food. Students used their creative writing skills to describe and explain these different themes to help people understand the wonderous, but confusing world of The Arrival.

– Vaniecia Skinner, fifth grade 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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