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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

By John O'Neill, director of athletics |

February 16, 2024

Coach Tzelnic took the helm of the boys’ varsity basketball team three years ago. That team started a pair of sixth graders, lost Friday Night Hoops by 20 points, and finished their season with a 2-6 record. Fast forward to…

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February 16, 2024

Eighth Graders Share Original Poems After a week of learning about and experimenting with the Shakespearean sonnet, the modern English ghazal, and contemporary free verse poetry, eighth graders worked hard this week on crafting their poetry portfolios that touch on…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

February 2, 2024

Belmont Day’s girls’ basketball program recorded a pair of wins against Nashoba Brooks this week, improving their combined record to an impressive 11-0. The junior varsity team continued its torrid pace by doubling up Nashoba Brooks. Relying on strong defense…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

January 26, 2024

The varsity fencing team improved their record to 4-0 on the season following a commanding 23-4 win against BB&N this week. In an afternoon full of highlights, Coach Solomon noted the strong footwork of Jonathan Laipson and Vatche Balikan en…
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