Learning Updates for October 30 to November 3

November 3, 2023

Spanish Students Learn, Share About El Días de los Muertos

Spanish students learned about and celebrated the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Through different audio activities, students engaged in hands-on projects. Sixth grade students are making educational posters to teach the Belmont Day community the differences between Halloween and the Day of the Dead; they learned the traditional celebration icons from the eighth grade students’ projects displayed on a touchscreen in the Barn.

Seventh grade students followed this presentation to create altars to honor a friend, family member, or an artist who inspired them. The eighth grade students created an interactive display with the traditional icons, adding their voices to the presentation. The audio is in Spanish, and they also wrote the Spanish and English versions to enrich the display experience.

There are many events in the Boston area to join the celebration, immerse in the Hispanic culture, and have a fun and rich experience.

– Ana Maria Restrepo, middle school Spanish teacher

Kindergartners Trek to the Garden

After a unit on pumpkins, kindergartners took the first of what will be many trips to the school garden with Ms. Solomon. Not only did they get to pick flowers, but they harvested and later tried purple carrots and celery! As an added bonus, kindergarteners left two pumpkins near the garden as a science experiment. What will we see when we return to check on the pumpkins? If you see a kindergarten scientist, ask them about their hypothesis.

– Missy Hartvigsen and Elizabeth Ho, kindergarten teachers

Fourth Grade Ventures to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The fourth graders had a wonderful visit to the MFA last Thursday. Students enjoyed locating artifacts from our “Mapping the Ancient World” project at the museum. Once they found their artifact, they shared facts about the civilization it came from with their group of classmates and chaperones. Students also visited the Greek art gallery, which is the favorite gallery of a character in a novel we are reading in class. Students were able to see the character’s favorite statue and look for clues to solve a mystery in the book. The final stop was with Madame Pellenq in the French Impressionists Gallery. They enjoyed having time to sketch some paintings they were learning about in class.

– The Fourth Grade Team

Sixth Grade Looks at Effects of Earth’s Tilt, Rotation

In science classes his week, sixth grade students manipulated physical models to demonstrate their understanding of the “reasons for the seasons.” From demonstrating how characteristics such as axial tilt work to explaining why they matter, students also played with different “What If?” scenarios to identify how Earth would be different should the characteristics cease to occur. Plenty of illuminating moments were shared between students, and they weren’t all from the flashlights they were using!

– Bill Hamilton, sixth grade science teacher

By Kassie Bettinelli, music teacher |

November 17, 2023

In March of last year, a few students approached the music teaching team about the possibility of organizing a talent show. Knowing one hadn’t been scheduled for the spring, and that planning one for the future could be an awesome…


November 17, 2023

Second Grade’s New Mural Is a Feast For the Eyes For our summer reading book this year, second graders read Tomatoes for Neela, written by Padmi Lakshmi and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. It is a story about a young girl…

By John O'Neill, director of athletics |

November 3, 2023

This fall, BDS piloted an intramural volleyball team that spent the season learning the game, practicing skills, and holding weekly scrimmages. Over the course of the season, players improved tremendously and are prepared to step into a more competitive environment…
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