Learning Updates for January 31 to February 4

February 4, 2022

Seventh Grade French Students Educate on Climate Change

Following a short unit on weather vocabulary, seventh grade French students learned about various initiatives that can positively impact the effects and course of climate change. They explored some infographics and watched an informational video on the subject. In groups, they used the platform Canva to prepare their own posters (in French, of course) featuring actions we can all take. The posters were then displayed around BDS. The students also filmed a number of public service announcements to complement the messages of the posters.

– Jennifer Friborg, grades 7 & 8 French teacher

PE Update: Sledding For the Win

Upon first glance, the hill behind the Osborne tennis courts doesn’t appear very long or steep. Yet add two feet of snow, a bunch of sleds, and enthusiastic athletes, and suddenly there may be no hill more adventurous in all of New England.

All week long, shouts of joy could be heard as our students engaged in their annual sledding (as nature allows) in physical education class. For the students, it was pure joy, as they raced downhill solo, or in tandem, choosing tracks such as “lumpy-bumpy” or a smoother run. For the teachers, the balance, cooperation, and fitness required to fly downhill and then trudge uphill was nothing short of epic. Layers were shed, sweat poured, comfort zones were extended, and it was all via a simple piece of plastic equipment and a gentle slope covered in snow. Sledding for the win!

– Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher

Eighth Graders Examine Different Forms of Poetry

Eighth grade students are deep in the trenches of studying poetry. We explored the ways sound creates meaning by reading “The Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and letting the sounds of its many nonsense words lead us to imagine what happens in the poem. Last week we learned about meter and rhythm with Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which is written in iambic tetrameter. We each found the emphasized syllables in our own names and tried out writing one line in iambic pentameter. This week we are exploring performance poetry, also known as spoken word or slam poetry. Soon we will begin memorizing poems to recite or perform for our peers later this spring.

– Elisabeth Klock, middle school English teacher

Pre-Kindergartners Celebrate the Snow and the Lunar New Year

It has been a very busy week for our youngest learners at BDS. On top of our daily schedule of learning and fun, this week brought two exciting opportunities for further exploration. First was the greeting of fresh snow which we embraced by engineering tunnels and collecting ice for a science lesson on how ice melts and how different compounds such as salt affect the melting process. This week we were also celebrating and learning about the Lunar New Year! We read several books about the holiday and we’re making lanterns, decorating red envelopes, and creating and painting a dragon!

– Nicole Siverls and Sharon Gillespy, pre-kindergarten teachers

By Kassie Bettinelli, music teacher |

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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…


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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…


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…
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