Learning Updates for September 13 to September 17

September 17, 2021

Community Is at The Center of Lesson for Fifth Grade

This week in humanities, the fifth graders have been focused on community. We’ve been discussing what community means to us and how we can be positive community members. Fifth grade has also been working on building community, and to build community we have been learning about our classmates’ interests, fun facts, and hobbies. In one fun activity this week, students worked in teams learning about our responsibility in a community, specifically how what we put out into the world is often very difficult to take back. To demonstrate that difficulty, the teams tried putting toothpaste back in a tube!

– Vaniecia Skinner, grade 5 teacher

Arts Update: Woodworking Saws Into the New Year

Students (and this teacher) are very excited about our return to the woodworking studio. The smell of sawdust and the sounds of hammers are again filling our corner of the Barn. We are quickly getting up to speed in the space and beginning to learn new skills, refresh others, and get a start on projects that will guide our learning through the first part of the year. The grade-level projects are: first grade – sawing, second grade – sawing designs, third grade – “Oliver K. Woodman”, fourth grade – magic marble cubes, fifth grade – Sketchup, sixth grade – infinity blocks, and grades 7 and 8 – carving and clockmaking. If you want to learn more about any of these projects, please ask a student or reach out to me any time!

– Bill Smith, woodworking and 21st century skills teacher

By Anne Armstrong, visual arts teacher and arts coordinator |

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The Coolidge Art Studio has been abuzz this week as classes finish artworks and transition to new explorations and challenges with various media. First graders recently completed making paper by hand, and are now learning about architect Zaha Hadid, who…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

January 27, 2023

After trailing by 3 points at the half, the boys’ JV basketball team exploded in the second frame and came away with a 6-point win on the road against Dedham Country Day yesterday. Team captain Anurag Mujumdar powered the comeback…


January 26, 2023

Second Graders Learn About Environmental Changemakers, Including One Here at BDS! Second graders have been hard at work the past few months to learn about environmental changemakers–people who identify problems, find solutions and inspire others to get involved. This week,…

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and wellness director |

January 26, 2023

Once a winter we give each of our physical education classes the opportunity to sled. After all, sledding combines so many of the elements we love about PE: being outdoors, balancing, taking calculated risks, looking out for others, and above…
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