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Learning Updates for January 23 to January 27

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, the second grade had a visit from Belmont Day’s very

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Learning Updates for January 16 to January 20

Digging Into the Rocks In Sixth Grade Science Students in sixth grade have started a unit on geology and are learning to define and explain the idea that geology determines biology, one of what Mr. Hamilton refers to as his four “Nursing Home Messages” (feel free to ask your sixth

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Arts Update: First Grade Ribbon Dancers!

After watching the fourth grade play, Imagine!, first graders were inspired to create their own ribbon dance performances. Emphasis was placed on both freestyle and synchronized segments. The students learned that fluidity and big arm motions helped create the most drama in their dance. This concept piggy-backed perfectly with their

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PE Update: Athletic Identity Project Launches in First Grade

One of our department mottos is that every student is an athlete. In order to reflect and celebrate that message, PE is collaborating with our library and technology and innovation departments to launch the Athletic Identity Project. First, students read a couple of books in the Erskine Library about what

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Learning Updates for January 9 to January 13

Fourth Grade Engineers Build Pyramids Fourth graders have transformed into architects, builders, and scribes and have been working tirelessly to complete a challenge to build lifelike replicas of pyramids using only recycled materials. Students first studied the traits and designs of a variety of Egyptian pyramids, and then they created

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No Idling Magnet Design Contest Winners Announced

Many of our students enthusiastically embraced the initiative to help end car idling on campus and beyond. They produced a myriad of imaginative and carefully rendered designs. There were so many creative ideas, well-crafted imagery, and powerful statements that the judges, Mr. Largay and Ms. McQuilton, chose one winner from

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Two pre-k students in PE class

PE News: 2023 Is All About Cooperation

The return from a break provides a nice opportunity to return to our roots in PE, establishing teamwork and building community with cooperative challenges. After defining the word “cooperation” (it doesn’t mean “when something is hard,” but it can be hard!), we were off to the races at partner stations.

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Associate Teachers Start 2023 in New Placements

The 2022-23 associate teacher cohort has excelled during the first classroom placements of the school year. Each associate has now moved to a second placement for the winter and spring. Associates will stay in these placements with new mentor teachers through the end of the school year: Denise Williams is in

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A group of students out on the trail in the woods

PE Update: Winter Sports for the Win

In physical education this week, our younger grades got to try some indoor winter activities, including speed skating (on pinnies), igloo building (with mats), and snowball rolling (with paddles and balls). Also, with the first snowfall of the season, we offered some crucial winter reminders: Sneakers are essential! We had

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Pre-k and kindergarten students sing at the Winter Concert

Arts Update: A Week Filled With Song

This week was filled with many musical moments. Students thought about a song’s purpose in a songwriting class, played chord progressions on the keyboards, learned new songs from the school musical as an ensemble, and rehearsed (and performed) for our annual Winter Concert. Music served as a thread that connected

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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,…

BDS

January 20, 2023

Digging Into the Rocks In Sixth Grade Science Students in sixth grade have started a unit on geology and are learning to define and explain the idea that geology determines biology, one of what Mr. Hamilton refers to as his…

By Christopher Parsons, theater arts teacher |

January 20, 2023

After watching the fourth grade play, Imagine!, first graders were inspired to create their own ribbon dance performances. Emphasis was placed on both freestyle and synchronized segments. The students learned that fluidity and big arm motions helped create the most…

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and wellness director |

January 20, 2023

One of our department mottos is that every student is an athlete. In order to reflect and celebrate that message, PE is collaborating with our library and technology and innovation departments to launch the Athletic Identity Project. First, students read…

BDS

January 13, 2023

Fourth Grade Engineers Build Pyramids Fourth graders have transformed into architects, builders, and scribes and have been working tirelessly to complete a challenge to build lifelike replicas of pyramids using only recycled materials. Students first studied the traits and designs…

By Kathy Jo Solomon, visual arts teacher and sustainability coordinator |

January 6, 2023

Many of our students enthusiastically embraced the initiative to help end car idling on campus and beyond. They produced a myriad of imaginative and carefully rendered designs. There were so many creative ideas, well-crafted imagery, and powerful statements that the…
Two pre-k students in PE class

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

January 6, 2023

The return from a break provides a nice opportunity to return to our roots in PE, establishing teamwork and building community with cooperative challenges. After defining the word “cooperation” (it doesn’t mean “when something is hard,” but it can be…

BDS

January 6, 2023

The 2022-23 associate teacher cohort has excelled during the first classroom placements of the school year. Each associate has now moved to a second placement for the winter and spring. Associates will stay in these placements with new mentor teachers…
A group of students out on the trail in the woods

By Alex Tzelnic, physical education teacher and mindfulness director |

December 16, 2022

In physical education this week, our younger grades got to try some indoor winter activities, including speed skating (on pinnies), igloo building (with mats), and snowball rolling (with paddles and balls). Also, with the first snowfall of the season, we…
Pre-k and kindergarten students sing at the Winter Concert

By Kassie Bettinelli, music teacher |

December 16, 2022

This week was filled with many musical moments. Students thought about a song’s purpose in a songwriting class, played chord progressions on the keyboards, learned new songs from the school musical as an ensemble, and rehearsed (and performed) for our…
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