Seventh grade students review a team project in their French class.
Message from Head of School
A Poetic Sendoff to Winter Break
Brendan Largay, Head of School
Post Date: December 21, 2018
This poem, a wintertime favorite of mine, is filled with the promise of what lies ahead, the magic of the season, and the beautiful perspective of childhood. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and that your break is a restful, restorative, and delightful one for your family.
once a snowflake fell
on my brow and
it so much and
it and it was happy and called its cousins
and brothers and a web
of snow engulfed me then
still and was a flower
– Nikki Giovanni
We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2019! Happy New Year, everyone.
Ms. Henry leads the pre-kindergarten class during the first sharing assembly in the Barn.
This Coming Week at BDS
January 7 through 11
School Closed for Winter Break until January 7
Monday, January 7
8–9:00 a.m., Committee on Trustees, Head’s Office
Tuesday, January 8
6–9:00 p.m., Parent SEED Group, Coolidge Hall
Wednesday, January 9
8–9:00 a.m., Finance Committee
3:30 p.m., Girls’ Varsity Basketball at Rashi; Boys’ Varsity Basketball at Rashi
Thursday, January 10
Priority Round Admissions Application Deadline
3:30 p.m., Girls’ JV Basketball at DCD; Boys’ JV Basketball vs DCD; Fencing at Beaver; Wrestling vs Park
5–6:00 p.m., Camp Drop-in Tour
Friday, January 11
8:50–9:35 a.m., Cross-graded Partners
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., PA Executive Committee, Head’s Office
Priority Application Deadline January 10, 2019
If you have friends, neighbors, or colleagues considering an independent school education for their child, it is not too late for them to learn about the school and apply for admission for fall 2019!
Invite them to contact email@example.com today to learn about our expedited process options.
Go With the Flow!
Beginning on Monday, January 7, all traffic will enter campus via the new driveway from Concord Avenue.
- The driveway is single lane only.
- Traffic and dismissal patterns will change, and students will be dismissed from two doors only—the PAC door and the front door.
- A faculty/staff member on traffic duty will help cars navigate the correct lane in the first few weeks.
- All traffic will exit campus via Day School Lane. Reminder: Day School Lane remains a two-way lane for resident traffic, so please stay in a single lane as you depart campus.
Remember, the Belmont Day campus is an idle-free zone!
Lunch & Snack Menu
January 7 to January 11
Snack: chocolate chip cookies; fruit cup
Lunch: cheese ravioli; chef’s choice vegetables; warm French rolls; mixed greens with balsamic
Snack: saltines and Wheat Thins; bananas
Lunch: chicken vegetable fried rice; vegetable fried rice; chef’s choice vegetables; bok choi and romaine and Mandarin orange with soy sesame dressing
Snack: Cheez-Its; apples
Lunch: herb roasted salmon; chef’s choice vegetables; garlicky Israeli couscous; spinach salad with pomegranate and cider vinaigrette
Snack: Smartfood; clementines
Lunch: butternut squash soup; bagel muensters; chef’s choice vegetables; Caesar salad
Early Birds Moves to the Barn on January 7
We are excited to start the new year with our Eary Birds program moving to the Barn! Early Birds has grown significantly and we welcome about 70 students every morning. The move will allow us to continue to have space for reading, games, crafting, and chatting. Importantly, it will also allow us to open the gym early to all our students, pre-k to grade 8, for early morning movement.
Some important information:
- Early Birds opens at 7:30 a.m.
- Students may wait in the heated Barn vestibule if they arrive a few minutes before 7:30 a.m.
- Middle school students arriving before 7:45 a.m. and lower school students arriving before 8:15 a.m. will need to be dropped off at the Barn.
- Students should bring their coats and backpacks to the Barn, the Schoolhouse will not be open to drop off belongings.
- Dismissal change forms are available at the front desk from 7:30 a.m. on. Changes can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All middle school students will continue to sign in at the Barn until 7:45 a.m. or at the front desk from 7:45 to 8:00 a.m.
- All lower school students will check in and shake hands with the teacher on duty.
- Schoolhouse front door greeting will continue
- All students will walk back to the Schoolhouse with their backpacks and other belongings
- Middle school students will leave the Barn and enter the Schoolhouse through the
third gradedoor at 7:45 a.m.
- Students in pre-k to grade two will leave the Barn with a teacher and enter the Schoolhouse through the walkway door at 8:15 a.m.
- Students in grades three to five will leave the Barn with a teacher and enter the Schoolhouse through the
third gradedoor at 8:15 a.m.
Please contact Deborah Brissenden email@example.com if you have any questions or comments.
New Traffic/Dismissal Pattern Begins January 7
- All traffic will enter the new driveway from Concord Avenue.
- The driveway is single lane only.
- We will dismiss from two doors: the PAC door (the door inside the PAC that opens to the back parking lot) and the front door.
- At the bend in the driveway, just past the stone wall (cones will identify), traffic will split into two lanes. The right lane is for vehicles picking up at the PAC door; the left lane is for vehicles picking up at the front door.
- A faculty/staff member on traffic duty will help cars navigate the correct lane in the first few weeks.
- Reminder: Day School Lane remains a two-way lane for resident traffic, so please stay in a single lane as you depart campus.
Dismissal Doors and Traffic Flow Map
The PAC Door:
- The right-hand lane will proceed to the stop sign and then turn right through the upper parking lot, past the Barn entrance and walkway to begin to pick up at the PAC doors.
- Students will be dismissed through the walkway doors in winter and through the PAC doors in fall and spring.
- During the winter term, pre-k to grade two students will be seated in the walkway hallway.
- During the winter term, students in grades three to five will be seated in the area outside the PAC.
- During the fall and spring terms, all students will be dismissed from the PAC stage.
- Buckling into car seats will be done by the adults picking up students, not by faculty or staff on duty.
- Cars will exit the PAC line, and on the instruction of the faculty/staff member on traffic duty, will drive straight and into the lower parking lot to exit onto Day School Lane at the top of the circle. Another faculty/staff member positioned at the top of the circle will direct traffic exiting from the lower lot and the front door.
The Front Door:
- The left-hand lane will proceed to the stop sign and then move straight through Coolidge Way towards the front door.
- Students will either wait inside or be seated on the benches outside the front door.
- Buckling into car seats will be done by the adults picking up the students, not by faculty or staff on duty.
- Cars will exit the front door line and proceed around the circle. On instruction from the faculty or staff member on traffic duty, they will exit the school heading down Day School Lane.
- Receptionist Barbara Carey will create new lists of students for each door over winter break and email new dismissal spots to families.
- Parking spaces facing the PAC will become partially restricted, with parking only from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.
- Please keep in mind that arriving at 3:35 p.m. rather than close to 3:00 p.m. often enables a faster pick up.
- Our campus is a no-idling zone.
- 4:30 p.m. dismissal will be from the front door for students in after school and from the PAC door for athletics. Parents picking up siblings from after school and athletics will in most cases default to the younger student’s location.
- BDS buses (Boston, Cambridge, Belmont) will continue to be dismissed from the
sixth gradeclassroom corner.
- Visiting team buses will drop at the Barn and park beside the B&G garage.
- Friday dismissal will follow the same dismissal pattern as above.
Fencing Comes Up Just Short Against Beaver
John O’Neill, Director of Athletics
After back-to-back undefeated seasons, Belmont Day’s 12-match winning streak was snapped this week. The Blue & Gold fell 15-12 at home against Beaver, winning four out of nine bouts in all three weapons. The last loss for Belmont Day fencing came nearly three years ago in 2016, and although this week’s result was disappointing, coaches Adam Brewer and Kathy Jo Solomon were encouraged by what they saw on the strip. Both coaches are confident the team will be able to flip the script when they travel to Beaver later in the season once the team gets more experience under their belts. Highlights from the match included newcomer Devon Holman who won two out of three epee bouts (4-5, 5-3, 5-1
More Athletics News
- The girls’ varsity basketball team toppled Charles River by 20 points behind
aggressivedefense from Piper Morris and a game-high 14 points from Julia Clayton.
- Team captains Henry Burnham and Jacob Gregor set the tone on both ends of the floor during boys’ varsity’s 21-point win over Charles River this week.
- The wrestling team squared off against Beaver in the first interscholastic match for the sport in school history. Harry Reitshamer scored a takedown and a pin in the second period for a win.
- Milly Noble had a breakout game on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for girls’ JV basketball. The Blue & Gold fell to Charles River by 8 points.
- Elijah Allen led the team in rebounds and Theo Wallach controlled the offense during boys’ JV basketball’s seven-point loss to Charles River this week.
- Kaeleen Chen and Vivian Danahy continue to show improvement on the badminton court and are reliable contributors for their respective squads.
Seventh gradeclassmates Maya Gregor and Elena Ferrari have been quick studies on the volleyball court this winter and are looking forward to the first intramural competition after winter break.
From Consumers to Producers
Kurt Robinson, Innovation and Arts Teacher
Students in sixth grade began their journey from merely being consumers of technology to controlling and producing their technology experiences. The students are learning the Python programming language and used it to create a simple text-based, choose-your-own-adventure game. Now they are mastering the Circuit Playground Express to control lights, play sounds, and turn motors using the built-in sensors for temperature, light, sound, and motion. After winter break, students will be using the Innovation Studio in the Barn to work with a variety of robotics projects to program movements, music, and flashing lights. Stop by to check it out!
New Procedure with the Addition of the Barn
The PE department is very excited about the recent addition of the Barn to our available facilities. It is a significant change and we are being mindful to establish the best new procedures for the students and space. The Barn presents a new experience in that our students will be leaving the Schoolhouse and traveling to another building throughout the day. Because of this travel, we are requiring each student to carry over a pair of sneakers that are different from the shoes they wore to school. This will ensure students have proper athletic footwear (rather than boots) for PE class. This will also help us keep the new gym floor dry and safe and help to preserve the condition of the wood flooring. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Registration Opens January 3
Registration for all summer programs at Belmont Day School, including the Swim and Tennis Association, will open on Thursday, January 3 at 12 p.m. Information about offerings, dates, and rates can be found here. Program registration is handled online. We hope to see many of you over the summer! If you have any questions, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 932-3893.
Resolve to Protect Yourself Online in 2019
As we quickly head toward the start of a new year, the technology team thought it would be a perfect time to share this helpful article on simple ways to protect yourself, your identity, and your financial wellbeing from online predators. The article, in its entirety, is in the Read More section below. Have a very happy, healthy, and safe winter break!
Meet the Finalists for Equity & Inclusion Position
The hiring team for the position of Director of Equity and Inclusion has been hard at work conducting first-round interviews and determining finalist candidates to invite back for full-day visits. These visits will be held on Wednesday, January 9, Monday, January 14, and Wednesday, January 16.
Finalist candidates will lead evening workshop sessions on issues of diversity, equity, and identity that will be open to the entire BDS community and we encourage you to attend. Participants who wish to offer feedback to the hiring team are asked to attend all sessions to provide common reference points. Kindly RSVP to Minna Ham so that we can plan for the sessions.
Thank You for Your Support in 2018!
On this evening of the winter solstice and the beginning of our winter break, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the parents, faculty, grandparents, alumni, neighbors, and friends who have already made a gift or a pledge to the BDS Annual Fund. I am truly grateful to all of you for stepping up to support Belmont Day.
In order for gifts to be tax deductible for the current calendar year, they must be postmarked by December 31, 2018, or made online by 11:59 PM on New Year’s Eve. If you prefer to make your gift in the spring, no worries! Just make a pledge today by either emailing me at email@example.com or mailing in your pledge card and you will receive a pledge reminder in spring 2019.
As always, please reach out with any questions. Thank you and best wishes for a joyful and restful holiday season.
– Beth Sousa, Associate Director of Development and Annual Giving
Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King
We are planning a celebration in January of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy that honors his dedication to service.
BOOK IT FORWARD will engage students in cross-graded partner groups on January 11. A media drive—new and gently used books, CDs, DVDs, records, and video games—is underway to support two local organizations, More Than Words and Reach Out and Read at Children’s Hospital. During the cross-graded partner time, students will learn more about Dr. King’s story and legacy and work together to decorate book bags or make bookmarks.
Donation notes: For Reach Out and Read, we can accept new and gently used books for children 6 months to middle school age in any language. No religious, racial, or political themes. For More Than Words, new and gently used books for children of all ages and adults are welcome. Other media must not be damaged. A donation box is in the Schoolhouse Gallery.
On Friday, January 25 students will share their projects and what they have learned about Dr. King. We will also host a speaker from one of the agencies we are working with.
Thank you for your participation!
Bridget Brigade Sends Toy Drive Thank You!
“A big thank you goes out to everyone at Belmont Day School for again giving their support to the annual Bridget Brigade Toy drive! You donated 105 toys and books which will help bring smiles to the faces of children being cared for at the Winchester Hospital. Your generosity is very much appreciated and the kindness you show to others does matter. May each act of kindness you do for others come back to bring you happiness!”
Parents’ Association News
Parent Book Club
Next book club will be held on Tuesday, January 15. Book selection
All meetings will be held in the Erskine Library from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Nareeluck Stephenson with any questions.
Thank you to all who have already sent in their PA dues! Dues will continue to be collected throughout the year with funds going to support our high-quality enrichment programs, provide appreciation gifts to the teachers, and help support memorable activities like the Halloween Parade and Family Fun Night.
Please note that we are now accepting credit card via our online dues payment option! Checks are still accepted along with the dues form.
Have a safe and happy winter break!
Donations Accepted Through January 25
There is still time to solicit a donation or donate an item or service to the auction. Donations will be accepted through January 25.
- Do you have an item you would like to donate or a special talent that you are willing to share with some students and or parents, such as sports tickets, vacation home, leading a baking class, knitting class, a private yoga session, etc.? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reach out to a potential donor and share with them how they can help support Belmont Day School. And be sure to highlight the benefits for their business by being seen by our vibrant community of over 300 attendees at the auction!
- Do you own a business, or have a friend that owns their own business and are looking to get some exposure to the BDS community? Visit our website for more information and to download a solicitation form!
Says You! Live at Walnut Hill School
Alisa Amador ’10, Brian and Rosi Amador of Sol y Canto to Perform
Discounted tickets for BDS Families and Faculty
The “Home for the Holidays” edition of public radio’s comedy quiz show “Says You!” will be broadcast live at Walnut Hill School on December 27 and 28. Discounted tickets are being offered to Walnut Hill School and Belmont Day School students ($10), families ($15), and faculty ($15). Catch Alisa ’10 on December 27 and Brian and Rosi on the 28th. Follow Alisa and Sol y Canto on Facebook or listen on Spotify: Alisa, Sol y Canto. Get “Says You!” tickets here. The show is produced by former Belmont Day middle school teacher Laura Sher.
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