Getting very abstract in pre-kindergarten as the young students try syringe painting.
Message from Head of School
Brendan Largay, Head of School
Post Date: January 24, 2020
Just outside the Downing Gym, a display case features the annual eighth grade recipients of Belmont Day’s Coaches’ Award—a recognition that is rooted in our six core values. The award honors athletes who bring our mission and their character to life as school leaders on the playing fields.
In 2016, Mia Biotti was a Coaches’ Award recipient. A Belmont Day lifer, having attended from pre-k through eighth grade, Mia exemplified the values of excellence, honesty, respect, responsibility, caring, and joy, not just through athletics, but in all that she did as a student here. It is no surprise then, to hear of her myriad successes as one of the nation’s very best women’s hockey players. It was with great pride that I read an article that recognizes Mia as a leader of the under-18 USA national team that recently took gold in the world hockey championships. The article reveals evidence of those core values, instilled throughout Mia’s childhood, manifest in her achievements as one of the nation’s best young athletes.
We reached out to Mia to ask a few questions of our own. Recognizing how very busy she has been and continues to be balancing school, hockey, and everything else that life brings, we were grateful for her responses. Mia closes by acknowledging the importance of role models, both those we look up to and those who might look up to us. As a Coaches’ Award winner, Mia has always had a profound understanding that she was playing for something bigger than herself. That remains true today, even as she represents our country on the largest of stages, and it is nice to see the threads of her time here meaningfully influencing her path since.
On behalf of all of us at BDS, we congratulate Mia on her incredible successes and will be cheering on Team USA in the days and years to come. Congratulations, Mia!
How has the experience in Team USA been for you? Has the travel been fun, eye-opening?
The experience on Team USA was an unreal experience and such an honor to be selected to play with this team. Traveling with the team was so much fun, and the sights we saw in both Bratislava and Vienna were amazing.
You’re at BB&N now and committed to Harvard. How do you create a balance between the rigorous academics and high-level athletics in your life?
I am verbally committed to Harvard for the year after next year, as I am currently a junior. Balancing academics and high-level athletics is not an easy task. It forces me to be productive and keep myself committed to my end goal and not small distractions.
What advice would you give young athletes?
I would advise young athletes that hard work can make anything possible, and that hard work overtakes pure talent in the long run.
What sport(s) did you enjoy most at BDS? You won the 2016 Coaches Award. What valuable coaching or lesson(s) did you receive/learn while competing at BDS?
At BDS, I honestly enjoyed all three sports I played: field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. While I am no longer playing any of these sports, trying new sports at Belmont Day taught me how to become a better all-around athlete and create friendships in all three sports.
Who inspires you?
My biggest inspirations are the women who played for USA hockey that paved the way for the growth of women’s hockey as a sport. I hope to follow their lead in helping to leave a legacy that younger women can look up to.
Ms. Trentowsky’s seventh grade science classes continued their learning on cells with an ‘egg-speriment’ this week.
This Coming Week at BDS
January 28 to February 1
Tuesday, January 28
Faculty Appreciation Breakfast
1–3 p.m., Prospective Student Visits – Grade 2
Wednesday, January 29
3:30 p.m., Boys’ Varsity Basketball vs Solomon Schechter; Boys’ JV Basketball at Cambridge Friends; Fencing vs ISB; Girls’ JV Basketball vs NCDS; Girls’ Varsity Basketball at Solomon Schechter; Wrestling vs Park
Thursday, January 30
1–3 p.m., Prospective Student Visits – Grade 2
3:30 p.m., Fencing at Beaver
Friday, January 31
Student Reenrollment Contracts Distributed
8:50–9:35 a.m., Grade 5 Play, Palandjian Arts Center
Saturday, February 1
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Prospective Student Visits – Kindergarten
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Middle School Classic Basketball Tournament, Barn Gym
Student Re-enrollment Contracts
Once again this year, the school will use DocuSign for the student re-enrollment process. DocuSign is a secure cloud-based platform.
This new system allows the contract process to be conducted online. Early next week you will receive an email from Fred Colson, director of finance, with more information about the process. Following that, during the weekend of January 31, you will receive an email with a link to access your student’s electronic reservation and enrollment package.
2018-19 Annual Report
Keep an eye on your mailboxes for this year’s annual report and donor recognition. The report went out earlier this month and should be reaching homes very soon. If you do not receive one shortly, or if you would like additional copies, please contact Pati Fernandez, director of development.
Lunch & Snack Menu
January 27 to January 31
Snack: Tostitos; applesauce
Lunch: Asian-style noodles with chicken; steamed seasoned broccoli; fortune cookies; bok choi and baby spinach with peppers and soy vinaigrette
Snack: saltines; bananas
Lunch: beef stew; veggie stew; roasted winter vegetables with baby spinach; warm biscuits; sweet and crunchy kale and apple salad with poppyseed dressing
Snack: Nutri-Grain bars; pears
Lunch: fish and chips; fish curry and brown rice; snappy seasoned green beans with carrots; potato chips; Caesar salad
Snack: Cheez-Its; craisins
Lunch: corn chowder; chocolate milk; ham and cheese croissant; pickles; roasted Mediterranean veggie blend; creamy coleslaw
Middle School Excellence Presentation
Tuesday, February 11
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join us to learn about the benefits and value of our middle school program from a panel of faculty, parents, and students.
They will speak about what to expect and look forward to during the middle school years, the importance of the eighth grade experience at Belmont Day, and the preparation provided for students and families as they consider options for high school. There will also be time for questions and breakout groups with panelists.
Rising second, third, fourth, and fifth grade families are especially encouraged to attend. All are welcome!
Snacks, soft drinks, and coffee will be served.
New Winter Offering Takes Hold
After launching wrestling and volleyball a year ago, Belmont Day athletics added yet another winter offering this year. Geared towards students who are seeking a break from traditional team sports, the Intramural Games & Adventures curriculum has provided an alternative athletic experience where students can take ownership of their own fitness. Grounded in the program’s mission of creating healthy habits and active lifestyles, the new offering has provided athletes with a wide array of experiences. Examples of these experiences include fitness circuits, doubles badminton, noodle hockey, team handball, and a pair of off-campus trips for climbing and parkour. Thanks to the strong leadership of Coach Nyland, the program is off to a terrific start and has managed to create a significant amount of buzz throughout the student body. Up next for the IGA crew is a trip to Harvard to play squash and a trip to Community Rowing, Inc. for some indoor rowing.
More Athletics News
- Volleyball’s Gold squad took all three games this week thanks to strong serving from first year players Bridget Peters and Bonnie Wang. Claire LaFarge and Lila Abruzzi showed marked improvement for the Blue squad.
- Wrestling captain Evan Seymour topped his rival with an aggressive takedown and half nelson pin this week. Newcomer Thierrence Mathurin had a great win with a smooth back heel trip and cross face cradle finish.
- The fencing team lost a close one to Beaver this week, 15-12. The epee squad went a perfect 9-0 including a pair of wins from Devon Holman. First year fencer Asher Sutton chipped in with an exciting 5-3 win of his own.
- Colby Morris paced the offense with timely passing and a season-high in points during JV’s big win over Rashi. Sue Kelman played terrific defense for the Blue & Gold and shut down the opponent’s top player.
- The girls’ varsity basketball team doubled up LCA this week (45-22) behind strong play from Piper Morris and Ruby Kokinos. Morris was terrific on the boards, while Kokinos excelled offensively with sound decision-making.
- Both of the boys’ basketball teams suffered defeats this week due to lackluster starts on the road. Noah Brauner (JV) and Theo Wallach (varsity) both provided second half sparks for their respective teams, but it wasn’t enough.
First Grade Builds Skills in Woodshop
First grade students are finishing up their pencil holder projects. The project encompasses many of the skills that these students have learned since the start of the school year including sawing, nailing, gluing, sanding, and painting. The project further challenged the students by adding new skills–measuring with a ruler, marking using a speed square, and making holes using the drill press.
– Bill Smith, woodworking and 21st century skills teacher
COMMUNITY SERVICE NEWS
We All Won the Oatmeal Drive Challenge
Between Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 24, the BDS community amassed nearly 700 boxes of instant oatmeal for the Pine Street Inn.
The friendly competition between students/families and BDS faculty/staff to see which group would end up contributing the most culminated in the students/families achieving a come-from-behind victory–even taking into account the magical oatmeal challenge ratio of giving (MOCROG)!
The competition was great fun. Seeing the piles and piles of oatmeal boxes grow was exciting. And watching the cross-grade partners work together to so creatively and beautifully decorate boxes of oatmeal was heartwarming.
What was most important and gratifying, however, was being able to make a real and significant contribution to an organization that serves over 2000 people a day–people who don’t have what they need and deserve.
One small box plus another small box. One set of hands working with another set of hands. One voice added to another voice. Soon a few boxes becomes a crate full of boxes; a box that was blank is transformed into a beautiful gift; a statement about the importance of honoring the legacy of Dr. King and a song sung in tribute to him ring clear and strong.
This is how a small thing can be done greatly. This is the power of community. This is BDS.
– Dr. Carlos Hoyt, director of equity and inclusion
Visiting Author: Maria Padian
Tuesday, February 11
Author Maria Padian will discuss her latest novel, How to Build a Heart, at a presentation for students in grades 6 to 8. This new book, as well as her earlier titles, are available through Belmont Books. Please follow the instructions on this flyer if you are interested in having a book signed and personalized for your student on the day of the event.
Parents’ Association News
Thank you to everyone who joined us Wednesday evening for our first Paint Night. Everyone had a wonderful time painting and getting to know each other better. Be on the lookout for further social happenings put together by the Friendraiser Committee. If you have any fun ideas, or if you would like to join the Friendraiser Committee, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming PA Meetings
Please mark your calendars for the last two parents’ association meetings of the school year. The dates have changed, so please take note.
Friday, March 13 (was previously March 6)
Friday, May 15 (was previously May 8)
We are starting to look for volunteers to oversee the many fabulous roles and committees such as Friday Night Lights, Auction (for the 2020-2021 school year as auctions happen every two years at Belmont Day), Book Fair, and many more. The grade parent roles will also need to be filled. There are lots of opportunities with varying levels of commitment. If you are interested in volunteering for something specific or wish to learn more, please contact any of the PA executive team or send an email to email@example.com.
9th Annual Brickmania!
Saturday, January 25
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington
Enter the building contest, test your skills in the challenge zone, sign up for a workshop, vote for your favorite entry, marvel at the LEGO displays, build a robot with LEGO WeDo, and more! There’s fun for the whole family during this daylong celebration of all things LEGO. Click here to see the details and schedules of all the activities.
BDS Student to Perform in Dance Production Celebrating Black History Month
Sankofa: Past | Present | Future
Saturday, February 8, 5 p.m.
Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road,
The Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts and A. Major Dance Company will present a Black History Month tribute, “Sankofa: Past | Present | Future,” a celebration of African American history from past to present day. Third grader Kali Owens-Schwartz will perform a part in this stunning production. Tickets are available online.
Learning to Negotiate
Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Moms As Mentors is offering a free half-day workshop on the critical skill of negotiation at the Tobin Beaudet Schools in Needham. Moms as Mentors believe moms who are more comfortable negotiating on their own behalf will be even better equipped to raise confident girls. This is a workshop is for adults only.
Click here for more details and to register. Registration closes on February 5 at 5 p.m.