Hard at work in second grade!
Honoring Faculty Milestones and Retirements
Brendan Largay, Head of School
Post Date: May 14, 2021
It is a joyful tradition at Belmont Day School that the Annual Meeting of the Corporation and Parents’ Association Meeting held each May begins with a tribute to those faculty celebrating a milestone of their tenure at BDS. Beginning at 10 years and at every five year interval beyond, faculty members are acknowledged for their commitment to excellence over time. This year, we were lucky to honor five faculty members who combined for ninety years of dedicated service to the school. Additionally, we acknowledged both Catherine David and Alice Henry for their service as they retire at the end of this school year.
Blair Fross (10 years)
For ten years, Blair Fross has led the after school programs at Belmont Day with a clear-eyed dedication to the excellence of the programming offered and the students and families who benefit from it. Dedicated to the ever-changing population of Belmont Day School families, Blair ensures that with each decision she considers, and, indeed, any decision issued by the school, families are at the center of that consideration. The upshot: a phenomenal array of after school and enrichment offerings that have helped distinguish the program and further advance the mission to inspire and challenge students. Blair has advocated thoughtfully for students and her team for ten years, and Belmont Day is a better place for her efforts. Blair Fross is a true school leader, and we are ever grateful for her ten years of service to Belmont Day.
Sandra Trentowsky (15 Years)
Ask just about any alum of Belmont Day how their high school years are going, and they will lead with this: “I’m crushing science. Ms. Trentowsky prepared me so well.” Dig deeper, and you will discover the source of their confidence, pride, and enthusiasm: it is the relationship that Sandra forged with each of them, with student-centered care, passion for the subject matter, and a belief that every child is a scientist at heart. A beloved teacher and advisor, Sandra has, throughout her fifteen years at Belmont Day, served the school in myriad capacities: as science department chair, a grade level coordinator, a collaborator with the arts faculty for the school’s first art installation in the Barn, and as one of the rock steady voices of the middle school throughout its earliest years. Sandra’s commitment to the sciences, hands-on education, and the precision required for a worthy lab report is matched only by her respect and admiration for her students. Congratulations, Sandra, on fifteen years of service to Belmont Day.
Susan Dempsey (20 years)
Deeply devoted to her students and her craft, Susan Dempsey knows what it means to sing the song in her heart. After twenty years of directing plays, musicals, and choral ensembles, Susan leads by example with a passion and conviction matched only by her beautiful singing voice and fearless willingness to perform. A scholar of her craft, Susan has used each of her twenty years to challenge herself, study, nurture her talent, and tease out the best in students. To witness the power of her impact, one must only look at the long line of Belmont Day graduates who have gone on to act and sing in high school, college, and beyond.
Poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran once noted that “music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” If music is the language of the spirit, then Susan is the teacher who has given voice to that language over twenty years, bringing peace and abolishing strife for countless students along the way.
Lino Medeiros (20 years)
Lino Medeiros arrived at Belmont Day under heartrending circumstances. He joined the buildings and grounds team to assist the school when Director of Buildings and Grounds Lenny Corso’s health began to fail. Lino dove right in and started then what he continues to do now—commit himself every day to making Belmont Day a more beautiful place. For twenty years, Lino has arrived each day with a smile on his face and has set to work maintaining our physical plant and keeping it beautiful for students and families alike. A proud man deeply devoted to his own family and his roots in the Azores in Portugal, Lino is an important member of our BDS family, kindly welcoming and caring for each of us and always seeking ways to make Belmont Day a better place. Lino, for your twenty years of service, we are ever grateful
Heather Smith (25 years)
For twenty-five years, at the start of the early childhood hallway and the very heart of our school, Heather Smith has brought calm, steady care, kindness, and love to her work at Belmont Day. Heather has served as the reading specialist for kindergarten, first, and second grade students—greeting them with a welcoming smile and a gracious heart and guiding them with steadfast patience and determination. Students come to cherish their time with Heather, as she deftly and carefully provides them with the necessary skills to embrace or discover the reader within—a reader that Heather knows is simply waiting to be discovered. Faculty see Heather as a true expert in her field and turn to her regularly as a resource to help access a particular learner or to guide them in their literacy instruction. Parents trust and respect her guidance, experience, and expertise and see her work as a wondrous mix of scholar and magician. Heather can synthesize and utilize data and compassionately challenge and inspire a child even as she unlocks the mystery of their learning profile with apparent ease.
For twenty-five years, our school has been incredibly fortunate to have the wisdom, care, and kindness of Heather Smith at the heart of our school and the start of each student’s journey.
Congratulations, and thank you, Heather, for twenty-five wonderful years.
Catherine David (retiring)
When Catherine David returned to her role as registrar and Assistant to the Head of School, a head from one of our peer schools reached out to me, unsolicited, to congratulate me on the return of “the Mary Poppins of Head’s Assistants.” Truly, in each of her capacities throughout her more than five years in this role, Catherine has been ‘practically perfect’ in every way. Catherine has answered questions before I’ve thought to ask them, has anticipated the needs of every constituent in the school, and has been a pivotal player in our transition to the new database. Her work with the chairs of each board committee has been critical as she has kept all of us moving forward, promptly and on time every step of the way. An invaluable sounding board to me as we have completed construction on the Barn and developed the most recent strategic plan for Belmont Day’s future, it would seem there is no stone that Catherine has left unturned. And so, what better time to return to her family as a loving mother and grandmother? On behalf of a most grateful community, I wish Catherine a joyful and restful retirement with boundless thanks.
Alice Henry (retiring)
Alice Henry’s long and incredible career at BDS with our youngest learners was lovingly and joyfully paid tribute to with an ABC book created and read by Deborah Brissenden. (Click here to enjoy the book!) Honestly, there just aren’t enough letters in the alphabet to capture all that Alice has shared with us and the impact she has had on generations of our students. Thank you, Alice. I do hope you’ll return often to join us for a leisurely walk in the woods.
May 15 to May 31
Saturday, May 15
5 p.m., BDS Fest Community Event & Auction, Zoom Gathering
Tuesday, May 18
7–8:15 p.m., Anti-racist Allyship Group for White-identified Parents, Zoom Gathering
Thursday, May 20
7:30–8:30 p.m., Grade 3 Parent Social, Zoom Gathering
Friday, May 21
Community Service Day
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Grade 2 Field Lab, Gaining Ground, Concord
8:30–9:30 a.m., Parents’ Association, Zoom Meeting
Monday, May 24
6–7:00 p.m., Grade 7 Parent Forum on SSATs, Zoom Gathering
Friday, May 28
8:50–9:35 a.m., Sharing Assembly, Zoom Gathering
Monday, May 31
School Closed for Memorial Day
For all Zoom meetings and gatherings, please refer to the Parent and Faculty Portals for links and passwords
The BDS Fest Is Tomorrow!
We are very excited to host our virtual Fest tomorrow, Saturday, May 15 at 5 p.m. The community-wide celebration and auction event will include music, highlights from our scavenger hunts and an announcement of the winners, a silent auction, and a paddle-up fundraiser. Proceeds will be to help defray the COVID-19 expenses and the cost of winter/spring pool testing for all students and faculty.
If you have registered for the Fest, please be on the lookout for emails with login information for tomorrow’s festivities. And be sure to check out all the wonderful auction items donated by community members!
See you at the Fest!
Please Provide Your Feedback By May 19
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill out this school year’s parent survey. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please do so by next Wednesday, May 19. Your feedback is extremely important for us as we prepare for next year and beyond. As a little incentive, every grade that reaches 80% or higher in households completing the survey by the deadline will receive a surprise dessert party.
Lunch & Snack Menu
May 17 to May 21
Snack: apple slices; Sun Chips
Lunch: sundried tomato pasta; pasta with marinara on the side; green beans; crusty bread; butter; Romano cheese; garden salad; fresh fruit cup; milk and water
Snack: bananas; granola bars
Lunch: crispy fish; pan-seared chicken; French fries; broccoli; tartar sauce; ketchup; coleslaw; sliced peaches or pears; milk and water
Snack: apples; Cheez-Its
Lunch: chicken quesadilla; cheese quesadilla; corn; guacamole; sour cream; salsa; black bean salad; fresh fruit cup; milk and water
Snack: clementines; Lay’s BBQ Chips
Lunch: cheese pizza; breadsticks with marinara; Caesar salad; apple slices; chocolate milk, milk, and water
Snack: pineapple cups; pretzel twists
COMMUNITY SERVICE NEWS
Community Service Day is Next Friday, May 21
We are looking forward to a morning of joyful service that we hope will fully engage students in our school values of caring, responsibility, respect, and excellence. Each cohort will work on a meaningful project that will help a broad range of communities and support the mission of many great local organizations. Click below to see the line-up for the day!
LOWER SCHOOL PROJECTS
- Pre-k cohorts: Paper flower bouquets for the community
- Kindergarten cohorts: Making handwritten cards for Operation Gratitude and Bridget Brigade
- Grade 1 cohorts: Making cards for Family Nurturing Center
- Grade 2 cohorts: Farm work at and decorating canvas tote bags for Gaining Ground
- Grade 3 cohorts: Painting terracotta pots to sell at fourth grade’s fundraiser plant kit sale
- Grade 4 cohorts: Preparation for fundraiser plant kit sale
- Grade 5 Skinner Cohort: Making fleece tie-blankets for Room to Grow
- Grade 5 Nairn Cohort: Sorting Cradles to Crayons donations on campus
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECTS
- Juster Cohort: Furniture painting for Furnishing Hope
- Moriarty Cohort: BDS Garden work; making cards for senior residents at 2Life!, a program of the Jewish Community
- Relations Council; making Stars of Hope
- Segil Cohort: decorating toiletry kits for Hospitality Homes; paracord bracelet making for Operation Gratitude
- Spencer Cohort: BDS Garden work; making cards for senior residents at 2Life!, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council; making Stars of Hope
- Bennhoff Cohort: Trail work with Waltham Land Trust
- Buck Cohort: Lone Tree Hill conservation area cleanup
- Carter Cohort: paracord bracelet making for Operation Gratitude
- Drummey Cohort: Lone Tree Hill conservation area cleanup
- Burns Cohort: Farm work at Natick Community Organic Farm
- Hannum Cohort: Trail work and clean up at Habitat
- Clements Cohort: Trail work and clean up at Habitat
- Trentowsky Cohort: Farm work at Natick Community Organic Farm
Baby and Toddler Toy and Book Drive
Along with the fleece tie-blankets that will be made by fifth grade students in the Skinner Cohort, we will also donate baby and toddler toys and books to Room to Grow Boston. Room to Grow serves families with children from birth to age 3.
Please consider donating a new or like-new infant, baby, or toddler board book, picture book, or toy.
Donations may be dropped off at the collection bins outside the Barn or at the front entrance of the Schoolhouse. The collection will continue until the last week of school. Thank you!
Fourth Grade Offers Planting Kits To Order
The fourth grade is excited to offer planting kits for sale as their fundraiser for Trees for the Future. The kits will contain everything needed to grow beautiful plants right at home. You can choose from an herb planting kit or a flower planting kit. Each kit costs $5.00. Wait there’s more! You can also purchase a beautiful terracotta plant pot painted by a third grade student for $3.00. Please send your orders in by Thursday, May 20 to Ms. DeVecchi at [email protected].
Let us know how many kits you would like to buy, and which kind. You will get info on your payment process by email. Thank you!
HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWS
Weekly COVID Testing Update
This week, we again had all negative results from our pool testing! Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts and care in keeping our community safe. One more reminder that anyone who misses our in-school testing on Wednesdays must get an outside test to be in school the following week. If you need to be out on a Wednesday morning, please be in touch with School Nurse Liz LaRocque to make arrangements for testing as soon as possible!
Sense of Belonging Survey To Be Introduced
We’re pleased to announce that Belmont Day will be conducting its first-ever assessment of student sense of belonging.
Consistent with our mission, values, and our aspiration to be “a vibrant, diverse community where all feel supported, embraced, and engaged” (from the BDS strategic plan), we will conduct an assessment of belonging to inform and refine our efforts in this area.
The button below leads to a detailed description of and details on the assessment. We hope you’ll take a look as soon as possible.
The questions asked in the anonymous assessment survey are highly unlikely to lead to any problems or upset for our students, and we are hopeful that 100% of students will take part so that we get a truly inclusive sense of belonging at BDS. You may, however, decline participation if for any reason you would prefer that your child not be included. Click here to take you to a form you can use to notify us if you do not want your child to take part in the assessment. If you do choose to opt out please return your signed declination form to Dr. Carlos Hoyt by Tuesday, May 18, 2020, as we will begin conducting the assessment on Wednesday, May 19. Thank you!
Time to Order Your 2020-21 Yearbook!
The 2020-2021 yearbook includes photos and candids of each grade, as well as pictures of athletics programs, teachers, activities, and, of course, pages celebrating this year’s eighth grade. Please use this form to order your yearbook. Copies are $10 each and will be available for pick up at the end of the school year (details for pick-up will be forthcoming). Parents will be billed for their order by the school.
A couple of things to note:
1) Each eighth grade student receives a copy of the yearbook free-of-charge. Some eighth grade families may choose to order additional copies.
2) Last year, families in every grade ordered copies of the yearbook. If your family wants a yearbook this year you must place an order using this online form. Unlike previous years when we were able to have copies available for purchase at school, we do not anticipate selling copies at any other time.
Eighth Grader Creates Care Packages for Children Battling Cancer
One of our eighth graders, Amanie Yusef, studied chemotherapy for her Capstone journey. In addition to writing a research paper, creating an educational animated movie, and conducting an interview, Amanie wanted to reach out to children undergoing chemotherapy. Due to the pandemic, it was challenging to connect with an organization to work with directly. She went ahead and prepared thoughtful care bags for children with small craft activities and notes. On Monday, she was able to bring her project to fruition. Maureen Burge, from Care Dimensions, came to BDS to receive the bags and tell Amanie about her organization, which supports children and families on the North Shore. Maureen worked hard to arrange a way to deliver the bags directly to children, and she drove quite a distance to meet Amanie. We are impressed with Amanie’s dedication to carrying out her idea and thankful to Maureen and Care Dimensions for their amazing work.
– Jennifer Friborg, grades 7 & 8 French teacher and Capstone coordinator
New Online DEI Resource Available for Parents
All Belmont Day School parents are invited to join our faculty in accessing information and resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Since my arrival at BDS last year, I’ve been sharing with BDS faculty articles, videos, research, etc. on topics relevant to social identity, social bias, and social justice. Up to now, I’ve used a Google Classroom platform for this. Because access to the Google Classroom is restricted to users who are part of a given email community, I’ve been unable to share the material with parents.
Knowing that we have a parent community that values DEI resources and information, I’ve established a blog as part of my website, www.carloshoyt.com, for the purpose of sharing DEI content. Starting immediately, if you’d like to access the material, please feel free to go to my site, click on the blog tab, and subscribe. After that, you’ll receive notices when I post something.
– Dr. Carlos Hoyt, director of equity and inclusion
Orchestra Performs and Shares a ‘Peaceful’ Piece
This spring, the students in the BDS Orchestra, under the direction of Meghan Carye ’91, learned and performed the piece, “Dona Nobis Pacem.” The Latin text, Dona Nobis Pacem translates to “Give Us Peace.” The students learned about the concept of the round, in which one group comes in with the melody, followed by another group. You will notice in this video that the first violin comes in with the melody at the beginning, then the second violins, followed by the cellos and double bass. We hope you enjoy this beautiful music and have a peaceful week!
– Yui Kitamura, music teacher and ensembles coordinator
End of Year Book Return
It’s that time of year when we’re collecting library books and taking inventory. Please note that all books are due back to the library by next Friday, May 21. We appreciate all of your efforts bringing back library books so they can get shelved properly and students can borrow them again next year. There are currently 1,486 library books checked out in homes and classrooms.
Please look in any hiding places at your home to locate stray books (under the bed and in the freezer have been popular spots). You can also log in to the catalog to view checked-out items. If your child has a book checked out that they require more time with, please email Amy Sprung to let her know. If you need books over the summer, please also be in touch with Ms. Sprung to arrange for summer borrowing.
More Awesome Author Visits!
We had a fabulous visit with authors Hena Khan and Adam Gidwitz, who talked about their new Unicorn Rescue Society book. Students were treated to a read-aloud in two voices, as well as information about how the authors planned, researched, and wrote this book. Ms. Khan discussed how she drew on personal experience to include information about Ramadan in the story when the characters travel to Pakistan.
The visit also had some wonderful curricular connections with the second grade’s endangered animals and the third grade’s structural and behavioral animal adaptations science units. The authors discussed how the characters in the books work to protect the imaginary creatures in the wild in order to help them and make sure not to remove them from their habitats. In fourth grade humanities, students study mythology and story-telling traditions and there were many natural connections with what the authors spoke about in that regard as well. There was even a library curricular connection when Mr. Gidwitz showed students how to find the date a book was published on the copyright (verso) page.
During the Q&A session, the students asked about being a writer, what might happen next in the series, and even shared their own ideas for new books. We’re all eager to find out what becomes of the werewolf story that might be in development by a fourth grader who Mr. Gidwitz invited to co-author a future book in the series! We also can’t wait to hear about a “half polar bear half puppy… with fluffy ears and eyes that are sparklier than the galaxy’s stars,” who may or may not live in the Arctic, appearing in another student’s writing!
Other recent visits have included author-illustrator Greg Pizzoli who met with grades 1-3 for his new Baloney and Friends book and Robbie Couch who met with Middle School students about his novel The Sky Blues.
Upcoming visits include:
- Kim Tomsic discussing The Elephants Come Home with grades 1 and 2
- Francisco X. Stork discussing Off the Hook with grades 6-8
- Tracy Marchini discussing Princesses Can Fix It (an engineering-themed version of The 12 Dancing Princesses) with pre-kindergarten and grades 1 and 2
- Ammi-Joan Paquette discussing Mucky Truck with pre-kindergarten
- Kit Rosewater discussing her new book in The Derby Daredevils series with grades 3, 4, and potentially 5.
These visits happen in partnership with Belmont Books, so if you’re interested in owning any of these titles, please consider purchasing them from there–they have several copies on hand. Please note that classrooms will have copies of books by the visiting authors so the end of library check-out for the year doesn’t interfere with the enthusiasm for reading these stories!
ICYMI: Recording of Annual Corporation and Parents’ Association Meetings
Thank you to all who attended last evening’s annual meetings of the corporation and parents’ association. In addition to the official business of these combined meetings, the occasion was a joyous celebration of the hard work and successes of this past year, recognition of the accomplishments of our parents’ association and departing trustees, and honoring of faculty milestones. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to take the time to watch the recording. The recording is available on the faculty and parent portals in the Event Recordings section.
Order Student Photos Before End of the School Year
There is still time to order your child(ren)’s photos from the school’s picture days last fall. If you want to see them again and make a purchase, please follow these directions:
To sign in to see and purchase photos, please go to Porter Gifford Photography. Enter your email address and the case-sensitive password: bds2020.
- Your email address will only be used for identification and ordering purposes.
- Photos are organized by grade. Scroll down to just beneath the all-school collage for the menu bar where you can select your child’s grade. Students are not identified by name.
- Click on a photo’s shopping basket to see the sizes available and their prices.
- You can purchase just one or an assortment of your child(ren)’s photos; there are no photo packages.
- Purchased photos will be mailed directly to the address you provide during ordering.
- If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
PE Update: Fourth Graders Travel Back to the Ancient Olympics
The Ancient Greeks are not the only ones who love a good athletic competition! Our fourth graders took their learning from the classroom to the fields this week by competing in the first annual Greek Olympics! The students were sworn into the games with the Olympic oath and showed their grit and determination when competing in their assigned events. Each city-state, Argos, Athens, Corinth, Megara, and Sparta, competed in a wide assortment of events: 3-stade race, standing long jump, javelin, discus, shot-put, relay race, meta-boxing, and the fan-favorite–chariot race. Overall, it was proven yet again, that all of our athletes completed amazing athletic feats while displaying even greater acts of sportsmanship.
– Abbey Nyland, physical education teacher
Seventh Graders Create ‘Hunger Games’ Arenas/Ecosystems
In seventh grade science, students have been tasked with using what they learn about how the earth’s ecosystems are formed in order to design an arena for a new Hunger Games film. As a group of arena designers, the seventh grade teams have been working on answering questions such as: how the geological structures in their areas were made, what natural resources it has, and how its organisms will interact. Each group then presented their arena design to the director as a candidate for the next film. Finally, each student then created a self-guided tour of their group’s arena, so that the director has additional materials to consider as she makes her decision. Their fantastic models and self-guided tours will be on display in the Barn lobby next week. Hopefully, faculty and students across many grades will stop by to check them out!
– Leal Carter, grades 7 & 8 science teacher
Athletics Update: Tennis Is the Fan Favorite This Spring
Tennis athletes have outnumbered their lacrosse and track counterparts in all three sessions this spring. As each middle school grade cycles through the tennis, lacrosse, and track offerings, tennis has drawn nearly half of the class each time. Limited to the two courts on campus this year, coaches Jim Walker and Kurt Robinson have dug deep into their hopper of tricks to keep the players moving and engaged. It’s unclear whether the surge in tennis numbers will continue next year. If it does, the program will need to get creative as interscholastic teams only roster 12 players. Until then, Coach Walker and Coach Robinson will keep feeding balls to the army of Belmont Day tennis players.
– John O’Neill, athletics director
First Grade Studies the Power of Public Art
First grade students are wrapping up a social studies unit on art and activism. After discussing community activism and its purpose, we learned about how murals can spread messages of change and uplift communities. First graders were inspired and eager to create their very own community mural at BDS. They went to work brainstorming issues they wanted to address and share with the community. Next, students sketched individual puzzle pieces for the mural, while considering how their illustrations and words could best communicate their messages. This week, we finished up the last step–painting our puzzle pieces! We invite students and faculty to come check out our young muralists’ final product, which will be mounted on the wall outside the first grade classrooms in the coming week. We hope this mural inspires you to make change, too!
– Evelyn Metta, associate teacher, and Katie Alexander, grade 1 teacher
Eighth Graders Examine Changing Gender Roles During WWII
Eighth graders continued their social studies unit about the United States in World War II this week with an emphasis on changing gender roles and expectations. They examined propaganda images and even listened to a popular 1942 song, “Rosie the Riveter,” as primary source materials. In addition to considering gender roles and expectations, the students learned about the LGBTQ community in military service. They are wrapping up the week by creating an infographic on Canva to share their learning about a topic of their choosing that was covered this week.
– Kate Burns, grades 7 & 8 social studies teacher
Parents’ Association News
Faculty Appreciation – Thank Yous!
Thank you to the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon committee and all parents who contributed drinks and desserts to the wonderful luncheon today. The signs of gratitude from the students have brightened both walls and spirits in the school, thank you to all the artists who contributed!
Thank you, families, for having your children share their words of appreciation for the faculty and staff. Click here to see is a visual representation of their responses and the posters that were generated for the rooms in the school.
Family Fun Event
Save the date! Saturday, June 5 will be our at-home edition of Family Fun Night: Pizza and Origami
Registration will be available soon and your family can sign up to make a fun meal together and learn to fold beautiful origami creations while the pizzas cook! Breakout rooms will be created so kids can socialize, and families can see old friends and make new connections.
If you are interested in volunteering to co-host this virtual event, please contact the committee using the volunteer registration form.
We are excited to welcome the next faculty baby this spring! Please help us welcome pre-kindergarten teacher Kate Oznick’s baby, with a donation of your favorite book. Books may be dropped off until Friday, May 21 during drop-off or pick-up. There is a collection bin in the vestibule of the Schoolhouse. The baby welcoming committee will assemble the books into a basket for delivery. Thank you!
The Friendraiser committee is hosting a walk every Thursday morning after drop-off. Come discover the trails around BDS, reconnect with friends, and meet new ones. We look forward to seeing you there! Meet in the grass circle in front of the schoolhouse at 8:15 a.m. Also, see the fun Friendraiser walk reunion story in the news section above.
Help bring spring into the classrooms! We are looking for volunteers to donate “centerpieces” for the cohort rooms for June. This is an easy, low-stress way to contribute to BDS and a nice way to brighten the day for students and faculty. Simply bring in 12-14 small plants or seasonal centerpieces that can be placed in the rooms and will last for two to three weeks. Simple is best. Color is nice, but herbs and green plants also work well. All ideas are welcome. Your children may enjoy participating too! Plants can be brought to the main Schoolhouse entrance at drop-off. Click here to sign up for an available slot.
If you have questions, please contact the chairs of the Classroom Flowers committee by email, phone, or text: Tracy Leng, 781-526-8657; Grace Wang, 857-313-8696.
Pen Pal Program Returns at Belmont Public Library
Do you love writing letters? Like actually writing them out with a pen or a pencil? Want to make a new friend in the community? Well, the Belmont Public Library and the Beech Street Center/Council on Aging are excited to share a new (old) way to connect: writing to a pen pal! Sign up to be matched with a pen pal to write about favorite books, discuss hobbies, and create a friendship even if you can’t see each other in person. This program is open to anyone age 7 and up, including teens and adults of all ages. (Younger children may participate as part of a family.) For more information, click here.