Seventh grade students get more familiar with the use of microscopes in Ms. Trentowsky’s science class.
Message from Head of School
Opening Our Doors
Brendan Largay, Head of School
Post Date: October 18, 2019
My fondest memories of childhood include those made around Thanksgiving. In many ways, that hardly distinguishes me from countless others who find joy in gathering with friends and family for an event laden with tradition, warmth, and love. However, for me, the memories are not only about a delicious meal complete with turkey and trimmings but the event that occurred the evening before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Eve significantly shaped my upbringing.
Each year, my grandparents held something of an open house. Both of my parents come from large families and I grew up surrounded by cousins. My grandparents invited everyone from our family—along with any friends who wanted to join in and the friends of their friends—and before long, their home in Waterbury, CT was chock full of people. The night was wrapped around an activity, a trivia game of sorts, that paired folks who may not have seen one another since the last Thanksgiving Eve, and the reunions were always joyful ones, reminders of the power of community and gathering.
I think about these family gatherings in advance of our Belmont Day Open House. Perhaps it is simply the name of the event itself that calls to mind opportunities to build community. Whatever the reason, I look at this mid-October event as a chance to celebrate all that we are and all that we have to look forward to. As we open our doors this weekend to welcome the next prospective Belmont Day families and students, I find myself reflecting on our current community of students and parents and their successful integration into our school community. I think about the Thanksgiving Eve gatherings as the showcase event of my childhood. Tomorrow I have the opportunity to participate in a different showcase—sharing the excellence of our faculty and our wonderful facilities as a means to an important and heart-warming end: the celebration of all of the ways in which we live our mission to inspire and challenge our students.
Open house carries with it a bit of nostalgia for those of us on campus to experience it. It is a reminder of the years gone by, made more real by the student ambassadors who were once prospective students themselves. Today, these ambassadors comfortably navigate the halls with confidence and poise—a far cry from their days of wonder at their new school with walls covered in artwork expansive spaces. Tomorrow, we will see in those prospective faces the future of Belmont Day—learners and leaders ready to make the most of their own futures.
Have a great weekend everyone,
The new climbing wall in the Downing Gym is a big hit!
This Coming Week at BDS
October 19 to October 26
Saturday, October 19
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Admissions Open House
Monday, October 21
8–9 a.m., Strategic Planning Focus Group 1, Coolidge Hall
6:30–7:30 p.m., Strategic Planning Focus Group 2, Coolidge Hall
Tuesday, October 22
Faculty Appreciation Breakfast
6–9 p.m., Parent SEED Group, Coolidge Hall
Wednesday, October 23
School Closed for Parent Conferences
Thursday, October 24
3:30 p.m., Boys’ Soccer vs Fenn; Cross Country vs Carroll; Field Hockey at Charles River; Girls’ JV Soccer at Cambridge Friends; Girls’ Varsity Soccer at Nashoba; JV Flag Football at DCD; Varsity Flag Football at Milton
6–8 p.m., Annual Fund Kick-off, Coolidge Hall
Friday, October 25
8:30–9:30 a.m., Parents’ Association, Coolidge Hall
8:50–9:35 p.m., Cross-graded Partners
12:30–4 p.m., Parent Conferences – School in Session
12:30–3:30 p.m., Community Service Cooking, Coolidge Hall
1:15–3:15 p.m., SSAT Prep – 8
Saturday, October 19
4:30–6 p.m., Trunk or Treat, Belmont Day School parking lot
Help Shape the Future of BDS
The board of trustees recently launched a strategic planning effort and retained Sara Staats of AltshulerStaats LLC, to help with this work. As part of this initiative, we will host two parent focus groups this coming Monday, October 21. The first will be from 8 to 9 a.m. and the second will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both will be held in Coolidge Hall. At these gatherings, Sara is looking forward to having conversations with parents about Belmont Day’s strengths and opportunities for the future.
If you’re able, please join us at one of these important discussions. No RSVP necessary.
Annual Fund Kick-off
Thursday, October 24 from 6–8 p.m.
Our very first annual fund kick-off celebration will be held this coming Thursday in Coolidge Hall. Join us for an evening of inspiration and community connection to kick off this year’s campaign! With generous participation from across the entire BDS community, the annual fund is an important source of financial support for programs vital to our school’s mission.
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Please note that this is an adult-only event; no childcare will be provided.
Community Service Cooking
Friday, October 25, 12:30–3:30 p.m., Coolidge Hall
We have a couple of spots left if your student(s) want to join us for a community service cooking activity. We will use ingredients from our garden and local farms to prepare a meal for On the Rise, a women’s shelter in Cambridge. Bring a bag lunch. Students will eat lunch in Coolidge Hall, and start cooking with Chef Lightbody at 1 p.m. We will also prepare a special dessert for the whole school community. Space is limited to 14 students in grades 3-8. Parents are welcome and invited to join us with their student(s). Please click here to sign up. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Solomon.
Lunch & Snack Menu
October 21 to October 25
Snack: Nutri-Grain bars; fruit cups
Lunch: penne pasta with marinara; Romano cheese; snipped green beans; crusty French bread; mixed green salad
Snack: saltines; bananas
Lunch: chicken and vegetable fried rice; veggie tofu fried rice; broccoli; fortune cookies; Asian slaw
Parent Conference Day
Snack: Smartfood; carrots
Lunch: hamburgers; veggie burgers; corn on the cob; watermelon; garden salad with ranch dressing
Summer Camp to Host Trunk-or-Treat
The summer camp team is hosting a special Trunk-or-Treat event on Saturday, October 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Camp and school families are invited to deck out their car trunks with Halloween or other themed decorations, hand out treats to trick-or-treaters, and sport a costume a few days before Halloween right here on campus.
If you are interested in reserving a spot for your car, please send an email to [email protected] and include your name, email address, and phone number. We have limited spaces available for decorated cars, so let us know ASAP if you would like to reserve one. Thank you!
Day School Lane Closure Postponed
The school was informed this morning that the anticipated construction on Day School Lane has been postponed and WILL NOT take place on Monday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 22. The construction has been delayed because of this week’s storms. Once the contractor and our Day School Lane neighbor determine alternate dates for the work we will let you know as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Girls’ JV Soccer On the Way Up
In their second game of the season, the girls’ JV soccer team showed marked improvement from their opener two weeks ago. Squaring off against Brimmer & May on the road, the Blue & Gold trailed 3-2 late in the second frame before eventually falling 5-2. Despite the result, head coach Alex Tzelnic was encouraged by the way his team competed. Of note was the play of Audrey Wu and Ana McEleney. Wu was a standout on the defensive line and was directly responsible for turning away multiple scoring chances throughout the game. McEleney excelled on the other end of the field by applying constant offensive pressure and advancing the ball up the field. In addition, classmates Lucy Zhang and Olive Kiraly showed their versatility by making impact plays from new positions on the field. The team will look to continue their upward trajectory next week at Cambridge Friends.
More Athletics News
- The boys took home a second-place finish in the Park Invitational this week. In a field of 175 runners, Miles Sandoski (13:03) and Henry Buckley-Jones (13:29) finished 1-2. Alexander Colangelo, Cole Sparks, and Aaron Radke rounded out the scoring.
- Maya Gregor powered in three goals for the field hockey team during their gut-wrenching 4-3 loss on the road at Shady Hill this week. After falling behind 2-0 the Blue & Gold held a 3-2 lead with two minutes to play before surrendering two late scores.
- Quinn Foley was strong on both sides of the ball during varsity football’s loss to Rivers this week, while a pair of big catches by Noah Burd set up the Blue & Gold’s lone scoring drive.
- An interception by Ben Rowe and touchdowns by Adam Kokinos and Noah Brauner were the big plays during the JV flag football team’s hard-fought loss to Shady Hill this week.
- The girls’ varsity soccer team was outplayed by Shady Hill this week. Piper Morris and Margot Klug provided the lone bright spots in a disappointing performance by the Blue & Gold.
- The boys’ soccer team lost at home to Shady Hill this week. Jack Abruzzi and Alex Foley both stood out with strong performances in the loss. Issac Frehywot scored the team’s lone goal.
Third Grade and Guests Make Silkscreen Prints
Third grade students are making silkscreen prints in the studio, and today they were lucky to have the opportunity to teach their special visitors about the process in art class. As grandparents and special friends found out, teamwork is an integral part of this work. Many thanks to our guests for joining in to create prints with the third grade printmakers!
Drop-in Care on Conference Day (October 23) and Conference Afternoons (October 25 and November 1)
During conferences, complimentary drop-in coverage will be available in the Barn for Belmont Day students only. Complimentary drop-in is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23 and 1 to 4 p.m. on the Friday conference afternoons.
Students can play in the Barn gym or come prepared with a quiet activity (no electronics, please). No food or activities will be provided, and children will stay in the Barn during the time of their parent’s conference(s) only, with a maximum of 60 minutes.
Parents’ Association News
Tired of your child(ren)’s or even your own belongings going missing, and seldom seeing them return?
If this is your regular reality, there is an easy solution, one that benefits the PA! It’s Mabel’s Labels. Through a simple online ordering platform, they provide customized labels that you can put onto clothing, water bottles, lunch bags, ski gear, gloves, hats, etc. Mabel’s Labels offers a variety of iron-on, stick-on, and stamp label options. And for each order you place, the PA earns 20% of the sale total. Click here to visit the Mabel’s Labels’ site and enter “Belmont Day School” before ordering.
Thank you to the Walters/Matheney family for donating the fabulous fall arrangements in Coolidge Hall. The students have enjoyed having lunch around the festive centerpieces.
Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Coolidge Hall
Parent Book Club
Wednesday, November 13 at 8:15 a.m., Location TBD
Join us to discuss Fleischman Is In Trouble by Taffy Beodesser-Akner. If you have questions, please contact Nareeluck Stephenson at [email protected].
Authors, Books, and Writing
What is Cli-Fi?
Belmont Books welcomes three locals authors, Sonya Larson, Tim Weed, and past Belmont Day parent Julie Carrick Dalton P ’08 ’12 ’15 ’19 on Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of what is climate fiction (aka Cli-Fi). What is Climate Fiction? Who’s writing it? Where did the genre start? For more information, visit the Belmont Books website.
BELMONT AGAINST RACISM
Annual LBGTQ Fall Potluck Planned
Please join the Belmont LBGTQ Alliance at its Annual Fall Potluck on Sunday, November 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The potluck will be at the home of Fran Yuan and Rich Vogel at 182 Orchard Street in Belmont. This community gathering is open to all. Please RSVP to Fran at [email protected] and please indicate if you’d like to bring a dish for the potluck.
Tips & Tactics for Raising Digital Natives
On Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m., Dedham Country Day School will host internet safety expert Katie Greer as part of the Connects Speaker Series. The event is open to the public and free. For more information, please click here.
Climate Change in Cambridge
The Cambridge Center for Adult Education will present a panel discussion to explore projections, prevention, and preparation for climate change in the city. City officials and experts on law, housing, and the environment will take a look at the issue through a local lens on Monday, October 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. This is free and open to all. For more information and to register, please click here.