Last week, seventh graders enjoyed a beautiful fall adventure hiking Cardigan Mountain in New Hampshire.
Discussion: A Step Closer to Covid Vaccine Approval For Children
Brendan Largay, Head of School
Post Date: October 29, 2021
Many of you have by now heard the uplifting news that on Tuesday of this week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has reviewed and recommended the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine for children between the ages of five and eleven after a thorough review of Pfizer’s findings on its safety and efficacy. This means that an emergency use authorization is likely to be announced in the coming days.
This is news that we have been waiting for at BDS since last March. The prospect of a vaccinated school community brings us another step closer to experiencing school as we remember it from before the pandemic. We know that there will be questions about the vaccine and what it means for our students and parents in the coming days and weeks as the rollout of the vaccine begins. We are thrilled that Belmont Day will be part of that rollout as we prepare to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic here on campus. The date for the clinic is still to be determined, but we’re aiming for as early in November as possible.
In a generous offer of her expertise and guidance, Dr. Ingrid Katz P ’22 agreed to meet with me via Zoom for a one-on-one conversation in which we discuss everything from the expected timeline of vaccine availability to the long-range impact of pediatric vaccination at BDS and globally. I hope you find the recording of this conversation helpful and that you share in my excitement at this important next step in the fight against COVID-19 for Belmont Day.
November 1 to November 14
Monday, November 1
6–7 p.m., Parents’ Association, Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, November 2
7–9 p.m., Investment Committee, Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, November 3
8 a.m.–1:15 p.m., SSAT for Grade 8, Belmont Day School
8:15 a.m., Friendraiser Walk & Talk: Special Guest Edition, Belmont Day School
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Admissions Lunch & Learn, Zoom Gathering
12–1 p.m., Parents Independent School Network (PIN), Zoom Gathering
3:30 p.m., JV Soccer at Rashi; JV Flag Football at Fessenden
Thursday, November 4
10:30–11:30 a.m., Author Visit: Sara Levine, Zoom Gathering
3:30 p.m., Boys’ Varsity Soccer vs Charles River; Girls’ Varsity Soccer at Charles River; Varsity Flag Football vs Fay; Field Hockey at Charles River
Friday, November 5
8:50–9:35 a.m., Middle School Author Visit: Misako Rocks!, Zoom Gathering
Saturday, November 6
Cross Country at State Invitational
Sunday, November 7
12–4:00 p.m., Fall Festival, Belmont Day School
Monday, November 8
7–8:00 p.m., Grade 8 Parent Forum, Zoom Gathering
Tuesday, November 9
9:30–10:30 a.m., Author Visit: Rajani La Rocca, Zoom Gathering
3:30 p.m., JV Soccer vs Park; JV Flag Football vs Park
Wednesday, November 10
8:15 a.m., Friendraiser Walk & Talk: Special Guest Edition, Belmont Day School
3:30 p.m., Boys’ Varsity Soccer at LCA; Cross Country at LCA; Girls’ Varsity Soccer vs LCA; Field Hockey vs LCA; Varsity Flag Football at Carroll
6:00 p.m., Finance Committee, Zoom Meeting
6–9:30 p.m., Friendraiser Event: Cooking Class – Learn How to Make Pâte à Choux, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
Thursday, November 11
School Closed for Veterans Day
Online Book Fair: Friday, November 12 to Friday, November 19
Friday, November 12
8:50–9:35 a.m., All-School Enrichment Assembly, Belmont Day School
Sunday, November 14
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Garden Workday, Belmont Day School
For all Zoom meetings, gatherings, and presentations, please refer to the Parent and Faculty Portals for links and passwords
Family Fall Festival at BDS!
Sunday, November 7
12 to 4 p.m.
Join in for a fun-filled day with fellow BDS families to enjoy many fall activities, food, music, and more. This is an opportunity to connect with friends, celebrate our community, and meet new faces! In order for us to plan, we’d like to gauge the attendance. If you’re interested in attending the event, please click here to RSVP.
We also need a few volunteers to help with the event. There are many ways to volunteer from doing a 30-minute shift during the event to lending BDS your lawn game sets (cornhole, KanJam, etc.). If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Pati Fernandez.
TONIGHT: Friday Night Lights
Friday, October 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
MacDowell Field, Babson College
We hope to see you tonight as Friday Night Lights returns! All students, faculty, alumni, friends, and family are invited to fill the stands as our girls’ and boys’ varsity soccer teams will once again play under the lights against our friendly rival, The Meadowbrook School. The boys’ team will match up first at 6 p.m. followed by the girls’ game at 7:30 p.m. at Babson College’s MacDowell Field.
Due to Babson College’s COVID protocols, no concessions will be available. Families should plan to bring their own food and beverages. More details and directions are in the dropdown below.
Guidelines, Directions & Parking
Please remember that this is not a drop-off event. Parents are expected to keep an eye on their child(ren) to ensure that proper behavior is exhibited and that trash is thrown away in the trash receptacles. And please remember the following important guidelines for student conduct:
- Students are not to be unsupervised in any areas around the field or campus. These areas are dark and potentially unsafe. A parent must accompany a student to these areas. Volunteers will be posted to reinforce this rule, and we ask for your partnership in keeping this event safe for everyone.
- Parent volunteers will be assisting at the venue. Please support the efforts of these volunteers during the evening by monitoring your children.
- No food or drink is allowed on the field.
Directions and Parking Information: Babson College’s main address is 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, Massachusetts 02457. MacDowell Field is located near the Webster Center in the northwest corner of the Babson campus. From the main entrance, follow College Drive to the second stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign and bear left toward the Webster Center when the road splits. Visitor and student parking is available on the garage roof on your right. More visitor parking is available beyond the Webster Center on your left. From there, follow the paved walkway to the right of the Webster Center toward the Upper Field area. MacDowell Field is located next to Hartwell-Rogers Field. (Directions courtesy of Babson College’s website)
ICYMI: Lower School Specialist Faculty Presentations
This past Friday morning, our lower school specialist faculty—visual art, theater, music, physical education, library, French, woodworking, and innovation and technology—described their curriculum and answered parents’ questions. For those unable to attend, we recorded the presentations. Click here to view.
Lunch & Snack Menu
November 1 to November 5
Snack: apple slices; white corn cheese puffs
Lunch: pasta with meat sauce on the side; pasta with marinara on the side; cauliflower; Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches; crusty rolls; Romano cheese; butter; garden salad; sliced peaches; milk and water
Snack: bananas; Nutri-Grain bars
Lunch: beef hot dogs; veggie dogs; buns; corn; Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches; chips; ketchup; mustard; Caesar salad; apple sauce; milk and water
Snack: apples; tortilla chips
Lunch: teriyaki chicken; teriyaki tofu; veggie fried rice; broccoli; Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches; soy sauce; fortune cookie; garden salad; fresh fruit cup; milk and water
Snack: clementines; Lay’s BBQ chips
Lunch: butternut squash soup; bagel muensters; sliced cucumbers; Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches; baby carrots; ranch dressing; Caesar salad; apple slices; milk and water
Snack: dried cranberries; pretzel twists
Cooking Class – Learn How to Make Pâte à Choux
Wednesday, November 10, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Cambridge School of Culinary Arts
ONLY FIVE SPOTS LEFT!
Come release your inner pastry chef and learn the art of pâte à choux. This versatile dough is a superhero in the pastry lineup! We will pull the dough together using simple ingredients and create both savory gougeres and sweet cream puffs. There will be plenty to sample and take home to your family. This in-person event and space is limited. Click here to RSVP.
All ingredients are included and there is no cost to participate. This fun activity is a collaboration by the parents’ association, the friendraising committee, and the development department. The class will be led by Elise Franklin Bayard (mom of Brynn, grade 6, and Alexis, grade 2).
November Friendraiser Walks: Special Guest Edition
Want to know more about the Belmont Day curriculum?
Please join us as we walk and talk curriculum this month with Deborah Brissenden, assistant head of school and director of curriculum and instruction. This is a great time to talk with Deborah about her work at BDS, ask questions, and hear about additional upcoming opportunities to learn more about the curriculum.
Please note: Walks in November will now be on Wednesday mornings. Meet at the front circle of the Schoolhouse at 8:15 a.m. and then journey through the woodland trails. Duration: about 40 minutes.
Hope to see you next Wednesday, November 3!
HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWS
Weekly COVID Testing Update
Our weekly testing was performed on Thursday this week due to the school’s closure on Wednesday for parent conferences. We will report on all results next week, and be in touch immediately with any impacted cohorts if there are positive results.
Covid-19 Vaccination Online Info Session
COVID-19 Vaccines, mRMA Technology, and the Importance of Being Vaccinated
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 9:00 am
Zoom Event hosted by Brimmer and May School
This online information session is sponsored by AISNE and Brimmer and May School. The presenter is Dr. Derrick P. Rossi, a Brimmer parent and a co-founder of Moderna. The event is open to members of all AISNE school communities. To register, click here.
Q&A: Pediatric Vaccination Clinic at BDS
When will the clinic take place?
We are currently working to book it, but it looks like it will be during the week of November 7.
Should parents accompany their children?
Yes—the vaccine cannot be administered without a parent present.
Is payment required?
The vaccine is free but please bring your health insurance information if you have it.
Can students receive the flu vaccine at the same time?
Can students receive both COVID-19 doses at school?
Yes—a second clinic will be scheduled for students to receive the second dose.
Can non-BDS siblings receive the vaccine as well?
We are limited in the number of vaccines we can give. If you are willing to wait until the end of the clinic to see if there are remaining doses, they can be made available to non-BDS siblings.
Can students over age 11 receive the vaccine at this clinic?
Unfortunately, no—only doses for students aged 5-11 will be available.
Being Prepared for Cold, Wet Weather Ahead
The stormy weather this week is a great reminder to make sure you have all the necessary cold weather gear your children will need for recess, athletics, and after school.
We aim to get outside for recess every day. On days when it is exceptionally cold (when the temperature with wind chill falls below 15 degrees), we will limit our outside recess time. Hopefully, we will have very few days where it is so inclement that we are unable to go outside at all!
All students at BDS—from pre-k through grade eight—joyfully participate in outdoor recess every day. In order to be safe and comfortable, your child should always have:
- A warm coat (a sweatshirt, fleece, or vest is not enough below 40 degrees)
- A hat or hood
- Gloves or mittens
- Extra dry socks
- Boots and snow pants (students without this gear will be unable to join their friends playing in the snow)
If you are able, it is a good idea to keep a set of outdoor gear in your child’s cubby/locker so that they are always prepared. It is also a great idea to keep a set of spare clothes at school (no matter your child’s age) in case clothes become wet or muddy playing outside.
Athletes in grades 6 to 8 go outside throughout the school year and should have long pants/sweat pants available each day as well as appropriate gear for the weather.
After school enjoys the outdoors daily as well, especially on Fridays. Along with lunch on Friday, please make sure that your child is outfitted for healthy and happy play outside.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
– Liz LaRocque, school nurse
Launching Parent Social Identity Discussion Groups
This week we launched the social identity discussion groups for parents for the 2021-2022 school year. Following this first gathering, each of the groups below will be establishing a meeting schedule.
If you were unable to participate this week, it’s not too late to jump in! All you have to do is contact the facilitator associated with the group or groups you’re interested in to learn when the next meeting will be.
Groups & Facilitators
- Black/African American-identified or Hispanic/Latino/Latinx-identified – Dr. Carlos Hoyt, director of equity and inclusion, & Sharra Owens-Schwartz, chair of board’s DEI Committee, parent of BDS fifth grader. Please contact Carlos at email@example.com for information.
- White-identified, raising Black/African American-identified or Hispanic/Latino/Latinx-identified children – Dr. Leesa Mercedes, school psychologist. Please contact Leesa at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Asian or Asian-American-identified – Minna Ham, Lower School Head. Please contact Minna at email@example.com for information.
- White-identified allyship – Suzanne Caruso, former BDS social studies instructor. Please contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Interfaith-Worldview – Matt Segil, middle school math teacher. Please contact Matt at email@example.com for information.
- Parents of children with transgender or non-binary identities – Jen James, assistant to the head of school and registrar. Please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Lessons in the Garden Across the Grades
The BDS garden is not only a place where vegetables and plants that attract pollinators thrive, but it also serves as an outdoor classroom—a learning garden. Upcoming activities include garlic planting by second graders, using the seed garlic planted by last year’s second grade, and an all-class painted mural coming soon. The mural second graders are working is on based on their summer reading book, Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt, all about the garden and the different contributors to a working garden such as ours. Pre-kindergarten will return next week to harvest the remaining multi-colored marigolds, which not only deter some pests but the petals are also edible and can be used to make dyes and pressed flowers.
Our middle school students in the Garden Club are also making weekly visits to the garden, to observe, help, and learn about the seasonal changes of a New England garden. Much of the basil used for the pesto pasta at lunch, and the winter squash added to the butternut squash soup that the kitchen team has prepared was collected by these industrious gardeners. Students have also made visits to the beehives and last week they were joined by master beekeeper Mel Gadd for an in-depth presentation about honeybees, how bee colonies thrive, the recent challenges faced by beekeepers, and for a honey tasting of local honey from Cambridge.
– Kathy Jo Solomon, visual arts teacher and sustainability coordinator
Fall Garden Workday - November 14
Volunteers Needed: Fall Garden Workday
Next month as we wind down our outdoor efforts for the winter season, please consider coming to the garden workday on Sunday, November 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents with their lower school children are invited and middle school students are invited to come with a parent or on their own. Please contact Kathy Jo Solomon with questions or if you plan to attend.
Blair Fross Presents at Industry Conference
Blair Fross, director of after school and enrichment programs, attended the national SPARC (Summer Programs & Auxiliary Revenue Collaborative) conference, an organization serving leaders in advancing independent schools through auxiliary programs. Fross was a presenter at the conference in collaboration with her former BDS colleague, Joe Jean-Mary. They led a workshop for directors on “Expanding DEI Opportunities in Auxiliary Programs.”
Their workshop focused on “creating welcoming and engaging environments for everyone through embracing and centering diversity, equity, and inclusion across disciplines. The main goal of the session was to share our journey in delivering DEI programs in our school community. This workshop had professionals interested in learning new strategies for developing and implementing DEI programs in our field, in addition to outlining key partnerships and stakeholders to connect with. We highlighted our lessons learned, best practices, and advocacy. Finally, we developed a blueprint that each school leader could personalize, and then collectively brainstorm and learn from each other as a platform for jointly addressing this vital work in our respective schools.”
Reminder: School Day Start Times
As we enter our third month of school, please remember to have your student at school on time. Students in pre-kindergarten to grade 4 are marked tardy if they arrive after 8:30 a.m. Many students benefit from coming in earlier at 8:15 a.m. and having 15 minutes to transition and start morning work. Grade 5 students are marked late if they arrive after 8:15 a.m. Middle school students in grades 6 to 8 are allowed inside the building starting at 7:45 a.m. to get settled and are marked tardy if they arrive after 8 a.m.
Early dismissals are highly discouraged as they can be disruptive. Families need permission from a division head for a student to be dismissed early on a regular basis. Please take into account time for dismissal when scheduling after school activities so students do not need to be pulled from class early.
Thank you for your partnership.
Meet The After School Team: Camille Vitale
Camille Vitale, a familiar face around BDS (with a familiar, contagious laugh), is our first grade after school teacher. First grade families may recognize Camille from last school year when she served as Mrs. Pryor’s kindergarten teaching assistant. In addition, Camille has been a member of the BDS Summer Camp community since she was just four years old! She went from being a camper to a counselor to, this past summer, a unit leader, supporting and overseeing first through third grade Voyagers camp groups. In her free time, Camille enjoys West Coast Swing and tap dancing.
After School: Second Trimester Registration
After school registration for our winter trimester will open on Monday, November 8. Details will be included in the Scoop next week. Registration will remain open for three weeks and close the week of Thanksgiving Break. Our current first trimester ends on Monday, November 22. There is no afternoon programming on Tuesday, November 23 as school closes at 12:30 p.m. Our winter trimester begins on Monday, November 29. Please reach out to Blair Fross with any questions
Technology Distractions and Strategies
Let’s face it, adults and children alike can get distracted by our devices between the pings, ringtones, and crafty headlines meant to lure you in. As students become more independent with technology, they often find themselves so distracted that it can impact their learning, their sleep, their friendships, and their school work. As part of the learning process, we support our students by teaching them to self-regulate and find strategies to help them stay on task. Part of the strategy from a teaching standpoint is through the use of management tools the teachers have access to. For example, when on the school network teachers can view student screens, close tabs unrelated to class time, and are able to have a conversation with the student as it’s happening about responsibility, trust, and expectations. It could also come in the form of a fidget spinner that can be picked up and played with when the urge to open a new tab or click on that random link starts to become tempting.
Another example of how a teacher might handle technology distractions is by making it a topic of discussion during advisory time where the students can work together to come up with strategies as a group, or learn from each other what works for them. If your child has a cell phone and it is a distraction during homework time, have them put the phone on silent and leave it face down on the table. If they are still tempted to pick it up and check their texts, the next step would be to have them turn off the phone and leave it face down. The final step would be to take it away from them until their homework is done. Why not take it away before they start? The goal is to give them a realistic strategy that helps them form a habit to control their impulses and recognize that the FOMO (fear of missing out) doesn’t have to control them; they are home safe, there is no emergency, and the message will be there when they are finished. Don’t forget to check out more parental tips at www.commonsensemedia.org.
– Dolly Ryan, director of technology
Share Your Expertise to Help Eighth Grade Researchers
Would you like to be involved in the Capstone Program? Take a moment to check out our eighth graders’ research topics listed in the dropdown below. You’ll be amazed by the variety! Do you or someone you know have expertise or experience in one of these areas? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
Eighth grade students are hard at work on their Capstone research. The research and resulting papers represent the first part of the “triathlon” that is the Capstone experience. They are crafting research questions about topics that are of personal interest to them, and they are showing lots of determination and pride as they refine their research into thoughtful papers.
Starting just after winter break, students will embark on the second leg of the triathlon. They will design a project that grows out of the knowledge they have gained during the research and writing phase, as well as what they still want to learn. In this phase, students take charge of their own active learning. One aspect of the project phase is an interview, and this is where YOU come in! If you, a friend, a family member, or a colleague could prove useful to students during the project phase, please be in touch with the Capstone Coordinator, Jennifer Friborg. The eighth grade thanks you in advance for your interest and support!
- gene editing
- space exploration
- board games
- social media & small business
- soft robotics
- hacking and cybersecurity
- cancer immunotherapy
- hip hop
- Title IX
- video games
- life on other planets
- dogs’ sense of smell
- alternative energy
- reading & processing speed
- wolves ~ lacrosse
- hearing loss
- science of baking
- girls and sports
- ancient medicine
- decision making
- Cold War espionage
- Formula 1
- mental illness and the media
- abortion rights
- ballet & body image
- climate change in New England
- Frances Glessner Lee
- life in the deep sea
- celebrity politicians
- Black feminists
- fast fashion
Families Can Find and Reserve That Next Great Book!
Families are welcome to browse our library catalog from home in order to request any books for delivery to your child’s cubby in addition to the choices they make when they visit the Erskine Library. Click here to browse the catalog. We piloted this program last year to great success, and we’re happy to continue offering it to anyone interested throughout the year. Requests are typically processed and delivered twice a week.
For students in pre-kindergarten to grade 3, your child’s username for the catalog is their first initial, last name, and year of graduation (e.g., asprung28). Their password is the year the school was founded. Here is a brief tutorial from last year that shows how to search for and place a hold on books (the catalog looks a little different now but it works the same way). For students in grades 4-8, they may log in to the catalog with their BDS Google account to request books.
Please reach out to Librarian Amy Sprung with any questions, and thank you for being patrons of our library.
360 Degrees of Discussion in Sixth Grade
Students in sixth grade English observed and practiced discussion skills with a “fishbowl” protocol. Five brave “fish” sat in the center of the room to discuss a question from the current book we’re reading in class, The Giver by Lois Lowry while their classmates observed the dynamics of the discussion. Those outside the fishbowl looked for questions posed, evidence cited, ideas shifted, and airtime shared, then shared what they saw with the group. Throughout the year, sixth graders will continue to establish independence in classroom discussions, preparing for the Harkness model used in the seventh and eighth grades.
– Julia Juster, middle school English teacher
Third Graders Learn Months of the Year in French
Third graders is finishing up their months of the year unit in French. Our lower school language program is oral proficiency oriented, which means that the students practice using French “from the top of their heads.” Many activities are necessary to build up confidence and agency. The students danced the Macarena of the months (presentational speaking/kinesthetic learning), they sorted the months with a secret rule that their partners had to guess (language observation/communicating observations), and they practiced asking and answering questions about birthdays with partners (interpersonal speaking). The wrap-up activity was a multistep interpersonal speaking project: the students were tasked to line up in the order of the months of their birthdays, using only their French. See the accompanying photo!
– Nathalie Pellenq, French teacher
Athletics Update: Girls’ Soccer Heads into Friday Night Lights with Big Win
With three one-goal losses on the season, girls’ soccer’s 2-4 record doesn’t tell the full story of the team’s fall campaign. A talented squad led by a handful of eighth grade standouts, the team has been competitive in every game they’ve played and is primed for a big performance at Friday Night Lights. This past week, the team split a pair of games against Shady Hill (L 4-2) and Nashoba Brooks (W 3-2). Their win was highlighted by strong goalie play from Ana McEleney and Maddie Cutie who split time in net. Seventh grade classmates Perin Fine and McKenna Daley also had strong games for Belmont Day, stepping up on D and stifling the opposition’s attack. The Blue & Gold will need more of the same tonight as they take on a talented Meadowbrook team and will look to flip the script on the friendly rivalry. Hope to see you (and hear you) there!
– John O’Neill, director of athletics
More Athletics News
- The varsity football team split their week with a big win over Shady Hill (29-13) followed by a disappointing loss to Rashi (26-14). Matthieu Small turned in a pair of strong performances on D, while Braiden Dargon is catching everything thrown his way.
- DCD took a pair of games from Belmont Day this week as JV soccer and JV football ended up on the wrong side of the score. Julia Street played some great defense for soccer and Kesariya Nallari-Jhala had a big first down catch for football.
- Asher Sutton highlighted a handful of amazing runs by eighth grade athletes by besting his PR by 36 seconds this week during cross country’s final home meet of the season against Shady Hill. Yara Ibrahim also recorded a PR. The team travels to states next weekend!
- The field hockey team leaned on the eighth grade leadership of Eliza Kuechle, Bella Lightbody, and Anisah Jordan this week during their games against Shady Hill (W 3-0) and Fay (L 4-1). The trio carried the play in both contests and did a great job involving their teammates.
- The boys’ soccer team dropped a pair of games to Shady Hill (1-0) and Fenn (5-1) this week. Eike Kiecza was dominant in net on Monday and scored a highlight reel header on Thursday. The team will really need to turn things around to be competitive at Friday Night Lights.
Fifth Graders Research, Write, Deliver Speeches on Activists
Over the past few weeks, students in grade 5 humanities have been working on their activist research project. At the beginning of the process, each student chose an activist and visited the Erskine Library to refresh on research skills and find resources with librarian Amy Sprung. Students then engaged in their research, using resources such as databases and non-fiction books. From their research students created a speech that outlined their activist’s accomplishments, obstacles, and lessons we can learn from them. On Thursday, students’ projects culminated when each student presented their speech. Great work fifth grade!
– Vaniecia Skinner, grade 5 teacher
Parents’ Association News
Mark your calendar for the next PA meeting on Monday, November 1 from 6 to 7:00 pm via Zoom. Link for the meeting will be on the Parent Portal.
Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) Meeting
All BDS parents are invited to the next meeting of the Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) on Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m. on Zoom. This combined Lower/Middle and Upper School meeting will feature Amy Jin Johnson, Executive Director of Project Implicit, Inc. Amy will discuss “Understanding Implicit Bias.” Pre-registration is required and the link can be found here.
The next enrichment assembly will be held virtually on Friday, November 12 from 8:50 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. A mystery guest will present themselves for a “What’s My Line” game show-style assembly. The students will be able to ask yes or no questions to try and deduce this guest’s TWO interesting careers, then will hear all about them!
The enrichment committee will next meet on Thursday, November 8 at 12:00 p.m. This will be a Zoom meeting. Link will be shared on the parent portal.
Coach Tzelnic Writes About Breaking the Meat=Manliness Connection
Physical education teacher and athletics coach Alex Tzelnic writes frequently for publications on topics related to wellness, mindfulness, and nutrition. His latest piece, just published by Vegetarian Times, takes a fun and thoughtful look at our culture’s connection between meat-eating and perceptions of manliness. Alex reflects on his own experiences and how his friend circle and society as a whole is transforming to break this stereotype and embrace more plant-based food options. Click here to check out the story. You might just recognize another BDS team member quoted in the story!