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FALL 2016–17

Raise Y[our] Voice

Learn more about this exciting campaign and "The Barn"

Yearbook Signing and Alumni Panel

Check out photos from our
Class of 2016 Yearbook Signing
and Alumni Panel

The BDS Story
December 5, 2016

Imagine the following scenario: You're at your local coffee shop, waiting as the barista begins preparing your drink. At that same moment, someone behind you in line notices you're wearing a Belmont Day School sweatshirt and immediately takes interest. "Hey, I've heard of BDS. Tell me about your school." Though it may seem a simple question, it is undoubtedly made more challenging when you consider that you have less than two minutes to offer a response before your drink is ready and you'll be on your way. So, how exactly do you describe a school like Belmont Day in such a short window of time?

This question, crafted by new Head of School Brendan Largay, is the central theme for the 2016-2017 school year: How do you summarize the myriad experiences and memories that are created every day at Belmont Day in the time it takes to make a coffee?

The challenge of answering the question stands as a true testament to the many ways in which BDS sets the foundation for learning and growth. Students develop leadership skills working with their cross-graded partners, discover the importance of research, analysis, and public speaking through Capstone projects, are exposed to a wide range of sports through the athletics program, and test the limits of their creativity through various mediums of art, all while understanding the significance of being an active community member.

As alumni of Belmont Day School, you too have a BDS story. What's more, your story extends beyond the physical realm of this extraordinary school. You have the unique ability to see how the lessons and skills you acquired at Belmont Day translate to future endeavors, both academic and professional. And you are a living embodiment of the school's six core values: respect, honesty, responsibility, caring, joy, and excellence.

So, the next time someone asks you about Belmont Day School, tell them your BDS story. 

Boy playing violin.


What's New?

“I marvel at everything as if it were new.” - Anna Akhmatova

There are few audiences of my writing as Belmont Day’s newest and thirteenth head of school of whom I might be more mindful. Consider where I am writing from—the comfortable halls of your childhood—and what I am writing about—growth, change, and the future of a school that continues to carry your legacy within its proud walls. In a strange way, it feels like the roles here have been reversed. It is I who should be reading your remarks: learning from you what makes BDS such an important part of your family’s history; hearing from you the stories that have crafted the wonderful legacy of our school; discovering how the six core values that guide our every day in 2016 came to be in the school’s earlier days.

Today, Belmont Day is as vibrant as ever, and I find myself standing proudly on the shoulders of its rich history. The school is in the midst of three exciting initiatives, each a different investment in the future of our students and collectively a statement of the value and importance of a Belmont Day education. As we work to realize the vision from our 2011 strategic plan, the school is building a new building, affectionately termed, “The Barn” which will house a new field house for athletics and five new classrooms for art, science, woodworking and an innovation lab. The building itself is a nod towards the future of education and Belmont Day's commitment to thoroughly preparing our students to be leaders as they graduate. Additionally, we have announced an enrollment growth initiative, bringing the total number of students from 270 today to 315 over the next five years. The bulk of this growth will occur in grades six to eight, exciting news for the chorus of past parents and alumni eager to see a broader social experience for our middle school students, and more robust programmatic opportunities from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Finally, last May, we kicked off our RAISE Y[OUR] VOICE, our capital campaign to support The Barn project. I have been stunned by the generosity of our community—another testament to the love everyone has for their “School on the Hill.”

I cannot imagine a more exciting time to join the Belmont Day School community as its new leader. A dynamic faculty and staff, a deeply committed parent and alumni body, and, of course, the joy of our students that resonates through every space, every day. I consider it a great privilege and one that I assume with a deep sense of responsibility and honor. I hope that if you haven’t been back to campus in a while you will consider this an open invitation. I would love to meet you and give you a tour to see the magic of BDS all over again.

Brendan W. Largay
Head of School


Getting to Know Andy Rentschler

Andy Rentschler has recently joined the development and communications office as associate director of alumni relations and communications. Andy comes to BDS from Camp Belknap, where he served as communications director for the past three years. His work in stewardship with alumni and parents makes him a perfect fit for our school and this role. 

Andy is excited to be working with Belmont Day alumni and has already had the pleasure of meeting a number of alums through campus visits and events, such as Friday Night Lights. He looks forward to continuing to grow the alumni program and meeting many more alumni over the coming months. For all matters alumni, please feel free to reach out to Andy at


Join us for one (or more!) events at Belmont Day

12  Braiding Different Strands, 6:15 to 8 p.m., Erskine Library
19  Winter Concert, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Gym

Belmont SaturDay Concert with Jeff Jam, 10 a.m., Coolidge Hall

 Friday Night Hoops, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Gym

(L-R) Parents of alumni Phyllis Grant P '14, Connaught Colbert '79 P '14 '21, and Laki Nomicos P '14 returned to campus to say farewell to retiring Head of School Annette Raphel


Annual Giving

We want to recognize and thank all of our generous community members, including alumni and friends, who made gifts to the 2015-2016 Annual Giving Program. We were once again able to surpass our goal! These thoughtful contributions support a dynamic curriculum, a dedicated faculty, exemplary arts and athletics programs, and an amazing community that makes Belmont Day so special for all of our students. We are truly thankful for the support of our alumni community!

- Johanna Mendillo '90, President of Alumni and Friends Council

News from the Board of Trustees

I would like to introduce myself as the new alumni representative on the board of trustees. I graduated from BDS in 1987 and feel very fortunate to be working with this outstanding community 30 years later to ensure that the school remains the special place we all remember. Shortly after our first child was born, my wife and I attended our first Belmont Day alumni event. We instantly fell in love with the school and we never looked back. I am now the proud parent of two current BDS students. I am happy to say that the school is just as warm and welcoming as it ever was and the core values are strong. In my role as trustee, I will be sharing updates with you and will serve as your voice on all matters alumni. Please feel free to reach out to me directly.

This coming spring, Belmont Day will be breaking ground on a new building to the campus, “The Barn”. This building will expand on the current curriculum and add academic and athletic resources. There will be a few opportunities over the next 12 months for you to hear more about this amazing project. 

In 2017, Belmont Day School will be celebrating its 90 year anniversary. As alumni, we are an integral part of the school's 90-year history and its future. We proudly invite you to attend this celebration, reconnect with other alum, and continue to be a part of the community as it embarks on its next 90 years. Stay tuned for more information.

I look forward to meeting each of you in the near future. 

- Kirk Chisholm ‘87, Board of Trustees, Alumni and Friends Representative 


Class of 2016 Graduation

The June 13 graduation exercises featured speeches by three members of the graduating class. These speeches were selected with care by a committee of faculty and administrators. The reflections are filled with wisdom, humor, and fond memories of each student's unique experience at Belmont Day.

Head of School Annette Raphel also provided remarks during the graduation ceremony, reflecting on her experiences as head over the past five years and expressing her pride in "graduating" along with the Class of 2016.

Class of 2016 High Schools

Belmont Day alumni from the Class of 2016 are attending:
  • Arlington High School 
  • Beaver Country Day School 
  • Belmont High School
  • Belmont Hill School
  • Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School 
  • Cambridge School of Weston
  • Carroll School
  • Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
  • Concord Academy
  • Greenwich Academy
  • Lawrence Academy
  • Minuteman Career & Technical High School
  • The Putney School
  • The Rivers School
  • Waltham High School
  • Winchester High School
Boy playing violin.


Young Alumni Spread Joy to Summer Campers

This summer, we were thrilled to welcome back an incredible group of young alumni who spent a few weeks on campus enriching the lives of Belmont Day Summer Camp participants as members of our Summer Discoveries staff. These alumni served as an integral part of the thoughtful and reflective community of role models that creates a fun and supportive environment for the campers who spend their summer days at Belmont Day. We always love having alumni back at BDS! 

(L-R) Sophie Rothman '13, Elena Viceira '15, Nicholas Newbold '15, Liam Jolley '12, Luis Viceira '12, Gavin Colbert '14, Julia Kostro '12, Emma Weiss '12 
(Front) Peter Weeks '07


Keep in Touch & Send Us Your News

The entire Belmont Day community eagerly awaits news of alumni experiences and accomplishments, so send us a note and let us know what you’re up to these days. Graduations, career news, moves, weddings, babies, new adventures, awards…please share your news with Belmont Day today. Photos are both welcomed and appreciated!

In addition, in order to keep you informed about the latest happenings at Belmont Day, we need to hear from you. Please take a moment to update your information so we can notify you about upcoming alumni events and community news.

Be sure to visit our alumni website and "Like" us on Facebook, where we regularly post alumni news, school happenings, upcoming events, and photos. You can also 
connect with us through our LinkedIn group.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to get involved and contribute to the alumni and/or current community at Belmont Day. From sharing your expertise and experiences, helping out at an alumni event, or reaching out to classmates, we welcome your participation and involvement.

If you would like to learn more or get involved with the alumni programs at Belmont Day, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Communications
Andy Rentschler.


Upcoming Belmont Day Communications

Be on the lookout for the following publications:

  • Annual Report 2015–16
  • Annual Giving Solicitation 2016–17
  • RAISE Y[OUR] VOICE Capital Campaign Newsletter
  • Remarkable Moments

If you do not receive a copy of any of these communications, we may not have your current mailing address. To update your information, please contact us.

Alumni Website

Alumni Photo Gallery

Alumni Facebook Page

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