From the Principal's Desk - Week of December 10, 2021

Dear Belmont Families,

I know that you have heard from me multiple times this week. I end the week feeling very grateful for our students and staff for sharing holiday spirit despite the many stressors we are working through. The band playing Sleigh Ride at the end of the day today was a great way to transition to the weekend.

Please find the weekly announcements below. I sent out information about changes to the way students access lunch in a separate email today. Starting on January 3, students will receive one lunch or breakfast free each day, and will pay for additional food. If you have any questions about this please contact the food services office at 617-993-5871 or email Gail Mulani, Assistant Food Service Director, at gmulani@belmont.k12.ma.us

 Isaac Taylor he/him

Principal

 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Clothing Drive to support Boston Area Families in Need

When: December 16th (Thursday) and 17th (Friday) @ 4-6 PM

Where: Donations will be collected outside the main entrance of the school. Please use the drop off loop to safely drop off donations at our collection stand. 

Items we are collecting: 

·         Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)

·         New socks and underwear.

·         New Pajamas.

·         Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)

·         Books, especially baby board books.

·         New arts and crafts/school supplies.

·         Unopened diapers, all sizes.

·         New hygiene items.

Most needed items: 

·         Winter Coats and Jackets

·         New and Reusable Face Masks

·         New Pajamas

·         Any childrens/young adult books

Please contact spyo23@belmontschools.net for any questions

Belmont Food Pantry Drive

This is Allyson Gomez-Martin and I will be holding a food drive for the Belmont Food Pantry from December 13th-23rd at BHS! I'll be collecting any non-perishable foods, you can find a list on the website here: https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/menu. Anything of any quantity is accepted, but products must be in their original, unopened packages, and please be weary of common allergies. If you have any questions, feel free to email agomezmartin25@belmontschools.net. Thank you so much for your generosity!

5 Minutes Ago

Every week, the 5 Minutes Ago team puts out a short video with news, information, and a cultural snapshot of BHS. This videos created by this student run group, advised by Ms. Masterson, are shown during the school day on Monday. You can view these videos here.

Snow Shovelling for senior citizens 

Community Service Update From The Belmontian Club! 

To sign up to be a Snow shoveler for Senior citizens fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/f34G8b4zg5GmWX7s7

Remember you do not need to shovel driveways!

From The Department of Recreation

the Belmont Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for their S.P.O.R.T Program. Contact Heidi Barberio at 617-993-2760 or email hbarberio@belmont-ma.gov for registration details.

Belmont/Watertown S.P.O.R.T. (Special Programs Organized for Recreation Time)

·         Floor Hockey (Special Olympic Based) Wednesday nights at Winn Brook School 6:30pm to 7:30pm, now until March 2nd.

·         Basketball (Special Olympic Based) on Monday evenings varied locations local schools starting November 29th.

·         Mini-Camp (arts and craft, social program): Saturdays 10:30am-12noon at the Beech St Center, from December 4th to January 29th

·         Ice Skating: Sunday afternoons 2pm and 3pm at the Belmont Rink, now until December 19th. Second session 2pm and3pm is January 19th to February 13th

The Benton Library 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Benton Library, feel free to contact brroksfb@gmail.com to sign up.

Please visit our website at EC Benton Library and feel free to contact me at brooksfb@gmail.com for more information. Thank you for your time.

For any questions please contact the people listed with the opportunities or any of the Belmontian officers at belmontian@gmail.com 

BHS VEX Robotics Club

"The BHS VEX robotics club is looking for students who are interested in a low-pressure way to explore robotics by building a robot to enter into a fun, low-stakes competition this winter.

If you're interested, please stop by room C348 (the robotics lab) on Thursdays after school or contact one of the advisors, Ms. Weathers or Mr. Lafave."

Guidance Information:

Juniors:

We are working hard to support our families this school year with additional resources. Our friends at Revolution Prep are offering a practice SAT and ACT to all families. Please see below…

Practice SAT Exams

This is a great chance to get started on your testing plan, or if you have already started, it will provide additional practice. Taking practice tests under timed conditions is essential to being ready for the official test. A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give a real-time snapshot of his or her testing performance.

 SAT practice

Date:  Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Time: 9:00AM-1:00PM EST

Where: Live Online!  

Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/626/  

 Materials will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam. 

Every exam comes with a free 30-minute score report review with a Revolution Prep testing expert to assess specific strengths and areas of improvement. We highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. Schedule your consultation to review the score report with a dedicated Revolution Prep team member, who will help you interpret the results and develop a customized plan to prepare for the official exam. You can pre-schedule this Score Report Review here: https://my.revolutionprep.com/s/newengland      

Questions? If you have additional questions or want to learn more about Revolution Prep, you can reach out to a dedicated Revolution Prep team member at (800) 878-1850 or by email at newengland@revolutionprep.com

Elizabeth Willard
Regional Events Coordinator, Revolution Prep
917.983.9069 | elizabeth.willard@revolutionprep.com | revolutionprep.com

AP Payment Information

Invoices were sent earlier this week from myschoolbucks regarding your child’s bill for signing up for the Advanced Placement Exam(s) that will take place in May. It is the on-line payment system that the district uses for collecting athletic fees, school lunches and other fees, like AP exams.  Please follow the link for the on-line payment. There is a small processing fee that is attached to the payments.

Reminders from past weeks!

Nursing updates:

  • Please continue to review the Daily Symptom Checker. If your student does not pass the checker, you must keep them home and complete the Absence Follow Up Form to notify the nurses. 
    • In order to be cleared to return, your student will need either a negative PCR test result or a provider note with an alternative diagnosis.
  • If your student is unvaccinated and identified as a close contact during school, they must have a Consent Form already on file to participate in Test and Stay. Email all testing-related questions to bpscovidtest@belmont.k12.ma.us 

Attendance

Student absences and dismissals must be reported before the absence occurs. Notes can be sent to the office in advance of a known absence. If a student is sick, please call the absence line before the start of the school day: (617) 993-5999. If a student becomes ill at school, they should be dismissed from the nurse’s office (see nurses update). Questions about attendance can be directed to Joan Paras jparas@belmont.k12.ma.us.

9th and 10th grade students - If students have a free first of last period, parents can set up a standing early dismissal or late arrival with the office. Please reach out to Joan Paras (617) 993-5902 jparas@belmont.k12.ma.us.

Junior/Senior off-campus privileges

A reminder that juniors and seniors are the only students allowed off-campus privileges at BHS. Students in good standing are able to leave campus during a free period, with parent permission. It is the students’ responsibility to get back to school on-time for their next class. Parents of juniors and seniors must complete the off campus application form to approve off-campus privileges for their student. 

Senior Off-Campus Application Form

Junior Off-Campus Application Form






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