Here it is—my last Scoop message of the year. As I consider all that has transpired over these last fifteen months, I am overwhelmed with immense gratitude for this entire community and all it has taken to get us to the close of this school year.
There are many idioms one might choose to describe the power of our mighty community, but around here, the notion that it takes a village to raise a child is one that our school has long embraced. In this case, of course, it is not one child but 311. The village—large, far-reaching, and full of caring, loving villagers—has been on overdrive to guide, support, and educate these children through this demanding year. Belmont Day parents, faculty, and students make one heck of a village, providing a critical resource of care for each other, and we simply couldn’t have made it to the end of this year without you.
More than 100 parents and faculty, with areas of expertise in everything from infectious disease to mRNA to ventilation to reimagining best practices for learning, made this year happen. All told, 311 students from 225 families, under the watchful eyes of 106 faculty members, made this year happen. Quite a village indeed.
I hope my thanks here are an echo of gratitude that you have heard repeatedly throughout the year. Our success this year hung on trust and your willingness to believe in BDS—that we would do all that we could to keep students safe, that onsite instruction would be worth its challenges, and that working together, our school would meet its mission of inspiring and challenging each and every student.
May each of you and your families enjoy a well-deserved summer of rest, recharging, and joy. Congratulations to members of the Class of 2021, who are soon to be graduates! And we look forward to seeing the rest of you in September.