5 Things You Need To Know Today: Sept. 7
First day of school, Wednesdays are short and climate changes affecting Belmont, Africa.
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1. Schools are open for the year! Today is the first day for all elementary schools; 5th and 7th graders at the Middle School; and freshmen and seniors in the High School.
2. It is also Wednesday, the first under the new school scheduling system in which every Wednesday will be either an early release or half day for all schools. Today's schedule:
- Burbank: 8:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
- Butler: 8:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
- Wellington: 8:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.; 1/2 Day Kindergarten: 8:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
- Winn Brook: 8:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.; 1/2 Day Kindergarten: 8:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
- Chenery Middle School: 7:55 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- High School: 7:35 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
3. It's never too early to appreciate and make music. And from today through Sept. 17, the Powers Music School will let young children and parents attend sample classes at the Concord Avenue institution including programs which consists of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play for infants through 4-year-olds; and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, which explores music through body movement, for kids ages 4 and 5. The classes are at 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For a detailed schedule or to register, visit
4. Pablo Suarez, associate director of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, will give a talk at Belmont Public Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on "Treading Water: From Belmont to West Africa, How Climate Change Affects Us All" about the affects of climate change worldwide. Sponsored by Sustainable Belmont.
5. This Day in History
On this day in 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, better known as ESPN, makes its debut. Men cheer.