The Creative Arts and Sciences Committee (CASC) implements curricular-related enrichment programs in the elementary and middle schools throughout Newton. These programs are solely funded  by the PTO in each school. Each program  aligns with Newton curricula, Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance art, English, language arts, history, social sciences, music, physical education, and the sciences curricula.  To learn more visit the NPS website or view these CASC posters.

If you have any questions about the programs at Cabot, please contact our CASC co-chairs, Anne Drowns & Ginny Richmond.  Each year, about 3 CASC programs occur per grade, and one city-wide program is presented to all students.  Here is a list of programs scheduled for our school this year to-date:

October 4 – New England Percussion Ensemble: Language of the Ancients – All Grades
Drawing from prehistoric roots and diverse ethnic cultures this ensemble’s electrifying and energetic Language of the Ancients program is a blend of information, performance, and hands-on audience participation. The melodic, rhythmic and tonal possibilities of a wide variety of percussion instruments are explored. Topics from multicultural subjects are woven into the program. This clever program will alter the notion that percussion is “just drums.”

November 3
– Eric Olson: The Canopy Guy – Grade 3

As the “canopy guy” Eric puts on his tree climbing gear and uses props and puppets to give a “tour” of the New England and Costa Rican treetops. Key topics developed during this presentation include how trees make a living from soil, air, and light, how trees consist of both below ground and above ground parts, and how different trees carry their seeds far away with either winged or fleshy fruits.

November 13
– Origamido – Grade 5

Mr. LaFosse is an internationally renowned origami master. The Louvre and the Peabody Essex Museum are among the many museums where his work has been exhibited. Mr. LaFosse begins his program by showing the students extraordinary examples of his art. Then he proceeds to relate origami to the subject area that teachers have chosen including elementary mathematics, geometry, biology, zoology, history, and cultural topics.

March 21
– Emilie Boon – Kindergarten

Emilie Boon has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young children and is best known for her beguiling depictions of animal characters. Her interactive presentation will include a short talk interspersed with numerous examples of her artwork, a reading from one of her books, and a drawing demonstration. Then, in a hands-on project, the students are given a simple accordion book to illustrate using Emilie’s signature technique, crayon and watercolor.

April 4
– Chinese Ribbon Dance – Grade 2

Ms. Huang presents the rich folkloric tradition of China in her presentation, The Chinese Ribbon Dance. She is from Taiwan and trained there to become a professional dancer and choreographer. The workshop starts with a brief history of the Chinese ribbon dance. Chiao Bin Huang will then demonstrate the choreographic movements and explain the differences between Western and Eastern dance. The traditional Ribbon dance costumes, which are beautiful but complicated in design, are introduced as well.  After completing the costume lesson, Chiao Bin Huang will perform the Fan and Ribbon dances. The student dance lesson and practice follow. Later in the workshop they will learn to accompany the ribbon dance movements with traditional Chinese music and improvise a short dance piece with different expressions.

April 6
– Potato Hill Poetry – Grade 4

Potato Hill Poetry seeks to ignite a passion for poetry in schools across the country. It is devoted to the excitement and power of word and sound and rhythm and the possibilities created when they come together. Through his very skillful presentation, Mr. Andrew Green makes writing poetry accessible. His focus is to create exercises to help students see and hear the joy of language.

April 6
–Art Quest – Grade 5

This program exposes students to a broad spectrum of American painters from the colonial period to the 20th century. Discussions about artists’ styles, choices, and images combine topics such as the Revolutionary War, westward expansion, transportation, industrialization, technology and modern life.

April 25
– Bugworks – Kindergarten

Bugworks is a hands-on experience designed to teach students new ways to observe, understand, and appreciate insects and other invertebrates. With live animals as examples, science concepts such as anatomy, life cycles, predator-prey interactions, adaptations, and protective strategies are discussed (using age-appropriate language). The program also contrasts and compares insects with other invertebrates such as millipedes and/or arachnids.

April 27 – Explore the Ocean World – Grade 1
Ellen Goethel is a marine biologist. In a low-key approach, she shows the students live animals from the sea. The animals differ depending on what the commercial fishermen net the night before. She has three stations, two with animals’ remains (shark jaw and teeth, whale vertebra, starfish, shells etc.) and one water table with the live specimens. After her explanations, the students are free to have a hands-on experience at each table. Ellen emphasizes that these animals are borrowed from the sea and that in the evening she will return them to their habitat.

May 8
–  A Day in Ghana – Grade 2

Joe Galeota is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music who lived in Ghana for many years. His wife, Vida, grew up in Ghana. This program brings the students to Vida’s village for a day. The day includes the family’s morning chores, the marketplace, the school day program and the family’s evening activities. Throughout the program, Joe and Vida present artifacts, music, games, and proverbs.

May 9
–  World of O
wls – Grade 5

This program shows that owls are highly specialized birds of prey, very different from other raptors. They are superbly equipped nocturnal hunters. This presentation shows how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing, and flight to survive and thrive. A wealth of fact and folklore is presented separating myths from reality. Five live owls of different species provide the focus for this presentation.

May 21
– Kemp Harris – Grade 1 & 2
Storyteller Kemp Harris brings his experience as composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher to the classroom. His storytelling program includes developmentally appropriate stories that incorporate music and audience participation. He enjoys keeping the oral tradition of “telling” alive. Stories range from traditional tales, African folk tales and original stories.

May 30
– Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey – Kindergarten
This program incorporates five live birds (eagles, hawks, falcons, ospreys, and owls) from different raptor categories. An overview of North American birds of prey is provided, explaining the birds’ environment, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world.

June 4
– Eine Kleine Konsort – Grade 3
Eine Kleine Konsort is a recorder ensemble comprised of music teachers. Their energetic and humorous program, “The Recorder Goes to School” is a participatory presentation which is joyful and inspirational. Students are invited to play their recorders along with the ensemble during several pieces.

June 13
– Discovery Museum Bubbles – Kindergarten
This program shows the shape and colors of bubbles. Students experiment with bubbles and describe their properties.  They use “bendable”  bubble wands, observe giant bubbles, and experiment with a giant “bubble wall.”