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, Anna Sicam & 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:

Grade 1 CASC Program – Len Cabral – Grade 1 – October 16

Mr. Cabral has been enchanting Newton student audiences for years. He presents African and original folktales with a spellbinding style that includes audience participation, movement and dramatic flair. He has authored two books, Anansi’s Narrow Waist and Len Cabral’s Storytelling Book. Throughout the performance, Len sprinkles in the important lessons learned by collecting stories from grandparents and the Elders.


Full School CASC Program – Voci Angelica Trio – October 22

Passages: Exploring the Migration of Music is an interactive educational performance of world folk music from 9 countries and 6 continents. Through dialogue, colorful maps, and songs, the trio traces the migration of early humans across the globe using the cello, djembe, claves, cuatro, maracas, shell shaker, tambourine stick, finger cymbals, doumbek and their voices. Students become part of the experience by accompanying the trio with sound effects, clapping, movement and answering questions about geography throughout the program.


Grade 5 CASC Program – Blacksnake Woman – October 24

This program gives participants hands-on experience with artifacts made and used by native people from the 1700’s to more recent times. There are tools, musical instruments, jewelry, a war club, and trade goods from the European culture. Black Snake Woman and Traveling Medicine Dog are descendants of Native Americans. They are articulate teachers of the native culture who teach respect for all people and their differences. They present information that breaks down stereotypes of Native Americans, and provide information about native cultures and traditions.


Grade 3 CASC Program – Eric Olson: The Canopy Guy – November 6

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.

April 24, 2019 – Bugworks, Maire Anne Diamond – Kindergarten
The Bugworks science program is a hands-on experience designed to teach students new ways to observe, understand, and appreciate insects and other invertebrates. Using live animals as examples, science concepts such as anatomy, life cycles, habitats, predator-prey interactions, adaptations, and defense strategies are discussed (using age-appropriate language). The program also contrasts and compares insects with other invertebrates such as millipedes, arachnids, and crustaceans.

May 28, 2019 – Wingmasters, Jim Parks – Kindergarten

North American Birds of Prey: The group includes eagles, hawks, falcons, ospreys, and owls. This program concentrates on our native raptor species, incorporating five live birds from different raptor categories. Using a wealth of specially designed visual aids, 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. Wingmasters brings raptors that are all native to Newton and explains the characteristics of different raptor groups.