The Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) 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 CAS posters. We also invite you to view this video about our CAS programs.

If you have any questions about the programs at Cabot, please contact our CAS co-chairs, Anna Sicam & Ginny Richmond.  Each year, about 3 CAS 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:

Thursday, September 26th – IllStyle & Peace: “Become Your Dreams”

IllStyle & Peace, is a Young Audiences group from Philadelphia. This high energy presentation will take students on a joyous journey from the beginnings of hip hop to all of its variations. “Become Your Dreams” celebrates the art and movement of hip hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions,, and modern and traditional dance forms. Students are invited on stage to learn a bit of hip hop and then share their creative movements with the audience. With incredible energy and personalities to match, the dancers of IllStyle & Peace demonstrate that with perseverance and focus, goals can be reached. The group reinforces the positive message: “Think it – Do it – Become it.”

Wednesday, October 30 – Grade 3 CAS Program – Eric Olson: The Canopy Guy

Eric Olson (aka the “Canopy Guy”) is a Brandeis biologist, an advisor to the Newton Conservators, and a member of the Newton Citizen’s Commission on Energy. As a field ecologist he has conducted research on trees and the insects that feed on them, and now studies ticks in Weston and mangrove restoration in Nicaragua. During his presentation, he 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 in this presentation include how trees make a living from soil, air, and light, an exploration of trees’ below ground and above ground parts, and how different trees carry their seeds far away with either winged or fleshy fruits.

January 16, 2020 – Origamido – Grade 4
Origamido (LaFosse and Alexander) is a team of internationally renowned origami designers, authors, and masters. Their work has been exhibited at the Louvre, the Peabody Essex Museum, and many others. They have authored over fifty books on origami and are featured in the Peabody award-winning PBS film “Between the Folds”. Mr. LaFosse is a highly experienced, talented, and engaging presenter that has been working with us for many years. He begins by showing the students extraordinary examples of origami art. The age-appropriate, hands-on exercises relate origami to the subject area that teachers have chosen: mathematics, geometry, biology, zoology, history, and cultural topics. Once students have mastered a project they are encouraged to assist fellow students who may need help. They say, “When you teach you learn.”
February 7 – Giles LaRoche – Cut Paper Collage Artist – Grade 5
Giles Laroche has been drawing for as long as he can remember. “I especially enjoyed sketching the mountains, old farmhouses, and mill buildings which surrounded Berlin, New Hampshire, the town I grew up in.” Mr. Laroche begins his presentation with a whole grade assembly. He shares his beautiful original artwork with students, talks about the materials used to create his art, and the subjects of his art which range from animals to landscapes, to cityscapes. He talks about the benefits of sketching an object vs photographing an object. (Hint: it’s about attention to details). Mr. Laroche shares art from If You Lived Here: Houses of the World; A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build and other books he has written and illustrated. Following the assembly, Mr. Laroche works with each class individually for a cut paper art workshop. He gives a careful demonstration on how to make, for example, a paper house with nothing more than paper, scissors, and glue. Then the students give it a try. Subjects for the workshops may be communities, animals, the sea, ships, insects, structures, castles, pagodas, towers, or another theme that ties in to a classroom curriculum.
March 13, 2020 – Kemp Harris, Storyteller – 1st grade

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.

A former Newton Public School teacher, Mr. Harris taught Kindergarten 1st grades for 38 years.   He wrote the children’s book/song, “Snow” and has performed as a storyteller and musician at festivals, schools and libraries across the country, performing on stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron and blues artist, Koko Taylor

April 2 – Tsongas – Exploring the Immigrant Experience – Grade 4
Students examine the experiences of immigrants who have settled in New England. Working with primary sources, (oral histories and artifacts), the presenter covers themes of immigration, such as the decision to leave, the journey, hardships in America, Americanization, and preserving culture. Students explore how immigrant groups have helped to shape American culture. The presenter distributes artifacts and information about an immigrant that relate to the above topics. Students are asked to give a brief oral report about this immigrant. Students can then create a “quilt” as a conclusion to the information they learned.
April 3 – Honeybees & the Art of Keeping Bees – Grade 1
Ms. deWeerd is committed to expanding the understanding of and respect for the importance of honeybees in our environment. She is a local beekeeper and was trained as a chemist. Ever the scientist, she has studied every aspect of the honeybee. To share her substantial knowledge, she has developed programs on honeybees for students. Topics covered in the presentations are the family-like social interactions of honeybees, their lifecycle and work roles, pollen and nectar collection, honey production and the differentiation between honeybees and wasps. She includes how to behave in the presence of these insects. Ms. deWeerd has spectacular photographic enlargements of the different types of bees at work for the hive. She also shows the attire of a beekeeper, the parts of a beehive and a jar of bees. Ms. deWeerd is an engaging presenter. Her enthusiasm for beekeeping is quite evident.

June 10, 2020 – Wingmasters – World of Owls – 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 adaptations  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.