Author's Program 2016
Each year, the PTO celebrates National Children's Book Week with visits from two wonderful children's book authors -- one author presenting to students in grades K-3 and the other author presenting to grades 4-6.
The author visits enable the students to gain thoughtful insights into the writing process and find ways to improve their own writing skills. The children's book illustrators that have visited have shared their enthusiasm with the students about how their illustrations are based on events in their own lives. The Author's Program allows each child the opportunity for an up-close look at the publishing process. Perhaps some Conant students will be inspired to pursue writing careers as well!
For this school year, the students from Kindergarten through third grade will be treated to a visit by author-illustrator Scott Magoon. Mr. Magoon is a native New Englander who has several acclaimed picture books to his name including "Breathe", a Kirkus Best Books of 2014 pick for Best Read Aloud. Mr. Magoon will be at Conant on March 2nd, 2017.
The students from 4th to 6th grades will be visited by another New Englander, author Rob Buyea (pronounced boo-yay) on March 6th, 2017. A former elementary school teacher, Mr. Buyea's book 'because of mr. terupt' has won many awards including the Massachusetts State Book Award.
Programs such as these are possible by the generous contributions to the PTO by the Conant families. Thank you!
Every fall‚ the PTO hosts an all–day craft fair featuring leading crafters and artisans from across New England. A portion of the proceeds are used to support Conant PTO programs throughout the school year. Please click for an Application Package.
Please note– Crafters may only bring crafts that they hand-made themselves. The Artist must be at our fair to talk to the patrons and elaborate on how their products are made. Please read the criteria document before submitting your application to ensure that you qualify. For more information‚ please email our craft fair coordinator.
Cultural Enrichment Program
The Cultural Enrichment Program is designed to enrich our children's learning experience at Conant. This committee researches and brings diverse cultural programs to the school. Every assembly encourages and celebrates the student's involvement.
The program was rejuvenated in 2012 with the very popular Rob Surette with his amazing "Hero Art" program and the artist Bren Bataclan with his wonderful message of spreading a smile. Since then we have hosted:
- the award winning story teller Odds Bodkin
- origami master Michael LaFosse with the art and science of origami
- a one day Residency by the Gallery of African Art with a month long display of African art, hands-on African drumming with master drummer Issa Coulibaly for grades 5 and 6, and an interactive musical journey from Trinidad to Timbuktu assembly for the whole school
- the Latin American Group Manguito who took the children on a 'A Musical Journey to the Carribean'. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Acton Boxborough Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
- 'Become Your Dreams: History of Hip Hop Dance', a performance by Illstyle & Peace Productions. This acclaimed ensemble will celebrate the art and movement of hip hop as they teach the positive message of "Think it – Do it – Become it". This program was supported in part by a grant from the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
- Award winning mask-maker and performer Eric Bornstein who presented the Japanese story of "Cat Mountain".
- ImprovBoston with the lessons of The 4Cs - Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking.
This year our first cultural enrichment will be bringing back the wonderful one day residency by the Gallery of African Art on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016. There will be a month of art installation, drum workshops for our students in 5th and 6th grades, and an all school assembly, Bamako 2 Boston, which will feature musicians and dancers from Mali, Senegal, Tanzania, and America.
The cultural enrichment committee would like to thank all our families for their support in helping us bringing these wonderful programs to the children.
Festival of Cultures
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