Our extensive Cultural Enrichment Program covers the visits, workshops and presentations Bell students enjoy throughout the school year from a whole range of organisations and individuals. These visits are arranged by the Cultural Enrichment Committee, a sub-group of the PTO.
Each year, the Committee consult with the teachers to gather input and feedback on the kinds of themes, topics and subject areas to focus on and which complement the lessons and projects the children are doing in class. They then work to identify the different offerings available and handle the arrangements for their visits.
The whole program is fully funded by the money we generate by volunteering at the Magic Hat. Funding from the Magic Hat is the PTO’s biggest source of income for the year – and the cost of the Cultural Enrichment Program is our biggest expense. That is why volunteering at the Magic Hat, and meeting our 6 monthly 180-volunteering hours target is so important. Put simply, if we don’t meet our targets, we won’t receive the funding and the children would NOT get to experience any of this amazing program.
The individuals and organisations who’ll be coming into Bell School to enhance the education of our children during 2017-18 was (2018-2019 to come soon!):
- OOCH – Ooch will visit grades K-3 on October 18 & 19. Ooch is highly popular and has been coming into Bell for a few years. He focuses on teaching ‘life’ skills in a uniquely engaging way that the kids just love. http://oochworld.com/about.php
- WINGMASTERS – will visit Kindergardners to teach them about North American birds of prey. http://www.wingmasters.net/aboutus.htm
- PLIMOUTH PLANTATION – Pilgrims will be telling their stories to 3rd graders on December 14. https://www.plimoth.org/learn/experiences-schools
- DEBBIE MILLER – author Debbie is due to visit 1st graders to share her nature books. https://www.debbiemilleralaska.com/projects
- NE MARINE CENTER – Grade 2 will be studying soils with this team when they return again this school year on Nov 8.
- MADE IN THE SHADE – JAZZ MATH – brand new for this year. This company will be visiting grades K-3 on Monday November 20 and demonstrating how math makes music possible. http://yamass.org/our-programs/made-in-the-shade/
- FRED BOWEN – author of sports books and brother to our very own Mr Bowen, Fred will visit 3rd graders on Dec 5. http://www.fredbowen.com
- TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES – a very popular show for kids and teachers, they’ll be in to visit grades K-3 this winter. http://www.tanglewoodmarionettes.com
- VOCI ANGELICA TRIO – grade 2 will be treated to a different kind of geography lesson using folk music on February 8 2018. http://yamass.org/our-programs/voci-angelica-trio/#more-93
- PHYSICAL CHANGES OF MATTER – 2nd graders will be treated to this presentation by the Discovery Museum on January 26, 2018. http://www.discoverymuseums.org/education/traveling-science-workshops
- NEW ENGLAND PERCUSSION – Another brand new visit for this year. A musical treat for all grades K-3 on December 7. http://www.newenglandpercussion.com
- AMELIA EARHART – a biography based visit for grades 1-3 on March 2, 2018. Another new one for the year (Benjamin Franklin has visited before and always been a hit)!
- TALKING CELLO – Brand new for our Kindergardners this year. http://learningcirclepreschool.org/talking-cello/
- DISCOVERY MUSEUM – Another new unit for this year, 3rd graders will meet with the Discovery Museum to learn more about Weather & Climate to complement their classroom studies on this subject. The Discovery Museum team will be in to visit on Wednesday March 28.
- TIDEPOOLS – Kindergardners will be treated to this visit by the NE Aquarium. http://www.neaq.org/learn/for-schools-groups/traveling-education-programs/
- JAMES BRUCHAC – 2nd graders will be visited by James who focuses on North American storytelling in April-May. http://www.jamesbruchac.com/pages/home.php
- GILES LAROCHE – grade 3 will be treated to an art workshop with illustrator Giles, as part of their studies about Marblehead. http://www.gileslaroche.com/schoolWorkshops.html
- FREEDOM TRAIL – 3rd graders will enjoy an interactive history lesson! http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/book-tour/school-scholars-program.shtml
- ART QUEST – in this workshop, 3rd graders will be developing their thinking skills through observing art work on May 11. http://artquestprograms.com/index.asp
We will be posting more information on our events and news pages, in our newsletter and on our Facebook page as dates for each visit are confirmed.
The Cultural Enrichment Committee 2017-18 consisted of: Lacey Blaisdel, Annalisa Reno, Megan Patterson, Cynthia Bouvet and Kim Pyne. The team are always interested in getting help from extra pairs of hands. If you’re interested in getting involved, please email the PTO and we’ll put you in touch! Alternatively, you can approach any of the current committee directly. Email addresses and phone numbers can be found on our family contact directory.