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Our 2018-19 Student Enrichment Activities

Enrichment Programs are directly funded by the PTO

*PARENTS - PLEASE NOTE* - You will learn more about the specifics of each program directly from your child’s teacher in advance of that program date.  Information from teachers will include any necessary permission slips, how many chaperones, if any, are required and how they will be selected, and other relevant details such as whether a packed snack/lunch are required.



Honey Pot Hill Orchards

When: Thursday, 27 

Who: Kindergarten 

What: The annual K trip to Honey Pot for apple picking, a hayride and some cider donuts and fresh cider to cap off a fun morning!




Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

When: Tuesday, 16

Who: Grades 1 & 2

What: “Habitat Explorations” Program – Students will observe signs of animal lives in a field, a forest, and a marsh. They will explore habitats--where animals find food, shelter, water and space--and learn about food chains and other interrelationships among plants, animals, and non-living nature within these three natural communities.


Plimoth Plantation & Wampanoag Workshop

When: Friday, 19

Who: Grade 3

What: Students will tour the 17th-Century English Village, a recreation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. In the Wampanoag Workshop, Native Museum teachers discuss their relationship to the land, respect for all living beings, and seasonal ways of life.



McAuliffe Center

When: Friday, 19

Who: Grade 5 & 6

What: “Expedition Mars” - It is the year 2076.  Humans have established a permanent settlement on the Martian moon Phobos. Daily space shuttle travels to the Martian surface carrying scientists and engineers who are exploring the surface in search for signs of ancient life. The discovery of frozen surface water has allowed scientists to break down into hydrogen and oxygen to assist in the creation of liquid fuel. With the possibility of a near asteroid collision, teams will need to remain on high alert and handle any repercussions that come along with an impact.



Discovery Museum

When: Wednesday, 24

Who: Grades PS & PK

What: “Sound” – Sound, can you hear it? Is it loud? Is it soft? What makes sound? Preschool students will delight in exploring the world of sound as they make sound toys and learn how to control pitch and volume.




New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

When: Monday, 6

Who: Grades 1 - 6


What: New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Learning in Concert Program “Resourceful Composer, Resourceful Planet”

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra follow-up classroom visits to Grades 3-6



Pumpernickel Puppets 

When: Friday, 9

Who: Grades PS, PK & K

What: "Peter Rabbit”



Harvard Museum of Natural History

When: Friday, 16

Who: Grade 4

What: "Rocks & Minerals” - Students will become geologists as they explore the

fascinating underground world of rocks and minerals.



New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

When: Monday, 19

Who: Grades 3 - 6

What: New Bedford Symphony Orchestra follow-up classroom visits




Kids on the Block
When: Friday, 18
Who: Kindergarten
What: Kids on the Block
The Kids on the Block are a group of loveable puppets who have been
entertaining and educating young audiences for three decades.  The troupe,
comprised of puppets with and without disabilities, offer kids the opportunity to
learn about specific disabilities, as well as broader themes of friendship,
community-building, the importance of expressing feelings and celebrating

Discovery Museum
When: Tuesday, 29
Who: Grades 1, 2 & 3
What: “Light & Lasers” – As students compare white light and laser light they
identify key properties including how light must be reflected in order to be seen.
 Students work with flashlights, prisms, lenses, and a variety of materials that
block, reflect, or allow light to pass through. 


Discovery Museum
When: Wednesday, 30
Who: Grades PS, PK & K

What: “Bubbles” – How long does a bubble really last? What color is a bubble?
Can you predict when a bubble will pop? Students challenge what they think they
know about bubbles as they make new observations, pose questions,
investigate, and discuss their findings. 


Discovery Museum
When: Thursday, 31
Who: Grades 4, 5, & 6
What: “Physical Changes of Matter” – Investigating the physical properties of
solids, liquids and gases has never been so much fun! In this most popular
workshop, dry ice and liquid nitrogen make learning the phase changes very
dramatic as together we change liquid water to gas, shatter flowers and rubber
bands, use a banana as a hammer, and even shrink solid metal in just a few




Eric Carle Museum

When: Thursday, 28

Who: Grades PK & K

What: “I Am An Artist” - This program engages participants in thinking about what

it means to be an artist. Using Eric Carle's work as inspiration, the group will

explore process, materials, and the often-asked question, "Where do ideas come

from?"; An optional multiple-visit program allows for a deeper exploration of Eric

Carle's process and more time for students to explore their own ideas.



Museum of Fine Arts
When: Tuesday, 5
Who: Grades 5 & 6
What: “Colonists & Revolution in Massachusetts” - The Massachusetts tour
provides a window into the American Revolution and daily life for colonists and
patriots in the 17th and 18th centuries. Students visit period rooms from both
rural and urban houses and become familiar with everyday objects. Students
also see paintings of Revolutionary leaders and the events with which they are
associated. After viewing portraits on the tour, students paint their own self-
portrait. Students consider what they can communicate through their portrait
through their choice of pose, setting, clothing, and attributes.


Drumlin Farm

When: Wednesday, 27

Who: Grades PS & PK

What: “Seasonal Discoveries ” - Explore the seasons as you observe native

wildlife and learn about their adaptations that help them to survive. Students will

join our teacher-naturalists for Springtime New Babies.



Wellesley Historical Society

When: Friday, 5

Who: Grades 3 & 4

What: “Lower Falls Then & Now” - Fitting in with the work on our local community/social studies, the WHS will talk about Wellesley's history, with particular focus on the area around St. John’s (e.g. the old mills, etc.).   There will be a short classroom presentation and then the kids will be able to look through old atlases to see what the SJS neighborhood looked like 100 years ago.  Later in the spring, each class will go on a walk around the area, looking at the old mill buildings, the Charles River, etc.

Concord Museum
When: Monday, 29
Who: Grade 5
What: “Relive 1775” Program - During this exciting program students immerse
themselves in the world of Concord families in 1775. While specifically telling the
story of April 19, 1775 and the Battle of Concord, this program also gives
students a sense of daily life in the Revolutionary period. Using pre-visit
materials, classroom teachers assign each student a role as real Concord citizen
from the Revolution.  In the course of the day the “citizens” visit the Old North
Bridge, meet a living history neighbor, explore artifacts from the Revolution
(including the 1775 Paul Revere lantern) and debate an important 1775 dilemma
in a mock Town Meeting. 



Wheelock Family Theatre

When: Thursday, 9

Who: Grades 1, 2 & 3

What: “James and the Giant Peach ” - This adaptation of Dahl’s classic story provides delicious rhymes and delightful music that triple the cherished whimsy of the original. 



Freedom Trail Walking Tour

When: Friday, 10

Who: Grades 4, 5, & 6

What: Bed Edwards will be our personal tour guide exploring the wonderful

historic sites of Boston including King’s Chapel, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church,

and all 3 burying grounds.