Enrichment Info

The Linscott Rumford PTO Enrichment Program is collaboration between the parent and teacher communities to broaden our children’s appreciation of the arts and science.  Enrichment works to bring programming into the schools to enrich and enhance the school curriculum. This is achieved through School-Wide Assembly Programs and Grade Appropriate Assembly Programs that welcome professional musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, scientists and authors.
If you have any questions or recommendation please contact linscott.rumford.pto@gmail.com. Your ideas are welcomed!  
2014-2015 Enrichment and Field Trips Programs

Weather - Barry Burbank

Thursday, Oct 23rd 2014 - Grade 4 and 5 11am-12:30pm in Library

My presentations are usually geared toward the level of 4th-6th grade and I generally spend 75-90 minutes at schools where the audience size is 100-200 students. I will be talking about winter weather forecasting in terms of the various types of winter precipitation plus a segment on tornadoes if there is time.


Friday, Oct 24, 2014 - 9am Grades K-2 and 10am Grades 3-5

In a faraway world with castles, kings, dragon keepers, ice sorceresses, and a powerful item known as the Horn of Fire, two villagers must take a daring journey to release the dragons and save the entire kingdom! Join us as we learn about the science of fire and ice through the tale of "Dragons & Dreams." Wouldn't dragon's breath be an amazing sight to see?! Well, get ready to see it ... feel it ... smell it ... maybe even taste it! This story features interactive science experiments with dry ice, flash paper, exploding bottles, and much more. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a world where dragons are real and dreams come true — and where only the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale!

MWRA- Massachusetts Water Resource Authority

The mission of the MWRA School Education Program is to educate teachers and students about the public health significance of water supply and wastewater treatment, including source protection, treatment and distribution of drinking water and the environmental benefits of a state of the art wastewater treatment facility.

Monday, October 27, 2014

8:30-9:15 5B

9:30-10:15 5R

pH Activity – Questions answered during this presentation include…How does the MWRA treat drinking water?…What makes water safe to drink?…What is lead and how does it present a problem in drinking water supply systems? Using gloves and goggles, students will work in groups to measure the pH of drinking water.

Recommended grade level: 5-8. (Because of the materials needed and the hands-on component, classes cannot be combined for this presentation)

10:30-11:15 2P

11:30-12:15 2B

Drawing the System – students are introduced to the water delivery system. Using crayons and large paper rolled out in the middle of the classroom, students work together to create a map connecting pipes to buildings in their community. Recommended grade level: 2 & 3. (Space is needed to roll out a 25’ piece of butcher block paper with students on both sides of the paper, classes can be combined but, space is needed for each class to have their own piece of paper. Each student needs crayons, markers and/or colored pencils for this presentation)

12:45-1:30 All of Grade 4

Down the Drain – an interactive presentation that answers the questions: What is wastewater?…Where does it come from?…Where does it go? The 30“ X 40” presentation boards depict each stage of the wastewater treatment process. Props are velcroed to the boards to show what get stopped along the way. Students see actual samples of wastewater as it progresses through the system. Recommended grade level: 4 –12. More information and terminology is introduced with the upper grades. (Classes may be combined for this presentation)

1:40-2:25 All of Grade K

The Day the Water Stopped – sparks the curiosity and awareness of the importance of water in daily lives of the students. After reading this big book to the students, the work pages provided are to act as a springboard for discussion, a catalyst for dramatic interpretation, or maybe even a hunt at home with Mom and Dad to discover things that use water. Recommended grade levels: K-2.(Classes may be combined for this presentation)


Abe Lincoln - Character actor
Fri, Nov 7, 2014- All Grades 9am
Historical Perspectives for Children presents strong, character role models to students in grades K-8 by portraying the lives of famous women and men in history whose stories tie into the social studies, science and language arts curricula. Each character's life is dramatically reenacted from childhood through adulthood, allowing children to see the process they went through to achieve their goals.
Gift of Magi and famous folklore - with hot cocoa and cookies
Fri, Dec 12, 2014- All Grades 9am

We’ve scoured the globe for short stories to celebrate the spirit of the season. In O’Henry’s tale The Gift of the Magi, your students will learn about putting others first. From the Indian folktale The Drum, your students will learn about generosity and the power of giving. Our rendition of Stone Soup stresses the value of sharing and helping others. This is the perfect compliment to your character-education and literary celebrations at the most wonderful time of the year.

National Geographic North America Giant Map

Mon, Feb 23rd - Fri, March 6th

National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps are enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tools for introducing geography and map reading skills to students, grades K-8. What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a basketball court-sized map of a continent on which they can explore, travel from country to country, hop around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun?
National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps, produced by National Geographic Live, tour the country’s schools, bringing hands- and feet-on geography education to hundreds of thousands students each year. Designed to promote geographic literacy by igniting interest in geography, the maps and accompanying activities incorporate physical movement and games to teach students place names, physical geography, and cultural geography as well as map reading skills. 

STARLAB Planetarium
Fri, Feb 27, 2015-Grade 5 and Grade 2 (4 programs)

Students learn about the night sky as they are challenged to make observations and think like scientists both inside and outside the STARLAB (inflatable planetarium). They explore how stars are different from one another and learn to recognize star patterns in the sky from cultures around the world. In an immersive activity, students use binoculars to better understand how we learn about the cosmos.

Top Secret Science - Hands on experiments
Fri, Jan 9, 2015 - 9am Grade K (Physical Science)

Fri, Jan 16, 2015- 9am Grade 1(Physical Science)

Fri, Feb 13, 2015-9am Grade 2 (Technology and Engineering)

Fri, Feb 27, 2015-9am Grade 3 (Simple Machines)

Fri, Mar 27, 2015-9am Grade 3 (Magnets)

Fri, April 10, 2015 -9am Grade 5 (Electricity)

Fri, June 5, 2015- 9am Grade 4 (Forms of Sound, Light and Energy)

We have programs that meet and exceed all National Science Standards at each grade cluster level. There are four strands for each cluster and include earth and space science, life science (biology), physical sciences (physics and chemistry), and technology/engineering. Because of our hands-on approach with lots of make and take home projects we work exclusively in all the strands except the life sciences.


Friday, March 6, 2015 9:15am and 10:24am Grade 1

This program is designed for audiences ages six and older. Our goal is to teach students new ways to observe, understand and appreciate invertebrates. Invite us to your school to kick off an insect unit, or bring us in at the end and let your students impress us with their bug knowledge! Either way, we provide an interactive program with live animals that students and teachers will find educational and memorable. All Bugworks programs are tailored to individual grade levels. When teaching older students, we use insects as the central focus to cover a variety of topics in biology, including ecology, evolution, and taxonomy.


IMAX Theatres Space Station 3D - Jordan's

Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:30am Grade 2 and 4

The first 3D live-action film to be shot in space. Using advanced 3D-technology, the film depicts the greatest engineering happening since a man landed on the Moon in 1969. Amongst these is the on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station as it travels 220 miles above the Earth at the speed of 17,500 mph. The film also has included sequences that portray the force of a rocket launch, as well as a look into the depths of space. You will experience life in zero gravity, and accompany the astronauts on a space walk. The film was an immense success in theaters in 2002, and is the highest grossing film ever not release in more than 100 theaters at the same time.


Adventure Africa

Fri, March 20th, 2015 9am and 1pm Grades K-2

Children gather around Gail to hear stories and view photographs of children in an East African village; discovering their diet, homes, clothing, pastimes, daily chores and school day.  They touch upon the important need for clean water which is in short supply.  Then venture beyond the perimeter of a rural town onto the savanna and encounter animal offspring and their parents – lion, elephant, gazelle and lizard.  Gail presents a colorful visual display, sound recordings of African children in school and animals in the bush, plus clothing, jewelry, work tools and other artifacts to try on and explore.  Let’s count from one to ten in Kiswahili.  Children are fascinated to learn about a different place and culture. And, they will be surprised by things we have in common!    

Explore the Ocean
Wed, March 11, 2015 - 8:30, 9:30 Grade K

The students will have a chance to experience, hands on, creatures from the Gulf of Maine salt marsh, rocky shore, and the deep sea.

Curious Creatures
June 12, 2015 11am - Grades K and 1
Map Lady
Susan Pietrantoni - Creative Enrichment Educational Services
Mon-Wed, June 1-3 - Grade 2, 3,4
Field trip to the Franklin Park Zoo
Tues, June 2, 2015 - Grade 1
Field trip on the Spirit of Boston
Tues, June 9, 2015 10:00am - Grade 5
Field trip to Ipswich River Wildlife
Wed, June 17, 2015 - Grade 1
Field trip to Fenway Park Tour
Friday, June 19, 2015 10:30am - Grade 5
Enrichment and Field Trip Programs for 2013-2104
Prismatic Laser Show - LASER TEAM Anti-Bullying Program
Take on bullying with lasers! Laser Team is an exciting anti-bullying program that combines fun, interactive teambuilding exercises, positively-themed popular music, and dazzling laser illustrations to promote school-wide teamwork. The key character attributes that are emphasized are respect, integrity, generosity, honesty, and truth. Students learn why engaging in bullying and cyberbullying, or simply standing by when someone else is being bullied, is wrong and how it undermines the team to everyone’s detriment. By using lasers to create a visually exciting and dynamic learning environment, Laser Team is ideal for today's highly visually-oriented students ensuring that this anti-bullying message makes a lasting impact for the entire school year.
Grade: All Grades
Date Scheduled: Friday, September 27, 2013

Nstar Radio Disney - Energy Pursuit
NSTAR and Radio Disney have collaborated on a great, high energy, educational and interactive game show for school children in grades 3 to 6.
Grades: Grade 3-5 9:30 and 10:30
Date Scheduled: Thursday, October 3, 2013

We love to visit classrooms, schools,  and other educational groups. We typically fill a class period- and can either do one class, a few, or an assembly style visit. We talk about what the robots do, who works on robots, what sort of things go into technology and of course show off the robots.
Grades - 4-5
Date Scheduled: Friday, October 25, 2013

Hampstead Stage Company - A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a story that is both timeless and universal. It is the delightful tale of the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Through visits from the spirits of the season, Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas. In this charming tale, we hope to educate the students about the class system of Victorian England and encourage them to help others that are less fortunate than they are.
Grade: All Grades
Date Scheduled: Friday, December 20, 2013

Pioneer Living
Journey Back In Time is a traveling hands-on museum that comes to your school so that students can experience "Pioneer Living." Six different Learning Centers with their historical displays and hands-on stations provide for this field trip at your school, turning your multi-purpose room into a pioneer settlement. All of the students have the chance to do all of the activities (gold rush learning center, children's learning center, Ma and Pa's learning center, clothing learning center, kitchen learning center, handcrafts learning center).
Grades: All Grades
Date Scheduled: Friday, Feb 7, 2014
Explore the Ocean
The students will have a chance to experience, hands on, creatures from the Gulf of Maine salt marsh, rocky shore, and the deep sea.
Grades: Grade K
Date Scheduled: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Wizard of Oz           American Theater Arts for Youth - Boston     Grade 3     Wed, May 5, 2014 10AM
Henry & Mudge           Chris Brown Presents - Lowell                         
Grade 1 & 2     Thurs, April 3, 2014 9:30AM
Jeff Nathan - CurricuLaughs (January 8 + 9)
CurricuLaughs, a unique set of hysterically entertaining children’s assemblies that focus on EDUCATION THROUGH HUMOR. They get the right-brain to help the left-brain to open up and learn. Children, while learning poetry and language arts lessons from a different angle, see these new educational adventures as “hilarious” and “fun” while teachers and administrators are no less ecstatic about their educational value.

Top Secret Science Guy (starting in Jan)
Grades K - Physical Science
Grades 1 - Physical Science 
Grades 2 - States of Matter
Grade 3 -  Magnets
Grade 3 - Simple Machines
Grade 4 - Forms of Sound, Light and Energy
Grade 5 - Electricity

Curious Creatures(May 30th Grades K-1)
Education hands-on program on ten to twelve different species always including a baby alligator and a really big snake! Discussion will focus on how the animals presented effect our environment and how we as a population can preserve them for the future. It will also cover each animal's special characteristics that allow them to survive in our ever changing environment. 
Map Lady 978-725-8515 (June 2nd)
Susan Pietrantoni - Creative Enrichment Educational Services
GRADE 2, 3 AND 4 
Hands on History – American Revolution (June 18th)
Learn everything you ever wanted to learn about the Minuteman era. Hold colonial instruments and weaponry, wear clothing in Revolutionary War style, touch lamps, drinking cups, pens, documents and other items you've only seen before in history books.
Try on uniforms for various regiments. Hold colonial instruments and weaponry, wear clothing in Revolutionary War style, touch lamps, drinking cups, pens, documents and other items you've only seen before in history books. 
Mr. Cormier captures the audience with lots of interesting facts and storytelling, he explains the purpose of the coloring of the uniforms and how each article of clothing matches what each person does in the war. At the end of the presentation, students are allowed to handle any and all of the artifacts. 
Grade 5
Historical Perspectives – Ben Franklin, Abe Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Clara Barton

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