The Sanborn Enrichment Programs and funded 100% by the PTO. Our Enrichment Chairs work closely with classroom teams to offer enrichment opportunities for our children—about 50% of our budget goes toward classroom enrichment programs that are not part of the regular school curriculum

We are looking for parent photographers to assist in taking pictures at the Enrichment Events so we can share the memories on-line in a photo album (it's a great way to get a head start on the 5th grade year books!). If you would be interesting in helping out please reach out to the Krista Newman.

Grade Representatives: 
Kindergarten: Karyn Sibbernsen 
First Grade: Katie Tedesco 
First Grade: Tricia Rich 
Second Grade: Kim Millien 
Third Grade: Rebecca Bernardin 
Fourth Grade: Lauren Annarelli 
Fifth Grade: Kristen DeAngelo 
Fifth Grade: Jen Baden

Enrichment Chair: Krista Newman 

Kindergarten Programs:

Wingmaster - Birds of Prey

[Visiting April 10, 2019] Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means "to seize"). Raptors can also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and our presentation, which incorporates five live birds, gives an overview of these different categories. The program is designed to explain predation, the birds' place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that we care for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future.

Drumlin Farm - Worms!

[Visiting in May 2019] Kids will learn the important roll of worms in the environment

First Grade Programs:

Discovery Museums Weather Program

[Visiting in December 2018] Young meteorologists understand the important role weather plays in daily life as they engage in the practice of science and engineering by developing tools for forecasting and observing day to day changes and seasonal patterns over time.

Museum of Science - Animal Habitats

[Visiting in May 2019] In this presentation, students use inference to determine the ideal place for an animal to live. We bring up to three live animals for students to observe, and we look for clues that determine their ideal shelter and food. Based on the information collected, students are challenged to pick a suitable habitat for each animal. Students also have the opportunity to touch assorted skins, bones, and feathers so they can actually feel some of the characteristics that help these animals survive.

Second Grade Programs:

Discovery Museum - Physical Change Matter

​[Visiting in December 2018] 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 seconds.

The Map Lady

[Visiting in January 2019] "The Magic of Maps" program integrates map making with grade level social studies curriculum. 

Susan Pietrantoni the map lady

Museum of Science - Life Cycle Presentation 

[Visiting in May 2019] In this presentation, students learn how living things grow, change, and reproduce. We bring three different living things that showcase a variety of life cycles found in the living world. Through the use of observations and media resources, students compare life cycles involving egg development, live birth, metamorphosis, and plant development in different species. Students demonstrate the process of metamorphosis using a transforming costume and have the opportunity to explore life cycles further by engaging with touchable materials and activities at exploration tables

Third Grade Programs:

Live Owl Programs - "Windows on Wildlife with raptor"

[May 2019] Join us and discover the wonderful world of raptors. Our programs include an engaging powerpoint presentation, live birds of prey, and an assortment of "touchable" artifacts that are woven together into a compelling story about life in the wild.

Historical Perspectives

[Fall 2019] Excellent program for instilling within children the value of helping others in need. Her story also ties directly into Civil War studies, community service, and reinforces the importance of reading and getting a good education to achieve your personal goals and dreams.From the time she was old enough to be a nurse within her own family, Clara’s life was dedicated to helping others. She accepted no pay as she taught poor children whose parents had no money to send them to school. She raised warehouses full of food, medicine and clothing during the Civil War, and then courageously went to the front to nurse the wounded and dying. Finally she started the American Red Cross which is her legacy today.

Fourth Grade Programs:

​Museum of Science - Geology - Rock Detectives

[December 13, 2018] In this hands-on workshop, students explore the different types of rocks and how they form over geologic time. Working as a team, students identify various rocks and minerals through observations and experiments. For a finale, they figure out how a particular rock formation has changed over millions of years.

Museum of Science - Motion Forces and Energy

[February 12, 2019] This presentation includes demonstrations and experiments to explore how motion is a form of energy and how we can use forces to change an object’s motion. We’ll use the energy stored in a bungee cord to launch a student-ridden cart across the room, transfer the energy from a spinning wheel to make a student spin round and round, and use student energy and force to lift a teacher using a giant lever.

Fifth Grade programs:

Museum of Science - Star Lab Upper Elementary

[December 21, 2018] In this immersive program, students explore the model sky as it changes due to the effects of Earth’s rotation and orbit. They also observe the Moon in its current phase and discuss how it changes over time. Later, they learn which planets are currently visible, how to find them, and the reasons for the current controversy over how a planet is defined.

Museum of Science - Weather: Wind, Water & Temperature

[December 21, 2018] This presentation demonstrates how atmospheric phenomena interact with each other to create the weather we experience every day. Students watch a hot air balloon launch toward the ceiling, pressurize a tank to create enough wind to power a cannon, and see a cloud form before their eyes.

Artist in Residence - Mr. Corey

[Winter 2018-2019] Corey DePina is a skilled Rapper and workshop leader who hosts Boston’s largest and longest running all age open one mic event: Critical Breakdown. His work as a facilitator for local and national non profits and community centers has earned him numerous awards including the 2008 Good Neighbor Award from East Boston’s NOAH, the 2008 Community Leadership Award from Jamaica Plains Hyde Square Task Force, the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the 2014 Best Initiative, Best Youth Worker of the Year.

All School Programs:

Author Ralph Masiello

[January 29, 2019]  Ralph will host (5) one-hour age appropriate programs per day and provide enough drawings so each classroom gets their own to keep!

Suzy Becker "Kids Make the World Better"

[January 30, 2019] Kids Make It Better (Grades 1 – 4)
Interactive Assembly: Students learn how an idea became the Kids Make It Better book. Along the way, they find out what motivates Suzy and some of their peer-activists to make the world better. Then they write and draw their solutions to a world problem. Inspired by the work they have done and heard about, students make individual commitments (big or small) to change their world.

Suzy Becker "Cartoon Along"

[January 31, 2019] (Grades 3 – 5)

Interactive Assembly: With the help of dueling projectors (PowerPoint and an old-fashioned overhead) and a series of creative exercises, Suzy gets students thinking like cartoonists. Then they imagine their own characters and finally create their own panel or strip cartoons using the thinking and characters they have developed. Writing-cartooning workshop (up to 25, one to three days): Students create character stick-puppets to help them focus on dialog, character and plot development as they create their own comics. Comics are collected in a classroom comic book. Over three days, students can create individual comic books or graphic novellas.

Matt Tavares

[January 29, 2019] Matt shows his rough drafts, complete with all his editor's marks. He shows photographs he took of his friends and family, posing for different illustrations; the sketches he brought to my editor and art director; the sketches that he needed to redo a few times; and the final drawings. Each presentation ends with a drawing demonstration and question time.