PTO Events

Author's Program

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!

2018-2019 School Year Author Visits include:
Michael Tougias will visited the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in October 2018. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and has co-authored 28 books. He lives in Longmeadow, MA.

Norah Dooley will visit the Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students in March 2019. Dooley is a storyteller, educator, creator of StoriesLive®, a high school storytelling curriculum and story slam program, and a critically acclaimed children’s author. She lives in Brookline, MA.

Programs such as these are possible by the generous contributions to the PTO by the Conant families. Thank you!

Craft Fair

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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 2018-2019 School Year offers many exciting enrichment opportunities for our students, including:

  • October: Tanglewood Marriottes: Hansel and Gretel (K-4th Graders)
  • March: Tanglewood Marionettes: Peseus and Medusa (4-6th Graders)
  • May: Bubblemania: Science, Art & Comedy (K-3rd Graders)

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.
  • …and more!

The cultural enrichment committee would like to thank all our families for their support in helping us bringing these wonderful programs to the children.

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