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Enrichment Programs

Enrichment at Birch Meadow is...

  • Field trips to educational destinations.

  • Academic and social-emotional all-school presentations.

  • Visiting presenters for grade-specific programs.

  • Carefully chosen by our Birch teachers and principal.

  • Complementary to teacher-guided learning and MA curriculum frameworks.

Through Enrichment, grades 1-5 go on at least one field trip per year. Every grade including Kindergarten is provided with many wonderful in-school, curriculum-related programs and all-school assemblies and activities.

Regie Gibson poetry workshop 2019
Regie Gibson, Birch Meadow's Poet-in-Residence for the 2019-20 school year, teaches a second grade class about words, poetry, and "kenning" (an Old English poetic device that combines two nouns in interesting ways).

Enrichment is paid for…

  • Mostly by parents! $16,000 of the $17,000 PTO direct donation goal for the 2019-20 school year is allocated for Enrichment.

  • With grants whenever possible.

  • Also thanks to the generosity of some free or discounted presenters, such as the Friends of Parker Tavern and Zoo New England.

And is organized by...

  • The wonderful Birch Meadow parent volunteers on our PTO Enrichment Committee!

  • New committee members are always welcome to join us to coordinate with teachers and Principal Hendrix.

  • To become involved, share ideas, or find out more, please contact PTO Enrichment Chair Melissa Henri at birchmeadowenrichment@gmail.com.
Jessie Janowiz author visit 2019
Jessie Janowitz, author of "The Doughnut Fix," works with Birch Meadow third, fourth, and fifth graders on "What If?" story starters during an author visit presentation in November 2019.

Enrichment programs in 2019-20 are...

All-school

  • Poet-in-Residence Regie Gibson
  • Understanding Disabilities programs
  • Author days with Sarah Lynne Reul

Kindergarten

  • Tufts Traveling Treasure Trunk
  • Curious Creatures
  • “The Secret of Kindness” by Brett Outchcunis
  • Explore the Ocean World Biologist
  • Discovery Museum’s Bubbles Workshop

First Grade

  • Drumlin Farm’s “Adaptable Animals”
  • “The Secret of Kindness” by Brett Outchcunis
  • Field trip to Drumlin Farm

Second Grade

  • "All About Bats" by PEM’s Jane Winchell
  • Perkins Diversity Speaker Jaimi Lard
  • Bugworks
  • “The Secret of Kindness” by Brett Outchcunis
  • Field trip to Museum of Science

Third Grade

  • Electromagnetism program from MOS
  • Meteorologist Barry Burbank
  • Reading & writing assembly with author Jessie Janowitz
  • Field trip to Parker Tavern
  • Field trip to Lowell Mills for “Change in the Making”

Fourth Grade

  • Wind Energy Workshop from MOS
  • Reading & writing assembly with author Jessie Janowitz
  • Field trip to Stone Zoo
  • Field trip to Lowell Mills for “Yankees and Immigration”

Fifth Grade

  • Wingmasters’ Birds of Prey
  • Reading & writing assembly with author Jessie Janowitz
  • MOS Starlab
  • Field trip TBD

(all subject to change during the year)

Bats program 2019
Birch Meadow second graders investigate bat bones and more with Jane Winchell, Director of Natural History from the Peabody-Essex Museum, during her school visit in October 2019.
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