Archive for April 4th, 2019


Charlotte’s Web

April 4, 2019

Bowdoinham Community School

Bowdoinham Community School will present an adaptation of E.B. White’s classic tale Charlotte’s Web on Saturday, April 6 for two public performances at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Charlotte’s Web: We Are All Connected was created by 4th and 5th grade students working from E.B. White’s original text, led by professional teaching artist and theatre program coordinator Dana Legawiec. Students have been meeting after school since January to share their favorite recollections of the story, write and improvise favorite scenes, design sets, props and costumes, and share their perspectives on what this beloved tale of rural life and childhood means to them.  The 4th and 5th grade students created an expansive theatrical world with enough characters and scenes to accommodate a cast of over sixty children from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Two free community performances take place Saturday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for pre-show art-making and community building activities for all ages. Parking and seating are limited, so audiences are advised to carpool and to arrive early. Donations will be accepted to support extracurricular Arts programming at Bowdoinham Community School.  Bowdoinham Community School is located at 23 Cemetery Road in Bowdoinham.

“Friendship,” “Loyalty,” “Sacrifice.” 

“How we all have to take care of each other.”

“Growing up;” “Getting old.” 


This is what the story of Charlotte’s Web means to the children at Bowdoinham Community School.

What does it mean to you?


Pull a Poem Out of Your Pocket

April 4, 2019

Add some poetry or more poetry

Considering what to do to celebrate National Poetry Month with your students? Check this great idea out. It combines creativity, theater, poetry and much more. CLICK HERE to read the article found on Curriculum Matters blog, written by Brenda Iasevoll on April 27, 2018.


Pen Pals Pilot Program

April 4, 2019

PEER 2018:  5th Grade Painting Pen Pals Pilot Program

Lynda Leonas has been a Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader since 2015, Phase 5. It was great to hear about her work at Walton School that is connecting her students with others.
5th grade students from Mrs. Breau’s class at Walton School in Auburn, Maine, began a trial practice run of the painting pen pal program on November 8 during a 30-minute art class with their art teacher, Lynda Leonas. Each student inspired personal responses and program feedback from music and art educators, teaching artists, and members of the Maine Arts Commission during the November MALI Critical Friends Day at the Viles House in Augusta. Students were thrilled with the responses they received and hope to meet their practice partners one day!
Elementary schools in Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties will participate in a larger practice run of this peer student painting exchange this coming spring. We hope to define and direct any technical adjustments necessary in creating a simple large scale painting pen pal exchange and exhibit for teachers and students within the State of Maine. Each grade 5 student will create a painting within an open choice painting studio environment. The painting will be exchanged with a student in another school district. Each participant will reflect upon key ideas and emotions expressed within the art work they receive and respond with his/her own personal interpretation to create visual conversations!
Students and teachers will expand their communities without leaving their classroom throughout the Painting Pen Pals process. Students will access and upload paintings, reflections, and literary responses in the form of poetry into a WIKI site creating an online exhibit while art and classroom teachers upload formative assessments, enrichment activities, and their own painting pen pal works! Our goal is for all peer partnerships to meet in person at a culminating exhibit of their completed works.
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