Johnson Park’s P.T.O. Residencies
Most of your P.T.O. dues are utilized to fund a robust group of arts, history and science residencies. Our students work directly with specialists to enrich their classroom experiences. Thank you to all parents who support these residences through your P.T.O. dues and participation in the P.T.O.’s fundraising activities. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Planned 2012-13 Residencies
All grades: Naturalist (Roberta Hunter). Hands-on, interdisciplinary program integrating the JP campus and Stony Brook into the school’s curriculum. Full year.
All grades: Garden (Wendy Parker). Hands-on, interdisciplinary program integrating the JP garden into the school’s curriculum. Full year.
Pre-K/ LLD class/ K: Music Together (PTO supplements grant funding). Weekly sessions incorporating songs, rhythmic rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, and movement activities. Full year.
Grades K and 1 plus all-school assembly: Rhythmic Connections (Mary Knysh). Students get in touch with their inner musician through improvisation tools and techniques. Program includes an exploration of the musical heritage and traditions of many lands. February, March and three days in May.
Grade 1: Lenape Lifeways. Students learn about traditional Lenape culture. Includes stories and touchable objects and artifacts, including authentic clothing, tools, musical instruments, artwork, masks and games. November.
Grades K and 2: Creative Writing (Dar Hosta). Children compose and illustrate poems, working alongside an author/illustrator to build creativity and confidence. March (two days).
Grade 2: Performance Workshop (Christine Colosimo). Integrated arts project – students read multiple versions of a story such as Peter and the Wolf, use music to retell the story, express the story in art class, and explore movement to tell the story. Students integrate all elements together in a performance (30 hours and 3 assemblies). Fall.
Grade 3: Colonial Dancing (Christine Colosimo). Students learn the Virginia Reel, the Quadrille and a Jig and are taught the history of those dances. May (three days and Colonial Fair).
Grade 3 and Mrs. Park’s class: Poetry (Luray Gross). Workshops encourage students to discover the magic in language. January (four days).
Grade 4: Immigration. Students research their families’ immigration histories and develop narratives around them, culminating in an evening performance. May (approx. eight days).
Grade 5: McCarter Theater. Students will read a children’s version of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, learn acting techniques, and complete related writing assignments; students will perform the play in a school-wide assembly and in an evening performance. Spring (approx. one month).