Artist in Residence (AiR)
The Artist in Residence Program strives to bring outside artists into the school for a special program with each grade annually —be it theater, art, poetry, or dance. We love to inspire our kids with fresh takes on creativity! Typically each grade has its own program which supports the grade’s curriculum. Examples of the AiR program are the kindergarten play which includes drumming and movement; ceramic butterfly baths for our garden to support our Monarch Way Station status; and a published book of poetry for our budding 2nd grade poets. In 2014 we did a school-wide AiR project in which each grade created its own painted mural, illustrating the words to CHB’s school song. Take a look at these colorful and joyous murals as you use any of the stairwells throughout the school!
After School Enrichment (ASE)
When: Two sessions – Fall: October – December; and Spring: February – April
The goal of the ASE program is to provide our families with a quality, low-cost after school enrichment class alternative. All students are encouraged to enroll; tuition assistance is available upon request. Classes are taught by our teachers as well as by instructors who teach in many of the other ASE programs in the district. To entice our eager learners, classes are fun and interactive — we’ve offered everything from tennis to music video production to chess to animal science.
The PTA assists our teachers with finding exciting school assemblies for each grade throughout the year. Some examples have included a visit from an expert in Lenape Indian history and culture; a dramatic performance on Thomas Edison; a Music Technology demonstration; a workshop on exploring body language and drama with masks, and more!
In conjunction with CHB’s strong focus on reading and writing, the Visiting Author program gives our children an opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of authors and illustrators throughout the year. Visiting Authors come to the school to read and discuss their books with the children to help them gain a deeper understanding of their inspiration, creative process, subject matter and more. The Visiting Author team works with teachers and school administration to find authors who have written about subjects meaningful to each grade’s curriculum, as well as relevant social and developmental topics.