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Devon Elementary School Cultural Arts Program Guide 2019-2020

Each year, the DES PTO Cultural Arts Committee arranges and sponsors programs to enhance our students’ experience of arts, culture, literature, history and science through live performances and interactive workshops. Selected with input from faculty and staff, the programs are designed to enrich the curriculum and provide exposure to a range of subjects and artistic expression. The Cultural Arts budget is funded by our ongoing PTO fundraising efforts.

To learn more about DES Cultural Arts and how to get involved, please contact Dawn Mohr & Sarabeth Krulock;



October 8 – Tuesday



  10:00 AM – LGR


The Franklin Institute – How to Build a Storm: The Weather Show – Debra Crow

Lightning, twisters and hail, oh my! This show reveals the science of weather… to the extreme.  Where does our weather comes from and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore lightning and thunder… and even create snow!  We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!


November 1 – Friday



  9:40 AM – Cafeteria


Workshops follow in LGR – times TBD


The Bee Man – “Dancin’ with the Honeybees”  – Cliff Sunflower

Cliff Wright-Sunflower is a master beekeeper, environmental educator, storyteller and performer. Using honeybees as his focus, Cliff teaches concepts, facts and ideas about the Ecology of the natural world through this assembly/workshop program. He uses storytelling, poetry, prose, puppetry, music, dance and participatory theatre followed by the “Bee Touch Me Museum” lab program to reinforce the science concepts presented in the main assembly.


November 13 – Wednesday




  9:25 AM – Gr. K-2

10:25 AM – Gr. 3 & 4

– 45 minute assemblies


Fall DELTA Block Booking – Cello Fury

Connecting with children and sharing the joys of music with the next generation continues to be an important aspect of our musical career. Having started the study of the cello in public elementary school strings programs, we value the importance of arts education and strive to give back to the community. A cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a drummer, Cello Fury’s original music combines the symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats. Each band member is a highly skilled musician with years of training.


December 20 – Friday


Kindergarten LGR

  AM Kindergarten:  10:45

  PM Kindergarten:    1:15

45 minute assemblies


Mother Goose – Alphabet Rhymes

Traditional nursery rhymes recited by Mother Goose herself!  Kindergarteners hear a rhyme for each letter of the alphabet and work on phonemic awareness. Students participate in story and action rhymes, and Mother Goose always brings along her stuffed goose for the children to pet!


January 23 – Thursday



  9:30 AM – LGR

Full Day Workshops

– 30 minute sessions by class


Chinese Celebration – Master Hou-Tien Cheng, Master Paper Cutter

Dressed in a traditional Chinese robe and hat, Master Cheng will demonstrate the amazing and ancient art of Chinese Paper Cutting by creating a work for each of our 2nd graders.  The art of paper cutting dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 6th century when paper was invented. Red cut-outs added color to snow-covered landscapes and cutouts were also used as patterns for intricate needle and lacquer work


March 5 – Thursday


    2:25 PM – Cafeteria

– One 50-minute assembly


George and Martha Washington – interpreted by John Lopes and Carol Spacht

The assembly, entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness”, incorporates the Declaration of Independence while discussing King George and his colonies, taxation without representation, women in war, and Military muster.