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Cultural Arts Programs

Below is a sampling of the cultural arts programs our students will experience this year. Without your support through memberships, events, and volunteering, these programs would not be possible. Thank you for your support throughout the year! These programs are sponsored by the support of the NES PTA and others where noted.

OTTO for Kindergarten

The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education’s most popular program for early elementary age children is “Otto the Auto.” Standing three feet tall, the remote-controlled talking vehicle can blink his eyes, turn on his headlights, and spin in circles while engaging children in fun and memorable traffic safety activities.

Otto teaches children the importance of buckling up, wearing bicycle helmets and looking all ways before crossing the street.

Otto’s voice is provided by an out-of- sight operator using a headset which allows them to heareverything around Otto. The success of this program is attributed to the innovative way in whichOtto presents safety awareness. It is a lively, upbeat presentation, mesmerizing children and leaving behind many great memories about safety.

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Poetry Residency with Laura Shovan for Grade 3 (May 2018)

We are proud to welcome Laura Shovan back for our poetry residency for our third graders!  This year marks our 12th year with Laura and the Poetry Residency!  She will work with every third grade class four times.  Thank you to the Maryland State Arts Council for providing an Artist-in- Residence Grant that will fund half the cost of this residency!  At the end of the residency, third grade parents are invited to an OPEN HOUSE. 

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Zoomobile for Grades 1 & 2

The 50-minute ZOOmobile programs listed below are designed for lower elementary audiences. Each program features age-appropriate, interactive activities and live animal presentations.

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Owl Outreach/Howard County Conservancy for Grade 3 

The Howard County Conservancy will bring an owl to our school to teach our third graders! This interactive program will focus on owls of Maryland, their role in the ecosystem, defense mechanisms and the behavioral and physical characteristics that help owls survive.

New Moon Theater or Mary Ann Jung for Grade 4 

Our fourth graders will journey through history and learn about the women whose courage and conviction helped shape Maryland and influence our nation. 

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Christylez Bacon/Human Beatbox TBA 

GRAMMY nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist combines rhyming, storytelling and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation to deliver a message of cultural acceptance & unification blending traditional elements of musical styles from jazz to hip-hop. 

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Northfield Elementary School
9125 Northfield Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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