The Mattapoisett PTA is pleased to announce a special combined workshop event for the 2nd Grade!

I am especially excited about coordinating these two workshops. One of the delights of being the Chair of Arts & Humanities is sharing the things you love with the students.

Last March, Lyn Littlefield Hoopes and Karen Chace were at Center School on the same day. Lyn was coaxing synonyms and descriptive imagery from our second graders in her poetry workshop while Karen was entertaining our first grade students with her mesmerizing stories. Afterwards, I spoke with both women about the importance of poetry and storytelling in our lives.

Lyn Littlefield HoopesLyn’s workshop has become a staple in my yearly scheduling for the second grade. The first year I sat in on it, I was amazed how she captivated a classroom of eight year-olds, got them to brainstorm and create inspired poetry. Watching Karen, it was obvious to me she knew her audience and was able to keep them at the edge of their giddy seats.  Afterwards, I learned that Karen also offered a Storytelling Workshop and the gears started turning.

Karen is coming in this Friday to once again tell stories to our first grade. Lyn will be doing her magic on Thursday and Friday morning. In two weeks, with poems fresh on the walls, Karen will come back and explore basic storytelling skills with our lucky second grade.

I am also proud that I received a grant from our Mattapoisett Cultural Council to help fund these workshops. I hope that the students enjoy the workshops and perhaps begin a love of words, whether they are written or spoken or both.

Debra Nettles
Arts & Humanities Chair

Mass Cultural CouncilThis program is organized by the PTA Arts & Humanities and is made possible by generous donations and funding from the PTA fundraisers throughout the year and is supported in part by a grant from the Mattapoisett Cultural Council,a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

“The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is necessary in every aspect of life – whether you are telling a story, applying for a job, conveying an opinion within a workspace or writing a grant, one needs to capture the attention of the audience in an interesting and concise manner.”


LynHoopes3Lyn Littlefield Hoopes: Poetry Workshop

Thursday, March 24th
8:45 – 10:15   Mrs. Custadio
10:30 – 12:00  Mrs. Renna

Friday, March 25th
8:45 -10:15  Mrs. Lesniaski
10:30 – 12:00  Mrs. Barry     

Ms. Hoopes begins her workshop by sharing a few of her poems and their inspiration. The students then collaborate to create a class poem, learning strategies for brainstorming, imagining and structuring a poem and then write their own poems inspired by photos Ms. Hoopes has taken in nature.

Lyn Littlefield Hoopes, MA Children’s Literature, MFA Children’s Literature, Poetry, is the author of a number of picture books including “Wing A Ding,” “Freefall,” and “The Unbeatable Bread” (Parent’s Choice Gold Award for Story Books, Bookseller’s Pick of the Best Spring Children’s Books, and Junior Library Guild Selection).


Karen ChaseKaren Chace: Storytelling Workshop

Monday, April 11th
10:45 – 12:15
Mrs. Custadio & Mrs. Renna

Tuesday, April 12th
10:45 – 12:15
Mrs. Lesniaski & Mrs. Barry

Mrs. Chace will explore the basic storytelling skills, visualization techniques, gestures and body language, stage presence and more! This is a supportive and fun workshop for students who would like to learn a bit about the art of oral tradition, how they can use these skills in life to enhance their public speaking skills and overcome stage fright.

Karen Chase has been teaching workshops for 13 years. Some of her recent awards and professional development include: 2014 NSN StoryBridge Award for contribution to the Storytell Listserv, 2011 Recipient NSN’S Oracle Award for Service and Leadership: Northeast Region, 2009 Recipient LANES Brother-Blue – Ruth Hill Award, Treasurer: LANES Executive Board 2002-2004 and 2014 to present, Producer: Story Café  ArtWorks, New Bedford, MA; monthly adult storytelling series 2008 to 2011.

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