Addison has many great enrichment programs for our students, thanks to the help of our wonderful parent volunteers! PTA-funded student programs are free for all students. The noon art, chorus and science programs are free for all 1st – 5th graders. (Kinders are also welcome to attend art and science programs under the supervision of a parent due to lunch time scheduling).
A chance to learn a little something or just get busy and create! Enjoy collaborative projects, creative reuse of materials and just plain fun. Offered on alternate Fridays (schedule subject to change; check the Addison calendar for dates).
Come sing with us! Each Wednesday during lunch recess children in 1st-5th grades meet to learn new songs and sing old favorites. The chorus performs several concerts throughout the year, including one field trip to the Channing House. No tryouts or singing experience required.
On select Tuesdays at noon throughout the year the Noon Science parent volunteers set up an interactive program demonstrating simple science lessons around a theme. Popular past themes have included “Explosions,” when we set off a Mentos-in-Coke fountain, Alka-Seltzer pops, and a rocket; or “Robotics,” when the Paly High Robotics team brought their award-winning robot and the students built their own simple brushbot robots. Our goal is to get students excited about hands-on science. Check the Addison calendar for dates.
The PTA sponsors educational and entertaining speakers at student assemblies several times per year. Past speakers include:
- Percussion performance by Crosspulse body music
- “Oscar and the Last Straw”, a piece on bullying by Theatreworks
Karen Gedig Burnett, author of “Simon’s Hook”
- Native American dancers
Birthday Book Club
Addison students can celebrate their birthdays by choosing a special Birthday Book at the Addison library. Their birthday book will be marked with a sticker with the child’s name on it.
At the end of every year, Addison hosts a Field Day where kids engage in free play activities and class relay races. This event relies heavily on parent volunteers to help man the activity stations.
Partnership with Children’s Theater
Every other year Addison partners with the Palo Alto Children’s Theater to stage a children’s performance as part of their Outreach Productions Program. The PTA provides funding for this program, and PTA volunteers work with PACT to organize rehearsals and provide supervision during rehearsals and performances.