Fourth-grade students at F.E. Bellows Elementary School worked with performers from Cirque du Jour for a week to master a variety of circus tricks. They showed off their newly acquired skills during a special circus performance for classmates, teachers and parents on Nov. 18.

During the interactive workshops, which were generously supported by the PTSA, the students learned juggling, tumbling, balancing and diabolo manipulation, and were given the opportunity to select which skill they’d like to present at the circus performance.

“Students really enjoy Circus Week at Bellows,” Principal Michael Scarantino said. “It’s a nice break from their traditional physical education lessons, but it’s still connected to the curriculum that continuously engages students in activities that are designed to enhance and strengthen their gross and fine motor skills.”

The learning experience also helped build the students’ confidence and enhance their ability to collaborate with peers. In addition, it supported their physical fitness and hand-eye coordination.

The fourth-grade circus performance was held at the middle school/high school campus gym on Nov. 18. All Daniel Warren and F.E. Bellows elementary school families were invited to attend.