After School enrichment is BACK!! Check below for the enrichment programs that are being offered this Winter.

**Each program will need a Lake Washington School District approved parent volunteer.  This is critical piece and we are not able to run the programs without an approved parent volunteer. Registration fees for volunteers' students will be discounted or waived** Become an approved LWSD volunteer at:


Email enrichment@sandburgdcsptsa.org if you are interested in volunteering

Registration opens for PTSA Members on Wednesday, January 11th. Registration is open to all beginning Friday, January 13th.

Choir Enrichment Flyer - Sandburg
Mad Science


Day: Mondays

Time: 4pm – 5:15pm

Timeframe: January 30th – April 3rd (last class is a performance)

Price:  $195 with fees $204.75

Location: Music Room, last class is a performance on the stage!

# of Registrations: 20 -24

Come sing with us and learn the importance of working together as a group in a fun and social space! Participants will learn the basics of choral singing, practice their music reading skills, and learn several choral songs for a final family concert on Monday, April 3rd​. Build foundational music skills through active rehearsals! Learn and perform music from all over the world! Join fellow Sandburg students who like to sing and be creative!

Mechanical Engineering Machine Madness with Lego Stem

Day: Thursdays

Time: 3:55 - 4:55pm

Timeframe:  February 2 – March 30th

Price:  $245

Location: 3rd grade POD

# of Registrations: 18 (20 Max/ Min of 12)

LEGO® Mechanical Engineering class from LEAP4Kidz™ offers an integrated STEM class curriculum including science, technology, engineering, math, as well as history, language arts, and team decision making to children using LEGO® bricks and motors. This is a hands-on class where students will build and design working machines with Lego and receive an introduction to levers, gears, pulleys and more using batteries and motors!  Emphasis on models teaching principles of physics, engineering, invention and innovation.

Language Immersion with Paris Academy Northwest

Day: Mondays/Spanish and Tuesdays/Chinese

Time: 3:55 - 4:55pm

Timeframe:  February 6/7 – May 23rd /June 5th

Price:  $398

Location: 5th grade POD

# of Registrations: 10-12 per class

Come and join us in a bilingual, multicultural education which opens doors and minds to the world. PANW offers language immersion classes for students who wish to get a head-start before high school and have fun while learning a language. The class is taught by an experienced teacher using the curriculum that is carefully designed by language experts in the field. Students are introduced to new vocabulary and their correct pronunciation periodically following a theme. With help of supplementary materials and various activities, students will engage and immerse in the language and enjoy cultural lessons while expanding knowledge and vocabulary on the subject on hand. Communicative approach is adopted, and lessons are constructed around five elements for elementary students: Total Physical Response Activities, Songs, Games, Crafts and Culture.

For Chinese class, simple conversation and PINYIN with four tones will be taught. The emphasis is on speaking and comprehension skill than writing. Simplified writing for more practice at home is assigned as optional but encouraged. Inspired by Montessori system, groups are organized by language level and age and work in groups or one to one to maximize learning outcome. Beginners/Intermediate.

Excel with Chess

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 2:25 - 3:25pm

Timeframe: February 1st - April 5th

Price: $210

Location: Portables

# of Registrations: 16 max/Min of 8

Welcome back to chess club at Carl Sandburg Elementary! Each class will have check-in, lessons, practice play, and an in class tournament round. We ensure that all kids are being challenged and learning something new each week. We offer Winter and Spring Chess Session each Wednesday at 2:25pm, minus school holidays. Our first class we will be assessing all of the students to see what level everyone is at. Based on these assessments, we may have multiple groups. This will also give us an idea what key chess strategies we will be learning throughout each session. Check-out is at 3:25pm behind the school in Portable 5.

STEMulating Science with Mad Science

Day: Fridays

Time: 4pm – 5pm

Timeframe:  February 3rd – April 7th

Price:  $218

Location: 1st grade POD

# of Registrations: 30

In this session of Mad Science, we’ll examine how potential and kinetic energy is used to power toys and other everyday objects, learn about frequencies and cell phones, explore what life is like underwater, discover how the sun, wind, and water make electricity, and experiment with action-reaction forces as we investigate Newton’s three laws of motion. Every Mad Science class delivers engaging hands-on activities, amazing demonstrations, and fun educational take-homes that your Junior Mad Scientist can build and share with family and friends.

Enhancing Student Experiences During and After School

School Enrichment Programs

  • Artists in Residence
  • After School Enrichment
  • STEAM Night
  • Third Grade and DCS Middles Swim Lessons
  • Spring School Play
  • Reflections Arts Program
  • Math In Action

Artists in Residence

The Sandburg & DCS PTSA sponsors five to six in-person student art lessons in every classroom, every school year. Each unique art lesson is created specifically for our school. Visual art lessons are provided by Michelle Lustgarten. Ceramic arts are taught by Shuko Mantooth. Both are professional artists and Kirkland residents.


Michelle Lustgarten

I'm a graduate of the University of Washington with a BFA in Visual Communications and the graphic designer for two area Honda dealerships. In addition to design, my passion is teaching art to elementary school children in multiple schools in the Lake Washington School District. Art inspired me as a young child and still does today! I see public art as an extension and expression of the residents of an area with the potential to engage viewers and elicit a response from its very existence. Art shows that people care about the world in which they live in!

Shuko Mantooth

I grew up in Japan and came to the US after high school, first earning a BFA from Green Mountain College in Vermont and then an MFA with an emphasis in ceramics from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. In my graduate thesis, I explored techniques for creating human figures on large tiles using intaglio and bas relief. In recent years, I have been an art instructor at Carl Sandburg Elementary School, Northshore Senior Center and Kirkland Arts Center. My approach to teaching is strongly influenced by my schooling in Japan, where great emphasis is put on using the arts to teach creativity and empathy. I try to design projects that give students maximum opportunity to use their imaginations and express their individuality.

Third Grade and DCS Middles Swim Lessons

Kirkland and the area are surrounded by lakes and waterways. The Sandburg & DCS PTSA sponsors annual swim lessons for our Sandburg third grade and DCS Middles students, providing an invaluable life skill.


Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics. The PTSA works with teachers, staff and volunteers to offer an evening of exploration of these topics. Activities have included computer programming, robotics, math games, paper airplane building & flight challenges and more.

Math In Action

MATH IN ACTION is a free math enrichment offered to all the kids by Ellipsis Academy all over the academic year. Math in Action challenges all the kids beyond their daily math work. This is an action to push kids to their maximum potential and develop out of box thinking strategy and problem-solving skills. You can find the details on how to participate and submit responses all year long at the website: https://www.mathinaction.org/carl-sandburg.html 

After School Enrichment

The Sandburg & DCS PTSA coordinates a selection of optional on-campus after-school activities twice per school year with contracted experts and helps to coordinate volunteers who provide classroom support for the program. Previous activities have included Chess, Drama, Yoga, Spanish, Sports and more.

School Play

Students, staff and families always look forward to the annual Spring School Play coordinated by the PTSA and Kirkland-based Studio East. Forty students from fifth, fourth (and sometimes third) grades are invited to explore the performing arts and comradeship. Everyone who registers gets a role in the production. No previous experience required!



Reflections categories

What is the Reflections Program?

  • Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but also in life.

Who can participate?

  • Any Pre-K to 5th Grade student within the Sandburg school boundary plus all Discovery Community School students. We welcome students of ALL abilities!

What are the Arts Categories?

  • Visual Arts (2D only), Music Composition, Photography, Literature, Film Production and Dance Choreography.

What is the Theme?

  • The new theme is announced annually in September

What is the Deadline?

  • The submission deadline is late October or early November

Click HERE to see this year's flyer and theme.  Click HERE for an Entry Form.