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.