The goal of Lakeshore’s enrichment programs is to provide students with an enriched curriculum in the arts and sciences that works collaboratively with and enhances what they learn in the regular classroom. Some programs are provided by SFUSD; others are provided by Lakeshore’s PTA through fundraising efforts.
In addition to a core of enrichment programs provided to all classrooms, teachers choose sessions from a pool of additional programs in the area(s) that they feel will best complement their own teaching strengths or their particular classroom’s curriculum each year. These programs take place during school hours.
Core Programs – PTA
Our community is dedicated to offering Lakeshore Elementary’s signature ongoing core enrichment programs offered to all classrooms. Our Gardening, Motor Perception, and Studio Art programs were created and continue to be led by alumni parents.
Consultants Marlene Bazdarich and Edwana Ortiz
To support our mission of teaching the whole child, grades K-2 participate in Motor Perception, a unique, fun, and specialized sensory perception program designed to increase students’ coordination, motor planning, fine and gross motor skills, body awareness, alertness, self organization and confidence to explore and learn new things. The physical sensory input enables the growth and development of the child’s whole brain and body by priming them for learning.
Consultant organization “Take My Word For It!”
The goal of our “Take My Word For It!” Poetry Residency is to present poetry as a literary art form that’s thought-provoking and relevant to students’ lives. The aim is to convert reluctant writers into enthusiastic poets and to give those who love writing an opportunity to dig deeper.
Each lesson frames a big idea (such as imagery in poetry or abstraction in poetry), gives meaning to that idea through a specific poet’s work presented in print (and often accompanied by audio and/or video), and is followed by a writing activity focused on the big idea. They specialize in hands-on teaching, offering interactive lessons with individual and group writing activities and out-of-the-box teaching techniques. They explore poetic language and form including metaphor, simile, alliteration, rhyming, image, rhythm, line, stanza and word play, as well as writing process and poetic themes.
Consultants Jean Butler and Martha Luna
Every child (K-5) at Lakeshore receives gardening instruction in a small class setting from September through May, each year. This is a gardening and science program, centered in an urban agricultural classroom, focusing on environmental sustainability and stewardship. Lakeshore has seven flourishing gardens on site that the children explore, tend and harvest. The students create Science Field Journals that chronicle their observations of plants, soil, insects and birds. This program teaches scientific observation and illustration, as the gardening consultants teach science through nature in the garden.
Read SF Gate’s profile on Jean Butler »
Consultants Sharon Collins and Marlene Bazdarich
Studio Art is a program designed by Sharon Collins, Artist in Residence and child development expert. It is a school-wide, longitudinal fine arts program which provides professional art classes to all students in Grades K through 5. Our kiln-equipped art room fosters an environment where children feel encouraged to try new ideas without the fear of failure and to enjoy creativity in a space set up to foster exploration, with a wealth of artist’s materials. This is done through projects that have a variety of possibilities and are developmentally appropriate. Every Lakeshore student enjoys professional art classes each year. Studio Art just celebrated its 28th anniversary.
Additional Pool Programs – PTA
Additional enrichment programs may vary throughout the year and from year to year. Teachers choose the pool programs that best fit their class. These include but are not limited to: Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts, Native American Cultural Experience, Capoeira, Yoga, Zumba, Architecture, Dance & Movement, Storytelling, and Literacy.
Steve Rubenstein has been bringing his 5-string banjo and his guitar to Lakeshore ever since his son started kindergarten in 1995. He conducts half-hour singalongs that feature old classics, folk standards and silly campfire tunes. Students often play along on percussion instruments and Steve frequently brings a guest musician along. In the spring, the kindergarten classes join Steve in the Community Room for a concert open to parents, relatives and friends. Steve is an SFUSD substitute teacher, a former newspaper staff reporter and the father of two Lakeshore graduates now in college.
Sharon Collins, artist in residence, collaborates with classroom teachers to do innovative curriculum designed specifically to integrate with the specific classroom.
Not offered in 2016-17
Cynthia Bringas teaches Zumba at Lakeshore as a high-energy fitness-party. It is packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and international music. Teachers and parents love Zumba because of the effects it has on kids: increasing their physical activity, increasing their focus and self-confidence, enhancing coordination, and improving gross and fine motor skills. Zumba will have a big impact in cognitive abilities, especially in their reading, math and concentration skills.
Not offered in 2016-17
Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy, our resident storyteller, provides storytelling at Lakeshore for kindergarten and 3rd grade classes. Students will develop listening and speaking strategies, narrative analysis, comprehension of basic plots, understanding of elements of literature, organization and delivery of oral communication, and write and illustrate narratives. Story choices will develop an appreciation of multicultural ethics and values.
Native American Cultural Experience
Eddie Madril is a Native American Storyteller & Dancer. His involvement working with students has encouraged the development of appreciation and respect for American Indian dance, music, culture, history, art, and sign language. Students will be introduced to some of the most popular and rare Native American dances. Origins and meanings of each dance will be discussed. Brief general histories and some origin stories are also shared. There will be an opportunity for participation in Native sign language and the exciting Friendship Dance.
Yoga at Lakeshore creates a safe space for students in all grade levels and abilities to connect to their own inner wisdom, while gaining flexibility, strength and balance both physically and mentally.
Students learn about the stage and what it takes to make a theatrical production: performers, stage crew, lights, sound, costumes, props, makeup, music. The goal is not to turn the children into little actors, but to teach them to be the audience of the future. Christell Lewis runs the theater program.
Not offered in 2016-17
Each month, architect Shirl Buss brings to classes methods found in architectural design studios: critical thinking, creative problem solving, and teamwork. Themes in prior years included sustainable living around the world and how to generate solutions to our environmental challenges. Every session features a hands-on model making session, where students experiment and manipulate materials as they work through their design solutions. Students learn about how spatial forms are influenced by cultural tradition, geography, climate, and available natural resources.
SFUSD- and Community-Sponsored Experiences
Lakeshore Elementary offers many SFUSD-sponsored programs and other community-sponsored art and cultural experiences such as: a physical education program, general music for grades K-5, instruction for musical recorders for grade 3, optional instrumental music for grades 4-5, Adventures In Music with the SF Symphony, SF Ballet instruction for grade 2, and many field trips to local museums and cultural centers throughout all grade levels.
Additionally, Lakeshore Elementary features:
- A Science Fair that just celebrated its 29th Anniversary. The science fair is a non-competitive venue for children to pursue their own questions in science.
- A strong reading program that is viewed by some as one of the SFUSD’s best. Lakeshore teachers are implementing a comprehensive approach to literacy based on the Teacher’s College Reader’s and Writer’s Project
- A fabulous library that is comparable to some of San Francisco’s best branches.
- A partnership with San Francisco State University science program (SEPAL). The program offers support for our second and third grade teachers in addressing science standards and uses hands-on science activities. Fourth- and fifth-graders travel to SFSU to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities with SFSU scientists.
- A reading buddy program in which younger students are carefully paired with older students for a weekly program of student mentoring and fun.