Bookends is our program for before and after school and school closure days. Bookends is an important extension of our school day designed to encourage creativity and curiosity, support social development, and provide enrichment opportunities for further exploration and expression beyond our daily curriculum. Bookends is designed by Lindsey Goldberg with support from our Specials teachers plus external specialized instructors.
v before school (7:30-8:30 am)
v after school (3:30-6:00 pm)
v school closure days (Alta Vista Adventures)
v participate as much or as little as you want: drop-in, particular day(s), whole session, or whole school year
v price by day, session or school year
Afternoons at Bookends
Afternoons at Bookends (3:30 - 6 pm) are full of fun and excitement. Our Enrichment Workshops expose students to a variety of new and adventurous activities and are designed specifically for a small group (8-12 students) for deeper engagement. They are also on a 10-week cycle to keep things fresh and interesting.
Around the World Club: Jump on board with Mio and Lindsey in this interdisciplinary adventure into cultural inquiry. Students will create their own unique passport to explore continents and learn differences and similarities in people and traditions across the globe. From ancient civilization to modern times, we will travel from India to Brazil, from Japan to Mexico and many more countries in-between! Bring your curiosity and learn about the world through global music, traditional foods, symbols and art across the globe. In addition, we will craft unique souvenirs to take home from our “travels”.
Basketball: Come get your game on. Learn new skills and play full court basketball with Coach Jake. No worrying the basket's too high, we have adjustable hoops that go down to six feet.
Chess: Each class consists of 25 minutes of instruction on a large demonstration board followed by 35 minutes of supervised play. The class will teach the rules and basics to beginning students. Continuing chess class students will learn further tactics and strategies of play. Special guest instructor Nick from The Mechanics Institute
Cooking: Some say that food is the universal language and that the quickest way to anyone’s heart is through food. We are lucky to live in the Bay Area, a foodie haven - full of farmer’s markets, urban gardens and inspiring chefs. This season, our budding cooks will learn about local, seasonal foods with Lindsey. Culinary projects include cheese making, and jam from seasonal fruits; we will learn to pickle fresh vegetables and bake delicious breads...YUM! We will document our discoveries and take photos of our creations! Each chef will go home with a beautiful and mouth-watering recipe book at the end of the session!
Craft Studio - Jewelry: One of the best ways to express yourself is by dressing up with jewelry that reflects your uniqueness! Jewelry has been valued, admired, and adorned for thousands of years worldwide. In this craft studio, we will make jewelry that identifies with unique global cultures. We will delve into Native American beading to African mask making, Mongolian-inspired felt brooches, and nature pendants. Students will gain an array of art skills, learn about cultures from where the jewelry comes from, and recognize the value in the creation of each piece. Jewelry making is an empowering, fun, and wearable art!
Dance - Hip Hop: Hip Hop is a very energetic form of dancing and its unique style allows dancers to perform with freedom of movement, adding in their own personalities. Students will learn a variety of Hip Hop dance styles from break dancing to tutting and choreography. Classes held Mondays and Wednesdays focus on dance technique and learning a dance routine. Fridays are student choreography days. We will explore different ways to create a dance and the last Friday of the month we will show each other our dances. Come dive into the world of Hip Hop dance and choreography with Miss Abbie and find your inner swagger.
Environmental Art: With environmental art, nature is your material and land is your canvas. Water, wind, sun and earth give artists inspiration and unique tools to create projects. This session, we will spend time with Katherine making sustainable art in Alta Vista’s backyard as well as in McLaren Park. We will create site-specific and temporary artworks to learn about the ecology of the Bay Area and our relationship to the environment. Students will be encouraged to use raw materials available at each location and be inventive—creating works such as wind- powered sculptures and sand drawings.
Garden Club: Students join Marissa to get their hands dirty as they learn, build, and maintain the garden. The garden classroom is a fun place to explore sustainable agriculture, garden ecology, nutrition, and natural building. We will tend to the plants and fruit trees, activate the compost pile, feed the worms, beautify the garden, and watch the garden thrive! This course will also focus on leveraging natural building practices using an earthen material called cob. We will learn about this ancient building technique and its uses as we practice making bricks and sculptures and adding cob elements to the garden.
Outdoor Club: Outdoor club spends the afternoons with Marissa, hiking, exploring and observing in nearby McLaren Park. We will practice our observation skills through journaling, drawing and sharing our findings. We also will learn naturalist skills and celebrate the beauty of the season in the trees, the rocks, the birds, and our nature-inspired creations.
Science Club: SCIENTIFIC METHOD - INQUIRY - DISCOVERY - EXPERIMENT - LEARN Everyone is a scientist! To be a scientist is to ask questions. In Science Club, our individual questions will inform our experiments...
Soccer: Come join Coach Jake to play the world’s most popular sport, football -- also known here in the United States as soccer. (Did you know what we call football here, is called "American Football" in many other countries?) You can get introduced or improve your skills in this growing and wonderful team sport.
Spanish Club: Students are introduced to the wonderful world of the Spanish language through games, stories, songs, movement and various activities to stimulate body and mind. The focus will be on the development of oral language and listening skills. Student interest will also help drive each afternoon’s focus.
Superhero Art: This art session explores the inner superhero in each child, enabling students to reflect on and appreciate everyone’s unique and special personality traits. We will reference popular superheroes while discussing the meanings of specific powers, symbols, and outfits. In the art studio, we will be making comic books, printmaking superhero symbols, making tools to aid superpowers, and much much more! At the end of each class, students will be encouraged to share their powers and role-play.
Taekwondo: Literally, Taekwondo means Foot Fist Way. It is a traditional Korean martial art that emphasizes discipline, respect, and personal growth. Children learn the same basic curriculum as adults, and develop both their physical attributes (balance, coordination, flexibility, strength) and their life skills (courage, honesty, integrity and the ability to work with other children). Special guest instructors from Hwa Rang Kwan Taekwondo Center
T-Ball: This is a great way for children to learn baseball skills and have fun with Coach Jake. Students can choose to hit off the T or receive live pitching (someone throws the ball softly so that it can be hit). We use soft, squishy balls that don't really hurt if they happen to land on you and tennis balls, so everyone can play. Sure to be a good time!
Tennis Club: Let's make a racket! Bring your own tennis racket and get into the swing by learning and practicing this energizing sport with Mio, a former Division I collegiate tennis player. Children will engage in fun tennis games as well as improve hand-eye coordination and balance.
Yoga: This yoga course is designed to empower health, happiness and a greater sense of self. Several asanas, or positions, will be taught to the students so they learn the essential ingredients of yoga: breath awareness and the mind-body connection. Students join Miss Maté and Lindsey to practice poses such as warrior, frog, cobra, and camel through creative and imaginary stories Yoga for kids also integrates reading, storytelling, music, games, poetry, and aromatherapy.
a progressive learning environment