Thursday, December 18, 2008

Student artwork on view in Sausalito Public Library

Student artwork from Ms. Kate's K-3 classes is currently on view in the Sausalito Public Library. In the children's section you will find visual art and "safe space" sculptures. The paintings and drawings are from Ms. Kate's "This is Me" unit, where students used painting and collage to create self-portraits and drawings that represent themselves, their likes, and dislikes.

The library is located at 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more information, including hours, please refer to the library's website.

Student artwork in school library

Students in Ms. Kate's Visual Art class created a mural of Marin County, which they worked on over several weeks during the fall semester of the after-school program. Over 60 students from grades K-5 collaborated on the mural, which reflects their community, the environment around them, and the landscape and people they interact with daily.

The mural is on display in the school library shared by Bayside Elementary and Willow Creek Academy. What do you think about the mural? Please leave us a comment.

Student's also created sculptures using tree branches, recycled materials, and craft items. They were asked to create a place of safety or a "safe space." Many of the students built fences and tree houses to represent their space.

Students in 2nd and 3rd grade pose in front of the mural with program assistant, Elijah.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Vacation

The after-school program will be closed from Friday, December 19 to Monday, January 5. We will return to after-school on Tuesday, January 6. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday and we'll see you in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Youth Festival at the MYC

Fifteen youth from the after-school program traveled to San Rafael on Dec. 5 to participate in the MYC's youth festival. With artwork and performances by youth from all over Marin County, a great time was had by all. We were proud to perform, got inspired, and even made some new friends.

Our dancers, drummers, basist, and flutist performed first. The students have been working on this piece for a few weeks during their weekly trips to the MYC on Wednesdays.

Students who have been working with Ken Doumbia performed some of their beats. Here you can see the audience in the background; it was a full house.

We were WOWed by the breakdancers! Photo by Andre

And we got to enjoy some really talented singers, rappers, and more. Thanks to all who made this a fun and special event.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Thank you to Jackson's Hardware

A HUGE shout-out to Jackson's Hardware in San Rafael for donating headlamps and umbrellas! Since daylight savings we've been using the headlamps every day and it's created a sense of safety among the younger groups. Luckily, the weather has been cooperating and we haven't even opened the umbrellas yet, but we're sure they'll be needed soon.

Jackson's was named one of the TOP SMALL WORKPLACES of 2008 by The Wall Street Journal and is a Bay Area Green Business.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Please join us this Friday, December 5 for an art show at The MYC Youth Center in San Rafael! Students from Martin Luther King Academy, Bayside, and Willow Creek Academy will be in attendance and performing! Sixth through Eighth grade students from these schools have been traveling to the MYC every Wednesday to study digital imaging, music production, and dance. The show will highlight art created by youth throughout Marin. There will be visual art, multimedia art, as well as dance and musical performances. Healthy and delicious refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the MYC, visit their website at

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cooking Classes, Yummy!

High-school volunteer, Josephine Wear, teaches a cooking class with the first graders. They made grilled cheese and ham sandwiches, with grilled apples and pears. Yummy! In addition to assembling the meal, the kids participated in a literacy activity that focused on writing and illustration. Jojo also talked about the importance of fresh ingredients and nutrition. Future recipes include smoothies, yogurt bowls, salad, salsa and guacamole.

No after-school during Thanksgiving

Reminder! The last day of after-school for the first trimester is Friday, November 21. There is NO after-school from November 24 to December 2. We will return to after-school on Wednesday, December 2, with new classes!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Pleasure is Mine

Every Wednesday, after a long day of studying, our students at Bayside Elementary and Willow Creek Academy have been chowing down on the most delicious after-school snack of the week! The kids have been elated to be filling up on pesto pasta, grilled chicken, homeade macaroni & cheese, and more.

Thank you to Cheryl Renee Jones, of The Pleasure is Mine at Harbor Point, A Restaurant & Catering Company. This has been a real treat!
For more information about the catering company, visit

Friday, October 31, 2008

Day of the Dead Celebration

Audience members were WOWed by the Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl, directed by Netza Vidal. Four beautiful and inspiring young women performed traditional Mexican dances, with costume changes! For more information about the group, click HERE. Netza teachers in our after-school program on Thursdays with grades 2 & 3 and on Fridays with grades K & 1.

All students had a hand in creating this mural as part of Ms. Kate's Visual Art Class this fall. It served as the backdrop for our performances.

The sixth, seventh and eighth graders showed off their drumming skills from Ken Doumbia's class!

Kids show off their Halloween masks from Ms. Tracy's visual art class.

Everyone's played a part in making the Mexican Altar. The mural was created by 4th and 5th graders in Breandain Langlois's visual arts class. There are Calaveras de Azúcar (Sugar Skulls), created by students in Ms. Kate's Visual Art class, and flowers and Model Magic offerings created on the day of the event, by all ages. There's also Papel Picado and information about Day of the Dead. For more information about Day of the Dead and altars, click HERE. There are lots of places online to download Papel Picado templates, for the one I used go HERE. To learn more about making Calaveras de Azúcar, click HERE. We cheated, using pre-made Fondit and shaping the skulls overselves.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Día de los Muertos

Fourth and Fifth grade students, from Breandain Langlois's Visual Art Class, create a mural of skulls to be the backdrop of the altar at our Day of the Dead Celebration. Join us! October 30, 2008 4-6pm. The Yard, Bayside. food. fun. performances. art activities.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Just Beginning

Students in grades 6-8 at MLK work with Ken on their drumming skills!

Our year has begun and we're just warming up. Students on the Bayside and Willow Creek campus are off to a great start, delving into their different art classes.

African Drumming & Dance with Mr. Ken Doumbia (Mon:grades K/1, Tues: grades 2/3, Wed: grades 4/5, K/1, Thurs & Fri: MLK grades 6/8)

In the West African dance & drum club, students experience the energetic and powerful musical and cultural traditions of West Africa using the djembe and jun-jun drums. Students can choose to either drum or dance--or both! Students learn the meaning of the rhythms and how they represent important values such as honoring our parents, our elders and celebrating our community. Students learn how we use dance and drum to express community harmony and unity. For the final performance, students perform vibrant dance movements with lively drum rhythms, in colorful African costumes.

Working with the Marin Theater Company, second graders practice moving as animals, while the rest try to guess which one!
(Wed: grades 2/3, 4/5)

The primary goal of the Intro to Theater class is to engage the students in a creative process, empowering a sense of ownership towards their own artistic impulses and laying the groundwork for future participation in theatre and the arts. Students will learn the fundamentals of theater, touching on subjects like Basic Voice & Speech, Theatre Vocabulary , and Storytelling and Imagination. For the final project students will create and rehearse their own 5 minute play based on the selected text. Students perform their play on the final day of after-school, and/or in a special final session at MTC’s Lieberman Theatre along with MTC after-school classes from other schools!

Matt: Intro to Capoeria (Mon: grades 2/3, Tues: grades 4/5, Thurs: grades k/1)

Capoeira is a blend of martial arts, games, and dance originated in Brazil. In the Intro to Capoeira class, students will learn the basic movements of the afro-brazilian art of Capoeira, as well as the songs, music, and history associated with the art form. Capoeira was developed during the 16th C by African slaves forced to work on sugar plantations in Brazil, and it remains a pivotal part of afro-brazilian culture. Students will improve physical and mental fortitude, gain self confidence, and learn about their culture, in a safe and fun environment. In the final performance, students will perform a "Batizado," including a partner sequence and a "free game" of Capoeira, in order to receive their very first belt.

Ms. Kate's visual art class. (Mon: grades 4/5, Tues: grades K/1, Wed: grades 2/3, Friday: grades 2/3)

Class Description: Children will have the opportunity to link literacy with the visual arts. They will be able to develop their writing and thinking skills through exploring and discussing a different children’s book each week during literacy hour. The underlying themes from the book - Respect & Diversity, Community & Friendship and ‘I like me’, will be explored through the visual arts. Children will learn to work together through mural making, develop their own sense of imagination and creativity and will also gain a greater understanding of visual art techniques through a variety of visual arts projects.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Please contact your school secretary for the Enrollment Form

Program Description

The Twilight After School program is a free after school program at the Bayside Elementary/Willow Creek campus for grades k-5 and at Martin Luther King Middle School for grades 6-8. Every day, students receive a free snack, academic help, and participate in fun and enriching activities. All students in the Sausalito Marin City School district are welcome to sign-up.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday the program operates from 3 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Wednesdays the program will operate from 1:45 – 6 p.m.
The program is CLOSED on all district scheduled school holidays, and will additionally be closed on the following days: Nov. 3, 4, 26; Dec. 1, 2, 19, Jan. 26, March 16,17, April 6, 7, June 11

Grades K-5 from Bayside and Willow Creek will participate in a literacy/academic hour, snack time, and be involved in arts and sports workshops. Activity selection will occur during the first week of school.

Grades 6-8 from Bayside and Willow Creek will participate in the literacy and academic hour at the Bayside/Willow Creek campus. They will then join the students from 4-6 pm at the Martin Luther King campus for snack and the additional programs. Grades 6-8 from Bayside and Willow Creek will return to the Bayside campus before 6 pm for dismissal. To allow your student to walk home from MLK ask for the release form. MLK students’ entire program will remain at MLK.