Lafayette After School Enrichment Program – Fall 2018

  • Lafayette After School Enrichment Program – Fall 2018
  • On Campus Classes run from September 10 to December 21
  • No On Campus Classes on Conference Week (November 26-November 30)
  • All Classes are from 2-3pm unless otherwise stated
  • ** Denotes off campus class – Pick up and return to Lafayette available

Download Brochure (All Classes) PDF Format

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Detailed information for each of our classes

Mandarin (M2-M3) Returning Mandarin students only

Day/Time: Monday through Thursday 2-3pm and 3-4pm

Fee: $760/Semester

Qiao Ji Mandarin after school provides an excellent progressive language learning in a fun and nurturing environment. We teach students using a basic Pin Yin system systematically developing reading, writing as well as speaking Mandarin. Our Mandarin teaching program integrates project-based cultural celebrations with hands on classroom learning. All of our Qiao Ji Mandarin instructors are native speakers experienced in teaching Mandarin and working with children. We are committed to building a solid foundation of life-time learning in Chinese for our kids.

This Mandarin program is a 4 day a week program. The idea is that students enrolled will stay for the entire year as the program is based on an academic curriculum that builds on skills learned in previous lessons. So unlike other enrichment afterschool programs (i.e., art, chess, yoga etc.), There will therefore be no option to enroll new students during the second semester as new students will already have missed language skills learned in the first semester.  

Mandarin levels M2 and M3 are for returning students only.  Classes run from 2-3pm and then again from 3-4pm for smaller group sizes and personalized attention to support students as the material becomes more challenging.  Students not enrolled in YMCA or RDNC programs will take the 2-3pm class. Students enrolled in YMCA or RDNC will take the 3-4pm class.

Sign up/Questions: or You can also call Jane Kwok at: 415-533-8477; or Wei Liu at: 415-680-5465

Chess (K-5th)

Day/Time: Tuesday 2-3pm

Fee: $182/semester

Location: Library

Class size: min 10, max 40

Learn chess in a fun, engaging, and dynamic environment. Our philosophy is to instill the love of the game.  As a result, we’re able to witness firsthand our students developing patience, strategic planning ability, and critical thinking skills.  They also come to understand that decisions, both on and off the chess board, result in consequences. Class caters to all levels and all participants receive our exclusive workbooks.

Sign up: or download or pick up form in school office and make check payable to “Academic Chess”
Questions: or call 415-412-4040, (888)44-CHESS

NEW – Rippleboard (K-5th) – (Class canceled due to low registration)

Day/Time: Tuesday 3-4pm

Fee: $260

Location: Cafeteria Extension

Class Size:  min 6, max 18

Art-As advocates of mindfulness, our philosophy is that through the combination of art/painting/creativity with the focused nature of the game of chess, participants will reap the benefits of being in the moment.

With the Ripple Game Board’s unique design of 8 wooden panels, your finished board will display a chess board on one side. But wait, there’s more! When rotating the top panel, the board ‘ripples’ to reveal your own custom artwork.

Sign up: or download or pick up form in school office and make check payable to “Ripple Game Board”
Questions: Email or call 415-412-4040

Capoeira – (Download Brochure) – (Full)


  • Wednesday 2-3pm (1st-2nd)           
  • Friday 2-3pm (3rd-5th)

Fee: $195

Location: Auditorium

Capoeira is an African Brazilian art form, developed by African slaves in Brazil about 400 years ago. Capoeira is a self-defense disguised as a dance because slaves needed to hide it from their slave masters.  The combination of body movements, trickery, music, and songs make it not just a martial art, but also a ritualized way of combat. Two capoeiristas (capoeira players) must follow the traditions and rules of the art. They must play capoeira, not fight.

Capoeira helps people of all ages develop self-esteem, coordination, rhythm, strength, flexibility, and collaborative skills. It incorporates physical movement and awareness, self-expression, discipline, community, musicality, and the Portuguese language.

Jarrel “Chumbinho” Phillips is the founder of AVE (Access Via Exposure) and has 15+ years of experience in youth work in the San Francisco Bay Area and a B.A in Child and Adolescent Development. Also a SF native, Phillips work is dedicated to investing in young people and healthy communities. Phillips trains and teaches under the guidance of Mestre Urubu Malandro, founder of Capoeira Ijexa.

Sign Up:
Questions: or call 415-350-2222

Coding Club (3rd-5th)

Day/Time: Friday 2-3:15pm

Fee: Free

Location: Library

Class size: max 25

Coding is taught by our STEM teacher, Ms. Tong.  Students will be programming using Scratch through Google’s CS First curriculum.  They will also have opportunities to code with other programs. Advanced students may work on any ongoing projects begun in Scratch, Code Academy, Khan Academy or others.

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Rhythm + MVMNT  (Open to all levels K-1st)

Day/Time: Tuesday 2-3pm

Fee: $195

Location: Rm 30

Class Size: min 3, max 12

The class focuses on creative movement using rhythmic exploration, multicultural storytelling, and gymnastics.

Christine Joy Amagan Ferrer (AKA Tine) teaches the Rhythm + MVMNT and AcroDance classes.  She is the the founder of Eyes Opened MVMNT, Media + Design and editor of the She is a cultural movement arts practitioner and a multi-disciplinary creative. She grew up in San Francisco’s Ingleside district and graduated from San Francisco State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in journalism and dance; emphasis in teaching. She’s had the privilege of working with youth at various community spaces in San Francisco including AcroSports, Dance Mission Theater, Mission Cultural Center, AVE, Jamestown Community Center, and Bayview Association for Youth. She continues to study Haitian, Philippine, and Afro-Brazilian Folkloric dance and is a member of Parangal Dance Company.

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AcroDance (2nd-5th, returning students only) – (Full)

Day/Time: Friday 2-3pm

Fee: $195

Location: Rm 30

Class Size: min 3, max 12

AcroDance is a multi-cultural gymnastics and dance class inspired by folkloric dances of Haiti, Brazil, Philippines and more. The class also incorporates creative movement, live drumming and self-expression through students own choreography.

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Chef Lamia Cooking (K-5th) – (Download Brochure)

Day/Time: Thursday 2-3:15pm

Fee: $260+$110 Ingredients fee, 20% off for returning students

Location: Cafeteria Extension

Class Size: min 7,  max 16

Kids learn to create farm-to-table meals from scratch, to make healthy food choices, to understand food science, and to adopt food safety habits. Hands on class menus include cooking classes, aprons, ingredients and material.  Lessons incorporate new culinary techniques, exploration of international cuisines, and expansion of the palate.

*** Organic ingredients used as much as possible ***

Chef Lamia is a private chef, pastry chef manager, and cooking instructor in San Francisco. She enjoys sharing her passion of food with her students, learning the science behind food, and the importance of eating healthy. Using only organic and fresh ingredients, Chef Lamia challenges you to discover new flavors and to expand your palate.

Sign up and questions: or call 415-971-5259

NEW – Science of Magic with Renegade Kids – (Download Brochure)


  • Wednesday 2-3pm (1st-5th Girls), Rm 101 – (Full)
  • Thursday 2-3pm (1st-5th Boys), Rm 101 – (1 Spot Left)

Fee: $260

Class Size: min 6, max 18

Feeling enchanted by Harry Potter? Spellbound by Wings of Fire or Percy Jackson and the other Demigods? Always wanted your own dragon? Renegades tinker up magic boxes and wands to amaze their friends. Engineer magical devices. Experiment with potions. Create and bring home magical creatures to care for. Whether training as a witch, wizard, or a stage magician, conjurors invent and practice a whole new bag of tricks.

Classes taught by teacher Alicia Quintero.  Alicia is a senior at San Francisco State University. Alicia came to SF to study Nursing from Orange County. Alicia’s passion is education and healthcare advocacy. In her free time, she volunteers at an outpatient center in the Tenderloin for the homeless, and is Campus Outreach Chair for Love Your Melon, an organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancers. Alicia loves watching kids get excited about their projects and teaching them that their possibilities are limitless.

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NEW – Guitar with Mr Drum (4th-5th) – (Full)

Day/Time: Thursday 3-4pm

Fee: $130

Location: Rm 30

Class Size: max 12

Ever thought about playing guitar? Join Mr. Drum and learn to play the songs you love. You’ll learn simple chords and strumming patterns so that you can begin playing right away. As you progress, you’ll learn to sing along as you play, and perhaps learn to improvise on the guitar. Throughout the lessons you’ll learn a bit about music in general, including how to read guitar tablature. Guitars are provided.

Mr. Drum has been a 5th grade teacher at Lafayette since 2007.  Mr. Drum has been playing guitar for many years, and has recently played live with a band! His favorite past time activity is writing and recording songs using his instruments and his computer.  In 2013 he started teaching guitar and other instruments using the Little Kids Rock curriculum. This curriculum is designed to get kids playing music right away by simplifying chords and by providing materials to make learning music easier and more fun.

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NEW – Sing! Dance! With Blue Bear Music (2nd – 5th) – (Class canceled due to low registration)

Day/Time: Monday 2-3pm

Location: Auditorium

Fee: $180

Class Size: min 6, max 10

Blue Bear presents, SING! DANCE! at Lafayette Elementary! Love singing? love dancing? Then this class is for YOU! Sing! Dance! takes the fun side of the TV show GLEE, and combines it with a traditional choral class. Students learn the basics of music and translate them into a fun and hip vocal choir, singing the songs they love. Movement and theatrics are incorporated, and the program often culminates in a fun performance for peers and parents. Dance, sing, jump and wiggle to  your favorite tunes!

A wide range of community programs stem from Blue Bear’s desire to revitalize music learning via popular music genres. Our commitment to social equity through teaching popular music (rock, blues, urban, world) and making it accessible to greater  numbers of youth in our community, has been part of the Blue Bear culture for more than 44 years. Our classes address California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and national Music Educator National Conference (MENC) standards.

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Questions: or call  415-336-5320

  • This is an 8 week workshop that runs from 9/10-11/5 (no class on Indigenous People’s Day)

Art Smart (K-1st) @ Creative IQ Studio – 3423 Balboa Street (btw 35th & 36th Ave) – (Download Brochure)


  • Monday 2-3pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)
  • Tuesday 2-3pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)
  • Friday 2-3pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)

Fee: $228/12 classes

Class Size: min 2, max 8

This course is designed to introduce young students to fine art concepts while developing drawing skills and exploring different types of mediums. Pencil, Charcoal, Oil Pastels, Watercolor, Acrylic & Low Fire Clays. All supplies included.

Drawing and Oil Painting (2nd-5th) @ Creative IQ Studio – (Download Brochure)


  • Monday 3:30-5:30pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)
  • Wednesday 2-4pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm (Lafayette pick up @ 4:20pm)
  • Thursday 2-4pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)
  • Thursday 4:30-6:30pm (Lafayette pick up @ 4:20pm)
  • Friday 3:30-5:30pm (Lafayette pick up and return available)

Fee: $420/12 classes

Class Size: min 4, max 12

With an emphasis on drawing and oil painting, these classes are designed to teach and develop students overall drawing skills, painting technique and artistic creativity. Students learn fine art concepts, such as color theory, composition, value, and perspective. Oil Paint, Pencil, Charcoal, Pastels, Watercolor, Acrylic & Low Fire Clays. All supplies included.

Located on Balboa & 36th Avenue in San Francisco, Creative IQ Art Studio offers art classes, camps and parties for all ages and all experience levels, as well as retail art supplies, a fine art gallery featuring talented local artists and a beautiful event venue! With over 16 years experience working and teaching in the arts, owner, Suzie Ferras, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Richmond District and is very excited to have her small mom & pop art shop in the neighborhood and community in which she grew up!

** Pick Up and Return Information:  This is an OFF CAMPUS class that takes place at the Creative IQ art studio located at 3423 Balboa (between 35th and 36th Ave).  Creative IQ is offering a pick up and return service for Lafayette students to and from campus for the above classes.

For classes starting at 2pm, Creative IQ teachers will pick up Kindergarteners in front of their classrooms at 1:45pm.  Grades 1-5 will meet Creative IQ teachers in front of the flagpole at 1:50pm and walk over to the Creative IQ studio together.  Guardians may pick up children at the end of the class from the Creative IQ studio. Look for teachers holding Creative IQ signs for the first few weeks at pick up.

For classes starting at 3:30pm or later, Creative IQ teachers can pick up students at YMCA or RDNC programs and check in with respective program managers to ensure a smooth transition.

Return services to Lafayette campus also available to students enrolled in on campus YMCA and RDNC programs.  

Enroll and start anytime.  Prices shown are for the 12 week semester.  Creative IQ is offering a 5% discount for siblings, and students concurrently enrolled in YMCA/RDNC after school programs.  Please inquire.

Visit website ( or call for details and to view complete class schedule.  Creative IQ also has semester dates that differ from the on campus classes.  Please check start and end dates.

Sign up:

Questions: or call 415-742-4274

NEW –  Yoga and Mindfulness @ Purusha Yoga Studio – 3729 Balboa Street (btw 38th & 39th Ave) – (Download Brochure)


  • Tuesday 2-3pm (3rd-5th)
  • Thursday 2-3pm (K-2nd)

Fee: $195/semester

Class Size: min 5, max 25

A mindful movement class designed to make yoga and meditation accessible and engaging for mini yogis!  Students will play games, engage in community, and learn practical strategies for calming the body and the mind.  In this class, mindfulness, social/emotional learning, and conscious community are intertwined in a rich and empowering learning experience.  All yoga mats and equipment are provided by Purusha.

Meghan Hanebutt, (M. Ed, 200 RYT) lives and breathes yoga and education. She has been a classroom teacher, an elementary school principal, a yoga instructor, a designer, a small business owner, and currently, an educational consultant and yoga teacher for kids. She believes in the power of conscious classroom community and empowers educators, parents, and students  with self-care strategies and effective communication techniques through her educational wellness consulting business The Present Classroom.

** Pick up information – This is an OFF CAMPUS class that takes place at the Purusha Yoga studio at 3729 Balboa (between 38th and 39th Ave).  Purusha Yoga is offering a pick up and return service for Lafayette students to and from campus for the above classes.  A Purusha yoga teacher will pick up Kindergarteners in front of their classrooms at 1:45pm. Grades 1-5 will meet the Purusha teacher in front of the flagpole at 1:50pm and walk over to the Purusha yoga studio together.  Guardians may pick up children at the end of the class from the Purusha studio. Return services to Lafayette campus also available to students enrolled in on campus YMCA and RDNC programs. Look for teachers holding Purusha signs for the first few weeks at pick up.

Sign up:

Questions: or or call 415-668-9642

The Butterfly Joint Book Club: Woodworking & Reading Support (K-1st) @ 4411 Cabrillo

 – (Download Brochure)

Day/Time: Mondays, 2:15-4:15pm  

Fee: $400

Class size: min 6, max 10

What more can you ask for!?! In this class, kindergartners and first graders will build our famous “book sofa” to hold some of their favorite books. The woodworkers will also make customized, laser-etched wood bookmarks. In addition to creating these projects and learning basic woodworking skills, the students will receive support in their reading skills through group literacy games and one-on-one assistance with Danny.

Danny Montoya leads the Butterfly Joint book club and the Magic in the Woods class.  He is owner and lead instructor of The Butterfly Joint, and is an early childhood educator with a Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential and over 20 years experience in education. Having taught kindergarten and first grade for a combined 11 years (2001-2012), literacy development was one of Danny’s passions and areas of expertise. He has worked with every grade from K-8 prior to that (1997-2001).

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Magic and the Woods (2nd-5th) @ The Butterfly Joint – 4411 Cabrillo (btw 45th and 46th Ave)

Day/Time: Fridays, 2:15-4:15pm  

Fee: $450

Class size: min 6, max 10

If your child is into the Harry Potter or fascinated with the world of magic, then this is the class for them! The woodworkers will create two projects in this fall series. They will begin by carving a magic wand and then use those skills in carving their own walking stick/staff. We will also get to take our finished projects into the beautiful woods of Golden Gate Park for a magical time!

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** Pick up information – The Butterfly Joint Book Club and Magic and the Woods are OFF CAMPUS classes.  These classes take place at The Butterfly Joint woodworking studio at 4411 Balboa (between 45th and 46th Ave).  The Butterfly Joint is offering a pick up and return service for Lafayette students to and from campus for the above classes.  Teacher Danny will pick up Kindergarteners in front of their classrooms at 1:45pm. Grades 1-5 will meet teacher Danny in front of the flagpole at 1:50pm and take a short walk through the neighborhood to Butterfly Joint together.  Guardians may pick up children at the end of the class from the Butterfly Joint. Return services to Lafayette campus also available to students enrolled in on campus YMCA and RDNC programs for $2 per trip. Look for teachers holding Butterfly Joint signs for the first few weeks at pick up.

NEW – Hi-Five Sports After School Club (K-4th) @ Hi-Five Sports – 5411 Geary (btw 18th and 19th Ave)

Day/Time: Friday 2-6pm  Semester runs from September 7th – December 21st (NO CLASS November 23rd)

Fee: $499.00 for 15 week session/$40 per day drop-in

Class Size: min 5, max 20

Open to children K-4th grade at any sports skill level. Hi-Five After school club is a mini version of our famous Hi-Five Sports Camp that has thrived for over 28 years. The program will allow children to get a taste of a variety of sports under the guidance of great coaches encouraging sportsmanship, teamwork, and most of all fun! While we focus mainly on the core team sports offered at our summer camp we’ll play a wide variety of schoolyard games that get the kids moving and competing.  From time to time we will take field trips to local parks.

Our after school club will be taught by both Coach Christian and Coach Joey. Coach Christian started his career with Hi-Five just mere 4 years ago at our Peninsula location while a student at Menlo College. A dual sport athlete at Menlo playing soccer and football, Christian carried his love for sports over to Hi-Five SF and worked his way through the ranks with his uncanny ability to work with children. Coach Joey has been a key part of Hi-Five Sports since its opening in 2014. His skills are utilized in a wide variety of ways including being our birthday party coordinator, assistant camp director, and offsite event coordinator. Coach Joey is currently studying for his communications degree at San Francisco State University.

Sign up: Prior to signing up an account must be made on the Hi-Five website. Once an account is made registration can be completed at Parents can register for the whole 15 week session or as a drop in.

Questions: or call 415-592-9668

** Pick up information – This is an OFF CAMPUS class.  All participating students meet Hi-Five coaches at the front office at 1:45/1:50pm.  Coaches take roll, and leave from school in a Hi-Five shuttle. Parents pick up children from Hi-Five Sports Zone located at 5411 Geary Blvd (between 18th & 19th Ave) anytime up to 6pm. There will be no return to Lafayette.  Hi-Five Sports will pick up at 12:45/12:50 for parent teacher conference week (Nov 30, 2018)

These off campus classes may have semester dates that differ from on campus classes.  Please note start and end dates.