Bayside Afternoon Classes

Fall 2017

Primary Classes

Red Tail Fox Adventure & Kinship Club with Deans Keppel
For Primary students 4-6 years old

Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $440

Fridays, 3-4:30 PM
7 sessions: September 22, September 29, (no class October 6), October 13, October 20, (no class October 27), November 3, (no class November 10), November 17, (no class November 24), December 1
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $385

Deans Keppel has instructed MMS children in Native American Art and Lore for our extra-curricular classes since 1991. A Red Tail Fox is intelligent, aware, and quiet as he makes his way through the woods; as children adventure with Deans, they learn the lessons of Fox: to pay attention, to be self-reliant, to work and play harmoniously with each other. Children will develop an adventurous spirit and love for nature as they explore the marsh, shoot the bow and arrow, and make beautiful totem art. Positive attitude training and leadership skills will serve children well in their everyday relationships. They will gain a great understanding of their sacred place and purpose, inspired by stories about the Native Americans and their KINSHIP with all life. Songs, drumming, games, art, and snack are all packed into a dynamic session of fun.

Deans "Bright Eyes" Keppel is an artist, storyteller and whole-life teacher. She has a Master's degree in Fine Arts and has received numerous community arts grants from the Marin Arts Council for her project, “The Golden Key: Character Education through the Arts.” She has been designated a master teacher by the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Her goal is to help create a generation of children who love the earth and who care about each other. If you have specific questions regarding the class, you may call Deans at (415) 454-4187.

Soccer Skills Class with Joey Heusler
For Primary students 4-6 years old

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, (no class October 26), November 2, November 9, November 16, (no class November 23), November 30
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

This lively after school class will give your child the opportunity to learn soccer skills in a fun-loving, non-threatening environment. The main objectives of this class are to have fun, build confidence, and teach ball skills in a playful and child-oriented way. Games like "Catch the Coach," "Kick the Cone," and "Steal the Bacon" entice the children to kick and dribble the ball without getting too intimidated by the task. Cooperation and the joy of working with the ball and playing games with friends are always emphasized over competition, and there is no winning or losing in this class!

About the Coach: Joey Heusler has been teaching and coaching children and youth in physical education and personal fitness for 20+ years. She led the Primary movement program at MMS and a physical education program for the older Primary students for five years. Joey grew up playing soccer in Germany and has had a life-long passion and love for the sport. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Joey at joeyloveswhales@gmail.com.

Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Thursday, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, (no class October 26), November 2, November 9, November 16, (no class November 23), November 30
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Primary Spanish classes will expose children to the language through a variety of fun activities. This dynamic class incorporates music, dance, rhymes, and interactive play to keep children engaged and immersed in the language.

Mishelle Ordosgoitia grew up in Cartagena, a city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. After graduating high school she moved to Virginia to attend college. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies with an emphasis on Latin America, and also studied abroad at the University of Cadiz in Spain. Mishelle earned a Master of Science in Education and an AMI Elementary diploma and has taught Spanish to primary, lower elementary, and upper elementary Montessori students. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Mishelle at mordosgoitia@marinmontessori.org.

Elementary Classes

Lower Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Lower Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $280

Our children encounter science every day. The Science Club will help guide Lower Elementary students in their continuing discovery of how science is all around them and why it plays an important role in their lives. From making simple machines do work to exploring color and light to understanding more about the earth beneath them, this class will allow children to ask questions and perform hands-on activities to find the answers. Each self-paced weekly lab session will focus on a particular scientific topic, including simple physics, chemistry, magnetism, marsh ecology, geology, weather, and the solar system. The instructor, with occasional assistance from special guests, will help direct the young scientists through several exhibits and prepared experiments designed to help children learn more about the scientific method. Learning science is fun...this class intends to keep it that way.

Pete Hudson is a registered professional engineering geologist and the co-founder of Sutro Science LLC, a Marin County-based geo-sciences consulting firm. He has led the BAC Science Club since September 2013. Pete has a keen interest in all areas of science and enjoys sharing that interest with tomorrow’s scientists. He has been a docent at Angel Island State Park and the Bay Area Discovery Museum and has provided supplemental science instruction at several elementary schools. Pete is a long-time MMS parent; his two sons are currently in the Upper Elementary. If you have questions regarding the class, you may call Pete at (415) 717-6469.

Upper Elementary Astronaut Training with Dan Kane
For Upper Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: September 28, October 5, (no class October 12), October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, (no class November 23), November 30
Class minimum/maximum: 6/6
Registration: $280

According to the NASA website, candidates for the astronaut training program must have a strong background in engineering, math, or science. They also face physical challenges that require excellent fitness. To insure that your future astronaut is ready for the physical rigors of space travel, we’ll begin each session with 10-15 minutes of physical activity. After a full day in school, there is nothing like exercise to focus and calm the mind. After the short workout and a snack, we’ll tackle an engineering challenge. Projects will include basic electronic circuits, mechanical design, DC motors, solar cells, gears, sound, light, and even topo map and compass use. We will emphasize hands-on exploration of how things work, and how they are built.

Dan Kane has degrees in both physics and electrical engineering. He worked for many years designing fiber optic communications equipment. He is also passionate about fitness, and he regularly runs trails throughout the Marin Headlands, swims in San Francisco Bay, and climbs remote peaks in the high Sierra. He is excited to share his enthusiasm for science, engineering, and exercise with tomorrow’s astronauts, scientists, and engineers. Dan has been a member of the MMS Parents’ Association Executive Committee, and his daughter is in the Lower Elementary. If you have questions regarding the class you may call Dan at (415) 377-6252.

Chess with Adam Littke
For Lower and Upper Elementary students 6-12 years old
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15
Class minimum/maximum: 10/20
Registration: $280

Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self-esteem, respect for others, patience, and good manners and sportsmanship. And did we mention it’s FUN! This class will focus on: rules and object of the game, basic movement of the pieces, common tactics and combinations, simple checkmate patterns, opening strategy, and checkmate with minimal material.

Boards and sets are provided for the classes.

Adam Littke has been teaching and coaching children and youth chess for several years, through private one-on-one lessons and in schools throughout the Bay Area. Many of his current students compete successfully in both scholastic and adult chess tournaments. He has over 35 years of experience playing chess, both nationally and internationally. He was ranked in the top 30 in Canada as a teenager and has won numerous titles including the 1989 Canadian Grade 9 Champion, 1989-1990 Canadian Under 16 Chess Champion, and 1991 Canadian Junior Blitz Champion. He is currently still ranked in the top 100 in Canada and top 1000 in North America. Adam learned chess at age 5 and has had a life-long passion and love for chess and for teaching it to kids. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Adam at alittke2002@yahoo.com.

Basketball Fundamentals with Deap Ubhi
For Lower Elementary students
Monday, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 25, October 2, (no class October 9), October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Basketball Fundamentals will introduce your child to some of the building blocks of basketball. In a fun and “gamified” environment, we will learn the importance of conditioning, footwork, ball handling, defensive positioning, and ultimately, scoring the basketball (shooting drills, layup drills, etc.).

Deap Ubhi has been playing basketball competitively since elementary school. He played varsity high school basketball in Marin County and was a practice player for the UC Davis D2 championship team in 1997/1998. He can be found playing pickup basketball most days of the week at either Caledonia Street in Sausalito or at the Bay Club in Corte Madera. Deap is a MMS parent with daughters in Primary and Elementary. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Deap at ubhideap@gmail.com.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids with Sky Hegedus
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

This approach to yoga and mindfulness incorporates five key elements in each session: Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus, and Relax. Within these elements students are taught fundamental life skills that are immediately available for daily use. The class provides tools that help all children navigate their life experiences and emotions, and improve their focus and concentration skills. It helps build students’ emotional regulation capacity, develop resilience, and empower them to make healthy life choices.

It is a simple way to make students’ lives happier and healthier, increase their capacity to learn effectively, manage their emotions, regulate their own behavior, and achieve personal and academic success.

Instructor Sky Hegedus received her yoga and mindfulness for kids training through Little Flower Yoga and is certified through Yoga Alliance. She is also a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, life coach, and energy healer. She owns Pilates Studio Tiburon, where she offers yoga, Pilates, mindfulness/meditation, and healing to all ages. In her classes she loves to create a space for joyful exploration and sharing of ideas, providing an environment of support and encouragement, where children can feel safe and respected, and find enjoyment and success in a non-competitive physical activity. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Sky at (415) 408-1477 or at skydare2b@gmail.com.


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