Bayside Afternoon Classes

Winter 2018

Important Details

Registration for these popular, optional after-school classes is on a first-paid, first-served basis, and classes often fill up quickly.

Be sure to read the class descriptions to determine the ages of the students who may attend and the date and time of each class. Primary parents, please note that Primary Bayside Afternoon Classes are for children who are 4 years of age and older by the time of the first session. A child must be a current Elementary student to be registered for an Elementary BAC class.

If a particular class fills up before the deadline, a wait list will be formed for that class, and parents will be notified if a space becomes available. Arrangements can be made for children in our additional school care program (ASC) to participate in BAC.

Once enrolled, if a child withdraws before the first class, 100% of the entire class fee will be refunded. If a child withdraws after the first class, 100% of the entire class fee LESS the payment for the first class will be refunded. After the second class has taken place, there are no refunds. Enrollment is closed after the second class.

If by the end of the second class it is determined that the child is unable to cooperate and participate appropriately, you will be contacted by the teacher and may be asked to withdraw your child from the class. A pro-rated refund for the remaining classes will be given.

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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: January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, (no class February 21), February 28, March 7
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $440

Fridays, 3-4:30 PM
6 sessions: January 12, January 19, January 26, (no class February 2), February 9, (no class February 16), (no class February 23), March 2, (no class March 9), March 16
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $330

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.

Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, (no class February 20), February 27, March 6
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Nature Walk - Paseo por la Naturaleza

Vamos a caminar! Take a stroll around your school grounds and soak up the sights and sounds of nature while expanding Spanish vocabulary related to nature, senses, sounds. A fun outside activity allowing your children to experience the simple pleasures of nature. I see (veo)… I smell (huelo)… I hear (oigo)… I touch (toco)…

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.

Strumming and Drumming with Jonathan Green
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: January 8, (no class January 15), January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, (no class February 19), February 26, March 5, March 12
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

In Strumming and Drumming, we have a blast developing the fundamental building blocks of music (rhythm and tonality) while working within the magic and spirit of theater and musical improvisation. Utilizing instruments like djembe drums, ukeleles, various percussion instruments, and xylophones, we improvise musical stories, play Orff-inspired musical games, and make up our own songs. We also bring music into our bodies (and blow off steam!) through dance and body percussion. All in all, kids learn to associate music with fun, and develop their ability to freely and constructively improvise in the moment, while building a foundation for a lifetime’s enjoyment of music and theater.

Jonathan Green has been teaching music and theater to young children in the Bay Area for over 10 years and over 20 years overall. He is a singer-songwriter and writer-actor-director living in Fairfax. www.jonathangreenmusic.com. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Jonathan at (415) 259-7767 or singsongwriter@gmail.com.

Elementary Classes

Upper Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Upper Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, (no class February 20), February 27, March 6
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $280

Science Club this winter will explore the lives and works of the men and women who have led the advancement of science through the ages. Each week will feature a famous scientist or mathematician whose work students will explore through experiments that demonstrate his/her notable scientific breakthroughs. From mathematician Archimedes explaining why boats float and rocks don’t, to marine biologist Rachel Carson helping us understand how pollution harms the environment, students will be introduced to the methods that scientists use to explore the world and make new discoveries. Science Club is structured so students can make their own scientific breakthroughs using self-paced, hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Each class starts with a story and discussion of our featured scientist followed by individual and/or group experiments and activities.

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.

Lower Elementary Astronaut Training with Dan Kane
For Lower Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, (no class February 22), March 1, March 8
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. To prepare your future astronauts, we'll tackle a new engineering challenge every week. Projects will include basic electronic circuits, mechanical design, DC motors, solar cells, gears, sound, light, and of course, rockets! We will emphasize hands-on exploration of how things work and how they are built. The projects we do will all incorporate creative and mathematical thinking, and most importantly, they will be fun. All activities are designed with both girls and boys in mind since both women and men will continue to be well represented in future NASA astronaut classes. If time allows, we will include a 15-minute workout to burn off steam and promote physical fitness.

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 Matt Stratton
For Lower and Upper Elementary students 6-12 years old
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, (no class February 21), February 28, March 7
Class minimum/maximum: 10/20
Registration: $280

The possible moves in a game of chess outnumber the atoms in the observable universe. Due to this seemingly infinite complexity, this game comprised of 6 different types of playing pieces on an 8x8 board can provide countless hours of concentration, joy, and recreation. In this class we will introduce and explore the movements and capabilities of the pieces through a set of challenges that is set up for individuals and small groups. Each class will include scenarios and new ways to think about piece movement that will help players approach the game in a whole new way, challenging those brand new to the game and the most seasoned players alike. The class is designed in a way that merges concepts of Montessori with the challenges of the game, allowing exploration and in-depth discovery to help ignite lifelong interest in chess.

Matt is a longtime lover of chess with over 20 years of playing experience. He is currently the Burrowing Owl classroom assistant and has helped run the Additional School Care (ASC) program at Marin Montessori for the last two years. He helped found chess clubs in his elementary school and high school and still plays chess every day. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Matt at mstratton@marinmontessori.org.

Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: January 11, January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, (no class February 22), March 1, March 8
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Musica

Music is one of the most appealing and effective entry points into a new language and culture. When used for background or listening experiences, music adds to the authenticity of the language setting. Songs learned in Spanish have the double benefit of giving students experience with an important dimension of Spanish and helping them internalize sounds, vocabulary, rhythms, and structures of the new language. We will be listening to music, learning songs, and watching dances from Spanish-speaking countries. Vamos a escuchar musica y a bailar. Flamenco, Tango, Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, and Porro are just a few!

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.

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