Bayside Afternoon Classes

Winter 2020

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.

PLEASE NOTE CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancellations will only be accepted two weeks prior to the first class. After that, you will be fully obligated. If the teacher determines the class is not a good fit for your child, he or she will contact you after the first class and may recommend that you withdraw your child from the class. In this case, a pro-rated refund for the remaining classes will be given.

PLEASE NOTE PAYMENT POLICY:
Marin Montessori does not accept credit card payments for BAC classes and instead will process an ACH payment. The total due for all confirmed BAC Fall Classes will be pulled via ACH withdrawal on January 20.

Primary Classes

Music Garden with Meredith Heller
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: January 13, (no class January 20), January 27, February 3, February 10, (no class February 17), February 24, March 2, March 9, March 16
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

Join our musical community! A welcoming environment to sing and dance, learn melody and rhythm, invent new songs, and embody the music. According to neuroscience, making music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout. We will engage our whole beings to learn, play, share, express, make new friends, and boost the immune system while having fun! Our songs will carry into all areas of your child’s life, bringing joy and freedom of creative and musical expression.

Meredith Heller is a performing poet and singer/songwriter with graduate degrees in writing and education. She has been singing since “before she could talk” and believes music is our first language. She was the director and teacher of Mount Tam Music Together in Marin. She teaches music classes for children, coaches voice, guitar, and songwriting, leads poetry writing workshops for teens, and hosts Siren Song, a women’s singer/songwriter night. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Meredith at meredithhellermusic@gmail.com.

Spanish with Gloria Pastor
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, (no class February 18), February 25, March 3, March 10
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

Juegos, juegos y más juegos! - Games, Games, and More Games!

There will be lots of movement in this class. Children will increase their vocabulary knowledge through games. Ready to play? Listos para jugar? Duck, Duck, Goose (Pato, Pato, Ganzo), Simon Says (Simón dice), I Spy (Veo veo), and Bingo (Loteria), just to name a few.

Let’s play! Vamos a jugar!

Gloria graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Psychology in 2008. Her passion for early childhood education developed during the five years she spent working at a preschool for emotionally troubled children. Gloria received her AMS early childhood education credential in 2017 and has just completed her first summer in the A to I AMI training course. Gloria joined the MMS community in 2016 and has been the Spanish-speaking assistant in the toddler community for the last year and a half. She is delighted to substitute for Mishelle Ordosgoitia while Mishelle is on maternity leave and will enjoy “traveling” with the students and help them get to know the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Gloria at gpastor@marinmontessori.org.

Red Tail Fox Adventure & Kinship Club with Deans Keppel
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM
8 sessions: January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, (no class February 19), (no class February 26), March 4, March 11, March 18
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $460

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.

Elementary Classes

Lower Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Lower Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:30 PM
8 sessions: January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, (no class February 18), February 25, March 3, March 10
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $295

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 Junior High. If you have questions regarding the class, you may call Pete at (415) 717-6469.

Textiles & Fiber Arts with Dragonfly Designs
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 PM
8 sessions: January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11, (no class February 18), February 25, March 3, March 10
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

Explore the warm and colorful world of textiles and fiber arts while creating fun projects and learning useful life skills! Techniques such as sewing, embroidery, wool felting, weaving, screen printing, macramé, dyeing, stamping, and fabric painting will be introduced. Students will learn to design, plan, and execute their ideas from an abstract notion into a tangible product.

Projects may include the following: Fabric Covered Journals; Felt Stuffed Animals; Drawstring Bags; Shibori & Batik Dyeing; Wool Felted Keychains; Woven Wall Hangings; Decorative Pillows; Zipper Pouches; Embroidered Patches; Screen-print T-shirts; Tie Dyeing; Decorated Tote Bags; Tassels; Bean Bags; Macramé Wall Hangings.

Since 2005, Dragonfly Designs has been sharing the joy of art and jewelry making with the community in the San Francisco Bay Area. The aim of their family business is to enable children’s creativity through holistic art education. They believe that artistic expression is crucial to healthy development. Art should be an engaging, tactile, and rewarding experience. The goal is to create peaceful and inclusive spaces where each child is empowered to make truly unique treasures by hand. If you have questions regarding the class, you may call (650) 303-1900.

Chess with Matt Stratton
For Lower and Upper Elementary students 6-12 years old
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 PM
8 sessions: January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, (no class February 19), (no class February 26), March 4, March 11, March 18
Class minimum/maximum: 10/20
Registration: $295

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 Chickadee classroom assistant and is taking the AMI Elementary training. 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 Gloria Pastor
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, (no class February 20), February 27, March 5, March 12
Class minimum/maximum: 8/10
Registration: $295

Juegos, juegos y más juegos! - Games, Games, and More Games!

There will be lots of movement in this class. Children will increase their vocabulary knowledge through games. Ready to play? Listos para jugar? Bingo (Loteria), Word Search (Sopa de Letras), Word Puzzles (Rompecabeza), and Hangman (El Ahorcado), just to name a few.

Let’s play! Vamos a jugar!

Gloria graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in psychology in 2008. Her passion for early childhood education developed during the five years she spent working at a preschool for emotionally troubled children. Gloria received her AMS early childhood education credential in 2017 and has just completed her first summer in the A to I AMI training course. Gloria joined the MMS community in 2016 and has been the Spanish-speaking assistant in the toddler community for the last year and a half. She is delighted to substitute for Mishelle Ordosgoitia while she is on maternity leave and will enjoy “traveling” with the students and help them get to know the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Gloria at gpastor@marinmontessori.org.

Upper Elementary Astronaut Training with Dan Kane
For Upper Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 PM
8 sessions: January 16, January 23, (no class January 30), February 6, February 13, (no class February 20), February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19
Class minimum/maximum: 6/6
Registration: $295 and $50 materials fee

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 magnetism. We will emphasize hands-on exploration of how things work and how they are built. The projects will incorporate creative thinking and engineering concepts, and most importantly, they will be fun. All activities are designed with both girls and boys in mind. If time allows, we will include a 10-minute run 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 Belted Kingfisher. If you have questions regarding the class you may call Dan at (415) 377-6252.