Bayside Afternoon Classes

Spring 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 Spring Classes will be pulled via ACH withdrawal on Friday, April 20.

To submit your class choice request(s), go to https://sfo.inresonance.com/marinmontessori/index.php. Use the email and password you used when signing your enrollment contract. If you do not remember your password, click on "Help: I Forgot My Password." Once logged in, click on your student's name to see the BAC form link.

Primary Classes

Music Garden with Meredith Heller
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM
7 sessions: March 30, (no class April 6), April 13, April 20, (no class April 27), May 4, May 11, May 18, (no class May 25), June 1
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $260

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.

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

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
7 sessions: March 31, (no class April 7), (no class April 14), April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $260

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
8 sessions: April 2, (no class April 9), April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

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.

Red Tail Fox Adventure & Kinship Club with Deans Keppel (CLASS IS FULL)
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM
8 sessions: April 1, (no class April 8), April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27
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.

Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Thursday, 3:00-4:00 PM
7 sessions: April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
Class minimum/maximum: 6/20
Registration: $260

In this Spring 2020 Primary BAC Spanish we will be focusing on Communication and Cultures by exploring music, instruments, dancing, costumes, and movement from Spanish-speaking countries including Colombia (Cumbia), Spain (Flamenco) Argentina (Tango), and mucho mas!

This class is not only about teaching a new language but also a new way to see the same idea, one of the most important skills in the 21st century. It might look like children just learned a new vocabulary word, but what they truly get to practice each day is perspective switching: seeing a physical apple, recognizing it and saying it as they know it, “apple,” and then saying it in a new way, “manzana,” allowing that to sound/feel perhaps new/different/funny/weird/exciting (all emotions are ok!), and then still accepting it, embracing it, and celebrating it. With knowledge comes appreciation, and with appreciation we might be more open to learn, to get to know each other – to become more open and kind human beings and get to see the best in each other, and hopefully create a more peaceful world. That is the true gift of learning a new language.

Snack will be provided, but feel free to send snack with your child if preferred.

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

Elementary Soccer with Matt Stratton
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Monday, 3:15-4:15 PM
6 sessions: March 30, (no class April 6), April 13, (no class April 20), (no class April 27), May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $225

I'm attracted to soccer's capacity for grace and beauty. When it is well played it becomes a dance with a ball. In this after school class we will build skills in an engaging and fun way: with game-based activities that focus on individual skills and cooperative play, and through shared objectives and dynamic problem solving that build in complexity each week.

Matt Stratton is currently the classroom assistant in the Chickadee community and is taking the Elementary training. He has been teaching and coaching youth sports for over 10 years. He grew up playing soccer, with personal accolades including being selected to the Olympic Development Team and the first team All State. This course will be tailored to be approachable for all skill levels and elementary ages. 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
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 PM
7 sessions: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26
Class minimum/maximum: 8/20
Registration: $260

National standards for foreign language education center around five goals: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. In this Spring 2020 Elementary BAC Spanish we will be creating our own interactive notebooks. It is a great way to get a taste of all the richness that can come from learning a new language, and we are able to learn a bit of each standard.

With knowledge of a new language comes appreciation, and with appreciation we might be more open to learn, to get to know each other – to become more open and kind human beings and see the best in each other, and hopefully create a more peaceful world. That is the true gift of learning a new language.

Snack will be provided, but feel free to send snack with your child if preferred.

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.

Jewelry Making and Design with Dragonfly Designs
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 PM
8 sessions: March 31, (no class April 7), April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26 Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

Our newly designed Jewelry Making class begins with the creation of an Art Journal where students will document new techniques learned throughout class. Students will begin with the basics by getting to know the tools of the trade and practicing jewelry making skills such as crimping, measuring and designing their own pieces and patterns. Once the basics have been mastered, students will advance to more complex techniques such as wire work, and stamping & dapping on metal. We use only the highest quality findings, freshwater pearls, and Czech glass beads and work to develop the skills to empower children to independently make their own jewelry long after the jewelry class ends. Learning an art form such as jewelry making comes with numerous benefits, such as improved concentration, mindful thinking, the capability to think about complex ideas and turn them into reality, and works as an excellent stress reducer!

Projects may include the following: Beaded Bracelets & Necklaces; Earrings; Stamped Charms; Holiday-themed Jewelry; Rings; Wire & Fiber Jewelry; Beaded Wire Animals; Woven Cord Bracelets; Chokers; Two-Strand Beaded Designs; Seed Bead Jewelry.

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
6 sessions: April 1, (no class April 8), April 15, (no class April 22), (no class April 29), May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27
Class minimum/maximum: 10/20
Registration: $225

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.

Lower Elementary Astronaut Training with Dan Kane (CLASS IS FULL)
For Lower Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:15-4:30 PM
6 sessions: April 2, (no class April 9), April 16, April 3, April 30, (no class May 7), May 14, May 21
Class minimum/maximum: 6/6
Registration: $225 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.