Bayside Afternoon Classes

Spring 2019

Registration is closed, except for Elementary Chess (see below). To register for Chess, please email us at: registrar@marinmontessori.org

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, her 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 March 28.

Primary Classes

ALL PRIMARY CLASSES ARE FULL.

Red Tail Fox Adventure & Kinship Club with Deans Keppel
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY CLASSES ARE FULL

For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM
8 sessions: April 3, (no class April 10), April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $440

Fridays, 3-4:30 PM
6 sessions: April 5, (no class April 12), April 19, (no class April 26 & May 3), May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31
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.

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

TUESDAY & THURSDAY CLASSES ARE FULL

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
7 sessions: April 2, (no class April 9), (no class April 16), April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $245

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

7 sessions: April 4, (no class April 11), April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, (no class May 30)

Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $245

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
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM

CLASS IS FULL

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: $280

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? Listos?

Duck, Duck, Goose (Pato, Pato, Ganzo), Simon Says... (Simón dice...)
I Spy (Veo veo)…

Let’s play! Vamos a jugar!

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.

Music and Movement with Bridget Harcey
For Primary students 4-6 years old

CLASS IS CANCELLED

Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM
7 sessions: April 1, (no class April 8), April 15, April 22, (no class April 29), May 6, May 13, May 20, (no class May 27), June 3
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $245

We will explore together through music and movement! We will play instruments, sing, dance, and develop story lines through these modes of expression. This will involve keen attention to the group activity, developing sensitivity toward self-expression as we explore the qualities of music including rhythm, pitch, and dynamics. We will move our bodies exploring the qualities of movement (percussive, sustained, suspended…) and engage in a kind of physical self-control that helps to integrate the body through balance and control.

This class will emphasize the conversation that exists when people get together to make music and move their bodies. A safe environment will be created to allow each child to feel welcome to join in and share. We will learn music from a variety of genre and from many parts of the world as an extension to the geography curriculum that is offered in the classrooms.

What will your child get out of this? A fun and structured interactive experience with a small group of friends who enjoy a playful conversation through music and dance.

Bridget Harcey is a Primary guide currently assisting in the Quail classroom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from UCLA. She has loved dancing her whole life with a focus on various types of partner dancing, modern, and Bharatanatyam. Singing is also a passion, and she has studied Cuban and African drumming. Bridget is part of a community of musicians and dancers that gathers regularly to move and make music. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Bridget at bharcey@marinmontessori.org.

Art with Pippa Whelan
For Primary students 4-6 years old

CLASS IS FULL

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: April 3, (no class April 10), April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280 and $20 materials fee (includes apron, paint brush, palette)

Primary students are offered an additional look at the principles of art through exciting weekly themes: Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Watercolor, Realist Paintings, Family Drawings, Silhouettes, Abstract Art, Watercolor Animals, Cartooning 101. The class allows children to develop at their own pace. Each project encourages independence, while supporting children in caring for their environment. The idea is to explore creativity while also maintaining structure and order, reality and nature, beauty and atmosphere, and the development of community life. Children will have the opportunity to nurture the love of learning through artwork.

Pippa was the Quail classroom assistant for several years. She studied art in Dublin, Ireland, and is passionate about painting. Her art has been displayed in restaurants throughout Marin, Sonoma, and Napa, and as far away as Dublin Hospital. Pippa has been awarded 1st and 2nd place poster artist in Sonoma’s Vintage Festivals. Her website shows the variety of mediums she explores. www.PippaWhelanArtwork.com. If you have specific questions regarding the class, you may contact Pippa at pipswhelan@gmail.com.

Elementary Classes

Upper Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
CLASS IS CANCELLED

For Upper Elementary students: Students who have not taken the class before will be given preference.
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 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: 6/8
Registration: $280

Science Club will explore the lives and works of those who have led the advancement of science through the ages. Each week will feature a famous scientists or inventor whose work students will explore through experiments that demonstrate their notable scientific breakthroughs. From astronomer/physicist Galileo and the scientific method to Thomas Edison shedding light on electricity in the 20th century, students will be introduced to the methods that scientists and inventors use to explore the world and make new discoveries. Science Club is structured so students can make their own scientific breakthrough using self-paced, hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and group projects. Each day starts with a story and discussion of our featured scientist/inventor 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 at the Junior High. 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: Students who have not taken the class before will be given preference.

CLASS IS FULL

Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
6 sessions: April 25, May 2, May 9, (no class May 16), May 23, May 30, June

4

Class minimum/maximum: 6/6
Registration: $210 and $40 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 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.

Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Lower and Upper Elementary students

CLASS IS FULL

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: April 4, (no class April 11), April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Mi pasaporte al mundo hispanohablante - My Passport to the Spanish-speaking World

This class will engage students in learning about culture, geography, and interesting facts about various Spanish-speaking countries. Students will "travel" from "country" to "country" throughout our eight-week session and fill out their passport along the way. España? Argentina? Colombia? Peru? Vamos!

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.

Chess with Matt Stratton
For Lower and Upper Elementary students 6-12 years old
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5
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 Red Tailed Hawk classroom assistant. 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.

Elementary Ultimate Frisbee with Matt Stratton

CLASS IS CANCELLED

For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Monday, 3:30-4:30 PM
7 sessions: April 15, April 22, (no class April 29), May 6, May 13, May 20, (no class May 27), June 3, June 10
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $245

Striking the delicate balance between spirit and sport, Ultimate Frisbee is unique in the way that it cultivates sportsmanship. Ultimate Frisbee relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. This course will build fundamental skills for playing ultimate frisbee through cooperative, competitive play focusing on establishing positive connections to movement and sport.

Matt Stratton is currently the classroom assistant in the Red Tailed Hawk community and has been teaching and coaching youth sports for over 10 years. He has coached and taught ultimate to many age groups including youth, college and adults. 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.

Ultimate Frisbee Grit and Grace