Bayside Afternoon Classes

Spring 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. Any materials fee is forfeited by the parents. 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.

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: March 28, April 4, (no class April 11), April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $440

Fridays, 3-4:30 PM
6 sessions: (no class March 30), April 6, (no class April 13), April 20, (no class April 27), (no class May 4), May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $330

If your child was registered in the fall or winter sessions of this class, we ask that you do NOT register for the spring session in order to give those who have not had the opportunity to enjoy this very popular class the opportunity to do so.

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: March 27, April 3, (no class April 10), April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
8 sessions: March 29, April 5, (no class April 12), April 19, (no class April 26), May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31
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

Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: March 27, April 3, (no class April 10), April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
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

Strumming and Drumming with Jonathan Green
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: (no class March 26), April 2, (no class April 9), April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, (no class May 28), June 4
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, and various percussion instruments, 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. 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. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Jonathan at (415) 259-7767 or

Art with Pippa Whelan
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: March 28, April 4, (no class April 11), April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280 and $20 materials fee

Primary students are offered an additional look at the principles of art through exciting weekly themes: Introduction to Color and Symmetry, Watercolor Blow Art, Recycle Collage, Geography Newsprint, Modern Abstract, Silhouettes, Mixed Media Collage, 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 is currently the Quail classroom assistant. 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. If you have specific questions regarding the class, you may contact Pippa at

Elementary Classes

Upper Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Upper Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: March 27, April 3, (no class April 10), April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $280

Science Club this spring will continue to 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 astronomer Edwin Hubble mapping the universe, to microbiologist Louis Pasteur discovering that the growth of micro-organisms is responsible for rotten milk, 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
Mondays, 3:30-4:45 PM
6 sessions: (no class March 26), April 2, (no class April 9), (no class April 16), April 23, April 30, May 7, (no class May 14), May 21, (no class May 28), (no class June 4), June 11
Class minimum/maximum: 6/6
Registration: $210

This class will repeat the curriculum that was offered in the winter session, so we advise that students who were registered in the last session not be registered for the spring session.

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
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: March 28, April 4, (no class April 11), (no class April 18), April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30
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

Elementary Art with Frances Fitzpatrick
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: March 27, April 3, (no class April 10), (no class April 17), April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
Class minimum/maximum: 6/16
Registration: $280 and a $25 materials fee

Art classes will explore the eight elements of art. Each week will highlight one element and one well-known artist’s use of that element. We will begin each class with a lesson and discussion of the element, followed by a lesson to practice and develop the element. Various mediums will be introduced to explore the concepts.

Frances received her AMI Elementary training diploma in 1972 from the AMI International Center for Montessori Studies in Bergamo, Italy. During her 45 years of experience teaching in Montessori Elementary classrooms, she has developed countless lessons to help children explore the elements of art.

Frances grew up in Texas and moved to the Los Angeles area in high school. While finishing her high school and college education, she worked as an aide in a Montessori Toddler classroom and later as an aide in a Montessori Primary classroom. She knew immediately she had found her life’s work!

If you have any questions, you may contact Frances at