Bayside Afternoon Classes

Fall 2019

Classes have begun for all courses except Elementary Spanish, which begins on October 3rd. If you would like to register for that class, please email registrar@marinmontessori.org as soon as possible.

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 September 20.

Primary Classes

Red Tail Fox Adventure & Kinship Club with Deans Keppel
For Primary students 4-6 years old

CLASS IS FULL

Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6
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.

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

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM TUESDAY CLASS IS CANCELED
8 sessions: September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM THURSDAY CLASS IS FULL
8 sessions: September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, (no class October 31), November 7, November 14
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.

Spanish with Gloria Pastor
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5
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.

Art with Pippa Whelan

CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295 and $20 materials fee (includes apron, paint brush, palette)

This eight-week after school art class offers Primary students an additional look at the principles of art through exciting weekly themes: Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Watercolor, Realist Paintings, Family Drawing, Silhouettes, Abstract Art, Watercolor Animals, Cartooning 101. The class allows children to develop at their own pace. Each project encourages independence, while caring for the 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 Ireland. 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.

Music Garden with Meredith Heller
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Mondays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, (no class October 14), (no class October 21), October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18
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.

Elementary Classes

Spanish with Gloria Pastor
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
7 sessions: October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, (no class October 31), November 7, November 14, November 21
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $260

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.

Chess with Matt Stratton
For Lower and Upper Elementary students 6-12 years old
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 18, (no class on September 25), October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13
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.

Elementary Soccer with Matt Stratton
CLASS IS FULL

For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Mondays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 16, (no class September 23), September 30, October 7, (no class October 14), October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $295

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.