Bayside Afternoon Classes

Fall 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.

Primary BAC Classes Registration

Elementary BAC Classes Registration

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: September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $440

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: September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, (no class October 25), November 1, November 8, November 15, (no class November 22), November 29
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 joeyloveswhales@gmail.com.


Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280 and $20 food fee

In this fun, sensorial- and language-rich class we will be savoring and tasting delicious organic fruits and vegetables while expanding our Spanish vocabulary. We will be learning language related to fruits, vegetables, dining utensils, sharing likes and dislikes, grace and courtesy, and conversational Spanish around the table. Each week we will have fruits and vegetables of one color, review our colors en Español, talk about the texture and feel of each food item, and build appreciation for the varieties of fruits we have and where they come from. I will be bringing as many tropical and foreign fruits as possible to expand their pallets while developing a positive attitude, excitement, and interest around trying new flavors and textures. I will be sharing some pictures of fruits I grew up eating in Colombia during my childhood, and other delicious rare fruits I discovered during my time living in Spain and during my travels throughout Latin America. Organic, healthy snack will be provided.

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.


Art with Pippa Whelan
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14
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 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 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 (415) 240-3878.

Primary BAC Classes Registration


Elementary Classes

Lower Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Lower Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $280

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


Spanish with Mishelle Ordosgoitia
For Lower and Upper Elementary Students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, (no class October 25), November 1, November 8, November 15, (no class November 22), November 29
Class minimum/maximum: 8/10
Registration: $280 and $20 food fee

In this fun, sensorial- and language-rich class we will be savoring and tasting delicious organic fruits and vegetables while expanding our Spanish vocabulary. We will be learning language related to fruits, vegetables, dining utensils, sharing likes and dislikes, grace and courtesy, and conversational Spanish around the table.

Each week we will have fruits and vegetables of one color, review our colors en Español, talk about the texture and feel of each food item, and build appreciation for the varieties of fruits we have and where they come from. I will be bringing as many tropical and foreign fruits as possible to expand their pallets while developing a positive attitude, excitement, and interest around trying new flavors and textures. I will be sharing some pictures of fruits I grew up eating in Colombia during my childhood and other delicious rare fruits I discovered during my time living in Spain and during my travels throughout Latin America. Organic, healthy snack will be provided. Each student will also have the opportunity to create their own Loteria game, crossword puzzle, word search, and/or memory game cards to encourage practicing Spanish at home with fun games created by them.

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: September 26, October 3, October 10, (no class on October 17), October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, (no class on November 21 and 28), December 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 Soccer with Matt Stratton
For Lower and Upper Elementary students
Mondays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: September 24, October 1, (no class October 8 and 15), October 22, October 29, (no class November 5), November 12, November 19, November 26, December 3
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

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 a engaging and fun way. With game-based activities that focus on individual skills and cooperative play, through shared objectives and dynamic problem solving that build in complexity each week.

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 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.

Elementary BAC Classes Registration