Mountain Laurel Waldorf School Is Excited To Offer Our Third Block Of After-School Clubs, Beginning March 2nd, 2020.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All classes take place at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School located at 16 South Chestnut Street in the village of New Paltz (unless otherwise noted). Courses are run by teachers, parents, and professionals in specialized fields and mediums. These programs are intended to offer students from both MLWS and neighboring schools the opportunity to learn new disciplines, expand their horizons, and create new, lasting relationships.

Unless otherwise noted, classes offered during our first session, will run from March 2nd through May 1st. Except where noted, clubs run from 3pm – 5pm, with a snack and open play offered between 3pm-3.30pm. Prices listed below are for the full session. Prorated rolling admissions accepted.

Monday Clubs

Craft, Create & Connect with Shannon Mooney
Open to All Ages, $150
Classes will be held on: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 20, 27
3:00pm – 5:00pm

This class is designed to develop handwork and craft skills while working with natural materials to create an object of beauty.  Perhaps a gift for a friend or family member? Or something to keep all your own! We will work with various materials, wool, cotton, hemp, and paper, in ways that engage creativity and the senses while exploring color and harmony within each small project. The projects will be chosen to meet each child’s skill level.

About Shannon
Shannon has a B.A. in English and French from SUNY Albany.  She is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Shannon worked for Banyan Botanicals where she was the editor-in-chief of the Ayurvedic Insight newsletter for several years.  She continued Ayurvedic studies with Alakananda Ma at Alandi Ashram in Boulder, CO. Shannon enjoyed teaching yoga and Ayurvedic workshops in Madison, WI and Chicago.  After having her own children, she began to delve deeper into Anthroposophy, fiber arts, and the holistic approach of Waldorf education. She has been the assistant Handwork teacher at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, NY.  Completing her four-year training in the Applied Arts program at the Fiber Craft Studio at Sunbridge in Chestnut Ridge, she taught Handwork at Primrose Hill School, in Rhinebeck, NY.

Fencing with Cezary Ciaglo
Open to 6th – 12th grade, $210 (includes equipment)
Classes will be held on: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 20, 27
3:30pm – 5:00pm

Fencing is an extremely useful tool in developing a child’s ability to focus, sharpen their concentration and learn how to strategize. This newfound ability can carry over into academics and other areas of the child’s life. Fencers also develop good hand-eye coordination, balance, and quick reflexes. Mr. Ciaglo will be introducing the art of Sabre Fencing, which stems from the traditional form and brings with it both etiquette and poise. Last but not least, it’s fun! Equipment included.

About Cezary
Originally from Poland, Cezary was 10 years old when he was sent to public ballet school in Warsaw. He studied there for nine years, followed by 10 years as a dancer with the Grand Theatre of Warsaw. He discovered the art of fencing in his early teens and has been pursuing this ancient sport ever since. In his early 20s, Cezary developed an interest in anthroposophy and went to Hanover, Germany, to learn eurythmy.  After five years of study, Cezary brought this art form to Poland, becoming the first Polish eurythmist since WWII. After several years teaching eurythmy in Poland’s public and private schools (including Waldorf), Cezary moved to the United States in the early ’90s, working at Waldorf schools in Olympia, WA, and Keene, NH.  He has also been a longtime adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England’s Waldorf Teacher Education program.  An active member of the Anthroposophical Society for the last 30 years, Cezary’s passions include magic and fencing.

Tuesday Clubs

Cooking & Potions with Zoe Supina
Open to 1st – 6th grade, $170
Classes will be held on: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28
3:00pm – 5:00pm

This fun club will teach students about herbs and their magical powers.  Students will also learn to create and concoct using healthy and delicious ingredients.  The club will take place in the beautiful nursery classroom.

About Zoe
Zoe has been working with children for the past 6 years in various settings. She received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in May of 2019. She was first introduced to Waldorf Education during the summer of 2017 while working at the Nature Place Day Camp on the Green Meadow Waldorf School campus. She quickly realized that this philosophy greatly aligned with her values and has continued to shape them since. Upon returning to New Paltz that Fall, she began conducting her fieldwork in Preston Neel’s class. Since then she’s had the privilege of working at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School as an aftercare teacher, a substitute teacher, a student teacher and now an assistant kindergarten teacher. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to be able to work, learn, and grow in this community.

Math Algebra 1 with Glenn Nystrup
Open to 7th – 9th grades only, $240
Classes will be held on: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28
3:30pm – 5:00pm

This amazing opportunity is for 7th through 9th graders who crave challenge in the realm of mathematics. Also helpful for students currently taking Algebra and need support. Work will be geared toward deepening their understanding of Algebra, while also gaining the knowledge to take the Algebra 1 Regents exam if desired. This is an excellent way for 8th graders wishing to take this exam to prepare. A positive score on this test would qualify them for Honors Geometry in the 9th grade.

About Glenn Nystrup
Glenn began his teaching career in a preschool Head Start program and in recent years has been an instructor of varied subjects in colleges in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Between these two bookends of pre and post-secondary schooling, he has taught and mentored students of every age and grade.  Mr. Nystrup holds degrees in Mathematics and in Special Education. His passions have guided his teaching to numerous settings over a wide range of disciplines, including: Multiple academic subjects—all ages; the fine art of stone carving—sculpting with teens and adults; technical rock-climbing along the US east and west coasts—with teens; movement and dance—with teens in New York City; and school navigation for struggling students. Throughout, his aim has been to work with the heart as well as the mind and body, for both himself and students, sharpening perception and knowledge across all personal resources. Mr. Nystrup founded the Hudson Valley Learning Center in 1990, which has served students from scores of school districts in the area. The Center has focused on individual and small-group tutoring for mathematics, test-prep, and other subjects. He is also the author of a recently published book entitled, Anger in the Classroom: Finding Freedom From Anger—which can be found on Amazon and B&N.

Wednesday Clubs

Sculpture Arts with Tricia McCloskey
Open to 3rd – 12th grade, $200 (includes supplies)
Classes will be held on: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Tricia will work with the students in both clay and wood and help them bring their ideas to life.  This club gives students an opportunity to create a unique piece that can be cherished. Also an opportunity to make gifts for a friend or family member!

About Tricia McCloskey
Tricia is a sculptor, artist and teacher.  She attended Massachusetts Art College and received her BFA in Sculpture.  She has worked on large-scale kinetic sculptures and puppetry from Broadway, Las Vegas, and Disney World to small-scale puppetry right here in New Paltz.  She has been a teacher for 16 years. Tricia has taught private art classes, special education, and kindergarten and is now teaching Sculpture at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School.  She loves building and working with others to bring their ideas to life! Tricia has two children and feels that through becoming a mom she has discovered that the children are our teachers.  She loves teaching and is honored to be able to share her love of sculpture and art with others.

Friday Clubs

Street Hockey with Theo Lundin
Open to 4th-8th grade, $97
Classes will be held on: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1
3:00pm – 5:00pm

The students will walk from Mountain Laurel Waldorf School to Hasbrouck Park for a spirited game of street hockey.  Students are sure to come home relaxed and revived after letting go of the day’s stresses through this fun and fast-moving game.

About Theo
Theo has been teaching as a grades teacher in Waldorf Schools for twenty-five years at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School and at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School.  He is currently the third grade teacher at Mountain Laurel.

Build A Boat for the Regatta! with Tricia McCloskey
Open to 4th-8th grade, $200
Classes will be held on: March 13, 20, 27, April 17, 24, May 1. Regatta is June 14.
3:30pm – 5:30pm

This is a unique opportunity for your child to work with an experienced carpenter who will guide them from concept to the actual building of a boat. This club will culminate with entry into the New Paltz Regatta where the club members and teacher will proudly float their creation on the Wallkill River. This event is on June 14th. For more information on the regatta click here.

About Tricia McCloskey
Tricia is a sculptor, artist and teacher.  She attended Massachusetts Art College and received her BFA in Sculpture.  She has worked on large-scale kinetic sculptures and puppetry from Broadway, Las Vegas, and Disney World to small-scale puppetry right here in New Paltz.  She has been a teacher for 16 years. Tricia has taught private art classes, special education, and kindergarten and is now teaching Sculpture at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School.  She loves building and working with others to bring their ideas to life! Tricia has two children and feels that through becoming a mom she has discovered that the children are our teachers.  She loves teaching and is honored to be able to share her love of sculpture and art with others.