Mountain Laurel Waldorf School Is Excited To Offer Our Second Block Of After-School Clubs, Beginning January 13th, 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 January 13th through February 21st. 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, $85
Classes will be held on: Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10
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, $120 (includes equipment)
Classes will be held on: Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10
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, $125
Classes will be held on: Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20
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.

Shakespeare Story Club with Lesley Ann Sawhill
Open to 4th – 8th grade, $150
Classes will be held on: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18
3:00pm – 5:00pm

We will explore the tales of William Shakespeare, looking at a different play each week, in a shortened version led by a narrator. Students play one or many roles with authentic text, learn a dance, or a song, and immerse themselves in the history of the play and the times of William Shakespeare.  Costumes provided.

About Lesley
Lesley is the Co-founder of New Genesis Productions, a non-profit youth theatre company that has inspired, entertained and provided educational opportunities in the performing arts to youth since 2002. Lesley brings years of experience as an actor, director, and teaching artist, designing and applying theatre arts programs in schools and libraries in surrounding Mid Hudson Valley communities. Local directing credits include: Open Eye Theatre, Bird-on-a-Cliff, Shandaken Theatrical Society, Performing Arts of Woodstock, and the Woodstock Day School.

Math Algebra 1 with Glenn Nystrup
Open to 7th – 9th grades only, $175
Classes will be held on: Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18
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, $125 (includes supplies)
Classes will be held on: Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 19
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.

Thursday Clubs

Capoeira Martial Arts with Gustavo Caldas
Open to 1st – 8th grade, $120
Classes will be held on: Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It builds strength, focus, and coordination. It’s great fun for all ages!

About Gustavo
Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Gustavo Caldas is proud to embody and communicate the spirit of our afro-brazilian culture. Hailing from a long line of capoeiristas, Gustavo has been training in music, dance and capoeira since he was a child as a disciple student of his uncle Leandro Caldas aka Mestre Pissiquinho. Gustavo has been teaching and performing for over 17 years to people of all ages. His unique talent has allowed him to tour around the world with Balé Folclório da Bahia, Brazil’s premier dance company in traditional Afro-Brazilian Folkloric dance, and many other prestigious dance companies. Gustavo has been a member of The Vanaver Caravan for seven years.

Environmental Club with Shannon Mooney
Open to 6th – 8th grade, $90
Classes will be held on: Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20
3:00pm – 5:00pm

This club will serve to increase awareness around climate change, climate solutions, and understanding the ways in which we can be more sustainable as individuals, within your school, community, and the larger ecosystem.  We will we will work toward adopting a school-wide code of sustainability. By adopting a sustainability code, we believe this will infuse the school culture with a value system of being in alignment with right living on the planet.  We believe that by doing this necessary work and demonstrating to the community that in this school, we care about the environment, we will attract more support from like-minded families who share the same vision for our children and the planet.  This Club will further be dedicated to solving climate issues and protecting nature’s resources and the environment so that everyone involved feels a sense of empowerment, responsibility, and a deep understanding of our interconnectedness with all beings and the earth.

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. Shannon and her daughter Holland (7th grade) have both participated in the month-long certificate program, Ecological Literacy Immersion, offered by the Omega Center for Sustainable Living and have participated in two programs, Project Drawdown and Drawdown Learn, at Omega, aimed at providing a holistic way to include climate change in schools and communities.

Friday Clubs

Street Hockey with Theo Lundin
Open to 4th-8th grade, $55
Classes will be held on: Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 21
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.

Form and Freedom – Drawing the Expressive Human And Animal Figure with Preston Neel
Open to 5th-8th grade, $100
Classes will be held on: Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 21
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Students will learn the proportions and gestures of the human and animal body and develop the skill to draw anatomically with grace and ease. Basic materials will be provided, but the serious student may bring their own pads and mediums.

About Preston
Mr. Neel was raised in Macon, GA, and Los Angeles. As a young adult, he lived and worked along the West Coast, in the Southwest and Colorado as a scrimshaw artist, laborer, carpenter, and sailboat crewman. He studied illustration for three years at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and has since worked as a children’s book illustrator and teacher. Mr. Neel came to New Paltz with his family in 2002, graduated from the Waldorf teacher training program at Sunbridge College and has been a grade teacher at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School for 12 years. Mr. Neel considers the diversity of his experience to be his greatest education, settling down, watching his two daughters grow, and cultivating a love of learning in children, has been the most fulfilling and meaningful adventure of all.