After-School Clubs


After-School Clubs take place at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School located at 16 South Chestnut Street in the village of New Paltz (unless otherwise noted) and are run by teachers, parents, and professionals in specialized fields and mediums. Clubs are open to students from both MLWS and neighboring schools and are designed to offer students the opportunity to stretch their minds and bodies while they develop new skills and friendships.

After-School Clubs will run in four-to-six week blocks beginning the first week of October through November 9th. Each club will meet once per week from 3:15 – 5:00 pm unless otherwise noted. At 3:15 the children have time for free-play and a snack, provided by parents or by MLWS, until 3:30 when club activities begin.

Pickup and sign-out at 5pm will be the protocol for all students unless parents arrange otherwise with staff. If parents are late we will be charging a minimum of $5 per 10 minutes.

Pre-registration is required. Sibling discounts are available if you select enrollment for more than one child at 20% off per additional child. Questions? Contact or call 845-255-0033.

Monday Clubs

West African Drumming with Amadou Diallo
Open to 1st-8th grade, $150
Classes will be held on 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
3:15 – 5:00 pm
Drums will be provided for use in class
Minimum 5 students required for this class.

Amadou Diallo is a percussionist from Senegal, West Africa. He has made his home in the Hudson Valley since 2001. Amadou enthusiastically shares his culture with children and adults, since arriving he’s done hundreds of performances, workshops, presentations and classes on West African culture and traditional African rhythms. He has done this for both independently in collaboration with and as a guest artist with other area groups and performers. Amadou teaches children in the TOPs program in the Kingston city school district and has an ongoing adult class in the Living Seed Yoga studio in New Paltz, New York. Amadou‘s classes are in the Djembe tradition and feature hand drums and large stick drums called Dun Duns.

Tuesday Clubs

Irish Step Dancing with Sinead McGeachy
Open to 1st-8th grade, $150
Classes will be held on 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7
3:15 – 5:00 pm
MLWS Jaeckel Hall

Sinead has been dancing since the age of 5 in Toronto, Canada. After years of competition internationally, she was selected to be the lead dancer in a highly acclaimed Irish Dance show. She toured extensively in Canada, the US, Europe and in the UK. She also plays the fiddle! Sinead lives in New Paltz, with her 3 little ones, dogs and chickens. She would love to share her love of traditional Irish Step Dance with the community. Sinead is a parent to Isla ( 2nd grade), August ( kindergarten) and Winnie (soon to be in the sprouts program ) at ML.

Street Hockey with Theo Lundin
Open to 4th-8th grade, $125
Classes will be held on 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7
3:15 – 5:00 pm
Hasbrouck Park

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.

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 seventh grade teacher at Mountain Laurel.

Wednesday Clubs

Sculpture Arts with Tricia McCloskey
Open to 4th-8th grade, $200 (includes materials)
Minimum 4 students required for this class
Classes will be held on 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8
3:15 – 5:00 pm

Tricia will guide students working with both clay and wood to help them bring their ideas to life! This club gives students an opportunity to create a unique piece that they can cherish, or make gifts for friends and family.

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, teaching private art classes, special education, and kindergarten. Currently the 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.

Games Club with John Evans
Open to 3rd-8th grade, $100
Classes will be held on 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8
3:15 – 5:00 pm

Chess, backgammon, card games, board games like Splendor, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Yahtzee, Ticket to Ride, etc…

John is currently Mountain Laurel’s First Grade teacher, having just graduated the Class of 2023, and previously the Class of 2015. Before discovering Waldorf education, John worked as a science teacher. He majored in biology before completing his Waldorf Teacher training at Sunbridge College.

Thursday Clubs

Pickleball/Four Square Club with Shannon Mooney
Open to 5th-8th grade, $100
Classes will be held on 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9
3:15 – 5:00 pm
Hasbrouck Park Pickleball Courts

Pickleball is a fun, social and friendly game with simple rules; easy for beginners to learn and can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game! It resembles tennis and table tennis with its own specific rules, paddles and court dimensions.

Four square (also called four squares, handball or box ball) is a sport played on a square court divided by two perpendicular lines into four identical boxes creating four squares. It is a popular game at elementary schools with little required equipment, almost no setup, and short rounds of play that can be ended at any time.

Shannon is an experienced teacher with a wide range of skills and interests. She has served as an assistant handwork teacher at Mountain Laurel for several years, working with all grade levels. She has also worked as an Aftercare program provider, substitute teacher, literacy coach and reading tutor, as well as teaching in the homeschool community.