Pine Bush Continuing Education Course Catalog

Pine Bush Central School District
Continuing Education Course Catalog
Winter 2019

If you would like to be placed on the mailing list, please call the continuing education office at (845) 744-2031 ext. 3051 and leave your name and address.

PBHS: Pine Bush High School 
CMS: Crispell Middle School
CVMS: Circleville Middle School
CES: Circleville Elementary School
EJR: E.J. Russell Elementary School
PAK: Pakanasink Elementary School
PBE: Pine Bush Elementary School

To register for any classes, fill out the registration form and mail to:

Pine Bush Central School District
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 700
Pine Bush, NY 12566
Attn: Ruth Holt

  • Continuing Education classes will not be held if Pine Bush schools are closed or after-school activities are cancelled.
  • Early registration is encouraged to assure placement and to avoid possible class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Most classes require a minimum of 10 students, while others may have a maximum number of students and will close out.
  • We make every attempt to reschedule cancellations, sometimes this is not possible. Contact the instructor for makeup date(s).
  • We do not send confirmations. Simply attend your first class. You will only be notified if there is a change in the class, usually by email. Please print email addresses clearly.
  • Your cancelled check is your receipt.
  • Contact Ruth Holt, director of Continuing Education, with any questions or concerns, at 845-744-2031, ext. 3051 or
  • Visit us at (under Departments) or on Facebook at PineBushContEd.


William Ruggles

The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles mandates this five-hour course for all NYS permit holders. After completion of this one-day course, certificate MV278 will be issued to students. This certificate is required to schedule a road test appointment. The photo learner permit is required. Please arrive on time.  Choose one of the following dates:

  • Feb. 9, March 9, April 27, May 11
  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • CVMS Rm. 44, Sat.
  • FEE: $40;  must bring photo permit to class


Students will receive an MV-285 certificate after completion of this 16-week course. This certificate will reduce insurance by 10%, and allows 17-year-old drivers to obtain their Class D senior license. Students meet every Tuesday for the class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for the classroom portion and either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday after school for in-car instruction. Call Ruth Holt at 744-2031 ext. 3051 for a registration form and/or more information. Starts Feb. 5 (16 weeks).

  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. Tue., plus driving
  • PBHS Rm. 107 
  • FEE: $440


Michael Brock

Pickup basketball games for fun and exercise.  Each class has a limit of 15 players. (10 weeks)

  • Starts Dec. 18 or 20 (10 weeks)
  • 7 to  9 p.m.
  • CMS Gym, Tue. or Thur.
  • FEE: $40 /10 classes or $5/night

Ages 12 & Up
Nicholas Licata

This class teaches women and girls the basics of keeping themselves safe if attacked.  To begin, students learn how to fall and roll to prevent injury.  They then progress to understanding basic strategies for dealing with different types of threats. The instructor is a lifelong martial artist and head instructor at The Martial Way, NGA Dojo in Pine Bush.   A uniform is required which can be purchased from Sensei Licata.  For the first class, please wear sweat pants and a long sleeve shirt and leave your jewelry at home.

  • Feb. 4 – April 1 (8 weeks)
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • PBHS Aux. Gym, Mon.
  • FEE: $150

Ellen Dolan-Wesler, E-RYT

Join our circle of yoga and gain strength, flexibility, and balance while learning to quiet the mind. For all levels, whether you have practiced yoga for years or you have never tried it, this class is for you. The goal is to help you find your path to better health, mental clarity, and a less stressful life and have fun while doing it! Things to bring to class: yoga mat, yoga block, blanket. Things to leave behind: cell phone and all electronic devices. 

  • Dec. 18 – March 5 (10 weeks)
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
  • PBE Cafeteria, Tue.
  • FEE: $115 – 10 classes


Pickleball®, an enormously popular paddle sport, is here in Pine Bush! The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game. No experience necessary. It’s a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong. The game is played with a paddle and whiffle-type balls  on a slightly shorter tennis court. It’s played . Many schools have added Pickleball® to their PE classes but it is extremely popular with adults for its social aspect and the ability to stay active while having FUN. Call or email if you have any questions: 845-744-2031, ext. 3051 or 

  • Starts Jan. 3 or 7 (10 weeks)
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • EJR Gym, Mon. or Thur.
  • FEE: $20 / 10 week session

Andrea Urmston

Karate forms are choreographed routines that include all basic karate movements such as punches, kicks, and blocks. They are performed solo, so there is no contact involved. As you practice each form, you will gain strength, balance and flexibility. The focus that one can achieve is similar to meditation. Forms are low-impact and can be performed at your own pace. No prior karate experience is necessary. 

  • Jan. 9 – March 13
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • CES Gym, Wed.
  • FEE: $20 – 10 weeks

Gillian Batchasingh

This class is designed for toning, sculpting and strengthening the lower body. Mainly the lower back and the entire core region. Leaning and strengthening the hips, glute and thighs creating better core balance. Please bring a mat, a set of hand weights, and a kettle bell to class. Open to all ages, fitness levels, and genders. (10 weeks)

  • Jan. 3 – March 7
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • PBE Gym, Thu.
  • FEE: $120

Gillian Batchasingh

Grab your hand weights, your mat and your focus for this total body workout led by Gillian. This entire routine allows you to burn, tone, firm up or trim down. Work your way, at your pace, and strength, with this 60-minute workout using your bodyweight and dumbbells. Your metabolism will be revved up while you burn major calories! Open to all ages, fitness levels, and genders.

  • Jan. 8 – March 12 10 weeks)
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • PBE Gym, Tue.
  • FEE: $120

An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 18

No registration required; pay lifeguard. Swim will be cancelled if school is closed or after-school activities are cancelled.

  • 7:30 to 8:50 p.m.
  • PBHS Pool, Thurs.
  • Fee: $5/person; $10/family

Maria Brown

Enjoy a night of fun, competitive volleyball and exercise. Basic skills and knowledge of the game are necessary. Class is limited to 15 players. (10 weeks)

  • Dec. 17 – March 18
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • PBE Gym, Mon.
  • FEE: $50

Kristin Raucci

New Year? New You! Learn and practice different strategies to care for yourself, including Meditation, Essential Oils, Positive Affirmations, Reflexology and more. (5 weeks)

  • Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12
  • 7 to 8:15 p.m. 
  • PBHS Rm 220, Tue.
  • FEE: $50

Jim Post

Competitive, fast-paced friendly games. Class is limited to 20 players with preference given to previous registrants. (10 weeks)

  • Starts Jan. 2 (10 weeks
  • 7 to 9 p.m. 
  • PBHS Main Gym, Wed.
  • FEE: $50

Joan Miller

Pilates is a highly effective way to strengthen your corer, improve your flexibility and focus, and streamline your body. Learn the basics of mat Pilates in this four-week course good for beginners and experienced practitioners. Bring a thick mat. For questions, call Certified Mat Pilates Instructor Joan Miller for more info at 845-393-4440.

  • March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • 6 to 6:45 p.m.
  • CMS Gym, Tue.
  • FEE: $40



C.J. Bull

Learn an exciting fun sport and/or improve your skills. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Work through drill clinics and play full or half gym games. Come prepared to pay with sneakers, shorts and t-shirt. Shin guards, stick and mouthpiece required. 

  • Jan. 2 – Feb. 6 (6 weeks)
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • CVMS Gym, Wed.
  • FEE: $50

Shannon Clancy Stewart

Each week will start with drills emphasizing different soccer skills such as footwork, shooting and offensive and defensive drills. Followed by friendly games. Sneakers and shin guards necessary. T-shirt included (6 weeks) 

  • Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8
  • 5:30 – 6:20 p.m.  Gr. K-1 Boys
  • 6:30 – 7:20 p.m. Gr. K-1 Girls
  • 7:30 – 8:20 p.m. Gr. 2-3 Boys & Girls
  • PBE Gym, Fri.
  • FEE: $60

AGES 7-11
Nicholas Licata

This class teaches students the basics of self-defense.  To begin, students learn how to fall and roll to prevent injury. Students learn traditional Aikijujitsu techniques through games and guided instruction.  This is not Mixed Martial Arts and we do not teach fighting. Our focus is on defending oneself from an attacker and preparing students to continue disciplined training into adulthood. The instructor is a lifelong martial artist and head instructor at The Martial Way, NGA Dojo in Pine Bush. A uniform is required which can be purchased from Sensei Licata.  For the first class, please have your child wear sweat pants and a long sleeve shirt. 

  • Feb. 4 – April 1 (8 weeks)
  • 5:30 – 6:20 p.m.
  • PBHS Aux. Gym, Mon.
  • FEE: $150

GRADES 3 – 6
Melyssa Amelio

This is an instructional program, which will emphasize proper techniques, skills, and tactics. All skill levels are welcome. Each session will end with games to practice skills learned. 

  • April 2, 9, 23, 30, May 7, 14 (6 weeks)
  • 5:30  – 7 p.m.
  • PBHS New Gym, Mon.
  • FEE: $75

Gayle Fisher

This s the second half of a year-long, theme-based language class in French for former students. Students will read, write, say, and respond to simple sentences about themselves, respond orally to classroom commands, learn and increase their French vocabulary through games, music, skits, dictation, and listening comprehension.  The theme-based subjects include: the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, body parts, and classroom vocabulary.  Students will learn to use their knowledge of English to inform their knowledge of French. Activity fee of $20, payable to the instructor, is due the first day of class.  

  • Start date Feb. 13 (10 weeks)
  • 4 – 5:15 p.m.
  • PAK music room, Wed.
  • FEE: $100

James Mullen

Evaluations and Registration Information

All  new swimmers, excluding Baby & Me, must attend a free evaluation for correct placement. Evaluations will take place Feb. 19, 20 and 21 between 4 and 5:30 p.m. or Feb. 22 between 5 and 7 p.m. No appointment needed. Bring bathing suit and towel. Evaluations should take approximately 15 minutes. Schedules will be created to accommodate all swim levels. If you participated last year, you may perform the online skill assessment to find out what your swimmer’s level is. Students must have a swim level to register. Please contact Ruth Holt for more information at 845-744-2031 ext. 3051 or

Lessons will be held once a week and will begin the week of March 18. Online Registration starts Feb. 25 at Scroll to “Events” and register under swim lessons.

  • Evaluations Feb. 19, 20, 21 – 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 22 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Online Registration begins Feb. 25 at
  • FEE: $120


GRADES 1 – 2
Gayle Fisher

Read, Write, Draw! is a fun-filled reading experience for grades 1 and 2 which will improve the skills and strategies of struggling readers. The class combines six areas of learning that promote multi-sensory learning and improved skill retention.  Students will learn strategies to “break the code of reading” through music, games, reader’s theater, as well as illustrating and authoring their own books. Activity fee of $20, payable to the instructor, is due the first day of class. This is the second half of a yearlong program. 

  • Start date Feb. 12 (10 weeks)
  • 4 – 5:15 p.m.
  • PAK music room, Tue.
  • FEE: $70 per semester


    David Hurst, Mike Ciarelli

    Prepare for the May 4 SAT exam. English and math will be reviewed in each session. Book included.

    • March 4 – April 29 (8 weeks)
    • 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    • PBHS Rooms 129 and 135 Mon.
    • FEE: $235

    James Mullen

    The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class gives you the skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The Lifeguard Training Class includes CPR Training for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid Training. Lifeguard Certification is valid for two years. STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ALL NIGHTS. Minimum age is 15 before the completion of class. Limit 14 students.

    • Feb. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
    • 5:30 to 9 p.m.
    • PBHS Pool, Tue., Wed., Thur.
    • FEE: $300 PBCSD resident
    •  $325 non-resident
    •  Re-certification Lifeguard: $200
    • Re-certification CPR: $50

    Beverly Nathan

    Are you trying to drastically cut costs? This course, taught by a consumer advocate, will explain how you can save thousands of dollars.  Discussions will be on ways to save money by investing on your own with no-load mutual funds, the benefits of credit unions, buying used cars, saving money when purchasing home, auto and life insurance, and methods to reduce taxes on your home. Money saving websites and other ways to save money will also be discussed.  (Optional materials may be purchased from the instructor for $20.)

    • April 10
    • 6 to 8 p.m.
    • PBHS Rm. 106, Wed.
    • FEE: $55

    Richard Nathan

    Have you just come into some money or do you have some money to invest? You will learn how to make your best deal when buying or leasing cars, buying insurance, investigating long term care insurance, investing with or without a financial planner, and when to invest in mutual funds on your own. After taking this course, you will have the confidence to invest on your own or be able to interview financial planners so you can find those who are truly working for you. It is time to take charge of your money! (Optional materials may be purchased from the instructor for $20.)

    • April 10
    • 6 to 8 p.m.
    • PBHS Rm. 107, Wed.
    • FEE: $55

    Richard Nathan

    The instructor is a consumer advocate, not a realtor, who will teach you how to get these great deals. Learn the pros and cons of foreclosures, short sales, rent with option to buy, owner financing, and buying for no money down. Also learn how to buy or sell investment property, primary homes, multi-families, and vacation homes. After this class you will know how to research property at the tax assessor’s office, the county clerk’s office & various other methods of research including websites. (Optional materials may be purchased from the instructor for $20.)

    • April 10
    • 8 to 10 p.m.
    • PBHS Rm. 107, Wed.
    • FEE: $55

    Beverly Nathan

    This is a lively informative seminar on how to start a successful home-based, second-income business that can become full time. Learn how to decide on a business or product to sell and how to avoid making major financial mistakes. This course will save you time, money, and psychological wear and tear. Franchising will be discussed. (Optional materials may be purchased from the instructor for $20.)

    • April 10
    • 8 to 10 p.m.
    • PBHS Rm. 106, Wed.
    • FEE: $55
    Pine Bush Central School District
    State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
    Phone: (845) 744-2031
    Fax: (845) 744-6189
    Tim O. Mains
    Superintendent of Schools
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