Pine Bush Continuing Education Course Catalog

Pine Bush Central School District
Continuing Education Course Catalog
Winter 2020

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PBHS: Pine Bush High School 
CRMS: 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, go to FamilyID and register online or 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.  Bring photo permit to class. Choose one of the following dates:

  • Jan. 18, Feb. 22, March 14
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • CVMS Rm. 44, Sat.
  • FEE: $40


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 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday after school for in-car instruction. Call Ruth Holt at 744-2031 ext. 3051 for a registration form and/or more information. Starts Feb. 4 (16 weeks).

  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. Tue., plus driving
  • PBHS Rm. 107 
  • FEE: $495



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 indoors and outdoors on a slightly shorter tennis court. It’s played with a paddle and whiffle-type balls. 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. (10 weeks)

  • Mondays: Jan. 6 to March 23
  • Thursdays: Jan. 2 to March 5
  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • EJR Gym
  • FEE: $20 / 10 week session; $40 both nights


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. 

  • Feb. 18 – April 28 (10 weeks)
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
  • PBE Cafeteria, Tuesdays
  • FEE: $115 – 10 classes


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. 13, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24
  • 6 to 7:15 p.m. 
  • PBHS Rm 220, Mondays.
  • FEE: $50


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)

  • Mondays: Dec. 16 to March 16
  • Thursdays: Jan. 2 to March 5
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • PBE Gym
  • FEE: $50 / 10-week session


Shane Merone

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

  • Tuesdays: Jan. 7 to March 10
  • Thursdays: Jan. 2 to March 5 
  • 7 to  9 p.m.
  • CRMS Gym, Tue. or Thur.
  • FEE: $40/10 classes or $5/night


Jim Post

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

  • Jan.  8 to March 11
  • 7 to 9 p.m. 
  • PBHS Main Gym, Wednesdays
  • FEE: $50


Geoff Joray/Mike Ciarelli

Open gym, pick-up games. Helmet, gloves, pads and stick required.

  • Jan. 6 to March 23 (10 weeks)
  • 7:15 to 9 p.m.
  • CRMS Gym, Mondays
  • Fee: $50


    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. Register for both of Gillian’s classes for $220 (10 weeks)

    • Jan. 9 – March 12
    • 6 to 7 p.m.
    • PBE Gym, Thursdays
    • 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. Register for both of Gillian’s classes and get $20 discount, pay $220 (10 weeks)

    • Jan. 7 – March 10 
    • 6 to 7 p.m.
    • PBE Gym, Tuesdays
    • FEE: $120


    Laura Haldeman

    Great exercise and lots of fun for those who are beginner players or have never played before. All are welcome!

    • Jan. 8 to March 11 (10 weeks)
    • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    • PAK Gym, Wednesdays
    • 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. 3,  10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7
    • 5:30 to 6:20 p.m.  Gr. K-1 Boys
    • 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. Gr. K-1 Girls
    • 7:30 to  8:20 p.m. Gr. 2-3 Boys & Girls
    • PBE Gym, Fridays
    • FEE: $60


    GRADES K-4

    In this six-week program, students will participate in various movie themed
    activities while learning engineering and math principles. Get to build a scene
    from Jurassic Park, or visit Harry Potter’s world and build a Hogwart
    Castle. Whatever the build, students will be sure to have a fun time designed to promote independent and imaginative building with LEGOs. Join in the fun
    and bring home a mini-figure. (6 weeks)

    • Jan. 22 to Feb. 26
    • 3:20 to 4:20 p.m.
    • CES Library, Wednesday
    • FEE: $95
    • Jan. 23 to Feb. 27
    • 3:20 to 4:20 p.m.
    • PBE Rm TBA, Thursdays
    • FEE: $95


    GRADES 2-5
    Christopher Curnan

    Stay active and fit through the winter with fun and  exercise to give you energy and focus throughout the week. The first 20 minutes will be skills and drills. The next 30 minutes will be small-sided games. Various sports and games such as soccer, flag football, capture the flag and more. Limited to first 30 registered students. (8 weeks)

    • Jan. 7 to Feb. 25
    • 5 to 5:50 p.m. Grades 2-3
    • 6 to 7 p.m. Grades 4-5
    • EJR Gym, Tuesdays
    • FEE: $75


    GRADES 4-6
    Gayle Fisher

    This is the second half of a year-long, theme-based language class in French. Students will continue to increase and improve their French skills orally, as well as their skills in listening comprehension, reading, and writing through conversation, songs, games and storytelling. Activity fee of $20, payable to the instructor, is due the first day of class.  

    • Feb. 10 to May 4 (10 weeks)
    • 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
    • PAK music room, Mondays
    • FEE: $100


    GRADES 6-8
    Robert Finan

    This is an introduction to chess. Students
    will learn basic knowledge and
    strategies. Skills will improve as students
    play and challenge each other in games.
    (10 weeks)

    • Jan. 10 to March 13
    • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    • CRMS Library, Fridays
    • FEE: $25


    GIRLS GRADES 3 – 8
    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. 6 – Feb. 10 (5 weeks)
    • 6 to 7 p.m.
    • CVMS Gym, Wednesdays
    • FEE: $50


    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. (6 weeks)

    • April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19
    • 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    • PBHS New Gym, Mondays
    • FEE: $75


    GRADES K-3
    Monali Verma (Robotics4U)

    STEM Concepts and Creativity are combined together in this action-packed
    program where kids learn real-life skills while having real-kid FUN! Kids will be
    engaged in project-based learning using STEM activities and DASH & DOT
    Robots. They will be encouraged to design, build and program their creations
    embedding creativity, critical thinking, collaborations and communication.

    • Jan. 15 to Feb. 19 (6 weeks)
    • 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
    • PAK Music Room, Wednesdays
    • FEE: $165


    GRADES K-3
    Monali Verma (Robotics4U)

    Calling all scientists, engineers and innovators of tomorrow together in this
    action-packed program where kids learn real-life skills while having real-kid
    FUN! Students will be introduced to the hardware and software secrets of
    creating robots. They will learn how to build robots with walking mechanism,
    convert rotational motion into translational motion using motors, increase force with levers, gear and belt drive, work with motion and tilt sensors. Using STEM principles, students build new robots every day with different  functionality and give life to their robots using programs they create. Students
    will be engaged in project-based learning using WeDo 2.0 Robotic Kits
    and will be encouraged to design, build and program their creations using
    motors and sensors. (6 weeks)

    • Jan. 17 to Feb. 21
    • 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
    • PBE Room 201, Fridays
    • FEE: $165


    Monica Antonelli-Guido

    Learn to play the violin or viola. Learning to play a string instrument
    enriches your physical and mental well-being. Learning to play an instrument
    helps to focus concentration, increase attention, improve memory, release
    tension and other benefits. Students will meet once a week for a 1-hour group
    lesson for 10 weeks. Violin or Viola rental available for a minimal fee. Call for more information.(10 weeks)

    • Feb. 19 to April 29
    • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    • CRMS chorus room, Wednesdays
    • FEE: $180

    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



    CHILDREN AGES 2 to 12
    Mike Reineke

    Three 4-week sessions of swim lessons. Each session has eight 40-minute
    classes. Students will meet twice per week at the Pakanasink Elementary
    School pool. Classes offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays
    and Thursdays. No pre-evaluation is necessary. All swim levels available at
    each class. Space is limited.

    Level 1-Beginner Swimming
    (Suggested Ages 2-6) Meet in the Kiddie Side of the pool. Caters to brand new
    swimmers and those not comfortable with water.

    Level 2-Novice Swimming
    (Suggested Ages 4-8) Meet in the Shallow End of the pool. Focuses on swimmers who are comfortable in the water but need some assistance.

    Level 3-Intermediate Swimming
    (Suggested Age 5-10) Meet in the Middle Side of the pool. Aimed at
    swimmers who can swim independently but need work on stroke
    technique, endurance, and comfort in deep water.

    Level 4-Advanced Swimming
    (Suggested Ages 6-12) Meet in the Deep End of the pool.Designed for swimmers who are capable but need stroke refinement. Passing this level is adequate preparation for competitive swimming.

    Session 1:

    • Monday and Wednesday / March 9 –April 1
    • Tuesday and Thursday / March 10–April 2
    • 4 to 4:40 p.m.
    • 4:45 to 5:25 p.m.

    Session 2:

    • Monday and Wednesday / April 20-May 13
    • Tuesday and Thursday / April 21-May 14
    • 4 to 4:40 p.m.
    • 4:45 to 5:25 p.m.
    • 5:30 to 6:10 p.m.

    Session 3:

    • Monday and Wednesday / May 18 –June 15
    • Tuesday and Thursday / May 19 –June 11
    • 4 to 4:40 p.m.
    • 4:45 to 5:25 p.m.
    • 5:30 to 6:10 p.m.

    FEE: $120/ Session


    Mike Reineke

    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. Minimum age is 15 before the completion of class. Limit 14 students.

    • Feb. 25, 26, 27, March 3, 4, 5
    • 7 to 9 p.m.
    • PBHS Pool, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    • FEE: $300 PBCSD resident
    • $325 non-resident
    •  Re-certification Lifeguard: $200
    • Re-certification CPR: $50



      David Hurst, Mike Ciarelli

      Prepare for the May 2 SAT exam. English and math will be reviewed in each session. Book included. (8 weeks)

      • March 2, 99, 16, 23, 30, April 14, 20, 27 
      • 6 to 9:15 p.m.
      • PBHS Rooms 129 and 135, Mondays
      • FEE: $240


        Beverly Nathan

        Learn behind-the-scenes practical information 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. (Optional materials fee of $20 payable to instructor.)

        March 23
        8 to 10 p.m.
        PBHS Rm. 106, Wednesday
        FEE: $55


        Beverly Nathan

        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 fee of $20 payable to instructor.)

        • March 23
        • 6 to 8 p.m.
        • PBHS Rm. 106, Wednesday
        • FEE: $55


        Richard Nathan

        Learn how to make your best deal when buying or leasing cars, buying insurance, investigating in 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 fee of $20 payable to instructor. )

        • March 23
        • 6 to 8 p.m.
        • PBHS Room 107, Wednesday
        • FEE: $55


        Richard Nathan

        The instructor is a consumer advocate and not a realtor. He will teach you the pros and cons of foreclosures, short sales, rent with option to buy, owner financing, and buying for no money down. You will also learn how to wisely 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 and various other methods of research including websites. (Optional material fee of $20 payable to instructor.)

        • March 23
        • 8 to 10 p.m.
        • PBHS Room 107, Wednesday
        • FEE: $55
        Pine Bush Central School District
        State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
        Phone: (845) 744-2031
        Fax: (845) 744-6189
        Brian Dunn
        Superintendent of Schools
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