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Fall 2019 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs
Weston Intermediate School (WIS)
Grades 3 thru 5

Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer WOW! After-School programs for students in Grades 3-5 at Weston Intermediate School.  Please note that enrollment is limited in order to keep class size small and classes will be filled on a first-come, first -served basis
 
Registration:
Online registration will open on Wednesday, September 4th at 10:01 p.m. If a program is full, you still may register and your child's name will automatically be placed on the wait-list (No payment is required at this time). If space does become available, you will be notified via email.
 
Important Note: If you do not have an account established with Weston Youth Services, you will need to set up an account online once the registration systems opens at 10:01 p.m. on Wednesday,
September 4th. The system will ask for your email address and generate a temporary password which will then be emailed to you so you can proceed with registration.
 
Fees:
Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in class fee.
Financial Aid is available; please contact Allison Lisbon, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 if you would like to inquire about assistance.
 
Payment:
  • ALL payments must be made online by credit card via our secure site.
 
  • Full payment of program fees must be made within twenty-four (24) hours of registration.  The system has been set up to automatically delete unpaid registrations after twenty-four (24) hours.   When a registration has been deleted due to non-payment, a system-generated email will be sent stating:
"This is a notification that the registration for (registrants first name and last initial) has been deleted due to non-payment on (date and time that registration was deleted).”
 
Refund:
Once a class begins, we do not issue refunds or credits. If you cancel your child’s registration prior to the start of a program, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee.
                       
Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of September 16th and run through the week of December 2nd, unless otherwise noted.
 
Class Length:
All classes are scheduled from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm unless otherwise noted.  Please check individual programs for descriptions, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.
 
Dismissal:
Parents are asked to wait outside in the front of the Weston Intermediate School building by the double doors to pick up their child(ren). For safety purposes, we will not release the students to cars parked in the lot and ask you to please pick them up at the main doors. Please be prompt in picking up your child as our instructors have commitments after class.

Important information:
 
  1. Please be sure to log onto Dismissal Manager each week to record your child(ren)’s WOW! after-school activity. Please note that the system allows you to record your child’s activity for the entire session at one time and then make edits if, and when, necessary.  Please indicate if anyone other than yourself will be picking up your child at dismissal time. Additionally, given our unpredictable Weston weather, please indicate what your child’s dismissal plans are in the event of an unplanned after school activities cancellation.
  2. In the event of an early dismissal due to inclement weather or any other school emergency, all after-school programs will be cancelled and children will be sent home per regular school dismissal plans. In the event of a cancellation, we will send a reminder via email and also post this information on the Weston Youth Services website. If we are unable to contact you in the case of a last minute cancelation by an instructor, children will stay in the main office with the WOW! assistant until a parent arrives.  We will make every effort to make up missed classes due to cancellations.
  3. There is no nurse on duty after normal school hours. In the event of illness or emergency treatment, we will call 911 and then contact parents, or the emergency contact if necessary. If your child has any special medical needs, please contact Charlene Monn at 203-222-2586 prior to the start of the session.
  4. Weston Youth Services reserves the right to cancel a class due to lack of student enrollment.
  5. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from the school or the program, the entire program fee is forfeited. 
If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.
 

 
Monday Programs
10-week session
September 16th – December 2nd (no class Sept. 30th and Oct. 14th)
 
 
NEW! Theatre Class 4 Kids with Laura Curley Pendergast (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 200.00
Location: Cafetorium
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15-4:45 p.m.
 
Theater Class 4 Kids! is an innovative, active, fun-filled class for children of all levels of the theater. Students learn while having fun, even if they are new to the stage or have had stage experience. Children will learn all about the theater through games, improvisation and working on scenes, dances and songs from Broadway in a fun-filled comfortable supportive environment. There will not be a formal showcase at the end, but parents and friends are invited to watch the last class to see what the children have been working on this session!
 
Instructor:
Laura Curley Pendergast is a screenwriter, actor, and director. She was the Managing Director of the Triangle Theater in NYC until she moved to Westport to open her own performing arts school. She is the director of the acclaimed “Booked For the Evening” event at the Westport Public Library each year and has had the pleasure of directing Emmy Award Winning Alan Alda among other famous faces right here in Fairfield County. She has been in hundreds of productions in NYC. She was trained in the Meisner Technique with the World renowned Stamford Meisner. She also produced and directed the “Lion King” at Greens Farms Elementary School in Westport which got great reviews from the audience and actors alike! 
 
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)                                              CANCELLED
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 240.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Calling all mini-master chefs! Join us this fall as we cook up something delicious with Weston’s own “Chef Shelley McConnell”! Students should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!  From soups and salads, to entrees and desserts, why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world? Note:  If your child cannot attend the Monday program, we also offer a Wednesday class!
SPECIAL NOTE: Items used in this class may contain nuts or gluten or may be processed on shared equipment with nuts or gluten.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual dietary needs or restrictions.
 
Instructor:
Shelley McConnell, Weston’s  own Spanish teacher, was born and raised in Mexico City and grew up eating the country’s rich and varied cuisine, developing her taste for fresh and well-seasoned food.  Over the years, Shelley has tasted the food of many regions in the Iberian Peninsula and is very excited to share her love for cooking with our students.
 
 
NEW! Jedi Robotics using the LEGO EV3/NXT® System (3rd thru 5th grade):             CANCELLED
Minimum # of participants: 9 students
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee: $ 220.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Note: This is an 8-week program and ends on November 18th
 
These ARE the droids you’re looking for! Build and program robots inspired by a galaxy far, far away using the LEGO® Mindstorms® system. Navigate a minefield, target shield generators, and even respond to the Force using Play-Well’s full array of sensors and servos. Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups to solve problems in this open-ended Jedi-themed environment.
Note: Projects will not go home with the students.
 
Instructor:
Play-well TEKnologies
 
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
September 17th – December 3rd (no class Nov. 5th)
 
NEW: Anatomy Academy (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 231.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Calling all future doctors and scientists! Step into our Anatomy Academy, with a Mad Science
pedometer, and come on a journey with us inside the human body! Excavate a real dissection
to learn about body systems and nutrition; create a slimy, blood clot to bring home; use glow
in the dark technology to discover how to protect our skin and how skin protects; use
microslide viewers and test tubes to view cells and DNA close up; and put your hands on more
real life doctor tools and experiments that will blow your mind! This program is jammed packed with both knowledge and fun!
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties- All Mad Science programs correlate with Connecticut’s Science curriculum and are NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) compliant.
 
Baking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 264.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
 
We can’t guarantee that your child will save any of the delicious baked goods that they make during this very popular 1 ½ hour class! Students will learn how to bake like pros as we master the techniques for homemade breads, pies, scones, cookies, and cakes! Each week we'll learn a new baking skill from cutting butter into flour for pie crusts, kneading dough for sweet breads and buns, and much more!  SPECIAL NOTE: Items used in this class may contain nuts or gluten or may be processed on shared equipment with nuts or gluten.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual dietary needs or restrictions.
 
Instructor:
Gabriela Low discovered her love of crafts as a child in the Swiss school system. Today she enjoys baking, sewing, knitting, and needlework, and is especially pleased when she sees a child’s enthusiastic discovery of their own creativity. Many students know Ms. Low as a substitute teacher in the Weston schools.
 
Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students                                         CANCELLED
Fee: $ 160.00
Location:  Room # 119 (music room)
Note: This is a 10-week yoga program. There is no class on November 12th.
 
After a short hiatus from offering yoga at WIS, we happy to welcome Monzelle Schmiedeck back as she encourages children to explore and discover the mind and body connection in a fun-filled way! Monzelle takes a creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. The use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach kids how to focus, relax and develop self-control.
Note:  Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:
Monzelle Schmiedeck has been a fitness and yoga instructor for over 15 years, beginning with pre-school and elementary school-aged children.  She's taught for Kaia Yoga, after school programs in Fairfield and most recently has taught privately for Girl Scout troops and teens.  Certified with Kripalu 200 RYT, Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett and Biff Mithoefer, Kids Yoga, Meditation training at the Nosara Yoga Institute and countless workshops, Monzelle has a full "toolbox" from which to choose from.  
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 215.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
 
Learn to create cartoon characters, super heroes, and comic strips! Students will learn to develop characters and story lines with associated dramatic illustration. In the first few classes, we will concentrate on drawing and techniques, which the students will apply while designing and drawing their own projects for the remainder of the session. 
 
Instructor:
Paint, Draw, & More!
 
 
Wednesday Programs
10-week session
September 18th – December 4th (no class Oct. 9th and Nov. 27th
 
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 20 students
Fee:  $ 120.00
Location:  Room # 212
Drop Off:  7:45 a.m.  In the event of a delayed opening, we will not hold class and will extend the program an additional week.
Note: There is no class on November 6th due to parent/teacher conferences. This class is extended to December 11th
 
Start your day off right with chess!  We’re thrilled that Mr. Anderson is offering morning chess for students in Grades 3-5 this fall! Beginners and intermediate players will learn the rules, strategies and tactics of chess. So why not get up a little earlier and join the fun of the game!
 
Instructor:
Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Anderson worked as an actor touring the U.S., Canada, and Europe in shows such as CATS, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line.  When he is not at school, Mr. Anderson enjoys spending time with his wife, Tracy, and their two girls, Lily and Ella.  Mr. Anderson also loves to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, or fly fishing and hopes to one day thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. 
 
Sew Fun! (3rd thru 5th grade)                                             
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 148.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note: This is an 8-week program and begins on October 2nd
 
She’s back! Come learn something new this fall and experience the relaxing qualities of sewing, finger knitting, crocheting, and much more with Gabriela! Spend some time with your friends, while making accessories to wear and creating pretty decorations for your home! What a great way to relax, while building concentration, gaining confidence with your projects, and having sooooooooo much fun!
 
Instructor:
Gabriela Low discovered her love of crafts as a child in the Swiss school system. Today she enjoys sewing, knitting, and needlework, and is especially pleased when she sees a child’s enthusiastic discovery of their own creativity. Many students know Ms. Low as a substitute teacher in the Weston schools.
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 240.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
NOTE: This class is extended to December 18th. 

Calling all mini-master chefs! Join us this fall as we cook up something delicious with Weston’s own “Chef Shelley McConnell”! Students should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!  From soups and salads, to entrees and desserts, why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world? Note:  If your child cannot attend the Wednesday program, we also offer a Monday class!
SPECIAL NOTE: Items used in this class may contain nuts or gluten or may be processed on shared equipment with nuts or gluten.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate individual dietary needs or restrictions.
 
Instructor:
Shelley McConnell, Weston’s  own Spanish teacher, was born and raised in Mexico City and grew up eating the country’s rich and varied cuisine, developing her taste for fresh and well-seasoned food.  Over the years, Shelley has tasted the food of many regions in the Iberian Peninsula and is very excited to share her love for cooking with our students.
 
Bonjour mes Amis (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  8 students                                                   CANCELLED
Fee: $ 190.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Bonjour mes amis! Parlez-vous Fran├žais? Come learn the beauty of the French language and the charm of the French culture in this after school program!  Welcoming, creative, and enthusiastic, Madame Sylvie will educate children about French language and culture through games and thematic projects - students will “visit” historic landmarks, engage in the beauty and work of French artists, and more! 
Note: Returning students will learn new material.
 
Instructor:
Sylvie Lobsenz is from Perpignan, France and is the Literakid founder and language coordinator. Sylvie has been teaching French and Spanish to children and adults for 13 years.
 
Thursday Programs
11-week session
September 19th – December 5th (no class on Nov. 28th)
 
 
NEW! Begin a Mindful Life: Ready, Set, Breathe!
Maximum # of participants: 15 students                                                                  CANCELLED
Fee: $ 198.00
Location:  Room # 216
 
Mindfulness, it’s all over the place.  Come check it out and see what it’s all about!  Mindfulness is not just sitting somewhere being quiet. There’s Mindful Movement, Mindful Eating, Mindful Breathing and much more!  You’ll learn ways to help when you’re feeling angry or upset.  You’ll learn ways to help when you’re nervous or anxious.  You’ll learn exercises you can use in your every day life to help feel better. Each week we will work on a craft project like Mindful Jars, Breathing Sticks and Painted Rocks.  We will enjoy hearing stories like Puppy MindNo Ordinary Apple and Have You Filled Your Bucket Today.  You’ll leave feeling relaxed and energized!
 
Instructor:
Hilary Misiano is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor and has been practicing Mindfulness for over five years. 
If you count the mindfulness she learned in other contemplative practices, then she’s been at this a really long time! 
Soon after she was introduced to the formal practice of Mindfulness, she knew she wanted to teach children. 
The gift of having a child tell her they feel calm and relaxed after practicing mindfulness is the greatest gift ever! 
She’s also into making jewelry (also a mindful act), creating handcrafted body products and having fun getting
to know her new town of Weston and surrounding area.
 
NEW! Budding Entrenpeneurs (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 160.00
Room: Room # 200 (Health Room)
Note: This is an 8-week class and ends on November 7th
 
If you like “Shark Tank”, this class is for you! Join other intrepid students and learn what it takes to launch your own
Business. Students build self-confidence while gaining a valuable exposure to the business fields of strategy, marketing,
and finance. Students select a “business idea,” learn to develop a business plan and make a “pitch” presentation
on the last day. They even create a real website (no coding required) and design their own business cards. 
NOTE: Students should bring an electronic device to class each week of the program. 
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
Fashion Design  (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 198.00
Location:  Staff Room/Kitchen
 
Welcome to the world of Fashion Design. This is a fun exploratory class that examines the various components of clothing design, styles and trends. There will be lots of designing and sketching as students will learn to draw fashion from a ball gown to a ski outfit. All you need is your imagination 
Note: Students will not sew in this class.
Special Note: Students who took this class last year will be using what they've learned to create and design new 
projects. 
 
Instructor:
Valerie Mason Finegan was a textile designer and product stylist for many years in New York City. She has been teaching in Fairfield County for the past 10 years and currently resides in Weston.
 
Paint Draw & More! – Drawing Mixed Media (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 215.00
Room: Art Room
 
Paint Draw & More is proud to have perfected the art of igniting young artists’ creative instincts.
Our fun and informative drawing classes for older children are specially designed to build on their knowledge of
drawing and to teach them technical skills as they develop their unique style. This intermediate school drawing
class will provide a variety of drawing mediums for children to explore and learn new techniques. We encourage
students to work on their drawings, enhancing them with their own ideas and knowledge to best achieve
their vision. Whether your child is returning to Paint Draw & More or is a new student, we are happy to add
to their already developing library of skills.
 
Instructor:
Born in Sicily, Marie Goodwin migrated to New York as a child. It took a while to learn English and she started painting as a way to find solace and joy. She returned to Italy to receive her BFA and teaching degree from Universita Delle Belle Arte in Palermo majoring in Fine Art and in Architecture. While in Italy, she studied frescos, which became the basis for her love of murals. Marie has a love for all creative outlets, styles, mediums and subjects. You can find her painting a portrait or
a ceiling. She was commissioned to paint the interior walls of a church and taught Art in a private elementary school. Marie apprenticed with Franco Marino, won International awards for her work, and continues to create fine art. Marie loves Art and the process of creating, she hopes to inspire a love of Art to others.