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Winter 2020 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 Tuesday, November 12th 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.
 
Special Note: 
If your child was waitlisted from a program in the fall, and that class is being offered in the winter, you will have the opportunity to register only for that class from 10:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday November 7th.  If you do not register during this early registration period, we cannot guarantee your child a space in that class.  A link will be emailed to any individuals eligible for early registration.
 
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 Tuesday, November 12th. 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 January 6th  and run through the week of March 23rd, 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:
 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Weston Youth Services reserves the right to cancel a class due to lack of student enrollment.
  • 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
January 6th – March 23rd (no class January 20th and February 17th)
 
NEW! Battles and Beyond (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 170.00
Location: Room # 200 (Health Room)

Step into the past with Battles and Beyond!  In this 10-week program, students will travel back in
time to learn about key battles in history. We'll learn about the tactics and strategies used in a
specific battle, and imagine what it was like living during that time. We'll divide into small groups and recreate the various battles with different decisions and strategies than the Generals made at that time and see what the new outcome may have been if we fought in the battle.
 
Instructor:
Dan Starbuck Pelletier has been teaching soccer, chess and history in the Weston area for seven years. Many know Coach Dan and his program, DIG USA, where he has worked with thousands of kids around Connecticut. He has been featured in the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Post, Norwalk Hour and on Fox 61. His focus is on having fun while learning in a positive environment.
 
 
NEW! Debate Club (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art  Room)
Note: This is an 8-week program and ends on March 9th
 
We’re happy to welcome the WOW! Debate Club this winter! Students will learn how to develop persuasive arguments and practice their debating skills in a supportive and friendly environment. They’ll learn how to prioritize their ideas and think on their feet, issue rebuttals, provide examples, rebuild their case, summarize points of view, and gain self-confidence in the process.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
 
Tuesday Programs
12-week session
January 6th – March 24th
 
NEW: The Lab Masters (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 252.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Get ready to put your science googles on and dig deep into science! Let’s see what you can invent, build, zap, and what science experiments you can create! This program will cover all the ins and outs of science and turn you into a master scientist! Everything from gears to lasers to circuits to rockets to chemical reactions; this class has it all! See hands on, and bring home, things that are gooey, zoom, crank, pop, flash, boom, and spark! Be ready, this class will constantly surprise you with all our Mad Science Top Secrets!
 
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: $ 288.00
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.
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 234.00
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
11-week session
January 8th – March 25th (no class February 12th)
 
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: This is a 10-week program due to the March 11th morning parent conferences.
 
Start your day off right with chess!  We’re thrilled that Mr. Anderson is offering morning chess for students in Grades 3-5 this winter! 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. 
 
NEW! Games of Strategy (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 198.00
Location: Room # 217
 
Put down the videogames, shut off your IPads and phones and join us for Games of Strategy If you enjoy board games like Risk, Stratego, Monopoly and other favorites that involve strategy and concentration, you’ll love this class. We’ll go over tactics and stratagems that are involved with these games while playing them. Expand your critical thinking, increase creativity, and most of all… have lots of fun!
 
Instructor:
Dan Starbuck Pelletier has been teaching soccer, chess and history in the Weston area for seven years. Many know Coach Dan and his program, DIG USA, where he has worked with thousands of kids around Connecticut. He has been featured in the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Post, Norwalk Hour and on Fox 61. His focus is on having fun while learning in a positive environment.
 
Sew Fun! (3rd thru 5th grade)                                             
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 204.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Back this winter, come learn something new 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: $ 264.00
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 winter 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? 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
Fee: $ 209.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Bonjour mes amis! Parlez-vous Français? 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
10-week session
January 9th – March 26th (no class February 13th and March 12th)
 
 
NEW! Marketing for Kids (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Location: Room # 117
Note: This is an 8-week program and ends on March 5th.
 
Using popular companies like Apple, Nike, and others, students will use their creativity in a hands-on environment to learn how marketing plays a key role in the success of a business. We’ll create marketing flyers, design logos, draft slogans, make up jingles and even make a “commercial” for a product, learning the importance of communicating with your customers. The 4 Ps of marketing (product, place, price, and promotion) provide a simple framework for this creative class.
Note: Students must bring an electronic device to class each week.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
NEW! Traditional Crafts (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 190.00
Location: Room # 216
 
Learn basic coil basketry, tapestry weaving and macramé using sustainable and up cycled materials. Students will have the opportunity to make wearable accessories such as bracelets and bags and home goods like small baskets and wall hangings. Students will delight in their new found ability to create something out of nothing and express themselves artistically in new mediums.
 
Instructor:
Courtney Dedman has had a deep intrigue and passion for handcrafts for as long as she can remember.  Her enthusiasm for crafting a finished product from simple raw materials led her through a lifetime of workshops near and far, as well as vigorously seeking new skills independently.  Courtney is a Weston resident who enjoys macrame, knitting, weaving, sewing, jewelry making, basketweaving, rug hooking, embroidery... you name it!  These days, she is busiest designing costumes and “tattooing bananas" for her 2 children.
 
Fashion Design  (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 180.00
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 have taken this course in the fall or last year will be learning new designs this winter! 
 
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:  $ 195.00
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. Note: Students can take this class continuously and never repeat a project! 
 
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.