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Winter 2023 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs

Weston Intermediate School

Grades 3 thru 5
Weston’s One World After-School Programs


Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer IN-PERSON 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

Online registration will open on Wednesday, November 16th  at 10:01 a.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.

You will see a Yellow tab labeled WOW Registration on the right side of the home page when registration opens. Please click the tab to begin 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 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16th. 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. The system will not allow you to set up an account before registration goes live.

Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in the class fee. Financial Aid is available; please contact Allison Lisbon, Director of Social Services, at 203-222-2663 or to inquire about eligibility for assistance.


  • 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).”

Once a class begins, we do not issue refunds or credits. If you cancel your child’s registration prior to the start date of a program, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee.

Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of January 2nd  and run through the week of March 20th ,unless otherwise noted.

Class Length:
All classes are scheduled from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Please check individual programs for program descriptions, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.

Important information:

  1. Please be sure to log into The Dismissal Manager System 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 cancelation.
  2. In the event of an early dismissal due to inclement weather or any other school emergency, all after-school programs will be canceled and the children will be sent home per school policy. In the event of a cancelation, 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 cancellation by an instructor, children will stay in the main office with the WOW! Supervisor until a parent arrives.  We will make every effort to make up missed classes due to cancelations.
  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. If insufficient enrollment causes an activity to be canceled, participants will receive a full refund.
  5. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from the school or the program, the parent forfeits the entire program fee.

Health & Safety:

Please note that the pandemic may cause changes in our operations that are unpredictable. Our in-person WOW! after school programs will follow guidelines established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, our local health district and the Weston Public School District.  We’ll continue to adjust our health and safety policies and procedures as updates become available.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.


Monday Programs
8-week session
January 9th – March 13th (no class January 16th & February 20th)


Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 168.00
Location: Room # 202

We are thrilled that Judy Orr is bringing her very popular yoga program back to WIS this winter! Students who have taken her class at HES, will agree that after a full day at school, Judy welcomes her students and inspires them to explore and discover the mind and body connection in a fun-filled way. Judy 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 children how to focus, relax and develop self-control.

Special Note: Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
Judy Orr is currently a 500Hr Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher specializing in Yin, Gentle, Power Vinyasa Flow, Y12SR for Addiction and Thai Yoga Bodywork.  Her approach to kids’ yoga is to “play” yoga with children by integrating storytelling, games, and music that foster a loving environment for movement, concentration, and relaxation.


Debate Club (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum #/ Maximum # of participants:  8 minimum / 12 maximum
Fee: $ 200.00
Location: Room # 118


Students will learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. Set up in a public forum debate format, students will work in groups and practice their debating skills in a supportive environment, including developing arguments, issuing rebuttals, providing examples, rebuilding their case and summarizing points of view. Young debaters will learn to think on their feet and enhance their public-speaking skills, gaining self- confidence in the process.

Note: This is a repeat of the Fall WOW! Debate Club curriculum.

Spark Business Academy


Bonjour mes Amis (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee: $ 176.00
Location:  Room 101
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! 
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 over 15 years.


Tuesday Programs
11-week session
January 3rd – March 21st (No class February 21st)

Cartooning (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 242.00
Location: Room # 118  
Learn to create cartoon characters, super heroes and comic strips! Students will learn to develop characters and story lines with associated dramatic illustration. The first few classes will concentrate on drawing and technique which students will then apply while designing and drawing their own projects for the rest of the session.
Before becoming a teacher, Paint, Draw & More’s Heather Bennett, founded “The Late Night Milk Run,” a 15-year-old online business specializing in hand-made sculptures (plush dolls) and prop designs. Her work has been featured in publications including ELLE, Glamour, Milk Magazine (France), and Linda Wonen (Holland). Her dolls and artwork have also been seen on TV shows such as HBO’s “Girls” and “Modern Family.”


NEW! Kool Mandarin – Origami Workshop (3rd – 5th grade)                                      
Maximum # of participants: 10 students maximum
Fee:  $242.00
Location: Health Room # 101
Join us this winter as we transform 2D objects into 3D models while learning Mathematics, Music, Mandarin, and Science! This so-called Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, is now being considered as a modern design technique used for solving cutting-edge problems by engineers and scientists. Let’s brainstorm together and fold a variety of origami creations to celebrate many winter holidays including the most exciting festival in Asia – Lunar New Year! As always, each session will end with a simple kung fu practice to find our inner peace and harmony (Yin-Yang balance).
Dr. Shu-fei Lin has always been interested in science, music, and art and has lived in Weston with her family for 6 years. She was a brain research faculty at Yale University and is working on integrating traditional art and scientific technology for an approach to proactive well-being. Dr. Lin is the current principal of the West Connecticut Mandarin Academy and the former principal of the Chinese Language School of Fairfield County with more than 20 years of teaching experience.


Wednesday Programs
11-week session
January 4th – March 22nd (No class February 22nd)

Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 170.00
Location:  Room # 217
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. No class on March 15th


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!

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: Video Game and Game Controller Design (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum/Maximum # of participants: 7 minimum / 12 maximum
Fee: $ 275.00
Location:  Room # 118
Are you a storyteller, digital artist, and gamer? Then video game design is the best playground for you to release your creativity! Let's go behind the screens and learn to create a playable, tablet-friendly video game. You'll build them from scratch: from background scenery to characters to plot development. Along the way, you'll pick up basic design concepts and discover how ideas go from paper to screen. Also, we will prototype, design, and test your special video game controllers. 
Note: Students will be asked to bring their Chromebook to class when we test game controllers.
Citizen Invention fosters learners’ creative confidence through design thinking and rapid prototyping projects, and empower youth to imagine innovative solutions to everyday problems.


Baking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 275.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
Special Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Now held on Wednesdays, Gabriela Low returns to baking, one of our most popular after school programs! 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!, 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! 
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.
Growing up and going to school in Switzerland, Gabriela Low was always interested in cooking and baking. Today she enjoys providing “hands on and learning by doing” classes to kids and adults.
Thursday Programs
9-week session
January 5th – March 23rd (No class January 26th, February 23rd, & March 16th)
NEW!  Acting for the Stage (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 225.00
Location:  Room # 202
Special Note: This is a 1 1/2 hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m. 
Brian J. Carter of The Acting Gym brings us this class for thespians of all levels. Whether you've learned theatre basics and done prior scene work, or you are completely new to the stage, this is the class for you! Students will work on their skills in understanding text and character building. Students will build confidence on the stage working on short scenes. Our final class will be an informal sharing for family and friends.
Important Note: If your 4th or 5th grade child will be participating in the WIS Winter ShowStoppers, please note that there will be conflicts in scheduling between the two programs. 
Brian J. Carter first fell in love with acting when he played Johnny Appleseed on a small stage in rural Ridgeway, VA at the age of seven. Many years later he has become a familiar face to TV, film, and New York area theatre audiences. He’s been seen on the big screen in films and has appeared off-Broadway in 15 productions Brian also leads a successful acting teaching and coaching program THE ACTING GYM based in both New York and Connecticut. We are so fortunate to have Brian join the WOW! family this winter!
NEW! Jr. Inventors (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum / Maximum # of participants:  8 minimum / 12 students
Fee: $ 225.00
Location: Room # 118
Are you ready to innovate? Get your creative juices flowing in this project-based program, where you will identify the need for an invention, think on your feet, and create real structures and solutions. Each week students will work in teams to complete a challenge building the highest free-standing structure, weight bearing bridges, and even simulate an oil spill cleanup using everyday household items. Students will also learn about famous inventors and internalize how recent innovations improve our lives. To culminate the session, children will work on and present their own unique invention.
Spark Business Academy 
Cooking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 225.00
Location: Staff Room / Kitchen (next to the music rooms)
Special Note: This is a 1 1/2 hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m. 
Calling all young chefs! Get ready for fun-filled afternoons of cooking, learning and laughter in our kitchen.
Enjoy mixing, prepping and cooking thanks to small groups that encourage active participation.
We’ll be preparing and tasting interesting savory and sweet comfort food recipes, perfect for the cooler winter months!
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.