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Spring 2018 Weston Youth Services  
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, March 20th 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 Tuesday,
March 13th through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14th   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.
 
 
Fees:
Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in class fee.
Financial Aid is available; please contact Charlene Chiang-Hillman, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 if you would like to inquire about assistance.
 
Payment:
  • ALL payments must be made online; you will have the option to pay with a credit card or pay by check online 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 April 16th  and run thru the week of May 21st .
 
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).  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 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 children will be sent home per regular school dismissal plans. 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 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 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.
  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
6-week session
April 16th – May 21st
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 144.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can experience the cuisine of different countries around the world? Students will work together to make soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more  and should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!
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: Science Discoveries  (3rd thru 5th grade)                                            CANCELED
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 125.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Join Mad Science for some hands-on science dis­covery. Explore the wonders of the earth, try to defy gravity with a pendulum and forecast some walloping weather! You’ll examine the chemistry in your kitchen (no food will be served in this class). Make a model ecosystem and see how bugs can defend themselves. You won’t believe your eyes when we practice movie special effects! Cool take homes in every class!
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties- Mad Science programs are aligned with CT's Next Generation Science Standards 
 
NEW! GoPro Flix ! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:    7 students
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 125.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
 
When it comes to capturing the action, the GoPro is second to none! In this class, kids get to experience all the fun for themselves as they make their very own live action GoPro videos. Students work in groups to experiment with this amazing new filmmaking tool and learn the techniques and tricks behind creating truly unique GoPro movies!   Note: Students in this program will have the opportunity to be on camera Downloads will be available within a month after the program ends and become the property of all participants, who have the right to share online. When registering online, please read and sign the release agreement.
 
Instructor: 
Incrediflix
 
 
Tuesday Programs
6-week session
April 17th – May 22nd
 
 
Baking with Gabriela!  (3rd thru 5th grade)                              
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 120.00
Location:  Staff Room/Kitchen
Note:  This is a 5-week program and ends on May 15th 
 
Move over Cake Boss because here comes the Bake Boss! Returning this spring, students in Baking with Gabriela! 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:  $ 114.00
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. 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. 
 
Instructor:
Paint, Draw, & More!
 
Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 96.00
Location:  Room # 119 (music room)
 
Join Monzelle Schmiedeck 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.  
 
 
Wednesday Programs
6-week session
April 18th – May 23rd
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  20 students
Fee:  $72.00
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.
 
Start your day off with chess!  We’re thrilled that Mr. Anderson is offering morning chess for students in Grades 3-5 this spring!  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!  American Sign Language (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students                                                          CANCELED
Fee:  $ 102.00
Location:  TBA
 
Open your eyes to a whole new world of language… Yes your EYES! Join me in learning the fascinating art of American Sign Language. Students will learn a variety of vocabulary such as how to sign their name, their favorite food, and animals! Through special attention to what the students want to learn (and plenty of games), we will create a story together using only our hands! Come along and explore the beautiful world of American Sign Language.
 
Instructor:
Casey Sollazzo is a graduate student at Fairfield University studying for her masters degree in School Counseling. Throughout her time studying psychology at The College of New Jersey she enrolled in American Sign Language courses in which she learned some of the language and attended several deaf events. Casey continued her education by studying at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. This deaf university fully immersed Casey in the language and deaf culture as there was no speaking allowed in class or on campus. This enriching experience inspired Casey to share what she has learned with others. 
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 144.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can experience the cuisine of different countries around the world? Students will work together to make soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more  and should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!
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.
 
Sew Fun! (3rd thru 5th grade)                                                                                           CANCELED
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 108.00
Location:  TBA
 
She’s back! Come learn something new this spring 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!
 
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.
 
Bonjour mes Amis (3rd thru 5th grade)                                                                            CANCELED
Maximum # of participants:  8 students
Fee: $ 114.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Bonjour mes amis! Parlez-vous Français? Come join Sylvie Lobsenz, as she teaches students the beauty of the French language and the charm of the French culture!  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: Students who took this program in the winter 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
6-week session
April 19th – May 24th
 
NEW!  Creative Writing (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 102.00
Location:  Room # 216 (Spanish room)
 
Are you creative writer? A poet? Over the 6-week session, we will create our very online literary magazine. Students will be encouraged to write short stories, essays, and poetry based on their interests. The students will be involved in writing creative content for the online WIS literary journal on a weekly basis. Note: We ask that all students involved bring an electronic device to write on every week. All online posts will only be attributed to the students' initials only (no last names, photos or any other information) and the students will submit all posts to the instructor who will edit them for content and copyediting needs and post only appropriate articles. All blog posts must be appropriate and relevant to the WIS community. The blog url will be password protected and only available to the WIS community. 
 
Instructor:
Michelle Sinclair Colman is a freelance journalist and a children's book author. As a journalist, Michelle writes about architecture, design and real estate. As an author, she has written 12 children's books, including the Urban Babies Wear Black series, and has two picture books forthcoming in Spring 2018. Michelle teaches two other WOWs: blogging and journalism and is excited to bring Creative writing to WIS this spring.
 
 
NEW!  World Robot Olympiad  (3rd- 4th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  5 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 165.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art Room)
 
Inspired by the World Robot Olympiad Organization and the FIFA World Cup in June 2018, students will design and program robots to play popular sports including soccer, basketball and boxing in Zaniac's World Robot Olympiad LEGO® MINDSTORMS® class. The program is designed for students to help them develop their creativity, design and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robot competitions and activities. ​Students learn the principal of robotics and programming.
 
Instructor:
Zaniac – Westport
        
Paint Draw & More! (3rd - 5th grade)                                                                       CANCELED 
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 114.00
Room:  Staff Room/Kitchen
 
Paint Draw & More! is proud of its 20+ successful years as pioneers in children’s art instruction. Paint, Draw & More! allows children to express their creativity, while learning technical skills, and helps to build self-esteem through artistic accomplishments. Drawing fundamentals like shape, contour, design, color and medium are progressively used every week so your child can create new and varied works of art.  Our classes are fun, engaging and each project is developed with your child in mind. Whether your child continues in the arts or chooses another path, this creative development will enhance their intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences.
 
Instructor:
With a degree in molecular and cell biology, Anastasia Gussen is also trained in all traditional types of media; pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, paint and photography. She has participated in invitation only life drawing classes and has completed a graphic design program at Pratt Institute.