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 Winter 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, November 14th 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 8th through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday November 9th.  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 January 8th and run thru the week of March 19th, 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, 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 cmonn@westonct.gov or (203) 222-2586.
 
Monday Programs
9-week session
January 8th – March 19th (No class on January 15th and February 19th)
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 207.00
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 in Motion - Molecular Motion Mysteries (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 165.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on March 12th. 
 

What Keeps Our World Going?  Join us as we uncover the motion mysteries of our world! Meet Sir Isaac Newton and his 3 Laws that keep the world moving! Learn about Super Power Sources, turn water into electricity and assemble a chemical battery to power a toy! Enjoy constructing a Catapult and hold on to your seat as our class bursts with all types of Energy during the fight! Get connected and explore all about Telecommunications and frequencies as you track a cellular user and discover the cities of lights using fiber optics. Pet a Robot, make another score a goal and go through a maze. Dazzle your eyes with colorful chemical demos explaining mixtures and molecular movements. Dive into the world of Biology and learn all about animals and sea creatures.

Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
 
NEW! Live Action…Weston Today! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:    7 students
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends March 12th     
 
Lights, camera action!  Join us in this live action after school program where students will work together to create their own late night style variety show complete with hosts, special guests, interviews, musical entertainment, news, and many other fun and unique segments. Students will participate in the entire show creation process from brainstorming and writing to acting and directing. Come and join the fun bringing Weston into the spotlight! 
 
Note: Students in this program will have the opportunity to be on camera. Downloads of the show 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
11-week session
January 9th – March 20th
 
NEW!  Ni hao ma? (3rd thru 5th grade)                                               CANCELED 
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 187.00
Location: Room # 223
 
Ni hao ma? means “how are you” in Mandarin. Students will learn how to write traditional Chinese characters, speak some common phrases in Cantonese and Mandarin, explore the rich Asian culture and holiday traditions, retell Chinese fables, make colorful crafts, and play Chinese games.
 
Instructor:
Offered this winter, this fun class is led by Weston mom, Catherine Revzon, who is Chinese, grew up in New York City’s Chinatown, during which time she took Chinese classes for 9 years. She continues to celebrate many Chinese holidays with her family. 
 
NEW!!! Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants; 12 students
Fee:  $ 209.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health 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:
Carolyn Reifers has shifted gears toward the Visual Arts, in what she calls her “Second Act.” Always having a keen interest in the Arts, she is trained in drawing, charcoal, colored pencil techniques, watercolor painting and calligraphy. Cartooning is her new love. She has taught children and adults individually, in small groups and in large groups. “I love assisting children in the exploration of their creative talents. Witnessing the growth of their confidence, self-esteem, and artistic skill is a privilege that I totally enjoy.” 
 
 
NEW!! Ninjaneering Masters (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  11 students
Maximum # of participants:  16 students
Fee:  $ 184.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on February 27th
Special Note:  This is a 1 ½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
Master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills! In this advanced LEGO camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. Note:  Projects will not go home with students!
 
Instructor:
Play-Well TEKnologies
 
Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 176.00
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
11-week session
January 10th – March 21st
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  20 students
Fee:  $96.00
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 an 8-week program and ends on February 28th
 
Start your day off 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. 
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 253.00
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.
 
Bonjour mes Amis (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  8 students
Fee: $ 209.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Bonjour mes amis! Parlez-vous Fran├žais? 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 fall 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.
 
Introduction to Garage Band (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  4 students
Maximum # of participants: 9 students
Fee: $ 180.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on February 28th  
 
Zaniac – Westport returns this winter with their Introduction to Garage Band program. Introduction to Garage Band is the perfect primer for beginners who want to learn the basics of one of the most popular and accessible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) programs.  Starting with the basics of musical notation and form, students work through looping, editing, sound manipulation, and capturing vocals and MIDI instrumentation to create their own music.  Students get hands-on experience with real-world music production equipment and bring their song ideas to life.  Note: Students may work in groups of up to three in this program.
 
Instructor:
Zaniac – Westport
 
Thursday Programs
9-week session
January 11th – March 22nd (No class on February 15th and March 15th)
 
NEW!  WIS Blogger (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 153.00
Location:  Room # 216 (Spanish room)
 
Become a WIS blogger! Over the 9-week session, we will create our very own WIS blog/vlog! Students will learn to write short and engaging online content; interview subjects; write news stories; craft book, movie and culture reviews; answer "Dear Abby" questions; and create engaging video logs. The students will be involved in writing content for the WIS blog on a weekly basis. Special Note: We ask that all students in this class bring an electronic device to write on every week. All blog posts will only be attributed to the students' first name (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 11 children's books, including the Urban Babies Wear Black series, and has two picture books forthcoming in Spring 2018.
 
 
NEW! Lego Robotics – Environmental Science (3rd – 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  5 students
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on March 8th
 

In this program, students will learn about different key concepts in Environmental Science like renewable and non-renewable resources, carbon footprint, constrained resources, animal behavior, wind energy, turbine, hand generator, joules, and more. Students will be given a task to build and then program the EV3 robot to accomplish the required movement or sensory action. Special Note:  Lego Robotics is instructed by Zaniac-Westport and is not affiliated with the Weston Public School after school program offered through the PTO and Weston Education Foundation. 

Instructor:
Zaniac – Westport
 
Paint Draw & More! (3rd - 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 171.00
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.