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Winter 2018 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs

Hurlbutt Students (HES)
Grades K thru 2
Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer WOW! After-School programs for students in Kindergarten through Second Grade at Hurlbutt Elementary 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 may still 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 through 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, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.
 
Important information:
  1. Alternate dismissal notes must be sent, in duplicate, every week to your child’s teacher.  Please make a notation on your alternate dismissal notice if anyone, other than yourself is picking up your child at dismissal.  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 cancelation 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 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 parent forfeits the entire program fee. 
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)
 
NEW!  Ni hao ma? (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 153.00
Location: East House # 32
 
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!  Introduction to Robotics (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants:  5 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location:  North House # 21 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on March 12th
 
Zaniac Introduction to Robotics teaches engineering and math concepts like mechanics, physics, design and environmental science using some of the latest EV3 Robotics Systems. In this hands-on curriculum, students will learn the basics of robotics, scientific method, forces and design and explore scientific and engineering concepts.  Students will build and program robotic solutions to defined projects and will be introduced to a variety of sensors and motors. 
 
Instructor:
Zaniac-Westport
 
NEW!  Zumba for Kids! (K thru 2ND grade)
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 128.00
Location:  East House Cafeteria
Note:  This is an 8–week program and ends on March 12th
 
Move to rhythms of the world, line dances, and party games in this fun, easy to follow dance/fitness class.  We’ll break down the steps and incorporate key childhood development elements such as leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance, and cultural awareness. All you have to do is move! 
 
Instructor:
Karen Liss has been teaching Zumba for 9 years, and all types of group exercise for more than 20! She is the owner of the Gotta Move! fitness studio in Fairfield and has been on a mission to help everyone discover the key to a happier, healthier life -- just find an activity you love and get moving!  
 
Paint Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 171.00
Location: Art Room
 
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. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Monday program, we also offer a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Steve Burke has always been interested in the mechanics of how things work. He was a machinist at a small R+D firm where he worked with a variety of materials. Soon after, he began a home construction company specializing in design, restoration, additions and cabinetry. Using his expertise in design, mechanics, machining, and woodworking, helps broaden students’ perspective and better understand how things work.
 
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
January 9th – March 20th
 
 
Creative Paper Crafts with Meg Murphy (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee:  $ 204.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Have you ever made anything with paper pulp? The creative process of making hand-made paper has been around for centuries. Students will have so much fun learning how to make paper pulp and turn it into imaginative works of art that include card making, plates, bowls, art paper, and more!  A sure enjoyment for your art oriented child!  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Wednesday class.
 
Instructor: 
Meg Murphy, who many of our students know from clay sculpting, is pleased to offer this creative after school program. Meg attended Silvermine School of the Arts where she studied fundamentals of design, drawing, ceramics and metal sculptures. She is also an accomplished stain glass designer as well as a landscape designer. 
 
Karate Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee/Option 1: $201.00 (includes the cost of white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $176.00 (if student already has a uniform (Gi))

Location: East House Cafeteria
 
We’re thrilled to have Georgetown Martial Arts return to our winter WOW! programs! This NON-competitive, core-strengthening exercise is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Sensei David focuses on helping students understand and use martial arts to develop self-discipline, self-control, confidence, focus, and respect for others in a fun and safe environment.
Note:  Please specify weight and height on registration form if your child is ordering a white                   
GI- uniform. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.  (If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $176.00).  Note: If your child cannot make the Tuesday class, we also offer a Wednesday and Thursday program!
Special Note:  Students may be invited to test for an advanced belt pending successful completion of learned techniques.  Parents will be notified directly by Georgetown Martial Arts.  Please know that there is an additional cost for the test, payable to Georgetown Martial Arts, and is not part of the WOW! fee.
 
Instructor: 
Sensei David Chapman is the owner of Georgetown Martial Arts. Sensei Dave began his own martial arts training at the age of 9. He studied the arts of Tang Soo Do, Uechi-Ryu in which he holds a black belt.  Mr. Chapman also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied kempo karate since 1994. Sensei also earned the rank of 3nd degree black belt and holds a black sash in Black Tiger Kung-Fu.

The Secrets of Magic- Jr. Genies Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 18 students
Fee: $209.00
Location:  East House # 26 (Music Room)
Magic Show on March 20th     
 
We promise we won’t teach students how to make their younger siblings disappear—that wouldn’t be right!—but we will teach tools used by professional magicians. Each week students will receive tricks and materials to take home. Students will build self-confidence and poise, develop stage presence, and improve presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills.  Note: Any students repeating this class will receive new tricks and will help as magic assistants for new students.  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff is an internationally known magician who has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.

 
Wednesday Programs
11-week session
January 10th – March 21st
 
Chess Club (1st & 2nd grade)  
Minimum # of participants: 10 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students  
Fee: $ 220.00
Location:  East House #32
 
We are excited to welcome back the Chess Club of Fairfield County! This 11-week course for beginners builds logical and critical thinking, helps develop patience and concentration, and informs students about the history and evolution of chess strategy. Students will learn the basics of the game of chess, including but not limited to board set up, the value of pieces, elementary tactics, and endgame strategy.
 
Instructor:
The Chess Club of Fairfield County offers educational and recreational services for all players from beginners to grandmasters with a common element of an uncompromising dedication to elevating chess.
 
Stop Motion Tricks & Effects (2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants:    7 students
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Location:  North House # 21 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends February 28th    
 
“Have you ever wondered how they do those cool effects in movies? We can teach you! In this class, we will pull back the curtain and reveal how stop-motion movie magic is made.  Students will learn how to create a variety of effects in their movies including fire effects, water effects, and even how to make characters fly!  Working in groups, they will film these effects, showcasing their new skills. Note: 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

Creative Paper Crafts with Meg Murphy (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee:  $ 204.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Have you ever made anything with paper pulp? The creative process of making hand-made paper has been around for centuries. Students will have so much fun learning how to make paper pulp and turn it into imaginative works of art that include card making, plates, bowls, art paper, and more!  A sure enjoyment for your art oriented child!  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Wednesday program, we also offer a Tuesday class.
 
Instructor: 
Meg Murphy, who many of our students know from clay sculpting, is pleased to offer this creative after school program.  Meg attended Silvermine School of the Arts where she studied fundamentals of design, drawing, ceramics and metal sculptures. She is also an accomplished stain glass designer as well as a landscape designer. 
 
Karate Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee/Option 1: $201.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $176.00 (if student already has a uniform (Gi))

Location: East House Cafeteria
 
We’re thrilled to have Georgetown Martial Arts return to our winter WOW! programs! This NON-competitive, core-strengthening exercise is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Sensei David focuses on helping students understand and use martial arts to develop self-discipline, self-control, confidence, focus, and respect for others in a fun and safe environment.
Note:  Please specify weight and height on registration form if your child is ordering a white                   
GI-uniform. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave. (If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $176.00).  Note: If your child cannot make the Wednesday class, we also offer a Tuesday and Thursday program!
Special Note:  Students may be invited to test for an advanced belt pending successful completion of learned techniques.  Parents will be notified directly by Georgetown Martial Arts.  Please know that there is an additional cost for the test, payable to Georgetown Martial Arts, and is not part of the WOW! fee.
 
Instructor: 
Sensei David Chapman is the owner of Georgetown Martial Arts. Sensei Dave began his own martial arts training at the age of 9. He studied the arts of Tang Soo Do, Uechi-Ryu in which he holds a black belt.  Mr. Chapman also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied kempo karate since 1994. Sensei also earned the rank of 3nd degree black belt and holds a black sash in Black Tiger Kung-Fu.
 
Thursday Programs
9-week session
January 11th – March 22nd (No class on February 15th and March 15th)
 
NEW: Ninjaneering with LEGO (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum# of participants:  11 students;
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee:  $ 184.00
Location:  North House # 21 (health room)
Note:  This is an 8-week session and ends on March 8th
Special Note:  This is a 1 ½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor in this 1 ½ hour program that ends at 4:45 p.m., while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. Note:  Projects will not go home with students!
 
Instructor:
Play-Well TEKnologies
 
Karate Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee/Option 1: $169.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $144.00 (if student already has a uniform (Gi))

Location: East House Cafeteria
 
We’re thrilled to have Georgetown Martial Arts return to our winter WOW! programs! This NON-competitive, core-strengthening exercise is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Sensei David focuses on helping students understand and use martial arts to develop self-discipline, self-control, confidence, focus, and respect for others in a fun and safe environment.
Note:  Please specify weight and height on registration form if your child is ordering a white                   
GI-uniform. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave (If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $144.00).  Note: If your child cannot make the Thursday class, we also offer a Tuesday and Wednesday program!
Special Note:  Students may be invited to test for an advanced belt pending successful completion of learned techniques.  Parents will be notified directly by Georgetown Martial Arts.  Please know that there is an additional cost for the test, payable to Georgetown Martial Arts, and is not part of the WOW! fee.
 
Instructor: 
Sensei David Chapman is the owner of Georgetown Martial Arts. Sensei Dave began his own martial arts training at the age of 9. He studied the arts of Tang Soo Do, Uechi-Ryu in which he holds a black belt.  Mr. Chapman also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied kempo karate since 1994. Sensei also earned the rank of 3nd degree black belt and holds a black sash in Black Tiger Kung-Fu.
 
Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 144.00
Location: East House # 26 (Music Room)
 
Come join Judy Orr as she encourages children 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.
Note:  Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:
Judy 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.
 
Around the World in 8 Weeks! (K thru 2nd grade)                                         CANCELED 
Maximum # of participants:  8 students
Fee:  $ 152.00
Location:  Art Room
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on March 8th
 
Give your child the opportunity to discover the world! Now open to include kindergartners, students will experience the traditional language, costumes, animals, and cuisine of different countries across the globe. This course is specifically designed to offer students a chance to see the world through the eyes of another culture and strengthen their knowledge of cultural diversity. With a lesson plan that combines facts and fun and hands-on activities, children will be totally engaged.
 
Instructor:
Mrs. Dorothee Ancel is a native French speaker from Paris. She has lived in many countries and has been living in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and family since 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business and Master's degree in International Purchasing from ESSCA, a French Business School. Mrs. Ancel has been a teacher at Literakid since 2008.

Friday Programs
9-week session
January 12th – March 23rd (No class February 16th and March 16th)
 
 
NEW: Molecular Motion Mysteries (K - 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee:  $ 165.00
Location: North House # 21 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on March 9th  
 
We’re excited to bring this new program to students in Grades K-2 this winter! See how simple machines lighten your load! Launch with levers, secure with screws, and work with wedges. Explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy), and how energy can be conserved. Model the moving plates of the earth that cause bends and breaks. Simulate the effects of an ocean oil spill, and develop creative techniques to clean it up! Explore the energy of motion (potential versus kinetic energy) while constructing a catapult.
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
 
The Secrets of Magic- Jr. Genies Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 18 students
Fee: $171.00
Location: East House # 26 (Music Room)
Magic Show on March 23rd
 
We promise we won’t teach students how to make their younger siblings disappear—that wouldn’t be right!—but we will teach tools used by professional magicians. Each week students will receive tricks and materials to take home. Students will build self-confidence and poise, develop stage presence, and improve presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills. Note: Any students repeating this class will receive new tricks and will help as magic assistants for new students. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Tuesday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff is an internationally known magician who has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.
  
Paint Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $171.00
Location:  Art Room
 
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. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Monday class!
 
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.