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Fall 2018 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 Wednesday, September 5th 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 or phone call.
 
Important Note: If you do not have an account with 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 Wednesday, September 5th. 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 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 September 17th and run through the week of December 3rd 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:
 
  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
11-week session
September 17th – December 3rd (no class Oct. 8th)
 
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.

“I can’t believe my child is eating all of these different kinds of food when I have such a hard time getting him to try something new at home.” Sound familiar?... Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world?  Soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more - Students 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! Robotics Using the Lego EV3 System (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 9 students
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee: $ 220.00
Location: Cafetorium
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Note:  This is an 8-week programs and ends Nov. 12th
Special Note:  Lego Robotics is instructed by Play-well TEKnologies and is not affiliated with the Weston Public School after school program offered through the PTO and Weston Education Foundation. 
 
Build and program robots using the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 system. Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge! Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended investigative environment, while having fun in this 1 ½ hour program! Note: Projects will not go home with students.
 
Instructor:
Play-well TEKnologies
 
NEW! Viral Flix (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 Nov. 12th    
 
Incrediflix returns this fall with Viral Flix! Viral videos grab our attention and this program gives kids the opportunity to create the same kind of videos we all love watching online. Unboxing videos, web series, review shows, top 10 videos, and many more… Students will work in groups to write, direct, film, and produce short viral video segments in a safe and fun environment! Downloadable within a month after the program ends.
 
Instructor: 
Incrediflix
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
September 18th – December 4th (no class Nov. 8th)
 
 
NEW: SNAP Circuits & Engineering (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 192.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
Note: This is an 8-week program and ends on November 13th
 
In this new electronic engineering program, students will experiment with building simple and complex electronic circuits, such as alarms, doorbells, radios, among other things, using our Snap Circuit Boards and see hands-on how they are used in their daily lives! They will learn about electricity and electrons and experiment with static electricity using our giant Van De Graaff machine. Students will also build and create the code for multiple programmable rovers and build their own take home award winning, Kiko Robot.
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 13th
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
 
Baking with Gabriela (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 264.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
 
Calling all bakers… Here comes our very own the Bake Boss! Returning this fall, 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.
 
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.  
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 209.00
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!
 
Wednesday Programs
10-week session
September 26th – December 5th (no class Nov. 21st)
 
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.
 
Start your day off with chess!  We’re thrilled that Mr. Anderson is offering morning chess for students in Grades 3-5 this fall!  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. 
 
Sew Fun! (3rd thru 5th grade)                                             
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee:  $ 180.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
 
Come learn something new this fall and experience the relaxing qualities of hand sewing, cross stitching, 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.
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 240.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

“I can’t believe my child is eating all of these different kinds of food when I have such a hard time getting him to try something new at home.” Sound familiar?... Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world?  Soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more - students 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: $ 190.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
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! 
Note: Students who took this program last year 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. Note: Students who took the winter program will learn new material.
 
Thursday Programs
11-week session
September 20th – December 6th (no class Nov. 23rd)
 
NEW! Fashion Design (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 187.00
Location:  Room # 216
 
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.
 
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.
 
New: Marine Bots (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  5 students
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location:  Room # 117
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 8th
 
In Zaniac's Submarine to Robots LEGO® MINDSTORMS® program, students will discuss how robots can be designed as submarines to help discover and protect more of our oceans. Students will learn the principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.  During the session, students will identify and work together to solve environmental problems related to our oceans and seas, promote a greater understanding and respect for our ocean ecosystems, comprehend the positive and negative environmental effects of our actions and create, design and build their own Marine Bot creations (basic robotics).
Note: Students will work in groups of 3 on the robots. Projects will not go home with the students.
 
Instructor:
Zaniac-Westport
 
NEW! WIS Journalism – All The News that’s Fit to Print (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 187.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
Note:  Students in this program should bring their own electronic device to school every Thursday, if possible.  If not, they can work with pad and paper (just like in the olden days) and complete their work at home.
 
Extra, extra, read all about it! Over the 11-week session, we will put together our very own WIS newspaper - the WIS Universe! Students will learn to interview subjects; write features, news articles and editorials; write book, movie and culture reviews; answer "Dear Abby" questions; and create engaging profiles. We will also cover editing and formatting. The students will be involved in creating the newspaper from beginning to end.
 
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. Her latest book, You See, I See: On the Farm came out in July and You See, I See: In the City is planned for September!
 
Paint Draw & More! - Drawing Mixed Media (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 209.00
Room:  Staff Room/Kitchen
 
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.
 
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.