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Winter 2019 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 Tuesday, November 13th 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 7th through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday November 8th.  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.
 
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 Tuesday, November 13th.  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 Allison Lisbon, Social Services, at 203-222-2663, if you would like to inquire about assistance or email
 
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, credits, or pro-rate a program. 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 7th and run through the week of March 25th, 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
9-week session
January 7th – March 25th (No class Jan. 21st, Feb. 18th, Mar. 18th)
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 216.00
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!  Harry Potter Master Engineering with Lego (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 a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Note:  This is an 8-week programs and ends March 11th
 
If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, then you don’t want to miss this new program offered through Play-well TEKnologies! Master the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Build Diagon Alley in preparation for your trip to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hop on your Broomstick and play Quidditch, duel the evil Lord Voldemort, and hone your magical skills while learning about advanced Muggle (STEM) concepts. Note: Projects will not go home with the students.
 
Instructor:
Play-well TEKnologies
Tuesday Programs
12-week session
January 8th – March 26th
 
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 February 26th
 
Snap Circuits & Engineering returns this winter with lots of great new projects!  The fun continues when students build simple and complex electronic circuits (alarms, doorbells, radio, etc.) using Mad Science’s Snap Circuit Boards and see hands-on how they are used in their daily lives. They will learn about electricity and electrons, experiment with static electricity and plasma through the Tesla Coil Machine. Children will also learn to use renewable energy to create a powered machine and build and create the code for multiple programmable rovers. And if that wasn’t enough, they’ll build their own take home award winning EM4 Robot that easily transforms into four different exciting modes.
Note: New projects will be offered this winter.
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
 
Baking with Shelley! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 288.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
 
Calling all bakers… We welcome our very own Bake Boss, Shelley McConnell this winter! 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!  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.
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 234.00
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. In the first few classes, we will concentrate on drawing and techniques, which the students will apply while designing and drawing their own projects for the remainder of the session. 
 
Instructor:
Paint, Draw, & More!
 
Wednesday Programs
12-week session
January 9th - March 27th
 
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 20 students
Fee:  $144.00
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 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: $ 288.00
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: $ 228.00
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: Returning students 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
10-week session
January 10th – March 28th (No class Feb. 14th and Mar. 14th)
 
 
Fashion Design (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 170.00
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.
Special Note: Students who took Fashion Design this fall will learn new material!
 
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! WIS Blogger (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 170.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
Note:  Students in this program must bring their own electronic device to school every Thursday.
 
Back by popular demand this winter….Become a WIS blogger! Over the 10-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.
 
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:  $ 195.00
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.