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Winter 2019 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 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.

Important information:
  1. Alternate dismissal notes must be sent, in duplicate, every week to your child’s teacher for each program.  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   or (203) 222-2586.

 
 
Monday Programs
9-week session
January 7th – March 25th (No class Jan. 21st, Feb. 18th, Mar. 18th)
 
Fun with Fabric (1st & 2nd grade)                                      
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 162.00
Location: East House Cafeteria
 
After a long day of school, why not settle down with this hands-on activities program with Gabriela!  Students will work with different materials like cotton, wool, linen, felt, and yarn allowing them to experiment with textures and fabrics. New sewing skills, finger knitting and crocheting, braiding, and much more will be introduced to your child in this class.  Students will explore their creativity and craft fun accessories to wear and also make decorations for your home. 
 
Instructor: 
Gabriela 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 school district.
 
WOW Singers (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  20 students
Fee:  $ 144.00
Location:  East House # 26 (Music Room)
 
Do- re-mi- fa- so- la- ti-do!  What a great opportunity for students to join Ms. Cardamone in our WOW! Singers program, where they’ll explore their love of singing. We will be working on singing expressively using simple songs and even rounds (I used to love signing rounds in school, didn’t you?) While we will be learning how to sing with others, students will also have opportunities to add a variety of instruments to our songs such as small rhythm instruments, drums, and even xylophones. This is a great chance for interested singers to gain confidence in their singing and have fun while doing it!
 
Instructor:
Jessica Cardamone is the music teacher at Hurlbutt Elementary School. While she enjoys singing and playing games in class, she is very excited to share her love of making music in other ways and styles, such as with her saxophone or ukulele!
 
Paint Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 176.00
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
12-week session
January 8th – March 26th
 
Intro to STEM with LEGO Materials (K & 1st grade)
Minimum # of participants; 11 students
Maximum # of participants:  13 students
Fee: $ 184.00
Location: North House # 21 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on February 26th
 
Gear up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as: forklifts, houseboats, mini golf courses, and the London Tower Bridge. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment with the guidance of an experienced Play-well instructor in this 1 ½ hour program. Note: Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Instructor: 
Play-well TEKnologies
 
Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 192.00
Location: East House # 30 (across from East House cafeteria)
 
Due to the popularity of this program, we’re happy to add a Tuesday class! Join Judy 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: If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Thursday class!
Special 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.
 
Creative Paper Crafts with Meg Murphy (K thru 2nd grade)                 CANCELLED
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee:  $ 222.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Have you ever made anything with paper pulp? We have and it’s so much fun!  We start by using old newspapers, magazines, and paper and let our imagination go wild!  Students will have a blast 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: $217.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $192.00 (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. Space fills quickly, so don’t delay! Note: Please specify weight and height on the registration form if your child is ordering a white GI- uniform. If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $192.00. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.
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: $228.00
Location:  East House # 26 (Music Room)
Magic Show on March 26th    
 
We can’t teach you to make your little sister disappear—that wouldn’t be right!—but we can reveal the secrets of the professional magician with Nisan, The Magic Genie! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn the ancient art of prestidigitation. Improve your presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, build self-confidence and poise, and develop stage presence. Disappearing coins, reappearing scarves, card tricks, and more magical stuff awaits your Jr. Genie! We promise a truly magical experience. Each week, you’ll receive tricks and materials to take home with you. Note: Students repeating this class will receive new tricks to take home and, with the wave of a wand, will become magical aides for new students.  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff, internationally known master magician, has never made his little sister disappear, but he has been known to pull a rabbit out of a hat every now and then. He has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.

 
 
Wednesday Programs
12-week session
January 9th - March 27th
 
NEW! Inventions – Then and Now!  (K-2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $204.00
Location!  East House # 30 (across from East House cafeteria)  
 
Did you ever wonder how inventors came up with their ideas and what problems they encountered along the way? Have you thought about how that invention has changed over time and how we use it today?  In this class we will explore and investigate the development of everyday items that were significant inventions. We will collage, craft play, read, and act out scenes that give us insight into these inventions. During the last three classes we will work with the children to think, draw, and/ or craft something they would think should be invented.
 
Instructor:
Christine Walder Ferreira is originally from Switzerland and has recently moved to Weston. She previously taught at the German School at UNIS in NYC and at the Mustard Seed School in Hoboken. Her emphases lies in integrated learning so that students experience many different aspects of a topic, make new connections, and are guided by their own interests.
 
Chess Club (1st & 2nd grade)  
Minimum # of participants: 10 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students  
Fee: $ 240.00
Location:  East House #32
 
We are excited to welcome back the Chess Club of Fairfield County! This 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. Afterall, who doesn't love saying checkmater? 
Note: Returning students are welcome for more advanced training. 
 
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.

Creative Paper Crafts with Meg Murphy (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee:  $ 222.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Have you ever made anything with paper pulp? We have and it’s so much fun!  We start by using old newspapers, magazines, and paper and let our imagination go wild!  Students will have a blast 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: $217.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $192.00 (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 the registration form if your child is ordering a white                                                                                             
GI- uniform. If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $192.00. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.
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
10-week session
January 10th – March 28th (No class Feb. 14th and Mar. 14th)

Food, Fun, and Games! – (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 205.00
Location:  East House # 32 (across from East House cafeteria)
 
Children love to cook and are drawn to preparing food with an amazing sense of curiosity and respect. The most effective way to have children embrace healthy foods is to give them the opportunity to prepare it with their own hands and have a pride of accomplishment. In Food, Fun and Games, students in Grades K-2 will get involved in preparing and eating healthy foods such as “salad people”, confetti rice with vegetables, and lots more. Through games, songs, and stories, coupled with tastings, students will expand their knowledge and have an appreciation for healthy eating!
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.
 
NEW: Harry Potter Magical Engineering 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 7th
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, you won’t want to miss this new program offered by Play-well TEKnologies! Explore the magic of Harry Potter using LEGO®! Find Platform 9 ¾, build Hogwarts Express Train, work cooperatively to construct the mysterious Hogwarts Castle, and soar on the wings of a Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon. Travel to a world of wizardry and hone your magical skills while learning about Muggle (STEM) concepts in this 1 ½ hour program that ends at
4:45 p.m. 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: $185.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $160.00 (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 the registration form if your child is ordering a white GI- uniform. If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $160.00. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.
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: $ 160.00
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: If your child cannot attend the Thursday program, we also offer a Tuesday class!
Special 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-2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  8 students
Fee:  $ 152.00
Location:  Art Room
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on March 7th
 
Grab your passport, start packing, and let’s get ready to travel the world in 8 weeks! Explore and experience the traditional languages, history, and cultures of Japan, Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa, Germany, Norway, Mexico, and the United Kingdom!  After flying over four main islands and nearly 4,000 smaller islands to get to Japan, we’ll learn the art of paper folding and make our own origami. We’ll fly over the Canadian Great Lakes and learn how to greet our new friends in Quebec in French. In Mexico, we’ll explore the pyramid of Chitzen Itza, encounter huge iguanas, parrots, and monkeys! Did you know that Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and home of a few creatures that can’t be found anywhere else? We’ll pretend to be one of them by making our own mask! There’s so much more awaiting our international travelers!
 
Instructor:
Sylvie Lobsenz is a dynamic and caring teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the Ecole Sante Sociale in Lyon.  She is also the founder and language coordinator of Literakid Language Programs. Madame Sylvie has been teaching French and Spanish to children and adults for 13 years.
 

Friday Programs
10-week session
January 11th – March 29th (No class February 15th and March 15th)
 
NEW: Undercover Spy Lab (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee:  $ 210.00
Location: North House # 21 (Health Room)
 
Look out 007—the Mad Science Spy Lab is in session! From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, students will have the opportunity to check out equipment and even create their own edible message! Test solutions with indicators to determine the origin. Children will use the Secret Code Breaker to communicate stealthily, like real spies. With the Undercover Observer, children step into the shoes of a spy in action. The viewer allows them to observe visually, while the spy ear enhances their hearing. These tools provide a complete undercover kit for children to take home.
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties

Magic…Junior Genies Magic Club (K- 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 18 students
Fee: $190.00
Location: East House # 26 (Music Room)
Magic Show on Friday, March 29th
 
We can’t teach you to make your little sister disappear—that wouldn’t be right!—but we can reveal the secrets of the professional magician with Nisan, The Magic Genie! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn the ancient art of prestidigitation. Improve your presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, build self-confidence and poise, and develop stage presence. Disappearing coins, reappearing scarves, card tricks, and more magical stuff awaits your Jr. Genie! We promise a truly magical experience. Each week, you’ll receive tricks and materials to take home with you. Note: Students repeating this class will receive new tricks to take home and, with the wave of a wand, will become magical aides for new students. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Tuesday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff, internationally known master magician, has never made his little sister disappear, but he has been known to pull a rabbit out of a hat every now and then. He 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:  $195.00
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.