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Spring 2020 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 (UPDATED):
Online registration will open on March 31 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 winter, 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, March 11th  through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday March 12th   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 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,
March 17th 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, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 if you would like to inquire about assistance.
 
Payment:
  • ALL payments must be made online by credit card 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 April 20th and run through the week of May 25th.
 
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 cancellation.
  2. In the event of an early dismissal due to inclement weather or any other school emergency, all after-school programs will be cancelled and children will be sent home per regular school dismissal plans. In the event of a cancellation, 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 cancellations.
  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
5-week session
April 20th – May 18th
 
 
NEW! Sports Management (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 100.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art  Room)
 
For the sports lover, future team General (GM), sports team owner or ESPN analyst, this unique class will “show you the money” in sports!
 
Students will learn the business side of various sports and actively discuss and analyze a different “sports money” topic every class, including:
  • Which sports teams have the highest dollar market value?
  • How do teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL make money?
  • Endorsements: From Michael Jordan to LeBron James
  • How should Under Armour compete against Nike?
  • How do collective bargaining agreements determine player salaries in pro sports?
  • What’s “the money picture” in individual sports like golf or tennis?
  • Why do some pro athletes go bankrupt after making millions?
  • How much money do top college football programs raise for the school?
 Note: Students should bring an electronic device to class each week.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
NEW! Jewelry Basics (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee:  $95.00
Location: Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Learn the basics of handmade jewelry.  Students will learn how to create stretchy gemstone bracelets, learn basic knotting and finishing techniques such as adjustable sliding knots and crimping to create finished wearable pieces.  The basic skills learned in this class will provide enough knowledge to allow budding designers to continue to experiment and make their own one of a kind piece.
 
Instructor:
Courtney Dedman has had a deep intrigue and passion for handcrafts for as long as she can remember.  Her enthusiasm for crafting a finished product from simple raw materials led her through a lifetime of workshops near and far, as well as vigorously seeking new skills independently.  Courtney is a Weston resident who enjoys macramé, knitting, weaving, sewing, jewelry making, basket weaving, rug hooking, embroidery... you name it! 
 
Theatre 4Kids (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 90.00
Location: Cafetorium
We’re back this spring with Theater Class 4 Kids!, an innovative, active, fun-filled class for children of all levels of the theater. Students learn while having fun, even if they are new to the stage or have had stage experience. Children will learn all about the theater through games, improvisation and working on scenes, dances and songs from Broadway in a fun-filled comfortable supportive environment.
 
 
Tuesday Programs
5-week session
April 21st – May 26th (no class April 28th)
 
 
NEW: The World of Science Wonders and Phenomena! 3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 105.00
Location: Room # 200
 
Come explore the world of science wonders and phenomena! Feel the magnetic force pulling
you in while visiting the electromagnetic field and build a magnetic source of your own.
Experience the zapping effect of a Van De Graaf generator and electrifying lightening! Visualize
optical illusions and Technicolor in a way that you never perceived before! Even, hear and see
your voice change right in front of your very own eyes! But that’s not all; things get heated up
when you witness an underwater volcano, create thermal slime, and discover other super
power sources of the world!
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties- All Mad Science programs correlate with Connecticut’s Science curriculum and are NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) compliant.
 
Baking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 120.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
 
We can’t guarantee that your child will save any of the delicious baked goods that they make during this very popular 1 ½ hour class! 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.
 
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.
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 98.00
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
6-week session
April 22nd – May 27th
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 20 students
Fee:  $ 72.00
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 right with chess!  We’re thrilled that Mr. Anderson is offering morning chess for students in Grades 3-5 this spring! 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:  $ 111.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Back this spring, come learn something new and experience the relaxing qualities of sewing, finger knitting, crocheting, and much more with Gabriela! Spend some time with your friends, while making accessories to wear and creating pretty decorations for your home! What a great way to relax, while building concentration, gaining confidence with your projects, and having sooooooooo much fun!
 
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: $ 144.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Calling all mini-master chefs! Join us this spring as we cook up something delicious with Weston’s own “Chef Shelley McConnell”! Students should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!  From soups and salads, to entrees and desserts, why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world? 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: $ 114.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
 
Bonjour mes amis! Parlez-vous Français? 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
6-week session
April 23rd – May 28th
 
Battles and Beyond (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $102.00
Location:  Room # 200
 
Now held on Thursdays, step into the past with Battles and Beyond!  Students will travel back in time to learn about key battles in history. We'll learn about the tactics and strategies used in a specific battle, and imagine what it was like living during that time. We'll divide into small groups and recreate the various battles with different decisions and strategies than the Generals made at that time and see what the new outcome may have been if we fought in the battle. 
 
Instructors:
Dan Starbuck Pelletier has been teaching soccer, chess and history in the Weston area for seven years. Many know Coach Dan and his program, DIG USA, where he has worked with thousands of kids around Connecticut. He has been featured in the Hartford Courant, Connecticut Post, Norwalk Hour and on Fox 61. His focus is on having fun while learning in a positive environment.
 
Coach Peter Dey, Weston Middle School English teacher, is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Peter earned a BA in both English and History: Social Studies from Eastern Connecticut State University. He then earned an MA in English Literature from Western Connecticut State University.
 
Traditional Crafts (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 114.00
Location: Room # 216
 
Learn basic weaving, macramé and rope making using sustainable and up cycled materials. Students will have the opportunity to make wearable accessories and home goods.  They will delight in their new found ability to create something out of nothing and express themselves artistically in new mediums.
Note: Projects featured in this course will differ from those offered during the winter session.
 
Instructor:
Courtney Dedman has had a deep intrigue and passion for handcrafts for as long as she can remember.  Her enthusiasm for crafting a finished product from simple raw materials led her through a lifetime of workshops near and far, as well as vigorously seeking new skills independently.  Courtney is a Weston resident who enjoys macramé, knitting, weaving, sewing, jewelry making, basket weaving, rug hooking, embroidery... you name it! 
 
Fashion Design II (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 108.00
Location:  Staff Room/Kitchen
 
Open to students who have taken the Fall 2019 Fashion Design and/or the Winter 2020 program, students in this “advanced” class will be using what they’ve learned in our previous program to design a myriad of design-specific challenges. 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.
 
Paint Draw & More! – Drawing Mixed Media (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 117.00
Room: Art Room
 
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. . . Note: Students who did our courses in the winter session,
will see new projects.
 
Instructor:
Born in Sicily, Marie Goodwin migrated to New York as a child. It took a while to learn English and she
started painting as a way to find solace and joy. She returned to Italy to receive her BFA and teaching degree
from Universita Delle Belle Arte in Palermo majoring in Fine Art and in Architecture. While in Italy, she studied
frescos, which became the basis for her love of murals. Marie has a love for all creative outlets, styles, mediums
and subjects. You can find her painting a portrait or a ceiling. She was commissioned to paint the interior walls
of a church and taught Art in a private elementary school. Marie apprenticed with Franco Marino,
won International awards for her work, and continues to create fine art. Marie loves Art and the process of
creating, she hopes to inspire a love of Art to others.