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Weston Youth Services
Virtual Online Fall 2020 After School Programs
Online Registration Opens Thursday, September 10th at 10:01 p.m.
 
Weston Youth Services will be offering virtual Fall WOW! after school programs for students in Grades K-10 beginning the week of September 21st. All programs are held through the Zoom app, unless otherwise indicated.
 
Guidelines for Virtual Conferencing:
For Instructors
  • Instructors will create an invitation, with link, that will be sent to Weston Youth Services and then forwarded to parents.
  • A password will be created for entry to class.
  • Instructors will enable the waiting room feature. This offers a message to students who arrive early that they are in the right place and the instructor will arrive soon. The instructor then admits the students at class start time.
  • Instructors will choose the option to mute participants upon entry. This will ensure that students are not chatting before there is an adult supervising.
  • Instructors can mute a student or class if they are too disruptive when they are talking.
  • Instructors will not record the session.
  • Instructors will not take any screenshots during the session.
  • Instructors will not enable the chat feature between them and/or the students.
For parents and students:
Here are the steps WYS WOW! Program is taking to ensure student comfort and safety:
  • Our WOW! instructors are background checked and known to us from previous WOW! after school programs.
  • Classes are setup so that audio is muted and video is off until the instructor is present in the video class. Once the Instructor turns on the video and audio, students will be seen and heard by the instructor and other students/unless parents or students choose to turn off their individual audio or video at any time.
  • The email link to enter the video class will be sent to the parents’ email provided at registration. We encourage parents to be with the child when they enter the class, but they are not required to stay in the video for the class.
  • The classes will be set up with a password and there will be a ding sound when a new participant enters the class. The instructor will carefully monitor participant count so that no unauthorized participants are in the class.
  • As noted above, the instructors will mute audio, turn off video or even disconnect a student from the class if they deem it necessary.
  • Parents and/or students will not record the session.
  • Parents and/or students will not take any screenshots during the session.
  • Parents should be mindful where your child is sitting and its background setting during the virtual meeting.
  • Permission:
  • During the registration process, parents will be asked to check off a box indicating that they have read and agree to the following:
Video Conferencing Class Permissions:
I give permission for my child to participate in Weston Youth Service WOW! Enrichment courses via video conference platform (Zoom) while enrolled in the Fall 2020 session. I understand that:
  • My child’s WOW! Program instructor will be leading the video conference class.
  • Students will be visible to other participants in the video call.
  • Students will be able to ask/answer questions during the video call.
  •  Students and/or parents will have the ability to turn off their individual audio or video at any time during the class.
  •  Classes will NOT be recorded by the instructor or Weston Youth Services. Students and parents agree they will NOT video or record the classes.
  • Instructors, Weston Youth Services, students, and parents agree they will NOT snapshot any pictures of the session.
  • The instructor retains the right to mute or turn off any participant’s video, or disconnect a child from the program at any time if they deem it necessary.
  • This registration is individual to each registered child. (If someone else is interested in participating in the class please refer them to our website for registration, or have them contact Charlene Monn,  ).
DISCLAIMER:
This is an evolving situation and our current plan. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to having your children be part of our WOW! Programs.
 
Registration:
Online registration will open on Thursday, September 10th 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.
 
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 Thursday, September 10th. 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.
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.
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  • 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:
If you cancel your child’s registration prior to the day that a program begins, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee. Once a class begins, we do not issue refunds or credits.                       
 
Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of September 21st and run through the week of November 30th. Please note that Wednesday programs begin on September 30th. 
 
Class Length:
All HES and WIS programs are scheduled to run from 4:30-5:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
All WMS and WHS programs are scheduled to run from 3:30-4:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
 
Please check individual programs for descriptions, grade eligibility, and cost.
 
Weston Youth Services reserves the right to cancel a class due to lack of student enrollment. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from 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.
 
 
WESTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PROGRAMS
All classes will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated!
 
 
Monday Programs
9-week session
September 21st – November 30th (no class 9/28, 10/12)
 
Debate Club (3rd – 5th grade)
Minimum/Maximum # of participants: 5 minimum/15 maximum students
Fee: $ 158.00
Students will learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. They will work in rotating groups and practice their debating skills in a supportive environment, including developing arguments, issuing rebuttals, providing examples, rebuilding their case and summarizing points of view. Students will learn to think on their feet and enhance their public-speaking skills, gaining self-confidence in the process.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
Theater Bound
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 153.00
All levels of theater experience are welcome to join us this fall! We’ll explore all elements of theater from understanding the technical side to acting and performing. Children will learn all about the theater through games, improvisation and working on scenes, dances and songs from kids/junior versions of theater productions. As this class is a virtual program, theater students will create an end-of-session iMovie to share performances with family and friends.
 
Instructor:
Amy MacRae
 
Bake My Day with Gabriela! (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 171.00
Surprise your family with a homemade treat that you baked in your kitchen! We’ll bake virtually together and you’ll be your own chef, ready with the recipe, cookware, and ingredients. Gabriela will stand by, demonstrating different baking steps and answering questions, while you and your friends mix, measure, and prep. The recipes in this 60-minute online class may include yeast-based bread and pizzas, muffins, and cakes. See you in the kitchen!
 
Instructor:
Gabriela Low – Atelier SEW FUN Enterprises, LLC
 
 
Tuesday Programs
10-week session
September 22nd – December 1st (no class 11/3)
 
Podcast Pioneers (for students entering Grades 3-10)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 170.00
It seems like everywhere you look - or listen - that everyone has a podcast these days. Podcasts are produced by many different people, in many different topic areas, using many different technology tools.  Do you have information or a story that you want to share with the world?  Do you know people in your life (maybe distant relatives or friends) that you’d like to interview?  Do you want to document what it’s like to live through this challenging time as a student?
 
In this program, Weston’s own Rudd Anderson, will take you through the process to create your very own podcast.
 
Topics we’ll explore will include:
  • The basic elements of a podcast
  • Topic Selection
  • Planning
  • Interviewing strategies
  • Recording tools
  • Editing
  • Sound enhancements
Class requirements:
A recording device - Phones are great for this
Sound editing software - For instructional purposes, Mr. Anderson will be using Audacity.  This is a free sound editing software that can be downloaded here.  Students may work with another editing software (i.e. Garageband) if they are comfortable with the editing tools in that software.
 
The structure of the class will consist of mini-lessons on a given topic and/or technical skill, class discussions, and time for students to work on their own and get troubleshooting advice/guidance and feedback from Mr. Anderson.  There may be occasional “assignments” (i.e. podcast examples) for students to listen to help prepare for class discussions.
 
Instructor:
Rudd Anderson
 
Yoga with Judy (1st – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 170.00
Judy returns this fall to our WOW! programs with a 60-minute online yoga retreat! Get ready to have fun on your mat as you explore and discover the mind and body connection! 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. Judy incorporates breathing and visualization techniques to teach children how to focus, relax, and develop self-control in a fun-filled way.
 
Instructor:
Judy Orr
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 190.00
Whether together in the classroom or together on-line, Paint Draw & More is committed to offering fun and valuable art classes. We’ll work with the art supplies you have at home, focusing on pencils, colored pencils, markers and water colors. Please join us for our successful virtual art classes.
 
Learn to create cartoon characters, super heroes and comic strips with Heather Bennett! 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 – Heather Bennett
 
Magic Zoom Club (K-3 grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 170.00
NOTE: This is a 40 minute program and runs from 4:30-5:10 p.m.
Disappearing coins! Magic scarves! Card tricks! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques led by Weston’s own Magic Genie! Improve your presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, build self-confidence and poise, and develop stage presence. We promise a magical experience. Each week, you’ll have tricks and goodies to fool your parents and friends! Note: Students repeating this class will receive new tricks and… with the wave of a wand, become magical allies for new students.. A pick-up time for materials will be arranged prior to class. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we’re magically offering a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff
 
 
Wednesday Programs
8-week session
September 30th – December 2nd (no class 9/23, 10/21, 11/25)
 
Entrepreneurs Club (3rd – 5th grade)
Minim/Maximum # of participants: 5 minimum/15 maximum students
Fee:  $140.00
If you like “Shark Tank,” this club is for you!  Join other intrepid students and learn what it takes to launch your own business.  Students will build self-confidence while developing business skills in strategy, marketing and finance.  Students will select a business idea, learn to develop a business plan and make a pitch presentation on the last day.  They may even create a real website and design their own business cards!
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
Chess (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $136.00
We’re thrilled to bring Dan Starbuck Pelletier and his team of chess coaches to our WOW! after school programs this fall!  DIG USA teachers use chess to improve strategic thinking, problem solving and patience in a fun, engaging way. We teach how the pieces move and how they work together using tactics like forks, pins and discover attacks. We will use Chess.com (free to set up an account and free to use) and Zoom to teach the students. This class is for beginners, intermediate and advanced. We’ll  make it interesting for everyone, while teaching content and material that is understandable for all!
 
Instructor:
DIG USA
 
Bonjour mes Amis – French Online! (3rd-5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee: $ 152.00
Come learn the beauty of the French language and its charm with Madame Sylvie. Bonjour mes Amis  Online will begin with a greeting followed by the weather and include colors, and numbers. A video will be emailed to parents the day before class related to the following day’s lesson.  Games, songs, and play will be incorporated into the class to keep the students engaged and motivated to learn more French with Madame Sylvie.
 
Instructor:
Sylvie Lobsenz - Literakid LLC
 
 
Thursday Programs
10-week session
September 24th – December 3rd (no class 11/26)
 
Advanced Paint, Draw & More! (3rd-5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 190.00
Paint Draw & More is proud to have perfected the art of igniting children’s creative instincts. Our fun and informative drawing and painting classes for older students are specially designed to build on your child’s knowledge of drawing and teach them technical skills as they develop their own unique style. We encourage students to work in black and white, or color; whichever best achieves their vision. Students may take multiple sessions from year to year and will not repeat projects.
 
Papers will be mailed to students prior to class. Students can use materials they have on hand at home such as oil or chalk pastels, crayons, color pencils, markers, and watercolor paints for this class. 
 
Instructor:
Paint, Draw & More – Thomas Pendelton
 
Cooking for Life! (3rd-5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 190.00
Imagine, you made dinner tomorrow night! We'll cook virtually together and you'll be your own chef, ready with the recipe, cookware, and ingredients. Christine will stand by, demonstrating different cooking steps, and answering questions, while you and your friend's peel, mix and prepare. Recipes in this 60-minute online class may include noodle soup, baked potato with vegetables, breakfast omelet, and others. Cooking is fun! See you in the kitchen!
 
Instructor:
Christine Walder- Atelier SEW FUN Enterprises LLC
 
Science Wonders and Phenomena (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 20 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Come explore the world of science wonders and phenomena! Each session is a live, INTERACTIVE on-line one-hour genuine Mad Science program with demos, activities, and your own easy to do hands-on experiment. This program will help students discover how spectacular science is! With crazy optical illusions, underwater volcanoes, rainbow spectrums, mysterious Dry Ice, and electrifying experiments students will be leaving each class wanting to dive into more science! Each student will receive a home kit, delivered to your house with most materials needed for class. (A few simple household material required).
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield & New Haven Counties
 
 
Friday Programs
9-week session
September 25th – December 4th (no class 11/6, 11/27)
 
Finding Your Brave (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 6 students
Fee: $36.00
Note: This is a 6-week program and ends on October 30th
Join Weston Youth Services Director Laura Cleary for a fun class about understanding & outsmarting worry and fear so that you can do what’s important to you, even the things that feel hard or scary. We will do some crafts (make a worry box and calming glitter jar), play games, learn/practice fun new  coping skills, and more. This small class will help build confidence, courage and social-emotional skills. We will provide all needed supplies and deliver to registrants prior to class start date.
 
Instructor:
Laura Cleary, LMSW, Weston Youth Services Director
 
Magic Zoom Club (K-3rd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 153.00
NOTE: This is a 40 minute program and runs from 4:30-5:10 p.m.
Disappearing coins! Magic scarves! Card tricks! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques led by Weston’s own Magic Genie! Improve your presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, build self-confidence and poise, and develop stage presence. We promise a magical experience. Each week, you’ll have tricks and goodies to fool your parents and friends! Note: Students repeating this class will receive new tricks and… with the wave of a wand, become magical allies for new students.. A pick-up time for materials will be arranged prior to class. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we’re magically offering a Tuesday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff