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Weston Youth Services
Virtual Online Winter 2021 After School Programs​
Weston Intermediate School 
 
Online Registration Opens Tuesday, December 1st at 10:01 p.m.
www.westonyouthservices.org  
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer Winter WOW! after school programs for students in 
Grades K-8 beginning the week of January 4, 2021. All programs are being held through the Zoom app. 
 
Please see guidelines for virtual conferencing at the end of this catalog.
 
Registration: 
Online registration will open on Tuesday, December 1st 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 Tuesday, December 1st. 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.
 
* 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 January 4th and run through the week of March 22nd,  unless otherwise noted. 
 
Class Length:
All programs are scheduled to run from 4:30-5:30 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 cmonn@westonct.gov or (203) 222-2586.
 
 
Monday Programs
9-week session 
January 4th – March 15th (no class 1/18, 2/15)
 
 
NEW: Creature Features: Writing Scary Stories (5th – 8th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 171.00
 
Do you know of a restless spirit that needs to find peace? Maybe a monster that will not be tamed? 
Or, perhaps a spine-tingling mystery desperate to be solved? Are you the one who can tell us what makes those sounds in the dead of night? The noises under the floor boards?  Is it human or man-made? Is it a science experiment gone wrong? Or ...? 
 
Spend an hour with award winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin flash writing, sharing, and brainstorming your way to unleash that frightening story that's been lurking in your brain. 
 
Instructor:
Nora Raleigh Baskin 
 
NEW! Budding Entrepreneurs Club (3rd – 5th grade)
Minim/Maximum # of participants: 5 minimum/15 maximum students
Fee:  $171.00
 
If you like “Shark Tank,” this WOW! after school program is for you!  Join other intrepid students and learn what it takes to launch your own business. They’ll 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 even create a real website and design their own business cards!
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
 
Tuesday Programs
12-week session 
January 5th – March 23rd
 
Podcast Pioneers (for students entering Grades 3-8)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 216.00
 
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.
Note: * Returning students can continue to work on their podcasts or create new ones! 
 
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
 
NEW! Comic Book Crazy (3rd-8th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 234.00
 
Many know her as the cartooning teacher, yet Ms. Heather’s enthusiasm for fantastical characters is only seconded by the stories they star in. Please join us for this class to create a world of comic book characters and their journeys of the day, week… year. We’re sure that your children will have plenty to say in their crazy and fun comic book creations. Students will need pencils, color pencils, and markers. We will provide the papers and book covers.
 
Instructor:
Paint, Draw & More! – Heather Bennett
 
Yoga with Judy (1st – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 216.00
 
Get ready to have fun on your mat as we 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 will help to 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
 
Magic Zoom Club (K-3rd grade) 
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee: $ 204.00
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, students will have tricks and goodies to fool parents and friends!
Note: Students repeating this class will receive new tricks and… with the wave of a wand, become magical buddies 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
12-week session 
January 6th – March 24th 
 
NEW! Star Wars and Star Catchers: Write your own Fantasy or Sci-fi Story (5th – 8th grade) 
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 228.00
 
Do you want to restore a kingdom? Time travel to the future or the distant past? Save a Mars colony?  
Does your character have wings or fangs? Do they discover a black hole or engineer artificial intelligence?
 
Spend an hour with award winning author, Nora Raleigh Baskin, brainstorming, sharing, and writing sprints to 
bring your most fantastical stories to life. Whether world building or wrap speed, we will take the journey together. 
 
Instructor:
Nora Raleigh Baskin
 

NEW! Special FX / Stop Motion Animation Studios (3rd–5th grade) 
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 144.00
Note: This is an 8-week program and ends on February 24th 

Lights, Camera, Action!! For the up-and-coming filmmaker in the family. learn key tools to tell your stories, along with
awesome in-camera Special FX!

  • * Stop Motion Animation
  • * Walking thru Walls
  • * Teleportation
  • * Behind The Scenes techniques

Learn the science of freeze frame filming and the art of shot choice, camera angles, believable dialogue
and plot. Tell your story, one frame at a time. 
Each livestream session will include bite sized lessons, exercises, and feedback. 
Students will need access to a computer or iPad, and either a smartphone or a digital camera.

Instructor:
Filmmakers Ink

 
Baking with Gabriela! (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 228.00
 
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 and guide you 
through the 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
 
Bonjour mes Amis – French Online (2nd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 6 students
Fee: $ 228.00
 
Bonjour mes amis! Welcome our new & returning students! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to continue or to jump into learning French! Come learn and experience the beauty of the French language and its charm with Madame Sylvie Online fun, play, singing, and socializing in French will form the foundation for our French Zoom classes. Within two or three classes, children will learn key French phrases through songs and activities. Meanwhile, they will become familiar with more complex aspects of the language by engaging in "adventures," art projects, and games that require them to solve simple problems in French, of course. Merci beaucoup! Note: Returning students will learn new material. 
 
Instructor:
Literakid – Sylvie Lobsenz – founder 
 
 
Thursday Programs
9-week session 
January 7th – March 25th (no class 1/28, 2/11, 3/18) 
 
NEW! This is a Very Sketchy Class: Art with Paint, Draw & More! (3rd – 8th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 176.00
 
What makes a successful sketch? It’s knowing the drawing basics and not being afraid to make mistakes. In this class, Susan Jackson will teach students how sketching the ‘figuring out’ of a drawing: the roughs, the ideas, the problem solving. With pencils and erasers only, we will make realistic or fanciful sketches that can be left as is or developed into color rendering. Susan is the owner of Georgetown School of the Arts and is passionate about teaching sketching as a fun and relaxing way to draw.
 
Instructor:
Georgetown School of the Arts – Susan Jackson 
 
NEW! GoZen (3rd – 5th grade)
Minimum/ Maximum # of participants: 4 minimum / 8 maximum students
Fee: $ 60.00
Note: This is a 6-week program and ends on February 25th
 
This is not your ordinary WOW! after school program! Join us for GoZen, a pilot virtual skill-building program. GoZen teaches students hands-on tools and strategies to identify, understand, and manage worry and anxiety in a fun, engaging and interactive approach. Students learn about their brains and discover their strengths through relatable, age-appropriate characters introduced throughout the curriculum. We’ll do activities that teach mindfulness, resilience, relaxation, and problem-solving strategies. Find out more about GoZen at gozen.com or contact Laura Cleary, lcleary@westonct.gov with questions about this class.
 
Facilitator: 
Laura Cleary, LMSW, Weston Youth Services Director 
 
NEW: Gross Science (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 20 students
Fee:  $ 200.00
 
Are you interested in smelly, gooey, icky and creepy things? If so, this is the program for you! Did you know most stinky things are chemical reactions? Or farts, snot and burps are healthy bodily reactions? Or how caterpillars disguise themselves as bird poop? We have tons of crazy, gross chemical reactions that you won’t want to miss! Get ready to learn the science behind all GROSS THINGS!
 
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. Each student will receive a home kit, with most materials needed for class (A few simple household material required)
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield & New Haven Counties
 
Chess (1st - 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $162.00
 
We’re thrilled to bring Dan Starbuck Pelletier and his team of chess coaches to our WOW! after school programs this winter!  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 
 
Friday Programs
10-week session 
January 8th – March 26th (no class 2/12, 3/19)
 
 
NEW! Yup-It’s Puppets! (3rd – 8th grade) 
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 195.00
 
When Ms. Heather isn’t teaching cartooning and comic books, she’s making puppets and dolls. -As seen on TV! No kidding. Please join us for this puppet making class where your children will learn paper folding and cloth stitching to make all kinds of puppets, while also learning paper folding techniques and some basic sewing hand stitches. Students will need glue, scissors and sewing needles on hand. We will provide the papers, strings and cloth.
 
Instructor:
Paint, Draw & More!- Heather Bennett
 
Magic Zoom Club (K-3rd grade) 
Maximum # of participants: 8 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, students will have tricks and goodies to fool 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
 
Guidelines for Virtual Conferencing
 
For Instructors
o Instructors will create an invitation, with link, that will be sent to Weston Youth Services and then forwarded to parents. 
o A password will be created for entry to class.
o 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.
o Instructors will choose the option to mute participants upon entry. This will ensure that students are not chatting before there is an adult supervising.
o Instructors can mute a student or class if they are too disruptive when they are talking.
o Instructors will not record the session.
o Instructors will not take any screenshots during the session. 
o 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:
o Our WOW! instructors are background checked and known to us from previous WOW! after school programs. 
o 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.
o 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.
o 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. 
o As noted above, the instructors will mute audio, turn off video or even disconnect a student from the class if they deem it necessary.
o Parents and/or students will not record the session.
o Parents and/or students will not take any screenshots during the session.
o 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 Winter 2021 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, cmonn@westonct.org)