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Weston Intermediate School (WIS)
Grades 3 thru 5
Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer IN-PERSON (and a few virtual) WOW! After-School programs for students in Grades 3-5 at Weston Intermediate School this fall! 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 Thursday, September 2nd at 10:01 a.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.
 
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 a.m. on Thursday,
September 2nd .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 September 20th and run through the week of December 6th unless otherwise noted.
 
Class Length:
All classes are scheduled from 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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 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. If insufficient enrollment causes an activity to be canceled, participants will receive a full refund.
  5. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from the school or the program, the entire program fee is forfeited.

Please see guidelines for in person after school programs at the end of this catalog.

Health & Safety:

Please note that the pandemic may cause changes in our operations that are unpredictable. We are planning for in-person after school programs that follow guidelines established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and our local health and school district. We’ll continue to adjust our health and safety policies and procedures as updates become available. All classes will have health and safety supplies including hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. All staff and participants will wear masks while indoors and practice physical distance.  All pick-ups at the end of the program will occur outside.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.

 
Monday Programs
11-week session
September 20th – December 6th (no class Oct. 11th)
 
 
Budding Entrepreneurs (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee $ 220.00
Location: TBA
 
If you like “Shark Tank,” this program 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. They’ll select a business
idea, learn to develop a business plan, and make a pitch presentation on the last day.
They might even create a real website and design their own business cards!
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy 
 
Baking with Gabriela! (3rd – 6th grade)                                                    CANCELED
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Note: This is an 8-week program and begins on October 4th
Special Note: Baking with Gabriela! Is being offered virtually and runs from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
 
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 with all new recipes!
 
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. Gabriela will also be offering Sew Fun! in-person on Wednesdays and hopes that you’ll be able to join her!
 
Tuesday Programs
10-week session
September 21st – December 7th (no class Oct. 12th and Nov. 2nd)
 
 
 
NEW: Crazy Chemworks (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location:  TBA
 
Students become lab scientists-in-training in this whirlwind program on laboratorytechniques! Each student will learn to manipulate an assortment of lab equipment in a series of hands-on activities. They will learn to transfer droplets using a pipette, and larger quantities using a stirring rod. They will also learn to swirl with an Erlenmeyer flask. The one-hour program ends with a cool demonstration by the instructor to show off the lab techniques learned in class. The students will continue lab training with their Take-Home Graduated Gear kit.
Note: Each student will receive their own lab coat and goggles.
 
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.
 
 
Let’s Bake with Shelley! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 250.00
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’ll be be making during this very popular 1 ½ hour class with Shelley McConnell! 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:
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 and baking with our students.
 
 
Cartooning (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 200.00
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
10-week session
September 22nd – December 8th (no class Nov. 24th)
 
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee:  $ 150.00
Location:  Room # 217
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 fall! 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. 
 
NEW! Young Debaters!  (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:    8 students
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 200.00
Location: TBA
 
In this program, students will learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. They’ll 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, and gaining self-confidence in the process.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
NEW! Written Out Loud (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 5 students
Maximum # of participants: 7 students
Fee: $ 250.00
Special Note: Written Out Loud  Is a virtual program and runs from 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
 
What if your child could look back on this fall and say, "That's when I wrote my first book." Created by Hollywood filmmakers and Yale professors, Written Out Loud is the revolutionary new storytelling program that turns even reluctant readers into joyful writers - and yes, published authors. If your child loves Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, or Hamilton, they will fall in love with Written Out Loud's revolutionary group-storytelling process, which treats writing and storytelling like an inspiring team sport. Their method has been featured on Good Morning America! Your child will co-author and receive in the mail a copy of their finished, published book!
 
Instructor:
Written Out Loud 
 
 
Sew Fun! (3rd thru 5th grade)                                                                               CANCELED                                     
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 160.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note: This is an 8-week program and begins on October 6th
 
She’s back! Come learn something new this fall 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: $ 250.00
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 fall 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.
 
 
Thursday Programs
10-week session
September 23rd – December 9th (no class Nov 25th)
 
NEW! Drama and Movement (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 200.00
Location: TBA
 
In this 10-week program, we’ll connect to our bodies and voices through music, movement, words and play. From vocal and physical warm-ups to improvisation games and diction exercises to acting out their favorite movie scenes, these classes will help students connect to themselves, connect to each other, and sharpen their listening skills, teamwork, and focus. They’ll be introduced to a variety of writers and composers to get them started on their journey into the world of theater. And…At the culmination of the program, they will have the option to perform a piece of work for a small audience.
 
Instructor:
Charlotte Roth is an alumna of Weston Public Schools. After achieving a dual degree in Music and Cinema from Virginia Commonwealth University, she is back in the Connecticut area booking performances as an actor, musician and singer songwriter. She has worked with children—both teaching and babysitting and is thrilled to be teaching these after school drama programs and introducing the magic of acting and theater to a new generation by going back to the root of it all—playing pretend!
 
Chess (3rd – 6th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $190.00
Special Note: Chess Is being offered virtually and runs from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
 
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 Coaches
 
 
Covid Safety Guidelines
Weston Youth Services Fall 2021 programs
 
Please note that the pandemic may cause changes in our operations that are unpredictable. We are planning for in-person after school programs that follow guidelines established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and our local health and school district. We’ll continue to adjust our health and safety policies and procedures as updates become available. All classes will have health and safety supplies including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. All staff and participants will wear masks and practice physical distance while indoors.  All pick-ups of students will occur outside.