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Fall 2022 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs
 
 
Weston Intermediate School
Grades 3 thru 5
Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer IN-PERSON 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:
Online registration will open on Wednesday, August 31st  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.
 
You will see a Yellow tab labeled WOW Registration on the right side of the home page when registration opens. Please click the tab to begin 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 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31st. 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. The system will not allow you to set up an account before registration goes live.
 
Fees:
Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in the class fee.
Financial Aid is available; please contact Allison Lisbon, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 or to inquire about eligibility for 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 date of a program, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee.
 
Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of September 19th and run through the week of December 5th ,unless otherwise noted.
 
Class Length:
All classes are scheduled from 315-415 pm unless otherwise noted.  Please check individual programs for program descriptions, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.
 
Important information:
  1. Please be sure to log into The Dismissal Manager System 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 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 cancellation 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 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 parent forfeits the entire program fee.
 
Health & Safety:
Please note that the pandemic may cause changes in our operations that are unpredictable. Our in-person WOW! after school programs will follow guidelines established by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, our local health district and the Weston Public School District.  We’ll continue to adjust our health and safety policies and procedures as updates become available.
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.
 
Monday Programs
9-week session
September 19th– December 5th (no class Sept. 26th, Oct. 10th, Nov. 7th)
 
NEW: Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 189.00
Location: Cafetorium
 
We are thrilled that Judy Orr is bringing her very popular yoga program to WIS this fall! Students who have taken her class at HES, will agree that after a full day at school, Judy welcomes her students and inspires them 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.
Special Note: Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:

Judy Orr 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.

 
 
NEW: Debate Club (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum #/ Maximum # of participants:  8 minimum / 12 maximum
Fee: $ 225.00
Location: Room # 118
 
Students in this after school program will learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. Set up in a public forum debate format, students will work in 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. Young debaters will learn to think on their feet and enhance their public-speaking skills, gaining self- confidence in the process.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
NEW! Bonjour mes Amis (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee: $ 198.00
Location:  Room 101
 
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! 
 
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 over 15 years.
 
 
 
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
September 20th – December 6th (no class Nov. 8th)
 
 
 
NEW: Science Wizards with Mad Science (3rd thru 5th grade)                                  Canceled
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee:  $ 308.00
Location: Room # 101
 
Come with us on this enchanting journey in the world of science! We will mix up some crazy and colorful potions, discover some magical and glowing tricks, create hair-rising, mystifying, and electrifying experiments, build levitating  objects, discover precious stones, witness charming illusions and learn how it is all powered by science! Students will transform into Science Wizards! Every student receives a lab coat, goggles, and specially designed Mad Science Take Homes to help extend learning at home!
 
Instructor:

For over 30 years, Mad Science has developed science programs that are kid-tested and approved. From their humble beginnings to the present day, they have always believed that hands-on, fun STEM experiences form the foundation of a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and math! Mad Science's mission is to inspire children through science, sparking lifelong imagination and curiosity.

 

NEW! Broadway Bound (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 264.00
Location: Cafetorium
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
SPECIAL NOTE: This program will begin on September 27th and run through December 13th
 
WOW! is so excited to bring Theater back to WIS! This class is for thespians of all levels. Whether you've learned theatre basics and done prior scene work, or you are completely new to the stage, students will work on their skills in improvisation, movement, and character building.  Students will build confidence on the stage through theater games, vocal coaching, and choreography in a fun and encouraging environment. Our final class will be an informal showing to perform for family and friends.
 
Instructor: 
Amy MacRae, an actress and Weston mom of three, has brought her love and experience of the craft to WHS and WMS as parent producer. She also works as the Producing Director of The Giving Theatre, a non-profit immersive community theatre and as an Independent Film Producer.
 
 
Cartooning Plus! (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 242.00
Location: Room # 118  
 
This is Cartooning Plus! In this program, young artists will develop a cartoon character and create its comic book story. The class will follow the cartoon theme created by the students. During the session they will be designing and drawing while learning how to create dramatic illustrations. This program has been selling out in other towns and we’re happy to offer our own little Comic Con at WOW again this fall!
 
Instructor:
Before becoming a teacher, Paint, Draw & More’s Heather Bennett, founded “The Late Night Milk Run,” a 15-year-old online business specializing in hand-made sculptures (plush dolls) and prop designs. Her work has been featured in publications including ELLE, Glamour, Milk Magazine (France), and Linda Wonen (Holland). Her dolls and artwork have also been seen on TV shows such as HBO’s “Girls” and “Modern Family.”
 
 
Wednesday Programs
9-week session
September 21st – November 30th (no class Oct. 5th, Nov. 23rd
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 144.00
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: Creative Robotics (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum/Maximum # of participants: 7 minimum / 12 maximum
Fee: $ 144.00
Location:  Room # 118
Note: This is an 6-week program and ends on November 2nd
 
We’ve heard so much about Citizen Invention and are thrilledto introduce Creative Robotics this fall. Creative Robotics introduces young engineers to various educational robots and invites them to learn about sensors and program robots through fun robotics activities. Get ready to make and use your educational robots to find treasure in a maze, play basketball, perform dance moves, make art, and more!
 
Instructor:
Citizen Invention fosters learners’ creative confidence through design thinking and rapid prototyping projects, and empower youth to imagine innovative solutions to everyday problems.
 
 
NEW! Cooking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 175.00
Location: Staff Room / Kitchen (next to the music rooms)
Note: This is a 7-week program and begins on October 12th.
Special Note: This is a 1 ½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
Calling all young chefs! Get ready for fun-filled afternoons of cooking, learning and laughter in our kitchen.
Enjoy mixing, prepping and cooking thanks to small groups that encourage active participation.
We’ll be preparing and tasting interesting savory and sweet recipes from all over the world, like Austrian Spätzle, Shoyu Chicken (Hawaiian Dish) 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:
Growing up and going to school in Switzerland, Gabriela Low was always interested in cooking and baking. Today she enjoys providing “hands on and learning by doing” classes to kids and adults.
 
 
NEW! Kool Mandarin – Asian Art & Technology (3rd thru 5th grade)                    Canceled                  
Maximum # of participants: 10 students maximum
Fee:  $198.00
Location: Room # 101
 
Students in Kool Mandarin – Asian Art & Technology will have lots of fun through Yin & Yang balance activities, STEM exploration, and cool cultural workshops while learning Mandarin! This Kool Mandarin immersion curriculum is custom-built for students of all backgrounds to effectively learn Mandarin in a fun way and develop cultural competence. Authentic themes will be integrated into the weekly lesson plan, and hands-on STEM with art projects will be carried out throughout this fun program.
 
Instructor:
Being a native Mandarin speaker and a versatile scientist, Dr. Shu-fei Lin, works on imparting students with the foundational sets of skills required to deepen their connection to Asian culture as well as scientific knowledge in a fun way. Dr. Lin is the current principal of the West Connecticut Mandarin Academy and the former principal of the Chinese Language School of Fairfield County with more than 20 years of teaching experience.
 
 
Thursday Programs
11-week session
September 22nd – December 8th (no class Nov. 25th)
 
 
NEW: Games of Strategy (3rd thru 5th grade)                                                      Canceled
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 231.00
Location: Room # 118
 
Put down the video games, shut off your IPads and phones and join us for Games of Strategy. If you enjoy board games like Risk, Monopoly, Battleship, Chess, and other favorites that involve strategy and concentration, you’ll love this class. We’ll go over tactics and stratagems that are involved with these games while playing them. Expand your critical thinking, increase creativity, and most of all… have lots of fun! 
 
Instructor:
DIG USA
 
Baking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 225.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
Note: This is a 9-week program and begins on October 6th
Special Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
 
Gabriela Low returns to Baking with Gabriela! this fall in one of our most popular after school programs! 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!, 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! 
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:
Growing up and going to school in Switzerland, Gabriela Low was always interested in cooking and baking. Today she enjoys providing “hands on and learning by doing” classes to kids and adults.