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Weston Youth Services
Summer 2020 Virtual Programs
Online Registration Opens Tuesday, June 2nd at 10:01 p.m.
 
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 or Webex) while enrolled in the Summer 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 a new and evolving situation and this is our current plan. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to having your children continue to be part of our WOW! Programs.
 
Course Selections
 
Baking 
 
Bake My Day! Baking with Gabriela Online! (for students entering Grades 3-6)
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 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 breads and pizzas, muffins and cakes.

See you in the kitchen!
 
Date:                        June 29th – July 2nd (no program July 3rd)
Time:                        9:00-10:00 a.m.
Cost:                         $ 56.00
Instructor:                Gabriela Low
# of students:           5 minimum/10 maximum
 
Podcast Pioneers with Mr. Anderson
 
Podcast Pioneers (for students entering Grades 3-10)
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 WIS student?
 
In this two- week program, Mr. Anderson will take you through the process to create your very own podcast.
 
Topics we’ll explore will include:
  1. The basic elements of a podcast
  2. Topic Selection
  3. Planning
  4. Interviewing strategies
  5. Recording tools
  6. Editing
  7. 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.
 
Date :                        June 29th – July 10nd (no program July 3rd)
Time:                        10:00-11:00 a.m.
Cost:                         $ 126.00
Instructor:                 Rudd Anderson
# of students:            5 minimum/ 12 maximum
 
Yoga
 
Yoga with Judy! (for students entering Grades 1-5 )
Join Judy this summer for a 45 minute online yoga retreat! Choose one week (or two) and great 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.
 
Date :                        June 29th – July 2nd (no program July 3rd)                                 CANCELLED
Time:                         9:00-9:45 a.m.
Cost:                          $ 52.00
Instructor:                 Judy Orr
# of students:            5 minimum/ 10 maximum
 
 
Yoga with Judy! (for students entering Grades 1-5 )
Join Judy this summer for a 45 minute online yoga retreat! Choose one week (or two) and great 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.
 
Date :                        July 13th – July 17th
Time:                         9:00-9:45 a.m.
Cost:                          $ 65.00
Instructor:                 Judy Orr
# of students:            5 minimum/ 10 maximum
 
Social Emotional Fun!
 
Finding Your Brave (for students entering Grades 3-5)
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.
 
Date:                          June 29th – July 2nd (no program July 3rd)
Time:                          10:00-11:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 25.00
Instructor:                   Laura Cleary
# of students:             6 maximum
 
Creative Writing
 
 Finding your Creative Voice  (for students entering Grades 6-10)
This workshop, offered by award winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin, is about digging deep, taking the risk, and finding an inner bravery. Nora will begin the course with a short writing topic for discussion, and then students will be given a single trigger word (not prompt). After a timed ten-minute free write, everyone will read their work out loud, without comments, or critiquing, without judgments, or suggestions. As the week progresses, the class will begin sharing positive "reactions." Was there a sentence, an emotion, a phrase, an image that spoke to you? Moved you? Made you feel or think? See something in a different way?  Discovering the voice that is inside all of us, this after all, is what writing is all about!
 
Dates:                         July 6th – July 10th
Time:                          9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 70.00
Instructor:                   Nora Raleigh Baskin
# of students:             6 minimum/10 maximum
 
Chess
 
Chess (for students entering Grades 2-5)
The Chess Club of Fairfield County is pleased to offer online classes that our students can take from home! This course for beginners builds logical and critical thinking, helps develop patience and concentration, and informs students about the history and evolution of chess strategy. Students will learn the basics of the game of chess, including, but not limited to board set up, the value of pieces, elementary tactics, and endgame strategy. Students will be able to see each other and discuss positions with the CCFC instructor.
 
Dates:                         July 6th – July 10th                                           
Time:                          9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                                                      CANCELLED 
Cost:                           $ 90.00
Instructor:                   Chess Club of Fairfield County
# of students:             8 minimum/14 maximum
 
Chess (for students entering Grades 2-5)
The Chess Club of Fairfield County is pleased to offer online classes that our students can take from home! This course for beginners builds logical and critical thinking, helps develop patience and concentration, and informs students about the history and evolution of chess strategy. Students will learn the basics of the game of chess, including, but not limited to board set up, the value of pieces, elementary tactics, and endgame strategy. Students will be able to see each other and discuss positions with the CCFC instructor.
 
Dates:                         July 20th – July 24th
Time:                          9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 90.00
Instructor:                   Chess Club of Fairfield County
# of students:              8 minimum/14 maximum
 
Sew Together with Gabriela!
 
Sew Together!  (for students entering Grades 3-6)
Join us and make some adorable felt ornaments and learn how to use a needle and thread! Each day we’ll be working on a different sewing project such as a felt heart, an animal backpack charm, or a turtle keyring. The projects are easy, quick and fun and you should be able to do them, but might need a little guidance here and there.  All necessary materials will be delivered to your home before camp starts. We can’t wait to see you make your first felt creation in this one-hour program. ! It’s Sew Fun!
 
Dates:                         July 6th – July 10th
Time:                          9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 70.00
Instructor:                  Gabriela Low
# of students:             5 minimum/10 maximum
 
Art Programs
 
Watercolor Painting  (for students entering Grades 1-5)
In this class students will do a daily paint. The practice of drying and layering colors will be taught as well as other water color techniques like wet on wet, dry on dry, and more. Students will need their own set of water color paints and a blow dryer. Water color paper will be delivered to you by Paint, Draw & More.
  
Dates:                         July 13th – July 17th
Time:                          10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 90.00
Instructor:                   Paint, Draw & More
# of students:              5 minimum/12 maximum
 
Paper and Wire Sculptural Arts (for students entering Grades 1-5)
3D a gogo! This class teaches the art of creating objects in 3 dimensions. We will work on a variety of things from figures to books to amusement parks. Students will work on daily projects and also projects that take a few days to complete. Students will need scissors and glue sticks. Other art supplies will be delivered to you by Paint, Draw & More.
 
Dates:                         July 20th – July 24th
Time:                          10:00 –11:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 90.00
Instructor:                   Paint, Draw & More
# of students:              5 minimum/12 maximum
 
Portrait Fun! (for students entering Grades 3-7)
This class will begin by teaching how to draw a portrait in pencil then progress through the week to drawing the face in fun and abstract ways using wax resist, water color and design techniques. We will explore artists who drew portraits realistically and in abstraction. Students will need pencils, erasers, watercolor paints and brushes and crayons/oil pastel/ or markers. Other art supplies will be delivered to you by Paint, Draw & More. 
 
Dates:                         July 27th – July 31st
Time:                          10:00 –11:00 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 90.00
Instructor:                   Paint, Draw & More
# of students:             5 minimum/12 maximum
 

Science 

MSI Spy Lab (for students entering Grades 1-6)

Welcome, future Mad Science Spy Agents! Learn how to send secret messages using invisible ink and color coding and experiment with Morse code. Learn about spy tools, dead drops and the art of disguise like a real 007! Investigate a “crime” seen, lift finger prints, find clues and become a forensic science expert. Participants will receive Mad Science branded activity kits with worksheets before the start of the program. (Some simple household items may be required).

Dates:                         July 13th - July 17th 
Time:                          10:00 –11:30 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 126.00
Instructor:                   Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
# of students:             10 minimum/15 maximum

 

NASA’s Blast off Lab (for students entering Grades 1-6)

3! 2! 1! BLAST OFF with our NASA-designed space program! Explore outer space like a real astronaut! Learn about living in space, space phenomena. Rockets will be launched, stars and comets will be bursting, planets will be spinning and gravity will be nonexistent! This program will be one black hole you won’t want to leave! Participants will receive Mad Science branded activity kits with worksheets before the start of the program. (Some simple household items may be required).

Dates:                         July 20th - July 24th 
Time:                          10:00 –11:30 a.m.
Cost:                           $ 126.00
Instructor:                   Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
# of students:             10 minimum/15 maximum
 
Spark Business Academy Camps (for students entering Grades 5-9)*
 
Sports Management
For the sports lover, future team General Manager, team owner or ESPN analyst, this unique online program helps campers view the world of sports from a business perspective. Campers actively discuss and analyze different topics, including the impact of the coronavirus on sports, athlete compensation, college sports, endorsements, rebuilding a team, mock drafts, the Super Bowl, e-sports, and more! The perfect antidote to the current sports void in your child’s life!
 
Dates:                                 July 13th – July 17th
Time:                                  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *
Cost:                                   $ 195.00
Instructor:                          Spark Business Academy
# of students:                     7 minimum/12 maximum
 
 
Budding Entrepreneurs
If you love Shark Tank, this interactive online camp is for you! Join other intrepid campers and learn what it takes to launch your own business. Campers build self-confidence, while developing business skills in strategy, marketing and finance. They will select a business idea, learn to develop a business plan and make a pitch presentation on the last day. Campers will even create a real website and design their own business cards.
 
Dates:                                 July 20th – July 24th
Time:                                  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *
Cost:                                   $ 195.00
Instructor:                          Spark Business Academy
# of students:                     7 minimum/12 maximum
 
Aspiring Fashionistas
In this “glam” online program for boys and girls, campers gain knowledge of the fashion industry and develop skills in fashion design, fashion marketing, fashion journalism and branding. Campers explore popular brands, analyze industry trends (e.g., athleisure), design various articles of clothing, define their own brand, outline a layout for their favorite store, explore careers in fashion, and more!
 
Dates:                                 July 27th – July 31st
Time:                                  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.*
Cost:                                   $ 195.00
Instructor:                          Spark Business Academy
# of students:                     7 minimum/12 maximum
 
*The  Spark Business Academy programs run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with two 15-minute breaks during class.
 
 
Weston Summer Performing Arts 2020
Virtual music and acting lessons!
 
Questions? Contact Liz Morris elizabethmorris@westonps.org
 
 
Weston Summer Music Club
Dates:                                 June 22nd – July 10th (no program July 3rd)
Time:                                  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost:                                   $ 420.00
Instructor:                           Koryn Soboleski and Steve Fasoli
# of students:                     10 minimum/24 maximum
 
Weston band students entering grades 6 - 12 can continue to be part of the band this summer with online virtual lessons for Band and Jazz Band students! Students will enjoy weekly lessons, small group meets and club meetings with band directors Koryn Soboleski and Steve Fasoli! Our summer program will conclude with an online showcase featuring our band students!
 
All band students will need a valid email address, access to a computer or other digital device and Google Meet. Other online software codes will be provided. Here is a sample of what students can expect from the program weekly. Club meetings and lessons will be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00p.m. The exact lesson times and meeting codes will be provided via email.
 
  • Full Club meeting: meet with friends for a fun activity!
  • Individual or 2 student instrumental lesson: ½ hour once a week
  • Small group club meets: meet with your small group once a week
  • Create a Virtual Performance for our online music showcase
 
The Weston Summer Music Club Online Showcase will be featured on our private YouTube channel.
 
Weston Summer Theatre Clubs
Dates:                                 June 22nd – July 10th (no program July 3rd)
Time:                                   see below
Cost:                                  $ 560.00
Instructor:                           Liz Morris and Lisa Moretti
# of students:                     10 minimum/24 maximum
 
Students entering grades 4 - 12 can continue to sing and act this summer with online virtual lessons in our Summer Youth Theatre and Summer Teen Theatre Clubs! Students will enjoy weekly music lessons, acting lessons, small group meets and club meetings with music and theatre directors Liz Morris and Lisa Moretti! Our summer program will conclude with an online showcase featuring our Youth and Teen Theatre Clubs!
 
All theatre students will need a valid email address, access to a computer or other digital device and Google Meet. Other online software codes will be provided. Here is a sample of what students can expect from the program weekly. Students will be grouped by age and/or voice part. Youth Theatre Club meetings and lesson will be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Teen Theatre Club will be scheduled between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The exact lesson times and meeting codes will be provided via email.
 
  • Full Club meeting: meet with friends for a fun group activity!
  • Small group vocal lesson: ½ hour once a week
  • Small group acting lesson: ½ hour once a week
  • Small group club meets: meet with your small group once a week!
  • Create a Virtual Performance for our online showcases: Musical Theatre Showcase and/or Monologue Mania
The Weston Summer Theatre Club Online Showcase will be featured on our private ouTube channel.