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Fall 2021 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs

Hurlbutt Elementary School (HES)
Grades K thru 2
Weston’s One World After-School Programs

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Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer IN-PERSON WOW! After-School programs for students in Kindergarten through Second Grade at Hurlbutt Elementary 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 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.


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 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.

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 October 11th)

NEW! Little Entrepreneurs (1st & 2nd grade)                                      
Minimum # of participants:  8 students minimum;
Maximum # of participants: 12 students maximum
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location: TBA
 

Little Entrepreneurs will empower your child with an entrepreneurial mindset for a “business” of their choice, drawing from such disciplines as marketing, finance and strategy, in a supportive environment fostering teamwork. From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits, students will have fun while developing business savvy!

Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
Fun with Fabric (1st & 2nd grade)                                      
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 180.00
Location: TBA
Note: This is a 9-week class and begins on October 4th
 

After a long day of school, wind down with this hands-on activities program with Gabriela!  Students will work with different materials like cotton, wool, linen, felt, and yarn allowing them to experiment with textures and fabrics. New sewing skills, finger knitting and crocheting, braiding, and much more will be introduced to your child in this class.  Students will explore their creativity and craft fun accessories to wear and also make decorations for your home. Fun with Fabric really is fun!!!

Instructor: 
We’re thrilled to welcome Gabriela Low back to our WOW! after-school programs. Gabriela 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.
 
Drawing Mixed Media by Paint, Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Paint, Draw & More! offers drawing and painting classes that allow your child to express their creativity, while teaching them technical skills that help them blossom and build self-esteem through their artistic accomplishments. Classes are fun, engaging and each project is developed with your young artist in mind. Paint Draw & More! classes assist creative development and will enhance students' intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences. Drawing fundamentals like shape, contour, design, color and medium are progressively used every week so your child can create new and varied works of art they can be proud of, and excited to share. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Monday program, we also offer a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Steve Burke has always been interested in the mechanics of how things work. He was a machinist at a small R+D firm where he worked with a variety of materials. Soon after, he began a home construction company specializing in design, restoration, additions and cabinetry. Using his expertise in design, mechanics, machining, and woodworking, helps broaden students’ perspective and better understand how things work. 

 

Tuesday Programs
10-week session
September 21st – December 7th (no class Oct. 12th and Nov. 2nd)

 

NEW! Adventures in STEM with LEGO Materials (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants; 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 250.00
Location: TBA
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
Note: Projects will not go home with the children.

 

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults, and merry-go-rounds. Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor in this 1 ½ hour program.Note: Projects will not go home with the children.

Instructor: 
Play-well TEKnologies
 
NEW! Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 200.00
Location: TBA

 

After a full day at school, join Judy as she encourages children 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! Making Make Believe (K)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 200.00
Location: TBA
 

In this 10-week program, we will connect with our bodies and voices through music, movement, and most importantly, play! There will be a variety of warm-ups, stretching, free dance, theater games,  and improvisation to name a few class activities, as well as story time—where we will act out scenes from different children’s books as we read them. Our warm ups, games and exercises will help your kids hone in on their listening skills, teamwork and focus, as well as connect with themselves, each other and the present moment. 

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!

The Secrets of Magic- Jr. Genies Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $200.00
Location:  TBA
Magic Show on December 7th    
 
The Magic Genie returns live, in-person! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques. Plus, 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 receive tricks and goodies to take home and fool your parents and friends!
Special Note: Any students repeating this class will receive new tricks and will help as magic assistants for new students.  
Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we’re magically offering a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff, internationally known master magician, has never made his little sister disappear, but he has been known to pull a rabbit out of a hat every now and then. He has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.

 

Wednesday Programs
10-week session
September 22nd – December 1st (no class Nov. 24th
 
NEW! Chess (K - 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 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. They 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 who want to learn how the pieces move and the basics about how they work together to win a game. It will be interesting and fun for everyone, while teaching content and material that is understandable for all!

Instructor:
DIG USA
 
NEW! Mad Science Presents Fun with STEM! (K & 1st grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 220.00
Location:  TBA
 
Put on your science goggles and come join us on a Science Adventure! Scientists in Training will gain a basic understanding of all different areas of science while doing captivating, hands on, experiments! This program covers everything from cool dry ice to hot air balloons; from dinosaurs to a rocket launch that
is out of this world, AND…much more!
Note: Each student in the program will receive a Mad Science lab coat and goggles!
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
 
NEW! Making Make Believe II (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 200.00
Location: TBA
 

New this fall, Making Make Believe II will be tailored to our slightly older students. All the favorite activities will still be there—warm-ups, stretching, free dance, theater games, improvisation, and story time—but may be more involved and have a more specific structure and/or rules to keep challenging our growing thespians. Everything we do in these classes will help to foster your child’s listening skills, teamwork, focus and creativity, and of course the spirit of the class will remain the same—to move together, play together, make believe together, and have fun!

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!
 
Thursday Programs
10-week session
September 23rd – December 9th (no class Nov. 4th and 25th)
 
 
NEW: Animal Architects with LEGO® Materials (K & 1st grade)
Minimum # of participants; 8 students;
Maximum # of participants; 12 students
Fee:  $ 250.00
Location:  TBA
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
Note: Projects will not go home with the children.

 

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts as we design and build leaping dolphins, buzzing beehives, and towering giraffes. Play, create, and learn in a world inspired by the animal kingdom. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas. Note: Projects will not go home with the children.

Instructor:
Play-Well TEKnologies
 
NEW! Seasonal Storytime and Crafting with Mrs. Pregman  (K-2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee:  $ 200.00
Location: TBA
 

We’re so excited to have Hurlbutt’s own Allison Pregman, join us this fall for this new after school program.  Each week students will listen to and engage with a seasonal read-aloud book. Each book will be paired with an interactive craft or project that the students will create and take home that day. These book-related projects will spark the student's joy of reading and help to facilitate conversations about the books, the story elements (characters, setting, problems) in the books, and the overall theme of the stories we read together. 

Instructor:
This school year will be Mrs. Allison Pregman's 19th year teaching at Hurlbutt Elementary.  Before joining Hurlbutt's Reading Department, Mrs. Pregman was a special education teacher who taught students in grades kindergarten through second grade. Mrs. Pregman is so excited to be back teaching a WOW! class again this Fall and is looking forward to incorporating engaging storytimes with fun and creative projects. Fall is definitely Mrs. Pregman's favorite season because she loves to pick pumpkins and go apple picking with her family.  When Mrs. Pregman is not in school, she loves reading to her almost-three-year-old son, tending to her butterfly & hummingbird garden, and baking delicious treats like chocolate chip cookies. 

 

NEW! Young Philanthropists (K-2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants:  8 students minimum;
Maximum # of participants: 12 students maximum
Fee:  $ 200.00
Location: TBA
 

Students internalize the benefits of doing well and doing good. In this new program, we will be reviewing a number of charities and discussing the merits of giving back. Students collaborate in small teams to select a charity or issue they feel passionate about and come up with practical ways they can support that cause (including raising awareness, volunteering and fundraising), then create their own mock foundation!

Instructor:
Spark Business Academy


Friday Programs
11-week session
September 24th December 10th (no class Nov. 26th)

 

NEW: Crazy Chemworks (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 242.00
Location: TBA

 

Students will become lab scientists-in-training in this whirlwind program on laboratory techniques! Each student will learn to manipulate an assortment of lab equipment in aseries 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 in the program will receive a Mad Science 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.
 
NEW! Food, Fun, and Games! - A Program for Kindergartners (K students)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 180.00
Location: TBA

Note: This is an 9-week session and begins on October 8th

 

Children love to cook and are drawn to preparing food with an amazing sense of curiosity and respect.

The most effective way to have children embrace healthy foods is to give them the opportunity to prepare it with their own hands and have a pride of accomplishment. In "Food, Fun and Games", students will get involved in preparing and eating healthy foods such as “salad people, ”confetti “rice with vegetables, and lots more. Through games, songs, and stories, coupled with tastings, students will expand their knowledge and have an appreciation for healthy eating!

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. Gabriela has taught in our after school programs for many years. Many students know Ms. Low as a substitute teacher in the Weston schools.

 
Magic…Junior Genies Magic Club (K- 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $220.00
Location: TBA
Magic show on December 10th 
 
The Magic Genie returns live, in-person! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques. Plus, 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 receive tricks and goodies to take home and fool your parents and friends! Special Note: Any students repeating this class will receive new tricks and will help as magic assistants for new students.  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Tuesday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff, internationally known master magician, has never made his little sister disappear, but he has been known to pull a rabbit out of a hat every now and then. He has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.
  
Drawing Mixed Media by Paint, Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $220.00
Location:  Art Room
 

Paint, Draw & More! offers drawing and painting classes that allow your child to express their creativity, while we teach them technical skills that help them blossom and build self-esteem through their artistic accomplishments. Our classes are fun, engaging and each project is developed with your young artist in mind. Paint Draw & More! classes assist creative development and will enhance students' intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences. Drawing fundamentals like shape, contour, design, color and medium are progressively used every week so your child can create new and varied works of art they can be proud of, and excited to share. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Monday class!

Instructor:
Paint, Draw & More!
 

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 Health 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.