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Winter 2022 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs
Weston Intermediate School (WIS)
Grades 3-5 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 Tuesday, November 16th  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 Tuesday, November 16th.  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 date of a program, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee.     
                
Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of January 3rd and run through the week of March 21st,  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
9-week session
January 3rd – March 14th (no class January 17th and February 21st)
 
NEW! Debate Club (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee $ 185.00
Location: Room # 117
 
Join us this winter with Debate Club! Students will learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. They will 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, gaining self-confidence in the process.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
Tuesday Programs
12-week session
January 4th – March 22nd
 
NEW! Fit to Knit in the Morning! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 180.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
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.
 
Learning how to knit is a great way to start your morning and creating a finished product with your own hands is something to be proud of! Students will get an understanding of the basics of knitting that will bring opportunities to make fun knitting projects, like hats, mittens, scarves, etc.
Come join Gabriela Low on Tuesday mornings, learn something new, spend some time with your peers, and experience the stress relieving and calming qualities of knitting! This program is for beginners and advanced knitters.
 
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.
 
NEW: Science Transformers (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 264.00
Location: Room # 118
 
Using the power of science, we will take simple, everyday items and transform them into life hacks that can be useful in everyday life! Students will be testing and experimenting items that they have seen trending all over social media! Don’t let the clock “tick-tock” without signing up your child for our hands on and open ended program! Students will gain the basic understanding of chemistry, engineering, and physics!  Note: Every student receives a lab coat, goggles, and specially designed Mad Science Take Homes to help extend learning!
 
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! Cartooning Plus! (3rd – 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee: $ 240.00
Location: Art Room
 
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!
 
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
12-week session
January 5th – March 23rd
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee:  $ 180.00
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.
Note: This is an 11-week program. NO class will be held on March 16th
 
Start your day off right with chess!  We’re thrilled that Mr. Anderson is offering morning chess for students in Grades 3-5 this winter! 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! Baking with Gabriela! (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 300.00
Location: Staff Room/Kitchen (next to music classrooms)
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
 
Now held on Wednesdays, Gabriela Low returns to Baking with Gabriela! 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:
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.
 
Thursday Programs
9-week session
January 6th – March 24th (no class Jan. 27th, Feb. 17th, & March 17th)
 
 
NEW! Games of Strategy (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 180.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art Room)
 
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, Stratego, Monopoly 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
 
Covid Safety Guidelines
Weston Youth Services Winter 2022 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.