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Spring 2022 Weston Youth Services
WOW! After-School Programs
 
Hurlbutt Elementary School (HES)
Grades K thru 2
Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer IN-PERSON WOW! After-School programs for students in Kindergarten through Second Grade at Hurlbutt Elementary School this spring! 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, March 23rd 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 Wednesday, March 23rd.   
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 April 18th and run through the week of May 23rd, unless indicated.
 
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.
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. All classes will have health and safety supplies, including hand washing, where available. 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
6-week session
April 18th – May 23rd
 
NEW! Kool Mandarin! (K thru 2nd grade)
Minimum number # of participants: 6 students
Maximum number # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 132.00
Location: TBA
 
Learning a new language could effectively boost students’ brains and mastering the tones and characters in Mandarin Chinese sparks different parts of the brain! As a bonus, writing in traditional Chinese also improves students’ motor skills and visual recognition. This Kool Mandarin immersion curriculum is custom-built for students of all backgrounds to effectively learn Mandarin in a fun way. In addition to Chinese zodiac, food, and calligraphy, simple qigong practices will also be introduced! Through songs, stories, and hands-on activities, students will learn basic greetings, introductions, and counting in Mandarin while actively exploring traditional Chinese culture. Every student will receive calligraphy brushes, rewritable water writing cloths, and fun projects which will be done in class to help extend learning!
 
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 Chinese 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.
 
Drawing Mixed Media by Paint, Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 132.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Drawing classes teach children to draw what they see, to enhance their drawings with their own ideas and concepts, and to use different materials in creative ways. The class environment is non-competitive, creative, and fun. This program helps students build their self-esteem through their drawing success and enhances hand eye coordination as well as spatial and color relationships. Special holidays and events are considered for project ideas. Multicultural arts and techniques are taught; educating students in history, geography, and storytelling as well. Drawing projects may include collage, mask making, still life, animals, scenery, people, portrait, or architecture. Students may take multiple sessions from year to year and will not repeat projects. 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. 
 
 
Fun with Fabric (1st & 2nd grade)                                      
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 126.00
Location: East House Cafeteria
 
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!!! Note: Projects will not be repeated from previous sessions.
 
Instructor: 
Gabriela returns this spring with her very popular Fun with Fabric program… And we’re thrilled to have her. 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.
 
Tuesday Programs
6-week session
April 19th – May 24th
 
NEW! Spring Into STEM with LEGO Materials (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants; 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 156.00
Location: Art Room
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
Note: Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Celebrate the coming of Spring with Play-Well and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build chirping birds, design blossoming flowers, and take a ride on a paddle boat. Design and build as never before and exploreyour craziest ideas with the guidance of an experienced Play-well TEKnologies instructor in this
1 ½ hour program. Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Instructor: 
Play-well TEKnologies
 
Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 120.00
Location: Health Room
 
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. Yoga practice enhances concentration, builds strength, and develops flexibility while building a positive self-image. 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 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.
 
The Secrets of Magic- Jr. Genies Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 13 students
Fee: $126.00
Location:  Music Room
 
Disappearing coins! Magic scarves! Card tricks! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques led by The Magic Genie! 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 materials to take home and fool your parents and friends! Returning"alumni" students will get new tricks and help mentor other students.
Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we’re magically offering a Friday class too!
 
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
6-week session
April 20th – May 25th
 
 
Chess (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 126.00
Location: Health Room  
 
We’re excited to bring DIG USA back this spring for students in Grades 1 & 2!  Not only will students learn about the game, but they’ll also gain many life skills including creative thinking, patience, problem solving and much more!... And of course, we’ll be having lots of fun along the way! 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. We look forward to seeing you!
 
Instructor:
DIG USA
 
 
NEW! Spring Fun Stem (K & 1st grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $ 144.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Come breeze into spring with Mad Science! We will learn about flowers that bloom, worms that wiggle, butterflies and birds that flutter, wind that blows, and ocean waves too! Students will also gain an understanding about their senses, all while having a blast doing hands on science! Note: Every student will receive 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.
 
 
Intro to Theatre with Amy MacRae (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 120.00
Location: Music Room
 
Amy MacRae returns this spring to bring Intro to Theater! This class will introduce children to elements of theater in a fun and creative way. Children will bring their own characters to life by creating the character, writing a short script, and putting together costumes and set pieces all while learning basic theater terminology.
 
Instructor: 
Amy MacRae discovered her love of theater and acting as a child, playing Big Bird in her preschool play. Currently, the Weston mom of three has brought her love and experience of the craft to producing the WMS and WIS theater productions, and also an independent film this past summer. 
 
 
Thursday Programs
6-week Session
April 21st –May 26th
 
NEW! Adventures in STEM with Legos (K & 1st grade)
Minimum # of participants; 8 students;
Maximum # of participants; 12 students
Fee:  $ 156.00
Location:  Art Room
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
Note: Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Rachet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Airplanes, Castles, and Gravitron. New and returning students can 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. Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Instructor: 
Play-well TEKnologies
 
Food, Fun, and Games! (K & 1st grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 105.00
Location: East House # 32
Note: This is a 5-week program. There is no class on May 19th! 
 
Now, offered on Thursdays to K and 1st grade students, join us this spring for Food, Fun, & Games! 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.
 
 
NEW! My First Lemonade Stand (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants:  8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee $ 132.00
Location: Health Room
 
Let's sell lemonade!  Young students become "lemonade entrepreneurs" and learn how to make yummy lemonade and earn money selling it!  From designing marketing flyers to estimating profits to experimenting with recipes, students have fun while developing business savvy. As an optional showcase event, students could launch their lemonade stand on their own to raise money for a charity they select! 
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
Friday Programs
6-week session
April 22nd – May 27th
 
NEW: NASA’s Milky Way Mission (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee:  $ 144.00
Location: Health Room
 
Take one small step and one giant leap in this “phenomenal” NASA designed program. This unique journey of our Milky Way Galaxy will have students using new technology, equipment, and gear used by real astronauts! They will witness an engine powered rocket launch and create a comet made up of items just like the comets in space! Students will be engaging in hands-on experiments while gaining the basic knowledge of astronomy, engineering, and physics! Every student will receive a lab coat, goggles, and specially designed Mad Science Take Homes to help extend learning at home .
 
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.
 
Magic…Junior Genies Magic Club (K- 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $126.00
Location: Music Room
 
Disappearing coins! Magic scarves! Card tricks! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques led by The Magic Genie! 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 materials to take home and fool your parents and friends! Returning "alumni" students will get new tricks and help mentor other students.
Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we’re magically offering a Tuesday class too!
 
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:  $132.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Drawing classes teach children to draw what they see, to enhance their drawings with their own ideas and concepts, and to use different materials in creative ways. The class environment is non-competitive, creative, and fun. This program helps students build their self-esteem through their drawing success and enhances hand eye coordination as well as spatial and color relationships. Special holidays and events are considered for project ideas. Multicultural arts and techniques are taught; educating students in history, geography, and storytelling as well. Drawing projects may include collage, mask making, still life, animals, scenery, people, portrait, or architecture. Students may take multiple sessions from year to year and will not repeat projects. Note: If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Monday class!
 
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."