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Fall 2017 Weston Youth Services
Weston Intermediate School (WIS)
Grades 3 thru 5
Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer 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, September 6th at 10:01 p.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.
 
Fees:
Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in class fee.
Financial Aid is available; please contact Charlene Chiang-Hillman, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 if you would like to inquire about assistance.
 
Payment:
  • ALL payments must be made online; you will have the option to pay with a credit card or pay by check online 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 18th and run thru the week of December 4th, unless otherwise noted.
 
Class Length:
All classes are scheduled from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Please check individual programs for descriptions, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.
 
Dismissal:
Parents are asked to wait outside in the front of the Weston Intermediate School building by the double doors to pick up their child(ren).  Please be prompt in picking up your child as our instructors have commitments after class.

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 children will be sent home per regular school dismissal plans. 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 cancelation by an instructor, children will stay in the main office with the WOW! assistant 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.
  5. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from the school or the program, the entire program fee is forfeited. 
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 18th – December 5th (no class Oct. 9th)
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 253.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world?  Soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more - students should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!
Note:  If your child cannot attend the Monday program, we also offer a Wednesday 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:
Shelley McConnell, Weston’s  own Spanish teacher, was born and raised in Mexico City and grew up eating the country’s rich and varied cuisine, developing her taste for fresh and well-seasoned food.  Over the years, Shelley has tasted the food of many regions in the Iberian Peninsula and is very excited to share her love for cooking with our students.
 
NEW: Crazy Chemworks (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 15 students
Fee:  $ 165.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
This action packed STEM focused program is bubbling over with classic experiments and crazy concoctions! Have bubbling, billowing, ice-cold fun when you explore the changing states of matter.  Perform spectacular hands-on activities using real laboratory tools.  Witness superb demonstrations and probe the properties of light with some spectacular glow-in-the-dark technology.  Learn and apply concepts and techniques just like a real chemist.  Take home items are included with each class.
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 13th
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties
 
NEW! Stop Motion Experience (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:    7 students
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends Nov. 13th    
 
A full 360° immersion into the world of stop motion filmmaking awaits you in this 8-week after school program! Students work in groups rotating through filming stations around the room collaborating as an entire class on videos using four different styles of stop motion animation. Work with a variety of styles including time-lapse animation, action scene animation, and live action animation!
 
Instructor: 
Incrediflix
 
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
September 19th – December 5th (no class Nov. 7th)
 
Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students                                             CANCELED
Fee: $ 96.00
Location:  Cafetorium
Note:  This is a 6-week class and runs from September 26th thru October 31st
 
Join Monzelle Schmiedeck as she encourages children to explore and discover the mind and body connection in a fun-filled way! Monzelle 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 kids how to focus, relax and develop self-control.
Note:  Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:
Monzelle Schmiedeck has been a fitness and yoga instructor for over 15 years, beginning with pre-school and elementary school-aged children.  She's taught for Kaia Yoga, after school programs in Fairfield and most recently has taught privately for Girl Scout troops and teens.  Certified with Kripalu 200 RYT, Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett and Biff Mithoefer, Kids Yoga, Meditation training at the Nosara Yoga Institute and countless workshops, Monzelle has a full "toolbox" from which to choose from.  
 
Game Gala (Grades 3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  12 students                                           CANCELED
Fee:  $ 198.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
We’re so excited that Game Gala is back this fall!  Designed to offer students an enriching and positive time in a social environment, each class begins with group instruction of a selected game and is followed by supervised "free play." Game choices include classics, such Chinese Checkers, Jenga, Scrabble, Story Cubes, Apples to Apples, and other card games and group activities. If you love playing games, this gala is for you! “It’s the greatest game in town!”
 
Instructor:
Catherine Revzon is a mother of a fourth and seventh grader, pharmacist, and educator. She enjoys playing board games with her children and always carries a travel sized game in her car.
 
Stem Challenger with LEGO (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  11 students
Maximum # of participants:  16 students
Fee:  $ 184.00
Location:  Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 14th
Special Note:  This is a 1 ½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®!   Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects, such as catapults, pneumatic cranes, arch bridges, and battletracks!  Design and build and explore your craziest ideas! An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to take their engineering skills to the next level.  Note:  Projects will not go home with students!
 
Instructor:
Play-Well TEKnologies
 
Wednesday Programs
11-week session
September 20th – December 6th (no class Nov. 22nd)
 
Morning Chess (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  20 students
Fee:  $96.00
Location:  Room # 212
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 8-week program and ends on November 8th
 
Start your day off 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! Introduction to Garage Band (3rd thru 5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  4 students
Maximum # of participants: 9 students
Fee: $ 180.00
Location: Room # 117 (Art Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 8th
 
We’re happy to welcome Zaniac – Westport this fall to the WOW! after school programs with their Introduction to Garage Band program. Introduction to Garage Band is the perfect primer for beginners who want to learn the basics of one of the most popular and accessible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) programs.  Starting with the basics of musical notation and form, students work through looping, editing, sound manipulation, and capturing vocals and MIDI instrumentation to create their own music.  Students get hands-on experience with real-world music production equipment and bring their song ideas to life.  Note:  Students may work in groups of up to three in this new and exciting program.
 
Instructor;
Zaniac – Westport
 
International Cuisine (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 253.00
Location: Staff /Kitchen (next to music classrooms) 
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Why stop at only one type of cuisine when you can have a taste of the whole world?  Soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more - students should bring a willingness to explore new tastes and enjoy old favorites in this 1 ½ hour hands-on program!
Note:  If your child cannot attend the Wednesday program, we also offer a Monday 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:
Shelley McConnell, Weston’s  own Spanish teacher, was born and raised in Mexico City and grew up eating the country’s rich and varied cuisine, developing her taste for fresh and well-seasoned food.  Over the years, Shelley has tasted the food of many regions in the Iberian Peninsula and is very excited to share her love for cooking with our students.
 
Bonjour mes Amis (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  8 students
Fee: $ 209.00
Location:  Room # 200 (Health Room)
 
Bonjour mes amis! Parlez-vous Fran├žais? Come join Sylvie Lobsenz, as she teaches students the beauty of the French language and the charm of the French culture!  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!  Note: Students who took this program last year will learn new material.
 
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 13 years. Note: Students who took the winter program will learn new material.
 
Thursday Programs
10-week session
September 28th – December 7th (no class Nov. 23rd)
 
NEW! Morning Yoga (3rd thru 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $72.00
Location:  Gymnasium
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 a 6-week program and ends on November 2nd
 
Start your school day off feeling centered, focused, and ready to own it!  Join Monzelle Schmiedeck as she encourages children to explore and discover the mind and body connection in a fun-filled way! Monzelle 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 kids how to focus, relax and develop self-control.
Note:  Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:
Monzelle Schmiedeck has been a fitness and yoga instructor for over 15 years, beginning with pre-school and elementary school-aged children.  She's taught for Kaia Yoga, after school programs in Fairfield and most recently has taught privately for Girl Scout troops and teens.  Certified with Kripalu 200 RYT, Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett and Biff Mithoefer, Kids Yoga, Meditation training at the Nosara Yoga Institute and countless workshops, Monzelle has a full "toolbox" from which to choose from.  
 
New!  Introduction to Robotics (3rd-5th grade)
Minimum # of participants:  5 students
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 220.00
Location:  Room # 117
Note:  This is an 8week program and ends on November 16th
Note: This is a 1 ½ hour class; 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Special Note:  Lego Robotics is instructed by Zaniac-Westport and is not affiliated with the Weston Public School after school program offered through the PTO and Weston Education Foundation. 
 
Zaniac Robotics teaches engineering and math concepts like mechanics, physics, design and environmental science using some of the latest EV3 Robotics Systems, In this hands-on curriculum.. students will  learn the basics of robotics, scientific method, forces and design and explore scientific and engineering concepts.  Students will build and program robotic solutions to defined projects and will be introduced to a variety of sensors and motors.  
 
Instructor:
Zaniac-Westport
 
NEW! WIS Journalism – All The News that’s Fit to Print (3rd -5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 170.00
Location:  Room # 216 (Spanish Room)
Note:  Students in this program should bring their own electronic device to school every Thursday, if possible.  If not, they can work with pad and paper (just like in the olden days) and complete their work at home.
 
Extra, extra, read all about it! Over the 10-week session, we will put together our very own WIS newspaper - the WIS Universe! Students will learn to interview subjects; write features, news articles and editorials; write book, movie and culture reviews; answer "Dear Abby" questions; and create engaging profiles. We will also cover editing and formatting. The students will be involved in creating the newspaper from beginning to end.
 
Instructor:
Michelle Sinclair Colman is a freelance journalist and a children's book author. As a journalist, Michelle writes about architecture, design and real estate. As an author, she has written 11 children's books, including the Urban Babies Wear Black series, and has two picture books forthcoming in Spring 2018.
 
Paint Draw & More! (3rd - 5th grade)
Maximum # of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 190.00
Room:  Staff Room/Kitchen
 
Paint Draw & More! is proud of its 20+ successful years as pioneers in children’s art instruction. Paint, Draw & More! allows children to express their creativity, while learning technical skills, and helps to build self-esteem through artistic accomplishments. 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.  Our classes are fun, engaging and each project is developed with your child in mind. Whether your child continues in the arts or chooses another path, this creative development will enhance their intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences.
 
Instructor:
With a degree in molecular and cell biology, Anastasia Gussen is also trained in all traditional types of media; pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, paint and photography. She has participated in invitation only life drawing classes and has completed a graphic design program at Pratt Institute.