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Weston Youth Services
Virtual Online Fall 2020 After School Programs
Online Registration Opens Thursday, September 10th at 10:01 p.m.
 
Weston Youth Services will be offering virtual Fall WOW! after school programs for students in Grades K-10 beginning the week of September 21st. All programs are held through the Zoom app, unless otherwise indicated.
 
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) while enrolled in the Fall 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 an evolving situation and our current plan. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to having your children be part of our WOW! Programs.
 
Registration:
Online registration will open on Thursday, September 10th 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.
 
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 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th. 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.
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.
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  • 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:
If you cancel your child’s registration prior to the day that a program begins, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee. Once a class begins, we do not issue refunds or credits.                       
 
Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of September 21st and run through the week of November 30th. 
Please note that Wednesday programs begin on September 30th. 
 
Class Length:
All HES and WIS programs are scheduled to run from 4:30-5:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
All WMS and WHS programs are scheduled to run from 3:30-4:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
 
Please check individual programs for descriptions, grade eligibility, and cost.
 
Weston Youth Services reserves the right to cancel a class due to lack of student enrollment. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from the program, the parent forfeits the entire program fee.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.
 
 
WESTON MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS
All classes will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated
 
 
Monday Programs
9-week session
September 21st – November 30th (no class 9/28, 10/12)
 
Bulls & Bears- The Stock Market Game (6th – 8th grade)
Minimum/Maximum # of participants: 5 minimum/15 maximum students
Fee: $ 158.00
NOTE: This class will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Start investing in the stock market at a young age and make your money grow! Students will pick their own $100,000 portfolio with stocks like Apple, Google or Amazon using a cool stock-trading simulation.  This hands-on experience will empower students with the tools and mindset to face future investment decisions with confidence and "buy low, sell high.”  A solid foundation for successful future investors!
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
                   
Tuesday Programs
10-week session
September 22nd  – December 1st (no class 11/3)
                             
Podcast Pioneers (3rd – 10th grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 170.00
NOTE: This class will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
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 student?
In this program, Weston’s own Rudd Anderson, will take you through the process to create your very own podcast.
 
Topics we’ll explore will include:
 
  • The basic elements of a podcast
  • Topic Selection
  • Planning
  • Interviewing strategies
  • Recording tools
  • Editing
  • 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.
 
Instructor:
Rudd Anderson
 
 
Wednesday Programs
8-week session
September 30th – December 2nd (no class 9/23, 10/21, 11/25)
 
Creative WritingFinding your Creative Voice! (6th – 10th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 136.00
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!
 
Instructor:
Nora Raleigh Baskin
 
Chess (6th-8th grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $136.00
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. We 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, intermediate and advanced. We’ll  make it interesting for everyone, while teaching content and material that is understandable for all!
 
Instructor:
DIG USA
 
 
Thursday Programs
10-week session
September 24th – December 3rd (no class 11/26)

Jr CEOs (6th -8th grade)
Minimum/Maximum # of participants: 5 minimum/15 maximum students
Fee: $ 175.00
NOTE: This class will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
How cool would it be for you to be the boss of Apple or Amazon for a day?  In this leadership class, you can!  Students will act as CEOs for leading companies and work in groups to make strategic recommendations to address real business issues.  Case studies include popular companies, such as Apple, Amazon, Coke, McDonald’s, Under Armour, Nike, Tesla, Uber and more. Students will enhance their problem-solving skills, develop business savvy and cultivate a strategic mindset as future leaders.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy