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Fall 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. 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, August 31st  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.
 
You will see a Yellow tab labeled WOW Registration on the right side of the home page when registration opens. Please click the tab to begin registration.
 
 
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, August 31st. 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. The system will not allow you to set up an account before registration goes live.
 
Fees:
Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in the class fee.
Financial Aid is available; please contact Allison Lisbon, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 or to inquire about eligibility for 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 September 19th and run through the week of December 5th, 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 program descriptions, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.
 
Important information:
  1. Please be sure to log into The Dismissal Manager System 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.
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.
 
Monday Programs
9-week session
September 19th– December 5th (no class Sept. 26th, Oct. 10th, Nov. 7th)
 
 
Drawing Mixed Media by Paint, Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 198.00
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:  $ 168.00
Location: East House Cafeteria
Special Note: This is an 8- week program and begins on October 3rd
 
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. There’s a reason why Fun with Fabric is really fun!!! Note: Projects will not be repeated from previous sessions.
Instructor: 
Gabriela returns this fall 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.
 
 
NEW! Kool Mandarin – Asian Art & Technology (1st & 2nd grade)                                      
Maximum # of participants: 10 students maximum
Fee:  $198 .00
Location: Health Room
 
Students in our Kool Mandarin – Asian Art & Technology program will have lots of fun through Yin & Yang balance activities, STEM exploration, and cool cultural workshops while learning Mandarin! This Kool Mandarin immersion curriculum is custom-built for students of all backgrounds to effectively learn Mandarin in a fun way and develop cultural competence. Authentic themes will be integrated into the weekly lesson plan, and hands-on STEM with art projects will be carried out throughout this fun program.
 
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 Asian 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.
 
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
September 20th – December 6th (no class Nov. 8th)
 
 
NEW! Adventures in STEM with LEGO Materials (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants; 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 286.00
Location: Art Room
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO parts! Build engineer-designed projects and use special pieces to create your own unique designs. Projects are rotated seasonally to ensure that both 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.
Note: Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Instructor: 
Play-well TEKnologies
 
NEW DAY: Food, Fun, and Games! (K & 1st grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 189.00
Location: East House Cafeteria
Note: This is an 9-week session and begins on October 4th
 
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.

 
Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 231.00
Location: Health Room
 
After a full day at school, come join Judy Orr 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.
 

The Secrets of Magic- Jr. Genies Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee: $242.00
Location:  East House # 26
Magic Show on December 6th    
 
The Magic Genie returns live this fall with his “magical” after school program! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques. Improve your presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, build self-confidence and poise, and develop stage presence. We promise a magical experience. Each week, Jr. Genies will receive tricks and goodies to take home and they’ll fool family 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
9-week session
September 21st – November 30th (no class Oct. 5th, Nov. 23rd
 
 
NEW! Mad Science Presents Fall Fun STEM (K & 1st grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 252.00
Location:  Art Room 
 
Put on your science goggles and come on a Science Adventure! Scientists in Training will gain a basic understanding of all different areas of science while doing intriguing, 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! Every student receives a lab coat, goggles, and specially designed Mad Science Take Homes to help extend learning at home!
 
Instructor:
For over 30 years, Mad Science has developed science programs that are kid-tested and approved. From their humble beginnings to the present day, they have always believed that hands-on, fun STEM experiences form the foundation of a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and math! Mad Science's mission is to inspire children through science, sparking lifelong imagination and curiosity.
 
Intro to Theater (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 189.00
Location:  Music Room
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 28TH AND RUN THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH (no class on December 7th)
 
This class will introduce children to elements of theater in a fun and creative way. Students will bring their own characters to life by creating the character, reading a script, and putting together costumes and set pieces all while learning basic theater terminology. They'll also learn about musical theater through voice and movement. Our final class will be an informal showing to perform for family and friends.
 
Instructor: 
Amy MacRae, an actress and Weston mom of three, has brought her love and experience of the craft to WHS and WMS as parent producer. She also works as the Producing Director of The Giving Theatre, a non-profit immersive community theatre and as an Independent Film Producer.
 
 
Chess (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 12 students
Fee: $ 189.00
Location: Health Room
 
We’re excited to collaborate with DIG USA this fall and bring chess 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
 
 
Thursday Programs
11-week session
September 22nd – December 8th (no class Nov. 24th)
 
 
NEW: Animal Adventures with LEGOS (K & 1st grade)
Minimum #/ Maximum # of participants:  8 minimum / 12 maximum
Fee: $ 286.00
Location: Art Room
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
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 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! Little Inventors (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum #/ Maximum # of participants:  8 minimum / 12 maximum
Fee: $ 275.00
Location: Health Room
 
Are you ready to innovate with Spark Business Academy? Get your creative juices flowing in this project-based program, where you will identify the need for an invention, think on your feet, and create real structures and solutions. Students will also learn about famous inventors and internalize how recent innovations have improved our lives.
 
Instructor:
Spark Business Academy
 
 
Friday Programs
11-week session
September 23rd - December 9th (no class Nov. 25th)
 
 
 
NEW: Science Wizards with Mad Science (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 8 students
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee:  $ 308.00
Location: Health Room
 
Come with us on this enchanting journey in the world of science! We will mix up some crazy and colorful potions, discover some magical and glowing tricks, create hair-rising, mystifying, and electrifying experiments, build levitating  objects, discover precious stones, witness charming illusions and learn how it is all powered by science! Students will transform into Science Wizards! Every student receives a lab coat, goggles, and specially designed Mad Science Take Homes to help extend learning at home!
 
Instructor:

For over 30 years, Mad Science has developed science programs that are kid-tested and approved. From their humble beginnings to the present day, they have always believed that hands-on, fun STEM experiences form the foundation of a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and math! Mad Science's mission is to inspire children through science, sparking lifelong imagination and curiosity.

 
Magic…Junior Genies Magic Club (K- 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee: $242.00
Location: East House # 26 
Magic show on December 9th 
 
The Magic Genie returns live this fall with his “magical” after school program! Experience the wonder of magic as you learn and build techniques. Improve your presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, build self-confidence and poise, and develop stage presence. We promise a magical experience. Each week, Jr. Genies will receive tricks and goodies to take home and they’ll fool family 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:  $242.00
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:
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."