Woodstock Education Foundation

December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

The WEF is a volunteer organization formed by parents and community members concerned about preserving important school programs and enriching K-8 education. The WEF is a non-profit corporation, organized in 2005 and governed by a Board of Directors who work to privately raise much needed funds to support its mission.  As of November 2018, the Board has granted almost $400,000 for educational enrichment programs for children attending Woodstock Public Schools. View our 2018-2019 Grants Funded, some of the most recent of which include:

WES: Classroom "Muzzy" BBC Spanish Program - Grade 1
WES: CT Historical Society Presentation - Grade 2
WES: "Native Americans in Early Connecticut" Program - Grade 1
WES: Mystic Aquarium Field Trip - Kindergarten
WMS: Native Americans : Eastern Woodlands - Grade 5
WMS: Helping Everyone Achieve Respect Program - Grade 5 
WMS: Rainforest ARTLink – Grade 7
WMS: EastConn Mobile STEM Lab – Grade 5

Starlight Gala

The 7th annual “Starlight Gala” was held on November 2nd and was a spectacular evening! The Gala is one of the WEF’s primary fundraising events, and it relies on monies raised to fund teacher-initiated grants throughout the school year. Guests were able to bid on many live and silent auction items, including original artwork created by 3rd and 4th grade art classes. The WEF was especially appreciative of Mr. Greg Brock who led our live auction! Mr. Brock had guests on their feet waving their auction paddles in an effort to win some exciting auction items available this year. 

Guests were also treated to a special performance from last year’s WMS drama club musical, “The Lion King, Jr.” which was funded, in part, by the WEF. The performers “wowed” the audience with their incredible voices and talent, and were rewarded with a standing ovation.

The WEF is grateful to all those who attended or contributed to one of the most successful Gala events, especially its 2018 Starlight Gala Donors.

 WEF Grants in Action!

WMS Public Speaking Program - where students find their voices!

Congratulations to over 70 WMS students who participated in this year's first Public Speaking Competition, a program made possible by a grant funded by the Woodstock Education Foundation. Four times each year, students prepare pieces and compete in one of six categories: Impromptu, Storytelling, Poetry, Persuasive, Expository, and Dramatic and Humorous. All of the students performed exceedingly well!  The next Public Speaking Competition is January 15, 2019 at 8:30 am in the WMS cafeteria

Thank you to Mrs. O'Hara and Mrs. Couture for their dedication and commitment to these students. We'd also like to thank our judges and high school students from Woodstock Academy for their hours of volunteerism with these students twice each week.

Give the Gift of a Holiday Ornament

The Woodstock Foundation has a series of eight pewter holiday ornaments depicting scenes from rural Woodstock, CT for sale: East Woodstock Congregational Church, Chamberlin Mill, First Congregational Church, Palmer Memorial Hall, Quasset School, Woodstock Academy, Roseland Cottage, and the Woodstock Fair.  Your purchase of a Woodstock Holiday Ornament helps to support valuable enrichment programs at Woodstock Public Schools.

 Annual Appeal

The Woodstock Education Foundation invites you to continue to support our efforts as we work to fund the arts and educational programs in Woodstock Public Schools. We CAN make a difference!  As 2018 quickly comes to a close, we ask you to consider a year-end tax-deductible donation to the WEF.

For information about the WEF, please visit woodstockeducationfoundation.org or connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedinSee how the WEF helps to light the fire of curiosity for Woodstock students!

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