Woodstock Education Foundation

June Newsletter

June Newsletter

The WEF is a volunteer organization formed by parents and community members concerned about preserving important school programs and enriching Pre-k through 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. Since 2005, the Board has granted over $450,000 for educational enrichment programs for children attending Woodstock Public Schools.

View our 2018-2019 Grants Funded, some 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: Helping Everyone Achieve Respect Program - Grade 5
WMS: Rainforest ARTLink – Grade 7
WMS: EastConn Mobile STEM Lab – Grade 5
WMS Washington DC Field Trip: Tour Guides - Grade 8
WMS Washington DC Field Trip: Newseum Visit - Grade 8


Grants in action:  2018-2019 Public Speaking program

Congratulations to over 70 students who participated in this year's last WMS Public Speaking competition on May 21st, a program made possible by a grant funded by the Woodstock Education Foundation! Students prepared pieces and competed in one of six categories: Impromptu, Storytelling, Poetry, Persuasive, Expository, and Dramatic and Humorous.

We would like to thank all 72 students who participated in this year’s Public Speaking program! These students competed with fierce commitment, talent and great enthusiasm. This program is dedicated to fostering skills that will be necessary in the future.  We will greatly miss our 8th grade role models who were essential to the success of the program. Our 5th-7th graders are the heart of the program and we look forward to their return next year!

It is also important to recognize the support of Sarah Dziedzic and her Woodstock Academy students who faithfully served as judges for our four competitions over the last 3 years.

Thank you Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Couture and Mr. Donovan for your constant support!

Honor a student or teacher with a personalized brick paver!

The end of the school year is the perfect time to honor a student or teacher with a personalized brick paver to add to the walkway at either WMS or WES. The gift of a paver will last a life time – and more! Go here to purchase your gift.

Election of officers

At its most recent Board of Directors meeting, the following Board members were elected as executive officers for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

President: Jeffrey Gordon, MD
Vice President: Dena Cocozza O’Hara
Treasurer: Kevin Ford
Secretary: Debra Dery LaFiandra


Save the date for the 2019 Starlight Gala

The 8th annual Starlight Gala will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM at the Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock, CT. Enjoy an enchanted evening of dinner & dancing, featuring exciting live and silent auctions, to benefit enrichment programs for the children in Woodstock K-8 public schools. The Gala is the WEF’s primary fundraising event, and we rely on monies raised to fund teacher-initiated grants submitted throughout the school year.

WEF Book Award Winner 2019

At this year's Woodstock Middle School 8th grade graduation, the Woodstock Education Foundation was proud to honor Baden E. and Magnolia H. with a book award to celebrate lifelong learning! The WEF Book Award is given annually to students who have exhibited outstanding initiative and performance in WEF funded programs such as public speaking, math counts, science fair, history day, and more. These students best exemplify the importance of seizing opportunities to foster skills that will further their academic successes and encourage their pursuit of life-long learning.

Congratulations to this year's Woodstock Middle School Class of 2019!

WEF Directors' Award and Scholarship Winner 2019

Congratulations to Heather Converse, the winner of the 2019 Woodstock Education Foundation Directors' Award and a $1,000 college scholarship!

Each year the Woodstock Education Foundation Board of Directors recognizes a Woodstock Academy senior who was formerly a student in the Woodstock Public School system.  Best wishes to the Woodstock Academy Class of 2019!

To learn more about how the WEF is supporting education in Woodstock or to make a donation, 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!

The Woodstock Education Foundation would like to wish all WMS and WES staff, students, families and friends a very happy and healthy summer! We look forward to the 2019-2020 school year.

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