Woodstock Education Foundation

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

The Woodstock Education Foundation (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 September 2020, the Board has granted over $500,000 for educational enrichment programs for children attending Woodstock Public Schools. Visit us at Woodstock Education Foundation to learn more.

As students, parents, guardians and educators continue to navigate a hybrid learning model in Woodstock Public Schools, the WEF is proud to continue its support. The connection between teachers and students is more important now than ever and as distance learning continues, we are committed to funding educational enrichment programs that help meet the changing needs of students in Woodstock Public Schools.

Woodstock Education Foundation Approves 2020-2021 Grants

The WEF is excited about the 2020-2021 school year, and thanks to the generous support of the Woodstock community has so far provided support for these exciting teacher-initiated grants:

  • Woodstock iPad Stylus Initiative (grades 5-8): The Woodstock Education Foundation provided funding to supply a touch point stylus for each of the 400 iPads at the Woodstock Middle School. The additional accuracy provided by a stylus will enhance the experience of every student who is using an iPad. Use of iPads has been a critical need in our schools.

  • Smart Music (grades 6-8): The Woodstock Education Foundation provided funding for the SmartMusic App which supports the music program at Woodstock Middle School. The App includes innovative tools to support students' independent practice and learning on their instruments. With SmartMusic, students are able to play at home with the sound of the full band, record and listen back to their own playing, visually assess their pitch and rhythmic accuracy via note highlights provided in real time, and click on individual notes or measures that give them trouble in order to both hear the music and view notes/fingerings where they're uncertain. 

  • Next Generation Science – Generation “Genius” Subscription (grades K-4): The Woodstock Education Foundation provided funding for Generation “Genius,” a modern take on Bill Nye. This series of science videos will enhance the science curriculum for grades K-4 by actively engaging students outside the classroom - bridging the gap between home and school for science!

Other grants funded include: Studies Weekly (grades 1-2), Ukulele Cases (grades 5-8) and Distance / Live Classroom Synchronization (grades 1 & 4).

Public Speaking Program

We are thrilled to announce that our Public Speaking program will be in effect this fall for the 20th year in a row, sponsored by and thanks to The Woodstock Education Foundation.  

Please have your middle school student sign up by emailing Donna Ogle with your permission & it will be forwarded to the  program director,  Dena Cocozza O’Hara, and she will email you with a zoom link weekly for your student to attend class virtually. Students grades 5-8 are all welcome!  Weekly meetings will vary from Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 6-7pm, depending on student availability. You will receive a weekly schedule once your student is registered.

We teach, advise and practice public speaking with the intent to focus on each student's poise, pace, content and confidence when presenting material. Students prepare presentations that are 2-4 minutes in length in a chosen category. Those categories are: Impromptu, Dramatic and Humorous, Expository, Persuasive, Poetry and Storytelling.

We would love to have your student join us and teach them valuable skills on how to confidently use & speak over Zoom. We look forward to seeing any & all faces - NEW & OLD! Please reach out to Mrs. O'Hara with any questions. 

 Trunk or Treat Halloween Event

The WEF is pleased to be participating in this year’s “Trunk or Treat” event at Rosalind Park on Saturday, October 31 from 3-6 p.m. Our trunk will be loaded up with candy and treats for all the ghosts and goblins. See you on Sweet Street!

Annual Appeal

During these challenging times, the WEF 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 2020 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 light the fire of curiosity for Woodstock students!

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