Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Arsenal Center for the Arts will show "Madagascar" on Wednesday.
Tuesday, March 12
Looking for something to do with the kids after the half day of school on Wednesday - head over to the Arsenal Center for the Arts and enjoy a free movie. A special showing of the animated movie "Madagascar" will be shown on the big screen at the Charles Mosesian Theater at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, announced Amy Donohue, president of the Watertown Education Foundation. A drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD will be held, too. Parents must accompany children. The free showing is sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The donation will be used to buy Google Chromebooks for the school.
A $10,00 donation from the Watertown Education Foundation will allow school officials to buy a set of Google Chromebook laptops for the middle school. Monday night, the School Committee officially accepted the gift from Watertown Education Foundation president Amy Donohue. The Chromebooks will be used in a pilot program at the middle school. "The goal of the program is to determine if Chromebooks and Google apps work well in the schools," Donohue said. Chromebooks are small laptop computers that store information on "the cloud," which uses remote computer servers connected to the laptops though the Internet to store and access files and information. School Committee Chairwoman Eileen Hsu-Balzer thanked the WEF for the gift. "I echo the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The third annual event raised money for the Watertown Education Foundation.
Dozens of young students teamed up to test their spelling chops Sunday during the third annual Town-wide Spelling Bee at Watertown Middle School. The event raises money for the Watertown Education Foundation, which hands out grants to teachers and others in the Watertown Public Schools, said Amy Donohue, president of the WEF. "Last year we raised close to $18,000 from the spelling bee," Donohue said. "This year we are looking for the same." The money raised at the event, combined with funds from the Team Trivia Night in the spring allowed the WEF to hand out more than $20,000 in grants last year (see the list of grants in the photos to the right). "The grants go for anything that the school budget cannot afford," Donohue said. "We look for…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Youngsters from around town will take part in the third annual Town-Wide Spelling Bee.
Watertown students in grades 1 to 5 will test their spelling abilities at the third annual Town-Wide Spelling Bee to benefit the Watertown Education Foundation. The fun begins at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Watertown Middle School. Last year, the spelling bee raised about $15,000, which was handed out as part of the Watertown Education Foundation's grant programs. The money goes to teachers and others in the Watertown Public Schools to "fund a variety of innovative and creative educational initiatives and programs." For information contact Amy Donohue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 14, 2013
The iPads will be used in the elementary schools in a program to test how they can be used in the classroom.
The Watertown Education Foundation donated a set of iPads to be used in Watertown elementary schools. This was just one donations accepted by the School Committee last week. The iPads, worth $4,198, will be used in elementary school classrooms. Teachers must make a proposal to use the tablets, said Assistant Superintendent Darilyn Donovan. "Teachers with a real desire to incorporate (the iPads) into teaching will have the opportunity to use them," Donovan said. "Teachers put together a proposal for what they are looking for as outcomes and will collect data (to measure the outcome)." Other students in the Watertown Public Schools district already use iPads in class. At Watertown High School some teachers have been participating in a pilot…
Monday, April 30, 2012
The money raised at the trivia night and through a partnership with Not Your Average Joe's will help the Watertown Public Schools.
The Watertown Education Foundation (WEF) raised nearly $10,000 in March 2012, thanks in part to their annual trivia night fundraiser and the partnership with Not Your Average Joe's. The money helps the WEF move toward its fund-rasing goal for the year. “With the success of our spelling bee earlier this year, and now our March fund raising, we are well on our way to meeting our 2012 fund raising goal of $25,000,” said WEF President Amy Donohue. “This means more grant monies for the Watertown schools and teachers.” The trivia night, held March 28 at the Sons of Italy Hall in Watertown, raised more than $5,000, according to Trivia Night co-chairs and WEF board members Tina Conlon and Kathleen Lockyer. Major donors during the Trivia night …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Not Your Average Joe's honored a Watertown resident for her loyalty to the Watertown Square restaurant.
Sonia Boyajian dines regularly at Not Your Average Joe's – at least once a week since the restaurant opened in 1998 – so the restaurant restaurant gave her a booth of her own. On Wednesday, the Watertown Square eatery honored Boyajian by dedicating the Sonia Boyajian Booth. "It’s only fitting that the booth where she spends so much time be hers in name as well as in spirit," says Steve Silverstein, founder and CEO of Not Your Average Joe’s. "This is the first time we’ve ever done a seat plaque so it’s quite a honor for me to be a part of this." CEO Steve Silverstein dedicated the Sonia Boyajian Booth and a toast to the honoree. Guests and friends of Boyajian attended the celebration at Not Your Average Joe’s. It was also an evening when …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The foundation hosts trivia night at the Sons of Italy.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The following release was sent out by the Watertown Education Foundation: The Watertown Education Foundation (WEF) will host its annual Trivia Night on Wednesday March 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the the Sons of Italy Hall, 520 Pleasant Street in Watertown. WEF is looking for teams to participate (up to six people); team sponsors; and raffle items. Spectators are encouraged and invited to attend as well, to cheer on their favorite teams. “Trivia Night is always a great time; we see so many friends from the community who come out to help support the event,” said WEF President Amy Donohue. For more information on the WEF Trivia Night or to sign up, please visit www.watertowned.org and click on the Events link; or e-mail them at info@…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Watertown Education President Amy Donohue writes that the event raised $15,000 for grants that will go to the Watertown Public Schools.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Editor: On behalf of the entire Watertown Education Foundation Board (“WEF”) I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the Watertown students who participated in the WEF second Annual Town-Wide Spelling Bee; the “B.” The success of this great day is a tribute to our students, families, school & town officials, sponsors and all volunteers who gave their time and efforts selflessly. With a record breaking 275 participants who took part in this day-long event, which grew from 60 spellers in 2011, the excitement has already begun in what will become a much anticipated and favorite occurrence in the future. The second Annual Bee has raised just over $15,000 with all monies raised from registrations, tee-shirt and raffle sales going …
Monday, January 30, 2012
About 275 Watertown students in grades 1 to 5 filled the Watertown Middle School auditorium Sunday for the event that benefited the Watertown Education Foundation.
With such a large number of eager young spellers, organizers of the second annual Town-Wide Youth Spelling Bee had to bring the students on stage in waves. The first spelling bee attracted about 60 Watertown students, but this year, organizer and Watertown Education Foundation President Amy Donohue found she had 275 youngsters from the three elementary schools - Hosmer, Lowell and Cunniff. "We added one extra grade – first grade," Donohue said. Donohue helped the parents and teachers who helped organize the event. Besides giving students a chance to test their spelling skills, it raised money for the Watertown Education Foundation. "All the money raised will go to teacher grant money," Donohue said. "During these difficult times it is …