FRIENDS OF WEYBRIDGE ELEMENTARY (FOWE)
The mission of the Friends of Weybridge Elementary (FOWE) is to bring together the skills, talents, knowledge and energy of the community to support the school, the teachers, students, staff and administration of Weybridge Elementary School.
FOWE is open to all Weybridge families and plays a vital role in fostering communication and providing support to the school and the community as a whole. Central to this role is providing an opportunity to learn about what’s going on in the school. This year, FOWE is looking forward to opening up the first half of our monthly hour-long meetings for pizza or potluck and time to connect with other parents and community members. We will always have childcare included to help make these meetings more accessible to all.
The regular monthly meetings will take place in the school library on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm. Meetings and date changes will be posted in the school newsletter and on Front Porch Forum.
FOWE activity can be divided into four main areas of support:
Educational Forum – FOWE provides an opportunity to learn about what’s happening at Weybridge Elementary and about ACSD, national and international initiatives. Presentations and discussion covering topics of interest to the participants will be planned for several meetings.
School Programs – FOWE coordinates volunteers for many essential aspects of the school, including kitchen and library assistance, garden and play space maintenance and classroom support.
Community Building – FOWE organizes many activities and events that are free and open to the community. Grand Friends Tea, Family Game Night and Family Book Night are all activities that bring the school and the community together for social interaction and fun.
Fundraising – FOWE organizes or coordinates several events which raise funds to support the school. From weekly bottle redemption to the Service Raffle and the annual Tag Sale, these activities and events support the school and community in numerous ways. The funds raised go toward supporting a variety of student programs that aren’t fully covered under the school budget, such as field trips, sponsoring a Jr Iron Chef team, the library, and art and science residencies.
If you have questions about FOWE, would like to become involved, have ideas to share or topics you would like addressed, please call the school at 545-2113 or reach out to FOWE co-chairs Melanie Root and Kirsten Hendy: FOWE2018@gmail.com.