Like all private schools, tuition only covers a percentage of our annual operating budget: about 3/4 of the budget in our case. We rely on donations from our families, summer families, grandparents, and alumni to make up the difference—a budget that includes maintaing our facilities as well as running our wonderful school.
The revenue raised by the Annual Fund and from events like the Fall Auction make it possible for the school to pursue an educational mission that prioritizes small classes; outstanding teachers; creative, experiential learning; and an end-to-end community that promotes citizenship and compassion in equal measure.
The Annual Fund
The WDS Annual Fund is an organized effort to encourage every member of the WDS community, including Trustees, Alumni, Parents, Faculty and Staff, to make an annual tax-deductible donation to our school.
Annual Fund dollars touch every aspect of the WDS experience: when you see your child drumming at a Lower School Gathering, that’s the Annual Fund at work. When your child’s teacher really understands who your child is and what she needs, that’s the Annual Fund at work. Programs like the Tribes Curriculum, which teaches empathy and citizenship, Singapore Math, which teaches conceptual understanding of mathematics, and our beautiful and fragrant garden, a site for hands-on science learning, are all examples of Annual Fund dollars at work.
Our Annual Fund goal this school year is $120,000 and 100% participation from our school community. These funds are needed to help keep the lights on, the paths shoveled, the garden weeded, the teachers and staff paid, and so much more.
Each year, parents and staff join together to organize events that bring our community together as a way to have fun while we raise the funds we need to keep our wonderful school running. The funds we raise from these events plus what we raise for the Annual Fund make up the difference between tuition revenue and our annual operating costs.
The Fall Auction offers an opportunity to connect with new parents, get to know teachers better, socialize with old friends, and enjoy an adults-only night out filled with fun, laughter, and surprises. This event not only provides our community with a joyful night to remember, it also helps raise vital funds to support our school and the amazing, enriching educational experience our students receive.
Learn more about this fun event at www.WDSauction.org
The Wild Women Clothing Swap offers a truly wild evening of fashion-forward clothing exchange that leaves everyone with an improved wardrobe while clearing closets of unwanted clothes and supporting the Annual Fund. Everybody wins! While wild, this fantastic gathering is not entirely lawless – the organizers employ a whistle to help ensure that everyone goes home with something they love. EVERYONE is welcome to donate clothes.
SOUNDOUT is a fantastic annual concert to benefit the WDS Annual Fund. Historically hosted by local luminary, celebrated musician, and long-time WDS grandparent, Happy Traum, the concert is modeled after the original Woodstock Soundouts that began in 1967 as spirited outdoor rock festivals in a country setting. Many of the early Woodstock Soundouts actually took place on what is now the grounds of the Woodstock Day School and featured the likes of Richie Havens, Van Morrison, Tim Hardin, Paul Butterfield, Procol Harum, Flying Burrito Brothers and Happy & Artie Traum. Michael Lang credited the Soundouts with providing the spark and the guideline for the massive 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel.
Recent WDS SOUNDOUTs have featured Blondie, Laurie Anderson and many WDS community musicians including A.C. Newman, Marco Benevento, Aaron Lieberman, Adrien Reju, Simi Stone, Zach Djanikian, Burnell Pines, Steve Koester, Andy Borger, Peter Dougan, Tim Sutton, Jason Bowman, Dave Dreiwitz and many, many more. All proceeds from the concert go to the Woodstock Day School’s Annual Fund.
The Spring Book Fair is a week-long celebration in honor of reading and a magical event for the whole community. There is a new theme each year and all the books are hand selected by our school librarian, Robin. The books are provided by The Golden Notebook, an independent book seller located in the heart of Woodstock – enabling us to offer high-quality books while also supporting our local economy. Funds raised from the sale of books and the delicious, home-baked goods provided by WDS families and staff make up the entire library budget so in addition to being a fun event, it is also a very important one!
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STEM Challenge Grant
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, we have the chance to make our restricted dollars go further than ever before thanks to an incredible challenge grant we received from the Marilyn and Jim Simons Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to enhance our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs and it will match whatever we raise for that purpose, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 each year for three years!
We feel strongly about our responsibility to educate our students to be active citizens in a rapidly changing world. To that end, we will focus the grant on the themes of Ecology and Technology. From Nursery School to 12th grade, WDS students will utilize the resources of our campus and Watershed region to learn about our changing environment, and to build the skills and creativity to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of the future.
Unlike funds raised through Special Events or the Annual Fund, restricted donations go in a separate pot and are restricted to funding a specific area or program. For example, our state-of-the-art Media Center exists thanks to a restricted donation from Markertek.
All funds raised for the STEM Challenge Grant will also be restricted to building our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs and matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 each year until the 2018-2019 school year.
If you would like to make a restricted gift, please contact Nancy Finelli at 845-246-3744 ext. 105.
Make a Gift
Tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Gifts can also be made in the form of securities. Checks should be made payable to “Woodstock Day School Annual Fund” and mailed to:
Woodstock Day School
Attn: Annual Fund
P.O. Box 1
Woodstock NY, 12498
Cash donations can be made on campus at either the Main Office or the School Business Office.
Credit card donations can be made by calling WDS at 845-246-3744 or online through the PayPal. Please note: The button will open a new browser window with the PayPal website where you can make a secure donation. If you do not have a PayPal account, select the option “Don’t have a PayPal account?” on the PayPal web page, and click “Continue” to use your credit card.
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Employer Matching Gift Programs
You may be able to double or even triple your gift to Woodstock Day School through your employer’s matching gift program. Many companies match their employee’s charitable donations. Please talk with your human resources department to ask if your company has such a program and to find out how to take advantage of it. Then please contact the School Business Office at 845-246-3744, ext.105.