Waltham Family School is back in session.

posted Sep 29, 2014, 11:31 AM by Anne Dugan

On September 23rd, 41 new and returning families started school at WFS. Much excitement filled the classrooms as parents and children started to get to know each other. See photos from the first day of school

Congratulation 2014 WFS Graduates!

posted Aug 6, 2014, 11:25 AM by Anne Dugan   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 11:37 AM ]

Waltham Family School was proud to present 8 families with their graduation certificates on August 1, 2014. 

WFS 2013-14 Graduation

posted Jun 17, 2014, 6:02 PM by Anne Dugan

We are excited to celebrate the successes of all the WFS families in 2013-2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 10:00 AM
Waltham Community and Cultural Center 
Auditorium, 510 Moody Street, Waltham 

We are very proud to present graduation certificates to the parents who will graduate from the Waltham Family School and to the 18 Waltham Family School preschoolers who will graduate to kindergarten!

Refreshments will follow.

We hope you will join us for this very special day. 

RSVP to Tel: 781-314-5696 or

Family Fair, 6/14/14

posted May 20, 2014, 2:31 PM by Anne Dugan   [ updated May 27, 2014, 12:49 PM ]

We put the FUN back in FUNdraiser! 

Saturday June 14, 2014, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$5 per child (3 years and up**) 

WFS Alumni are excited to host a fundraiser to benefit Waltham Family School. This event will be for the whole family (Children age 3 years and up, adults need to be present). Join us for games, food, face painting and don't miss the magic show by Eddie the Clown at 12 PM. 

Waltham Community & Cultural Center
510 Moody Street, Waltham 
Enter Door 8 on Beech Street.
Parking: On-street or City Parking Lot off Moody St. on Chestnut St.

More Info: 781-314-5696 or email:

WFS Family Fair, June 14, 2014

WFS Showcase 6/4/2014

posted May 7, 2014, 7:19 AM by Anne Dugan   [ updated May 27, 2014, 12:18 PM ]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014. 
10 AM - 12 PM -- Children Sing @ 11:30 AM. 

See for yourself how hard the WFS families have worked during this school year. The Showcase is a tradition each spring for the parents to use their developing English skills to share their experiences and successes with community members. 
Please join us at: 
Waltham Community & Cultural Center
510 Moody Street, Waltham
Enter Door 8 on Beech Street.
Parking: On-street or City Parking Lot off Moody St. on Chestnut St.
More Info & RSVP: 781-314-5696 or email: friendsofthewfs@gmail. Sign up on Facebook

School Committee Celebrates WFS

posted Nov 26, 2013, 9:20 AM by   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 9:45 AM ]

The Waltham School Committee helped celebrate WFS's 10th anniversary lifting up parent's and children's achievements at a recent meeting; (read the whole article here).  During this week of Thanksgiving, we're thankful for the support of the City of Waltham and the Waltham Public Schools, and all our donors, volunteers, and friends!

Waltham Read-a-thon, July 13

posted Jun 13, 2013, 12:56 PM by   [ updated Jul 17, 2013, 8:17 AM ]

Thanks to the Waltham Public Library, More Than Words book store, and Lizzy's Ice Cream for hosting events on July 13.  There were well over 100 participants who enjoyed read-a-loud books, crafts and other activities; and a dozen or so school aged children read 10 hours or more in July earning them a free ice cream cone from Lizzy's.

Watch for our second annual read-a-thon in 2014!

Reading strengthens families. Reading strengthens our community!

The Preparation Gap

posted May 2, 2013, 11:53 AM by

Research indicates that by the time they get to kindergarten, low-income children have heard 15 million words and have experienced only 25 hours of one-on-one reading time, while middle-income children have heard 55 million words and have experienced 1700 hours of one-one-reading time.  (Hart and Risley, and the Packard/MacArthur Foundation).  The Waltham Family School is working to bridge the gap!

Embracing Community Change

posted May 2, 2013, 11:41 AM by   [ updated May 2, 2013, 11:49 AM ]

In 2011, reported that Waltham had the highest percentage of residents identifying themselves as Hispanic (14%) of all communities in Massachusetts.  The dramatic 65% increase between 2000 and 2010 of the Hispanic population, as well as other immigrant families, has had an impact on the Waltham Public School system. The Waltham Family School is graduating children from their preschool program ready for success in kindergarten and beyond!

Mother's Reading Skill is Essential!

posted Apr 8, 2013, 12:02 PM by

A mother's reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children's future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.  (Demography, National Institutes of Health, Oct. 2012)

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