Baklava & Thai Cooking classes fundraiser!

Saturday November 4th you are invited to learn how to make Baklava at 1 pm or Thai food at 4 pm. Classes are limited to 8 participants each and will be held in the basement kitchen of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, located at 543 Route 169 in Woodstock. This is a fundraiser for the WMS Playground.

The Baklava class costs $40. We will make the syrup, nut mixture, and learn how to assemble a 9×9″ baklava. There will be a selection of nuts, citrus, and spices so participants can customize their dish. We will sample a freshly baked baklava, and each person will go home with a pan of baklava to freeze or bake. Class will start at 1 pm and should finish by 2:30 pm.

The Thai cooking class costs $65. We will learn how to make chicken ginger soup, chicken pad thai, and fried spring rolls. We will enjoy tasting all of these foods, and each person will go home with soup and pad thai, as well as two dozen spring rolls to freeze. Class will start at 4 pm and should finish by 6 pm.

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Please mail or drop off a registration and a check made out to the Woodstock PTO to the elementary school office by November 3rd.

Download a registration form here: Baklava and Thai cooking classes.


Bloom on Woodstock Hill Fundraiser!

Join us to create a beautiful Thanksgiving cornucopia or seasonal wreath. Karen Olah, floral designer, will lead us in a class at the Woodstock Middle School cafeteria. Choose from a cornucopia with artificial flowers and gourds, an autumn wreath, or a winter wreath. Children ages 10 and up are welcome.

Grab a table with some friends or family and enjoy a relaxing, fun evening as you create a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table or a seasonal wreath for your front door. All materials and supplies are included. Proceeds go to the WMS Playground.

When:    Friday November 17th 
Where:  Woodstock Middle School cafeteria        
 Time:    6:00-8:00 pm                
Cost:      $45, make checks to Bloom on Woodstock Hill

Have a wonderful night out, create beautiful decor, and support the Woodstock Middle School playground.

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Download a copy of the registration form here: Bloom on Woodstock Hill Registration Form

Playground Update: 50% funded!

We are now 50% of the way to our fundraising goal! Many thanks to the families and businesses who have donated so far. A big thank you also to our WES and WMS students. Both schools participated in a Pennies for Playgrounds fundraiser that lasted four weeks. By the end of the month, our students had raised $2,919 for their new playground!

The playground committee is working on some exciting fundraisers coming up, and we continue to look for and apply for grants. We were just notified that we received our first grant, there will be a photo and an update on this soon.

In the last few weeks several people in Woodstock have stepped forward to offer their business or talents as a playground fundraiser. We are so grateful for their support! Last weekend Woodstock photographer Nicole Beaudreault did a family photo session at the beautiful Devon Point Farm and raised $600 for the playground! Many, many thanks to the families who participated and to Nicole for putting it together. Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 10.22.47 AM

Playground Wood Chips are Donated!

The Woodstock Middle School Playground Committee would like to thank Dunning Playground Surfacing for their generous donation of wood chips for the WMS playground!

These wood chips are a 100% natural, renewable, and safe product that will fit well with the rural character of our community. They are fully IPEMA Certified Engineered Wood Fiber and meets or exceeds ADA and ASTM guidelines. In addition, this surfacing has been tested and exceeds the Wheel Chair Accessibility standard required by ADA law.

Thank you Dunning Industries!

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Updated September 8th, 2017: The Woodstock Middle School Playground Committee would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors so far. We are grateful to the individuals, families, and the following organizations and businesses who have donated so far.

  • Devon Point Farm
  • Dunning Playground Surfacing
  • Fairvue Market
  • Fiberoptics Technology
  • Foster Corporation
  • Gerardi Insurance
  • Giant Pizza
  • LeBoeuf Rubbish Removal, Inc.
  • Linemaster Switch
  • New Leaf Foundation
  • Northwood Childcare
  • Putnam Price Chopper
  • Putnam Chrysler Kia
  • Rogers Corporation
  • Soleil & Suns Bakery
  • Sweet Evalina’s Stand
  • The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub
  • WINY Radio
  • Wonderland Comics
  • Woodstock Building Association, LLC
  • Woodstock Line Company
  • Woodstock Lions Club

We are currently over 41% of the way to our fundraising goal, and have identified a small number of grants we are in the process of applying for. We are also preparing to reach out and contact local businesses.

Every little bit helps! If 1,000 contributors donate $60 each, we can build the playground in the spring of 2018. You can make it a monthly tax-deductible gift of just $6 a month for ten months. Together we can make this happen!

Benefits to Sponsors

Free Publicity

  • All donations of $100 or more will be listed on a donor board, which will be installed near the playground.
  • The Playground Committee will run at least 2 advertisements thanking and listing our donors in local papers.
  • We will send press releases out to local newspapers listing our donors when the playground is built.
  • We will use our playground blog and the PTO website and Facebook page to publicly thank our donors.
  • All donors will be invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony, where they will be acknowledged and thanked.

Community Events

The Woodstock Middle School Playground Committee is looking forward to sharing information about this project with our community at local events. A spinner bowl will be on hand for children and adults to try out. We will be available to answer questions, collect donations, and talk about the equipment we are fundraising for.

Check out this video of a grandmother trying out the Spinner Bowl:

Look for us at these local events:

Saturday April 22nd Woodstock Little League Opening Ceremonies 9:00 am

Saturday April 29th Hale YMCA Healthy Kids Day 3:00-6:00 pm

Saturday May 6th Jog with Judy 10 am

Thursday May 18th WMS Art Show and Ice Cream Social

Friday May 19th WES Art Show and Ice Cream Social

Monday May 29th at the Woodstock Common for the 10K race and Memorial Day parade

Thursday June 1st Dine for a Cause at The Crossings in Putnam

June 2nd First Friday in Putnam

Saturday June 3rd & Sunday June 4th Woodstock Lions Club Craft Fair at Roseland Park

Friday June 9th Family Fun Night

Saturday June 10th Woodstock Academy Festival on the Commons 10:30-2:30

Saturday June 10th Woodstock Town-wide Tag Sale (we will be at the town hall)

Sunday June 11th NOW Touch a Truck event Thompson Motor Speedway

More events will be added soon…..

Kompan Supernova

The Supernova works as a product for individual, competitive or cooperative play by harnessing the effects of gravity with a unique slanted ring configuration. When one child engages the Supernova, the product reacts to their movements and multiple games can occur, such as attempting to reach the top while the ring rotates to send you back to the bottom. Each additional child causes a change in the dynamics of the product such that children can operate the rotational speed and direction by moving relative to each other; the more children, the more fun. The combination of social interaction and movement makes the Supernova the biggest attraction on the playground.

Kompan Spica

The Spica is a uniquely designed piece of rotating play equipment. Experimentation is needed to master the Spica and control its speed. First, a child steps onto the triangular plate and pushes off with their foot. Then they discover that as they use their arms to pull their body toward the support handle, they move faster! As they move their center of gravity away from the handle, they slow down! The Spica is one of Kompan’s most popular pieces of equipment. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, and more than one child may play on it simultaneously.

The Woodstock Middle School playground will feature two of these, with slightly different pole shapes that react in different ways to the body movements of the children.