As the Waters Math Lab teacher, Mr. Charles Leatherwood meets with all our students weekly and enhances learning through games, teamwork, and encouraging students to keep asking questions. Learn how you can support the school's programs.
Kindergarten teacher and Waters alumna, Ms. Karen Soto, tells us about a teacher who inspired her as a child and also shares her dream for the school. Find out more about our Pledge Drive.
Pledge Drive Giveback at Rockwell's
Mondays: October 30, November 6 and November 13 – Rockwell's
Every Monday during the pledge drive, Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell, will donate 100% revenue from sales of their Burger of the Week to WatersToday. Grab a burger for our school! Learn more about the Pledge Drive.
Raise a Glass for Waters!
Friday, October 27 to Monday, November 13 – Gideon Welles
Grab a pint, or two, at Gideon Welles, 4500 N. Lincoln, during the WatersToday Annual Pledge Drive. Gideon Welles will donate $1 for every pint of Half Acre’s Gone Away IPA all pledge drive long. Cheers!
There are a multitude of reasons why Waters Elementary is a special place, and at the heart of those are the teachers. As the WatersToday Annual Pledge Drive begins, we are launching a series of video interviews with our teachers. Take a moment out of your day to hear from some of our amazing teachers. Learn about what makes Waters special to them and hear about their hopes and dreams for the school.
To kick it off, Mr. Peter Leki talks about the Waters ecology program and how he hopes to inspire our children to learn and grow.
Local Business Events Support Pledge Drive
October 27 – November 13
Save the dates and get ready for fun! Many local businesses have partnered with Waters to host some amazing giveback events during the annual pledge drive. Here’s your opportunity to dine, drink, shop and hang out with your neighbors, all while contributing to your neighborhood school. Help fund the arts, ecology, technology, and much more!
All pledge drive long, Gideon Welles will donate $1 for every pint of Half Acre’s Gone Away IPA.
Friday October 27 to Monday November 13
Every Monday during the pledge drive, Rockwell’s will donate 100% revenue from sales of their
Burger of the Week.
Mondays October 30, November 6, and November 13
Sacred Art will donate 15% of their sales ALL DAY LONG.
Friday November 3
Your first round of drinks are free at Carbon Arc, and they will donate 15% of sales, when you
reserve a table and mention the Waters Pledge Drive.
Friday November 3
Stock up on all your beauty needs and Merz will donate 10% of sales when you mention
the Waters fundraiser.
Friday November 3 and Saturday November 4
Get your holiday shopping done and Timeless will donate 20% of sales during this after hours event.
Monday November 6 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Annual Fall Fundraiser Begins This Week
Friday, October 27 – Monday, November 13
A strong local elementary school lifts everyone in the neighborhood. The community is stronger, kids flourish in school and businesses thrive. No community exemplifies the tie between a neighborhood and its school better than the Waters Elementary community. This year, we are extending our annual give to the community and introducing the WatersToday Annual Pledge Drive beginning Friday, October 27.
Waters Elementary has a truly unique ecology program – and your contributions make it all possible. Mrs. Vecchioni’s Makers Space, where kids immerse themselves in creative building projects, is fully funded by WatersToday. Your contributions also support technology made available to our students, along with many other school-wide initiatives that help make Waters a true gem in our community.
We are asking families for a $750 contribution to the annual pledge drive. If that amount isn’t possible, please give whatever you are able, and note that you can divide your contribution into monthly payments. But, to acknowledge that a school community is so much more than the sum of its students, we are also asking that you reach out to your neighbors and family members. Tell them what you like about Waters, and what it’s like going to your neighborhood school. Everyone benefits when the local school thrives, and we want everyone to feel invested in making Waters the amazing, unique school it is.
In addition, we are excited to announce that many local businesses have teamed up with us to contribute to the pledge drive through events during the next two weeks. Keep an eye out for the pledge drive logo at local businesses!
Our goal is to raise $75,000 between October 27 and November 13! Stop by our kickoff on Friday, October 27, after drop off for coffee and donuts. Bring your donation in the form of a check or sign up for a monthly contribution. With your help, we can do this!
Waters Dines Out
Thursday, October 19 – Roots, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Roots Handmade Pizza, 2200 N. Lawrence Ave., is donating 20% of sales all day when you mention the Waters Dines Out fundraiser. Salad for lunch, pizza for dinner – Waters wins! Delivery, carryout and dine-in all apply, but please order by phone (online orders not applicable) and make sure you mention Waters. Questions, please email Jessie Novak.
Leah Rieger Photography Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14 – Waters Garden 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 – River Park 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Leah needs an assistant to help people sign into the mini photo sessions on October 14 and 21. Sessions are every 20 minutes, so it will be meeting the clients, having them sign a contract and making sure they're ready for pictures! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Leah Rieger. The River Park location is on Lawrence, just west of the river.
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