Saddle River School District


Happy 100th Birthday Wandell! 


Dear Wandell Families,
It's almost time for our annual auction!! Please join us on March 9th!  I also thought it would be a good time to provide a recap of the programs funded by the Foundation from September 2015 to date.  
  • Final installment payment for student computers -- $49,800
  • IDE and Curriculum Consultants -- $46,000
  • School Play -- $14,000
  • Rosetta Stone -- $10,000
  • Technology (Typing Club, IXL, Waggle, Ramsey Tech Support, SmartBoard repair) -- $7,800
  • Library books and computer programs (Bookflix, WorldBook and Accelerated Reader) -- $6,700
  • Writer’s Circle for grades 3 through 5 -- $6,600
  • Teacher mini grants -- $5,100
  • Assemblies (Anti-Bullying, Ellis Island and The Wonder of Air) -- $5,700
  • Character Building/Safety Patrol -- $500
Total Spent -- $152,200
Additional funds are encumbered for upcoming expenses not yet paid:
  • IDE remaining balance -- $4,000
  • New teacher computers -- $15,000
  • Ramsey technology upgrades -- $20,000
In addition, at our annual auction in March 2016, we raised nearly $150,000!  These funds have been earmarked for the following:
  • A proposed buildout of a STEM lab
  • Replacement of eight SmartBoards
  • Renewals of technology programs
  • Assemblies
  • Character education program
  • Teacher mini-grants
  • Library resources
  • The school play 
  • And to offset some of the cost of a new telephone system.  
We are excited to announce that the Foundation has committed to fund a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) lab at Wandell. This initiative will be rolled out in the 2016-2017 school year to all grades. The STEM program will include the use of the rear pond as well as outdoor spaces on Wandell grounds.  The objective of a STEM lab is to raise curiosity amongst students in science and technology through an interactive, hands-on approach to learning.  Rather than memorizing facts, students will solve problems and find answers by applying, analyzing, interpreting and comparing them. 
All of these enhancements in the quality of education at our school would not be possible without the generosity of the Wandell parents, faculty and community.  
Thank you all for another successful year!
Alex Ruffino
President, Wandell School Education Foundation 


Last Modified on January 15, 2017