WFS In the News

June, 2021:

Virtual event to celebrate the first 18 years of WFS leadership and honoring Britta McNemar.

March, 2021: It is with mixed feelings that the Friends of the Waltham Family School would like to share that Britta McNemar has announced her upcoming retirement. After founding the Waltham Family School in 2003, Britta McNemar will be retiring from her position as WFS Program Coordinator in June of 2021. Britta has been a steady and inspiring leader for these past eighteen years, and she leaves behind an incredible program. Over the years more than 300 families have felt the impact of the Waltham Family School. Since 2016 thirty-four former WFS preschool school students have graduated from Waltham High School.

There is never a perfect time for a transition, but Britta is leaving at a time when she feels the WFS can continue to thrive. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Waltham Family School is still providing WFS families with what they need to succeed in school and in the community.

The Friends of the Waltham Family School Board was created in 2014 to ensure the WFS’ sustainability, and we have worked with true devotion to support the mission of the School. It will be no easy feat to find a great successor to Britta, but the Board has established a Transition Committee to support Britta in the process and to enable the next leader to successfully assume their new responsibilities. The Superintendent of the Waltham Public Schools is responsible for hiring the next Program Coordinator, and the FWFS Board will partner with the Waltham Public Schools to aid in the transition.

The FWFS is planning to celebrate Britta’s work later this spring, and we will share details with the community as plans develop. We all wish Britta much joy in the next phase of her life, as we honor her many accomplishments.

Please reach out to us with any questions or comments. We would love to connect.
The Board of the Friends of the Waltham Family School


November, 2019: Waltham Newswatch covered the Fifth Annual Meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Waltham Family School.


Lexington school looks to help poor Waltham children

September, 2017: A Lexington summer school program is expanding its efforts to help students from neighboring Waltham retain knowledge in the face of the “summer slump” that afflicts all students, but hits poor students of color particularly hard.Four out of every five children at the six-week Horizons program is from Waltham, and that number is only expected to climb as the program grows.According to Kimberly Donald, executive director of the Lexington Horizons, the reason so many of the children are from


April, 2017: El Mundo Boston: (Waltham Family School: Empowering the Family Through Education)

Waltham Family School: Empoderando a la familia a través de la educación – El Mundo Boston

Por Jeaneth D. Santana Waltham, MA – Educación por partida doble. Waltham Family School (WFS) dicta clases de inglés a las madres de los niños que estudian en el preescolar. Y mientras ellos están en la escuela, las madres aprenden a hablar, a leer y a escribir inglés.


March, 2017: Check out the photos from the Fiesta! for WFS.

Fiesta! for WFS photos courtesy of Soule Photography.

March, 2017: The Friends of the Waltham Family School selected Running Brook Camps as the winner of the “Friend of the Year” award. The award will be presented at the Fiesta! for WFS on March 16, 2017.

Running Brook Camps to receive award

The Friend of the Year Award will be presented to Running Brook Camps at Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall to celebrate their longstanding support of Waltham Family School. Running Brook Camps were selected as the award recipient for providing free scholarships for over 13 years to WFS children in the summer program.


November, 2016: The second Annual Meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Waltham Family School, featured a panel of Advisory Council members discussing their experiences collaborating with Waltham Family School.

Friends of Waltham Family School hosts second meeting

The Friends of Waltham Family School Inc. recently hosted its second meeting sharing successes supporting Waltham Family School with the local community.At the meeting, Kaytie Dowcett, the new executive director of Waltham Partnership for Youth Inc., moderated a panel of four Advisory Council members who shared their personal experiences of collaborating with the WFS.


July, 2016: Graduation is always a very moving celebration:
Graduation day at Waltham Family School


July, 2016: Waltham Family School received a grant from Foundation for MetroWest to expand its innovative interactive literacy program to serve Waltham families learning English at five preschool locations.
Waltham Voices: Family School promotes literacy


June, 2016: The annual Showcase was a great success on June 2. Families show off skills at Waltham school for English learners


November, 2015: FWFS held the inaugural Annual Meeting where the progress of the first year as a independent nonprofit was celebrated. The Keynote speaker, Dr. Drew Echelson, Superintendent of Waltham Public Schools, shared his vision for WPS and WFS.
Column: Friends of Waltham Family School celebrate first year


August, 2015: WFS was excited to receive 44 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by campers at Running Brook Day Camp who spent their final weeks at camp holding daily school supply drives.
  Waltham campers make back-to-school donations


August, 2015: We celebrated the successes of all the WFS families in 2014-2015! The event was featured in the WCAC Newswatch:


June, 2015: The WFS Showcase is a tradition each spring for the parents to use their developing English skills to share their experiences and successes with community members.
Waltham Family School presents annual Showcase


May, 2015: WFS alumni participated in “Books in Bloom” as part of the Waltham Public Library’s 150th anniversary. Waltham library’s anniversary celebration continues with ‘Books in Bloom’


March, 2015: The Fiesta! for Waltham Family School was a great success. See the fun photos from the evening fundraiser.
Photos: Seen on Scene: Waltham Family School’s ‘Fiesta!’


March, 2015: Waltham Family School was busy planning several events. Waltham Family School builds momentum, support


October, 2013: WFS celebrated the 10th birthday at the Fiesta! for WFS:


August, 2013: WCAC Newswatch covered the WFS Graduation:


June, 2012: Fiesta! for WFS: