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FBE Update & Thank You!

FBE - Thank You!

The FBE sends a hearty THANK YOU to each and every teacher, administrator, and school staff member for helping Belmont’s students during this unsettling time. We greatly appreciate the amount of planning, teaching, and communicating that is happening during Phase II of the District’s distance learning plan.

The FBE would also like to send our very BEST WISHES to the BHS class of 2020.

Share the Love Donation to the FBE

Photographed behind the masks: Above left: Rick White, Cityside Subaru of Belmont General Manager & Christa Bauge, FBE President.
Above right: Nathan White, Cityside Subaru of Belmont General Manager & Martha Brown, FBE VP Fundraising.

Cityside Subaru, Share the Love

Once again, CitySide Subaru has made a big difference in the Belmont Public Schools! THIS YEAR, SUBARU’S SHARE THE LOVE PROGRAM BROUGHT IN $37,997 FOR THE FBE! Their biggest check awarded to date, the FBE can’t thank CitySide Subaru enough for their unwavering support, and for valuing education in Belmont and partnering with us to make a difference in the Belmont Public Schools.

“Cityside Subaru has been an incredible supporter of the Foundation for Belmont Education. Since their first gift in 2013, they have donated more than $200,000 to the FBE which has directly enriched the education of all students in the Belmont public schools. We are incredibly grateful for their generous support and investment in our students’ educations.” Martha Brown, VP Fundraising, FBE.

2020 Outstanding Teacher Awards

We have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel the 2020 Outstanding Teacher Awards. Thank you to all the community members who submitted nominations - we will plan to include them in our OTA review process 2021. It’s times like these that remind us why we created the Outstanding Teacher Awards five years ago with support from the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation. Belmont’s teachers are amazing! Even though we won’t be able to get together and celebrate Belmont’s teachers in person this spring, the FBE is still offering Star Awards as a way to thank a teacher, staff, or administrator.

FBE Star Awards

Honor exemplary educators, staff, and community members who have made a difference in your child’s education by participating in our STAR Award and Friend Appreciation recognition programs. With a donation of $25 to the Foundation for Belmont Education — for each award, we will send your honored individual a personalized certificate with the name of the donor and an optional personal message. For now, STAR or Friend Appreciation Awards will be issued as an electronic certificate, followed up with a hard-copy certificate, hand-delivered, when we are back in the school buildings.

For more information about the FBE’s STAR Awards program, please visit: www.fbe-belmont.org/star.

Annual Spring Fundraiser, Casino Royale

While our Casino Royale fundraiser event was canceled, we were still able to hold our cash raffle. Congratulations to Heike Hering, the 2020 CASINO ROYALE RAFFLE WINNER, and thank you to all raffle participants.

Online Auction Cancelation

We have made the necessary decision to cancel this year’s online auction associated with our 2020 Casino Royale spring fundraiser. Given the continuing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and its impact on local businesses, restaurants, summer camps and school-related activities, we have reluctantly concluded that it does not make sense to proceed this year. We would like to acknowledge our generous donors for their support of the Belmont Public Schools and look forward to continuing to support their businesses in the near future. Please visit our website to see a complete list of our donors, www.fbe-belmont.org/2020Auction.

We thank everyone who made a bid in our auction in support of the FBE and Belmont students. All bids have been automatically canceled.

Questions? Please contact onlineauction@fbe-belmont.org.


Congratulations to our first Candy Giveaway winner, Eleanor Johnson, a 1st grader who guessed the exact number of candies in the jar!

Due to the canceled Casino Royale Annual Spring Fundraiser, we found ourselves left with large amounts of candy - some of the candy was donated to the wonderful healthcare workers at Mt. Auburn Hospital, whose service and sacrifice we are extremely grateful for, but it still left us with enough to also share with our local community. Every Thursday (for a few weeks) we will be posting a jar of candy on Instagram and Facebook, and invite our followers to guess the numbers of candy in the jar. We will make a contactless delivery to the winner’s house with their prize jar of candy. If we get more than one correct answer, we will draw a name from a hat. Posts are on Thursdays, guess deadline is Sundays at midnight, and winners announced Monday on social media. Guesses should be emailed to candy@fbe-belmont.org. Participants must be Belmont Public School students or Belmont residents.

Follow the FBE: facebook.com/foundationforbelmonteducation and, instagram.com/fbe_belmont

Grant Awards Update

The FBE is pleased to share that it is awarding 12 grants in the total amount of $29,952, for the second round of our Learning Excellence Grants Program (LEGP). We endeavor to be a stable presence and source of support for the Belmont Public Schools.

Good Bye and Hello!

On December 31st, 2019, we bid a fond farewell to Chris Kochem, who retired as our FBE administrator after 23 years of dedicated service to the Foundation for Belmont Education! We wish Chris the most wonderful retirement, and can’t thank her enough for her incredible years of service. We are delighted to announce and welcome our new FBE Administrator, Holly Johnson. Welcome Holly, we look forward to working with you!

THANK YOU to the Belmont community. Although education may look different these days, the FBE will continue to find ways to enhance, enrich, and innovate for the Belmont Public Schools.

For more information about the FBE please visit our website at fbe-belmont.org.