Thank Teachers through the STARS Program

Say ‘Thank you for a great year!’ by giving your child’s teacher a STARS teacher appreciation certificate.  With a $20 donation to the AEF STARS program, we’ll send your teacher a STARS Certificate.

Ottoson and High School Families – the AHS and OMS teachers that receive the most STARS will be awarded the coveted STARS Teacher of the Year award!

Donate by June 3 to ensure delivery by the end of the school year.


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Arlington Teachers are STARS!

AEF’s STARS teacher appreciation program recognizes great teachers and benefits AEF.  Tell your teacher ‘Thank you for all you do’ with a STARS certificate.  Deadline is April 28 to ensure delivery before Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5).  Learn more or give a STAR now.

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AEF’s April Newsletter

See what we’ve been up to lately in our April newsletter!

– Trivia Bee winners
– Teacher Leadership Initiative
– Business Sponsors
– and more!

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AEF Receives $5,000 Donation

Dr. Melita, a longtime AEF supporter, Dallin parent and owner of Belmont Orthodintics and Belmont Pediatric Dentistry, is AEF’s 2017 $5,000 Platinum Sponsor.   Thank you Dr. Melita for supporting AEF’s work and the students and teachers of Arlington!  More

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Stratton Smarties, Dallin 5th graders win Trivia Bee; Event raises nearly $20,000

With a record 36 teams participating and nearly 400 attendees, the atmosphere was electric at the Trivia Bee on March 26th when 5th grade teams were introduced.  Participating for the first time, teams from each elementary school eagerly took the stage to challenge their knowledge.  In the end, the Dallin School 5th grade team won.

Wearing creative, modular-shaped hats, the ‘Stratton Smarties’ – principal Michael Hanna and parents Stewart Deck and Leslie Meltzer – set a Trivia Bee record by answering every question correctly and winning the 2017 Trivia Bee Championship.  More

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AEF Awards $30,000 grant for Gibbs School Planning

A $30,000 grant will provide the necessary funds for planning stipends and professional development that will enable the new Gibbs staff to plan for a unique, 6th grade school with social emotional support, project-based learning, and a strong community.  Learn more


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Arlington Trivia Bee, March 26

What was Menotomy Rocks Park’s original, more ominous name?

Come test your wit and trivia IQ at the 22nd annual Arlington Trivia Bee, hosted by AEF.  March 26th, 3-5pm at Town Hall.

  • Over 20 teams from schools and community groups
  • 5th grade teams from each elementary school will compete in the 1st round
  • We’ll entertain your kids with activities and a show by Curious Creatures
  • Laughs, music and trivia abound!

Bee there!  More info

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Calling all Local Businesses – Become an AEF Sponsor!

Please support our 2017 Business Sponsors who support our work!

Make an impact in our community – become an AEF Business Sponsor.

  • Show your customers you’re invested in Arlington’s students – and our town
  • Publicize and grow your business among Arlington families
  • Support AEF’s work of enriching public education through educator grants

All donations are tax-deductible.  Learn more about AEF’s 2017 Business Sponsor program, with benefits lasting all year long.  Become a sponsor now!

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Grant Profile: Elementary Teacher Leadership Program


Ask teachers what makes professional development effective and they will likely tell you that hands-on, interactive, classroom-specific learning is the most meaningful.  Arlington’s Elementary Teacher Leadership program does just this.  This program – by teachers and for teachers – has changed and enriched the way professional development is being done in Arlington.  Read the full grant profile

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January 2017 Newsletter

Keep up-to-date on AEF happenings by signing up for our quarterly newsletters.  We promise not to share your email with anyone and you’ll stay informed on the work that you make possible!

Our January newsletter just came out and includes:

  • 2016 Highlights video
  • Grant reward update
  • STARS Teacher Appreciation program recap
  • Business Sponsor program
  • Trivia Bee, March 26 – Save the Date!
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