Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • October 17: Walk to school Day
  • October 18: Early release day, 1:20 dismissal for parent conferences
  • October 19, 20: Early release day,  Noon dismissal for parent conferences
  • October 25:  Photo Day
  • December 13: Wildwood Winter Chorus Concert at 7:00PM

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Walk to School Day – Oct 17, 2017

On Tuesday, October 17th Wildwood students will be participating in National Walk to School Day. Leaving from Bertucchi’s restaurant at 8am the students will make their way to Wildwood school. The students will be joined by athletes from UMass as well as the outreach coordinator for Massachusetts department of transportation. Promoting healthy choices, healthy environment, and safety awareness for walking children, Nick (W.W principal) will lead the way!

Details: Tuesday October 17th
               Leaving promptly at 8am
               Bertucchi’s restaurant 51 East Pleasant st.
All children and their guardians are welcome to join. Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail tyffannief@gmail.com for more information.

Teacher & Staff Wishlists for 2017-2018

Each year, the Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) asks the teachers & staff to let us know what they could use in their classrooms. The 2017-2018 lists can be seen by clicking here. Please look over the lists and consider donating any items.  Don’t forget to check periodically for updates and remember to check your teacher’s wishlist during the holidays.


Cada año , la Organización de Padres Guardián ( PGO ) pide a los maestros y personal para hacernos saber lo que podían utilizar en sus aulas. Los 2015-2016 listas se pueden ver haciendo clic aquí. Por favor, mirar por encima de las listas y considere donar ningún artículo.

Statement from Dr. Michael Morris

It has been a privilege to have spent my educational career in our districts working on behalf of the children of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury, and I am honored that I have been allowed to continue that work as the Superintendent of Schools. I want to thank the members of the School Committee for developing an open and thoughtful process in making this decision and for affording me this opportunity. The support of the School Committees, the outstanding Amherst Regional Public Schools faculty and staff, and the broader community has been invaluable during my time as Interim Superintendent. I look forward to continuing to build on those strong working relationships as we move forward with our vital work to support our communities’ most valuable resource—our children. Thank you again to the School Committee for showing your confidence in me in the vote for my appointment as well as over the past 13 months; I am excited for the journey ahead that we will travel, together, for the betterment of our students, families, staff, and community.

New Youth Round at AEF Trivia Bee

Amherst Education Foundation has exciting change to this year’s Trivia Bee. AEF has added a youth round for kids 14 and under.  At this point AEF has a few youth teams signed up but have room for many more.

Date: October 26, 2017
Location: ARMS Auditorium
Time: 6PM Children’s round begins
Hosted by: State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose

To sign up to play or for information about sponsorships, email
megrosa78@gmail.com or kenleblond7@gmail.com

To cheer on the teams, eat delicious baked goodies, play in the Audience Round, and win fantastic
prizes, just come to ARMS. Donations accepted at the door.

View Event Flyer

View Sponsorship Flyer

Upcoming Parent Training Series with ARPS Autism Specialists

Autism Specialists from Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have put together an upcoming Parent Training Series that is not to be missed. Please have a look at the attached flyers (English and Spanish) for information on this informative five-part series.

Please RSVP one week prior to each event date: BloomenthalW@arps.org or (413) 362-1834

Parent Training Series (English) ASD Parent Training Series_English(1)

Parent Training Series (Spanish) ASD Parent Training Series Flyer_Spanish

Jones Library Film & Discussion Series

AMHERST, MA – Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Woodbury Room for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism.

This month’s screening is a powerful documentary which explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States by Ava DuVernay, the director of the feature film Selma.   We will view 50 minutes this month, and the rest at the December meeting. After the discussion, work will continue in small working groups to advance anti-racism action projects that have been undertaken.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223

This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Coming Together.  More information about Coming Together can be found at http://www.coming-together.org/.

Feed the Spirit: A Celebration for the Amherst Survival Center

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 5:00-9:00 PM at the Montague Retreat Center

Tickets are now on sale for Feed the Spirit, the Amherst Survival Center’s fall celebration benefiting our basic needs programs!
Why attend Feed the Spirit?
With a spectacular aerial and acrobatic performance by the Vermont-based troupe, Nimble Arts, delicious food, and a Fund-A-Need auction, Feed the Spirit is sure to be a fun night! 

Join us and help raise critical funding for our programs that will help 200 of your neighbors tomorrow and over 6,000 in the course of a year.
Looking forward to seeing you on November 4thGet your tickets here.

Moving Toward Zero Waste

Join us to celebrate the launching of a Zero Waste Amherst public education campaign! 

Thursday, October 19 at 6 PM

Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst

6 PM – 7 PM: Refreshments and tour of Hitchcock Center

7 PM – 9 PM: Learn about what’s being planned and share your ideas for helping to reduce waste and promote recycling in Amherst

Sponsored by the Amherst Recycling and Refuse Management Committee,
Amherst League of Women Voters, Sustaining Amherst,
and The Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

“If you’re not for Zero Waste, how much waste are you for?”

Contact the Hitchcock Center (413-256-6006)
or the Recycling and Refuse Management Committee (rrmc@amherstma.gov)
for further information.

Amherst Middle School Pool opens for Community Swims

Amherst Regional Middle School Pool

2017 Fall Open Swim Schedule

Saturday & Sundays, September 24-November 18
Adult Lap Swim: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Open Swim: 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. * If space allows a lap lane will be put in during the open swim hours

 Amherst Regional Middle School is located at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst. Please enter through the far north end doors. The pool and locker rooms are located upstairs.

Daily Admission Fees:
Amherst Residents                                       Nonresidents
Adult                 $3                                         Adults               $4
Youth/Seniors   $2                                         Youth/Seniors   $3

LSSE would like to thank the Amherst Regional School District for their support of this important collaboration!

Hands Across the Hills

The Leverett Alliance’s Bridging Committee is hosting over a dozen Kentuckians from coal country for a weekend of cultural exchange and dialogue October 27-29. Our hope is to find common ground and shared dreams upon which to build bridges of understanding. Our guests are staying in our homes, will participate in closed dialogue sessions, and will have a chance to enjoy some of the sights of the Pioneer Valley. Please join us for our day of activities open to the public – come meet our guests from Letcher County, Kentucky.

Join Us & Our Kentucky Guests for a Day of Sharing

Saturday, October 28, 2017 Public Events
All are Welcome

Morning events at Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road, Leverett, MA

9:00-11:30 am Community Forum

A chance to interact with our group from Letcher County, Kentucky, and members of the Leverett Alliance Bridging Committee. Learn how communities with very different histories and cultures can work together to achieve common goals.

11:30-Noon Leverett Community Chorus

Songs to celebrate the heritage and folkways of Appalachia and New England Noon-1:00 Community Potluck Lunch with Kentucky group
For admission, please bring a dish to share – “local” fare appreciated

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Evening events at Montague Common Hall (formerly Montague Grange), 34 Main Street, Montague, MA

Come Feast and Dance with Kentucky Friends

6:00-7:00 pm Community Potluck Dinner

For admission, please bring a dish to share – “local” fare appreciated

7:00-10:00 pm Contra Dance ($10 at Leverett Coop & Leverett Library)

With The Moving Violations, Ron Blechner, Caller (special guest Autumn Rose Lester on fiddle)

Welcome new PGO Blog Subscribers

Welcome Kindergarten and new families to the Wildwood PGO blog! This is where you will get all your news about what’s going on at the Wildwood PGO. We apologize for the delay in setting up email subscriptions to the blog for the new families.

The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) is comprised of volunteers who donate their time and talent to enrich the school. Our mission is to build a strong community, and support enrichment and equity for all children at Wildwood. We support teachers and staff so they can provide the best elementary school experience for all students. We also stage a variety of fun events, both child and adult-focused, throughout the year.  Supporting and helping at these events is a great way to become more involved in the school, meet other parents and keep up to date with the Wildwood community.  Your contribution, whether it is time, knowledge, or resources make a big difference. Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education!

We encourage you to send us tidbits to share with our community, be it school news, teacher wishlist requests, PGO or school event information as well as community events you think our WW families will enjoy. We can be reached at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.

Amherst A Better Chance Fall Foliage 5k Walk/Run on October 14

Please sign up for the 46th annual Amherst A Better Chance Fall Foliage 5k Walk/Run on Saturday, October 14th.  The Amherst Town Common will be full of fun, family activities as walkers and runners begin the race. The course is a beautiful loop through scenic countryside during peak foliage! All levels of participation are encouraged. Bring the whole family!

Anyone who pre-registers by October 7th will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. All registrants will receive a free meal post-race and there will be lots of great prizes.
Special rates for children, families and teams! Go to (https://www.amherstabetterchance.org/fallfoliagewalkrun/ for more details and to register. Or, contact Kursten Holabird, kurstenh@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!

Halloween Window Painting with LSSE, Oct 14

Come and Express a Halloween or fall theme by painting one of the many windows donated by our generous downtown business community. Paint a window as an individual or create a team ( 3 max per window ). Forms and information will be available at the LSSE office at the time of registration (413) 259-3065 or http://www.lsse.org

View flyer for more details

When: Oct 14 at  9:00AM – 1:00PM

Cost: $5/person


Members Sought for the Fort River School Building Committee

At their September 25th meeting, the Amherst School Committee approved the mission statement (available here) for the Fort River  School Building Committee.  The committee also voted to include the following voting members on the Fort River School Building Committee:
  • Fort River Principal or Designee
  • Fort River Teacher
  • Fort River Staff Member
  • Facilities Director or Designee
  • School Committee Member
  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Designee
  • Fort River PGO Appointee
  • Town Finance Representative
  • Community Member with Green Energy Expertise and Architectural Background
  • At-Large Parent/Guardian/CaregiverAt-Large Community Member #1
    At-Large Community Member #2

In addition, the committee voted to formalize their commitment to having a minimum of 50% of the voting membership of the School Building Committee composed of women and persons of color.

Community members are encouraged to complete the application available here for the following positions:  1) Community Member with Green Energy Expertise and Architectural Background; 2) At-Large Parent/Guardian/Caregiver; 3) At-Large Community Member (2 positions).

The deadline for applications is 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 13. All applications will be considered; however, preference may be given to women and people of color, parents/guardians/caregivers, and those with Amherst town government experience.

ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting, Oct 19 at 3:15PM

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501c3 Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.

Our mission is to support the education of children within our schools through fundraising, supplemental programming and volunteer efforts.  We help build community by fostering relationships among the schools, parents, teachers and staff. 

All are invited to attend the ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting

October 19, 2017 -3:15 PM at the Works


  • Introductions
  • Voting on Officers for the 2017-2018 School Year
  • Individual School Updates
  • Taxes and State Filings
  • Group Fundraisers
    • Snack Pantry
    • UMACC (United Way)
    • Giving Tuesday
    • Florence Bank
    • Amazon Smile
  • Other Business not anticipated by the chair
  • Adjourn

Military Families Survey

Every year we ask all families attending schools in Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools to fill out our Military Families Survey.  The survey is required by the state and helps to identify students who may be eligible for scholarships based on the military service of family members. Please take a moment to fill out the survey by clicking on the link below.  Thanks so much!


You Are invited: Upcoming SEPAC Events

Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools and our fantastic Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) are pleased to invite you to kick off our 2017-2018 SEPAC hosted events.

Monday October 16, 2017 Join us at the ARHS library at 6:00 PM for an informal gathering.  This is a great opportunity to meet school staff who support your child on their IEP or 504; learn more about SEPAC and the vital role that SEPAC provides in supporting our students and families;  share results of the special education survey completed in last spring; meet other families from across our district(s).

Thursday November 9, 2017: Basic Rights in Special Education – A Workshop for Parents and Professionals.  This informative workshop is 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the ARHS library.  Learn more about your rights and responsibilities under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Massachusetts Special Education Law.  RSVP today to ensure your spot in this popular workshop.

Please see the attached flyers (English and Spanish) for additional information and RSVP contact information.

Upcoming SEPAC Events

Upcoming SEPAC Events_Spanish

Wildwood PGO Meeting & Homework Discussion – Oct 3 at 5:45pm

  • 5.45pm Meet in the library where Interim Superintendent Michael Morris will present the new proposed Homework Policy. A discussion and opportunity to provide feedback will follow.
  • 6.15pm  Meet the new PGO leadership committee and other parents, learn about what the PGO does, hear about upcoming events and ways to take part.
  • 6.45-7pm  Questions, Meet & Greet 

Immigrant “Know Your Rights” Presentation

An informational session about the rights of immigrants will be presented at the Jones Library on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Woodbury Room.

Are you an immigrant or an ally who is concerned about your status? The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project will be conducting a “Know Your Rights” presentation at the Jones Library.

Come to learn more about your rights when interacting with immigration officials, understanding your legal status and the immigration court process, where to find trusted legal resources, and what programs might be available to you.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

View Flyer

Unitarian Universalist Tag Sale on 9/30

When: Saturday, September 30th, 9am-3pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street

Treasures from households all over the Valley! Collectables, Vintage and Antique items, Small Appliances, Household and Kitchen Items, Art Objects/Prints, Books, Small Furniture pieces, Office Supplies, Toys/Games, Holiday Decorations/Items… and so much more!

Proceeds benefit social justice, environmental and other UUSA ministries

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Sábado, 30 de septiembre, 9 am-3pm
Sociedad Unitaria Universalista de Amherst
Tesoros de los hogares de todo el Valle!
Artículos de colección, Antiguos y Antiguos, Electrodomésticos,
Objetos del hogar y de la cocina, objetos del arte / impresiones,
Libros, Piezas pequeñas de muebles, Material de oficina,
Juguetes / Juegos, Holiday Decorations / Items … y mucho más!

Multi-Arts Presents: Time Traveling Stories, Theater show

Meeting Mabel Loomis Todd. Amherst: 1880’s

Come one, come all, to a time-travelling adventure through Amherst! Join Winnie, the new girl in town, as she is accidentally sent back to the 1800’s! Her journey takes a turn when she meets the remarkable Mabel Loomis Todd, and learns just how much of an impact one woman can have on her town.

The play takes place at the Strong House, a relic of Amherst History preserved with Mabel’s help, and a testament to how she shaped the Amherst we know today!

Saturday October 7, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Strong House, 67 Amity Street in Amherst
Free admission, donations appreciated

Recruiting children ages 3-5yrs for nap study at UMass

How do naps benefit memory and cognition? Researchers from the Cognition & Action Lab at UMass Amherst are asking this simple question. From previous research, we know that sleep enhances and protects learning in adults and our hypothesis is that it serves a similar function in children.
We are currently recruiting children ages 3-5yrs to participate in our in- lab nap study at UMass. Children will have their sleep physiology recorded and be assessed on learning and behavior through different games.
We would love to tell you more about our research if you’re interested in participating!
Please feel free to contact us at the email address provided or call the Cognition and Action Lab at (413) 545-4831.

Email: preschoolnapstudy@gmail.com
Website: http://cognaclab.com/wp/

Wildwood​ ​Curriculum​ ​Night – ​Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​27,​ ​2017

Welcome 6:00 – 6:15 with Nick Yaffe and Yaldira Felix in the Wildwood Library

Classroom Teacher Presentations :

  • ●  6:15 – 6:45 – Kindergarten and 1st grade
  • ●  6:45 – 7:15 – 2nd and 3rd grades
  • ●  7:15 – 7:45 – 4th and 5th grades
  • ●  7:45 – 8:15 – 6th grade

Specialist Teacher Presentations :

  • ●  6:15 – 7:15 Art in the Art Studio, Technology in the computer lab ,

    Music in the Music Room, and PE in the gym

  • ●  6:15 – 7:45 Susan Wells, our librarian, in the Library

o 6:15 – 6:45 PebbleGo and online database presentation

o 7:15 – 7:45 Axis 360 audio and ebook presentation*

*Bring your device to set-up for home use!

  • ●  6:45 – 7:45 Room A – Intensive Learning Center
  • ●  6:45 – 7:45 Room B – Intensive Learning Center
  • ●  6- 6:15, 7:45-8 – Science and Garden Table with Jen Reese

    ELL teachers will be in the classrooms where they work with their students.

Flyer with parking and childcare information

Grace Lin talk on diversity in children’s books, Nov 1

The Books are Not Enough:
Windows, Mirrors and the Bookshelves of Our Community
Forbes Library (upstairs in the Coolidge Museum)
Wednesday, November 1st at 6pm
When we talk about diversity in books, we often talk about “windows and mirrors.” But what does that mean? Why is it important? And, if we can agree that diversity in children’s books is important, can we do more than pay it lip service? How can we use these books to help create a more accepting and welcoming community?
In this extended presentation of her popular TEDx talk, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin shares childhood anecdotes, personal publishing experiences and strategies to support diversity through children’s books.
Librarians, Teachers and Parents welcome!

Amherst Tritons New Swimmer Try-Outs on September 24 at 11am

Calling all future Katie Ledeckys and Caeleb Dressels!!!

We are preparing for the upcoming winter season and looking for new swimmers ages 5-18! The Amherst Tritons Swim Team (ATST) is an non profit, competitive swim team dedicated to building the love of the sport or swimming while gaining fitness and confidence. We offer tiered, ability based practices after school in our fall/winter season (September-January) and a spring/summer season (April-July). Our coaches are certified through US swimming and have provided a terrific atmosphere for youth swimming since 1972. Interested families must pre-register by visiting http://www.atst.org and selecting the “contact us” button on the webpage. We hope to see you at the pool!

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Helping Our Toddlers, Developing Our Children’s Skills (HOT DOCS)

A Partnership Between the University of Massachusetts Amherst School Psychology Program and the ARPS Family Center

The ARPS Family Center is working with the University of Massachusetts School Psychology program to offer ARPS parent/guardian a unique opportunity to sign up for a 7-session workshop to improve family interactions, decrease stress, and build parenting skills!

HOT DOCS is a parent/guardian education program for families of young children (2-7 years of age) who have some challenging behaviors. This program is appropriate for caregivers and parent/guardian of all children, including those with disabilities.  During the (7 week) 2-hour group sessions, you will be able to connect with other parent/guardians to learn specific strategies and parenting tips to prevent and manage your child’s problem behaviors.

HOT DOCS Course Preview:
Week # 1 – Early Childhood Development.
Week # 2 – Routines, Rituals, and Development.
Week # 3 – Development and Behavior.
Week # 4 – Developing Preventions.
Week # 5 – Teaching New Skills.
Week # 6 – Planning New Responses.
Week # 7 – Reducing Stress the HOT DOCS Way

This program has been used with thousands of families who report improvements in family well-being and decreased parent stress.  Together with other parents, you will learn more about child development, engage in hands-on activities, watch and discuss videos, and practice applying HOT DOCS problem-solving approach to real-world parenting scenarios.

At home, you will complete brief daily activities with your child to practice the skills learned in class. After you complete the training, you will be able to figure out why your child misbehaves, and have the tools necessary to help your child be more successful at home and at school.

We will offer HOT DOCS in two seven-week session on Tuesdays.  Each session will last for 2 hours.  Light refreshments will be served.

The first session will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:00am – 11:00am on:  9-26-2017 / 10-3-2017 / 10-10-2017 / 10-17-2017 / 10-24-2017 / 10-31-2017 / 11-7-2017

The second session will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm on:  11-14-2017 / 11-21-2017 / 11-28-2017 / 12-5-2017 / 12-12-2017 / 12-19-2017 / 1-3-2018