Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • Jan 15: MLK Day (No school)
  • Jan 22: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No school)
  • Jan 24: 8:40 – 9:40AM Coffee & Chat with Principal Nick
  • Feb 7: Pre-K to 12 Early Dismissal (1:20pm elementary dismissal)
  • Feb 19-23: Winter Break (No school)

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Coffee and Chat with Principal Nick

Get to know your Principal, hear what’s happening at the school and ask
whatever has been on your mind.

Wednesday 24th January from 8:40-9:40 am in the Main Office Conference Room

Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO.

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Conoce tu director, escucha lo que esta pasando en la escuela, y haz preguntas sobre lo que tienes en la mente.

Miércoles 24 de enero 8:40-9:40am en la sala de conferencias de la oficina central.

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Statement Regarding TPS Ending for El Salvadorian Immigrants

January 9, 2018

Yesterday, January 8, it was announced that federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be ended for El Salvadorian immigrants beginning in 2019.  Many members of our community immigrated from El Salvador under TPS.  These are valued individuals who enrich our ARPS community in countless ways.

Since the announcement that TPS will be ending, we have heard from families who are concerned about their children’s status in our district.  We want to ensure families that, consistent with our past practice, our core beliefs, and established law, we will continue to enroll and serve every child living in our district who chooses to attend our schools, without regard to their immigration status.

The case law on this topic is very clear and can be found in the United States Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe from 1982.  Stemming from that decision, federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education states that:

All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a basic public elementary and secondary education regardless of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians.

Nothing in yesterday’s announcement alters our policy of providing equal access to all students or our commitment to providing all children with the academic and emotional support that will allow them to flourish and become contributing members of our community.


Michael Morris                                   Jean Fay

Superintendent of Schools                Amherst-Pelham Education Association President

It’s a Great Time to Return Overdue Jones Library Materials!

The Jones Library and branches will be offering an amnesty period from January 8 – 31, 2018 for library patrons who return overdue library materials.  Library patrons are encouraged to bring a non-perishable, non-expired food donation for the Amherst Survival Center when they return overdue library materials during this time.

“This is a great opportunity for patrons with long-overdue library materials to get those items back to the library without having to pay the fines that are accumulating,” says Amy Anaya, Head of Borrower Services at the Jones Library.  It’s important to note that the amnesty applies only to items that are being returned during this time.  It will not be possible to forgive existing overdue fines on items that have already been returned, or for billed or lost items.

The food collected will support the work of the Amherst Survival Center, a local service agency that assists many in our community in meeting their basic needs.

For further information about returning overdue items, please contact Amy Anaya at 413/259-3132

80’s MUSICAL BINGO NITE! A Benefit for the Amherst Survival Center

Come and enjoy the music of the 80s — Prince, the Go-Gos, Michael Jackson, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, and more… and play bingo! Instead of numbers, we’ll be listening to the best songs of the decade. Tickets are $20 per person for four rounds of Bingo! Tickets sold in advance online: http://www.amherstsurvival.org/bingo or at AJ Hastings, the Center, or the High Horse. Limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

80’s attire and hair style are optional. Prizes will be given for each round of Bingo, best 80s attire, best 80s hair and 80s trivia knowledge. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Amherst Survival Center’s programs.

When: Thursday, January 18, 5:30-8:30pm

Where:High Horse (upstairs), 24 N. Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/927180104103550/

Valley’s Got Talent auditions

valleygottalentAudition for the Second Annual Valley’s Got Talent, an amateur talent competition for all ages to be help on March 25,2018!

Auditions will be held on Monday February 12, 2018 at the Bangs Community Center from 5:30pm-8:00pm. The Audition Snow Date is February 13, 2018.

Where: 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst MA – Bangs Community Center

Applications/Info: Senior Center Website

1st Prize: $1000 2nd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $250

Show Date: Sunday March 24, 2018 2pm-4pm at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

-Winners determined by a panel of judges-

Questions? 413-813-7042 or valleysgottalentcompetition@gmail.com

Click Here for Event Flyer

Click Here for Audition Application

AEF: Save the Date

AEF save the dateJoin Amherst Education Foundation for an evening of celebration, fun, and food as we honor the 9 principals of the Amherst Regional Public School District and community champion Florence Bank.

Our principal honorees are: Mark Jackson, Patty Bode, Diane Chamberlain, Derek Shea, Lisa Desjarlais, David Slovin, Margot Lacey, Jackie Mendonsa, and Nick Yaffe.

Doors open at 6:00pm with a cash bar followed by dinner and entertainment, including music and trivia.

Proceeds support AEF-funded grants in our public schools.

Tickets will be available on January 21. AEF will send out a reminder with a link.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please email us at amherstedfound@gmail.com.

Thank you and see you there!




ALSCT Presents Beauty and the Beast

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater, now in its 25th year, brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the classic “tale as old as time” to Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Campus, Amherst, Massachusetts in January 2018! This full-scale, live production brings lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and a remarkable cast together in a gorgeous singing, dancing extravaganza! Great for the whole family–come be our guest!

8 shows- January 11th – 20th!  To purchase tickets online, click here.

Free Film Viewing: “Chasing Coral”

Tuesday January 16, 2018, 7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, Mass

Join members of UUSA’s Green Sanctuary Committee to view the film, Chasing Coral. This is a beautiful and informative movie about climate change. Coral reefs are an integral part of the ocean’s ecosystem, and are dying at an unprecedented rate due to warming oceans. The filming includes gorgeous underwater photography and stories of scientists gathering real data in the ocean, which can be a peaceful or a stormy field site. It is a great way to be newly inspired to continue the process of trying to work against climate change. Free movie followed by discussion and a Skype Q&A with Dr. James Porter, one of the leads in the documentary.

Jones Library event – Generation Zapped documentary screening


Documentary Screening & Discussion at the Jones Library

Amherst, MA – A new documentary revealing the high cost of our addiction to digital devices and the health risks, especially for children and teens, from exposure to wireless radiation will be screened at the Jones Library on January 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Diane Testa, a Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering at Western New England University, to answer questions relating to this topic and the upcoming legislative bills.

Like cigarettes and toxic chemicals before it, emerging science is revealing the concerning reality that some people suffer health impacts due to radiation from wireless devices. In GENERATION ZAPPED, scientists, physicians and health researchers discuss the mounting scientific evidence on links to serious diseases and newly developed illnesses, such as Electrical Sensitivity (ES).  Children and teens are especially susceptible to radiation from baby monitors, tablets and cell phones, and wireless routers in the classroom. GENERATION ZAPPED empowers audiences to understand how to reduce their exposure to protect themselves and their families.

Currently, there are seven bills in the Massachusetts state legislature relating to the use of wireless in schools, Electrical Sensitivity, cell towers, and Smart Meters. Wireless Education, a non-profit with offices in Ashland, is working with Generation Zapped to screen the film through Massachusetts to raise awareness about the issue.

Free and open to the public.

For more information about the library event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.  For more information about the documentary, please visit http://generationzapped.com.  For more information about Wireless Education, please visit https://www.wirelesseducation.org/.


Janet Ryan

Head of Programming & Outreach

Multi-Arts on 1/22/2018

We are pleased to inform you that Multi-Arts will be having a one day session for children to enjoy an immersion in the arts.
We will offer: Art, Theater, Dance, Mime, Story-telling & Crafts.

January 22 8:30-3:30
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
Cost: $85 *
$70 for any former Multi-Arts student

Space is limited.
Register now: http://www.multi-arts.org/one-day-workshop.html

*  We will offer a Multi-Arts rate of $70 to the first 10 new families who sign up before January 15, 2018
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Wildwood Elementary-UMASS Women’s Basketball Field Trip Day

Please Note: This field trip has not been approved by the school.

TIME: School Day: 11AM-1:30PM

DATE: January 31st, 2018


COST: Free to K-8 Students signed up through their School (**If Interested, please forward message of interest to your child’s classroom teacher. **Deadline to signup is January 26th and conditional upon sufficient interest and school approval).

SUMMARY: Youth Basketball season has begun! What better way to celebrate than your child’s participation in the UMASS Women’s Basketball(WBB) Annual Field Trip Day on January 31st, 11AM-1:30PM, including pre-game activities and admission to the UMASS WBB vs Richmond game. Submit your interest to your child’s classroom teacher to help facilitate this fun event! Last year Fort River Elementary participated with positive responses.

Happy Holidays

The Wildwood PGO wishes everyone a happy holiday season, and a restful break!

School reopens Jan 2nd after the holiday break, and the blog will be taking a break  until Friday, January 5th. Enjoy all that family time, and we’ll see you next year!

MCBA MakerSpace Play Day 2017 was a hit!

Thank you to all our VOLUNTEERS and our incredibly creative STUDENTS for a great MCBA MAKERSPACE PLAY DAY!

There were over 60 STUDENT MADE games to PLAY in 6 spaces! 130 students participated in this HUGE event!

Please watch the recap and our student reflections on the process:
1. Read an MCBA Mashup Book
2. Design and Plan a game or an activity to go with the BOOK.
3. Build it.
4. Play it with others!

Details at: https://sites.google.com/a/arps.org/wildwoodlibrary/blog/mcbamakerspaceplayday2017wasahit

Autism: Parent Training Series

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot today.

Social Skills: How to Optimize your Child’s Play-dates, January 10, 2018.  6:00 – 7:30 PM @ Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center

A conversation on what expectations to consider regarding play-dates as well as practical information on how to set them up and what skills to work on.  Will include time to work together to share experiences and plan future play-dates.

Intended for families of students with ASD who are using some type of language (verbal, or augmentative) to get their needs met.

Presented by: Jennifer McIntire, PhD, BCBA and Melanie Collins, BCBA

Childcare available for in-district families with rsvp no later than 1/4/18.

RSVP to BloomenthalW@arps.og or (413)362-1834.

You don’t need an account to Vote for Amherst Regional Public Schools in Florence Bank Customers’ Choice Community Grants

Florence Bank gives away $100,000 each year to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.

There are 2 easy ways that people can vote:
(1) Online – Visit https://www.florencebank.com/vote to view the online voting site & can cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot. Templates attached. Ballots are also available at Florence Bank location.

Voting is open until December 31st.

Last year (2016), the ARPS PGO received got 52 votes & $947.  Some non-profits get up to $5,000 through the program. The $947 received by the ARPS PGO went for classroom support, special projects, & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (CF, WW, ARMS, & ARHS) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes.

Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice.
The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote (at least consider voting for) for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit.

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Important: Survey on Proposed Elimination of Stops along PVTA Route 43 Bus

Wildwood Families, if you use the B43 bus, please answer this important survey, especially if you are someone who relies on it to do things like shopping or getting to medical appointments in between Amherst and Northampton. MassDOT is considering cutting some stops to make it an Express, and routing the bus up 116 to Haigis Mall at UMass and back again, not going through the center of Amherst.

Results from this survey, which will be shared with the DOT and PVTA to help inform their strategy regarding the proposed changes to bus service on Route 9.  This survey will take approximately two minutes to complete, and the deadline for responding is next Wednesday, Dec. 20. Members of our community who regularly make use of the PVTA’s B43 service should take special note of this opportunity to communicate with the DOT.

Information Related to School Delays or Cancellations

  • Delays or cancellations are posted first on the ARPS School Closing Information line at 362-1898 (with a goal of posting by 5:30 a.m.).
  • Notification is made next to the local television stations.
  • Delays are typically two-hours, although a one-hour delay can be called.  With delays, students are expected to report the appropriate number of hours later than the regular school day and should plan to be at bus stops based on those times, as well.


  • Las demoras o cancelaciones se publican primero en nuestra línea de cierre en 362-1898 (con el objetivo de publicar antes de las 5:30 a.m.).
  • La notificación se publica luego a las estaciones de televisión locales.
  • Los retrasos suelen ser de (2) dos horas, aunque podría haber retrasos de solo (1) una hora. Con las demoras, se espera que el personal se reporte de acuerdo el número de horas de retraso a su jornada de trabajo regular. Por ende, si existiera un retraso de una hora, se reportará a su jornada de trabajo una hora más tarde, y no habrá cambios en su hora de salida.

Free Legal seminars

Family Educational Series:

Planning for the Future of Children With Developmental Disabilities


Learn about putting together a system that will ensure quality care and support for your special needs child to the end of her or his life. Trusts? Guardians? Medicaid? Quality of life? Learn what you need to know in this series of lunchtime webinars—online presentations and live Q&A sessions with an attorney to help you figure it all out. As a new member of the Hampshire Valley, attorney Pamela Parker will be providing the following educational seminars free of charge to the local community. They are geared toward helping parents of children with developmental disabilities learn and navigate current and future needs. As a parent of three children with disabilities,Parker is committed to helping families of all backgrounds plan for their children’s future needs.  


Basic Support for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities:

Social Security and Medicaid

Seminar: December 19, 12:30 p.m.

Additional Issues, Open Q&A: January 2, 12:30 p.m.

Family Contributions for Future Support of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities: Special Needs Trusts

Seminar: January 16, 12:30 p.m.


Able Accounts, Sources of Funding, Use of Funds in a Special Needs Trust:

Seminar/ Open Q&A: January 30, 12:30 p.m.

Day-to-Day Care and Assistance for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities:

Guardians, Trustees, and Other Personal Care Helpers

Seminar: February 13, 12:30 p.m.
Additional Issues/Open Q&A: February 27, 12:30 p.m.


Law Office of Pamela Parker

PO Box 3685

Amherst, MA 01004





Bombazo /Unidos Por Puerto Rico Efforts

The Bombazo/Fundraiser for Puerto Rico is Sunday Dec. 17 from 3-7:30 at the ARHS auditorium. 3-5 is a Bomba jam where the Conjunto teaches the songs, rhythms, and dances to whoever wants to learn. Everyone brings a dish to share. 5-5:30 is dinner. From 5:45 to 7:30 we will have performances by local professional groups that feature Puerto Rican music and dance including Traditiones and the Gonzales Family Band. All are welcome.

Additionally, Unidos por Puerto Rico is collecting goods to send to families that are STILL in need after Hurricane Maria’s devastation. We’re placing a box on the front hallway so that everyone in the ARHS community can help us help them by donating high-need items, such as:

-Mosquito nets
-Insect repellent
-Hand sanitizer
-First aid kits
-Regular flashlights and batteries
-Water purification filters (especially backpacking, “Sawyer” brand)
-Solar-powered anything – batteries, phone chargers, radios, etc

You might be thinking, “Why should we care?” Simple answer: Because they’re just as human as we are. So, what can be better than for us to put our energies together to help? Please donate!

-Omar José Jiménez Soto

& Unidos por Puerto Rico

Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale

The Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd annual Ski and Winter Gear sale takes place on Friday evening, January 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crocker Farm Elementary School. The school’s cafetorium will be transformed into a ski market, with experts on hand to assist shoppers with selection and sizing advice to ensure their satisfaction. This two-day sale will offer hundreds of new and used skis, snow boards, skates and accessories at rock-bottom prices.

Consignment/donation opportunities: Anyone wishing to consign or donate their lightly used equipment for inclusion in the sale can do so by bringing it to inside of the front entrance of the Crocker Farm School on Friday, Jan. 5th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sell that out-grown winter gear at a good price and pick up better equipment.

In addition to supporting events at the Amherst Historical Society, a portion of the proceeds will again be donated to the Crocker Farms Elementary Schools’ annual sixth grade field trip. Additional information is available at the historical society’s website at www.amhersthistory.org. and also contact us at  info@amhersthistory.org


We made it!  Together, the generosity of our school community helped us hit our goal of $3,000, raising a phenomenal $3,152.31 for the Wildwood PGO!
Our two annual fundraising campaigns, Giving Tuesday in the fall and Valley Gives Day in the spring, raise 60% of our annual funds.  These campaigns are integral to supporting PGO initiatives like Mini-Grants for our teachers and staff, field trip scholarships, and enriching the curriculum our kids’ enjoy with visiting artists.If you missed it and would like to still contribute, the Razoo site will be up until the end of December.
https://www.razoo.com/story/Wildwoodgivingtuesday17Go, Wildwood!

Please help! 1,000 books to SHELVE at the Wildwood Library!

Can you spare an hour to help put some books away? The Book Swap is in full swing and students are not checking out but they are bringing their MANY, MANY books back!  We checked out over 900 books last week and now students are returning their books.  Any moments you can spare to help us in the library would be very appreciated (and you can pick from the BOOK SWAP too)! Please contact Susan Wells at wellss@arps.org or 413-362-1424 or just come to the WW library and we will put you to work!

Circuits and Code #circuitsandcode #umassamherst – Dec 9, 2017

M5 is the makerspace of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Amherst. You are invited to drop by M5 on Saturday, December 9th any time between 2 pm and 4 pm to see the engaging Circuits & Code end-of-semester show. First-year ECE students Fatima, Emma, Nabilah, Allen, Simon and others will demonstrate their motorized Lego creations. ECE 297DP Design Project students will demonstrate their electronic music projects including Otto’s FM audio synthesis project. Casey will demonstrate musical floppy drives. Jeremy will demonstrate his own innovative and impressive 3D structures. Raghid will demonstrate the portion of his ECE Senior Design Project involving automotive on-board diagnostics (OBD), a term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. Keith will explain how he came to know than most people about Internet security and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Nick will demonstrate his mighty, mighty custom portable Nintendo 64. This science-fair formatted event is free and is open to all.
Event: Circuits and Code
Date: Saturday, 9 Dec 2017
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm (no fixed program, drop in at any time)
Ages: all
Location: M5 is a 5,000 sq. ft. makerspace located in room 5 on the north end of lower level of Marcus Hall at UMass Amherst
GPS search: UMass M5 Makerspace
Parking: Free parking in one of the many lots labelled “Lot 65.”
Google: UMass Amherst parking map
Refreshments will be served.

Amherst Ballet presents Snow White: A Grimm Fairytale

TIME: 7pm
DATE: December 14th and 15th
LOCATION: Academy of Music in Northampton
COST: Adults: $20 and Seniors/Children 12&under: $10
(Tickets: Academy of Music Box Office T-Fri 3-6pm
                Online:  http://aomtheatre.ticketfly.com/
                By Phone at 413-584-9032)
 Amherst Ballet presents their winter performance of Snow White: A Grimm Fairytale at the Academy of Music in Northampton on December 14th and 15th at 7pm.
Academy of Music:

Children’s Learning and Development Study

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 or 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year. We provide free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More information can be found at: https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning

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