Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • October 25:  Photo Day
  • November 10: Veterans Day (No School)
  • November 15: School-wide PGO Meeting
  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving break (No School)
  • November 28: Giving Tuesday/Brown Envelope Fundraiser
  • December 5: Book Swap
  • December 13: Wildwood Winter Chorus Concert at 7:00PM

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Wildwood Directory Information

The Wildwood Directory will be sent home next week.  Teachers will receive enough copies for their students on Wednesday and teachers will determine the best day to send them home.  Please note that for families with more than one child at WW, the youngest child will receive the copy to be delivered to the family.

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.

AEF Trivia Bee, Oct 26, 2017

2017 Trivia Bee Facts You Don’t Know (yet)
We are about a week away from the 23rd annual Trivia Bee!

Here’s what you need to know:

FACT: AEF are still looking for adult and youth teams to compete on Oct. 26 at the Bee. Contact Meg, megrosa78@gmail.com, and Ken, kenleblond7@gmail.com to sign up.

Prizes are awarded each round to the top scoring team, best costumes and best spirit!

Player sign-up deadline is October 23rd.

FACT: While the trivia is fun, the raffle makes the evening even better. AND, we have our strongest raffle line-up in years!

  • LSSE family pool membership
  • UMass hockey and basketball tickets
  • Autographed children’s books from the Eric Carle Museum
  • Trader Joe’s gift basket
  • Oil change and alignment certificates from Amherst Tire
  • Bueno y Sano gift certificates
  • Gift certificate from Laughing Dog Bicycles
  • Gift certificates to Kelly’s restaurant

..and more!

FACT: The Pioneer Valley’s own Lisa Evans, a two-day Jeopardy! champ this year, will NOT ONLY be competing on Oct. 26 but she will be our celebrity judge for the youth round starting at 6pm.

See you on October 26!

Our mission:

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) supports Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.

Mass Womens Soccer Family Fun Day

Have your children ever dreamed of scoring the winning goal? On Sunday, October 22nd at 1PM, they can! Come down to Rudd Field with your family and friends to cheer on the UMass Minutewomen Soccer team, as they take on the Dayton Flyers in an epic A-10 match up! Your kids can join us at midfield at halftime to test their soccer skills in a giant game of knockout and win fun prizes!

Additionally, there will fun events before (starting at 12:30) and after the game, such as face painting, corn hole, dribbling drills and more! Fans will also be able to stay after the game to get autographs from some of their favorite players. Before you come, make sure you grab your UMass gear and cheer on the Minutewomen in their Senior Day game! This event is completely FREE. Please view the attached flyer and feel free to share with your friends and family! Help us create a fun Senior Day game and support the Minutewomen. UMass Soccer appreciates your support!

View Flyer: UMass Womens Soccer Day

LSSE Basketball Clinic, Oct 28, 2017

Basketball is just around the corner and LSSE will  be running basketball clinics next weekend.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cost: $5 per Child (Fee collected at door)


GIRLS:  K-8 10am-12pm
BOYS:  K-8 1-3pm

Enhance your:

  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Passing
  • Rebounding
  • Defensive footwork/strategies
  • Offensive footwork/strategies

View Girls Clinic Flyer

View Boys Clinic Flyer

Contact Chris Johnson
Sports Director, LSSE
Office – (413)259-3144
Fax – (413)259-2407

Job Fair at Amherst Survival Center

The Amherst Survival Center holds a Job Search Assistance Program on Thursdays from 11:30 am -1:00 pm.  No appointment is needed. Spanish speaking staff are available.

As part of the Jobs Program the Survival Center will be hosting a Jobs Fair on Wednesday, October 25 between 1 pm and 2:30 pm at the Center. The fair will feature 13 local employers who are actively hiring.

The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road, North Amherst on the #33 Bus Route.  For further informaton, contact Tracey Levy at 549-3968 ext. 102
or jobassistanceservice@amherstsurvival.org.

The Job Search Assistance Program offers the following:

  • Weekly One-On-One Assistance: Are you a job seeker? We can help you with
    your job search, your resume, review interview skills, complete job applications, find apprenticeships and other support you may need to get a job.
  • Job Fairs and Recruitment Events: Come and meet local employers who are hiring! We host events that give you a chance to meet different employers or offer you a time to meet with a placement agency for positions in various industries.
  • Youth Job Panel: Are you a teenager looking to work in the summer? We host a panel discussion every spring to help teens with their summer job search, and give tips on how to find a job in the area.
  • Public Computers and Technology: Come and use the Center’s computers, copy machine, and fax to help your job search.
  • Group Workshops: We run group workshops to help with resume writing, networking, interviewing, social media, navigating the online application process, and following-up after an interview.
  • Interview and Work Clothing: Everyone is always welcome to shop in the Center’s Community Store, which includes clothes, linens and household items. Interview, work clothing and shoes are often available. Everything in the Store is free.


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.

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

* * *

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