Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates

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  • March 28Annual Town Election (for more info, visit Town of Amherst)
  • March 29: Early Release Day (school dismissal at 1:20pm)
  • April 4Amherst Pelham Regional & Union 26 School Committees Meeting, 6:30- 8:30pm
  • April 5SETF Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm
  • April 6: Wildwood Math Night, 5:30-7:30pm
  • April 11: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library, 6:30-7:30pm
  • April 12: Amherst-Pelham Regional & Union 26 School Committees Meeting, 6:30- 7:30pm
  • April 18: Amherst School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library,  6:00-7:30pm
  • June 8: *SAVE THE DATE* Multicultural Fair, Wildwood School
  • June 22: Last Day of School

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Front Office/ PGO Requests

  • HELP NEEDED for Math Night. Please volunteer to prep materials, 2 afternoons remain (Fri 3/31and Mon 4/3 from 12N-3pm). If you can help, please signup with SignUp Genius
  • The Wildwood Multicultural Fair is looking for school community members willing to showcase their talents while sharing their cultural heritage. Are you or your child interested in performing for our community event? Please email: wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com

Wildwood Water Fixture Repairs Update

Repairs have been completed on 43 of the water fixtures in the classroom and ELL areas at Wildwood that tested above the action level of 15 ppb for lead.  I am pleased to report that 38 of the fixtures now test below the action level on first draw, and all tested below the action level on the flush draw.  Full results can be found here.

Additional repairs and retesting will be made on the five fixtures that still tested above the action level on first draw, as well as in a few places outside the classroom and ELL areas of the school.  In the meantime, staff will continue to follow the flushing protocol for those five quad fixtures and in areas that still need retesting.  All other water outlets in Wildwood School are now operational with no flushing protocols required.

Statement from School Committee Chairs Regarding Superintendent Search

On Tuesday, March 21, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Union 26 Committee, meeting jointly, unanimously decided to postpone the search for a permanent superintendent of schools until fall 2017.  The committees will name an interim superintendent to serve for the 2017-2018 academic year, with a permanent superintendent to start on July 1, 2018.  Dr. Michael Morris has served as interim superintendent during the current academic year.

The committees deliberated about how best to proceed with the search for a new district superintendent following the news last week that the search firm hired to conduct the process on behalf of the district had inappropriately requested criminal background information from applicants. The committees had a thorough and deliberate discussion in which members balanced multiple issues, including the desire for a new educational leader, confidence in the current search firm, resources expended to date, the timing of the search, and the strong need to have a permanent superintendent who has the full confidence of the community and the committees.

The committees strongly believe that postponing the search until fall 2017, which would follow the typical calendar for superintendent searches, gives our district the best opportunity to ensure a better pool of qualified and diverse candidates than if we restarted the search immediately.  The committees also intend to work closely with the district’s human resources staff and Ray & Associates, the search firm, to ensure that a new search would adhere to all Massachusetts employment and discrimination laws, as well as achieve a standard of excellence that we expect for a search of this importance.  We are committed to bringing regular updates to the committees and the public as we restart the search process during the next few months.

Our committees have expressed how deeply they value input from the community in matters related to the governance of our school district, and continue to be interested in the full participation of the community. We hope that the volunteers who stepped forward to help with the screening of candidates and the broader search will continue to be interested in participating when we pick up this process again in the fall.

We are grateful to interim superintendent Dr. Morris and the district leadership team for their support during this search process. The committees will continue to work with our interim superintendent and other district leaders to ensure that we have a stable, robust educational plan in place for the next school year. We also will continue to work closely with our talented and dedicated educators, principals and other staff to ensure the continued success of our students and schools.

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El martes, 21 de marzo, el Comité Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham y el Comité de la Unión 26, reunidos conjuntamente, decidieron por unanimidad aplazar la búsqueda de un superintendente permanente de escuelas hasta el otoño de 2017. Los comités nombrarán a un superintendente interino para servir en el año académico 2017 -2018, con un superintendente permanente para comenzar el 1 de julio de 2018. El Dr. Michael Morris ha servido como superintendente interino durante el año académico actual.

Los comités deliberaron sobre la mejor manera de proceder con la búsqueda de un nuevo superintendente de distrito tras la noticia de la semana pasada que la firma de búsqueda contratada, para llevar a cabo el proceso en nombre del distrito, había solicitado de manera inapropiada información de antecedentes penales de los solicitantes. Los comités tuvieron una discusión minuciosa y deliberada en la que los miembros han equilibrado múltiples cuestiones, entre ellas el deseo de un nuevo líder educativo, la confianza en la empresa de búsqueda actual, los recursos gastados hasta la fecha, el momento de la búsqueda y la fuerte necesidad de tener un Superintendente que tenga la plena confianza de la comunidad y de los comités.

Los comités creen firmemente que posponer la búsqueda hasta el otoño de 2017, que seguiría el calendario típico de las búsquedas de superintendentes, da a nuestro distrito la mejor oportunidad de asegurar una mejor reserva de candidatos calificados y diversos, que si volvemos a iniciar la búsqueda inmediatamente. Los comités también tienen la intención de trabajar en estrecha colaboración con el personal de Recursos Humanos del Distrito y Ray & Associates, la firma de búsqueda, para asegurar que la nueva búsqueda se adhiera a todas las leyes de empleo y discriminación de Massachusetts, así como lograr el nivel de excelencia que esperamos para una búsqueda de esta importancia. Estamos comprometidos a llevar actualizaciones periódicas a los comités y al público mientras reiniciamos el proceso de búsqueda durante los próximos meses.

Nuestros comités han expresado lo mucho que valoran el aporte de la comunidad en los asuntos relacionados con la gobernanza de nuestro distrito escolar, y siguen interesados en la plena participación de la comunidad. Esperamos que los voluntarios que se ofrecieron para ayudar con la selección de los candidatos y la búsqueda más amplia sigan interesados en participar cuando retomemos este proceso de nuevo en el otoño.

Estamos agradecidos al superintendente interino Dr. Morris y al equipo de liderazgo del distrito por su apoyo durante este proceso de búsqueda. Los comités continuarán trabajando con nuestro superintendente interino y otros líderes del distrito para asegurar que tengamos un plan educacional estable y robusto establecido para el próximo año escolar. También continuaremos trabajando estrechamente con nuestros talentosos y dedicados educadores, directores y demás personal para asegurar el éxito continuo de nuestros estudiantes y nuestras escuelas.

Jones Library Celebrates the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read

The Jones Library Celebrates the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read,

Marking Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday

Amherst, MA –   This spring, the Jones Library is participating in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read, a yearlong event that has events taking place in every city and town in Massachusetts through 2017.  The Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read is part of a global celebration that highlights the continued relevance of Thoreau’s writings and philosophical contributions, even 200 years after his birth on July 12, 1817.

A variety of events for all ages will be taking place at the Jones Library throughout the spring, and the Amherst community is invited to participate.  While the book club reading “Walden” has already filled, we invite the Amherst community to join us in other programming being offered – or to use these events as inspiration to read one of Thoreau’s works on your own.  Please join us in celebrating this great American author, philosopher, and poet.  His message still rings clear in our hectic society, and perhaps some of his words might help alleviate the pressures of modern-day life.

On Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm, Dr. Thomas Dumm of Amherst College will present a program entitled “Thoreau on Resignation and Resistance”, exploring Thoreau’s understandings of resignation and resistance, and suggesting ways in which we may be able adapt his understanding to the current political crisis in the United States.

On Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm, Dr. David Glassberg of the University of Massachusetts will present an interactive lecture on Thoreau and his legacy.

The Special Collections department will feature an exhibit entitled Let Us Consider Walden. This exhibit explores the influences of Henry David Thoreau on Clifton Johnson and Robert Francis, two writers living in Western Massachusetts. The exhibit is on display in Special Collections at the Jones Library in Amherst from May 1st to June 30th. Special Collections is open Monday and Saturday from 2pm to 5pm and TuesdayFriday from 10am to 5pm.

There are also events planned for young people.  On Thursday, April 20 at 1 pm, Tom Ricardi of Mass Birds of Prey will give an informational demonstration and provide a chance to meet live birds of prey. As an introduction to the program, there will also be a story about Thoreau, and a true story about a wounded hawk and how Mr. Ricardi helped to rescue and rehabilitate her. This program is free and open to children ages 4 and up.

On May 1st at 2:00 pm, Story and Play story time will feature stories of nature and Thoreau.

A program for teens ages 11 – 17 entitled “Plant Printing on Greeting Cards Celebrating Thoreau” will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 pm.  Thoreau spent a vast amount of time in nature, and to celebrate that time, participants are going to quickly study images of his sketches with the intent of being inspired, and then use the samples of plant material provided by the library to create greeting cards.  Pre-registration strongly encouraged at 413-259-3091.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Walden Woods Project (Lincoln, MA), Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area (Devens, MA), University of Massachusetts Lowell Honors College (Lowell, MA), and Massachusetts Center for the Book (Boston, MA) are co-sponsors of the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read.  Their goal is to have every town or city in Massachusetts participate by coordinating at least one event in 2017 that brings community members together to read a work by Thoreau.

In the spirit of self-determination championed by Thoreau, the coordinators of each town’s Read event can choose when in 2017 they want to carry out their Read; how they want to implement their Read; and which Thoreau piece they will read. With that said, to facilitate some shared experience among participants across the state, organizers will provide a brief excerpt from Walden for all participants to read, providing a connecting thread between all Read events across the state.

For more information on the Read event in Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

For more information about the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read as a whole, please contact the Walden Woods Project at education@walden.org or visit www.walden.org/bicentennial/read.

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Janet Ryan

Head of Programming & Outreach

Jones Library

Amherst, MA

Multi-Arts’ April Vacation Camp

Join Multi-Arts’ super duper APRIL VACATION CAMPApril 17 – 21
Location: 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
We have activities for children 4 to 12 years old
Do you know your child can come for just one day, or two, or the whole week?
What Makes Multi-Arts UNIQUE is:
·      The high professional qualification of all our teachers and head counselors
·      The specialization of all our teachers. They are all professional working artists in their fields
·      The relevant teaching experience of our teachers and head counselors
·      The different artistic forms children explore: Art & Prop making • Drama & Black Light Theater • Mime • Music • Flamenco Dance & Funk Dance Styles • Fashion • Story Telling • Creative Writing • Crafts • Nature Exploration
·      The size of the groups: max. 12 children by group
·      The 1:4 adult to child ratio
You will bring home a happy child.
Space is limited. Register TODAY!

PGO Awarded Grant

The Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO has been awarded its first Florence Bank Customers Choice grant award!  The ARPS PGO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit encompassing the PGOs from Crocker Farm, Wildwood and Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools.
The award of $947 will be shared equally by the schools.
Thank you to Florence Bank for their generous support and to everyone who voted for us in support of our schools.

SEPAC Meeting 3/20

Please consider attending an informal meeting to connect with others. A light dinner will be provided, so an RSVP would be helpful! 
When:  Monday, March 20th 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where:  Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
From 6:00 pm-6:30 pm:  We will have an opportunity to connect with some candidates running for school committee.
From 6:30 pm-7:00 pm:  We will continue to explore ways we can support each other in the community.  Dr. Brady and SEPAC board will also be in attendance.
Again, please RSVP if possible to sepac@arps.org or 413-687-4255.
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Invitación de la Junta Consultiva de Padres de Educación Especial

Por favor, considere asistir a una reunión informal para conectar con los demás. Se ofrecerá una cena ligera, por lo que una confirmación de su asistencia sería de gran ayuda!

Cuándo: Lunes, 20 de marzo 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Dónde: Amherst Regional Middle School, Salón de Desarrollo Profesional

De 6:00 pm -6:30 pm: Tendremos la oportunidad de conectar con algunos candidatos que corren para el Comité Escolar.

De 6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Continuaremos explorando maneras en que podemos apoyarnos mutuamente en la comunidad. El Dr. Brady y la junta de SEPAC también estarán presentes.

Una vez más, por favor confirme su asistencia si es posible sepac@arps.org o 413-687-4255.

The Daffodil Run 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run

The Daffodil Run 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run

Sunday, April 30, 2017

10:00 AM

Kendrick Park, Amherst

Registration costs before April 1st:

5K Run Adult: $25, Student: $18, Child (under 12): $8

Join the fun in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County! The Daffodil Run is a community event for all ages and abilities.  Run or walk, enjoy entertainment, food and more.  Register before April 1st for early bird rates and an event t-shirt.  Registration is live on RaceWire.com. Visit our web site for more details or call 413-259-3345.

Visit www.chd.or/DaffodilRun

Meet your town candidates – March 18

Meet Your Precinct Town Meeting Candidates on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Amherst Regional Middle School. The meeting will give Amherst residents the opportunity to meet Town Meeting Candidates and learn their views on issues facing Amherst.

Precincts 1-5 candidates will be present from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Precincts 6-10 candidates will be present from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee and moderated by the League of Women Voters of Amherst.

AEF Celebrates Music in Our Schools

Saturday, March 18, 6-9pm, UMASS Marriott Center

In a time of anxiety and upheaval in the bigger world, we at AEF have chosen to focus on the creative energy that our schools encourage and develop in our children. The ARPS music program is a huge part of that, and Amherst Education Foundation is excited to host an event that recognizes the key role of music and music education.

AEF is thrilled to announce its spring fundraiser: AEF Celebrates Music in Our Schools!, on March 18th at 6pm at the UMass Marriott Center.

Emceed by Performing Arts Department Chair John Bechtold and State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, the evening will be filled with tributes, performances, and wonderful food and drink. AEF will be giving a special award to ARMS Chorus Director Dave Ranen and lifetime achievement recognitions to our district’s music educators, past and present, who have taught for more than 20 years in the schools.

We have invited all music educators to be our guests at our event, and we hope you will join us too. Proceeds will support AEF’s 2017 excellence grants, with a portion going directly to the ARPS music program.

Learn more and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com

Sing This Summer

Sing This Summer, offers exceptional week-long programs for young musicians in grades 2-12 on the beautiful Amherst College campus, in Amherst, MA. This summer we’ll be welcoming returning and new campers to our vocal and string programs from June 25-30. We would love to have your students join us! Students can now register online at www.singthissummer.com.

SING! (grades 7-12) offers daily classes in musical theater, choir, individual and group voice lessons, musicianship, movement and collegiate-style a cappella with recreational activities interspersed throughout the day for a balance of intensive music and fun.

SING! Jr. (grades 2-6) features all of the same classes and recreational activities as SING! while focusing on helping younger students explore their vocal skills and build musicianship skills.

Strings@Amherst (grades 2-12) offers a variety of instrumental classes such as group technique, chamber music, orchestra, fiddling, and musicianship with a focus on building orchestral, solo, and chamber music technique. Students participate in recreational activities alongside SING! participants.

Wildwood’s Annual Math Night scheduled for Thur, April 6th. Help needed!

Newsflash:  Math Night has been scheduled!  Elizabeth Pretel is again putting together a tremendous school wide exhibition of mathematics, with activities for all families.

More details very soon, but one thing for now:

Elizabeth would be very appreciative for help in preparing materials for the math night. She has blocked out 4 volunteer afternoons (Fri 3/17, Thu 3/23, Fri 3/31, Mon 4/3), from noon til 3pm.  If you could help, please sign up on by clicking on this signup form.

Registration for Multi-Arts’ Summer Camp is now OPEN!

Children will have a unique time exploring all the arts with top-notch professional artists every day.  Our superb educational experience will enrich children’s lives now and in their future. Space is limited, so register NOW!

Check this fantastic video  created by children who attended Multi-Arts in the past: Clear message. Fun. Creative. Reflects the power of the arts.

Hope to see you this summer or in our Spring Camp on April 17-21

PS: Check our Counselor in Training program for teens and our Internships for college students

www.multi-arts.org    413-584-7951

Amazing Acapella @ The Jones Library

The Jones Library 40th Anniversary Children’s Music Series
Date: March 4, 10:30-11:30
Where: The Jones Library, Woodbury Room

Amazing Acapella

We welcome the Amherst College Zumbyes and Bluestockings acapella groups for a performance that will amaze listeners of every age. Without any instruments besides the human voice, these talented singers can sound like a whole symphony! Meet the students in our community who will share their songs, and teach us a little about how Acapella singing works.

ARHS presents Anything Goes – March 2-4!

With a timeless score from Cole Porter, Anything Goes is one of the great musicals that propelled Broadway into its golden age.

Join us on the deck of the SS America as it sails from New York to England with a shipful of separated lovers, excitable sailors and NYC’s not-so-infamous Public Enemy #13.

Replete with bright comedy and soaring music, over 130 ARHS student cast, crew and pit orchestra members will give you at least that many reasons to come.  Come see the school’s largest performing arts production of the year!

Purchase Tickets Online Here.

Please note: ALL TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to curtain.   Tickets are $10 for students and staff and can be purchased online via the Performing Arts website or by cash or check in the cafeteria the week of the show.  Students on free/reduced lunch can be tickets at reduced prices by contacting Mr. Bechtold.

Deadline to Register to Vote in Amherst Annual Election is Wednesday, March 8, 2017

voteAmherst will hold the Annual Town Election on March 28th.  It is important to remember that every election has a deadline of 20 days prior to the election by which one must register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in that election.  Any person who is a Massachusetts resident and a United States citizen and will be 18 years old as of the next election is eligible to register to vote.

In order to vote in the Town of Amherst you must be a registered voter in the Town of Amherst and you must vote in the precinct in which you are a registered voter.

Massachusetts residents can apply online by visiting www.sec.state.ma.us and clicking the “Massachusetts Register to Vote Online” button to access the online application system.  Any Massachusetts resident who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address, or change their party enrollment.
Massachusetts residents who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign, and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.

You can check on your voting status by going to  www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx  You can register online or in person at Town Hall. You will need a photo ID or last 4 digits of your SS#.

Leapfrog – after school program for K-4

Join the Snowy Owls, a weekly after school program for K-4, and plunge into a wild world of nature exploration, crafting and feasting! Explore the woods, streams and trails while learning awareness, naturalist and survival skills!

This program meets once a week, participants picking a Tuesday or Thursday clan, from 3:45 to 5:30 at Amethyst Brook Conservation Land, Amherst. Begins Tuesday March 7, 2017.

Snowy Owls is offered by Leapfrog Programs. Leap frog Programs cultivates nature connection and education for humans of all ages in Western Massachusetts, offering during and after school programs and weekend workshops. We work to empower participants with meaningful and practical life-long relationships between each other, and the living land.

To sign up or to find out more visit us at: leapfrogprograms.weebly.com
With gratitude from The Compost Collective,
Margaret and Sara
https://thecompostcollective413.wordpress.com/

Meet School Committee Candidates @ PGO Meeting, 3/1

Meet the Candidates for School Committee at the next Wildwood PGO Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm
Location: Wildwood 
Library


Agenda:

  • 6:00pm – Meet other parents, hear about what the PGO has been doing and learn about ways to take part.
  • 6.30pm – Candidates for Amherst School Committee, Peter Demling, Bob Greeney, Eric Nakajima and Jennifer Page will introduce themselves to the Wildwood community and answer your questions, in preparation for the town-wide election on March 28th.
  • 7-7.30pm – Meet & Greet