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Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • April 11, 12 – WW Science Night
  • April 16 to 20 – Spring Break (No school)
  • April 25 – WW Dance Night, 6-7PM at the WW gym
  • May 1 -Valley Gives Fundraiser
  • May 5 – First WW Tag sale/Car wash (rain date May 6)
  • May 9 – Early Release, 1:20PM dismissal for WW students
  • May 28 – Memorial Day, No school

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Please support the Wildwood PGO

Please support us on Tuesday May 1 for #VALLEY GIVES & BROWN ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER 

Your generous, tax-deductible gift to the Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization will help support equity and enrichment at Wildwood. The funds we raise provide curriculum-enhancing opportunities for our children and support dedicated staff.

OR
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: WILDWOOD PGO (return in brown envelope)

Last year, we ensured every child went on every field trip, we funded the Library, Art, Movie Night, and much more.

Your contribution of:

$5 Funds a child’s field trip
$15 provides extra supplies for a classroom $25 provides books for the library
$50 Art supplies for the art room
$100 towards a visiting artist
$200 For a teacher Mini grant

PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN AND HELP US MEET OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL!

THANK YOU!

Family Dance Night for WW Families & Friends, April 25, 2018

Come dance with us on Apr 25,2018 from 6:00-7:00PM in the WW school gym!

Rachel Gibson, a sixth-grade parent, will lead us through folk dances from a variety of world cultures. The dances are easy to learn and a great deal of fun! All voluntary donations and bake sale proceeds will go towards a sixth grade field trip.

View English Flyer

View Spanish Flyer 

The First Annual Wildwood Tag Sale and Car Wash

The First Annual Wildwood Tag Sale and Car Wash sponsored by Grades 5 and 6 will be held from on May 5, 2018, rain date May 6, 2018Proceeds will go to the 6th Grade Field Trip.
We are seeking donations of gently used household items, clothes, books etc. from 4th, 5th and 6th grade families.
We request all families join us at this fun, community building event which we hope to hold annually! Everyone else should mark their calendars for some fun events, shopping and car washing!

Groff Park Community Forum, Apr 24

The Town of Amherst Groff Park Committee will host a Groff Park Community Forum on

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria at Crocker Farm Elementary School

(280 West Street).

Residents are invited to comment on concept plans and provide ideas for the improvements to Groff Park. Snacks and Childcare will be provided

For more information, please contact:

Nate Malloy, Planning Department

413-259-3322 or malloyn@amherstma.gov
To view the flyer, Groff Park-Forum Flyer.pdf

Family Time with Multi-Arts

Join us in a fun, engaging artistic activity aim to bond you with your child creating collaborative art work that brings you:

Laughter, Joy  & Communication

Tuesday April 17, 2:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 869 North Pleasant Street Amherst

Free workshop – Donations welcome

Welcome also to register for our April and Summer camps. Join us for one, two or more days, or the entire summer!

www.multi-arts.org

Catalina Arrubla
Director
www.multi-arts.org
413-584-7951

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/IYAnLs

Love Arts? http://www.razoo.com/story/Multi-Arts

Wildwood Science Night

Come lie on a bed of nails and check out some cool weather experiments and optical illusions!

Join us at the Wildwood Elementary School Gym for Science Night with The UMass Science Outreach Club.

Grades K-2: Wednesday, April 11

Grades 3-6: Thursday, April 12 

6 PM to 7 PM

All children must be an accompanied by an adult.

Topics will include Weather, Electricity, Sound, Optical Illusions, Forces

For more information: Jon.Reichard@gmail.com

Wildwood PGO for sponsored event.

View Flyer

Do you have a 5 to 10 yr old student interested in swimming?

The Amherst Tritons Swim team is hosting a new swimmer day on April 22 at Totman Pool. Learn a new sport, develop friendships and have fun with your teammates as you build your swimming confidence. Our coaches are nationally certified through USA Swimming, amongst the best in the valley and been teaching the sport of swimming for over 30 years. If you would like more information or to register for our new swimmer day; visit www.atst.org and select the contact us button. Children should be able to swim at least freestyle and backstroke for 1 length (25 yards) of the pool without touching the bottom of pool or holding onto a lane line.
Practice time for most new swimmers – 3 days per week for 1 hr. Tue/Thur 5-6 pm, Sun noon to 1 pm, Swim meets are on Tuesday evenings.
Link attached –  https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=atst

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This is Transition

Please join us for a three part series of informational evening seminars. These
presentations will provide students, families and school staff with valuable
information for future planning and will assist in transitioning students from
school to adult life.

All presentations will begin at ​6:30pm​ ​and will be held at ​Amherst Regional High
School​. All are welcome to attend these free information sessions.
Please RSVP to ​sepac@arps.org​ or 413-687-4255.

Session 1: April 25th, 2018 Wednesday:​ Intro to the Transition Planning Process
An overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on IEPs. Will also include some tools for creating a vision for after high school. Presented by Leslie from the Federation of Children with Special Needs. Held in ARHS library.
Session 2: May 2nd, 2018 Wednesday: ​ABCs of Adult Agencies
An opportunity to hear from and to meet with representatives of some of the adult agencies in our state, including the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), and others. Come find out what kinds of services and supports are available after high school and what you and your student need to do to apply for them. Held in ARHS cafeteria.

Session 3: May 9th, 2018 Wednesday: ​Family to Family
Families with a range of experiences and perspectives will share details of their students’ journeys into adulthood and discuss how and why they and their children made the choices that they did. There will be plenty of time to meet with panelists and ask questions. Be prepared to laugh a little and learn a lot! Held in ARHS library.

To view the flyer:  This is Transition

Gospel Choir Concert to benefit Amherst A Better Chance (ABC)

abcCome to a Gospel Choir Concert to benefit Amherst A Better Chance (ABC) on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst.

The concert starts at 7:30 PM and features the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, the Amherst Regional High School Chorale, the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus, and the Resurrect Gospel Choir at Amherst College.

Concert-goers are also invited to a welcome reception with light refreshments from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the room adjacent to the Sanctuary at Grace Church. The reception will include the opportunity to meet the Amherst A Better Chance Scholars and the Resident Directors. A Donation of $20 (or more!) from each concert-goer will be gratefully accepted, but all who wish to celebrate the ABC Program through gospel music are most welcome!

Autism Awareness Night

image1When: April 12, 2018 5:45 pm-7:30 pm
Where: ARHS Library
RSVP requested*
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have teamed up to host an Autism Awareness Night.
Current high school and post-graduate panelists will be in small groups, talking about their experience with Autism, its strengths and challenges, what helps/what doesn’t, and other interesting discussion topics, such as Autism as a disability versus difference.
We will also feature an art exhibit showcasing artists with Autism, a display of Autism Awareness posters, and a literature table.
*Please RSVP by April 9th to Nancy Stewart at sepac@arps.org or 413-687-4255. Event is free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Civics Fest this Friday

civicsfest-page-001Food! Music! Theater! Competition!! A celebration of Government and Politics.

Join the League of Women Voters of Amherst for the Second Annual Civics Fest on April 6, 2018, starting at 7 p.m. in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium. Once again, State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose will be the Master of Ceremonies. The theme for this year is Public Education.

Teams will compete in a trivia round, an optional debate round, and a final “creative policy” round for the top teams. Register your team here!

To view the event flyer, click here.

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

dfrApril 29th 2018 marks the 8th annual Daffodil Run in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County! This family friendly community event held at Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst offers participants a 5k walk/run or 10k run option. Participants race past many of the 50,000 daffodils planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. Festivities include a pre-race warm up, music, bounce house, games, barbecue and more! Join us to help make a difference in the lives of Hampshire County children facing challenges. Celebrate spring with us at the Daffodil Run!

Register at RaceWire.com: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=8654

Wild Goose Chase

wildgooiseWhole Children’s Wild Goose Chase is an annual 5K, kids’ carnival, and family fun races for all ages and abilities. Race events include a chip-timed 5K race and 1 mile run/walk/roll, as well as a slew of kids’ races. The carnival is hoppin’ with wagon rides, face painting, live music, games, and more.

The fourth annual Wild Goose Chase takes place on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Look Park in Florence, MA!

For more information, visit: https://www.wholechildren.org/wild-goose-chase/

Amherst Sustainability Festival

sustfestSATURDAY, APRIL 14th

10 AM – 4 PM

TOWN COMMON

Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its ninth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans! Stay tuned for more information!

Clutter Control: Downsizing Your Stuff

Dave Downs provides some excellent tips on getting all that clutter at home under control in this informational and entertaining program at the Jones Library in Amherst at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Why do Americans have too many possessions?  How can we begin to resolve this problem?  In this humorous presentation, Dave Downs shares original thoughts, practical tips, and easy to understand strategies that anyone can use to begin the process of change with regards to clutter control.  In his innovative, upbeat way, Downs shares useful information to motivate the audience to begin downsizing.

This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

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

Brief Survey – Why do you value the Wildwood PGO?

In an effort to keep fundraising equitable, non-competitive and stress-free, the PGO holds two Brown Envelope Fundraisers per year. Both fundraisers correspond with broader Pioneer Valley community fundraising drives: Giving Tuesday in December and Valley Gives in May.  Many people ask what the PGO does and why they should contribute so this year the PGO leadership invites you to share why you value the PGO. We plan to share these testimonials with the greater Wildwood community.  Please share what the PGO means to you by April 15, 2018 by clicking:  https://goo.gl/forms/juqoPdszW24awYfL2
 
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La cooperadora de Wildwood (Wildwood PGO), se esfuerza para que la recolección de fondos para su operación sea sin estrés , equitativa y sin competencias. Por ello lleva a cabo dos campañas anuales a través de sobres (Brown Envelope Fundraisers) en conjunción con campañas de recolección de fondos que tiene lugar en todo el Pioneer Valley: Giving Tuesday (el Martes que sigue al día de Acción de Gracias) y Valley Gives, que tiene lugar en Mayo.  Mucha gente se pregunta que hace el PGO y por qué deberían contribuir, por eso, este año la dirección del PGO los invita a compartir su experiencia con el PGO, por que lo aprecia. Nos gustaría compartir su testimonio con la comunidad de Wildwood.
Por favor comparta que significa para usted el PGO (antes del 15 de Abril de 2018):  https://goo.gl/forms/yM50Ngqm2QZbxY1G2

Don’t Miss the 10th Local Vocal Chord Bowl!

Saturday, April 7th— 7:00 pm — ARHS Auditorium

The Green Street Brew, a local adult acapella group that includes ARHS math teacher Geoff Friedman and ARHS staff Andrea Dustin – under the direction of our very own Todd Fruth – presents the 10th Local Vocal Chord Bowl!
This event takes place at ARHS and features adult, college, and high school a capella groups.  It is a joyous intergenerational celebration of making music.  And it is a FUNDRAISER for music and arts programs at ARHS and at Northampton High School.  In the last three years, the event has raised over $12,000 for the schools.
*Tickets: $12 advance / $14 at the door for Adults & Seniors; $8 advance / $10 at the door for Students & Children
*See poster for where to purchase advance tickets.
Please help spread the word and join us if you can!

LocalVocalChordBowl2018Poster

Autism Awareness Night

When: April 12, 2018  5:45 pm-7:30 pm
Where:  ARHS Library
RSVP requested*

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)  and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have teamed up to host an Autism Awareness Night.

Current high school and post-graduate panelistswill be in small groups, talking about their experience with Autism, its strengths and challenges, what helps/what doesn’t, and other interesting discussion topics, such as Autism as a disability versus difference.

We will also feature an art exhibit showcasing artists with Autism, a display of Autism Awareness posters, and a literature table.  

*Please RSVP by April 9th to Nancy Stewart at sepac@arps.org or 413-687-4255.  Event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to all who voted for us in the Florence Bank Community Choice Grant!!

This week, the ARPS PGO was awarded a Community Choice Grant of $1413.00 from Florence Bank.  The money will be used to support PGO initiatives within our member schools. Thank you to all who voted for us.

Congrats to the almost 60 nonprofits in our community who also received grants through this annual program. Since the  Community Choice Grants program started 16 years ago, Florence Bank has given away more than $1 million to community non-profits.
The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501(c)(3) Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.

Sing This Summer

Sing This Summer offers exceptional week-long programs for young singers 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 programs from June 24-29. The same program is also offered at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME from July 22-27. We would love to have your students join us! Students can now register online at www.singthissummer.com/register-now.

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.

Clutter Control: Downsizing Your Stuff

Dave Downs provides some excellent tips on getting all that clutter at home under control in this informational and entertaining program at the Jones Library in Amherst at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Why do Americans have too many possessions?  How can we begin to resolve this problem?  In this humorous presentation, Dave Downs shares original thoughts, practical tips, and easy to understand strategies that anyone can use to begin the process of change with regards to clutter control.  In his innovative, upbeat way, Downs shares useful information to motivate the audience to begin downsizing.

This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

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

Jones Library Event Postponed

With regret, the Jones Library announces that the final author event in the On the Same Page – Amherst series, featuring Jill Lepore, must be postponed.

This author event, previously scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 pm will not be held at this day and time as previously announced.  We hope to reschedule the event.  More information will be forthcoming as plans develop.  Please visit our website at www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage for up to date information.

For further information about On the Same Page – Amherst or this author event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

Amherst March for Our Lives Event

mfolJoin in an Amherst Community March on Saturday, March 24 to show our support for the students in Parkland, FL at Stoneman-Douglas High School who have planned a march in Washington DC on this date. It is being called “March For Our Lives”.

Bring your friends, your signs, and your enthusiasm for efforts to change the gun laws and to help our country become less gun-oriented. We will assemble at the south end of Kendrick Park (across the street from Bertoucci’s) at 10 AM and will march to the Town Common. There we will sing some songs and share in a community event to mourn the loss of those we have lost, to speak out against our saturated gun culture and call for a change!

Sponsored by The Amherst League of Women Voters. Contact Cynthia Brubaker (jerbru@aol.com) for more information

Family Math Night, Mar 22, 2018

Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.

Thursday,  March 22, 2018  5:45-7:30 pm*

“Play and Take” Math Games

Pizza dinner in the cafeteria: 5:45-6:15

Math games in rooms around school: 6:15-7:15

Grand prize raffle in the cafeteria: 7:15-7:30

*Buses will pick up at entrance (and drop off after the event):

Boulders @ 5:15,   North Village @ 5:25,   Village Park @ 5:35,    Olympia Oaks @ 5:40

Please RSVP before March 14th.

View Flyer in English

View Flyer in Spanish

 

Volunteers needed for Math Night

In a few short weeks, on March 22nd, Wildwood will host Math Night. This is a school-sponsored event, but relies on several PGO volunteers to make it successful. Elizabeth Pretel and Nicola Usher have been working hard to organize this event and have created a sign-up sheet online. Please visit using the link below and sign-up to help in any way that you can.
Thank you very much for considering this request.