Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • March 21: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library, 6:30-7:30pm
  • March 29: Early Release Day (school dismissal at 1:20pm)
  • April 6: Wildwood Math Night, 5:30-7:30pm
  • April 11: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library, 6:30-7:30pm
  • April 18: Amherst School Committee Meeting, ARHS Library,  6:00-7:30pm
  • June 22: Last Day of School

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Front Office/ PGO Requests

  • HELP NEEDED for Math Night. Please volunteer to prep materials, 3 evenings remain (Thu 3/23, Fri 3/31, Mon 4/3), from 12-3pm. If you can help, please sign up by clicking on this signup form.

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.

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

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 


  • 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

Opportunity to be involved with Superintendent Search Process

A Screening Committee is being formed to support the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools, who is anticipated to begin work in our district in July. The Screening Committee will be made up of School Committee members, building principals, educators, representatives of the School Equity Task Force, the Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and the Family Center, and a community member from Amherst, Pelham, Leverett or Shutesbury chosen at random. In addition parents/guardians representing the secondary and elementary schools are asked to serve on the committee.

The PGOs are working together to select these parent/guardian members. The time commitment is substantial. The selected members must be available to meet for one or two organizational meetings during the week of March 20; the same individuals must also be available during the week of March 27 to participate in confidential interviews of the semi-finalist candidates. Many of these meetings are likely to occur during the workday. It is unclear at this time how many interviews will be conducted, but each will last approximately one hour. The total time commitment cannot be quantified at the outset but past experience indicates that members must be available during business hours and may need to be available in the evening on multiple days. A flexible work schedule and child care planning are essential to meeting this important commitment.

If you would like to be considered as a parent/guardian committee member please submit your name to wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com and include a brief (3 – 5 sentence) statement outlining why you wish to serve. If there are more interested candidates from the Wildwood community than the allowed two available positions, a school wide election will be held. The two selected Wildwood candidates will be added to a pool of candidates from the other elementary schools and the final members will be chosen at random. No more than one member from each school will be allowed to serve, and due to the size limitations on the committee as a whole, not all schools will have parent/guardian representation.

Click for details on the Superintendent Search Process

Jones Library: Vacation week programs 2/20-25

We hope you enjoy this special edition of Jones Library News, which highlights all the fun programs and activities taking place at the library next week during school vacation week.  The regular weekly edition will come out on Saturday, as usual!

Bilingual Story Time En Español!
Tuesday, February 21 from 2 – 2:45 pm

This bilingual story time in English and Spanish features stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce preschool-aged students to new vocabulary and concepts. In February, we will be learning about penguins. Seven species of penguin live in South America!
Join us in the Kids Room!

Movie Matinee:
Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania

Tuesday, February 21 from  3 – 4:30 pm
A crew of surfing penguins team up to find a secret spot with great waves. Hang ten!
Join us for the feature film in the Woodbury Room.
Film is rated PG.

The Enchanted Circle Theater Presents: Reading Alive!

Wednesday, February 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 am
In this interactive presentation, Enchanted Circle Theater makes words jump off the page and the stories of Arnold Lobel  (Frog and Toad Are Friends) come to life through dramatic readings and theater games!  This program is recommended for kids preschool – 3rd grade and their caregivers.

Lego Club

Wednesday, February 22 from 3:30 – 5 pm

Kids ages 6 – 10 are invited to join us in the Woodbury Room for some Lego fun!  Come work solo or with a team! Create something from your imagination or be inspired by our monthly theme.

Annual Kids’ Library Tea Party

Thursday, February 23 from 2 – 3:30 pm
Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to the library for our annual tea-party! This fancy affair will include stories, crafts, games, and tea time.
Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at 413-259-3091/ kids@joneslibrary.org

Teen Lounge & Laser Tag

Friday, February 24 from 3 – 5 pm
Friday, February 24 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Teens 11 – 17 are invited to attend our regular Friday Teen Lounge in the Woodbury for fun with friends in the afternoon.
Then join your friends for several games of Spaceships and Laser Beams as you run around our “arena” either in group play, or solo play.
Please pre-register at the Kids’ desk or  413-259-3091 .
This is an after library hours event.  Patrons should use the back entrance – through the garden – to enter and exit Laser Tag.

Teen Book Club

Saturday, February 25 from 1 – 2 pm
Teens ages 11-17 are invited to join us for a discussion of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, followed by snacks and a craft.
Please pre-register and pick up a copy of the book at the Kids’ desk or 413-259-3091.

Teen Craft Program

Saturday, February 25 from 2 – 3 pm
Join us for a Loom Weaving craft following Teen Book Club.  (You do not have to participate in book club to participate in crafting club.) All materials will be provided.  For teens ages 11 – 17.
Please pre-register at the Kids’ desk or 413-259-3091.

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017 (2/20-2/24)

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-6-12-02-pmKidsBestFest is a FREE children’s film festival that takes place at the iconic movie house, The Academy of Music Theatre. The week-long film event also includes YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers. Come join us to watch these great films together for FREE at THE historic theater in Downtown Northampton during school vacation week.

  • When: Monday February 20 – Friday February 24, 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors 1:00PM
  • Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
  • How Much: FREE – DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400, Online Tickets Not Available


TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfi5JS6HTH0

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

“”The Eagle Huntress” is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.”

– Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News


TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVIg91QF9g4

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Won Two Oscars




TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiW–U3UxLE

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks — and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”



TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw53u2mtpMg

Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.



YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers.


Amherst Open Space and Recreation Plan- Input Needed

The Town of Amherst needs your help in updating it’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). The updated plan will be used to guide the Town’s decision making regarding the use, management, and acquisition of Amherst’s valued open spaces, conservation areas, parks, and recreational resources over the next seven years.

Three ways to provide input:
1. Take a survey
2. Attend a public meeting (listed below)
3. Provide comment on the current OSRP (Sections 6 – 9)

Public Meetings
1. February 22nd7pm, Town Room, 2nd Floor, Town Hall (Con Com Mtg)
2. February 23rd7pm, LSSE Office, ARMS (LSSE Mtg)
3. March 1st7pm, Glass Room, Lower Level, Bangs Center, 70 Boltwood Ave

Please visit the Town’s website to complete the survey, to review the current OSRP and for more details on how you can participate at: https://www.amherstma.gov/629/Open-Space-Recreation-Plan

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater – February 27th, at 4:15

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) and Missoula Children’s Theatre will bring two professional actor/directors to Amherst to stage an original, full-scale musical production of Treasure Island with local cast members in grades K-12 — IN ONLY ONE WEEK!  Roles of all sizes are available for 50-60 children, and Assistant Director positions are available for older students. Come on over to the Amherst Middle School on February 27th, at 4:15 — you just might get to travel to Treasure Island! For more details, see http://www.alsct.org/childrens_theater/index.html