Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • March 22 – Family Math Night
  • March 30 – Good Friday (No School)
  • April 4 – Early Release, 1:20PM dismissal for WW students
  • April 16 to 20 – Spring Break (No school)

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

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.

Waves for Water Effort

w4wThe people of Puerto Rico continue to suffer from lack of basic needs following devastation from two recent hurricanes. One of our staff members, Mari Vicente, has  been working with Waves for Water, a non-profit that works throughout the world bringing water purifying filters to disaster-ridden places. W4W has been in Puerto Rico since the hurricane swept through it on September 20th. Here’s the link to Ms. Vicente’s fundraising page: http://www.wavesforwater.org/courier/9527.  Please help W4W and her reach their goal of providing water filters to 100 Puerto Rican families in need.  Any amount helps. !Muchas gracias!

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

A Better Chance Benefit Concert 4/10

Come to a Gospel Choir Concert to benefit Amherst A Better Chance (ABC) on Tuesday, April 10th, 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!

Local Showing of Mudbound

Wednesday, March 21, 7-9:15PM

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Social Action Committee Presents:

Mudbound, a 2017 film about two veterans, one black, one white and their respective experiences when they return home from WWII. The New York times review puts it this way: ‘‘Mudbound’ Is a Racial Epic Tuned to Black Lives, and White Guilt.

“’Mudbound’ is a movie about how things change — slowly, unevenly, painfully. It is also, as the title suggests, about how things don’t change, about the stubborn forces of custom, prejudice and power that lock people in place and impede social progress. Set mainly in the Mississippi Delta in the years just after World War II, when Jim Crow was still enshrined in law and practice, the film, directed by Dee Rees, tests and complicates William Faulkner’s much-quoted claim about the not-even-pastness of the past. It’s a work of historical imagination that lands in the present with disquieting, illuminating force….” (N.Y. Times, November 16, 2017)

Refreshments will be served.

Movie will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst. Questions: 413-253-2848

Second Annual Civics Fest

Food! 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.

Join Multi-Arts on a time traveling theatrical adventure!

This latest installment of Time Traveling Stories takes us on a journey to the 1840’s! When young Justine is sent back in time, she meets Angeline Palmer, a brave African American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of the town. Learn the true story of Angeline and discover the roots of what makes Amherst such a unique place: our avant-garde spirit, celebration of differences, and ability to come together as a community to stand up for human rights.

The new play is written by Maia Kinney-Petrucha, an Amherst High School and Hampshire College Alum, and features fellow Amherst High alum Haley Parker, and Wildwood Elementary students Violent and Lena Ennis.

Come hear a staged reading of the script at Barnes and Noble in Hadley on March 24th at 2 pm!


Catalina Arrubla

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/IYAnLs

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

Music of the West African Kora comes to Amherst

Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa.  He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.  The performance will take place at 2:00 pm at the Jones Library in Amherst on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the 21 stringed West African Kora.  The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

Free and open to the public.  For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.  For more information about the presenter, please visit www.seangaskell.com  or view video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxkfcUeToiI.

NERD Summit 2018, March 17 & 18

Is your child interested in learning about computers and programming? Checkout the https://nerdsummit.org/

It’s free.  Signup is here:  https://ti.to/nerd/nerd-summit-2018
Sessions range from high-level-nerdy, to newbie stuff. The newbie stuff is a track run on Saturday, March 17, 10-5 by Holyoke Codes: https://holyokecodes.org/
For those interested in the Holyoke Codes sessions, please also signup at the 3 links above.  More info about those sessions is at those links.

School Safety and Advocacy

Dear ARPS Parents and Guardians:

In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, school safety and advocacy have been on all of our minds.  Many of you are aware of a national advocacy effort planned for March 14.  Please visit these links for a letter outlining our school safety efforts and our plans for student advocacy.

Mike Morris, Superintendent

Letter in English

Estimados padres y tutores de ARPS:

A raíz de la tragedia en Parkland, Florida, la seguridad de las escuelas y la abogacía han estado en nuestras mentes. Muchos de ustedes están al tanto de un esfuerzo de abogacía nacional planificado para el 14 de marzo. Visite estos enlaces para obtener una carta que describe nuestros esfuerzos de seguridad en nuestras escuelas y nuestros planes para la abogacía de los estudiantes.

Mike Morris, Superintendente

Letter in Spanish

The ARHS Theater Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The ARHS Theater Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! This Tony Award-winning musical follows the quirky, heartbreaking, and hilarious lives of middle schoolers competing in a spelling bee. ARHS’s unique immersive staging of the show is guaranteed to be entertaining for all!

Join us at ARHS for the show!
Friday, March 9th 7:30pm
Saturday, March 10th 2pm
Saturday, March 10th 7:30pm
Sunday, March 11th 7pm

Tickets are available at bit.ly/arhsbee.

UPDATE: Due to the storm, the show on Thursday night has been rescheduled to Sunday at 7pm. Any tickets purchased for Thursday will be honored at any other show. Contact John Bechtold if you wish to receive a refund. See you there!

Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop

Basic Rights in Special Education.  Monday March 12, 2018 @ 5:00 PM, ARHS Library.  Please mark your calendars and join us for this informative workshop for parents and professionals.

RSVP to SEPAC@ARPS.org or call (413) 687-4255.

Derechos básicos en educación especial. Lunes 12 de marzo de 2018 @ 5:00 PM, Biblioteca de ARHS. Por favor marque sus calendarios y únase a nosotros para este taller informativo para padres y profesionales.

RSVP a SEPAC@ARPS.org o llame al (413) 687-4255.

Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop – English

Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop – Spanish

AEF Celebrates Champions for our Schools on March 17

Join Amherst Education Foundation for an evening of celebration, fun, and food as we honor the 9 principals from the Amherst Regional and Union 28 schools along with our 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.
The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in the UMass Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar followed by dinner and entertainment, including music and trivia. Tickets are $50 each or reserve an entire table in a prime location for you and 9 friends for an additional $10 per person.
Proceeds support annual AEF-funded grants provided to educators in our public schools.

Meet the Candidates for School Committee, Mar 6, 2018

Meet the Candidates for School Committee!
at the next Wildwood PGO Meeting,
Tuesday Mar 6, 2018  6:00pm-7:15pm

  • 6pm Candidates for Amherst School Committee, Kerry Spitzer, Ben Herrington, and Allison McDonald will each give a brief speech and then answer your questions in preparation for the town-wide election on March 27th.
  • 7-7:15pm  PGO Updates and Meet & Greet

Autism Parent Training on Adjustments

Moving Through School: How to Adjust to New Schools and New Expectations

Date: Wednesday March 7

Time:  6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:  Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center

A conversation about the different expectations when children move on from one grade to the next, highlighting big transitions such as preschool to elementary, elementary to middle school, etc. The evening will include time to share and offer advice from the collective experiences of facilitators Chris Peltier, BCBA and Kris Serwecki, BCBA.

Childcare is available for in-district families.  Please RSVP to AnnearTL@arps.org prior to Monday March 5, 2018 @ 3:00 PM.

Moviéndose a través de la escuela: cómo adaptarse a nuevas escuelas y nuevas expectativas

Fecha: miércoles 7 de marzo

Hora: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ubicación: Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center

Una conversación sobre las diferentes expectativas cuando los niños pasan de un grado al siguiente, destacando las grandes transiciones, como preescolar a primaria, primaria a secundaria, etc. La noche incluirá tiempo para compartir y ofrecer consejos de las experiencias colectivas de los facilitadores Chris Peltier, BCBA y Kris Serwecki, BCBA.

El cuidado de niños está disponible para las familias del distrito. Por favor confirme su asistencia a AnnearTL@arps.org antes del lunes 5 de marzo de 2018 a las 3:00 PM.


April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018

5:30-6:30pm @UMass Gladchuk Sports Complex
Open to any and all girls & boys, ages 5-13

Head Coach Barb Weinberg and the University of Massachusetts field hockey
coaching staff and team will be hosting the first-ever annual Mini Minutes Youth
Program in the spring of 2018. Mini Minutes is a FREE fun and interactive program
intended for youth ages 5-13 years (Kindergarten through 8th grade), and is
designed to introduce girls and boys to the sport of Field Hockey and team play.
All sessions will be played at the Gladchuk Sports Complex at UMass (next to the football
stadium). Participants are divided into groups based on their grade and experience level.
Each coach has about 8-10 kids to allow for more personal instruction and game play.
Check out our website information on the Mini Minutes program to find a stick sizing
chart and a couple of links to purchase a junior/youth starter stick for ~$29-$30.


1) Go to: http://www.wmasshky.com
2) Click on the Mini Minutes “Learn More/Register” link at the bottom of the
homepage (or go directly to the page: http://www.wmasshky.com/miniminutes)
3) Click on the “REGISTER NOW” button to complete the online registration
4) Questions? Email wmasshky@gmail.com

Space is limited so sign up today!

Drawing and Painting Class(Ages 8-11)

A new session of Joyful Drawing and Painting (Ages 8-11) will begin Thursday, March 22!  This is a great opportunity for kids to get involved in an enriching after school activity where they can engage in self expression in a supportive environment. The studio is right on North Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst.  Spaces are limited and fill quickly — register soon to ensure a spot in the class!
In this class, students will find their unique artistic voice while developing drawing and painting skills. In a warm supportive environment, we will explore the process of taking our ideas and turning them into works of art that are meaningful to us. Together, we will explore skills and techniques for drawing and painting with a variety of materials. This class is capped at 6 students for small group atmosphere and individual attention.
Thursdays 3:30-4:45
March 22 – May 3 (5 Sessions) $200
March 22 – June 14  (11 Sessions) $400 (One bonus class)
No classes March 29 and April 19 due to School Breaks and Holidays
To register for this class click here.

More information about Joy Art Space classes and private lessons for children, teens, and adults: www.joyartspace.com