Doing any online shopping through Amazon during the holidays? Did you know you can earn money for the Wildwood with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst Schools PGOs while you shop!
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.
To select Wildwood as your permanent charity, go to smile.amazon.com. Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.
CORI Background Check: If school or PGO volunteer opportunities bring you into contact with students at Wildwood ES or on a field trip, you must have a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check on file. This includes all field trip chaperones and classroom volunteers (e.g. grandparents, aunts & uncles, adult siblings). CORI checks must be done on individual volunteers every three years and are valid for all schools within our district. If you would like to check to see if you are current on your CORI status, please call Sasha in the Central Office at 362-1810.
To request a CORI check, bring your current driver’s license into the Main Office at Wildwood or to the district’s Central Office (located at the middle school) for photocopying and complete the required application well in advance of any volunteer obligations. Questions about the CORI process can be directed to the Wildwood Main Office or Sasha in the Central Office.
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!
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!
Hope to see you there!
Calling all future Katie Ledeckys and Caeleb Dressels!!! We are preparing
for the upcoming winter season and looking for new swimmers ages 5-18!
The Amherst Tritons Swim Team (ATST) is an non profit, competitive swim
team dedicated to building the love of the sport or swimming while gaining
fitness and confidence. We offer tiered, ability based practices after school
in our fall/winter season (September-January) and a spring/summer season
(April-July). Our coaches are certified through US swimming and provide a
terrific atmosphere for youth swimming since 1972. Interested families must
pre-register by visiting http://www.atst.org and selecting the “contact us” button
on the webpage. We hope to see you at the pool!
The Amherst Early Education Center at Crocker Farm Elementary School Introduces A Drop-off Playgroup for Children Ages 3-5. The playgroup is led by Crocker Farm Preschool staff and provides a variety of social and play opportunities in a group setting. Snack is provided.
When: Fridays from 9:00-12:00
Where: Crocker Farm Elementary School
280 West St. Amherst
Starting: September 2017
Cost: Sliding fee scale
Exception: No playgroup during school vacation weeks or winter school closings
Beatlemania comes to the Jones Library on Tuesday, October 3 when professional Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz will present The Beatles: Band of the Sixties. This event will be held at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room
Krerowicz graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s of Music in 2008, then earned a Master’s of Music from Boston University in 2010, and a Graduate Artist Diploma from the University of Hartford in 2012. While still a student in Connecticut, he won a research grant through the University to study The Beatles. Since then, he has made a full-time career of presenting his research and analysis of the band’s music and their place in history, having presented his findings more than 350 times throughout the US and England.
Krerowicz has authored six Beatles books, most recently the two-volume encyclopedia of analysisBEATLESTUDY. All of his books are available for purchase on Amazon.
When not writing, Krerowicz maintains a busy travel schedule in order to present his findings. In 2015, he visited 14 states, delivering 86 presentations. Additionally, he made his first English lecture tour in July 2015, during which he spoke twice in London and thrice in Liverpool, the band’s hometown. In 2016, he visited 24 states, delivering 151 presentations. In 2016, he also launched a series of videos on YouTube titled THE BEATLES MINUTE, which showcase his Beatles analyses.
For more information – including his complete upcoming schedule, and to register for his free monthly email newsletter – visit his website: www.AaronKrerowicz.com.
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, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.
The Amherst A Better Chance Program is welcoming four new Scholars this year – three 9th graders and one 10th grader. ABC is looking for host families for these young men. Host families open their homes and their hearts to the Scholars who live with their host families during the first weekend of every month of the school year. All members of the Amherst community are encouraged to consider this opportunity to gain as much as you give.
A description of the host family program and contact information can be found on the Amherst ABC website: https://www.amherstabetterchance.org/volunteer/host-family-program/ . Interested families can also contact Wendy Kohler, President of the ABC Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for Coffee and Bagels (sponsored by the PGO) in the side parking lot from
8:40 – 9:40 am. We will all gather in the gym at 10:30am for a PARADE AROUND WILDWOOD led by the UMASS Marching Band!
First Day Celebration is a chance for all of us to come together as a community to show our support for our school and build excitement for the upcoming school year
Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO
First Day Celebration is Tuesday, August 29, at 5pm on the Town Common
Save the Date!
The Amherst Regional Public Schools (ARPS) First Day Celebration is on Tuesday, August 29, on the Amherst Town Common (rain location ARHS Cafeteria at 21 Mattoon Street) from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Join friends and school staff at the Welcome Back-To-School Party!
For more info, contact:
Yahdira Torres Manzano
The 2017-2018 School Calendar has been approved by the School Committee, key information:
– School will start on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for students in grades 1-12.
– Preschool and Kindergarten start on Tuesday, September 5.
– There will be no school on the day before Thanksgiving.
– Winter break will begin with an early release day on Friday, December 22. School will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.
– The projected last day of school, including five snow days, is June 21, 2018. One weekday is deducted for each snow day not used, with the earliest possible last day of school being June 14, 2017.
Please note that schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction. While the five snow days built into the calendar are typically adequate to cover closures, any days schools must be closed beyond that must be made-up per Massachusetts Department of Education regulations. Whenever possible, such days are added to the end of the school year.
To view the calendar, visit: www.arps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_926729/File/2017-2018%20Approved%20Calendar.pdf
Saturday, September 2, 2017
3rd to 6th-grade students are invited to participate in two hours of science and engineering activities at Smith College! The program is free; pre-registration is required by 5pm on August 30th; space is limited to the first 60 students registered.
Drop-off and check-in begin at 2:40 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall on Green Street.
To pre-register, go to:
Questions? Contact Science Center Outreach Coordinator
Elvis Mendez, (413-585-3253) or email@example.com)
Registration from the Town of Amherst House Hazardous Waste Day is now open. The event will be held on September 24, 2017 and is open to all Amherst, Hadley, Pelham and Shutesbury residents.
TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT NOT TO BRING, CLICK HERE
REGISTRATION ENDS 9/13/2017
New Centralized Elementary Registration Process: New students who will attend grades K-6 in any of the Amherst Elementary Schools will now register at the Superintendent’s Office located in the Amherst Regional Middle School building at 170 Chestnut Street. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Sasha Figueroa, Elementary Registrar, at 413-362-1810.
Get Involved! Wildwood has lots of opportunities for volunteering and participation. You can arrange with your teacher and class parent to work in your child’s classroom; you can volunteer with the Library, Arts, or other programs; join the “School Governance Council”, and of course, all the programming organized by the “Parent Guardian Organization” (PGO — that’s us). We are always looking for people to work on the many fun activities the PGO puts on. And last but not least — hard to commit to something ongoing or big? The PGO has a fabulous “hour power” program that lets us post short quickie tasks, so you can contribute when something comes up that fits. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out https://wildwoodpgo.com/volunteering-and-contributing/
Stay up to date! Look to the blog for a weekly round-up of important dates, local activities, and other Wildwood / District news.
The 2017-2018 School Calendar has been approved by the School Committee, key information:
- School will start on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for students in grades 1-12. Preschool and Kindergarten start on Tuesday, September 5.
- There will be no school on the day before Thanksgiving.
- Winter break will begin with an early release day on Friday, December 22. School will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.
- The projected last day of school, including five snow days, is June 21, 2018. One weekday is deducted for each snow day not used, with the earliest possible last day of school being June 14, 2017.
- Please note that schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction. While the five snow days built into the calendar are typically adequate to cover closures, any days schools must be closed beyond that must be made-up per Massachusetts Department of Education regulations. Whenever possible, such days are added to the end of the school year.
Mill River Pool
Mill River Recreation Area
New! Open June 24-August 27, 2017
War Memorial Pool
Triangle Street in front of High School
New! Open June 24-August 27, 2017
LSSE offers financial assistance to all those families that are on free or reduced lunch (75% off.) They can get a letter of verification from the schools and attach it to their registration form to receive this discount.
Lower elementary field day (grades 1-3) will take place on Wednesday, June the 21 from 1:30pm to 2:45pm. Similar to last year, there will be water games. Therefore, the students will need to bring a change of clothes they don’t mind getting wet. At the end of the field day, we will be gathering by the wooden structure for frozen treats before everyone heads in to grab their things. Please start compiling a list of students who cannot have Popsicles due to dye or other reasons so I can have an alternative treat for them. If there are any questions, feel free to ask.
Upper elementary field day (grades 4-6) will be held on Thursday, June 22 (the last day of school) from 10:00am to 11:20am. It will be a culminating celebration for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser 4th-6th grades participated in. See the schedule for games being played. Students will be informed of the event details as the day approaches, but start letting students know now to bring a change of clothes due to the water games. Also, please let me know if there are any students who cannot have Popsicles. Similar to last year, the plan is to give them to students once the event is over, and I want to make sure we have alternatives for those who can’t have them. Let me know if there’s any questions regarding anything, and I’ll answer as best as possible.
- If you could spare an hour or so to help put away a few of those 25,000 books we would welcome the help please! Please come on in (really!) or call 413-362-1424/ email: email@example.com
- If you have a moment (3-5 minutes) please take our WW library survey to help make our program even better: Wildwood Library Family Survey
WHAT TO BRING:
- Your own family’s PICNIC DINNER and DRINKS
- Your own REUSABLE FLATWARE, CUPS AND PLATES, we are trying to produce as little waste as possible. PGO will also have paper-goods for those who don’t bring their own from home.
- BLANKETS/CHAIRS to sit on.
- BUG REPELLANT is recommended.
- Please CLEAN UP as you go!
- ALL CHILDREN must be ACCOMPANIED by a parent, guardian or a responsible ADULT.
Handcrafted work by over 100 juried artisans, silent auction, live music, children’s gently used book sale, bounce house, food, ice cream and more! Join the fun, rain or shine. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County.
Location: Amherst Town Common
For more info, visit: www.chd.org/bbbs
The PVTA is facing an operating budget deficit of up to $1.2 million for the coming fiscal year as the current state budget for FY18 does not include previously agreed upon funds for bus service as stated in the Transportation Reform Act.
The hearings will begin June 19. Public comments will be presented to the PVTA Advisory Board on July 19, along with updated state budget information. The Advisory Board will decide on that date which service changes are necessary to balance the FY18 budget. Any changes that are approved by the board would go into effect August 27 or September 4
The public will be asked to comment on full or partial changes to the following bus routes: M40 Minute Man Express (Northampton-Hadley-Amherst); P20E Express (Holyoke Mall-Springfield Union Station); P21E Express (Springfield Union Station to Holyoke Transportation Center); Five College Route 39 (Mt Holyoke College to Smith College); Route 46 (Whately-South Deerfield-Sunderland-UMass Amherst); G5 (Dickinson-Jewish Home-Longmeadow-Enfield CT); X98 (Northampton Crosstown); R14E Express (Agawam Industrial Park); R27 (Wilbraham-Eastfield Mall); B23 (Holyoke-Westfield via HCC); R29 (Holyoke-South Hadley-UMass Amherst); B48 (Holyoke-Northampton); B4 (Downtown Springfield-Plainfield Street); X90 (Springfield Inner Crosstown); UMass Amherst Campus Shuttle Routes 34 and 35; and the Tiger Trolley (South Hadley-Holyok
Hearings will begin at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM each day at the following location:
June 19: Holyoke Transportation Center, 206 Maple St, Holyoke
June 20: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St, Springfield
June 21: Amherst Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk
June 22: Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow
June 26: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street
June 27: South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street
June 28: Wilbraham Senior Center, 45B Post Office Park
June 29: Northampton City Council Chambers, 212 Main St (behind City Hall)
July 5: Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street
July 6: Westfield Transit Pavilion, 10 Arnold Street
July 10: Chicopee City Hall, Council Chambers, 17 Springfield Street
Comments on possible service changes must be received by Tuesday, July 11th.
- In person: Attend one of the public hearings
- By mail: Send letters to Sandra E. Sheehan, Administrator, 2808 Main St., Springfield MA 01107
- By email: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By phone: Call (413) 732-6248 x235 and leave a recorded message of up to 3 minutes.
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Wildwood Multicultural Fair was amazing! Much gratitude to the PGO leadership, event planners and volunteers. A special thank you to Becky Miller for her leadership.
Crocker Farm Elementary School
Individual School Updates
Taxes and State Filings
-VFW Pancake Breakfast
-UMACC (United Way)
Other Business not anticipated by the chair
Watch the magic that unfolds in the studios of Deborah Bazer and Lahri Bond and their young students – Lumps of clay turn into swimming pools and horses, superheros emerge from newspaper and glue, and fantastical stories fill the air. This year, the Kids, Art, and Nature programs start July 10 and take place all-day, Mon.-Fri. through the week of Aug. 21. They’re a great opportunity for kids to explore nature through a variety of themes and artistic media. View Flyer