Circuits and Code #circuitsandcode #umassamherst – Dec 9, 2017

M5 is the makerspace of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Amherst. You are invited to drop by M5 on Saturday, December 9th any time between 2 pm and 4 pm to see the engaging Circuits & Code end-of-semester show. First-year ECE students Fatima, Emma, Nabilah, Allen, Simon and others will demonstrate their motorized Lego creations. ECE 297DP Design Project students will demonstrate their electronic music projects including Otto’s FM audio synthesis project. Casey will demonstrate musical floppy drives. Jeremy will demonstrate his own innovative and impressive 3D structures. Raghid will demonstrate the portion of his ECE Senior Design Project involving automotive on-board diagnostics (OBD), a term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. Keith will explain how he came to know than most people about Internet security and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Nick will demonstrate his mighty, mighty custom portable Nintendo 64. This science-fair formatted event is free and is open to all.
Event: Circuits and Code
Date: Saturday, 9 Dec 2017
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm (no fixed program, drop in at any time)
Ages: all
Location: M5 is a 5,000 sq. ft. makerspace located in room 5 on the north end of lower level of Marcus Hall at UMass Amherst
GPS search: UMass M5 Makerspace
Parking: Free parking in one of the many lots labelled “Lot 65.”
Google: UMass Amherst parking map
Refreshments will be served.

Shop at Amazon?

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!

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Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

To select Wildwood as your permanent charity, go to Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

That Volunteer Opportunity May Require a Background Check

We welcome all talents and abilities! To learn more about fun, unique and exciting volunteer opportunities at Wildwood, visit our Volunteering and Contributing page

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.

Walk to School Day – Oct 17, 2017

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!

Details: Tuesday October 17th
               Leaving promptly at 8am
               Bertucchi’s restaurant 51 East Pleasant st.
All children and their guardians are welcome to join. Volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in helping, please e-mail for more information.

Amherst A Better Chance Fall Foliage 5k Walk/Run on October 14

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!

Anyone who pre-registers by October 7th will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. All registrants will receive a free meal post-race and there will be lots of great prizes.
Special rates for children, families and teams! Go to ( for more details and to register. Or, contact Kursten Holabird, if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!

New Swimmer tryouts, Sept 24 @11:00AM

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 and selecting the “contact us” button
on the webpage. We hope to see you at the pool!

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A Drop-off Playgroup for Children Ages 3-5

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

For registration information contact: Michele Regan-Ladd at or 413-362-1610

More information

Beatles Scholar at Jones Library

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:

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.


ABC Host Families Needed

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: . Interested families can also contact Wendy Kohler, President of the ABC Board of Directors at

Wildwood Families First Day Celebration

All wildwood Families are invited to our very own FIRST DAY CELEBRATION on Wednesday, August 30th.

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

ARPS First Day Celebration

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

2017 – 2018 School Year Calendar

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:

Fun Science at Smith!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

3:00-5:00 p.m.

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

House Hazardous Waste Day

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.




Happy Summer (blog on break 6/22)

On behalf of the PGO Leadership team, thank you for your generous time, donations and support in making it another great year at Wildwood. On Thursday, June 22 the blog (a volunteer-run site) closes for the summer. Should you have a pressing need/concern, please contact the School directly at 413-362-1400. Have a restful and restorative summer!

New or Returning Family? How to Register & Get Involved.

Are you a new or returning family to Wildwood?

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  or check out

Stay up to date! Look to the blog for a weekly round-up of important dates, local activities, and other Wildwood / District news.

2017-2018 School Calendar

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.

Stay Cool, Amherst Pools Open 6/24

Amherst Town’s outdoor pools open on June 24.

Mill River Pool
Mill River Recreation Area
Montague Rd.
Ph: 413-549-6875
New! Open June 24-August 27, 2017

War Memorial Pool
Community Field
Triangle Street in front of High School
Ph: 413-362-9256
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.

In addition, the Amherst Survival Center, has been provided with FREE day passes for those who can’t afford admission.  They can be picked up at the Survival Center.

Field Days, 6/21 (grd. 1-3) and 6/22 (grd. 4-6)

Two field days this year! Lower elementary will have field day on June 21 from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm, and upper elementary will have field day on the last day of school, June 22nd from 10:00 am to 11:20 am.

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.

CLICK for SCHEDULE and RULES for Lower Elementary — First, Second, and Third Grades (Wednesday, June 21)

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.

CLICK for SCHEDULE and RULES for Upper Elementary (grades 4th, 5th, and 6th) (Thursday, June 22)  


News from the WW Library (Feedback Requested!)

From the Wildwood Library: Wow! In 180 days our community has checked out 25,300 books!  Top-Circulation awards were given out at this week’s assembly.  Ms. Bing-Owen topped the charts with over 330 books checked out and in second place one of 5th graders, who checked out 290 books this year!
  • 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:
Our Summer Reading Bingo Challenge is back!  Click here for details and student created summer reading lists!
Summer Reading programs at all the local libraries begin SOON.  Check for details!
We have had such a lovely school year here in the library!  I am sad to see such fun come to an end but my summer reading list is long and I can’t wait to begin reading some MCBA (Massachusetts Children’s Book Award) Mashup books!
Happy Reading!
Susan Wells

End-of-Year Picnic (w/ dunk tank!), 6/20

All students and families are invited to the Wildwood School End of Year Picnic!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2015 (rain date June 21)
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Wildwood Playgrounds


  • 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.

2017 Amherst Crafts on the Common, 6/24

2017 Amherst Crafts on the Common
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.
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: Amherst Town Common

Cost: FREE

For more info, visit:

Proposed PVTA Service Changes, Public Hearings

The Advisory Board of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) authorized public hearings to obtain comments on possible service changes to 16 of PVTA’s bus routes.

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.

How to comment:

  • 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
  • By phone: Call (413) 732-6248 x235 and leave a recorded message of up to 3 minutes.

Kids, Art & Nature Programs at the LSSE

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