Shout Out for PGO Rock-Star Volunteers

We’d like to give a big shout out to the following AMAZING volunteers: For organizing the Winter Chorus Concert party: Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Suzanne Newby-Estes, Becky Gahan, and Kerry Crosby To Julie Hawkowl for organizing the Coat Drive, and to everyone who participated. To Chris Pilsner for her expert analysis of the PGO website […]

AEF Celebrates Champions for Our Schools

Join Amherst Education Foundation as we honor the nine principals of our school district: Mark Jackson, David Slovin, Patty Bode, Diane Chamberlain, Nick Yaffe, Derek Shea, Lisa Desjarlais, Margot Lacey, and Jackie Mendonsa! All nine principals will be in attendance. Come celebrate the leaders of our high schools, middle school, and elementary schools. We hope you will […]

LSSE’s WinterFest Amherst

When: February 3-10, 2018 WinterFest Amherst is the largest winter festival in Western Mass, featuring over 40 events including music, food, sports, recreation and community activities. [see note above] Among this year’s highlights are 10 events on the first day, including a Luminaria, sponsored by the Amherst BID, on the Town Common. Among other highlights […]

Attention UMass Employees

Are you a UMass employee?  Did you know that UMass employees can donate to the Wildwood PGO (via the ARPS PGO- a non-profit that encompasses the PGOS from ARHS, ARMS, Crocker Farm and Wildwood) through the UMass Amherst Community Campaign? There is still time! But do not wait long since the deadline is January 31st! You […]

AmeriCorps Information & Application Event

Amherst, MA – The Jones Library and DIAL/SELF are co-hosting an information and application station for young people interested in joining the AmeriCorps team on Saturday, February 3 from 10 am – 12 noon in the Amherst Room of the Jones Library. Are you passionate about youth empowerment, education, the arts, and social justice? The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps […]

February Vacation Morning Art Program!

February Vacation Joyful Art Exploration (Ages 6-11) At Joy Art Space, kids can spend their winter break experiencing the joy of making art and developing their artistic, expressive selves! During this week, students will explore a variety of art skills including drawing, painting, and collage in a gentle and supportive environment. Students take their ideas […]

Zero Energy Design and Performance: A Practical Approach

How can Amherst’s new Zero Energy Municipal Buildings Bylaw be implemented? The public is invited to come learn. Wednesday, January 31st, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Hitchcock Center for the Environment 835 West St, Amherst Architect Ellen Watts, principal of Architerra, is a Zero Energy expert and passionate advocate for practical, high performance buildings and resilient planning. […]

Coffee and Chat with Principal Nick

Get to know your Principal, hear what’s happening at the school and ask whatever has been on your mind. Wednesday 24th January from 8:40-9:40 am in the Main Office Conference Room Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO. View Flyer ################ Conoce tu director, escucha lo que esta pasando en la escuela, y haz preguntas sobre lo […]

Statement Regarding TPS Ending for El Salvadorian Immigrants

January 9, 2018 Yesterday, January 8, it was announced that federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be ended for El Salvadorian immigrants beginning in 2019.  Many members of our community immigrated from El Salvador under TPS.  These are valued individuals who enrich our ARPS community in countless ways. Since the announcement that TPS will be […]

It’s a Great Time to Return Overdue Jones Library Materials!

The Jones Library and branches will be offering an amnesty period from January 8 – 31, 2018 for library patrons who return overdue library materials.  Library patrons are encouraged to bring a non-perishable, non-expired food donation for the Amherst Survival Center when they return overdue library materials during this time. “This is a great opportunity for patrons with long-overdue […]

Valley’s Got Talent auditions

Audition for the Second Annual Valley’s Got Talent, an amateur talent competition for all ages to be help on March 25,2018! Auditions will be held on Monday February 12, 2018 at the Bangs Community Center from 5:30pm-8:00pm. The Audition Snow Date is February 13, 2018. Where: 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst MA – Bangs Community Center Applications/Info: Senior Center Website 1st […]

AEF: Save the Date

Join Amherst Education Foundation for an evening of celebration, fun, and food as we honor the 9 principals of the Amherst Regional Public School District and 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. Doors open […]

ALSCT Presents Beauty and the Beast

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater, now in its 25th year, brings Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the classic “tale as old as time” to Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Campus, Amherst, Massachusetts in January 2018! This full-scale, live production brings lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and a remarkable cast together in a gorgeous […]

Free Film Viewing: “Chasing Coral”

Tuesday January 16, 2018, 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, Mass Join members of UUSA’s Green Sanctuary Committee to view the film, Chasing Coral. This is a beautiful and informative movie about climate change. Coral reefs are an integral part of the ocean’s ecosystem, and are dying at an […]

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 […]

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! AMAZON SMILE Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Girls Try Hockey for Free Day Oct. 8

The Amherst Hockey Association is hosting a Girls Try Hockey for Free Day at the UMass Mullins Center Community Rink Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. For girls ages 4 and up. No skating experience required. Free skate rentals; bring winter gloves and a bicycle or hockey helmet. For more information, contact Steve Rich at More […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]