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 to help us figure out how to make it better.

To Nicola Usher for stepping up to help organize Math Night alongside Elizabeth Pretel.

And for stepping up to organize Science Night: Julie Hawkowl and Jon Reichard.

To Becky Gahan and all the class parents she helps organize for all their ongoing efforts

And to Suni Berube who has agreed to tackle the PGO bulletin board in the main office.

And for tirelessly photocopying the hundreds if not thousands of PGO flyers that go home in your kids’ backpacks: Tyffannie Fluitt  and Yuko Mitzutani

And to Amber Cano-Martin for translating them all into  Spanish!
To Jenny and Susan in the library who spend so much of their own time on fabulous projects for our kids, including most recently the hugely successful Book Swap and the Caldecott club​.

To everyone who gave on Giving Tuesday, however great or small, every bit counts.

And last but not least, to Kurt Wise for bringing coffee for everyone at the Coffee With Nick.

The Wildwood PGO is the Wildwood Community, and the Wildwood Community is YOU! Thanks so much everyone!

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 join us for dinner, festivities, trivia, and more:

March 17


Student Union Ballroom at UMass

Here is the link to ticket sales:

All proceeds from the event will go to AEF and the grants we give to educators.

We hope to see you there!

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 are: the WinterFest Ice Hockey Challenge Cup, 5K Indoor Run, Men and Women’s Amateur Basketball, Food Demonstrations, Nature Hikes, Lectures and Discussions, Figure Skating, Winter Crafts for Kids, Painting for Children, Live Music, Winter Farmers’ Market, Movies and more. WinterFest concludes on Feb. 10, with fireworks, beauty queens, and more at the Grand Finale at the Cherry Hill Golf Course.

Check event details at WinterFest Amherst Events Schedule

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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 can choose the amount, and if you opt for payroll deductions, you can split it among several payrolls.

Please consider signing up today.  Every donation makes a difference!  Thank you for your support.

Here are the instructions on that site:


IF YOU GAVE ONLINE LAST YEAR the organizations you gave to will already
be in your Donation Basket.

STEP 1: Find the charitable organization(s) that you wish to donate to.
Click “Add to My Donation Basket.” If “Add to My Donation Basket” does
not appear, please Log In first. [2]

STEP 2: Go to Give Now [3] to complete your donation.

Choose Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization. =amherst+&Did you know=All&field_cause_tid=All

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 Program (DSAP) seeks inspired leaders to join the upcoming 2018-19 service term! For 10 months, DSAP members serve full-time to create positive youth development opportunities in schools and local agencies throughout the Pioneer Valley. Interested in learning more? Come meet with current and former AmeriCorps members to hear about their experiences. The initial application deadline is February 15th.

Free and open to the public.  For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.  For more information or to apply online, please visit

Film & Jones Library Discussion Series: Racism and Climate Change Are About You

AMHERST, MA – Join us on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Woodbury Room for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism.

In this December 2017 TED talk, Dr. Atyia Martin examines the intersections of racism and climate change. She proposes ways for us to scrutinize bias in ourselves, our workplaces, and our social groups. Dr. Martin is the new Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston. Under her leadership, Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process. After the screening and discussion, work will continue in small working groups to advance anti-racism action projects that have been undertaken.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Coming Together.  More information about Coming Together can be found at

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 and turn them into expressive works of art!  This is a great winter morning activity for kids who love art and exploring materials! This class is capped at 6 students for small group atmosphere and individual attention.
To register for February Vacation Joyful Art Exploration click here.

For more information about Joy Art Space classes and private lessons for children, teens, and adults visit:

MULTI-ARTS Vacation Camp, February 19-23

Art. Theater. Music. Dance. Mime. and more

Join us for One day, Two or more days, or the WHOLE WEEK!

Camps in Amherst & Northampton
Brought to you by Multi-Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching THE ARTS to children ages 4-12


“Where artists bring their passion and joy to their teaching”
“Our children … had a chance to experience being artists”

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. She will share design strategies she has used and performance data of award-winning Zero Energy public buildings her firm has designed.

Sponsored by the Town office of Sustaining Amherst, Mothers Out Front Amherst, Climate Action Now, Amherst League of Women Voters, Western MA Community Choice Energy, and the Hitchcock Center.

For information, contact or 413-256-6006.

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.

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Conoce tu director, escucha lo que esta pasando en la escuela, y haz preguntas sobre lo que tienes en la mente.

Miércoles 24 de enero 8:40-9:40am en la sala de conferencias de la oficina central.

Spanish Flyer

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 ending, we have heard from families who are concerned about their children’s status in our district.  We want to ensure families that, consistent with our past practice, our core beliefs, and established law, we will continue to enroll and serve every child living in our district who chooses to attend our schools, without regard to their immigration status.

The case law on this topic is very clear and can be found in the United States Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe from 1982.  Stemming from that decision, federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education states that:

All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a basic public elementary and secondary education regardless of their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or the status of their parents/guardians.

Nothing in yesterday’s announcement alters our policy of providing equal access to all students or our commitment to providing all children with the academic and emotional support that will allow them to flourish and become contributing members of our community.


Michael Morris                                   Jean Fay

Superintendent of Schools                Amherst-Pelham Education Association President

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 library materials to get those items back to the library without having to pay the fines that are accumulating,” says Amy Anaya, Head of Borrower Services at the Jones Library.  It’s important to note that the amnesty applies only to items that are being returned during this time.  It will not be possible to forgive existing overdue fines on items that have already been returned, or for billed or lost items.

The food collected will support the work of the Amherst Survival Center, a local service agency that assists many in our community in meeting their basic needs.

For further information about returning overdue items, please contact Amy Anaya at 413/259-3132

Valley’s Got Talent auditions

valleygottalentAudition 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 Prize: $1000 2nd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $250

Show Date: Sunday March 24, 2018 2pm-4pm at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

-Winners determined by a panel of judges-

Questions? 413-813-7042 or

Click Here for Event Flyer

Click Here for Audition Application

AEF: Save the Date

AEF save the dateJoin 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 at 6:00pm with a cash bar followed by dinner and entertainment, including music and trivia.

Proceeds support AEF-funded grants in our public schools.

Tickets will be available on January 21. AEF will send out a reminder with a link.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please email us at

Thank you and see you there!




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 singing, dancing extravaganza! Great for the whole family–come be our guest!

8 shows- January 11th – 20th!  To purchase tickets online, click here.

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 unprecedented rate due to warming oceans. The filming includes gorgeous underwater photography and stories of scientists gathering real data in the ocean, which can be a peaceful or a stormy field site. It is a great way to be newly inspired to continue the process of trying to work against climate change. Free movie followed by discussion and a Skype Q&A with Dr. James Porter, one of the leads in the documentary.

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!

AMAZON SMILEamazonsmile
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