Wildwood Family Stories Project

Dear Wildwood Families, As shared in Thursday’s assembly the Wildwood Family Stories Project is now officially launched and has three new interviews conducted by two fifth graders and one fourth grader. Any Wildwood family member can have access to these stories, and ones that are uploaded in the future, by creating a StoryCorps account at this link: wwstrong. By …

Unicorns, Mermaids AND Cookbooks!

Hello Wildwood readers and their families!  Ms. Wells sent along these pictures of all the NEW books, purchased by the WW PGO, which are ready for the January book backpacks. They include all the popular titles, unicorns, mermaids AND cookbooks! January distribution of backpacks begins on the 25th this month, so get ready!

BOOK BACKPACKS from WW Library The Week of January 25th!

Pick Up at Wildwood School:  TUESDAY, January 26th or WEDNESDAY, January 27th between 3:00 and 5:30. Don’t forget your backpack to exchange. Neighborhood Deliveries: We have 5 dedicated drivers who will contact your family and let you know when to be ready for the backpack exchange.  SCHOOL BUS DELIVERY to the apartment complexes Tuesday OR …

UMass Employees- Another Way to Support Our Schools

Do you work at UMass? Do you want an easy way to make a contribution to the ARPS PGO and help our schools? The annual UMass-Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) is now underway. The UMACC program lets UMass employees donate to charitable organizations via paycheck, as little as $1 per pay period. Consider giving to the APRS …

Get Outdoors and Play! Traveling Recess Van

Please note this is not a school sponsored event. The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters and Amherst Recreation are teaming up to provide a “Recess Van,” during the lunch/recess break between the times of 11:30-12:15 from 1/11/2021-1/29/21. The 30 minute activities will be held from approximately 11:40 -12:10. Mondays- Amherst Regional Middle School Tuesdays- Mill River …

Jones Library Virtual Program: Feasting from Your Winter Pantry

Amherst, MA – Looking for ways to make a delicious dinner without last minute trips to the market, especially these days?  Join us for Feasting from Your Winter Pantry: Soul Warming Recipes from Your Pantry, a webinar to be presented by Liz Barbour and hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26, …

Do you work at UMass? Want an easy way to give to the Amherst schools?

An easy way for UMass employees to donate schools is by giving through UMACC to the ARPS PGO.  The Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO (ARPS PGO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, the Amherst Middle School, & the Amherst High School. The APRS PGO’s UMACC number is 15250. …

Florence bank community choice grants – voting ends Dec 31st

Vote for us in the Florence Bank Community Choice Grant program. Each Florence Bank account holder gets one vote, and the voting runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. If you haven’t voted this calendar year, please do! The bank donates $100,000 to local schools and non profits, and we only need 50 …

Consider donating gift cards to help families in need.

Take The Pledge & Gift a Gift Card. Consider donating gift cards to help families in need.Support local businesses and help families all at the same time! See details below. Everyone could use some extra help at this time of the year.  A warm take-out meal can make a huge difference after a long day of work, especially …

A reminder from Ms. Wells AND a reminder that SHE ROCKS

Ms. Wells posted this NEW VIDEO CLIP on her YouTube channel, reminding students to put their books on hold for next week’s backpack distribution! This past Monday,  Wildwood PGO, under the leadership of Laura Muller, completed the submission of our nomination of Ms. Wells for Scholastic Librarian of the Year! Thank you to all the students, …

Wildwood school directories are here

Hello, parents and guardians, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 – 2021 Wildwood school directories are ready for distribution.   We’ll be using the library backpacks to distribute the directories, and work to limit them to just one per family. If your child is not getting a backpack this coming week – beginning Monday …

Massachusetts Athletics – Upcoming Schedule (Dec 10 – Dec 13) – How to Watch & Listen

Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change. For the most up to date schedule information, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar and follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority. Thursday – December 10 Women’s Basketball at New …

PGO Fundraiser Busts Through The Goal

Many thanks to all the parents & guardians who donated during the recent Giving Tuesday/Brown Envelope fundraiser.   Our goal was $5,000 and we busted right through it, raising $6,334.03 as of Thursday, 12.3.20.  If you did not get a chance to donate, you still can! Visit http://www.WildwoodPGO.com to donate online.The PGO aims to support teaching …

Photos to nominate Mrs. Wells as librarian of the year

We have always known how special our school librarian, Mrs. Wells, is.  From creating maker spaces and book clubs to organizing school-wide author visits, Ms. Wells has always created such amazing learning experiences for our community.  However, this year, during the pandemic, we and our children were reminded once again just how special Mrs. Wells …

The Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project The Week of December 14th!

This month students will exchange their NOVEMBER books and backpacks for a backpack with NEW books!  IMPORTANT: You must return library books in your backpack to receive a new backpack** (unless this is your first month in the program). **Not done with all your books?  Please return the books you are done with in the …

PGO Funding is available for Teachers

This is a public service announcement to the Wildwood community that PGO currently offer its funds to teachers through two programs. Classroom teachers get Discretionary Funds of $100 each, and other teachers who are not classroom-based also can access these programs, although the Discretionary Funds budgets vary. Funds are also available through the Mini-Grant program, …

Join Multi-Arts Spanish Through the Arts

We are happy to offer our successful Spanish Through the Arts again this winter session. Children will learn Spanish using music, art and theater, making it fun and enjoyable.  Children can choose Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday 3:30-5:00 p.m. or both days. We will meet for 10 weeks. Thursday Theater class we will culminate in a final show in which …

Call for Submissions: Dreaming the Future!

The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help us envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, …

ARPS Warm Winter Coat and Clothing Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing.The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently used) winter coats for over 90 Amherst children, size pre-K through adult. Also needed: snow pants …

Wildwood #giving tuesday/brown envelope fundraiser

Giving Tuesday is on December 1 this year, and we urge you to give generously to the Wildwood PGO.  One of two major fundraisers the Wildwood PGO holds every school year, the Fall Brown Envelope Fundraiser culminates on Giving Tuesday and our aim is to raise $5,000.  Please give using the pre-stamped envelope that came …

Seeking examples of teachers’ and staff members’ responsiveness and ongoing commitment to social justice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board members of the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award Foundation seek examples that illustrate elementary school teachers’ and staff members’ responsiveness and ongoing commitment to social justice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students, guardians, parents, teachers, staff, and others are encouraged to submit a brief (or longer!) description to respond to this prompt. Please …

The Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project in November!

November Book Deliveries and Pickup This month students will exchange their October books and backpacks for a NEW backpack with NEW books!  IMPORTANT: You must return library books in your backpack to receive a new backpack** (unless this is your first month in the program). Pick Up at Wildwood School:  If you choose to pick …