teaching teams for 2016-2017

In his latest Wildwood Wire, Principal Nick announced next year’s teaching teams. (New in this grade level are highlighted.)

Grade Level Teaching Teams

Kindergarten – Julie Condron*, Ricci Matroianni, Lisa Poirier
Grade 1 – Victoria Munroe, Susie Secco, Gina Simm
Grade 2 – Shannon Applegate, Lorrie Heard, Mangala Jagadeesh
Grade 3 – Mary Fournier, Chris Owen, Kevin Rasmussen/Courtney Platt
Grade 4 – Alan Kuusisto**, Mario Perez, Elaine Stinson, Gioia Woods/Cathy Moss Grade 5 – Sarah Bing-Owen, Keith Burgoyne, Liz Elder/Soleil Sonoda
Grade 6 – Jaimie Bust, Chris Eggemeier/co-teacher, Kristen Roeder

* Julie Condron is returning from maternity leave, and had previously taught 2nd Grade.
** Alan Kuusisto is moving to fourth grade from third grade for the 2016-17 school year.
*** Lorrie Heard is new to Wildwood from ESL in Worcester.

Field Days! 6/20 (1st-3rd) & 6/21 (4th-6th)

Two field days this year!  Read all about it (PDF).

The lower elementary field day will take place on Monday June 20th from 1:00 – 2:30.  Set-up will begin at 12:15 pm.  (NOTE: This is changed from the original 1:30-2:55). 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’s field day will be held Tuesday morning June 21nd (the last day of school).  6th Grade field day will be from 9am – 10am.  Grades 3-5 will take the field from 10am to 11:30am.  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.
Thanks,
Vince

Dos días de campo este año!  Mas informacion (PDF).

El día de campo para la primaria inferior (1-3) tendrá lugar el DIA 20 de JUNIO 20  entre la 1:00-2:30. Al igual que en el año pasado, habrá juegos de agua. Por lo tanto, los estudiantes tendrán que traer una muda de ropa que se pueda mojar. Al final del día de campo, nos reuniremos en la  estructura de madera para disfrutar de alimentos congelados antes de que todos se dirijan a agarrar sus cosas. Por favor  compilen una lista de los estudiantes que no pueden tomar helados (popsicles) debido a colorantes u otras razones para poder tener una  opción alternativa para ellos. Si hay alguna pregunta, no dude en consultar.

CLIC para el horario y las reglas para Primaria Inferior (1, 2, 3) (lunes 20 de junio)

El día de campo de primaria superior (4-6) se llevará a cabo el martes 21 de Junio por la mañana (el último día de clases) entre las 10-11: 30 (3-5) y 9-11 (6º grados), y será una celebración culminado la recaudación de fondos a beneficio de “Jump Rope for Heart”  donde participaron estudiantes de 4º a 6º grados. El evento fue inicialmente para 3-5, pero invitamos a  6 ° grado a participar también si todavía están en el colegio y si  no hay una celebración individual para 6º grado. Se adjunta un documento que contiene información sobre los horarios y juegos que se desarrollaran. Los estudiantes serán informados de los detalles del evento cuando se acerca el día, pero los estudiantes saben ahora que deberán traer un cambio de ropa, debido a los juegos de agua. Por favor, hágame saber si hay estudiantes que no pueden tener paletas de hielo (popsicles). Al igual que en el año pasado, el plan es dar a los estudiantes una vez que el evento haya terminado, y yo quiero asegurarme de que tenemos alternativas para aquellos que no pueden tenerlos. Déjenme saber si hay alguna pregunta acerca de cualquier cosa, y voy a responder de la mejor manera posible.

CLIC para el horario y las reglas para Alta Primaria (4, 5, 6) (mar 21 de junio)

Gracias,

Vince

Summer Reading!

Dear Wildwood Families:

MCBA / Local Reader Selection Mash-Up!

Summer is upon us and this week and next your student should come home with the attached handouts about summer reading:

1. A summer reading bingo challenge and directions on how to download the  FREE Axis 360 app that will allow you to borrow to over 6,000 ebooks and audiobooks for FREE!

2. A summer reading list for younger and older readers!  A list so that you and your student can read some of our favorite and popular titles in the Wildwood Library – student and librarian recommendations on the list (i.e. kid approved)!

3. If your student will be a 4th, 5th or 6th grader next year I have attached the MCBA Mashup list – an excellent list created by area librarians of 25 titles guaranteed to please upper elementary students!

Electronic copies of all these handouts are available at our Wildwood Library Websitewww.wildwoodlibrary.org > summer reading  or at this direct linkhttps://goo.gl/b9Va7Q

ALL books are due back in the library!  Please make sure your students have returned their books so they can enter the book raffle to win some summer reading books!  The raffle winners will be announcedTuesday!

Happy Reading!

Susan Wells
Wildwood Librarian
wellss@arps.org

Estimadas familias: Wildwood

El verano está sobre nosotros y esta semana y la próxima a su estudiante debe volver a casa con los folletos adjuntos sobre la lectura de verano:

1. Una lectura desafío de bingo verano y las instrucciones sobre cómo descargar la aplicación gratuita 360 Eje que le permitirá pedir prestado a más de 6.000 libros electrónicos y audiolibros GRATIS!

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2. Una lista de lectura de verano para los lectores más jóvenes y mayores! Una lista para que usted y su estudiante puede leer algunos de nuestros títulos favoritos y populares en la Biblioteca Wildwood – estudiante y recomendaciones bibliotecario en la lista (es decir niño aprobado)!

3. Si el estudiante será un 4º, 5º o 6º grado el próximo año He adjuntado la lista MCBA Mashup – una excelente lista creada por los bibliotecarios de la zona de 25 títulos que garantizan la satisfacción de estudiantes superiores de primaria!

Las copias electrónicas de todos estos folletos están disponibles en nuestro sitio Web Biblioteca Wildwood: http://www.wildwoodlibrary.org > lectura de verano o en este enlace directo: https://goo.gl/b9Va7Q

Todos los libros se deben volver en la biblioteca! Por favor asegúrese de que sus estudiantes han regresado sus libros para que puedan participar en el sorteo de libros para ganar algunos libros de lectura de verano! Los ganadores del sorteo serán announcedTuesday!

¡Feliz lectura!
Susan Wells
Wildwood bibliotecario
wellss@arps.org

Wildwood 2016 yearbooks! Orders due Friday 6/3!

Wildwood 2016 Yearbook – filled with pictures of all the students, classes, and memories of this year at Wildwood — in beautiful full color!

Orders can be placed online — click STORE on the WildwoodPGO.com menu, or click here: http://wildwoodpgostore.com/

You may also download the form and return to school: WW Yearbook ORDER FORM 2016

Yearbooks are $8 each online. If you would like a (confidential) free copy, please send in the paper copy sent home with your child, or print the PDF (to be posted soon).

The Wildwood Yearbook is a parent produced, all volunteer project.

Town Meeting schools report: TM appropriates extra funds to support school library paraprofessionals

Report on Town Meeting consideration of school budgets

The Town Meeting began debate tonight (Wed., May 4) on the elementary school budget. At the end of the evening, Town Meeting approved the Elementary School budget, and by a substantial majority appropriated an additional $30,000 to support the three full-time paraprofessionals in the elementary school libraries.

The three library paraprofessional positions had been cut entirely from the proposed budget earlier this year. Numerous parents, teachers, and community members came out in force this spring to express their support for the school libraries and the library paraprofessionals. After that, the positions were restored to 60%, although not fully restored.

At tonight’s meeting, Town Meeting member Nicola Usher introduced an article to add $30,000 to fully restore funding for the three library paraprofessionals. Numerous members, and two guests (Wildwood school librarian Susan Wells and a 9-year-old member of our community) spoke to the importance of the school libraries and the paraprofessionals in particular. Notably, not one member of the community spoke against the library paraprofessionals — a remarkable show of support from our Town.

After considerable discussion about other particulars about the elementary school budget, the budget was passed, with the additional $30,000 appropriation. IMPORTANT NOTE: The School Committee is not required to allocate the $30,000 to those positions — it was given the money in the budget, but can spend it in any way it chooses. However, Town Meeting member Vince O’Connor noted that over decades, no committee given such an additional allocation has elected to re-purpose the funds.

The advocacy of Wildwood’s librarian Susan Wells was critical in this effort, as is the strong support of our community for the mission of school libraries.

Next Monday, May 9, at 7 pm, the Town Meeting will take up the rest of the school budget requests.

— report by Laura Quilter, Wildwood parent & Town Meeting member

More information:

Fun, Podcasts, & RESEARCH in the WW Library! (Valley Gives)

Fun, Podcasts, and RESEARCH in the WW Library!
Check out what we’ve been up to in this Spring:

Wildwood Library Book Donor Program PDF

With Valley Gives Day coming up on May 3rd please consider donating a book to the WW Library!
Commemorate your student’s time here at Wildwood school and help grow our school library!
Please consider donating a book to honor your student or a special staff member.
Click here for the donation form!

Search Committees need parents!

Hi parents & guardians,

Wildwood will have at least one position being filled for next school year, and will be looking for parent volunteers to be part of the search committees. If you’re interested in being part of a particular search committee, or potentially interested and available generally, please contact Joyce Gooden, in the Main Office, at GoodenJ@arps.org .

 

Master class in jazz (4/28)

On Thursday, April 28th the renowned jazz band “Jeremy Turgeon Quintet” (featuring Wildwood’s own Mtali Banda on saxophone) will be giving a master class in jazz to the 4th and 3rd grade students in the music room at Wildwood. In February, JTQ gave the same masterclass for the 5th and 6th grades capping off their study of influential black musicians such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Sam Cook.  The first master class turned out to be such a success that the band agreed to come back to share their art with the 3rd and 4th grade.

Slightly different than a concert, a Master Class is designed at teaching students the elements of jazz music, as well as enabling them to actually get a chance to play.  Families are welcomed and encouraged to come take part in this experience. The 3rd grade class will run from 9:50-10:30 and 4th grade will run from 10:40-11:20.

Here is a preview of what you will see when JTQ comes by to play!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF2-DK-716w

Hope to see you there,

Jake Brownell
WW General Music Teacher

Family Survey – Please take! / Encuesta a las familias

Wildwood needs you to take the Family Survey!  http://survey.5-essentials.org/amherst/survey/parent/   Wildwood te necesita para participar en la encuesta de la familia!

Dear Wildwood families, / Estimados familias Wildwood,

I am re-sending the letter and the link to the Wildwood Family survey that I sent out last week. We currently have received responses from only 20% of our families. Our goal is to hear from all of you. Please take the time (only 15 minutes), if you have not done so already, to complete the survey so your voice will be heard. We value everyone’s input. Thank-you in advance for your participation.

Estoy re-envío de la carta y el enlace a la encuesta Wildwood familia que envié la semana pasada. Actualmente hemos recibido respuestas de sólo el 20% de nuestras familias. Nuestro objetivo es tener noticias de todos ustedes. Por favor tome el tiempo (sólo 15 minutos), si no lo ha hecho ya, para completar la encuesta para que se escuche su voz. Valoramos el aporte de todos. Gracias de antemano por tu participación.

Your Principal, / Su principal

Nick

Here is the link to the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/amherst/survey/parent/


April 2, 2016

Dear Wildwood Families:

As we mentioned in the last Wildwood Window Newsletter, the Amherst-Pelham Schools have formed a partnership with the UChicago Impact to provide us with reliable, ongoing data for school improvement. Between March 23rd and April 15th, all Amherst Schools will partner with UChicago Impact to survey students in grades 4, 5, and 6 as well as the staff in our school. In addition, UChicago Impact provides a parent survey component.

Students will take the survey in their computer/technology classes.
Parents and guardians can take their survey using this link:
http://survey.5-essentials.org/amherst/survey/parent/

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

  • The components of the 5Essentials:
  • Ambitious Instruction: Classes are challenging and engaging.
  • Effective Leaders: Principals and teachers implement a shared vision for success.
  • Collaborative Teachers: Teachers collaborate to promote professional growth.
  • Involved Families: The entire staff builds strong external relationships with families.
  • Supportive Environment: The school is safe, demanding, and supportive.

It is vitally important that we hear from all of our Wildwood families. To that end, we thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey. Certainly contact one of us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Nick Yaffe, Principal and Linda Gianesin, Assistant Principal


2 de abril 2016

Queridas familias de la escuela Wildwood:

Como mencionamos en la última edición de la Ventana de Wildwood, Las Escuelas de Amherst-Pelham han formado una asociación con Impacto de la Universidad de Chicago que nos proporciona datos fiables y constantes para el mejoramiento escolar. Los datos se generan a partir de los resultados de las encuestas de los estudiantes, del personal y de las familias. Les pedimos que participen en la encuesta. Su participación en esta encuesta es voluntaria y usted tiene el derecho de no participar. Sin embargo, espero que usted considere seriamente la posibilidad de compartir su voz, ya que los resultados de este estudio ayudarán a impulsar mejoras en Wildwood.

La Encuesta “5Essentials” proporciona una visión global de la cultura organizacional de la escuela en un informe individualizado que mide cinco “Esenciales” críticos para el éxito escolar:

  • Líderes eficaces
  • Profesores colaborativos
  • Familias involucradas
  • Entorno favorable
  • Instrucción ambiciosa

Los alumnos de nuestra escuela empezaron a tomar la encuesta hoy día. Los padres pueden tomar la encuesta si hagan clic en este enlace para participar en la encuesta:

http://survey.5essentials.org/amherst/survey/parent/

Las repuestas, los resultados son anónimos y jamas se van a conectar a Usted o a su hijo. ¡Su participación es importante! Esperamos que Ustedes puedan tomar un minuto para tomar la encuesta. Agradecemos su participación de antemano

Sinceramente,

Nick Yaffe and Linda Gianesin

Resolution & meeting to opt-out of testing

Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees Approve MCAS Opt-Out Resolution

In a joint meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees passed the following resolution affirming students’ rights to opt-out of MCAS testing, and educators’ rights to discuss their opinions about testing without any form of retribution. The resolution is available on the ARPS website at http://www.arps.org/ , and the text is below:  

By law, students, in consultation with their families, have the right to opt out of state-wide standardized tests such as MCAS and PARCC. Consistent with prior practice, students along with their families, who choose to exercise a student’s right to opt out of these assessments—either by a statement or a note from parents or guardians—will not be subject to any form of negative consequences from the school district. 

Opting out will not have negative implications for grades or class placement of any individual student. High School students should be aware that Massachusetts regulations dictate that a passing score on the tenth grade level MCAS is a graduation requirement. Educators who choose to discuss the right to opt-out with their students or with parents shall not be subject to any form of retribution by anyone in the Amherst or Amherst Regional public schools. 

We are pleased to reaffirm that free speech is a fundamental right of all members of our educational community.  

A community meeting is scheduled for those families who will be opting out, to discuss the practical details of opting out of MCAS and PARCC testing that begin next week.

Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing group meeting this Saturday, March 26, 4pm, Woodbury Room, Jones Library.

The Wildwood PGO does not endorse or express any opinion about testing or the opt-out parent group. This event is not sponsored by the Wildwood, the PGO, or ARPS.

Google translation:

Comités de Amherst y la Escuela Regional de Amherst-Pelham aprobar Resolución MCAS de Exclusión

En una reunión conjunta el martes, 22 de marzo de los Comités Regionales de la Escuela Amherst y Amherst-Pelham adoptó el acuerdo siguiente afirmación de los estudiantes derechos de darse de baja de las pruebas del MCAS, y los educadores derechos para discutir sus opiniones sobre la prueba sin ningún tipo de retribución . La resolución está disponible en el sitio web ARPS en http://www.arps.org/, y el texto es el siguiente:

Por ley, los estudiantes, en consulta con sus familias, tienen el derecho de exclusión de pruebas estandarizadas a nivel estatal como el MCAS y PARCC. En consonancia con la práctica anterior, los estudiantes junto con sus familias, que optan por ejercer el derecho del estudiante de optar por una de estas evaluaciones, ya sea por una declaración o una nota de los padres o tutores, no estarán sujetas a ningún tipo de consecuencias negativas de la escuela distrito.

La inhabilitación no tendrá consecuencias negativas para las calificaciones o colocación de clase de un estudiante en particular. Los estudiantes de secundaria deben ser conscientes de que los reglamentos de Massachusetts dictan que una calificación aprobatoria en el nivel de décimo grado del MCAS es un requisito de graduación. Los educadores que eligen para discutir el derecho a darse de baja con sus alumnos o con los padres no estarán sujetos a ningún tipo de retribución por cualquier persona en las escuelas públicas Amherst Amherst o regionales.

Estamos encantados de reafirmar que la libertad de expresión es un derecho fundamental de todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad educativa.

Una reunión de la comunidad está programada para aquellas familias que serán excluirse, para discutir los detalles prácticos de la exclusión voluntaria de MCAS y pruebas PARCC que comienzan la próxima semana.

Opt-Out de reunión de un grupo de alto riesgo Prueba este sábado, 26 de marzo de 16:00, Woodbury habitación, Biblioteca Jones.

El Wildwood PGO no respalda ni expresa ninguna opinión acerca de la prueba o el grupo matriz de exclusión. Este evento no es patrocinado por el Wildwood, el PGO, o ARPS.

 

School Committee & town elections; candidate forum

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a town candidates forum on THIS TUESDAY, March 22, 7:00 pm. It will be in the Town Room at Amherst Town Hall.

The local election for the Amherst School Committee and other elected positions will be held on Tuesday, March 29th.   Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

There are three candidates for two positions on School Committee. There are also candidates for a special commission to consider the shape of Amherst town government.

Candidate statement videos are available on Amherst Media, at https://amherstmedia.org/content/candidate-statement-videos-2016

School Committee candidates were also primary participants at the League of Women Voters forum on Tuesday, March 22, also available at Amherst Media, at https://amherstmedia.org//content/miscellaneous-meetings-0

 

 

library staffing cut update – Some good news

Dear Wildwood Families;
Thank you for all your actions over the past month to help retain the library paraprofessionals in the FY 2017 budget.  Your many letters of support and physical presence at the school committee meeting made me feel incredibly supported by the families of the Wildwood community.  Your voices were clearly heard.  Although it has not been made public on the ARPS website I feel comfortable, after communicating with both Nick Yaffe and Maria Geryk, to report that the library paraprofessional position has been restored to 60% time for next year. Although only having Jennifer in the library 3 days a week will limit some of things I am currently during with students, I am committed to continuing to teach all grade levels (i.e. 5th and 6th).

I am deeply indebted to this community for your support and grateful for your willingness to raise your voice in support of our school’s library program. Thank you.  The school committee meets again on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016.  I believe they will vote on the revised budget cuts.  For more information (I hope the central office will publish updated budget documents here): http://www.arps.org/administration/budget_information/F_Y17_budget/Budget_Documents
Susan Wells
Librarian, Wildwood Elementary

Family Math Night! (3/24) Noche Familiar de Matemáticas

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Wildwood Elementary School
Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide event
Family Math Night:
A Little Math Goes a Long Way

Thursday, March 24, 2016
5:30 -7:00 pm*
“Play and Take” Math Games

Pizza dinner in the cafeteria: 5:30-6:00
Math games in rooms around school: 6:00-7:00
Grand prize raffle in the cafeteria: 7:00-7:15

*BUS pick-up at entrance: Boulders 5pm, North Village 5:15, Village Park/Olympia Oaks 5:25

 

Escuela Elemental de Wildwood
Presenta un evento para toda la escuela patrocinado por Título 1 y PGO

Noche Familiar de Matemáticas:

Un poco de matemáticas puede recorrer largas distancias

 

Jueves, 24 de marzo del 2016

5:30 -7:00 pm*

Juegos de Matemáticas “jugar y tener”

 

Cena de pizza en la cafetería:                      5:30-6:00

Juegos de matemáticas en salones
alrededor de la escuela:                               6:00-7:00

Sorteo del gran premio en la cafetería:                   7:00-7:15

 

*Los autobuses recogerán en la entrada de:   Boulders @ 5pm, North Village @ 5:15 pm, Olympia Oaks @ 5:25 pm, Village Park @ 5:30 pm

 

first published March 7 – republished March 14

Jump Rope for Heart Benefit

From Vincent Barnes, Wildwood’s PE teacher:

I just wanted to alert everyone that we will be doing Jump Rope For Heart this year, courtesy of the American Heart Association. The premise of the event is to teach the kids about the importance of a healthy heart through jump roping and other cardiovascular-focused activities. Accompanied with this event is a fundraising component that raises funds for the research towards children’s heart disease; only grades 4 through 6 will participate in the fundraiser.

This week, I will be distributing fundraising envelopes to students along with consent forms for students to participate in the JRFH activities. Students are not mandated to participate in the fundraiser, but they are highly encouraged to do so. The time frame for the fundraiser is March 7th through April 1st, and all envelopes are expected to be returned by April 8th. Donations can also be made online at http://www.heart.org/jump. When it begins to get warmer outside, we will be having an end-of-fundraiser celebration. I will inform everyone with more details as they begin to formulate. Please let me know if there are any questions, comments, or concerns about JRFH in general.

Upcoming PGO meetings

March 30 – General PGO meeting, at Wildwood!
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30pm. Free childcare!
5:30 pizza in the cafeteria
6:30 PGO meeting

Also, if you’re interested in being closely involved, the PGO “core” working group will meet Tuesday March 15, 6:15pm. RSVP at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com .

Posted in PGO

Update & Thank you from the WW librarian

Dear Wildwood Families:

Thank you for your support. In the form of letters and raised voices, many families and Amherst citizens have spoken out against the cut of the library paraeducators. At Tuesday’s school committee meeting, over 10 people (2 students included) spoke during the public comment time, so many that the chairperson had to stop the comments. Many of the speakers were parents and volunteers who have witnessed first-hand the importance of our school’s library program.

I believe public outcry from letters to a strong showing at Tuesday’s meeting have lead to positive changes! School committee members Rick Hood and Vira Douangmany Cage had several suggestions for finding the money to restore the paraeducator positions. I hope Amherst Media will post the meeting soon (https://www.amherstmedia.org/content/amherst-school-committee)

I am happy report that today at the Joint Capital Planning Committee meeting Maria Geryk requested that the $40,000 wireless upgrade be moved out of the school operating budget and into the capital budget:
http://onlyintherepublicofamherst.blogspot.com/2016/02/40000-budget-shift.html

Please continue to speak out in support of our libraries! The message is being heard! Write to the school committee:
schoolcommittee@arps.org

I wanted to share with you what I said during the public comment at the school committee meeting:

PUBLIC COMMENT
My name is Susan Wells, I was hired to run the WW library program just 6 short months ago.

Cutting the library paraeducator means the library program shoulders 70% of the “small” local cuts in each elementary school. This “small” local cut, to be clear, is the ONLY reduction of a staff member in this budget who has daily contact with students ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

Today I taught 4 classes which brought in over 80 students. Over 200 books were returned by 9AM this morning. While I was teaching those 80 students, 75 other students entered the library independently without an adult:
EACH one of those students left with a book that my paraeducator:
suggested to the student, or
helped the student find,
No VOLUNTEER or clerical worker could help these students!

For many students at Wildwood our library is the ONLY library they EVER visit. From the highest flyers to the non-reader, students WANT to come to the library. It is the great equalizer, it serves every student in our community regardless of class, race, or ability.

We have been informed that this $500,000 shortfall is a direct result of enrollment in charter schools. What do charter schools lack? Libraries. This cut will limit student’s access to their only library and the one place in the school that really sets us apart from charter schools.

Thank you for your continuing support,
Susan Wells
Wildwood Librarian and parent
susanenrightwells@yahoo.com

Black History Month celebration (2/13 Sat 11am)

SATURDAY Feb 13, 2016, 11:00 AM / Sábado 13 de Feb, 2016, 11 a.m.

Come snow, come wind we will raise the Black History Month Flag and sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Join the Amherst NAACP and other community members on the Amherst Town Common. / Ven nieve, viento venir vamos a plantear la historia de la bandera Mes Negro y cantar “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Inscripción en el Amherst NAACP y otros miembros de la comunidad en la ciudad de Amherst Común.

Please spread the word! / Pasa la voz!

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This event is not sponsored by the PGO or the Schools. / Este evento no es patrocinado por el PGO o las Escuelas.
Translation by Google / Traducción de Google

Less Testing More Learning-Amherst High Stake Testing Opt Out Meeting (2/6)

Less Testing More Learning-Amherst High Stake Testing Opt Out Meeting

On Saturday, February 6th from 3-5PM at the Jones Library Woodbury Room (43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA) join Amherst area students, families and community members united in opting out. We are committed to organizing and building a strong, vibrant local movement to realize a future without high stakes standardized testing. Do you or your child have a story to share about MCAS or PARCC? Do you want more information to decide if opting out is right for you? Please come with your questions! We need more families who are interested in learning more and testing less!

(Please note that this is not a Parent/Guardian Organization (PGO) sponsored event).


 

Menos Prueba de Aprendizaje-Amherst Más Alta Estaca Junta de Exclusión de Pruebas

El sábado 6 de febrero a partir de 3-5PM Jones en la habitación Biblioteca Woodbury (43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA) se unen a los estudiantes del área de Amherst, familias y miembros de la comunidad unidos en la exclusión voluntaria. Estamos comprometidos con la organización y la construcción de un fuerte movimiento local, vibrante para realizar un futuro sin altas apuestas en las pruebas estandarizadas. ¿Tiene usted o su hijo tienen una historia para compartir sobre el MCAS o PARCC? ¿Quieres más información para decidir si optar por no es adecuado para usted? Por favor, vengan con sus preguntas! Necesitamos más familias que están interesados en aprender más y prueba de menos!

(Tenga en cuenta que esto no es un padre / tutor Organización (PGO) evento patrocinado).

letter from Wildwood Librarian : School Committee 2/9

Dear Wildwood Families,

I am writing to share some information with you. And although I am uncomfortable doing it, I am also writing to ask for your help.

The school committee will be presented with the fiscal year 2017 budget on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6 PM. That proposed budget completely cuts the one full-time paraprofessional position in each of the elementary libraries, including Wildwood. More specifically, Wildwood is being asked to cut $35,000.

The proposed budget has 70% of that cut coming out of the library, in the form of the paraprofessional position. I want to outline what that would mean in practice.

The library team serves a dual role. I teach 23 40-minute classes a week. We also run a library with a circulation of 775 books a week that serves 450 students and the staff of the school. The library is a hub of activity, with a robust curriculum and resources. It is more than a classroom or just a place to get books. It is a place that fosters a love of reading, serves as a safe space for students of all needs and abilities, and is a place where students genuinely want to come and spend time. The paraprofessional is a huge reason for that.

One fourth grader recently came in to the library and said, “I don’t like reading but I will read anything either you or Jenny gives me to read.”

So I am writing to inform of you this upcoming School Committee Meeting. If you don’t want to see this cut for the library, I ask you to make your opinion known to school leadership and to the school committee. This is asking a lot of anyone, but one of the most impactful things would be to make your voice heard at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6 PM. The public comment portion is from 6 PM – 6:15 PM.

Thank you for your support,

Susan Wells
Librarian
Wildwood Elementary School


Traduccion de Google

Estimadas familias, Wildwood

Le escribo para compartir alguna información con usted. Y aunque me siento incómodo hacerlo, yo también escribo para pedir su ayuda.

El comité de la escuela se presentará con el presupuesto fiscal 2017 el martes 9 de febrero de, 2016 a 18:00. Ese presupuesto se interrumpe por completo la posición de asistente de maestro de tiempo completo en cada una de las bibliotecas primarias, incluyendo Wildwood. Más específicamente, se le pide Wildwood para cortar $ 35.000.

El proyecto de presupuesto tiene el 70% de ese corte que sale de la biblioteca, en la forma de la posición de asistente de maestro. Quiero esbozar lo que significaría en la práctica.

El equipo de la biblioteca sirve un doble papel. Enseño 23 clases de 40 minutos a la semana. También llevamos a cabo una biblioteca con una tirada de 775 libros a la semana que sirve a 450 estudiantes y el personal de la escuela. La biblioteca es un centro de actividad, con un robusto plan de estudios y los recursos. Es más que un salón de clases o simplemente un lugar para conseguir libros. Es un lugar que fomenta el amor por la lectura, sirve como un espacio seguro para los estudiantes de todas las necesidades y capacidades, y es un lugar donde los estudiantes realmente quieren venir y pasar el tiempo. El asistente de maestro es una gran razón para ello.

Un niño de cuarto grado recientemente entró a la biblioteca y le dijo: “No me gusta leer, pero voy a leer cualquier cosa que usted o Jenny me da a leer.”

Así que escribo para informarle de que esta próxima reunión del comité de la escuela. Si no desea ver este corte para la biblioteca, te pido que tu opinión sea conocida por el liderazgo escolar y para el comité de la escuela. Esto es pedir mucho a nadie, pero una de las cosas más impactantes sería la de hacer oír su voz en la reunión del comité de la escuela el martes 9 de febrero de, 2016 a 18:00. La porción de comentario público es de 18:00-18:15.

Gracias por su apoyo,

Susan Wells
Bibliotecaria
Escuela Primaria Wildwood

 

 

Welcome New Families / Reunión para Las Familias Nuevas (2/9)

A Night to Welcome New Families to Our Community at Wildwood

When: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Where: Cafeteria and the library of Wildwood Elementary School
What time: 5:45pm until 7:45pm

Sponsored by: The Parent/Guardian Organization (PGO)
Nick Yaffe, Principal of Wildwood

Details:

  • 5:45pm -7:45pm Free childcare provided by the Wildwood Aftercare Program (MMASDC)
  • 5:45pm-6:15pm Free pizza and drinks in the cafeteria
  • 6:15pm-7:30pm Adults will gather in the library for coffee and conversation: There will be some short presentations regarding how to communicate with the school through Facebook, the Wildwood Blog and how to participate in the school electronically. There will be time for questions and answers as well as getting to know families who speak the same language.
  • 7:45pm Wrap up discussions, suggestions, opportunities and gather our children.

Please let us know if you will need childcare so that we can plan food and drink accordingly. You
can email Jasper Leiber at wildwood.wishlist@gmail.com or call/text him at 503­890­3200.

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Una Reunión para Las Familias Nuevas de Nuestra Escuela, Wildwood

Cuando: Martes, 9 de febrero del 2016
Dónde: Cafetería, y biblioteca de la Escuela Wildwood
Hora: 5:45pm – 7:45pm

Auspiciado por: Organización de Padres y Guardianes (PGO)
Director de la escuela, Nick Yaffe

Detalles

  • 5:45pm – 7:45pm: Personas encargadas de los niños (gracias a los professionales de los programas después de la escuela, MMASDC).
  • 5:45pm – 6:15pm: Pizza y refrescos gratis en la cafeteria
  • 6:15pm – 7:30pm: Nos juntamos en la biblioteca con los adultos para café y conversacion: Algunas presentaciones cortas sobre como comunicarse con la escuela por Facebook, El blog de Wildwood y participar en la discusíon electrónica de nuestra comunidad. Además habrá tiempo para preguntar y responder y conocer otras familias que hablan la misma lengua de Español.
  • 7:45pm: Concluir con comentarios, surgerencias y oportunidades para ayudar.

Pedimos un aviso para la comida y los cuidadores de los niños a wildwood.wishlist@gmail.com o por el teléfono y text de Jasper Lieber, T# 503-890-3200.

Wildwood STAR celebration! Volunteers needed for 2/12

Dear Wildwood School Parents and Guardians,

I am writing on behalf of the Wildwood School Climate/PBIS Leadership Team to ask for your support to help us with our first School-wide Star celebration event.

Our school implemented a School-wide Acknowledgement System in which students receive STAR tickets when they are observed exhibiting STAR behaviors (Safe, Try one’s best, Act responsibly, be Respectful).

The School Climate Team is planning for a School-wide STAR celebration event in anticipation of students reaching 2000 STAR tickets by Feb. 12. We need parent volunteers to help run 3 stations including a Dance party, Arts & Crafts and Board Games. Grades 1-5 will sign up for a 30-minute block of time to attend the celebration. Parents can volunteer for a whole day, half a day, or during one of the time slots (see below) on Friday, February 12.

  • 9:00-9:40 (Grade 3)
  • 10:10 – 10:50 (First Grade)
  • 11:00 – 11:40 (Second Grade)
  • 1:40 – 2:20 (Fifth Grade)
  • 2:35 – 3:05 (Fourth Grade)

Please contact me at kuon@arps.org or 362-1417 if you can volunteer your time by Monday, February 8.

Sincerely yours,

Naihsin Kuo, Wildwood School Guidance Counselor

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Escuela Estimado Wildwood padres y tutores,

Le escribo en nombre del Equipo de Clima / PBIS Liderazgo Wildwood escuela para pedir su apoyo para ayudarnos con nuestra primera celebración de la estrella de eventos de toda la escuela.

Nuestra escuela implementó un Sistema de Reconocimiento de toda la escuela en la que los estudiantes reciben boletos de STAR cuando son observados exhibiendo comportamientos estrella (seguro, pruebe uno de lo mejor, la Ley de manera responsable, ser respetuoso).

El Equipo de Ambiente escolar es la planificación de una celebración ESTRELLA evento de toda la escuela a la espera de los estudiantes que llegan a 2000 entradas Star de febrero 12. Necesitamos padres voluntarios para ayudar a ejecutar 3 estaciones, incluyendo una fiesta de la danza, artes manuales y juegos de mesa. Grados 1-5 se inscriban para un bloque de 30 minutos de tiempo para asistir a la celebración. Los padres pueden ser voluntarios durante todo un día, medio día, o durante uno de los intervalos de tiempo (ver más abajo) el viernes, 12 de febrero.

  • 9: 00-9: 40 (grado 3)
  • 10:10-10:50 (Primer Grado)
  • 11:00-11:40 (Segundo Grado)
  • 1:40-2:20 (quinto grado)
  • 2:35-03:05 (cuarto grado)

Por favor, póngase en contacto conmigo en kuon@arps.org o 362-1417 si usted puede ofrecer su tiempo para el lunes 8 de febrero.

Sinceramente tuyo,

Naihsin Kuo, Consejero Wildwood Orientación Escolar

(traducción por Google)

Town Meeting

Running for Town Meeting?
The deadline for getting your name on the ballot as a candidate for Town Meeting is February 9, 2016. Sign up in the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall. You must be a registered voter in the Town of Amherst. All it takes is one signature. If you have any questions, contact the Town Clerk at 259-3035, TownClerk@amherstma.gov or email the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee (TMCC) at townmeeting@amherstma.gov.

Within a few weeks, the Amherst League of Women Voters will contact candidates who have signed up to be on the ballot to write a few sentences about themselves that will be published in the Amherst Bulletin Election Guide the week before the election. Participating in the Election Guide is a good way to increase votes for a candidate.

If you miss the deadline to be on the Ballot…
If you miss the deadline, you can run a “write-in” campaign by asking friends and neighbors in your precinct to vote for you. Write-in candidates are also advised to contact the Amherst League of Women Voters (http://www.lwvamherst.org/) to participate in the LWV Election Guide that is published in the Amherst Bulletin the week before the Annual Election.

The Annual Town Election takes place on March 29, 2016.

The Annual Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Once you are elected you will be mailed packets of information about issues to be decided at Town Meeting. An orientation for newly elected Town Meeting members will take place before the first session of Town Meeting. Educational events such as a Warrant Review, Bus Tour, and Precinct Meetings take place in the month before Town Meeting. Additional information for town meeting members can be found at http://www.amherstma.gov/tminfo and http://www.amherstma.gov/tm and by joining the Town Meeting listserv by sending an email to townmeeting@amherstma.gov. Town Meeting members can also join the Town Meeting Email Discussion Group by sending an email with your name, precinct number, and contact information to amhersttownmeeting-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .

Do you need Dependent Care so you can attend Town Meeting Sessions? The Town offers some financial support for Town Meeting members who need to pay for care for children or other household members so they can attend Town Meeting. For reimbursement (at least partial – up to $30 per session), receipts must be turned in to the Select Board Office within 2 weeks of the adjournment of Town Meeting.


Correr para Town Meeting? 

La fecha límite para conseguir su nombre en la boleta como candidato a la Town Meeting es el 9 de febrero de 2016. Registrarse en la oficina del Town Clerk (secretario del Ayuntamiento) en Town Hall (el Ayuntamiento). Usted debe ser un votante registrado en la ciudad de Amherst. Sólo se necesita una firma. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, póngase en contacto con el Town Clerk en el 259 hasta 3035, TownClerk@amherstma.gov o por correo electrónico a la Town Meeting de Coordinación Ciudad (TMCC) en townmeeting@amherstma.gov.

Dentro de unas semanas, la League of Women Voters (Liga de Mujeres Votantes) Amherst pondrá en contacto con los candidatos que se han inscrito para estar en la boleta electoral para escribir unas pocas frases acerca de sí mismos que serán publicados en la Guía Elección Boletín Amherst la semana antes de la elección. Participar en la Guía de las elecciones es una buena manera de aumentar los votos para un candidato.

Si se vence el plazo para estar en la boleta electoral …
Si se vence el plazo, puede ejecutar una campaña de “write-in” preguntando a amigos y vecinos en su distrito electoral de votar por usted. Escribe en los candidatos también se les recomienda ponerse en contacto con la Liga de Mujeres Votantes Amherst (http://www.lwvamherst.org/) para participar en la Guía Elección LWV que se publica en el Boletín Amherst la semana antes de la elección anual.

La Elección Anual Ciudad tiene lugar el 29 de marzo el 2016.

La Town Meeting Anual comienza el Lunes, 02 de mayo 2016.

Una vez que haya elegido se le enviará paquetes de información acerca de los problemas que se decidirán en Town Meeting. Una orientación para los recién elegidos miembros Town Meeting tendrá lugar antes de la primera sesión de la Town Meeting. Educativo eventos tales como una opinión Warrant, Bus Tour, y Reuniones Precinto tienen lugar en el mes antes de Town Meeting. Información adicional para los miembros de la Town Meeting se puede encontrar en http://www.amherstma.gov/tminfo y http://www.amherstma.gov/tm y uniéndose a la lista de distribución Town Meeting mediante el envío de un correo electrónico a townmeeting@amherstma.gov~~V. Miembros Town Meeting también pueden unirse a la Town Meeting Email Grupo de discusión enviando un correo electrónico con su nombre, número de precinto, y la información para contactar amhersttownmeeting-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

¿Necesita cuidado de dependientes para que pueda asistir a Town Meeting Sesiones?
La ciudad ofrece un poco de apoyo financiero para los miembros de Town Meeting que tienen que pagar por el cuidado de hijos u otros miembros de la familia para que puedan asistir a Town Meeting. Para el reembolso (al menos parcial – hasta $ 30 por sesión), los recibos deben ser entregados a la Oficina de Selección de la Junta dentro de 2 semanas de la clausura de la Town Meeting.

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credits: Copied from http://ftriver.blogspot.com/2016/01/running-for-town-meeting.html . Spanish translation by Google Translate.

Nominate math/sci teachers for national award!

Do you know a K-6 grade teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for one of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone—researchers, parents or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 grade teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website (www.paemst.org). To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information.

PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers may be recognized each year.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and policy-maker meetings; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2016. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2016 for teachers (K-grade 6). If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at http://www.paemst.org.

Please consider nominating outstanding mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers today!

Sincerely,
Nafeesa Owens, Ph.D.
Program Lead, PAEMST*

*The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

7-12 consolidation parent rep seeking input

From Catherine Corson, Wildwood’s parent representative to the 7-12 consolidation team:

“As the WW member of the district’s community review team for 7-12 consolidation, I’m soliciting general thoughts on information that you would like the district to provide about the consolidation 7-12 by this Wed.”

Please send her feedback!  Parent / guardian voices are very important, as our staff / teacher voices.

Send Catherine feedback directly (her email is in last year’s directory) or send feedback to wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com and we will forward it to her.

School Committee meetings this week

1) Tuesday Jan. 12 is a Regional School Committee meeting at 7:00, Library, Amherst Regional High School, including a very brief update on 7-12 consolidation

2) Wednesday Jan. 13, 4:00 P.M. Library, Amherst Regional High School, Wildwood Building Committee Meeting on Elementary Schools

3) Wednesday Jan. 13, 6:30 Library, Amherst Regional High School: Public Forum on Elementary Schools

4) Thursday Jan. 14, 3:30, Library, Amherst Regional High School: Amherst School Committee meeting on Elementary Schools

Elementary School Building Survey

Dear Current and/or Future Amherst Public School Families,

The Amherst School Committee is having a survey conducted to gather feedback from different stakeholder groups about the options for the Amherst Elementary Building Project. This link (http://bit.ly/ARPSElementarySurvey) will bring you to an anonymous survey designed for current and/or future parents/guardians in the district. The survey is currently open and will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 10th. The survey results will be compiled by McBassi & Company and shared the following week on the website for the Amherst Elementary Building Project as well as in a Community Forum on January 13th at 6:30 pm at the Amherst High School Library.

We thank you for your participation.

Best,
Katherine Appy, Chair of the Amherst School Committee

This is a survey by the School Committee, not the PGO. For more information about the rebuilding / reconfiguration proposals, see https://wildwoodpgo.com/district-reshaping-public-schools/ .

Queridas familias actuales y / o futuras de las Escuelas Públicas de Amherst,

El Comité Escolar de Amherst está realizando una encuesta para obtener opiniones de los diferentes grupos interesados sobre las opciones para el Proyecto de Construcción de la Escuela Elemental de Amherst. Este enlace (http://bit.ly/ARPSElementarySurvey) le llevará a una encuesta anónima diseñada para los actuales y / o futuros padres / tutores en el distrito. La encuesta está abierta y se cerrará a las 11:59 pm el Domingo, 10 de enero. Los resultados de la encuesta serán compilados por McBassi y Compañía y compartidos la semana siguiente en la página web del Proyecto de Construcción de la Escuela Elemental de Amherst, así como en el Foro de la Comunidad del 13 de enero a las 6:30 p.m. en la Biblioteca de la Escuela Superior de Amherst.

Le damos las gracias por su participación.

Los mejores deseos,

Katherine Appy, Presidente del Comité Escolar de Amherst

Mas informacion: https://wildwoodpgo.com/district-reshaping-public-schools/

middle-high consolidation; parent representatives needed

Dear parents & guardians — If anybody is interested in participating in a team to review the proposed middle / high school consolidation, please let Kathy Mazur or wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com know right away.  We have one volunteer but are open to others.  Below is the note describing the job.  Thanks!

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Dear PGO & SEPAC Leaders:

As you know, we have been working on a variety of plans which address the financial shortfall at the Regional level and the decline in enrollment. At the end of January, a report will be presented to the Regional School Committee on 7-12 consolidation options with a vote from them in March. If supported, consolidation will occur in September, 2017.

We would like to appoint a Community Review Team to review the work performed to date in anticipation of the January presentation, and we would like a representative of your group to attend. To launch this team, an initial meeting will be held in order to provide an overview of steps taken to date. All background information will be provided to you in writing for your study in order to prepare for a subsequent meeting of the team.

The first meeting will occur the week of January 4, with a follow up meeting on January 11 for feedback. Please consider appointing an individual and sending the name of that person to Kathryn Mazur, HR Director at mazurk@arps.org or calling her directly at 362-1803.

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Queridos padres y tutores – Si alguien está interesado en participar en un equipo para revisar la consolidación de la escuela secundaria / media propuesta, por favor deje Kathy Mazur o wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com saber de inmediato. Tenemos un voluntario, pero estamos abiertos a otros. A continuación se muestra la nota que describa el trabajo. ¡Gracias!

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Queridos PGO y SEPAC Líderes:

Como ustedes saben, hemos estado trabajando en una variedad de planes que abordan el déficit financiero a nivel regional y la disminución de la matrícula. A finales de enero, un informe será presentado al Comité Escolar Regional de 7-12 opciones de consolidación con un voto de ellos en marzo. Si se admite, la consolidación se producirá en septiembre de 2017.

Nos gustaría nombrar a un equipo de revisión de la Comunidad para revisar el trabajo realizado hasta la fecha a la espera de la presentación enero, y nos gustaría que un representante de su grupo para asistir. Para poner en marcha este equipo, una primera reunión se llevará a cabo con el fin de proporcionar una visión general de las medidas adoptadas hasta la fecha. Toda la información de fondo será proporcionado a usted por escrito para su estudio con el fin de prepararse para una reunión posterior del equipo.

La primera reunión tendrá lugar la semana del 04 de enero, con una reunión de seguimiento el 11 de enero para la retroalimentación. Por favor considerar la designación de un individuo y de enviar el nombre de esa persona a Kathryn Mazur, Director de Recursos Humanos en mazurk@arps.org o llamarla directamente en 362 a 1803.