What is my Child Learning in Math? Presentation at the PGO Meeting Nov 28 at 6pm

What is my Child Learning in Math?

A presentation by Math Coach Elizabeth Pretel

Tuesday, November 28th, 6:00pm

  • 6:00pm Meet in the library to hear what the PGO is up to and ways to take part in our school.
  • 6.30pm Math Coach Elizabeth Pretel will present on what is happening in Math in grades K-6 and how we can support our children at home.
  • 7:00pm Questions, Meet & Greet

Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO

View PGO Meeting Flyer


Thanksgiving Break Next Week

Just a reminder that there is no school Wednesday, Nov. 22- Friday, Nov. 24 in recognition of Thanksgiving.  The blog is going to take a break next week.

On behalf of the Wildwood PGO, the team would like to wish all readers a happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels if you are hitting the road, rails, or skies!

Starlight’s Youth Theatre Spring Musical Registration

Starlight’s Youth Theatre invites you Sunday, November 19th, to join our Spring programming with a registration day at Maple Ridge Community Center. Get to know your director and cast members by learning some music and movement from the show.

Register to reserve your spot with a $50 deposit and pick up materials at the workshop so you can go home and start listening to these amazing musicals!

For more info about cost, rehearsals and performances visit our website.

Jones Library Film & Discussion Series: “13TH”

Join us on Thursday, December 7, 2017 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.

This month’s screening of 13TH is a powerful documentary which explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States by Ava DuVernay, the director of the feature film Selma. The final half of the film will be screened, as the first half was screened and discussed at the October meeting. After the 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 http://www.coming-together.org/.

ARMS Online Merchandise Store Open

The ARMS PGO online Amherst merchandise store is now open.  But act fast, because the store will be closing at midnight on Monday, November 20.  We’ve got lots of great Amherst merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, athletic tops, shorts, sweatpants (new!), hats, scarves, caps, bags, socks, and headbands.  Something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Items will be available for distribution to ARMS students or pickup in the ARMS office on December 8. You can order online at https://amherstregionalmiddleschool.itemorder.com

Stop & Shopʼs A+ benefits Wildwood

Thank you to all our supporters who have registered their Stop & Shop card for the school rewards program. We have raised $190 this school year to fund our programs. 


Use your Stop & Shop card and Wildwood earns a percentage! Sign up today and designate Wildwood School. If your school selection(s) remains the same as last year, you DO NOT need to re-register your card.

The process of signing up is quick and simple:

  • Visit http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/
  • Enter the first three letters of your last name and your 13-digit Stop & Shop card number, and click the “Look Up” button.
  • On the next page where it says “school 1,” enter “05168” (Wildwood’s ID), then click “Register.”
  • And finally, on the next page, click “confirm my registration.”

Once your card is registered, purchases made from all Stop & Shop stores will benefit Wildwood, including purchases from stores in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island! So please encourage your friends and relatives to designate Wildwood.


LSSE Amherst Youth Basketball League


Jamboree on Dec 9th 2017

Games Begin on  Jan 6th 2018


Grades k-2 (coed): $95

Grades 2-8 Division: $125

Grades 9-12 Boys: $135

Grades 8-12 Girls: $135

Fee increase $20 After Nov 17th!

Go to LSSE.org to register for a division or call the LSSE Office at 413-259-3144 TODAY!

For more information about the league email Chris Johnson at JohnsonC@amherstma.gov.

Volunteers to videotape the Fort River School Building Committee meetings

Looking for volunteers to videotape the Fort River School Building Committee meetings.  Amherst Media will provide training and the necessary equipment, and will broadcast the meetings for the community.

The first meeting is Thursday, November 30 from 4-6pm at the ARMS Professional Development Center and there will likely be one or two meetings per month so it would be great if we had several people willing and able to take turns doing the filming.

Please contact crockerfarmpgo@gmail.com if you or someone you know can help.

Donate to Sanitary Products Drive

Did you know that total cost of a menstrual period (sanitary products, Advil, etc.) runs up to $20,000 in a lifetime??
Women’s Rights Club is running a TAMPON AND PAD drive all month! All donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center so that hygiene products can be available to all that need it!
Look for the signs and boxes located around the school to donate what you can, starting on Thursday. Donations should be in sealed boxes or packages. Drive will be up until the end of the month.

Technology Help At Amherst Libraries

Technology Specialist Doctor Hank will be available to help you troubleshoot your computer, tablet, e-reader, or other personal electronic device according to the following schedule:

  • Jones Library: first and third Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (in the Atrium)
  • Munson Memorial Library: every Wednesdayfrom 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • North Amherst Library: second and fourth Fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This drop-in support is free and open to the public on a first-come first-served basis.

IMPORTANT: Occasionally, Dr. Hank’s visits have to be rescheduled, so we encourage you to check our calendar or call our Reference Desk at 413-259-3096 to confirm.

PC Doctor Hank is funded in large part by the Friends of the Library in memory of Conrad Wogrin.

Survey Regarding Possible Dual Language/Magnet School

Message from the The Magnet/Dual-Immersion Subgroup of the Enrollment Working Group:

We are part of the Enrollment Working Group,  a group of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members that is in the process of researching educational options for the Amherst Public School district.

Our subgroup is exploring world language opportunities for our students, with a focus on the potential for our district to start a K-6 magnet school. Based on our perception of ongoing interest by the community and our current demographics of ELL (English Language Learners) students and bilingual staff, we are particularly interested in determining the feasibility of creating a English/Spanish K-6 dual immersion program (a dual language school teaches subjects in English and Spanish, with the goal of all students learning both languages). Our goals for this survey are to:

  • Assess interest in a K-6 dual immersion magnet school option by English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families
  • Assess interest in other magnet school themes
  • Assess interest in expanded Spanish language instruction as part of regular (non-dual immersion) K-6 programming.

Please take a moment before November 14 to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFG7JNX to share your thoughts and opinions.

Thank you for your time!


The Magnet/Dual-Immersion Subgroup of the Enrollment Working Group
Andrea Battle (ARPS Grandparent)
Irene Dujovne (ARPS Parent)
Margaret Sawyer (ARPS Parent)
Miki Gromacki (ARHS Assistant Principal, ARPS Parent)
Phoebe Hazzard (Amherst School Committee Chair, ARPS Parent)


Somos parte del grupo de trabajo de matrícula, un grupo de padres, maestros, administradores y miembros de la comunidad que está en el proceso de investigación de opciones educativas para el distrito escolar público de Amherst.

Nuestro subgrupo está explorando oportunidades de idiomas del mundo para nuestros estudiantes, con un enfoque en el potencial de nuestro distrito para comenzar una escuela especializada de K-6. De acuerdo a nuestra percepción del interés continuo de la comunidad, nuestra demografía actual de estudiantes de ELL (Aprendices del Idioma Inglés) y personal bilingüe, estamos particularmente interesados en determinar la viabilidad de crear un programa de inmersión doble en inglés / español para K-6. (Una escuela de doble idioma enseña materias en inglés y español, con el objetivo de que todos los estudiantes aprendan ambos idiomas). Nuestros objetivos para esta encuesta son:

  • Evaluar el interés en una opción de escuela especializada de doble inmersión K-6 de familias de habla inglesa y de habla hispana
  • Evaluar el interés en otros temas de escuela especializada
  • Evaluar el interés en la enseñanza del idioma español ampliado como parte de la programación regular (inmersión no dual) K-6.

Dedique un momento antes del 14 de noviembre a completar la encuesta en https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFG7JNX para compartir sus pensamientos y opiniones.

¡Gracias por su tiempo!


The Magnet/Dual-Immersion Subgroup of the Enrollment Working Group
Andrea Battle (ARPS Grandparent)
Irene Dujovne (ARPS Parent)
Margaret Sawyer (ARPS Parent)
Miki Gromacki (ARHS Assistant Principal, ARPS Parent)
Phoebe Hazzard (Amherst School Committee Chair, ARPS Parent)

Warm Winter Coat and Clothing Share Amherst Public Schools

To help everyone stay warm this winter, the Amherst school parent & guardian organizations (PGOs) are collecting winter coats & other outerwear for students (preK through 12th grade) & families.

We are seeking donations of clean, gently-used winter outerwear:
in ALL sizes (especially student sizes)
* coats * snow pants * snow boots * hats
* jackets * gloves/mittens *scarves * snowsuits

AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (ARHS) 21 Mattoon Street413-362-1700
Collection: Now through December 1st in the lobby
Distribution: Through the ARPS Family Center, November 20th into December

CROCKER FARM ELEMENTARY 280 West Street413-362-1600
Collection: Now until November 13th, in the lobby & at the preschool entrance
Distribution: November 14thNovember 15thNovember 16th

FORT RIVER ELEMENTARY 70 South East Street413-362-1200
Collection: Now until November 16th, in the lobby
Distribution: November 17th through November 29th(school days only)

WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY 71 Strong Street, 413-362-1400
Collection: Now until November 17th in the lobby
Distribution: November 20th through December 15th(school days only)

AMHERST REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (ARMS) 170 Chestnut Street413-362-1800
Collection: November 6th through December 1st in the lobby & near the auditorium
Distribution: Through the ARPS Family Center, November 20th into December (as supplies last)

MANY THANKS for your donations. Thank you too to the businesses and community partners who are helping with this effort.

Any winter clothing that is not given out at the schools will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Crocker Farm PGO: Tracy Zafian, tmz23@zafian.com
Fort River PGO: Sarah Cohen, sarah.fortriver@gmail.com
Wildwood PGO: Julie HawkOwl, jhawkowl@comcast.net
ARMS PGO: Amy Sweeting, amysweeting@yahoo.com
ARHS PGO: Becky Demling, beckydemling@yahoo.com
ARPS Family Center: Mildred Martinez, martinezm2@arps.org 413-362-1871

Shout Out for PGO Rock-Star Volunteers

The Wildwood PGO has had a very busy and successful first three months of school. Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped make these events special for our children.  In addition to the people who are listed here, we want to acknowledge all of those people who jump in and help out in big and small ways every day.   If we have left your name inadvertently off this list, please let us know, and we will add you immediately! Please know we appreciate all you do for the Wildwood community.

A special shout-out to all class parents who have organized potlucks, coordinated snack sign-ups and communicated on behalf of your classroom teachers.   

We also want to thank all of you who are working in the library, art room and cafeteria.

Here is a list of some of the events/services we have sponsored, provided or helped with so far this year.  Thank you to all of the people who have helped make them happen!


Staff Welcome Breakfast: Becky Miller, Bill Kaizen, Madeleine Charney

New Family Welcome Evening: Lisa Berry

Amherst First Day Celebration: Sheilah Jones, Sara Eggemeier

First Day Coffee:Yuko Mizutani, Kerry Crosby, Sara Eggemeier, Victor Ortiz


Kindergarten Coffee: Kurt Wise, Amber Cano-Martin, Toni Cunningham

Photocopying and distribution of backpack flyers: Andrea Cooper, Tyffannie Fluitt, Hilary Kawall, Julie Hawkowl

Curriculum Night: Yuko Mizutani, Sara Eggemeier, Hilary Kawall, Sheilah Jones, Kerry Crosby, Suzanne Newby-Estes, Jianmin Liu, Madeleine Charney

Directory Advertising: Eric Knyt

Assigning and Coordinating Class Parents: Becky Gahan



Walk to School: Tyffannie Fluitt, Madeleine Charney, Jeanne Hardy, Catherine Corson, Jen Matoney, Jane Sackett, Wooyoung Jee, Becky Gahan, Maxine Oland, Peter Montague

Photocopying, collation and distribution of Teacher Staff Kits: Yuko Mizutani

Mini-Grant form photocopying and distribution: Heather Welch

Picture Day: Rachel Broudy, Sheilah Jones, Lee Jennings, Emily Rabinsky

Directory Creation and Distribution: Jenny Haugsjaahabink, Susan Wells

Serving Garden Soup: Sara Eggemeier

Online book fair at the Children’s Bookstore, Nov 3rd -17th

We’re excited to announce our FIRST online book fair!

● Our school will receive 30% of every book purchased during our fair.
● It’s easy to participate. Visit www.childrensbookstore.com, shop for the books you want and enter our unique code at checkout. Our unique code is: wildwoodlibrary
● Books will be mailed directly to your home.

The fair will run for two weeks! It begins on Friday, November 3rd and closes on Friday, November 17th.

Please pass the word to friends and family!

View the Wildwood Library Newsletter

Vote for Amherst Regional Public Schools in Florence Bank Customers’ Choice Community Grants

Florence Bank gives away $100,000 each year to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.

Last year (2016), the ARPS PGO received got 52 votes & $947.  Some non-profits get up to $5,000 through the program. The $947 received by the ARPS PGO went for classroom support, special projects, & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (CF, WW, ARMS, & ARHS) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes.

Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice.
The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote (at least consider voting for) for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit.

There are 2 easy ways that people can vote:
(1) Online – Visit https://www.florencebank.com/vote to view the online voting site & can cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot. Templates attached. Ballots are also available at Florence Bank location.

Voting is open until December 31st.

View Flyer for more details.

Suburban Basketball Travel League Tryouts – Nov 5, 2017

Tryout Dates:

LocationAmherst Middle School

 When: Sunday, November 5th

5/6 grade girls: 10-11:30am

7/8 grade girls: 11:30am-1:00pm

5/6th grade boys: 1:00-2:30pm

7/8th grade boys: 2:30-4:00pm

Suburban Basketball is a competitive travel team, so participants should be prepared to commit for a full schedule of games/practices/tournaments from December until early March. No tryout fee, but if a player makes it there is a fee to cover cost of uniform, travel, tournament fees, etc.

For more information please log on to WWW.LSSE.ORG

Sports Director – Chris Johnson

Call – 413.259.3144

Email – johnsonc@amherst.gov

BASIC RIGHTS In Special Education Workshop

You are invited . . .

BASIC RIGHTS In Special Education

Thursday, November 9, 2017.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

ARHS Library

Please RSVP to SEPAC@arps.org or call (413) 687-4255.

This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Massachusetts Special Education Law
SEPAC: Basic Rights in Special Education

November Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle


David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
Through November 5, 2017

David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

The Art of Eric Carle: Night
Through March 18, 2018

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation. 

Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

November 19, 2017 – April 1, 2018

In its short history, The Carle has become one of the premier repositories in the country for picture book art. In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Museum has assembled an all-star lineup of work from its permanent collection. The exhibition showcases significant acquisitions of the past 15 years with a special focus on the Museum’s most recent gifts and purchases. Included are masterworks by Don Freeman, Trina Shart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others. Also featured are rarely seen three-dimensional objects in the collection such as dummy books, artist sketchbooks, and hand-carved printing blocks. A special selection of artist doodles and sketches—drawn over 15 years of artist visits, workshops, and book signings—is displayed in the auditorium hallway.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
November 3, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 10, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 17, 10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

Special Storytime: Chanavia Haddock
November 4, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Miracle, her debut book, author Chanavia Haddock tells the story of a curious young girl named Piper Rose and her day in the snow.  Be on the lookout for miracles throughout the pages of this book.  They’re everywhere!

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.

Art Out of the Box: Creative Sustainability in the Studio
November 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs)  Are you ever concerned about the amount of waste that art-making can produce?  We’re always thinking about it!  From the packaging that art materials come in, to the scraps left over, we continuously seek ways to reuse materials to create exciting, sustainable art projects.  Join us to share these ideas and create your own extraordinary, high-quality tools.  Have fun testing out materials through collage, construction, stamping, and imaginative play.  Be inspired to see packaging, scraps, and caps in a new light.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird
November 11, 11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.  Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla
November 11, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure, the Pickwick family leaves the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore.  Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.  Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renee Kurilla’s countable account of a very special picnic.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.

Create at The Carle! Art Reception
November 12, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at the Carle! program with us.  See how participants explored a range of bookmaking techniques with teaching artist Meghan Burch and were inspired by the collection and unique surroundings of The Carle.

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint!
November 15 – December 19, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.

Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi
November 18, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Saddle up for a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi!  In I Wanna Be A Cowgirl, readers will delight in following the adventures of a young girl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills.  Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl!  Hats and bandanas will be handed to young guests to “spur” their own imaginative play!

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org.

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at The Carle
November 18, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College.  To learn more about the information sessions, emailchildrensliterature@simmons.edu.

Members Opening Reception: Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration
November 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

7:00 “Fun at Fifteen” Trivia Night

Join Angela DiTerlizzi and Heidi Stemple as they host a night of trivia fun about the Museum and its remarkable collection.  Enjoy gourmet pizza and local craft beers, great prizes, and abundant laughs!

Members RSVP by November 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or membership@carlemuseum.org

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter
November 19, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Learn some of the fascinating stories and decisions behind the artworks selected for The Carle’s 15th anniversary exhibition.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!
November 19, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand
November 19, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Carle is pleased to welcome back Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of more than fifty books, for a special storytime program.  Hillenbrand’s work is presented in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration.  He will read from two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen’s This Little Piggy and Maureen Wright’s Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.

Picture Book Theatre presents Jane Yolen’s Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday
November 24, 1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 25, 11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

See Jane Yolen’s stories come to life with large string puppets.  Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue.  Music composed by Karen Tarlow.  This 40-minute program includes adaptations of:

Nocturne, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Anne Hunter
A poetic lullaby featuring a mother and son exploring a summer’s night with a flashlight, finding nocturnal creatures and nature along the way.

Old MacDonald Sing-a-long, led by musician Julie Stepanek on ukulele
Features seven animal puppets introduced by Farmer MacDonald for a good old fashion audience sing-a-long.

Mouse’s Birthday, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Bruce Degen
A delightful story in verse about a mouse that lives in a very small house.  It’s Mouse’s birthday, and families will delight in joining the Farmer and Mouse’s friends in singing Happy Birthday to him!

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrator’s techniques.  www.picturebooktheatre.com

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckles
November 25, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk.  Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckles in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop atshop@carlemuseum.org

Joy Art Space classes

At Joy Art Space students experience the joy of creating art while developing new skills and finding their unique artistic voice! Joy Art Space offers private art lessons and small group classes for children, teens, and adults in painting, drawing, sculpture, fashion design, and more! Students learn art techniques in a warm, supportive environment. Classes for all experience levels, beginner to advanced! Art teacher Lily Joy Friedling has taught privately and in schools for 10 years, and has an M.A. in Art Education from Columbia University. Located right in downtown Amherst on N. Pleasant Street. Visit www.joyartspace.com or contact lily.joyartspace@gmail.com 413-345-2747 to learn more!

View Flyer

View Flyer about classes for ages 6-8

Feed the Spirit: A Celebration for the Amherst Survival Center

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 5:00-9:00 PM at the Montague Retreat Center

Tickets are now on sale for Feed the Spirit, the Amherst Survival Center’s fall celebration benefiting our basic needs programs!
Why attend Feed the Spirit?
With a spectacular aerial and acrobatic performance by the Vermont-based troupe, Nimble Arts, delicious food, and a Fund-A-Need auction, Feed the Spirit is sure to be a fun night! 

Join us and help raise critical funding for our programs that will help 200 of your neighbors tomorrow and over 6,000 in the course of a year.
Looking forward to seeing you on November 4thGet your tickets here.

LSSE Halloween Fest – Oct 29, 2017

Where: Downtown/ Bangs Community Center
When: Sunday October 29th
Cost: $5

Admission Includes:
Parade carnival
Haunted house
Games & prizes
Live performances
Monster mash dance contest!
(child dance contest 1:30-2pm teen /adult dance contest 2pm-2:30)

Order of Events:
12-12:45pm: trick or treat downtown
12:45pm pumpkin decorating & contest
1pm parade through amherst center
1:15pm-4pm: carnival/ haunted house/
party at bangs community center

Postponed: Parent Training Workshop – Nov 1, 2017

Tuesday, November 1, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center
Topic: Facilitating Independence: Increasing Communication in the Home
Please see the attached flyers (English and Spanish) for more information about this workshop and the remaining workshops in the series.

Confirm your RSVP soon, to BloomenthalW@arps.org 

Childcare is available for Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional families.  Childcare must be reserved prior Friday October 27th at 4:00 PM.

ASD: Parent Training Series (English)

ASD: Parent Training Series (Spanish)

Try Hockey for Free Day – Nov 4, 2017

Try Hockey for Free Day for boys and girls is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at the
UMass Mullins Center Community Rink. Children ages 4 and up are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe
environment. No skating experience required; free skate rentals available. All skaters
must have helmets (bicycle or hockey) and gloves (winter gloves are fine). Used
equipment sale plus UMass Hockey giveaways. Save time at the door by registering in advance: http://www.amhersthockey.org

Registration for our Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs for ages 4-8 is open at http://www.amhersthockey.org, with practices November through mid-March. Learn to Skate practices are Saturdays from 1-2:20 p.m.; the cost is $135. Learn to Play practices are Saturdays from 2:30-3:50 with cross-ice games on Sundays beginning in December; the cost is $340. There is an additional $48 USA Hockey registration for ages 6 and up; skaters age 6-8 who attend the Nov. 4 Try Hockey for Free receive a free USA Hockey registration.

The Girls’ House Team for ages 8-18 begins in November and is geared toward newer skaters with practices through mid-March. The focus is on fun with games and skill building. Cost: $340 plus a $48 USA Hockey registration.

The Amherst Hockey Association is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization serving over 300 Hampshire valley families. For more information, visit http://www.amhersthockey.org or contact Dan Feldman at mbedan@comcast.net. The Amherst Hockey Association also fields coed and all-girls travel teams available to all ages of children.

Wildwood Directory Information

The Wildwood Directory will be sent home next week.  Teachers will receive enough copies for their students on Wednesday and teachers will determine the best day to send them home.  Please note that for families with more than one child at WW, the youngest child will receive the copy to be delivered to the family.

Amherst Middle School Pool opens for Community Swims

Amherst Regional Middle School Pool

2017 Fall Open Swim Schedule

Saturday & Sundays, September 24-November 18
Adult Lap Swim: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Open Swim: 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. * If space allows a lap lane will be put in during the open swim hours

 Amherst Regional Middle School is located at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst. Please enter through the far north end doors. The pool and locker rooms are located upstairs.

Daily Admission Fees:
Amherst Residents                                       Nonresidents
Adult                 $3                                         Adults               $4
Youth/Seniors   $2                                         Youth/Seniors   $3

LSSE would like to thank the Amherst Regional School District for their support of this important collaboration!

Teacher & Staff Wishlists for 2017-2018

Each year, the Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) asks the teachers & staff to let us know what they could use in their classrooms. The 2017-2018 lists can be seen by clicking here. Please look over the lists and consider donating any items.  Don’t forget to check periodically for updates and remember to check your teacher’s wishlist during the holidays.


Cada año , la Organización de Padres Guardián ( PGO ) pide a los maestros y personal para hacernos saber lo que podían utilizar en sus aulas. Los 2015-2016 listas se pueden ver haciendo clic aquí. Por favor, mirar por encima de las listas y considere donar ningún artículo.

AEF Trivia Bee, Oct 26, 2017

2017 Trivia Bee Facts You Don’t Know (yet)
We are about a week away from the 23rd annual Trivia Bee!

Here’s what you need to know:

FACT: AEF are still looking for adult and youth teams to compete on Oct. 26 at the Bee. Contact Meg, megrosa78@gmail.com, and Ken, kenleblond7@gmail.com to sign up.

Prizes are awarded each round to the top scoring team, best costumes and best spirit!

Player sign-up deadline is October 23rd.

FACT: While the trivia is fun, the raffle makes the evening even better. AND, we have our strongest raffle line-up in years!

  • LSSE family pool membership
  • UMass hockey and basketball tickets
  • Autographed children’s books from the Eric Carle Museum
  • Trader Joe’s gift basket
  • Oil change and alignment certificates from Amherst Tire
  • Bueno y Sano gift certificates
  • Gift certificate from Laughing Dog Bicycles
  • Gift certificates to Kelly’s restaurant

..and more!

FACT: The Pioneer Valley’s own Lisa Evans, a two-day Jeopardy! champ this year, will NOT ONLY be competing on Oct. 26 but she will be our celebrity judge for the youth round starting at 6pm.

See you on October 26!

Our mission:

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) supports Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.