80’s MUSICAL BINGO NITE! A Benefit for the Amherst Survival Center

Come and enjoy the music of the 80s — Prince, the Go-Gos, Michael Jackson, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, and more… and play bingo! Instead of numbers, we’ll be listening to the best songs of the decade. Tickets are $20 per person for four rounds of Bingo! Tickets sold in advance online: http://www.amherstsurvival.org/bingo or at AJ Hastings, the Center, or the High Horse. Limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.

80’s attire and hair style are optional. Prizes will be given for each round of Bingo, best 80s attire, best 80s hair and 80s trivia knowledge. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Amherst Survival Center’s programs.

When: Thursday, January 18, 5:30-8:30pm

Where:High Horse (upstairs), 24 N. Pleasant Street in downtown Amherst!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/927180104103550/

Jones Library event – Generation Zapped documentary screening


Documentary Screening & Discussion at the Jones Library

Amherst, MA – A new documentary revealing the high cost of our addiction to digital devices and the health risks, especially for children and teens, from exposure to wireless radiation will be screened at the Jones Library on January 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Diane Testa, a Senior Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering at Western New England University, to answer questions relating to this topic and the upcoming legislative bills.

Like cigarettes and toxic chemicals before it, emerging science is revealing the concerning reality that some people suffer health impacts due to radiation from wireless devices. In GENERATION ZAPPED, scientists, physicians and health researchers discuss the mounting scientific evidence on links to serious diseases and newly developed illnesses, such as Electrical Sensitivity (ES).  Children and teens are especially susceptible to radiation from baby monitors, tablets and cell phones, and wireless routers in the classroom. GENERATION ZAPPED empowers audiences to understand how to reduce their exposure to protect themselves and their families.

Currently, there are seven bills in the Massachusetts state legislature relating to the use of wireless in schools, Electrical Sensitivity, cell towers, and Smart Meters. Wireless Education, a non-profit with offices in Ashland, is working with Generation Zapped to screen the film through Massachusetts to raise awareness about the issue.

Free and open to the public.

For more information about the library event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.  For more information about the documentary, please visit http://generationzapped.com.  For more information about Wireless Education, please visit https://www.wirelesseducation.org/.


Janet Ryan

Head of Programming & Outreach

Multi-Arts on 1/22/2018

We are pleased to inform you that Multi-Arts will be having a one day session for children to enjoy an immersion in the arts.
We will offer: Art, Theater, Dance, Mime, Story-telling & Crafts.

January 22 8:30-3:30
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
Cost: $85 *
$70 for any former Multi-Arts student

Space is limited.
Register now: http://www.multi-arts.org/one-day-workshop.html

*  We will offer a Multi-Arts rate of $70 to the first 10 new families who sign up before January 15, 2018
Catalina Arrubla

Wildwood Elementary-UMASS Women’s Basketball Field Trip Day

Please Note: This field trip has not been approved by the school.

TIME: School Day: 11AM-1:30PM

DATE: January 31st, 2018


COST: Free to K-8 Students signed up through their School (**If Interested, please forward message of interest to your child’s classroom teacher. **Deadline to signup is January 26th and conditional upon sufficient interest and school approval).

SUMMARY: Youth Basketball season has begun! What better way to celebrate than your child’s participation in the UMASS Women’s Basketball(WBB) Annual Field Trip Day on January 31st, 11AM-1:30PM, including pre-game activities and admission to the UMASS WBB vs Richmond game. Submit your interest to your child’s classroom teacher to help facilitate this fun event! Last year Fort River Elementary participated with positive responses.

Happy Holidays

The Wildwood PGO wishes everyone a happy holiday season, and a restful break!

School reopens Jan 2nd after the holiday break, and the blog will be taking a break  until Friday, January 5th. Enjoy all that family time, and we’ll see you next year!

MCBA MakerSpace Play Day 2017 was a hit!

Thank you to all our VOLUNTEERS and our incredibly creative STUDENTS for a great MCBA MAKERSPACE PLAY DAY!

There were over 60 STUDENT MADE games to PLAY in 6 spaces! 130 students participated in this HUGE event!

Please watch the recap and our student reflections on the process:
1. Read an MCBA Mashup Book
2. Design and Plan a game or an activity to go with the BOOK.
3. Build it.
4. Play it with others!

Details at: https://sites.google.com/a/arps.org/wildwoodlibrary/blog/mcbamakerspaceplayday2017wasahit

Autism: Parent Training Series

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot today.

Social Skills: How to Optimize your Child’s Play-dates, January 10, 2018.  6:00 – 7:30 PM @ Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center

A conversation on what expectations to consider regarding play-dates as well as practical information on how to set them up and what skills to work on.  Will include time to work together to share experiences and plan future play-dates.

Intended for families of students with ASD who are using some type of language (verbal, or augmentative) to get their needs met.

Presented by: Jennifer McIntire, PhD, BCBA and Melanie Collins, BCBA

Childcare available for in-district families with rsvp no later than 1/4/18.

RSVP to BloomenthalW@arps.og or (413)362-1834.

You don’t need an account to 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.

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.

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.

View Flyer for more details.

Important: Survey on Proposed Elimination of Stops along PVTA Route 43 Bus

Wildwood Families, if you use the B43 bus, please answer this important survey, especially if you are someone who relies on it to do things like shopping or getting to medical appointments in between Amherst and Northampton. MassDOT is considering cutting some stops to make it an Express, and routing the bus up 116 to Haigis Mall at UMass and back again, not going through the center of Amherst.

Results from this survey, which will be shared with the DOT and PVTA to help inform their strategy regarding the proposed changes to bus service on Route 9.  This survey will take approximately two minutes to complete, and the deadline for responding is next Wednesday, Dec. 20. Members of our community who regularly make use of the PVTA’s B43 service should take special note of this opportunity to communicate with the DOT.

Information Related to School Delays or Cancellations

  • Delays or cancellations are posted first on the ARPS School Closing Information line at 362-1898 (with a goal of posting by 5:30 a.m.).
  • Notification is made next to the local television stations.
  • Delays are typically two-hours, although a one-hour delay can be called.  With delays, students are expected to report the appropriate number of hours later than the regular school day and should plan to be at bus stops based on those times, as well.


  • Las demoras o cancelaciones se publican primero en nuestra línea de cierre en 362-1898 (con el objetivo de publicar antes de las 5:30 a.m.).
  • La notificación se publica luego a las estaciones de televisión locales.
  • Los retrasos suelen ser de (2) dos horas, aunque podría haber retrasos de solo (1) una hora. Con las demoras, se espera que el personal se reporte de acuerdo el número de horas de retraso a su jornada de trabajo regular. Por ende, si existiera un retraso de una hora, se reportará a su jornada de trabajo una hora más tarde, y no habrá cambios en su hora de salida.

Free Legal seminars

Family Educational Series:

Planning for the Future of Children With Developmental Disabilities


Learn about putting together a system that will ensure quality care and support for your special needs child to the end of her or his life. Trusts? Guardians? Medicaid? Quality of life? Learn what you need to know in this series of lunchtime webinars—online presentations and live Q&A sessions with an attorney to help you figure it all out. As a new member of the Hampshire Valley, attorney Pamela Parker will be providing the following educational seminars free of charge to the local community. They are geared toward helping parents of children with developmental disabilities learn and navigate current and future needs. As a parent of three children with disabilities,Parker is committed to helping families of all backgrounds plan for their children’s future needs.  


Basic Support for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities:

Social Security and Medicaid

Seminar: December 19, 12:30 p.m.

Additional Issues, Open Q&A: January 2, 12:30 p.m.

Family Contributions for Future Support of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities: Special Needs Trusts

Seminar: January 16, 12:30 p.m.


Able Accounts, Sources of Funding, Use of Funds in a Special Needs Trust:

Seminar/ Open Q&A: January 30, 12:30 p.m.

Day-to-Day Care and Assistance for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities:

Guardians, Trustees, and Other Personal Care Helpers

Seminar: February 13, 12:30 p.m.
Additional Issues/Open Q&A: February 27, 12:30 p.m.


Law Office of Pamela Parker

PO Box 3685

Amherst, MA 01004





Bombazo /Unidos Por Puerto Rico Efforts

The Bombazo/Fundraiser for Puerto Rico is Sunday Dec. 17 from 3-7:30 at the ARHS auditorium. 3-5 is a Bomba jam where the Conjunto teaches the songs, rhythms, and dances to whoever wants to learn. Everyone brings a dish to share. 5-5:30 is dinner. From 5:45 to 7:30 we will have performances by local professional groups that feature Puerto Rican music and dance including Traditiones and the Gonzales Family Band. All are welcome.

Additionally, Unidos por Puerto Rico is collecting goods to send to families that are STILL in need after Hurricane Maria’s devastation. We’re placing a box on the front hallway so that everyone in the ARHS community can help us help them by donating high-need items, such as:

-Mosquito nets
-Insect repellent
-Hand sanitizer
-First aid kits
-Regular flashlights and batteries
-Water purification filters (especially backpacking, “Sawyer” brand)
-Solar-powered anything – batteries, phone chargers, radios, etc

You might be thinking, “Why should we care?” Simple answer: Because they’re just as human as we are. So, what can be better than for us to put our energies together to help? Please donate!

-Omar José Jiménez Soto

& Unidos por Puerto Rico

Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale

The Amherst Historical Society’s 2nd annual Ski and Winter Gear sale takes place on Friday evening, January 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crocker Farm Elementary School. The school’s cafetorium will be transformed into a ski market, with experts on hand to assist shoppers with selection and sizing advice to ensure their satisfaction. This two-day sale will offer hundreds of new and used skis, snow boards, skates and accessories at rock-bottom prices.

Consignment/donation opportunities: Anyone wishing to consign or donate their lightly used equipment for inclusion in the sale can do so by bringing it to inside of the front entrance of the Crocker Farm School on Friday, Jan. 5th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sell that out-grown winter gear at a good price and pick up better equipment.

In addition to supporting events at the Amherst Historical Society, a portion of the proceeds will again be donated to the Crocker Farms Elementary Schools’ annual sixth grade field trip. Additional information is available at the historical society’s website at www.amhersthistory.org. and also contact us at  info@amhersthistory.org


We made it!  Together, the generosity of our school community helped us hit our goal of $3,000, raising a phenomenal $3,152.31 for the Wildwood PGO!
Our two annual fundraising campaigns, Giving Tuesday in the fall and Valley Gives Day in the spring, raise 60% of our annual funds.  These campaigns are integral to supporting PGO initiatives like Mini-Grants for our teachers and staff, field trip scholarships, and enriching the curriculum our kids’ enjoy with visiting artists.If you missed it and would like to still contribute, the Razoo site will be up until the end of December.
https://www.razoo.com/story/Wildwoodgivingtuesday17Go, Wildwood!

Please help! 1,000 books to SHELVE at the Wildwood Library!

Can you spare an hour to help put some books away? The Book Swap is in full swing and students are not checking out but they are bringing their MANY, MANY books back!  We checked out over 900 books last week and now students are returning their books.  Any moments you can spare to help us in the library would be very appreciated (and you can pick from the BOOK SWAP too)! Please contact Susan Wells at wellss@arps.org or 413-362-1424 or just come to the WW library and we will put you to work!

Amherst Ballet presents Snow White: A Grimm Fairytale

TIME: 7pm
DATE: December 14th and 15th
LOCATION: Academy of Music in Northampton
COST: Adults: $20 and Seniors/Children 12&under: $10
(Tickets: Academy of Music Box Office T-Fri 3-6pm
                Online:  http://aomtheatre.ticketfly.com/
                By Phone at 413-584-9032)
 Amherst Ballet presents their winter performance of Snow White: A Grimm Fairytale at the Academy of Music in Northampton on December 14th and 15th at 7pm.
Academy of Music:

Children’s Learning and Development Study

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 or 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year. We provide free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More information can be found at: https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning

View Flyer

Book-Art workshop with Multi-Arts

Make your own creative gift for the people you love. Make an accordion book or a flower book. Write a poem, words of love, appreciation, or good wishes. It will be a unique gift that will warm the heart of the receiver.  For children and adults!

Please tell us that you are coming – send an email to info@multi-arts.org 
(to be able to hold the workshop we need at least ten people)

When: Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 am

Where: Immanuel Church, 867 North Pleasant St, Amherst

Suggested Donation $5-10

Feedback Requested on ARPS Logo & Website

The Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts are currently developing a district logo that represents our schools, students, staff and ARPS community. Three images have been selected as possible choices of district logos. As part of the ARPS community, we would like to hear from you. Please participate in the ARPS District Logo Selection Survey to help us choose one logo for our schools. The most selected image will become the new ARPS district logo.

We are also in the planning stages of updating our district and school websites. In an effort to create a site that contains useful and relevant information, we are asking you please participate in the ARPS Website & Social Media Survey to help us update and design our website to better serve our students, staff, and families. The district is searching for information that is accessed most frequently as well as information staff, students and families would like to become available or more accessible on the district and school websites. Your feedback is important and will help the district provide information you need and use.

These surveys will be open until Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM.

Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Buenas tardes,

Los distritos escolares regionales de Amherst, Pelham y Amherst-Pelham están desarrollando un logotipo del distrito que representa nuestras escuelas, estudiantes, personal y la comunidad ARPS. Se han seleccionado tres imágenes como posibles opciones de logotipos del distrito. Como parte de la comunidad de ARPS, nos gustaría saber de usted. Por favor, participe en la Encuesta de Selección de Logotipo del Distrito de ARPS para ayudarnos a elegir un logotipo para nuestras escuelas. La imagen más seleccionada se convertirá en el nuevo logotipo del distrito ARPS.

También estamos en las etapas de planificación para actualizar nuestras páginas web del distrito y de las escuelas. En un esfuerzo por crear una página que contenga información útil y relevante, le pedimos que participe en la encuesta de la página web de ARPS y de las redes sociales para ayudarnos a actualizar y diseñar nuestra página web para servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. Al distrito le interesa conocer que información usted accesa con más frecuencia, así como la información que el personal, los estudiantes y las familias desearían estuviera disponible o accesibles en las páginas web del distrito y la escuela. Sus comentarios son importantes y ayudarán al distrito a proporcionar la información que necesita y usa.

Estas encuestas estarán abiertas hasta el lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017 a las 12:00 p. M.

Gracias por compartir sus comentarios.

$2.5K Raised for #GivingTuesday & Brown Envelope Fundraiser

Thank you to all those that have generously donated to our Giving Tuesday campaign.  Together, we have raised $2,532.31 so far!  We are just $467.69 short of our goal of $3,000.  
There’s still time to give, and no amount is too small. Your donation supports our kids and teachers, and helps make Wildwood such a wonderful school.
There are three ways to give:

Thank You, and Go Wildwood!

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

Winter Field Hockey Indoor Clinic

Having fun is our goal!!!  The program is designed for new players who want to see how much fun field hockey can be, as well as experienced players and will involve games, scrimmages and opportunities to play in local indoor tournaments. We will teach both fundamentals including basic rules, proper grip and posture, ball and stick control, and passing and receiving for new players, and more advanced skills for the returning players via fun games. Players are asked to provide their own shin guards, mouth guard, and sneakers. Sticks will be provided if you need to borrow one.

 WHO:     Girls and Boys in grades 1 to 12

WHEN:   Saturday evenings, January 6 to March 17 (No program January 13 or March 3)

    Tournament on February 18

    Grades 1st -6th     6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Grades 7th -12th   7:30- 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Chestnut Hill Community School Gymnasium, Belchertown (only 11 miles from downtown Amherst)

COST: $40.00 Resident $45.00 Non-Resident


Register Online: http://www.belchertownrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29938

Not a school sponsored event.

**And if your child LOVES it and will be attending Amherst Regional Middle or High School next fall, please consider the ARMS or ARHS 2018 Field Hockey Teams! We are looking for players to join our growing programs! **

Screening of Backpack Full of Cash

Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst

All are welcome to attend a public screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash”.  This film explores the growing privatization of public schools and the impact it’s having on America’s children.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Jean Fay, President of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association; and Max Page, Amherst Parent and MTA Board Member.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Careers in Education Professions Program, the Amherst-Pelham Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

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/.