Martin Luther King Community Breakfast & Awards Ceremony (Jan. 14)

Don’t miss t1918844_166392343494_6501844_n.jpghe 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Community Breakfast and Awards Ceremony.

Date: Saturday 14th January 2017
Time: 8.30am. Breakfast starts at 9:00am


Music: Wildwood Elementary School Chorus, Amherst High School Jazz Band, Amherst Area Gospel Choir, Wesley United Methodist Church Choir, Hadley.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for for young persons aged 12 and under. Tickets available at the Jones Library, AJ Hastings and Global Cuts, Amherst. And at the door.

For more information:

reconfiguration meetings TODAY (Th. Jan. 14) and NEXT WEEK

The School Committee has a number of meetings coming up to discuss and decide about the proposed elementary reconfiguration, or mega-school options. The first is TODAY, at 3:30, at the high school; two others are next week.

  • TODAY: Thursday, January 14th 3:30-5:00 pm, Library, Amherst Regional High School: Amherst School Committee discussion of Elementary School Reconfiguration Plans
  • Tuesday, January 19th, 5:45-7:00, Library, Amherst Regional High School: Amherst School Committee VOTE on Elementary Schools
  • Thursday, January 21st, 4:00-6:00, Library, Amherst Middle School, Wildwood School Building Committee meeting

Important Dates – Jan 18 and after

Wildwood STARWelcome Wildwood STARS!

  • Visiting Day for your Child’s Classroom! Schedule with the office. / Todos los ___ de ___ – Día de Visita de clase de su hijo! Programe con la oficina.
  • Feb. 8 (Mon) – All PGO board meeting.
  • Feb. 9 (Tue) – Welcome new families to Wildwood with Principal Nick and the PGO.  5:30 pizza in cafeteria, 6:15 presentations in library.
  • Feb. 29 (Mon) – All Wildwood Community Meeting with the PGO.

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Informational meeting re: proposed schedule change at middle school for next year – Thurs Jan 8th (7 pm, Library, ARMS) –

Parents of upper elementary school students:  Please be aware that the middle school (ARMS) is proposing a (a pretty large) change in the school day schedule for next year’s 7th and 8th graders.

On Thursday January 8th at 7 PM (Library) the middle school administration will be hosting an information night for the school community at large where they will share their rationale for the proposed schedule change and answer questions.

Information about the proposed schedule change is on the school website:

Here is a link to the rationale for the proposed schedule change:

Here is a visual on the proposed schedule change:

Here is the impact on foreign languages:

Latin and World Language Curriculum Information

A new Middle School schedule is under consideration for implementation in 2015-2016 which will affect the Latin curriculum in the following ways:

-Latin IA will be eliminated from the 7th grade.

-7th graders will take 2 nine week exploratory units, combining either Spanish & French, Latin & French or Latin & Spanish.

-The current two year Latin 1A and 1B sequence will be combined into a one year 8th grade elective.

-8th graders who elect a foreign language course will not be able to take drama, art or dance and vice versa.

NOTE: The current French and Spanish courses will be affected in the same way. Chinese will be eliminated from the middle school curriculum.

Comments about these proposed changes can be directed to the ARMS principal, the superintendent and the school committee.

Amherstopoly – a great holiday gift!


Amherstopoly small-3 Layout Box CoverHere’s a great idea for a holiday gift – AMHERSTOPOLY! Buy an Amherstopoly 250th Anniversary Game – at the Wildwood online store for $20. This game was developed in conjunction with the PGOs of all the Amherst Elementary Schools, so all the schools including Fort River, Crocker Farm, ARMS, and ARHS are ‘properties’ on the game board.

Buy the game at the front office or our on-line store.  Either way, you can pick up the game at the front office or have your child bring it home.  We are not shipping games by mail at this point. Any questions?  Please email Sarah Marshall at

Math Meeting about the future of the High School Math Curriculum – Wed Dec 17, 2014


The below-listed meeting took place earlier in the week:
Wednesday (12/17) 6:30 – 7:45 ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 – 12. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.

Parents interested in the math curriculum at the high school level: There will be a math meeting Wed Dec 17th re: new high school curriculum/course sequence, 6:30 at the High School Library.
It’s our understanding that it may be the only opportunity for parents to weigh in on a whole new pathway for ARHS math. The current program is being replaced.

Brief summary of current math curriculum: The current high school math curriculum has 2 main paths (Traditional and Integrated Math; this looks like Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 vs IMP 1, IMP 2, IMP 3). The plan for the new high school curriculum is to narrow it down to one path (Traditional or Integrated but not both) and pick a curriculum that will teach the common core standards, starting in 2015-2016 for 9th graders (meaning the current 8th graders will be the first to experience the new curriculum).

 ARHS Math Curriculum Review Intivation-2

Opportunity to place an ad in the 2014-2015 Wildwood School Directory

WW Directory Ad Sell sheet 2014The Wildwood PGO (Parent Guardian Organization) distributes 400 free paper copies of the School Directory to Wildwood Families and Teachers.

This 20-page Directory contains contact information for  students & their families.  All of the teachers, staff, and main office contact information is also included. As you can imagine, this reference book is used on a weekly basis throughout the year for party invitations, setting up playdates, carpools, asking about homework, and communication between the school and the families.

Your business will benefit from excellent advertising exposure among Wildwood families and staff who will appreciate your support for a worthy local cause.

We would like to invite you to purchase advertisement in this year’s Directory, which will be in a 8.5 x 11 format.  Details and a sample page are included so that you can see what sizes and prices are available. Prices are as follows:

1/16 page ad = $39
(1.187” tall x 3.75” wide)

1/8 page ad = $74
(2.5” tall x 3.75” wide)

1/4 page ad = $139 (5.125” tall x 3.75” wide)

Deadline to purchase these Black & White ads will be Oct 3rd. Please email me at, or call me at 413-687-1150 if you have any questions.

Please send me the camera-ready digital file (jpg or pdf) for your advertisement, and make the check out to:

Wildwood PGO

and mail it to:
Wildwood PGO
c/o Suzanne Baxter
29 Hartman Road
Amherst, MA 01002

LSSE upcoming programs: Art, Tennis, Trips and Halloween

See attached flyers for upcoming LSSE programs:

We have two new children’s art programs with children’s book illustrator David Hyde Costello, ‘The Joy of Making Art’ (for ages 5-7) and ‘Visual Story-Telling’ (for ages 7-10). Costello is the author and illustrator of Here They Come!, I Can Help, and Little Pig Joins the Band.

Tennis lessons are a great opportunity for kids to get outdoors and for the whole family to enjoy entertainment and exercise together. Classes with our experienced and excellent instructor, Sunny Meidell, start Oct. 4.

A chance for another great family pursuit, exploring New York, is coming up on Oct. 19. LSSE’s one-day bus trip makes this easy and affordable, a way to take in the excitement of the city without hassle and difficulty.

Finally, LSSE’s all-popular annual Halloween Window Painting event approaches on Sat., Oct. 18. Come out to paint the town spooky!
Meidell, Tennis, Session B Fall 14

Painting Flyer 2014

NY 14

David Costello

Read-a-thon 2014 deadline: September 22

Welcome back Read-a-thon Participants!
We hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed some great books along the way. Now is the time to turn in your pledges and booklists. Please give them to your teacher by Monday, September 22 to be a part of our Read-a-thon Ice Cream Sundae Celebration on September 26th.
Thank you for supporting the Wildwood Library!

Please make checks payable to Wildwood PGO.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the celebration on September 26th at 2pm, email if you can help!

Looking for Volunteers!

The PGO is looking for parent/guardian volunteers – there are many ways you can help our school this year:

1) Class parents are needed for every classroom EXCEPT Gagnon, Simm and Woods. Please contact Lea if you are interested or want to ask about the responsibilities involved at

2) Sell Directory Ads. Last year we raised $1660 by selling ads in the Directory. We provide a free directory to every family at WW, so think of what great advertising that is for local businesses. We will have everything ready for you to get started, including the materials to email out (or print out) like flyers with prices, contact info, and even an email list of last year’s advertisers. All you need to do is email out the flyers to last year’s advertisers and more businesses, ask them send payment to the treasurer and the hardest part is to get the businesses to send in their ads. We can probably find someone to do the layout of the ads.

3) Learn how to make the Directory for next year. This will be Laura Cadonati’s last year making the directory, and she is looking to train someone NOW, for next year.

4) Be part of the PGO Leadership Team. We are so grateful to Susan Bellak for co-chairing the PGO over the past few years. We are also grateful to Sarah Marshall (Fundraising Coordinator) for being part of the leadership team last year. Both Susan and Sarah have stepped down this year, so we need your help running the PGO with co-chair Suzanne Baxter and secretary Vivian Liu.

This is much like running your household – managing the schedule and making sure that everyone knows what they need to do. We meet about once every 2 weeks in fall and spring (and less so in the winter) and get our work done then or by email. If interested, please contact

5) Fundraising Coordinator

6) On-line Store Manager

7) Dean’s Beans Coffee

8) Join the Blog editorial team

If interested in any of these volunteer positions, please contact

The PGO is run by volunteers. So far we would like to thank the following volunteers for a great job done!

  • Welcome Staff Breakfast – Suzanne Baxter and Vivian Liu
  • First Day Coffee – Deb Glennon
  • Kindergarten Coffee – Sara Eggemeier
  • Directory – Laura Cadonati
  • Blog – Yasmin Eisenhauer and Laura Cadonati
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Jen Mendelsohn
  • Class Parent Coordinator – Lea Douville

LSSE programs

An exciting batch of programs for kids coming up this fall: ‘Observing the Night Sky,’ an intergenerational astronomy class with Thomas Whitney; the wonderful Youth and Pee Wee Tennis programs, starting this weekend, with Sunny Meidell; and finally Intro to Horseback Riding and Horsemanship for Youth, with April Hart. See

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Dance classes for children

FinalCopyofTheCenterFlyer-1 An innovative dance studio for children in downtown Amherst:

At The Center, children spin stories from movement using classical and modern dance techniques. Sister duo Ashley and Caddy Carlisle combine their years of dance training in the Pioneer Valley, New York City, and Montreal with a special approach to teaching that gets kids reading, writing and dancing; connecting, collaborating and creating. It’s a holistic approach to dance.

For information or to register, call Caddy at 413-687-7953 or email

Wildwood Directory Permission Forms

Many parents have noted what a valuable tool the Directory is for playdates, carpooling, birthday invitations, etc. Be sure to sign up now to be included in this year’s directory!
Even if you gave your permission last year, you must submit a new permission form  by September 12th, 2014 for inclusion in the 2014 – 2015 qrcode.24110389Wildwood Class Directory.

Click here for the Online Wildwood Class Directory Form


The Class Directory is internal to the Wildwood community and is only used for distributing school-related information. We hope it proves to be useful and provides yet another way for us to build our community spirit!

A child’s information can only appear on their class list with your permission: please don’t neglect to write your name in lieu of an authorization signature.

In addition to your contact information, the form also includes sign up for Stop & Shop Bonus Bucks (aka A+ School Rewards). Every year, Wildwood earns $1600-$1700 from YOUR shopping, at no cost to you.  Even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register  your card this year for our school to receive credit.

If you have questions, please email

Stars In Our Schools!

AEF: STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS Recognize teachers, staff, and graduating seniors with a gift in their honor!

Let teachers and staff members know how much you appreciate their hard work, expertise, care and dedication this year.

Let graduating seniors know they have shined in school.

You can strengthen our schools with a tax-deductible gift to Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) in a teacher’s, staff’s or graduating senior’s name. AEF will deliver a personalized recognition card to your honoree/s.

Send your gift or make your gift online at by:
June 15th for teachers/staff–to guarantee delivery to honorees at school before their last day
June 3rd for graduating seniors–to guarantee delivery to honorees at graduation rehearsal

Thank you!

For online and mail-in (PDF) form go here:

Peer Study at Amherst College

Children’s Social Reasoning Study at Amherst College

Is your child:

  • Diagnosed with ADHD?
  • Between the ages of 8 and 12 years-old?

If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a research study at Amherst College examining how children with and without ADHD understand their social relationships. This study is being conducted by Dr. Julia McQuade, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. Participating children and their parent will complete a two hour assessment at Amherst College that includes an interview and measures assessing social experiences and cognitive abilities.
$75 compensation is provided.
For more information, contact the Peer Relationships Lab at 413-542-5619 or email We will be accepting families all summer!

Wildwood Band and Orchestra concert – June 16

Wildwood Band and Orchestra Concert this Wednesday, January 17Please come to our final Wildwood Band and Orchestra concert on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wildwood Gymnasium.
Solos for individual players and groups will start at about 6:55.
The orchestra will begin at 7:30, and the band will begin at the conclusion of the orchestra portion.

Please come and support your young musicians!

All school instruments need to be turned in after the concert. Thanks.

Benefit Concert for the Amherst Red Barn Music School – June 15

The Amherst Red Barn Music School announces a benefit concert by Kevin Collins, Classical Guitar and Friends on Sunday, June 15 at 2 PM, at the UU Meetinghouse, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe concert will feature flutist Emily Sapa and guitarist Ronna Erickson, playing the music of Brouwer, Bach, Loeillet, & Granados. The concert is sponsored by The Friends of the Red Barn, Catherine Sanderson, Chair, a 501c3 non-profit. A donation of $15 each is suggested, kids are free. You can find out more about the Friends at For more information, call the school at 413-256-8899 or email

Kevin Collins is known throughout New England, across the country, and around the world for his beautiful sound and sensitive, intelligent musicianship. A former New York musician, Kevin appeared regularly at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center and at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. He made his debut in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Akira Endo, conductor, and the Austin Symphony. A former guitar faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he founded the Amherst Red Barn Music School in 2000, where hundreds of people have shared his joy of music making.

Kevin studied guitar at the Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn., and at the Aspen Music School for ten summers under Maestro Oscar Ghiglia. He has been featured in the Boston Globe Learning Section and founded For Fun Books, LLC, a publisher of books on music. A native of the Pioneer Valley, has taught music in Amherst since 1969.

Red Barn faculty member Emily Sapa is a recent graduate of The Alexander Technique School in Amherst and is a flutist in the Minneapolis Orchestra. Ronna Erickson is a student and duo partner of Kevin. They will be performing on handmade guitars by local luthier Alan Chapman.

The Amherst Red Barn Music School is a collaboration of 18 teachers at our studios across from the Amtrak Station in Amherst. We teach all the instruments to people of all abilities and interests. The Red Barn puts on recitals and concerts throughout the year featuring students and faculty. The studio is handicapped accessible, with free parking. You can find out more about the Red Barn at our website,