Veterans Day Program: Remains of a War: Exploring WWI Battlefields

Amherst, MA – The Jones Library marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day with a special program presented by Libby and Ed Klekowski on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm as they share their experiences in exploring some of the battlefields from World War I.

This Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, this November holiday was created to mark the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918. It became a federal holiday in 1938 and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Libby and Ed Klekowski have been researching World War I for over ten years and have spent many hours walking through the battlefields of Verdun, the Meuse Argonne, and St Mihiel. Their work has resulted in three books and they have produced two WWI documentaries for public television. This special lecture will take the audience for a walk “on the wild side”, where the dross of war still litters the woods.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Free and open to the public.  For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

AEF Trivia Bee! October 25th

 

aefbeeOn October 25, 2018, enjoy a fun evening that includes costumes, raffle prizes, refreshments, an audience trivia game, and prizes.

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM

Admission is FREE but we encourage donations benefiting Amherst Education Foundation and our public schools.

THE YOUTH ROUND!
It’s back! We will have a youth-only Trivia Round before the main competition. Teams of players 14 years of age and younger will answer age-appropriate questions. Starts at 6 pm.

SPONSORSHIPS
We are looking for businesses to sponsor our teams. Many businesses send their own teams, but we can also match your business with a team. Youth and Adult team sponsorships are $300, sponsoring a round is $600 and Event Underwriter is $1200.

TEAMS
If you’d like to play and don’t have a sponsor, we can help you out. We can match your team to a sponsor and we can even build a team for you to compete with. Our teams have a lot of fun! Contact Ken and Meg below.

WHO SHOULD COME?
Everyone! Even if you’re not competing, it’s a lot of fun to come and watch and you can participate in the fun audience round! The Youth Round is a great way to start off the night! We hope to see you there!

Ken LeBlond, kenleblond7@gmail.com
Meg Rosa, megrosa78@gmail.com
Trivia Bee Co-Chairs

Feed the Spirit

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Join us on Friday, October 26, 2018, for Feed the Spirit, an evening of community, delicious food, and entertainment to benefit the Amherst Survival Center.

The event will be held at the newly renovated Old Chapel on the UMass campus featuring globally-inspired food catered by award-winning UMass Dining. We’ll enjoy the music of jazz pianist Paul Arslanian during cocktail hour and the free-flowing fusion of jazz, world music, and spoken word by World Rhythm Ensemble following dinner.

Tony Vacca, Derrik Jordan and Jo Sallins, as World Rhythms Ensemble, blend the powerful sound of giant West-African balafons with the dreamy lyricism of electric violin and the funky magic of electric bass for a unique performance.

We are so excited to share this special evening with our supporters to benefit the Center’s important programs.

Baystate Textiles Recycling Program at all ARPS Schools


Now you can drop your clothing and other textiles in any condition into collection bins located at each school. Convenient and easy! The collections are weighed weekly and each school’s PGO will receive a check based on the bulk weight. Help the Wildwood PGO earn FREE CASH while also helping our planet Earth by up-cycling your textiles. Thanks!

 

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Warm Winter Coat & Clothing share at Amherst Public Schools

To help everyone stay warm this winter, the Amherst School PGOs are collecting winter clothing for distribution to school and community families. We are seeking donations of clean, gently used winter clothing for students (pre-k through 12th grade) & families.

* coats * snow pants * snow boots * hats * mittens * gloves * scarves * snowsuits

For Wildwood Elementary:

Collection:  During school hours, Now thru Nov 17 in the lobby.

Distribution:   Nov 20th and December 20th (School days only).

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ARPS PGO will hold its Fall Public Meeting – 10/24/2018

The ARPS PGO will hold its Fall Public Meeting on October 24th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at The Works.  Following is the Agenda:
Introductions
Individual School Updates
Election of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Officer

Taxes and State Filings (including new rep payee)

Group Fundraisers

  • UMACC (United Way)

  • Giving Tuesday

  • Florence Bank

  • Amazon Smile

Other Business not anticipated by the chair

Adjourn

Wildwood Student Directory Update

The PGO volunteer Directory Team continues to work tirelessly on the much anticipated Wildwood Student Directory!
In recent years this 100% volunteer team has been able to bring the directory to us in record time, and this year the team hopes to have it to us by October 12 – earlier than ever!
If you are interested in helping with the directory next year, please contact the PGO at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com
And remember – you’re already a PGO member just by having a kid at Wildwood!

Represent Wildwood at the ABC 5k Run/Walk!

Please join us for the 47thAnnual Amherst-A Better Chance Fall Foliage 5Kwalk/run on Saturday, October 20th. The course begins on the Amherst town common and will include beautiful vistas during peak foliage! This is a family event with lots of great post run entertainment including drumming, dancing, DJ and Amherst’s own rap artist.

This year we are hoping to create elementary school teams so if you are interested in joining Team Wildwood, please contact -Chelsea Holabird, holabird12@gmail.com.  There will be prizes, free t-shirts, food and lots of school spirit to support A Better Chance.

Also, we need adult volunteers so let the captain know if you are interested.

Click here to registerhttps://www.amherstabetterchance.org/fallfoliagewalkrun/  or go to our FB page https://www.facebook.com/ABCfall.foliage.walk.run/

This is not a school sponsored event.

Help the Jones Library plan for the future of the Branch Libraries in North and South Amherst

Please assist the Jones Library in planning for the North Amherst Library’s future by taking 10 minutes to fill out their survey at https://www.joneslibrary.org/northsurvey

Printed copies of the survey are available at the Jones, Munson Memorial, and North Amherst Libraries, Town Hall, Bangs Center, Survival Center, Family Center, and Atkins North.

Once they’ve collected and analyzed the results, they will present our findings to the community in a North Amherst Library Long Range Plan.

If you have any additional questions or thoughts, please contact Library Director Sharon Sharry at 413-259-3106 or sharrys@joneslibrary.org. Thank you!

The Munson Library survey is available at

https://www.joneslibrary.org/munsonsurvey

More details are at http://www.friendsofthejones.org/2018/10/library-branch-surveys.html?m=1

Early Voting Sites in Amherst

The last day to register to vote in the general election on November 6th is Wednesday, Oct 17.

REQUIRED EARLY VOTING SITE

Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave – October 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, November 1 & 2 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

ADDITIONAL EARLY VOTING SITES and DATES

UMass Amherst Student Union Building – October 24, 25 and 26 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East St – Saturday* October 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant St –Saturday* October 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR UPDATE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION IS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17TH BY 8:00 PM IN PERSON OR BEFORE MIDNIGHT ONLINE

Amherst Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall 1st Floor will be open until 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17th to assist with registrations.

Registration, updates and information verification can also be completed online by visiting: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/

Questions? Contact the Town Clerk’s Office

Phone: (413) 259-3035

E-mail: townclerk@amherstma.gov

In Person: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Press Release from Fort River School Building Committee Sept. 5 2018

Over the summer, the Fort River School Building Committee has continued to make progress with its feasibility study.

The  results of the indoor air quality study performed by ATC Group Services of West Springfield showed that the levels of asbestos, bacteria, mold, and radon are within acceptable levels and similar to or below background/outside concentrations.

The designers,TSKP Studio, have been attending the committee’s meeting and a working subgroup has joined in meetings with the Amherst School District to understand programming needs of the school in order to produce a range of options for a school building to serve PreK-6 students attending the Fort River Elementary School.

Community meetings will be scheduled over the upcoming months and public input sought as plans develop.  A timeline for the committee and designer’s work, along with other documents, can be found at https://www.amherstma.gov/3379/Fort-River-School-Building-Committee . If you would like to be notified about upcoming meetings and receive press releases directly to your in-box, you can join our list serve by signing up through our web page.

The next meeting of the Fort River School Building Committee will take place on October 10th from 6:00- 8:00pm in the Amherst Police Department Community Room.  The public is welcome to attend and can also contact the committee at fortriversbc@amherstma.gov.

The Amherst Center Recreation Working Group Public Forum

The Amherst Center Recreation Working Group is excited to announce a Public Forum on Wednesday, October 3rd in the ARHS Library from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Come see the proposed design for the renovation of the Amherst Middle and High School athletic fields and track, Community Field, and War Memorial pool house/basketball courts/playground!!

Over the past 18 months, the Recreation Working Group has assessed and reviewed the current and projected demand on our athletic fields and recreation areas, in terms of organized school and town athletic teams, events, and use by the general public.  The assessment considered options for reuse and reorganization of the fields/facilities, for current and future programs and activities, and to address the changing demographics of the community and school-aged population.

This informational forum will go over the Recreation Working Group’s preferred schematic design plan for the focus area and serve as a reference document for capital planning purposes.  The landscape architects from Weston & Sampson, who developed the design in conjunction with the Rec Working Group, will be in attendance to go over the plan and answer questions.

Come out and help us get this project up and running!!

Girls Try Hockey for Free Day – Oct 6, 2018

The Amherst Hockey Association is hosting a Girls Try Hockey for Free Day at the UMass Mullins Center Community Rink Saturday, October 6 from 1-3 p.m. For girls ages 4 and up. No skating experience required. Free skate rentals; bring winter gloves and a bicycle or hockey helmet. To save time at the door, register in advance at: http://tryhockeyforfree.com/8815. For more information, visit the Amherst Hockey Association website: www.amhersthockey.org.

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Introducing the Amherst Boys & Girls Club

The Amherst Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to making a difference in your life by giving you access to great programs, activities, and social experiences in a fun and structured environment. Our Club is open to all young adults, ages 9-18, looking for a place where they can meet up with other kids to relax, play games, and even get some extra help with school. But the most important thing you’ll do at the Amherst Boys & Girls Club is learn about yourself and the kind of person you’re capable of being.

Our club accepts grades 1-12 and there is a membership application form and financial assistance form for each member to complete. There is a one-time annual fee of $50. We offer a range of payments plans, as well as scholarships. This is outlined in the financial assistance form linked below.

Our club is open during the school year 2:30pm – 5:30pm. On half days and days when school is closed we open around midday. We also run programs during school vacations, and usually open from 1:00pm to 5:30pm.

 

 

Link to Membership registration form

Link to Financial Assistance form

 

Birds Of The Quabbin Slideshow @ Jones Library

Treat yourself to an unforgettable slideshow as Peter Christoph shares his experiences looking for wildlife, by land and by boat, at the beautiful and pristine Quabbin Reservoir.  The photographic presentation will take place at 2:30 pm at the Jones Library in Amherst on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

A rich diversity of birds call the Quabbin their home, the main attraction being the common loon and bald eagle families that nest here. Several winters ago, Peter built a rustic cabin along a river in an area known as the North Quabbin Woods. It was from this base camp that Peter discovered the Magic of the Quabbin and became intimately familiar with its intricate network of channels, coves and islands. He will also discuss the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir, including a glimpse into the lost towns which gave way to this unlikely wilderness area.

Peter Christoph is a well-known wildlife advocate, naturalist and award-winning bird photographer based in Lancaster, MA. He has a great respect for wildlife and through his presentations seeks to raise awareness of the need to conserve bird habitat. Peter has presented for a variety of organizations, including the Photographic Society of America (PSA), New England Camera Club Council (NECCC,) and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).  He has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards and medals recognizing his photographic talent. Peter is also responsible for publishing three bird photography books, including his latest, The Art of Bird Photography.

Free and open to the public.  For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223.  This event is made possible with support from the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

Amherst Survival Center’s Community Appreciation Breakfast

The Amherst Survival Center is once again hosting a community appreciation breakfast on Saturday September 29, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am . All are welcome to attend. A free pancake breakfast will be served.
The Amherst Survival Center is usually not open on the weekends, but for this event it opens and offers a breakfast to any one who attends. Tours of the building will also be available.
The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst, across the street from Cowls’ Hardware. The Amherst Survival Center includes a community kitchen (lunches 4 days/week), a food pantry (serving residents of 13 towns), a community (free thrift) store, a walk-in free health clinic and other programs.
More information on the Center can be found on its website: www.amherstsurvival.org.
AUTUMN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the Amherst Survival Center. Information here.www.amherstsurvival.org/volunteer

Message regarding PGO directory form/WW Photo permission

Dear Wildwood Families/Estimadas Familias de Wildwood:

WE HAVE ONLY RECEIVED 118 RESPONSES. PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR DIRECTORY FORM TODAY! / SOLAMENTE HEMOS RECIBIDO 118 RESPUESTAS. Necesitamos más familias por favor.
In our effort to be more green and save paper please complete this form online rather than receive a paper copy. Your responses are sent to Susan Wells, librarian and PGO parent and co-editor of the Wildwood School Directory. You may direct questions to Susan Wells @ WellsS@arps.org. / En nuestro esfuerzo por ser más ecológicos y ahorrar papel, favor completar este formulario en línea en lugar de recibir una copia en papel. Sus respuestas se envían a Susan Wells, Bibliotecaria, madre del PGO y coeditora del Directorio de la EscuelaWildwood. Puede dirigir sus preguntas a Susan Wells @ WellsS@arps.org

Here is the link on our NEW website / Aquí encuentra el enlace: 

http://www.arps.org/ww/parent-guardian-organization/wildwood-amherst-elementary-school-student-directory-form-2018-2019

By completing this form with your family address, phone number and email you are agreeing to be included in the student directory.  If you do not wish to be included in the directory but would like to complete the photo release portion of this webform please do so by leaving the address, phone number and email of your family blank. If you do not complete this form electronically a paper copy of the directory form and the photo release will be sent home with your student. / Al completar este formulario con la dirección, número de teléfono y correo electrónicode su familia, acepta estar incluido en el directorio de estudiantes. Si no desea ser incluido en el directorio, pero desea completar la parte de publicación de fotos de este formulario web, hágalo dejando en blanco la dirección, el número de teléfono y el correo electrónico de su familia. Si no completa este formulario electrónicamente, se enviará a casa con su estudiante una copia en papel del formulario del directorio y el relevo de fotos.

Many thanks/ Muchas Gracias:

Susan Wells and/y Jennifer Haugsjaahabink

Audition for ALSCT Production of Peter Pan

Once again, Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) is creating a fabulous, large-scale musical, with lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and enthusiastic audiences fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January. This year, we’ll be presenting PETER PAN, the beloved Broadway musical that has transfixed audiences for over one hundred years. We’re excited to present a version that is both true to the story and also speaks to contemporary audiences in the Pioneer Valley. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition!

 AUDITIONS: Friday, Sept. 14th, Saturday, Sept. 15th, Sunday, Sept. 16th

Callbacks Monday, September 17th

 

Warm Up the Night with Family Outreach of Amherst

Please join us Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at The Lord Jeffery Inn, 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002, as we gather to support struggling families in Amherst. Warm Up the Night! transforms a festive and warm tent at the Lord Jeffery Inn into a strolling culinary extravaganza. Join our guests as they wander the tent enjoying bites, sip and tastes from an eclectic mix of local restaurants and food artisans. The event raised over $16,000 which helped us help keep over 400 families in our area stable. This year we hope to raise $20,000!

This event has something for everybody, which in the past included:

  • Fabulous food including a pig roast and raw bar from 30 Boltwood, and tasty bites from Food 101, Blue Heron, Bistro 63, The Pub, Osteria Vespa, Johnny’s Tavern, Pengyew Catering, Sutter Meats, Black Sheep Deli, the Banh Mi Spot, Ginger Garden and many more.
  • Wonderful libations for tasting such as rums, single malt scotches, carefully-selected sakes and bourbons, local award-winning cider, craft beers, wines, and array of tequila.
  • New this year is a fabulous display of beautifully designed pumpkins crafted by local artists.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Nik Krauchi at nkrauchi@chd.org or visit our website: https://chd.org/child-adolescent-and-family-services/educational-developmental-support-services/family-outreach-amherst/family-outreach-events/warm-up-the-night-2018/

Save the Date: 24th AEF Trivia Bee on October 25, 2018

Enjoy a fun evening that includes costumes, raffle prizes, refreshments, an audience trivia game, and prizes.

Admission is FREE but we encourage donations benefiting Amherst Education Foundation and our public schools.

 

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM

THE YOUTH ROUND!

It’s back! We will have a youth-only Trivia Round before the main competition. Teams of players 14 years of age and younger will answer age-appropriate questions. Starts at 6 pm.

SPONSORSHIPS

We are looking for businesses to sponsor our teams. Many businesses send their own teams, but we can also match your business with a team. Youth and Adult team sponsorships are $300, sponsoring a round is $600 and Event Underwriter is $1200.

TEAMS

If you’d like to play and don’t have a sponsor, we can help you out. We can match your team to a sponsor and we can even build a team for you to compete with. Our teams have a lot of fun! Contact Ken and Meg below.

WHO SHOULD COME?

Everyone! Even if you’re not competing, it’s a lot of fun to come and watch and you can participate in the fun audience round! The Youth Round is a great way to start off the night! We hope to see you there!

Ken LeBlond, kenleblond7@gmail.com
Meg Rosamegrosa78@gmail.com
Trivia Bee Co-Chairs

Thank You to Wildwood Staff, Teachers, Custodians and Bus Drivers!

Volunteers with the Wildwood PGO had a lot of fun celebrating all the Wildwood staff this week!

On Monday, our hard-working custodians and bus drivers were treated to donuts and coffee, and on Tuesday morning we helped bid farewell to five much-loved, retiring staff members at the Goodbye Assembly, and gave a small plant and gift card as a token of appreciation from the parent and guardian community.

On Tuesday afternoon, the “WOOT WOOT WAGON” made its debut, traveling around the school bringing treats*, cool drinks, classrooms supplies and smiles to the dedicated staff that make Wildwood such a special place. As Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” played from a speaker on the wagon, the assembled parents hooted “Woot Woot” and invited staff to enjoy a treat and pick out supplies as a small gesture of the immense appreciation the parent community feels toward the entire school staff.

At the end of the school day, the “Woot Woot Wagon” appreciation station left the station, and hopefully left many smiles and goodwill inside the painted doors.

As kids lined up for their buses outside the building, Wildwood’s longtime bus driver of bus #18, Bill Glucksman, was presented with retirement gifts from the Wildwood PGO – a  baseball cap embroidered with “Driver Bus #18, Amherst MA”, and a personalized camp chair.  For many years, families along Bill’s route have enjoyed his friendly demeanor and the great care he took of his precious cargo.  Bill will be deeply missed, and the Wildwood PGO wishes him and all the 2018 retirees a long and happy retirement.

* Thank you to Henion’s Bakery for the generous donation of baked goods!