Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates

Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • May 1 -Valley Gives Fundraiser
  • May 5 – First WW Tag sale/Car wash (rain date May 6)
  • May 9 – Early Release, 1:20PM dismissal for WW students
  • May 28 – Memorial Day, No school

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Spanish Lessons for Children

Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 9.20.59 AM.pngSpanish for children, Fall 2017

Dynamic and engaging lessons that bring story telling, singing, games, and more into the path of language acquisition.

A TPRS based approach to language learning that helps to develop all language skills in an integrated manner and addresses different learning styles. Lessons are taught by a native Spanish speaker and experienced educator.

Summer 2016 lessons upon request
For more information contact: Juan-Carlos Carpio at wordofspanish@gmail.com

Spanish Flyer

Not a school sponsored event.



Wildwood Yearbook & Tees, order by Friday, June 9

Last Chance to order Wildwood T-shirts and 2017 Wildwood Yearbooks! Order forms were sent home with your student or can be found in the WW office.  Please be sure to return the forms and payment by Friday June 9th.

The 2016/17 Wildwood School Yearbook is filled with pictures of all the students and memories of this year at Wildwood, in beautiful full color!

Order deadline: June 9th
Cost: $8 (families may request a confidential free copy)
View Order Form (also in backpacks): WW Yearbook ORDER FORM 2017 (1)

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

Wildwood Staff Appreciation, Food Drop-off

If you’ve volunteered to donate food, items can be dropped off on June 1st before 7:45am (or on the 31st as long as items are labeled and placed in the staff refrigerator). Nonperishable items labeled “Staff Breakfast” can be dropped off anytime in the office. Still in need of donations for Staff Breakfast (click here to view remaining needs).

Thanks in advance to all who are able to pitch in.

Incoming PGO Officers, thanks in advance!

Thanks to those who attended Wednesday’s PGO meeting, and a very special thanks to those parents stepping up into PGO leadership. As Dr. Morris expressed in his weekly newsletter, “You do amazing work on behalf of our students and your support means so much to the all of our faculty, staff and administrators.”

Co-Chairs: Kerry Crosby and Sheilah Jones
Treasurer: Toni Cunningham
Volunteer Coordinator: Becky Miller
Fundraising Coordinator: Irene Dujovne
Secretary: Lisa Berry
Blog Communications: Anita Rao
Yearbook: Susan Wells and Jenny Haugsjaahabink
School Directory: Susan Wells and Jenny Haugsjaahabink
Class Parent Liason: Becky Gahan

Thank Teachers with a gift to AEF, June 15

The school year is almost over, and now is the time we begin thinking about how to thank our teachers for a terrific year. What better way to thank them than to give a gift in their name to the Amherst Education Foundation? AEF has provided more than $400,000 in grants to our public schools over the last 24 years.

I have had the good fortune to be honored by parents and members of the Amherst community through their “STARS in our Schools” donations to AEF.  When making their donations, parents and relatives have commented specifically that they see their children singing with joy and self confidence and that they have an appreciation for music of different world cultures. It is deeply satisfying to know that what we do in the schools gets carried out into the community.”

Fort River Music Teacher Anne Louise White

AEF provides an easy way for you to make a meaningful donation to your child’s teacher(s) by going to www.amhersteducationfoundation.org and clicking on “Stars in Our Schools.”  You can donate to more than one teacher in one easy transaction! Or send a check with a note identifying the teacher(s), the school, and who is giving the donation to our mailing address at: PO Box 1363, Amherst, MA 01004.

In order for your teacher to receive a star, please make your donation by June 15.

View: AEF Stars flyer 2017

Summer Ultimate League of Amherst

Summer of Ultimate Frisbee, this league is geared for people who want to enjoy the thrill and excitement of ultimate Frisbee, regardless of experience level. All levels of ability will be welcomed to join. All players will be assigned their own team in this fun and competitive league! Register at LSSE.org and then sign up at SULADISC.COM

Price: $45 (Save $10 if you sign up before June 2)
Time and Location: All Sessions start at 6:00 PM at Plum Brook Recreational Area

SULA Flyer 2017

Junior SULA

Tuesdays, June 27th—August 8th

Session A, Activities for Kids (Ages 7-8)
Session B, Elementary Division (Ages 9-11)
Session C, Middle School Division (Ages 12-14)
Adult SULA

Session A

Recreational Co-Ed (Ages 14+)
Thursdays, June 22nd—August 10th

Session B

Competitive Co-Ed (Ages 15+)
Wednesdays, June 21st—August 9th

Session C

Women Only (Ages 13+)
Mondays, June 19th—August 7th

Free Book for Children who visit LWV Book Sale on 7/26/17

The League of Women Voters is planning a “young readers day” at their annual book sale on July 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each young reader may choose one free book that day. The book sale will also be held on July 28-30 and August 4-6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale will be at the Fort River Elementary School Gymnasium, 70 South East Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Books will be priced at 50 cents, $1 or $2. Please visit http://www.lwvamherst.org for more information.

Post-Building Project Presentation, 5/5

Please join us on Friday, May 5th from 12:00-1:00pm in the Green Room at Wildwood School for a  Post-Building Project Presentation with Interim Superintendent Michael Morris

Dr Morris will discuss the post-school vote challenges that our school districts face – Financial, Enrollment, and Infrastructure – followed by a question and answer period.

If mornings work better, Wildwood families are welcome to attend the same presentation by Dr Morris at Crocker Farm Elementary School on Friday 5th May from 9:00-10:15am.

View Flyer in Spanish

View Flyer in English


UMass Electrical & Computer Engineering Demos, 4/29

Saturday, April 29, 2017
This all-ages tech day is for anybody interesting in seeing cutting-edge tech projects up close. Give yourself (or your kids) a crash-course in a wide variety of emerging tech subfields!
Two events happening in the same building at UMass:
ECE Senior Design Project demos
Saturday, April 29, 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Gunness Engr. Student Center, on the 100-level of Marcus Hall, UMass Amherst
See all 28 teams senior design project teams!
Project details at: http://bit.ly/umass-sdp17
Circuits and Code 2017
Saturday, April 29, 1 PM – 3 PM
Location: M5, the ECE Makerspace
Lower level of Marcus Hall, Room 5
M5 is the UMass Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering makerspace/ hackerspace/ techspace/ projectspace. Stop by and see demos of the M5 projects which Charles Malloch and I have mentored this semester.
Park in any of the numbered parking lots near Marcus Hall. As always, parking permits are not required on weekends. Lot 65 is best. Map attached.
Google Maps link to Marcus Hall:

MCAS Testing Dates

MCAS testing has begun.

Grades 3 and 4 have their ELA MCAS on April 25, 26 and 27. Grade 6 will take their ELA MCAS on April 28 and May 2. Grade 5 tested on April 4-6.

Math MCAS dates are as follows: Grade 5–May 11, 12, Grade 6–May 18,19 Grades 3 and 4–May 23,24. The fifth grade also has MCAS Science tests on May 16 and 17.

Meet School Committee Candidates @ PGO Meeting, 3/1

Meet the Candidates for School Committee at the next Wildwood PGO Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm
Location: Wildwood 


  • 6:00pm – Meet other parents, hear about what the PGO has been doing and learn about ways to take part.
  • 6.30pm – Candidates for Amherst School Committee, Peter Demling, Bob Greeney, Eric Nakajima and Jennifer Page will introduce themselves to the Wildwood community and answer your questions, in preparation for the town-wide election on March 28th.
  • 7-7.30pm – Meet & Greet

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017 (2/20-2/24)

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-6-12-02-pmKidsBestFest is a FREE children’s film festival that takes place at the iconic movie house, The Academy of Music Theatre. The week-long film event also includes YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers. Come join us to watch these great films together for FREE at THE historic theater in Downtown Northampton during school vacation week.

  • When: Monday February 20 – Friday February 24, 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors 1:00PM
  • Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
  • How Much: FREE – DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400, Online Tickets Not Available


TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfi5JS6HTH0

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

“”The Eagle Huntress” is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world.”

– Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News


TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVIg91QF9g4

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Won Two Oscars




TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiW–U3UxLE

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks — and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”



TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw53u2mtpMg

Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire “to build.” This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.



YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers.


2nd Annual Library Book Swap, Dec. 5-9

THE 2ND ANNUAL BOOK SWAP in the Wildwood School Library
The Book Swap – December 5th-9th

EVERY STUDENT takes home at least 1 new–to-you book.

All books left after the swap will be donated to Square One a Springfield based charity.

Do you have a large quantity to donate or do you have questions? Contact Susan Wells wellss@arps.org 413-362-1424


View Book Swap Poster

Education, The Gift that Keeps Giving! Donate now thru Nov. 29


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Today, consider making a gift to Wildwood PGO. Your generosity will help support equity and enrichment at Wildwood. The funds we raise provide curriculum-enhancing opportunities for our children, and support dedicated staff.

Last year, the PGO ensured every child went on every field trip. We funded the Library, Art, clubs, the Multicultural Fair, Family Movie Night and much, much more!

  • Know a special teacher? Make a donation in his/her/them/they’s name.
  • And please share this announcement widely with friends, relatives (especially grandparents and grand friends)!

View Flyer (featuring photos from Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Greenfield Community College Courses at ARHS

gccGreenfield Community College is offering two college courses (English Composition I and Principals of Sociology) during the day at ARHS next semester. The courses will be taught by GCC faculty and are available only to current ARHS students. Upon successful completion of the courses, students will be awarded both high school and GCC college credits. The courses (including necessary textbooks) are available free of charge and are open to ARHS students in all grades. Students with any flexibility in their schedule (E, F, and G periods) are encouraged to contact their guidance counselor to explore this opportunity. Information and Enrollment Sessions will be held during lunch on Tuesday, December 6th and placement testing will be offered from 2:30-4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6th and Thursday, December 8th. For more information, contact your child’s guidance counselor or the GCC Office of Admission at 413-775-1801 or admissions@gcc.mass.edu.

Wildwood PGO Calendar of Events

The PGO’s mission of building community and creating opportunity depends on the generosity of families, staff, and the larger community. Download a schedule of main events and fundraisers for the 2016/17 year: ww-pgo-calendar-of-events-and-fundraisers-2016-2017

You shop. Wildwood gets!

Enroll in passive fundraising to earn money for Wildwood while you shop!

AMAZON SMILEamazonsmile
Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 for your Amazon shopping and Wildwood will earn 0.5% of your purchases.

To select Wildwood as your permanent charity, go to smile.amazon.com. Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

STOP AND SHOP A+ School Rewards
Register your Stop&Shop card and Wildwood will receive a percentage of your shopping. Last year, this raised $1357 for our school.

Visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register and designate Wildwood School ID #05168.

If you need help, call A+ Rewards at 1-877-275-2758.

If you registered your card last year, you do not need to re-register if your school selection remains the same.

Use your frequent shopper card when you shop at Atkins Farm to credit Wildwood with a percentage of your purchases. If you need a card, contact Heather Welch at HHourihan@msn.com.

Collect boxtops and turn them into the front office at school, or wait until collection dates are announced.


Free $ for Wildwood, Now’s the time to send in your Box Tops!

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-6-24-08-amDoes this look familiar? Do you have Ziploc baggies of Box Tops sitting in the junk drawer that you’ve been meaning to send in? NOW IS THE TIME!

Did you know each Box Top coupon you clip and donate to Wildwood School is worth 10 cents that will go straight towards funding events and materials to benefit our students and staff?

How simple is that?

Visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products for a complete list of participating brands. It’s fun to involve your whole family and be sure to ask grandparents or friends to clip and share too! A collection container is always available in the main school office (it’s a big jar right on the counter!)

Please keep a bag in your kitchen so it’s easy to collect the Box Tops you clip. Children can be taught at a very young age to identify, clip, and count Box Tops. The coupons can be found on many quality products from brands like:

  • Annie’s
  • General Mills
  • Ziploc
  • Progresso
  • Cascadian Farms
  • Pillsbury
  • Hefty
  • Kleenex
  • Scott
  • Betty Crocker
  • Yoplait

Please send any Box Tops that you have collected NOW! Our fall deadline is coming up and they do eventually expire, so send in what you have and please keep clipping! Thanks so much for your support!!


Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates

Welcome Wildwood STARS!

  • Sept. 15: Wildwood School Building Committee, 3:45PM – 5:00PM, Amherst Regional Middle School PD Center (view agenda)
  • Sept. 21: Early Release Day, 1:20pm dismissal
  • Sept. 22: Wildwood Open House, 6:00PM – 8:15PM, Wildwood School
  • Sept 27: 1st School-Wide PGO Meeting, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Wildwood School
  • Oct 25: 2nd School-Wide PGO Meeting,  6:00PM – 8:00PM, Wildwood School
  • Jan. 18, 2017: 3rd School-Wide PGO Meeting, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Wildwood School
  • March 1, 2017: 4th School-Wide PGO Meeting, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Wildwood School

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Front Office Request

  • Wildwood is looking for someone who could possibly help in writing grants (finding funds) for 2017 Black History Month Celebration. If there is a WW parent willing to help, please contact Georgia at: malcolmg@arps.org

Multi-Arts Theater Co. Debut Season

The MULTI-ARTS THEATER COMPANY will expand Multi-Arts’ educational and artistic mission throughout the academic year by providing a platform for young writers and performers to cultivate and share their artistic talents. Multi-Arts will stage original plays written by young, local play-writers. These plays will be directed by Multi-Arts theater director, Sonia Arrubla.

Join the debut season of the MULTI-ARTS THEATER COMPANY. Over the course of the semester, participants will rehearse 1.5 hours a week and present at least two public performances.

  • Children ages: 8-13
  • Program dates: Fall Semester: September 15 – December 8 (no rehearsal on Thanksgiving week)
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:30-6:0 0 PM
  • Shows: Thursday December 1 -Amherst & Friday December 9 -Northampton
  • Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst
  • Fee: $150 per child, per semester
  • Space is limited. Financial aid is available.

SIGN UP: www.multi-arts.org

W​ildwood Fundraiser for Soccer Goals​​

ORDER & PICK-UP a Take-and-Bake Hillside Pizza!
Slices, baked goods and drink also available for sale!

Friday, June 3rd, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Please complete the form that went home and return to the office by Tuesday, May 31.

Note for Parents/Guardians: Please arrive at event by 4:00 to chaperone their child and be on hand for the duration of the event, which ends at 6:00.

Thank You for the Stories!

With well over 100 people in attendance, yummy food and compelling tales, last night’s storytelling event with Eshu Bumpus was a great success!!! There were many people who worked hard to make it magically come together.

The PGO wishes to thank our dedicated parent volunteers, and of course, our dedicated school staff Georgia Malcolm, Jennifer Haugsjaahabink, Joyce Gooden, Linda Gianesin, Nick Yaffe and Susan Wells. We also wish to thank our generous food sponsors, Bueno Y Sano, Ginger Garden, Hillside Pizza, Osteria Vespa and Paradise of India, for their delicious food donations.


As Ira Glass says, “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” If you’d like to keep the stories flowing, below are a few helpful resources to do so:

And don’t forget to visit the Folklore and Legends section at the Wildwood Library.

Wildwood 2016 T-Shirts! Orders due 5/12

2016 Wildwood T-shirt is here! Orders due Thursday, May 12th

Use this form or purchase online at wildwoodpgostore.com tshirt2016
100% Cotton short sleeve T-shirt
Light Blue, Pale Pink, Gray, Orange, and Lime.
Youth sizes— XS 2/4, S 6/8, M 10/12, L 14/16, XL 18/20
Adult sizes— S 4/6, M 8/10, L 12/14, XL 16/18
Youth $13; Adult $17

Return form with payment to your child’s teacher or bring it to the office

Order Form: 2016TShirtOrderForm