Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • May 2: Valley Gives Day & Brown Envelope Fundraiser
  • May 2: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30PM – 7:30PM
  • May 9: Amherst School Committee Meeting, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
  • June 5: Band/Orchestra Concert, 6:30pm
  • June 8: Multicultural Fair, Wildwood School
  • June 21: Sixth Grade Graduation
  • June 22: Last Day of School

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Front Office/ PGO Requests

  • The Wildwood Multicultural Fair is looking for school community members willing to showcase their talents while sharing their cultural heritage. Are you or your child interested in performing for our community event? Please email: wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com

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

Stop & Shopʼs A+ benefits Wildwood

stopandshopacardUse 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.


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

Plea$e Give: Valley Gives or Brown Envelope

Hello Wildwood, today is the day! This is the day when those who love the Pioneer Valley come together for 24 hours of giving. It’s one extraordinary way to support the organizations that make the Pioneer Valley special.

Please consider supporting WILDWOOD, an organization that supports your child and our community: http://bit.ly/wildwoodgives

View: Spr16-PGOfundraiser

25th Annual Amherst Invitational Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, 5/7-8

07b9f-amherst2binvite2b20162blogo.pngThirty-two high school teams will compete in the oldest youth Ultimate frisbee tournament in the country, the Amherst Invitational. The 25th Annual Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2016, and is hosted by Amherst Regional High School (ARHS).

The Tournament will be held on the athletic fields at ARHS and the Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) in Amherst, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the growing sport.

This year will also be the largest event in the tournament’s history, with separate A and B divisions for both boys and girls, to reflect the growing popularity of the sport.  ARHS is one of the few high schools in the country that can field three boys and three girls teams, and the middle school team is also very competitive.  All seven Amherst teams (including the ARMS Spring Ultimate teams) will be participating in the Amherst Invitational.

Come cheer on your favorite ARMS and ARHS Players.  Free.

Boy Scouts Open House, 5/10

boy-scout-openhouseBoy Scouts Troop 500 Amherst Open House for prospective scouts (grades 5-12; ages 11-17) and their families Tuesday, May 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street, Amherst. Troop activities are organized and run by the boys, including weekly meetings, monthly campouts, and projects in the community. Our Scouts learn practical outdoor skills and develop leadership skills while having a lot of fun. Troop 500 does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sexual preference. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Michelle Chandler at (413) 256-5412

View flyer: Troop500.openhouse.2016

Into the Woods, 5/13-15

itw_publicity_shotsStarlight’s Youth Theatre invites you to take a journey with them Into The Woods Friday – Sunday May 13 – 15. The success of Disney’s Into The Woods movie starring Meryl Streep has revived the original Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical version by Stephen Sondheim and you can see many of your friends on the Academy of Music stage.

This musical brings favorite fairy tale characters such as Cinderella (Kira Cairn), Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk to life; they set off to make their wishes come true but soon learn to be careful what they wish for as witches, giants and wolves loom. Into the Woods at the Academy of Music on May 13 at 7 p.m.; May 14 at 2p.m. and 7 p.m.; and May 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for children/seniors and $14 for adults and are available at the Academy of Music Box Office or online at http://aomtheatre.ticketfly.com/

Habitat for Humanity, Application due 5/20

pioneer valley habitat for humanityFor Affordable Homeownership Opportunity in Amherst. Applications are available at the Jones Library, Amherst Town Hall & the Pioneer Valley Habitat office.

3 bedroom and 1.5 bathroom condominium unit on East Pleasant St in Amherst. Walking distance to UMass and local public schools.





Valley Gives, May 3. Please giveback to Wildwood!


Valley Gives Day will be May 3, 2016. It is a 24-hour event to promote philanthropic giving in the Pioneer Valley. Please consider supporting WILDWOOD, an organization that supports your child, you and our community: http://bit.ly/wildwoodgives

The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization builds school community and supports the school through events held throughout the year and fundraising, which is limited to a few times a year. Valley Gives Day is one of those critical times. In an effort to honor our commitment to equity, we’ve eliminated several fundraisers and we look to Valley Gives Day to make up the difference.

How does a PGO build community? Through Welcome Back Breakfasts for Staff, First Day Coffees for parents, a strong Class Parent network to link families with classroom teachers. Through a School Directory, provided free to all families. Through beautiful Yearbooks with color photos. A free Book Swap and Winter Clothing Share, Walk to School Day and a fantastic Multicultural Fair all help to make connections to the school and to each other.

Did you attend Math Night, Mad Science or Movie Night?
… please consider making a donation.


How does a PGO support equity and enrichment? The funds we raise provide rich curriculum enhancing opportunities for our children, and support our staff with mini-grants. Last year, we ensured every child went on every field trip, we funded the Library (~350 books!), Art, clubs, and much more.

Our goal is modest $500. Every dollar counts! Thank you for your support!



Wildwood/ARPS Info

Wildwood STARWelcome Wildwood STARS!

  • Wednesdays are 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. 15-19: Winter Recess (no school)
  • Feb. 23: Regional School Committee Meeting, ARPS High School, 6-8pm
  • Feb. 25: School Governance Council
  • Feb. 29: All Wildwood Community Meeting with the PGO.
  • March 24: Family Math Night (Save the Date!)

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Enrichment Activities: Vacation Camps, LSSE Youth Programs, Auditions for Peter & Wendy

Wildwood After School Offers Winter Break Camp
Date: Feb. 16-19, 2016
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Wildwood Elementary School
Cost: $55 per day (if you receive a fee reduction for After school the same reduction will apply; Please email Janna at mmafterschool@gmail.com if you are requesting financial aid assistance.) All payments should be made payable to “MMASDC, Inc.” and given directly to Janna or Keisha.

For more info, email: mmafterschool@gmail.com

LSSE Vacation Camp and Youth Programs
Dates/Time/Location/Cost: Varies
Fee Reduction Program: Youth programs are available at a reduced rate to qualified Amherst residents (certain restrictions will apply). Fee subsidies are awarded on a percentage basis (50-25%) and vary according to family size, income and funds available.

For more info, visit: https://www.amherstma.gov/311/Youth-Programs

Auditions for LSSE Staging of Peter & Wendy

Date: Monday, Feb. 29
Time: 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Location: Amherst High School Cafeteria
Cost: There is a $55 Registration Fee due at the audition for all those who are cast—additional siblings $30 (waivers available).

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater will hold auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) musical production of PETER & WENDY. All those auditioning should arrive at 4:00 and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of those cast in the show will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.

For more info, visit: http://www.alsct.org/childrens_theater/index.html or call Carmela at 413-259-9482. PETER & WENDY—Neverland is calling!