Welcome to the academic year 2018-2019, and the return of the Wildwood Newsletter! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Saturday morning, packed with valuable information about school events, opportunities of engagement at Wildwood, community events etc…
TO OUR NEW FAMILIES: WELCOME TO WILDWOOD!
Wildwood Elementary School is a wonderful community with vibrant parent/guardian involvement. The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) is comprised of volunteers who donate their time and talent to enrich the school. Our mission is to build a strong community, and support enrichment and equity for all children at Wildwood. We support teachers and staff so they can provide the best elementary school experience for all students. We also stage a variety of fun events, both child and adult-focused, throughout the year. Supporting and helping at these events is a great way to become more involved in the school, meet other parents and keep up to date with the Wildwood community.
We personally invite you to become involved at Wildwood. Your contribution, whether it is time, knowledge, or resources make a big difference. Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education!
Contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something you would like to share with our community, be it school news, teacher wishlist requests, PGO or school event information, as well as community events you think our WW families will enjoy. We encourage your input. Our best to everyone navigating the transition back to school, see you online!
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:
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
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
Join the fun and Celebrate Amherst!
September 20th from 5 – 9 pm
North Pleasant Street in Amherst
Live Music • Street Food • Show Circus Acrobats • Entertainers • Dancers • UMass & Amherst College Basketball Teams • Children’s Activities • Community
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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.
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.
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, email@example.com
Meg Rosa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trivia Bee Co-Chairs
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!
Wildwood Elementary School (Basketball Court area/playground)
Wednesday, June 20th (rain date… Tuesday, June 19th)
5:15 – Ribbon cutting for 5th and 6th grades art installation at front door of
5:30- Picnic, Dunk Tank, Student Performances
What to bring:
Food and drinks for your family
Reusable/disposable cups and plates
Blanket / Chairs to sit on
Plenty of excitement
Request to the 5th grade parents:
Please plan to meet on the metal playground at 6:15 to discuss making your kids sixth grade year special.
View Flyer in English
View Flyer in Spanish
On behalf of the PGO Leadership team, thank you for your generous time, donations and support in making it another great year at Wildwood. On Thursday, June 21 the PGO blog and newsletter takes a break for the summer. Have a restful and restorative summer!
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The Wildwood PGO will be showing our appreciation for our wonderful teachers, staff, custodians and bus drivers next week. Here is a list of Staff Appreciation Events coming up. Parents and guardians are welcome to join any of these gatherings.
Monday 18th June
8:45am Bus Driver appreciation at the front of the school
11:00am Morning Custodians appreciation in the school
3:00pm Afternoon Custodians appreciation in the school
Tuesday 19th June
9:10am Goodbye Assembly in the gym, marking the retirement of 5 staff members – Julie Rivera (Art), Susie Secco (1st Grade), Marjorie Ackerman (OT), Carol Cochrane (PT) and Laura Cohen (Paraprofessional)
1:15-2:30pm Staff Appreciation Wagon, wheeled around the school to all staff members
3:00pm Goodbye and retirement gift presentation to the beloved driver of bus #18, Bill Glucksman. Outside the school at the bus loop.
Announcing More Summer Lunch Options for Kids and their Grown-Ups …
Free summer lunch for kids and teens 18 and under is available on Tuesdays at the Jones Library in the Woodbury Room following the morning youth programs. Adult meals may be purchased for $3.50.
UMass’ Baby Berk Food Trucks will be providing FREE SUMMER MEALS! The meals are available to all kids and teens (18 and under). No ID necessary. No registration required.
The UMass Baby Berk Food Truck will be providing meals at the following Amherst locations every Monday, Wednesdayand Friday from June 25 to August 10 (excluding 7/4/18):
10:30 – 10:45 a.m., Rolling Green Apartments, 1 Rolling Green Drive
11:00 – 11:20 a.m., Colonial Village Apartments, 81 Belchertown Road
11:40 – 11:50 p.m., Butternut Farms Apartments, 12 Longmeadow Drive
12:10-12:30 p.m., South Point Apartments, 266 E. Hadley Street
1:00 – 1:30 p.m., Village Park Apartments, 497 E. Pleasant Street
1:55 – 2:05 p.m., Olympia Oaks, 85 Olympia Road
2:20 – 2:45 p.m., North Village Apartments, 990 N. Pleasant Street
3:10 – 3:30 p.m., Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Road
Follow the truck: @UMASSBABYBERK
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!
Recognize teachers and staff at the end of the year with a gift in their honor!
Now is the time to let teachers and staff members know how much your appreciate their hard work, expertise, care, and dedication.
You can strengthen our schools with a tax-deductible gift to Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) in a teacher’s or staff member’s name. AEF will deliver a personalized recognition card to your honoree/s.
Please make your gift online or send your gift by mail by June 15 to guarantee delivery to honorees before their last day of the school year. As always, thank you for supporting public education and AEF, and thank you recognizing the Stars in Our Schools!
Click here to complete online gift form
Print PDF for mailing here
Here’s what educators say about Stars in Our Schools:
“Receiving a star is one of the most meaningful gifts to get. I love receiving these because I feel truly appreciated as a teacher, and I know that the donation people make is going back to a great organization that really supports our schools.” – ARMS Co-Assistant Principal and ELL Teacher Alicia Lopez
“I was really moved when I received some Stars in Our Schools cards in my mailbox indicating that the parents of some of my students had donated to AEF in my honor. AEF does very important work to support teachers and programs at ARMS, so a monetary gift is like thanking a teacher twice!” – ARMS Science Teacher Jennifer Welborn
“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 Elementary School Music Teacher Anne Louise White (retired 6/2017)
Amherst has begun the process of creating an economic development strategy. The town has engaged the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission as consultants to report on key economic indicators, an analysis of the retail market, and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. Amherst residents are invited to share feedback and have their ideas incorporated in the final SWOT analysis by filling out three surveys. The surveys can be found: here.
Do you like fun and competition? Come to the first annual ARHS Summer Olympics hosted by the class of 2020. Join us on Wednesday June 13th from 4:00-6:30 on the ARHS track.
Compete against your friends and family for only a $5 participant fee and see who the real Amherst Olympian is! All age groups welcome.
Pizza and subs will be sold at the event.
Contact Class Officers Aarti Lamberg or Eli Solvin with questions. Lambergac@arps.org
Thanks to everyone who has signed up for summer art at Feather Press Studio! I am looking forward to working with your children! Drawing and Painting and Sculpture classes are now full with a waitlist, and there are just a couple of spaces left in
Printmaking and Early Childhood Art.
Scholarships available: Feather Press Studio, with the generous support of a Wildwood family, is offering two full scholarships for the Early Childhood Art program this summer. Please check the website for more specific information on this and other classes, and indicate if you are interested in a scholarship for your child.
Finally, we have begun taking registration for after school fall classes. The fall schedule is flexible, so if dates and times don’t work, please let us know and we will see if we can adjust our fall scheduling.
Wishing everyone a restful and joyful summer!
Julie Lapping Rivera
Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 8:30 to 9:30am
Where: Main office conference room
Get to know your Principal, hear what’s happening at the
school and ask whatever has been on your mind.
Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO
View Flyer in English
View Flyer in Spanish
When: June 12th at 3:15 PM
Location: The Works, downtown Amherst
Individual School Updates
Taxes and State Filings
-UMACC (United Way)
Other Business not anticipated by the chair
Message posted on behalf of ARHS PGO:
Please consider joining in the 35+ year-old tradition of throwing a SAFE Party for the Graduating Seniors and their invited guests. Over 40 local businesses stepped up to sponsor this event in 2017. It truly takes a village!
We need volunteers at the event to help with registration, security, monitoring games, shuttle, set-up and clean-up, first aid, etc. The party happens after Graduation on Friday June 8th and runs from 10:30 pm to 3:00 am. we need volunteers for all sorts of time slots. This year the party will be at Hampshire Athletic Club on Gatehouse Road in Amherst.
All ARHS families encouraged to volunteer!
Click here for party details
Click here to volunteer via Sign-Up Genius or for more information please contact:
413 531 7641
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 email@example.com 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
We awaken and develop your child’s creativity and stimulate – engage your child’s imagination. Theater, art, creative stories, music, dance and more.
Opens June18 to August 10
Fun and active. Join us today www.multi-arts.org
Love Arts? http://www.razoo.com/story/Multi-Arts
Western Massachusetts Writing Project Summer Youth Writing Programs:
Write. Find your voice. Change the world.
E452 South College, University of Massachusetts Amherst For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 545-5466 To register or apply for a scholarship, visit the WMWP website, http://www.umass.edu/wmwp/
Click here to download the flyer: WMWP Summer Youth Writing Programs
This is not a school-sponsored program.
Date: Thursday, May 31st, (rain date- Thursday, June 7)
Location: Behind Wildwood Elementary School
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
DON’T FORGET! This coming Thursday is our celebration of cultural diversity. In addition to a fantastic community potluck there will be international performances, a fashion show, family photographs, and activities / games / crafts. We look forward to seeing you!
- A dish to share (Remember Wildwood does not allow nuts! A form will be provided so you can list the ingredients.)
- Drinks for your family (Water will be provided.)
- Reusable plates, cups, napkins, and utensils for eating in order to reduce waste.
- A blanket or mat to sit on (This is an outside event.)
There is still time to perform or be part of the fashion show! Just check-in with the Welcome Table and we will add you to the list. If you have any questions or to volunteer: contact Becky Miller at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Wildwood PGO.
1. Wednesday, June 6: We need a few “maker-oriented” folks to help put a mosaic together with a visiting mosaic artist between 12 and 6:00 PM (you do not need to come for the whole time; any time you can donate would be very helpful).
2. Monday, June 11 or Tuesday, June 12: We need help grouting the murals. Time as yet to be determined.
3. First two weeks in June: We need a few parents to help take down and colate student art work. Time to be determined.
Calling all incoming Middle School parents to be a part of the Middle School PGO.
We are going to have a transition meeting one evening during the first week of June, so that the current PGO can download all of our knowledge to the future PGO, and so we can try to fill some of the leadership roles for next year. Even if you are not interested in taking a leadership role, we need lots of general PGO members to help with various events and activities. Please consider coming to hear about the PGO. There will be refreshments!!
If you are interested and willing to join us, please fill out this Doodle with your availability, so we can schedule the meeting as soon as possible:
Please note that the newsletter incorrectly mentioned the location of the event as ARHS. The event is being held at ARMS.
The U.S. Attorney General’s Office will host a presentation: Keeping Children Safe and Secure Online: A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Families on May 29, 2018, from
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at ARMS.
The presentation will include: being safe and secure online; Social Media 101; Digital Footprint; Gaming; Sexting and Cyberbullying; Sextortion; and Internet Predators
For further information, go to