Affordable Housing Lottery: Aspen Heights in Amherst

Overview: Aspen Heights Amherst is a brand-new, 88 unit rental apartment community located in Amherst on 408 Northampton Road. There will be 11 affordable apartments ready for occupancy starting in Summer of 2021. All affordable apartments will be rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income through this application …

Health Care job training available now

Hello parents and guardians,Amherst Schools’ Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity, and Human Resources, Doreen Cunningham, encourages those of us looking for work coming out of the pandemic to consider these health care jobs, with training provided in part online.  For more information please contact Doreen Cunningham. 

ARHS Environmental Action Club is planting trees in our community

We are students from ARHS Environmental Action Club. We want to work towards impacting our local community environmentally to create a more sustainable future. We want to plant trees in our community to make up for the amount of paper our school has been using. Each tree is $5, and we have three options for …

ARPS School Committee Meeting

This coming Tuesday & Wednesday the Amherst-Pelham School Committee will hold two meetings. On Tuesday, they will vote on the proposed school start time change, hear about pooled testing for COVID-19, and discuss returning to in-person learning this Spring.  During the Wednesday meeting, a vote on the return to in-person learning this Spring will be …

Looking for nature-inspired art from Wildwood students

The Amherst Art for Clean Energy student anthology, co-created by Amherst Sunrise and Amherst Regional High School students, is looking for nature-inspired art from Wildwood students! They are compiling written and visual art inspired by nature and/or environmental action, made by Amherst students or residents ages 5-18. After reviewing submissions, they will publish them and sell …

Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project for March

The Week of MARCH 1st IMPORTANT: Our MARCH backpack will be essential for our MARCH ASSEMBLY: WILDWOOD READS on Friday, March 5th at 10:40 AM.  Your student will need a PHYSICAL BOOK for the DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (DEAR) time! Pick Up at Wildwood School:  If you chose “pick up,” come to the front doors …

Amherst School Committee: Open Meeting of Residents

February 4, 2021 at 6:00PM Join online via Zoom or view on Amherst Media Channel 15 Share your comments, ask questions, and hear from the District, School Committee, and other community members at this open meeting on February 4. Pursuant to Article 8, Section 1, of the Amherst Town Charter, the Amherst School Committee is hosting this …

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials

Amherst, MA – As we begin to think about planning our gardens this year, it’s a good time to consider the benefits of adding plants that attract birds, butterflies, and bees.   Learn how to do just that by joining us for Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials, a webinar to be hosted by the …

Biliteracy Programs- application due Feb 3

Dear ARPS PGOs, The Seal of Biliteracy team would appreciate your support to spread the word to families about the ARPS Biliteracy Awards application and clubs. We are asking students to submit the application to get involved by February 3. Videos with info in 5 languages available here, and an updated version of the letter that went out …

Help us tailor Multi-Arts vacation program to your needs

Help us tailor Multi-Arts vacation program to your needs, an online program that supports your children and your family during this February 15-19 School Vacation. We want children to have the pleasure to experience ARTS in all its manifestations.  To give a voice to their inner self,  To give them confident,  To provide them with the ability to appreciate themselves, and realize the beauty in their beings. Let us …

WinterFest 2021

February 5th – 6th from 5 – 7pm Amherst Recreation, The Business Improvement District and The Amherst Area Chamber presents Ice Sculptures on the Common! A Drive-Through Experience. Welcome one and all to Winterfest 2021! This fantastical event will feature at least 11 life-sized animal ice sculptures displayed on the Amherst Common. Your favorite Winterfest …

Wildwood Family Stories Project

Dear Wildwood Families, As shared in Thursday’s assembly the Wildwood Family Stories Project is now officially launched and has three new interviews conducted by two fifth graders and one fourth grader. Any Wildwood family member can have access to these stories, and ones that are uploaded in the future, by creating a StoryCorps account at this link: wwstrong. By …

Get Outdoors and Play! Traveling Recess Van

Please note this is not a school sponsored event. The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters and Amherst Recreation are teaming up to provide a “Recess Van,” during the lunch/recess break between the times of 11:30-12:15 from 1/11/2021-1/29/21. The 30 minute activities will be held from approximately 11:40 -12:10. Mondays- Amherst Regional Middle School Tuesdays- Mill River …

Jones Library Virtual Program: Feasting from Your Winter Pantry

Amherst, MA – Looking for ways to make a delicious dinner without last minute trips to the market, especially these days?  Join us for Feasting from Your Winter Pantry: Soul Warming Recipes from Your Pantry, a webinar to be presented by Liz Barbour and hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26, …

Consider donating gift cards to help families in need.

Take The Pledge & Gift a Gift Card. Consider donating gift cards to help families in need.Support local businesses and help families all at the same time! See details below. Everyone could use some extra help at this time of the year.  A warm take-out meal can make a huge difference after a long day of work, especially …

Wildwood school directories are here

Hello, parents and guardians, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 – 2021 Wildwood school directories are ready for distribution.   We’ll be using the library backpacks to distribute the directories, and work to limit them to just one per family. If your child is not getting a backpack this coming week – beginning Monday …

Massachusetts Athletics – Upcoming Schedule (Dec 10 – Dec 13) – How to Watch & Listen

Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change. For the most up to date schedule information, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar and follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority. Thursday – December 10 Women’s Basketball at New …

The Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project The Week of December 14th!

This month students will exchange their NOVEMBER books and backpacks for a backpack with NEW books!  IMPORTANT: You must return library books in your backpack to receive a new backpack** (unless this is your first month in the program). **Not done with all your books?  Please return the books you are done with in the …

Call for Submissions: Dreaming the Future!

The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help us envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, …

ARPS Warm Winter Coat and Clothing Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing.The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently used) winter coats for over 90 Amherst children, size pre-K through adult. Also needed: snow pants …

Wildwood Family Directory: Stay connected with Classmates

Wildwood families and caregivers,  each year one of the Parent Guardian Organization’s core responsibilities is to publish a school directory. We are doing it again this year but we are delayed.  The directory helps us all stay connected.  It is only distributed among Wildwood families, and, typically, it helps us set up play dates, birthday parties, …

Town of Amherst Seeks Public Input on Block Grant Priorities

Amherst will be making its annual application to receive federal funds administered by the state in the Community Development Block Grant program. These funds are awarded primarily to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of Amherst’s low and moderate income residents. The CDBG Advisory Committee would like to hear from the community about …