You don’t need an account to Vote for Amherst Regional Public Schools in Florence Bank Customers’ Choice Community Grants

Florence Bank gives away $100,000 each year to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.

There are 2 easy ways that people can vote:
(1) Online – Visit https://www.florencebank.com/vote to view the online voting site & can cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot. Templates attached. Ballots are also available at Florence Bank location.

Voting is open until December 31st.

Last year (2016), the ARPS PGO received got 52 votes & $947.  Some non-profits get up to $5,000 through the program. The $947 received by the ARPS PGO went for classroom support, special projects, & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (CF, WW, ARMS, & ARHS) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes.

Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice.
The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote (at least consider voting for) for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit.

View Flyer for more details.

Bombazo /Unidos Por Puerto Rico Efforts

The Bombazo/Fundraiser for Puerto Rico is Sunday Dec. 17 from 3-7:30 at the ARHS auditorium. 3-5 is a Bomba jam where the Conjunto teaches the songs, rhythms, and dances to whoever wants to learn. Everyone brings a dish to share. 5-5:30 is dinner. From 5:45 to 7:30 we will have performances by local professional groups that feature Puerto Rican music and dance including Traditiones and the Gonzales Family Band. All are welcome.

Additionally, Unidos por Puerto Rico is collecting goods to send to families that are STILL in need after Hurricane Maria’s devastation. We’re placing a box on the front hallway so that everyone in the ARHS community can help us help them by donating high-need items, such as:

-Mosquito nets
-Insect repellent
-Hand sanitizer
-First aid kits
-Regular flashlights and batteries
-Water purification filters (especially backpacking, “Sawyer” brand)
-Solar-powered anything – batteries, phone chargers, radios, etc

You might be thinking, “Why should we care?” Simple answer: Because they’re just as human as we are. So, what can be better than for us to put our energies together to help? Please donate!

-Omar José Jiménez Soto

& Unidos por Puerto Rico

THANK YOU, WILDWOOD FAMILIES #GIVINGTUESDAY!!!

We made it!  Together, the generosity of our school community helped us hit our goal of $3,000, raising a phenomenal $3,152.31 for the Wildwood PGO!
Our two annual fundraising campaigns, Giving Tuesday in the fall and Valley Gives Day in the spring, raise 60% of our annual funds.  These campaigns are integral to supporting PGO initiatives like Mini-Grants for our teachers and staff, field trip scholarships, and enriching the curriculum our kids’ enjoy with visiting artists.If you missed it and would like to still contribute, the Razoo site will be up until the end of December.
https://www.razoo.com/story/Wildwoodgivingtuesday17Go, Wildwood!

Shop at Amazon?

Doing any online shopping through Amazon during the holidays? Did you know you can earn money for the Wildwood with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst Schools PGOs while you shop!

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Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

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.

Education, The Gift that Keeps Giving! Donate now thru Nov. 28

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is NOVEMBER 28 2017

#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, visiting artist, the Multicultural Fair, Family Movie Night and much, much more!

  • Know a special teacher? Make a donation in their name.
  • And please share this announcement widely with friends, relatives (especially grandparents and grand friends)!

ARMS Online Merchandise Store Open

The ARMS PGO online Amherst merchandise store is now open.  But act fast, because the store will be closing at midnight on Monday, November 20.  We’ve got lots of great Amherst merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, athletic tops, shorts, sweatpants (new!), hats, scarves, caps, bags, socks, and headbands.  Something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Items will be available for distribution to ARMS students or pickup in the ARMS office on December 8. You can order online at https://amherstregionalmiddleschool.itemorder.com

Stop & Shopʼs A+ benefits Wildwood

Thank you to all our supporters who have registered their Stop & Shop card for the school rewards program. We have raised $190 this school year to fund our programs. 

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Use 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.

 

Teacher & Staff Wishlists for 2017-2018

Each year, the Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) asks the teachers & staff to let us know what they could use in their classrooms. The 2017-2018 lists can be seen by clicking here. Please look over the lists and consider donating any items.  Don’t forget to check periodically for updates and remember to check your teacher’s wishlist during the holidays.

 


Cada año , la Organización de Padres Guardián ( PGO ) pide a los maestros y personal para hacernos saber lo que podían utilizar en sus aulas. Los 2015-2016 listas se pueden ver haciendo clic aquí. Por favor, mirar por encima de las listas y considere donar ningún artículo.

AEF Trivia Bee, Oct 26, 2017

2017 Trivia Bee Facts You Don’t Know (yet)
We are about a week away from the 23rd annual Trivia Bee!

Here’s what you need to know:

FACT: AEF are still looking for adult and youth teams to compete on Oct. 26 at the Bee. Contact Meg, megrosa78@gmail.com, and Ken, kenleblond7@gmail.com to sign up.

Prizes are awarded each round to the top scoring team, best costumes and best spirit!

Player sign-up deadline is October 23rd.

FACT: While the trivia is fun, the raffle makes the evening even better. AND, we have our strongest raffle line-up in years!

  • LSSE family pool membership
  • UMass hockey and basketball tickets
  • Autographed children’s books from the Eric Carle Museum
  • Trader Joe’s gift basket
  • Oil change and alignment certificates from Amherst Tire
  • Bueno y Sano gift certificates
  • Gift certificate from Laughing Dog Bicycles
  • Gift certificates to Kelly’s restaurant

..and more!

FACT: The Pioneer Valley’s own Lisa Evans, a two-day Jeopardy! champ this year, will NOT ONLY be competing on Oct. 26 but she will be our celebrity judge for the youth round starting at 6pm.

See you on October 26!

Our mission:

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) supports Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.

New Youth Round at AEF Trivia Bee

Amherst Education Foundation has exciting change to this year’s Trivia Bee. AEF has added a youth round for kids 14 and under.  At this point AEF has a few youth teams signed up but have room for many more.

Date: October 26, 2017
Location: ARMS Auditorium
Time: 6PM Children’s round begins
Hosted by: State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose

To sign up to play or for information about sponsorships, email
megrosa78@gmail.com or kenleblond7@gmail.com

To cheer on the teams, eat delicious baked goodies, play in the Audience Round, and win fantastic
prizes, just come to ARMS. Donations accepted at the door.

View Event Flyer

View Sponsorship Flyer

Unitarian Universalist Tag Sale on 9/30

When: Saturday, September 30th, 9am-3pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street

Treasures from households all over the Valley! Collectables, Vintage and Antique items, Small Appliances, Household and Kitchen Items, Art Objects/Prints, Books, Small Furniture pieces, Office Supplies, Toys/Games, Holiday Decorations/Items… and so much more!

Proceeds benefit social justice, environmental and other UUSA ministries

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Sábado, 30 de septiembre, 9 am-3pm
Sociedad Unitaria Universalista de Amherst
Tesoros de los hogares de todo el Valle!
Artículos de colección, Antiguos y Antiguos, Electrodomésticos,
Objetos del hogar y de la cocina, objetos del arte / impresiones,
Libros, Piezas pequeñas de muebles, Material de oficina,
Juguetes / Juegos, Holiday Decorations / Items … y mucho más!

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

Post Office Food Drive at Your Mailbox – Saturday, May 13

On Saturday May 13, the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Union will hold their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive. Across the country, households will set out a bag of canned food (and/or personal care items) by their mailbox by 9AM that Saturday morning. Letter carriers will pick up the food during their rounds and distribute donations to area food pantries, including the Amherst Survival Center’s Pantry.

The Amherst Survival Center depends on food drives and financial contributions to support its Food Pantry programs. “For the past year, we have distributed more food to Food Pantry participants receive, and we’re seeing a larger number of households using the pantry, where we now provide groceries to close to 700 families each month,” said Mindy Domb, Executive Director of the Center. “This has increased the importance of community food drives, including the Post Office Food Drive.”

Donated food should be unopened, non-expired and non-perishable (canned). Personal care items are also welcome. The Center has more information on the Post Office Food Drive, including a list of the most needed foods, online at:www.amherstsurvival.org/postoffice.

Throughout the year, religious organizations, businesses, civic organizations, sports teams, fraternities and sororities from UMass, and student groups hold community drives to collect donations of food or personal care items. Last week, the regional Valley Gives Day helped to raise funds for the Center’s Milk Fund, which purchases fresh milk for the Pantry.

The Post Office Food Drive helps stock the Center’s KIDS BOOST program, where families with school-age children get extra food during the summer vacation months. Families are welcome to sign up and use the program in the summer.

The Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry serves individuals and families in these 13 towns: Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Sunderland, Whately and Ware. It’s open Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 11am to 2:45pm, Thursdays from 11am to 6:45pm and the third Saturday of the month from 9:30am to 11:30am.  The Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst, and is accessible by the #33 bus.

If you would like more information about the Amherst Survival Center, please contact the Center at 549-3968 or visit its website at www.amherstsurvival.org .

 

 

Wahoo! The Valley Gave to Wildwood, $3,190.00

The 4th annual Valley Gives Day was a great success for Wildwood. Here’s the latest tally:

31 Cash Donations – $279
27 Check Donations – $1910
14 Online Donations – $920 raised (fees may come off the top of this)

Total: 72 Donors raised $3,109

Average Donation $43
Huge shout out of thanks to Lisa Berry, Sara Eggemeier, Toni Cunningham and Gretchen Dwyer for their help on this. We couldn’t have done it without you!

ARMS PGO online Amherst merchandise store

Back by popular demand, the Amherst Regional Middle School PGO has reopened their online Amherst merchandise store – for two weeks only! In addition to popular items from the fall, we’ve added new items for spring and summer, including tank tops, shorts, windbreakers and new hats.  All shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and shorts are available in youth sizes as well as adult. Please see the attached flyer for photos of all the available items and ordering information.  The deadline for orders is Sunday, May 14.  

 

Valley Gives & Brown Envelope Fundraiser, May 2

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This 24-hour online giving day allows people throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond to support hundreds of local nonprofits, including our very own Wildwood School. Don’t delay, support Wildwood PGO today!

Donate via brown envelope or online at: https://valley-gives.org/designee/wildwood-parent-guardian-organization

With your help the PGO can continue to support our students in ways that are as diverse as the population we serve. We strive to ensure that all children have what they need to thrive while also providing our amazing educators with basic tools for their classrooms. With your help the PGO can continue to support our students in ways that are as diverse as the population we serve. But we can’t do it without you! Check it out:

  • $850 ensures every 6th Grade student can participate in the Morse Hill field trip
  • $700 pays for a visiting author
  • $500 supports Art room clay supplies for the year
  • $200 will pay for a Sewing Machine for the Art Room
  • $125 supports a Staff Appreciation Breakfast
  • $120 buys Soil Testing probes for a 2nd Grade Soil Investigation science unit
  • $100 Pays for Moby Max curriculum software licenses for 5th Graders
  • $100 Can assist the school to submit mini grants for unique learning opportunities for children
  • $50 Will help every child to attend class field trips in the community
  • $20 Contributes to teacher classroom supplies so all children have access to pencils and paper
  • $10 helps to ensure that each child can have a snack every day

Our school will be stronger with help from you. Please donate what you can today and dig deep this spring. Thank you!

Valley Gives Day is coming – Mark your calendars for Tuesday, 5/2

The 4th annual Valley Gives Day is just a month away! This is a 24-hour online giving day that allows people throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond to support hundreds of local nonprofits.
This year, ARHS/ARMS Athletics (Hurricane Boosters) is participating for the first time, as well as ARHS PGO and Wildwood PGO. Organizations are eligible for incentive prizes based on the number of donors – no matter how big or small the gifts – so save the date, spread the word, and help our organizations raise thousands of dollars to benefit our students and schools.

PGO Awarded Grant

The Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO has been awarded its first Florence Bank Customers Choice grant award!  The ARPS PGO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit encompassing the PGOs from Crocker Farm, Wildwood and Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools.
The award of $947 will be shared equally by the schools.
Thank you to Florence Bank for their generous support and to everyone who voted for us in support of our schools.

AEF Celebrates Music in Our Schools

Saturday, March 18, 6-9pm, UMASS Marriott Center

In a time of anxiety and upheaval in the bigger world, we at AEF have chosen to focus on the creative energy that our schools encourage and develop in our children. The ARPS music program is a huge part of that, and Amherst Education Foundation is excited to host an event that recognizes the key role of music and music education.

AEF is thrilled to announce its spring fundraiser: AEF Celebrates Music in Our Schools!, on March 18th at 6pm at the UMass Marriott Center.

Emceed by Performing Arts Department Chair John Bechtold and State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, the evening will be filled with tributes, performances, and wonderful food and drink. AEF will be giving a special award to ARMS Chorus Director Dave Ranen and lifetime achievement recognitions to our district’s music educators, past and present, who have taught for more than 20 years in the schools.

We have invited all music educators to be our guests at our event, and we hope you will join us too. Proceeds will support AEF’s 2017 excellence grants, with a portion going directly to the ARPS music program.

Learn more and purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com

Florence Bank Community Choice Grants

Each year Florence Bank gives out $100,000 to community organization through its Customer’s Choice Community Grants Program. Florence Bank account holders select the recipients by voting for their top choices (one vote per account). Each organization that gets at least 50 votes qualifies for some $.

The PGOs of the ARPS PGO (Wildwood, Crocker Farm, the Amherst Middle School, & the Amherst High School) are campaigning together this year in the hopes of getting the minimum 50 votes needed.

If you have a Florence Bank account, please consider voting for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO,” the name of our joint 501(c)3 organization. The ARPS PGO is not listed on the drop down menu on the bank’s website but it is among the organizations that can receive money. Please type in the full name.

You can vote in the following ways:

1. Online: Visit Florencebank.com/Vote to view the online voting site cast a vote online.

2. Facebook: Visit Facebook.com/FlorenceBank, click on the Customers’ Choice Community Grants tab to learn more about the program and cast your vote.

3, Paper ballots. Paper ballots are available at each Florence Savings Bank branch.

Voting is open through Dec 31, 2016, but why wait. Please vote today.

Gift Ideas from the Amherst Education Foundation

static1-squarespace-comAre you trying to figure out how to thank your children’s teachers for their wonderful work this holiday season? Here’s a great way to give a gift that teachers appreciate and is an easy way to remain in compliance with the law that forbids public employees from receiving gifts valued at more than $50. AEF’S THANK A TEACHER/STARS IN OUR SCHOOLS!

Contribute to AEF in a teacher’s name and they will get the gift that keeps on giving: money that comes back to the schools in the form of excellence grants. The teacher will receive a card from AEF indicating that you supported AEF in their honor. Click here Thanking a Teacher through our Stars in Our Schools; or go to www.amhersteducationfoundation.org and click on “Stars in Our Schools”.

How is AEF helping the elementary schools? AEF grants are funding the following programs:

Math coaches are receiving training to help underperforming kids in grades 3-6! Students with special needs district-wide have much-needed laptop computers! Music teachers are bringing visiting artists to the schools!

Thank you and happy holidays,

The Board of Amherst Education Foundation

Ethan Clotfelter, Becky Michaels, Clare Bertrand, Meg Robertson, Isabella Dell’olio, Rick Hood, Michael Hutton-Woodland, Sue Kelly, Ken Leblond, Sovann-Malis Loeung, Amanda Rivera Lopez, Susan Kennedy Marx, Jennifer Mendelsohn, Adelia Pope, Megan Rosa, Amanda Seaman, Sudha Setty, Jen Veshia

Do you work at UMass?

The annual UMass-Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) is now underway. The UMACC program gives UMass employees an easy way to donate to charitable organizations, & to spread out donations across a year’s worth of paychecks (for example $5 per paycheck, for 26 paychecks, can be easier to part with than $130 at one time.)

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, the Amherst Middle School, & the Amherst High School, participates in the UMACC program (the Fort River PGO is its own 501(c)3). All donations to the ARPS PGO through UMACC are shared across the 4 schools. Through UMACC, UMass employees can give $1 or more per paycheck for each charity they’d like to donate to. Thanks for considering supporting our schools in this way. Every donation is greatly appreciated.
See http://www.umass.edu/umacc/ for more info.

Do you use Amazon.com for shopping?

Doing any online shopping through Amazon this weekend, over the holidays, any other time of year? Did you know you can earn money for the Wildwood with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in passive fundraising to earn money for Wildwood while you shop!

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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.

ATKINS FARM
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.

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

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

THANK YOU FOR RECYCLING!

View Book Swap Poster

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

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#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)

Stock up for the holidays!

ARMS PGO online Amherst merchandise store
Just in time for your holiday shopping, the ARMS PGO will be hosting an online store with a range of Amherst apparel and accessories, to help you show your Amherst pride and support the ARMS community.  The store is now open, and orders will be accepted through midnight on Sunday, December 4.  Purchases will be available for distribution to ARMS students (and pick up by all others) at ARMS on December 19 and 20, in time for the holidays.  
The store can be accessed at: 
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Sweeting at amysweeting@yahoo.com.

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