Valley Gives & Brown Envelope Fundraiser, May 2

The 4th annual Valley Gives Day is THIS WEEK!  [ADD VG LOGO and a PHOTO]

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

 

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!!

 

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.

 

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.

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

Fun, Podcasts, & RESEARCH in the WW Library! (Valley Gives)

Fun, Podcasts, and RESEARCH in the WW Library!
Check out what we’ve been up to in this Spring:

Wildwood Library Book Donor Program PDF

With Valley Gives Day coming up on May 3rd please consider donating a book to the WW Library!
Commemorate your student’s time here at Wildwood school and help grow our school library!
Please consider donating a book to honor your student or a special staff member.
Click here for the donation form!

Jump Rope for Heart Benefit

From Vincent Barnes, Wildwood’s PE teacher:

I just wanted to alert everyone that we will be doing Jump Rope For Heart this year, courtesy of the American Heart Association. The premise of the event is to teach the kids about the importance of a healthy heart through jump roping and other cardiovascular-focused activities. Accompanied with this event is a fundraising component that raises funds for the research towards children’s heart disease; only grades 4 through 6 will participate in the fundraiser.

This week, I will be distributing fundraising envelopes to students along with consent forms for students to participate in the JRFH activities. Students are not mandated to participate in the fundraiser, but they are highly encouraged to do so. The time frame for the fundraiser is March 7th through April 1st, and all envelopes are expected to be returned by April 8th. Donations can also be made online at http://www.heart.org/jump. When it begins to get warmer outside, we will be having an end-of-fundraiser celebration. I will inform everyone with more details as they begin to formulate. Please let me know if there are any questions, comments, or concerns about JRFH in general.

#WishfulWeekend, the final push

We’re thrilled to report that we had a most successful 2015 ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ fundraising campaign. Twenty-six donors stepped forward and contributed $1,416.00 to our PGO! This will go a long way in supporting Wildwood’s many all-school activities (such as Movie and Math Nights, and the Multicultural Fair) and teacher mini-grants.

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#‎WishfulWeekend… We’re so close to meeting our modest goal of $1,500! If you haven’t done so already and are able, please consider helping out. Any small amount (minimum $10) will do and would be much appreciated.

Donate: http://bit.ly/wildwoodgives

There’s Still Time to DONATE, #GivingTuesday

Many thanks to the 17 generous donors, who moved us closer to our 2015 #‎GivingTuesday goal! Education is truly the gift that keeps giving! 

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There’s still time. You have until Midnight tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 1) to make a donation! Share with your friends, grandparents and networks!

The Rock Star level helps fund activities such as field trips. It’s so bright, we’ll need sunglasses on the buses. http://bit.ly/wildwoodgives

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Wildwood ROCK STARS give thanks!

Wildwood ROCK STARS know how to give thanks!!! And from this small sampling, they’re thankful for family, friends, food (especially cheese), the US Navy, and Wildwood School.

Share the gratitude! Personalize and post your very own ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ sign (sent home in backpacks last week Friday). Blank signs also available for download here: #Grateful or #UNselfie

And please support our school. Make a gift to Wildwood now thru Dec. 1st. So far, we’ve raised $70 of our $1500 goal.

Donate today, every dollar counts: http://bit.ly/wildwoodgives

Wildwood Gives in Many Ways

You know that our Wildwood community is a caring, sharing and giving community. Wildwood’s teachers and staff give tirelessly everyday. One generous office staff member gives students in need fresh snacks (apples and clementines), and pays out of her own pocket. Students give to one another through daily acts of kindness.

We also give through our Annual Book Swap, Winter Clothing Drive, and Teacher/Staff Wishlists.

But did you know that giving is also good for your health? Live longer, be happier, and feel a sense of gratitude.

So go ahead, make a donation today. So far we’ve raised $20 of our $1500 dollar goal.

Visit and Donate: http://bit.ly/wildwoodgives
Read: 5 Ways Giving is Good for You
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3 Wks of Wildwood Generosity, #GivingTuesday 2015

This year, for the first time ever, the Wildwood PGO is participating in #GivingTuesday!

Giving Tuesday 2015 BannerWe have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Wildwood community will come together (virtually) for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give back to our school.

Over the next few Tuesdays, we’ll share views on giving and gratitude.
Let’s start with a question: What difference do we make?

We all ask ourselves sometimes whether or not we make a difference—at school or at work, in our lives, in our relationships, in all the ways we spend our time and exert real effort. And if we do indeed make a difference, what difference is it? Is it significant? Do we have a real impact? Of what sort? (Conversation Guide, AskBigQuestions.org)

View poet Taylor Mali’s spoken-word piece, “What Teachers Make.”

Learn more: https://www.ted.com/talks/taylor_mali_what_teachers_make
Ask Big Questions Conversation Guide (PDF):  ask-big-questions

Our teachers make a difference every day! You can support them by donating to Wildwood. Visit: https://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Wildwood-Parent-Guardian-Organization


Este año, por primera vez, el Wildwood PGO está participando en #GivingTuesday!

Tenemos un día para dar gracias. Tenemos dos para conseguir ofertas. Ahora, tenemos #GivingTuesday, un día mundial dedicado a retribuir. El Martes, 01 de diciembre 2015, la comunidad de Wildwood se reunirán (virtualmente) con un propósito común: celebrar la generosidad y de devolver a nuestra escuela.

En los próximos martes, vamos a compartir puntos de vista sobre dar y gratitud.
Vamos a empezar con una pregunta: ¿Qué diferencia hacemos?

Todos nos preguntamos a veces si hacemos una diferencia en la escuela o en el trabajo, en nuestras vidas, en nuestras relaciones, en todas las formas en que gastamos nuestro tiempo y hacer un esfuerzo real. Y si en verdad hacer una diferencia, ¿qué diferencia es? ¿Es significativo? ¿Tenemos un impacto real? De qué tipo? (Conversación Guía, AskBigQuestions.org)

Pieza de Vista poeta Taylor Mali palabra hablada: “¿Qué profesores hacen.”

Más información: https://www.ted.com/talks/taylor_mali_what_teachers_make
Pregunta Grandes Preguntas Guía de Conversación (PDF): ask-big-preguntas

Nuestros maestros hacen una diferencia cada día! Usted puede apoyarlos mediante la donación de Wildwood. Visita: https://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Wildwood-Parent-Guardian-Organization

Amherst Hurricane Booster/Amherst Lions Club Coupon Book

The Amherst Lions Club is partnering with the ARMS & ARHA Athletics Program to raise money for equipment. Family coupon books are currently on sale to everyone in the ARPS community for $20.00 each.

There are over 30 businesses in the Amherst-area that are represented in service coupons. The value of all coupons in the book is approximately $1,000.00. The coupons are good through 7/31/16.

Family coupon books are available for purchase at the ARHS Athletic Director’s office (whitep@arps.org); ARMS office (adairs@arps.org); and the Amherst Lions Club (tacromack@comcast.net).

Toy Box Shopping Benefits Wildwood (11/4)

Hello Wildwood PGO!

The TOY BOX is excited to announce a new program to help fundraise for your PGO! Each Wednesday night from September through November, The TOY BOX will extend our shopping hours from 6-8 PM to support each of the elementary schools in the region to enable the parents, staff, and friends of families in each school to laugh and play and learn about new toys and games. 15% of the gross sales for those 2 hours will be given to the school’s Parent Organization in the form of a check!

We encourage you to spread the word through school newsletters and PGO announcements, reminding families that each dollar spent in a locally owned business is a vote of confidence that the business should stay open another day. Additionally, 45% of locally spent dollars stays within the community, versus the 14% in a chain store, even a local one. That percentage shrinks yet again when you consider online shopping. The Toy Box’s Elementary School PGO Program is designed to connect our business with your school community so we can support one another!

On Wednesday, November 4th, members of the Wildwood Elementary community are invited to join The TOY BOX team to play a little, learn a little, laugh a lot, and go totally bananas at your PGO’s FUN-draiser! There will be snacks, music, and our super-knowledgable team members there to assist as always. We want to make these events fun for all – because if the community is happy, the toy store is happy.

This program is not sponsored by the school.