Do you or someone you know have a business that would be interested in advertising in the 2018 Wildwood Yearbook? Your advertising support will keep your business in front of lots of eyes for years to come and help ensure yearbooks are affordable for all kids!
Thank you to all Wildwood families for helping make this year’s Valley Gives fundraising campaign a great success. Together, you donated a total of $3,610 – between online and brown envelope donations – exceeding the goal of $3,000! Through your continued support, the PGO is able to fund curriculum enrichment events and activities, and support our incredibly dedicated teachers and staff. Go, Wildwood!
The First Annual Tag Sale/Car Wash was a whopping success thanks to the impressive efforts of the Wildwood community! The funds earned at the Tag Sale, Car Wash, Bake Sale, Lemonade Stand, Face Painting, Slime Making, Nail Painting raised over half of what we need toward the 6th grade field trip, and the community spirit and cooperation was inspirational to all. Great Job, Wildwood!
Come dance with us on Apr 25,2018 from 6:00-7:00PM in the WW school gym!
Rachel Gibson, a sixth-grade parent, will lead us through folk dances from a variety of world cultures. The dances are easy to learn and a great deal of fun! All voluntary donations and bake sale proceeds will go towards a sixth grade field trip.
*See poster for where to purchase advance tickets.
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 to benefit our students and staff?
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 bin right under the PGO mailbox!)
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:
- General Mills
- Cascadian Farms
- Betty Crocker
Please send any Box Tops that you have collected NOW! Our spring deadline is looming and they do eventually expire, so send in what you have and please keep clipping! Thanks so much for your support
Are you a UMass employee? Did you know that UMass employees can donate to the Wildwood PGO (via the ARPS PGO- a non-profit that encompasses the PGOS from ARHS, ARMS, Crocker Farm and Wildwood) through the UMass Amherst Community Campaign? There is still time! But do not wait long since the deadline is January 31st!
You can choose the amount, and if you opt for payroll deductions, you can split it among several payrolls.
Please consider signing up today. Every donation makes a difference! Thank you for your support.
Here are the instructions on that site:
IF YOU GAVE ONLINE LAST YEAR the organizations you gave to will already
be in your Donation Basket.
STEP 1: Find the charitable organization(s) that you wish to donate to.
Click “Add to My Donation Basket.” If “Add to My Donation Basket” does
not appear, please Log In first. 
STEP 2: Go to Give Now  to complete your donation.
Choose Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.
Education Express is a Family Program to help our local schools get FREE, much needed supplies & equipment!
• Everyone can participate! Do you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even neighbors? You can support their school by signing up for Education Express.
• And from February 1 through April 25, 2018, for every 500 Education Express Points earned, you get a GOLD COIN!
• Just shop our stores and look for the participating items marked with the Education Express logo. Each item will have a point value and savings on top of that!
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.
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:
-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
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!
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.
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)!
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
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.
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.
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.
|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:
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!
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!
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.
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
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
When: Saturday, September 30th, 9am-3pm
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
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
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 .
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
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.
The 4th annual Valley Gives Day is THIS WEEK!
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!
Victor Nunez Ortiz and the Amherst VFW hosted a pancake breakfast benefit on March 25, 2017 for the Amherst schools to fund school snacks. The 3-hour breakfast raised $600. The money is being shared equally across the 5 Amherst public schools, with $120 going to each school. A big thank you to everyone who helped or stopped by.