Overdue Amnesty at Jones Library

It’s a Great Time to Return Overdue Library Materials! The Jones Library and branches will be offering an amnesty period from January 9 – 31, 2017 for library patrons who return overdue library materials.  Library patrons are encouraged to bring a non-perishable, non-expired food donation for the Amherst Survival Center when they return overdue library […]

Letter to the Community

THE AMHERST-REGIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS Serving Amherst, Pelham and the Amherst-Pelham Region OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 413-362-1810 (PHONE) 170 CHESTNUT STREET 413-549-6108 (FAX) AMHERST, MA 01002 November 9, 2016 Dear Amherst-Pelham Regional and Northampton Communities: Today, many students came to school expressing feelings about the Presidential Election in our similar school communities. Some indicated that they […]

Thank You for the Stories!

With well over 100 people in attendance, yummy food and compelling tales, last night’s storytelling event with Eshu Bumpus was a great success!!! There were many people who worked hard to make it magically come together. The PGO wishes to thank our dedicated parent volunteers, and of course, our dedicated school staff Georgia Malcolm, Jennifer Haugsjaahabink, […]

Habitat for Humanity, Application due 5/20

For Affordable Homeownership Opportunity in Amherst. Applications are available at the Jones Library, Amherst Town Hall & the Pioneer Valley Habitat office. 3 bedroom and 1.5 bathroom condominium unit on East Pleasant St in Amherst. Walking distance to UMass and local public schools. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday May 20, 2016 View flyer (English): Flyer and Application Cover – […]

Community Events: Black History, Winterfest, Jones Kids, Girls Sports Day & More

Black History Month On The Amherst Common Date: Saturday Feb. 13 Time: 11:00-11:30am Location: Amherst Common Cost: Free National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) Date: Sunday Feb. 14 Time: 12:30pm – 4:00pm Location: Smith College Indoor Track and Tennis Facility Smith College women’s varsity and club athletics programs will be hosting free clinics […]

LSSE 20% Discount on Youth Classes

One-time 20% discount on youth classes at LSSE. Amherst families who meet the following criteria (which will include most families) qualify for the discount (see flyer attached). The discount serves our effort to make youth and family programs more affordable to low- and middle-income families; in addition, LSSE has expanded its scholarship guidelines so that […]

Wildwood & ARPS Important Info

Welcome Wildwood STARS! September 2: First Day of School (Grds 1-6) September 4: First Day of School (Kindergarten) September 7: Labor Day (no school) September 16: Early Release Day (dismissal 1:20pm) 2015-16 School Calendar: View on web: (click here) | View flyer: 2015-2016 Approved Calendar Wildwood Bus Routes (WW_15-16_BusRoutes) New Centralized Elementary Registration Process:  New students who will attend grades K-6 in any of the Amherst […]

Wildwood Important Dates & Info

Week of June 22 Wildwood T-Shirts & Yearbooks were delivered week of June 15 (If you didn’t receive your t-shirt order, please contact Jen at njmendel@gmail.com; If you don’t receive your yearbook, please contact Sue at susanrupp@hotmail.com) June 22: Last Day of School (dismissal 1:20pm) June 22: PGO Blog and Email on Summer Vacation! June […]

Summer Resources, Events & Notes

Amherst Survival Center Summer Boost (food program): http://amherstsurvival.org/boost/ Amherst Health Department Clinic (free immunizations): https://www.amherstma.gov/69/Immunization-Clinics Jones Library, Summer in the Kids Room: http://www.joneslibrary.org/juv/programs.html LSSE Summer Programs (enriching youth programming): http://www.amherstma.gov/432/LSSE Eric Carle Museum, Program & Events: http://www.carlemuseum.org/content/upcoming-events Downtown Events (Amherst BID): http://www.amherstdowntown.com Use your SNAP/EBT card at the Amherst Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday in Amherst […]

Wildwood PGO/ ARPS, Important Dates & Info

Week of June 15 End-of-Year Picnic, RESCHEDULED FOR June 19 Wildwood T-Shirts will be delivered on June 15 (if you don’t receive your t-shirt order by June 17, please contact Jen at njmendel@gmail.com) Wildwood Yearbooks will be delivered mid-week (order deadline extended to 6/19 – http://wildwoodpgostore.com; if you don’t receive your yearbook, please contact Sue at susanrupp@hotmail.com) […]

Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee blasts standardized tests in letter to Legislature

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee blasts standardized tests in letter to Legislature By DAVE EISENSTADTER, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on Tuesday took a stand against standardized tests. It also praised plans for schedule changes at both the high school and middle school, which […]

Help Wanted: Volunteers STILL Needed for 2015-16

We’re an uber smart, talented and diverse parent/guardian group. Please consider sharing your particular set of skills with the PGO. We need volunteers for… PGO Blogger: Update weekly blog. This platform reaches 600+ people. Facebook Coordinator: Manage weekly publication. This platform reaches 400+ people. Class Parent Coordinator: Organize and manage occasional communication to class parents […]

ARPS PGO Public Meeting, 6/17

The ARPS PGO will have a Spring Public Meeting on June 17th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Crocker Farm Elementary in the Community Room. Items to be discussed are: End of Year Wrap Up, Valley Gives & future other joint fundraising opportunities, voting on new representatives and other new business. ARPS PGO is […]

Pancake Breakfast for Puffer’s Pond, 6/6

Save the date for the 24th Annual Pancake Breakfast for Puffer’s Pond. Saturday, June 6, from 8:30 – 11 am All-you-can-eat pancakes & coffee. Multigrain pancakes made from ingredients donated by local farms. And, as usual, we’ll have real maple syrup, live music, fabulous prizes, and tons of community spirit! NEW for 2015: Gluten-free pancakes and local sausages! Mill River Recreation Area, North Amherst Rain […]

Donate Books (or Bike Trailer) to Book Mobile, May 26-June 5

Wildwood is looking for donations to create a Summer Reading Collection for the new Wildwood Book Mobile, coming this summer to a neighborhood near you. Collection Times: May 26-June 5 Drop-Off: “Book Donation” Box in Lobby Looking for: Picture books, Early Readers, Upper Grade Readers, Nonfiction If you are have a bike trailer to donate […]

Excellence in Supporting Special Education, Call for Nominations, 6/1

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is currently accepting nominations of individuals who go the extra mile to support our special education community. The Recognition of Excellence in Special Education is an important way for the community to thank those who through dedication, creativity, patience, and determination help students receiving special education to experience success. […]

PGO Meeting & Elections, 5/26

Please mark your calendar and join us on Tuesday, May 26 for our End-of-Year PGO Meeting & Elections (5:30-7:30pm). We invite you to step up and into an open Leadership Committee position. Special invited guests Mike Morris (ARPS Asst. Superintendent) and Katherine Appy (School Committee Chair), will also share updates on the Wildwood Building Project. According to meeting minutes, three options are […]