Autism: Parent Training Series

Mark your calendars and reserve your spot today.

Social Skills: How to Optimize your Child’s Play-dates, January 10, 2018.  6:00 – 7:30 PM @ Amherst Regional Middle School, PD Center

A conversation on what expectations to consider regarding play-dates as well as practical information on how to set them up and what skills to work on.  Will include time to work together to share experiences and plan future play-dates.

Intended for families of students with ASD who are using some type of language (verbal, or augmentative) to get their needs met.

Presented by: Jennifer McIntire, PhD, BCBA and Melanie Collins, BCBA

Childcare available for in-district families with rsvp no later than 1/4/18.

RSVP to BloomenthalW@arps.og or (413)362-1834.

Registration for Multi-Arts’ Summer Camp is now OPEN!

Children will have a unique time exploring all the arts with top-notch professional artists every day.  Our superb educational experience will enrich children’s lives now and in their future. Space is limited, so register NOW!

Check this fantastic video  created by children who attended Multi-Arts in the past: Clear message. Fun. Creative. Reflects the power of the arts.

Hope to see you this summer or in our Spring Camp on April 17-21

PS: Check our Counselor in Training program for teens and our Internships for college students    413-584-7951

February Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle


It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
February 12, 2017 – June 4, 2017

More than 60 years after her debut, Eloise remains a six-year-old star. What accounts for her enduring appeal? Perhaps it is her sly face transfigured with successful sin, that endearing potbelly, or the extravagant world in which she lives. Whatever her magic, Eloise’s charm comes down to two things: that audacious voice and those filigree illustrations. The voice was cabaret star Kay Thompson’s, a comic riff with which she amused her friends. The pictures came from the pen of a young artist, Hilary Knight. Their unlikely collaboration was the alchemical formula from which the successful Eloise series was born.

It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight includes more than 90 artworks from the Eloise collaborations—as well as art from the rest of Knight’s prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster artist, magazine illustrator, and painter. Never before-seen artwork from Knight’s archive include his 1954 trial drawings for the first Eloise book, two Eloise In Paris sketchbooks, a Hollywood notebook with a double-page spread of Thompson belting out “Think Pink!” from Funny Face, a magnificent suite of final art from Eloise In Moscow, and the 1993 Eloise watercolor for New York Is Book Country. There’s a kicker, too: for the first time since its infamous disappearance from the Plaza Hotel in 1960, Knight’s original 1956 Eloise portrait will be on public display.

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and the Walton Family Foundation.

A Friend Among Us: The Art of Brinton Turkle

Through May 7, 2017
Step back in time with Brinton Turkle and his tales of American lore. Whether set on the island of Nantucket or in the mountains of Appalachia, his stories and poetic imagery capture both the history and nuances of place. Turkle follows the escapades of a young Quaker boy in his Obadiah series, offers a surprising twist on a favorite fairy tale in Deep in the Forest, and sprinkles magic realism throughout the pages of Sky Dog. All work is from the museum’s permanent collection, generously donated by the artist’s children. A highlight is surely Turkle’s watercolor illustrations from Thy Friend, Obadiah, awarded a 1970 Caldecott Honor.

Brown Bear Turns 50

Through March 19, 2017

Published in 1967, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? had an immediate appeal to children and adults alike. Bill Martin Jr’s rhythmic call-and-response text builds anticipation at each turn of the page, while Eric Carle’s bold graphics and parade of animals encourage learning and imagination. Brown Bearhas been translated into 31 languages—from Arabic to Vietnamese—and has sold 16 million copies. In addition to the original 1967 book, Carle re-illustrated editions in 1970, 1984, and 1992.

Artwork from every page of the famous book is on display, as well as a selection of Carle’s collages from additional collaborations with Martin. One of only two surviving collages from the 1967 edition—Brown Bear himself—has been faithfully restored and is on view for the first time.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation, with additional support from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.


Every Day Art Program: Lines that Hop, Skip, and Jump

February 1, 2017 – February 7, 2017   All day
Free with Museum Admission
Experiment with paint and explore a range of interesting and unusual drawing tools.

Toddler and Preschooler Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
February 3, 2017
10:30am – 11:30am
February 10, 2017
10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

(Toddlers and Preschoolers with parents/caregivers/teachers)

Share picture books at story time in the Reading Library and then engage in imaginative explorations inspired by them.

Sometimes messy or outside, so dress accordingly!

First Book Friendiversary!
February 4, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. Bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant & Piggie plus – a FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends while supplies last! To learn more about First Book, visit

Special Storytime: Mike Curato

February 11, 2017


Free with Museum Admission
Join author/illustrator Mike Curato for the latest addition in his Little Elliot books! In Little Elliot, Big Fun, Little Elliot and his friend Mouse head to an amusement park. When some of the rides are a little scary, Mouse figures out a way for Little Elliot to overcome his fears.

A bravura celebration of the healing effects of acceptance and friendship.   ~ Booklist

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Everything Eloise
February 12, 2017<
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
Celebrate The Carle’s special exhibition It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight with a day of programs all about Eloise, declared by The New York Times as “one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature.”

Programs include:
-Eloise-inspired art project in the Studio
-1:00 pm Getting Bored is Not Allowed! A grand gallery tour with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley
-2:00 pm From Dumpster to Diva: The Story behind The Plaza’s Stolen Eloise Portrait, with art conservator Lansing Moore

Special Sundays in the Studio: Busy Buildings

February 12, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission


Every Day Art Program: Statement Pieces

February 18, 2017 – February 28, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Get inspired by Eloise’s imaginative costumes and bold fashion sense as you create your own wearable art.
Special Storytime: Hazel Mitchell
February 20, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Author/Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will read her new book Toby, a heartwarming story about the growing bond between a child and a new pet—inspired by the author’s experience with a rescue dog of the same name. Afterwards, in a Draw-A-Long session, children will learn how to draw Toby and create pictures of their own real and imagined pets.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs
February 20-24, 2017
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Free with Museum Admission; advance sign-up required

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy reading aloud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide a gentle, comforting listener to readers as they practice their fluency and strengthen their confidence in reading.

Advance sign-up is required. Call 413-559-6307 or email to sign up for a date and 15-minute time block. Space is limited.

Nutshell Playhouse presents: Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure
February 21, 2017
11:30am and 1:30pm
$5 (Members $4.50); Museum Admission Extra

Can Mambo and Nemonee save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus? Follow them on their hilarious adventures around the globe as they look for the special ingredients that will do the trick. Featuring masks, movement, live music and puppetry, this original performance provides a wonderful chance to awaken young children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature. Berkshire County actors Stefanie Lynx Weber and Alexia Trainor are the performers, with Don Jordan providing live music.


Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckels
February 22, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk. Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckels in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Special Storytime: Josh Funk and Anna Staniszewski
February 23, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a storytime with all things dinosaurs! Josh Funk will read from his recent book Pirasaurs, a tale of pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure, while Anna Staniszewski gives us a sneak peek of her upcoming book, Dogosauraus Rex!

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

CactusHead Puppets Present: The Bremen Town Musicians
February 24, 2017
$5 (Members $4.50)

CactusHead Puppets tells the classic tale of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster who set off on a journey together to start new lives as musicians, and the exciting adventures they have along the way.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 559-6336.

Special Storytime: Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
February 24, 2017
Free with Museum Admission

In Are Pirates Polite?, mother-daughter team Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig use fun, rhyming text to show pirates’ rowdy activity as well as to teach manners!

Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Jason Didner & Jungle Gym Jam
February 25, 2017
$5; Museum Admission Extra

Jungle Gym Jam seeks first to delight, entertain and make emotional connections, and then occasionally slip in a little scientific learning or a vital message about living in the moment and treating others kindly. Jason and Amy are the couple that created the Jungle Gym Jam out of the inspiration they got from parenting their now-4-year-old daughter. They co-write all their lyrics, often as a way of recapturing special family memories and making them universal.

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales. Limited seating; early arrival recommended

Special free family screening of “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age,” February 8

screenagersMark your calendars for this free family event, sponsored by the ARMS PGO and the Principal’s office. We will be hosting a screening of the film
“Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age” on Wednesday, February 8, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the ARMS auditorium.
Admission is free and open to all ARMS families.  We will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a Screen-free Family Fun basket.  We strongly encourage you to attend with your children.  To learn more about the film and watch a trailer, please visit

Dr. Ruth Potee on Addiction, Risk Taking and the Adolescent Brain

Come learn more about what parents and the community can do to keep our children safer, healthier and substance-free through the middle and high school years.
Thursday, September 22
7:00 PM in the ARHS Library
This event is free and open to the public.
Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to sign up for childcare, please contact the ARHS Office at 362-1700.
Dr. Potee is an expert in the area of adolescent brain development and its impact on teenage risk taking, including alcohol and substance abuse. She blends scientific research with hands-on understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens.   Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee practices in Greenfield, MA and is the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County.  She has addressed professional and community audiences throughout Massachusetts.
This event is sponsored by the ARHS PGO in collaboration with ARHS, the Town of Amherst Health and Community Service Department, the SPIFFY Coalition.

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, Joyce Gooden, Linda Gianesin, Nick Yaffe and Susan Wells. We also wish to thank our generous food sponsors, Bueno Y Sano, Ginger Garden, Hillside Pizza, Osteria Vespa and Paradise of India, for their delicious food donations.


As Ira Glass says, “Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” If you’d like to keep the stories flowing, below are a few helpful resources to do so:

And don’t forget to visit the Folklore and Legends section at the Wildwood Library.

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:

View: Spr16-PGOfundraiser

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

BlackHistoryMonth-20160213Black 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 for all girls in grades 3-5. Clinics will include track and field, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, ultimate frisbee, softball, rock wall, volleyball and basketball. All participants will receive a t-shirt, certificate and snacks.

No equipment is needed by participants. However, comfortable athletic attire and sneakers are recommended.

For more info, visit: Smith Pioneers Website
View flyer: NGWSD_Poster

Date: Saturday Feb. 20 (*NOTE: NEW DATE*)
Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Cherry Hill Golf Course
Cost: Admission is $5 Kids/Students, $8 Adults and $20 for a family of 3 or More. There is a free shuttle service from Mill River Park and the Mill District.

The even is hosted by Amherst Leisure Services and Friends of Amherst Recreation with support from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. It is sponsored by Integrity Development. The event includes a food court, chili tasting contest cider donut eating contest, cheese tasting, fatbike demo and riding, baseball toss, mobile disc golf experience, dusk superpipe sledding hill, wagon rides from Muddy Brook, frosty fun kids carnival, family ice sculpture contest, UMass stage crew dance and clinic, golf contests, face painting, best in snow dog show, cardboard sled race, Zumba in the snow and entertainment from Jack Frost and the Rose Cheeks and Pineapple Dance’s Elektrik Boyz and Jam Dance.

View flyer: winterfest-flyer-2016-schools (*NOTE: NEW DATE*)
For more info, visit:
Winterfest Facebook

Black History Month, Feb. 2016

Amherst is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing accomplishments of black Americans and the continuing struggle for equality and freedom. Commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent:

Winter Break at Jones Library Kids Room
Date/Time: Feb 2016
Location: Jones Library, 43 Amity Street
Cost: Free

The perfect place to play with trains, curl up with a good book, explore the toy box, or find a movie to watch. There is something for everyone!

For more info, visit:
View flyer: Jones Kids – February Calendar

Jones Library “On The Same Page” Community Read

Date/Time: March – April 2016
Location: Jones Library, 43 Amity Street
Cost: Free

The Jones Library is holding its fourth “On the Same Page” community reading program, this year featuring the book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by bestselling author Atul Gawande. This book has started a national conversation about the deep flaws in our society’s current treatment of people with serious illness and those who are facing end of life. The entire Amherst community is invited to read the book and participate in the upcoming programs and events.

As an added dimension this year, our local community read is part of a regional community read. In collaboration with Cooley Dickinson Health Care medical experts, local libraries and other agencies are sponsoring discussions throughout Hampshire and Franklin Counties in March and April, as well as offering additional programming to support the themes explored in this bestselling book.

The following series of programs will be held during March and April at the Jones Library, and are based on topics and themes from the novel.

For complete program descriptions, visit:

Family Film Series at Amherst Cinema

Date/Time: Saturdays at 10:00am
Location: Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst
Cost: $5 general admission! Free passes are available for families in need at the ARPS Family Center.



The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Location: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road
Cost: Varies

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art inspires a love of art and reading through picture books. The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Programs and Events:

Amherst BID Events

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit economic development organization comprised of local property owners dedicated to providing programs and services that serve the town’s residents and businesses. Through partnering with the Town, the University, and the two Colleges, the BID aims to make downtown an even better place to visit.
View Local Event Calendar:

Community Services: Food BOOST Program, Low-Fee Testing

Amherst Survival Center Kids School Vacation BOOST Program
February Vacation Kids Boost is happening at the Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry. Families with school-age children will get extra food this month in their monthly groceries.

Folks can sign up for the first time (they need to bring proof of residence for every person in their household, school records are acceptable for kids, drivers license is acceptable for adults), or just make a return visit. The Boost is in effect for the entire month, whenever they come for their groceries (this week, or another).

Families must live in Amherst, Belchertown, Deerfield, Granby, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, South Deerfield, South Hadley, Sunderland, Ware or Whately to qualify for this program.

View flyer: ASC Kids SCHOOL VACATION Boost flyer

Psychological Assessments at UMASS Amherst
The UMASS Amherst Clinical Psychological Program provides psychological assessments to members of the campus and off-campus community. The specialized assessment clinical team can conduct full psychological assessment batteries (cognitive, emotional, and projective testing), neuropsychological testing, learning disability assessments, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) assessments. The Center can consult with parents and schools about educational accommodations and coping with academic difficulties. Low-fee program offered to clients who meet income eligibility criteria. Clients who are not eligible for low-fee program still receive services at rates 40% lower than those charged in the private sector.

ADHD Flyer 2016 No Tabs

Less Testing More Learning-Amherst High Stake Testing Opt Out Meeting (2/6)

Less Testing More Learning-Amherst High Stake Testing Opt Out Meeting

On Saturday, February 6th from 3-5PM at the Jones Library Woodbury Room (43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA) join Amherst area students, families and community members united in opting out. We are committed to organizing and building a strong, vibrant local movement to realize a future without high stakes standardized testing. Do you or your child have a story to share about MCAS or PARCC? Do you want more information to decide if opting out is right for you? Please come with your questions! We need more families who are interested in learning more and testing less!

(Please note that this is not a Parent/Guardian Organization (PGO) sponsored event).


Menos Prueba de Aprendizaje-Amherst Más Alta Estaca Junta de Exclusión de Pruebas

El sábado 6 de febrero a partir de 3-5PM Jones en la habitación Biblioteca Woodbury (43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA) se unen a los estudiantes del área de Amherst, familias y miembros de la comunidad unidos en la exclusión voluntaria. Estamos comprometidos con la organización y la construcción de un fuerte movimiento local, vibrante para realizar un futuro sin altas apuestas en las pruebas estandarizadas. ¿Tiene usted o su hijo tienen una historia para compartir sobre el MCAS o PARCC? ¿Quieres más información para decidir si optar por no es adecuado para usted? Por favor, vengan con sus preguntas! Necesitamos más familias que están interesados en aprender más y prueba de menos!

(Tenga en cuenta que esto no es un padre / tutor Organización (PGO) evento patrocinado).

Are You an Expert?

downloadAre you (or someone you know) a content expert in or someone who cares deeply about…

  • technology
  • diversity
  • co-teaching
  • curriculum?

The Wildwood School Governance Council has suggested we address these topics in future all-school PGO meetings. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 26, 2016. The tentative topic is children and technology. Current thinking is panel style. Current ideas for format are panel style or discussion of a specific text.

To make the conversation as inclusive as possible, we welcome parent and staff input, thinking and collaboration.

Please write to us at:



#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.


Amherst Schools Winter Clothing Share, Now thru 11/18

winter_clothingWe are looking for donations of clean and gently used items including hats, mittens, coats, snow pants, scarfs and boots (all sizes children and adult are needed).

Drop Off: Now through November 13th in the Wildwood Lobby
Share: November 16th, 17th and 18th during school hours in the Wildwood Lobby. Or just stop by the front office NOW – The Winter Clothing Share Closet is OPEN during school & after-school hours

VIEW FLYER: ARPS_Schools_Winter_Clothing_Share_flyer_10_22_2015_updated

Intercambio de Ropa de Invierno
Estamos buscando donaciones de artículos limpios y poco usados como sombreros, guantes, abrigos, pantalones de nieve, y botas (necesitamos todos los tamaños de los niños y adultos).

Entrega: Desde ahora hasta el 13 de noviembre en el vestibulo
Compartir: 16, 17 y 18 de noviembre durante las horas escolares en el vestíbulo de Wildwood. O simplemente pase por la oficina HOY – El armario de ropa de invierno estará abierto todos los dias

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,

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

Learn more:
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:

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,

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

Más información:
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:

Family TIES of Massachusetts Presents: Let’s Get Organized (11/4)

2Do you wish you had a way to keep track of your child’s IEPs, evaluations, progress reports, doctor reports, test results, and more? Western Parent Coordinator will offer effective ways for parents to organize and manage paperwork, building a customized binder for your child – plus general ideas on “keeping it together” and tips for developing community connections for your child. This workshop is free and open to the public.

ARPS SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Amherst High School
(Room 13)
light snacks served

Nancy Stewart (413)687-4255

Guarda la Fecha! Familia TIES de Massachusetts
Vamos a organizarnos

¿Te gustaría tener una manera de no perder de vista, IEP, evaluaciones de su hijo, informes de progreso, informes médicos, los resultados de pruebas, y mucho más?

Coordinadora de Padres Occidental ofrecerá formas efectivas de los padres de organizar y gestionar el papeleo, la construcción de una carpeta personalizada para su hijo – además de las ideas generales sobre “Mantener Juntos” y consejos para el desarrollo de las conexiones de la comunidad para su hijo. Este taller es gratuito y abierto al público.

(Consejo Asesor de Padres de Educación Especial)
Miércoles,4 de Noviembre de 2015
Escuela Superior Regional de Amherst
(Salón 13)

aperitivos ligeros serán servidos

Nancy Stewart (413) 687-4255

Special Education Workshop for Parents (10/5)

Special Education Workshop for Parents – Oct 5th

The Federation for Children with Special Needs will be conducting a workshop in Amherst next week, hosted by the schools’ SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee).

The workshop:
Basic Rights in Special Education: Provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

Date/Time: October 5th, 5:30-7:30 pm
The workshop is free and open to all.

Web link:

Wildwood & ARPS Upcoming Dates

Wildwood STARWelcome Wildwood STARS!

  • Tuesday, September 29, Wildwood Building Project Public Forums.  3:30pm and 7:00pm at the Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) Auditorium.  Facebook page for more info (and check out the recent Gazette article).
  • Wed. Sept. 30, Meet the PGO!  5:30 – 7:30 pm, Wildwood Library – Childcare & Pizza Available.
  • Every Tuesday in October – Visiting Day for your Child’s Classroom!  Schedule with the office. 
  • Tuesday, October 6: Picture Day (class pictures and individual pictures)
  • Wednesday, October 7: Curriculum Night, 6:00 – 8:15 pm
  • Monday, October 12: Columbus Day (no school)
  • October 14 (Monday): Free screening of the film Most Likely to Succeed, 7 pm, Amherst High School
  • October 17 (Thursday): ABC Fall Foliage walk/5K run
  • October 21 (Wednesday): Early Release (1:20 pm dismissal) for parent/teacher conferences
  • October 23 (Friday): 12 noon dismissal for parent/teacher conferences
  • October 26 (Monday): 12 noon dismissal for parent/teacher conferences
  • November 11 (Wednesday): Veterans Day (no school)
  • November 17 (Tuesday): Picture Day RETAKE for individual pictures
  • November 25 (Wed) – 27 (Fri): Thanksgiving Recess (no school)
  • November 30 (Mon): Teacher Curriculum / Work Day (no school)

2015-16 School Calendar:
View on web: (click here) | View flyer: 2015-2016 Approved Calendar

Wildwood Bus Routes (WW_15-16_BusRoutes)

Wildwood & ARPS Important Info

Wildwood STARWelcome 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 Elementary Schools will now register at the Superintendent’s Office located in the Amherst Regional Middle School building at 170 Chestnut Street. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Sasha Figueroa, Elementary Registrar, at 362-1810.

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; If you don’t receive your yearbook, please contact Sue at
  • June 22: Last Day of School (dismissal 1:20pm)
  • June 22: PGO Blog and Email on Summer Vacation!
  • June 25: Amherst Together Public Participation Community Presentation, Jones Library at 6:00pm

2015-16 School Calendar:
View on web: (click here) | View flyer: 2015-2016 Approved Calendar

  • September 2: First Day of School (Grades 1-6)
  • September 4: First Day of School (Kindergarten)
  • September 7: Labor Day (no school)
  • September 16: Early Release Day (dismissal 1:20pm)

Happy Summer! Our Communications Team volunteers are on break for summer vacation. Which means… the blog is on vacation, and no email will be read or answered after June 22. Should you have a pressing concern, please refer to the Wildwood School Website:

For more info regarding the Wildwood School Building Project, Wildwood School Building Committee, and the MSBA, please visit:

Have a lovely summer and see you next year!
~Wildwood Communications Team

Summer Read-a-Thon, Million Minute Challenge

Prevent summer slide, keep kids reading. Yes, if every child, family, and staff member joins us and reads for as little as 30 minutes a day, the Wildwood community, can reach one million minutes of reading this summer. Reading during the summer has been proven to have lasting benefits for children by helping their brains grow in so many ways! Log your minutes in the Summer Read-a-thon folder.

Summer Resources, Events & Notes

Use your SNAP/EBT card at the Amherst Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday in Amherst Center from 8:00am-1:30pm until 11/21/15. To use your EBT card: (1) Go to the market booth in front of the Lord Jeffery Inn on Boltwood Avenue; (2) Give the person your SNAP/EBT card. They will give you tokens. These tokens act as “cash” at the market; (3) Use your tokens at any vendor booth.

One or two more spaces in an early August art class in Ms. Julie’s studio. Please contact Julie at 549-1029 or if you would like to know more.

Messages play an important role in how children learn… Now more than ever, people are aware of the importance of teaching children to respect people of various sizes, abilities, ethnicities and ages. When children respect themselves and others, they feel good about who they are. When children learn to value people who are different from themselves, they are better prepared to live peacefully in a diverse world.” PBS Parents

Help Wanted: Volunteers STILL NEEDED for 2015-16

We’re an uber smart, talented and diverse parent/guardian group. Please consider sharing your particular skills with the PGO. Next school year, we need volunteers for…

  • PGO Co-Bloggers: 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
  • Class Parents: Every classroom available!
  • Fundraising Coordinator/ Passive Fundraiser: Organize and communicate fundraising efforts
  • School Directory Coordinator: Oversee publication and distribution of our school directory
  • Yearbook Coordinator: Oversee publication and distribution of our school yearbook for 2016-17 (apprentice in 2015-16)

Key Events

  • Welcome Back Staff Breakfast
  • Kindergarten Coffee (First Day of Kindergarten) – First grade parent would be ideal!
  • New Family Welcome
  • Math Night
  • Multicultural Fair: In need of a co-coordinator

PGO activities are powered by volunteer hours. Without volunteers, they won’t happen. If you’re interested or would like to learn more about any of the above, please email:

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
  • Wildwood Yearbooks will be delivered mid-week (order deadline extended to 6/19 –; if you don’t receive your yearbook, please contact Sue at
  • June 18: Staff Appreciation Breakfast 7:30am
  • June 18: All-School Assembly, 9:10am
  • June 18: Field Day (Grades 3-4), 1:00-2:45pm
  • June 18: Celebration for Mrs. Gagnon Retirement, 5:30-7:30pm at Groff Park, Amherst, MA (rain or shine check blog for weather update, view details) — organized by her class parents
  • June 19 (morning): Extended FINAL Deadline to order Yearbooks
  • June 19: 6th Grade Graduation at 10am
  • June 19: End-of-Year Picnic, 5:30-7:30pm

Week of June 22

  • June 22: Last Day of School (dismissal 1:20pm)
  • June 22: Blog and Wildwood PGO email on summer vacation!

Box Tops! Box Tops! Empty your stash before the summer vacation!  Send in what you have so we can submit them for cash. Every little bit helps the PGO support Wildwood.  The collection bin is in the Main Office. Thanks so much!