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Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • May 2: Valley Gives Day & Brown Envelope Fundraiser
  • May 2: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30PM – 7:30PM
  • May 9: Amherst School Committee Meeting, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
  • June 5: Band/Orchestra Concert, 6:30pm
  • June 8: Multicultural Fair, Wildwood School
  • June 21: Sixth Grade Graduation
  • June 22: Last Day of School

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Front Office/ PGO Requests

  • The Wildwood Multicultural Fair is looking for school community members willing to showcase their talents while sharing their cultural heritage. Are you or your child interested in performing for our community event? Please email: wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com

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.

Family Math Night – April 6, 2017

Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5:45-7:30 pm*

“Play and Take” Math Games

Pizza dinner in the cafeteria: 5:45-6:15

Math games in rooms around school: 6:15-7:15

Grand prize raffle in the cafeteria: 7:15-7:30

*Buses will pick up at entrance (and drop off after the event):

Boulders @ 5:15,   North Village @ 5:25,   Village Park @ 5:35,    Olympia Oaks @ 5:40

Please RSVP for the event.

View English Flyer

View Spanish Flyer

Meet School Committee Candidates @ PGO Meeting, 3/1

Meet the Candidates for School Committee at the next Wildwood PGO Meeting

Date: Wednesday, Mar 1st, 2017
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm
Location: Wildwood 
Library


Agenda:

  • 6:00pm – Meet other parents, hear about what the PGO has been doing and learn about ways to take part.
  • 6.30pm – Candidates for Amherst School Committee, Peter Demling, Bob Greeney, Eric Nakajima and Jennifer Page will introduce themselves to the Wildwood community and answer your questions, in preparation for the town-wide election on March 28th.
  • 7-7.30pm – Meet & Greet

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 www.screenagersmovie.com.

Slides from PGO Meeting 1/18/17

Slides from the from PGO Meeting 1/18/17

What does PGO money fund?

  • Nick’s Fund” – $4,000 earmarked for use at Nick’s discretion, to support teachers and kids. $1,744 spent so far.
  • Staff Stipends – $50 to each teacher in October.
  • Staff Mini-Grants – $250 to para-educator to coach for 5th & 6th Grade chorus concert. $750 remaining for other applicants.
  • Visiting Artists – $700 allocated for author to work with K-2
  • Art Supplies – $500 to art teacher for clay and other supplies
  • Community Building Events – $492 on food/drinks for New Family Welcome, staff breakfast, kindergarten coffee & PGO meetings
  • Staff Appreciation – $194 spent so far
  • Movie Night – Cost $118
  • Community Needs – $100 for families in need on Thanksgiving
  • Childcare at Meetings – $76 so far

PGO Budget—Latest news 

  • Giving Tuesday/Brown Envelope Fundraiser was hugely successful!  Brown Envelope raised $2,989, online giving was $1,377.  More than twice our goal.  Thank You to all our generous donors!
    • School Photos raised $1,847
  • Core team met with Principal Nick & Joyce Gooden to discuss Budget:
    • Reduced projected shortfall to an acceptable $5665
    • PGO has agreed to grant Susan Wells $700 for a Visiting Author to work with K-2.  Grades 3-6 had Molly Burnham come last week, paid for by a grant secured by Susan.
    • $750 still available for teacher Mini-Grants.  PGO will invite applications shortly.
    • 6th grade team to consider fundraising for CT Science Center field trip. Trip cost will be on sign-up form so parents can give >$15, if desired. PGO will cover the balance.
    • All field trip contributions will go to Joyce and not the PGO per District guidelines.
    • Joyce secured funds for Black History Month events so will not need PGO money.
    • PGO will make a significant contribution to the “Wildwood Principal’s Gift Fund” in lieu of earmarking a portion of the PGO money for Nick’s use. 

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

  • New Family Welcome Packet – Printing/compiling folders
  • Black History Month (Feb) – help with organization
  • Math Night (3/23) – assist Elizabeth Pretel with organization
  • Literacy Night (TBA) – work with literacy specialists to organize
  • Valley Gives Day/Brown Envelope (5/3) – advance publicity for “Valley Gives” Brown Envelope/Online giving event in the spring
  • Multicultural Fair (5/18) – Co-organizer and many helpers

Class  Parents Network

  • Building Community within the Classroom/Grade
  • Creating a Volunteer Network
  • Break into two groups and Brainstorm

PGO Informational Night/ Student Presentation, Jan. 18th 5:45-7:30pm

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All Wildwood families are warmly invited to our next PGO evening, on January 18th in the Library. This year we have included special presentations by our students as part of every PGO meeting. In this way, you get to meet other parents, learn about ways that you can participate in upcoming events, and hear from our students themselves. Students will be sharing how they are ‘leading their own learning’ at Wildwood! Come hear how students are assessing their own learning in a variety of ways.

That Volunteer Opportunity May Require a Background Check

We welcome all talents and abilities! To learn more about fun, unique and exciting volunteer opportunities at Wildwood, visit our Volunteering and Contributing page

CORI Background Check: If school or PGO volunteer opportunities bring you into contact with students at Wildwood ES or on a field trip, you must have a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check on file. This includes all field trip chaperones and classroom volunteers (e.g. grandparents, aunts & uncles, adult siblings). CORI checks must be done on individual volunteers every three years and are valid for all schools within our district. If you would like to check to see if you are current on your CORI status, please call Sasha in the Central Office at 362-1810.

To request a CORI check, bring your current driver’s license into the Main Office at Wildwood or to the district’s Central Office (located at the middle school) for photocopying and complete the required application well in advance of any volunteer obligations. Questions about the CORI process can be directed to the Wildwood Main Office or Sasha in the Central Office.

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.

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.

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)

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!!

 

(Postponed…) Walk to School Day

(This has been postponed to avoid conflicting with Picture Day)

WILDWOOD WALKS!

INTERNATIONAL WALK to SCHOOL DAY

date:  to be determined 

Dear Wildwood Parents and Guardians,

Your school is participating in Safe Routes to School, a program offered by MassRIDES, the Commonwealth’s travel options service of the Executive Office of Transportation. The Safe Routes to School program aims to reduce congestion, air pollution, and traffic congestion near participating schools, while increasing the health, safety, and physical activity of elementary and middle school students.

Our first activity this year will be to celebrate International Walk to School Day on <date to be determined>.   Each October, millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders across the globe walk to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

This year we will walk as a community to school starting at Bertucci’s Restaurant on the corner of East Pleasant and Triangle Streets.  We hope that as many children in the Wildwood Community can participate as possible with their parents and guardians.  Parents/guardians may park in the Bertucci’s lot for the walk.   All the children, regardless of whether they walk from Bertucci’s, will participate in Walk to School Day by walking at school on Tuesday.

Children need to be pre-registered for this walk from Bertucci’s so please return the attached form to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, September 30th.   We will meet at Bertucci’s at 7:50am the morning of the walk.  We will depart from Bertucci’s promptly at 8am. 

To find out more about the event please contact: Jen Mendelsohn at njmendel@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Nick Yaffe, The Safe Routes to School Committee and the Wildwood PGO

Wildwood 2016 yearbooks! Orders due Friday 6/3!

Wildwood 2016 Yearbook – filled with pictures of all the students, classes, and memories of this year at Wildwood — in beautiful full color!

Orders can be placed online — click STORE on the WildwoodPGO.com menu, or click here: http://wildwoodpgostore.com/

You may also download the form and return to school: WW Yearbook ORDER FORM 2016

Yearbooks are $8 each online. If you would like a (confidential) free copy, please send in the paper copy sent home with your child, or print the PDF (to be posted soon).

The Wildwood Yearbook is a parent produced, all volunteer project.

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.

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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.

Wildwood 2016 T-Shirts! Orders due 5/12

2016 Wildwood T-shirt is here! Orders due Thursday, May 12th

Use this form or purchase online at wildwoodpgostore.com tshirt2016
100% Cotton short sleeve T-shirt
Light Blue, Pale Pink, Gray, Orange, and Lime.
Youth sizes— XS 2/4, S 6/8, M 10/12, L 14/16, XL 18/20
Adult sizes— S 4/6, M 8/10, L 12/14, XL 16/18
Youth $13; Adult $17

Return form with payment to your child’s teacher or bring it to the office

Order Form: 2016TShirtOrderForm

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

Upcoming PGO meetings

March 30 – General PGO meeting, at Wildwood!
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30pm. Free childcare!
5:30 pizza in the cafeteria
6:30 PGO meeting

Also, if you’re interested in being closely involved, the PGO “core” working group will meet Tuesday March 15, 6:15pm. RSVP at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com .

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Wildwood/ARPS Info

Wildwood STARWelcome Wildwood STARS!

  • Wednesdays are Visiting Day for your Child’s Classroom! Schedule with the office. / Todos los ___ de ___ – Día de Visita de clase de su hijo! Programe con la oficina.

  • Feb. 15-19: Winter Recess (no school)
  • Feb. 23: Regional School Committee Meeting, ARPS High School, 6-8pm
  • Feb. 25: School Governance Council
  • Feb. 29: All Wildwood Community Meeting with the PGO.
  • March 24: Family Math Night (Save the Date!)

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes