Welcome Wildwood STARS
- November 28 thru Dec: Giving Tuesday/Brown Envelope Fundraiser
- December 22: Early release day (1:20 pm dismissal)
- December 25-Jan 1: Holiday Break (School reopens on 1/2/2018)
Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes
Welcome Wildwood STARS
Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes
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.
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.
#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!
What is my Child Learning in Math?
A presentation by Math Coach Elizabeth Pretel
Tuesday, November 28th, 6:00pm
Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO
The Wildwood PGO has had a very busy and successful first three months of school. Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped make these events special for our children. In addition to the people who are listed here, we want to acknowledge all of those people who jump in and help out in big and small ways every day. If we have left your name inadvertently off this list, please let us know, and we will add you immediately! Please know we appreciate all you do for the Wildwood community.
A special shout-out to all class parents who have organized potlucks, coordinated snack sign-ups and communicated on behalf of your classroom teachers.
We also want to thank all of you who are working in the library, art room and cafeteria.
Here is a list of some of the events/services we have sponsored, provided or helped with so far this year. Thank you to all of the people who have helped make them happen!
Staff Welcome Breakfast: Becky Miller, Bill Kaizen, Madeleine Charney
New Family Welcome Evening: Lisa Berry
Amherst First Day Celebration: Sheilah Jones, Sara Eggemeier
First Day Coffee:Yuko Mizutani, Kerry Crosby, Sara Eggemeier, Victor Ortiz
Kindergarten Coffee: Kurt Wise, Amber Cano-Martin, Toni Cunningham
Photocopying and distribution of backpack flyers: Andrea Cooper, Tyffannie Fluitt, Hilary Kawall, Julie Hawkowl
Curriculum Night: Yuko Mizutani, Sara Eggemeier, Hilary Kawall, Sheilah Jones, Kerry Crosby, Suzanne Newby-Estes, Jianmin Liu, Madeleine Charney
Directory Advertising: Eric Knyt
Assigning and Coordinating Class Parents: Becky Gahan
Walk to School: Tyffannie Fluitt, Madeleine Charney, Jeanne Hardy, Catherine Corson, Jen Matoney, Jane Sackett, Wooyoung Jee, Becky Gahan, Maxine Oland, Peter Montague
Photocopying, collation and distribution of Teacher Staff Kits: Yuko Mizutani
Mini-Grant form photocopying and distribution: Heather Welch
Picture Day: Rachel Broudy, Sheilah Jones, Lee Jennings, Emily Rabinsky
Directory Creation and Distribution: Jenny Haugsjaahabink, Susan Wells
Serving Garden Soup: Sara Eggemeier
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.
Welcome Kindergarten and new families to the Wildwood PGO blog! This is where you will get all your news about what’s going on at the Wildwood PGO. We apologize for the delay in setting up email subscriptions to the blog for the new families.
The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) is comprised of volunteers who donate their time and talent to enrich the school. Our mission is to build a strong community, and support enrichment and equity for all children at Wildwood. We support teachers and staff so they can provide the best elementary school experience for all students. We also stage a variety of fun events, both child and adult-focused, throughout the year. Supporting and helping at these events is a great way to become more involved in the school, meet other parents and keep up to date with the Wildwood community. Your contribution, whether it is time, knowledge, or resources make a big difference. Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education!
We encourage you to send us tidbits to share with our community, be it school news, teacher wishlist requests, PGO or school event information as well as community events you think our WW families will enjoy. We can be reached at email@example.com.
The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501c3 Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.
All are invited to attend the ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting
All Wildwood families are invited to learn about how everyone can be involved in the PGO and to find out all of the ways that the PGO supports our school. Each PGO meeting will feature a presentation/discussion with Principal Nick.
Details about the October 3rd meeting will be forthcoming.
The Amherst Block Party date was changed to the evening of October 4th which is the same day and time as our Curriculum Night. Since the annual Block Party has become such a fun event for our families, we are changing our Curriculum Night to Wednesday, September 27th from 6-8 pm. A detailed schedule will be sent out soon. We will also move our first PGO informational meeting to early October so we do not have two school events during the same week.
The Wildwood PGO would like to welcome families with children entering kindergarten. This is a great opportunity to meet other kindergarten families.
Who: All Parents of Kindergarteners
What: Coffee, Bagels, and Good Conversation
When: 8:30 – 9:30 Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Where: Wildwood Elementary Playground
Individual School Updates
Taxes and State Filings
Other Business not anticipated by the chair
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve volunteered to donate food, items can be dropped off on June 1st before 7:45am (or on the 31st as long as items are labeled and placed in the staff refrigerator). Nonperishable items labeled “Staff Breakfast” can be dropped off anytime in the office. Still in need of donations for Staff Breakfast (click here to view remaining needs).
Thanks in advance to all who are able to pitch in.
Thanks to those who attended Wednesday’s PGO meeting, and a very special thanks to those parents stepping up into PGO leadership. As Dr. Morris expressed in his weekly newsletter, “You do amazing work on behalf of our students and your support means so much to the all of our faculty, staff and administrators.”
Co-Chairs: Kerry Crosby and Sheilah Jones
Treasurer: Toni Cunningham
Volunteer Coordinator: Becky Miller
Fundraising Coordinator: Irene Dujovne
Secretary: Lisa Berry
Blog Communications: Anita Rao
Yearbook: Susan Wells and Jenny Haugsjaahabink
School Directory: Susan Wells and Jenny Haugsjaahabink
Class Parent Liason: Becky Gahan
Come learn about Project Based Learning at the next Wildwood PGO Meeting
Tuesday, May 24, 2017 6:00pm-7:30pm
The PGO has a few vacancies for next school year. Please consider stepping up!
If interested, please contact us at email@example.com.
Lots of ways to pitch in (donation of food, picking something up that is already paid for, or setting up or cleaning up). Click on the link below and see if one fits you: Click to Sign Up
Our annual staff appreciation breakfast will be held on June 1st beginning at 7:45am in the staff lounge. We are looking for donations of breakfast items and volunteers to set-up, serve and clean-up.
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.
On April 26, the UMass Science Outreach Club presented “States of Matter,” for Wildwood’s K-2 Science Night! Go-UMASS! Thank You!
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:
Our school will be stronger with help from you. Please donate what you can today and dig deep this spring. Thank you!
Read the latest Wildwood Wire here: Wildwood Wire 4-1-17.pdf learn about upcoming events and other news at our school.
Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.
“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.