Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates


Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • August 28: New Family Night, 6:30pm
  • August 30: First day of School for students in grades 1-6
  • September 4: Labor Day, no school
  • September 5: First day of School for Kindergarten
  • September 20: Early Release Day (1:20 pm dismissal)

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Shop at Amazon?

Doing any online shopping through Amazon this weekend or 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.

Wildwood Staff Appreciation, Food Drop-off

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.

Incoming PGO Officers, thanks in advance!

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

WildwoodPGO Meeting – Wednesday May 24, 6:00-7:30pm

Come learn about Project Based Learning at the next Wildwood PGO Meeting
Tuesday, May 24, 2017  6:00pm-7:30pm

  • 6pm  PGO meeting in the Library – Hear about open PGO positions for next year. We need You!
  • 6:30pm  Nick will present on the implementation of Project Based Learning in Grades K-6 and the impact it will have on your children.  Come find out about this exciting journey into hands-on, problem-based, in-depth learning.
  • 7-7:30pm  Meet & Greet 

View Flyer in English

View Flyer in Spanish

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Breakfast, Volunteers Needed!

Wildwood teachers/staff are really appreciative of this annual event. Please help us make it a success.

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.

Thank you,

Wahoo! The Valley Gave to Wildwood, $3,190.00

The 4th annual Valley Gives Day was a great success for Wildwood. Here’s the latest tally:

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

Average Donation $43
Huge shout out of thanks to Lisa Berry, Sara Eggemeier, Toni Cunningham and Gretchen Dwyer for their help on this. We couldn’t have done it without you!

ARMS PGO online Amherst merchandise store

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.  


Valley Gives & Brown Envelope Fundraiser, May 2

The 4th annual Valley Gives Day is THIS WEEKvalleygives-2

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!

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.

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 


  • 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


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.

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.

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.

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


#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