Welcome to 2018-2019 school year

Welcome to the academic year 2018-2019, and the return of the Wildwood Newsletter! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Saturday morning, packed with valuable information about school events, opportunities of engagement at Wildwood, community events etc…

TO OUR NEW FAMILIES: WELCOME TO WILDWOOD!

Wildwood Elementary School is a wonderful community with vibrant parent/guardian involvement. 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.

We personally invite you to become involved at Wildwood. 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!

Contact us anytime at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com if you have something you would like 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 encourage your input. Our best to everyone navigating the transition back to school, see you online!

Message regarding PGO directory form/WW Photo permission

Dear Wildwood Families/Estimadas Familias de Wildwood:

WE HAVE ONLY RECEIVED 118 RESPONSES. PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR DIRECTORY FORM TODAY! / SOLAMENTE HEMOS RECIBIDO 118 RESPUESTAS. Necesitamos más familias por favor.
In our effort to be more green and save paper please complete this form online rather than receive a paper copy. Your responses are sent to Susan Wells, librarian and PGO parent and co-editor of the Wildwood School Directory. You may direct questions to Susan Wells @ WellsS@arps.org. / En nuestro esfuerzo por ser más ecológicos y ahorrar papel, favor completar este formulario en línea en lugar de recibir una copia en papel. Sus respuestas se envían a Susan Wells, Bibliotecaria, madre del PGO y coeditora del Directorio de la EscuelaWildwood. Puede dirigir sus preguntas a Susan Wells @ WellsS@arps.org

Here is the link on our NEW website / Aquí encuentra el enlace: 

http://www.arps.org/ww/parent-guardian-organization/wildwood-amherst-elementary-school-student-directory-form-2018-2019

By completing this form with your family address, phone number and email you are agreeing to be included in the student directory.  If you do not wish to be included in the directory but would like to complete the photo release portion of this webform please do so by leaving the address, phone number and email of your family blank. If you do not complete this form electronically a paper copy of the directory form and the photo release will be sent home with your student. / Al completar este formulario con la dirección, número de teléfono y correo electrónicode su familia, acepta estar incluido en el directorio de estudiantes. Si no desea ser incluido en el directorio, pero desea completar la parte de publicación de fotos de este formulario web, hágalo dejando en blanco la dirección, el número de teléfono y el correo electrónico de su familia. Si no completa este formulario electrónicamente, se enviará a casa con su estudiante una copia en papel del formulario del directorio y el relevo de fotos.

Many thanks/ Muchas Gracias:

Susan Wells and/y Jennifer Haugsjaahabink

Thanks for your support!

Thanks to your support, the PGO was able to support two exciting projects that culminated this week:
On Friday, June 15, the 5th grade put on their American Independence performance, coached by Enchanted Circle Theater.
The Wildwood Mosaic Mural, made by Ms. Rivera’s art classes, is now hanging outside the front entrance of Wildwood to welcome all who come through our doors.

When you give to the PGO, you help create memorable learning opportunities for the children of Wildwood. Thank you for your ongoing support.

End of School Year Picnic 2018

Where:

Wildwood Elementary School (Basketball Court area/playground)

When:

Wednesday, June 20th (rain date… Tuesday, June 19th)

5:15 – Ribbon cutting for 5th and 6th grades art installation at front door of
school
5:30- Picnic, Dunk Tank, Student Performances

What to bring:

Food and drinks for your family
Reusable/disposable cups and plates
Blanket / Chairs to sit on
Plenty of excitement

Request to the 5th grade parents:

Please plan to meet on the metal playground at 6:15 to discuss  making your kids sixth grade year special.

View Flyer in English

View Flyer in Spanish

 

Staff Appreciation Events

The Wildwood PGO will be showing our appreciation for our wonderful teachers, staff, custodians and bus drivers next week.  Here is a list of Staff Appreciation Events coming up.  Parents and guardians are welcome to join any of these gatherings.
Monday 18th June
8:45am     Bus Driver appreciation at the front of the school
11:00am    Morning Custodians appreciation in the school
3:00pm     Afternoon Custodians appreciation in the school
Tuesday 19th June
9:10am   Goodbye Assembly in the gym, marking the retirement of 5 staff members – Julie Rivera (Art), Susie Secco (1st Grade), Marjorie Ackerman (OT), Carol Cochrane (PT) and Laura Cohen (Paraprofessional)
1:15-2:30pm  Staff Appreciation Wagon, wheeled around the school to all staff members
3:00pm   Goodbye and retirement gift presentation to the beloved driver of bus #18, Bill Glucksman. Outside the school at the bus loop.

Baystate Textiles Recycling Program at all ARPS Schools


Now you can drop your clothing and other textiles in any condition into collection bins located at each school. Convenient and easy! The collections are weighed weekly and each school’s PGO will receive a check based on the bulk weight. Help the Wildwood PGO earn FREE CASH while also helping our planet Earth by up-cycling your textiles. Thanks!

 

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2018 Wildwood Multicultural Fair – Come celebrate our diversity

Date: Thursday, May 31st, (rain date- Thursday, June 7)
Location: Behind Wildwood Elementary School
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

DON’T FORGET! This coming Thursday is our celebration of cultural diversity. In addition to a fantastic community potluck there will be international performances, a fashion show, family photographs, and activities / games / crafts. We look forward to seeing you!

Please bring:
  • A dish to share (Remember Wildwood does not allow nuts! A form will be provided so you can list the ingredients.)
  • Drinks for your family (Water will be provided.)
  • Reusable plates, cups, napkins, and utensils for eating in order to reduce waste.
  • A blanket or mat to sit on (This is an outside event.)

There is still time to perform or be part of the fashion show! Just check-in with the Welcome Table and we will add you to the list. If you have any questions or to volunteer: contact Becky Miller at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Wildwood PGO.

Are you interested in art? Wildwood Elementary School Art Studio needs help in the next few weeks!

1. Wednesday, June 6: We need a few “maker-oriented” folks to help put a mosaic together with a visiting mosaic artist between 12 and 6:00 PM (you do not need to come for the whole time; any time you can donate would be very helpful).

2. Monday, June 11 or Tuesday, June 12: We need help grouting the murals. Time as yet to be determined.
3. First two weeks in June: We need a few parents to help take down and colate student art work. Time to be determined.
If you would like to help, please email Julie Rivera at riverajl@arps.org.

Wildwood Multicultural Fair – MAY 31st (rain date is Thursday, June 7)

SAVE THE DATE! Plan on attending Wildwood’s end-of-the-year community potluck, which celebrates the diversity of our school. In addition to a fantastic meal there will be a variety of activities, including a fashion show, performances (music, dance, song, etc.), and arts/crafts/games. If you would like to perform or help with the event please send an email to Becky Miller at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.

Request from Ms. Susan Wells – Asking for Yearbook photos

Jennifer Haugsjaahabink and I are working on the 2017-2018 yearbook! We are seeking photos from the following PGO events:

  • Science Night (both upper and lower)
  • Dance Night
  • The 6th grade sale and carwash
We are hoping to include a PGO page with these events but we need pictures please!  Can you help us?  Please send the photos to my email: wellss@arps.org
Thank you!
Susan Wells

Yearbook announcements/order forms

Coming in June!

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

Get your very own copy filled with pictures and memories of this year at Wildwood! Return order forms to your teacher or the office.
Order forms available from your teacher or in the office or here.
ORDER BY JUNE 6th

Cost: $8 each/Financial assistance available.

Thank you for giving!

logo_valleygivesThank you to all Wildwood families for helping make this year’s Valley Gives fundraising campaign a great success. Together, you donated a total of $3,610 – between online and brown envelope donations – exceeding the goal of $3,000!  Through your continued support, the PGO is able to fund curriculum enrichment events and activities, and support our incredibly dedicated teachers and staff. Go, Wildwood!

The First Annual Wildwood Tag Sale and Car Wash

The First Annual Wildwood Tag Sale and Car Wash sponsored by Grades 5 and 6 will be held from on May 5, 2018, rain date May 6, 2018Proceeds will go to the 6th Grade Field Trip.
We are seeking donations of gently used household items, clothes, books etc. from 4th, 5th and 6th grade families.
We request all families join us at this fun, community building event which we hope to hold annually! Everyone else should mark their calendars for some fun events, shopping and car washing!

Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates

Welcome Wildwood STARS

  • May 1 -Valley Gives Fundraiser
  • May 5 – First WW Tag sale/Car wash (rain date May 6)
  • May 9 – Early Release, 1:20PM dismissal for WW students
  • May 28 – Memorial Day, No school

Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes

Family Dance Night for WW Families & Friends, April 25, 2018

Come dance with us on Apr 25,2018 from 6:00-7:00PM in the WW school gym!

Rachel Gibson, a sixth-grade parent, will lead us through folk dances from a variety of world cultures. The dances are easy to learn and a great deal of fun! All voluntary donations and bake sale proceeds will go towards a sixth grade field trip.

View English Flyer

View Spanish Flyer 

Wildwood Science Night

Come lie on a bed of nails and check out some cool weather experiments and optical illusions!

Join us at the Wildwood Elementary School Gym for Science Night with The UMass Science Outreach Club.

Grades K-2: Wednesday, April 11

Grades 3-6: Thursday, April 12 

6 PM to 7 PM

All children must be an accompanied by an adult.

Topics will include Weather, Electricity, Sound, Optical Illusions, Forces

For more information: Jon.Reichard@gmail.com

Wildwood PGO for sponsored event.

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Volunteers needed for Math Night

In a few short weeks, on March 22nd, Wildwood will host Math Night. This is a school-sponsored event, but relies on several PGO volunteers to make it successful. Elizabeth Pretel and Nicola Usher have been working hard to organize this event and have created a sign-up sheet online. Please visit using the link below and sign-up to help in any way that you can.
Thank you very much for considering this request.

An invitation to our 2018 March 2nd Read Across America Assembly from the WW Library

In 2016 we “Hit the Books” and our very own 6th graders are planning a big surprise for our MARCH 2nd 2018 READ ACROSS AMERICA Assembly at 9:50 AM! (Please note the change in time. Our apologies for posting the wrong time earlier and in our newsletter)

This ASSEMBLY will be student run and will feature our African American Read-In interviews, a new song, poetry and D.E.A.R. – DROP EVERYTHING AND READ! Bring a BOOK and join us!

Update from the WW Library: Our students pick The Best Picture Book of 2017!

It is exciting to report that our Caldecott Club and our K-2 voting results were pretty similar! Both in class and in our after school club there were some run away favorites that have become our award winners this year! The Caldecott was also announced today at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Denver.  Wolf in the Snow, a wordless Little Red Riding Hood tale turned on its head, took the top honor but we managed to overlap in our voting with the heart warming circular tale Big Cat, Little Cat.  It was so much fun to take this journey with our younger students.  Our students are deepening their understanding of story, book design, art and medium through observation, making connections to books and between books and authors.  The Caldecott study allows students to make connections with books and genres as well as building a community experience through shared reading.

For more details visit the Wildwood Library Blog – https://sites.google.com/a/arps.org/wildwood-library/blog/caldecottupdate

Please Send in Your Box Tops! NOW!

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 to benefit our students and staff?

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 bin right under the PGO mailbox!)

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 spring deadline is looming and they do eventually expire, so send in what you have and please keep clipping! Thanks so much for your support

 

Wildwood Elementary-UMASS Women’s Basketball Field Trip Day

Please Note: This field trip has not been approved by the school.

TIME: School Day: 11AM-1:30PM

DATE: January 31st, 2018

LOCATION: UMASS Amherst

COST: Free to K-8 Students signed up through their School (**If Interested, please forward message of interest to your child’s classroom teacher. **Deadline to signup is January 26th and conditional upon sufficient interest and school approval).

SUMMARY: Youth Basketball season has begun! What better way to celebrate than your child’s participation in the UMASS Women’s Basketball(WBB) Annual Field Trip Day on January 31st, 11AM-1:30PM, including pre-game activities and admission to the UMASS WBB vs Richmond game. Submit your interest to your child’s classroom teacher to help facilitate this fun event! Last year Fort River Elementary participated with positive responses.