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!
- 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 email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Wildwood PGO.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you or someone you know have a business that would be interested in advertising in the 2018 Wildwood Yearbook? Your advertising support will keep your business in front of lots of eyes for years to come and help ensure yearbooks are affordable for all kids!
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: email@example.com
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 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!
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
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
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.
Guest interviews for the African American Read-In !!!!
Below are the extended interviews Parts 1 and 2. The editing for these videos was done by 5th Grade students Mihir, Nishant, and Silas during our Arts Integration Block.
What a great show! Our 6th and 5th graders worked hard to make our assembly and Drop Everything And Read time a huge success and FUN for our whole community!
Here’s a graphical representation of where the PGO’s funds are coming from and going to so far this school year. All your generous donations are put to good use supporting our great teachers, enriching the children’s curriculum, and building community.
Meeting Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO
When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.-7:15 pm.
Where: Wildwood Elementary School Library
What: Come meet the School Committee Candidates:
Ben Herrington, Kerry Spitzer, Allison McDonald
Candidates will give a brief speech and then answer questions from the audience.
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!
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
Monday March 12, 2018 @ 5:00 PM, ARHS Library. Please mark your calendars and join us for this informative workshop for parents and professionals.
RSVP to SEPAC@ARPS.org or call (413) 687-4255.
Basic Rights in Special Education – English
Basic Rights in Special Education – Spanish
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:
- General Mills
- Cascadian Farms
- Betty Crocker
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
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.
Thank you to all our VOLUNTEERS and our incredibly creative STUDENTS for a great MCBA MAKERSPACE PLAY DAY!
There were over 60 STUDENT MADE games to PLAY in 6 spaces! 130 students participated in this HUGE event!
Please watch the recap and our student reflections on the process:
1. Read an MCBA Mashup Book
2. Design and Plan a game or an activity to go with the BOOK.
3. Build it.
4. Play it with others!
Details at: https://sites.google.com/a/arps.org/wildwoodlibrary/blog/mcbamakerspaceplayday2017wasahit
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.
View Flyer for more details.
We made it! Together, the generosity of our school community helped us hit our goal of $3,000, raising a phenomenal $3,152.31 for the Wildwood PGO!
Our two annual fundraising campaigns, Giving Tuesday in the fall and Valley Gives Day in the spring, raise 60% of our annual funds. These campaigns are integral to supporting PGO initiatives like Mini-Grants for our teachers and staff, field trip scholarships, and enriching the curriculum our kids’ enjoy with visiting artists.If you missed it and would like to still contribute, the Razoo site will be up until the end of December.
Can you spare an hour to help put some books away? The Book Swap is in full swing and students are not checking out but they are bringing their MANY, MANY books back! We checked out over 900 books last week and now students are returning their books. Any moments you can spare to help us in the library would be very appreciated (and you can pick from the BOOK SWAP too)! Please contact Susan Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-362-1424 or just come to the WW library and we will put you to work!
is NOVEMBER 28 2017
#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!
- Know a special teacher? Make a donation in their name.
- And please share this announcement widely with friends, relatives (especially grandparents and grand friends)!
What is my Child Learning in Math?
A presentation by Math Coach Elizabeth Pretel
Tuesday, November 28th, 6:00pm
- 6:00pm Meet in the library to hear what the PGO is up to and ways to take part in our school.
- 6.30pm Math Coach Elizabeth Pretel will present on what is happening in Math in grades K-6 and how we can support our children at home.
- 7:00pm Questions, Meet & Greet
Sponsored by the Wildwood PGO
View PGO Meeting Flyer
Every student gets free books during the Wildwood Library’s Annual Bookswap. December 4th-8th.
Please bring your gently read books to the Wildwood library during the month of NOVEMBER to donate to the book swap.
View the Wildwood Library Newsletter
Thank you to all our supporters who have registered their Stop & Shop card for the school rewards program. We have raised $190 this school year to fund our programs.
Use your Stop & Shop card and Wildwood earns a percentage! Sign up today and designate Wildwood School. If your school selection(s) remains the same as last year, you DO NOT need to re-register your card.
The process of signing up is quick and simple:
- Visit http://stopandshop.com/aplus/register-card/
- Enter the first three letters of your last name and your 13-digit Stop & Shop card number, and click the “Look Up” button.
- On the next page where it says “school 1,” enter “05168” (Wildwood’s ID), then click “Register.”
- And finally, on the next page, click “confirm my registration.”
Once your card is registered, purchases made from all Stop & Shop stores will benefit Wildwood, including purchases from stores in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island! So please encourage your friends and relatives to designate Wildwood.