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,

Superintendent Search Survey (deadline extended to 1/30)

NOTE: The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to Monday, January 30 at 12 Noon.

FROM: Eric Nakajima, Chair of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Anastasia Ordonez, Chair of the Union 26 School Committee

RE: Survey Regarding Superintendent Search

The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools are in the process of seeking a permanent Superintendent of Schools to serve our communities.  A contractor, Ray and Associates, Inc., will support this process and conduct the national search.  Feedback from all stakeholder groups is essential to ensure we invite candidates who reflect the qualities and characteristics most valued by our communities.

Community members are invited to complete the online survey available here.  Results of the survey will be compiled by Ray and Associates, Inc. and shared with the Amherst-Pelham Regional and Union 26 School Committees.

 DE: Eric Nakajima, Presidente del Comité Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham y Anastasia Ordóñez, Presidenta del Comité Escolar de la Unión 26

RE: Encuesta sobre la búsqueda del superintendente

Las Escuelas Regionales de Amherst, Pelham y Amherst-Pelham están en proceso de buscar un Superintendente de Escuelas Permanente para servir a nuestras comunidades. Un contratista, Ray and Associates, Inc., apoyará este proceso y llevar a cabo la búsqueda a nivel nacional. La retroalimentación de todos los grupos de interesados es esencial para asegurar que invitamos a candidatos que reflejen las cualidades y características más valoradas por nuestras comunidades.

Los miembros de la comunidad están invitados a completar la encuesta en línea disponible aquí. Los resultados de la encuesta serán compilados por Ray and Associates, Inc. y compartidos con los Comités Regionales de Amherst-Pelham y Unión 26. La fecha límite para completar la encuesta es 12:00 p.m. el lunes, 30 de enero de 2017.

Search Committees need parents!

Hi parents & guardians,

Wildwood will have at least one position being filled for next school year, and will be looking for parent volunteers to be part of the search committees. If you’re interested in being part of a particular search committee, or potentially interested and available generally, please contact Joyce Gooden, in the Main Office, at GoodenJ@arps.org .


Update & Thank you from the WW librarian

Dear Wildwood Families:

Thank you for your support. In the form of letters and raised voices, many families and Amherst citizens have spoken out against the cut of the library paraeducators. At Tuesday’s school committee meeting, over 10 people (2 students included) spoke during the public comment time, so many that the chairperson had to stop the comments. Many of the speakers were parents and volunteers who have witnessed first-hand the importance of our school’s library program.

I believe public outcry from letters to a strong showing at Tuesday’s meeting have lead to positive changes! School committee members Rick Hood and Vira Douangmany Cage had several suggestions for finding the money to restore the paraeducator positions. I hope Amherst Media will post the meeting soon (https://www.amherstmedia.org/content/amherst-school-committee)

I am happy report that today at the Joint Capital Planning Committee meeting Maria Geryk requested that the $40,000 wireless upgrade be moved out of the school operating budget and into the capital budget:

Please continue to speak out in support of our libraries! The message is being heard! Write to the school committee:

I wanted to share with you what I said during the public comment at the school committee meeting:

My name is Susan Wells, I was hired to run the WW library program just 6 short months ago.

Cutting the library paraeducator means the library program shoulders 70% of the “small” local cuts in each elementary school. This “small” local cut, to be clear, is the ONLY reduction of a staff member in this budget who has daily contact with students ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

Today I taught 4 classes which brought in over 80 students. Over 200 books were returned by 9AM this morning. While I was teaching those 80 students, 75 other students entered the library independently without an adult:
EACH one of those students left with a book that my paraeducator:
suggested to the student, or
helped the student find,
No VOLUNTEER or clerical worker could help these students!

For many students at Wildwood our library is the ONLY library they EVER visit. From the highest flyers to the non-reader, students WANT to come to the library. It is the great equalizer, it serves every student in our community regardless of class, race, or ability.

We have been informed that this $500,000 shortfall is a direct result of enrollment in charter schools. What do charter schools lack? Libraries. This cut will limit student’s access to their only library and the one place in the school that really sets us apart from charter schools.

Thank you for your continuing support,
Susan Wells
Wildwood Librarian and parent

Nominate math/sci teachers for national award!

Do you know a K-6 grade teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for one of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone—researchers, parents or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 grade teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website (www.paemst.org). To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information.

PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers may be recognized each year.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and policy-maker meetings; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2016. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2016 for teachers (K-grade 6). If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at http://www.paemst.org.

Please consider nominating outstanding mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers today!

Nafeesa Owens, Ph.D.
Program Lead, PAEMST*

*The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Wildwood Important Dates & Info

Week of June 22

  • Wildwood T-Shirts & Yearbooks were delivered week of June 15 (If you didn’t receive your t-shirt order, please contact Jen at njmendel@gmail.com; If you don’t receive your yearbook, please contact Sue at susanrupp@hotmail.com)
  • June 22: Last Day of School (dismissal 1:20pm)
  • June 22: PGO Blog and Email on Summer Vacation!
  • June 25: Amherst Together Public Participation Community Presentation, Jones Library at 6:00pm

2015-16 School Calendar:
View on web: (click here) | View flyer: 2015-2016 Approved Calendar

  • September 2: First Day of School (Grades 1-6)
  • September 4: First Day of School (Kindergarten)
  • September 7: Labor Day (no school)
  • September 16: Early Release Day (dismissal 1:20pm)

Happy Summer! Our Communications Team volunteers are on break for summer vacation. Which means… the blog is on vacation, and no email will be read or answered after June 22. Should you have a pressing concern, please refer to the Wildwood School Website: http://ww.arps.org/cms/one.aspx?objectId=1274233

For more info regarding the Wildwood School Building Project, Wildwood School Building Committee, and the MSBA, please visit: www.arps.org/news/wildwood_school_building_committee

Have a lovely summer and see you next year!
~Wildwood Communications Team

Wildwood PGO/ ARPS, Important Dates & Info

Week of June 15

  • End-of-Year Picnic, RESCHEDULED FOR June 19
  • Wildwood T-Shirts will be delivered on June 15 (if you don’t receive your t-shirt order by June 17, please contact Jen at njmendel@gmail.com)
  • Wildwood Yearbooks will be delivered mid-week (order deadline extended to 6/19 – http://wildwoodpgostore.com; if you don’t receive your yearbook, please contact Sue at susanrupp@hotmail.com)
  • June 18: Staff Appreciation Breakfast 7:30am
  • June 18: All-School Assembly, 9:10am
  • June 18: Field Day (Grades 3-4), 1:00-2:45pm
  • June 18: Celebration for Mrs. Gagnon Retirement, 5:30-7:30pm at Groff Park, Amherst, MA (rain or shine check blog for weather update, view details) — organized by her class parents
  • June 19 (morning): Extended FINAL Deadline to order Yearbooks http://wildwoodpgostore.com.
  • June 19: 6th Grade Graduation at 10am
  • June 19: End-of-Year Picnic, 5:30-7:30pm

Week of June 22

  • June 22: Last Day of School (dismissal 1:20pm)
  • June 22: Blog and Wildwood PGO email on summer vacation!

Box Tops! Box Tops! Empty your stash before the summer vacation!  Send in what you have so we can submit them for cash. Every little bit helps the PGO support Wildwood.  The collection bin is in the Main Office. Thanks so much!

What to Bring to End-of-Year Picnic, 6/19

eoy-picnic-2015All students and families are invited to the Wildwood School End of Year Picnic!

  • WHEN:   Friday, June 19, 2015
  • TIME: 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • WHERE: Wildwood Playgrounds


  1. Your own family’s PICNIC DINNER and DRINKS
  2. Your own REUSABLE FLATWARE, CUPS AND PLATES, we are trying to produce as little waste as possible. PGO will also have paper-goods for those who don’t bring their own from home.
  3. BLANKETS/CHAIRS to sit on.
  4. BUG REPELLANT is recommended.
  • ALL CHILDREN must be ACCOMPANIED by a parent, guardian or a responsible ADULT.

  • Please CLEAN UP as you go!

Celebration for Mrs. Gagnon’s retirement, Groff Park, Thursday 6/18

Come celebrate Mrs. Gagnon with a picnic in Groff Park! Organized by the families in her class.

Alums and parents of alums are gathering to celebrate Mrs. Gagnon’s long and distinguished career.  Come celebrate with us!Featuring: Mrs. Gagnon, Triskaidekaphobia and other impossibly long spelling words, Happy Dances, Kids from 5 to adulthood, and More! POTLUCK (sign up at http://vols.pt/YSxdyu ) — cake provided.

Details can be found here:

   5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Thursday, June 18, 2015 (rain or shine – check here for new location if rain)
  GROFF PARK, Amherst, MA

The PGO is collecting donations for a retirement gift — go to https://wildwoodpgo.com/ and click “DONATE HERE” OR
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Ven a celebrar la señora Gagnon con un picnic en Groff Park! Organizado por las familias en su clase.

Alumbres y padres de ex-alumnos se reúnen para celebrar la larga y distinguida carrera de la señora Gagnon. Ven a celebrar con nosotros Con:! La señora Gagnon, Triskaidekaphobia y otras palabras de ortografía imposiblemente largos, Danzas felices, los niños de 5 a la edad adulta, y más! POTLUCK (Regístrate en http://vols.pt/YSxdyu) pastel de siempre.

Los detalles se pueden encontrar aquí:

Cuando 17:30-19:30, Jueves, 18 de junio 2015 (de lluvia o con sol marque aquí para la nueva ubicación si la lluvia)
Dónde GROFF PARK, Amherst, MA

El PGO está recogiendo donaciones para un regalo de jubilación ir a https://wildwoodpgo.com/ y haga clic en DONAR AQUÍo
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AEF Stars In Our Schools, Due 6/19

AEF Trivia Bee This Thursday - October 30Recognize teachers and staff with a gift in their honor! Now is the time to let teachers and staff members know how much you appreciate their hard work, expertise, care, and dedication.

You can strengthen our schools with a tax-deductible gift to Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) in a teacher’s or staff member’s name. AEF will deliver a personalized recognition card to your honoree/s.

Make your gift online: http://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/stars or send your gift by mail by June 19th to guarantee delivery to honorees at school before their last day.

View PDF Mail-In Form: http://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/sites/default/files/AEF-Stars-Flyer-2015.pdf

Thank you for recognizing the Stars in Our Schools!