Blogger Needed

Duties:

  • Oversee the WW PGO’s email inbox and forward/act on emails as appropriate
  • Post email blasts when directed by the communications chair and other Core PGO team members.
  • Post to weekly blog based on content from the communications chair, advertiser events and appropriate free community events that come through OR post semi-regular email blast newsletters based on content provided by the communications chair/Core PGO team members.
  • Post to social media based on content from the communications chair, advertiser events and appropriate free community events that come through (TBD)
  • Time Commitment: ~4 hs/month

If you are interested, please fill out this form* or email us at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.

No experience is required for this position

*Completing this form does not commit you to anything. You will be contacted by the PGO leadership group and chat about your interests and options. THANK YOU!

Invitation : Arts for Change this Sunday 3 pm

Multi-Arts is proud to invite children to in-person workshop for a better world:

Arts for Change with Multi-Arts for children ages 10 and up!

Join us on a journey to self-discovery! Through art, games, and theater we will unleash our power to become the change we want to see in the world. This workshop will give children the chance to explore what makes them unique, while also learning about others and how to stand up for social justice. By tapping into our empathy, we can set the example for a kinder future!

Sunday, June 20th, at 3:00 p.m. 

Pulaski Park, Northampton

Register here:  info@multi-arts.org or reply to this email.

Free of charge

Arts for Change is a free of charge activity supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Reading Frederick Douglass Together on the South Amherst Common

With the help of a grant from Mass Humanities, South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street in Amherst, will mount a public reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass’s famous “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech on July 4 at 3 p.m. UMass Professor Amilcar Shabazz will introduce and lead a discussion of the speech; readers will be members of the community. We’re seeking readers of all ages in multiple languages. Here’s how you can participate:

BPAC Meeting 6/8/2021 7-8 PM: Open to families of English Learners and All ARPS Bilingual Families

6월 8일 오후 7시에서 8시까지를 이중언어 학부모 자문 위원회 회의를 위해 비워 두세요

BPAC 회의 의제

2021년 6월 8일,

토론: BPAC 명칭 변경

언어 접근성 캠페인 최신 정보

SOB 장학금 모금 운동

2021년 학년도

학부모 제안 사항들

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Reserve la fecha, 8 de junio 7-8 PM

Agenda para la reunión de BPAC

8 de junio de 2021

 Discusión: Cambio de nombre de BPAC

  • Actualización de la campaña de accesibilidad lingüística
  • Recaudación de fondos para la beca SOB
  • Actualización de la revisión del programa ELL
  • Año escolar 2021
  • Sugerencias de los padres

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保存日期,6月8日晚上7-8点

BPAC会议议程

2021年6月8日

* 讨论:BPAC名称更改

* 语言可访问性活动更新

* SOB奖学金筹款

* ELL计划回顾更新

* 2021学年

* 家长建议的项目

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Pauta para Reunião BPAC

8 de junho de 2021

Discussão: Mudança do nome do BPAC

Atualização da campanha de acessibilidade de idioma

Arrecadação de fundos para bolsa de estudos SOB

Atualização da revisão do programa ELL

Ano letivo 2021 

Itens sugeridos pelos pais

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El Consejo Asesor de Padres Bilingües (BPAC) es un grupo de padres y tutores que se reúnen para debatir cuestiones específicas que surgen al apoyar a los estudiantes multilingües. El BPAC abre la puerta para que las familias se involucren y entiendan lo que nuestros hijos necesitan, así como para que den consejos a los líderes escolares, a los superintendentes y a los comités escolares sobre temas que son importantes para los estudiantes de inglés (es decir, nuestros hijos). Esto crea una asociación entre las escuelas y las familias en un entorno amistoso. Todos los padres y tutores de diversos grupos culturales de estudiantes de inglés actuales y anteriores, así como los padres que hablan diferentes idiomas, son bienvenidos a participar.  

Nosotros, como grupo, podemos proporcionar una mejor comprensión de las necesidades de nuestros hijos, lo que esperamos que conduzca a mejorar los resultados educativos de nuestros estudiantes. Una de nuestras funciones es reunirnos con los líderes de la escuela o del distrito para participar en la planificación y el desarrollo de programas diseñados para mejorar las oportunidades educativas de los estudiantes de inglés.

¡Opine sobre lo que sucede en la escuela y sea un defensor de su hijo/a participando en BPAC!

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O Conselho Consultivo de Pais Bilíngües (BPAC) é um grupo de pais e responsáveis ​​que se

reúnem para discutir questões específicas que dizem respeito a alunos multilíngues. O BPAC

abre as portas para que as famílias se envolvam e entendam o que nossos filhos precisam, bem

como dá conselhos aos líderes escolares, superintendentes e comitês escolares sobre tópicos

que são importantes para os alunos de inglês (ou seja, nossos filhos). Isso cria uma parceria

entre escolas e famílias em um ambiente amigável. Todos os pais e responsáveis ​​de diversos

grupos culturais de alunos atuais e ex-alunos de inglês, bem como pais que falam línguas

diferentes, são bem-vindos a participar.

Nós, como um grupo, podemos fornecer uma melhor compreensão das necessidades de nossos

filhos, no intúito de lhes ajudar a conseguir melhores resultados educacionais. Uma de nossas

funções é reunir-nos com líderes escolares ou distritais para participar do planejamento e

desenvolvimento de programas destinados a melhorar as oportunidades educacionais para

alunos de inglês.

Dê sua opinião sobre o que acontece na escola e apoie seu filho participando do BPAC!

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이중 언어 학부모 자문위원회 (BPAC)는 다국어를 구사하는 학생들을 지원할 때 발생하는 특정 문제들을 논의하기 위해 함께 모인 학부모 및 보호자 모임입니다. BPAC은 가족이 참여하고 자녀에게 필요한 것을 이해하고 영어 학습자 (즉, 자녀)에게 중요한 주제에 대해 학교 지도자, 교육감 및 학교위원회에 조언을 제공 할 수있는 기회를 갖도록 열려 있습니다. 이것은 친근한 환경에서 학교와 가족 간의 파트너십을 형성합니다. 현재 및 이전 영어 학습자의 다양한 문화 그룹의 모든 학부모 및 보호자뿐만 아니라 여러 다른 언어를 사용하는 학부모들의 참여도 환영합니다. 

우리는 그룹으로서 우리 아이들의 필요에 대한 더 나은 이해를 제공 할 수 있으며, 희망적으로 우리 학생들의 교육 결과를 향상시킬수 있기를 바라고 있습니다. 우리의 기능 중 하나는 영어 학습자를위한 교육 기회를 개선하기 위해 고안된 프로그램의 계획 및 개발에 참여하기 위해 학교 또는 학군 대표자와 만나는 것입니다. 

BPAC에 참여하여 학교에서 일어나는 일에 대해 얘기하고 여러분 자녀의 옹호자가 되십시오!

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双语父母咨询委员会(BPAC)是由父母和监护人们组成的群体,他们会共同讨论在支持多语言学生方面出现的特定问题。 BPAC为家庭参与和了解我们的孩子的需求打开了一扇门,并就对英语学习者(即我们的孩子)重要的主题向学校领导,总监和学校委员会提供建议。这在友好的环境中建立了学校与家庭之间的伙伴关系。欢迎来自当前和之前英语学习者的不同文化群体的所有父母和监护人们,以及欢迎说着不同语言的父母加入。

我们作为一个群体,可以更好地了解孩子的需求,希望可以改善提高我们学生的教育成果。我们的职责之一是与学校或地区负责人会面,参与计划和开发计划的制定,以提高英语学习者的教育机会。

对学校发生的事情有发言权,并通过参加BPAC成为孩子的倡导者!

ARHS Presents The Sound of Music this Weekend

It’s here!  ARHS presents The Sound of Music – a fully-outdoor live musical theater production, just in time to celebrate the end of the school year.

Come check out the work of scores of actors, techies, and musicians that have built this wonderful show from the ground up.  With nearly 100 student involved, chances are there’s someone you know in the show. 

Due to the threat of rain this Thursday, we’re postponing the opening night and moving this show to Sunday evening instead.  Thursday ticket holders will receive an email with details, and all Thursday tickets will be honored for Sunday’s show.  Friday and Saturday performances are still on as planned.

Don’t have a ticket yet?  Get them here at bit.ly/arhssomtix or see Mr. Bechtold in person.  If we are sold out, consider adding your name to the waitlist – we expect to let some folks in from the waitlist each night.

Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting June 8, 2021

The Next Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 6pm via zoom- the link is below. This will be the last, large meeting of the 2020-2021 school year.

IF NOTHING ELSE, please mark your calendars, and save the date of 9/18/21, for the 11th Annual Hurricane Open at the Amherst Golf Club! You can contact any of the committee members for more details, including donations: Chris Pariseau, Angela Mills, Jordie Kern, Mary Klaes, Kristin Worgess, or Stephanie Hockman More information will be forthcoming on our website: www.hurricanesboosters.com 

ALSO, the Homecoming Date will be forthcoming at the meeting. WE ARE LOOKING FOR students who want to help make their HOMECOMING special.  Agenda for June 8th includes updates on the work being done by the various committees, includig the announcement of the Booster Scholarship Winners. If you’re a parent/guardian, student-athlete, coach, alumni of ARHS, staff of ARPS, athletic enthusiast, or any other type of Canes supporter, you’re welcome to join us! Go Canes!   ZOOM INFORMATION: Topic: Amherst Hurricane’s Booster Meeting  Time: Jun 8, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82364425182?pwd=bERySS83UFNlenRpOUM5SS9pTVN1UT09 Meeting ID: 823 6442 5182
Passcode: 201242

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday.

June 19th or Juneteenth celebrates the day Major General Gordan Granger led US troops into Galveston in 1865 to take over Texas, one of the final hold out states to admit defeat during the Civil War, enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and formally marked the day that all slaves in the United States were freed.Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment. The town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and afar, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.In 1893 the regional chapter of the GAR- Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Association- commissioned tablets to recognize soldiers from the Amherst region who served in the Union forces, including African Americans from the 54th Regiment and 5th Cavalry. Amherst resident, Dudley Bridges Sr., spent the last years of his life advocating and fundraising to honor these handcrafted memorials with prominent and befitting placement within the community. We are pleased to announce that these handcrafted memorials, which have been hidden from public view for decades, will make a long awaited debut in an exhibit as part of the day’s celebration.We are honored to be joined by distinguished guest speakers and presenters, including William Harris, President and CEO of Space Center Houston, nephew of Dudley Bridges Sr., grandson of both Christopher Thompson and Gilbert “Gill” Roberts of Amherst, as Master of Ceremony, and grateful for the outpouring of community support that will enable this event to empower our youth, inspire our peers, and serve as record for future generations.

Sincerely yours,

The Civil War Tablets Committee
The Mill District
Juneteenth Amherst 2021 Snapshot

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00am
West Cemetery

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00am
Bangs Center Courtyard

Community Jubilee 1:00pm
Town Common
Food and Entertainment

Sunset Reception 6:00pm
The Mill District
Featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow COVID Social Distance Measures and Guidelines as provided by the State of Massachusetts.

The Book Swap will be in the Wildwood Library during the week of June 7th.

Every in-person student will be able to select a FEW new-to-you books during library class.

Remote families are invited to attend a special outdoor book swap Monday, June 7th and Tuesday, June 8th from 3:30 – 5:30* *Only remote students and families are invited to participate during these times. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be followed.*

We are still collecting books for the Book Swap. You can put your donation in the BLUE Book Swap bin outside the front door of Wildwood. Thank you for your donations! Please note: A donation is not required. All students will receive book swap books.

Very important: All Wildwood library books are due back to school the week of June 7th!

You can always return library books in the WHITE bin outside of Wildwood School.

Many thanks for all the Wildwood Library books that have been returned. In this unusual year, people have still returned their library books! One final note: I am very happy to come to your home and retrieve your library books. Please contact me: wellss@arps.org. If you leave them outside your door after school in a bag, I can come get them most days.

Your librarian, Susan Wells

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in a research study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

*The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical language development. The study will involve 1 virtual visit via a secured Zoom and 3 in-person visits to the lab. During the visits, children complete a battery of cognitive and language-based assessments, play several games on the computer, and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visits include safe and noninvasive EEG recording.  The virtual session will last about 30 minutes, and the in-person sessions will last about 2 hours each. Procedures are in place to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions during in-person visits.

*We are looking for children who were late to develop language, have received services for language or learning difficulties, or still have difficulty with language, reading comprehension, or learning. More information can be found at: https://rally.partners.org/study/learning_differences

*Payment is $150 for completing all study visits. We provide free all-day parking near our lab in the Charlestown Navy Yard. We will mail you a report of your child’s scores on the cognitive and language assessments. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 724-7363 if you are interested or if you have any questions. 

PGO CORE positions needed 2021-2022

The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) works to support teachers and staff so that they can provide the best elementary school experience for all students, and supports community building (Click here if you want to know more about what we do!).

WE NEED YOUR HELP. We need volunteers to join the PGO Leadership Committee (or PGO Core) to keep the organization running smoothly throughout the school year.

Please join the core group. Please fill out this form* or email us at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com if you are interested in serving any of these positions. No experience is required for any of these positions.  

PGO Core Leadership Positions Needed for the 2021-2022 Team 

Co-Chair (one)

Two co-chairs work with the WW principal and office to determine date and times for upcoming school and PGO events.  Co-chairs duties:

  • Set the agenda for and attends/leads “Core” PGO leadership meetings (these meetings often address issues that come up throughout the year).
  • Attend district meetings a few times a year with other schools’ PGOs and Superintendent. Work with other PGOs on district-wide initiatives.
  • Work with core leadership team members to make sure upcoming events are on the radar and are delegated to event volunteer coordinators. 
  • Work as liaison to the office and the parent community to make sure there is clear communication.
  • Create vision for the PGO and work with other Core leadership to implement vision. 
  • Commit to serving for 1.5-2 years–staggered so there is always one chair left to train another co-chair. 
  • Time Commitment: ~4-8 hs/month.

Website Coordinator and Blogger.

Duties:

  • Maintain and update website as necessary
  • Add new content from semi-regular newsletter/store information on past events and mini grants that we can use to talk up the PGO to new wildwood community members
  • Oversee the WW PGO’s email inbox and forward/act on emails as appropriate
  • Post email blasts when directed by the communications chair and other Core PGO team members.
  • Post to weekly blog based on content from the communications chair, advertiser events and appropriate free community events that come through OR post semi-regular email blast newsletters based on content provided by the communications chair/Core PGO team members.
  • Post to social media based on content from the communications chair, advertiser events and appropriate free community events that come through (TBD)
  • Time Commitment: ~4 hs/month

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator.

Duties:

  • Attend PGO core monthly meetings.
  • Create, distribute, and collect a recruiting flyer at the beginning of the school year
  • Maintain a database of volunteers throughout the school year, which includes contacting the librarians and art teacher to get a list of regular volunteers. (NOTE: often people reach out to the librarians or the art teacher directly)
  • Contact and recruit volunteers, as needed, for tasks based on preference. 
  • Should be comfortable contacting people by email, phone or text (according to their preferences)
  • Create and manage a committee to help if needed. 
  • Time Commitment: ~2-4 hs/month

Fundraising Coordinator.

Duties:

  • Advertise and maintain passive fundraising (Stop and Shop, Atkins, AmazonSmile, Baystate Textiles).
  • Coordinate and manage volunteers to setup two major fundraiser events during the school year (usually December and May).
  • Help brainstorm new streams of revenue. 
  • Time Commitment: ~2-4 hs/month; some more during Dec. and May.

Secretary.

Duties:

  • Take minutes at all PGO meetings – Core (monthly) and School-wide (~4/year)
  • Send minutes out via email for approval.
  • Post minutes on PGO website.
  • Time Commitment: ~2-4 hs/month

*Completing this form does not commit you to anything. You will be contacted by the PGO leadership group and chat about your interests and options. THANK YOU!

Amherst Vaccine Clinic Updates, Walk-In Times Available

The Town of Amherst vaccine clinic located at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst, is now offering walk-in clinic times in addition to regularly available appointments for scheduling.

All those aged 12 and over who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated.

Important Reminders: 

  • If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there is no cost to you.  
  • Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having ID. Documentation is not required to be vaccinated.  Sites will NOT ask for proof of immigration status. 
  •  Any data collected for the COVID-19 vaccination program may only be used for public health purposes – not for civil, criminal, nor immigration enforcement.

All Available Amherst Appointments: You may view and sign up for available appointments at our Amherst Bang Center site by clicking here. New clinics are now added on a continual rolling basis or see below for our walk-in clinic times. 

Walk-In Clinic Info: Dates & Times

  • Mondays from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 29th & Saturday, June 19th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst
  • Vaccine Brands: Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer

Questions? If you have registration, clinic, or other vaccine related questions, please contact Public Health at (413) 259-3077

Click to schedule your appointment in Amherst

Summer with Multi-Arts: a Delight!

Dear families,

It is our pleasure to announce that our registration for IN-PERSON summer program is now open.

For over 21 years, Multi-Arts, an innovative arts program, has fulfilled its mission of inspiring, guiding, and delighting children in the performance and visual arts. There is no other organization in the Pioneer Valley that does what we do so effectively, engaging and encouraging young people to become published and presenting artists.

Fun and active, this program just might be what you are looking for!
Art, Dance, Theater, Story Telling, Mime and more.

Don’t  wait, register now!  https://forms.gle/7svqtkch75znNrpr8

 For more info, visit www.multi-arts.org, email info@multi-arts.org or call 413-584-7951. Space is limited.

The Wildwood Book Swap

We are collecting books for NOW! Please place gently used books in the BLUE BOOK SWAP boxes by the front doors of Wildwood School.

The Book Swap will be the week of June 7th. 

EVERY STUDENT will receive several “new-to-you-books” to take home and keep, a donation is not required.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1abDPshXLc0AER7oyfB-U7P8ynfh8MZhcrILNPv9oT1k/edit?usp=sharing

Intercambio de libros en Wildwood

Por favor, considere donar libros que su familia haya terminado de leer.

¡Estamos recogiendo libros para AHORA! Por favor, coloque los libros usados en las cajas de BLUE BOOK SWAP de intercambio de libros por las puertas delanteras de la escuela Wildwood.

El intercambio de libros será la semana del 7 de junio. 

CADA ESTUDIANTE recibirá varios “libros nuevos” para llevar a casa y mantener.

¡Por favor considere donar libros que su familia haya terminado de leer!

¿Preguntas? 

Comuníquese con Susan Wells, bibliotecaria, wellss@arps.org, 413-362-1424 

Amherst Community Vaccine Clinic- Walk-In Times Available

The Town of Amherst vaccine clinic located at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst, is now offering walk-in clinic times in addition to regularly available appointments for scheduling.

All those aged 16 and over who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated. 

Important Reminders: 

  • If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there is no cost to you.  
  • Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having ID. Documentation is not required to be vaccinated.  Sites will NOT ask for proof of immigration status. 
  •  Any data collected for the COVID-19 vaccination program may only be used for public health purposes – not for civil, criminal, nor immigration enforcement.

You may view and sign up for available appointments at our Amherst Bang Center site by clicking here. New clinics are now added on a continual basis. These appointments will be for the Pfizer vaccine. 

Walk-In Clinic Info: 

  • Mondays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst
  • Vaccine Brand: Johnson & Johnson

Questions? If you have registration, clinic, or other vaccine related questions, please contact Public Health at (413) 259-3077

Click to schedule your appointment in Amherst

To find the consent form in other languages, you can download your language HERE

Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting

The Next Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting will be on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6pm via zoom- the link is below.  

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3), that provides support to our community athletic programs.

We work on fundraising and programming to support our community’s student-athletes and coaches. We’d like to encourage and support community spirit and celebrate the positive accomplishments and hard work of the various teams. We welcome community support in the form of information, networking, ideas, commmunication, collaboration, and certainly donations are encouraged! One area we’re working on is improving our website and communications. Feel free to check out the current website: www.hurricanesboosters.com    Agenda for May 20th includes updates on the work being done by the various committees. If you’re a parent/guardian, student-athlete, coach, alumni of ARHS, staff of ARPS, athletic enthusiast, or any other type of Canes supporter, you’re welcome to join us! Go Canes!  

Mary Klaes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  

Topic: Amherst Hurricane Athletics Boosters
Time: May 20, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89274410158?pwd=dW93UXZQUkdVWWZvOGJKMHJzdXJJQT09

Meeting ID: 892 7441 0158
Passcode: 137475

By telephone: 1-646-876-9923 meeting id and pass code above

Wildwood Gives Fundraiser On Pause

Hello Wildwood parents and guardians,
We write to let you know that we are putting the Spring fundraiser that typically in May on pause for this year.  We have enough money in the bank to support our anticipated needs this year, and we are incredibly grateful to all of you for enabling the PGO to be in this position.

Between last year and this year, for those of us who make up the PGO core group, this has been a volunteer experience like no other.  Our job is to support community building, enrichment, and equity for children at Wildwood, and while that happens through supporting teachers and staff as they strive to provide the best education for our students, it also happens through organizing and providing support through face to face events such as new family welcome events, the multi-cultural fair, and 6th grade graduation, as well as providing support for the Wildwood directory and the Wildwood yearbook.  

So much of these ‘typical’ functions of the PGO have been altered due to the pandemic and the inability to do things face to face.  That resulted in experiencing far less demand on our budget last Spring as the quarantine went into effect and we switched to remote learning. Coming in to this year with a surplus, we also had a successful Fall fundraiser thanks to you. These two things in particular set us up very well for the year.

This year has been far from typical. Beyond our usual budget line items, we set up a COVID relief fund to support and sustain extraordinary expenses we couldn’t have anticipated.  We’ve underwritten the incredibly popular mobile library project, help make some awesome art projects happen, provide some wonderful virtual science experiences, and make other instructional supports available for Wildwood teachers and staff.  In fact, this year we’ve spent more than we would have spent at this time during a typical year, but with our generous budget we’re still in a very good financial position. 

Therefore, we are pausing this Spring’s fundraiser.  Instead, let’s focus on doing everything right as a community to get back to full in person instruction as soon as it is healthy to do so!

Sincerely,
The Wildwood PGO core group

May Backpack Delivery and Pickup

Book Backpacks are ONLY for remote students!

Pickup

Tuesday, May 11th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Wednesday, May 12th from 3:30 – 5:00 PM

Delivery

Wednesday, May 12th from 11:30 AM – 3 PM.* 

*This is an early release day. I will be making deliveries in my car – no school bus is available. I may have a special guest with me. 

Please watch for an email or text from me with specific delivery information.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p3yYimD7hXux9C8MubVI38Cf6CFbaBn1klDHSW4NK3w/edit?usp=sharing

Please don’t hesitate to email me with questions.

Susan Wells

wellss@arps.org

Help Support the ARHS Class of 2021

Efforts are underway to send the ARHS Class of 2021 some love and support as they prepare to say their final goodbye to our schools. As you are well aware, this past year has been without so many of the traditional events that celebrate and recognize our soon to be graduates, and a year of online learning has made it especially challenging for them to feel connected to their friends and school. In response, parent volunteers are undertaking two efforts:

We are now taking orders to purchase signs showing that our community is cheering them on:

Class of 2021 yard signs

Signs are just $10 each and can be ordered here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfNYr4tb…/viewform… .

Secondly, fundraising efforts are also underway to fund a several non-school sponsored activities for the Class of 2021. To learn more about the plans and how you can help support them, please visit: https://charity.gofundme.com/…/arhsclassof2021/arps-pgos

Multi-Arts is proud to invite children to a free workshop for a better world: Arts for Change with Multi-Arts for children 8-12 years old

Join us on a journey to self-discovery! Through art, games, and theater we will unleash our power to become the change we want to see in the world. This workshop will give children the chance to explore what makes them unique, while also learning about others and how to stand up for social justice. By tapping into our empathy, we can set the example for a kinder future!April 19-23. 4:30 pmWelcome to register HERE, https://forms.gle/NT6pPFgyXcQLg1YcAArts for Change is a free of charge activity supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

We Gather Together: Virtual Poetry Reading

Amherst, MA – Join the Amherst Survival Center and the Jones Library for a virtual poetry reading!  Since we still can’t gather together in one room, let’s gather together virtually to share some poetry.   

Participants can read an original poem or share a poem by a favorite poet.  Poetry in any language is welcome.  This inclusive, family-friendly event is designed to build community during a time when concern for the public good means we cannot physically gather together in one place.  

To register, please email programs@joneslibrary.org.  Registration closes on April 29th. 

A confirmation email will be sent after registration, and a reminder will be sent with the Zoom link a week before the event. 

Affordable Housing Lottery: Aspen Heights in Amherst

Overview:

Aspen Heights Amherst is a brand-new, 88 unit rental apartment community located in Amherst on 408 Northampton Road. There will be 11 affordable apartments ready for occupancy starting in Summer of 2021. All affordable apartments will be rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income through this application process. Apartments feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and residents will have access to amazing amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center, a clubroom, and a computer lounge with private meeting spaces. Aspen Heights is conveniently located on Route 8 near University Drive, steps away from shopping and minutes from Amherst Central District.

Units Remaining: 11

Key Dates:

  • May 5, 2021: Information Session: 6:00pm via YouTube at https://youtu.be/-bSrAXtyvtY (or just search for SEB Housing) and via Conference Call – (425) 436-6200. Code: 862627
  • June 2, 2021: Application Deadline: 100% complete applications must be received by 2:00pm – See below for full information packet and application form. 
  • June 14, 2021: Lottery: 6:00pm via YouTube at https://youtu.be/4Vwu6lni8VQ (or just search SEB Housing) and conference call — (425) 436-6200. Code: 862627

Documents: 

Questions? 

  • For Affordable Unit Information call (617) 782-6900 ex. 1 
  • For TTY Dial 711
  • Free Translation Available. Traducción gratuita disponible

Click here for full info, application & more…

BPAC Linguistic Heritage Month Events

The month of April is Linguistic Heritage Month! The Bilingual Parents Advisory Council wants to help our community acknowledge and celebrate this important aspect of our community’s identity and diversity. We have created a list of activities to help highlight our collective linguistic heritage and would be excited for you to share the attached information via your all-staff list and have it included in family newsletters, advisory periods, and/or morning announcements.

Thank you in advance for your support! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

Alisa Clements

BPAC Facilitator

Linguistic Heritage Month Letter

Stamp Language Test for Biliteracy Awards

The STAMP test is one of the assessments to qualify students for
the Seal of Biliteracy and is used to put younger students on the
path to earning the Seal. The STAMP test has four sections:
reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test modules are
based on real-world and every-day situations.

If you are planning to take the test this year and you are not
already registered, or if you are unsure about your registration,
please fill out the application as soon as possible.

Elementary School-Week of May 24

The STAMP test will be administered in the school and online with remote proctoring.

The school will cover the charges for the test this year.

Please try to register as soon as possible. If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact your Biliteracy Club Advisor, Elementary- Maria Guarino, guarinom@arps.org.

Thank you.

ARPS school health protocols surrounding Covid-19

ARPS has an updates website that provides information regarding their school health protocols surrounding Covid-19.

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols

Family Resources

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols#h.ba529s9auyyi

Contact Tracing Protocols:

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols#h.o4l4zoqgwgne

Protocols for Face Coverings and Masks:

School Year 2020-2021 – Nurse Covid Protocols

Wildwood Library Announcements!

Book Backpacks are for remote students (students who will not physically return to the school building this spring)

Pick up: WEDNESDAY, April 7th or THURSDAY, April 8th between 3:30*-5:30. 

*Please note pick-up begins at 3:30! In-person school does not end until 3:10 – anticipate delays in the parking lot.

Delivery: Bus Delivery/Home Delivery will be Tuesday and Thursday. Susan will contact you!

ALL In-person students (starting on 4/5 or 4/12) will have in-person check out in the WW library during their Library specials time.

For more information about returning books read this: How to return your blue library backpacks.

Thank you!
Susan Wells
Contact me with any questions (wellss@arps.org)

Art activities for April vacation

Join Multi-Arts for an adventure into the ARTS

Fun. Creative. Engaging.
You will have at home a happy child

Join Virtual Multi-Arts this April vacation 19-23

Art – Puppet Party – Book Illustration – Crafts & Story Time – Theater & NEW: Arts For Change!!

Children will be able to sign up for one activity, for two activities, or for “All-you-can-Have”

9:00 AM Art with Marie Boyer

Pour your imagination into paper: draw, paint, be messy. Use lots of colors -or not. An hour to be expressive, to create beauty and enjoy yourself.

10:00 AM Puppet Party with Josh Gold

Build your own puppet and decorate it in a variety of styles! Play and perform shows with friends. What will your puppet’s personality and special talents be?

11:00 AM Book Art with Alejandra Rojas

Create and illustrate your very own story books! We will be finding our voices, and learning to bring our characters to life with as much imagination as possible! Each day we will be filling pages with our limitless imagination. We will create a book you will keep on your bookshelf for years to come!

1:00 PM Crafts & Story Time with Josh Gold

Learn how to make animals and other creatures like dragons, unicorns, or robots. Listen to Josh read his favorite books while you create your own masterpiece. Draw your most magical ideas and watch them come alive with shapeshifting projects.

3:30 PM Theater- Playwriting with Maia Petrucha

Turn playtime into a show in Theater and Playwriting with Maia! Children will work together to write and perform their very own play by creating characters and stories through games. They will transform their rooms into sets, their closets into costume wardrobes, and their toys into props! Join us and let your imagination run wild!

4:30 PM Arts for Change with Maia Petrucha

for children 8-12 years old

Join us on a journey to self-discovery! Through art, games, and theater we will unleash our power to become the change we want to see in the world. This workshop will give children the chance to explore what makes them unique, while also learning about others and how to stand up for social justice. By tapping into our empathy, we can set the example for a kinder future!

Arts for Change is a free of charge activity supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Best News: You can pay a suggested contribution or “Pay as You Can”

Welcome to register HERE, https://forms.gle/NT6pPFgyXcQLg1YcA

For more information contact us multiarts.org@gmail.com or call 413-584-7951

Spring Cleaning? Recycle your old clothes and help your Amherst schools earn money

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!
Recycle your old clothes, linens and more, and the Amherst PGOs can earn money — at no cost to you.

Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and other textiles. They accept items in good condition, stained clothes, single socks and shoes, worn towels and linens, and more…just make sure they’re clean and dry. You can also recycle stuffed animals, backpacks, pillows…anything that’s soft.  Donations should be put in bags before being dropped off.

Look for the large white donation bins in the parking lot at each Amherst school. The bins are still accessible while the schools are closed, and they are emptied weekly. If a bin is full, please wait until the next week to donate or use the second bin at the high school. Please don’t leave your donations outside the bins.

About 45% of the clothing that’s collected is still wearable. The rest is recycled and turned into fiber products and rags.

The Amherst PGOs get paid by the pound so the more you donate, the more money we make!

Also, in case you haven’t heard, Stop & Shop is discontinuing their A+ Rewards program next year (noooo!) so it’s even more important we all raise money through Bay State Textiles and other effortless fundraisers.