Wildwood #giving tuesday/brown envelope fundraiser

November's library backpacks about to be distributed, with the PGO fundraising flyer enclosed!
November’s library backpacks about to be distributed, with the PGO fundraising flyer enclosed!

Giving Tuesday is on December 1 this year, and we urge you to give generously to the Wildwood PGO.  One of two major fundraisers the Wildwood PGO holds every school year, the Fall Brown Envelope Fundraiser culminates on Giving Tuesday and our aim is to raise $5,000.  Please give using the pre-stamped envelope that came with the fundraising flyer inserted in your child’s library backpack, or by donating online at www.WildwoodPGO.com. This year we purchased new, high interest books for Ms. Wells mobile library project, and have helped with additional supplies requested by teachers for their remote classrooms, and will publish this year’s school directory for distribution in December.  We anticipate more unbudgeted costs throughout this year, but, with your support, the PGO will do our best to help the children thrive during this uncertain time.

Parent Rachel Broudy loads up her car with backpacks to drop off around town this past Monday.
Parent Rachel Broudy loads up her car with backpacks to drop off around town this past Monday.
A Photo of the letter you should receive in your backpack
A Photo of the letter you should receive in your backpack

Annual Winter Coat Drive

Each year at this time of the year, the Amherst public schools’ Parent Guardian Organizations, in partnership with the ARPS Family Center, hold a Winter Coat Collection & Distribution event.  We need to collect new, and gently used, WARM winter coats for over 80 ARPS students.  All sized are needed (pre-K thru adult), and families can sign up to donate, arrange for donation pick up at home, and find the bin locations here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4BAAAB283-arps

The first collection round will occur on Monday, December 14.  

We also aim to collect $2,000 to buy any needed winter gear that is not donated.  Donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020  or send a gift card, or a check made payable to ARPS PGO, to:  ARPS Winter Coat Drive, c/o Tracy Zafian, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst, MA 01002.
If your children need winter clothing, please contact Mildred Martinez at the ARPS Family Center at MartinezM2@arps.org, 413-362-1871.

We appreciate every donation big or small, and ALL funds raised will go to purchase new coats and other warm winter outerwear such as boots and snow pants.  

Thank you for fulfilling this critical need and for helping all ARPS families stay warm this winter.  

Seeking examples of teachers’ and staff members’ responsiveness and ongoing commitment to social justice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board members of the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award Foundation seek examples that illustrate elementary school teachers’ and staff members’ responsiveness and ongoing commitment to social justice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students, guardians, parents, teachers, staff, and others are encouraged to submit a brief (or longer!) description to respond to this prompt.

Please email your story to Katie at klazdowski@gmail.com by November 30, 2020. Thank you! 

The Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project in November!

Check Your Bags!

This week, the Wildwood PGO starts one of its two major fundraisers of the year. Look for a letter in your child’s November book bag. With many unanticipated expenses so far, including new books for the library, we really need your donation. This fundraiser will culminate on #Giving Tuesday: December 1.

Please use the donate button at www.wildwoodpgo.com to make a contribution today, thank you!

November Book Deliveries and Pickup

This month students will exchange their October books and backpacks for a NEW backpack with NEW books! 

IMPORTANT: You must return library books in your backpack to receive a new backpack** (unless this is your first month in the program).

Pick Up at Wildwood School:  If you choose to pick up, come to the front doors of Wildwood on Wednesday, Nov. 18th or Thursday, 19th between 3:30 and 5:30. I will be there with some special guests you will be excited to see in person! Don’t forget your backpack to exchange.

Exciting news! I will be delivering to all the apartment complexes on Tuesday, November 17th in a SCHOOL BUS! If you chosedelivery and you live at the following apartment complexes, PLEASE come to the bus on Tuesday, Nov 17th at the listed time to exchange your backpack of books!

Time on Tuesday, Nov. 17thPlace
9:00 AM27 Montague Rd.
9:30 AM75 and 85 Cowls Rd. 
10:00 AMBrandywine Apartments 
10:30 AMPresidential Apartments 
11 AMOlympia Oaks 
11:30 AMVillage Park 
12:00 PMThe Boulders 
Schedule for book deliveries

Please have your backpack ready and come out to greet the school bus if possible.  If you will not be home at the listed time on Tuesday, please leave your October backpack in a safe and covered place (preferably by your door) so I know where to leave the new backpack.  Teachers will know that you may leave class to retrieve your backpack on this day!

Neighborhood Deliveries (not the apartment complexes): We have 5 dedicated drivers who will contact your family and let you know when to be ready for the backpack exchange.  Thank you PGO volunteers!

Some fun facts: 2,500 books were checked out in October. Books were delivered to over 130 students in October. In November 294 students will receive books!   **Not done with all your books?  Please return the books you are done with in the backpack and keep what you are still reading!   If you have any questions please email me: wellss@arps.org

Happy Reading, Susan Wells



Easy ways to support the Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization

Here are easy ways you can help the PGO raise funds this year. Please consider using one or all of these programs, and ask your friends and family to do it, too!

AMAZON SMILE 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 Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

ATKINS FARMS COUNTRY MARKET Use your Atkins Wildwood School Shoppers Card or quote Customer #84 when you shop at Atkins or Savory Suppers, to credit Wildwood with a percentage of your purchases.  Just mention the number 84 at checkout.

BAY STATE TEXTILES Drop off your unwanted but clean clothes, footwear, linens and stuffed animals in bags. The donation box is located at the entrance of the Wildwood side parking lot.  The PGO receives donations from the company based on weight.   

Bag up your clothing, donate it at Wildwood, and support the PGO!
Bag up your clothing, donate it at Wildwood, and support the PGO!

BIG Y Purchase a “Big Y Cares Community Giving Bag” to reuse for your groceries.  Write Wildwood Elementary PGO on the tag and turn it over to Customer Service for a $1 donation to be made to us.  Or, follow the directions on the tag to donate to us online.

BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION Look for the Box Tops logo on grocery products you already have in the cupboard, cut out the logos and bring your box tops to the school’s main office at the end of the summer. For each Box Top clipped the school receives 10 cents.

FLORENCE BANK CUSTOMER’S CHOICE COMMUNITY GRANTS If you or someone in your family banks at Florence Bank, you can help support the ARPS PGO through this grant program.  We can win up to $5,000 – go to http://www.florencebank.com/vote, select Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO from the dropdown menu, and cast your ballots before December 31.  Everyone in your family with an account can vote! 

STOP AND SHOP Register your Stop&Shop card and Wildwood will receive a percentage of your shopping.  To register visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus 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.

Mark Your Calendars!

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 12: Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness

Nov 18: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Wildwood Family Directory: Stay connected with Classmates

Wildwood families and caregivers,  each year one of the Parent Guardian Organization’s core responsibilities is to publish a school directory. We are doing it again this year but we are delayed.  The directory helps us all stay connected.  It is only distributed among Wildwood families, and, typically, it helps us set up play dates, birthday parties, and with general communication.  In these not so typical times, we can all use a bit more connection, even if it is just virtual.  Please take a quick minute to submit your information BY CLICKING HERE.

School Directory: Sign Up Today!

Each year the PGO puts together a very useful “all school” directory with the contact information of all families so they can contact each other.

You can choose to be part of the directory by filling out this form.


Cada año, el PGO crea un “directorio de familias” con la información de todas las familias de los estudiantes de Wildwood para que puedan ponerse en contacto.

Si quiere que su informacion este en el directorio, por favor complete este formulario.

Tuesday, Nov 3 is Election Day!

Repost from ARHS PGO Parent News

Amherst:

The Town of Amherst is divided into ten Precincts, now organized in to five Districts. See below table to view your Precinct and polling location as well as your corresponding District. 

Hours

The polling hours for all elections and all polling places are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

PrecinctDistrictPolling Location
11North Zion Korean Church, Church Hall, 1193 North Pleasant Street
22Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, 21 Mattoon Street
31Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant Street
43Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, 21 Mattoon Street
54Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk
62Fort River School, 70 South East Street
75Crocker Farm School, 280 West Street
85Munson Memorial Library, South Amherst Common, 1046 South East Street
94Wildwood School, 71 Strong Street
103Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, 21 Mattoon Street

You may also go to the State Elections Division website to look up your polling location.

*Can I Still Vote Early? Early voting (for all Amherst precincts) will take place through Friday, Oct. 30 at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst Fri, Oct 30: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm *Find Your Assigned Polling Place for Voting On Nov. 3:https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA

*Where to Drop Off Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot:The Ballot Drop Box is outside Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst (Main Street side)

*Check Your Voter Registration Status:https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRe…/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

*Track Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot:https://www.sec.state.ma.us/wher…/track/trackmyballot.aspx

*If you received a Vote-By-Mail ballot, but have decided to vote in person instead, bring the unused ballot to your polling place for voiding.

*If you are listed as an inactive voter, you will also be asked to present identification which shows your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. It is not required that you present photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include: a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, or lease. Further information is here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/…/ele…/inactivevotersidx.htm

Prohibited Activities

State law prohibits the display of political paraphernalia within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling location. Signs, stickers, and even lapel buttons are not permitted within this restricted zone. State regulations also prohibit political solicitation within the restricted zone.

Voters may take their own personal notes into the polling place as an aid to assist their voting. This information cannot be shared with other voters or left in the polling place.

Leverett:

All Elections are held at the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054 7 AM – 8PM

•    Wear a Face Covering

•    Bring a Pen or Pencil  (if you don’t want to borrow one)

•    Bring a Clip Board or Book to mark your ballot on (if you don’t want to use a Voting Booth)

•    Bring an ID – in some cases voters will be required to show an ID. 

•    Don’t touch your face while at the polling location

•    Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6’ away from anyone not from your household

Pelham:

Polls will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with voting taking place at the Ramsdell Room (Library Complex), 2 South Valley Road, Pelham

ABSENTEE VOTING

The deadline to request an absentee ballot IN PERSON will remain 12:00 p.m. the day before the election.

Shutesbury:

The Shutesbury election will be conducted at Town Hall, 1 Cooleyville rd. Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM.

If you are interested in being an election observer on November 3rd, contact the Town Clerk to make an appointment by 5PM October 30th.

Health and Safety Precautions: The precinct will be kept clean and well ventilated at all times. Board of Health volunteers will be on hand to make sure we are doing all we can to keep our voters and our election workers safe. Social distance will be required. If you do not bring your mask, a mask will be provided to you.

Annual Ski & Winter Gear Tent Sale – October 31, 9am – 2pm

Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, Details below.

Hosted by Amherst History Museum

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9 am – 2 pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary!

Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place.

Books or Bust

Preparation for Book Drop Off

This week, Wildwood parents and caregivers through the PGO assisted librarian Susan Wells in getting books out to the kids. If the kids can’t come to the books, then the books can come to them! This is the first of a monthly give and take of books back and forth from the Wildwood library to students. Several volunteers staffed the curbside pickup of books at the school on Thursday and Friday, where over 50 families picked up their library books. Meanwhile Ms. Wells got into her car and drove books to neighborhoods for families who couldn’t get to the school for pick-up. Next month, parents will take over the six drop-off routes. Over 200 families got books this week alone.

For those signed up who didn’t get books this week, there will be another opportunity to pick up books next week. We are still working out this new system of give and take, and it still has flaws. We appreciate your patience.

Do you still need to sign up?

PROVIDE YOUR INFORMATION FOR BOOK DISTRIBUTION

Wildwood Library has circulated over 25,000 books out to students in this past year. Don’t miss out. And guess what? Even if your child can only put a hold on books but didn’t get to actually check out books, or doesn’t check out any books in any given month, Ms. Wells ensures your child gets a great sack of interesting books. Why? Because books will make your kids happy!

ARPS SEPAC- Basic Rights in Special Education- Understanding the IEP

Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm via Zoom.

To receive the online access link, please email sepac@arps.org

This free workshop for parents/guardians and professionals is sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

It will cover what is an IEP, why it is important, how the IEP is developed, a child’s strengths and concerns, a vision statement, sections of the IEP, the difference between accommodation and modification, response, placement and consent and procedural safeguards.

Basic Rights: Understanding the IIEP workshop flyer.

Support the PGO though Florence Bank

Florence Bank - Community Grants Logo

Do You Bank at Florence Bank? Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants program. We can win up to $5,000 – go to http://www.florencebank.com/vote, select Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO from the dropdown menu, and cast your ballots before December 31.

Everyone in your family with an account can vote!

Town of Amherst Seeks Public Input on Block Grant Priorities

Amherst will be making its annual application to receive federal funds administered by the state in the Community Development Block Grant program. These funds are awarded primarily to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of Amherst’s low and moderate income residents. The CDBG Advisory Committee would like to hear from the community about priorities for social services, public infrastructure projects and focus areas in town.

Please click here to complete a short online form to provide input to the Committee.

More information is also available at this link.
https://www.amherstma.gov/1122/CDBG-Advisory-Committee

The WW Library/PGO BOOK Delivery and Pick-Up

Book Pick-up will be at Wildwood Wednesday, 10/21 and Thursday, 10/22 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. If you selected “pick-up,” you are invited to drive up to the front doors at Wildwood either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Please tell the volunteer your name and your classroom teacher so that they can find your bag!

Drop-off in neighborhoods begins on Wednesday, 10/21 and continues through Friday, 10/23. Families who selected delivery will be contacted by a PGO volunteer this week re: their pick-up/delivery date. 

Book Selection/Requests: Students can still create a HOLDS list in the library catalog: Instructions here. Younger students (grades 2 – 3) have worked with Mrs. Wells in library classes to create wish lists. If you have specific suggestions for your students please email me (Susan Wells wellss@arps.org).  The more suggestions the better – not everyone will get what they want right away.  Flexibility and a GROWTH mindset will be the key to success and READING!

Susan Wells
Librarian

Trivia Bee: Costume Photo Contest

Trivia Bee Costume Contest - Details Follow in the text below.

Just in time for Halloween, the Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee tradition of wearing creative costumes to the event continues!  

Since we are virtual this year, we suggest that teams take selfies and send them to us ahead of the event, indicating the name of their team in the email. Due to COVID, team photos may not be possible (unless it is a family team), so individual photos are suggested and we will group them by team. Winners will be announced during the Trivia Bee on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Email your photos to: amherstedfound@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 27.

Project Earth!

Come, Come! Be part of our story: Multi-Arts invites you to our virtual presentation of “Project Earth”, a humorous and entertaining story full of imagination about what our world will be in the year 3,000. There is hope! With doable actions we can change the direction our planet is heading.

This show will be performed by professional actors in collaboration with children. It will include throughout an original gorgeous composition by our local composer Luna Wolf. The story was created by Multi-Arts kids, and directed by Multi-Arts theater teacher Maia Kinney-Petrucha. For sure you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime!  

Join us for this celebration of our amazing planet on November 1st at 4pm, and help spread awareness about the changes we need to make to protect it.

Request our zoom link at info@multi-arts.org

Catalina Arrubla

PS: Multi-Arts is having a party for Earth on my birthday. Can you come? Read more here:  https://forms.gle/aKsrBrzhr5UR1fTq8

Important Request from the PGO

Hello Wildwood Families Hola Familias de Wildwood (La version en español de este mensaje se encuentra debajo del mensaje en Inglés) Welcome to the Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO). You are a member of the PGO simply because you have a child that attends Wildwood Elementary School. Our Core PGO is a group of volunteer parents/guardians whose mission is to build a strong community with academic enrichment opportunities and equity for all children. To meet these goals, the PGO provides grant opportunities for teachers and staff, promotes communication among families and with the school, and organizes a variety of enriching activities and events for children and adults throughout the school year. 

1) Getting Involved

While we have a core group of dedicated volunteers (names listed below) we still need more help, and we are asking for your active participation.

  • Join the PGO leadership group (See open positions HERE)
  • Be a class parent. Check if your child’s classroom has a class parent HERE.
  • Volunteer for single opportunities (Apply HERE)

 (accessing these links does not commit you to anything!)

2) School Directory

Each year the PGO puts together an “all school” directory with the contact information of all families so they can contact other families, organize play dates etc. You can choose to be part of the directory by filling out this form.

3) Fundraisers

Most PGO activities are supported through fundraising. The PGO organizes two active fundraising events during the school year. We will reach out to you when it is time to donate. You can also make a financial contribution at any time by visiting https://wildwoodpgo.com/donate/ or emailing us to wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.   Passive fundraising: you can contribute to the PGO just by shopping at your favorite stores (Stop and Shop, Amazon smile, Atkins Farms and more!). Find out in this link how to DONATE TO THE PGO EVERY DAY WITHOUT SPENDING ANY MONEY!

4) Events

Every year the PGO organizes and sponsors many school events dedicated to promote communication between school and families (“Coffee with the Principal”, “First Day Coffee” and “New Families Welcome Night”), to help families address school related topics (“all school PGO meetings”), to enrich the school curriculum (“Math Night” and “Science Night”), to celebrate our cultural diversity (“Multicultural Fair”), to help students and families in general (“6th grade Tag Sale”, “Winter Coat Drive”, etc), to support students (“Bake Sale at the students band concerts”), to appreciate our staff and teachers (“Teacher Appreciation Week”, ” Staff Welcome Breakfast” and ” Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast”) and more. This special year we are adapting to a constantly changing situation and we are determined to support the Wildwood community as we do every year. We will hold several online events (listed below) and as the school year unfolds we will be adding more events to our calendar and share it with the school community.    Planned events (with tentative dates):

  • Giving Tuesday, Brown Envelope Fall Fundraising:  Tues, Dec 1
  • First Coffee with the Principal: Wed, Nov 18 (evening, online)
  • First all school PGO meeting: Wed Jan 13 (evening, online)
  • Wildwood Brown Envelope Spring Fundraiser: May 13, 2021
  • Second Coffee with the Principal, Wed, March 10 (evening, online)
  • Second all school PGO meeting: Wed, April 28 (evening, online)

 5) PGO Leadership group

Meet the people in the PGO core group. Please email wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com if you want to get in touch with us.  

  • Eugenia Clerico and Letha Gayle-Brissett, co-chairs
  • Laura Melbin, treasurer
  • Christine Lindstom, fundraising chair
  • William Devore and Ellen Boucher, bloggers 
  • Janice Alvarez, secretary
  • Lara Friedman, communication chair
  • Kristen DeAngelis, class parent coordinator
  • Becky Miller, interim volunteer coordinator
  • Molly Christie, social justice committee member
  • Heather Welch, teacher mini-grants coordinator 
  • Kerry Crosby, member at large 

  Hola Familias de Wildwood  Bienvenido a la Organización de padres y tutores de Wildwood (PGO). Usted es miembro de PGO simplemente porque tiene un hijo que asiste a la Escuela Primaria Wildwood. Nuestro “Core PGO” es un grupo de padres y tutores voluntarios cuya misión es construir una comunidad sólida con oportunidades de enriquecimiento académico y equidad para todos los niños. Para cumplir con estos objetivos, el PGO ofrece subvenciones para los maestros y el personal de la escuela, promueve la comunicación entre las familias y con la escuela, y organiza una variedad de actividades y eventos para niños y adultos durante el año escolar.

1) Participe del PGO

Si bien tenemos un grupo central de voluntarios dedicados (los nombres están listados al final de este mensaje), todavía necesitamos más ayuda y le pedimos su participación.

  • Únase al grupo de liderazgo de PGO (Ver puestos vacantes AQUI)
  • Sea un “Padre encargado” de la clase. Compruebe si el aula de su hijo tiene un padre encargado AQUÍ.
  • Sea voluntario en algunas ocasiones (registrese AQUÍ)

(acceder a estos enlaces no lo compromete a tomar ningun puesto en el PGO)


2) Directorio de familias

Cada año, el PGO crea un “directorio de familias” con la información de todas las familias de los estudiantes de Wildwood para que puedan contactar a otras familias, organizar visitas etc. Puede elegir ser parte del directorio completando este formulario.

3) Recaudacion de Fondos.

La mayoría de las actividades de PGO son subsidiadas a través de la recaudación de fondos voluntarios. El PGO organiza dos eventos activos de recaudación de fondos durante el año escolar. Nos comunicaremos con ustedes cuando sea el momento de donar. También puede hacer una contribución financiera en cualquier momento visitando https://wildwoodpgo.com/donate/ o enviándonos un correo electrónico a wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com. Recaudación de fondos pasiva: puede contribuir al PGO simplemente comprando en sus tiendas favoritas (Stop and Shop, Amazon smile, Atkins Farms y más!). ¡Descubre en este enlace cómo DONAR AL PGO TODOS LOS DÍAS SIN GASTAR DINERO!

4) Eventos

Cada año, el PGO organiza y patrocina muchos eventos escolares dedicados a promover la comunicación entre la escuela y las familias (“Café con el director”, “Café del primer día de clases” y “Noche de bienvenida para las familias nuevas”), para ayudar a las familias a abordar temas relacionados con la escuela (“Reunion del PGO para toda la escuela “), para enriquecer el plan de estudios de la escuela (” Noche de matemáticas” y ” Noche de las ciencias”), para celebrar nuestra diversidad cultural (” Feria multicultural “), para ayudar a los estudiantes y las familias en general (“Venta de garage para el sexto grado”, “Reparto de abrigos de invierno”, etc.), para apoyar a los estudiantes (“Venta de pasteles en los conciertos de bandas de estudiantes”), para apreciar a nuestro personal y maestros (“Semana de agradecimiento a los maestros”, “Desayuno de bienvenida para el personal” y “Desayuno de agradecimiento al conductor del autobús”) y mucho más.

 Sabemos que este año es especial y nos estamos adaptando a una situación en constante cambio, pero estamos decididos a apoyar a la comunidad de Wildwood como lo hacemos todos los años. Organizaremos varios eventos a traves de Internet (que se enumeran a continuación) y, a medida que avanza el año escolar, agregaremos más eventos a nuestro calendario.

 Eventos planificados (las fechas son provisorias):

  • Recaudación de fondos del otoño “Giving Tuesday”: martes, 1 de diciembre
  • Primer “Café con el director”: miércoles 18 de noviembre, por la noche, via Internet
  • Primera “Reunion del PGO para toda la escuela”: miércoles 13 de enero de 2021, por la noche, via Internet.
  • Recaudación de fondos de primavera (“Brown Envelope”): martes, 13 de mayo 2021
  • Segundo “Café con el director”: miércoles 10 de marzo de 2021, por la noche, via Internet
  • Segunda “Reunion del PGO para toda la escuela” (miércoles 28 de abril de 2021, por la noche, via Internet)

5) Grupo de liderazgo de PGO

Conozca a las personas del grupo principal de PGO. Envíe un correo electrónico a wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com si desea ponerse en contacto con nosotros.

  • Eugenia Clerico y Letha Gayle-Brissett, co-presidentas
  • Laura Melbin, tesorera
  • Christine Lindstom, responsable de recaudación de fondos
  • William Devore y Ellen Boucher, blogueros
  • Janice Alvarez, secretaria
  • Lara Friedman, responsable del area de comunicación
  • Kristen DeAngelis, coordinadora de los padres encargados de cada clase
  • Becky Miller, coordinadora dinterina de voluntarios
  • Molly Christie, miembro del comité de justicia social
  • Heather Welch, coordinadora de mini-becas para maestros
  • Kerry Crosby, miembro consejero

Class Parents Needed!

2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

First of all, thank you so much to the many parents who have already volunteered to be class parents! You help in making Wildwood a welcoming place where all students can learn is immeasurable, especially this year. 

I help teachers across the grade levels to find class parents who volunteer to facilitate communication between the teachers and the class–as well as with the Wildwood parent-guardian organization (PGO). This year will mostly focus on reminding parents about a grade-specific events, sharing information about upcoming events at the school-level, and might also include socials (zoom or otherwise) and helping teachers with things like materials distributions depending on your teacher. 

Here are the classrooms that are still missing class parents:

Classrooms that don’t yet have a class parent: Schotte, Poirier, Egan/Kalman, Munroe, Thomas, Kuusisto/Platt, Woods/Moss, Perez, Elder/Sonoda, Eggemeier, Comeau/Hickman

Classrooms that have only one class parent: Applegate, Heard/Riley, Bing-Owen

We would love for you to feel invited to volunteer whether in the classroom or at the school at large, whether one time or on a regular basis. There is no shortage of need and there is always an interest in having you involved in some way. 

You can let your teacher know you are interested in helping with the class or the grade. Or if you want to find out more about volunteering in the school at large, you can contact the PGO volunteer coordinator/parent Becky Miller (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). We need many volunteers to move the school forward and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you to make this strange year a success for our kids and teachers!

Kristen DeAngeils, mom of Ramona and Vivian

kristenobacter@gmail.com

2020

Estimados padres y tutores

Muchas gracias a todos los voluntarios/as que se ofrecieron para ser “padres encargados” de las clases de Wildwood. Cada año (y este en especial!) trabajamos para que todas las familias se sientan bienvenidas en la escuela, en especial en este año tan peculiar; y su colaboración lo hace posible. 

Soy la encargada de ayudar a los maestros de la escuela a encontrar padres o tutores que se ofrezcan para ser los “padres encargados de la clase”, cuya tarea es facilitar la comunication entre las families y el maestro de la clase, y tambien con el “Group de Padres y encargados” (PGO). Este anio las tareas estaran mas enfocadas a  recordarle a las familias acerca de los eventos escolares y sociales (por el momento a través de internet) y a ayudar a los maestros a organizar la deistribución de material de clase etc.  

Estas son las clases que aun no tienen un “padre encargado”:  Schotte, Poirier, Egan/Kalman, Munroe, Thomas, Kuusisto/Platt, Woods/Moss, Perez, Elder/Sonoda, Eggemeier, Comeau/Hickman

Clases que solo tienen UN “padre encargado: Applegate, Heard/Riley, Bing-Owen

Nos encantaría que se ofreciera a ser un “padre encargado de la clase”. Usted puede avisarle al maestro/a de la clases si esta interesado en ser el “padre encargado”, enviarme un e-mail (ver mas abajo), o enviar un email al grupo PGO para participar como voluntario en otras actividades escolares  (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). El grupo nevesita muchos voluntarios y nos encantaria poder contar con ustedes. 

Por favor, eomuniquese conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta. Espero el momento depoder trabajar juntos para hacer de este año tan especial una aventura exitosa para los alumnos de Wildwood.

Kristen DeAngeils, mom of Ramona and Vivian

kristenobacter@gmail.com

Trivia Bee – Save the Date!

Trivia Bee - Oct 29, 2020 6:30PM, details below
Trivia Bee – Oct 29, 2020 6:30PM

Save The Date! Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a pandemic will stop AEF’s Trivia Bee.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 26th Annual AEF Trivia Bee — Virtual Edition: Thursday, October 29th, 2020 6:30-8:00 p.m. hosted by State Representative Mindy Domb!

Participation is free, but we encourage donations benefiting the Amherst Education Foundation and our public schools. You can sign-up to participate here. Your support is more important than ever so even if you are not participating, consider contributing to the AEF Trivia Bee, here.

Sign-Up to Participate: https://ti.to/amherst-education-foundation/aef-trivia-bee-2020

Donate: https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5f76778e1589a316b9410f98

To watch the Trivia Bee visit AEF’s YouTubeFacebook, or Twitter the night of the event.

If you have any questions, please email us at amherstedfound@gmail.com.

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale – October 31, 9 am – 2 pm

Under the tent on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum (67 Amity Street – next to the Jones Library), with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated!  For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT

Have an extra yoga mat? Donate it!

Have an extra yoga mat? Please donate it to Mrs. Tharion’s first grade! McCall Tharion, 1st grade, is looking for yoga mat donations. The children have really been enjoying doing yoga during remote school, and she wants to keep up the practice when they return next week.

If you have a yoga mat to donate, please email Kristen DeAngelis (kristenobacter@gmail.com) to arrange for a pickup. Thanks!

2020 Class Parents Needed

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I help teachers across the grade levels to find class parents who volunteer to facilitate communication between the teachers and the class–as well as with the Wildwood parent-guardian organization (PGO). Often the communication involves requests for snacks and tissues, reminding parents about a grade-specific event, or sharing information about upcoming events at the school-level.

There are always needs – whether in the fall with the class potluck, or to help with other class events, please let your teacher know if you would like to be involved in some way. Beyond the classroom the school always has a need for volunteers (whether in the library, art room, or at major school events).

We would love for you to feel invited to volunteer whether in the classroom or at the school at large, whether one time or on a regular basis. There is no shortage of need and there is always an interest in having you involved in some way.

You can let your teacher know you are interested in helping with the class or the grade. Or if you want to find out more about volunteering in the school at large, you can contact the PGO volunteer coordinator/parent Becky Miller (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). We need many volunteers to move the school forward and we look forward to hearing from you.

Hope your fall is off to a great start
Kristen DeAngeils, mom of Ramona and Vivian
kristenobacter@gmail.com

Estimados padres o tutores:

Estoy encargada de ayudar a los maestros de cada salón de clase de Wildwood a conseguir un padre voluntario para representarlo. Este padre representante está encargado de facilitar la comunicación entre los maestros y sus clases, y también con la Organización de Padres y Tutores (PGO por sus siglas en inglés). Por lo general, esta comunicación es acerca de pedidos de donaciones de meriendas y pañuelos de papel para el salón, y también para informar acerca de actividades escolares tanto para el grado en específico como para la escuela en general.

Siempre hay necesidad de voluntarios que ofrezcan su ayuda, ya sea durante la fiestecita de cada salón en el otoño o en otras actividades del salón. Por favor, comuníquense con su maestra de clase si desea ayudar. Además, hay muchas oportunidades para trabajos voluntarios fuera del salón (biblioteca, salón de artes y actividades que incluyen a toda la escuela).

Quisieramos que se sientan en confianza de ser voluntarios tanto en el salón de clase como en la escuela en general. Su participación es significativa no importa si fuera sólamente una vez o más a menudo.

Si desean servir como voluntarios en el salón de clase o en el grado, favor de comunicarse con su maestra de clase. Si desean servir como voluntarios en la escuela en general, favor de comunicarse con la coordinadora de los voluntarios del PGO, Becky Miller (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). Necesitamos muchos voluntarios para tener un buen año escolar.

Espero que todos pasen una linda temporada de otoño.

Kristen DeAngelis, madre de Ramona y de Vivian
kristenobacter@gmail.com

PGO Welcome Letter

LET’S GO WILDWOOD!

The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization

Wildwood Elementary School is a wonderful community with vibrant parent/guardian involvement. The Wildwood ParentGuardian Organization (PGO) is a group of volunteer parents/guardians whose mission is to build a strong community with academic enrichment opportunities and equity for all children. The PGO strives to support the school’s teachers and staff in providing all children with the best elementary school experience possible. To meet these goals, the PGO provides grant opportunities for teachers and staff, promotes communication between the families and the school and organizes a variety of enriching activities and events for children and adults throughout the school year.

2020-2021 School Year

The PGO welcomes you to the 2020-2021 school year. While the beginning of this year started in remote learning instead of our traditional format, we are even more committed in working and supporting our school community so that our school continues to provide the great Wildwood experience. Soon all families will receive an email from the Wildwood PGO. It will contain information about the events we organize, the calendar of activities and fundraisers, and forms for you to fill out. Please take the time to respond. THANK YOU!

The PGO core group

You are already a member of the PGO simply by being a parent. A group of us volunteer to getour mission accomplished:

  • Eugenia Clerico and Letha Gayle-Brissett, co-chairs
  • Laura Melbin, treasurer
  • Christine Lindstom, fundraising chair
  • William Devore and Ellen Boucher, bloggers
  • Janice Alvarez, secretary
  • Lara Friedman, communication chair
  • Kristen DeAngelis, class parent coordinator
  • Becky Miller, interim volunteer coordinator
  • Molly Christie, social justice committee member
  • Heather Welch, teacher mini-grants coordinator
  • Kerry Crosby, member at large

This year we welcome new volunteer members Letha Gayle-Brissett (co-chair), Lara Friedman(communication chair), Molly Christie (social justice committee chair). Thank you for your support!

Volunteer

We appreciate all the ways people are involved in helping to accomplish the mission of the Wildwood PGO. Whether it is through your donation of time, energy and/or financial support, you truly make a difference in the lives of the students of Wildwood School. Every year there are volunteer opportunities and we are looking for volunteers in the areas below. This is a worthwhile cause for your child and other children, so we look forward to hearing from you. Please email wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com to join us!

Volunteer

Outreach Coordinator- NEEDED

  • 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.

Website Coordinator-NEEDED

  • Update old content
  • Maintain broken links
  • 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

Blog Content Providers-NEEDED

  • Write blurbs for the blog / newsletter/social media as directed to by the communications chair

Real World Experiences Coordinator-NEEDED:

  • Create a system for connecting teachers to community organizations and parent volunteers to bring real-world experiences that are connected to curriculum.
  • Possibly develop a committee for helping with this work.

*Please note: The current leadership of the Wildwood PGO is bilingual in both Spanish and English; feel free to write to us in any other language.

Newsletter

Do take some time to read our weekly newsletter to keep yourself informed about upcoming events, deadlines, news and more. We welcome any submission of information that is helpful to the Wildwood community. All families who register students for Wildwood prior to August 22 are automatically subscribed. You can sign up to receive the newsletter via email at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.

The newsletter can also be accessed from the front page of the Wildwood Website or at http://www.wildwoodpgo.com.

En Español

Wildwood Library Checking Out Books Again!

Dear Wildwood Families:

I am excited to report that we will be able to CHECK OUT BOOKS this Fall!  Our book/materials distribution plan is a partnership between the Wildwood Library and the PGO. This is a BIG project. By completing this form, you will help us know where you live, if you would like to receive books and school materials ONCE per MONTH and if you can help! At this time our focus will be on students in grades 2 – 6.

Many thanks, 
Susan Wells
Wildwood Librarian


Estimados familias de Wildwood:

El PGO de Wildwood está colaborando con Susan Wells, nuestra bibliotecaria de Wildwood, para llevar libros y materiales escolares a nuestros estudiantes! Este es un proyecto GRANDE. Al completar este formulario, nos ayudará a saber dónde vive, si desea recibir libros y materiales escolares UNA VEZ al MES y si puede ayudar. En este momento nos centraremos en los estudiantes de 2 a 6 grado.

Muchas gracias,
Susan Wells
Biblotecaria de Wildwood 

Free Meals for children 18 and under

I wanted to take the time to reach out to all of you this morning in case you haven’t already heard, or are looking for more information. The USDA has decided to fund FREE MEALS for all children ages 18 and under. This is huge for addressing hunger and food access for our children, taking the burden off of parents and guardians already facing additional challenges with remote learning, and drastically supports our program, giving us the opportunity to grow and expand in the future. Free meals will be offered at delivery sites throughout town for remote learners, and all in-school meals will be free as well, for as long as funding is available. We are also excited to announce that we will be providing weekend meals for as long as we are able to!

For each meal that is taken by a child, we receive a federal reimbursement. This means that the more meals that are taken, the more money that goes back into the program, and the more likely we are to be able to expand programs such as Farm to School, Meals in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast, Grab and Go Breakfast, Plant-Based Meals, and so many other great initiatives we have been asked about by all of you in our community!

We appreciate your support of our program and are happy to be feeding our children, regardless of the circumstances we face this year!

Please reach out to me with any questions.

With Gratitude,

Julia Burdick
School Nutrition Assistant Director
Amherst Pelham Regional School District
170 Chestnut Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-362-1832

Instrumental Music Online Town Hall Meeting – Monday, 9/21

As you can imagine, the instrumental music team is fielding a lot of questions right now.

We’ve scheduled an “Online Town Hall Meeting” for 10 am and 7 pm next Monday, 9/21.

Please share this information with families, we would love for them to join us.

Below is the link:
meet.google.com/six-xfsy-bok

Join by phone
(US) +1 435-574-4065 (PIN: 351182186)

It is also on our website: https://sites.google.com/arps.org/arps-band-orchestra/home

Thank you!

Ariel Templeton