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

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!

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.

All School PGO Meeting on Technology

This year has brought up so many questions about our students and technology. What is safe? How much screen time is too much? What are the best resources for my students? Please let me know what you would like me to address at our upcoming Technology meeting, where Kathryn Runyan will present some of the ARPS measures that have been in place to keep our kids secure while they are online during this year as well as answer your questions and concerns. This form will help me prepare for your important questions. Meeting time is to be announced!
What do YOU want to know about our Kids and TECH this year?

Thank you,
¡Hola! Por favor, hágame saber lo que le gustaría que abordara donde presentaré algunas de las medidas de ARPS que se han puesto en marcha para mantener a nuestros niños seguros mientras están en línea durante este año, así como responder a sus preguntas y preocupaciones. Este formulario me ayudará a preparar lo más urgente. ¡Se anunciará la hora de la reunión!
¿Qué le gustaría saber sobre la tecnología y nuestros niños este año?

Gracias.
Kathryn Runyan

Instructional Technology Teacher

Office hours for tech support: Monday Friday, 11:30-12:00  

Forum with principal Nick, in-person an remote

Attention Wildwood parents and guardians, on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week, Wildwood Elementary principal Nick Yaffe plans to have two forums to address questions and concerns regarding the return to in-person learning, as well as the changes to remote learning that are underway.  

The forums will be held on MONDAY, 3/22, and WEDNESDAY 3/31, at 6:30PM.  Principal Nick will send out a link for access so be on the lookout.

In person classes begin as early as Thursday, March 25 as some classroom teachers volunteered to start in-person learning earlier.  All other in person classes for grades K – 2 resume on Monday, April 5, while other in person classes for grades 3 – 5 resume on Monday, April 12.  Students remaining in remote classes may be assigned to new virtual classrooms.

Please attend Principal Nick’s forums to ask your questions and get prepared for the changes ahead.

On the Same Page – Amherst joins NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley

Amherst, MA – The Jones Library celebrates its ninth On the Same Page community reading program by joining with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) and 40 other organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties in the National Endowment for the Arts NEA Big Read:  Pocumtuck Valley program as we read and explore Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven.   

This 2014 novel is set in a dystopian post-pandemic world. PVMA chose it from a list of NEA Big Read offerings before COVID-19 hit.  PVMA Outreach Coordinator, Sheila Damkoehler notes, “Now that we’re experiencing an actual pandemic, the NEA Big Read of this fictional story provides an opportunity for local communities to discuss our real pandemic experience, as well as the role the arts play in our lives (a central theme in Station Eleven).” 

A variety of programs are being offered by the Jones Library and other participating organizations to enrich the reading experience of this title and to encourage dialog about the themes the book presents.  The following series of programs will be held virtually during April and hosted by the Jones Library.  For complete program descriptions and registration information, visit the program’s webpage at www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage.   

Learn more about the NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley and find the developing event schedule listing the programming offered by all participants on PVMA’s website at www.deerfield-ma.org.  The keynote author event is to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm and will be hosted by New England Public Media, as a Watch & Learn Event.  Registration information will be available soon on the NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley webpage listed above. 

Schedule of Jones Library Hosted Events: 

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom 

Station Eleven and Surviving Pandemics – Sarah Taylor, Associate Profession in the UMass-Amherst Department of History, will reflect on cultural survival as a central theme in Station Eleven

Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom 

Book Discussion of Station Eleven – Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, led by Jones Library librarian, Linda Wentworth. 

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom 

Book Discussion of Station Eleven – Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, led by Jones Library librarian, Linda Wentworth. 

 

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom 

Travels with Station Eleven‘s Shakespeare – Sally Sutherland, Senior Lecturer Emeritus in English at Mount Holyoke College, will reflect on the meaning and timelessness of Shakespeare’s work as woven throughout Station Eleven. 

Copies of Station Eleven can be borrowed from the Jones Library, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books in Amherst.  Find all the details at www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of five novels, including Station Eleven and The Glass HotelStation Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and has been translated into thirty-two languages. She lives in New York City with her family.  

On the Same Page – Amherst and its programs are made possible with special funding from the Friends of the Jones Libraries.   For further information about On the Same Page – Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org

About the NEA Big Read:  An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. 

About the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association:  Founded in Deerfield, Massachusetts 150 years ago as the first historical society in Western Massachusetts, PVMA is a vibrant regional organization, supporting the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, Deerfield Teachers’ Center, Indian House Children’s Museum, and Community Outreach projects. This is PVMA’s seventh NEA Big Read.

The NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley Partners:  The PVMA is pleased to partner for this project with Tilton Library in South Deerfield and 20 other Libraries in the Woods libraries, five All Hamptons Read libraries, the Jones Library in Amherst, Springfield City Library, Holyoke Library, Springfield Public Forum, The Care Center, UMass-Amherst, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, Piti Theater, Exploded View, Great Falls Discovery Center, Musica Franklin, Pioneer Valley History Network, RiverCulture, The Rendezvous, Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop, and Boswell’s Books. 

SPRING Wildwood Library/PGO BOOK BACKPACKS Important DATES!

Fingers Crossed Bitmoji

The whole world is CRAZY but one thing is CERTAIN: 

Your WW Library BOOK BACKPACK!

Only REMOTE students will continue to receive BOOK BACKPACKS. 

In-person students will have in-person check out time in the WW Library.

APRIL backpacks will be ready Wednesday, April 7th

MAY backpacks will be ready Wednesday, May 12th

JUNE BOOK SWAP the week of June 7th – return all your library books and come to WW and pick up some free books for summer reading! If you have books you would like to donate to the WW Book Swap in JUNE please bring them to WW and place them in or near the white library return bin outside the front door or give them to your book fairy (the person who delivers your backpack).  We are willing to take any gently used BOOK that you would like to share and recycle!  

April Backpacks

Pick Up at Wildwood School:  If you chose “pick up,” come to the front doors of Wildwood on 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: If you chose delivery I will contact you with information about when to expect delivery. 

Biblioteca Wildwood PRIMAVERA/MOCHILAS DE LIBROS DEL PGO 

¡FECHAS IMPORTANTES!


El mundo entero está LOCO, pero una cosa es SEGURA: ¡ 

¡Tu MOCHILA DE LIBROS de la Biblioteca WW!

Solo los estudiantes REMOTOS continuarán recibiendo MOCHILAS DE LIBROS. 

Los estudiantes presenciales tendrán un horario para sacar los libros en persona en la Biblioteca WW.

MOCHILAS DE ABRIL estarán listas el miércoles, 7 de abril

MOCHILAS DE MAYO estarán listas el miércoles, 12 de mayo

INTERCAMBIO DE LIBROS DE JUNIO la semana del 7 de junio – ¡devuelve todos tus libros de la biblioteca y ven a WW a recoger algunos libros gratis para la lectura de verano!

¡INTERCAMBIO DE LIBROS!  INTERCAMBIO DE LIBROS  Si tienes libros que te gustaría donar para el intercambio de libros de WW en JUNIO, por favor tráelos a WW y colócalos en o cerca del contenedor blanco de devolución de la biblioteca fuera de la puerta principal o dáselos a tu hada de los libros (la persona que entrega tu mochila).  Estamos dispuestos a aceptar cualquier libro usado que quieras compartir y reciclar.  

April Backpacks

Recogida en la escuela Wildwood:  Si eligió “recoger”, venga a las puertas delanteras de Wildwood el MIÉRCOLES, 7 de abril o el JUEVES, 8 de abril entre las 3:30*-5:30. 

* Por favor, tenga en cuenta que la recogida comienza a las 3:30. La escuela en persona no termina hasta las 3:10 – anticipe retrasos en el estacionamiento.

ENTREGA: Si usted eligió la entrega me pondré en contacto con usted con la información acerca de cuándo esperar la entrega. 

Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíeme un correo electrónico a: wellss@arps.org

Feliz lectura, Susan Wells

UMass Athletics – Upcoming Schedule (Mar 17 – Mar 23) – How to Watch & Listen

Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change.

For the most up to date information and full schedule, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar. Follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority. Click Here for Full Schedule

WednesdayMarch 17

Hockey vs Providence

7 PM | NESN+ | CS Live

Hockey East Semifinals

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FridayMarch 19

Women’s Basketball vs Villanova

8 PM | Flo Hoops

WNIT

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SaturdayMarch 20

Men’s Lacrosse vs Drexel

12 PM | ESPN+

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SundayMarch 21

Women’s Lacrosse vs Holy Cross

12 PM | ESPN+

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TuesdayMarch 23

Men’s Lacrosse vs Albany

1 PM | America East

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ARHS Environmental Action Club is planting trees in our community

We are students from ARHS Environmental Action Club. We want to work towards impacting our local community environmentally to create a more sustainable future. We want to plant trees in our community to make up for the amount of paper our school has been using. Each tree is $5, and we have three options for you to choose from! On April 24th, a couple of volunteers will plant each tree you order and where you want it.

https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/amherst

Upcoming Schedule (Mar 10 – Mar 16) – How to Watch and Listen

Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change.

For the most up to date information and full schedule, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar. Follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority. Click Here for Full Schedule

WednesdayMarch 10

Women’s Lacrosse vs UMass Lowell

2 PM | ESPN+

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ThursdayMarch 11

Women’s Soccer vs Rhode Island

2 PM | ESPN+

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Women’s Basketball vs Saint Joseph’s

5 PM | ESPN+

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Men’s Soccer vs UMass Lowell

5:30 PM | ESPN+

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SaturdayMarch 13

Women’s Lacrosse vs UConn

1 PM | ESPN+

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SundayMarch 14

Men’s Lacrosse vs Fairfield

1 PM | UMass All-Access

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Hockey vs Northeastern

4:30 PM | NESN+ | CS Live

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For fans who are in the New England footprint, the CS Live stream will not be available to you for NESN+ games.

You will only be able to watch via NESN+.

Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues

Amherst, MA – We all know the ditty “Lizzie Borden took an ax….” but few people know the actual facts! Join us for Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues, an event to be presented by Christopher Daly and hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Lizzie Borden Event Graphic

Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues is a one hour in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide. Extensive research utilizing archival materials, period newspapers and period photographs has been done to create an entertaining, fascinating and informative presentation about America’s favorite mystery.  At the end of the presentation, different theories on the murders will be set forth and the question of “Who done it?” will be put to the audience for further discussion and conjecture. 

Christopher Daley has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest and is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Massachusetts.  He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History.  Mr. Daley has served as historical consultant on the Sacco-Vanzetti Case for the Travel Channel’s program “Timetraveling with Brian Unger.”  He also appeared in two episodes of the Travel Channel’s “Kindred Spirits” in the capacity of historian on shows about the Lizzie Borden Case. 

To attend this event, please register by sending an email to programs@joneslibrary.org.   You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate in this Zoom event. The link will be sent to you by email before the event. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join via Zoom. 

For more information, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/ or contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.   

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.  

Return to In-Person Learning FAQ

Here are the FAQs related to the survey for families to find out if they want their children to return to in-person instruction or to continue with remote instruction for the remainder of the year. Please read this document as it contains containing important information about the reopening survey, such as the fact that choosing remote learning option is binding  while choosing in-person learning is not, safety protocols in place, transportation, etc.

NOTE THAT AS OF MAR 8, THE ARPS DISTRICT DECIDED THAT BOTH IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS ARE BINDING.  THE CHOICE A CAREGIVER MAKES NOW BETWEEN REMOTE AND IN-PERSON IS BINDING FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  CAREGIVERS’ FINAL DECISIONS ARE DUE BY 4PM ON WED, MAR 10, BY COMPLETING THE DISTRICT SURVEY, ACCESSED HERE.  CAREGIVERS WISHING TO CHANGE THEIR DECISION HAVE UNTIL 4PM ON WED, MAR 10 TO DO SO, BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO DEBBIE WESTMORELAND, AT WESTMORELANDD@ARPS.ORG

RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FAQ

What is the choice I am being asked to make?

Families have the option of continuing with distance learning or shifting to an in-person model. Your choice for the spring semester can be different than your choice made in the fall. The district is asking for a binding decision on the mode of instruction for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

Is one model better than the other?

You should choose the model that you believe to be in the best interest of your child. Each model will feature high quality instruction delivered by talented ARPS educators.

What will the schedule look like?

The in-person schedule for those who choose to return to the school buildings will be from 9:45-3:10, Monday through Friday. For those who choose to continue learning remotely, the start/end times will be unchanged from what has occurred during the rest of the year and corresponds to a similar amount of instructional time as the in person option.

Will my child’s teacher(s) change?

Regardless of your choice of distance or in-person instruction, it is possible that the staff members working with your child will change based on the matching between families who opt for distance learning or in-person instruction.

Will I know which educators will be returning in-person and which will continue to work remotely? That might inform my choice.

Unfortunately, we are not able to share this information, due to our commitment to maintain the privacy of staff and their families. Please do not ask staff members about their plans in this area. We encourage you to make the choice of in-person or remote based on the model of instruction that you believe is best for your child this spring.

Will my child still receive services (such as special education, 504 accommodations, or English language learning)?

Yes. Services may be delivered in-person or remotely depending on whether the relevant staff members are in-person or remote.

If I choose in-person instruction, will my child attend the same school they currently attend?

Yes

Can I change my mind after making this choice?

Unless you choose the return to in-person option via this survey, the in-person option will not be available for your child this spring.
If you choose the in-person return and then change your mind before April (after the placement process is completed), you can change to the remote learning option. However, your child will likely be placed in their grade level virtual class with the fewest students in order to balance class sizes. This means the virtual class may or may not have students and staff members that are familiar to your child.

If I choose remote learning, will my child still be learning with students and staff from their same home school?

We will definitely match students with peers from their home school, and, when possible, staff members from their home school; however, students who are learning remotely may have students and staff members from other schools as part of their class, depending on the responses from this survey.

Will transportation be available?

Yes. We are asking families who choose in-person learning to inform us if their child will access the bus so we can develop bus routes.

Will schools be at risk for sudden closure?

Any future closure decisions will be based on guidance from the state Department of Public Health and/or the local Department of Public Health. At the current time, both departments have indicated that, barring a sudden change in the track of the virus, they do not anticipate closures this spring.

What happens if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported in a school?

If a positive case of COVID-19 is reported, the entire school will be notified of the situation. Our nurse manager would immediately engage in contact tracing protocols to determine if anyone would be deemed a close contact of the person who has tested positive. Those individuals would need to quarantine as per public
health guidance.

Why wouldn’t all grade levels return at the same time?

There are many necessary steps, both logistical and staffing, to ensure a smooth transition back to the school buildings. Having a brief period with roughly only half the students returning at the same time allows the schools to phase in students in a way that, we believe, is in the best interest of student and staff safety.

What safety protocols and mitigation strategies have been put into place to promote the safety of students and staff during the school day?

  • Detailed Information about safety protocols and PPE can be found here; a summary of measures can be found here.
  • Ventilation testing has been completed for all classroom spaces. The district committed to ensuring that classrooms would have ventilation that includes four or more air exchanges per hour.
  • Face coverings are required for all students (unless they have a disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering).
  • All classrooms, even those that do not require an air purification system to achieve four air changes per hour, will have a high quality, HEPA/UV Air Filter Unit.
  • The district has committed to maintaining six feet of distance between student desk areas. It is worth noting that no school can guarantee a six foot bubble around students every second of the school day, but placing desks six feet apart and preventing students from congregating together is one of the mitigation strategies we have put into place.
  • Each building will have a staffed medical waiting room for any students or staff who experience any symptoms of COVID-19. Protocols for this room can be found here.
  • All families will receive a daily text and email reminder to check children for symptoms of COVID-19 and will only be able to send their children to school if the check at home confirms that no symptoms are present.
  • Staff members and students will be the only persons permitted into the school buildings.

LAS PREGUNTAS FRECUENTES SOBRE LAS INSTRUCCIONES EN PERSONA

¿Cuál es la elección que se me pide?

Las familias tienen la opción de continuar con el aprendizaje a distancia o cambiar a un modelo presencial. Su elección para el semestre de primavera puede ser diferente a la realizada en otoño. El distrito está pidiendo una decisión vinculante sobre el modo de instrucción para el resto del año escolar 2020-2021.

¿Es un modelo mejor que el otro?

Usted debe elegir el modelo que crea que es el mejor para su hijo(a). Cada modelo contará con una instrucción de alta calidad impartida por talentosos educadores de ARPS.

¿Cómo será el horario?

El horario en persona para aquellos que elijan volver a los edificios escolares será de 9:45 a 3:10 pm de lunes a viernes. Para aquellos que elijan seguir aprendiendo a distancia, los horarios de inicio y finalización no cambiarán respecto a lo que ha ocurrido durante el resto del año y corresponde a una cantidad de tiempo de instrucción similar a la opción presencial.

¿Cambiarán los maestros de mi hijo(a)?

Independientemente de su elección de aprendizaje a distancia o presencial, es posible que los miembros del personal que trabajen con su hijo(a) cambien en función del emparejamiento entre las familias que opten por el aprendizaje a distancia o la instrucción presencial.

¿Sabré qué educadores volverán a trabajar en persona y cuáles seguirán trabajando a distancia? Eso podría influir en mi elección.

Lamentablemente, no podemos compartir esta información, debido a nuestro compromiso de mantener la privacidad del personal y sus familias. Por favor, no pregunte a los miembros del personal sobre sus planes en este ámbito. Le animamos a que elija la opción presencial o a distancia en función del modelo de instrucción que considere mejor para su hijo(a) esta primavera.

¿Mi hijo(a) seguirá recibiendo servicios (como educación especial, adaptaciones 504 o aprendizaje del idioma inglés)?

Sí, los servicios pueden prestarse en persona o a distancia, dependiendo de si los miembros del personal pertinentes están en persona o a distancia.

Si elijo la instrucción en persona, ¿mi hijo(a) asistirá a la misma escuela a la que asiste actualmente?

¿Puedo cambiar de opinión después de hacer esta elección?

A menos que elija la opción de volver a la enseñanza presencial a través de esta encuesta, la opción presencial no estará disponible para su hijo(a) esta primavera. Si elige la devolución en persona y luego cambia de opinión antes de abril (después de que se complete el proceso de colocación), puede cambiar a la opción de aprendizaje remoto. Sin embargo, es probable que su hijo sea colocado en la
clase virtual de su nivel de grado con la menor cantidad de estudiantes para equilibrar el tamaño de las clases. Esto significa que la clase virtual puede tener o no estudiantes y miembros del personal que sean familiares para su hijo.

Si elijo el aprendizaje a distancia, ¿mi hijo(a) seguirá aprendiendo con estudiantes y personal de su misma escuela?

Sin duda alguna, los estudiantes serán emparejados con compañeros de su escuela de origen y, cuando sea posible, con miembros del personal de su escuela de origen; sin embargo, los estudiantes que están aprendiendo a distancia pueden tener estudiantes y miembros del personal de otras escuelas como parte de su clase, dependiendo de las respuestas de esta encuesta.

¿Se dispondrá de transporte?

Sí. Pedimos a las familias que eligen el aprendizaje en persona que nos informen si su hijo(a) tendrá acceso al autobús para que podamos desarrollar las rutas de los autobuses.

¿Corren las escuelas el riesgo de un cierre repentino?

Cualquier decisión de cierre en el futuro se basará en la orientación del Departamento de Salud Pública del estado y/o del Departamento de Salud Pública local. En este momento, ambos departamentos han indicado que, salvo un cambio repentino en la trayectoria del virus, no prevén cierres esta primavera.

¿Qué ocurre si se notifica un caso positivo de COVID-19 en una escuela?

Si se informa de un caso positivo de COVID-19, se notificará la situación a toda la escuela. Nuestra directora de enfermería iniciará inmediatamente los protocolos de rastreo de contactos para determinar si alguien se considera un contacto cercano de la persona que ha dado positivo. Esas personas tendrían que estar en cuarentena según las directrices de salud pública.

¿Por qué no regresarían todos los grados al mismo tiempo?

Hay muchos pasos necesarios, tanto logísticos como de personal, para garantizar una transición fluida de vuelta a los edificios escolares. El hecho de tener un breve período con aproximadamente sólo la mitad de los estudiantes que regresan al mismo tiempo permite a las escuelas introducir a los estudiantes de una manera que, creemos, es en el mejor interés de la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal.

¿Qué protocolos de seguridad y estrategias de mitigación se han puesto en marcha para promover la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal durante la jornada escolar?

  • Se puede encontrar información detallada sobre los protocolos de seguridad y el EPP aquí; se puede encontrar un resumen de las medidas aquí.
  • Se han realizado pruebas de ventilación en todos los espacios de las aulas. El distrito se ha comprometido a garantizar que las aulas tengan una ventilación que incluya cuatro o más intercambios de aire por hora.
  • Es obligatorio que todos los estudiantes lleven la cara cubierta (a menos que tengan una discapacidad que les impida llevarla).
  • Todas las aulas, incluso las que no requieren un sistema de purificación de aire para lograr cuatro cambios de aire por hora, tendrán una unidad de filtro de aire HEPA/UV de alta calidad.
  • El distrito se ha comprometido a mantener seis pies de distancia entre las áreas de escritorio de los estudiantes. Cabe señalar que ninguna escuela puede garantizar una burbuja de seis pies alrededor de los estudiantes cada segundo de la jornada escolar, pero colocar los escritorios a seis pies de distancia y evitar que los estudiantes se congreguen juntos es una de las estrategias de mitigación que hemos puesto en marcha.
  • Cada edificio tendrá una sala de espera con personal médico para cualquier estudiante o personal que experimente cualquier síntoma de COVID-19. Los protocolos para esta sala se pueden encontrar aquí.
  • Todas las familias recibirán un mensaje de texto y un correo electrónico diario para que comprueben si los niños presentan síntomas de COVID-19 y sólo podrán enviar a sus hijos al colegio si la comprobación en casa confirma que no hay síntomas.
  • Los miembros del personal y los estudiantes serán las únicas personas autorizadas a entrar en los edificios escolares.

Download the Return to In-Person Learning FAQ

Return to In-Person Learning Survey for Elementary Families

Dear Elementary Families:

Yesterday, the Amherst and Pelham School Committees unanimously approved the following motion:

The School Committee directs the Superintendent to develop and implement a plan for the return of in-person learning, for all students who want it, with grades k-2 returning by April 5, grades 3-6 returning by April 12, and grades 7-12 returning by April 26, as practical and feasible.

The Superintendent will manage this return and any shift back to remote learning based on a continuous assessment of health conditions in direct consultation with local public health officials.

As a result, we are surveying families to find out if they want their children to return to in-person instruction or to continue with remote instruction for the remainder of the year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNZNWV3. The deadline to complete this brief survey is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10.   We know that this is a quick turnaround, but we need time to build classes and programming and cannot do that until we have this information from families.  To assist with making your choice, please see the attached FAQ document for more information.  Additionally, there are two Town Hall events on Monday, March 8, to assist families who would like more information before making a decision.  The morning session on March 8 will be at 8:15 a.m. (and can be accessed at this link) and the evening session will be at 6:30 p.m. (and can be accessed at this link).  Both sessions will cover the same topics.  If a family does not make a choice between in-person instruction and remote instruction, their student(s) will be assigned to remote instruction.

Please note: if you have multiple children at the elementary level, you will need to fill out the survey separately for each child. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Morris

Superintendent