Black History Fact: “Contraband Decision” Precursor to 13th Constitutional Amendment a.k.a. Abolition of Slavery

On May 24, 1861 Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler’s “Contraband Decision” provides protection for Black freedom seekers at Fort Monroe (13)*

Where: Old Point Comfort at Fort Monroe Hampton, Virginia

Who: Union Maj. General Butler, Fort Monroe Commander, enslaved men: Frank Baker, James Townsend, and  Shepard Mallory

What: Union Maj. Gen. offers these three enslaved gentlemen protection from orders made by Virginia militia (Confederate) colonel, C. Mallory, who sent three of his enslaved men to Sewell’s Point in Norfolk to help in the construction of Confederate gun emplacements. 

When: May 23 rd 1861

Excerpt: The day before this historic event, Virginia seceded (withdrew its membership) from the Union. The Union Major General Butler as of May 22nd became the new Fort Monroe Commander. It was the Virginia Militia Colonel, C. Mallory, who sent three of his enslaved men to Sewell’s Point in Norfolk to help in the construction of Confederate gun emplacements. We know the names of the three men today through oral history as Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Shepard Mallory. 

Having heard they would be sent further south to help construct other gun emplacements, on the evening of May 23rd, 1861, these three courageous men made their way across Hampton Roads in a rowboat to Fort Monroe seeking sanctuary. It was the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that required any enslaved person caught seeking freedom to be immediately returned to their “owner,” regardless if they were caught in a free state or not, that Maj. Gen Butler was up against. The Major General Butler instead decided to offer these gentlemen protection as confiscated “contraband” in order to deny the southern forces their labor. The bravery of Baker, Townsend, and Mallory resulting in Butler’s decision would lead to the Confiscation Acts, Emancipation Proclamation, and ultimately the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution forever ending slavery in the United States.

>> Picture Major General Benjamin Butler meets with Frank Baker, James Townsend and Shepard Mallory inside Quarters; 1 Casemate Museum Archives

*From PDF Fort Monroe National Monument, page 13. Please see much more here: https://asalh.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FtMonroe-NationalMonument-2019-5.pdf

 

PARENT CIRCLE Thursday 2/27 from 6-7:30 pm: Experience Restorative Justice techniques that students and teachers are practicing together

The PGO invites you to join Principle Nick & Madeleine Charney (6th Grade Parent) for a Special 

PARENT CIRCLE on Experience Restorative Justice techniques that students and teachers are practicing together. 

Thursday 2/27 from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Wildwood Library 

Childcare is Available

                   QUESTIONS?

Call Madeleine ~ 978 – 895 – 1781

Follow Up Resources from the PGO Technology & Your Student Presentation held on 1/29/20

Thanks to everyone who attended our last PGO meeting on Technology & Your Student, and thank you to Ms. Runyan, Wildwood’s Technology teacher, for leading the discussion!

If you are looking for resources on this topic check out  www.commonsense.org and the school parent/guardian parent tech resources home page compiled by Ms. Runyan  found here –> bit.ly/parentwwtech 

We received feedback that more frequent information on this topic may be useful. Please let us know if there is anything specific you would like to see, or questions or comments that you may have that you would like to see covered in the PGO blog newsletter. We may be contacted at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.  

Upcoming Wildwood Happenings!

 

Upcoming FIELD TRIPS: 

MARCH 24:  Grade 4Mr. K – Amherst Cinema

MARCH 26: Grade 3Ms. Fournier – Amherst Cinema

 

Mrs. Pretel is looking for VOLUNTEERs for Hallway & Crowd Support for

MATH NIGHT: March 12, 2020 Thursday From 5:45-7:30 pm

 

6th GRADE SCIENCE and MAKER FAIR

will be held on Wednesday, APRIL 15th (early release day). As it gets closer,

we will send out a sign up sheet for classes to visit.

Jones Library February Vacation Programs

The Jones Library is excited to share some special programs offered over the February school vacation week:

  • They will be hosting local author/ illustrator David Hyde Costello for a weeklong residency at the library. David also recently created an original piece of art for the 2020 Samuel Minot Jones Awards for Literary Achievement (known affectionately as The Sammy’s)
  • They will welcome Dr. Cyrus and Dr. Noelle from the Hampshire Meadows Dental practice as special guests at storytime in celebration of Children’s Oral Health month.
  • Thanks to the Mass Cultural Council and Friends of the library, we’ll have a puppet show from local performer Tom Knight.
  • In celebration of the Jones Library Centennial, the Special Collections department has created an interactive history program, inviting kids to experience Amherst as it was 100 years ago.
  • For Teens (ages 11-17) we have a special after-hours laser tag on Friday the 21st.

For more information about all the events, please visit their website  or contact kids@joneslibrary.org / 413-259-3091.

Upcoming Community Events

Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 am: Odyssey Bookstore welcomes young writers and their families toa Writing Party event with Sharon Edwards, Robert Maloy, and Torrey Trust, authors of Kids Have All the Write Stuff. In this hour and a half event, we will introduce three different experiences, offer writers their choices, and publish the writing by reading it aloud, watching it acted, and celebrating the ideas that young writers found awaiting them as the party unfolds. Writers then take with them what they wrote.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.

See the Calendar for Events https://www.odysseybks.com/event

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Friday, February 21, 2:30pm: Forest Park Zoo On the Go at the library! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit with animals from the Forest Park Zoo, and learn more about them! For ages 3+. Space will be limited. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton.
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Saturday, February 22, 9am-5pm: This weekend is the Amherst Orchid Society’s annual orchid show at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton. Visitors can view a wide variety of orchids – there will be blossoms of all sizes and colors, and families will be able to learn about the proper care for growing orchids at home, as well as the interesting facts about orchids’ unique cycle of growth, how insects pollinate them, and their amazing beauty. After the show, head over to the Lyman Conservatory at Smith College for more orchids, as well as cacti, a chocolate tree and many others. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton.

 

LEARN GERMAN THROUGH SCIENCE (3rd through 5th grade)

Do you want to know why shells sound like the ocean and how 3D-printing works and learn some basic German at the same time? Join in the digital Kinderuniversity (free online platform for children to engage with science) and its characters Professor Einstein and Frau Schlau in this after school club offered by UMass Amherst students. Short video-lectures about fascinating STEM-topics will be complemented with interactive and hands-on activities in which content and language simply come together. A short video explaining the program can be viewed here.

WHEN: Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:15 PM, on the following dates 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28

WHO: Kelly Champine (UMass TA in German Studies), Luke Sprenkle (UMass STEM -German and Biochemistry double major) and Ela Gezen (UMass Associate Professor of German and Undergraduate Program Director, and parent to a 4th grader at Wildwood)

If you are interested, please return the form you received in your child’s folder  to the school’s main office. We are asking that students commit to all sessions and will send confirmation by email. This is a free program with all materials provided (resulting in a take home student portfolio).

If you need a form or have any questions you can email Ela Gezen at egezen@german.umass.edu

Upcoming Community Event: First Book Friendiversary!

First Book Friendiversary!

February 8, 2020 10:00am – 4:00pm  FREE 

 Friendiversary is a FREE family day at the Eric Carle Museum that celebrates friendship and reading. At the event you can: 

 – Meet Elephant & Piggie costume characters

– Explore three galleries of exhibitions, create art, watch films

– Enjoy special programs with author/illustrator Aaron Becker, Happier Valley Comedy, and more!

– Receive A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends (while supplies last!)

– Purchase lunch in the Café from Holyoke Hummus Company

In the event of snow, please call 413-559-6300 for cancellation news. For more information visit: https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-6

Harvest of the Month – Butternut Squash!

February’s Harvest of the Month is Butternut Squash! 

Butternut Squash is a resilient and hearty fall/ winter vegetable that tends to hold well through the winter months. This month’s menu highlights recipes such as Butternut Squash Bisque, Chicken & Butternut Squash Chili, and even Butternut Squash Muffins at breakfast!

To learn more:  Amherst Pelham Regional School District ARPS – School Nutrition And Fitnesshttps://www.massfarmtoschool.org/     

Upcoming Community Event: FESTIVAL DE INVIERNO/ WINTERFEST CLOSING GRAND FINALE EVENT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th BEGINNING @ 1 pm

Festival De Invierno      Grand Finale Event

This Saturday beginning @ 1 pm

PLEASE SEE FULL SCHEDULE OF

EVENTS THAT CONTINUE UNTIL 4 pm

Such as: Blazing Bonfire ⤳ Superpipe Sledding Hill          

Family Ice Sculpture Contest  ⤳  Chili Tasting Contest  ⤳ And Much More

See you there!

https://www.amherstma.gov/3506/Winter-Fest 

7th Annual African-American Read-In Tuesday, February 4th

Wildwood will be celebrating its seventh annual African-American Read-In this year throughout the day on Tuesday, February 4th. African American Read-In Day was started by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1990. It is a way to recognize and become more familiar with the stories, books and poetry of African-American authors. Guest readers, such as community members, parents, extended family members, and college and high school students are invited into each classroom on this day to read a favorite book written by an African-American author. Everyone is welcome to join us for an all-school assembly at 9:10 am which will kick-off this special day.

Join us for a performance by Storyteller Valerie Tutson, Friday, February 7th!

Young Audience of Mass Logo
Picture of Valerie Tutson

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You are welcome to join your child in the Wildwood Library on Friday, February 7th  to enjoy Young Audiences’ The Right To…Liberty, a performance by storyteller Valerie Tutson, brought to your school by The Wildwood PGO.  She will present twice:

9:45 – 10:30, Grades 3 – 6 : The Right To…Liberty
During the colonial period and the time of the American Revolution, freedom was on the minds of all people, including those held in captivity or on the margins in the free Black communities. There were many Black people who wanted to make sure that the revolutionary ideals of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would become reality for themselves, their community, and their children. Storyteller Valerie Tutson recounts significant moments from this moment in our national history through the tales of Ona Maria Judge, who escaped from the plantation of President George Washington, James Forten, who, as a teen, risked his life in the fight against the British, and Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, whose court case paved the way to abolishing slavery in Massachusetts.  
 
10:45 – 11:30, Grades K – 2 : Tales From African Traditions
Drawing from her own travels, internationally known storyteller Valerie Tutson brings to life an assortment of myths, folktales and historical accounts from the African continent and the African Diaspora. Tailoring the material to the grade level of her audience, she shows students the beauty, humor and wisdom of tales which help to illuminate parts of the diverse and ancient cultures of Africa. 

If you are unable to attend:

Talk about it! Ask your child about the program. You can use the following open-ended questions to start the conversation:

Tell me about the performance. What was the best part?

What surprised you? How did it make you feel?

What are you still wondering about? How can we learn more about that?

If your child enjoyed this program, we encourage you to reach out about how you can be involved in bringing the arts to schools. Please visit www.yamass.org to learn more about this and other Young Audiences’ Programs.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Wildwood PGO & Wildwood Library.

Community Event: Jones Library On the Same Page community read

The Jones Library is holding its eighth On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the memoir Call Me American by author Abdi Nor Iftin.  This event is meant to encourage dialog about the themes the book presents, particularly immigration and African history.  The following series of programs will be held during February and March:

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 pm – Woodbury Room

Long Journey:  Somali Immigrants and Refugees to the United States – Elliot Fratkin will talk about nomadic pastoralism and how this ancient way of life fares in our modern world.  He will also discuss the Somali refugee camps in Kenya and migrants to US.

Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 pm – Amherst Room

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

Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm – Woodbury Room

Refugees in Western Massachusetts – Jewish Family Services has played a vital role in Western Massachusetts in welcoming and resettling refugees.  Sara Bedford, New American Program Director, will discuss their work with refugees from around the world, including Somalia.

                  

The author event will be held at the Amherst Regional Middle School on Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm. For complete program descriptions, visit the program’s webpage at http://www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage.

On the Same Page …with Abdi Iftin – Join us for this author appearance as Abdi Iftin speaks about the book and his experiences.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm – Amherst Room

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

Copies of Call Me American can be borrowed from the Jones Library and branches, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books in Amherst.

Information Contact:
Janet Ryan, Jones Library, ryanj@joneslibrary.org or 413/259-3223  

Continue reading “Community Event: Jones Library On the Same Page community read”

Girls on the Run coming to Wildwood Spring 2020!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a unique 10 week (twice weekly) after-school program led by trained coaches who lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Each season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event provides girls with a sense of accomplishment and instills the value of goal setting at a young age.

GOTR encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude and managing emotions.

All girls are welcome – nobody needs to be a runner. Each team will have a minimum of 2 coaches. Coaches do not need to be runners and can be school staff, teachers or community members. Teams quantities are 8-15 girls. For more specifics about the curriculum or to register to coach please visit http://www.girlsontherunwesternma.org.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-4:45 

Practices will start the week of March 9th and continue for 10 weeks ending with our own GOTR 5K on May 31st.

Registration is OPEN . Partial and full financial aid is available when you register. We offer a sliding scale so all girls can participate. No girl is turned away. The cost for the 20 sessions is $5-$150, with a sliding scale, which includes snack, t-shirt, run registration and sneakers (if needed). Girls are selected by lottery. If you do not have access to a computer please let us know and we will assist with registration.

Looking for more information? Please contact Molly Hoyt, Program Director, molly.hoyt@girlsontherun.org , 413-320-1845.

Interested in starting a LEGO First Robotics Club ?

MassFIRST has a goal to get a robotics team in every public school district in Massachusetts, and they have grant funding available for teachers and/or parents interested in starting a LEGO First Robotics Club.  Because one of the PGO’s missions is to support parents and teachers interested in starting clubs at WW,  we wanted to share this information. If you are interested in forming a team or have questions, please email massfirstrobotics@gmail.com.

 

New Cultural Program Launched! – Article Shared by Wildwood Guidance Counselor Naihsin Kuo

Hampshire Gazette Article: Program opens cultural doors to low-income families

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams is one of the 130 cultural attractions around the state participating in the program. MassMOCA/Douglas Mason

Published: 1/18/2020 2:28:35 PM

AMHERST — A new program in which more than 200,000 families can receive discounted or free admission to cultural attractions across Massachusetts launched Friday at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

Representatives from the Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Health Connector, along with state Sen. Jo Comerford and state Rep. Mindy Domb, discussed the benefits Friday of what is called the ConnectorCare Card to Culture program.

For those with EBT, WUC and ConnectorCare cards, 130 cultural sites statewide are participating.

Anita Walker, executive director of the Mass Cultural Council, said in statement that there are benefits to health for those participating in arts and culture.

“This groundbreaking partnership will open doors to cultural experiences that ​not only entertain and inspire but are also a protective factor for health and well-being,” Walker said.

At the Hitchcock, for instance, cardholders get a fully complimentary family membership, automatic financial aid qualification for its Nature Summer Camp program, and additional discounts to community programs.

In addition to the Hitchcock, organizations participating in the Pioneer Valley include Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, Northampton Arts Council, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and Fine Arts Center in Amherst, Wistariahurst in Holyoke, Eggtooth Productions in Greenfield and Historic Deerfield.

During the event, Comerford praised the program.

“As Senate chair of the Public Health Committee, I am focused on ways to improve public health in the commonwealth,” Comerford said.

“Being engaged with arts and culture is not only good for people’s health, it’s a social determinant of health,” Domb said. “We all should have access to it, unconditionally.”​

Upcoming Community Events

Please see a selection of upcoming events:

Monday, January 27, 6pm Oddball science: Why do scientists study weird things? Science Cafes are part of a grassroots movement to open science to everyone and to bring free presentations and engaging conversations into casual community settings. Here in Western MA, a working scientist shares their research with the public every month via SciTech Cafe. All ages are welcome. Allowing self-directed learners to participate in community events such as science cafes can help them to learn how to engage with an intergenerational community of learners while challenging them to learn more about in-depth science topics on their own. Each science cafe is lead by an expert in the field who share their expertise to science cafe participants. The opportunity to learn about a science topic from an expert scientist grants learners access to a pool of knowledge that is both deep and wide. Find out who is presenting this month at http://www.scitechcafe.orgUnion Station. 125 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA.

Monday, January 27, 6:30-8pm Gospel Music Community Sing-a-Long, hosted by UMass Fine Arts Center and Wesley United Methodist Church. Join the cast and choir of We Shall Overcome for a free gospel music community sing-a-long in advance of their performance at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall the following evening. Wesley United Methodist Church. 98 N Maple St. Hadley, MA.

Monday January 31st, Free Concert of Chinese Ritual Folk Music 
East Asian Languages and Cultures at UMass Amherst presents Zhou Family Band as a part of its 50th anniversary celebration series.

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst
Please come to enjoy Chinese music and join us in the festivity! For more information, visit: https://www.umass.edu/asian/ or call Marc at (413)545-0886.

Saturday, February 1, 10-11:30am Family Fun with Tracking, hosted by Mass Audubon. Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter and where they go? Learn the basics of tracking with your whole family. Start inside learning what to observe while tracking, and then go outdoors to find tracks in forest and field. Dress in layers. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

Saturday, February 1, 7:30pm Owl Prowl at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Meet at the Hitchcock Center at 7:30PM and then carpool to the listening site. Dress incredibly warm, bring your sharp ears, a flashlight, and a thermos of something hot to drink. Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.

Book by Retired Teacher Gina Simm

Cheers Everyone!
Many of you know from having first graders in my class over the years that I’ve been working on a book for parents about the systems that I used in the classroom for managing conflict. It is now up and running and I’d love for you all to know about it. It’s called  Heart to Heart, 3 Systems for Staying Connected, A Manual for Parents and Teachers. Here’s the link to learn all about it with a short and sweet video of some Wildwood students: www.teachingfromyourheart.org
Yours in retirement,
Gina Simm

Free Community Dance Class January 31st, 6 -7:15 pm

“Express Yourself”!
Kids and adults in the Amherst community are invited to come immerse yourselves in the joy of dance through everyday movements, such as gesturing, walking, turning, jumping and posing, all set to natural rhythms and multi-cultural upbeat music and led by M’bewe Escobar. The next session is on Friday, January 31, from 6:00-7:15 PM in the Chapel. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers. Please enter Church through back entrance in parking lot. The more the intergenerational mix, the greater the fun!
Thanks so much for help getting the word out to school community. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Amherst Schools Building Project Website is Live!

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Board voted unanimously in January 2020 to invite the Town of Amherst into the Eligibility Period of its Core to address building deficiencies in one of our district schools.

The Amherst MSBA building project website is now live.  The website is devoted to informing the Amherst community about this project. There you will find important information, announcements, and supporting documents.

Please visit frequently to find up-to-date information about the project and to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/schoolbuildingproject

2 More Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run Wildwood!

Girls on the Run coming to Wildwood Spring 2020!

We are looking for volunteer coaches to support this team. Coaches do not need to be runners.

 

 

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a unique 10 week (twice weekly) after-school program led by trained coaches who lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Each season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event provides girls with a sense of accomplishment and instills the value of goal setting at a young age.

GOTR encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude and managing emotions.

All girls are welcome – nobody needs to be a runner. Each team will have a minimum of 2 coaches. Coaches do not have to be runners and can be parents, teachers, school staff or members of the community. Teams are 8-15 girls. For more specifics about the curriculum or to register to coach please visit http://www.girlsontherunwesternma.org .

When: Days to be determined when there are coaches. Practices will start mid March, meet two times a week for 1.5 hours, and will continue for 10 weeks ending with our own GOTR 5K the first weekend in June. This season UMASS will be hosting our Spring 5K!

Registration will open in January, only after coaches are found . Partial and full financial aid is available when you register. We offer a sliding scale so all girls can participate. No girl is turned away. The cost for the 20 sessions is $5-$150, with a sliding scale, which includes snack, t-shirt, run registration and sneakers (if needed). Girls are selected by lottery. If you do not have access to a computer please let us know and we will assist with registration.

Interested in coaching? Looking for more information? Please contact Molly Hoyt, Program Director, molly.hoyt@girlsontherun.org .

Upcoming Community Events

A selection of community events:

36th Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Amherst Regional Middle School
170 Chestnut St Ste 1, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Hosted by The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Amherst, Inc., Amherst
Celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and Scholarship Awards Program
Speaker: PAUL WILEY, Amherst Educationist
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Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater Presents Matilda

matildaAmherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents Matilda: the Musical January 16-19 and 23-26.  The nine performance dates are:

  • Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 pm (general admission)
  • Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 pm (matinee)
  • Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 pm (matinee)
  • Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm (Special $12 Rate for College Students!!!)
  • Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 pm (matinee)
  • Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 pm (matinee)

All performances will be at Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall on the UMass Campus

Tickets may be purchased in any of these ways:

• click here to buy tickets online

  •  call LSSE at 413-259-3065
  •  in person at the LSSE office, Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA 01002 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-4:30 pm)

Saturday, January 18, 11am-3:30pm: All ages are invited to the Smith College Museum of Art’s Free Community Day, celebrating the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem.The day’s events include: Conversations about art with Springfield youth from Project Coach; Drop-in art-making workshop with Wee The People; Performance by Smith College Campus School Chorus; Flipbook photo booth; Food provided by Veganish Foodies. Plan to spend your day at SCMA! Check out their schedule online. Smith College Museum of Art. Northampton, MA

Start your spring cleaning early and help Wildwood earn *FREE* money!

Did you ever wonder why there’s a huge white donation bin as you drive into the school parking lot? This is one of the ARPS PGO’s effortless fundraisers – easy ways you can earn money for the Amherst schools at no cost for you.

Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and other textiles. Stained shirt? No problem. Ripped towel? No problem. Stinky dog blanket? Well, ok…just make sure it’s clean and dry. In addition to tops, pants, underwear, and coats, they accept boots, sneakers…even flip flops. They also collect stuffed animals, duffel bags, pillows…anything that’s soft. Check out the complete list here.

About 40% of the clothing that’s collected is still wearable and sent to developing countries. The rest is recycled and turned into fiber products and rags. They pay us by the pound so the more you donate, the more money we make!

Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run Wildwood!

Girls on the Run coming to Wildwood Spring 2020!

We are looking for volunteer coaches to support this team. Coaches do not need to be runners.

 

 

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a unique 10 week (twice weekly) after-school program led by trained coaches who lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Each season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event provides girls with a sense of accomplishment and instills the value of goal setting at a young age.

GOTR encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude and managing emotions.

All girls are welcome – nobody needs to be a runner. Each team will have a minimum of 2 coaches. Coaches do not have to be runners and can be parents, teachers, school staff or members of the community. Teams are 8-15 girls. For more specifics about the curriculum or to register to coach please visit http://www.girlsontherunwesternma.org .

When: Days to be determined when there are coaches. Practices will start mid March, meet two times a week for 1.5 hours, and will continue for 10 weeks ending with our own GOTR 5K the first weekend in June. This season UMASS will be hosting our Spring 5K!

Registration will open in January, only after coaches are found . Partial and full financial aid is available when you register. We offer a sliding scale so all girls can participate. No girl is turned away. The cost for the 20 sessions is $5-$150, with a sliding scale, which includes snack, t-shirt, run registration and sneakers (if needed). Girls are selected by lottery. If you do not have access to a computer please let us know and we will assist with registration.

Interested in coaching? Looking for more information? Please contact Molly Hoyt, Program Director, molly.hoyt@girlsontherun.org .

Upcoming Community Events

A selection of upcoming events in our area:
Monday, January 6, 6:30-8pm: Northampton Area Pediatrics host a monthly Valley ADHD Parent Support Group. Join other area parents and caregivers to: Receive ADHD information and support; Be heard without being judged; Hear how others cope with similar issues and challenges; Learn about local resources for families; Hear from area specialists on pertinent topics; Learn new strategies to try at home; Leave feeling empowered and hopeful. Light refreshments will be available. ValleyADHDfamilies@gmail.comNorthampton Area Pediatrics. Locust St., Northampton, MA
 
 
Friday, January 10, 4-7pm: Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art gives visitors a special opportunity to explore the collections and engage with art on a deeper level. Create your own work of art, with hands on activities for all ages based on specific works in the museum and go on a special guided conversation tour. Light refreshments. Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace. Northampton, MA.
 
 
Saturday, January 11, 10am-12noon: Winter Wildlife with Mass Audubon. Winter is upon us, and we humans adapt by wearing warm clothing and turning up our heat indoors. But what about wild animals? How do they survive the cold temperatures, snow, and ice? Learn the strategies that some of our native wildlife utilize. Each family will make a “jello critter,” insulate it, and hide it outside, to see if it survives or freezes! Conclude by warming up with a cup of hot chocolate. Preregister. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.