Represent Wildwood at the ABC 5k Run/Walk!

Please join us for the 47thAnnual Amherst-A Better Chance Fall Foliage 5Kwalk/run on Saturday, October 20th. The course begins on the Amherst town common and will include beautiful vistas during peak foliage! This is a family event with lots of great post run entertainment including drumming, dancing, DJ and Amherst’s own rap artist.

This year we are hoping to create elementary school teams so if you are interested in joining Team Wildwood, please contact -Chelsea Holabird, holabird12@gmail.com.  There will be prizes, free t-shirts, food and lots of school spirit to support A Better Chance.

Also, we need adult volunteers so let the captain know if you are interested.

Click here to registerhttps://www.amherstabetterchance.org/fallfoliagewalkrun/  or go to our FB page https://www.facebook.com/ABCfall.foliage.walk.run/

This is not a school sponsored event.

Introducing the Amherst Boys & Girls Club

The Amherst Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to making a difference in your life by giving you access to great programs, activities, and social experiences in a fun and structured environment. Our Club is open to all young adults, ages 9-18, looking for a place where they can meet up with other kids to relax, play games, and even get some extra help with school. But the most important thing you’ll do at the Amherst Boys & Girls Club is learn about yourself and the kind of person you’re capable of being.

Our club accepts grades 1-12 and there is a membership application form and financial assistance form for each member to complete. There is a one-time annual fee of $50. We offer a range of payments plans, as well as scholarships. This is outlined in the financial assistance form linked below.

Our club is open during the school year 2:30pm – 5:30pm. On half days and days when school is closed we open around midday. We also run programs during school vacations, and usually open from 1:00pm to 5:30pm.

 

 

Link to Membership registration form

Link to Financial Assistance form

 

Birds Of The Quabbin Slideshow @ Jones Library

Treat yourself to an unforgettable slideshow as Peter Christoph shares his experiences looking for wildlife, by land and by boat, at the beautiful and pristine Quabbin Reservoir.  The photographic presentation will take place at 2:30 pm at the Jones Library in Amherst on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

A rich diversity of birds call the Quabbin their home, the main attraction being the common loon and bald eagle families that nest here. Several winters ago, Peter built a rustic cabin along a river in an area known as the North Quabbin Woods. It was from this base camp that Peter discovered the Magic of the Quabbin and became intimately familiar with its intricate network of channels, coves and islands. He will also discuss the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir, including a glimpse into the lost towns which gave way to this unlikely wilderness area.

Peter Christoph is a well-known wildlife advocate, naturalist and award-winning bird photographer based in Lancaster, MA. He has a great respect for wildlife and through his presentations seeks to raise awareness of the need to conserve bird habitat. Peter has presented for a variety of organizations, including the Photographic Society of America (PSA), New England Camera Club Council (NECCC,) and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).  He has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards and medals recognizing his photographic talent. Peter is also responsible for publishing three bird photography books, including his latest, The Art of Bird Photography.

Free and open to the public.  For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223.  This event is made possible with support from the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

Amherst Survival Center’s Community Appreciation Breakfast

The Amherst Survival Center is once again hosting a community appreciation breakfast on Saturday September 29, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am . All are welcome to attend. A free pancake breakfast will be served.
The Amherst Survival Center is usually not open on the weekends, but for this event it opens and offers a breakfast to any one who attends. Tours of the building will also be available.
The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst, across the street from Cowls’ Hardware. The Amherst Survival Center includes a community kitchen (lunches 4 days/week), a food pantry (serving residents of 13 towns), a community (free thrift) store, a walk-in free health clinic and other programs.
More information on the Center can be found on its website: www.amherstsurvival.org.
AUTUMN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the Amherst Survival Center. Information here.www.amherstsurvival.org/volunteer

Welcome to 2018-2019 school year

Welcome to the academic year 2018-2019, and the return of the Wildwood Newsletter! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Saturday morning, packed with valuable information about school events, opportunities of engagement at Wildwood, community events etc…

TO OUR NEW FAMILIES: WELCOME TO WILDWOOD!

Wildwood Elementary School is a wonderful community with vibrant parent/guardian involvement. The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) is comprised of volunteers who donate their time and talent to enrich the school. Our mission is to build a strong community, and support enrichment and equity for all children at Wildwood. We support teachers and staff so they can provide the best elementary school experience for all students. We also stage a variety of fun events, both child and adult-focused, throughout the year.  Supporting and helping at these events is a great way to become more involved in the school, meet other parents and keep up to date with the Wildwood community.

We personally invite you to become involved at Wildwood. Your contribution, whether it is time, knowledge, or resources make a big difference. Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education!

Contact us anytime at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com if you have something you would like to share with our community, be it school news, teacher wishlist requests, PGO or school event information, as well as community events you think our WW families will enjoy. We encourage your input. Our best to everyone navigating the transition back to school, see you online!

Message regarding PGO directory form/WW Photo permission

Dear Wildwood Families/Estimadas Familias de Wildwood:

WE HAVE ONLY RECEIVED 118 RESPONSES. PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR DIRECTORY FORM TODAY! / SOLAMENTE HEMOS RECIBIDO 118 RESPUESTAS. Necesitamos más familias por favor.
In our effort to be more green and save paper please complete this form online rather than receive a paper copy. Your responses are sent to Susan Wells, librarian and PGO parent and co-editor of the Wildwood School Directory. You may direct questions to Susan Wells @ WellsS@arps.org. / En nuestro esfuerzo por ser más ecológicos y ahorrar papel, favor completar este formulario en línea en lugar de recibir una copia en papel. Sus respuestas se envían a Susan Wells, Bibliotecaria, madre del PGO y coeditora del Directorio de la EscuelaWildwood. Puede dirigir sus preguntas a Susan Wells @ WellsS@arps.org

Here is the link on our NEW website / Aquí encuentra el enlace: 

http://www.arps.org/ww/parent-guardian-organization/wildwood-amherst-elementary-school-student-directory-form-2018-2019

By completing this form with your family address, phone number and email you are agreeing to be included in the student directory.  If you do not wish to be included in the directory but would like to complete the photo release portion of this webform please do so by leaving the address, phone number and email of your family blank. If you do not complete this form electronically a paper copy of the directory form and the photo release will be sent home with your student. / Al completar este formulario con la dirección, número de teléfono y correo electrónicode su familia, acepta estar incluido en el directorio de estudiantes. Si no desea ser incluido en el directorio, pero desea completar la parte de publicación de fotos de este formulario web, hágalo dejando en blanco la dirección, el número de teléfono y el correo electrónico de su familia. Si no completa este formulario electrónicamente, se enviará a casa con su estudiante una copia en papel del formulario del directorio y el relevo de fotos.

Many thanks/ Muchas Gracias:

Susan Wells and/y Jennifer Haugsjaahabink

Audition for ALSCT Production of Peter Pan

Once again, Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) is creating a fabulous, large-scale musical, with lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and enthusiastic audiences fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January. This year, we’ll be presenting PETER PAN, the beloved Broadway musical that has transfixed audiences for over one hundred years. We’re excited to present a version that is both true to the story and also speaks to contemporary audiences in the Pioneer Valley. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition!

 AUDITIONS: Friday, Sept. 14th, Saturday, Sept. 15th, Sunday, Sept. 16th

Callbacks Monday, September 17th

 

Warm Up the Night with Family Outreach of Amherst

Please join us Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at The Lord Jeffery Inn, 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002, as we gather to support struggling families in Amherst. Warm Up the Night! transforms a festive and warm tent at the Lord Jeffery Inn into a strolling culinary extravaganza. Join our guests as they wander the tent enjoying bites, sip and tastes from an eclectic mix of local restaurants and food artisans. The event raised over $16,000 which helped us help keep over 400 families in our area stable. This year we hope to raise $20,000!

This event has something for everybody, which in the past included:

  • Fabulous food including a pig roast and raw bar from 30 Boltwood, and tasty bites from Food 101, Blue Heron, Bistro 63, The Pub, Osteria Vespa, Johnny’s Tavern, Pengyew Catering, Sutter Meats, Black Sheep Deli, the Banh Mi Spot, Ginger Garden and many more.
  • Wonderful libations for tasting such as rums, single malt scotches, carefully-selected sakes and bourbons, local award-winning cider, craft beers, wines, and array of tequila.
  • New this year is a fabulous display of beautifully designed pumpkins crafted by local artists.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Nik Krauchi at nkrauchi@chd.org or visit our website: https://chd.org/child-adolescent-and-family-services/educational-developmental-support-services/family-outreach-amherst/family-outreach-events/warm-up-the-night-2018/

Save the Date: 24th AEF Trivia Bee on October 25, 2018

Enjoy a fun evening that includes costumes, raffle prizes, refreshments, an audience trivia game, and prizes.

Admission is FREE but we encourage donations benefiting Amherst Education Foundation and our public schools.

 

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM

THE YOUTH ROUND!

It’s back! We will have a youth-only Trivia Round before the main competition. Teams of players 14 years of age and younger will answer age-appropriate questions. Starts at 6 pm.

SPONSORSHIPS

We are looking for businesses to sponsor our teams. Many businesses send their own teams, but we can also match your business with a team. Youth and Adult team sponsorships are $300, sponsoring a round is $600 and Event Underwriter is $1200.

TEAMS

If you’d like to play and don’t have a sponsor, we can help you out. We can match your team to a sponsor and we can even build a team for you to compete with. Our teams have a lot of fun! Contact Ken and Meg below.

WHO SHOULD COME?

Everyone! Even if you’re not competing, it’s a lot of fun to come and watch and you can participate in the fun audience round! The Youth Round is a great way to start off the night! We hope to see you there!

Ken LeBlond, kenleblond7@gmail.com
Meg Rosamegrosa78@gmail.com
Trivia Bee Co-Chairs

Thank You to Wildwood Staff, Teachers, Custodians and Bus Drivers!

Volunteers with the Wildwood PGO had a lot of fun celebrating all the Wildwood staff this week!

On Monday, our hard-working custodians and bus drivers were treated to donuts and coffee, and on Tuesday morning we helped bid farewell to five much-loved, retiring staff members at the Goodbye Assembly, and gave a small plant and gift card as a token of appreciation from the parent and guardian community.

On Tuesday afternoon, the “WOOT WOOT WAGON” made its debut, traveling around the school bringing treats*, cool drinks, classrooms supplies and smiles to the dedicated staff that make Wildwood such a special place. As Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” played from a speaker on the wagon, the assembled parents hooted “Woot Woot” and invited staff to enjoy a treat and pick out supplies as a small gesture of the immense appreciation the parent community feels toward the entire school staff.

At the end of the school day, the “Woot Woot Wagon” appreciation station left the station, and hopefully left many smiles and goodwill inside the painted doors.

As kids lined up for their buses outside the building, Wildwood’s longtime bus driver of bus #18, Bill Glucksman, was presented with retirement gifts from the Wildwood PGO – a  baseball cap embroidered with “Driver Bus #18, Amherst MA”, and a personalized camp chair.  For many years, families along Bill’s route have enjoyed his friendly demeanor and the great care he took of his precious cargo.  Bill will be deeply missed, and the Wildwood PGO wishes him and all the 2018 retirees a long and happy retirement.

* Thank you to Henion’s Bakery for the generous donation of baked goods!

Thanks for your support!

Thanks to your support, the PGO was able to support two exciting projects that culminated this week:
On Friday, June 15, the 5th grade put on their American Independence performance, coached by Enchanted Circle Theater.
The Wildwood Mosaic Mural, made by Ms. Rivera’s art classes, is now hanging outside the front entrance of Wildwood to welcome all who come through our doors.

When you give to the PGO, you help create memorable learning opportunities for the children of Wildwood. Thank you for your ongoing support.

End of School Year Picnic 2018

Where:

Wildwood Elementary School (Basketball Court area/playground)

When:

Wednesday, June 20th (rain date… Tuesday, June 19th)

5:15 – Ribbon cutting for 5th and 6th grades art installation at front door of
school
5:30- Picnic, Dunk Tank, Student Performances

What to bring:

Food and drinks for your family
Reusable/disposable cups and plates
Blanket / Chairs to sit on
Plenty of excitement

Request to the 5th grade parents:

Please plan to meet on the metal playground at 6:15 to discuss  making your kids sixth grade year special.

View Flyer in English

View Flyer in Spanish

 

Happy Summer from the PGO

On behalf of the PGO Leadership team, thank you for your generous time, donations and support in making it another great year at Wildwood. On Thursday, June 21 the PGO blog and newsletter takes a break for the summer.  Have a restful and restorative summer!

Staff Appreciation Events

The Wildwood PGO will be showing our appreciation for our wonderful teachers, staff, custodians and bus drivers next week.  Here is a list of Staff Appreciation Events coming up.  Parents and guardians are welcome to join any of these gatherings.
Monday 18th June
8:45am     Bus Driver appreciation at the front of the school
11:00am    Morning Custodians appreciation in the school
3:00pm     Afternoon Custodians appreciation in the school
Tuesday 19th June
9:10am   Goodbye Assembly in the gym, marking the retirement of 5 staff members – Julie Rivera (Art), Susie Secco (1st Grade), Marjorie Ackerman (OT), Carol Cochrane (PT) and Laura Cohen (Paraprofessional)
1:15-2:30pm  Staff Appreciation Wagon, wheeled around the school to all staff members
3:00pm   Goodbye and retirement gift presentation to the beloved driver of bus #18, Bill Glucksman. Outside the school at the bus loop.

Free Summer Meals for Kids

UMass’ Baby Berk Food Trucks will be providing FREE SUMMER MEALS! The meals are available to all kids and teens (18 and under). No ID necessary. No registration required.

The UMass Baby Berk Food Truck will be providing meals at the following Amherst locations every MondayWednesdayand Friday from June 25 to August 10 (excluding 7/4/18):

10:30 – 10:45 a.m., Rolling Green Apartments, 1 Rolling Green Drive
11:00 – 11:20 a.m., Colonial Village Apartments, 81 Belchertown Road
11:40 – 11:50 p.m., Butternut Farms Apartments, 12 Longmeadow Drive
12:10-12:30 p.m., South Point Apartments, 266 E. Hadley Street
1:00 – 1:30 p.m., Village Park Apartments, 497 E. Pleasant Street
1:55 – 2:05 p.m., Olympia Oaks, 85 Olympia Road
2:20 – 2:45 p.m., North Village Apartments, 990 N. Pleasant Street
3:10 – 3:30 p.m., Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Road

Follow the truck: @UMASSBABYBERK

The PGO needs YOU!

While all parents and guardians are automatically members of the PGO, there are many ways to have a more active role in the Wildwood PGO.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of the PGO Core Leadership group, please contact us by emailing wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com or contacting me directly at sheilahpjones@gmail.com.
Thank you so much.
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Baystate Textiles Recycling Program at all ARPS Schools


Now you can drop your clothing and other textiles in any condition into collection bins located at each school. Convenient and easy! The collections are weighed weekly and each school’s PGO will receive a check based on the bulk weight. Help the Wildwood PGO earn FREE CASH while also helping our planet Earth by up-cycling your textiles. Thanks!

 

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Summer garden volunteers needed

We are looking for support from families to

help the school gardens have a healthy summer growing season. Families are invited to join Leila and Jen for an on-site garden volunteer training at your school on Saturday, June 9th

(Wildwood @ 9 AM, Fort River @ 10:15 AM, Crocker Farm @ 11:30 AM). In the session (under an hour) you’ll  become familiar with the garden space, learn about the plants we’re growing, and learn how to access and use the garden tools. The summer volunteer “work” is fun and kid-friendly! Families who help care for the gardens are also welcome to harvest from the gardens as certain crops become ready.


Sign ups for summer weeks will take place at the orientation sessions. Volunteers will also be asked to sign a liability waiver, per district protocol.

 
If you are interested in caring for the garden this summer, please complete this short form. Questions can be sent to Jennifer Reese at reesej@arps.org.

AEF Stars in our Schools – Perfect Teacher/Staff Gift!

starsin our schoolsRecognize teachers and staff at the end of the year with a gift in their honor!

Now is the time to let teachers and staff members know how much your appreciate their hard work, expertise, care, and dedication.

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

Please make your gift online or send your gift by mail by June 15 to guarantee delivery to honorees before their last day of the school year. As always, thank you for supporting public education and AEF, and thank you recognizing the Stars in Our Schools!

Click here to complete online gift form
Print PDF for mailing here
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Here’s what educators say about Stars in Our Schools:

“Receiving a star is one of the most meaningful gifts to get. I love receiving these because I feel truly appreciated as a teacher, and I know that the donation people make is going back to a great organization that really supports our schools.” – ARMS Co-Assistant Principal and ELL Teacher Alicia Lopez

“I was really moved when I received some Stars in Our Schools cards in my mailbox indicating that the parents of some of my students had donated to AEF in my honor. AEF does very important work to support teachers and programs at ARMS, so a monetary gift is like thanking a teacher twice!” – ARMS Science Teacher Jennifer Welborn

“I have had the good fortune to be honored by parents and members of the Amherst community through their ‘Stars in our Schools’ donations to AEF. When making their donations, parents and relatives have commented specifically that they see their children singing with joy and self-confidence and that they have an appreciation for music of different world cultures. It is deeply satisfying to know that what we do in the schools gets carried out into the community.” – Fort River Elementary School Music Teacher Anne Louise White (retired 6/2017)

Share your thoughts and help Amherst create an economic development strategy

toaAmherst has begun the process of creating an economic development strategy. The town has engaged the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission as consultants to report on key economic indicators, an analysis of the retail market, and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. Amherst residents are invited to share feedback and have their ideas incorporated in the final SWOT analysis by filling out three surveys. The surveys can be found: here.

ARHS Summer Olympics hosted by the class of 2020

Do you like fun and competition? Come to the first annual ARHS Summer Olympics hosted by the class of 2020. Join us on Wednesday June 13th from 4:00-6:30 on the ARHS track.
Compete against your friends and family for only a $5 participant  fee and see who the real Amherst Olympian is! All age groups welcome.
Pizza and subs will be sold at the event.
Contact Class Officers Aarti Lamberg or Eli Solvin with questions. Lambergac@arps.org
Sloviner@arps.org

Feather Press Studio Update

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for summer art at Feather Press Studio! I am looking forward to working with your children! Drawing and Painting and Sculpture classes are now full with a waitlist, and there are just a couple of spaces left in
Printmaking and Early Childhood Art.

Scholarships available: Feather Press Studio, with the generous support of a Wildwood family, is offering two full scholarships for the Early Childhood Art program this summer. Please check the website for more specific information on this and other classes, and indicate if you are interested in a scholarship for your child.

Finally, we have begun taking registration for after school fall classes. The fall schedule is flexible, so if dates and times don’t work, please let us know and we will see if we can adjust our fall scheduling.

Wishing everyone a restful and joyful summer!
Julie Lapping Rivera

ARPS PGO Spring Public Meeting

When: June 12th at 3:15 PM

Location: The Works, downtown Amherst

Agenda

Introductions

Individual School Updates

Taxes and State Filings

Group Fundraisers

-UMACC (United Way)

-Valley Gives

-Florence Bank

-Amazon Smile

Other Business not anticipated by the chair

Adjourn

ARHS Project Graduation/Senior Party Volunteers Needed!

Message posted on behalf of ARHS PGO:

Please consider joining in the 35+ year-old tradition of throwing a SAFE Party for the Graduating Seniors and their invited guests. Over 40 local businesses stepped up to sponsor this event in 2017. It truly takes a village!

We need volunteers at the event to help with registration, security, monitoring games, shuttle, set-up and clean-up, first aid, etc.  The party happens after Graduation on Friday June 8th and runs from 10:30 pm to 3:00 am.  we need volunteers for all sorts of time slots. This year the party will be at Hampshire Athletic Club on Gatehouse Road in Amherst. 

All ARHS families encouraged to volunteer!

Click here for party details

Click here to volunteer via Sign-Up Genius or for more information please contact:

Tracy Farnham

413 531 7641

tqfarnham@gmail.com

Children’s Learning and Development Research

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children who are (or are soon turning) 8 or 10 years old to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60 per year.

We provide free all day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions. More information can be found at: https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning