Save the Date! 2019 Wildwood Multicultural Fair Wednesday May 22nd

2019 Wildwood Multicultural Fair 

Date: Wednesday, May 22 (rain date: Thursday, May 23)
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

SAVE THE DATE! Plan on attending Wildwood’s community potluck, a celebration of our diversity. In addition to a fantastic meal there will be a variety of activities, a fashion show, performances (music, dance, song, etc.), and a chance to take a family picture.

If you can help, please look for a form in your child’s folder and return it to your child’s teacher or to the PGO mailbox by Friday, May 17. Alternatively, use this Sign-Up Genius link: Multicultural Fair Volunteer Sign Up.

2019 WMASS HKY Fall Youth Field Hockey Program (ALL NEW!)

UMass Field Hockey program – for boys and girls- K-2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th grade, 7th & 8th grade
We are excited to announce that we will be offering a new youth fall field hockey program at UMass!  Our Mini Minutes program has been so successful in our first 2 seasons (reaching capacity this spring at 120!)- we want to keep that momentum going and offer additional opportunities for young players to continue learning and playing field hockey in Amherst.  Following are the basics of the program.  We are still working out the Saturday playday/scrimmage days, so that is a bit TBD.  In the meantime, we want to get a sense of what the level of interest is at each age group.  If you are interested in participating, please let us know by submitting the interest form below (this is not an official registration form- we will send that out once exact details are set).

2019 WMASS HKY Fall Youth Field Hockey Program at UMASS’ Field Hockey Turf Field (Amherst, MA) Tentative Program Outline
  • 9 Wednesday training sessions (Sept. 4th – October 30th)
  • 5:30-7pm (youngest age-group may be slightly shorter)
  • Coached by the UMASS Field Hockey Players and Coaches
  • plus 2-4 Saturday “playdays/scrimmage days”- we are trying to coordinate with some local organizations/teams to come to UMASS so the players have an opportunity to have some game-play experience
  • last Wednesday session would be a fun pizza party, competition day
  • 4 age groups (tentative breakdown): boys and girls- K-2nd grade, 3rd & 4th grade, 5th & 6th grade, 7th & 8th grade
  • We would invite and recognize the players at a Fall home UMASS field hockey game!
  • All players will get a reversible jersey
  • Cost/player: $150

For more info visit –

Join the FPA!

Have you heard about the new booster organization for ARPS Performing Arts? Friends of Performing Arts (FPA), was formed this year and has already made some great strides in helping the performing arts programs.
In its first 3 months, FPA held 4 major fundraisers, raised more than $3,500, received funds from 378 donors, held 5 bake sales, secured support from a corporate sponsor (Polar Beverages) for the Musical, and organized volunteers to staff the many performances our incredible ARHS students gave. The inaugural board of 16 members completed the filing need to become a 501(c)(3), and now the the organization is ready to welcome new members!
The FPA would like to invite all parents, guardians, and community members who love performing arts to join us. The FPA will hold a general meeting on:
                                    Wednesday, May 29 at 6pm 
                                     in the ARHS Library. 
We encourage all parents of students in theater, band, orchestra, or choir to come and engage in this booster organization, as well as any community members who want to support the arts in school.
We are also putting out a call for board members. We currently have 16 board members. The commitment is just one meeting per month. Minimal meetings, maximum action!
Please contact FPA with any questions: Our website:

4th of July Volunteers Needed

The Amherst 4th of July Celebration is looking for volunteers for this year’s festival. If you are interested in contributing to a community event, filled with fun and festivities, while getting a front row seat to the fireworks, come assist the Amherst 4th of July Celebration. This is a great opportunity to give back to your community, and get a behind the scenes look at event-planning, in addition to free food and admission for all volunteers. If interested please contact Noah Kramer at: or (413) 259-3267.


Kindergarten teachers enjoy the Woot Woot Wagon’s treats.

The “Woot Woot Wagon” rolled into Wildwood today to bring sugar, caffeine and joy to our treasured teachers and staff!

On this final day of Teacher Appreciation Week, the PGO seized the opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the incredible dedication all Wildwood staff demonstrate every day.

The Woot Woot Wagon had an abundance of treats and goodies to share. There was a huge selection of delicious pastries, generously donated by Henion Bakery in Amherst, accompanied by hot coffee to give that afternoon boost.

Wildwood parents Daina, Lisa and Sheilah with the Woot Woot Wagon.

Also on board the wagon were elusive classroom supplies like Clorox wipes, tissues, Sharpies, dry erase markers, glue sticks, Post It notes, hand sanitizer, and gift cards to Dunkin Donuts and Amazon. It was so lovely to see smiles on the faces of staff as they realized this ado was for them, as a gesture to thank them for all they do for our children.

The “Woot Woot” Wagon Train

The kids we passed in the hallways were so tempted to sneak a treat but respected that this was for their teachers and staff, in recognition of the hard work they do all year.

The Wildwood Parent and Guardian community wish to thank all Wildwood teachers, staff, custodians and administrators for the love and care they show our kids. Woot Woot!

Join AEF in a Toast to 25 Years on May 30th


Tickets are now available! We hope you can join us on Thursday, May 30, 2019, for a festive evening of fun!

It’s the party of the season, and we don’t want you to miss it! AEF honors YOU, our generous supporters, as we celebrate 25 years of support for our elementary and regional public schools.* Join us to raise a glass as we toast everyone who makes our schools thrive!

Our special guests include AEF co-founder Ellen Story, Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Mindy Domb, and Amherst Town Council President Lynn Griesemer. The evening will feature cocktails, hearty appetizers, and a fun and unique silent auction. See you there!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tag Sale and Car Wash at Wildwood Saturday 5/4 from 9am – 1pm


Please consider donating gently used items, marked with prices on stickers or masking tape, to the front hall at Wildwood starting Wednesday, 4/30!  
We are seeking :
Child and Baby Gear,
Outdoor Equipment,
Sports Gear
(Clothes in very good condition only, please bag according to size)
(Furniture and large items such as bikes to be dropped off early morning of event with name and phone number of seller and removed at end of day if not sold)
Call Heather Welch with questions: (413) 549-1513

NEWSIES Disney Musical performed by Starlight’s Youth Theatre

Now is the time to Seize the Day! Friday May 10, 7pm and Saturday May 11, 1pm and 7pm at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Newsies performed by over 50 students from all over the Valley from Starlight’s Youth Theatre, which was established 10 years ago as a non-profit youth theater in the Valley. Artistic Director Cynthia Strycharz states “ I hope as the director of this powerful story this amazing cast will always remember that they can also be a leader and change history for the better!”

Amherst Boys & Girls Club Summer Program

The Board of Directors of the Amherst Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce a new summer program for 2019.  The Program will run for eight weeks beginning June 24th and end on August 16th.

The Program is open to all children ages 8 to 14.  The Program will run Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration for the summer program will be held at the Club, 29 A Cottage Street, Amherst and begin on Thursday, May 23rd All children must be registered to attend the program. We are accepting the first 75 children to sign up.

Children must be members of the Amherst Boys & Girls Club to attend. Children can become members or renew their memberships at registration. Membership is $50.00 a year.J

The summer program will offer a wide variety of recreational, educational and cultural activities for the participants as well as to provide experiences which will give opportunities for individual achievement, development of self confidence, reinforcement of values and fun. Programs will include physical education, arts & crafts, games, sports, health and life skills, education, special events, and summer reading.

Fees:  1st Child $75, 2nd Child $60, and 3rd Child $50 per week.

Scholarships are available

For additional information please email Tony at the Club,

ABGC Summer Flyer 2019

Amherst Community Cleanup Day

The Town of Amherst is hosting a Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 4th from 9AM-11AM. There will be three meeting locations throughout the Town, each will have an area captain stationed to organize and assist volunteers. Several Town Councilors will be serving as area captains. We will provide collection bags for trash and recycling and work gloves (please bring your own if you do have a pair). Public Works will assist with the collection of the bags after the event. More details are available here.

Amherst Sustainability Festival April 27th

10 AM – 4 PM

Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its tenth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans!



Screenagers Viewings

Mark your calendars for viewings of Screenagers at Wildwood April 30th at 6 PM and on May 1st for students in grades 4, 5, and 6.  All will be invited to watch the documentary and participate in a discussion afterward. The evening viewing is recommended for students in 4th grade and up as it deals with primarily tween/teen issues of social media, but more and more younger students are dabbling in different social networks, online gaming, and the obsession with the screen.
Learn more or register to come by clicking here.
Here is part of their promotional synopsis:
“Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Upcoming Star Wars events at Jones Library

In April and early May the Jones Library has lots of fun Star Wars activities leading up to 4th annual May the 4th Be With You celebration of all things Star Wars. This year following their crafts and activities on May the 4th they’ll be showing the movie Solo.

A few of these events require advance registration but many are open to all ages with no pre-registration required. There’s everything from baby Padawan storytime to Makerspace for older kids.

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Attention 6th graders, Registration for Amherst Splash is now open

It’s that time of the year again! Registration for Splash! Spring 2019 is NOW OPEN. Amherst Splash is a one day event where middle and high school students take classes taught by Amherst College students. This year, Splash! will be held on April 20, 2019 from 9am to 4pm.We are thrilled to debut a great course catalog that will keep growing this week, so keep checking back for more updates.

View the full list of classes here:

Each student will register for 5 hour-long classes, which are filled on a first come, first serve basis! There is a $10 registration fee that will cover all five courses, materials, and lunch. Scholarships available on request. Register for Splash! here:

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at,The Amherst Splash! Team

Amherst Education Foundation is seeking new board members

AEF gives approximately $30,000 in grants to our public schools every year. We are seeking Board members who are dedicated to our mission of supporting our regional public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of everystudent and prepares them to succeed in the 21stcentury.

AEF’s all volunteer Board of Directors accomplishes this by:

  • Providing financial support to educators and administrators by funding grants that benefit the students in our schools
  • Fundraising throughout the community
  • Holding community events, including the Trivia Bee and a Spring Party
  • Educating the community about issues integral to public education

This is where you come in! AEF is run by a volunteer Board that meets monthly during the school year. Board members volunteer for projects and work independently throughout the month at their convenience.

For more information:



Daffodil Run 4/28/19


FlierColor321The 9th Annual  Daffodil Run is a festive Springtime 5K run/walk or 10K run to support Big Brother/Big Sisters, taking place on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This event draws over 1,000 people to Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst.

The Daffodil Run started nine years ago as a fundraiser for CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. New in 2019, we are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, so runners and walkers can choose which agency they want to raise funds for. We hope to match even more young people with mentors through this collaboration! You can choose the agency you are supporting when you create your personalized fundraising page here:

Free local parking is available near Kendrick Park. Participants may also park at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School located at 21 Mattoon St., approximately one half mile from Kendrick Park.

Free lunch for participants provided by The Pub plus games, bounce house, music and more!

Register at by April 1, 2019 to receive a free t-shirt.

Special Education Survey Deadline Extended to 3/29

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students with Special Education Services,

This year the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District hired an independent consulting firm, Public Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct a survey of our special education services. The purpose of this survey is to follow up on the survey previously conducted by this firm and is part of our ongoing commitment to evaluate how we support students with IEPs and to improving our practice.

All parents/guardians of students who are currently on an IEP are asked to provide feedback through this anonymous survey.  Please know that your feedback will help to improve special education services across the district.   The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child currently on an IEP, we ask that you complete a separate survey for each child.

Please access the survey online with the link provided until March 22nd

If you have any questions or need assistance accessing a computer to complete the survey, please check in the main office at your child’s school or call the Special Education Office at 413-362-1834.

El 4 de marzo de 2019

Queridos Padres/ Guardianes de Estudiantes con Servicios de Educación Especial,

Este año el Distrito Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham ha empleado a una empresa de consultoría independiente para conducir una evaluación completa de nuestros servicios de educación especial. El propósito de esta encuesta es hacer un seguimiento de la encuesta realizada anteriormente por esta firma y es parte de nuestro compromiso continuo de evaluar cómo apoyamos a los estudiantes con IEP y mejorar nuestra práctica.

Se le está pidiendo a todos los padres/guardianes de estudiantes que están actualmente en un IEP que provean su opinión a través de esta encuesta anónima. Por favor sepa que su opinión ayudará a mejorar los servicios de educación especial a través del distrito. La encuesta debería tomar aproximadamente 15 minutos para completar. Si usted tiene a más de un niño actualmente en un IEP, pedimos que usted complete una encuesta separada para cada niño.

 Por favor, tendrá acceso a la encuesta en línea hasta el 22 de marzo en:

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda para accede a una computadora para completer la encuesta, por favor valla a la oficina general de la escuela de su niño o llame a la Oficina de Educación Especial al 413-362-1834.