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PGO Welcomes YOU

Did you know that YOU are the PGO?
Wildwood Elementary School is a wonderful community with vibrant parent/guardian involvement. The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO) is a group of volunteer parents/guardians whose mission is to build a strong community among parents, guardians, and staff, supply academic enrichment opportunities, and promote equity for all children. We have managed to achieve this mission despite the challenges to our community that the ongoing pandemic brings. A great example was last year’s  Library Backpack project.  Thank you to the numerous donors and drivers and volunteers who made it happen!  This year, we will need to get even more creative to meet the moment. We can use your help to ensure the best experience for the school despite our current constraints. Please sign up here to help us maintain our community in these challenging times.
Sincerely, 

Christine Lindstrom & Nina Mankin, WW PGO co-chairs 21-22

Make Wildwood PGO your Amazon Smile Beneficiary

Dear Class Parents,

Thank you, always, for all you’re doing to support our teachers! 
I just made the Amherst Regional PGO my Amazon Smile beneficiary.

It’s easy to do, you just have to remember to go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com after you’ve registered. They will give %.5 of purchases to the PGO. I’m only slightly embarrassed  to say that it really adds up. 😉 (…b/c I do more shopping on Amazon than I’d like to admit!) 


Please pass this info along to your class families. Below is the link if any of them want to do this. Takes a bit off the sting of participating in the corporate machine! https://smile.amazon.com/charity/select/search?_encoding=UTF8&orig=&query=Amherst%20regional&ref_=smi_se_cyc_srch_sr

I’ll also be sending instructions on how to make your Stop & Shop and Atkins dollars support the PGO if you shop there and want to participate. The PGO just got a check for $750 from S&S! 


And more on the topic of fundraising: The PGO just gave the Wildwood Outdoor Learning Initiative team access to the $4,000 we raised this fall for the project. We’re all excited to learn what they’ll be providing for our kids’ outdoor learning! 


Stay warm! 

Nina 

(Nina Mankin/WW PGO Co-Chair (w/Chris Lindstrom)/Class Parent Coordinator/Mom of Agho in 4th grade) 

Wildwood Teacher and Staff Breakfast & Joy

As part of the PGO’s Bringing Joy project for teachers and staff at Wildwood this year, Leticia Allais and Kerri Crosby dropped off breakfast for teachers and staff on Wednesday this week.  The Big Y donated a gift card for the breakfast items.   

Thanks to all who are making this happen as the teachers and staff continue to labor against lots of challenges to keep our kids learning.

School Building Project Visioning Sessions

During the month of January 2022, the Amherst Elementary School Educational Visioning Group (EVG) — a group of administrators, teachers, School Building Committee members, parents and community partners—will participate in two Educational Visioning Workshops run by New Vista Design and DiNisco Design. Each workshop will be a collaborative virtual session designed to inform the elementary school feasibility study that has been awarded to the town of Amherst by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Participants will be led through a step-by-step visioning process aimed at capturing their best thinking about Amherst elementary schools’ current and future educational goals and priorities, building on previous visioning work done by the district, and exploring best practices and possibilities in innovative school facility design.

The workshops will take place virtually via Zoom (please see the meeting link below) and are designed to be highly participatory, engaging, and informative. The educational and architectural goals set during these workshops will have a direct and tangible impact on the design approach and features of the new school facility. We understand that this is already an extremely busy time of year that has been further impacted by the return of students to in-person learning, so we do hope that you will consider taking part in these visioning sessions and sharing your ideas and dreams for the renovated and/or new elementary school facility.

ZOOM MEETING LINK:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86385133436

Meeting ID: 863 8513 3436

We have scheduled two meetings to cover the same content in the hopes that you will be able to join one of them.

Thursday, January 13, 2022      8:30–11:30 AM
Wednesday, January 26, 2022     6:00–9:00 PM
Focus Areas will include:

Priorities for the renovated and/or new facility 

21st Century Learning Goals that have been prioritized by ARPS

Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities, and Goals (SCOG Analysis) associated with this project and ARPS elementary schools’ current academic programming as well as the district’s vision for its future

21st Century Design Patterns that innovative elementary schools throughout Massachusetts and the U.S. have put into practice to make their forward-thinking learning goals come alive on the level of facility design

Blue Sky Ideas that participants would like to see in new school program and facility 

The meetings will be recorded and posted to the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) website at https://www.amherst-school-project.com/ where you may also provide input and feedback at your convenience.

Please contact Cathy Schoen, ESBC Chair, at schoenc@amherstma.gov if you would like more information about the upcoming workshops and how to take part in them.

ESBC Visioning Sessions Informational Flyer 

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Durante el mes de enero de 2022, el Grupo de Visión Educativa (EVG) de la Escuela Primaria de Amherst -un grupo de administradores, profesores, miembros del Comité de Construcción Escolar, padres y socios de la comunidad- participará en dos Talleres de Visión Educativa dirigidos por New Vista Design y DiNisco Design. Cada taller será una sesión virtual de colaboración diseñada para informar el estudio de viabilidad de la escuela primaria que ha sido concedido a la ciudad de Amherst por la Autoridad de Construcción de Escuelas de Massachusetts (MSBA). Los participantes serán guiados a través de un proceso de visión paso a paso con el objetivo de capturar sus mejores ideas sobre los objetivos y prioridades educativas actuales y futuras de las escuelas primarias de Amherst, basándose en el trabajo de visión anterior realizado por el distrito, y explorando las mejores prácticas y posibilidades en el diseño de instalaciones escolares innovadoras.

Los talleres se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de Zoom (por favor, vea el enlace de la reunión a continuación) y están diseñados para ser altamente participativos, atractivos e informativos. Los objetivos educativos y arquitectónicos establecidos durante estos talleres tendrán un impacto directo y tangible en el enfoque de diseño y las características de la nueva instalación escolar. Entendemos que esta es una época del año extremadamente ocupada que se ha visto aún más afectada por el regreso de los estudiantes al aprendizaje en persona, por lo que esperamos que considere la posibilidad de participar en estas sesiones de visión y compartir sus ideas y sueños para la renovada y/o nueva instalación de la escuela primaria.

Enlace a las reuniones de Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86385133436

ID de la reunión: 863 8513 3436

Hemos programado dos reuniones para cubrir el mismo contenido con la esperanza de que pueda unirse a una de ellas.

Jueves, 13 de enero de 2022 8:30-11:30 AM

Miércoles, 26 de enero de 2022 6:00-9:00 PM

Las áreas de enfoque incluirán:

  • Prioridades para la instalación renovada y/o nueva
  • Metas de aprendizaje del siglo XXI que han sido priorizadas por ARPS
  • Fortalezas, Desafíos, Oportunidades y Metas (Análisis SCOG) asociados con este proyecto y la programación académica actual de las escuelas primarias de ARPS, así como la visión del distrito para su futuro
  • Patrones de diseño del siglo XXI que las escuelas primarias innovadoras de todo Massachusetts y de los Estados Unidos han puesto en práctica para hacer que sus objetivos de aprendizaje con visión de futuro cobren vida a nivel de diseño de instalaciones
  • Ideas del Cielo Azul que los participantes desearían ver en el nuevo programa e instalaciones de la escuela
  • Las reuniones se grabarán y se publicarán en el sitio web del Comité de Construcción de Escuelas Primarias (ESBC) en https://www.amherst-school-project.com/, donde también podrá aportar sus opiniones y comentarios cuando le convenga.

Por favor, póngase en contacto con Cathy Schoen, presidente del ESBC, en schoenc@amherstma.gov si desea más información sobre los próximos talleres y cómo participar en ellos.

Traducción realizada con la versión gratuita del traductor www.DeepL.com/Translator

Winter Gear Donation Drive

Winter is upon us, and kids need gear to enjoy and learn in the Great Outdoors.  Please donate to the Annual Wildwood Gear Drive in the boxes located directly out front of Wildwood’s front doors during school hours. 

We seek gently used coats, snow pants, boots, and mittens. As Wildwood Elementary begins its Outdoor Learning Initiative this year, it is more important than ever that there are no barriers to our children spending as much time outside as possible this winter! 

Thank you!

Bringing Joy

Kate, Sheyla, and Chris full of joy!

When the PGO asked Principal Nick what he wanted our help with this year he said he wanted us to find ways to “Bring Joy” to his stressed out staff. December featured the first of what we hope to be monthly “Bringing Joy” events.

This month was sponsored by Letitzia Allais’ Pain Moche bakery. Letizia (mother of a Wildwood 2nd and 4th grader) made beautiful packages of chocolate holiday cookies for every staff member at Wildwood!

Thank you Letizia and Pain Moche

www.https://painmoche.com/home/about-me/ 

Thanks also to PGO volunteer Theresa Godfrey for making beautiful signs and to Kerry Crosby and the rest of the PGO “Bringing Joy” team!

Happy holidays! 

ARPS Biliteracy Program

As a way of celebrating multilingualism and supporting students to strengthen the languages they speak at home, as well as new languages that they are learning, ARPS offers a program called the Seal of Biliteracy. Please click here for more information about the program and you can also find the sign up form for students here and the sign up form for parents and volunteers here.

Wildwood After School Yearbook Project

Historically the Wildwood Yearbook has been a PGO project. For the first time, Susan Wells, our school librarian, is offering 6th grade students the opportunity to help create the 2021-2022 yearbook in an after school club!  Please see the permission slip with all the necessary information.  For continuity and convenience,  the after school club will be offered on Thursdays from 2:35 – 3:45: 

Thursday, October 28th

Thursday, November 4th

Thursday, November 18th

Thursday, December 2nd

Thursday, December 9th

Upcoming Jones Library Events

Virtual Graphic Novel Book Club (ages 8-11)

Monday October 25th, 4-4:45 pm ONLINE

We’ll discuss The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner, via Zoom. We will also provide a Take & Make activity!

To register and learn more, send us an email! kids@joneslibrary.org

Virtual Nonfiction Book Club (ages 6-9)

Thursday, October 28th, 4-4:45 pm

We’ll discuss Migration by Gail Gibbons, via Zoom. We will also provide a Take & Make STEAM activity!

To register and learn more, send us an email! kids@joneslibrary.org This program is for children ages 6-9. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Outdoor Kids Chess Club (ages 9-12)

Saturday October 2nd, 9th, 16th & 30th from 3-4:30 pm

Kids ages 9-12 are invited to join Andy Morris-Friedman to learn the basics of chess and advance to other exciting techniques of the game! This program will meet under the tent on the Jones Library lawn, and masks are required.

To register and learn more, send us an email: kids@joneslibrary.org 

This program is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Jones Library System.

Covid Information Session Oct. 6

LINK:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcFZutrZgQ

Esta es una sesión informativa con profesionales médicos locales para discutir una variedad de temas incluyendo el covid-19 y la vacuna. Para participar sólo tienes que seguir el enlace el 10/6 a las 8PM. Si desea una grabación de este evento en español, por favor contacte a Sasha Figueroa en FigueroaS@arps.org.Esta é uma sessão de informação com profissionais médicos locais para discutir uma variedade de tópicos, incluindo a covid-19 e a vacina. Para participar basta seguir a ligação em 10/6 às 20 horas. Se desejar uma gravação deste evento em português, por favor contacte Sasha Figueroa em FigueroaS@arps.org.

Free community COVID testing and vaccinations at UMass

UMass will continue this fall to offer free COVID tests for asymptomatic Individuals ages 4 and up. If your family used this service previously, please note that the format has changed a bit. You now pick up a testing kit (or more than one) at a desk in the Campus Center; you (or your student) then take the test at your convenience and drop it off at one of a few kiosks on campus. If you have already participated in their testing program, you simply fill out a label with your name and DOB for the sample tube; if you’re new to the testing program, you fill out one additional form to include with your first sample. More information on this service can be found here.

UMass is also still offering free COVID vaccines to anyone 12 and older, both by appointment and through a walk-up clinic. More information on their vaccine clinic can be found here.

Seasonal Produce Cooking Class – ONLINE, FREE

Thursday, September 30, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Join the Amherst Survival Center and the Jones Library for a virtual cooking class!

Are you wondering what to do with seasonal produce from your Survival Center pantry box, Mobile Food Bank distribution, CSA farm share, local farm stand, or generous neighbor?  Would you like to learn how to make quick, simple, delicious meals for your family and friends?  Join us for a free cooking class by Philip Avila, Community Meals Coordinator at the Amherst Survival Center.

To register, please email programs@joneslibrary.org.  A confirmation email will be sent after registration, and a reminder will be sent with the Zoom link a week before the event.

This program is possible with support from the Friends of the Jones Libraries.

2021 Latino Heritage at WW Elementary!

The 2021 Latino Heritage Month begins on September 15th and the theme for 2021 is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”  We would like to invite families to help the Wildwood community celebrate.  Are you willing to record a song, story, or poem? We would like to share videos of people from our Wildwood community celebrating their Hispanic Heritage and Hopes for the future!
Please fill out this google form and let us know how you would like to participate!


El Mes de la Herencia Latina 2021 comienza el 15 de septiembre y el tema para 2021 es “Esperanza: Una Celebración de la Herencia Hispana y Esperanza”.  Nos gustaría invitar a las familias a ayudar a la comunidad de Wildwood a celebrar.  ¿Está dispuesto a grabar una canción, una historia o un poema? ¡Nos gustaría compartir videos de personas de nuestra comunidad de Wildwood celebrando su Herencia Hispana y Esperanzas para el futuro!
¡Por favor, complete este formulario de Google y háganos saber cómo le gustaría participar!

Blogger Needed

Duties:

  • 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

If you are interested, please fill out this form* or email us at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.

No experience is required for this position

*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!

Invitation : Arts for Change this Sunday 3 pm

Multi-Arts is proud to invite children to in-person workshop for a better world:

Arts for Change with Multi-Arts for children ages 10 and up!

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!

Sunday, June 20th, at 3:00 p.m. 

Pulaski Park, Northampton

Register here:  info@multi-arts.org or reply to this email.

Free of charge

Arts for Change is a free of charge activity supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Reading Frederick Douglass Together on the South Amherst Common

With the help of a grant from Mass Humanities, South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street in Amherst, will mount a public reading and discussion of Frederick Douglass’s famous “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech on July 4 at 3 p.m. UMass Professor Amilcar Shabazz will introduce and lead a discussion of the speech; readers will be members of the community. We’re seeking readers of all ages in multiple languages. Here’s how you can participate:

BPAC Meeting 6/8/2021 7-8 PM: Open to families of English Learners and All ARPS Bilingual Families

6월 8일 오후 7시에서 8시까지를 이중언어 학부모 자문 위원회 회의를 위해 비워 두세요

BPAC 회의 의제

2021년 6월 8일,

토론: BPAC 명칭 변경

언어 접근성 캠페인 최신 정보

SOB 장학금 모금 운동

2021년 학년도

학부모 제안 사항들

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Reserve la fecha, 8 de junio 7-8 PM

Agenda para la reunión de BPAC

8 de junio de 2021

 Discusión: Cambio de nombre de BPAC

  • Actualización de la campaña de accesibilidad lingüística
  • Recaudación de fondos para la beca SOB
  • Actualización de la revisión del programa ELL
  • Año escolar 2021
  • Sugerencias de los padres

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保存日期,6月8日晚上7-8点

BPAC会议议程

2021年6月8日

* 讨论:BPAC名称更改

* 语言可访问性活动更新

* SOB奖学金筹款

* ELL计划回顾更新

* 2021学年

* 家长建议的项目

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Pauta para Reunião BPAC

8 de junho de 2021

Discussão: Mudança do nome do BPAC

Atualização da campanha de acessibilidade de idioma

Arrecadação de fundos para bolsa de estudos SOB

Atualização da revisão do programa ELL

Ano letivo 2021 

Itens sugeridos pelos pais

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El Consejo Asesor de Padres Bilingües (BPAC) es un grupo de padres y tutores que se reúnen para debatir cuestiones específicas que surgen al apoyar a los estudiantes multilingües. El BPAC abre la puerta para que las familias se involucren y entiendan lo que nuestros hijos necesitan, así como para que den consejos a los líderes escolares, a los superintendentes y a los comités escolares sobre temas que son importantes para los estudiantes de inglés (es decir, nuestros hijos). Esto crea una asociación entre las escuelas y las familias en un entorno amistoso. Todos los padres y tutores de diversos grupos culturales de estudiantes de inglés actuales y anteriores, así como los padres que hablan diferentes idiomas, son bienvenidos a participar.  

Nosotros, como grupo, podemos proporcionar una mejor comprensión de las necesidades de nuestros hijos, lo que esperamos que conduzca a mejorar los resultados educativos de nuestros estudiantes. Una de nuestras funciones es reunirnos con los líderes de la escuela o del distrito para participar en la planificación y el desarrollo de programas diseñados para mejorar las oportunidades educativas de los estudiantes de inglés.

¡Opine sobre lo que sucede en la escuela y sea un defensor de su hijo/a participando en BPAC!

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O Conselho Consultivo de Pais Bilíngües (BPAC) é um grupo de pais e responsáveis ​​que se

reúnem para discutir questões específicas que dizem respeito a alunos multilíngues. O BPAC

abre as portas para que as famílias se envolvam e entendam o que nossos filhos precisam, bem

como dá conselhos aos líderes escolares, superintendentes e comitês escolares sobre tópicos

que são importantes para os alunos de inglês (ou seja, nossos filhos). Isso cria uma parceria

entre escolas e famílias em um ambiente amigável. Todos os pais e responsáveis ​​de diversos

grupos culturais de alunos atuais e ex-alunos de inglês, bem como pais que falam línguas

diferentes, são bem-vindos a participar.

Nós, como um grupo, podemos fornecer uma melhor compreensão das necessidades de nossos

filhos, no intúito de lhes ajudar a conseguir melhores resultados educacionais. Uma de nossas

funções é reunir-nos com líderes escolares ou distritais para participar do planejamento e

desenvolvimento de programas destinados a melhorar as oportunidades educacionais para

alunos de inglês.

Dê sua opinião sobre o que acontece na escola e apoie seu filho participando do BPAC!

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이중 언어 학부모 자문위원회 (BPAC)는 다국어를 구사하는 학생들을 지원할 때 발생하는 특정 문제들을 논의하기 위해 함께 모인 학부모 및 보호자 모임입니다. BPAC은 가족이 참여하고 자녀에게 필요한 것을 이해하고 영어 학습자 (즉, 자녀)에게 중요한 주제에 대해 학교 지도자, 교육감 및 학교위원회에 조언을 제공 할 수있는 기회를 갖도록 열려 있습니다. 이것은 친근한 환경에서 학교와 가족 간의 파트너십을 형성합니다. 현재 및 이전 영어 학습자의 다양한 문화 그룹의 모든 학부모 및 보호자뿐만 아니라 여러 다른 언어를 사용하는 학부모들의 참여도 환영합니다. 

우리는 그룹으로서 우리 아이들의 필요에 대한 더 나은 이해를 제공 할 수 있으며, 희망적으로 우리 학생들의 교육 결과를 향상시킬수 있기를 바라고 있습니다. 우리의 기능 중 하나는 영어 학습자를위한 교육 기회를 개선하기 위해 고안된 프로그램의 계획 및 개발에 참여하기 위해 학교 또는 학군 대표자와 만나는 것입니다. 

BPAC에 참여하여 학교에서 일어나는 일에 대해 얘기하고 여러분 자녀의 옹호자가 되십시오!

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双语父母咨询委员会(BPAC)是由父母和监护人们组成的群体,他们会共同讨论在支持多语言学生方面出现的特定问题。 BPAC为家庭参与和了解我们的孩子的需求打开了一扇门,并就对英语学习者(即我们的孩子)重要的主题向学校领导,总监和学校委员会提供建议。这在友好的环境中建立了学校与家庭之间的伙伴关系。欢迎来自当前和之前英语学习者的不同文化群体的所有父母和监护人们,以及欢迎说着不同语言的父母加入。

我们作为一个群体,可以更好地了解孩子的需求,希望可以改善提高我们学生的教育成果。我们的职责之一是与学校或地区负责人会面,参与计划和开发计划的制定,以提高英语学习者的教育机会。

对学校发生的事情有发言权,并通过参加BPAC成为孩子的倡导者!

ARHS Presents The Sound of Music this Weekend

It’s here!  ARHS presents The Sound of Music – a fully-outdoor live musical theater production, just in time to celebrate the end of the school year.

Come check out the work of scores of actors, techies, and musicians that have built this wonderful show from the ground up.  With nearly 100 student involved, chances are there’s someone you know in the show. 

Due to the threat of rain this Thursday, we’re postponing the opening night and moving this show to Sunday evening instead.  Thursday ticket holders will receive an email with details, and all Thursday tickets will be honored for Sunday’s show.  Friday and Saturday performances are still on as planned.

Don’t have a ticket yet?  Get them here at bit.ly/arhssomtix or see Mr. Bechtold in person.  If we are sold out, consider adding your name to the waitlist – we expect to let some folks in from the waitlist each night.

Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting June 8, 2021

The Next Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 6pm via zoom- the link is below. This will be the last, large meeting of the 2020-2021 school year.

IF NOTHING ELSE, please mark your calendars, and save the date of 9/18/21, for the 11th Annual Hurricane Open at the Amherst Golf Club! You can contact any of the committee members for more details, including donations: Chris Pariseau, Angela Mills, Jordie Kern, Mary Klaes, Kristin Worgess, or Stephanie Hockman More information will be forthcoming on our website: www.hurricanesboosters.com 

ALSO, the Homecoming Date will be forthcoming at the meeting. WE ARE LOOKING FOR students who want to help make their HOMECOMING special.  Agenda for June 8th includes updates on the work being done by the various committees, includig the announcement of the Booster Scholarship Winners. 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!   ZOOM INFORMATION: Topic: Amherst Hurricane’s Booster Meeting  Time: Jun 8, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82364425182?pwd=bERySS83UFNlenRpOUM5SS9pTVN1UT09 Meeting ID: 823 6442 5182
Passcode: 201242

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday.

June 19th or Juneteenth celebrates the day Major General Gordan Granger led US troops into Galveston in 1865 to take over Texas, one of the final hold out states to admit defeat during the Civil War, enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and formally marked the day that all slaves in the United States were freed.Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment. The town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and afar, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.In 1893 the regional chapter of the GAR- Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Association- commissioned tablets to recognize soldiers from the Amherst region who served in the Union forces, including African Americans from the 54th Regiment and 5th Cavalry. Amherst resident, Dudley Bridges Sr., spent the last years of his life advocating and fundraising to honor these handcrafted memorials with prominent and befitting placement within the community. We are pleased to announce that these handcrafted memorials, which have been hidden from public view for decades, will make a long awaited debut in an exhibit as part of the day’s celebration.We are honored to be joined by distinguished guest speakers and presenters, including William Harris, President and CEO of Space Center Houston, nephew of Dudley Bridges Sr., grandson of both Christopher Thompson and Gilbert “Gill” Roberts of Amherst, as Master of Ceremony, and grateful for the outpouring of community support that will enable this event to empower our youth, inspire our peers, and serve as record for future generations.

Sincerely yours,

The Civil War Tablets Committee
The Mill District
Juneteenth Amherst 2021 Snapshot

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00am
West Cemetery

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00am
Bangs Center Courtyard

Community Jubilee 1:00pm
Town Common
Food and Entertainment

Sunset Reception 6:00pm
The Mill District
Featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow COVID Social Distance Measures and Guidelines as provided by the State of Massachusetts.

The Book Swap will be in the Wildwood Library during the week of June 7th.

Every in-person student will be able to select a FEW new-to-you books during library class.

Remote families are invited to attend a special outdoor book swap Monday, June 7th and Tuesday, June 8th from 3:30 – 5:30* *Only remote students and families are invited to participate during these times. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be followed.*

We are still collecting books for the Book Swap. You can put your donation in the BLUE Book Swap bin outside the front door of Wildwood. Thank you for your donations! Please note: A donation is not required. All students will receive book swap books.

Very important: All Wildwood library books are due back to school the week of June 7th!

You can always return library books in the WHITE bin outside of Wildwood School.

Many thanks for all the Wildwood Library books that have been returned. In this unusual year, people have still returned their library books! One final note: I am very happy to come to your home and retrieve your library books. Please contact me: wellss@arps.org. If you leave them outside your door after school in a bag, I can come get them most days.

Your librarian, Susan Wells