Thank you! Online Yearbook

The Wildwood PGO wanted to take the opportunity to thank two of our very special parent volunteers, Susan Wells and Jenny Haugsjaahabink. You may know them as teachers in our library, but they do two really important volunteer jobs as parents each year: they put together the Wildwood Directory and the Yearbook. The Directory and Yearbook are so important in helping create community connections within our school. The Directory allows parents and guardians to connect and get to know the other parent/guardians within their child’s classroom, and the yearbook is an important keepsake for our children who look through them over and over again throughout this year. This year was particularly challenging for the yearbook production with the school closure, but Susan and Jenny found a way. See below for how to access the digital yearbook if you haven’t seen it yet. Jenny and Susan will continue to volunteer for the yearbook next year. Thank you, Jenny and Susan, for all of your years of service in creating these important pieces of our Wildwood community!   We will need a new PGO volunteer to work on the Wildwood Directory. If you are interested, please contact us at This is an incredibly important resource and we need volunteers to help it continue.     If you have yet to view the digital yearbook, you can view it here:  The 2019-2020 Wildwood Digital Yearbook.  Note: This is a protected website. Only people with ARPS email and specific viewing permission can view this website.For access and viewing permission, please fill out this Google Form. The Wildwood Yearbook is a parent-produced, all volunteer effort. We had LIMITED access to PHOTOS. WE CANNOT PRINT a website. This is the only version of the yearbook this year. 

Have a great summer!

The Wildwood PGO

School Committee Meets 6/25- Fall Planning

There is a joint meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, and Region School Committees on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30pm. It will be broadcast live on Amherst Media as well as streaming on:

The meeting will begin the critical planning and work needed to be ready to go back to school in the fall amidst the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

The agenda includes:

  • Superintendent’s Update;
  • Chair’s Update;
  • School Committee Announcements;

New & Continuing Business (ARPS Fall 2020 Planning, DESE Guidance for Fall 2020 Opening, Survey Results, Process to and Timeline for Decisions on Fall 2020 Model, Process for Engaging Public);

Adjourn ASC; Adjourn PSC; Gifts; Adjourn RSC

Submit public comment anytime before 3pm Wednesday by leaving a voice message at (413)345-2949 or by emailing with the subject line “Public Comment”.

The PVTA Wants Your Input on the Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is updating its Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan and is seeking input from you! To gain a better understanding of the region’s current and future transportation needs, the PVTA created a mobile-friendly survey and is currently soliciting opinions from the public. Funding for service improvements often takes years to secure, so please submit your feedback now—doing so is vital to ensuring that the PVTA can serve you better in the future!

WW Library Summer Reading and Book Club

Black Brother By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Summer Book Club For rising 3rd graders and up! Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon Beginning on June 23. Author Visit with Jewell Parker Rhodes on Tuesday, July 16th!
Summer Book Club For rising 1st and 2nd graders Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm Beginning on June 23

Summer Book Club For rising 1st and 2nd graders Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm Beginning on June 23

Dear Wildwood Families:Wildwood Library Summer Reading Lists are HERE

Find Summer Reading recommendations from picture books to upper grade fiction and nonfiction on ourWildwood Library Summer Reading Website.

I hope students will join us for our Summer Reading Book Clubs. I read aloud while students follow along and/or eat their lunch, draw, etc. Google Meet links on the Wildwood Library Summer Reading Website

Happy READING! Susan Wells, WW Librarian,

2019-2020 Digital Yearbook Has Arrived!

Dear Wildwood Families:The Wildwood PGO is proud to present The 2019-2020 Wildwood Digital Yearbook. In this unprecedented time, we felt it important that our Wildwood students have the ability to reflect and reminisce about this school year.

Things to remember:

This is a protected website. Only people with ARPS email and specific viewing permission can view this website.For access and viewing permission, please fill out this Google Form.The Wildwood Yearbook is a parent-produced, all volunteer effort.  We had LIMITED access to PHOTOS. WE CANNOT PRINT a website. This is the only version of the yearbook this year. 

We hope you enjoy the 2019-2020 Wildwood Digital Yearbook! 

Jenny Haugsjaahabink and Susan Wells

Ceara Yahn → K-6 Art Teacher

Creates and Executes Surprise 6th Grade T-shirt Gifting

We are grateful to Ms. Ceara ‘s initiative and follow through to make special and punctuate the culmination of each student’s grammar school experience with the sentiment of togetherness for the

Wildwood ‘20 6th graders’ graduation,

through her contribution of organizing an unprecedented sixth grade graduation t-shirt project.

Ms. Yahn relayed that the student designed class surprise will be publicly revealed via WW social media once students have their shirts!

Here’s a peek:

This special gift undertaking has been brought to you by the Wildwood PGO

A Letter from the PGO

Dear Wildwood parent community, 

The mission of the Wildwood PGO has always been to provide equity and access to enhanced educational opportunities for all families in our community. We support and empathize with the experience of feeling many complex emotions at this difficult time. We know how hard it can be to have conversations with our children about the challenges facing this country, and especially the challenges that people of color face every day.  

The PGO is committed to working with educators in our schools to create opportunities for instruction and conversations that promote social justice. Our efforts must go deeper than ever before so that we can support and educate our children to be active members in improving our society. To this end, we pledge to continue our support of professional development efforts to help teachers grow in their learning about how to talk to children about racism and how to teach social justice. In addition, we will form a committee to gather resources for parents and guardians, which will support them at home as they have conversations about racism with their children.  

This committee will be planning programming for the fall to further support the Wildwood community.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email us at 

As our superintendent, Dr. Morris stated, “there are really no words for the deep grief we feel for our community and our nation.”   As we continue to live in isolation, let us not feel isolated. May we be here for one another. 

In solidarity,

The Wildwood PGO Leadership 

Virtual Multicultural Fair / End of Year Picnic – Wednesday June 17 at 5:30 PM

Nick will be sending out a link for the live stream event this week.  Please visit the Multicultural Fair website for details: contribute your Fashion Show photos by June 14 by filling out the form here . Sixth graders can submit their Virtual Dunk videos here by emailing Kathryn Runyan at


Nick enviará esta semana el enlace para asistir a la transmisión en vivo del evento.

Visite el sitio web de la Feria Multicultural para más detalles

Y, por favor, contribuya con sus fotos para el “Fashion Show” antes del 14 de Junio. Para enviar sus fotos, haga “click” aquí

Los alumnos de Sexto grado pueden enviar sus videos de “Virtual Dunk” por email a Katrhyn Runyan

Joint Statement from Town of Amherst Officials

We are haunted by the searing vision of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a subdued man’s neck, as other officers watched the man die. We witnessed Mr. George Floyd’s pleas for help be ignored by the very people who are trained to help and assist. We are haunted, too, by the knowledge that this was not an isolated incident in our country. The number of names and similar experiences is unconscionably long, and an undeniable part of the history of this nation.

First, we extend our collective condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family and friends and to all who grieve his death. We offer our thoughts to the countless members of our community who have been personally impacted as well.

Second, we condemn the actions of the police officers involved. The Amherst Town Manager, Police Chief, and School Superintendent have joined with the chair of the Human Rights Commission and the leadership of the Town’s two police unions – the Amherst Police Patrol Officers Union and Amherst Police Supervisors Union – to denounce in the strongest possible terms the actions and inactions by these police officers that resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death.

Third, we feel compelled to say affirmatively and with real compassion that violence like this is yet another blow to black and brown people—particularly African-American men—who too often are told by our culture that they do not matter. It confirms the lived experience of black men – nationwide and, yes, in our own community. This is a wrong that needs to be righted, and white Americans need to join those who have been carrying this burden and do the heaviest lifting to right it.

As public officials, this tragedy makes us reflect on our own practices, behavior, and attitudes. We question whether we are doing enough, are we vigilant enough, have we fostered a true culture of respect and honesty? We strive to remain ever thoughtful in our work – as public officials and police officers – to ensure that all members of our community feel part of Amherst and feel protected, listened to, and served by their public servants. We try to do this through training, listening, and learning, and by maintaining an attitude of humility and service.

As public officials, it is our duty to use our legal and moral authority to protect all members of our community no matter their race or color or where they fall on the power spectrum. It is our duty to foster a community free of fear, intimidation, and violence – a community in which people are not targeted or hurt unnecessarily by law enforcement – and provide equal protection under the law.

We know we can do better as a country to confront the systemic racism that has brought us to this place of fear and distrust. We can advocate for the criminal justice system to take a firm stand against officers who use excessive force. Those of us who are white can demonstrate that protecting and promoting the rights of black and brown people in our community is integral to securing the well-being of our entire community.

We know many of the young people in our community have seen this video and other similar news and are trying to process these traumatizing events with their families. However, the current public health situation makes it that much more difficult as they are unable to connect with friends, extended family, or school staff in-person. As such, Amherst Regional Public School counselors and Family Center staff will be available to support students in the coming days and weeks.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, we reaffirm our commitment to the larger goals of social justice and will focus on how we can deliver on the promise of good and fair public safety protection. Police and Town leadership will be meeting with community groups during the week. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions and are prepared to listen. We will work with our community leaders to determine the best ways for us to engage in this important mission as we continue to move forward.

Paul Bockelman, Town Manager

Scott Livingstone, Chief of Police

Dr. Michael Morris, Superintendent of Schools

Matthew Charity, Chair, Human Rights Commission

Amherst Police Patrol Officers Union

Amherst Police Supervisors Union

Contact: Amherst Town Manager’s Office | | (413) 259-3002

Declaración Conjunta del Pueblo de Amherst

31 de mayo de 2020

Nos atormenta la visión de un policía de Minneapolis arrodillado en el cuello de un hombre sometido, mientras otros oficiales lo veían morir. Fuimos testigos de las súplicas de ayuda del Sr. George Floyd, ignoradas por la misma gente que está entrenada para ayudar y asistir. También nos obsesiona el hecho de saber que este no fue un incidente aislado en nuestro país.  El número de nombres y experiencias similares es inconcebiblemente largo, y una parte innegable de la historia de esta nación.

Primero, extendemos nuestras condolencias colectivas a la familia y amigos del Sr. Floyd y a todos los que lloran su muerte.  Ofrecemos nuestros pensamientos a los innumerables miembros de nuestra comunidad que también han sido impactados personalmente.

Segundo, condenamos las acciones de los oficiales de policía involucrados.  El Director Municipal, el Jefe de Policía y el Superintendente de Escuelas se han unido al Presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos y al liderazgo de los dos sindicatos de la policía del pueblo, el Sindicato de Oficiales de Patrulla de la Policía de Amherst y el Sindicato de Supervisores de la Policía de Amherst, para denunciar en los términos más enérgicos posibles las acciones e inacciones de estos oficiales de policía que resultaron en la muerte del Sr. Floyd.

En tercer lugar, nos sentimos obligados a decir afirmativamente y con verdadera compasión que la violencia como ésta es otro golpe a las personas de raza negra y morena, en particular a los hombres afroamericanos, a quienes nuestra cultura les dice con demasiada frecuencia que no importan.  Confirma la experiencia vivida por los hombres negros – a nivel nacional y, sí, en nuestra propia comunidad. Este es un error que debe ser corregido, y los estadounidenses blancos deben unirse a los que han estado llevando esta carga, y hacer el mayor esfuerzo para corregirlo.

Como funcionarios públicos, esta tragedia nos hace reflexionar sobre nuestras propias prácticas, comportamiento y actitudes. Nos preguntamos si estamos haciendo lo suficiente, si estamos lo suficientemente vigilantes, si hemos fomentado una verdadera cultura de respeto y honestidad.  Nos esforzamos por permanecer siempre atentos en nuestro trabajo – como funcionarios públicos y oficiales de la policía – para asegurar que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad se sientan parte de Amherst y se sientan protegidos, escuchados y servidos por sus servidores públicos.  Procuramos hacer esto a través de la formación, la escucha y el aprendizaje, y manteniendo una actitud de humildad y servicio.  

Como funcionarios públicos, es nuestro deber usar nuestra autoridad legal y moral para proteger a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad sin importar su raza o color o donde caigan en el espectro de poder.  Es nuestro deber fomentar una comunidad libre de miedo, intimidación y violencia – una comunidad en la que las personas no sean objeto de ataques o heridas innecesarias por parte de las fuerzas del orden – y proporcionar la misma protección bajo la ley.

Sabemos que podemos mejorar como país para enfrentar el racismo sistémico que nos ha traído a este lugar de miedo y desconfianza. Podemos abogar por que el sistema de justicia penal adopte una postura firme contra los agentes que utilizan una fuerza excesiva.  Los que somos blancos podemos demostrar que la protección y la promoción de los derechos de las personas negras y morenas en nuestra comunidad es integral para asegurar el bienestar de toda nuestra comunidad.

Sabemos que muchos de los jóvenes de nuestra comunidad han visto este video y otras noticias similares, y están tratando de procesar estos eventos traumáticos con sus familias. Sin embargo, la situación actual de la salud pública lo hace mucho más difícil, ya que no pueden conectarse con sus amigos, su familia extendida o el personal de la escuela en persona. Por ello, los consejeros de las Escuelas Públicas Regionales de Amherst y el personal del Centro de Familia estarán disponibles para apoyar a los estudiantes en los próximos días y semanas. 

Después de esta tragedia, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con las metas más amplias de justicia social y nos centraremos en cómo podemos cumplir con la promesa de una protección de seguridad pública buena y justa. La policía y los líderes de la ciudad se reunirán con grupos de la comunidad durante la semana. Agradecemos sus pensamientos y sugerencias y estamos preparados para escuchar. Trabajaremos con los líderes de la comunidad para determinar la mejor manera de participar en esta importante misión a medida que continuamos avanzando.

Paul Bockelman, Director Municipal

Scott Livingstone, Jefe de Policía

Dr. Michael Morris, Superintendente de Escuelas

Matthew Charity, Presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos

Sindicato de Oficiales de Patrulla de la Policía de Amherst

Sindicato de Supervisores de la Policía de Amherst

Free Crisis Counseling Available

Dear WW Families,

We wanted to let you know about a resource that has become available in response to the pandemic. MassSupport Network provides free community outreach and support services to youth and adults statewide. This “Crisis Counseling Program” is a partnership between the MA Department of Health and Riverside Trauma Center and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

MassSupport Network’s services are free, confidential, and anonymous. Individuals of all ages and families will receive up-to-date factual information, emotional support, a variety of resources to meet both basic and higher level needs, coping strategies and more. The network has a diverse team of nine Western Mass-based outreach counselors and clinicians, solely dedicated to serving our region.

For schools, businesses and organizations, the network also offers consultations, group support, and psycho-educational presentations on a range of topics like common reactions to highly stressful events, helping children manage in hard times, stress management and others upon request. 

See attached descriptions in English and Spanish, and/or call 888-215-4920 for more information, or contact Amherst-based Outreach Counselor, Jen Matoney at 781-805-5679 (and parent of a Wildwood student).

If you need immediate assistance please, call the National Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. For emotional support during this difficult time, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Another excellent resource is Mass211 which offers a wide variety of support and referral services and can be reached within MA by dialing: 2-1-1.

Be Counted! Participate in the Census Today

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count is also vital to obtain federal funding for projects in Amherst and the region. 

Each home received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—in March.

Why It Matters

Did you know?

  • Amherst is the 9th hardest city/town in Massachusetts to count.
  • Historically, the decennial census has undercounted immigrants, communities of color, renters, low-income people, and children. It’s about representation
  • Census totals will determine the number of congressional seats Massachusetts will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of western MA representatives who will serve in the state Legislature.
  • Data will be used to redraw boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.

It’s about $$.

  • $675 billion in federal funding, $16 billion for MA—$2,372 per person per year will be distributed based on the census count. If you are not counted, the town loses that money!
  • An undercount in Amherst will mean fewer dollars for public services like education, transportation, housing and health care

If you have not responded, there is still time to do so!

3 ways to participate:

The U.S. Census Bureau is a nonpartisan government agency. When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. You will NOT be asked about your citizenship or your social security number, or for any financial information.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

For more information, please visit

Information provided by the League of Women Voters- Amherst

#KidLit4BlackLives Rally

Kidlit and The Brown Bookshelf hosted a virtual rally for kids, families and educators. Over 15,000 people streamed it live last night. It was moving, beautiful, inspiring and hard to watch.  It is being  shared with you in the hopes that  you will take the time to watch it. Our students will recognize and enjoy learning from a truly inspiring group of people (in order of appearance):  Kwame Alexander (The Undefeated), Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming, Locomotion, The Other Side, Each Kindness), Elizabeth Avecedo (Woke, The Poet X) and Gene Luen Yang (Secret Coders, American Born Chinese) and Derrick Barnes (Crown) – This list brings us to around minute 32.

Whether you preview first or watch with your children, it will provide opportunity for rich dialogue and discussion. 

Summer Reading Kickoff / Returning Library Books and Instruments

Dear WW Families:
You are invited to our Summer Reading Kick-Off and Author Visit with Natasha Lowe author of The Poppy Pendle Series:

Friday, June 12th @ 12:30 – 1 pm

Join with the GoogleMeet Link:
or by phone: (US) +1 708-888-1241‬ PIN: ‪713 163 373‬#

Join us to kick-off SUMMER READING (reading lists revealed) AND a visit from our favorite AUTHOR of the POPPY PENDLE series, NATASHA LOWE! All ages welcome. This series is best for students in 2nd grade and up.  It’s a great read aloud.

The Poppy Pendle Collection
The Poppy Pendle Collection

You are also invited to RETURN your Library Books and Instruments:

The ARPS Librarians and elementary Instrumental Music Teachers invite families to return their books and instruments*.  You may return your materials to ANY of the following sites. 

*If you are interested in keeping a school instrument over the summer, please contact your child’s band or orchestra teacher. 

IMPORTANT: You may return your books to ANY of the ARPS  schools.  

Drop-off will take place outside of the school building.  Please pull-up to the drop-off table. You must wear your mask and practice social distancing.  If there is a car ahead of your car, please wait in your car.  You should be able to drop off your materials and stay 6 feet from any other people at the drop-off site.

Wednesday,  June 10th12 – 3 pmCrocker Farm Elementary School
Thursday, June 11th9 am – 12 pmWildwood Elementary School
Friday, June 12th12 – 3 pmFort River Elementary School

Devolución de libros e instrumentos

Los bibliotecarios de ARPS y los maestros de música instrumental de primaria invitan a las familias a devolver sus libros e instrumentos*. Puede devolver sus materiales a CUALQUIERA de los siguientes sitios. 

* Si está interesado en mantener un instrumento escolar durante el verano, comuníquese con el maestro de orquesta o banda de su hijo/a. 

IMPORTANTE: Puede devolver sus libros a CUALQUIERA de las escuelas de ARPS.  

La entrega se llevará a cabo fuera del edificio de la escuela. Desplácese a la mesa de entrega. Debes usar su máscara y practicar el distanciamiento social. Si hay un automóvil delante de su automóvil, espere en su automóvil. Debería poder dejar sus materiales y mantenerse a 6 pies de cualquier otra persona en el sitio de entrega.

Miércoles, 10 de junio12 – 3 pmCrocker Farm Elementary School
Jueves, 11 de junio9 am – 12 pmWildwood Elementary School
Viernes, 12 de junio12 – 3 pmFort River Elementary School

The content of this message can also be read in this PDF.
Hope to “see” you soon! 🙂

Susan Wells

Reminder: Kindergarten registration is now open.

Dear Families, 

This is a reminder to our town and school community that Kindergarten registration is now open. Parents should register their children for kindergarten as soon as possible to assist schools in planning for next year. Registration can be completed online at

Thank you! 

Queridas familias, 

Esto es un recordatorio para nuestro pueblo y la comunidad escolar de que la matrícula de Kindergarten sigue abierta. Los padres deben matricular a sus hijos en kindergarten tan pronto como sea posible para ayudar a las escuelas en la planificación del próximo año. La matrícula puede ser completada en línea en


Wildwood 2019-2020 Digital Yearbook!

Dear WW families:

Today, Jenny and I are writing to you as volunteers.  We are working together to create a Wildwood 2019-2020 digital yearbook* for our students! We are working hard to provide the joy the yearbook brings to our students during this difficult time. The WW yearbook will not be a print yearbook like in past years, but rather a digital copy. *The yearbook website is* a protected website. It is only available to viewers with an account. All Wildwood students automatically have access through their ARPS account.We are offering families the opportunity to request access through an additional email CLICK THIS LINK to complete the request form – it must be a gmail account. (Google form link also available below)We ask that you only request access from one email account. We will have to input the email addresses manually so please understand.

No requests to access the yearbook will be honored after June 5th, SO ACT NOW.

You can also contact us with questions: or

Susan Wells (mom to Lewis, 3rd grade) and Jenny Haugsjaahabink (mom to Meghan, 6th grade and Annie, 4th grade)

 Family Access to Wildwood Yearbook 2020

Spring Cleaning? You can Still Recycling Clothes, Shoes & Linens at Wildwood!



Many of us have been seriously spring cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recycle your old and tattered clothes, shoes, and linens and the Amherst PGOs can earn money — at no cost to you.
Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and other textiles. Stained shirts, single socks or sneakers, torn towels…just make sure they’re clean and dry. You can recycle boots, shoes,
flip flops, stuffed animals, backpacks, pillows…anything that’s soft. 

Look for the large white donation bins in the parking lot at each Amherst school. The bins are still accessible while the schools are closed, and they are emptied every
Friday. If a bin is full please don’t leave clothes outside the bin, but come back after Friday. 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. The Amherst PGOs get paid by the pound so the more you donate, the more money we make!

Virtual Multicultural Fair Coordinator Needed!

The Multicultural Fair/End of the Year Picnic is going virtual!  We have some exciting plans to make Wildwood’s end of the year traditions happen even if we can’t all be together physically. Principal Nick and several of the specials teachers are helping the PGO will this event but we need someone to help coordinate some of the moving parts, including the virtual fashion show, virtual recipe share and of course, our wonderful talent show. As coordinator, you will have lots of support and volunteers to help, but we need someone who can be the point person.  We are hoping to have a meeting this week.  

If you have been looking for a way to have a positive impact on the community and spread some positivity, please consider helping in this way. No previous experience needed…this is new to everyone!  Please contact us if you are interested or have questions at
Thank you, Kerry Crosby and Eugenia CléricoCo-chairs, Wildwood PGO

Thank you from Art Teacher Ceara Yahn!

Thanks to generous support and funding from the Wildwood PGO, I was able to purchase and deliver a selection of art supplies to Wildwood families in need.  Last week, these supplies were dropped off at 10 Amherst homes to support 14 Wildwood students. Families were referred to me by classroom teachers. Priority went to first serving our students with significant special needs, as an extension of the Modified Art classes the PGO funded through a mini grant in Fall 2019. Grethe Camp helped to select the specific supplies that would best support these students. There are still several remaining supplies which will be given out as more families are referred to me, or will be folded into the classroom supplies when we return to Wildwood. I am beyond grateful to work at a school where families care about other families like this. Thank you, Wildwood PGO, for recognizing the positive impact that an effort like this can have for our students and their families as we navigate this challenging time together.

Ceara Yahn

K-6 Art Teacher

Wildwood Elementary School

Amherst, MA

Twitter @ArtWildwood

Instagram @wildwoodschoolart

ARMS volunteer info for 6th grade parents

Hello all,
We hope you are well, safe and sound, in these terrible pandemic times. 
We are writing from the Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) PGO to invite your 6th grade families, room parents and active volunteers who will be joining ARMS next year.This below is some information about volunteer activities organized by ARMS PGO we want to share with you. We hope you will consider getting involved, either in the board or in any other way. Some activities we carried on and ongoing:

  •  Welcome picnic and ice cream social
  •  Open house table
  •  Educational grants to teachers, staff and student clubs
  •  Winter Social Party
  •  ARMS Educator Award
  • Movie Night
  •  Zero Waste education/environmental club
  •  Annual Teachers/Staff online Appreciation & gifts
  • Online ARMS gear store 
  • Financial literacy online lessons
  • 8th grade end-of-year activities

If you would like to be added to our interested volunteer list for 2020-21, or have a specific interest, please email us at

Looking forward to your families joining ARMS in the fall! 

Keep up the ARMS spirit!

Thank you!

Laura Rojo MacLeod

ARMS PGO chair & team Lori, Steph, Mila,Bridget, Cheryl,Jock,Matt.

Reminder: Free meals program for all children ages 0-18!

Amherst Regional Public Schools, in partnership with UMass Amherst Dining, will continue to provide FREE meals to all children ages 0-18 through the duration of the school year closure.
Take advantage of this program at any of our 14 distribution sites
This is a federally funded program, and the food is nutritious, so please come take your meals! Everyone is eligible and participation will not be “taking away from students in need”.


Art, in all its manifestations, has the power to connect us with what matters the most: it connects us with ourselves, with life, love and beauty. 

In these times of change and isolation, to be able to create and give life to something that comes from within ourselves is healing and fills us with joy. 

That is why, like running water, we at Multi-Arts, keep finding ways to bring ARTS to children’s life and that’s why we created


We invite children to check us on Saturdays and browse around through the several activities we offer: from theater to arts, to mime; even quiet time, a time to settle down with a blanket and listen to the enchanting reading of Josh Gold. Believe me, children LOVE this quiet time! 

The program is free (with donations accepted for the teachers). Please, see  our attached schedule.

If your child would like to join us, register here:

or visit:

LSSE & Town of Amherst Art Contest!

Hello Artists and Art Enthusiasts,

LSSE with the Town of Amherst is announcing a Kids Art Contest. We are looking for art that is inspired by all the helpers we see around us during this strange time in our lives. We want to show the helpers how much they mean to us with a lively and creative display of art. More importantly we want our children to be able to express their gratitude in a way that allows for diverse and creative mediums. 
Our event flyer with details about how to submit your entries is attached. Also, check out our video introduction from our Camp and Outreach Coordinator, Nikki Abelli. 
Our Facebook and Instagram will have “info and inspo” to help you along, plus you can also tune into our YouTube Channel for more Art Inspiration 💕

We can’t wait to see everyone’s #ArtFromTheHeart

Kendrick Park Playground – Submit your Feedback!

The Town of Amherst is designing a playground for the children of
Amherst, to be located in Kendrick Park.  The Planning Department, LSSE
and DPW staff are working together to prepare a design, with input from
the public.  During the summer of 2019 the Town of Amherst applied for a
PARC grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was awarded
$400,000.  In the fall CPAC (Community Preservation Act Committee) and
the Town Council voted to match this grant with about $260,000 from town
funds to build a playground that will serve Downtown Amherst.   Despite
the covid-19 pandemic, work is proceeding, and LSSE and the Planning
Department want to hear from you before a design is finalized in the
next couple of months!  Please see for more information,
including the preliminary design that was presented to the Planning
Board  in March, 2020, and a link for submitting comments.


Just over two weeks ago, the ARPS PGOs (parent guardian organizations) launched this fundraiser to ensure that all Amherst and Amherst Regional public school students have home wifi access during the school shutdown.  We have now raised enough to cover the costs not only for the rest of this school year, but for next year as well. Thank you all for responding so quickly and generously to this campaign! Your donations will help close the digital divide and provide more equitable educational access for all ARPS students.

If you are able and would like to give further to support our local community, here are two nonprofits that also need help during these challenging times:

Give to the Amherst Survival Center’s COVID-19 Response Fund.  As unemployment reaches record highs, the number of households requesting Survival Center services, including hot meals and groceries,  has quadrupled and will no doubt continue to grow. Directfinancial contributions give them the flexibility to respond to these increasing needs.

Donate to the Downtown Amherst Foundation Relief and Resiliency Microgrant Program.  The Amherst Business Improvement District (Amherst BID)  has created the Downtown Amherst Foundation and is looking to raise $500,000 to support local small businesses that have been forced to close or reduce services due to COVID-19. In a recent BID survey, two dozen Amherst restaurants and other businesses indicated that they may need to close permanently if they can’t get economic support.

Thank you and stay healthy,


Virtual SEPAC Meeting 5/1/20

There will be a virtual SEPAC meeting on 5/1/20 at 9:00 am.  The agenda will be: 

Executive Board Meeting Agenda, Approve Minutes, Impacts of School Closure for Special Education (Questions encouraged), Delivery of services as outlined on IEP’s, Scheduling and logistics of IEP team meetings, Extended School Year (summer programming for SpEd), Nominations for SEPAC Board (for vote at 6/5/20 meeting), Preschool Programming, Updates from Dr. Brady, Director of Student Services/Special Education, Updates from School Committee Liaisons, Next Meeting Agenda Planning, Public Comment.

Join using url: or join by phone: +1 260-577-6929 (PIN: 203375528)

Library Resources

In addition to all the amazing resources on the Wildwood Library page ( thanks Ms. Wells!) and the ARPS library page, we wanted to share with you that all residents 13 and older in MA are eligible for a free Boston Public Library electronic card. This is an incredible resource that gives our students (and you!) access to additional ebooks, audiobooks, and databases, world languages resources and training for computer skills, and free video and music streaming services like Kanopy and Hoopla. The Jones Library also continues to offer many virtual events and resources for the whole family.