#Giving Tuesday, December 3rd! Help the PGO ensure equity, enrichment, and curriculum-related support for Wildwood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Wildwood families,

#Giving Tuesday is a global movement celebrating the collective spirit of generosity.

On or before Tuesday, December 3, you can participate in #Giving Tuesday by making generous donation to the Wildwood Parent-Guardian Organization.  Your money helps to ensure equity, enrichment, and curriculum-related support at the school, including field trips, Math Night, and teacher mini-grants, among many other things.  Your donation makes a huge difference.

Your contribution of:

$ 5 funds a child’s field trip                                          $ 50  provides art room supplies

$15 provides classroom supplies                            $100 supports a visiting artist

$25 provides books for the library                          $200 is a teacher mini-grant

This is one of two major fundraisers we hold for the Wildwood Elementary Parent Guardian Organization each year.   We appreciate your ongoing support and generosity with your time and with your money as it truly reflects the giving spirit.

or
Make checks payable to:
Wildwood PGO (return in Brown Envelope going out with the children on Nov. 21)

Giving Tuesday Flyer in Spanish, see  https://www.mightycause.com/story/Wildwoodpgo-Givingtuesday-2019

 

Warm Winter Coat and Clothing Share

Help everyone stay warm this winter! The Amherst school Parent & Guardian Organizations (PGOs) are collecting winter coats & other warm outerwear for students (preK through 12th grade) & families.

We are seeking donations of clean, gently‐used winter outerwear in ALL sizes (especially student sizes):

* coats * snow pants * snow boots * hats

* jackets * gloves/mittens *scarves * snowsuits

WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY 71 Strong Street, 413‐362‐1400

Collection: Now until January 10th in the lobby

Distribution: November 26th into January (school hours, as supplies last)

MANY THANKS for your donations. THANK YOU too to our community partners, who are helping with this effort, including the Jones Library, Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, & the Amherst Education Foundation.

Any winter clothing that is not given out at the schools will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Wildwood PGO: Julie HawkOwl, juliehawkowl@gmail.com

Clothing Drive Flyer in Spanish, email juliehawkowl@gmail.com with any questions

TOP UP YOUR CHILD’S LUNCH ACCOUNT WITHOUT INCURRING FEES

Did you know you can top up your child’s school lunch account without using MySchoolBucks and incurring fees?

Simply mail a check made payable to “ARPS Food Services” to:
ARPS Food Service Department
170 Chestnut Street,
Amherst MA 01002
If you have more than one child in the same district (e.g. two or more kids in elementary), you can send one check with a breakdown of how to apply the funds to each student.
If the children are in different districts (e.g. one in elementary and one in the middle or high school), separate checks are preferred because the funds go to different bank accounts.

Upcoming Community Events

Mothers Out Front Electric School Bus Campaign Information Session

Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley warmly invites the public on Sunday, November 24 from 1:00-2:30 at the Jones Library in Amherst for our Electric School Bus Campaign Launch Party! (click to rsvp)

This will be a fun and informative gathering to learn about Amherst Regional Public School’s old diesel school buses, how they might be replaced with electric school buses and what we can each do to help make this happen.

Light refreshments served and childcare provided.

Feel free to come to part or all of the event.

Questions: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org

 

Saturday, November 16, 10am-12noon –  Cows & Conservation: A Special Farm Tour.

Join the Kestrel Land Trust to see how the future of farming meets the past at Barstow’s Longview Farm. In 2014, the Barstow family conserved 123 acres of their farmland with Kestrel’s help, preserving it forever. Take a special tour of this innovative local dairy farm with 7th generation dairy farmer and Kestrel’s TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator, Denise Barstow. Tour the farm and view the robot milkers, dairy barn, calf barn, bunker silos, and anaerobic digester–a system that converts cow manure and food waste into fertilizer, heat, and electricity for 1,600 homes. You’ll also find out how conserving farmland contributes to habitat, sustainability, heritage, and farm viability while learning how farmland is a vital part of our collective New England history. This tour is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Barstow’s Dairy Farm. 172 Hockanum Road. Hadley, MA.

 

Capital Investments: Community Listening Sessions

The Amherst Town Council will hold four Listening Sessions to collect comments from the public on the need for four major capital investments facing the Town and to provide guidance to the Town Council in setting priorities.  Members of the School Committee and Jones Library Trustees have assisted in development of the information for these sessions and will be present at each session.

The Listening Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 3:30 p.m. at Bangs Center Large Activity Room
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Cafeteria
  • Monday, December 9th at 3:30 p.m. at Fort River Elementary School, Library
  • Monday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Wildwood Elementary School, Library

The Town has a clear need to make significant investments in four major capital projects –elementary school(s) (Fort River Elementary School and Wildwood Elementary School), Department of Public Works facility, Fire/Emergency Medical Services headquarters, and the Jones Library. These investments could happen through new construction, extensive renovation, or addressing only major repairs.

These needs must also be balanced with the ongoing capital needs of the day-to-day operations of the Town, such as paving roads and replacing or adding sidewalks, maintaining existing buildings, and replacing vehicles as needed.

The goal of the Listening Sessions is to provide the Town Council with insights and opinions from the community that will help inform its planning for and funding significant investments in each of the four capital projects.

The Listening Sessions will be facilitated and structured to provide basic information to the public and offer the opportunity for members of the public to participate in small group discussions that will ensure wide, active participation of all involved. The Town website will also have a dedicated place to view the relevant materials and provide comments (coming soon).

The Town Council and staff will be listening, taking notes, and giving careful consideration to all comments. Please join your fellow residents to helping to shape how these four investment decisions are made.

Questions? Email townmanager@amherstma.gov or towncouncil@amherstma.gov

If any accommodations are needed, please contact the Town Managers Office at 413-259-3002. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the scheduled meeting.

Amherst Job Fair, 11/12

Copy of Job Fair Event Header (1)On Tuesday, November 12th from 4:30-6:30 PM join the Town of Amherst, the Amherst Regional Public Schools, the US Census Bureau and members of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce for a job fair in the Glass Room of the Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk in Downtown Amherst.

Applicants must be at least 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen.
More information is available at https://www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2470

 

Community Events: Saturday November 9th

Saturday, November 9, 10-11am – Saturday Family Science: Tons of Seeds. Even the largest oak tree begins its life as a tiny seed. For this Saturday Science, children with their guardian will be learning all about seeds, what they need, and the tricks plants use to keep them safe and spread them far and wide. Hitchcock Center for the Environment.
Saturday, November 9, 1-2pm – Live Birds of Prey Program with Tom Ricardi. See the raptors up close and personal with Tom Ricardi, a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. Tom provides an educational presentation on their lives and habitats as well as conservation. You may see a golden eagle, a turkey vulture, a peregrine falcon, and hawks and owls. Great Falls Discovery Center.
Saturday, November 9, 2pm – Starting a new sport can be intimidating at first. Boys and girls ages 4-9, with or without skating experience, are invited to try hockey risk-free! The Amherst Hockey Association hosts this free day of hockey for kids at the UMass Mullins Center Community Rink. Skate rentals are free. Please bring winter gloves and a bicycle or a hockey helmet. For more information or register, visit Amherst Hockey Association websiteUMass Mullins Center.

Community Event: Fossil Identification at the Beneski Museum, Amherst College

Sunday, November 10, 1pm-4pm – Have you ever found a fossil before? Studying rocks in your backyard and beyond is a great way to engage with science, even from an early age. Community members are invited to bring fossils, as well as seashells, rocks, meteorites, feathers, leaves, or photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, flowers, and insects to the Beneski Museum of Natural History Annual Identify It Day. Scientists will attempt to identify the objects. Come by even without a specimen, to check out the museum and learn about species and rock identification. Beneski Museum of Natural History

Community Event: Free The Valley Winds Concerts

The Valley Winds is a professional Wind Ensemble/Concert Band and we offer three concerts each season at various locations in the Pioneer Valley. Their first concert is to be held at Belchertown High School on Sunday, December 1 at 4:00pm. The theme of this concert is CATHEDRALS and will conclude with some Holiday music. This is a free concert. More information is available at http://www.thevalleywinds.com
season preview, valley winds. Visit www.thevalleywinds.com for more informatoion

Community Event: Mashpee Wampanoag Finger Weaving

Saturday, November 16, 1-3pm – For hundreds of years, the Mashpee Wampanoag people have been finger weaving. Marlene Lopez has been finger-weaving and keeping this art alive by teaching others the knowledge that she has learned for 30 years. The designs are those of the Eastern Woodland and Plains people of Turtle Island during the 18th century. The style of weaving is called warpface. The designs are variations of the diagonal, Chevron, Arrowhead, diamond, flame and lightning. The items woven with these designs are ceremonial sashes, belts, garters, armbands, headbands, and hair-ties. Co-sponsored by DCR and Nolumbeka Project. Free admission. All welcome. Great Falls Discovery Center.

Community Event: Free Indian Dance Workshop

Indian Dance blog

Learn about Indian Culture, Experience Indian Dance, and Enjoy Indian Cuisine at
Amherst Ballet!

Amherst Ballet is hosting a free Indian Dance Workshop led by Ms. Monica Bhowmik as the first of its World Dance Workshop series. The workshop will start with a short lecture on Indian culture and dance by Prof. Ranjanaa Devi, the former director of the Asian Arts and Culture Program of Fine Arts Center, UMass. At the end of the workshop, participants will be treated to a reception featuring Indian cuisine.
Date and Time: Saturday, November 16 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Amherst Ballet (29 Strong Street, Amherst)
For more information, visit http://www.amherstballet.org, email info@amherstballet.org, or call (413)549-1555.

Wildwood School Directory Information

Dear PGO:

The Wildwood School Directory has been distributed to classroom teachers to send home to each Wildwood family.  Each family receives one copy and it should come home in your youngest student’s backpack. Please remember that the directory is a volunteer project meant to build community.  The directory is meant to connect students and families.  The directory is not to be used for marketing purposes.
Thank you and Enjoy,
Susan Wells and Jenny Haugsjaahabink 
PGO Volunteer project coordinators for the School Directory and the Yearbook

Support the Wildwood 6th Grade by heading to CHIPOTLE on Election Day, Tuesday 11/5 from 4:00-8:00 and mention “Wildwood” at check out!

Support the Wildwood 6th Grade by heading to CHIPOTLE on Election Day, Tuesday 11/5 from 4:00-8:00 and mention “Wildwood” at check out!
All sales made in the Chipotle store at 334 Russell St in Hadley with this flier (see attached) or mentioning “Wildwood” at check out will earn our 6th Graders money toward their end of the year field trip!  We get 33% of all such sales.  We can’t do any promotional advertising at, nor in, the restaurant or we might lose our proceeds, but are trying to spread the word any other way we can. Tell your family!  Tell your friends! Tell your Co Workers! And don’t forget to mention Wildwood at Check Out!

Florence Bank Community Choice Grants Program

florencebankEach year, Florence Bank gives away $100,000 to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.  The non-profits receiving the most votes can get up to $5,000.

In past years, the ARPS PGO has received close to 100 votes & over $1,400 per year. Yay!  The grant money went towards classroom support, special projects, field trips & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Middle School, & Amherst High School) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes & see if we can get even more. Every vote helps.
** Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice. **
** The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit. **

There are 2 easy ways to vote:
(1) Online – Visit https://www.florencebank.com/vote to cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot (attached).  Ballots are also available at any Florence Bank location.  Ballots should be submitted at the bank or turned in to the PGO.

Voting is open until December 31st. Thank you for your support!

Amherst Job Fair

On Tuesday, November 12th from 4:30-6:30 PM join the Town of Amherst, the Amherst Regional Public Schools, the US Census Bureau and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce for a job fair in the Glass Room of the Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk in Downtown Amherst.

Please share with anyone that you know who might be looking for employment in our area.

We hope to see you there!

Town of Amherst Job Fair

Tuesday, November 12th 4:30 PM-6:30 PM

Glass Room of the Bangs Community Center

70 Boltwood Walk in Downtown Amherst

Community Event – Saturday Family Science – Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Saturday, November 9, 10-11am – Saturday Family Science: Tons of Seeds. Even the largest oak tree begins its life as a tiny seed. For this Saturday Science, children with their guardian will be learning all about seeds, what they need, and the tricks plants use to keep them safe and spread them far and wide. Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

Community Event – A History of Women’s Rights, Jones Library

Saturday, November 2, 2-3:30pm – Short Skirts, Oh My! A History of Women’s Rights. When Abigail Adams begged her husband to “remember the ladies” in drafting a new code of laws, John wrote back that he “could not but laugh” at her extraordinary suggestion. Less than 150 years later, women were working, voting, and experiencing the first taste of freedoms unheard of just a generation earlier. In this talk, Anne Barrett traces the exciting social and historical milestones in the fight for women’s rights. Jones Library.

Lost and Found goes 21st Century!

 
Every year, hundreds of items are lost and then abandoned by students at Wildwood. It is predominantly jackets, sweaters and outerwear, but shoes, lunch boxes, and much more, is left every day.
Even though most kids know that the lost and found is located just through the blue doors at the end of the main hallway, few ever stop to look to see if their items are there. This online picture show will give families a chance to identify their child’s items so that they can be retrieved and used for another time.
Newer items will be shown at the top.
Thanks to Joe Russavage, the head custodian for the idea!

Feedback Sought – LSSE Programming Needs Assessment

Amherst Leisure Services has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute to carry out a recreational programming needs assessment and comprehensive strategic plan. The final plan will provide our department with a vision, mission and strategic direction for the next three to five years. Information gathered from the community will be a vital part of this process. Your participation via surveys and community-wide input gathering/visioning sessions is crucial. Join us for a Community Meeting on either Tuesday, 10/29 at 6:30 PM at Crocker Farm Elementary School Cafeteria or Thursday, 11/21 at 5:30 PM at Wildwood Elementary School Cafeteria. You can find the facebook event link here.

Thank you!

Marion Jordan

Marketing and Registration Coordinator

Free Community Dance Class!

First Congregational Church will host a free community dance class on Friday November 8 and December 13 from 6-7:30 pm!

Youth, families and community members are invited to have fun and express yourself with dance! The class will feature everyday movement such as gesturing, walking, turning, jumping, posing, etc., inspired by natural rhythms and multi-cultural upbeat music. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers. All are welcome and no previous experience with dance is necessary.

Library Programing – Tales from Mount Washington

Tales from Mount Washington

Home of the World’s Worst Weather

Amherst, MA – Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”?  Learn the answers in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain’s weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns. This program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit. This exciting program is appropriate for adults and children alike.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

Amherst Leisure Services 50th Annual Halloween Fest!

Come celebrate Amherst Leisure Services 50th Annual Halloween Fest! Sunday October 27th from 12 – 4 pm in Downtown Amherst.

In addition to providing a family friendly program and showcasing downtown Amherst, all proceeds raised will be used for youth program scholarships. Halloween Fest 2019 includes traditional Downtown Trick-or-Treat, a Halloween Parade, Live Entertainment, Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and Doctor Frankenstein’s Lab! Only $5! Children 4 and under are FREE!

 

Support the Wildwood 6th Grade by heading to CHIPOTLE on Election Day, Tuesday 11/5 from 4:00-8:00 and mention “Wildwood” at check out!

Support the Wildwood 6th Grade by heading to CHIPOTLE on Election Day, Tuesday 11/5 from 4:00-8:00 and mention “Wildwood” at check out!
All sales made in the Chipotle store at 334 Russell St in Hadley with this flier (see attached) or mentioning “Wildwood” at check out will earn our 6th Graders money toward their end of the year field trip!  We get 33% of all such sales.  We can’t do any promotional advertising at, nor in, the restaurant or we might lose our proceeds, but are trying to spread the word any other way we can. Tell your family!  Tell your friends! Tell your Co Workers! And don’t forget to mention Wildwood at Check Out!

Community Event: Halloween Bats

Saturday, October 26, 10am-12noon – ANIMAL STUDIES/BATSHalloween Bats. When you think of Halloween, do you think of bats? In Massachusetts, we have seven different species. Learn how to identify the various types of bats, how they “see” in the dark, what they eat, and the important roles they play in the ecosystem. Participate in a bat scavenger hunt and make a bat craft. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 413-584-3009. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.