UMass Athletics – Upcoming Schedule (Mar 3 – Mar 9) – How to Watch & Listen

Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change.

For the most up to date information and full schedule, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar. Follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority.

Hockey East is currently scheduling games for its members on a weekly basis. Updates will typically be provided on Tuesdays and will be communicated via our social media channels, website and our email lists and are subject to change once announced. Click Here for Full Schedule

WednesdayMarch 3

Women’s Soccer vs Stony Brook

2 PM | ESPN+

Watch
(ESPN+)

Men’s Soccer vs Hofstra

5:30 PM | ESPN+

Watch
(ESPN+)

ThursdayMarch 4

Men’s Basketball vs Saint Joseph’s / La Salle

1 PM | NBCSN

Watch
(NBCSN)

Listen

FridayMarch 5

Hockey vs Maine

2:30 PM | NESN | CS Live

Watch
(NESN)

Watch
(CS Live)

Listen

For fans who are in the New England footprint, the CS Live stream will not be available to you for NESN games.

You will only be able to watch via NESN.

SundayMarch 7

Field Hockey vs Vermont

2 PM | ESPN+

Watch
(ESPN+)

MARCH – Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project

Hot Diggity Dog Bitmoji

Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project  

The Week of MARCH 1st

IMPORTANT: Our MARCH backpack will be essential for our MARCH ASSEMBLY: WILDWOOD READS on Friday, March 5th at 10:40 AM.  Your student will need a PHYSICAL BOOK for the DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (DEAR) time!

Pick Up at Wildwood School:  If you chose “pick up,” come to the front doors of Wildwood on TUESDAY, March 2nd or WEDNESDAY, March 3rd between 3:00 and 5:30. Don’t forget your backpack to exchange.

SCHOOL BUS DELIVERY to the apartment complexes Tuesday OR Thursday!

If you chose delivery and you live at the following apartment complexes, PLEASE come to the bus on the listed DAY AND TIME to exchange your backpack of books!

TUESDAY, March 2ndTHURSDAY, March 4th
Time PlaceTime Place
11:00 AM27 Montague Rd.11:15 AMOlympia Oaks 
11:15 AM75 and 85 Cowls Rd. 11:30 AMVillage Park @ the bus stop
11:30 AMBrandywine Apartments @ the bus stop12:00 PMThe Boulders @ the bus stop
11:45 AMPresidential Apartments @ the lunch drop-off by the laundry 

Neighborhood Deliveries (not the apartment complexes): We have 5 dedicated drivers who will contact your family and let you know when to be ready for the backpack exchange.  Thank you PGO volunteers!

Don’t forget to put books on hold in the library catalog!  Check out the directions at www.wildwoodlibrary.org click on the tab > LIBRARY BOOKS.

If you have any questions please email me: wellss@arps.org

Happy Reading, Susan Wells

Proyecto de Entrega y Recogida de Libros de la Biblioteca de Wildwood/PGO 

¡La semana del 1 de Marzo!

Por favor debe devolver los libros de la biblioteca en su mochila para recibir una mochila nueva ¿No has terminado con todos tus libros? ¡Por favor devuelva los libros con los que terminó en la mochila y guarde lo que todavía está leyendo!

Recoger en la Escuela Wildwood:  Si elige “recoger”, venga a la puerta principal de Wildwood el Martes, 2 de Marzo o el Miércoles, 3 de Marzo entre las 3:00 y las 5:30. No olvides tu mochila para cambiar.

¡ENTREGA DE AUTOBÚS ESCOLAR a los complejos de apartamentos el Martes o Jueves! Si tu eliges entrega y vive en los siguientes complejos de apartamentos, ¡POR FAVOR venga al autobús en el DÍA Y HORA indicados para cambiar su mochila de libros!

MARTES, 2 de MarzoJUEVES, 4 de Marzo
Hora LugarHora Lugar
11:00 AM27 Montague Rd.11:15 AMOlympia Oaks 
11:15 AM75 y 85 Cowls Rd. 11:30 AM.Village Park en la parada de autobús
11:30 AMBrandywine Apartments 12:00 PMThe Boulders en la parada de autobús
11:45 AMPresidential Apartments 


Entregas en el vecindario
(no en los complejos de apartamentos): Tenemos 5 conductores dedicados quien se comunicará con su familia y le informará cuándo debe estar listo para el intercambio de mochila. ¡Gracias voluntarios de PGO!

¡No olvide poner los libros en espera en el catálogo de la biblioteca! Consulte las instrucciones en www.wildwoodlibrary.org y haga clic en la pestaña> LIBRARY BOOKS.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, envíeme un correo electrónico a: wellss@arps.org

Feliz Lectura, Susan Wells

UMass Athletics – Upcoming Schedule (Feb 23 – Mar 2) – How to Watch & Listen

Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change.

For the most up to date information and full schedule, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar. Follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority.

Hockey East is currently scheduling games for its members on a weekly basis. Updates will typically be provided on Tuesdays and will be communicated via our social media channels, website and our email lists and are subject to change once announced. Click Here for Full Schedule

TuesdayFebruary 23

Men’s Basketball at Richmond

6 PM | ESPN+Watch
(ESPN+)
Listen

Hockey at Providence

7 PM | CS LiveWatch
(CS Live)
Listen

FridayFebruary 26

Hockey at Boston College

7 PM | NESN+ | CS LiveWatch
(NESN+)
Watch
(CS Live)
Listen

For fans who are in the New England footprint, the CS Live stream will not be available to you for NESN+ games.

You will only be able to watch via NESN+.

Women’s Basketball vs VCU

7:30 PM | ESPN+Watch
(ESPN+)

SundayFebruary 28

Women’s Basketball vs  Richmond

4:30 PM | ESPN+Watch
(ESPN+)

MondayMarch 1

Men’s Basketball at Saint Louis

6 PM | CBSSNWatch
(CBSSN)
Listen

Looking for nature-inspired art from Wildwood students

Environmental Art, the World as the Icecream on top of a sugarcone.

The Amherst Art for Clean Energy student anthology, co-created by Amherst Sunrise and Amherst Regional High School students, is looking for nature-inspired art from Wildwood students! They are compiling written and visual art inspired by nature and/or environmental action, made by Amherst students or residents ages 5-18. After reviewing submissions, they will publish them and sell the final anthology to the general Amherst community. 100% of the profits will go toward converting coal energy to clean energy through the Beyond Coal™ organization.

Submit your artwork here: www.bit.ly/artforcleanenergy!

The deadline to submit is April 7, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email artforcleanenergy@gmail.com

Preorder forms are on their way.

A Leader of Women’s Suffrage, Lucy Stone, Transports Audiences back in Time!

Judith Kalaora portrays Lucy Stone:  The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, a fierce abolitionist, and women’s rights activist.

The Jones Library and The Friends of the Jones Libraries Present: History At PlayTM, LLC’s Critically Acclaimed One-Woman Performance. Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment in the United States

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET 

Free and Open to the Public -VIA LIVESTREAM DIRECT TO YOU! 

Amherst, MA – History At PlayTM, LLC (HAP, LLC) has garnered nationwide applause for their one-woman living history performances, chronicling the lives of legendary women who changed society.  The fiery performance I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone has received accolades from journalists, actors, and historians alike and was featured on the WGBH Forum, a series of lectures and performances selected by WGBH to be streamed online.  

Now, in honor of the 2020 centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment, HAP, LLC brings Lucy Stone’s incredible story direct to the comfort of your home via LIVESTREAM on Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET. The livestream production of I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone is approximately 60 minutes, followed by real-time audience Q & A and is suitable for all ages. This one-time-onlyevent is generously sponsored by the Jones Library and the Friends of the Jones Libraries. 

This event is free and open to public, but reservations are required at the following link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88440532391?pwd=aHZUeHJ6cjErWElVWm1LbEROQVBVdz09.  Patrons will receive a link to view the teleconference upon registration. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit www.joneslibrary.org or email Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.  

In this presentation of I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, History At PlayTM, LLC Founder and Artistic Director Judith Kalaora is Lucy Stone: The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, a fierce abolitionist, and women’s rights activist. Challenging discrimination is not easy, but Lucy Stone is never one to take the easy road. Even Susan B. Anthony credited Lucy Stone for her involvement in the tumultuous women’s rights movement. The fight for suffrage is ferocious, so come along for the ride! 

HAP, LLC was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Judith Kalaora in order to create Immersive Living History Experiences and to chronicle the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Kalaora is a professional educator, award-winning playwright, and living historian. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University and completed the Globe Education Program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London, England. 

Josh Lederman, NBC News Political Correspondent, attests: “History At Play connects the dots between the characters that made up our past and the events they shaped that still influence our lives.” Jordan Rich, of CBS WBZ Radio, states that Judith Kalaora, the Founder & Artistic Director of History At Play, LLC, is “a one-woman force of nature and inhabits these women…it takes people like her to bring these stories to life…these lost pieces of history.”  

History At PlayTM, LLC (HAP, LLC) has garnered international applause for their one-woman immersive living history performances, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Since 2010, the HAP, LLC Troupe has brought the legacies of great heroines to life in museums, libraries, universities, historical societies, senior living communities, and schools across the United States. History At PlayTM, LLC is now available for booking both livestream events as well as traditional live theatrical performances.

Visit HistoryAtPlay.com to learn more and email info@HistoryAtPlay.com, or call +1.617.752.2859 for booking inquiries.  

Wildwood Library/PGO Book Delivery and Pick Up Project for March

Hot Diggity - Susan Wells High Fives a Dog.

The Week of MARCH 1st

IMPORTANT: Our MARCH backpack will be essential for our MARCH ASSEMBLY: WILDWOOD READS on Friday, March 5th at 10:40 AM.  Your student will need a PHYSICAL BOOK for the DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (DEAR) time!

Pick Up at Wildwood School:  If you chose “pick up,” come to the front doors of Wildwood on TUESDAY, March 2nd or WEDNESDAY, March 3rd between 3:00 and 5:30. Don’t forget your backpack to exchange.

SCHOOL BUS DELIVERY to the apartment complexes Tuesday OR Thursday!

If you chose delivery and you live at the following apartment complexes, PLEASE come to the bus on the listed DAY AND TIME to exchange your backpack of books!

TUESDAY, March 2ndTHURSDAY, March 4th
Time PlaceTime Place
11:00 AM27 Montague Rd.11:15 AMOlympia Oaks 
11:15 AM75 and 85 Cowls Rd. 11:30 AMVillage Park @ the bus stop
11:30 AMBrandywine Apartments @ the bus stop12:00 PMThe Boulders @ the bus stop
11:45 AMPresidential Apartments @ the lunch drop-off by the laundry 

Neighborhood Deliveries (not the apartment complexes): We have 5 dedicated drivers who will contact your family and let you know when to be ready for the backpack exchange.  Thank you PGO volunteers!

Don’t forget to put books on hold in the library catalog!  Check out the directions at www.wildwoodlibrary.org click on the tab > LIBRARY BOOKS.

If you have any questions please email me: wellss@arps.org

Happy Reading,
Susan Wells

Flyer in English and Spanish. 

Watch the video below to learn how to manage student HOLDS in the WW library catalog:

Amherst Art for Clean Energy Project

The Amherst Sunrise Movement and ARHS juniors Elaine Wu and Rebekah Hong have created a project called Amherst Art for Clean Energy.  The goal of the project is to put together a student anthology of visual or written art inspired by nature or environmental action. ARPS students ages 5-18 are invited to submit their work.  Once compiled, the anthology will be printed and sold to the general Amherst community, and all proceeds will be donated to Beyond Coal, an organization that works to convert coal energy to clean energy. This is a great opportunity for students to get their artwork published while contributing to a great cause. 

Students can learn more about the project and submit their work here:  www.bit.ly/artforcleanenergy. The deadline to submit is April 7, 2021. If parents or students have any questions, they can email artforcleanenergy@gmail.com.      

Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Meeting

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters is having its next meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 5:00pm.

Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683277314pwd=MG94dGpQMGpsSVoxbnVxYitQYVMvZz09

Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314
Passcode: GoCanes

Call: 1 646 876 9923  
Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314  
Password: 4215495   

The Agenda includes: welcome/greetings, review of minutes, Executive board updates, fundraising and other committee updates

After school science/engineering opportunity for 5th and 6th graders!

t is the year 2040. Astronauts traveled from Earth to Jupiter in a space station equipped with a vehicle that will travel to Jupiter’s moon of Europa to launch a probe into the ice moon. Its goal is to dive deep into the massive water ocean underneath the ice sheets studied by the Europa Clipper in the 2020s.

Europa

This hour-long after school virtual mission, hosted by experts at the McAuliffe Center and facilitated by Science Specialist Jen Reese, will transport students into the roles of astronauts, scientists, and engineers. Using teamwork skills, communication, problem solving, and other critical thinking skills, students will work together to complete the mission.

Is your 5th or 6th grader interested in joining the team? If so, ask them to fill out this form by Friday, February 12th. We only have space for about 15 students. (I’m testing this out with a small group because I’ve never tried one of these virtual missions before.) If more than 15 students are interested, I’ll create one team and then do my best to set up another session. The mission will be led in English, but all of the instructions are on webpages that can be translated, and we can arrange for an interpreter and/or other support people to join us, too.

Students need:

-to be available after school one weekday in February or March for one hour (date to be determined)

-laptop and internet connection

-device with a camera (school Chromebooks will work!)

-curiosity and a positive attitude

If you have questions, please email me: reesej@arps.org.

Thank you!

-Jen


¡Oportunidad para los estudiantes de 5º y 6º de elemental en el ámbito de las ciencias y la ingeniería!

Es el año 2040. Los astronautas han viajado de la Tierra a Júpiter en una estación espacial equipada con un vehículo que viajará a la luna de Júpiter, Europa, para lanzar una sonda dentro de la luna de hielo. Su objetivo es sumergirse en las profundidades del enorme océano de agua que se encuentra bajo las capas de hielo estudiadas por el Europa Clipper en la década de 2020.

Europa

Esta misión virtual extraescolar de una hora de duración, organizada por expertos del Centro McAuliffe y facilitada por la Especialista en Ciencias Jen Reese, transportará a los estudiantes al papel de astronautas, científicos e ingenieros. Utilizando habilidades de trabajo en equipo, comunicación, resolución de problemas y otras habilidades de pensamiento crítico, los estudiantes trabajarán juntos para completar la misión.

¿Está su hijo(a) de 5º o 6º grado interesado en unirse al equipo? Si es así, pídales que completen este formulario antes del viernes 12 de febrero. Sólo tenemos espacio para unos 15 estudiantes. (Estoy probando esto con un grupo pequeño porque nunca he probado una de estas misiones virtuales antes). Si hay más de 15 estudiantes interesados, crearé un equipo y luego haré lo posible por organizar otra sesión. La misión se llevará a cabo en inglés, pero todas las instrucciones están en páginas web que pueden ser traducidas, y podemos organizar un intérprete y/u otras personas de apoyo que se unan a nosotros, también.

Los estudiantes necesitan:

-estar disponibles después de la escuela un día de la semana en febrero o marzo durante una hora (fecha por determinar)

-ordenador portátil y conexión a Internet

-dispositivo con cámara (¡los Chromebooks del colegio sirven!)

-curiosidad y actitud positiva

Si tienes preguntas, por favor envíame un correo electrónico: reesej@arps.org.

¡Gracias!

-Jen

The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges & Universities

Architecture program flyer, details follow in copy.

Amherst, MA – Intrigued by gargoyles in architecture?  Join us for The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities, an event to be hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari”, traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this type of sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has collected his findings in his book called The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities and presents a selection in this illustrated lecture, giving you a taste of the variety of ornament, history and humor these campuses have to offer. 

The Grotesque 10 schools we will visit are Yale University, Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Bryn Mawr College, The City College of New York, Duke University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, The University of Chicago, The University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University in St. Louis.  

To attend this event, please register by sending an email to programs@joneslibrary.org.   You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate in this Zoom event. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the event. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join via Zoom. 

Mathew Duman is a photographer, author, and graphic designer who grew up in Bethany, Connecticut. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University. but while studying abroad, he developed a fascination with the grotesque sculptures of the cathedrals of Britain. In addition to England, Matt has made photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand. As a personal project, he began exploring the variety of sculpture found on the buildings of Yale University & published a book called An Education in the Grotesque, containing his findings at Yale. He has now turned his sights on the sculpture at other campuses around the US. 

For more information, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/ or contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.   

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.  

Eighth annual African-American Read-In

Wildwood will be hosting its eighth annual African-American Read-In, this Wednesday, February 3th. This day, which takes place nationally during Black History month, is a way to recognize and celebrate the stories, books and poetry of African-American authors. The idea for an African American Read-In Day was started by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) thirty-one years ago. At Wildwood we will be opening up our doors virtually to guest readers from Wildwood staff and families, the Amherst School District and the community at-large to come into every classroom and read a book written or illustrated by an African-American author. The amazing online SORA book list has been compiled by Mrs. Wells, our librarian, from Coretta Scott King Award Winners and other favorite books from past years.

We will kick-off the day with a virtual assembly beginning at 9:10 am. The assembly will feature students who will be reading excerpts from The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, the 2021 Inaugural Poet, original poetry written by our students and our old friend Mtalika Banda, as a special musical guest.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the assembly at the following link: WWRead-In

What are your children doing this February Vacation?

February 15-19

Join Virtual Multi-Arts for an adventure into the ARTS

Fun. Creative. Engaging.

You will have at home a happy child

Now your children will be able to sign up for one activity, for two activities, or for “All-you-can-Have”

Our selection runs from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Art – Puppet Party – Book Illustration – Crafts & Story Time – Theater & Playwriting – Spanish through the Arts – Children/Parent Meditation!

For detailed information about activities and to register contact us:

http://www.multi-arts.orgInfo@multi-arts.org – 413-584 7951

Best news: you can pay a suggested contribution or “Pay as You Can”

Amherst School Committee: Open Meeting of Residents

February 4, 2021 at 6:00PM

Join online via Zoom or view on Amherst Media Channel 15

Share your comments, ask questions, and hear from the District, School Committee, and other community members at this open meeting on February 4.

Pursuant to Article 8, Section 1, of the Amherst Town Charter, the Amherst School Committee is hosting this open meeting at the request of 240 Amherst petitioners on the following subjects:

  1. Distance Learning Model Impacts
    • Is there evidence that remote learning is hurting our children?
    • How is remote learning failing to serve special needs students, low income and BIPOC students in particular, and how does the school system plan to redress the situation given its stated support for social justice?
  2. Health & Safety Plans for In-Person Learning
    • Is our district following best practices for in-person learning as evinced by healthcare professionals, neighboring and similar towns, and scientific evidence?
    • Has the school district taken appropriate safety measures to keep children and faculty safe during in-person learning?
  3. Decision Framework in MOA
    • Are the metrics that trigger schools returning to in-person learning appropriate?
    • Should agreements regarding in-person and other types of learning during COVID be flexible and able to be directly revised based on the latest scientific and public health data?

4. Phasing Plan for In-Person Learning

  • How should the grades be divided regarding the time-table for returning to in-person learning?
  • Is the phased, cascading system for returning to in-person learning appropriate?

5. Budget Impacts

  • What are the short and long-term financial implications to the town of having schools closed to in-person learning?
  • What are the short and long term repercussions of parents pulling children from the district?
  • Does the fact that the schools remain closed to in-person learning warrant a further reduction of the school budget for next year?
  • If the schools return to in-person learning while COVID is still a significant issue, can extra money be allocated to the school budget to address any concerns that the Superintendent, faculty and staff might have?

Agenda:

  1. Welcome & Meeting Norms – 6:00
  2. Presentation by Amherst School District – 6:05
  3. Open Comments & Questions – 6:15

Questions may also be submitted at any time through Wednesday, February 3 using this submission form. Questions collected before and during the open meeting will be responded to either during the open meeting or afterward via a published Q&A.

AEF Now Accepting 2021-2022 Excellence Grants Program

We are pleased to announce the Request for Proposals for AEF’s 2021-2022 Excellence Grants Program. Teachers, schools, staff, administrators, and organizations affiliated with the Amherst Regional Public Schools are invited to submit applications for
activities that support AEF’s funding criteria and align with the work of the District and/or School.

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials

Amherst, MA – As we begin to think about planning our gardens this year, it’s a good time to consider the benefits of adding plants that attract birds, butterflies, and bees.   Learn how to do just that by joining us for Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials, a webinar to be hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

This webinar, a power point presentation offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root, describes the essential roles played by birds, pollinators, and other beneficial wildlife and provides guidance on meeting their needs for food, cover, and water. A variety of plants that nourish these organisms throughout their lifecycles is discussed, and organic methods for establishing wildlife habitat are also presented. Handouts will be available for downloading, and comments and questions will be welcome at the conclusion of the program. A recording of this event will be scheduled for multiple broadcasts by Amherst Media and will be made accessible at their website via YouTube. 

For more information on the program and how to join us via Zoom, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/ or contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.  The Zoom event can also be accessed directly on March 4th at https://www.joneslibrary.org/beneficials.  

This program is made possible by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.  This program is also supported in part by the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Biliteracy Programs- application due Feb 3

Dear ARPS PGOs, 
The Seal of Biliteracy team would appreciate your support to spread the word to families about the ARPS Biliteracy Awards application and clubs. We are asking students to submit the application to get involved by February 3. Videos with info in 5 languages available here, and an updated version of the letter that went out to families in December is here.


For elementary schools, the first Biliteracy club meeting for 5th and 6th grade speakers of all languages will be Thurs 2/4 at 3:15-4:00 at meet code ‘Biliteracy’. 

Help us tailor Multi-Arts vacation program to your needs

Help us tailor Multi-Arts vacation program to your needs, an online program that supports your children and your family during this February 15-19 School Vacation.

We want children to have the pleasure to experience ARTS in all its manifestations. 

To give a voice to their inner self, 

To give them confident, 

To provide them with the ability to appreciate themselves, and realize the beauty in their beings.

Let us know how: What schedule you would like to see, and what activities you would like your child to experience. In the past we have offered successful online classes in Art, Theater, Music, Dance, Mime, Puppets, Storytelling, and Crafts among others.

Write to us now: info@multi-arts.org

This is what parents say about our Zoom programs

“Thank you for a wonderful summer of Multi-Arts. We were so impressed with the Creativity of the teachers, the quality of the workshops, and how hard you all worked to create a community for our kids during this challenging time. We sing your praises widely and look forward to all being together again!  Best, Liz, Matt & R.”

“! Multi-Arts is so well-organized, with dynamic, kind, engaging teachers and the use of varying activities every hour keeps things fresh and fun.  My child loves to see the other kids, engage in creativity, and be in his body (dancing, theater, etc.).   Thank you for that gift! best, Rebecca B”

Book delivery and pick up next week!

Dear Families:It’s that time again! Your student’s new book backpack is READY! Please see all the details below.  Can you guess how many books we packed this month?  Watch this 3-minute video for the answer. Thank you to the WW PGO and our wonderful families and volunteers for their generous support of this project!

Pick Up at Wildwood SchoolTUESDAY, January 26th or WEDNESDAY, January 27th between 3:00 and 5:30. Don’t forget your backpack to exchange.

Neighborhood Deliveries: We have 5 dedicated drivers who will contact your family and let you know when to be ready for the backpack exchange. 

SCHOOL BUS DELIVERY to the apartment complexes Tuesday OR Thursday!

If you chose delivery and you live at the following apartment complexes, PLEASE come to the bus on the listed DAY AND TIME to exchange your backpack of books!

TUESDAY, JAN. 26thTHURSDAY, JAN. 28th
Time PlaceTime Place
11:00 AM27 Montague Rd.11:15 AMOlympia Oaks 
11:15 AM75 and 85 Cowls Rd. 11:30 AMVillage Park @ the bus stop
11:30 AMBrandywine Apartments @ the bus stop12:00 PMThe Boulders @ the bus stop
11:45 AMPresidential Apartments @ the lunch drop-off by the laundry 

WinterFest 2021

February 5th – 6th from 5 – 7pm

Amherst Recreation, The Business Improvement District and The Amherst Area Chamber presents Ice Sculptures on the Common! A Drive-Through Experience.

Welcome one and all to Winterfest 2021! This fantastical event will feature at least 11 life-sized animal ice sculptures displayed on the Amherst Common. Your favorite Winterfest mascot, Flakey along with mascots from our local colleges and businesses will join us in waving to passers-by. Please DRIVE by and celebrate this amazing event with us!

More Details

Winterfest Flyer

Family Town Hall: School Start Times

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9 AM EST – 10AM EST Online: youtube.com

OR

Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST Online: youtube.com

NOTE: These are two identical Family Town Hall events on Monday, January 25th to learn more about the later start time discussion. To participate in either event, please visit the appropriate link to listen to the options and to ask questions using the chat feature. You need only to visit the link during the event time to participate.

Wildwood Family Stories Project

Dear Wildwood Families,

As shared in Thursday’s assembly the Wildwood Family Stories Project is now officially launched and has three new interviews conducted by two fifth graders and one fourth grader. Any Wildwood family member can have access to these stories, and ones that are uploaded in the future, by creating a StoryCorps account at this link: wwstrong. By completing this simple form you will automatically become a member of the WW StoryCorps community. My goal is to have this library of stories convey our common humanity and an appreciation of our rich diversity to our students, families and staff. The three stories that have been uploaded take place in very different locations, Haiti, Egypt, and  New York state during World War II, during different times, but the love of family and the essence of being a child come through.  

You and your family are also invited to record your own in-person interview by using the StoryCorps app on your phone. Here are instructions: app. You can also interview someone at a distance using StoryCorps Connect. There is a sample list of questions at the Wildwood Community site. Recording a conversation with a loved one is a great way to stay connected during the present time while creating memories for your family.

Your Principal,
Nick

Unicorns, Mermaids AND Cookbooks!

Picture of the new books at the library purchased by the PGO
New PGO Books!

Hello Wildwood readers and their families!  Ms. Wells sent along these pictures of all the NEW books, purchased by the WW PGO, which are ready for the January book backpacks.

They include all the popular titles, unicorns, mermaids AND cookbooks!

January distribution of backpacks begins on the 25th this month, so get ready!

BOOK BACKPACKS from WW Library The Week of January 25th!

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You know how this works now!

Pick Up at Wildwood SchoolTUESDAY, January 26th or WEDNESDAY, January 27th between 3:00 and 5:30. Don’t forget your backpack to exchange.

Neighborhood Deliveries: We have 5 dedicated drivers who will contact your family and let you know when to be ready for the backpack exchange. 

SCHOOL BUS DELIVERY to the apartment complexes Tuesday OR Thursday!

If you chose delivery and you live at the following apartment complexes, PLEASE come to the bus on the listed DAY AND TIME to exchange your backpack of books!

TUESDAY, JAN. 26thTHURSDAY, JAN. 28th
Time PlaceTime Place
11:00 AM27 Montague Rd.11:15 AMOlympia Oaks 
11:15 AM75 and 85 Cowls Rd. 11:30 AMVillage Park @ the bus stop
11:30 AMBrandywine Apartments @ the bus stop12:00 PMThe Boulders @ the bus stop
11:45 AMPresidential Apartments @ the lunch drop-off by the laundry 

Don’t forget to put books on hold in the Library catalog! Click here for directions

If you have any questions please email me: Susan Wells wellss@arps.org

www.wildwoodlibrary.org

UMass Employees- Another Way to Support Our Schools

Do you work at UMass? Do you want an easy way to make a contribution to the ARPS PGO and help our schools? The annual UMass-Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) is now underway. The UMACC program lets UMass employees donate to charitable organizations via paycheck, as little as $1 per pay period. Consider giving to the APRS PGO.
Here are the top 10 reasons for giving through UMACC: https://www.umass.edu/umacc/why-give

The Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO (ARPS PGO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, the Amherst Middle School, & the Amherst High School. The APRS PGO’s UMACC number is 15250. UMass employees can signup with their UMass NetID at http://www.umass.edu/umacc/login   Every donation to the PGOs makes a big difference in helping our schools.

Thank you!

Get Outdoors and Play! Traveling Recess Van

Please note this is not a school sponsored event.

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters and Amherst Recreation are teaming up to provide a “Recess Van,” during the lunch/recess break between the times of 11:30-12:15 from 1/11/2021-1/29/21.

The 30 minute activities will be held from approximately 11:40 -12:10.

  • Mondays- Amherst Regional Middle School
  • Tuesdays- Mill River Recreation Area
  • Wednesdays- Butternut Farms
  • Thursdays- The Boulders Apartments
  • Fridays- Groff Park.  

It is voluntary, free and doesn’t require any registration, other than the children’s names, grade and school, if not homeschooled the day of the “recess.” It’s geared towards students K-6, who are homeschooled, or not otherwise expected to be in class at that time. There is not any transportation provided. This is a structured, outdoor play activity led by staff and volunteers for the purpose of in-person, social engagement and fun. It is expected that children will only attend if they are in good health, not under quarantine due to Covid health guidelines, and will wear a mask at all times.

For more details, you may see the Amherst Recreation website: https://www.amherstma.gov/3564/Recreation-Department or The Amherst Hurricanes Boosters website: https://hurricaneboosters.com and/or email Mary Klaes, President of the Boosters: mgklaes@comcast.net  or Nick Walas, Sports Director, at Amherst Recreation: walasn@amherstma.gov

Jones Library Virtual Program: Feasting from Your Winter Pantry

Amherst, MA – Looking for ways to make a delicious dinner without last minute trips to the market, especially these days?  Join us for Feasting from Your Winter Pantry: Soul Warming Recipes from Your Pantry, a webinar to be presented by Liz Barbour and hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Whether you are a seasoned cook or complete novice, creating a meal from what you’ve got on hand is always a challenge. We’ve all stocked our pantries as best we could, and are now trying to figure out how to pull it all together to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal. Join Liz Barbour for this fun and tasty class. Liz will share her pantry basics and inspire you to be creative with what you’ve got. Following her discussion, Liz will demonstrate 2 pantry recipes anyone can cook at home. 

To attend this event, please register advance for this webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4grqs8-XQRiSjkGUktOSHw 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  You do not need to have a Zoom account or create a Zoom account to participate.  

Chef Liz Barbour, owner of The Creative Feast, has been cooking professionally in the Boston area throughout her career. Liz’s cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner”, and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine and New Hampshire Home. In 2017, Liz published her first cookbook Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers

For more information, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/ or contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.   

This program is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

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Janet Ryan 

Head of Programming & Outreach 

Jones Library