Hello all, We thought you would enjoy some joyful notes about library bag distribution this week. Nick Yaffe enjoyed dropping books at the Boulders on Thursday, while uptown, Susan Wells merrily dropped off at Village Park and Olympia Oaks. Wildwood parent Toni Cunningham did another write up of our project, and our nomination of Susan Wells for Librarian of the Year, in the Amherst Indy https://tinyurl.com/LibrarianDeliversJoy
Finally, note the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid books! A Wildwood family who saw author Jeff Kinney at the Eric Carle last month (and won his contest) sent along an article about our library project, including the lack of Wimpy Kid books to meet the demand. So, he sent along a new set. Thanks, Jeff! Of course these will all be checked out immediately in January.
An easy way for UMass employees to donate schools is by giving through UMACC to the ARPS PGO. 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.
Please consider giving to the ARPS PGO. Every donation to the PGOs makes a big difference. The ARPS PGO appreciates all donations and donors, even those who aren’t able to give, or give as much, in tough years such as this one. Thank you.
Vote for us in the Florence Bank Community Choice Grant program. Each Florence Bank account holder gets one vote, and the voting runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. If you haven’t voted this calendar year, please do! The bank donates $100,000 to local schools and non profits, and we only need 50 votes to qualify for a grant. Please vote for the Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO), which includes the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Regional Middle School and Amherst Regional High School.
Vote por nosotros en el programa Florence Grant Community Choice Grant. Cada el titular de la cuenta de Florence Bank obtiene un voto, y la votación se extiende desde del 1 de enero al 31 de diciembre de cada año. Si no has votado esto año calendario, por favor hazlo! El banco dona $ 100,000 a escuelas locales y sin fines de lucro, y solo necesitamos 50 votos para calificar. Por favor vote por la Organización de Guardianes de Padres de las Escuelas Públicas Regionales de Amherst (ARPS PGO), que incluye los PGO para Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Escuela secundaria regional y Escuela secundaria regional Amherst.
Take The Pledge & Gift a Gift Card. Consider donating gift cards to help families in need.Support local businesses and help families all at the same time! See details below.
Everyone could use some extra help at this time of the year. A warm take-out meal can make a huge difference after a long day of work, especially as families prepare for the holidays. A gift card to a local store can help families who may be struggling financially find gifts for their loved ones. Learn how you can support both local businesses and the community. Please see the message below from the Amherst Business Improvement District (BID):
Many thanks to all the PGO volunteers from all the Amherst regional schools for their donations of coats and money, and donations of time, in putting on this year’s Coat Swap. At least 80 families have been served so far.
“We will read books together inside the blanket and stay warm. And keep writing poetry in our respective journals. Time will fly but we will still remain inside the blanket forever.”
Teacher’s Wish Lists is a classic PGO program that we are reviving to help teachers get what they need. The goal is to engage the class families in helping teachers get the resources and materials they need for remote learning.
Here’s how it should work. Class parents sent a note to your classroom teachers, and they will let you know what your teacher needs (supplies, resources, recycled materials, and much more). For non-classroom teachers, the list will be circulated here through the Blog. From these lists, parents can buy stuff OR (most importantly) realize that they have that lying around their houses and decide to donate it or lend it to the school.
And here are the wish lists so far! If you would like to donate any of these items, contact your class parent, or Kristen DeAngelis, the PGO Class Parent Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can consult the directory or your teacher if you don’t know who your class parent is. And THANK YOU to the Class Parents—every classroom now has a Class Parent!
Please help the Amherst Education Foundation to continue to provide grants in support of educational programs in our schools by making a gift in honor of a teacher or a staff member. Please submit your contribution by December 31.
Ms. Wells posted thisNEW VIDEO CLIPon her YouTube channel, reminding students to put their books on hold for next week’s backpack distribution!
This past Monday, Wildwood PGO, under the leadership of Laura Muller, completed the submission of our nomination of Ms. Wells for Scholastic Librarian of the Year! Thank you to all the students, parents, staff, and guardians who submitted photos, stories, video, and more to help tell the powers that be at Scholastic that Ms. Wells rocks! It was truly inspiring.
Hello, parents and guardians, we are pleased to announce that the 2020 – 2021 Wildwood school directories are ready for distribution. We’ll be using the library backpacks to distribute the directories, and work to limit them to just one per family. If your child is not getting a backpack this coming week – beginning Monday 12.14 – then feel free to come by Wildwood during backpack pickup on Wednesday 12.16 and Thursday 12.17, between 3:30PM and 5:00PM to get a directory.
However, we realize that some families or guardians MAY need more than one if a child spends time in two places, etc. If that is your situation, please send an email to Christine Lindstrom (CLL800@aol.com) to arrange for receiving a second directory. We ask that you do not share the lists contained in the directory with anyone outside of Wildwood, to protect everyone’s privacy.
Due to COVID-19, all schedules (opponent, location, streaming information etc.) are subject to change.
For the most up to date schedule information, please visit UMassAthletics.com/Calendar and follow us on Twitter @UMassAthletics for live updates. The health and safety of our student-athletes will always be our top priority.
Many thanks to all the parents & guardians who donated during the recent Giving Tuesday/Brown Envelope fundraiser. Our goal was $5,000 and we busted right through it, raising $6,334.03 as of Thursday, 12.3.20. If you did not get a chance to donate, you still can! Visit www.WildwoodPGO.com to donate online. The PGO aims to support teaching and learning, as well as community, at Wildwood Elementary School. This year has presented many challenges in achieving this mission, and having enough money to do what needs to be done is paramount. In particular, we will continue our investment in Mrs. Wells mobile library project, and continue to offer mini-grant funding and discretionary funding to all our classroom based, and non-classroom based, teachers this year. Look for more blog posts on how the PGO spends it money, including some of the great projects we’ve funded for the teachers. Separately, one tool we use to build community, the Wildwood School Directory, is headed your way soon. Check your child’s library backpack, going out in the next 10 days or so, for your copy!
Hello Wildwood parents and guardians, ICYMI, the Wildwood PGO is nominating Mrs. Wells for the Scholastic Librarian of the Year award. Not only has her mobile library project brought joy and books to our students this year, but her authors visits, maker space events and field trips from previous years have as well. Together, we collected 39 stories about Mrs. Wells from parents and students.
Now, we need photos! Do you have any you can share? We can include them with our nomination if we have them by 5pm Monday.
Please send them via email to parent Laura Muller, email@example.com. Include your student’s first and last name, and the year, along with the photo attachment.
Thanks again for all the assistance! We’ll let you know how it is going once the nomination is submitted.
We have always known how special our school librarian, Mrs. Wells, is. From creating maker spaces and book clubs to organizing school-wide author visits, Ms. Wells has always created such amazing learning experiences for our community. However, this year, during the pandemic, we and our children were reminded once again just how special Mrs. Wells is. To borrow from pandemic language, she is a ‘super spreader’ in the very best way — beyond instilling the love of reading and understanding to our children, she’s bringing energy, and hope, and unity to Wildwood Elementary with her mobile library project. Each month, our children cannot wait for their new infusion of books that have been handpicked for them by Mrs. Wells. That’s why the Wildwood PGO, under the leadership of parent Laura Muller, is nominating her for the Scholastic Librarian of the Year award. If she wins, we’ll get a ton of new books for the library, among other things. But we need your help to ensure that she wins. As part of the nomination, we aim to submit as many parent and child stories about how much their relationship with Mrs. Wells means, this year, during the pandemic, and beyond. Please take 5 minutes now to write your story in this Google Form. Your story can be as short (one sentence) or as long as you would like. We need stories by Friday December 4 in order to meet the submission deadline. Let’s reflect all that energy and hope right back at Mrs. Wells! If she wins, we all do! If you have questions about this process, please feel free to contact Laura Muller (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Chris Lindstrom (email@example.com) or Kerry Crosby (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We’re re-introducing a classic PGO program that had fallen by the wayside, but we want to revive. The goal is to engage the class families in helping teachers get the resources and materials they need for remote learning.
Here’s how it should work. Each Class parent will get a list from the teacher of things they may need (supplies, resources, recycled materials, and much more). This list can then be circulated to the parents. From that list, parents can buy stuff OR (most importantly) realize that they have that lying around their houses and decide to donate it or lend it to the school. The only thing the Teacher’s Wish List can’t accommodate is fundraising.
Contact Kristen DeAngelis, PGO Class Parent Coordinator, if you have questions about Teacher Wish Lists: email@example.com.
This is a public service announcement to the Wildwood community that PGO currently offer its funds to teachers through two programs. Classroom teachers get Discretionary Funds of $100 each, and other teachers who are not classroom-based also can access these programs, although the Discretionary Funds budgets vary. Funds are also available through the Mini-Grant program, which is typically $250 per grant, and awarded in coordination with Principal Nick.
This is how it works now. Let us know if you have another idea! If anyone wants to know more, Laura Hunter, PGO treasurer, is your gal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and guardians, we are sensitive to the especially unusual academic year we’re having. We in PGO leadership are open to other suggestions. Please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
We are happy to offer our successful Spanish Through the Arts again this winter session. Children will learn Spanish using music, art and theater, making it fun and enjoyable.
Children can choose Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday 3:30-5:00 p.m. or both days. We will meet for 10 weeks. Thursday Theater class we will culminate in a final show in which children will apply the vocabulary learned during the classes. Monday’ meetings run from Monday, December 7th to February, 22nd & Thursday’s meetings run from Thursday, December 10th to February 25th
Isabel Arango is our Spanish teacher and Maia Petrucha our Theater teacher. You can read about them here
The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help us envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, how they think it might change in the future, what they hope it might be like, and how to help guide humanity toward a more climate-just world. Participants are invited to respond to a variety of prompts and share their work with us; we will then publish the collection as a zine (a limited-edition publication). Participants will receive a physical copy of the booklet and it will also be available online. We are asking for submissions now through January 1st. To view the prompts and find information on how to submit, please visit: https://blogs.umass.edu/feinberg/dreaming-the-future/
Hello parents and guardians at Wildwood Elementary, we are well over halfway to our goal of $5,000 in the middle of our Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Giving Tuesday is this coming Tuesday, December 1. Please take a moment to make a donation of any size, large or small as we work to enrich the educational experience of our students. Give online atwww.wildwoodpgo.com, or send a check or cash in the pre-stamped envelope that accompanied the PGO fundraising flyer that came in your child’s backpack.
This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing.The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently used) winter coats for over 90 Amherst children, size pre-K through adult. Also needed: snow pants and boots; hats and waterproof mittens/gloves appreciated, too!
There are dropoff bins located outside the front doors of each Amherst public school. Please make sure all clothing is clean, in good condition and put your donations in plastic bags.
If you prefer to give money instead of clothing, you may donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a check (payable to ARPS PGO) or gift cards to Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst.
Our goal is to finish collecting by Monday, December 14. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your clothing donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. Collected items will be distributed to families by the ARPS Family Center in December. The PGOs may have an additional distribution in January.
If you or your children are in need of warm winter clothing, please contact Mildred Martinez at the ARPS Family Center: email@example.com or 413-362-1871.
Giving Tuesday is on December 1 this year, and we urge you to give generously to the Wildwood PGO. One of two major fundraisers the Wildwood PGO holds every school year, the Fall Brown Envelope Fundraiser culminates on Giving Tuesday and our aim is to raise $5,000. Please give using the pre-stamped envelope that came with the fundraising flyer inserted in your child’s library backpack, or by donating online at www.WildwoodPGO.com. This year we purchased new, high interest books for Ms. Wells mobile library project, and have helped with additional supplies requested by teachers for their remote classrooms, and will publish this year’s school directory for distribution in December. We anticipate more unbudgeted costs throughout this year, but, with your support, the PGO will do our best to help the children thrive during this uncertain time.
Each year at this time of the year, the Amherst public schools’ Parent Guardian Organizations, in partnership with the ARPS Family Center, hold a Winter Coat Collection & Distribution event. We need to collect new, and gently used, WARM winter coats for over 80 ARPS students. All sized are needed (pre-K thru adult), and families can sign up to donate, arrange for donation pick up at home, and find the bin locations here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4BAAAB283-arps.
The first collection round will occur on Monday, December 14.
We also aim to collect $2,000 to buy any needed winter gear that is not donated. Donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a gift card, or a check made payable to ARPS PGO, to: ARPS Winter Coat Drive, c/o Tracy Zafian, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst, MA 01002. If your children need winter clothing, please contact Mildred Martinez at the ARPS Family Center at MartinezM2@arps.org, 413-362-1871.
We appreciate every donation big or small, and ALL funds raised will go to purchase new coats and other warm winter outerwear such as boots and snow pants.
Thank you for fulfilling this critical need and for helping all ARPS families stay warm this winter.
This week, the Wildwood PGO starts one of its two major fundraisers of the year. Look for a letter in your child’s November book bag. With many unanticipated expenses so far, including new books for the library, we really need your donation. This fundraiser will culminate on #Giving Tuesday: December 1.
This month students will exchange their October books and backpacks for a NEW backpack with NEW books!
IMPORTANT: You must return library books in your backpack to receive a new backpack** (unless this is your first month in the program).
Pick Up at Wildwood School: If you choose to pick up, come to the front doors of Wildwood on Wednesday, Nov. 18th or Thursday, 19th between 3:30 and 5:30. I will be there with some special guests you will be excited to see in person! Don’t forget your backpack to exchange.
Exciting news! I will be delivering to all the apartment complexes on Tuesday, November 17th in a SCHOOL BUS! If you chosedelivery and you live at the following apartment complexes, PLEASE come to the bus on Tuesday, Nov 17th at the listed time to exchange your backpack of books!
Time on Tuesday, Nov. 17th
27 Montague Rd.
75 and 85 Cowls Rd.
Schedule for book deliveries
Please have your backpack ready and come out to greet the school bus if possible. If you will not be home at the listed time on Tuesday, please leave your October backpack in a safe and covered place (preferably by your door) so I know where to leave the new backpack. Teachers will know that you may leave class to retrieve your backpack on this day!
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!
Some fun facts: 2,500 books were checked out in October. Books were delivered to over 130 students in October. In November 294 students will receive books! **Not done with all your books? Please return the books you are done with in the backpack and keep what you are still reading! If you have any questions please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are easy ways you can help the PGO raise funds this year. Please consider using one or all of these programs, and ask your friends and family to do it, too!
AMAZON SMILE Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 for your Amazon shopping and Wildwood will earn 0.5% of your purchases. To select Wildwood as your permanent charity, go to smile.amazon.com. Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.
ATKINS FARMS COUNTRY MARKET Use your Atkins Wildwood School Shoppers Card or quote Customer #84 when you shop at Atkins or Savory Suppers, to credit Wildwood with a percentage of your purchases. Just mention the number 84 at checkout.
BAY STATE TEXTILES Drop off your unwanted but clean clothes, footwear, linens and stuffed animals in bags. The donation box is located at the entrance of the Wildwood side parking lot. The PGO receives donations from the company based on weight.
BIG Y Purchase a “Big Y Cares Community Giving Bag” to reuse for your groceries. Write Wildwood Elementary PGO on the tag and turn it over to Customer Service for a $1 donation to be made to us. Or, follow the directions on the tag to donate to us online.
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION Look for the Box Tops logo on grocery products you already have in the cupboard, cut out the logos and bring your box tops to the school’s main office at the end of the summer. For each Box Top clipped the school receives 10 cents.
FLORENCE BANK CUSTOMER’S CHOICE COMMUNITY GRANTS If you or someone in your family banks at Florence Bank, you can help support the ARPS PGO through this grant program. We can win up to $5,000 – go to http://www.florencebank.com/vote, select Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO from the dropdown menu, and cast your ballots before December 31. Everyone in your family with an account can vote!
STOP AND SHOP Register your Stop&Shop card and Wildwood will receive a percentage of your shopping. To register visit www.stopandshop.com/aplus and designate Wildwood School ID #05168. If you need help, call A+ Rewards at 1-877-275-2758. If you registered your card last year, you do not need to re-register if your school selection remains the same.
Wildwood families and caregivers, each year one of the Parent Guardian Organization’s core responsibilities is to publish a school directory. We are doing it again this year but we are delayed. The directory helps us all stay connected. It is only distributed among Wildwood families, and, typically, it helps us set up play dates, birthday parties, and with general communication. In these not so typical times, we can all use a bit more connection, even if it is just virtual. Please take a quick minute to submit your information BY CLICKING HERE.
*Can I Still Vote Early? Early voting (for all Amherst precincts) will take place through Friday, Oct. 30 at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst Fri, Oct 30: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm *Find Your Assigned Polling Place for Voting On Nov. 3:https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA
*Where to Drop Off Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot:The Ballot Drop Box is outside Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst (Main Street side)
*If you received a Vote-By-Mail ballot, but have decided to vote in person instead, bring the unused ballot to your polling place for voiding.
*If you are listed as an inactive voter, you will also be asked to present identification which shows your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. It is not required that you present photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include: a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, recent utility bill, rent receipt, or lease. Further information is here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/…/ele…/inactivevotersidx.htm
State law prohibits the display of political paraphernalia within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling location. Signs, stickers, and even lapel buttons are not permitted within this restricted zone. State regulations also prohibit political solicitation within the restricted zone.
Voters may take their own personal notes into the polling place as an aid to assist their voting. This information cannot be shared with other voters or left in the polling place.
All Elections are held at the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054 7 AM – 8PM
• Wear a Face Covering
• Bring a Penor Pencil (if you don’t want to borrow one)
• Bring a Clip Board or Book to mark your ballot on (if you don’t want to use a Voting Booth)
• Bring an ID – in some cases voters will be required to show an ID.
• Don’t touch your face while at the polling location
• Maintain Social Distancing – keep 6’ away from anyone not from your household
Polls will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with voting taking place at the Ramsdell Room (Library Complex), 2 South Valley Road, Pelham
The deadline to request an absentee ballot IN PERSON will remain 12:00 p.m. the day before the election.
The Shutesbury election will be conducted at Town Hall, 1 Cooleyville rd. Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM.
If you are interested in being an election observer on November 3rd, contact the Town Clerk to make an appointment by 5PM October 30th.
Health and Safety Precautions: The precinct will be kept clean and well ventilated at all times. Board of Health volunteers will be on hand to make sure we are doing all we can to keep our voters and our election workers safe. Social distance will be required. If you do not bring your mask, a mask will be provided to you.
5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9 am – 2 pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street, with deals and choices so big – it’s scary!
Shoppers can once again choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards, outdoor clothing (including jackets, gloves, mittens, and hats) all in adult and youth sizes. Strict safety guidelines will be observed with periodic cleaning of surfaces and social distancing measures in place.