ARPS SEPAC- Basic Rights in Special Education- Understanding the IEP

Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP will be held on Wednesday October 28, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm via Zoom.

To receive the online access link, please email sepac@arps.org

This free workshop for parents/guardians and professionals is sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

It will cover what is an IEP, why it is important, how the IEP is developed, a child’s strengths and concerns, a vision statement, sections of the IEP, the difference between accommodation and modification, response, placement and consent and procedural safeguards.

Basic Rights: Understanding the IIEP workshop flyer.

Support the PGO though Florence Bank

Florence Bank - Community Grants Logo

Do You Bank at Florence Bank? Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants 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!

Town of Amherst Seeks Public Input on Block Grant Priorities

Amherst will be making its annual application to receive federal funds administered by the state in the Community Development Block Grant program. These funds are awarded primarily to projects, programs, and services that improve the lives of Amherst’s low and moderate income residents. The CDBG Advisory Committee would like to hear from the community about priorities for social services, public infrastructure projects and focus areas in town.

Please click here to complete a short online form to provide input to the Committee.

More information is also available at this link.
https://www.amherstma.gov/1122/CDBG-Advisory-Committee

The WW Library/PGO BOOK Delivery and Pick-Up

Book Pick-up will be at Wildwood Wednesday, 10/21 and Thursday, 10/22 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. If you selected “pick-up,” you are invited to drive up to the front doors at Wildwood either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Please tell the volunteer your name and your classroom teacher so that they can find your bag!

Drop-off in neighborhoods begins on Wednesday, 10/21 and continues through Friday, 10/23. Families who selected delivery will be contacted by a PGO volunteer this week re: their pick-up/delivery date. 

Book Selection/Requests: Students can still create a HOLDS list in the library catalog: Instructions here. Younger students (grades 2 – 3) have worked with Mrs. Wells in library classes to create wish lists. If you have specific suggestions for your students please email me (Susan Wells wellss@arps.org).  The more suggestions the better – not everyone will get what they want right away.  Flexibility and a GROWTH mindset will be the key to success and READING!

Susan Wells
Librarian

Trivia Bee: Costume Photo Contest

Trivia Bee Costume Contest - Details Follow in the text below.

Just in time for Halloween, the Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee tradition of wearing creative costumes to the event continues!  

Since we are virtual this year, we suggest that teams take selfies and send them to us ahead of the event, indicating the name of their team in the email. Due to COVID, team photos may not be possible (unless it is a family team), so individual photos are suggested and we will group them by team. Winners will be announced during the Trivia Bee on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Email your photos to: amherstedfound@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 27.

Project Earth!

Come, Come! Be part of our story: Multi-Arts invites you to our virtual presentation of “Project Earth”, a humorous and entertaining story full of imagination about what our world will be in the year 3,000. There is hope! With doable actions we can change the direction our planet is heading.

This show will be performed by professional actors in collaboration with children. It will include throughout an original gorgeous composition by our local composer Luna Wolf. The story was created by Multi-Arts kids, and directed by Multi-Arts theater teacher Maia Kinney-Petrucha. For sure you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime!  

Join us for this celebration of our amazing planet on November 1st at 4pm, and help spread awareness about the changes we need to make to protect it.

Request our zoom link at info@multi-arts.org

Catalina Arrubla

PS: Multi-Arts is having a party for Earth on my birthday. Can you come? Read more here:  https://forms.gle/aKsrBrzhr5UR1fTq8

Important Request from the PGO

Hello Wildwood Families Hola Familias de Wildwood (La version en español de este mensaje se encuentra debajo del mensaje en Inglés) Welcome to the Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization (PGO). You are a member of the PGO simply because you have a child that attends Wildwood Elementary School. Our Core PGO is a group of volunteer parents/guardians whose mission is to build a strong community with academic enrichment opportunities and equity for all children. To meet these goals, the PGO provides grant opportunities for teachers and staff, promotes communication among families and with the school, and organizes a variety of enriching activities and events for children and adults throughout the school year. 

1) Getting Involved

While we have a core group of dedicated volunteers (names listed below) we still need more help, and we are asking for your active participation.

  • Join the PGO leadership group (See open positions HERE)
  • Be a class parent. Check if your child’s classroom has a class parent HERE.
  • Volunteer for single opportunities (Apply HERE)

 (accessing these links does not commit you to anything!)

2) School Directory

Each year the PGO puts together an “all school” directory with the contact information of all families so they can contact other families, organize play dates etc. You can choose to be part of the directory by filling out this form.

3) Fundraisers

Most PGO activities are supported through fundraising. The PGO organizes two active fundraising events during the school year. We will reach out to you when it is time to donate. You can also make a financial contribution at any time by visiting https://wildwoodpgo.com/donate/ or emailing us to wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.   Passive fundraising: you can contribute to the PGO just by shopping at your favorite stores (Stop and Shop, Amazon smile, Atkins Farms and more!). Find out in this link how to DONATE TO THE PGO EVERY DAY WITHOUT SPENDING ANY MONEY!

4) Events

Every year the PGO organizes and sponsors many school events dedicated to promote communication between school and families (“Coffee with the Principal”, “First Day Coffee” and “New Families Welcome Night”), to help families address school related topics (“all school PGO meetings”), to enrich the school curriculum (“Math Night” and “Science Night”), to celebrate our cultural diversity (“Multicultural Fair”), to help students and families in general (“6th grade Tag Sale”, “Winter Coat Drive”, etc), to support students (“Bake Sale at the students band concerts”), to appreciate our staff and teachers (“Teacher Appreciation Week”, ” Staff Welcome Breakfast” and ” Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast”) and more. This special year we are adapting to a constantly changing situation and we are determined to support the Wildwood community as we do every year. We will hold several online events (listed below) and as the school year unfolds we will be adding more events to our calendar and share it with the school community.    Planned events (with tentative dates):

  • Giving Tuesday, Brown Envelope Fall Fundraising:  Tues, Dec 1
  • First Coffee with the Principal: Wed, Nov 18 (evening, online)
  • First all school PGO meeting: Wed Jan 13 (evening, online)
  • Wildwood Brown Envelope Spring Fundraiser: May 13, 2021
  • Second Coffee with the Principal, Wed, March 10 (evening, online)
  • Second all school PGO meeting: Wed, April 28 (evening, online)

 5) PGO Leadership group

Meet the people in the PGO core group. Please email wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com if you want to get in touch with us.  

  • Eugenia Clerico and Letha Gayle-Brissett, co-chairs
  • Laura Melbin, treasurer
  • Christine Lindstom, fundraising chair
  • William Devore and Ellen Boucher, bloggers 
  • Janice Alvarez, secretary
  • Lara Friedman, communication chair
  • Kristen DeAngelis, class parent coordinator
  • Becky Miller, interim volunteer coordinator
  • Molly Christie, social justice committee member
  • Heather Welch, teacher mini-grants coordinator 
  • Kerry Crosby, member at large 

  Hola Familias de Wildwood  Bienvenido a la Organización de padres y tutores de Wildwood (PGO). Usted es miembro de PGO simplemente porque tiene un hijo que asiste a la Escuela Primaria Wildwood. Nuestro “Core PGO” es un grupo de padres y tutores voluntarios cuya misión es construir una comunidad sólida con oportunidades de enriquecimiento académico y equidad para todos los niños. Para cumplir con estos objetivos, el PGO ofrece subvenciones para los maestros y el personal de la escuela, promueve la comunicación entre las familias y con la escuela, y organiza una variedad de actividades y eventos para niños y adultos durante el año escolar.

1) Participe del PGO

Si bien tenemos un grupo central de voluntarios dedicados (los nombres están listados al final de este mensaje), todavía necesitamos más ayuda y le pedimos su participación.

  • Únase al grupo de liderazgo de PGO (Ver puestos vacantes AQUI)
  • Sea un “Padre encargado” de la clase. Compruebe si el aula de su hijo tiene un padre encargado AQUÍ.
  • Sea voluntario en algunas ocasiones (registrese AQUÍ)

(acceder a estos enlaces no lo compromete a tomar ningun puesto en el PGO)


2) Directorio de familias

Cada año, el PGO crea un “directorio de familias” con la información de todas las familias de los estudiantes de Wildwood para que puedan contactar a otras familias, organizar visitas etc. Puede elegir ser parte del directorio completando este formulario.

3) Recaudacion de Fondos.

La mayoría de las actividades de PGO son subsidiadas a través de la recaudación de fondos voluntarios. El PGO organiza dos eventos activos de recaudación de fondos durante el año escolar. Nos comunicaremos con ustedes cuando sea el momento de donar. También puede hacer una contribución financiera en cualquier momento visitando https://wildwoodpgo.com/donate/ o enviándonos un correo electrónico a wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com. Recaudación de fondos pasiva: puede contribuir al PGO simplemente comprando en sus tiendas favoritas (Stop and Shop, Amazon smile, Atkins Farms y más!). ¡Descubre en este enlace cómo DONAR AL PGO TODOS LOS DÍAS SIN GASTAR DINERO!

4) Eventos

Cada año, el PGO organiza y patrocina muchos eventos escolares dedicados a promover la comunicación entre la escuela y las familias (“Café con el director”, “Café del primer día de clases” y “Noche de bienvenida para las familias nuevas”), para ayudar a las familias a abordar temas relacionados con la escuela (“Reunion del PGO para toda la escuela “), para enriquecer el plan de estudios de la escuela (” Noche de matemáticas” y ” Noche de las ciencias”), para celebrar nuestra diversidad cultural (” Feria multicultural “), para ayudar a los estudiantes y las familias en general (“Venta de garage para el sexto grado”, “Reparto de abrigos de invierno”, etc.), para apoyar a los estudiantes (“Venta de pasteles en los conciertos de bandas de estudiantes”), para apreciar a nuestro personal y maestros (“Semana de agradecimiento a los maestros”, “Desayuno de bienvenida para el personal” y “Desayuno de agradecimiento al conductor del autobús”) y mucho más.

 Sabemos que este año es especial y nos estamos adaptando a una situación en constante cambio, pero estamos decididos a apoyar a la comunidad de Wildwood como lo hacemos todos los años. Organizaremos varios eventos a traves de Internet (que se enumeran a continuación) y, a medida que avanza el año escolar, agregaremos más eventos a nuestro calendario.

 Eventos planificados (las fechas son provisorias):

  • Recaudación de fondos del otoño “Giving Tuesday”: martes, 1 de diciembre
  • Primer “Café con el director”: miércoles 18 de noviembre, por la noche, via Internet
  • Primera “Reunion del PGO para toda la escuela”: miércoles 13 de enero de 2021, por la noche, via Internet.
  • Recaudación de fondos de primavera (“Brown Envelope”): martes, 13 de mayo 2021
  • Segundo “Café con el director”: miércoles 10 de marzo de 2021, por la noche, via Internet
  • Segunda “Reunion del PGO para toda la escuela” (miércoles 28 de abril de 2021, por la noche, via Internet)

5) Grupo de liderazgo de PGO

Conozca a las personas del grupo principal de PGO. Envíe un correo electrónico a wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com si desea ponerse en contacto con nosotros.

  • Eugenia Clerico y Letha Gayle-Brissett, co-presidentas
  • Laura Melbin, tesorera
  • Christine Lindstom, responsable de recaudación de fondos
  • William Devore y Ellen Boucher, blogueros
  • Janice Alvarez, secretaria
  • Lara Friedman, responsable del area de comunicación
  • Kristen DeAngelis, coordinadora de los padres encargados de cada clase
  • Becky Miller, coordinadora dinterina de voluntarios
  • Molly Christie, miembro del comité de justicia social
  • Heather Welch, coordinadora de mini-becas para maestros
  • Kerry Crosby, miembro consejero

Class Parents Needed!

2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

First of all, thank you so much to the many parents who have already volunteered to be class parents! You help in making Wildwood a welcoming place where all students can learn is immeasurable, especially this year. 

I help teachers across the grade levels to find class parents who volunteer to facilitate communication between the teachers and the class–as well as with the Wildwood parent-guardian organization (PGO). This year will mostly focus on reminding parents about a grade-specific events, sharing information about upcoming events at the school-level, and might also include socials (zoom or otherwise) and helping teachers with things like materials distributions depending on your teacher. 

Here are the classrooms that are still missing class parents:

Classrooms that don’t yet have a class parent: Schotte, Poirier, Egan/Kalman, Munroe, Thomas, Kuusisto/Platt, Woods/Moss, Perez, Elder/Sonoda, Eggemeier, Comeau/Hickman

Classrooms that have only one class parent: Applegate, Heard/Riley, Bing-Owen

We would love for you to feel invited to volunteer whether in the classroom or at the school at large, whether one time or on a regular basis. There is no shortage of need and there is always an interest in having you involved in some way. 

You can let your teacher know you are interested in helping with the class or the grade. Or if you want to find out more about volunteering in the school at large, you can contact the PGO volunteer coordinator/parent Becky Miller (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). We need many volunteers to move the school forward and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you to make this strange year a success for our kids and teachers!

Kristen DeAngeils, mom of Ramona and Vivian

kristenobacter@gmail.com

2020

Estimados padres y tutores

Muchas gracias a todos los voluntarios/as que se ofrecieron para ser “padres encargados” de las clases de Wildwood. Cada año (y este en especial!) trabajamos para que todas las familias se sientan bienvenidas en la escuela, en especial en este año tan peculiar; y su colaboración lo hace posible. 

Soy la encargada de ayudar a los maestros de la escuela a encontrar padres o tutores que se ofrezcan para ser los “padres encargados de la clase”, cuya tarea es facilitar la comunication entre las families y el maestro de la clase, y tambien con el “Group de Padres y encargados” (PGO). Este anio las tareas estaran mas enfocadas a  recordarle a las familias acerca de los eventos escolares y sociales (por el momento a través de internet) y a ayudar a los maestros a organizar la deistribución de material de clase etc.  

Estas son las clases que aun no tienen un “padre encargado”:  Schotte, Poirier, Egan/Kalman, Munroe, Thomas, Kuusisto/Platt, Woods/Moss, Perez, Elder/Sonoda, Eggemeier, Comeau/Hickman

Clases que solo tienen UN “padre encargado: Applegate, Heard/Riley, Bing-Owen

Nos encantaría que se ofreciera a ser un “padre encargado de la clase”. Usted puede avisarle al maestro/a de la clases si esta interesado en ser el “padre encargado”, enviarme un e-mail (ver mas abajo), o enviar un email al grupo PGO para participar como voluntario en otras actividades escolares  (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). El grupo nevesita muchos voluntarios y nos encantaria poder contar con ustedes. 

Por favor, eomuniquese conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta. Espero el momento depoder trabajar juntos para hacer de este año tan especial una aventura exitosa para los alumnos de Wildwood.

Kristen DeAngeils, mom of Ramona and Vivian

kristenobacter@gmail.com

Trivia Bee – Save the Date!

Trivia Bee - Oct 29, 2020 6:30PM, details below
Trivia Bee – Oct 29, 2020 6:30PM

Save The Date! Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a pandemic will stop AEF’s Trivia Bee.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 26th Annual AEF Trivia Bee — Virtual Edition: Thursday, October 29th, 2020 6:30-8:00 p.m. hosted by State Representative Mindy Domb!

Participation is free, but we encourage donations benefiting the Amherst Education Foundation and our public schools. You can sign-up to participate here. Your support is more important than ever so even if you are not participating, consider contributing to the AEF Trivia Bee, here.

Sign-Up to Participate: https://ti.to/amherst-education-foundation/aef-trivia-bee-2020

Donate: https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5f76778e1589a316b9410f98

To watch the Trivia Bee visit AEF’s YouTubeFacebook, or Twitter the night of the event.

If you have any questions, please email us at amherstedfound@gmail.com.

5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale – October 31, 9 am – 2 pm

Under the tent on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum (67 Amity Street – next to the Jones Library), with deals and choices so big – it’s scary! Proceeds benefit the museum. 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. Masks are required, costumes are appreciated!  For information and updates, go to: 1 DAY TENT SALE EVENT

Have an extra yoga mat? Donate it!

Have an extra yoga mat? Please donate it to Mrs. Tharion’s first grade! McCall Tharion, 1st grade, is looking for yoga mat donations. The children have really been enjoying doing yoga during remote school, and she wants to keep up the practice when they return next week.

If you have a yoga mat to donate, please email Kristen DeAngelis (kristenobacter@gmail.com) to arrange for a pickup. Thanks!

2020 Class Parents Needed

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I help teachers across the grade levels to find class parents who volunteer to facilitate communication between the teachers and the class–as well as with the Wildwood parent-guardian organization (PGO). Often the communication involves requests for snacks and tissues, reminding parents about a grade-specific event, or sharing information about upcoming events at the school-level.

There are always needs – whether in the fall with the class potluck, or to help with other class events, please let your teacher know if you would like to be involved in some way. Beyond the classroom the school always has a need for volunteers (whether in the library, art room, or at major school events).

We would love for you to feel invited to volunteer whether in the classroom or at the school at large, whether one time or on a regular basis. There is no shortage of need and there is always an interest in having you involved in some way.

You can let your teacher know you are interested in helping with the class or the grade. Or if you want to find out more about volunteering in the school at large, you can contact the PGO volunteer coordinator/parent Becky Miller (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). We need many volunteers to move the school forward and we look forward to hearing from you.

Hope your fall is off to a great start
Kristen DeAngeils, mom of Ramona and Vivian
kristenobacter@gmail.com

Estimados padres o tutores:

Estoy encargada de ayudar a los maestros de cada salón de clase de Wildwood a conseguir un padre voluntario para representarlo. Este padre representante está encargado de facilitar la comunicación entre los maestros y sus clases, y también con la Organización de Padres y Tutores (PGO por sus siglas en inglés). Por lo general, esta comunicación es acerca de pedidos de donaciones de meriendas y pañuelos de papel para el salón, y también para informar acerca de actividades escolares tanto para el grado en específico como para la escuela en general.

Siempre hay necesidad de voluntarios que ofrezcan su ayuda, ya sea durante la fiestecita de cada salón en el otoño o en otras actividades del salón. Por favor, comuníquense con su maestra de clase si desea ayudar. Además, hay muchas oportunidades para trabajos voluntarios fuera del salón (biblioteca, salón de artes y actividades que incluyen a toda la escuela).

Quisieramos que se sientan en confianza de ser voluntarios tanto en el salón de clase como en la escuela en general. Su participación es significativa no importa si fuera sólamente una vez o más a menudo.

Si desean servir como voluntarios en el salón de clase o en el grado, favor de comunicarse con su maestra de clase. Si desean servir como voluntarios en la escuela en general, favor de comunicarse con la coordinadora de los voluntarios del PGO, Becky Miller (wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com). Necesitamos muchos voluntarios para tener un buen año escolar.

Espero que todos pasen una linda temporada de otoño.

Kristen DeAngelis, madre de Ramona y de Vivian
kristenobacter@gmail.com

PGO Welcome Letter

LET’S GO WILDWOOD!

The Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization

Wildwood Elementary School is a wonderful community with vibrant parent/guardian involvement. The Wildwood ParentGuardian Organization (PGO) is a group of volunteer parents/guardians whose mission is to build a strong community with academic enrichment opportunities and equity for all children. The PGO strives to support the school’s teachers and staff in providing all children with the best elementary school experience possible. To meet these goals, the PGO provides grant opportunities for teachers and staff, promotes communication between the families and the school and organizes a variety of enriching activities and events for children and adults throughout the school year.

2020-2021 School Year

The PGO welcomes you to the 2020-2021 school year. While the beginning of this year started in remote learning instead of our traditional format, we are even more committed in working and supporting our school community so that our school continues to provide the great Wildwood experience. Soon all families will receive an email from the Wildwood PGO. It will contain information about the events we organize, the calendar of activities and fundraisers, and forms for you to fill out. Please take the time to respond. THANK YOU!

The PGO core group

You are already a member of the PGO simply by being a parent. A group of us volunteer to getour mission accomplished:

  • Eugenia Clerico and Letha Gayle-Brissett, co-chairs
  • Laura Melbin, treasurer
  • Christine Lindstom, fundraising chair
  • William Devore and Ellen Boucher, bloggers
  • Janice Alvarez, secretary
  • Lara Friedman, communication chair
  • Kristen DeAngelis, class parent coordinator
  • Becky Miller, interim volunteer coordinator
  • Molly Christie, social justice committee member
  • Heather Welch, teacher mini-grants coordinator
  • Kerry Crosby, member at large

This year we welcome new volunteer members Letha Gayle-Brissett (co-chair), Lara Friedman(communication chair), Molly Christie (social justice committee chair). Thank you for your support!

Volunteer

We appreciate all the ways people are involved in helping to accomplish the mission of the Wildwood PGO. Whether it is through your donation of time, energy and/or financial support, you truly make a difference in the lives of the students of Wildwood School. Every year there are volunteer opportunities and we are looking for volunteers in the areas below. This is a worthwhile cause for your child and other children, so we look forward to hearing from you. Please email wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com to join us!

Volunteer

Outreach Coordinator- NEEDED

  • attend PGO core monthly meetings.
  • create, distribute, and collect a recruiting flyer at the beginning of the school year
  • maintain a database of volunteers throughout the school year, which includes contacting the librarians and art teacher to get a list of regular volunteers. (NOTE: often people reach out to the librarians or the art teacher directly)
  • contact and recruit volunteers, as needed, for tasks based on preference.
  • should be comfortable contacting people by email, phone or text (according to their preferences)
  • Create and manage a committee to help if needed.

Website Coordinator-NEEDED

  • Update old content
  • Maintain broken links
  • Add new content from semi-regular newsletter / store information on past events and mini grants that we can use to talk up the PGO to new wildwood community members

Blog Content Providers-NEEDED

  • Write blurbs for the blog / newsletter/social media as directed to by the communications chair

Real World Experiences Coordinator-NEEDED:

  • Create a system for connecting teachers to community organizations and parent volunteers to bring real-world experiences that are connected to curriculum.
  • Possibly develop a committee for helping with this work.

*Please note: The current leadership of the Wildwood PGO is bilingual in both Spanish and English; feel free to write to us in any other language.

Newsletter

Do take some time to read our weekly newsletter to keep yourself informed about upcoming events, deadlines, news and more. We welcome any submission of information that is helpful to the Wildwood community. All families who register students for Wildwood prior to August 22 are automatically subscribed. You can sign up to receive the newsletter via email at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com.

The newsletter can also be accessed from the front page of the Wildwood Website or at http://www.wildwoodpgo.com.

En Español

Wildwood Library Checking Out Books Again!

Dear Wildwood Families:

I am excited to report that we will be able to CHECK OUT BOOKS this Fall!  Our book/materials distribution plan is a partnership between the Wildwood Library and the PGO. This is a BIG project. By completing this form, you will help us know where you live, if you would like to receive books and school materials ONCE per MONTH and if you can help! At this time our focus will be on students in grades 2 – 6.

Many thanks, 
Susan Wells
Wildwood Librarian


Estimados familias de Wildwood:

El PGO de Wildwood está colaborando con Susan Wells, nuestra bibliotecaria de Wildwood, para llevar libros y materiales escolares a nuestros estudiantes! Este es un proyecto GRANDE. Al completar este formulario, nos ayudará a saber dónde vive, si desea recibir libros y materiales escolares UNA VEZ al MES y si puede ayudar. En este momento nos centraremos en los estudiantes de 2 a 6 grado.

Muchas gracias,
Susan Wells
Biblotecaria de Wildwood 

Free Meals for children 18 and under

I wanted to take the time to reach out to all of you this morning in case you haven’t already heard, or are looking for more information. The USDA has decided to fund FREE MEALS for all children ages 18 and under. This is huge for addressing hunger and food access for our children, taking the burden off of parents and guardians already facing additional challenges with remote learning, and drastically supports our program, giving us the opportunity to grow and expand in the future. Free meals will be offered at delivery sites throughout town for remote learners, and all in-school meals will be free as well, for as long as funding is available. We are also excited to announce that we will be providing weekend meals for as long as we are able to!

For each meal that is taken by a child, we receive a federal reimbursement. This means that the more meals that are taken, the more money that goes back into the program, and the more likely we are to be able to expand programs such as Farm to School, Meals in the Classroom, Second Chance Breakfast, Grab and Go Breakfast, Plant-Based Meals, and so many other great initiatives we have been asked about by all of you in our community!

We appreciate your support of our program and are happy to be feeding our children, regardless of the circumstances we face this year!

Please reach out to me with any questions.

With Gratitude,

Julia Burdick
School Nutrition Assistant Director
Amherst Pelham Regional School District
170 Chestnut Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-362-1832

Instrumental Music Online Town Hall Meeting – Monday, 9/21

As you can imagine, the instrumental music team is fielding a lot of questions right now.

We’ve scheduled an “Online Town Hall Meeting” for 10 am and 7 pm next Monday, 9/21.

Please share this information with families, we would love for them to join us.

Below is the link:
meet.google.com/six-xfsy-bok

Join by phone
(US) +1 435-574-4065 (PIN: 351182186)

It is also on our website: https://sites.google.com/arps.org/arps-band-orchestra/home

Thank you!

Ariel Templeton

Placement Update from Principal Nick

Note: Principal Nick’s message was sent as an email on Wednesday September 9th. It is included here in its entirety and includes a link to the PDF version.

Here is a copy of this letter as a pdf: 9-9-20 letter to families with translation.pdf 

Dear Wildwood Families, 

       Yesterday, our Superintendent Mike Morris shared the elementary remote school schedule with you. In recognition that there are lots of questions about the remote schedule there will be a live informational session with the Superintendent and with our Curriculum Coordinator Tim Sheehan, tomorrow, Thursday, September 10th, at 8:30 AM. Here is the Youtube link: Elementary Schedule info session.  If you cannot make it to this session, it will be recorded and accessible at the same Youtube link for viewing anytime.

       At the beginning of the year, especially under these unique circumstances, our school staff will focus on welcoming students back, developing positive relationships with each student, helping them feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to each other, and building a strong classroom community. At the same time, they will gradually teach their students the skills they need to learn online. 

      In my last letter I stated that we were hoping to send out class placements by today, September 9th. This is a highly anticipated event in elementary schools as students (and families) wait to find out who their teacher will be. Like most things during this COVID time, developing class lists turned out to be a complicated process. After examining the family surveys stating your preferences for remote or in-person learning, we felt it was best to adjust how we are setting up our class lists. Since Phase 1 of in-person instruction is currently scheduled for October 1st and families offered binding decisions on in-person or remote learning, we created two in-person and one remote class for kindergarten and grade one. However, since Phases 2 and 3 will be starting later and families did not make binding decisions on in-person or remote learning, we recognized that family choices may shift, so we decided to create three balanced classrooms in each grade 2-6 for now, without clustering fully remote and in-person learning students. What this means is that students in these grades will start out the year in a class, and then closer to the beginning of Phases 2 and 3, families will be asked their binding in-person or distance learning preferences. We may then have to make adjustments to the classes, based on these family choices. We are finalizing the class lists today and will be letting you know the class placement by the end of the day tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday at the latest. I apologize for the delay.

       In anticipation of receiving this news here are our classroom teaching teams for the upcoming school year:  

Two names with a  /  between them indicates a co-taught class.

Kindergarten: In-person Classes: Lisa Poirier/LJ Phillips, Carol Schotte/Maggie Todd, Remote Class: Ricci Mastroianni/Livia Velez. Please join me in welcoming Carol Schotte to our Wildwood Kindergarten Team. Carol has been a highly-regarded preschool teacher at Pelham Elementary School and has many years of early childhood experience in a variety of settings. Carol is teaching kindergarten while Nadia Sadhu is away on a one-year maternity leave.

First Grade: In-person Classes- Drew Egan/Jeff Kalman, McCall Tharion. Remote Class: Victoria Munroe 

 Please join me in welcoming Drew to our first grade team. Drew has taught in the primary grades in two different project-based schools in New York City. In addition, recently completed an MFA in writing for children through the Eric Carle Museum. During the summer Emma Pascarella decided to teach in Holyoke where she and her family live. We wish her well.

Second Grade: Lorrie Heard/Kristin Riley, Shannon Applegate, Mangala Jagadeesh

Third Grade: Alan Kuusisto/Courtney Platt, Mary Fournier, Kira Thomas

Fourth Grade: Gioia Woods/Catherine Moss, Mario Perez, Elaine Stinson

Fifth Grade: Elizabeth Elder/Soleil Sonoda, Sarah Bing-Owen, Chris Owen

Sixth Grade: Samantha Comeau(math)/Sarah Hickman, Chris Eggemeier(ELA), Jaimie Bust(Science)

Please join me in welcoming back Chris Eggemeier to the Wildwood staff after his sabbatical working and learning at the High Tech High Schools and Graduate Program in San Diego. In some ways, it felt like Chris never left since he was continually and still is highly involved in our staff development helping us learn and grow as educators. 

                            Sincerely,

                                   Nick                                     

Estimadas familias de Wildwood: 

       Ayer, nuestro Superintendente Mike Morris compartió con ustedes el horario de la escuela elemental remota. Reconociendo que hay muchas preguntas sobre el horario remoto, habrá una sesión informativa en vivo con el Superintendente y con nuestro Coordinador de Currículo Tim Sheehan, mañana jueves, 10 de septiembre a las 8:30 AM. Aquí está el enlace de Youtube: Sesión de información del horario de elemental. Si no puede asistir a esta sesión, se grabará y se podrá acceder a ella en el mismo enlace de Youtube para verla en cualquier momento.

       Al comienzo del año, especialmente bajo estas circunstancias únicas, nuestro personal escolar se enfocará en dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes, desarrollar relaciones positivas con cada estudiante, ayudarlos a sentir un sentido de pertenencia y conexión entre ellos, y construir una sólida comunidad en el aula. Al mismo tiempo, enseñarán gradualmente a sus estudiantes las habilidades que necesitan para aprender en línea. 

      En mi última carta dije que teníamos la esperanza de enviar las ubicaciones de las clases para hoy, 9 de septiembre. Este es un evento muy esperado en las escuelas elementales, ya que los estudiantes (y las familias) esperan saber quién será su maestro. Como la mayoría de las cosas durante este tiempo de COVID, desarrollar listas de clases resultó ser un proceso complicado. Después de examinar las encuestas familiares que indican sus preferencias por el aprendizaje a distancia o en persona, sentimos que era mejor ajustar la forma en que estamos configurando nuestras listas de clases. Dado que la Fase 1 de la instrucción en persona está actualmente programada para el 1 de octubre y las familias ofrecieron decisiones vinculantes sobre el aprendizaje a distancia o en persona, creamos dos clases presenciales y una remota para Kindergarten y primer grado. Sin embargo, dado que las Fases 2 y 3 comenzarán más tarde y las familias no tomaron decisiones vinculantes sobre el aprendizaje a distancia o en persona, reconocimos que las opciones familiares pueden cambiar, por lo que decidimos crear tres aulas equilibradas en cada grado 2-6 por ahora, sin agrupar a los estudiantes de aprendizaje presencial y totalmente a distancia. Lo que esto significa es que los estudiantes en estos grados comenzarán el año en una clase, y luego, más cerca del comienzo de las Fases 2 y 3, se les preguntará a las familias sus preferencias vinculantes en persona o aprendizaje a distancia. Entonces, es posible que tengamos que hacer ajustes en las clases, en función de estas elecciones familiares. Estamos finalizando las listas de clases hoy y les informaremos la ubicación de la clase al final del día de mañana, jueves o viernes a más tardar. Me disculpo por el retraso.

     Como anticipo de recibir esta noticia aquí están nuestros equipos de enseñanza para el próximo año escolar:  

dos nombres con una ‘/’ entre ellos indican una clase de enseñanza conjunta.

Kindergarten: Clases presenciales: Lisa Poirier / LJ Phillips, Carol Schotte / Maggie Todd, Clase remota: Ricci Mastroianni / Livia Velez. Únase a mí para dar la bienvenida a Carol Schotte a nuestro equipo de kindergarten de Wildwood. Carol ha sido una maestra de preescolar muy respetada en la Escuela Elemental Pelham y tiene muchos años de experiencia en la niñez temprana en una variedad de entornos. Carol está enseñando en el kindergarten mientras Nadia Sadhu está fuera con una licencia de maternidad de un año.

Primer grado: Clases presenciales- Drew Egan / Jeff Kalman, McCall Tharion. Clase remota: Victoria Munroe 

Por favor, demos la bienvenida a Drew a nuestro equipo de primer grado. Drew ha enseñado en los grados elementales de dos escuelas diferentes basadas en proyectos en la ciudad de Nueva York. Además, recientemente completó un MFA en escritura para niños a través del Museo Eric Carle. Durante el verano, Emma Pascarella decidió enseñar en Holyoke donde ella y su familia viven. Le deseamos lo mejor.

Segundo grado: Lorrie Heard / Kristin Riley, Shannon Applegate, Mangala Jagadeesh

Tercer grado: Alan Kuusisto / Courtney Platt, Mary Fournier, Kira Thomas

Cuarto grado: Gioia Woods / Catherine Moss, Mario Perez, Elaine Stinson

Quinto grado: Elizabeth Elder / Soleil Sonoda, Sarah Bing-Owen, Chris Owen

Sexto grado: Samantha Comeau (matemáticas) / Sarah Hickman, Chris Eggemeier (ELA), Jaimie Bust (Ciencias)

Únase a mí para darle la bienvenida Chris Eggemeier al personal de Wildwood después de su año sabático de trabajo y aprendizaje en las Escuelas Secundarias de Alta Tecnología y el Programa de Graduados en San Diego. De alguna manera, se sintió como si Chris nunca se hubiera ido, ya que estuvo continuamente y sigue estando muy involucrado en el desarrollo de nuestro personal ayudándonos a aprender y crecer como educadores. 

                            Sinceramente,

                                   Nick     

PGO Leadership – Members Needed!

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator – NEEDED

  • Attend PGO core monthly meetings.
  • Create, distribute, and collect a recruiting flyer at the beginning of the school year.
  • Maintain a database of volunteers throughout the school year, which includes contacting the librarians and art teacher to get a list of regular volunteers. (NOTE: often people reach out to the librarians or the art teacher directly)
  • Contact and recruit volunteers, as needed, for tasks based on preference. 
  • You should be comfortable contacting people by email, phone or text (according to their preferences).
  • Create and manage a committee to help if needed. 

Website Coordinator–NEEDED

  • Update old content.
  • Maintain broken links.
  •  Add new content from semi-regular newsletter / store information on past events and mini grants that we can use to talk up the PGO to new wildwood community members.

Blog Content Providers-NEEDED  

  • Write blurbs for the blog / newsletter/social media as directed to by the communications chair.

Real World Experiences Coordinator–NEEDED:

  • Create a system for connecting teachers to community organizations and parent volunteers to bring real-world experiences that are connected to curriculum. 
  • Possibly develop a committee for helping with this work.

Racial Identity Exploration Book Club

At the request of an interested parent, the Crocker Farm PGO is hosting a book club whose mission is to explore racial identity as well as to provide a space for BIPOC community voices to discuss their experiences. We would like to invite all Amherst school community members to participate who are interested.

The book club will read 6 titles over 6 sessions, focusing one session on each title. The Wildwood PGO has also committed to purchasing 6 copies of the 6 titles for Wildwood families.

These book clubs will be held via zoom for the coming school year, but we hope this will become an in-person community event post-COVID concerns.

The first book club will be hosted at the end of September.
Sign up for the book club.

Participant should fill out this Doodle poll on setting a date for the first meeting.

Wildwood Needs your Fallen Trees

From Ms. Mastroiani,

Do you still have any fallen trees sitting in your yard? Wildwood Kindergarten & 1st grade teachers would love to have them if you have the tools, time, and energy to donate!  If you are able, please bring them to the fenced part of the playground by the back parking lot. Thank you!

What we are looking for:

  • Tree stumps of similar size that K/1st grade size child can sit on (about 10″ Height and 10″ diameter)
  • 12″ diameter x 2″ thick circles for kids to sit on criss-cross applesauce (to use as a marker/sit spots)
  • 3-4″ diameter thin circles with a hole to put yarn through (to make name tags)

Virtual Town Hall: Fall 2020 district reopening plan

JOIN US MONDAY, AUGUST 17th FOR TWO VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SESSIONS

There will be two virtual Town Hall discussions around the fall 2020 district reopening plan that was submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). There will be an opportunity to ask questions and participate in either or both sessions, simply visit the link(s) at the designated time of the meeting you would like to “attend”.

9AM – 10AM Secondary (Middle and High)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts-hCj9R3zY

4PM – 5PM Elementary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWglSmKnEd4

School Reopening Discussion with APEA teachers union.

The APEA teacher union wants to invite families to a discussion about reopening school. (Not a district-sponsored event. And there will be Spanish translation.) It’s for Sunday, Aug 9 4-5. We miss your students and want to see them in person, but do have concerns about that. What are your concerns, ideas and hopes?

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuc-CvqzMtHd28uBrygCdyWQu147zr4ktj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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 wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com. 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: http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2

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 mcdonalda@arps.org 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!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVTA_5Yr_Plan