Heading into its 25th year, the Amherst Education Foundation announces its Excellence Grants for the 2018-19 academic year. Totaling $29,000.00, the grants are spread across the Amherst Elementary Schools, the Amherst Regional Middle School, and the Amherst Regional High School.
Of particular interest to elementary families is the winning proposal from Jennifer Reese, Elementary Science and Garden Coordinator:
ELEMENTARY GARDEN-BASED LEARNING
Grantee: Jennifer Reese, Elementary Science and Garden Coordinator
Grant Amount: $5,000.00
Schools: Wildwood, Fort River, and Crocker Farm
Description: Garden educator Leila Tunnell will lead all second grade students in year-round garden-based learning at school and on field trips to Brookfield Farm. Each elementary school will create universally accessible raised beds. The curriculum will build on lessons individual teachers have used in kindergarten and first grade and will provide second graders with the opportunity to learn about our local ecosystem, food sources, collaboration, and problem solving.
Read about the other grantees here: https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/grants/
Dates: Thursday 5/24, 5/31, 6/7 and Friday 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Amherst Regional High School Track
Boys and girls of all abilities will be placed on a team and can compete in both relay and individual events. Family and friends of all ages are invited to cheer on athletes! Non-team member children who are present are invited to compete in a 100 meter dash each night. There is an organizational meeting to group teams, meet coaches, and run an informal series of practice races on May 24th. Entries may be closed before this date if maximum number of participants is reached, so sign up ASAP!
For more info please visit our website
Contact Sydney Henthorn, Sugarloaf Track League Director at email@example.com
or Chris Johnson, Sports Director at LSSE,
(413) 259-3144 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for another exciting summer of Ultimate Frisbee. This league is geared for people who want to enjoy the thrill and excitement of ultimate Frisbee, regardless of experience level. All levels of ability will be welcomed to join. All players will be assigned their own team in this fun and competitive league!
Time and Location: All Sessions start at 6:00 PM at Plum Brook Recreational Area
835301 Junior SULA Price: $39
- TUESDAYS,June 26th—August 7th
- Session A, Activities for Kids (Ages 7-8)
- Session B, Elementary Division (Ages 9-11)
- Session C, Middle School Division (Ages 12-14)
835300 Adult SULA Price: $45
- Recreational Co-Ed (Ages 14+)
- Thursdays,June 21st—August 9th
- Competitive Co-Ed (Ages 15+)
- Wednesdays,June 20th—August 8th
- Women Only (Ages 13+)
- Mondays, June 18th—August 6th
SUMMER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 2018 SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS. THIS YEAR WE WILL BE OFFERING A WIDE VARIETY OF SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS WITH AMAZING INSTRUCTORS AND STAFF!
o DENNIS JACKSON’S BASKETBALL CAMPS (FOOTLOCKER & BLUECHIP)
o COMPLETE PLAYER
o COED BASKETBALL
- FLAG FOOTBALL
- LACROSSE (BOYS CAMP AND GIRLS CAMP)
- FIELD HOCKEY
Sign up and register today at www.LSSE.org or (413)259-3065
For more information please reach out to our SPORTS DIRECTOR: Chris Johnson (413)259-3144 email@example.com
Amherst Ballet is now registering students for June Summer Classes and Summer Camp. Located right next to Wildwood, let your child explore the world of dance. Register at www.amherstballet.org or call 413-549-1555 for more info!
Coming in June!
The Wildwood Yearbook is a parent produced, all volunteer project.
Get your very own copy filled with pictures and memories of this year at Wildwood! Return order forms to your teacher or the office.
Order forms available from your teacher or in the office or here.
ORDER BY JUNE 6th
Cost: $8 each/Financial assistance available.
Thank you to all Wildwood families for helping make this year’s Valley Gives fundraising campaign a great success. Together, you donated a total of $3,610 – between online and brown envelope donations – exceeding the goal of $3,000! Through your continued support, the PGO is able to fund curriculum enrichment events and activities, and support our incredibly dedicated teachers and staff. Go, Wildwood!
The First Annual Tag Sale/Car Wash was a whopping success thanks to the impressive efforts of the Wildwood community! The funds earned at the Tag Sale, Car Wash, Bake Sale, Lemonade Stand, Face Painting, Slime Making, Nail Painting raised over half of what we need toward the 6th grade field trip, and the community spirit and cooperation was inspirational to all. Great Job, Wildwood!
For More Information, Contact:
Jonathan Salvon, Fort River School Building Committee, Chair
On May 2, the Fort River School Building Committee released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Fort River Elementary School Feasibility Study. The Building Committee will receive applications from architectural design teams interested in working with the Committee to provide the Amherst community with options for a Pre-K through 6thgrade school on the Fort River site and the estimated costs of those preliminary design options. The Building Committee’s work will conclude with the delivery of these options to the Amherst School Committee.
The awarded design team will analyze the Fort River site and school building and propose options for at least three feasible designs. The committee will ask the design team to give the community options that span a range of building costs, operating and maintenance costs, and environmental impacts of both initial construction and continuing operations of the building. The committee and design team will also consider how potential design solutions will affect the operations of the school during the construction of such a project. Renovation, addition, partial or complete demolition, and new construction will all be explored.
The successful design team will work with the building committee in a collaborative, iterative design process over an anticipated 6 months. During this process, the Amherst community will be invited to participate in public forums at three milestones to learn about the design processes and offer feedback.
An indoor air quality assessment of the existing building was recently conducted by ATC Group Services from West Springfield, MA. Results are expected to be available in June.
Community engagement with the Building Committee’s work will include public access to the committee’s website (www.amherstma.gov/frsbc), that provides access to meeting agendas, minutes, and documents; a binder located in the circulation section of the Jones Library; an e-mail address to receive public comment (firstname.lastname@example.org); an e-mail list serve; public forums; and scheduled press releases. We welcome feedback on all of these strategies.
This is a Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Families by the United States Attorney’s Office. The 5th and 6th grader students will be having a presentation put on by Project Safe Childhood from the Department of Justice during the day, and an evening presentation will be offered for Parents at the Middle School. All adults who would like to learn about keeping children safe and secure online are welcome! Here is a link to the Parent Survey.
A compilation of useful links by Ms Kathryn Runyan can be found here http://bit.ly/parentwwtech.
The Presentation will include:
- BEING SAFE & SECURE ONLINE
- SOCIAL MEDIA 101
- DIGITAL FOOTPRINT
- SEXTING & CYBERBULLYING
- INTERNET PREDATORS
When: May 29, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Amherst Regional Middle School
The 27th Annual Amherst Invitational will be held this weekend- May 12-13. Come watch 32 Ultimate teams from the east coast compete in this prestigious tournament! Games will be held at Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free but there will be food for purchase. Come cheer on your ARHS players! Follow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amherstinvitational
Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar). In the story, a child’s train set magically comes to life, and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest Engine in the World!” The underdog, Rusty the steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the Starlight Express.
Starlight’s Youth Theatre is a non-profit theatre group dedicated to providing quality education and production of children’s theatre. Starlight’s priority is the development of the child, using theatre as a tool to build self-esteem, communication and confidence. Every year hundreds of children and teens from across western Massachusetts are involved with the many aspects of creating a production, including set design and building, acting, costume and makeup design, choreography and singing. Older teens function as mentors and guides for younger participants. With a focus on the process, Starlight’s Youth Theatre invites children to enter, enjoy and expand their imagination in the world of theatre. This spring’s family-friendly production will be a show not to miss – with spectacular lighting, costumes, makeup, video projection and roller skating on the Academy of Music stage! Please come experience “Starlight’s Magic” as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary with this entertaining production.
Shows are Friday, May 11 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 PM and Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.aomtheatre.com/ or at the Academy of Music Box Office Tuesday–Friday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students, children and seniors.
Join Multi-Arts in a fun, engaging artistic activity aim to bond you with your child creating collaborative art work that brings you: Laughter, Joy & Communication
Saturday May 19 at 2 pm
Tina Zorz will lead families in a Vision Boarding workshop
Create a collage that has everyone’s values and personality in the same work of art. You and your family will choose images and words that spark excitement and meaning to your unit. Hang your family-created vision board high in your home for an every day reminder of your values, inspirations, and connection to one another!
Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church 867 N Pleasant St, Amherst
FREE of charge – donations welcome
Wildwood’s First Annual Tag Sale and Car Wash is this Saturday, May 5th from 9am-2pm. Looks like it will be great weather! We will have a bake sale, raffle, games for children, face painting, nail painting, and even a slime table while supplies last!
Thank you for your help and donations toward this community building fundraiser! All proceeds will go toward the 6th Grade field trip to Boston.
We hope to see you there!
– Lisa and the whole Tag Sale team
Thanks to the generosity of Wildwood families, the Wildwood PGO exceeded our goal on Valley Gives Day! An impressive $2,110 was donated online via the Valley Gives website! We will report the total from Brown Envelope donations next week.
If you missed it on Tuesday, don’t worry, there is still time to give. You can send cash/check in via brown envelope, or give online here. Your generosity enables the Wildwood PGO to support fun and educational initiatives at Wildwood like author visits, field trips, art projects, books for the library, etc.
Thank you, and Go Wildwood!
The Fort River School Building Committee announces its next meeting:
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Location: Fort River Elementary School Library
All meetings are open to the public. Public comment is welcome at the beginning of the meeting. You may also contact the committee by e-mailing email@example.com
. Meetings are typically recorded by Amherst Media and links to the video, along with meeting agendas and minutes, are available at www.amherstma.gov/frsbc
The Amherst Center Recreation Working Group will host their 2nd public forum on Tuesday, May 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Town Room, Town Hall. The Landscape Architecture Firm of Weston & Sampson will be presenting their concept plans for the community fields, which include the Wildwood, ARMS and ARHS fields, the neighboring Hawthorne Property and the field at 205 Triangle Street. Public comment is welcome!
This week, UMass students will move out of the dorms. More information and traffic patterns are listed here.
Congratulations to all the 2018 graduates! The graduate school commencement will be held in the morning at the Mullins Center, and the undergraduate in the afternoon at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
If you are interested in learning more about scouting and possibly becoming a Cub Scout, please join us for a Scouting Open House event on Sunday, April 29.
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
When: Sunday, April 29, 1:00-3:00pm
Ages: Grades K-5
Contact: Cubmaster, Al Crosby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing Caldecott Medal Books
April 28, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.
Educators, librarians, and caregivers are invited to join Carle library volunteers Susan Schiller and Barbara Weber and librarian Susan Wells (Wildwood Elementary, Amherst) for an informal discussion sharing their experiences of introducing Caldecott Medal books to children. This program will take place in The Carle’s Café and include light fare. Reservations are required; please call 413-559-6336.
The 8th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture with Anita Silvey (1 PDP)
April 28, 2018
Free with Museum Admission
Celebrating the Caldecott: The stories behind some of the great Caldecott Medal and Honor Books. with editor, author, and scholar Anita Silvey
Every picture book tells a story. But every book also has a story behind it – why the author or illustrator chose the idea, how they found a publisher, and what happened when the book went into the market place. Looking at 80 years of Caldecott history, Professor Anita Silvey of Simmons College will highlight some of the great Caldecott choices and the stories behind these books.
Program followed by book signing and reception.
Come watch 32 Ultimate teams from the east coast compete in this prestigious tournament! Games will be held at Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free but there will be food for purchase. Come cheer on your local players! Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/amherstinvitational
The Amherst Human Rights Comission has as its prime purpose to promote a community of mutual respect and to honor our diversity. We strive to promote attitudes of compassion and concern for all of our neighbors. To encourage these values, we offer the Human Rights Youth Heroism Awards, an annual celebration of Amherst-area youth. 2018 represents the 13th year of these awards!
It is the Commission’s intent to identify and celebrate local youth who have demonstrated acts of kindness, unselfishness, social courage and/or community service within their families, schools or community. Please help us by nominating a young person you have observed displaying exceptional kindness or consideration in the past year.
Groups of young people may also be nominated to share an award. We strive to recognize children and teens across the spectrum of age groups and schools, including those who do not live in Amherst but who attend any school in town.
Nominations may be submitted through May 18, 2018, to email@example.com or to the Commission c/o Deborah Radway, Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst MA 01002. The Human Rights Commission will celebrate this year’s Heroes at its annual community picnic on Sunday, June 3rd from 10am-1pm at Mill River Recreation Area. We will alert nominators and award recipients prior to the event so they can make plans to attend. We hope you will join us!
Matthew Charity, Sidonio Ferreira, Emily Boutilier, Elizabeth Cahn
Sovann Malis-Loeung, Sophia Maldonado and Tristan Whalen
The Amherst Human Rights Commission
Welcome Wildwood STARS
- May 1 -Valley Gives Fundraiser
- May 5 – First WW Tag sale/Car wash (rain date May 6)
- May 9 – Early Release, 1:20PM dismissal for WW students
- May 28 – Memorial Day, No school
Important Links / Hiperenlaces importantes
Drawing and Painting (Ages 8-11)
In this class, students will find their unique artistic voice while developing drawing and painting skills. In a warm supportive environment, we will explore the process of taking our ideas and turning them into works of art that are meaningful to us. Together, we will explore skills and techniques for drawing and painting with a variety of materials. This class is capped at 6 students for small group atmosphere and individual attention.
May 10- June 14 (6 Classes) $240
To register for this class click here.
More information about Joy Art Space classes and private lessons for children, teens and adults: www.joyartspace.com