The First Annual Wildwood Tag Sale and Car Wash

The First Annual Wildwood Tag Sale and Car Wash sponsored by Grades 5 and 6 will be held from on May 5, 2018, rain date May 6, 2018Proceeds will go to the 6th Grade Field Trip.
We are seeking donations of gently used household items, clothes, books etc. from 4th, 5th and 6th grade families.
We request all families join us at this fun, community building event which we hope to hold annually! Everyone else should mark their calendars for some fun events, shopping and car washing!

FeatherPress Studio Summer and Fall Art Classes For All Ages

Wildwood art teacher Julie Rivera will be offering art classes for kids, as well as evening adult creativity classes out of her studio in Leverett,  To see the summer and fall schedule of classes, and for a full description of offerings, please go to her new website:  The studio is only 10 minutes from Wildwood, and is a cozy and creative art environment in a wooded setting. Carpooling will be available.
If you have any questions, please email Julie at

Scouting Open House event

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,

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Events at the Eric Carle Museum on April 28, 2018

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.

2018 Human Rights Heroes Nominations invited

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 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!

Yours truly,

Matthew Charity,  Sidonio Ferreira,  Emily Boutilier, Elizabeth Cahn

Sovann Malis-Loeung, Sophia Maldonado and Tristan Whalen

The Amherst Human Rights Commission

Wildwood/ARPS Important Dates

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

New Session of Drawing and Painting (Ages 8-11) Begins Thursday May 10!

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.
Thursdays 3:30-4:45
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:

Amherst Survival Center Press Release: Overdose Prevention Education for the Community this Thursday!

Amherst, MA –  The Amherst Survival Center will host a community education program on recognizing and responding to an opioid overdose on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 12:30PM to 1:30PM. The public event will feature educators from Tapestry, the regional resource for overdose prevention education. All are welcome. Lunch at the Amherst Survival Center is served from 12PM-1PM. 

The public event is part of the Amherst Survival Center’s mission to connect residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties to health and wellness. “In this case, the program will connect our community to information, skills and resources that we all can use to prevent and respond to opioid overdoses and prevent overdose deaths.” said Mindy Domb, Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center. “Tapestry has trained our staff twice in the past three years on responding to an opioid overdose and on how to use narcan, the life-saving treatment for people experiencing an opioid overdose. We wanted to bring this information and support to our larger community in the hope that more people will be equipped to prevent an overdose and save a life,” said Domb. “There may be family members, caretakers or other bystanders who find themselves in a situation where they may witness an overdose and can take actions to save a life – from calling 9-1-1 to using narcan.  This education program will help them to respond in those situations.” 

The Amherst Survival Center is located at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst, on the Rt. 33 PVTA bus route. More information on the Center can be found on its website: On Thursdays, the Center is open from 11am to 7pm.  All are welcome.

Hummingbirds of the World

Amherst, MA – An opportunity to learn about hummingbirds near and far comes to the Jones Library in a presentation by local naturalist John Root.  Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7 pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

This presentation is a visual one that features spectacular images of hummingbirds from around the world. Topics discussed include myths and legends about hummingbirds in different cultures, special adaptations for flight, co-evolution of hummingbirds and the flowers that they visit, courtship and nesting behavior, and migration. Information about attracting hummingbirds with feeders and hummingbird gardens is also presented. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the program.

This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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

On the Same Page – Amherst Author Event Rescheduled!

Amherst, MA – It is with great pleasure that the Jones Library announces the rescheduling of the final author event in the On the Same Page – Amherst series, featuring Jill Lepore, author of the best-selling title The Secret History of Wonder Woman, this year’s selected title.

This author event will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.  It will be preceded by a reception at 2:00 PM in the Middle School Library, hosted by the Friends of the Jones Libraries. There is general admission seating for this free author event, and doors will open at 2:30 pm.

If you have not yet had the chance to read this year’s selected title, there are copies available for sign out at the Jones Library and branches.

For further information about On the Same Page – Amherst or this author event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

Family Dance Night for WW Families & Friends, April 25, 2018

Come dance with us on Apr 25,2018 from 6:00-7:00PM in the WW school gym!

Rachel Gibson, a sixth-grade parent, will lead us through folk dances from a variety of world cultures. The dances are easy to learn and a great deal of fun! All voluntary donations and bake sale proceeds will go towards a sixth grade field trip.

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View Spanish Flyer 

Groff Park Community Forum, Apr 24

The Town of Amherst Groff Park Committee will host a Groff Park Community Forum on

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria at Crocker Farm Elementary School

(280 West Street).

Residents are invited to comment on concept plans and provide ideas for the improvements to Groff Park. Snacks and Childcare will be provided

For more information, please contact:

Nate Malloy, Planning Department

413-259-3322 or
To view the flyer, Groff Park-Forum Flyer.pdf

Family Time with Multi-Arts

Join us in a fun, engaging artistic activity aim to bond you with your child creating collaborative art work that brings you:

Laughter, Joy  & Communication

Tuesday April 17, 2:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 869 North Pleasant Street Amherst

Free workshop – Donations welcome

Welcome also to register for our April and Summer camps. Join us for one, two or more days, or the entire summer!

Catalina Arrubla


Love Arts?

Wildwood Science Night

Come lie on a bed of nails and check out some cool weather experiments and optical illusions!

Join us at the Wildwood Elementary School Gym for Science Night with The UMass Science Outreach Club.

Grades K-2: Wednesday, April 11

Grades 3-6: Thursday, April 12 

6 PM to 7 PM

All children must be an accompanied by an adult.

Topics will include Weather, Electricity, Sound, Optical Illusions, Forces

For more information:

Wildwood PGO for sponsored event.

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Do you have a 5 to 10 yr old student interested in swimming?

The Amherst Tritons Swim team is hosting a new swimmer day on April 22 at Totman Pool. Learn a new sport, develop friendships and have fun with your teammates as you build your swimming confidence. Our coaches are nationally certified through USA Swimming, amongst the best in the valley and been teaching the sport of swimming for over 30 years. If you would like more information or to register for our new swimmer day; visit and select the contact us button. Children should be able to swim at least freestyle and backstroke for 1 length (25 yards) of the pool without touching the bottom of pool or holding onto a lane line.
Practice time for most new swimmers – 3 days per week for 1 hr. Tue/Thur 5-6 pm, Sun noon to 1 pm, Swim meets are on Tuesday evenings.
Link attached –

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This is Transition

Please join us for a three part series of informational evening seminars. These
presentations will provide students, families and school staff with valuable
information for future planning and will assist in transitioning students from
school to adult life.

All presentations will begin at ​6:30pm​ ​and will be held at ​Amherst Regional High
School​. All are welcome to attend these free information sessions.
Please RSVP to ​​ or 413-687-4255.

Session 1: April 25th, 2018 Wednesday:​ Intro to the Transition Planning Process
An overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on IEPs. Will also include some tools for creating a vision for after high school. Presented by Leslie from the Federation of Children with Special Needs. Held in ARHS library.
Session 2: May 2nd, 2018 Wednesday: ​ABCs of Adult Agencies
An opportunity to hear from and to meet with representatives of some of the adult agencies in our state, including the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), and others. Come find out what kinds of services and supports are available after high school and what you and your student need to do to apply for them. Held in ARHS cafeteria.

Session 3: May 9th, 2018 Wednesday: ​Family to Family
Families with a range of experiences and perspectives will share details of their students’ journeys into adulthood and discuss how and why they and their children made the choices that they did. There will be plenty of time to meet with panelists and ask questions. Be prepared to laugh a little and learn a lot! Held in ARHS library.

To view the flyer:  This is Transition

Gospel Choir Concert to benefit Amherst A Better Chance (ABC)

abcCome to a Gospel Choir Concert to benefit Amherst A Better Chance (ABC) on Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst.

The concert starts at 7:30 PM and features the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, the Amherst Regional High School Chorale, the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus, and the Resurrect Gospel Choir at Amherst College.

Concert-goers are also invited to a welcome reception with light refreshments from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the room adjacent to the Sanctuary at Grace Church. The reception will include the opportunity to meet the Amherst A Better Chance Scholars and the Resident Directors. A Donation of $20 (or more!) from each concert-goer will be gratefully accepted, but all who wish to celebrate the ABC Program through gospel music are most welcome!

Autism Awareness Night

image1When: April 12, 2018 5:45 pm-7:30 pm
Where: ARHS Library
RSVP requested*
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have teamed up to host an Autism Awareness Night.
Current high school and post-graduate panelists will be in small groups, talking about their experience with Autism, its strengths and challenges, what helps/what doesn’t, and other interesting discussion topics, such as Autism as a disability versus difference.
We will also feature an art exhibit showcasing artists with Autism, a display of Autism Awareness posters, and a literature table.
*Please RSVP by April 9th to Nancy Stewart at or 413-687-4255. Event is free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Civics Fest this Friday

civicsfest-page-001Food! Music! Theater! Competition!! A celebration of Government and Politics.

Join the League of Women Voters of Amherst for the Second Annual Civics Fest on April 6, 2018, starting at 7 p.m. in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium. Once again, State Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose will be the Master of Ceremonies. The theme for this year is Public Education.

Teams will compete in a trivia round, an optional debate round, and a final “creative policy” round for the top teams. Register your team here!

To view the event flyer, click here.

The Daffodil Run 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run

dfrApril 29th 2018 marks the 8th annual Daffodil Run in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County! This family friendly community event held at Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst offers participants a 5k walk/run or 10k run option. Participants race past many of the 50,000 daffodils planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. Festivities include a pre-race warm up, music, bounce house, games, barbecue and more! Join us to help make a difference in the lives of Hampshire County children facing challenges. Celebrate spring with us at the Daffodil Run!

Register at

Wild Goose Chase

wildgooiseWhole Children’s Wild Goose Chase is an annual 5K, kids’ carnival, and family fun races for all ages and abilities. Race events include a chip-timed 5K race and 1 mile run/walk/roll, as well as a slew of kids’ races. The carnival is hoppin’ with wagon rides, face painting, live music, games, and more.

The fourth annual Wild Goose Chase takes place on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Look Park in Florence, MA!

For more information, visit:

Amherst Sustainability Festival

sustfestSATURDAY, APRIL 14th

10 AM – 4 PM


Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its ninth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans! Stay tuned for more information!

Clutter Control: Downsizing Your Stuff

Dave Downs provides some excellent tips on getting all that clutter at home under control in this informational and entertaining program at the Jones Library in Amherst at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Why do Americans have too many possessions?  How can we begin to resolve this problem?  In this humorous presentation, Dave Downs shares original thoughts, practical tips, and easy to understand strategies that anyone can use to begin the process of change with regards to clutter control.  In his innovative, upbeat way, Downs shares useful information to motivate the audience to begin downsizing.

This event is generously funded by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.

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

Brief Survey – Why do you value the Wildwood PGO?

In an effort to keep fundraising equitable, non-competitive and stress-free, the PGO holds two Brown Envelope Fundraisers per year. Both fundraisers correspond with broader Pioneer Valley community fundraising drives: Giving Tuesday in December and Valley Gives in May.  Many people ask what the PGO does and why they should contribute so this year the PGO leadership invites you to share why you value the PGO. We plan to share these testimonials with the greater Wildwood community.  Please share what the PGO means to you by April 15, 2018 by clicking:
La cooperadora de Wildwood (Wildwood PGO), se esfuerza para que la recolección de fondos para su operación sea sin estrés , equitativa y sin competencias. Por ello lleva a cabo dos campañas anuales a través de sobres (Brown Envelope Fundraisers) en conjunción con campañas de recolección de fondos que tiene lugar en todo el Pioneer Valley: Giving Tuesday (el Martes que sigue al día de Acción de Gracias) y Valley Gives, que tiene lugar en Mayo.  Mucha gente se pregunta que hace el PGO y por qué deberían contribuir, por eso, este año la dirección del PGO los invita a compartir su experiencia con el PGO, por que lo aprecia. Nos gustaría compartir su testimonio con la comunidad de Wildwood.
Por favor comparta que significa para usted el PGO (antes del 15 de Abril de 2018):

Don’t Miss the 10th Local Vocal Chord Bowl!

Saturday, April 7th— 7:00 pm — ARHS Auditorium

The Green Street Brew, a local adult acapella group that includes ARHS math teacher Geoff Friedman and ARHS staff Andrea Dustin – under the direction of our very own Todd Fruth – presents the 10th Local Vocal Chord Bowl!
This event takes place at ARHS and features adult, college, and high school a capella groups.  It is a joyous intergenerational celebration of making music.  And it is a FUNDRAISER for music and arts programs at ARHS and at Northampton High School.  In the last three years, the event has raised over $12,000 for the schools.
*Tickets: $12 advance / $14 at the door for Adults & Seniors; $8 advance / $10 at the door for Students & Children
*See poster for where to purchase advance tickets.
Please help spread the word and join us if you can!


Autism Awareness Night

When: April 12, 2018  5:45 pm-7:30 pm
Where:  ARHS Library
RSVP requested*

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)  and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools have teamed up to host an Autism Awareness Night.

Current high school and post-graduate panelistswill be in small groups, talking about their experience with Autism, its strengths and challenges, what helps/what doesn’t, and other interesting discussion topics, such as Autism as a disability versus difference.

We will also feature an art exhibit showcasing artists with Autism, a display of Autism Awareness posters, and a literature table.  

*Please RSVP by April 9th to Nancy Stewart at or 413-687-4255.  Event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to all who voted for us in the Florence Bank Community Choice Grant!!

This week, the ARPS PGO was awarded a Community Choice Grant of $1413.00 from Florence Bank.  The money will be used to support PGO initiatives within our member schools. Thank you to all who voted for us.

Congrats to the almost 60 nonprofits in our community who also received grants through this annual program. Since the  Community Choice Grants program started 16 years ago, Florence Bank has given away more than $1 million to community non-profits.
The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501(c)(3) Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.

Sing This Summer

Sing This Summer offers exceptional week-long programs for young singers in grades 2-12 on the beautiful Amherst College campus, in Amherst, MA. This summer we’ll be welcoming returning and new campers to our programs from June 24-29. The same program is also offered at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME from July 22-27. We would love to have your students join us! Students can now register online at

SING! (grades 7-12) offers daily classes in musical theater, choir, individual and group voice lessons, musicianship, movement and collegiate-style a cappella with recreational activities interspersed throughout the day for a balance of intensive music and fun.

SING! Jr. (grades 2-6) features all of the same classes and recreational activities as SING! while focusing on helping younger students explore their vocal skills and build musicianship skills.