2018-2019 AEF Excellence Grants Announcement

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:


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/

2018 Sugarloaf Youth Track League

Ages: 6-14

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

Price: $49


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 shenthorn20@gmail.com

or Chris Johnson, Sports Director at LSSE,

 (413) 259-3144  johnsonc@amherstma.gov

Summer Ultimate League of Amherst

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

Session A

  • Recreational Co-Ed (Ages 14+)
  • Thursdays,June 21st—August 9th

Session B

  • Competitive Co-Ed (Ages 15+)
  • Wednesdays,June 20th—August 8th

Session C

  • Women Only (Ages 13+)
  • Mondays, June 18th—August 6th

LSSE Summer Sports Camps






  • GOLF

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 orjohnsonc@amherstma.gov

Yearbook announcements/order forms

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.

Cost: $8 each/Financial assistance available.

Thank you for giving!

logo_valleygivesThank 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!

First Annual Tag Sale/Car Wash

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!

Fort River School Building Committee Seeking Architectural Design Team

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 (fortriversbc@amherstma.gov​); an e-mail list serve; public forums; and scheduled press releases. We welcome feedback on all of these strategies.

Keeping Children Safe & Secure Online

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:


When: May 29, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Amherst Regional Middle School

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Amherst Invitational This Weekend

aiThe 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’s Youth Theatre Presents Starlight Express This Weekend at Academy of Music

31606576_10156321245907594_4514848533265776640_oStarlight 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 PMSaturday, 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 TuesdayFriday3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students, children and seniors.

Family Time with Multi-Arts

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

Catalina Arrubla

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/IYAnLs

Tag Sale – Saturday 5th May, 9am-2pm

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

Thank you, Wildwood!

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!

Fort River School Building Committee Meeting, Tuesday May 8th

The Fort River School Building Committee announces its next meeting:
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
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 fortriversbc@amherstma.gov. 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.

Amherst Center Recreation Public Forum, Tuesday May 8th

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!

Please support the Wildwood PGO

Please support us on Tuesday May 1 for #VALLEY GIVES & BROWN ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER 

Your generous, tax-deductible gift to the Wildwood Parent Guardian Organization will help support equity and enrichment at Wildwood. The funds we raise provide curriculum-enhancing opportunities for our children and support dedicated staff.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: WILDWOOD PGO (return in brown envelope)

Last year, we ensured every child went on every field trip, we funded the Library, Art, Movie Night, and much more.

Your contribution of:

$5 Funds a child’s field trip
$15 provides extra supplies for a classroom $25 provides books for the library
$50 Art supplies for the art room
$100 towards a visiting artist
$200 For a teacher Mini grant



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: FeatherPressStudio.com.  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 julielappingriver@gmail.com.

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, alfredcrosby@gmail.com

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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 humanrights@amherstma.gov 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: www.joyartspace.com

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: www.amherstsurvival.org. On Thursdays, the Center is open from 11am to 7pm.  All are welcome.