Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Strings@Amherst is for 7-18 year olds who play stringed instruments. This will also take place from July 5-10 at Amherst College. This is an exciting week of music and fun for young string players who can participate in classes such as orchestra, technique, chamber ensembles, fiddling, drumming, dance and more. We also offer recreational activities such as games, trips to downtown (accompanied by a counselor) and swimming. For more information you can visit our website at www.stringsthissummer.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We all have stories to tell and the ARMS PGO invites you to join us at this on-going mini writing retreat to share yours.
Thursday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:00
(Come to one, a few or all)
Amherst Regional Middle School Library
170 Chestnut Street, Amherst – 2nd Floor
- Connect parents and create a supportive, compassionate community in which to share stories
- Provide time for writing and light instruction to sharpen writing skills, hopefully inspiring participants to reflect and write more
- Promote intercultural understanding and exchanges by telling authentic, diverse stories
- Share contemporary American culture, values and day-to-day life with our counter-parts in China (and elsewhere) by publishing an anthology available on-line.
- Generate funds to support ARMS teacher and student initiatives from publication sales
Open to anyone who has stories about family, children, parenthood and growth, this series of 90-minute Parent/Guardian writing sessions (held in the ARMS library) is designed to provide a space and time for parents who want to write and share their family stories.
Invited to kick-off the series is Corinne Demas, Mount Holyoke Professor and published author of her memoir Eleven Stories High: Growing up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948 – 1968. Professor Demas will talk about the writing process, share tips on how to make stories engaging and how to speak in our own authentic voice.
The final product will be an anthology of participant submissions. Space permitting, contributing to the anthology is open to anyone who is interested in submitting an article about family life, parenthood, home literacy practices, community culture, raising children, etc. The hope is to as inclusive as possible however neither participation nor submission guarantees inclusion in the anthology publication. Workshop organizers will make the determination as to compilation selection with professional guidance.
An English version of the anthology will be sold to English-speaking community. The English-Chinese version of the book will be sold to Chinese readers in the forms of ibook, ebook and print texts. The money gained from sales will be used to benefit the middle school community.
Structure of a Writing Group Meeting
6:30 - 6:40 pm Humanize the space via social time
6:40 - 7:00 pm Pre-writing talk
7:00 - 7:45 pm Intensive writing
7:45 - 8:00 pm Wrap-up discussion
- The first ten minutes is for parents to connect and update one another on progress.
- The next 20 minutes consists of a pre-write activity: a brief talk given by invited speaker, group members sharing about writing, parenting, cultural awareness, adolescence development, or a collaborative talk about some selected books, articles and videos. It may also include brainstorming activities, writing exercises, sharing pieces, discussing writing prompts or images, etc.
- Writing is the main task. It will last 45 to 50 minutes.
- Wrap up activity may be a go-around touch base, group member(s) sharing writing, or a discussion about some issues, concerns, difficulties.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Film Screening & Discussion:
Smoke Signals at the Jones Library
Join us on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening of Smoke Signals, the sixth in a film & discussion series being held over several months which look at issues of race. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.
Smoke Signals is a feature film which debunks stereotypes about native people. An award winner at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the film is based on Sherman Alexie's short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.
This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and The Coming Together Project. More information about The Coming Together Project can be found at http://www.coming-together.org/.
Friday, February 13, 2015
A las 7:00 pm, el miércoles, 25 de Febrero 2015, la escuela superior (ARHS) celebrará una reunión para hablar con la comunidad de los planes de cambiar el programa de instrucción para el año 2016-17.
Como la escuela superior está en el comienzo de su proceso, la reunión no implica una recomendación real para el nuevo horario. En cambio, el programa se concentrará en los siguientes temas:
- Las implicaciones educativas de un nuevo programa de instrucción
- Las realidades económicas actuales que influyen en la decisión
- El proceso de colectar el insumo de la communidad sobre el posible cambio de programa
- Las diferentes opciones de programación que están bajo consideración.
- ¿Cómo la comunidad puede proveer comentarios?
Los estudiantes de noveno y décimo grado actuales, así como todos los estudiantes de las escuelas intermedias y elementales asistirán a la escuela superior con el nuevo programa en su lugar.
Todos las familias del distrito están invitadas a asistir esta reunión que se llevará a cabo en la biblioteca de la escuela superior.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 24 at 7 pm - Woodbury Room Jones Library: Book Discussion - An interactive book discussion will explore the impact of community on identity with fun & engaging activities, and then lead into sharing and discussing The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. This event is co-sponsored by the Jones Library, Amherst Together, and the Equity Project Intergenerational Team at Amherst College.
Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm - Woodbury Room Jones Library: Multiracial Families: The Amherst Experience - A panel of Amherst parents share their personal experiences of parenting biracial and adopted children in our community. The panel will be moderated by Peggy Gillespie, Co-Founder/Director of Family Diversity Projects.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
The PGO needs to find a volunteer willing to step up and become the new PGO Website Editor. If you have been hoping to volunteer more this is the ideal opportunity! Advanced computer skills are not necessary to do this job and Jenn is willing to help train the new person.
Duties include collecting information from the school, district, and town and organizing and posting relevant information on a weekly or bi-weekly basis on the blog. Most of this can be done from home!
Monday, February 2, 2015
No pre-registration necessary! Just show up with sneakers, a water bottle and be ready to have fun!