URGENT!! Pizza!! Pizza!!
Monday, January 25, 2016
URGENT!! Pizza!! Pizza!!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Fort River's annual Chili Night will be held on THIS THURSDAY, January 28th. Prepare for culinary delights as the chefs battle for the coveted "Golden Ladle" award.
Volunteers are needed! Please click below to sign up. Please also sign up if you plan to bring chili or bake corn bread ... Many chefs are needed to make this annual Fort River tradition a huge success. Thanks!!!
HOUSING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
For 2 Affordable Homeownership Opportunities in Amherst
Applications are available at the Jones Library, Amherst Town Hall & the Pioneer Valley Habitat office.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st 2016
Two unit condominium: each unit has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms
Homes are priced up to $135,000 with the final price and mortgage term set to ensure the selected family’s housing costs do not exceed 28% of their total income. Monthly payments may range from $650-$1,000 which include mortgage principal, taxes and homeowner association fees. Monthly payments will vary depending on the length of the mortgage, final sale price of the home and property taxes charged by the town.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Within a few weeks, the Amherst League of Women Voters will contact candidates who have signed up to be on the ballot to write a few sentences about themselves that will be published in the Amherst Bulletin Election Guide the week before the election. Participating in the Election Guide is a good way to increase votes for a candidate.
The Town offers some financial support for Town Meeting members who need to pay for care for children or other household members so they can attend Town Meeting. For reimbursement (at least partial - up to $30 per session), receipts must be turned in to the Select Board Office within 2 weeks of the adjournment of Town Meeting.
On January 27, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., the Federation for Children with Special Needs presents Basic Rights In Special Education: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals Presented in Spanish. The workshop will be held at the ARPS Family Center in ARMS.
The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Massachusetts Special Education Law. This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.
For further information contact Yaldira Felix Brown ARPS Family Center at 413 362-1876 or Nancy Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org 413-687-4255. Please call or email to let us know you are attending. The Federation for Children with Special Needs is supported in part by grant #H328M140014 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and the Massachusetts Department of Education.
The Jones Library invites area trivia buffs to at our monthly Trivia Night, hosted by Mark “Harpo” Power, on the first Thursday of the month, from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The next Trivia Night will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the Woodbury Room. All trivia aficionados are invited to join in the fun and support the Jones Library!
Bring friends and family as a team, or form teams on the spot, with a maximum of five per team. There will be two rounds of 15 questions each, and there will be prizes for the top teams. Doors open at 6 pm, and the event starts promptly at 6:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5-$10 per person to participate. All proceeds benefit the Jones Library. Refreshments will be served.
Open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223.
SOUP FOR SYRIA, a community-wide benefit for Syrian refugees, will be hosted by the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. Amherst, on Sunday, January 31 at 4:30pm. Professor David Mednicoff, UMass Director of Middle Eastern Studies, Michel Moushabeck, publisher of the cookbook Soup for Syria, and Michael Kane of Valley Syrian Relief will update us on the Syrian refugee crisis, the greatest refugee crisis since World War II with over 12 million victims. Music will be performed by musicians from the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble and Klezperanto. Delicious soups from Soup for Syria will be served. A collection will be taken for the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, providers of desperately needed services. Attendees can purchase Soup for Syria and books by Syrian authors to further support Syrian refugees. The event is free and the public is welcome. For those who wish to contribute but are unable to attend a check payable to SAMS can be sent to the JCA, 742 Main St. Amherst, MA 01002. For more information call (413) 256-0493.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Please join your friends Friday, January 15 at 9 am for coffee, donuts, and informative conversation!
The topic is the Amherst Elementary School Building Project and special guest Assistant Superintendent Michael Morris will provide an update on the Project, review the timeline and next steps, and take your questions.
Monthly PGO coffees take place on or about the 15th of each month. The dates can be found on the PGO calendar which is on the right side of the blog home page. Some coffees will take place in the evening. There will usually be a presentation for families and specifics will be available on the blog, FB, and Twitter.
Save the Date!
Fort River's annual Chili Night will be held on January 28th. Prepare for culinary delights as the chefs battle for the coveted "Golden Ladle" award.
Volunteers are needed. Please click below to sign up. Thanks!!!
Saturday, January 9, 2016
The Town of Amherst is hosting 3 community forums scheduled to solicit community opinion on what skills, experience and attributes Amherst should be looking for in its next Town Manager.
These forums are scheduled on the following dates and times:
in the Town Room (Town Hall)
in the Woodbury Room (Jones Library)
The forums will be facilitated by Executive Recruiter Bernie Lynch of Community Paradigm Associates.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Happy New Year! We’re happy to have your children back after the nice, long break.
Next week will be a busy one for our School Committees. The Regional School Committee will meet on Tuesday for the first presentation of the FY2017 budget, an update on IMP Mathematics and continuing discussion of the potential Pre-K to grade 12 expansion of the Region. On miércoles and jueves, the Amherst School Committee will meet, with the Amherst Elementary Schools Building Project being the focus of both meetings. Members of the community are encouraged to attend to hear more about these important topics. You are also encouraged to participate in the survey regarding the options under consideration for the elementary building project.
On February 1, Amherst will welcome Interim Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner when Dave Ziomek returns to his permanent position. I am excited to work with Mr. Hechenbleikner in the interim role and to participate in the selection process for a permanent Town Manager. Amherst community members are also encouraged to participate by attending one or more of the three community forums scheduled for January 19and 20. More information about the forums is included in my weekly newsletter.
Have a great weekend!
1-8-16 Superintendent Newsletter.pdf
Estimados padres y Encargados:
¡Feliz año Nuevo! Estamos felices de tener a sus hijos de vuelta después del agradable, y largo descanso.
La semana que viene será una ajetreada para nuestros Comités Escolares. El Comité Escolar Regional se reunirá el martes para la primera presentación del presupuesto FY2017, una actualización sobre la IMP de Matemáticas y la discusión continua de las posibilidades expansión de la Región Pre-K hasta el grado 12. El miércoles y el jueves, el Comité Escolar de Amherst se reunirá, siendo el Proyecto de Construcción de las Escuelas Elementales de Amherst el foco de ambas reuniones. Se anima a los miembros de la comunidad a asistir a escuchar más sobre estos temas importantes. También se le anima a participar en la encuesta sobre las opciones bajo consideración para el proyecto de construcción de escuela elemental.
El 1 de febrero, Amherst dará la bienvenida a la ciudad a Peter Hechenbleikner, Director Municipal Interino, cuando Dave Ziomek regresa a su posición permanente. Estoy muy emocionada de trabajar con el Sr. Hechenbleikner en su rol interino y de participar en el proceso de selección de un Director Municipal permanente. También se anima a los miembros de la comunidad de Amherst a participar asistiendo a uno o más de los tres foros comunitarios programados para el 19 de enero y 20. Más información acerca de los foros se incluye en mi boletín de noticias semanal.
Que tengan un buen fin de semana!
The Heart of Story: Writing the Stories of our Lives A Writing Workshopwith Jane Roy Brown at the Jones Library
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
From Katherine Appy, Chair of the Amherst School Committee ...
Dear Current and/or Future Amherst Public School Families,
The Amherst School Committee is having a survey conducted to gather feedback from different stakeholder groups about the options for the Amherst Elementary Building Project. This link (http://bit.ly/
We thank you for your participation.
Katherine Appy, Chair of the Amherst School Committee
Queridas familias actuales y / o futuras de las Escuelas Públicas de Amherst,
El Comité Escolar de Amherst está realizando una encuesta para obtener opiniones de los diferentes grupos interesados sobre las opciones para el Proyecto de Construcción de la Escuela Elemental de Amherst. Este enlace (http://bit.ly/
Le damos las gracias por su participación.
Los mejores deseos,
Katherine Appy, Presidente del Comité Escolar de Amherst