ESPO (Emerson School Parent Organization)

The Emerson School Parent Organization, more commonly referred to as ESPO (es-poe), is a way for parents to be directly involved in their student’s education. This special organization coordinates events, programs, and fundraisers that directly impact every student’s experience.

ESPO is also the best way for families to connect, stay informed, and have a little fun together. Regular meetings allow parents to ask questions and receive regular, in-depth updates from our Head of School. Equally important, ESPO is how parents meet each other and where new families can become part of the greater-Emerson community.


ESPO meetings are a great way to get involved with the school, learn about volunteer opportunities, and meet other Emerson parents. Each meeting typically features a special guest speaker and a summary of recent happenings from the ESPO Chair. Meetings happen in the AIC with parents arriving around 8:30am and the meeting starting at 8:45am (unless otherwise noted).




ESPO Leadership and Committees

Parents generously give their time and talents to Emerson through ESPO. Please join us at an upcoming ESPO meeting and when you’re ready to learn more about getting involved, please contact us.

There are a number of positions still available for next year’s ESPO. A Co-Chair and Pizza Lunch Volunteer Chair and Co-Chair are particularly needed.
+ More information and openings


  • Chair: Carolyn Vaidya
  • Co-chair: OPEN
  • Secretary: Racheal Waring
  • Treasurer: Ilma Gagnon
  • Community Chair: Cori Peng
  • Service Chair: Julia Willson


  • Young Fives: Brittney Papadopoulos
  • Kindergarten: Trisha Vankatachellam
  • 1st: Heather Asteriou and Sarah Brand
  • 2nd: Kelli Katch
  • 3rd: CC Pryor
  • 4th: Smriti Mohan and Jessi Arkwright
  • 5th: Rachel Waring and Cori Peng
  • 6th: Katie Kirkpatrick
  • 7th: Ali Sly and Michelle Weaver
  • 8th: Lisa Ranzini


  • Pizza Lunch Volunteer Coordinators: Sasha Kelly
  • Pizza Lunch Orders: Matt Twetten
    + Email for orders or changes
  • Back-To-School Gathering: Patty Petrowski
  • Teacher Conference Meals (Fall): Jennifer Harper
  • Halloween: Carolyn Vaidya and Heather Asteriou
  • Book Fair: Jennifer Harper
  • Teacher Conference Meals (Spring): Jennifer Harper
  • Teacher Appreciation: Sarah Rimar and Holly Ross
  • Field Day: Jennifer Thornby
  • Produce Station Family Meals: Jennifer Harper
  • Bake Sale: Brittney Papadopoulos and Sarah Rimar
Anti-Idling Initiative

TurnYourKeyLogoTo Protect Health. Breathing exhaust is bad for kids. Their lungs are still developing, they breathe more air, and they breathe faster than adults. Car exhaust causes asthma and other respiratory diseases.

To Improve Our Environment. Idling a compact car for ten minutes per day emits 50 pounds of harmful air pollutants and more than 500 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

To Save Money. Idling a compact car for ten minutes each day wastes more than 30 gallons of gasoline each year.

+ Facts About Idling


  1. Turn your engine off. Turn off your engine if you’re stopped for longer than 10 seconds.
  2. Reduce warm-up idling. Driving slowly for the first mile or two is the best way for a car’s engine to warm up. Long idling periods can harm your engine and waste gas.
  3. Spread the word. Most people idle out of habit. Encourage friends, family and caregivers to protect children’s health and the environment by turning off their vehicles.

Please consider the following suggestions of when to turn your key at Emerson.

  • While waiting along curbside for 8:15 drop-off to start.
  • Upon early arrival for Kindergarten and 2:45 pick-up.
  • At 2:40 after initial cars have been directed to curbside, cars may turn off engines. Once students arrive outside after 2:45 and pick-up is in progress, cars along curbside should maintain a steady flow.
  • While waiting in double car line-up before being directed to curbside for pick-up.
  • Throughout the school day, should you find yourself waiting in your car.
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