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.


Meetings are held regularly at 8:30am in the Arts and Innovation Center, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive at 8:00am to enjoy coffee and networking with other parents. Each meeting begins with a brief Head of School presentation from 8:30 – 9:00am, and then ESPO topics and speakers from 9:00am–9:30am.


  • Sept. 18 ESPO Meeting:  Agenda | Minutes
  • Nov. 7 ESPO Meeting:  Agenda | Minutes
  • Feb. 26 ESPO Meeting:  Agenda | Minutes
  • May 15 ESPO Meeting:  Agenda | Minutes


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: Katherine Arst
  • Co-chair: Lisa Ranzini
  • Secretary: Cj Hauptman
  • Treasurer: Cindy Woo
  • K: Patty Petrowski
  • 1st: Deborah Lunde
  • 2nd: Terry Chang
  • 3rd: Katherine Warner
  • 4th: Anja Lehman, Leigh Pearce
  • 5th: Kris Nicolich
  • 6th: Jennifer Nemecek
  • 7th: Elizabeth Caswell
  • 8th: Lorna Hildebrandt, Trish Heusel


  • Welcome Coffee: Tom Atkins, Leticia Valdez
  • Back to School Picnic: Jennifer Nemecek
  • Halloween: Lisa Ranzini
  • Teacher Conference Dinners: Lori Ann Pearson
  • Book Fair: Chair – Terry Chang, Co-Chair – Elaine Mar
  • Bake Sale: Chair – Elizabeth Caswell and Janine Huber, Co-Chair – Cindy Kulkarni
  • Art & Music Nights: Dana DeBord
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon: Ali Sly
  • Field Day: Hasan Shanawani
  • ESPO Communications: Kelly Richardson
  • Emerson Cares: Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson
  • Teacher Treats: Katherine Warner
  • Green & Anti-Idling: Anja Lehman
  • Box Tops for Education: Sasha Kelly
  • Passport to the World: Vacant until spring before 2019-2020 school year
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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