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Family Newsletter – Apr. 17, 2014

Letter from Jerry

Jerry's Call to ParentsHello Parents,

As an “Emerald” Green School, we have always focused attention on our role as global citizens and stewards of our local and global environment. One of the big dates among many in our eight weeks of remaining school is Earth Day, next Tuesday, April 22nd.

As you may have heard, and can read more about below, ESPO is using Earth Day week as the official launch of our Anti-Idling initiative. With just a little bit of attention and the turn of a key, we can make the air your children breathe at Emerson safer and cleaner. What better time to make this conscious effort than these beautiful days to come when we can open the car window, turn off the engine, and enjoy the fresh air.

ESPO is also sponsoring another Earth-friendly initiative at our Passport to the World celebration next Friday. There will be a strategic effort to reduce the amount of waste generated at the event, and all plates and cups will be compostable. You are encouraged to help out by using only materials that you need and sorting your trash accordingly.

Thanks to ESPO for their forward thinking and the dedication it takes to shepherd these ideas into action.

See you at Passport to the World next Friday.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

Passport to the World in One Week

Friday, April 25, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Every three years, Emerson School celebrates unique cultures and traditions from around the world at our Passport to the World event. This year, 34 countries will be represented—many by students and families with personal ties—through clothing, food, music, and displays. Activities will include a drum circle, Greek, Indian, and Irish dancers, Spanish guitar, and much more.Suggestions

  • In an effort to be good world citizens, we will be using compostable paper plates and glasses. Five gallon containers of water will replace individual bottles, and families are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Students can have their passport stamped on a special designed page for bringing their own water bottle and being a good citizen.
  • Families are asked to bring a dish (sweet or savory) to share at our international food festival. Many families write a story about the food they bring to be put on display. A special table with food prepared by families of children with allergies will be available.
  • Please consider carpooling to be a good world citizen and maximize the number of parking spaces for families.
  • Be a volunteer. This is a massive undertaking that doesn’t work without everyone’s support.
    + See openings and volunteer.

Thank you to ESPO for coordinating this wonderful event for the Emerson community.

Anti-Idling Initiative Kicks Off Monday

Idling engines consume gas and produce air pollution; when we idle at Emerson we introduce pollution directly into the air our kids breathe that can harm their health. Beginning Monday, April 21, ESPO is launching an anti-idling initiative at Emerson.
General Guidelines
  • Don’t idle while you’re waiting for Lenny to send you to the curb.
    Lines of idling cars produce the ideal scenario for maximum exposure to harmful pollutants. It’s fine to allow some distance between your car and the car in front of you while you wait: you won’t get to your child any later.
  • If you’re stopped for more than 10 seconds, turn it off!
    Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine. Whether you’re dropping off your kids at school or using the ATM, if you’re stopped for more than 10 seconds, turn your car off!
  • Idling pollutes
    Idling one car for five minutes per day can emit as many as 25 pounds of harmful air pollutants and 260 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, a primary greenhouse gas.

Blood Drive Needs 20+ More Donors

Jab donates blood at the 2013 Blood Drive

April 29, 2pm – 7:30pm

Please schedule your blood donation today. WIthout enough pre-registrations, the Red Cross may consider canceling our drive. Contact Joyce for questions.
+ Schedule your appointment to donate blood

Pizza Lunch Volunteers Needed

Come join parents in the Emerson Kitchen serving Pizza Lunch to your kids and their friends!  We need volunteers for many Fridays in April, May and June. Thank you for your support of this popular fundraiser at Emerson.
+ Sign up online or email Maureen Kachman.

Re-Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards

You can earn money for Emerson every time you shop at Kroger, but you need to re-enroll every year and now is the time.

  1. Create an Account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Sign into Kroger’s Community Rewards program
  3. Enter Emerson’s group number: 82607
  4. Choose Emerson School and click Enroll

Lower School News

2nd and 3rd Grade Art Music Night

Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00pm

The program should last about one hour. This is a change from the original calendar due to the Passport-to-the-World event scheduled for Friday, April 25. Every child will have an important part, so we would like all second and third grade students to attend. Look for a letter with more details after the break.

Help Hang Artwork

Hanging all of the artwork for Art Music Night is a major undertaking, but a lot of fun. Amy Woodruff is leading the charge and needs your help.
+ Volunteer to help prep

K and 1st Grade Art and Music Sharing Time

Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00pm

Happy Birthday Emerson! The Kindergarten and First Grade classes are celebrating Emerson’s 40th birthday on Tuesday, April 29th. Family members are welcome to join the “party!” Students will share their music in the library and then walk around and view the art show.

Dress for the performance in bright, colorful, casual & comfortable clothing. * No additional “costumes” are needed.

1:00 pm – Music sharing in the library
1:20 pm – Viewing of student art work
1:40 pm – Students may leave school with their families or check into childcare

(Additional childcare will be provided, until the end of the school day, for the Kindergarten students that are not taken home after the performance.)

First Grade

2:00 pm – Music sharing in the library
2:20 pm – Viewing of student art work
2:40 pm – Students may leave school or check into after-school childcare

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Borton (Mrs. B), K-1 music teacher.

Middle School News

Pioneer High School Meet & Greet

Wednesday, April 23, 11:15am – 2:15pm

Pioneer High School is hosting a Meet & Greet for all incoming 9th grade students. Incoming students will meet current students, tour the school, eat lunch, and have opportunities to ask questions.
+ Learn more

Community News & Events

Mom to Mom Sale

Sunday, April 26, 9:00am – 1:00pm

The Mom 2 Mom Sale is an event, similar to a rummage sale, where people can sell their new or gently used children’s items. All proceeds to benefit inaugural WIHI Prom and WIHI PTO (sellers keep 100% of table profits).
+ Learn more