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Family Newsletter – Apr. 29, 2015

Students rehearsing on stage as part of the Middle School Honor Band
Four Emerson Students Perform in DSO’s Middle School Honor Band

John Byers, Lily Gillman, Michael Pelosi, and Ben Whiting had an experience of a lifetime this past Monday, when they performed in Detroit’s historic Orchestra Hall. More than 200 middle school musicians participated in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Honors Band. Our students performed alongside DSO musicians and had an opportunity to meet one of Emerson’s “own,” Kathryn Ginsberg, who is the Director of Operations for the DSO. BRAVO!!!! — By Michelle Borton, proud Band Director and Music Teacher
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Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

What is better than good food and good conversation? Thanks to your rich partnership with our teachers, and to the great array of food many of you generously brought in for them, we have accomplished both in these last few days.

We are grateful for your active participation and your consistent displays of support and appreciation. This round of conferences is especially important as it not only brings us all up to date on progress made over the long winter, it also gets us on the same page as we move forward toward the culmination of this school year. There is so much learning to be shared between now and June 12th! If you were not able to meet with your child’s teachers, please reach out to schedule those meetings.

Thanks also for all the incredible support and enthusiasm shown at the Auction. From the volunteers, to the donors, to the bidders, it was a very successful celebration.

Enjoy your weekend and and the sun’s passage into the Northern Hemisphere!


Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

2015 Emerson Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, Apr. 21, Noon to 6:00pm in the Emerson Gym

The goal is to collect 50 pints of blood, and Mr. Wilson’s 8th graders and 4th graders in Rob Bauman’s class need you to donate. All donations should take 60 minutes or less, from check-in to check-out, and donors will be treated to a WiFi waiting area with work tables, snacks, and lots of TLC.
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THANK YOU: Most Successful Auction Ever

Our Community’s Generosity Raises Unprecedented Amount

Thank you to everyone who participated in what preliminary numbers suggest will be Emerson’s most successful Auction ever. Final numbers are still being tallied, but we can confirm that more than $69,000 was raised for Financial Aid!

It takes a special community to host an Auction like this, and it wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who devote countless hours to its success. And, of course, the generosity of our community is awe-inspiring, from the items donated to the bids made. Thank you to everyone who gave, big and small, and supported learning and financial aid at Emerson.

70 More Items in Emerson’s Online Auction

Auction items
Open Now Through Friday, March 25 at 3:30pm

The Online Auction is now live, and there are 70 incredible items available, including sports tickets, vacation rentals, jewelry, food deals, a year of unlimited carwashes, and much more. Special items from kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classrooms are also up for bid.
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Guest Speaker: Menlo CEO Richard Sheridan

Thursday, Apr. 2 at 7:00pm at Emerson

Richard Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Ann Arbor’s Menlo Innovations, has recently written a book called Joy, Inc. In it, he describes how he created a joyful culture at Menlo, and he describes how any organization—including schools—can follow similar methods for a more passionate team.

Richard is a dynamic speaker who has presented around the world, and we are thrilled to have him speak to the Emerson community.

Admission is $5, or $15 with a discounted copy of Joy, Inc. This event is open to the public and will appeal most to an adult audience.
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About Joy, Inc. by Richard Sheridan

Middle School News

Pioneer High 9th Grade ‘Meet and Greet’

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 11:15am – 2:30pm

Students will have a tour of the school and lunch with fellow 8th graders. There will be an extra curricular fair with representatives of several school clubs and athletic teams. Meet at the Clock Tower Entrance.
+ RSVP to Jen Kunec by April 10th

Father Gabriel Richard Freshmen Welcome Event

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Incoming freshmen and parents are invited to attend.

Community Events

Snow: A Sisterly Tale, with Saline Community Education Junior Theater

Mar. 20 – 21 at 7:30pm and Mar. 22 at 2:00pm

Two Emerson students, Sydney Friedman and Sophia Hildebrant, are performing in Snow: A Sisterly Tale, with the Saline Community Education Junior Theater. Performances are at the Liberty School Auditorium and tickets are $5 at the door.
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Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club 73rd Melody on Ice

Fri., Mar. 20 at 7:00pm and Sat., Mar. 21 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Emerson students Asha Owens, Audrey Weizer, and Violet Weizer (and possibly others) are performing in the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club’s annual Melody on Ice. This year’s performance, themed Let’s Go to the Movies, will feature the 2015 World Synchronized Team Junior Hockettes, all Hockettes teams, Special Olympians, soloists/duos/trios and more than 125 Learn to Skate students.
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Ann Arbor Rowing Club Open House

Sunday, Mar. 22, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Learn about the sport of rowing, talk to members, and see what AARC is all about.
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Digital Media Academy STEM Summer Camps

$125 Off for Emerson Community

The Digital Media Academy is offering STEM-based summer camps at University of Michigan this summer, and they are offering two ways to attend at a discounted rate:

  • Exclusive $125 savings for the Emerson community through March 31
  • Need-Based Scholarships – families in need are invited to apply for financial assistance.

+ Learn more about the Digital Media Academy
+ Contact DMA about discounted registration

MAGC Conference Catalog Cover Art Contest

Entry Deadline is Mar. 31

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC) programs and conference planning board is looking for a gifted artist, aged 12 to 15, to create our next conference cover. The winner and finalist’s artwork
will be used in marketing and conference materials for 2015-2016.
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U of M Summer Engineering Academy

Applications Due Tuesday, Mar. 31

This program’s goal is to expose students to engineering and open to all students with an interest in engineering. The Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach particularly encourages applications from students who are from underrepresented groups in engineering.
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Middle School Learn to Row

Starts April 13 for All 6th – 8th Graders

Get on the water and try an incredible sport with the Washtenaw Rowing Center! Rowing (aka crew) is flourishing in our community, with nationally competitive boys and girls teams in Washtenaw County, as well as top collegiate programs at universities throughout the state. Now middle school students also have the chance to give it a try, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere where they’ll learn basic technique and get on the water to experience what this exciting sport is all about!
+ Find more information and sign up, or contact Program Director Kit Bennett