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Family Newsletter – Aug. 28, 2015

All School News and Info

Bus Registration Now Required

Register ASAP if Your Student May Ride the AAPS Bus

If your student plans on riding an Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) bus to or from Emerson this year (available to all families who live in the AAPS district), AAPS now requires you to register before the school year begins.
See pg. 34 of the Family Handbook linked below for more information.
+ Register at

Order Lunches From What’s Cooking! by Sept. 1

This year, lunches will be provided by What’s Cooking!. These lunches are an optional service delivered to students Monday to Thursday (with exceptions).
+ See ordering instructions at

Order Pizza Lunch, Milk, and Yearbooks on RenWeb

Place Order by Monday, Sept. 7

Please place your orders in RenWeb for Friday Pizza Lunch, milk for lunch, and a school yearbook—all optional—by Sept. 7. Step-by-step instructions are below.

  1. Log into RenWeb (Parent Login button on top right of
  2. Click Student Information tab on left
  3. Click “Lunch”
  4. Click “Create Web Order” and make your selections
  5. Click “Order Items” to complete your order

Your account will be billed in October for milk, yearbooks, and the first semester of Pizza Lunch. It will be billed again in February for the second semester of Pizza Lunch if you choose to continue it.

2015-2016 Family Handbook Now Available Online

Print copies will be distributed to all families the first week of school.
+ Download Emerson’s Family Handbook

First ESPO Meeting Moved to Friday, Sept. 18

The meeting previously scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15 has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 18. Print and online calendars have been updated to reflect this change.

ESPO Event Chairs Still Needed

Volunteers are needed to organize some of the hallmark ESPO (Emerson School Parent Organization) events and activities, including event chairs.
+ See ESPO opportunities and current leaders

New Teacher Announcement and Transitions

Earlier this week, Head of School John Huber announced the faculty changes summarized below.
+ See original communication sent on Aug. 25

  • Ingrid Crause will teach 7th and 8th grade Health
  • Michael Wilson will teach K-3 Science
  • Becky Wancier to teach 8th grade science
  • Eddie VanRiper will teach 7th grade math
  • Susan Riles is new Math Support teacher
  • Debbie Lamson is departing and will no longer teach Middle School Art
  • Kathy Salley is unable to return due to health reasons

New Family Welcome & Middle School Orientation

Thursday, Sept. 3, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Learn more about your new school and/or the Middle School. Who should attend:

  • Kindergarten: All parents (no students please)
  • 1st – 5th Grade: New parents and students
  • 6th Grade: All parents and students (new and returning students)
  • 7th – 8th Grade: New parents and students

First Day of School is Sept. 8

  • Half days for K: Sept. 8 – 18 (dismissal at 11:45am)
  • Half days for 1st: Sept. 8 – 11 (dismissal at 12:00pm)

Back to School Picnic, Hosted by ESPO

Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Join us for a back to school picnic hosted by ESPO (Emerson School Parent Organization). There will be food, games for the kids, and a chance to mingle with old and new friends.
+ RSVP at

No School Monday, Oct. 19 for AIMS Conference

Emerson will be closed so our faculty and staff may participate in the Association of Independent Michigan Schools (AIMS) Conference. This is an important gathering of educators throughout the state, and it allows us to learn best practices and bring these to our students.

Lower School News and Info

Register for Band and Orchestra

Lower school students in grades 2-5 are invited to participate in the Emerson Instrumental Program. Everyone is welcome to join the band and orchestra program and no previous experience is needed. All students will be taught basic concepts to help them learn how to play their new instruments. This year promises to bring new opportunities to our continuing students to build skills and to play exciting music with friends at Emerson!
+ Learn more and register at

Middle School News and Info

Middle School Books Available for Purchase

Middle School books can now be purchased online at
+ Order 2015-2016 books

Middle School Musical Auditions: Seussical Jr.

Sept. 9 – 10, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Sign-ups begin the first day of school on the Theatre Arts bulletin board located at end of hall outside of auditorium doors. All students interested in participating must sign up and bring a signed parent permission form to the audition. Students should be available to sing, read from the script, and perhaps dance in groups. If students cannot attend any of these times, please email Musical Director Mrs. Moon as soon as possible.
+ Learn more and see sign-up info