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Family Newsletter – Feb. 26, 2016

Middle School Quilting Elective

Passion for quilting? There’s a class for that at Emerson, and these students are unleashing their creativity to make some beautiful examples.
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Letter from the Head of School

John Huber ProfileDear Parents,

Welcome back from Mid-Winter Break! Whether you spent the week zip lining in Mexico, visiting friends out of state, or just relaxing by the fire at home, I hope that you had a most joyful week.

We are back to school, ready to roll up our shirtsleeves and get to work. And just as our students are pulling out their planners and looking ahead to March, I ask you to do to the same. I wish to draw your attention to two important and time-sensitive deadlines fast approaching.

First, our Auction RSVP date is Tuesday, March 1. This is the event of the season, a great way to connect with Emerson families and friends, all the while supporting our students and our program. We look to have a record turnout of faculty and staff in attendance at this year’s Auction, so come join the fun!

Then, just a few days later, our re-enrollment deadline is Friday, March 4. In order to secure your child’s placement for the 2016-2017 school year, it is critical to complete and return your contract, along with the deposit, by this date. Contracts that arrive after our deadline will be accepted only as space allows.

Many thanks for your time and attention to these important deadlines!

Welcome back,


All School News and Info

New Competition Math Club for Grades 5–8

A Continuation of MathCounts Practice

Although MathCounts has ended, students in grades 5–8 can continue their work on Fridays, 3:00pm–4:00pm, as part of a Competition Math Club. This club will prepare them for future math competitions, and will continue to be led by Emerson alum and MathCounts coach Hojin Han. The level of mathematics will range from algebra through higher level (high school and beyond) mathematics. Students should be self-directed and focused, motivated to attempt challenging math problems, and have a love of math. Cost is free, and the club will meet in room 205 beginning this Friday, Feb. 26.

Emerson Apparel Order Closes Sunday, Feb. 28

Order your Emerson School apparel online today at and it will be ready for pick-up at Emerson the week of March 14. These are break-even prices to make showing your school spirit as affordable as possible for families like yours.
+ Order online at

Tickets Now Available for the 2016 Emerson Play

Friday, March 4 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 5 at 2:00pm

Get your tickets today for this limited-seating performance by an all-star cast of Emerson Middle School students. Tickets are available online and at the door if still available (shows will likely sell out in advance).
+ Get your tickets

Starry Night: Bright Minds • Brilliant Futures

2 Weeks Until the Emerson Auction

Friday, March 11, 2016 at Barton Hills Country Club

RSVPs will be accepted through next week until we are sold out. The Auction has reached capacity every year, so please don’t delay!
+ RSVP Online by Thursday, March 3
+ To volunteer or ask questions, contact Beth Anderson, 734.665.9005, x.305

Raffle Tickets Go On Sale Tuesday, Mar. 1

Tickets for the Restaurant Raffle ($20) and Teacher Experience Raffles ($10) will be available for purchase in the Lower School and Middle School offices, in Lower School After Care, and at home using an order form being sent home with your youngest child on Monday. You do not need to be present to win.
+ See the Teacher Experience Raffle items
+ Purchase Restaurant Raffle Tickets online (also available in the offices)

Please Bring in Promised Donations by Monday, February 29th

We need time to package items and create displays for the big event. Thank you!

Admissions Dir. and Development Dir. Posted

Please Share Openings With Anyone Who May Be Interested

Brief job descriptions for Emerson’s Director of Development (currently open) and Director of Admissions (beginning for 2016-2017 school year) are now available on Emerson School’s website. Please share these openings with anyone you think might be interested..
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Pizza Lunch Volunteers Still Needed

A Plea from Theresa Romens-Woerpel, ESPO Pizza Lunch Volunteer Coordinator

To keep Pizza Lunch running smoothly, we need parents to volunteer for a pizza lunch shift. Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents, to peek in at your child during the school day, and to give a bit of your time to support ESPO’s largest school fundraiser.
+ Sign up for a Pizza Lunch shift

Lower School News

Kindergarten Half Day on March 1

Dismissal at 11:30am, No Afternoon Childcare

Thank you to our kindergarten parents for making time for prospective Emerson kindergarteners to visit, just like you did last year.

Lower School Conference Schedule Change

Now Wed., Mar. 23, 3–8pm and Thurs., Mar. 24, 8am–3pm

The Lower School Conference schedule has been adjusted to coincide with the Middle School schedule and provide more evening opportunities for families to meet with teachers. Additional information about conferences and how to sign up will be communicated soon.

Middle School News

High School Information

Father Gabriel Richard High School Open House

Thursday, Mar. 10, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Visit the school, meet the teachers, and talk with sports coaches and student clubs. For more information please contact Colleen Bailey at 734-662-0496 ext. 249
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Community News and Events

Comic Opera Guild’s Barber of Seville

Free Tickets for Emerson Students and a Parent This Weekend

The Comic Opera Guild is offering free tickets to Emerson students and a parent for this weekend’s performances of The Barber of Seville at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater on U of M’s campus. Please visit their site for more information on showtimes and let ticket booth employee know that your child is an Emerson student for free admittance. Thank you to retired Emerson teacher Pat Petiet for making this possible for Emerson families!
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Students and Alums in Melodies of the Sea

Presented by the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club

March 18 at 7:00pm, March 19 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Emerson students Janna Jacobson, Victoria Lee, Anna Michelle Nicklas, Asha Owens, Maggie Wancier, Audrey Weizer, and Violet Weizer, as well as alumnaeAlicia Bertsch, will be skating in the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club’s 74th Annual Ice Show, Melodies of the Sea. Best of luck Emerson skaters!
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Middle School Learn to Row

First Full Week in April for All 6th – 8th Graders

Get on the water and try an incredible sport with the Washtenaw Rowing Center. Middle school students can 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

Adolescent Depression and Resiliency:

What you need to know

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 7:00pm–8:00pm at Forsythe Media Center

In case you missed the opportunity to learn about this topic at Emerson, you can see the same experts from the University of Michigan Depression Center and for a presentation about depression and anxiety in adolescents.
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