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Family Newsletter – Jan. 1, 2016

Dr. Jerry Miller: Anxiety and Asynchrony in Gifted Children

At ESPO Meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 8:30am in the Arts and Innovation Center

Learn from Dr. Jerry Miller about the anxiety and asynchrony often observed in gifted students the upcoming ESPO meeting. Dr. Miller teachers is an awarded mental health teacher at the University of Michigan, a former middle school teacher for gifted students, and the primary admissions tester for Emerson School.
+ Learn more about Dr. Miller


Letter from the Head of School

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! What a joy it was to see our faculty and students returning to school. So many smiling faces – but if we’re honest, a few yawns and sleepy stretches as well. It’s not always easy to get back into the routine of waking up early for school, especially when it stays dark until after 8 am!

In the spirit of new, we’re pleased to welcome a few new faces to Emerson. First, we are happy to have Mia G. and Olivia B. begin the new year with us. Mia joins her brother here at Emerson, and Olivia comes to us via Australia. Welcome, Mia and Olivia!

Dan RigatoAdditionally, we have recently hired our new Director of Business Operations. Dan Rigato (pictured here) has over 15 years’ experience in both finance and human relations for small and midsize businesses, as well as over 20 years of supervisory experience. Most recently he served as Employee Benefits Administrator for the City of Las Vegas, overseeing employee benefits for its 3,000+ members. Born and raised in Michigan, Dan holds a bachelors and an MBA from Wayne State University. Previous to his work in Las Vegas, Dan was Director of Finance and Operations for Plymouth Technology, and a VP of Finance and Administration at Bouquet & Company, a property and casualty insurance agency. Dan has also served as an adjunct professor at UM Dearborn, teaching undergraduate finance classes. On a personal note, Dan and his wife reside in Monroe with their two grandsons. He enjoys the outdoors, gardens, plays baseball and wallyball (rebound volleyball), and is an avid hockey fan. Please join me in welcoming Dan to Emerson!

Take care,


All School News and Info

Full Day Childcare Available on MLK Day

Monday, Jan. 18, 8:00am –3:00pm; Aftercare 3:00pm–6:00pm

Full day child care is available at Emerson for $55 each day, with aftercare available 3-6pm at $6/hour. Space is limited and registration is required.
+ Register by emailing Beth Muszkiewicz at

  • Snacks will be provided throughout the day, but please pack a lunch
  • A variety of activities are available throughout the day, including: time in the gym, supervised free time in the computer lab, outdoor recess (weather permitting), and inside games and crafts
  • All charges will be billed to your Emerson account at the end of January

Lunch Orders Deadlines for 2nd Semester

Pizza Lunch Continues Unless Changes Made by Jan. 22

If you would like to make changes to your ESPO Pizza Lunch order, please do so by Friday, Jan. 22. Orders will continue as-is for the 2nd semester, starting Feb. 5, if no changes are made. A letter from ESPO with your child’s current order will be sent home by backpack on Jan. 11
+ Email by Jan. 22 to make changes

What’s Cooking Orders Must Be Placed by Jan. 22

School lunches can be ordered for students, delivered Monday through Friday, from What’s Cooking! LLC. New orders must be placed by Jan. 22 for the 2nd semester; first semester orders do not carry over.
+ Place your 2nd semester order with What’s Cooking! by Jan. 22
+ Detailed ordering instructions

Updated Winter After-School Enrichment Classes

Register Now for Classes Jan. 11 – Mar. 18

Winter Enrichment Classes let children dive even deeper into the subjects they love. Parents can now register for Winter Enrichment Classes, which begin the week of Jan. 11 and end Mar. 18. Class registration is on a first-come first-served basis, and most fill quickly, so please register as soon as possible.
+ See class times, descriptions, and how to register

Ron Richhart Speaking at Emerson on Jan. 19

How to Support Your Child’s Development as a Thinker and Learner

Free | Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:00pm, in the Arts and Innovation Center

Ron Ritchhart

Ron will share his 25 years of research on how students learn, how to teach for understanding, and the cultural forces shaping how students think. Parents and educators will learn how we can work together to help children develop into thinkers and learners.
+ Learn more and register at

Open Mic Nights Resume on Wednesday, Feb. 3

A stage for students, parents, and teachers to sing a song, play an instrument, read original poetry, perform a monologue, play as an ensemble, etc. Each performer has five minutes each to share your talents and passions in front of a laid-back and supportive audience of families from schools throughout the greater-Ann Arbor area.
+ Learn more and register at

Girls on the Run Registration Now Open

For Emerson Girls in Grades 3–5

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. It is open to Emerson girls in grades 3–5, and will run on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm, March 7th – May 20th. A 5K celebration will also be held on Sunday, May 15 at the U of M North Campus. The cost is $150
+ Register online by Feb. 15

ERB Testing Starting Soon

Jan. 25 for Grades 6-8, Feb. 1 for Grades 4-5

During the weeks of Jan. 25–Feb. 5, 2015, all 4th-8th grade students will take the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) standardized tests published by Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Makeup tests will be held Feb. 8-12 for any snow days, illness, or bereavement.

This year the Middle School students will take the online tests on their own devices. Students in grades 4–5 will take their tests in their classrooms on their Chromebooks. Classroom teachers will serve as proctors for their grade.
+ Please see this comprehensive FAQ for more information about ERB testing

2016 Auction Dates and Deadlines

Friday, March 11, 2016 at Barton Hills Country Club

Check the mail for your invitation in early February. If you would like to donate an item to the Auction, please complete the donation form online.
+ Donate an item for the Auction

  • Jan. 18: Deadline to be listed as a sponsor in the invitation
  • Feb. 22: Deadline to be listed as a sponsor in the catalog
  • Feb. 8: Deadline for catalog advertisements
  • Jan. 29: Deadline for donations to be in Auction catalog. Donation forms must be received.
  • Feb. 24: Donations must be delivered or picked up
  • Mar. 11: Party time at the Auction

+ Lean more, including how to sponsor, advertise, or donate an item
+ Questions? Email Beth Anderson or call 734-665-5662, ext. 305

Lower School News

ADMISSIONS: Brown Bag Lunches for Parents

Tuesday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 22, 11:30am–12:30pm, MS Room 218

Parents of current Emerson 4th and 5th graders are invited to sit down for lunch with Andy Zimmer, Emerson’s Middle School Director, and other teachers and staff. This very casual setting is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Middle School at Emerson. Please bring your own lunch. 
+ Please email Andy Zimmer, Middle School Director, if you might attend

5th Grade Up to the Future Day

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9:00am–12:30pm in the Middle School

Emerson 5th graders will venture into the Middle School to get a taste of life as a 6th grader. Students will meet their future teachers, visit classes, spend time with current middle schoolers, participate in team-building games, and have opportunities to ask any questions they might have. It will be a fun and informative morning for all.
(Parents do not need to do anything, this is just an FYI)

ADMISSIONS: Middle School Experience Tour

Thursday, Feb. 11, 9:00am–11:00am, Starting in Arts and Innovation Ctr.

To understand what makes Emerson’s Middle School so special, parents should experience it in action. This Information Meeting will be during the day so parents can tour the school while it’s abuzz, see learning happening in classes, and ask faculty and staff questions.
+ Please email Jackie Ebels, Admissions Director, if you might attend

How to Prepare for Middle School

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 8:30am–9:30pm, Arts and Innovation Ctr.

Middle school can be a big transition, and this is an opportunity for parents to learn about what to expect, regardless of where your child will be attending. Topics will include adolescent neuroscience and brain development, how to support adolescents through this transition, technology use in adolescence, and the transition from a single homeroom to multiple classes with multiple teachers.
+ Please email Andy Zimmer, Middle School Director, if you might attend

Middle School News

Intersession Week 2016

Monday, Jan. 25–Friday, Jan. 29; Parents Invited

New this year, Middle School students will be taking part in a week-long immersion experience where they can identify, explore, and share their individual passions. It’s being called Intersession Week 2016, and it will take place Monday, January 25 through Friday, January 29th (intentionally coinciding with ERB testing).
+ Learn more

High School Info and Events

Community High School Orientations

Families interested in applying for Community High School’s freshmen slots should attend one of the five scheduled orientations. Applications will be available Jan. 4 and the application deadline is Friday, Feb. 5 at 4:00pm.
+ Learn more

  • Sunday, Jan. 10, 2:00-3:30pm at Community HS
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7:00-8:30pm at Community HS
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:00-8:30pm at Clague MS
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 2:00-3:30pm at Scarlett MS
  • Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7:00-8:30pm at Community HS

Community News and Events

6th Annual A2 Dodgeball Tournament

Saturday, Jan. 16, 8:00am–6:00pm at Saline High School
The Skyline High School Crew Team is hosting the 6th Annual Ann Arbor City Dodgeball Tournament. Adults and students in grades 6 and up can register through Jan. 15th for $100 per team (7-10 people per team).
+ Learn more