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Family Newsletter – Jan. 23, 2015

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Volcanic eruptions in the name of science
Emerson was the source of some major volcanic activity today. Several spectacular eruptions occurred from replica volcanos created by some equally spectacular 8th grade science students.
+ Watch the eruption


Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Emerson Community,

Every day, your students take part in lessons and activities that challenge, prepare, stimulate, and engage them. All of these lessons are pieces of a broad and flexible curriculum crafted by each teacher at Emerson School. Today, we’re excited to make this curriculum more accessible in the form of Curriculum Maps now on our school website.

+ Emerson Curriculum Maps Online

These Curriculum Maps are the result of many months of hard work by Emerson teachers. They have synthesized their existing curricular elements and documented them in the format you will see through the Atlas Rubicon software we are utilizing.

Teachers have poured themselves into documenting the rich learning that happens in their classroom, even though it doesn’t always translate well into text. With that in mind, these maps represent the foundation for much of the learning that happens at Emerson, but they cannot possibly capture it all.

The phrase “curriculum map” is an apt one here, as the map outlines the overall direction for a class over a year’s time. However, just as maps don’t preclude interesting detours or show every adjustment or new route in real time, our maps should be understood as fluid and living documents. One of our school’s hallmarks is the ability to innovate and adjust to the needs and interests of each year’s students—it’s part of our mission—and teachers will continue to utilize that flexibility to provide the best learning experience for students.

Many thanks to our outstanding Curriculum Coordinators, Jen Kime for Lower School, and Beth Nazario for Middle School. If you have any questions about these maps and the overall curriculum, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

Emerson Curriculum Maps Are Now Online

The enduring understandings, essential questions, content, and skills that provide the structure for what students are learning at Emerson.


Limited Bus Availability

Jan. 26: No Buses (Morning or Afternoon)
Jan. 27: No Morning Buses (Afternoon Available)

Due to AAPS closures.

Know Families That Belong at Emerson?

K-5 Open House on Sunday, Feb, 1 at 2:00pm

Please share the joy of learning by inviting friends, family, or coworkers to the K-5 Open House.

Re-Order Main Dish Lunches by Jan. 24

First Session (Fall) Orders Do Not Carry Over

All Main Dish Lunch orders end on Thursday, Jan. 29. To continue Main Dish Lunch, all families must submit a new order by Saturday, Jan. 24. The second session of lunches will begin on Monday, Feb. 2.
+ Re-order Main Dish Lunch

Last Week to Add Items to Time Capsule

Time Capsule to be Sealed on Jan. 30

As part of the Arts and Innovation Center Ribbon Cutting Celebration, a special Time Capsule will be sealed and opened by future Emerson students 10 years from now.
+ Learn more


Financial Aid and Sibling Enrollment

Sibling Enrollment

If you would like to discuss or apply for sibling enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact Admission Director Jackie Ebels.
+ Contact Jackie Ebels

Apply for Financial Aid by Mar. 14

Financial aid is available to families through a need-based program, and 10 percent of Emerson students are recipients. The amount of financial aid a family is eligible to receive is determined independently through School and Student Service (SSS), a service of NAIS.
+ Learn more about financial aid
+ Apply for financial aid

2015 Auction: Spotlight on Emerson

Friday, March 13, 2015 at Barton Hills Country Club

+ Auction info and forms
If you have been considering contributing to the Emerson Auction, now is the time. Upcoming deadlines and opportunities to get involved include:

+ Donate an Item
Class Basket Deadline: Jan. 28 (contact grade class basket leaders)
Forms Deadline: Jan. 30th, delivery Feb. 25th

Consider what you might enjoy winning. Anyone can donate an item or get together with friends to donate a themed basket. Suggested items include:

  • Tickets (sporting, musical, theater, museum exhibits, special tours)
  • Meals (home cooked specialty foods, special location, catered, restaurant)
  • Kids’ Items (books, games, electronic games, toys, crafts, sports equipment)
  • Adult Items (night out, sports memorabilia, electronics, jewelry, clothing)
  • Get Away Time or Specialty Outings (spa, vacation, golf, specialty parties)
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates (any value)
  • Wine (donate a bottle valued between $25 and $100 for the wine pull)

+ Advertise in the Auction Catalog 
Ad Deadline: February 6

+ Be a Sponsor 
Help defray auction expenses with your cash donation.
Catalog Inclusion Deadline: Feb. 13

+ Volunteer
Monday, Feb. 2, 11:00am – 2:30pm. We need your help stuffing invitations in the Fish Bowl.

+ To volunteer or ask questions, email Beth Anderson or call 665-5662 x305.

Make Pizza Lunch Changes by Jan. 30

No Action Necessary If No Change Desired

The first session of Pizza Lunch ends on Friday, Jan. 30, and the second session begins on Feb. 2. Cancellations and changes to your child’s order can be made through Jan. 30 by emailing Lisa Lee, ESPO Pizza Lunch Chair, at If you would like to continue with your unchanged Pizza Lunch order, nothing needs to be done.
+ Make a change to your child’s Pizza Lunch order

Annual ERB Testing for 4th – 8th Graders

Middle School: Wednesday, Jan. 21 – Tuesday, Jan. 27

Lower School: Wednesday, Jan. 28 – Wednesday, Feb. 4

All 4th – 8th grade students will take the standardized Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) tests published by Educational Records Bureau (ERB). These tests will once again be given online with Emerson technology, and classroom teachers will serve as proctors for their grade.
+ Find answers to more frequently asked questions
+ Unanswered questions? Contact Jan Walker or Renee Durrant

Walk In Pick-Up and Drop-Off Lot Open

Please continue to use the main parking lot for long-term parking, and use curbside service for all other student pick-up and drop-off.

Lower School News

Lower School Specials Update

Originally Sent on Thursday, Jan. 22

Exciting learning continues in the Lower School Specials classes. Here is an update for what is happening at each of the grade levels. – Kelly Vohland, Lower School Coordinator
+ Read more

Girls on the Run Registration Open

Registration Closes on Feb. 19

The nonprofit Girls on the Run program uses a fun, ten-week running program to help girls learn about expressing themselves, making good choices, creating healthy habits, and serving their community. The program culminates in a non-competitive 5k event on May 17.

  • For girls in grades 3 – 5
  • Mondays and Thursdays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • March 9th – May 21st
  • Sunday, May 17th celebration 5K at EMU
  • Coached by Elizabeth Sweeney, mother of 4th grader Elena Sweeney and Erin Swenon, GOTR volunteer

+ Register online through GOTR (not Emerson) for $150

Middle School News

WIHI Informational Sessions

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Parents of 8th grade students are invited to attend one of the Washtenaw International High School Informational Sessions for Prospective Students.
+ Learn more

Ann Arbor Community High Orientations

Five parent and student orientation sessions have been announced for families interested in applying for Community High School’s 2015-2016 freshmen slots.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7:00-8:30 PM @ Clague MS
  • Sunday, Feb. 1, 2:00-3:30 PM @ Scarlett MS
  • Monday, Feb. 2, 7:00-8:30 PM @ CHS

To be eligible for one of the open freshman slots, applicants must be current 8th graders, meet the district’s residency requirements at the time of application, attend a required orientation meeting with parent/guardian, and submit a completed application to the Main Office, CHS, by 4:00 PM Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The school’s random selection will be held Feb. 10, 2015.
+ Learn more

Saline High School Course Info Night

Monday, Feb. 2, 7:00pm in Auditorium

Students and parents will see a presentation on career planning, graduation requirements, high school orientation, counseling services, and ninth grade electives.
+ Learn more