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Family Newsletter – Jan. 30, 2015

2015 JV Basketball Champions

Congratulations to Emerson’s JV and Varsity Basketball Stars

Emerson’s basketball teams were a force at the season ending tournament. The JV team took first place, and Varsity earned second place with a one point loss in the final game. (Photo credit: Patrick Alphonso)


Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

I want to thank you for the warm and generous support you continue to give to your child’s school. From Pizza Lunch, classroom field trips, and the Annual Fund, to the Building STEAM campaign and the upcoming Auction, we know a lot is asked of you. But it is this ongoing support that makes our community buzz with excitement and vitality.

I also want to thank you for all of the times you have shared your experience at Emerson with someone else. The simple truth is that no new family comes to us, or any other school, without some word of mouth and conversation with a real life parent of that school. Those conversations are some of the biggest contributions you can make to Emerson, and we thank you for being such a generous ambassador.

It is now that season when a great many families are applying and expressing interest in joining the Emerson community. If you know a family who has already applied, or who has children who would benefit from an Emerson School education, please reach out and share your experience, or invite them to the K-5 Open House this Sunday, February 1st from 2:00 to 4:00.

Thank you for your ongoing support, feedback, and partnership.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

K-5 Open House for Friends and Family

Sunday, Feb, 1, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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

Emerson Curriculum Maps Are Online

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

+ Emerson Curriculum Maps

Support the Emerson Auction

Friday, March 13, 2015 at Barton Hills Country Club

+ Auction info and forms
Look for your invitations in the mail next week, and let us know if you would like one mailed to family and/or friends. To volunteer or ask questions, email Beth Anderson or call 665-5662 x305.

Donations Are Still Needed

Contribute to Class Baskets: Each grade’s Class Basket Chair is assembling a unique basket of goodies to be part of the silent auction. Reply to the email they sent if you would like to contribute.

Donate Your Own Item: Donate an item, gift card, wine, tickets to an event, etc. Just complete the online form and we’ll collect or pick up your items later.
+ Donate an Item

Help Stuff Invitations Monday, Feb. 2, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Join a group of volunteers in the Fish Bowl for an easy way to participate and have fun.

Register for Summer Camp Now

Emerson families can now register for Summer at Emerson camp before it opens to the public.
+ Register online
+ More camp information, including the 2015 brochure

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

Last Chance to Make Pizza Lunch Changes

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

Lower School News

Lower School ERB Testing Continues

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

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

Third Trimester Electives Open Mon. at 3:00pm

Register for Electives Through RenWeb by Feb. 9

Middle School elective descriptions will be emailed to parents on Monday, Feb. 2. Please make your selections through RenWeb no later than noon on Monday, Feb. 9. Elective forms are only available through the RenWeb student account.
+ Instructions on how to sign up

Ann Arbor Community High Orientations

Parent and student orientation sessions for families interested in applying for Community High School’s 2015-2016 freshmen slots.

  • 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