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Family Newsletter – Jun. 17, 2016

Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Emerson Class of 2016!

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Letter from the Head of School

John HuberDear Parents,

Your Summer Homework Assignment (for students and their parents):
Please complete up to 7 of the following summer activities. Extra credit for completing all 10.

  1. Climb a tree.
  2. Go “screen-free” for longer than 24 hours straight. This means no TVs, phones, tablets, laptops, etc.
  3. Make breakfast for everyone in the house. Extra points for cooking from scratch.
  4. Do something kind for your neighbor.
  5. Attend an outdoor music concert.
  6. Ride a bicycle. Extra points for riding farther in one trip than you ever have before.
  7. Visit your local library, check out a book, and read it from start to finish.
  8. Build something useful.
  9. Discover a new favorite healthful food. Candy and sweets do not count.
  10. Care for an outdoor plant, and keep it alive for the entire summer.

Have a great and glorious summer!

John Huber

All School News and Info

Pick Up Student Medication in Office

After June 30, Unclaimed Meds Will Be Destroyed

Student medication will be available for pick-up in the offices through June. Please pick up any you would like to save by June 30.

Lost and Found to be Donated on Thursday

Please stop by the Fishbowl to find any items your child may have left by Wednesday, June 22. Any unclaimed items will be donated.

Curvature of the Earth

Your Gift Matters: Students Reach New Heights

Thank You for the Resources to Explore and Discover

“Students launched a high-altitude weather balloon 98,000 feet into the atmosphere, conducted experiments, saw the curve of the earth with GoPro camera footage, and found it when it returned to earth using a GPS tracker. None of that would have been possible without Annual Fund dollars.”
— Michael Wilson, K-3 science teacher and Annual Fund participant

Just 41 More Families Participating = $25,000 Challenge Gift

Annual Fund gifts helps fill the gap between tuition and the cost of running the school. If you have already made a gift to the Annual Fund (giving to financial aid at the Auction counts) thank you very much. Your support is deeply appreciated! If you have not yet made your gift, please join the 100% of faculty, staff, and trustees who participate in the Annual Fund by giving at

100% Class Participation!
Congrats to Marchell Burgess’s 4th grade class, which has reached 100% participation in the Annual Fund—a first, and something to be celebrated!

Grade Level Giving Percentages: K: 79%, 1st: 71%, 2nd: 69%, 3rd: 72%, 4th:86%, 5th: 66%, 6th: 66%, 7th: 68%, 8th: 38%

Convenient Ways to Give

  • Online: By credit card
  • Curbside drop-off: cash or check accepted from your car
  • Offices: Send cash or a check with your child to drop off
  • Call: Beth at 734.665.9005, x305′

Student Dale Carnegie Course Coming to Emerson

Wednesdays 3-6pm from Sept. 21st to Nov. 13th

A Dale Carnegie course is coming to Emerson in the fall for Middle School Students! Watch this short video to learn more, and contact Rose for more info or to reserve your space now.
+ Watch this video to learn more
+ Contact Rose at for more info and to reserve

New Openings in Popular Summer Camps

A few more openings have just become available in the popular camps listed below. Register online for these and many other camps this summer.

  • Engineering Challenges, Grades 4-8: July 11-15, 9am-12pm
  • Culinary Creations, Grades 2-5: July 11-15, 1-4pm
  • Project Runway, Grades 3-6: July 18-22, 9am-12pm
    Led by Emerson 4th Grade Teacher Marchell Burgess and Librarian Linda Lakshminarayanan
  • Rocket Building, Grades 4-8: August 1-5, 9am-12pm
    Led by Emerson K-3 science teacher Michael Wilson

Annual Parent Feedback Survey

Tell Us How This Year at Emerson Was

Please tell us what is working and what could be better at Emerson by participating in this anonymous and confidential survey. Make your voice heard, whether you’re delighted or frustrated, and we promise to use the insight to make Emerson even better.
+ Participate in this quick parent survey

Jill Nolan Still Seeking a Marrow Donor

Pick Up a Test Kit in the Lower School Office

Jill Nolan and Her FamilyJill Nolan (1st Grade Teacher at Emerson School) was diagnosed with AML leukemia in March. Jill has conquered her first round of chemo, but now she needs to find a bone marrow donor.

Find out if you are a qualified donor for Jill (age requirement is 18-44) by joining theNational Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which is where the doctors are looking for Jill’s match. It is as simple as giving a saliva sample, and you can do it one of two ways:

  • Pick up a test kit in the Lower School Office. Once you complete your swab test and paperwork return it to the office, Emerson will send it back to Be The Match.
  • Online at Enter promo code “emerson16” to be associated with Jill’s drive.

+ Read the complete letter from Jill’s family here
+ Learn more about the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry and join

Summer Reading with Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library has a large summer reading program with multiple way to collect points that can be traded for books and other items. Register at the library or online, and get more information about recording what is read, attending events, and tackling on-line challenges.
+ Learn more

All Emerson Students Eligible for AADL Cards

Did you know that every Emerson student, no matter where they live, is eligible for an Ann Arbor District Library card at no charge because we are a school in the area?  All you need to do is bring some proof that the child attends Emerson (a photo in the yearbook, the school ID that came with class pictures, a report card, etc.) and they will issue a library card good for one year. This can be done at any branch. Then you can sign up for the reading program at the same time.

Field Day relay

Field Day, Carnival, Games, and Talent Show

The school year ends on a high, joyful note, thanks to Field Day games, Carnival dunk tanks, 8th grade vs. faculty competitions, and games led by Middle School students, and enjoying the wealth of talent at Talent Shows. Thank you to all of the parents who help make these activities possible,

4th Grade Field Hockey Finishes Undefeated

Congratulations to the 4th grade team of Emerson School girls who finished their field hockey season undefeated, 7-0! And they did it while focusing on having fun!

Middle School News

Middle School Book Buyback

For your convenience, buyback will be offered online only at It’s simple and you can login anytime, 24/7, to MBS from your computer. No need to worry about dates or times for the books to be returned to the school.
+ See detailed instructions

6th Grade Books to Keep for Next Year

Language Arts: Write Source and Write Source Skills Book
Latin: Jenney’s First Year Latin (textbook and workbook)
Social Studies: Creating America
Spanish: Ven Conmigo! Level 1 (textbook, activity book, and grammar book)

7th Grade Books to Keep for Next Year

Algebra: Algebra 1
Latin: Jenney’s First Year Latin (textbook and workbook); Bantam New College Latin/English Dictionary
Spanish: Ven Conmigo! Level 2 (textbook, workbook, and grammar book)

Summer All-School Read Options

Students Can Choose One of Five Books to Read

There are five summer book options, and students should choose at least one to read this summer. Students will join a discussion group for their book during the 2016 EPIC days in September. If they read more than one (or all five!) you can select your favorite and join that book club for the discussion. Buy the books through your favorite local or online retailer, or order one of these books through Emerson’s textbook retailer, MBS Direct at
+ See descriptions of all five books

Community Events and Activities

Alum Helping Build Music School in Meru

Emerson alum Orly Rubinfeld is working hard to raise $170,000 to build a music school in Meru. Just $1 from every music student in the state of Michigan would accomplish that, and 2,000 students from five schools will benefit.
+ Learn more

Alum Wins Youth of the Year Award, 4-H 1st Place

Randie Jo Evans (class of 2015) recently won the Michigan Justin Morgan Horse Association’s Youth of the Year contest, and this fall she’ll compete in Youth of the Year National Finals in Oklahoma City. She and two teammates also earned first place in the 2016 Michigan 4-H Equine Educational Expo’s Hippology event, and will represent Michigan in the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup’s Hippology contest this fall in Louisville, KY.