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Family Newsletter – Mar. 13, 2015

See 2015 TED Conference Live at Emerson

Mar. 17, Four Sessions from 11:00am – 9:45pm

The annual TED Conference is devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” (11 great examples) To attend this year’s conference in Vancouver, B.C. you must have submitted an application, been chosen, and paid $8,500. Or you can watch the same TED talks—live on Emerson School’s 220-inch screen.
+ Register to see TED2015 live at TEDxEmersonSchool


Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

Let’s get smart together. Sometimes “getting smarter” is about acquiring new information, sometimes it is learning more knowledge and ideas around familiar topics, sometimes it is being exposed to new ideas and being challenged by them, and sometimes it is just sitting back and appreciating something astounding.

As so many of us know, TED has provided these opportunities for many years via tape-delayed video presentations. On Tuesday, March 17th, we have the opportunity to “get smarter” together, live, right here in the Emerson School Presentation Space. From 11:30am to 9:45pm, 20 speakers will share ideas on an amazing variety of topics at this year’s TED conference.

I have highlighted one speaker from each session as a means of whetting your intellectual appetite. This is a unique opportunity for any and all of us to delight in the thought-provoking energy that TED represents, and I hope you will join us for one, or all of the sessions.

Sessions, Speakers, and Topics:

  • 11:30am – 1:15pm: What Are We Thinking by Laura Schulz (Cognitive scientist)
    The science of how children learn: MIT Early Childhood Cognition Lab lead investigator, Schultz is reshaping how we view young children’s perceptions of the world around them.
  • 2:00pm – 3:45pm: Machines That Learn by Rajiv Maheswaran (Researcher)
    Advanced data analysis making basketball smarter. Rajiv Maheswaran is offering pro basketball teams insight into game data to make better decisions.
  • 5:15pm – 7:00pm: Out of This World by Fred Jansen (Space explorer)
    The Rosetta mission uncovering the origins of life on Earth. Jansen is in charge of the project that could be instrumental in uncovering clues to the origins of life on Earth.
  • 8:00pm – 9:45pm: Life Stories by Dave Isay (Story collector)
    Story collecting that is documenting the fears and dreams that touch us all. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay has created an unprecedented document of the dreams and fears that touch us all.

For complete profiles and talk descriptions, visit the TED Conference website. And to register, please click the link below.

+ Register to see TED2015 live at TEDxEmersonSchool

Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

Conference Are Next Week

Sign up for conferences online or make changes until March 15th at 9:00pm.
+ More info, instructions, and child care 

Lower School

  • Tuesday, March 17th, from 3:30 – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 18th, from 3:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, March 19th, from 8:00am – 2:00pm

Middle School

  • Wednesday, March 18th, from 3:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 19th, from 8:00am – 3:00pm 

Child Care Available During Conferences

The After School Program will once again provide child care during conferences and full day child care on the days with no school (Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th). Registration is required for full day child care. 
+ See times, costs, and details

ESPO’s Spring 2015 Teacher Conference Dinner

Food and Volunteers Needed Wednesday, March 18

On Wednesday, March 18, Emerson teachers and staff follow up their busy school day with parent conferences. Most teachers will only have a short break until the end of the evening.  As a way of showing our appreciation, parents will provide a potluck dinner for the staff (approximately 40 people).
+ Learn more and volunteer

Some of the incredible items to be auctioned off on Friday, March 13

See You at the Auction Tonight!

TONIGHT, March 13, 2015 at Barton Hills Country Club

+ Download an RSVP card

Fake Item Winner: Juliet Ammer (8th grade)

Congratulations to 8th grader Juliet Ammer on spotting the fake auction item in this year’s catalog (item #811). Juliet’s name was chosen at random from all of the correct submissions, and she will receive a $20 gift card to Nicola’s Books.

Middle School News

Pioneer High 9th Grade ‘Meet and Greet’

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 11:15am – 2:30pm

Students will have a tour of the school and lunch with fellow 8th graders. There will be an extra curricular fair with representatives of several school clubs and athletic teams. Meet at the Clock Tower Entrance.
+ RSVP to Jen Kunec by April 10th

Father Gabriel Richard Freshmen Welcome Event

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Incoming freshmen and parents are invited to attend.

Community Events

Ann Arbor Rowing Club Open House

Sunday, March 22, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Learn about the sport of rowing, talk to members, and see what AARC is all about.
+ Learn more

Digital Media Academy STEM Summer Camps

$125 Off for Emerson Community

The Digital Media Academy is offering STEM-based summer camps at University of Michigan this summer, and they are offering two ways to attend at a discounted rate:

  • Exclusive $125 savings for the Emerson community through March 31
  • Need-Based Scholarships – families in need are invited to apply for financial assistance.

+ Learn more about the Digital Media Academy
+ Contact Rachelle Harding about discounted registration

MAGC Conference Catalog Cover Art Contest

Entry Deadline is Mar. 31

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC) programs and conference planning board is looking for a gifted artist, aged 12 to 15, to create our next conference cover. The winner and finalist’s artwork
will be used in marketing and conference materials for 2015-2016.
+ Learn more

U of M Summer Engineering Academy

Applications Due Tuesday, Mar. 31

This program’s goal is to expose students to engineering and open to all students with an interest in engineering. The Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach particularly encourages applications from students who are from underrepresented groups in engineering.
+ Learn more

Middle School Learn to Row

Starts April 13 for All 6th – 8th Graders

Get on the water and try an incredible sport with the Washtenaw Rowing Center! Rowing (aka crew) is flourishing in our community, with nationally competitive boys and girls teams in Washtenaw County, as well as top collegiate programs at universities throughout the state. Now middle school students also have the chance to 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