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Family Newsletter – Mar. 14, 2014

Letter from Jerry

Jerry's Call to ParentsHello << Test First Name >>,

We are officially two-thirds of the way through the 2013-2014 school year. As we forge ahead into the third trimester, I want to remind you of our teacher-parent conferences next week and the change from our original calendar.

Conferences are Thursday from 3:00-8:00 and Friday from 8:00 to 3:00. Students have a full day of school on Thursday, but no school on Friday.

Your thoughtful approach to these conferences has always made these conversations the most vital link in our partnership. As you reflect with teachers on strengths and challenges ahead for your children, together we can support them as they continue to learn, grow, and gain the autonomy we wish for all our children. We are fortunate to have this teamwork between such supportive parents and our exceptional teachers, and we want to continue to take full advantage of it. Thank you.

Tonight is a big night for Emerson School. Your incredibly generous gifts of volunteer time and donations have made this event possible. Thank you. If you are going to the Auction tonight, we look forward to seeing you there!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

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See You at the Auction Tonight!

Thank You To All of Our Volunteers

The annual Auction is a massive undertaking that wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible volunteers. Thank you to everyone who generously gave their time, talents, and funds to make it happen.

Sing Happy Birthday to Emerson

Our very own Judy Barthwell will lead a rousing version of Happy Birthday at the start of the dinner. For those willing, please join us by the special birthday cake and sing along.

Bring Your Catalog and Happy Bidding

Use the catalog that was sent home to mark all of the items you would like to bid on tonight.

Online Auction Begins March 18

Dozens of additional items will be available on Emerson’s Online Auction.

School on March 20, Conferences March 20-21

Thursday, March 20th was added back to the schedule to make up for the weather-related school closings. Conferences will be held on the evening of the 20th and during the day of Friday, March 21st.

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3 – 8pm (Childcare available 3 – 6pm)
  • Friday, March 21, 2014, 8am – 3pm (Childcare available 8am – 6pm)

Parents can sign up for conferences online starting this Sunday, March 2nd, at 6:00pm. Click here for detailed instructions that were emailed this week or contact Andy Zimmer (Middle School) or Kelly Vohland (Lower School) if you have any specific questions.

Childcare Available for Parent-Teacher Conferences

The After School Program is thrilled to provide full-day child care on Friday, March 21st. Space is limited and registration is required.
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ESPO’s Spring Teacher Conferences Dinner

On Thursday, March 20th, the 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).  Please sign up online to bring something and contact Elizabeth Caswell or Loriann Pearson for additional information.

Donate Your Old VCRs and DVD Players

Emerson’s Summer Program is looking for VCRs and DVD players—broken or working—that kids can take apart and turn into things. Simply deliver your old machine to the library and we’ll get it into the hands of a creative camper.

3rd Grader Veda Shares Passion for Elephants

Dhemaji elephant photoA letter: I’m Veda Diptiman, a third grader at Emerson School. I’m very passionate about issues involving endangered animals, especially Asian elephants (different from African elephants). Education is key in helping improve their critically endangered status and I’ve been trying to spread the word about this very important conservation movement at school…
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60 Bonus Box Tops ($6) at Meijer

Buy any 10 or more Box Tops for Education products and get 60 bonus box tops (=$6.00)!  BTFE certificate prints at register (Meijer Customer Coupon at checkout).  Limit one coupon per transaction.  Purchases must be made in a single transaction.  Offer valid now through 03/29/14.

BTFE and Labels for Education can always be returned to the collection container in the fish bowl. If you have any question please feel free to contact Dana DeBord.

Yearbook Ads Due by Friday, March 28

Any Emerson family, regardless of grade level, can purchase an ad for the yearbook, and your Emerson account will be billed directly. Every 8th grade student is offered a complimentary quarter page ad to celebrate their graduation from Emerson.
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5th Annual Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2:00pm – 7:30pm

Joyce’s 5th grade class is having their 5th annual blood drive in the Emerson gym. You can save up to three lives by donating blood. Please consider donating your blood. Also, encourage friends, neighbors, strangers, and relatives to donate if they are able. Sign ups & more specific information will be available late March. Questions? Contact Joyce.


Community News & Events

6th Grader Dana Steiner Performing in Magic Flute

Dana Steiner in the 6th grade will be appearing in the Magic Flute, performed by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance on March 28 and March 30. Dana is playing Pam (the young Pamina) in the Friday/Sunday cast only.


The Magic Flute at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Friday, March 28, 8:00 PM and 2:00 PM, + Tickets
Sunday, March 30, 8:00 PM and 2:00 PM, + Tickets
Use promo code QUEEN for a $5 ticket discount.

Kids Can Read to Rikki the Reading Therapy Dog

Saturday, Feb. 15, 1:30 – 2:30pm at Nicola’s Books

Rikki the golden retriever loves kids to read to her, according to her owner and special eduction teacher Shelly Schwartz. If you have a reluctant reader, or just a child who thinks reading to an attentive dog would be fun, please drop by Nicola’s Books.
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Mom to Mom

Sunday, April 26, 9:00am – 1:00pm

The Mom 2 Mom Sale is an event, similar to a rummage sale, where people can sell their new or gently used children’s items. All proceeds to benefit inaugural WIHI Prom and WIHI PTO (sellers keep 100% of table profits).
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Rob the Drummer at Michigan Theater

Tuesday, April 1 at 10:00am

Rob the Drummer is a motivational speaker who explores themes of self-esteem, hard work and positive life habits through music and animation. He was a big hit at Michigan Theater’s Not Just For Kids series for families in 2011, and now he’s back to perform for students age 10 to 14.
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