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Family Newsletter – Mar. 21, 2014

Letter from Jerry

Jerry's Call to ParentsHello Parents,

What a birthday party we had last Friday! I want to thank our incredible army of volunteers who worked so hard and long to make this year’s auction such a grand success. Celebrating 40 years of incredible learning, growth, and our unique partnership with families was the perfect setting for a big celebration—we even had a cake and sang Happy Birthday.

This would not have been possible without more than 65 parents jumping in to take on tasks large and small. A special thank you to the 13 parents who headed up committees and put in countless hours of creative work: Caroline Begola, Jamie Brown-Sinha, Elizabeth Caswell, Jeanne Cooper, Dana DeBord, Suzan Duenyas, Sarah Ginsburg, Cj Hauptman, Barbara Hoffman, Diana Rooks, Shannon Stewart, Debbie Thom, and Stephanie Zabinko.

All these efforts were fine tuned and coordinated by our Auction Chair, Christine Kim and Auction Leader Extraordinaire, Beth Anderson. Many thanks to our Honorary Chairs as well, Cj and Jeff Hauptman, who have provided so much support for this event over their years at Emerson.

Lastly, thanks to all of you who attended, volunteered, contributed, bid on items, and are still bidding on items through our Online Auction. Your financial and emotional support of this school community humbles and inspires us all. Happy Birthday, Emerson School!

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

Auction: Success, Appreciation, and Online Items

The 2014 Auction was a whopping success!  Thank you to everyone who donated, advertised, sponsored, attended, bid, and volunteered.  More than $48,000 was raised for Financial Aid—55 percent more than last year. We’re eager to share the total amount the 2014 Auction raised when our Online Auction closes next week.

Online Auction Closes on Wednesday, March 26

More than 80 items are available on Emerson’s Online Auction ( Hot items include:

Lost and Found Auction Jewelry

Lost: Two pearl necklaces and a pearl bracelet went home with someone by mistake. If you found these items in your bag, please contact Beth Anderson.

Found: A Silver Bangle Bracelet. Please call or stop by the development office if you believe this belongs to you

Third Grade Photo Book for Parents

You can order your own copy of the 3rd grade photo book through Friday, March 28, by contacting Beth Anderson. Payment must be received by Friday.

Pictures and Video From the Auction

See pictures and the video of attendees singing Happy Birthday to Emerson.

Yearbook Ads Due Next 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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Thank You For Feeding Us During Conferences

Thank you to ESPO and all the parents who brought delicious items for faculty and staff to eat during Thursday’s conferences. It was a long, 14-plus hour day for many, with no opportunities to leave for food, but we ate like kings and queens thanks to you.

LS and MS Band and Orchestra Jazz Things Up

April 3 at 7:00pm in the Emerson School Gym
Emerson’s gym will becoming one of the coolest jazz clubs Ann Arbor’s ever seen! The LS and MS Bands and Orchestras will combine forces to bring you an awesome program of music including selections such as Don’t Mean a Thing, Tea for Two, Minnie the Moocher, Anything Goes, Jazz Pizzicato, Cool Cat Shuffle, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and Pennsylvania 6-5000. You will hear songs written by jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Louis Prima, and Cole Porter.

A Thank You to Main Dish Kitchen

More than 30 students forgot to bring a lunch on Thursday, but Main Dish Kitchenjumped in and made last-minute meals so that no kids went hungry. If you would like to say thanks, write on their Facebook page or email them.

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.

Middle School News

Second Trimester Synopsis

Read a summary of what each Middle School class covered and learned during the second trimester.
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Community News & Events

Emerson Students Perform in Melody on Ice

March 21 at 7:00pm & March 22 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Ella KimMelody, Audrey Weizer, and Violet Weizer in Melody on Ice, one of the longest running, family-oriented, annual productions in the Ann Arbor area (since 1942).
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Emerson Students Perform in HONK!

March 21, at 7:30pm, March 22 at 7:30pm, and March 23 at 2:00pm

This weekend, Sydney Friedman (Jay Bird), Cole Hildebrandt (Bullfrog) and Sophia Hildebrandt (Waddles the Duckling) are just a few of the colorful characters that will perform in the Saline Junior Theater production of HONK! (a musical comedy based on The Ugly Duckling).  Performances are in Saline’s Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Road. Tickets are available at the door for $5

Alums Produce and Star in Into the Woods

March 21, at 7:30pm, March 22 at 7:30pm, and March 23 at 2:00pm

Greenhills’ production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods is being directed by Emerson alum, Emily Wilson-Tobin and features two Emerson alums in major roles: Alaina Riker and Peter Michaelidas. Alums Annika Morrison, Allison Pinto, Gus Nordheilm, and Ana Taylor are crew members for this big musical production.
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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

Victoria as the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz

April 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre

Middle School teacher Victoria Rondeau will star as the Wicked Witch and costumer in the Pinckney Players production of The Wizard of Oz.
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Comic Opera Guild: Her Highness the Prince

April 5 at 8:00pm & April 6 at 3:00pm

Emerson Science Teacher Pat Petiet is performing in the Comic Opera Guild’s spring production, Her Highness the Prince. It’s, “A hilarious musical spoof of gender expectation.”
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Mom to Mom Sale

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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