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Family Newsletter – Mar. 28, 2014

Letter from Jerry

Jerry's Call to ParentsHello Parents,

This weekend is the Michigan Science Olympiad’s Regional Middle School Tournament, and the culmination of Team Emerson’s five months of research, practice, building, and preparation. About one-third of the Middle School—53 students strong—participate in Science Olympiad, and they are led by Tim Wilson, Michael Wilson, Mary Ellen Flaherty, and 15 parent volunteer coaches.

This team is ready to dive into what scientists do! Students have researched and practiced to develop expertise in specific areas, and they will be put to the test in 23 different events where they are interviewed and assessed by panels of adults. Do they know the subject well? Are they able to think on their feet? Are they able to communicate their knowledge and passion for this subject? Do they think like scientists as they approach challenges and questions?

In addition to learning about the scientific process, Science Olympiad bonds students together with their teammates and coaches through hard work and perseverance. Students learn teamwork and cross grade cooperation, patience and focus.

Emerson's 2013 Science Olympiad teamEmerson’s team has enjoyed great success in the past with a third place finish in last year’s regional tournament, and a second place finish in 2012 that earned them an invitation to the State Tournament.

This community effort among teachers, parents, and students is what our school does best and enjoys the most. It is these experiences that stick with us all long after the science projects are completed and the awards are given out. Thanks to all of you involved and good luck tomorrow!

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

$6,858 Raised for Emerson in Online Auction

The Online Auction topped off an incredible Live Auction, bringing in an additional $6,800 dollars for Emerson students. Thank you to everyone who participated, and enjoy your items!

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

Yearbook Ad Deadline Extended to April 4

We extended the deadline by one week to give families more time to complete their ads. If you would like to include an ad for your student, please email it by Friday, April 4. Any family can place an ad in the yearbook, but all 8th graders receive a free quarter-page ad.
+ Learn more about yearbook ads and find helpful templates

Have a Professional Designer Create Your Ad

Melanie Chapman, of Mel Chapman Designs, has worked on several projects for Emerson School and is offering to help families create professional yearbook ads for a flat rate of $100. If you don’t know where to start and/or the free templates linked above don’t help, contact Mel at
+ See Mel Chapman’s portfolio

Register for the 5th Annual Blood Drive

Jab donates blood at the 2013 Blood Drive

April 29, 2pm – 7:30pm

Last year the Emerson Blood Drive, organized by Jen Kime’s and Joyce Gerber’s 5th grade classes, raised 39 pints of blood that benefitted 117 people. Help us exceed that total for 2014. Contact Joyce for questions.
+ Schedule an appointment to donate blood

Band and Orchestra Jazz Things Up

April 3 at 7:00pm in the Emerson School Gym
Emerson’s gym will become one of the coolest jazz clubs Ann Arbor’s ever seen! The Lower School and Middle School 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.

Art Room Needs Long Sleeve Shirts

Third graders are working on kid size puppets for their Art Music Night performance and they need long sleeve shirts.  If you have any shirts you could donate to the cause it would be much appreciated.  We may need to cut a hole in the back, so nothing too special please. They can be dropped off in the art room through April 4.

Lost and Found Items Donated to Art and Music

This weekend any unclaimed items from lost and found will be be donated and put to good use. Third graders will use them in Mrs. Barthwell’s music room as puppet practice for their Art Music Night performance.

Renew Your Kroger Grocery Cards

You can earn money for Emerson every time you shop at Kroger, but you need to re-enroll every year and now is the time. Please visit the Kroger Community Rewards Program and enroll/re-enroll using Emerson’s school code (82607). Then just swipe your card when you shop.

Lower School News

2nd/3rd Grade Art Music Night

Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00pm

The program should last about one hour. This is a change from the original calendar due to the Passport-to-the-World event scheduled for Friday, April 25. Every child will have an important part, so we would like all second and third grade students to attend. Look for a letter with more details after the break.

Middle School News

Science Olympiad Tournament This Weekend

Good luck to Emerson’s team as they head to Adrian for the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. If we earn another top two finish, we’ll once again qualify for the State Tournament, like we did in 2012.

Author D.J. MacHale Visits Emerson

Middle School students enjoyed seeing visiting author D.J. MacHale talk about his life as an author and his work on the SYLO Chronicles. Thank you to Nicola’s Books for sponsoring this event. MacHale’s books are available at Nicola’s, where MacHale will also host a follow-up presentation tonight at 7:00pm.

Community News & Events

Nano Days at the Hands-On Museum

March 29 – 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm

The biggest event for the smallest science. Explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks! It’s going to be big fun with small science. Don’t miss it!
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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.” It will be shown for the first time in Ann Arbor, and then prepared for a run on the east coast.
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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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