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Family Newsletter – May. 1, 2015

Kindergarten Art Music Sharing

Surfs Up at Kindergarten and 1st Grade Art Music Sharing

Students spent a “Day at the Beach” for their Art Music Sharing performances. There was music, artwork, songs, jokes, tall tales, and dancing, and it was all incredible.
+ More photos of kindergarten and 1st grade Art Music Sharing on Facebook


Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

With weather as beautiful as this, I’ll spare you a letter and simply wish you a wonderful weekend with your family. Enjoy!


Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

Students Excel in 2015 National Spanish Exams

11 Medalists and 14 Honorable Mentions

Students from Emerson School earned three gold, three silver and five bronze medals, along with 14 honorable mentions on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations. Congratulations to:

  • Gold: Casey Lewis, Austin Zeglis, Andie Tappenden
  • Silver: Brian Hussey, Simran Kapila, Hazel Byers
  • Bronze: Laure Coster, Maya Akhouri, Max colis, Omar Hassan, Shruti Lakshmanan
  • Honorable Mention: Christopher Chuparkoff, Ella Cunningham, Dana Kachman, Owen Klein, Lian Krishnan, Jack Murphy, Gaya Pedersen, Soleil Ponce De Leon, Neetika Kheterpal, Lindsey Barba, Greta Downey, Samir Hafez, William Kennedy, Matthew Murray

+ More info

HAWB launch invitation

8th Graders Launching Balloons Into Stratosphere

Saturday, May 2 at 8:30am at Hudson Mills Metropark

Join Emerson 8th graders as they launch two High Altitude Weather Balloons (HAWB) with on-board science experiments. Each helium-filled balloon will travel as high as 110,000 feet—the top of the stratosphere during it’s one hour ascent.
+ Learn more

ESPO Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch

May 5, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Plus Setup and Cleanup

Each year, ESPO and parent volunteers generously host a lunch to show their appreciation for Emerson teachers and staff. Volunteers host the event, from set up and decorations, to hosting the event and cleaning up afterwards.
+ Sign up to volunteer
+ Sign up to provide food

Students Invited To Review Pre-Released Books

Meeting on Sunday, May 17 at 2:00pm at Nicola’s Books

Nicola’s Books is looking for avid readers at Emerson School to read copies of books before they come out and write short reviews. Students’ literary opinions will be posted on Nicola’s Facebook page, our website, and on our Twitter feed, and reviewers get to keep the books.
+ More info
+ Contact Nicola’s Books for questions at 734-662-0600

Emerson Alums Are Doing Great Things

Alumni Newsletter and Facebook Sharing Achievements

Take a look at the Alumni Newsletter to see many of the exciting things our alums are up to. Just this week two alums, Frank Pelosi and Orly Rubenfeld, were named 2015 Ann Arbor Young Citizen of the Year nominees!
+ Alumni Newsletter
+ Alums Named 2015 Ann Arbor Young Citizen of the Year nominees

Depression and Anxiety Resoureces

One of the parents who attended the U of M Depression Center’s session at Forsythe Middle School said it was very informative, helpful, and enlightening. The resource document, with information about support systems, managing stress, and dealing with anxiety, is linked below.

Emerson School also has a full-time School Counselor, Carrie Berkley, and an exceptional Learning Support team.
+ Depression Center Resource
+ Contact Carrie Berkley

Thank You Art Music Night Volunteers!

Art Music Show PosterJennifer Tanau, Dana DeBord, and Amy Woodruff would like to thank the following people for volunteering to hang the art for the Art Music Sharing programs, or to later take it down. Your help is so appreciated!

Christine Kim, Suzan Duenyas, Lori Pearson, Elizabeth Caswell, Jennifer Evens, Ruchika Gupta, Elizabeth Sweeney, Michelle Weaver, Barbara Hoffman, Vivienne Ashforth

We would also like to thank Vanna Diptiman for her creation of beautiful posters for Art Music Sharing!

Perform at Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night - May 27 at 6:30pm

May 27, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, on Emerson’s New Stage

Emerson’s first Open Mic Night was a big hit, so we’re doing it one more time before the school year ends. Anyone can perform, including students, alums, parents, and teachers. Performers will be given five minutes each to sing a song, play an instrument, read original poetry, perform a monologue, play as an ensemble, etc.—let your talent be your guide.
+ Learn more about Open Mic Night and sign up

Charm Bracelet Found

Is this yours? If so, please contact Joan Gregorka, Lower School Office Manager, to claim it.
Charm Bracelet

Lower School News

Lower School Specials Highlight

Emailed to Lower School Families on Apr. 28

Parents should have received the Lower School Specials Highlight email on Wednesday, Apr. 29. It is also linked below in case you missed it or would like to revisit it.
+ Lower School Specials Highlights: April

Class Placement Forms Due Today

Optional Form to Provide Information for Class Placements

Lower School teachers will soon begin the important task of placing children in 1st grade through 5th grade classrooms for the coming year. Many different factors are considered, and teachers at Emerson know their students exceptionally well and take the responsibility of placement very seriously. If you would like to offer supplemental information for them to use as they make placement decisions, please download the form below and respond to the questions, keeping in mind the following:
  • Completion of this form is optional.
  • Please do not make specific teacher requests.
  • If you decide to complete this form, please return it to the Lower School office no later than May 1st. We may not be able to consider input offered after this date.
+ Download the form (also emailed to parents on Apr. 14)

Middle School News

Skyline Open House for Incoming 9th Graders

Thursday, May 7, 11:00am – 1:30pm

All incoming freshmen and parents are invited to attend.

Community Events

A2 Minor League Football Club Inaugural Match

Friday, May 1 at 7:00pm at Pioneer High School

Emerson alum Peter Tappenden is a goaltender for the AFC Ann Arbor Football Club (a minor league soccer team in the Great Lakes Premier League), and their first game is tonight on Pioneer High School’s field.
+ Learn more

Free Pony Rides at Cedar Ridge

May 9 and 10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Emerson Student Amelia is providing free pony rides, at her stable at Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, on May 9th and 10th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. It is part of a service project for the Cedar Ridge Pony Club.
+ Email Renee Burgess for more info

12 Emerson Students Star in YPT’s Mary Poppins

May 15 – 17 at Power Center for the Performing Arts

Young People’s Theater’s production of Mary Poppins will feature 99 young people, including Emerson students Julia Ammer, Emily Cooper, Benjamin Faulkner, Lydia Hall, Emma Hudson, Kyra Kahana, Sophia Kleer, Lauren Nishi, Gabby Pacifico, Aydrey Weizer, Violet Weizer, and Hannah Ziegler. Tickets go on sale April 6.
+ Learn more