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Family Newsletter – May 16, 2014

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Letter from Jerry

Jerry's Call to ParentsHello Families,

Among the many inspiring moments last night at our 40th birthday bash and groundbreaking, was Peggy Wilson’s tribute to our marvelous faculty members who have served Emerson for 10 or more years. Thirty-nine of our sixty-three faculty and staff were recognized and honored for their passion, expertise, and dedication to Emerson School.

Looking at that assemblage of excellence, person by person, it is obvious the benefits we all draw from such an experienced staff. By the numbers, the average years of experience for our staff at Emerson School is 14 years. This is an incredible faculty that loves working together, loves working with your children, and loves the strong partnership you demonstrated with your long and loud applause last night.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

Thank You for Celebrating 40 Years Together

Yesterday’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and Groundbreaking was wonderful. Thank you to all of the families who participated, to all of the students and alumni who wowed a packed house with their performances, and to our incredible faculty and staff who collaborated to make this such a memorable event.

All Families Invited to Building STEAM Gatherings

6:00pm – 7:00pm on Monday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 21

Emerson parents are hosting two Building STEAM gatherings, and you are invited. Please join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and to learn more about Emerson’s exciting expansion project.

Adults only please. Free childcare, with pizza and snacks is provided for the Monday, May 19 gathering. 

Both events will be in Emerson’s Black Box Theatre (Middle School room 206)
RSVP for May 19, 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Hosted by K-1 Parents
RSVP for May 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Hosted by 5-8 Parents

For questions or to RSVP in person, please email Chris Barry, or call (734) 665-5662 x314 by Friday, May 16.

Only 815 Box Tops Needed to Reach Our Goal

Emerson School is just 815 box tops ($81.50) short of its 10,000 box top goal—we’re 91 percent there! Please submit your box tops by May 28 (in the collection container in the Fishbowl) and help us earn $1,000 for our school. Contact BTFE Co-Coordinator Dana Debordif you have any questions.

20 Students Earn National Spanish Accolades

Congratulations to the 20 Emerson Spanish language students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National Spanish Examinations. Emerson students have a long history of high achievement on these exams.

Seventh Grade:

  • Shruti Lakshmanan  Gold
  • Max Colis Silver
  • Will Downey Silver
  • Andie Tappenden Silver
  • Lindsey Barba Bronze
  • Hazel Byers Bronze
  • Omar Hassan Bronze
  • Downey Greta Honor

Eighth Grade:

  • Sophie Alphonso Silver
  • Samy Delva Silver
  • Tejal Patel Silver
  • Peter Lanzon Bronze
  • Gabriela Levy Bronze
  • Emily Lock Bronze
  • Johnathan Roberts Bronze
  • Sejal Gunaratnam Honor
  • Jared Kehn Honor
  • Hannah Park Honor
  • Abby Vohland Honor
  • Luci Leonor Honor

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Used Book Sale

May 29, 7:30am – 5:30pm and May 30, 7:30am – 4:00pm

In addition to the opportunity for our families to find great books, all money collected will go to a charity that serves children, education, and/or literacy. Please help make this year’s Book Sale a success:

  • Donate used books.  WANTED: Book for babies to adults (except for text books or anything inappropriate to display to children of all ages), CDs, DVDs, and games with all of their pieces.  For every ten items donated to the sale, your child will get a free book at the sale.
    Please bring your donations to the library between May 26 and May 29 with an approximate count of how many books you are donating.  
  • Volunteer to help.  Let Linda know if you can help setting up in the library on Wed., May 28 starting at 4:00, or during the hours of operation above (our busiest times are before and after school).
  • Shop the book sale. Don’t forget to send money with your children to shop with their class during the day.
        • Children’s books: $0.10
        • Adult paperbacks: $0.25
    • Adult hardcovers: $0.50

Check Your Kids for Ticks

Springtime in Michigan means many things—beautiful flowers, warm breezes, cool rain. . . .and occasionally, ticks.  During past springs, the tick typically seen in or around Emerson’s nature center has been the American Dog Tick, the most common tick found in Michigan. This is not the kind of tick that carries Lyme disease. Spring is an active time for these critters and checking your child for ticks after they have played outdoors is always recommended this time of year!

Middle School News

2014-2015 First Trimester Electives

Sign up by Monday, May 19 at noon

The list of next year’s first trimester elective offering is now available here and on the Emerson website linked below. Please ensure that your student makes their selections before Monday, May 19 at noon.
+ Elective descriptions and enrollment instructions


Community News & Events

Students Performing in The Wizard of Oz

May 16 – 18, Afternoon and Evening Performances

Emerson students Emily Cooper (3rd grade), Emma Hudson (3rd grade), Ben Faulkner (4th grade), Lauren Nishi (4th grade), Stephanie Smith (5th grade), Dana Steiner (6th grade), Julia Ammer (7th grade) and Cole Hildebrandt (8th grade) will be performing in the Young People’s Theater production of The Wizard of Oz. All performances will be at the Power Center for Performing Arts in Ann Arbor, and afternoon and evening shows are available.
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the kite network’s 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run & Family Walk

May 17, 9:00am at Hudson Mills Metropark

Enjoy a day of exercise and family fun while helping us raise awareness and support for our community. the kite network was founded by Emerson parents Doug and Julie Stotlar and provides an accessible model of one-to-one grief support for adults in Washtenaw County, Michigan, and surrounding communities.
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Ann Arbor Rowing Club Learn to Row Day

Sunday, May 17, 11:00am – 2:00pm at Bandemer Park

Come join the Ann Arbor Rowing Club and the University of Michigan’s Men’s Crew and learn to row. At this free event you can ask questions, learn the basics, and get out on the water.
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