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Family Newsletter – May. 21, 2015

Our Lower School Band and Orchestra stars

Lower School Band and Orchestra Concert Stars

Congrats to our young musicians on an incredible performance tonight! They played eight top hits from then and now, and they played each one beautifully.
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Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

With less than a month to go in the school year, it is time to re-focus our attention on an area of great importance to this year and the many years ahead: participation. It happens in classrooms, at events, at home, and in the generous gifts our families, faculty, and trustees make to the school.

In terms of keeping our school running, our entire community’s participation in the Annual Fund is a top priority. It not only fills the gap between tuition and the cost of running the school, it provides the institutional confidence to think big about our school’s exciting future. Please join the 100 percent of faculty, staff, and trustees who participate in the Annual Fund by making your gift, whether $5 or $5,000,

You are also invited to to participate in the Building STEAM Campaign before it closes next month. While we have accomplished amazing things in this campaign and are using the new facilities every day, there is still more STEAM needed to make this project complete. This project is a game changer for our school community, and with your support, the impact will be even more positive and long lasting.

Thanks in advance for your support and stewardship of all things Emerson. It is your participation that makes the biggest impact. And, these donations are both tax deductible!


Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

Donate Your Books to the Used Book Sale

May 28 – 29 in the Emerson Library

Now is the time to free up bookshelf space and donate to the annual Used Book Sale. Books (no textbooks please), movies, games, and puzzles for all ages are welcome, but remember that kids of all ages will be looking through them (i.e. please do not send books that may have inappropriate visuals). Children’s books will all be just 10 cents, and books for adults and games will never be more than 50 cents.

Emerson’s National Junior Honor Society will help with the sale and will select a worthy cause to which all of the proceeds will be donated.
+ Contact Linda the librarian with questions or to help

Correction: Lost and Found Donated After June 5

Please check the lost-and-found in the Fish Bowl by Friday, June 5. Any uncollected items will be donated to a charity.

How Has This Year Been at Emerson?

Annual End-Of-Year Parent Survey

Share your thoughts about what is working and what could be better at Emerson by participating in the annual end-of-year survey. It is anonymous, confidential, and helps guide our school.
+ Participate in the seven-question survey

Random Acts of Kindness for Jan

With Jan out for the remainder of the year with a broken knee and foot, many have asked what they can do for her. Her request: perform a random act of kindness. Pick up a notecard in her classroom and write what you did or will do, and we’ll add it to the Random Acts of Kindness wall.

Please Return Library Books By June 1st

Reminders about overdue books will be sent to parents after June 1st, and any books still missing after June 10th will be billed to individual accounts.

Open Mic Night - May 27 at 6:30pm

Perform at Open Mic Night

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

Community Events

1 Mile Kazoo Fun Run for Ypsi Symphony Orchestra

May 23 at 1:00pm at Frog Island Park

Join Emerson 5th grader Julian Toogood and parents Hanna Song and Peter Toogood in a fun run to benefit the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra. You will earn your YSO kazoo when you cross the finish line.
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YA’SSOO Greek Festival

June 5 –7 at St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church

Everyone is invited to enjoy Greek cuisine, live music, entertainment, marketplace shopping, and other fun activities at the annual YA’SSOO Greek Festival.
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