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Family Newsletter – May 23, 2014

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Letter from Jerry

Jerry's Call to ParentsHello Families,

I continue to be wowed by the generosity of the Emerson community. Since last week’s groundbreaking, we have raised an additional $120,000 toward our Building STEAM campaign. This represents exciting progress toward a lofty $500,000 challenge goal.

While we continue to make great strides towards funding our campus addition, we are still faced with the annual challenge of raising funds to meet our school’s operating budget. As you know, tuition alone does not cover the cost of running the school, and that gap is filled by gifts to the Annual Fund—even in a capital campaign season.

Participation is the key! Whether your gift is $10 or $10,000, your participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates support for the vision and aspirations of your child’s school, and provides the all important means to reach them. It is vital to the long-range success of Emerson that we all support the Annual Fund each and every year.

We are proud to see our parent participation rate continue to rise closer to the ultimate goal of 100%. One hundred percent of our faculty and staff have contributed to the Annual Fund for the third year running (you can even make your gift in honor of one of these amazing faculty). Our Board of Trustees has also come in again at the 100% level. Thank you for considering this annual call to action.

Have a wonderful long weekend.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

Students Place in 21 Science Olympiad Events, 8 First Place Finishes

Congratulations to the 84 Emerson students who participated in this year’s Washtenaw Elementary Science Olympiad on Saturday, May 10th. With 26 schools and 1600 students participating, our grade 2-5 students represented Emerson so well—we are very proud of their participation and achievements!

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Please Make Your Annual Fund Contribution

Participation matters most and every gift counts, big and small. Help bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of running Emerson School.
+ Make your Annual Fund gift online

Summer Tutors Are Available

Emerson’s Learning Support staff has compiled a great list of tutors for students.
+ Emerson teachers available for tutoring
+ Other local tutors

Check the Lost and Found

The Lost and Found bins are overflowing. If you find yourself in the building, please come and browse. Any items left at the end of the year will be donated.

Remember Your Student Account Payments

Please remember to pay your student balances.  Final report cards cannot not be released on accounts that have balances.  Thank you! —The Business Office

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.

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


Community News & Events

YA’SSOO Greek Festival

June 6 – 7, 11:00am – midnight; June 8, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

If you enjoyed the Greek dancers at Emerson’s Passport to the World event, then you should check out this annual event. Everyone is welcome and there will be Greek cuisine, homemade pastries, live music and entertainment, a marketplace and bookstore, tours, and more.
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