Letter from Jerry
Yum, wow, and thank you! We are all so grateful for your Wild West Appreciation luncheon earlier this week. The food and the elaborate presentation, along with all the special touches, made us all feel deeply appreciated and fully fueled to face the grand final stretch ahead of us. Thank you!
Speaking of our collective push to June 13th, I want to thank all the parent chaperones who are pitching in on a wide variety of trips. Whether it is a visit to a nearby museum, an overnight camping trip, or a great adventure to Florida, Washington, D.C., or the Northwest Territories, you are always eager to help make these trips successful. We depend upon your extra pair of hands and eyes to keep our students safe and to keep the carefully planned events on track. Our teachers spend a great deal of time and care planning every detail of our trips including the travel routes and timing, the groupings of children, and the sequence of events that bring the greatest learning opportunities to our students. Your support of every one of those details is always appreciated and an aspect of our community that speaks to the great benefits of the school-parent partnership.
See you on Thursday evening at our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Groundbreaking for the Building STEAM campaign. Festivities begin at 6:15.
Head of School
All School News
40th Celebration and Groundbreaking
Thursday, May 15 at 6:15pm
This is the big celebration of Emerson’s past 40 years and its exciting future. Please join us as we break ground for the big Building STEAM campus addition before heading inside for the 40th Celebration festivities.
- 6:15pm: Groundbreaking ceremony.
- 7:00pm: Celebration performances and recognition
• Middle School Band and Orchestra performances
• A special display of artwork
• Lower School singing
• Honoring teachers with 10+ years at Emerson
• Alumni recognition
- 8:00pm: Birthday cake (one for each decade)
We hope you can be there with the entire school.
+ Please RSVP
Thank You From the Bottom of Our Bellies!
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.
For questions or to RSVP in person, please email Chris Barry, or call (734) 665-5662 x314 by Friday, May 16.
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!
3rd Grader Anshi Pacha Has Winning Poem
Congratulations to Anshi Pacha on having her poem, ‘How to Be a Good Reader’ chosen to appear on 826michigan’s Student Writing Gallery!
+ Read Anshi’s Poem on 826michigan.org
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
8th Graders are Off to Florida!
Students are on their way to the Florida Keys and SeaCamp. It will be an experience they will never forget. Thank you to all of the parents who helped coordinate with faculty and volunteers to make this special trip happen.
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, 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.
+ Learn more and purchase tickets
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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