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Family Newsletter – Nov. 03, 2016




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November 3


Attend, Volunteer, and Enjoy the Emerson Book Fair

Sunday, Nov. 13, 5:00pm–8:00pm at Nicola’s Books

Please come out and enjoy an evening of wonderful student performances, refreshments and shopping—25% of proceeds go to support the Emerson library. All lower school students are invited to perform, along with several middle school students. Please see the schedule of performances linked here. Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly, so please use the link below to sign up.

Sign Up to Volunteer
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Letter from the Head of School

One Small Request for Student Well-Being

Dear parents,

John Huber ProfileFor this week’s newsletter, I have but one request.

Please slow down and drive safely.

I know that many of you reading this newsletter do drive carefully, as witnessed each morning and afternoon of curbside. But recent local news of the tragedy that can befall pedestrians, coupled with my own observations of a few impatient drivers in our parking lot, lead me to make the request to the entire community directly.

I know that there are lessons to attend, appointments to make, meetings to catch. But this should not encourage you to skip ahead in carline, swerve around drivers trying to pull out of parking spots, get distracted by your cellphone, or accelerate upon making the final turn of the parking lot.

Everyone should take a few minutes now, right now, to watch our curbside video. It’s short, adorable, and clear. And once you’ve done so, please slow down and drive safely.

I ask this for the safety and well-being of our students.

Be well,

John Huber

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Middle School Experience Tour

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9:00am–11:15am

Parents of current 4th and 5th grade students are invited to this special student-led tour, where students will show you their classrooms in action, introduce you to their teachers, and share their perspective on middle school at Emerson.

Prospective Families Invited to K-8 Tour

If you know of a family considering Emerson, or who should be, please invite them to attend. Students will still lead the way, but the tour will extend beyond the middle school experience our current families will partake in.

Picture Retake Day and Team Pictures

Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Morning

If you would like picture retakes, please be sure to bring and return your original picture packet (required). Team pictures will be taken at 11:07, so please remind your child to bring his/her team jersey.


Video: Fall Colors Erupting at Emerson

An Aerial Tour from Emerson’s Drone

Every fall, Emerson School’s campus turns into a stunning work of art. Enjoy this video. Did you get goosebumps too?
+ Watch and share on Facebook
+ Watch on YouTube

Grandparent and Special Friends Day

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1:00pm at Emerson

This is an annual opportunity for students to share everything they’re learning with their grandparents and special friends, and to show them around school. Invitations have been mailed to grandparents (only sent if you indicated during enrollment/re-enrollment that you would like your grandparent to receive an invitation). If you would like an invitation sent to someone else, please email Lower School Office Manager Joan Gregorka, or call 734-665-5662, ext. 307.
+ Grandfriends’ Day invitation and schedule

Middle School Elective Sign-Ups

Open Through Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Noon

Trimester 2 Electives are now open. Students are encouraged to review the elective options with their families and then sign up through the Google Form that was sent to their Emerson email on Tuesday, November 1. This form will be open until Wednesday, November 9 at noon. Please email Beth Muszkiewicz ( with any questions.
+ Review the elective options

Emerson Geography Bee Sign-Ups

Sign Up by Friday, Dec. 16

The Emerson Geography Bee, open to all Emerson students in grades 4 through 8, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, at 11:15, in the library/media center.  There is no cost, and registration couldn’t be easier – just give Lenny Dale a piece of paper with your name and the letters GB legibly written on it before he leaves school on Friday, December 16.
Bee questions cover a wide range of topics.  Sample questions from previous years can be found on the National Geographic website.  The school bee winner gets to take an on-line test to try to qualify for the state bee.

Parent Community Event: Being Bigger Than Your Triggers, with Annie Zirkel

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7:00pm in the Arts and Innovation Center at Emerson School

Local relationship consultant, Annie Zirkel, will present to current and future middle school families about the impact that triggers can have on students and adults. She will discuss the physiological impact of being triggered, the neuroscience behind the triggered brain, and how we can support students when they are triggered. We may even learn more about how we can support ourselves when we are triggered.
+ Visit Annie Zirkel’s website for more information

Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:00pm in the AIC

The MS Band and Orchestra will perform a concert of chamber music, as well as a few pop and jazz tunes including Rockin’ Halloween and Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Please join us next Thursday. Everyone is welcome, no tickets are required, and it is free of charge.

Emerson Volleyball Finishes Strong

Wins 2 of 3 Final Games, 4th in Tournament

The girls volleyball team rallied for an incredible end to the season. They won two of the three final games of the season, and went into the AAIAA tournament seeded sixth. With the momentum of those hard-fought wins, the team played well at the tournament and earned a 4th place finish! Congratulations volleyball team.

Congratulations All-State Band and Orchestra Hopefuls

Congrats to all of the band and orchestra members who auditioned last weekend for a seat in the Michigan All-State Band and Orchestra. It is awesome that you challenged yourself to learn the music and take the audition. We are proud of you!

  • Maoz Bareket
  • Shruthi Chakravarthy
  • Hannah Halberstam
  • Zach Halberstam
  • Josh Moss
  • Julian Toogood

Community Activities

Donate Leftover Candy to Operation Gratitude

Boxes in Commons and Fish Bowl Oct. 31–Nov. 7

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages to the Military and First Responder Communities. The organization’s mission is to say “Thank You” and express it’s appreciation of the American people to all who serve. Last year the Emerson community donated more than 100 pounds of candy, and organizers Lucas Caswell hopes to beat that this year. Donation bins will be in the middle school commons and the fish bowl Oct. 31 through Nov. 7.
+ Contact Lucas Caswell with questions or for more info

‘Tween Girls’ Portrait Campaign Needs Volunteer Models

Proceeds to Ronald McDonald House of A2

Emerson parent Cheryl Hall, of Cheryl Hall Photography, is seeking girls ages 9 to 11 to be photographed for a “Tween Girls” book, with proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor. Each Participant will receive a fine art 7×5 portrait.
+ Learn more or contact Cheryl Hall at

The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Pioneer

Nov. 4, 6, 11, 12, 13 at Pioneer High School

Congrats to Emerson alums Claire Robinson and Henry Kiley, who will be performing in the upcoming performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Pioneer High School!
+ Learn more

Trimathlon Community Event

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 9:00am

Mathnasium of Dexter will host a fun math competition open to all students who are in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5.
+ Learn more

Figuring Out Friendships: A Mother-Daughter Workshop for Girls

Junior League of Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:00am–1:00pm

For mothers of 5th and 6th grade girls, this workshop is to open conversations between you and your daughters while maintaining her child’s growing need for independence.

  • To help build positive alliances between mothers and daughters
  • Teaches about relational aggression
  • Offers skills to help young adolescents cope with challenges they may encounter

+ Learn more

Social Security Retirement Basics Event

By Key Bank on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 in the AIC

Key Bank’s Bob Hartnett was employed by the Social Security Administration for more than 40 years. He will share his insight into Social Security at this free event for the Emerson community.
+ Learn more


Nov. 4, 3:00pm

Band and Orchestra Survivor Challenge

Nov. 8

NO BUS SERVICE: Due to AAPS Closure for Elections

Nov. 8, 9:00am

Admissions: Middle School Experience Tour

Nov. 8, 4:30pm

Boys Basketball at St. Mary’s

Nov. 9

Picture Retake Day

Nov. 9, 8:30am

ESPO Meeting

Nov. 9, 7:00pm

Parent Community Event: Being Bigger than Your Triggers, by Annie Zirkel

Nov. 10, 4:00pm

Boys Basketball at Spiritus Sanctus Academy

Nov. 10, 7:00pm

Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert

Nov. 11, 7:30am–9:30am

2nd Grade Coffee with the Head

Nov. 13, 5:00pm–8:30pm

Emerson Book Fair at Nicola’s Books

Nov. 15, 4:00pm

Boys Basketball: Away at AACS

Nov. 17, 4:00pm

Boys Basketball: Home vs. Steiner

Nov. 18, 7:30am–9:30am

1st Grade Coffee with the Head

Nov. 21, 7:30am–9:30am

Kindergarten Coffee with the Head

Nov. 22

First Trimester Ends

Nov. 22

ESPO Bake Sale

Nov. 22, 1:00

Grandparent and Special Friends Day

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