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Family Newsletter – Nov. 10, 2016




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November 10


Andy Goldsworthy-Inspired Art in the Nature Center

Emerson’s Nature Center provided the canvas and mediums for these 5th graders to create beautiful Andy Goldsworthy-inspired works of art. Stunning examples of cross-curricular, hands-on learning.
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Letter from the Head of School

The Power of Your Support

Dear praents,

John Huber ProfileThis past week, many of our faculty members took part in enriching professional development opportunities. A number attended the National Association for Gifted Children conference, where they gained access to the latest research on teaching gifted and talented students. Others traveled to Columbus to participate in the Independent School Association of the Central States conference so that they might learn more about programmatic innovations and topics of inclusivity. All of these professional development activities ultimately benefit our many students.

The only reason we can send our teachers to conferences such as these is because our parents generously support our Annual Fund. Our Annual Fund helps to cover professional development, curriculum enrichment, extracurricular opportunities—you name it. And this past year, we reached the highest level of parent participation in our Annual Fund ever. We’re looking to beat last year’s ambitious goal, but we can only do so with your help.

Please be on the lookout for Annual Fund letters, and please make Emerson your philanthropic priority. Your contribution, great or small, unlocks our true potential. Join us!

Be well,

John Huber

P.S. – For a little bit of fun, our Middle School students will be coming up with a joyful challenge for Middle School parents. Stay tuned to learn more!

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Attend, Volunteer, and Enjoy the Emerson Book Fair

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

The book fair is a family friendly event that supports the Emerson library and classroom book collections—25% of proceeds go to support the Emerson library. Shoppers can choose from Nicola’s full selection of books or purchase gift cards to use in the future. Student performances are a highlight of this event, and all lower school students are invited to participate in group singing performances. The evening will include Chinese dancing, storytellers, and several middle school band and orchestra members as well. Please see the schedule of performances linked here. We are still looking for event volunteers, so please sign up below if you are interested.

If you are unable to stop in at the main event on Sunday, Nicola’s will continue to credit your purchases toward the book fair through next week, just let them know you are from Emerson School. Teacher wish list books will be available for purchase next week as well.

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Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert Tonight

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.

ESPO Bake Sale

Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Middle School Commons

Get your favorite recipes ready for this delicious fundraiser for Emerson students. More information about contributing food, volunteering, and nutrition/allergy info will be coming soon.

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.
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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.


Open Mic Night: A Special Coffee House Edition

Nov. 30 at 6:00pm at Emerson School

Children and adults can sing a song, play an instrument, read original poetry, perform a monologue, play as an ensemble, etc. Each performer has about five minutes each to share their talents and passions in front of a laid-back and supportive audience of families from schools throughout the greater-Ann Arbor area. This Open Mic Night will have a special coffee house feel—don’t miss it!

Open Mic Nights are part of the Thriving Child A2 series, presented by Emerson School. Families from any school are welcome to participate, so please invite others. 

Sign Up to Perform

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?
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Community Activities

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

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3rd Grader Performing in Nutcracker

Dec. 16–18 at the Power Center in Ann Arbor

Emerson 3rd grader Chloe Eavy will be performing as a Sugarplum in the Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre’s production of Nutcracker. Congrats Chloe!
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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

Nov. 22, 4:00pm

Boys Basketball: Home vs. St. Paul

Nov. 23–28

NO SCHOL: Thanksgiving Break

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