ESPO Anti-Idling Initiative
Kids breath here. Please turn off your vehicle.
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Letter from Jerry
With the first few snowflakes arriving this week, we want to remind everyone of the communication protocols we have established for ”snow days.”
Like all schools in climates with volatile weather, Emerson plans for snow days each year. In the event of dangerous weather conditions that necessitate a decision to cancel school, you will be notified as early as possible via phone, text message, and email. Additionally, we will run an alert on the school website and add our school name to those announced on television and radio stations.
Decisions to close school are usually made in the wee hours of the morning, and based on the limited information and tenuous forecasts available to us at that time. Ann Arbor Public Schools has a network of resources to determine road conditions and hazards, so we almost always follow their lead with weather-related closures. However, on the rare occasion that we come to a different conclusion about the safety of our families, we may make a different call.
As a part of our preparations, we will run a test of our alert system on Monday in the late morning or early afternoon.
Thank you for your attention and stay warm this weekend.
Head of School
All School News
Apparel: Sunday is Last Chance to Order
Emerson School Shirts, Jackets, Hoodies, Hats, and more
Emerson School sportswear is available for purchase through Sunday, Nov. 16. Orders will be available for pick-up Dec. 1. If you would like to try on comparable items before purchasing, you can do so at the Underground Printing store on S. Main.
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Sign Up for the Geography Bee
Friday, Nov. 21, 11:15am to 1:00pm
The bee is open to all Emerson students in grades 4 through 8. There is no charge. All that a student need do to register is hand Lenny a piece of paper with the students name and the letters GB legibly written on it BEFORE Lenny goes home at the end of the school day on Wednesday, November 19.
Middle School Information Meeting Sunday
Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:00pm
Parents of 4th and 5th graders are encouraged to attend and learn about the new challenges, unique opportunities, and rigorous curriculum in store for your children as Emerson Middle School students. You will learn what to expect, go on a tour of the Middle School, and have opportunities to ask teachers and staff questions.
If you know of others who might be interested in Emerson’s Middle School, please invite them to attend.
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Girls on the Run Team Looking for Coaches
Two Volunteer Coaches Needed
We’d love to have an Emerson Parent or Friend coach our 3rd-5th grade Girls on the Run team this year! Training is provided and you’ll receive a discount registration for your child. Practices will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Emerson from March 9th through May 22nd. More information is attached, contact Rose for more questions or Sign Up to Coach Online.
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3 – 5% of Your Busch’s Bill Can Go to Emerson
Every time you buy groceries, you could be raising money for students at Emerson. Busch’s gives 3-5% back and our school earned nearly $1,600 last year. Pick up a Busch’s Cash for Education card in the LS or MS office today! Help us rise to the top of the board by enrolling today.
Grandfriends’ Day Invitations Mailed
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1:00pm – 2:45pm
Students look forward to sharing everything they’re learning with their grandfriends and showing them around school during Grandfriends’ Day. Invitations have been mailed to grandparents/friends—only if you indicated during summer re-enrollment they were to receive an invitations. Please contact Joan Gregorka in the Lower School Office if you need additional invitations mailed.
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Support the ESPO Bake Sale
Nov. 25 in the Middle School Commons
Pies, breads, cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats will be available for purchase by children, parents, faculty, and grandfriends—just in time for Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds will benefit the Emerson Technology Dept. Please drop off baked goods at morning curbside on Monday, Nov. 24 and include your name, phone, type of treat, and list of allergens.
+ Food precautions and specialty/allergen-free foods
Volunteers are needed for packaging and setup on Nov. 24, and for sales, packaging, and more on Nov. 25.
+ Sign up to bake and/or volunteer
+ Questions? Contact Dana DeBord or Mary Kay Stevanus
25% of Book Sales Through Sat. Go To Emerson
Mention Emerson School when Purchasing at Nicola’s
All book and gift card purchases at Nicola’s Books through Saturday, Nov. 15 will continue to benefit Emerson School. Remember to mention Emerson School at checkout for your sale to benefit our school.
Lost and Found Items to be Donated Nov. 21
MathCounts on Fridays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
+ Questions? Please contact Dr. Flaherty
Small Toys Wanted for Library Contest
Thank You STEAM Science Fair Participants
75 K-8 Students Participated on Nov. 12
A special thanks to our supportive families, and wonderful colleagues, Lenny Dale, Bill Schrock, Michael Shaw, Joan Gregorka, and Ted Steinbach, for helping make the fair a success.
– Mrs. Vohland, Kathy, Tim, Mr. Wilson, and Pat
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Lower School News
Order Square 1 Art by Nov. 18
Packets were sent home in backpacks with instructions and access codes. Orders can only be placed online (sorry, no paper orders, checks, or cash). Proceeds go to the Emerson School Art Departments. There is no obligation to buy and the stickers in the packets are free.
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Middle School News
Community Service Day #1
Nov. 25, 9:00am – 11:00am at Barton Nature Area
The first all-Middle School Community Service Days is approaching. As park stewards, we are continuing our preservation work at the park including removal of invasive species, maintaining walking trails, and clearing of debris from the park. Please plan to dress accordingly; students will still participate in all of the Grandfriends’ Day activities in the afternoon.
Cranbrook Admission Info and Scholarship Testing
Nov. 16, 1:00pm at the Michigan League
Parents of 8th graders are invited to learn about Cranbrook High School at their Ann Arbor Admissions Reception and Scholarship Testing event.
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Info on Testing Out at Saline High School
If your family is considering Saline High School, please review the information linked below on testing out of classes.
+ Testing Out Resources
WIHI Informational Sessions
Parents of 8th grade students are invited to attend one of the Washtenaw International High School Informational Sessions for Prospective Students.
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- Nov. 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
- Jan. 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
- Jan. 27, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Community News & Events
Seussical with Young People’s Theater
Nov. 20 – 22 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
To the many students and alums bringing the Dr. Seuss’s most famous books to life on the stage: Break a leg!
Cole Hildebrandt, The Cat In The Hat
Tim VanRiper, Director
Julia Ammer (8th), Bird Girl
Emma Throm (8th), Citizen of Whoville/Fish
Dana Steiner (7th), Bird Girl
Emily Cooper (4th), Jungle of Nool
Emma Hudson (4th), Jungle of Nool
Katie Swallow (4th), Citizen of Whoville
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Guys and Dolls with PHS Theatre Guild
Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at PHS Schreiber Auditorium
The Pioneer High School Theatre Guild’s Guys and Dolls musical comedy opens this weekend, and it features Emerson alums Nadina Hassan and Katie Ross.
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Dr. Yong Zhao: What Defines a World Class Education in the 21st Century?
Nov. 18, 7:00pm at Grosse Pointe Academy
Dr. Zhao is the author of World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students and an internationally known scholar. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education.
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A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre
Nov. 14 – Dec. 21 at Meadow Brook Theatre
Emerson 5th grader Olivia Goosman will perform in the Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. It’s a holiday classic about a mean-spirited miser and the ghosts that haunt him. Save 20% by indicating you’re a friend of Olivia’s.
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