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Family Newsletter – Nov. 24, 2015

Seussical Jr. at Emerson School

Emerson Musical Tickets are Now Available: Seussical Jr.

Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00pm; Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:00pm; Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2:00pm

Students have spent months rehearsing and countless hours learning lines, choreography, and songs for this fun, all-ages musical. Get your tickets today before the shows sell out.
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Our Gift to You on Giving Tuesday

Dear Parents,

When we return to school on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, please pull forward after dropping your children off and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. It’s a small token of appreciation for our families who continue to give so generously of their time and resources to Emerson. Staff and volunteers will be serving up the coffee, so you don’t even need to get out of your car.

Giving Tuesday: Dec. 1Most families will make an Annual Fund gift this year, and Giving Tuesday is a great time to make yours and check it off the list. Curbside coffee volunteers can accept Annual Fund gifts by check, credit, cash, or pledge, or you can always make your gift online now at

Thank you for everything you do. We look forward to seeing you on Giving Tuesday.


Sue Johnson and Beth Anderson
The Emerson School Development Office

All School News and Info

Some of the Emerson Robotics Team
Emerson’s Robotics Team Excelled in Competition

Students Earned ‘Rising Stars’ Trophy in First Year

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th graders who competed in their first robotics competition on Nov. 21. These students have been building, programming, and problem solving together since July, and they did exceptionally well against competition largely made up of older students—many in middle school—even earning the event’s Rising Stars trophy. Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and alums who encouraged and coached this impressive team!
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Book Fair Earns $2,882.48 for Emerson Library

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Book Fair. Your purchases added dozens of books to classrooms and the Library, and it also raised $2,882.48 for the Library. A special thank you to Alison Buchanan and Katherine Arst, who did such an incredible job chairing this massive undertaking.

One More Coach Needed for Girls on the Run

We’d love to have an Emerson parent or friend coach Emerson’s 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 Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:30pm at Emerson, March 7 through May 20, with a celebratory 5K on Sunday, May 15. Please contact Rose Hacker with any questions.
+ More information about Girls on the Run
+ Sign up to be a Coach online

Sign-Ups Open for the 2015 Geography Bee

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 11:15am–1:15pm in the AIC

All Emerson students in grades 4–8 are welcome to participate in the free, fun competition. Signing up is very easy: Students write their name and the letters “GB” on a piece of paper, then hand it to Lenny Dale any day between now and when he leaves school on Friday, Dec. 11. Understand that Lenny thinks kids should learn to deal with deadlines, and this one is firm. There is no ‘too early’, but there is definitely ‘too late’.

Community News and Events

Emerson 8th Grader Performs in Nutcracker with Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre

Friday, Nov. 27–Sunday, Nov. 29 at the Power Center

Emerson 8th grader Kristen Umbriac (playing Girl and Mouse) will be performing in the Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. Kristen will perform in all shows over Thanksgiving weekend: Friday, Nov. 27 at 7:00pm; Sat Nov. 28 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm, Sunday, Nov. 29 at 1:00pm
+ Tickets available online or at 763-TKTS

Middle Schoolers Invited to Audition for TEDxYouth@AnnArbor

Auditions on Dec. 7, 9, 15, and 17

Does your student have an idea worth spreading? For the first time, middle school students can audition to be a speaker, host, or performer in the third annual TEDxYouth@AnnArbor event. Every high school in Ann Arbor participates in this incredible student-led, student-attended event.
+ Learn more and sign up to audition

Emerson Alum in Nutcracker with Dance Alliance

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Saline HS

Looking for something festive and fun for family this holiday season? Emerson Alum Alexis Huczek will be performing in Flowers, Soldiers, Chocolate and Snow, as part of The Nutcracker, presented by the Dance Alliance. See these talented girls perform a holiday favorite on Sunday, December 13th at Saline High School.
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10 Students and Alums in Nutcracker with Ann Arbor Dance Classics

Dec. 12–13, Various Times

Emerson students and alums Jada Wooten, Danielle Stevanus, Olivia Hollenbeck, Gigi Hauptman, Ellie Kim, Amelia Lunde, Adelyn Mazak, Amy Pandofi, Ella Sinha, and Faith Pearson will be performing in The Nutcracker with Ann Arbor Dance Classics. Break a leg!
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Skyline Pom Clinic for 5th–8th Graders

Saturday, Jan. 30 (Register by Friday, Jan. 8)

Emerson alums Nia Moore, Lindsay Michaels, and Cammie Treiber are on Skyline Pom and invite 5th-8th graders for a pom clinic on Jan. 30.  Please register by Jan. 8.
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