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Family Newsletter – Nov. 7, 2014

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Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

With the onset of colder weather, what could be better than replenishing our supply of good books and a good STEAM?

Fall into Books, the annual Emerson Book Fair, is this Sunday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Nicola’s Book Store. You will have opportunity to leisurely peruse the book shelves as well as being entertained by a variety of student performances. From Spanish, French, and Chinese, to musical accompaniments by our Band and Orchestra, to storytellers, to author signings, you will not want to miss this highly entertaining opportunity to support the Emerson School Library.

After settling in with your new books or a prolonged session of gift wrapping your purchases, it is time to come back out to school Wednesday evening for some STEAM! This year’s annual Emerson Science Fair is a celebration of STEAM, or all the ways that science is interconnected with technology, engineering, the arts, and math. There will be more than 80 young scientists demonstrating and explaining their projects to any and all of us that come by to learn about the wonders of our interdisciplinary world.

I hope to see you at both of these wonderful Emerson community events.

Jerry Loewen
Head of School


All School News

Emerson Book Fair is Sunday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

“Fall for Books” at Nicola’s, Supporting Emerson School

Join us at the annual book fair to support the Emerson Library. There will be student performances as well as author signings by Kelly DiPucchio, Matt Faulkner, and George Hagen. Plus the class with the most student attendees will win a popcorn party (there will be one party for K-2, one party for 3-5, and one party for the Middle School).

Volunteers are still needed (especially near the end of the evening), so please sign up if you can help.
+ Sign up to volunteer

All Sales Through Saturday, Nov. 15 Benefit Emerson

For those unable to attend the book fair on Sunday, you can still support Emerson by making a purchase at Nicola’s any time Monday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 15 and asking for the credit to go to the Emerson Book Fair.

Each adult who purchases a Nicola’s gift certificate will be entered into a raffle win a $50 gift card to the store. Proceeds from gift cards sales will also benefit the Emerson Library.

The Emerson STEAM Science Fair

November 12, 6:30pm – 7:45pm in the Emerson Gymnasium

Join us next Wednesday to view the wonderful STEAM-related science projects that will be on display at this year’s science fair. Participating students should bring their projects to the gym after school on Nov. 11th until 5:00pm or before school on Nov. 12th.  If you have any questions, or still want to participate, please contactKelly Vohland.

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 were mailed to grandparents/friends early this week—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.
+ Invitation and schedule

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.

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

Lost and Found Items to be Donated Nov. 21

Please check the overflowing lost and found for any missing items. All items remaining as of Friday, Nov. 21 will be donated to a local organization.

MathCounts on Fridays, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

MathCounts is a free and fun after school activity for 5th – 8th grade mathletes to practice and develop higher level math skills. They will compete against other students at both regional and national MathCounts competitions, and this year’s team will be coached by Mary Ellen Flaherty. Meet in MS Room 201.
+ Questions? Please contact Dr. Flaherty

Sign Up for the Geography Bee

Friday, Nov. 21, 11:14am 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—only about five weeks away.

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.
+ Contact Jennifer Tanau to learn more

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.

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.
+ Learn more

  • Nov. 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Nov. 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Jan. 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Jan. 27, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Community News & Events

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Nov. 7 – Nov. 8, 7:00pm at Liberty School Auditorium

The Saline Community Education Youth Theater Guild presents Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring Emerson 7th grader Sydney Friedman. Tickets are just $5 at the door.
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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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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.
+ Learn more