Letter from Jerry
What a start to conferences last night! Despite the long day it creates for teachers and parents, the wonderful dialogue, the reinforcement of our shared commitment to the growth of your child, and the delicious food you brought made it a wonderful, energy-filled evening.
Parent-teacher conferences allow for some of the most important conversations of the year. I hope yours were rich ones, but more importantly, that they set the stage for the even richer dialogue that will ensue throughout this school year. Our partnership around the shared aspirations and objectives for your child is what brings us all to the same table.
A special thank you to everyone who contributed to the potluck. Your outpouring of generosity and kindness filled the faculty lounge last night, and grateful teachers continue to enjoy it today. “Nothin’ says lovin’ like gifts from the oven!”
Thank you again for taking the time to meet with your teachers, and for all of your generosity. Have a wonderful long weekend.
Head of School
All School News
Head Search: Ned Murray Parent Meeting Oct. 23
Thursday, Oct. 23, 8:30am – 9:30am in Room 209
Dr. Ned Murray will visit Emerson with his wife Lucy. They have two high school-aged sons. Ned has a BA in English from The University of the South, an MEd in Supervision and Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a DMin in Educational Leadership from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the current head of a PK-8 school in Augusta, GA—Episcopal Day School.
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+ Ned Murray resume
+ Ned Murray feedback form (complete following the meeting)
Feedback for John Huber Still Being Accepted
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+ John Huber feedback form
Middle School Information Meeting
Oct. 29, 7:00pm – 9:00 in the Middle School Commons
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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Honors Composition Concert
The Honors Composition Concert is an outstanding event that provides an opportunity for students to compose and perform original music. It is open to students in grades K-12. Winners are invited to perform their compositions at the Michigan Music Conference (MMC), held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in January.
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Be Part of the Halloween Carnival
Friday, Oct. 31 – Volunteers Needed
Many volunteers are needed to make this event possible. Any help you are able to give would be wonderful! Please use the carnival sign up genius to volunteer for a spot and feel free to contact Jamie Sinha with any questions or concerns.
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A few notes about the carnival:
- We ask that Kindergarten parents walk around with groups of Kindergartners. Keep that in mind when volunteering.
- We will be having two orange cafes this year, one for K-2 and one for grades 3-5. We need twice as many volunteers!
- The assembly will immediately follow the Halloween parade. Please consider that your child will remain in their Halloween costume during the hour long assembly.
- There are several spots on the sign up genius to provide supplies (cider, donuts, coffee, mini-cupcakes). If you are unable be at the carnival and would like to help out, please consider contributing.
Service Project: Trick-or-Treat with UNICEF
Students to Receive Boxes on Wednesday, Oct. 29
Beth Nazario’s 7th grade advisory has undertaken this community service opportunity, learning about the impact of donating what seems like small change to UNICEF. For example, six cents provides a drink of safe, clean water for one thirsty child. Boxes of change should be returned to collection containers in the school by Friday, Nov 7th so that Beth’s advisory can count them. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Beth Nazario.
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Auction 2015 is Now Underway
Save the Date: Friday, Mar. 13, 2015
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The Emerson STEAM Science Fair
November 12, 6:30pm – 7:45pm in the Emerson Gymnasium
This year our STEAM Science Fair will encourage students to design and carry out experiments, design and build inventions, make improvements to existing technology, investigate phenomena, explore mathematics of the world, or perhaps even fuse art talent or interest with science. We have lots of ideas and suggestions but you will be encouraged to dream on your own and you will quickly see that this year’s fair is wide open for all kinds of science connections. Please contact Kelly Vohland with any questions.
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.
Middle School News
Soccer: Eagles Win Tournament to End Season
Community News & Events
Mrs. C Performing in Orchestra Concert on Fri.
Oct. 17 at 8:00pm, Birmingham Bloomfield Orchestra
Ms. C is performing in the Birmingham Bloomfield Orchestra concert this Friday night. The program features a cello solo and Mozart’s famous Symphony No. 40. The BBSO welcomes guest soloist Yannis Tsitselikis to perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
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Michigan International Festival
Saturday, Oct. 18, 5:00pm at the Michigan Theater
If you’re interested in enjoying a Saturday night of great international food, great international performances, and great fun, this is for you. Two keynote speakers, Justice Bridget McCormack (MI Supreme Court) and Ari Weinzweig (Co-Founder of Zingermans) will be presenting.
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How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
the kite network is proud to sponsor, in conjunction with the UMHS Grief Week Committee, Therese Rando, Ph.D. and her lecture, “How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies.” This outstanding lecture will provide information about coping with grief and loss, and how those who are bereaved can move forward in their healing.
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Chiller Author at Ann Arbor District Library
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Jonathan Rand, author of the very popular Michigan Chillers and American Chillers series will be sharing his thoughts on writing and how he became a writer at the Downtown Main branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. While his books can be a little scary, his talk will not be. Folks who have met Jonathan Rand say he is funny, friendly, and well worth meeting. Expect a crowd for this very popular author.