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Family Newsletter – Oct. 31, 2014

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Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello Parents,

First things first, THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARENT VOLUNTEERS TODAY! The fun and excitement of Halloween is alive and well every year at Emerson School thanks to your volunteer hours, creativity, and your kid-like enthusiasm for this big day. THANK YOU!

Now, I will give you a few days to decompress from Halloween, but then here is fair warning that November is upon us with even more good reasons to get together. Here is a list of events that promise to entertain, advise, and inform us all.

  • Nov. 6:  We are hosting an extremely informative and timely presentation by Dr. Michael Bambery, who will address the anxiety and stress so many of our students may feel from time to time, and offer strategies to support them (see below).
  • Nov. 9:  The wonderful Emerson Book Fair will again be at Nicola’s.
  • Nov. 12:  Our monthly Meet the Head of School meeting and ESPO meeting will begin at 8:30am.
  • Nov. 16:  We are hosting our second Middle School Admissions Open House from 2:00 – 4:00.
  • Nov. 25:  A very big day as we celebrate Grandfriends’ Day, along with the fabulous ESPO Bake Sale.

Trick or Treat!

Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

Emerson Book Fair

“Fall for Books” at Nicola’s on Nov. 9, 5:00 – 8:00pm

The annual book fair to support the Emerson Library is coming soon! 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). So come one, come all, to this fun-filled event! Volunteers are still needed (especially near the end of the evening), so please sign up if you can help.
+ Sign up to volunteer

Thank you to our MS band and orchestra members who have volunteered to play at the Emerson Bookfair on Sunday, Nov. 9! 

Dr. Michael Bambery: Strategies to Help Kids Manage Stress and Build Academic Resiliency

Thursday, Nov. 6th at 7:00pm in the Emerson Library

Our community is invited to Dr. Michael Bambery’s presentation on strategies to help our children manage stress and build academic resiliency. His presentation is intended for parents of children in kindergarten through 8th grade (and older), and all parents and educators are welcome to attend.
This event is open to all families and educators, regardless of school affiliation. If you know of any other families who might be interested in attending, please invite them to join you.

November Kaleidoscope Meeting

Nov. 9, 3:00pm – 4:30pm in Room 109 (LS Art Room)

Calling all students in grades 4-8 who self identify as being persons of color, and friends of these students: Come and join the fun as we play and create board games of all sorts. Feel free to bring a favorite game of yours to share with the group.

Kaleidoscope began in 2012 to provide a space where students of various racial backgrounds could gather to discuss issues that are important to them in a safe and supportive environment. All students are welcome to join this conversation on the first Wednesday of every month. If a student is coming to the meeting, it is important to let the After Care people know before heading to the Kaleidoscope meeting.  Students may check back into child care after the meeting or leave with a parent. There is no charge for participating in Kaleidoscope. A snack will be served.
+ Contact Linda Lakshminarayanan or Jennifer Tanau to learn more
+ RSVP with Rose Hacker (drop ins are also welcome).

Thank You Halloween Volunteers!

Face PaintingThank you to everyone who contributed to the Halloween Carnival this year. What an awesome day for the kids! Whether you were able to provide a donation or help out for a few minutes or many hours, I truly appreciate the help. And a very special thank you to my area leaders, Kathy Akhoury, Caroline Begola, Annie Bruienne, Sarah Connor, Dana DeBord, Jennifer Evens, Allison Im, Carol Knight-Drain, Wendy Mellow, Michelle Weaver and Stephanie Zabinko. Happy Halloween!  – Jamie Sinha, ESPO Halloween Chair

Special thank you to the MS band and orchestra members for performing at the Halloween Parade today. You made it extra special for all of us ghosts and goblins at Emerson. – Leslie Capozzoli

Service Project: Trick-or-Treat with UNICEF

Return Boxes by Nov. 7

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.
+ Learn more

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.

It’s not too late to sign up. Please complete the form below or email Kelly Vohland to participate.
+ Science Fair ideas
+ Participation form

Enterovirus and Ebola Information

Learn about these two health concerns, including symptoms, sources, and prevention strategies from Emerson medical assistant Diane Wentland.
+ Learn more

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

Register for Second Trimester Electives

Submit Selections Online by Nov. 3

Elective selections must be made online no later than noon on Monday, November 3rd. Elective forms are only available through the student account.
+ 2nd trimester elective descriptions
+ Instructions on how to sign up

Survivor 2014 with MS Band and Orchestra

Friday, Nov. 7

The MS band and orchestra members will assemble into tribes to endure tests of strength, focus, and skill. They will also have a rehearsals with professional musicians who are coming to Emerson to coach them. Wish the players good luck!

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

Community News & Events

Ms. C Performing with the Adrian Symphony

This Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3:00pm

Mrs. C will join the Adrian Symphony as they play Schubert’s 9th Symphony, which is called “The Great,” as well as Barber’s beautiful Adagio for Strings and Daugherty’s Trail of Tears for Flute and Orchestra. Mrs. C also has a complimentary ticket for the first lucky reader who contacts her.
+ Learn more and find tickets
+ Contact Mrs. C

Alice Walker: Zora Neale Hurston Lecture

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Hill Auditorium

The U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and activist, Alice Walker, to Hill Auditorium to deliver the 20th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Lecture. As the 2014 guest lecturer, Ms. Walker will explore social justice issues from her unique womanist and black feminist perspective. Bringing scholarship and activism together, Ms. Walker will also reflect on the complementary missions of DAAS and CEW.
+ Register