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Family Newsletter – Sep. 18, 2015

Latin Naming Ceremony

Latin Naming Ceremony 2015-2016

After the “good omen” of two birds was identified, this year’s Latin Naming Ceremony commenced. Each toga-clad, first-year Latin student received their name from teachers Beth and Victoria, followed by horn blasts from afar to confirm that each name had been made official. Eugepae novi discipuli!
+ More photos on Facebook


Letter from the Head of School

John HuberDear Parents,

The school year is off and running! I am deeply appreciative to all the members of our community for helping us to start the school year so well. Many thanks to ESPO and to all who could attend our Back to School Picnic this past Sunday. Such a joyful event, a warm welcome to the new school year!

A few brief reminders about safety: First, for those taking part in curbside pickup in the afternoon, please do make sure to display the name plate provided for you in your car’s visor. This will both facilitate our pickup process, as well as ensure we’re releasing students to the correct vehicles. Additionally, for any parent planning to spend time at school beyond pickup and dropoff, be sure to sign in with Deborah at the Middle School Office, where you will receive a name tag. This helps our students and faculty to identify visitors, and it helps ensure that we may maintain a safe environment for all our children and adults.

As we look ahead to next week, I want to draw your attention to our upcoming Curriculum Nights (Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 24th, Lower School on Tuesday, Sept. 29th, both at 7:00pm with more info below). We’re developing a new schedule for both events, which includes beginning each evening together in the Arts and Innovation Center. There will be a short introductory welcome from me and from our parent and administrative leaders before you meet with our faculty. We plan to begin promptly at 7:00pm, so I thank you in advance for your timely arrival!

Yours for a most joyful year,


All School News and Info

Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide Risk

Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:00pm at Emerson School AIC

U of M Depression CenterIt can be difficult for parents to navigate the minefield of adolescent emotions. How do you tell the difference between teen angst and something more serious? Please join us as Mary Grambeau Gass, a clinical social worker with the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center, shares her expertise on teen depression. There will be time for questions after her presentation.
+ Contact Carrie Berkley, Emerson School Counselor, with questions

Music Lessons and Enrichment Classes Available

Classes and Lessons Begin the week of Sept. 21

There is still time to sign up for After School Music Lessons and Enrichment Classes. We are now excited to offer voice lessons on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! See attachments for more details.
+ Fall Music Lesson info and times (updated)
+ Fall Enrichment Class info and times (updated)

Pizza Lunch Volunteers Still Needed

Most needed are two Pizza Leads

Pizza Lunch happens (almost) every Friday throughout the school year, but only with the help of an army of volunteers. Thank you to all of the parents who signed up to volunteer, whether for next week or months from now. We still need more volunteers, especially one or two people to serve as Pizza Leads.
+ More information from Pizza Lunch Volunteer Coordinator Theresa Romens-Woerpel
+ Sign up to volunteer for Pizza Lunch

Author Gennifer Choldenko Visits Emerson

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9:00am for Grades 4 – 7

Thanks to Nicola’s Books, author Gennifer Choldenko will be at Emerson with her new book Chasing Secrets. Copies can be pre-ordered by getting a check or cash for $17.50 (including tax) to Emerson Librarian Linda in the library by Sept. 28. A limited number of books may be available at the signing but to guarantee a copy, but pre-orders will guarantee a copy. Books will be autographed by the author.
+ Learn about Chasing Secrets and read a synopsis

Earn Thousands for Emerson by Shopping

Shop at Stores that Give to Emerson

Last year parents, faculty, and staff earned more than $4,500 for Emerson School just for doing their normal shopping at Arbor Farms, Busch’s, Kroger, Meijer, and Target. See how easy it is to join in, and contact Beth Anderson with any questions.
+ Learn more

Clip Box Tops and Labels for Emerson

Parents can also help Emerson raise $1,000 through Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education, just by clipping the labels on many items you already buy. Thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to BTFE and LFE. If you have box tops or labels at home, Emerson’s BTFE and LFE collection container is located in the Fish Bowl.
+ Learn more or contact Dana DeBord, BTFE and LFE Parent Coordinator

Introduction Coffees with the Head of School

Join new Head of School John Huber for an introductory coffee and candid conversation to start off the year. Share what’s on your mind, what you hope he will focus on, and what you want him to leave alone. In order to accommodate working parents, these Coffees will begin at 7:30am (complimentary childcare available, email Beth Muszkiewicz to register). Come early and leave by 8:30am, or arrive at the normal school start time and stay through 9:30am.

All Coffee with the Head Dates

  • 8th Grade: Thursday, Sept. 17
  • 7th Grade: Friday, Sept. 25 (changed from Wednesday, Sept. 23)
  • 6th Grade: Wednesday, Sept. 30
  • Kindergarten: Tuesday, Oct. 6
  • 1st Grade: Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • 2nd Grade: Tuesday, Oct. 27
  • 3rd Grade: Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • 4th Grade: Thursday, Nov 12
  • 5th Grade: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Reminder: Check In If You’re Staying In

If you will be in the building for an extended period of time, please sign in at the Middle School office. You will receive a sticker to wear, showing that you are authorized to be in the building and not a stranger.

Lower School News and Info

Lower School Curriculum Night

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

One of the most valuable and well-attended annual events is Lower School Curriculum Night. This is your opportunity to meet your child’s Homeroom and Specials teachers, get a taste for their classes, and hear more about what they will be learning this year. Please plan to attend.

Register for Band and Orchestra

It’s still not too late!

Lower school students in grades 2-5 are invited to participate in the Emerson Instrumental Program. Everyone is welcome to join the band and orchestra program and no previous experience is needed. All students will be taught basic concepts to help them learn how to play their new instruments. This year promises to bring new opportunities to our continuing students to build skills and to play exciting music with friends at Emerson!
+ Learn more and register at
+ Watch some of the Band and Orchestra fun

Middle School News and Info

Middle School Curriculum Night

Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:45pm (class begins at 7:00pm)

Join us for an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn about the exciting learning happening in middle school. You will visit with your child’s grade level team, advisor, enrichment and elective teachers. Our goal is to give you a sense of what it’s like to be a middle schooler at Emerson, so arrive at 6:45pm to get your child’s schedule and make it to your first period on time at 7:00pm.
+ Questions? Contact Andy Zimmer

Father Gabriel Richard High School Info

Admission information, including Ann Arbor placement testing dates, open house dates, and application info is now available.
+ Learn more about FGR High School admissions

Soccer Update by Coach Lenny

Soccer Starts Off On the Right Foot

The Emerson Middle School Soccer Club opened the 2015 season on the road, traveling to Plymouth Spiritus Sanctus Thursday. The Eagles are three-time defending AAIAA champs, and look like they’ll contend again this year. Dominating play from the opening touch, the kids peppered the Plymouth goal with shots, though the keeper was able to keep the ball out of the net for the first half dozen…
+ Read more

Community News and Events

U of M Electrical and Computer Engineering Family Fun Night

Friday, Sept. 25, 6:30pm Open, 8:30pm Laser Show

Enjoy fun for the whole family, including carnival style refreshments, live music, a laser light show, inflatables, demos, games, arts and crafts, giveaways, and more.
+ Learn more and RSVP

Welcome to Night Vale Book Tour at Emerson

Oct. 24 at 7:00pm – A Few Emerson School Tickets Remaining

Welcome to Night Vale Book CoverThe #1 iTunes podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, has become a novel by the same name. It goes on sale October 20, and on October 24 the authors’ national book tour will stop at Emerson School. Literati Bookstore has reserved 40 free tickets* for the Emerson community. Tickets are already on their way to selling out, so reserve yours ASAP.
+ Reserve free tickets (enter promo code “EmersonLiterati” to see hidden ticket)
+ Learn more about the Welcome to Night Vale book tour and podcast

* Note: Emerson School Access Tickets do not include a copy of the book, but books will be available for sale at the event. Emerson School is hosting this book tour stop, but is not affiliated with the book, authors, or podcast. Content is for a mature audience and authors may use language inappropriate for young children.