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Family Newsletter – Sep. 29, 2016


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September 29


Latin Naming Ceremony Welcomes 6th Graders

Donned in togas, with the good omen of a bird soaring by, our 6th grade Latin students received their new names today. They’re now part of a long history of students who’ve taken part in Emerson’s Latin Naming Ceremony—a brief activity they’ll always remember.
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Letter from the Head of School

When Help is Needed

Dear Parents,

John Huber ProfileLong ago, I learned an important lesson from a fellow Head of School:

Never worry alone.

It’s not always easy to follow this piece of advice, though. How many times have we sought to solve a problem by ourselves, when we’d be better off getting the support of our family and friends?

I write to you to ask for your help with a worry that I’ve been fretting over since August. And that’s bus service.

For the past few years, Emerson has typically had a morning bus route with four high school locations, and an afternoon route with three to four different stops. Bus service is provided to students through Ann Arbor Public Schools, as is required by state law, which mandates students may receive transportation under “regular routes.”

A few weeks before the start of this school year, we were notified by Durham School Services (the transportation firm contracted by AAPS) that they would not be able to provide bus service to our students. After a gentle reminder about state laws, bus service was restored—but in a significantly reduced capacity. We currently have only one pickup stop and one drop-off stop. This severe reduction in service is not just an inconvenience to our many families, it also significantly affects those students for whom bus transportation is a real necessity.

Over the past month, I’ve sought to explain this challenge to both Durham School Services and the AAPS administration, with the goal of finding an amicable resolution for our students. Sadly, my last two emails have gone unanswered.

May I kindly ask for your help? If you could reach out to AAPS’s Interim Director of Physical Properties, the Superintendent, and Durham’s District Manager, I would greatly appreciate it. Please join me in asking for restoration of our regular morning and afternoons bus routes. We seek nothing more that the continuation of service that we’ve had in the past.

My sincere hope is that with your help, we will be able to restore bus transportation services soon to our students. Additionally, you can help support our families by adding your information to Emerson’s carpool map at

John Huber

All School News and Info

10:00am Late Start on Monday, Oct. 3

Childcare is available beginning at 7:30am

Please remember that Monday will be a late start and classes will begin at 10:00am for all students.

Sports Update

Schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences

The online scheduler is now open and parents can schedule conferences at through Oct. 11 at 9:00pm.

  • Thursday, October 13, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
    Child care available 2:45-6:00pm. Child care ends promptly at 6:00pm and the normal late fee of $4/minute applies. No child care available 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • Friday, October 14, 8:00am – 3:00pm
    Full-day and drop-in child care available 8:00am – 6:00pm, email Carly Meloche to register.

+ Scheduling instructions and additional info

Help Feed the Teachers: ESPO Conference Potluck

Food and Volunteers Needed Thursday, Oct. 13

From ESPO: On Thursday, October 13, Emerson teachers and staff follow up their busy school day with parent conferences until 8:00pm. Many teachers will only have a short break that doesn’t allow them to leave, so ESPO parents generously provide a potluck dinner to get them through to the end of the night.

If you prefer not to cook, we can still use your help! A few parents are needed to assist with set-up on Thursday after school as well as items that are needed such as utensils.
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Visiting Author: NY Times Bestselling Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Thursday, Oct. 6 in Library for Grades 4–8

Anderson is coming to Emerson to share her latest book, Ashes, which completes the trilogy that began with Chains and continued with Forge. This trilogy is about two young people, Isabel and Curzon, who are trying to shed the chains of slavery in New York City. Laurie Halse Anderson has been commended in many reviews for her historical accuracy. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the time of the event.
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MathCOUNTS begins on Friday Sept 30

The MathCOUNTS team would like to encourage all mathletes to join the team for their first meeting on Friday Sept 30. Practices will be held regularly on Fridays from 3:00-4:00PM in the Middle School in room 209. The team will focus on higher-level math problems (Algebra and above), so some prior experience is helpful in making this fun and positive math experience.

No Glass Bottles at School Please

Several recent accidents have caused quite a mess, which could easily be avoided. Please do not send glass bottles to school.

Emerson Loves Volunteers!

2017 Emerson School Auction

Save the Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Thank you to all the parents who have already expressed interest in volunteering for this year’s annual auction. If you haven’t had a chance, please complete your Auction Volunteer Form (found in your first day folder). Or, stop by the Main Office and chat with Lorna Hildebrandt or Beth Anderson. It’s not too late to join the FUN! We love volunteers and want you on our team!
+ Contact Lorna Hildebrandt to learn more

Lower School Art Square 1 Fundraiser

Artwork Must Be Submitted by Oct. 18

The Lower School art classes will once again participate in the Square 1 Art fundraiser. This fundraiser is an opportunity for families to purchase mugs, greeting cards, t-shirts, phone cases, pillow cases, and key chains—just a few of huge array of items available—and many families like to use these as gifts for the holidays.. Purchasing items is completely optional, but the proceeds will offset some of the cost of buses for the Toledo and Detroit art museums trips in the spring.
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Free Pizza and Smiles Could Be Yours!

Volunteer to Serve ESPO Pizza Lunch on a Friday

Please sign up to help with an ESPO Pizza Lunch on a Friday! It’s fun, easy, and a very small time commitment. Choose a Friday that works for you—opportunities are available throughout the year—and enjoy the smile on your child’s face when they see you helping out at school! Volunteers also receive a complimentary slice of pizza.
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Carpool to Save Time, Money, and Help Families

Participate in the Emerson Carpool Map

Transportation to and from school is an issue for many Emerson families. Car pooling makes good sense and can free up time for everyone. Please consider adding your name and address to our Emerson car pool map. It’s a great way to meet your Emerson neighbors and save time and money on gas.
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Annual Ice Cream Social Fun

Nothing brings about pure joy, friendships, dance parties, and silliness like ice cream, which is why the annual Ice Cream Social is such a wonderful event. That and the hot fudge!
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Emerson Community Event: Being Bigger Than Your Triggers – Annie Zirkel

RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:00pm

Local relationship consultant, Annie Zirkel, will present to current and future middle school families about the impact that triggers can have on students and adults. She will discuss the physiological impact of being triggered, the neuroscience behind the triggered brain, and how we can support students when they are triggered. We may even learn more about how we can support ourselves when we are triggered. Please visit Annie Zirkel’s website for more information on this session (

Coffee with the Head of School Dates

By Grade, 7:30am–9:30am on the Dates Below

Parents are invited to start the school year with a cup of coffee and candid conversation with Head of School John Huber. It’s a great opportunity to meet John, and to share whatever is on your mind—the good and the bad.

To accommodate working parents, these coffees will begin at 7:30am (complimentary childcare available, reservations required). Come early and leave by 8:30am, or arrive at the normal school start time and stay through 9:30am.

  • 8th Grade: September 16
  • 7th Grade: September 23
  • 6th Grade: September 29
  • 5th Grade: October 7
  • 4th Grade: October 21
  • 3rd Grade: October 27
  • 2nd Grade: November 11
  • 1st Grade: November 18
  • Kindergarten: November 21

Middle School News and Info

High School Placement Information Night

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, Oct. 6

Current and future middle school families are invited to learn how Emerson will support them in the transition to high school. We will share information on the high school placement process, what local schools require (and when), and how we can support families in the high school selection process.

Community Activities

Mindful Parent Workshop: Mindful Games that Reduce Stress in Our Youth and Ourselves

Thursday, Oct. 27 in Birmingham or Saturday, Oct. 29 in Ann Arbor

Several Emerson faculty and staff will be attending the workshop for professionals, and families are encouraged to attend the parent workshop. In this talk, Susan Kaiser Greenland, renowned author and teacher of mindfulness, will offer us information about true and tested mindfulness practices we can apply to help reduce stress in our children and cultivate the essential life skills of attention (A), emotional balance (B) and compassion (C).
+ Reserve your tickets

Cyber Awareness and Internet Safety Forum: What Families Need to Know

Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:00pm at Forsythe Middle School

95% of teenagers use the internet. Understand how to use it safely. This session is intended for parents and caretakers and will address online predators, sexting, digital reputations and other relevant issues.
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Row Along with the Pioneer Crew Team

Saturday, October 15, 10:00am – 2:30pm

This event will feature 90 min. rowing lessons by Pioneer coaches and a row in the Huron River in a racing boat. Advance registration required. See for more details about age groups, cost, or to register, or contact Laura Davis at

Trimathlon Community Event

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 9:00am

Mathnasium of Dexter will host a fun math competition open to all students who are in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5.
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Oct. 3

LATE START: 10:00am
(Childcare available)

Oct. 3, 4:00pm

Soccer Home vs. WCA

Oct. 4, 4:00pm

Volleyball at Christ the King

Oct. 4, 4:15pm

Soccer Home vs. St. Francis

Oct. 6

Picture Day

Oct. 6, 4:00pm

Soccer at AACS

Oct. 6, 4:30pm

Volleyball Home vs. St. Mary

*Oct. 6, 7:00pm

High School Placement Information Night

Oct. 7

Band and Orchestra Solo & Ensemble Registration Due

Oct. 7

Cross Country at Emerson

Oct. 7–8, 12:00pm

Middle School Band and Orchestra Frankenmuth Retreat

Oct. 10, 4:00pm

Soccer Home vs. Steiner

Oct. 11, 4:00pm

Volleyball at SSA

Oct. 11, 4:15pm

Soccer ‘Friendly Home vs. St. Francis

Oct. 13, 3:00pm–8:00pm

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Childcare available 3:00pm–6:00pm

Oct. 13, 4:00pm

Soccer at WCA

Oct. 13, 4:15pm

Cross Country @ Honey Creek

Oct. 13, 5:00pm

Volleyball at AACS

Oct. 14

NO SCHOOL: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Childcare available 8:00am–6:00pm

Oct. 14, 8:00am–3:00pm

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Childcare available 8:00am–6:00pm

Oct. 14, 4:00pm

Soccer Tournament at Emerson

Oct. 15, 9:00am

Soccer Tournament at Emerson

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