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Family Newsletter – Sept. 26, 2014

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Award-winning and fiddling Emerson alum Kiana Weber, together with her seven-time All Ireland Banjo Champion friend Martin Howley, wowed students with their powerful performance of Irish folk songs on Thursday afternoon.
+ More photos and a video on Facebook

Letter from Jerry

Jerry the SluggerHello <<First Name>>,

On the eve of what for many of you is a three day weekend, it is worth explaining what all of us will be up to this coming Monday. Over the course of the busy school year, our dedicated teachers and staff tend to find it challenging to preserve chunks of time to share conversation about important ideas. Twice a year, however, we are able to take a full day and dig deep into topics and tasks in a far more productive format.

Monday, we will be nearing completion of our K-8 scope and sequence, which documents and outlines our entire curriculum. We have already published significant pieces of this ever-evolving documentation, and will continue to explore the essential questions and enduring understandings that stretch across grade levels, with separate strands and disciplines, before sharing it in its entirety this fall.

Additionally, we will be taking the afternoon to go through the first stages of our ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training. This emergency response training program has been conducted at all Washtenaw County public schools and is now being offered to private, independent, and parochial schools. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s department will be facilitating our training, which will start with an hour-long informational session, including a few parent representatives, followed by staff-and faculty-only training scenarios. We are incorporating this training with careful consideration of the unique needs of our school setting, and for the best pace to ensure the greatest increase in readiness among all of our faculty and staff.

We hope you have a wonderful fall weekend!


Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

No School on Monday, Sept. 29

No childcare available

Conference Dates and Sign-Ups

  • Wednesday October 15, 2014, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday October 16, 2014, 8:00am – 3:00pm

Parents can once again sign up for conferences online beginning this Sunday at 9:00pm. Detailed instructions were emailed yesterday and are also available online. Please contact Andy Zimmer (Middle School) or Kelly Vohland (Lower School) if you have any additional questions.
+ Sign up for conferences

+ Instructions and scheduling info

Childcare Available During Conferences

  • Wednesday October 15, 2014, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
    Please note that childcare ends at 6:00pm, though conferences end at 8:00pm
  • Thursday October 16, 2014, 8:00am – 6:00pm

+ RSVP to After School Program Assistant Beth Muszkiewicz

Potluck Dinner for Teachers at Conferences

Potluck Dinner Provided by Parents

On Wednesday, Oct. 15th, teachers and staff will immediately follow up their busy school day with parent conferences, leaving very little time for dinner. As a way of saying ‘thank-you’, ESPO annually coordinates a parent potluck dinner for teachers.

Please consider providing food or volunteering your time. A few parents are needed to assist with set-up on Wednesday after school, as well as clean-up on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
+ Sign up to provide food or volunteer

School Picture Order Forms Due

Picture Day is Thursday, Oct. 2
If you would like to order school pictures, please return your order form to the office or place your order online. All students will have your pictures taken on Oct. 2.
+ Order online (code: 218AFLYRIZDJS)

Congratulations to Kindle Winners

Many students submitted summaries of their summer reading and entered the drawing for a Kindle e-reader, but only three could win. Congratulations to those winners listed below and to everyone who read some wonderful books over the summer.

  • Neel Mougdal (Gillian’s 3rd grade)
  • Anshi Pacha ((Mrs. Burgess’s 4th grade)
  • Kristin Umbriac (7th grade)

A special thank you to Emerson grandparent Vivian Sangunett, who donated the Kindles and does so much to encourage reading and appreciation of the written word.

Kaleidoscope Begins Next Week

Wednesday, October 1, 3:00pm  – 4:30pm

Students in grades 4-8 who self-identify as people of color, and friends who may not, can meet with others and share experiences and concerns at Kaleidoscope. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, Oct. through May, whenever school is in session. Each meeting we will have a snack and some planned activity to stimulate discussion in areas of interest to the group. The group is organized and led by Linda Lakshminarayanan and Jennifer Tanau, but please contact Rose Hacker to RSVP (drop ins are also welcome).

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)

The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University offers students in grades 3 – 8 the opportunity to take the following standardized tests: Explore, ACT, and SAT. Registration is now open and test dates occur between Sept. 2014 and June 2015.
+ Learn more about the NUMATS and/or register
Emerson’s identification numbers: 
  • Middle School: 8200386
  • Lower School: 8200399
Although Emerson School reminds families of this opportunity, please understand that your child’s participation in these standardized tests is entirely optional and based entirely upon a family’s discretion.

Middle School News

High School Information

Father Gabriel Richard Open House
Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Community News & Events

MAGC Gifted Education Conference

Excelling with the Common Core

Oct. 11, 8:00am – 4:45pm at MSU Campus

Meet other parents and educators and learn strategies for identifying, raising, and educating gifted kids. Speakers, vendors, and school representatives will be on hand, including Emerson School.
+ Learn more