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Family Newsletter – Sept. 5, 2014

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Letter from Jerry

Today’s Ice Cream Social has become a welcomed tradition that provides us all with a treat and time to share a few moments together over a delicious warm weather respite. Six of us today, however, took on a far less traditional method to beat back the warm weather with a much more effective and meaningful one: theALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Having been challenged by Peggy Wilson, Andy Zimmer and I stepped up to support ALS and take the well known dowsing of ice water. Far be it from us to stop the chain there, so Tim Wilson and Bill Schrock were challenged right out there on the playground. Did they accept the challenge?

Watch the video to find out.

We all hope to see you at the Back-to-School Picnic tomorrow and our first ESPO/Head of School meeting Wednesday morning. A big thank you to ESPO for hosting the picnic!


Jerry Loewen
Head of School

All School News

Register for Enrichment Classes and Lessons

Enrichment Class Registration is Now Open

Classes begin Sept. 15 and run for 10 weeks. Classes fill quickly, so you are urged to register as soon as possible. Please email Beth Muszkiewicz to register, or with any questions.
+ Fall classes, times, and more info 

Fall Music Lessons

Students can take quality private music lessons right here at Emerson School. We have a variety of experienced music instructors available throughout the week. Please email Rose Hacker to sign your child up, or with any questions.
+ Times, instructor bios, and more info

Sam on the podiumAlumni Achievement

Samantha Durrant Competes in USA Swimming Championships
Congratulations to Sam, who competed in the USA Swimming Central Zone Championships over the summer. She is now ranked first in her age group in the US central zone for the 50 long course meters butterfly, and ninth in the country for the same event.

ESPO Back-to-School Picnic

Saturday, Sept. 6, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Join Emerson families for food, games for the kids, and a chance to mingle with old and new friends.
+ RSVP Online

Lunches Starting, Order Online

Main Dish Lunch Starts Sept. 8
Orders must be in by today, Sept. 5.
+ Order online
Milk Starts Sept. 8
Delivered for lunch by Washtenaw Dairy.
+ Order via RenWeb
ESPO Pizza Lunch Starts Sept. 19
Families can order through Friday, Sept. 12 and Pizza Lunch will start on Friday, Sept. 19. For any questions, please email ESPO Pizza Lunch coordinator Lisa Lee at
+ Order via RenWeb

Lower School News

Instrumental Program Registration Forms Due Tuesday

Students in grades 2-5 who are interested in participating in Emerson’s Instrumental Program should submit their registration form by Tuesday, Sept. 9. Info and registration form is in your First Day Packet.
+ Contact Leslie Capozzoli to learn more

Book Quest for 4th and 5th Grade Starts Soon

Book Quest, led by Emerson Librarian Linda, is a reading program where teams of students read and discuss five assigned books. They meet once a week through November. When all of the books have been read, each team will be assigned a book for which they will create a challenge to present to the other teams. It culminates with all participants meeting after school on Friday, November 21, to complete the challenges and then join for a family potluck dinner.
This Book Quest round is open to students in grades 4 and 5 only.  Book Quest for grades 2-3 will happen in the new year. 
+ Contact Linda Laksminarayanan to learn more

Middle School News

Middle School Curriculum Night

Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:00pm (please arrive early)

Join us for an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn about the exciting learning happening in middle school. You will visit each of your child’s classes, getting a sense of what it’s like to be a middle schooler, so arrive early (about 6:45) to get their schedule and make it to your first period on time.
+ Questions? Contact Andy Zimmer

Technology News and To-Do’s

Acceptable Use Policy Due ASAP

If you and your child have not already done so, please sign the Acceptable Use Policy and return it to the Middle School office ASAP. Extra copies are available in the office.

Loaner Laptops Available on Monday

Loaner laptops will be available for temporary use beginning Monday, Sept. 8.

Laptop Storage is Now Available

If you or your student prefers that their devices do not come home, students can now securely store their laptops at Emerson School.

+ Please contact Technology Director Roger Spurgeon or Middle School DirectorAndy Zimmer with questions.

Community News & Events

Kerrytown BookFest

Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Stop by the Emerson School table at the annual Kerrytown BookFest. We’ll be next to the Nicola’s Books booth joining in all of the book-loving fun. Tell us a one-sentence story to win a prize.
+ Learn more