BearFacts June 14, 2018

BearFacts News                 
June 14, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

I write this message to you, sitting in my office, having just finished watching Mr. Phil's amazing annual 5th grade video with the whole school. I can hear the children laughing and playing on the yard from my window and I am filled with a sense of gratitude and joy. It is often hard to keep things in perspective. We get caught up with day to day challenges and routines and we just keep going. But today, seeing the 5th graders literally grow up before my very eyes, I can see the whole picture, at least for a minute! Our time with the children is fleeting, we do our best by them and by you, the parents, each and every day. We try to give them the right amount of independence balanced by support, academics balanced by play, and precision and procedures balanced by creativity and open mindedness. In the end, it is mostly about relationships. Taking the time to see each child as an individual and to celebrate their talents and special interests -- all the while building connections that stretch across the years. I am so thankful to be a part of the process, to be partners with you and the teachers in this beautiful endeavor. I am grateful for your support and your understanding. I especially appreciate your patience on those days that we "mess up". Teaching in an imperfect art, but art it is. Thank you for letting us join you in shaping these works of art that are your children. Much love and respect.


Fondly, 
Susan Hodge


Post-Graduation Celebration for 5th Graders & Their Families
 
5th grade parents are organizing a Post- 5th-grade Graduation Party after the ceremony, for 5th graders and their families.  
 
When: This Friday (June 15th), 2-5pm
Where: San Pablo Park (2800 Park St. Berkeley)
 
Potluck style snacks/ drinks. Bring games, balls, your whole family.
If your 5th grader needs a carpool ride to the park from school (or back to school for pickup), please contact: Rose Lynn (626-695-0687), Mindy (510-326-5906) or Liz Tung (512-293-4763).


FAMILY PANTRY ALL SUMMER LONG

Berkeley students, district employees, and their families are invited to our family pantry stocked with produce and bread, free of charge.
 
When: 2pm-4pm on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every monthUpcoming mobile pantry dates:

June 8th
June 22nd
July 13th
July 27th
August 10th
August 24th

 
Where: South Berkeley Senior Center, across Ashby from Malcolm X Elementary School, at 2939 Ellis St, Berkeley.

Children can work on an art project while their parents and guardians shop. Some personal-care products are also available. Please bring a shopping bag and park legally, if you are driving. For more information, contact our Emerson Family Engagement & Equity Specialist Lily Howell at 510-295-7791 or BUSD Family Engagement & Equity Specialist Jocelyn Foreman at 510-684-4100. Or visit: http://johnmuirschool.org/family-pantry/


Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

  • Friday, June 15:
    • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
    • Last free coffee and bakes goods on the yard (8am)
    • 5th grade promotion & celebration (9am)
    • Have a great summer!
  • Monday, August 27: First day of School!

 Find more dates/details: https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar


Didn't Order a Yearbook? You Still Can! 

Happy last week of school Emerson families!  Yearbooks that have already been ordered will be coming home today (Thursday).  If you forgot to order a yearbook or wanted to order another one you can order one directly from Shutterfly and have it shipped to your house.  Go to https://emersonelementaryyearbook.shutterfly.com  and request to join the Emerson Elementary Yearbook Shutterfly site.  Once Ms. Zoe has approved you you can order the yearbook.  (It will cost more because it is not part of the bulk order.)


Thank You Emerson Families for Supporting Our School!
 
By shopping through Amazon (http://bit.ly/emersonamazon) you have raised a total of $4,734 for Emerson programs this school year!!
 
If you want to continue to support Emerson this summer when you shop on Amazon, it’s easy. Just log in to your Amazon business, Amazon Prime or Regular Amazon account. Then click on http://bit.ly/emersonamazon and Amazon will give a % to Emerson. Thanks and have a great summer!


End of Year Social - THANK YOU!
 
Emerson's End of the Year Social was a great success thanks to the many volunteers who helped set-up, grill, serve, clean, and oversee all the events throughout the evening. We appreciate everyone who participated and was able to join us in celebration of another spectacular year at the greatest Elementary School in Berkeley!

Emerson’s graduating 5th grade families would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every awesome Emerson classroom teacher as well as the incredible office staff, specialty class teachers (library, art, science, gardening, PE, music), Special Ed staff, intervention support team, family engagement, custodial team, Kids World Staff, and Ms. Hodge.
 
You’ve taught and cared for our kids every day, and now they’re off on the next adventure, well prepared because of you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Love, 5th grade families.



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

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About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts June 7, 2018

BearFacts News                 
June 7, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

As we prepare to close out the year, a few bookkeeping items. Report cards, in most cases, will go home on the last day of school in a large manila envelope in your child's backpack. (Third grade teacher, Ms. Davis, will be out the last day of school so her report cards will go home a day or two earlier, when she is there to pass them out.) Be sure to read the report card and enjoy all the progress your child has made this year. 

In grades K-4, along with the report cards, you will find two "assignments" to keep your child sharp and ready over the summer. First will be a summer reading log from Ms. Jeannie. This year, rather than tracking minutes read, she'd like them to read a target number of just right books per grade level and just list the titles read. Remember, daily reading keeps your child blossoming in numerous ways. Please keep that growth going over the summer!

The second assignment you will find is a grade level math packet that includes important practice in focus areas for the grade level. Don't forget, students currently in 3rd and 4th may also continue to practice their basic facts with Reflex Math as well. (5th graders will also continue to have access until the end of summer). As is our practice, students who complete these summer assignments will receive a treat from me in the fall. 

We are also doing inventory on our library at this time. Ms. Zoe works really hard to keep lots of interesting and exciting books in stock and also to recover any books that are missing. If your child has misplaced or lost a library book, you should have been notified by this time. Please be sure to send in the money to cover the cost of the book right away. Ms. Zoe is also willing to take a comparable book in good condition in lieu of money. This is a very important responsibility and report cards may be held back until library fines are resolved. Thank you for keeping our library full!

Thanks, 
Susan Hodge


TONIGHT! Emerson End of the Year Party!
June 7th

 
On Thursday, June 7th come out and celebrate another amazing year at Emerson. There will be free food and drink plus a silent dance party, an amazing bubble show, and some friendly competition! We can't wait to see you there! 
 
6:00 -7:30pm Dinner served
6:00-7:30pm Live bubble show
6:00-7:15pm Silent dance party
7:15pm Watermelon eating contest
7:30pm Whip Cream Pie eating contest
8:00pm Clean up and head home
 
Sign up to help make this event possible! We can't do it without you! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-endofyear1


Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community
  • Friday, June 8, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Monday, June 11, Phil’s video at 8:30am
  • Friday, June 15: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, last free coffee and bakes goods on the yard (8am), and 5th grade graduation
  • **Remember: School starts August 27!

 Find more dates/details: https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar
 
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Weekly Zumba Classes
Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


Get your receipts into the PTA by Tuesday!
 

The deadline for the submission of any final expenses, receipts, or requests for payment is 5pm on Tuesday June 12.  Please submit a reimbursement request form with attached documentation either into the Treasurer mail slot in the office at school or via email to emersonptatreasurer@gmail.com.  Any expenses that miss this date may need to wait for approval at the next Association meeting in October.
 


New from Emerson Library

All books are due back to the Emerson Library on Friday, June 1.  Please check in with your child and help them look for any overdue or lost books.  



Recycle Unusable Color Markers—Keep Plastic Out of Landfills
 

Help keep plastic out of the landfill! Please help us collect and repurpose these unusable markers that you’d normally throw away (any brand) by dropping them in the ColorCycle box in the hallway outside the cafetorium.

Crayola pays shipping to send the markers to a facility where the markers get converted into clean fuel! With the help of schools like ours across the country, the ColorCycle program will keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.
 


Summer Soak for the Garden

Families, please help keep our beautiful Emerson Edible Garden thriving and help us grow a giant pumpkin for fall by signing up to water the plants one Saturday in July/August.

While most of the garden is watered automatically, we need folks to come by weekly to make sure the system is working and deep-soak selected plants that need more H2O and TLC.

What fun to come and splash some water on some appreciative flora! Signing up for just one soak is fine.  Sign up at tinyurl.com/EmersonWater17 

 



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)


About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts May 31, 2018

BearFacts News                 
May 31, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
Don't forget that we have our annual Spring Concert on Monday, June 4th at 10:30 in the cafeteria. Please join us for instrumental performances by your students lead by our wonderful music teachers!
 
And, an important message from Roots and Shoots Photography: Emerson Families -- Last chance to order 2017-18 portraits! Just a heads up that we are going to be closing down the ordering site by FRIDAY, JUNE 15th. If you would like to order more portraits or didn't get a chance to, you can order prints, digital images and specialty items online. Here is the link to view and order your portraits: 
http://rootsshootsphotography.zenfolio.com/emerson17
password: [please refer to your paper BearFacts or contact the front office]
 
NOTE: CLASS PHOTOS ARE DESIGNED TO FIT INTO AN 8X10 PRINT. ALL OTHER SIZES (INCLUDING 5X7) WILL REQUIRE CROPPING. 
Before you check out: in the "preview and configure" section, double check that your cropping is satisfactory. We cannot replace prints that are cropped improperly. 

Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

  • Friday, June 1, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am; All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, June 1, Spring Enrichment Performance, 5-6pm in the cafetorium
  • Monday, June 4, Spring Concert,10:30am in the cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community
  • Friday, June 8, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Monday, June 11, Phil’s video at 8:30am
  • Friday, June 15: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, last free coffee and bakes goods on the yard (8am), and 5th grade graduation
  • **Remember: School starts August 27!

 Find more dates/details: https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar
 
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Weekly Zumba Classes
Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


Come Celebrate Ms. Woolridge at Our Final All School Meeting this Friday,  June 1st!

Ms. Woolridge—our illustrious K teacher—is retiring! Please join us as we commemorate her 28 years of dedication and service (23 of those years were at Emerson). We will pay tribute to Ms. Woolridge during the first half of the All School Meeting. See you there!
 


Spring Enrichment Performance this Friday, June 1st

Join us to celebrate Capoeira, Yoga and Choir, and enjoy the Comic Book Arts pop-up gallery. Snacks will be provided. 

When: Friday, June 1st, 5 to 6pm in the cafetorium. Also: We are planning our enrichment classes for next year. Please send any feedback and/or class suggestions toemersonenrichment@gmail.com.
 


Amazing Read-a-Thon!! 

Once again, you did an awesome job! As a community, you read close to 250,000 minutes and you raised more than $20,000 to support our school! Thank you!

Individual and classroom prizes will be announced and awarded at the all school meeting this Friday, June 1st.  


New from Emerson Library
 

All books are due back to the Emerson Library on Friday, June 1.  Please check in with your child and help them look for any overdue or lost books.  


Emerson End of the Year Party!
June 7th

 
On Thursday, June 7th come out and celebrate another amazing year at Emerson. There will be free food and drink plus a silent dance party, an amazing bubble show, and some friendly competition! We can't wait to see you there! 
 
6:00 -7:30pm Dinner served
6:00-7:30pm Live bubble show
6:00-7:15pm Silent dance party
7:15pm Watermelon eating contest
7:30pm Whip Cream Pie eating contest
8:00pm Clean up and head home
 
Sign up to help make this event possible! We can't do it without you! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-endofyear1


There's Still Time to Donate to the Emerson May Book Drive!

We need BOOKS, BOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: jeanniewang@berkeley.net. Thank You!
 
 


Recycle Unusable Color Markers—Keep Plastic Out of Landfills
 

Help keep plastic out of the landfill! Please help us collect and repurpose these unusable markers that you’d normally throw away (any brand) by dropping them in the ColorCycle box in the hallway outside the cafetorium.

Crayola pays shipping to send the markers to a facility where the markers get converted into clean fuel! With the help of schools like ours across the country, the ColorCycle program will keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.
 


Summer Soak for the Garden

Families, please help keep our beautiful Emerson Edible Garden thriving and help us grow a giant pumpkin for fall by signing up to water the plants one Saturday in July/August.

While most of the garden is watered automatically, we need folks to come by weekly to make sure the system is working and deep-soak selected plants that need more H2O and TLC.

What fun to come and splash some water on some appreciative flora! Signing up for just one soak is fine.  Sign up at tinyurl.com/EmersonWater17 



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)

About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts May 24, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 24, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

State testing has gotten off to a great start. The children are focused and working hard to show all that they know. Third grade will finish up by Friday and fourth and fifth will finish next week. Thank you for getting your children plenty of rest and making sure that they arrive on time daily.

As we concurrently finish up this year and prepare for next year, it would be helpful for us to know if you have any special plans this summer that might delay your start to school in the fall. The first day of school will be Monday, August 27th and we’ll have a full week of school the first week back. Class lists will be posted on Friday, August 24th.  I’ll be here through the end of June and back again the second week of August. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need to share any information with me.

Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 23, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Friday, May 25, Last day of PTA Enrichment Classes
  • Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 1, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am; All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, June 1, Spring Enrichment Performance, 5-6pm in the cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community
  • Friday, June 8, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Monday, June 11, Phil’s video at 8:30am
  • Friday, June 15, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL and 5th grade graduation

Find more dates/details https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar

       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Weekly Zumba Classes
      Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


Come Celebrate Ms. Woolridge at Our Final All School Meeting on June 1st!
 
Our very own Ms. Woolridge is retiring! Please join us as we commemorate her many years of dedication and service.
 
We will pay tribute to Ms. Woolridge during the first half of the All School Meeting on June 1st. The meeting starts at 8:30am. See you there!
 


Amazing Read-a-Thon!!

Congratulations, Emerson Readers!! Once again, you did an awesome job! As a community, you read close to 250,000 minutes and you raised more than $20,000 to support our school! Thank you!

Individual and classroom prizes will be announced and awarded at the all school meeting on Friday, June 1st.  
 


Read-A-Thon Thanks
 
A huge thank you to this year's read-a-thon event coordinators: Sam Lekus, Cynthia Campbell and Traci Roberts-Camp. You did a fabulous job! And another enormous thank you to Ms. Jeannie who helped so much! The entire Emerson community appreciates your hard work! Thank you!


Spring Enrichment Performance Friday, June 1st

Join us to celebrate Capoeira, Yoga and Choir, and enjoy the Comic Book Arts pop-up gallery. Snacks will be provided. 
 
When: Friday June 1st, 5 to 6pm in the cafetorium. 

Also: We are planning our enrichment classes for next year. Please send any feedback and/or class suggestions to emersonenrichment@gmail.com.


Emerson End of the Year Party!
June 7th

On Thursday, June 7th come out and celebrate another amazing year at Emerson. There will be free food and drink plus a silent dance party, an amazing bubble show, and some friendly competition! We can't wait to see you there! 
 
6:00 -7:30pm Dinner served
6:00-7:30pm Live bubble show
6:00-7:15pm Silent dance party
7:15pm Watermelon eating contest
7:30pm Whip Cream Pie eating contest
8:00pm Clean up and head home
 
Sign up to help make this event possible! We can't do it without you! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-endofyear1


There's Still Time to Donate to the Emerson May Book Drive!

We need BOOKSBOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: jeanniewang@berkeley.net. Thank You!



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)


About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts May 17, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 17, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
This is a message of appreciation.  First, on behalf of the teachers and staff, thank you so much to all for making last week so special. Beginning with a sumptuous brunch on Monday that ended up lasting all day, notes and flowers coming in all week, a delicious luncheon on the back patio on Wednesday, followed by amazing massages on Thursday, every teacher felt appreciated! Thank you so much to Zoe Beach for coordinating the entire Teacher Appreciation week, thank you to everyone who sent in food, flowers and notes, and to anyone else who pitched in for set up, clean up, and class supervision. You did an awesome job and we appreciate you all so much. 
 
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and at Emerson we celebrated by organizing fun cultural activities during lunch recesses. We had Asian Heritage Day on Tuesday with a library full of amazing activities and want to give a special shout out to Yoko Kawai and Rose Lynn Abesamis-Bell for planning and organizing the event! Thank you to volunteers: Vivi Andrijani, Katherine Cunningham, Betsy Hayes, Nguyet Chau, Jean Kawahara, Yuki Toyozumi, Pall and Meg Kunchai, Khan Lolly, Michael McParland, Zoe Williams, and Ms. Jeannie for leading such engaging ad exciting activities.  This Friday we will have Taiko Drummers on the yard after recess for all the students to see and hear. Thank you to Stephanie Tramel, Yoko Kawai, and Michael McParland for coordinating.
 
Finally, we highlighted Arab Heritage on the yard last Friday with food tasting, music, drumming, and a map activity. Thank you to Stephanie Meade for planning and coordination and to Moe for some mean drumming!
 
What a wonderful school we have! 

Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge 


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, May 17, Yearbook order forms due
  • Friday, May 18, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am; Cal Taiko Drummers on the yard, 10:40am
  • Monday, May 21, NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X's Birthday Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 22-Fri May 25 Last week of PTA Enrichment Classes
  • Wednesday, May 23, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 1, Spring Enrichment Performance, 5-6pm in the cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community

Find more dates/details https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar

       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Weekly Zumba Classes
      Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


Yearbook Forms due TODAY, Thursday, May 17

Yearbook order forms came home in Look Folders and are due today. You can also print one out by clicking on the URL below.

Each book costs $15. If you’d like, you may also make a donation for yearbook scholarships. Scholarships this year will go to 5th graders in need of financial assistance.  Please fill out the form and return today, Thursday, May 17. This is a firm deadline. We only order enough books to cover the orders placed by the deadline. Please make out checks to Emerson PTA.

Online order form: https://bit.ly/2wosKfm


Turn in Those Read-a-Thon Logs!!

There's still time to turn in your reading logs and pledges - your minutes will count! Please give to your student's teacher or Ms. Jeannie.  Thank you!


Emerson End of the Year Party!
 
On Thursday, June 7th come out and celebrate another amazing year at Emerson. There will be free food and drink plus a silent dance party, an amazing bubble show, and some friendly competition! We can't wait to see you there! 
 
6:00 -7:30pm Dinner served
6:00-7:30pm Live bubble show
6:00-7:15pm Silent dance party
7:15pm Watermelon eating contest
7:30pm Whip Cream Pie eating contest
8:00pm Clean up and head home
 
Sign up to help make this event possible! We can't do it without you! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-endofyear1


Taiko Drum Performance, May 18th

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cal Raijin Taiko will do a Japanese taiko drum performance for our Emerson Students.  It will take place Friday, May 18th at 10:40AM on Emerson school yard.


Spring Enrichment Performance Friday, June 1st

Join us to celebrate Capoeira, Yoga and Choir, and enjoy the Comic Book Arts pop-up gallery. Snacks will be provided. 
 
When: Friday June 1st, 5 to 6pm in the cafetorium. 

 


Free Latino Conference at Berkeley Marina, May 23
 
City of Berkeley Mental Health, Bahia Inc, and RISE are hosting a Latino Conference focused on: Cultural Values, Unity and Respect: Creating Safe Spaces.  All families and staff are welcome to attend.

When: Wed., May 23, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Berkeley Yacht Club (1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley).

For more information go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-conference-cultural-values-unity-and-respect-creating-safe-spaces-tickets-45000052368


Got Books? May Is Emerson Book Drive Month!

We need BOOKSBOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: jeanniewang@berkeley.net. Thank You!
 
 



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)


About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts May 12, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 17, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
This is a message of appreciation.  First, on behalf of the teachers and staff, thank you so much to all for making last week so special. Beginning with a sumptuous brunch on Monday that ended up lasting all day, notes and flowers coming in all week, a delicious luncheon on the back patio on Wednesday, followed by amazing massages on Thursday, every teacher felt appreciated! Thank you so much to Zoe Beach for coordinating the entire Teacher Appreciation week, thank you to everyone who sent in food, flowers and notes, and to anyone else who pitched in for set up, clean up, and class supervision. You did an awesome job and we appreciate you all so much. 
 
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and at Emerson we celebrated by organizing fun cultural activities during lunch recesses. We had Asian Heritage Day on Tuesday with a library full of amazing activities and want to give a special shout out to Yoko Kawai and Rose Lynn Abesamis-Bell for planning and organizing the event! Thank you to volunteers: Vivi Andrijani, Katherine Cunningham, Betsy Hayes, Nguyet Chau, Jean Kawahara, Yuki Toyozumi, Pall and Meg Kunchai, Khan Lolly, Michael McParland, Zoe Williams, and Ms. Jeannie for leading such engaging ad exciting activities.  This Friday we will have Taiko Drummers on the yard after recess for all the students to see and hear. Thank you to Stephanie Tramel, Yoko Kawai, and Michael McParland for coordinating.
 
Finally, we highlighted Arab Heritage on the yard last Friday with food tasting, music, drumming, and a map activity. Thank you to Stephanie Meade for planning and coordination and to Moe for some mean drumming!
 
What a wonderful school we have! 

Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, May 17, Yearbook order forms due
  • Friday, May 18, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am; Cal Taiko Drummers on the yard, 10:40am
  • Monday, May 21, NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X's Birthday Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 22-Fri May 25 Last week of PTA Enrichment Classes
  • Wednesday, May 23, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 1, Spring Enrichment Performance, 5-6pm in the cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community

Find more dates/details 


      Weekly Zumba Classes
      Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


Yearbook Forms due TODAY, Thursday, May 17

Yearbook order forms came home in Look Folders and are due today. You can also print one out by clicking on the URL below.

Each book costs $15. If you’d like, you may also make a donation for yearbook scholarships. Scholarships this year will go to 5th graders in need of financial assistance.  Please fill out the form and return today, Thursday, May 17. This is a firm deadline. We only order enough books to cover the orders placed by the deadline. Please make out checks to Emerson PTA.

Online order form: https://bit.ly/2wosKfm


Turn in Those Read-a-Thon Logs!!

There's still time to turn in your reading logs and pledges - your minutes will count! Please give to your student's teacher or Ms. Jeannie.  Thank you!


Emerson End of the Year Party!
 
On Thursday, June 7th come out and celebrate another amazing year at Emerson. There will be free food and drink plus a silent dance party, an amazing bubble show, and some friendly competition! We can't wait to see you there! 
 
6:00 -7:30pm Dinner served
6:00-7:30pm Live bubble show
6:00-7:15pm Silent dance party
7:15pm Watermelon eating contest
7:30pm Whip Cream Pie eating contest
8:00pm Clean up and head home
 
Sign up to help make this event possible! We can't do it without you! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-endofyear1


Taiko Drum Performance, May 18th

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cal Raijin Taiko will do a Japanese taiko drum performance for our Emerson Students.  It will take place Friday, May 18th at 10:40AM on Emerson school yard.


Spring Enrichment Performance Friday, June 1st

Join us to celebrate Capoeira, Yoga and Choir, and enjoy the Comic Book Arts pop-up gallery. Snacks will be provided. 
 
When: Friday June 1st, 5 to 6pm in the cafetorium. 


Free Latino Conference at Berkeley Marina, May 23
 
City of Berkeley Mental Health, Bahia Inc, and RISE are hosting a Latino Conference focused on: Cultural Values, Unity and Respect: Creating Safe Spaces.  All families and staff are welcome to attend.

When: Wed., May 23, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Berkeley Yacht Club (1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley).

For more information go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-conference-cultural-values-unity-and-respect-creating-safe-spaces-tickets-45000052368


Got Books? May Is Emerson Book Drive Month!

We need BOOKSBOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: jeanniewang@berkeley.net. Thank You!



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)

BearFacts May 10, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 10, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 

The month of May has some important events so let's mark those calendars! Read-a-thon pledge envelopes are due this Friday, May 11th to be eligible for prizes. Let's see if we can meet or even beat those numbers from last year. Thursday, May 17th is Open House. This is a great opportunity to visit the school to see the culmination of your child's activities for the school year and to visit other classrooms as well. Of course, there will be baby chicks to visit in Kindergarten and don't miss art portfolios and science displays upstairs. Our last SGC - School Governance Council - meeting of the year is on Wednesday, May 23rd at 5:30 in the library. On the agenda for our last meeting will be a review of our Annual Survey results, a quick budget update, appreciations for current attendees, and election planning for the fall. These meetings are open to the public so please feel free to drop by, especially if you are interested in serving in the future. It takes some time to acclimate to all the terminology so feel free to attend as a guest.

Finally, another reminder that State Testing for grades 3-5 runs from May 22nd through May 31st. It is a set of assessments – two in language arts (reading/writing) and two in math. Our students are well prepared for these tests, generally speaking, and they did quite well last year. In fact, it was their performance that triggered the Distinguished School application! These assessments are taken on Chromebooks and are spread over four days within the testing window listed above. You can help out on the home front by making sure your children are well rested and arrive to school on time, each and every day. The testing periods can be long for some students – everyone works at their own pace – so lots of encouragement and hugs are helpful. Students use headphones during testing which we provide. We also invite you to send in a pair for your student if he or she prefers to use those from home. (We can always use extra sets). We provide lots of encouragement here along with some extra treats to keep the mood and setting upbeat and supportive. Thank you for partnering with us to help your children show what they know and do their very best. 

 
Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, May 10 and Friday May 11, Performances of “Mission Improvable”, 6:30pm on the Emerson Stage
  • Friday, May 11, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, May 11, Arab Heritage Celebration with food, drums, music, food (lunch recess)
  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Friday, May 18, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Monday, May 21, NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X's Birthday Holiday)
  • Wednesday, May 23, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 1, Spring Enrichment Performance, 5-6pm in the cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community

Find more dates/details https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar

       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Weekly Zumba Classes
      Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


The Emerson Elementary School Yearbook

The yearbook captures moments throughout the school year as images you can keep forever. Yearbook order forms came home in Look Folders this week and are due next Thursday, May 17. You can also print one out by clicking on the URL below.

Each book costs $15. If you’d like, you may also make a donation for yearbook scholarships. Scholarships this year will go to 5th graders in need.  Please fill out the form and return by next Thursday, May 17. This is a firm deadline. We only order enough books to cover the orders placed by the deadline. Please make out checks to Emerson PTA.

Online order form: https://bit.ly/2wosKfm


Get in Those Read-a-Thon pledges!!

There’s still time to turn in your child’s Read-a-thon reading log and pledges. Deadline is this Friday, May 11th!

Please send the manila folder with the log form and pledges into school with your child this week. Even if your child did not collect pledges we want your child’s reading minutes to count! Thanks!


Mission Improvable this Thursday and Friday!!

Come watch your 3rd-5th graders perform in an Emerson’s spring play - Mr. Gamba’s “Mission Improvable!” Two performances: Thursday 5/10 & Friday 5/11 at 6:30pm.

Kids 11 & under are free, otherwise $10/ person -no pressure donation- accepted to keep Emerson Playhouse in our school!

 


Got Books? May Is Emerson Book Drive Month!

We need BOOKS, BOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: jeanniewang@berkeley.net. Thank You!



Find Emerson Online

Website: emerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)


About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts May 3, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 3, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
Thank you so much for all the appreciation shared for the office staff and for me over the course of last week. It was so thoughtful of you to send the flowers, notes, gift cards, candy and other tasty treats as a way of saying thank you for all that we do. On the behalf of Sonia and Sandra, we would like to say thank you as well—we love partnering with all of the parents and guardians to make Emerson the very special school that it is. We most certainly couldn't do it without you.
 
On another note, the teachers and I would like you to be aware of a small change we are making this month. While we traditionally celebrate Mother's Day in May, we are going to transition to a broader and more inclusive way of recognizing the people who care for our children. Rather than a focus just on mothers, we will be celebrating Family Day, so that children can thank any or all of the loved ones who take such wonderful care of them. I hope that works better for all of our families. 
 
Much love and respect,
 
Ms. Hodge 


 Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, May 4, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am; PTA association meeting, 8:15 am (on the yard)
  • Monday, May 7—Friday, May 11, Teacher Appreciation week
  • Tuesday, May 8, Asian Heritage Day (library during recess)
  • Friday, May 11, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am; All School Meeting, 8:30am; Arab Heritage Celebration with food, drums, music, food (lunch recess).
  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Monday, May 2, NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X birthday)
  • Find more dates/details https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar

       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Weekly Zumba Classes
      Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)


Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7th-11th

Join us in celebrating the wonderful Emerson teachers!

* A flyer will be coming home in the students Look Folders on all the week's activities.

Monday, May 7th
Teacher Breakfast
Tuesday, May 8th
Flowers & Notes of Thanks!
Wednesday, May 9th
Teacher Luncheon
Thursday, May 10th
Teacher Massages
Friday, May 11th
Flowers and Notes of Thanks!

Any questions, please contact: Zoe Beach (zoe_beach@yahoo.com)


Read-a-Thon Materials Due!
 

Hope your student had a great time reading and supporting Emerson!  Reading log, pledge log, and money are due Friday, May 11.  Please send materials in the manila envelope. Even if your child did not collect pledges we want your child’s reading minutes to count! There's a cool gift for every kid who participates just by reading! Thanks!
 



Adopt-a-Baby-Chick!
 
Interested in Adopting Kindergarten Baby Chickens? The eggs are in the incubator and due to hatch on May 9th! This year’s chicks are a very special breed of purebred Silkies! They will be ready to take home on Friday, May 18th. Please email Ms. Woolridge if you are interested at stefaniwoolridge@berkeley.net or stop by Room 6. Thank you!
 


PTA Enrichment Classes—Input Needed!
 
We want your input! Please take a few minutes to let us know what worked and didn’t work this year and an ideas for future classes.

You can access the survey online: https://goo.gl/forms/idN0t5mJPq7BcFou2 or just send us an email at emersonenrichment@gmail.com.

We welcome all feedback, whether or not your child took classes.
 


Last PTA Association Meeting Tomorrow

Join us Friday, May 4th, 2018 during Morning Coffee on the yard (8;15am) for the last PTA association of the year. During the meeting we will vote on the board for next year, approve the budget for 2018-2019 and discuss exciting volunteer opportunities. Can't wait to see you there!


Volunteers Needed: Arab Heritage Month


We will be celebrating Arab Heritage Month (a little bit late) Friday, May 11th at lunch recess with food, drums, music and fun! We are looking for volunteers to help us with the day, especially bringing typical Arab foods for the kids to enjoy.
 
Please contact Stephanie Meade at Stephanie.meade@gmail.com or 510-926-8057 to get involved!


Got Books?

May Is Emerson Book Drive Month! We need BOOKSBOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: jeanniewang@berkeley.net Thank You!


Join the Enrichment Team!

We are looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to join our crew for 2018-2019.

Enrichment Lead Coordinator -- good organizational skills; able to manage team of volunteers and keep flow of program on track.

Instructor Liaison and Contracts with BUSD--1 or 2 detail-oriented folks needed; involves instructor support, invoice monitoring, and interface between Emerson, BUSD, and instructors.

Contact emersonenrichment@gmail.com


Meet the Willard Community

Incoming Willard families, please join us Thursday, May 10 6:30-8:30 pm to meet other Willard parents and learn more about getting involved in the Willard community.

Learn about supporting Willard programs, including collaborating on the PTA Executive Board, the Willard Gala (parent event and auction), Willard Fund, Spring Day, and Staff Appreciation Lunch.

  • Wine and Cheese!
  • Meet Willard parents and administrators!
  • Learn about ways you can support & be supported by other parent volunteers at Willard next school year!
  • Bring friends!

Contact Elissa Gershon at elissagershon@gmail.com to RSVP (and get the address) and for more information about how you can be part of the Willard PTA community!


Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:15-6:15 pm; $5 per class (no childcare).


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Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)


About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts April 26, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
April 26, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
Coming up next month, over the course of two weeks from May 22 to May 31st, students in Grades 3 - 5 will be taking the CAASP (CAlifornia Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). This is a set of four, online assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics. These assessments are meant to assess how all students are progressing toward meeting California grade level standards. Each grade has a slightly different schedule, but all students will have 4 days of testing.
 
Most students will test on chrome books in their own classrooms while others will work on chrome books in the library or in smaller workspaces if need be. These tests are not timed. Students can work at their own pace and over several periods on the same test, if needed. Basically, we want students to be as comfortable and focused as possible, so we will be setting up optimal "work conditions" for students so they can show what they know. 
 
You can help by making sure your children arrive at school on time, each and every day of testing. They will feel best if they are well rested and sent off with words of encouragement and a good hug. Also, please feel free to send your child with his or her own headphones to use at school (in a labeled baggie) during or even before testing. Please avoid scheduling any appointments or family trips during this period. If you have something unavoidable on your calendar, please notify your classroom teacher and the office immediately so we can make plans to test your children at an alternate time. Thank you for your support!
 
Ms. Hodge


 Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, April 27, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am
  • Sunday, April 29, Last day of the Emerson Read-a-Thon
  • Friday, May 4, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am; All School Meeting, 8:30am
  • Friday, May 4, PTA association meeting, 8:15 am (on the yard)
  • Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11, Teacher Appreciation week
  • Tuesday, May 8 – Asian Heritage Day (library during recess)
  • Friday, May 11, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am
  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Monday, May 21 – NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X birthday)

 Find more dates/details: https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar


Final Days of the Read-a-Thon

Are your students discovering new, favorite books? New authors? New graphic novels? When you read to them, are they begging for "just one more" page or chapter? Are they reading instead of, gulp, watching a screen?? Emerson students are fabulous readers and we are so proud of the enthusiasm we've seen for this year's Read-a-Thon. 

While we hope the voracious reading continues, the ten days of the Read-a-Thon are coming to an end -- students have through April 29th to read, read, read and have those minutes count toward the Read-a-Thon. Keep up the great work!


Last PTA Association meeting of the year, May 4th.

Join us Friday, May 4th, 2018 during Morning Coffee on the yard for the last PTA association of the year. During the meeting we will vote on the board for next year, approve the budget for 2018-2019 and discuss exciting volunteer opportunities. 
 
Can't wait to see you there!


PTA Enrichment Classes – We Want your Input!
 
The Enrichment Team is starting to plan for next year. Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback on what worked and didn’t work this year and ideas for future classes.
 
You can access the survey online:
https://goo.gl/forms/idN0t5mJPq7BcFou2

We are also looking for two parent volunteers to join our crew for 2018-2019. Email Emersonenrichment@gmail.com OR join us for a meet-up on the yard Friday, May 4th after the bell.


Volunteers Needed : Asian Pacific Heritage Day, Tuesday, May 8th

 

We are looking for a couple more volunteers to help supervise and assist (as needed) at the craft tables.  No experience is needed and it is lots of fun!!
 
When: Tuesday, May 8th during the lunch recesses:
11:30 -12:10 for K-2nd grades
12:10-12:45 for 3rd-5th grades

Where: Library

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Rose Lynn (roselynn20@gmail.com) or Yoko Kawai (formulamcp@gmail.com).


Volunteers Needed: Arab Heritage Month


We will be celebrating Arab Heritage Month (a little bit late) Friday, May 11th at lunch recess with food, drums, music and fun! We are looking for volunteers to help us with the day, especially bringing typical Arab foods for the kids to enjoy.
 
Please contact Stephanie Meade at Stephanie.meade@gmail.com or 510-926-8057 to get involved!


Author Kwame Alexander at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore May 2nd (6pm)

Kwame Alexander will present his book “Rebound”, the prequel to his Newberry medal-winning “The Crossover” (2014). For more information, go to:
https://www.mrsdalloways.com/events


 


4th Annual Berkeley Book Fair, April 28th-29th

Meet hundreds of book authors over an exciting literary weekend in downtown Berkeley. See https://www.baybookfest.org/ for more information. For kids, see https://www.baybookfest.org/children/
 
(Free outdoor fair 11am-6pm; Indoor events $10; $15 for the weekend)

 


Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:15-6:15 pm; $5 per class (no childcare).


Shop for Emerson!
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Find Emerson Online

Website: emerson.berkeleypta.org

Email: Not getting BearFacts via email? Email us to subscribe: emersonschoolnews@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emersonpta (or follow @emersonPTA)


About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

Copyright © 2018. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705

BearFacts April 19, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
April 19, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
I can't believe it is mid-April already and we have only 9 weeks of school remaining. While we are all excited about the upcoming summer break, we aren't ready to rest yet. We still have lots to do and we want to make sure we finish strong. To that end, I am sending recommendations for things to do at home that will have a positive impact on your child here at school.
 
For students in grades 3-5, in addition to nightly reading, we'd like them to practice typing at least twice each week. Touch typing is a very important skill for our students to learn. However, we don't have a lot of time to practice here at school so remind your child to use the link to Typing Club from the Emerson Library website as part of their homework. Our goal for the end of the year is that 3rd graders type 10 wpm (words per minute), 4th graders type 15 wpm, and 5th graders type 20 wpm.   You can see their progress once they log into Typing Club.  To get to Typing Club, go to http://library.berkeleyschools.net/emerson-library/ and click on “typing” (http://sites.berkeley.net/typing/).
 
Another area that needs more practice for many students and is an expectation in grades 3-5 is memorization of basic facts. To that end, all students in those grades have an account with Reflex Math that they may access on the Emerson Library website as well. To find Reflex Math, go to http://library.berkeleyschools.net/emerson-library/ and click on “Class Projects”, then “Special Class projects” (or go to https://www.reflexmath.com/). This program gives them individualized, targeted practice in the facts they have not yet mastered. Ask your child to show you his or her "fact pyramid" on Reflex Math so you can see how he or she is progressing. If you do not want your child to have screen time at home, feel free to do the old fashioned, but effective flash card method!
 
For students in Grades K-2, please continue nightly reading. The more your children read at home, the stronger and more confident they'll be reading here at school. Reading for both enjoyment and information are life-long skills that we would like all our students to develop and keep. Thanks for your continued support!

 
Ms. Hodge


 Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, April 20, Free coffee & pastries on the yard, 8am
  • Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29 Emerson Read-a-thon
  • Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27, Principal & Secretary Appreciation week
  • Wednesday, April 25, School Governance Council Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Friday, April 27, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am
  • Friday, May 4, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am; All School Meeting, 8:30am
  • Friday, May 4, PTA association meeting, 8:15 am (on the yard)
  • Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11, Teacher Appreciation week
  • Tuesday, May 8 – Asian Pacific Heritage Day (library during recess)
  • Monday, May 21 – NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X birthday)

 Find more dates/details: https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/calendar


Read-a-Thon Kicks Off THIS FRIDAY, April 20th!

The Read-a-Thon officially begins on Friday, April 20th. For the next 10 days (through Sunday, the 29th), please encourage your students to read, read, read! Use the reading log that was sent home with your student to track the number of minutes your student spends reading outside of school - in the morning, on the way to/from school, after school, at Kids World, in the library, at-home, etc. Teachers will be using a classroom log to track in-class minutes.
 
Need an extra pledge form or an extra reading log? See Ms. Jeannie!

Questions? Email Sam Lekus at samanthalekus@gmail.com.

 


Last PTA Association meeting of the year, May 4th.

Join us Friday, May 4th, 2018 during Morning Coffee on the yard for the last PTA association of the year. During the meeting we will vote on the board for next year, approve the budget for 2018-2019 and discuss exciting volunteer opportunities. 
 
Can't wait to see you there!

 


Family Zumba this Friday, April 20th, 5:30-6:30

Emerson's own Ms. Snyder invites all Emerson families to family Zumba night THIS Friday, April 20th, from 5:30-6:30 in the Emerson cafetorium.

No dance experience required. Just bring your kids, come have fun, and try out a ~ 1-hour Zumba dance class with other Emerson families. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes encouraged. 

Suggested donation of $10 to $25 per family (100% of proceeds go to support PTA programming).

RSVP if you can make it (and come even if you don't RSVP): kirstinsnyder@berkeley.net

 


Volunteers needed : Asian Pacific Heritage Day, Tuesday, May 8th

We are looking for a couple more volunteers to help supervise and assist (as needed) at the craft tables.  No experience is needed and it is lots of fun!!
 
When: Tuesday, May 8th during the lunch recesses:
11:30 -12:10 for K-2nd grades
12:10-12:45 for 3rd-5th grades
Where: Library

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Rose Lynn (roselynn20@gmail.com) or Yoko Kawai(formulamcp@gmail.com).


Join the PTA Board

 
The Emerson PTA Board is a diverse group of volunteers who meet monthly to oversee the planning and organization of community events and fundraisers, as well as plan and implement the PTA budget. We are looking to fill the following PTA Board positions for the 2018-2019 school year.

Contact emersonbearcubspta@gmail.com or reach out to any current Board Member to ask any questions or express your interest as soon as possible.
 

VP of School Support and Academic Enrichment
(1 or 2 positions available)

  • Oversees and provides support as needed to the afterschool enrichment coordinators
  • Coordinates support for school events, such as cultural events, Hour of Code, the Winter Performance, and the Math Wall
  • Oversees principal, teacher and staff appreciation events in the spring

VP of Community Outreach
(1 position available)

  • Manages PTA membership drive
  • Oversees and provides support for the incoming kindergarten events (summer playdates, kindergarten fair, kindergarten night, kindergarten tours, kindergarten buddy program)

VP of Advocacy
(1 position available)

  • Keeps abreast of issues in education and local/state PTA initiatives; organizes parents to support CA PTA initiatives or local issues, as needed
  • Attends PTA Council and District meetings and reports back to the Emerson community

Principal and Secretary Appreciation week begins on April 23rd!

Please take a moment to let Ms. Hodge know how much you value her leadership and dedication and to let Ms. Sonia, and Ms. Sandra know how much you appreciate their hard work. The PTA gives all three of them a gift. A card, flowers, or just a kind word from you would be much appreciated, as well.
 


Author Kwame Alexander at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore May 2nd (6pm)

Kwame Alexander will present his book “Rebound”, the prequel to his Newberry medal-winning “The Crossover” (2014). For more information, go to:
https://www.mrsdalloways.com/events


 


4th Annual Berkeley Book Fair, April 28th-29th

Meet hundreds of book authors over an exciting literary weekend in downtown Berkeley. See https://www.baybookfest.org/ for more information. For kids, see https://www.baybookfest.org/children/
 
(Free outdoor fair 11am-6pm; Indoor events $10; $15 for the weekend)

 

 


Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:15-6:15 pm; $5 per class (no childcare).


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About BearFacts News:
BearFacts News is a weekly publication created by parent volunteers. It is distributed each Thursday in students' Look Folders and via email. 

If you have a news item or announcement to include in the BearFacts News, please send an email to emersonschoolnews@gmail.com. Please keep your message brief and include all the pertinent details including dates, times, locations and contact information. The deadline is each Monday at 6 p.m.

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