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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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 Aprl 12, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
April 12, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 

I am pleased to share with all the members of our community, that Emerson School has been selected by the California Department of Education as a 2018 Distinguished School. I am very proud of the hard work and dedication all our teachers and staff have put in to making Emerson such a fine school and I am very gratified that we are being honored for this exceptional effort. Emerson is one of 21 elementary schools in Alameda County chosen for the distinction and one of 287 schools statewide.

If you would like to learn more about this award, see the the statement State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson shared in an announcement on April 2nd: "These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realized their potential, and put them on their path to achieve their dreams."

Parents and guardians are also an integral part of this school's success. Thank you to all of you for your involvement and support. Together we have created quite a distinguished little school!

 
Ms. Hodge

 Upcoming Events & Important Dates


  • Friday, April 13, Free coffee & pastries on the yard, 8am; All School meeting 8:30am
  • Saturday, April 14, Berkeley Bay Festival, Shorebird Park (160 University Ave.), 11am-4pm
  • Friday, April 20, Free coffee & pastries on the yard, 8am
  • Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29 Emerson Read-a-thon
  • Wednesday, April 25, School Governance Council Meeting, 5:30pm

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



A HUGE thank you to
Christina Collinsworth
who led Emerson’s
2018 Auction and Party.
The auction was
a grand success, largely thanks
to Christina’s tireless efforts
and outstanding leadership!


The 2018 Emerson Auction was Out of This World!

There are so many people to thank for making this event all that it was. Nina Goldman, Stephanie Sideboth, Sarah Jarvis, Tamara Pattison, Stefanniana Moore, Erin Tsuchimoto, Ariel Clute, Mindy Szelap, Mike Shumaker, Michele Byrnes, Robin Stults, Darcy Russell, Nate Stahlhut, Sue Bessler, Matt Goldsmith, Anthony Fernandez, Vivi Andrijani, Jeff Hipona, Sarah Patrick, Elif Lostuvali, Rose Lynn Abesamis, Ashleigh Kanat, Michelle Hlubinka, Tangy Franks, Scott Hofmeister, Alice Chen, Sarah Patrick, Stephanie Meade, Emily Nathan, Jean Kawahara, Oliver Hesse, Erica Wandner, Liz White and of course the AMAZING Emerson staff who donate their time and energy to the fun teacher outings! THANK YOU for all the time, effort, sweat, and tears that you put in over the last 5 months. Emerson rocks because YOU rock it!

- Christina Collinsworth


Read-a-Thon Kicks Off This Week!

On Friday of this week, students will bring home everything they need to kick off this year's Read-a-Thon, including a guide to how the Read-a-Thon works and pledge forms. Right away students should begin collecting pledges! Students will have one week to collect pledges. Encourage your readers to reach out to grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors and family friends.

Then, starting on Friday, April 20th and going for ten days, Emerson students are going to read, read, read – at school and at home and everywhere in between! There will be prizes for top readers in each grade as well as for the class that reads the most minutes!

This event is designed to improve skills and uncork a love of books through focused reading over a short duration, with a little competition sprinkled in! It’s also an important fundraiser for Emerson. The money raised during the Read-a-Thon supports our entire school community.

Questions? Email Sam Lekus at samanthalekus@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

Open house for French After School Program

EFBA is proud to invite you and your child (K-5th grade) to our open house at John Muir Elementary School, 2955 Claremont avenue, Berkeley CA 94705. April 23-27 from 3:30 to 5pm (every day except Wednesday April 25th) Check out our program before signing up for next year. EFBA is a nonprofit organization promoting bilingualism, specifically by teaching French in the San Francisco Bay Area. This event is FREE and OPEN to all. RSVP to clarabijl@mac.com


Berkeley Bay Festival 2018

The City of Berkeley is proud to host another year of the Berkeley Bay Festival – a long time tradition providing the community with free hands-on educational activities focused on protecting the Bay and its wildlife. Live music for all ages, circus performers and food vendors will be present. Festival goers may paddle a Dragon boat or take a sailboat ride and build with recycled materials in Adventure Playground. This year’s Berkeley Bay Festival will take place at Shorebird Park in the Berkeley Marina on Saturday April 14th, 2018 from 11am to 4pm. https://www.cityofberkeley.info/BayFestival

 


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 March 29, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
March 29, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
As you head off for Spring Break, I want to give you a quick update. Next year, we will be hiring a full time, credentialed PE teacher to provide physical education classes for all of our students. All of the elementary schools in Berkeley will also need PE teachers. So, it would be to our benefit to find some possible candidates very quickly. If you know of individuals who might interested and who have their PE single subject credential, please encourage them to email me at susanhodge@berkeley.net.  Spread the word please.
 
Finally, I can't begin to thank all the individual people who helped create yet another awesome Spring Auction so please let me say, to the whole crew, you folks are amazing. I know there was tons of planning, preparation, and just plain old hard work that went into this event, and what a fine event it was. Food was yummy, drinks were delicious, and auction were items plentiful -- great fun overall. Thank you to each and every one who pitched in and to all of you who attended. A special thank you to teachers for all the events they sponsored and for attending as well. I appreciate you all so much -- now go and rest and have a wonderful Spring Break!
 
Thanks,
Ms. Hodge
 Upcoming Events & Important Dates


  • Friday, March 30, Free coffee & pastries on the yard, 8am; All School meeting 8:30am
  • Friday, March 30, César Chávez Day of Service & Learning
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • Friday, April 13, Free coffee & pastries on the yard, 8am; All School meeting 8:30am
  • Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29 Emerson Read-a-thon
  • Wednesday, April 25, School Governance Council Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Weekly Zumba Classes, Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)

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


Black History Oratorical Festival and Competition
 

Last week we sent two teams to represent Emerson in the district- wide, elementary-aged Black History Oratorical Festival and Competition.  We are thrilled to announce that our teams received awards in both the group and individual categories.  Kian Malcolm and Cormac Lee were awarded 3rd place in the group category! Ashea Nigeria-Arusha was awarded 1st place in the individual category!  Both teams performed amazing original pieces.  They will perform their pieces at the all school meeting this Friday.Congratulations Ashea, Cormac and Kian!


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

Meet children’s book author Jason Reynolds on March 29th!

Celebrate two new titles from Newbery-winner and National Book Award finalist, Jason Reynolds: Sunny, the third book in the Track series and For Every One, a stirring and inspirational poem. Free event, but to reserve your seat buy a book at Mrs. Dalloway’s orhttp://www.mrsdalloways.com. Or if you don’t want to buy a book in advance, RSVP atjasonreynoldsmrsd.eventbrite.com.

March 29th at 6:30pm at Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore, 2904 College Ave.


Help Build an Elementary School Library in Ghana!

Fourth graders are leading a school-wide book donation drive through the African Library Project to help build an elementary school library for children in Ghana. They are in need of gently used, or new books that are appropriate for grades K-5. You can drop off at either 4th grade classroom, or at the main book donation bin in our office of parent engagement, near the front of the school by Friday, April 13. For more information or if you’d like to help out please reach out to Tangy Franks at tangyfranks@gmail.com.


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


Remember: Next week is SPRING BREAK!!

Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL 


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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 March 22, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
March 22, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
Another reminder that it is time again for our annual School Climate Survey. This survey, available online and in hard copy in both English and Spanish, is an important way for all the schools and the district as a whole to evaluate our progress toward creating a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and appropriate school environment for all students and families. It is very important for us to hear from all families so I encourage everyone to participate. As an incentive, I'll be providing small treats to students as surveys are finished. In order for your child/ren to receive the treat, you need to complete the survey and return the cover sheet so I know who gets treats. You may do one survey for all your children, or, if they have different experiences at their school at or at multiple schools, you can complete multiple copies on line or in hard copy. 
 
I highly encourage you to do the survey online at the following link. It saves time for school staff and you have 100% confidentiality. Thank you in advance for your participation. Survey should be completed by March 30th.

2018 BUSD Family School Climate Survey (English):
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BUSD1718
 
Encuesta de la Escuela Familiar 2018 BUSD (Español):
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BUSD1718Sp
 
Thanks,
Ms. Hodge

 Upcoming Events & Important Dates


  • Friday, March 23, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Friday, March 23, Silent Auction & Party, 6-9pm
  • Friday, March 30, César Chávez Day of Service & Learning
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • Friday, April 13, All school meeting (8:30); Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29 Emerson Read-a-thon
  •  Wednesday, April 25, School Governance Council Meeting, 5:30pm

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


Emerson Auction Party this Friday Night!

 

Friday, March 23rd from 6 - 9 pm at
St. John's Church, 2727 College Avenue
(just one block from Emerson)

 
Come celebrate and support our amazing school at the 2018 Emerson Auction! We hope you will join us for this evening of grownup fun, including dinner, drinks, and hanging out with an awesome group of Emerson parents, teachers, and staff! They’ll also be terrific items up for bid, such as your child(ren)’s class art, special outings with teachers and staff, and more.
 
Buy your tickets at the door or online at http://events.readysetauction.com/emersonelementaryschool/auction2018/. Regular tickets are $35/person. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option online and make a contribution that is comfortable for your family (as low as $1).
 
Free childcare (for ages 5-12) provided by the Kids World team. Drop off your kid(s) for a “Coco Fiesta” at Emerson starting at 6:15 p.m. Reserve your childcare slot(s) now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCYGFDQ.
 
See you at the Auction Party!


Join Emerson’s PTA Board for the 2018-19 School Year!

The Emerson PTA sponsors programs and activities that enhance the education and school experience of all students.  Please support Emerson by joining the PTA Board and helping to make programmatic and funding decisions on behalf of our community.  Being a part of the Board is an excellent opportunity to get to know other parents, to learn about and influence the workings of the school, and to share your skills and ideas to benefit all of our children.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Kanat, PTA Vice President, or David Rose, PTA President, on the school yard or via email at emersonbearcubspta@gmail.com. PTA Board elections will take place at the PTA Association later this spring. We invite interested parents to submit their names, preferably by April 1st.

 


Meet Children’s Book Author Andy Griffiths on March 24th...

Calling all Treehouse Series fans! Join bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he presents the newest release in his award-winning series, The 78-Story Treehouse. This free event is best for 5-10 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Buy your book at the theater, or before the event, at Mrs. Dalloway’s, and have it signed after the presentation.

Reserve seats at Eventbrite.com. Saturday, March 24, 11am at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave.

… And Then Meet Children’s Book Author Jason Reynolds on March 29th!
 
Celebrate two new titles from Newbery-winner and National Book Award finalist, Jason Reynolds:Sunny, the third book in the Track series andFor Every One, a stirring and inspirational poem.

Free event, but to reserve your seat buy a book at Mrs. Dalloway’s or http://www.mrsdalloways.com. Or if you don’t want to buy a book in advance, RSVP at jasonreynoldsmrsd.eventbrite.com.
 
March 29th at 6:30pm at Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore, 2904 College Ave.

 


Help Build an Elementary School Library in Ghana!

Fourth graders are leading a school-wide book donation drive through the African Library Project to help build an elementary school library for children in Ghana. They are in need of gently used, or new books that are appropriate for grades K-5. You can drop off at either 4th grade classroom, or at the main book donation bin in our office of parent engagement, near the front of the school by Friday, April 13. For more information or if you’d like to help out please reach out to Tangy Franks at tangyfranks@gmail.com.


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



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 March 15, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
March 15, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

This Wednesday, our school community took part in the March 14th Day of Action Against Gun Violence. In the morning, teachers provided age appropriate teaching and learning for their students on a range of topics, depending on the age group. Topics included safety, how to make individuals feel more welcome and included, what they could do to make the world better, gun safety, and gun violence. At 10:00 am, all classes and staff gathered in the cafeteria for a whole school teach-in with a focus on hope and empowerment. We saw a video of Kid President, “How to Change the World” and sang-along to Jack Johnson’s song, “With My Own Two Hands.” I spoke directly to the group about taking part in something big: a sit was happening across the nation on this day and about their rights and responsibilities as future citizens. I reminded them that they are important and that what they do matters.  I want them to remember that they can make a difference with “their own two hands.”
 
Resources used:
 
Kid President – “How to Change the World:”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1rtQ7E5C4E
 
Jack Johnson - “My Own Two Hands:”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjDBd6tBBY
 
Thank you for your continued support.

Warmly,

Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, March 16, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Wednesday, March 21, Student Governance Council (SGC) meeting, 5:30pm
  • Friday, March 23, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Friday, March 23, Silent Auction & Party, 6-9pm
  • Friday, March 30, César Chávez Day of Service & Learning
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • Friday, April 13, All school meeting (8:30); Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 29 Emerson Read-a-thon

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


Bid for the Kids!

Emerson’s ONLINE AUCTION is currently LIVE at bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018. When the Online Auction closes on March 20th at 9:15 p.m. sharp, 99 terrific items will go to the highest bidder. Don’t miss out!

  • Haven’t planned out your child’s summer yet? Bid on discounts at 15+ summer camps.
  • Looking for a fantastic date night? Bid on meals at wonderful restaurants, a wine tasting, a chocolate tasting, and movies and theater.
  • Craving new fun activities with your family? Bid on a one week family pass to the Claremont Club and Pool.

These amazing deals are only available through the online portion of our auction. And every dollar goes directly to enriching the lives of our school.
 
Bidding is open to everyone. Please spread the word to neighbors, friends, and family by sharing this link: bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018.
 
Happy Bidding!


Buy Auction Party Tickets & Reserve FREE Childcare!

Support our amazing school on March 23rd from 6 - 9 pm at St. John's Church, 2727 College Avenue! Buy your Auction Party tickets now at bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option.
 
Reserve free childcare for the night of the Auction Party (for kids ages 5 – 12) at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCYGFDQ.
 
Visit the Emerson Auction link to preview the items that will only be up for bid at the March 23rd Auction Party, including your child(ren)’s class art project(s) and special outings with Emerson teachers and staff.


Auction Party Volunteers Needed!

Help make the March 23rd Auction Party a big success. Sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities – big and small – at

www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-emerson4

 


Help Build an Elementary School Library in Ghana!

Fourth graders are leading a school-wide book donation drive through the African Library Project to help build an elementary school library for children in Ghana. They are in need of gently used, or new books that are appropriate for grades K-5. You can drop off at either 4th grade classroom, or at the main book donation bin in our office of parent engagement, near the front of the school by Friday, April 13. For more information or if you’d like to help out please reach out to Tangy Franks at tangyfranks@gmail.com.


Thank you, Sports Basement!

We are happy to share that Sports Basement donated $965 to the PTA as part of their Basementeer profit-sharing program.  Thank you to Sports Basement, and everyone who joined Sports Basement's Basementeers program and chose Emerson as their preferred beneficiary.  With every purchase you made at Sports Basement, funds were allocated to our school’s PTA.


See Peter & The Wolf in English, Spanish or Mandarin
 
On March 17th there will be three performances of Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf” at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley with a small professional orchestra.

Each performance will be narrated in a different language (English, Mandarin, and Spanish). Tickets are $15. For more information, go to:
https://fccbpeterandthewolf.brownpapertickets.com/


Join the PTA Budget Subcommittee

Want a voice in how the Emerson PTA plans its programs and budget?  We're looking for people to join the budget sub-committee to help us plan for next year. 

We will hold a few small, evening sub-committee meetings to work on the budget, then the budget will be presented to the PTA Board and then to the entire Emerson PTA for approval. Everyone is welcome and anyone may join.

Learn more here: https://emerson.berkeleypta.org/budget-programs/

If interested, email: emersonptatreasurer@gmail.com


Meet Children’s Book Author Andy Griffiths

Calling all Treehouse Series fans! Join bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he presents the newest release in his award-winning series, The 78-Story Treehouse. This free event is best for 5-10 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Buy your book at the theater, or before the event, at Mrs. Dalloway’s, and have it signed after the presentation. Reserve seats at Eventbrite.com. Saturday, March 24, 11am at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave.


Join Emerson’s PTA Board for the 2018-2019 School Year!

The Emerson PTA sponsors programs and activities that enhance the education and school experience of all students.  Please support Emerson by joining the PTA Board and helping to make programmatic and funding decisions on behalf of our community. 

Being a part of the Board is an excellent opportunity to get to know other parents, to learn about and influence the workings of the school, and to share your skills and ideas to benefit all of our children.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Kanat, PTA Vice President, or David Rose, PTA President, on the school yard or via email at emersonbearcubspta@gmail.com.

PTA Board elections will take place at the PTA Association later this spring. We invite interested parents to submit their names, preferably by April 1st.  


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



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 March 8, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
March 8, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the plate donations. We are fully plated now and we'll be able to continue warming those leftovers you send in for your children's lunches. While it is a lot of work for staff and student service 5th graders to heat food for children, I feel that it is worth it in order to see them eat all those wonderful meals you send. There are a few things that we'd like to avoid such as Cup of Noodles and frozen meals because they take a lot of time to heat/make - not to mention containing loads of sodium. Other things to avoid sending in school lunches would be candy and sugary drinks. Overall, I am proud to say the vast majority of children are doing a fine good job of eating their healthy foods! Thank you again for donating so many plates!

On a separate note, I want to remind parents that students have lots to keep them busy at school each day. We are asking that students do not bring toys, cards, and other items from home which can be distractions or a source of conflict between students. For example, big necklaces, sunglasses, game cards and other similar items can be very distracting to young students in class. The only day of the week that children should be bringing any toys or special items from home is on Fridays. Lastly, I am asking that you keep all "slime" at home everyday. As I told the children at our last All School Meeting. Slime is fun, slime is cool. Keep it at home; not at school. Thank you!
 
Warmly,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Wednesday, March 7 – March 20, PTA online auction
  • Friday, March 9, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Tuesday, March 13 Parent puberty education workshop, 6:30-8pm
  • Friday, March 16, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Friday, March 23, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Friday, March 23, Silent Auction & Party, 6-9pm
  • Friday, March 30, César Chávez Day of Service & Learning
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

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


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Emerson’s Online Auction is OPEN!
 

BID NOW on meals at local restaurants, deals on camps and classes, fun family activities, theater tickets, and more at Emerson’s ONLINE AUCTION. Visit bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018 to view over 120 items, including previews of your child(ren)’s amazing class art project(s) and special outings with Emerson teachers and staff (biddable only at the March 23rd Auction Party).
 
The Online Auction closes at 9:15 p.m. sharp on MARCH 20th. Please share this link with neighbors, friends, and family for great buys and a winning way to support our school. Ready, set, bid!
 
Buy Party Tickets & Reserve FREE Childcare!

Support our amazing school on March 23rd from 6 - 9 pm at St. John's Church, 2727 College Avenue! Buy your Auction Party tickets now at bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option.
 
Reserve free childcare for the night of the Auction Party (for kids ages 5 – 12) at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCYGFDQ.
 
Auction Party Volunteers Needed!

Help make the March 23rd Auction Party a big success. Sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities – big and small – at www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-emerson4


Art Night Rocked!! Thank you!!

We hope that those of you who came to Family Art Night had a wonderful time. We have received so much positive feedback and of course, amazing art was created by all!  We want to extend a gigantic thank you Lucy Ames and Kim Haji for their dedication and leadership on this event, as well as for their time, energy, and talent. Without them, Art Night could not happen. The success of this amazing art night is also due to our amazing parent volunteers. We appreciate all the hard work, patience, and creativity that you put forward to make sure the night went so smoothly.

-- Christina Collinsworth


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Help Build an Elementary School Library in Ghana!

Fourth graders are leading a school-wide book donation drive through the African Library Project to help build an elementary school library for children in Ghana. They are in need of gently used, or new books that are appropriate for grades K-5. You can drop off at either 4th grade classroom, or at the main book donation bin in our office of parent engagement, near the front of the school by Friday, April 13. For more information or if you’d like to help out please reach out to Tangy Franks at tangyfranks@gmail.com.


How do we thank our teachers and staff? We feed them, of course!

Our teacher/staff luncheons are one of the most direct ways we show our appreciation for Emerson's teachers and staff. Jenna Lewis has been doing a fabulous job coordinating these luncheons, but she has a graduating 5th grader and we need someone who can take over next year. There is one remaining luncheon scheduled for March 21st, which means we have a great opportunity to train next year's coordinator. Please contact Ashleigh Kanat at ashleigh.kanat@gmail.com or Jenna Lewis at jennalewis28@gmail.com to learn more.


Parent Puberty Education Workshop: How to Become an "Askable Parent"


All parents welcome at this PTA-sponsored event.

On Tues, March 13th, 6:30 to 8pm in the Emerson Library sex education expert Jennifer Devine, founder of Superstar Health Education, provides parents with a workshop to review the health education program on puberty that will be offered to all Emerson 5th grade students the following week. Parents will develop skills to talk to children about puberty, the teen years, sexual health, and growing up. Parents of children of all ages welcome!


Meet Children’s Book Author Andy Griffiths

Calling all Treehouse Series fans! Join bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he presents the newest release in his award-winning series, The 78-Story Treehouse. This free event is best for 5-10 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Buy your book at the theater, or before the event, at Mrs. Dalloway’s, and have it signed after the presentation. Reserve seats at Eventbrite.com. Saturday, March 24, 11am at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, 2966 College Ave.


Join Emerson’s PTA Board for the 2018-2019 School Year!

The Emerson PTA sponsors programs and activities that enhance the education and school experience of all students.  Please support Emerson by joining the PTA Board and helping to make programmatic and funding decisions on behalf of our community. 

Being a part of the Board is an excellent opportunity to get to know other parents, to learn about and influence the workings of the school, and to share your skills and ideas to benefit all of our children.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Kanat, PTA Vice President, or David Rose, PTA President, on the school yard or via email at emersonbearcubspta@gmail.com.

PTA Board elections will take place at the PTA Association later this spring. We invite interested parents to submit their names, preferably by April 1st.  


Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:30-6:30pm; $5 per class (no childcare).



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 March 1, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
March 1, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
 
I'd like to give you an update on how Emerson stays prepared in case of emergency. Each year we establish or reconvene our Safety Committee charged with reviewing our Safety and Disaster plans. We plan the annual drills and create a set of practice scenarios. All staff members have assigned duties during an emergency. We meet in our Emergency Response Teams and visit the Safety Container on the yard to inventory supplies. This year we have made it a point to have half of our drills during the regular school day and half of them after school. 
 
We have monthly fire drills during which we practice a quick and safe exit from the building followed by accounting for every child. Three times a year we hold Duck and Cover drills during which we practice how to be as safe as possible during an earthquake. We also hold a third type of drill which is a combination Lock Down/Evacuation drill. This drill is to practice what we might do if there was a police action in the area and we were ordered to lock down or, in a worst-case scenario, an armed intruder was on campus and we needed to respond with a combination of lock down and evacuation. 
 
During an Armed Intruder Drill, we are very careful to practice in as non-threatening manner as possible. Teachers explain the process in advance, and, during the drill, we emphasize that we are practicing. I am so impressed with how our staff and students have responded during these drills. The entire school has been able to evacuate within 2 minutes in a safe and secure manner. Of course, in the case of real emergency, we would need to respond rapidly in ways that we have not rehearsed. It is my deep hope that we never have to put our practice into real action, but, being able to respond quickly and think on our feet is essential. We will continue to practice and reach out to the parent community for ways in which we can partner in this area.
 
Warmly,
Ms. HodgeUpcoming Events & Important Dates 


  • Friday, March 2, Free coffee and baked goods on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, March 2, Family Art Night, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 7 – March 20, PTA online auction
  • Tuesday, March 13 Parent puberty education workshop
  • Friday, March 26, Silent auction party (6-9pm)
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

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


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Family Art Night TOMORROW
(Friday, March 2 from 6–8pm)!

 
This is a fun-filled family event you won't want to miss! Join us for free pizza, salad and 6 stations of creative fun. Projects range in style and difficulty - there is something fun for everyone! Projects include Printmaking, clay exploration, decorative tiles, and MORE!
We still some volunteers to make this event happen!
 
Please sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4caeac29a57-emerson
 
Email christina.marie8908@gmail.com with any questions!

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Get Ready to Bid Online!


Check out Emerson’s ONLINE AUCTION Catalog at bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018 and start strategizing! The online auction opens MARCH 7th. Please share the link with neighbors, friends, and family for great buys and a winning way to support our school.
 
Auction Party Volunteers Needed!
Step up and help make the March 23rd Auction Party a big success. Sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities – big and small – at www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44a8aa23a2f94-emerson4
 
Buy Party Tickets & Reserve FREE Childcare!
Come support our amazing school on March 23rd from 6 - 9 pm at St. John's Church, 2727 College Avenue!
 
Buy your Auction Party tickets now at bit.ly/EmersonAuction2018. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option.
 
Reserve free childcare for the night of the Auction Party (for kids ages 5 – 12) at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCYGFDQ.


Parent Puberty Education Workshop: How to Become an "Askable Parent"


All parents welcome at this PTA-sponsored event.

On Tues, March 13th, 6:30 to 8 in the Emerson Library sex education expert Jennifer Devine, founder of Superstar Health Education, provides parents with a workshop to review the health education program on puberty that will be offered to all Emerson 5th grade students the following week. Parents will develop skills to talk to children about puberty, the teen years, sexual health, and growing up. Parents of children of all ages welcome!
 


Join Emerson’s PTA Board for the 2018-2019 School Year!

The Emerson PTA sponsors programs and activities that enhance the education and school experience of all students.  Please support Emerson by joining the PTA Board and helping to make programmatic and funding decisions on behalf of our community. 

Being a part of the Board is an excellent opportunity to get to know other parents, to learn about and influence the workings of the school, and to share your skills and ideas to benefit all of our children.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Kanat, PTA Vice President, or David Rose, PTA President, on the school yard or via email at emersonbearcubspta@gmail.com.

PTA Board elections will take place at the PTA Association later this spring. We invite interested parents to submit their names, preferably by April 1st.  


Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:30-6:30pm; $5 per class (no childcare).



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

Family Art Night is this Friday March 2nd!

We are just about out of paper plates again. We use them daily in the lunch room to help students warm their leftovers and other lunch items that you send. Please drop some off if you can, various sizes are also good, it would be much appreciated. 


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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)

BearFacts February 22, 2018

BearFacts News


Message from the Principal

February 22, 2018

Dear Families,
 
As I mentioned last week, the second trimester of instruction is ending on Friday, February 23rd. Please expect report cards the following week. The cards are due to be sent home with your children in large manila envelopes on Thursday, March 1st. Included with the report cards will be a form to acknowledge receipt of the card - please send that back to school right away so we know you received this important information. Feel free to include a message to the teacher or request to meet if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
On another note, we still need for paper plates to use in the cafeteria to warm food. If you can send any, we'd appreciate plates in different sizes so we can be as thrifty and ecologically minded as possible when heating your child's food. 
 
Lastly, mark your calendars now for Family Art Night, Friday, March 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Thanks,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Monday, February 26, PTA spring enrichment classes begin
  • Friday, February 23, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Monday, February 26, PTA spring enrichment classes begin
  • Friday, March 2, Coffee on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, March 2, Family Art Night, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 7 – March 20, PTA online auction
  • Tuesday, March 13, Parent puberty education workshop
  • Friday, March 26, Silent auction party (6-9pm)
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

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


Family Art Night March 2nd , 6–8pm
This is a fun-filled family event you won't want to miss! Join us for free pizza, salad and 6 stations of creative fun. Projects range in style and difficulty - there is something fun for everyone! Projects include Printmaking, clay exploration, decorative tiles, and MORE!

We need lots of volunteers to make this event happen!
Please sign up here to help:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4caeac29a57-emerson


Email christina.marie8908@gmail.com with any questions


Tickets On Sale Now! Emerson Auction Party!
 
Come celebrate and support our amazing school at the 2018 Emerson Auction!
 
Buy your Auction Party tickets by February 28th to get the early bird discount. While you’re at it, register for the online auction and reserve your free childcare for the night of the Auction Party. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option online and make a contribution that is comfortable for your family (as low as $1).
 
ONLINE AUCTION: March 7th – 20th. Register and view the auction catalog at http://events.readysetauction.com/emersonelementaryschool/auction2018/.
 
AUCTION PARTY:

We hope you will join us for this fun evening! Please buy your tickets and reserve childcare early to save money and help us plan food and staffing.

See you at the Auction Party!


PTA Enrichment Classes Start Next Week

The Spring Enrichment Classes will begin next week. By now, you should have received the final class information for your student(s). Some reminders:

  • Rosters are posted on the PTA bulletin board in the main hallway. These include the times, instructors, and rooms for all Enrichment Classes.
  • Non-Kids World Families: Please make sure you arrive a few minutes early to pick up your child in their enrichment classroom. We do not provide supervision between and after classes.
  • Please make sure your child knows which days he or she will be going to Enrichment. We do our best to make sure students get to class, but a reminder from parents is also really helpful.


Questions? Email us at emersonenrichment@gmail.com


Children’s Book Sale March 1st-30th

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library manages two book stores. A smaller one is located at the Central Library and a much larger one is at 2433 Channing Way.
 
Come to the children’s book sale March 1st-30th, to stock up on gently used children’s book, from $.50 to $2.50.
 
Normally the store hours are 10-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, but we will extend our hours until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 29.

Questions? Visit berkeleylibraryfriends.org.



Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:30-6:30pm; $5 per class (no childcare).



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 February 15, 2018

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BearFacts News


Message from the Principal

February 15, 2018

Dear Families,
 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last week's assembly in celebration of Black History Month. It was incredibly moving for me to watch our students on stage sharing information about African Americans who are taking on leadership roles across our nation. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
 
Coming up next week is the end of the second trimester grading period. That means that we have taken a bit of a pause to assess all students to see how they are progressing toward meeting grade level standards and/or their personal goals. Art, science, and music teachers are also reflecting on and measuring student progress. Teachers are completing report cards so that you may receive this important information along with updates on students work habits, social emotional growth, attendance, etc. 
 
Report cards are due to be sent home with students on Thursday, March 1st, along with a notice that you should return, confirming that you have received the report card. If you have questions or would like to speak with the classroom teacher, you may indicate that desire on your form and the classroom teacher will get back to you to schedule a time to chat.  Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend.


Thanks,
Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, February 16 & Monday, February 19th, No school (Lincoln’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day)
  • Wednesday, February 21, School Governance Council Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Monday, February 26, PTA spring enrichment classes begin
  • Friday, February 23, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Monday, February 26, PTA spring enrichment classes begin
  • Friday, March 2, Coffee on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, March 2, Family Art Night, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 7 – March 20, PTA online auction
  • Tuesday, March 13, Parent puberty education workshop
  • Friday, March 26, Silent auction party (6-9pm)

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


Family Art Night March 2nd , 6–8pm
This is a fun-filled family event you won't want to miss! Join us for free pizza, salad and 6 stations of creative fun. Projects range in style and difficulty - there is something fun for everyone! Projects include Printmaking, clay exploration, decorative tiles, and MORE!

We need lots of volunteers to make this event happen!
Please sign up here to help:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4caeac29a57-emerson


Email christina.marie8908@gmail.com with any questions


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Tickets On Sale Now! Emerson Auction Party!
 
Come celebrate and support our amazing school at the 2018 Emerson Auction!
 
Buy your Auction Party tickets by February 28th to get the early bird discount. While you’re at it, register for the online auction and reserve your free childcare for the night of the Auction Party. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option online and make a contribution that is comfortable for your family (as low as $1).
 
ONLINE AUCTION: March 7th – 20th. Register and view the auction catalog at http://events.readysetauction.com/emersonelementaryschool/auction2018/.
 
AUCTION PARTY:

We hope you will join us for this fun evening! Please buy your tickets and reserve childcare early to save money and help us plan food and staffing.

See you at the Auction Party!


Incoming Kindergarten Events: THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers that led incoming Kindergarten (K) tours, organized the Emerson table at BUSD’s K fair, or organized and staffed the K info night at Emerson! THANK YOU, also, to the teachers and staff who welcomed K tours into our school and classrooms, and who participated in these events!

With appreciation, the Emerson PTA.


Auction Crowdsourcing!

In our effort to make this year's auction a full community event and darn fun party, we are inviting every family to contribute to a theme basket to be auctioned. These treasure troves of goodies will be hot tickets! Each grade will have a theme and families can make a donation to fill out that basket. More information will be coming to you via your room parent. Please make your donation in February! Here are the themes and some ideas of things to contribute:

Kindergarten: Mom-cation - bubble bath/bath salts, wine, mani/pedi gift certificate, face masks, lotions, gift cards to restaurants/massage/salons, robe, slippers, pass to Claremont.

1st Grade: Barfly (Cocktail/Wine/Coffee) - Alcohol, mixers, bar tools. cocktail books, shot glasses, wine, decanter, wine opener, good coffee beans, french press, coffee scoop, Swell or other nice travel mugs, Peet’s/Starbucks/Cole's/Philz coffee cards.

2nd Grade: Fun in the Sun - Sunglasses, kindle/e-reader, beach towels, portable speaker, beach blanket, sand toys, sunscreen, tote, beach hat...

3rd Grade: Sweat and Om - Yoga mat, fitbit, dumbbells, resistance bands, water bottles, Lululemon/Athleta gift certificates, gym/cycling/yoga/pilates/daily method passes.

4th Grade: Sweet Tooth - baking supplies, measuring spoons, measuring cups, nice baking mixes, decorations, ice cream maker, popsicle molds, ice cream bowls and scooper, gift certificates to Ici/Three Twins.

5th Grade: Family Game Night - classic games (monopoly, scrabble). New Games (sequence, scattergories), card games (uno, exploding kittens) candy, popcorn.

Be creative!!! All donations welcome! Questions? Contact Mindy Szelap at mszelap@gmail.com.


Children’s Book Sale March 1st-30th

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library manages two book stores. A smaller one is located at the Central Library and a much larger one is at 2433 Channing Way.
 
Come to the children’s book sale March 1st-30th, to stock up on gently used children’s book, from $.50 to $2.50.
 
Normally the store hours are 10-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, but we will extend our hours until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 29.

Questions? Visit berkeleylibraryfriends.org.


Girls Leadership - Girl & Grown-up Workshop at Washington School in Berkeley in March

Girl & grown-up pairs will learn about identifying healthy relationships, finding their voices, and communicating more effectively. Girls also develop resilient responses to conflict, drama, challenges, and mistakes. The program is interactive, fun, and enlightening, and it’s also a great opportunity to gain insight and spend time with your daughter in a new and different way. Visit https://girlsleadership.org/programs/ for more information.


Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:30-6:30pm; $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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Our mailing address is:
2800 Forest Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94705