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.

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


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

Enrichment Classes Second Chance!

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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. 


Didn't get all your Enrichment Classes? 
BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE

Hello Emerson Families,


We have a few Spring PTA Enrichment classes with spaces that we are offering on a lottery basis to those who email us by Wednesday 2/14 at 9pm. 

Please email EmersonEnrichment@gmail.com if you would like to be considered for one of these spaces. Please rank your request: 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc. 

You are welcome to request the class on a scholarship basis.  If we can offer you a place in the class, we will either email you an invoice for payment or a confirmation email regarding your enrollment. 

Classes that may have space include:  
Spanish (K) M, Th, 1:30
Cooking (2-5) Weds 3:05
Yoga (K), Fri 1:30
Yoga (1-5), Fri 2:25
Capoeira (1-5), Fri 3:30
Comic Book (3-5), Fri 3:30
Broadway Music & Dance (K), Fri 1:30
Chess (1-5), Fri 2:25
Chess (1-5), Tues 2:25
Choir (K) Wed 1:30
Choir (1-5) Wed 2:30


Please tell us your name, contact email, phone number, student's name, student's teacher, Kids' World days attended (if any)
Class choices (ranked).
Scholarship requests (if any)

For class descriptions see: enrich.hero.net

 

 

 

Find Emerson Online
 

Website: emerson.berkeleypta.org
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emersonpta/ (or follow @emersonPTA)

SPECIAL MEETING: BUSD's Director of Special Education Recruitment

Special Meeting
February 13th!

 SPECIAL MEETING:
BUSD's Director of Special Education Recruitment
February 13th: 5:30-700 pm


Dear BUSD Families:

BUSD's Director of Special Education, Lisa Graham, will be relocating with her family this June. 


BUSD has enlisted the services of a search firm to recruit for the position, and former BUSD Superintendent, Bill Huyett, will be leading those recruitment efforts on behalf of McPherson & Jacobson, LLC. 

On Tuesday, February 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. an input session has been scheduled for parents in the Board Room at 1231 Addison Street


This session will provide an opportunity for parents to answer questions and to provide input to the search firm and its lead recruiter regarding  or skills that should be prioritized in our search.

We recognize that notice is somewhat short here, yet we are trying to be very aggressive in this search which means getting out into the candidate pool comparatively early in the school year.


Pasquale Scuderi
Associate Superintendent
Berkeley Unified School District
510-644-6257

BearFacts February 8, 2018

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Message from the Principal

February 8, 2018

Dear Families,
 

Thanks so much for turning out for the Pancake Breakfast. I think this was the most well attended school breakfast I can remember. The pancakes, sausages, and fruit were scrumptious and it was really nice to see so many folks enjoying the food and company together. And we got great weather too! (I remember the time we cooked the sausages and pancakes inside due to bad weather. We filled the entire cafetorium with smoke and could only see each other from the hips on down. Quite memorable and a little bit scary.) A huge shout out to all those planners and coordinators, mixers, flippers, scoopers, and servers. Thank you for helping with set up and clean up, and for enhancing this already wonderful community of families and staff. Nice work everyone!
 
Speaking of eating, 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. If you can drop some off, various sizes are also good, it would be much appreciated. 


Thanks,
Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, February 9, Black history month assembly, 8:30am
  • Friday, February 9, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Monday, February 12th, The 100th Day of School
  • 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

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

Enrichment Classes - Payment Due This Friday

Hi Everyone, if you registered for PTA Enrichment Classes for the spring, you will receive your invoice this week at the email you used to register. Payments are due this Friday. After that, we will open up classes to students on the waitlist.

Another Successful Emerson Pancake Breakfast!

The Pancake Breakfast last Saturday was a great success – thanks so much to everyone who came out! We had great weather, great pancakes, and a great turnout! Big thanks to the awesome crew who volunteered on a Saturday and made it all happen – from the big shop, griddling, serving, and all the clean-up. Many thanks to: Christina Collinsworth, Alex Winnicki, Traci Roberts-Camps, Sarah Herbelin, Ashleigh Kanat, Josh Nathan (aka Larry Bird), Sandra Guzman, Daniel Frydman, Jenny Patro, Samantha Lekus, Josh Lachs, Nathan Stahlhut, Robert Kopf, Thuan Tran, Heather Fernandez, Susi Hesse, Oliver Hesse, Delilah Raybee, Stephanie Sidebotham, Maggie Robinson, Michelle Hlubinka, Cynthia Campbell, Eric Thompson, and Mr. Rafael. And a special thanks to Peet's on Domingo in Berkeley who donated the coffee!! 

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.

Emerson Auction Party March 23rd, 6–9pm 
 
Online Auction (March 7th through March 21st ) followed by Silent Auction & Party (Friday, March 23rd, 6–9pm). Online Auction includes great deals on summer camps, dining, local services and more. 

The Silent Auction & Party includes free childcare provided by our friends at Kids World. Come eat, drink and hang out with a terrific group of grownups from the Emerson parent community. More information soon on how to bid online, where to buy tickets for the party, and how you can help.

 

This week’s Zumba class has been rescheduled for Thurs, Feb 8 so that it doesn't interfere with the PTA Association Meeting. Class is from 5:15-6:15pm; $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 February 1, 2018

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Message from the Principal

February 1, 2018

Dear Families,
 
I want to thank so many of you for coming out for our rally and march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. back on January 12th. I was glad that you could be there with us for the amazing performances by the Kindergarten, Second, and Fourth Grade students. The students did a great job thanks to the planning and practice with their classroom teachers, enhanced by you as an appreciative audience.
 
If you enjoyed that assembly or even if missed it, I have another opportunity for you to celebrate with us. Please come to our next special assembly starting at 8:30 on Friday, February 9th, in celebration of Black History Month. Students in First, Third, and Fifth grades will be performing this time and, professional acapella group, SoVoSo, will be performing as well. It should be an awesome show - don't miss it. Thank you, Ms. Carter, for bring SoVoSo to us, and to the PTA for sponsoring the show.
 
Thanks,
Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates
 

  • Friday, February 2, All School Meeting (8:30am) & Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Friday, February 2, Entering K & Middle school applications due to BUSD admissions office
  • Friday, February 2, Spring Enrichment Class Registration Closes, 6pm
  • Saturday, February 3, Pancake breakfast (8:30-10:30am, free)
  • Wednesday, February 7, PTA Association Meeting – everyone welcome (5:30 – 7:30pm)
  • Friday, February 9, Black history month assembly
  • Monday, February 12th, The 100th Day of School
  • 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)

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

Free Pancakes for Everyone This Saturday, February 3, 8:30-10:30am!

Come enjoy some pancakes and sausages this Saturday, February 3, from 8:30-10:30 am when the PTA hosts its annual pancake breakfast!! The entire Emerson community is invited to this special winter event so pack up the kids and come hungry. There are a couple slots open if you want to volunteer!  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F44A9A82BA3FA7-pancake3

 

Spring PTA Enrichment Classes Registration closes on Friday

This is a reminder that the deadline for registering for spring enrichment classes is this FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd at 6pm. Go to enrich.hero.net to check out the great lineup. Scholarships are available and we will try to accommodate up to two scholarship classes per student. Paper registration forms and assistance are available in the school office with Lilly Howell, the Emerson equity coordinator. Questions? Email us at emersonenrichment@gmail.com


 

PTA Board Elections
Join the PTA Board for the 2018-2019 school year! PTA Board Elections will take place at the PTA Association Meeting on April 18th.  We will be sending out more information later, but consider supporting Emerson by being a part of the PTA board.
 
Being on the board is an opportunity to share and implement ideas that benefit all our children. We need motivated people to fill key positions related to event planning, community outreach, and fundraising. In the interest of continuity and stability, we ask that volunteers make a two-year commitment.
 
Email emersonbearcubspta@gmail.com for more information or to submit your name by March 1st.

BUSD Budget Reductions

A series of economic and fiscal factors are putting pressures on school district budgets across the State of California. One of these is the fact that for several years state education funding has not kept pace with expenses. Furthermore, the mandate for funding state employee pensions has risen significantly (an estimated $1.3 million annual increase for Berkeley each year through 20-21), and school districts have needed to address employee compensation after several lean years during the Great Recession (2007-2012).
 
To ensure that the Berkeley Unified School District can continue with a balanced budget that earns a positive certification from the Alameda County Office of Education, the Board has set the goal of cutting $1.8 million in costs for the 2018-19 school year. Since some General Fund cuts were already made for this current fiscal year, some difficult decisions will have to be made about reducing services, programs, and/or staffing.
 
The School Board will be discussing the budget at its upcoming meeting at the BUSD building, Allston entrance, on Weds, Feb. 7 at 7:30pm after Emerson's PTA Association meeting.


 

Emerson Auction Party March 23rd, 6–9 pm 
 
Online Auction (March 7th through March 21st ) followed by Silent Auction & Party (Friday, March 23rd, 6–9 pm). Online Auction includes great deals on summer camps, dining, local services and more. 

The Silent Auction & Party includes free childcare provided by our friends at Kids World. Come eat, drink and hang out with a terrific group of grownups from the Emerson parent community. More information soon on how to bid online, where to buy tickets for the party, and how you can help.


 

 

Next week’s Zumba class has been rescheduled for Thurs, Feb 8 so that it doesn't interfere with the PTA Association Meeting. Class is from 5:15-6:15pm; $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

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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 © 2017. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


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

BearFacts January 25, 2018

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Message from the Principal

January 25, 2018

Dear Families,
 
This is another reminder that the due date for registering your 5th graders for Middle School is Friday, February 2nd. Enrollment Packets were sent to every current 5th grade family several weeks ago so you should have all forms and requirements on hand. If you need help, please drop in or contact Lily Howell, our Family Equity Coordinator, on Wednesday—Fridays at Emerson or email her at lilyhowell@berkeley.net.

You'll need current report cards, proof of address in Berkeley, etc. so you should not wait until the last minute. Also, the Student Enrollment Office at 2020 Bonar St. cannot take an incomplete application, so all the more reason to take care of this now if you haven't done so already. If you did not receive this packet in the mail, please update your current mailing address at 2020 Bonar St. so that you will receive all future mailing. 
 
In addition, if you happen to have an incoming K student, Friday, February 2nd is also the due date for Kindergarten enrollment. In order to get school placement in the first round, be sure to meet this deadline. Please pass this information on any friends and acquaintances who have children ready for K in the fall.
 
Much Appreciation,
Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, Jan. 26, Spring Enrichment Class Registration Opens
  • Friday, Jan. 26, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Monday, Jan. 29, No School (Staff development day)
  • Friday, February 2, All School Meeting (8:30am) & Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Friday, February 2, Entering K & Middle school applications due to BUSD admissions office
  • Saturday, February 3, Pancake breakfast (8:30-10:30am, free)
  • Wednesday, February 7, PTA Association Meeting – everyone welcome (5:30 – 7:30pm)
  • Friday, February 9, Black history month assembly (8:30am)
  • 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)

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

Kindness Challenge and Emerson Day (January 26)!

Don’t forget: Students should wear Emerson t-shirts, sweatshirts, or anything in Emerson colors (blue and yellow) on Friday, January 26th!


Free Pancakes for Everyone!
 
Come enjoy some pancakes and sausages on Saturday, February 3, from 8:30-10:30 am when the PTA hosts its annual pancake breakfast!! The entire Emerson community is invited to this special winter event so pack up the kids and come hungry.

We could use a couple more folks to help with clean up, so please sign up here if you can help out: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F44A9A82BA3FA7-pancake3


 

PTA Association Meeting: Emergency preparedness! February 7th, 6-7:30pm (5:30-6pm pizza!)

All Emerson families are invited to the PTA Association meeting to discuss emergency preparedness with special guest speakers from CERT and our local firehouse. Also, hear from the Emerson Safety Committee on our school’s efforts! Pizza and salad in the Cafeteria from 5:30 - 6:00p, followed by presentation and discussion, 6pm - 7:30pm. Everyone welcome!

The Association will be voting on amendments to the 2017/18 budget and will be asked to approve disbursements since the last Association meeting in October.  A link to the Treasurer's Report is here.  The report lists disbursements and the proposed amendments to the budget.  Here is a link to the current budget with the blue text showing the proposed amendments.

Please let us know if you are able to attend! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S2S3SND


 

Register for Spring Enrichment Classes

Hello Emerson families! Registration for our spring enrichment classes opens this Friday, January 26th and closes the following Friday, Feb. 2 at 6pm. We have the same great lineup of classes. Please check out the catalog that comes home with your student, and go to enrich.hero.net to register.

One change for spring - we will offer up to two scholarship classes to students in need. Please check that you are interested in a scholarship when registering. Questions? Email: emersonenrichment@gmail.com

Mark Your Calendars ** March 23rd from 6 – 9 pm ** Emerson Auction Party
 
This year we’ll have an Online Auction followed by a Silent Auction & Party. The Online Auction will include great deals on summer camps, dining, local services and more. It will run from March 7th through March 21st.
 
On Friday, March 23rd, 6 – 9 pm, you’re invited to Emerson’s 2018 Silent Auction & Party! Free childcare will be provided by our friends at Kids World. Come eat, drink and hang out with a terrific group of grownups from the Emerson parent community. We’ll have a special menu of fantastic items to bid on that you won’t want to miss!
 
More information soon on how to bid online, where to buy tickets for the party and how you can help make both activities a great success for our school!

 

Girls on the Run Starts again in February!

Girls on the Run is back for its fourth season at Emerson! We focus on girls’ empowerment while training for a 5K run in May. GOTR is open to girls in grades 3-5, with practices on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-3:45 p.m. starting February 27. Online registration opens soon at www.gotrbayarea.org, or you can enroll using the paper forms in your child’s folder. Fee is sliding scale.

Call/email/text Michele Byrnes for more information: (510) 282-4741, micheleoakleybyrnes@gmail.com.

 

Help us Expand Discovery Zone!

Discovery Zone is a sensory-based recess in the garden area offered during lunch recess on Fridays. Kids draw, play with play-dough, blocks and other toys. It’s a great opportunity for unstructured, quieter play. We would like to offer this recess on other days, and we depend on parent volunteers to make this happen! Can you volunteer 2-4 times/month from 11:30 - 12:45? Call/email/text Michele Byrnes: (510) 282-4741, micheleoakleybyrnes@gmail.com.

 

 

Weekly Zumba Classes

Emerson Community Adults are welcome to join us in the Cafetorium for weekly Zumba classes, led by our own Kirstin Snyder! $5 per class, Wed. 5:15 – 6:15 (no childcare).

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Find Emerson Online

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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 © 2017. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


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

Organize an Event for the Emerson Auction!

Organize an Event for the Emerson Auction!


Help make the 2018 Emerson Auction a huge success! Fun events and activities hosted by Emerson families like yours get lots of bids. Donating an event to the auction is a great way to build community and raise money for our school!
 
Events can be for kids, grownups or families. You can host them on your own or team up with other families. They can take place at your home or in a public place, like a park or the school yard. Here are some examples from previous years:
 
FOR KIDS: Cupcake decorating party / Coding and pizza party / Movie and pizza night / Face painting party / Scavenger hunt at a park / Ice cream party / Chess lesson / Afterschool play date at a park
 
FOR GROWNUPS: Wine tasting / Theme dinner party / Poker night / Game night / Computer training / Make-up lesson party / Shopping and champagne at a local boutique  
 
FOR FAMILIES: Tamale-making lesson / Tour of Pixar Studios/ Tour of Golden Gate Fields / Picnic and a hike in Tilden
 
Excited to host an event? Interested, but want some help figuring out an idea?
 

Please contact Michele Byrnes at micheleoakleybyrnes@gmail.com. 
 
Thanks, in advance, for your help!
 
p.s. MARK YOUR CALENDAR: this year’s auction party will be on Friday, March 23rd, from 6-9pm at St. John’s Church. FREE CHILDCARE provided by Kids World at Emerson during the event!

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

BearFacts January 18, 2018

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BearFacts News


Message from the Principal

January 18, 2018

Dear Families,

I am sure most of you have heard by now that Coach Donte, our PE coach, has been out with a knee injury that he sustained in mid-December while playing basketball. He had surgery recently and is now working on recuperating. It will of course, take time. I am sure you join us in sending him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. 
 
Teachers have been doing their best to continue providing PE and conditioning classes as often as they have been able. Meanwhile, the YMCA is working hard to find a sub for Donte while he works on getting well. Coach Juana will start subbing Mondays through Wednesdays, beginning this week, and we are still waiting for a substitute on Thursdays and Fridays. 
 
I know this is frustrating for everyone, especially Donte! Thank you for your patience and understanding while we adjust to this unexpected situation. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, Jan. 19, Free coffee on the yard, 8:00-8:30am
  • Friday, Jan. 26, Spring Enrichment Class Registration Opens
  • Friday, Jan. 26, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30)
  • Monday, Jan. 29, No School (Staff development day)
  • Friday, February 2, All School Meeting (8:30) & Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30)
  • Friday, February 2, Entering K & Middle school applications due to BUSD admissions office
  • Saturday, February 3, Pancake breakfast (8:30-10:30, free)
  • Wednesday, February 7, PTA Association Meeting – everyone welcome (5:30 – 7:30pm)
  • Friday, February 9, Black history month assembly (8:30am)
  • Friday, February 16 & Monday, February 19th – No school (Lincoln’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day)
  • Monday, February 26 – PTA spring enrichment classes begin

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


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

-- Martin Luther King Jr. from Strength to Love, 1963


Kindness Challenge and Emerson Day (January 26)!

Emerson is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge the week of June 22-26.  Students will receive a checklist with ideas of how to be extra kind or be kind in a new way. Check them off as you go. There is no limit to how many acts of kindness you can do, we encourage you to come up with new ideas and share them on the poster in the hallway by the Library. 
 
The week will end with a celebration! On Friday, 1/26, Students should wear Emerson t-shirts, sweatshirts, or anything in Emerson colors, blue and yellow! There will also be an all school dance party to celebrate the students filling up the "caught being good" bucket with over 200 CBGs!

 

Free Pancakes for Everyone!

Come enjoy some pancakes and sausages on Saturday, February 3, from 8:30-10:30am when the PTA hosts its annual pancake breakfast!! The entire Emerson community is invited to this special winter event so pack up the kids and come hungry. Interested in volunteering? Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F44A9A82BA3FA7-pancake3
 

PTA Association Meeting: Emergency preparedness! February 7th, 6-7:30pm (5:30-6pm pizza!)

All Emerson families are invited to the PTA Association meeting to discuss emergency preparedness with special guest speakers from CERT and our local firehouse. Also, hear from the Emerson Safety Committee on our school’s efforts! Pizza and salad in the Cafeteria from 5:30 - 6:00p, followed by presentation and discussion, 6pm - 7:30pm. Everyone welcome!

Hey entering K and Middle School Families

Don’t forget… documentation and applications are due to BUSD admissions on or before Friday, February 2nd!

The 2018 Emerson Auction Is Coming! 

Mark your calendars: the 2018 Emerson Auction is just two months away. This year we’ll have an Online Auction followed by a Silent Auction & Party. The Online Auction will include great deals on summer camps, dining, local services and more. It will run from March 7th through March 21st.  

On Friday, March 23rd, 6 – 9 pm, you’re invited to Emerson’s 2018 Silent Auction & Party! Free childcare will be provided by our friends at Kids World. Come eat, drink and hang out with a terrific group of grownups from the Emerson parent community. We’ll have a special menu of fantastic items to bid on that you won’t want to miss!  

More information soon on how to bid online, where to buy tickets for the party and how you can help make both activities a great success for our school! 

 

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Thank you, Emerson Families!
 
Great news: thanks to you, Emerson families, we've reached the PTA's $60,000 goal for the Fall 2017 Heart of Emerson campaign. To celebrate, we've hung 300+ CDs decorated by Emerson students (including yours) on the fence by the monkey bars...come take a look!

Although the campaign is over, we still need to raise around $35,000 this school year to support the great work taking place at Emerson every day.

Please show your support by participating in the 2018 Emerson Auction March 23rd and the Read-a-thon in April. If you haven't donated yet, please consider making a gift of any amount by dropping off cash or a check (made out to "Emerson PTA") in the secure Heart of Emerson box outside the office. Every donation helps, no matter the size!

A big "thank you" to all Emerson families for everything you do to support our children and our school!

 

 

Weekly Zumba Classes

Emerson Community Adults are welcome to join us in the Cafetorium for weekly Zumba classes, led by our own Kirstin Snyder! $5 per class, Wed. 5:15 – 6:15 (no childcare).

Shop for Emerson!
Click below to raise money for Emerson when you shop at Amazon

 

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 © 2017. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


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

Heartbeat of Emerson January 17, 2018

 

Welcome to The Heartbeat, a message from the Heart of Emerson
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Great news: thanks to you, Emerson families, we've reached the PTA's $60,000 goal for the Fall 2017 Heart of Emerson campaign. To celebrate, we've hung 300+ CDs decorated by Emerson students (including yours) on the fence by the monkey bars...come take a look!

Although the campaign is over, we still need to raise around $35,000 this school year to support the great work taking place at Emerson every day.

Please show your support by participating in the 2018 Emerson Auction in March and the Read-a-thon in April. If you haven't donated yet, please consider making a gift of any amount by dropping off cash or a check (made out to "Emerson PTA") in the secure Heart of Emerson box outside the office. Or, you can click the button below to donate online. Every donation helps, no matter the size!

A big "thank you" to all Emerson famliies for everything you do to support our children and our school!

 

Bienvenidos a El Latido, un mensaje de El Corazón de Emerson

Una gran noticia: gracias a ustedes, las familias de Emerson, hemos alcanzado la meta de la PTA de $ 60,000 para la campaña Heart of Emerson del otoño de 2017. Para celebrar, hemos colgado más de 300 CDs. decorados por los estudiantes de Emerson (incluido el suyo) en la valla junto a las barras del patio de juegos... ¡vengan a echar un vistazo!
 
A pesar de que la campaña ya ha terminado, todavía necesitamos recaudar alrededor de $ 35,000 este año escolar para apoyar el gran trabajo que se lleva a cabo en Emerson todos los días.
 
Por favor, demuestren su apoyo participando en la Subasta de Emerson 2018 en marzo y el Read-a-thon en abril. Si aún no han donado, consideren donar cualquier cantidad depositando dinero en efectivo o un cheque (a nombre de "Emerson PTA") en la caja segura de Heart of Emerson afuera de la oficina. O también, pueden hacer clic en el botón de abajo para donar por internet. ¡Cada donación ayuda, no importa la cantidad!
 
¡Un gran "gracias" a todas las familias de Emerson por todo lo que hacen para apoyar a nuestros niños y nuestra escuela!

 

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BearFacts January 11, 2018

BearFacts News


Message from the Principal

January 11, 2018

Dear Families,

Next Wednesday is our monthly School Governance Council (SGC) meeting. We gather on or about the 3rd Wednesday of each month to handle our duties as the oversight community for Emerson's site plan and local, state, and federal budgets. All of our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. We'll be gathering from 5:30-7:00pm in the Emerson Library on Wednesday, January 17th, to continue our review of student performance data, hear updates about safety preparedness and our Emerson Safety and Disaster Plans, as well as hearing updates from parents who attend district committee meetings as representatives of the Emerson community. We hope that you will join us next week.

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, K info night at Emerson (for prospective K families), 7-8pm
  • Friday, Jan. 12, MLK Rally at 8:30am followed by march to College/Ashby
  • Friday, Jan. 12, Last day of fall PTA enrichment classes
  • Friday, Jan. 12, Free coffee on the yard, 8:00-8:30am
  • Friday, Jan. 12, Enrichment Class Performances in the cafetorium, 5-6pm
  • Monday, Jan. 15, No School (MLK day)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Friday, Jan. 19, Free coffee on the yard, 8:00-8:30am
  • Monday, Jan. 22, Spring Enrichment Class Registration Opens
  • Friday, Jan. 26, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30, free)
  • Monday, Jan. 29, No School (Staff development day)

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

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

-- Martin Luther King Jr. from Strength to Love, 1963

Free Pancakes for Everyone!

Come enjoy some pancakes and sausages on Saturday, February 3, from 8:30-10:30am when the PTA hosts its annual pancake breakfast!! The entire Emerson community is invited to this special winter event so pack up the kids and come hungry. Interested in volunteering? Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F44A9A82BA3FA7-pancake3
 

Hey Fifth Grade Families!

Don’t forget to check out middle school information on BUSD’s website (google: “steps to Middle School Enrollment”). The last South zone info. night will be held on Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm at Longfellow Middle School. Applications are due February 2nd.

Emerson’s Auction Party - Save the Date!

Emerson’s 2018 Auction Party will be on March 23rd from 6-9pm and it’s going to be out of this world!

The Auction Party is Emerson’s #1 fun opportunity for grown ups!

We'll have food, cocktails, and music - and loads of opportunities to bid on amazing items and support our school.Please mark your calendars:


Emerson’s Auction Party
Friday, March 23rd, 6-9pm

St John's Church (just 1 block from Emerson)
FREE childcare provided by Kids World


Auction Volunteers Needed
We’re looking for parent volunteers to:

  1. Create our first ever Wine Wall
  2. Ask local businesses for donations (We have all the materials. We just need folks to take a neighborhood stroll and encourage your favorite business to support our school.)
  3. Plan the food and drinks for the Auction Party
  4. Decorate the party space

Interested? Sign up at http://bit.ly/AuctionCommittee and help make the 2018 Emerson Auction a success! For more info, contact Christina Collinsworth, Auction Lead, at Christina.Marie8908@gmail.com or 925.719.2322.  

 

Weekly Zumba Classes

Emerson Community Adults are welcome to join us in the Cafetorium for weekly Zumba classes, led by our own Kirstin Snyder! $5 per class, Wed. 5:15 – 6:15 (no childcare).

Shop for Emerson!
Click below to raise money for Emerson when you shop at Amazon

 

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 © 2017. Emerson Elementary PTA. All rights reserved.


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