BearFacts June 14, 2018

BearFacts News                 
June 14, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

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


Fondly, 
Susan Hodge


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


FAMILY PANTRY ALL SUMMER LONG

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

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

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

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


Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

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

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


Didn't Order a Yearbook? You Still Can! 

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


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


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

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



Find Emerson Online

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

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

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


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

BearFacts June 7, 2018

BearFacts News                 
June 7, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

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

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

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

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

Thanks, 
Susan Hodge


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

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

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


Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

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

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


Get your receipts into the PTA by Tuesday!
 

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


New from Emerson Library

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



Recycle Unusable Color Markers—Keep Plastic Out of Landfills
 

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

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


Summer Soak for the Garden

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

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

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

 



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

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

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


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

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

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


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

BearFacts May 31, 2018

BearFacts News                 
May 31, 2018


Message from the Principal

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

Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

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

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


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

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


Spring Enrichment Performance this Friday, June 1st

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

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


Amazing Read-a-Thon!! 

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

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


New from Emerson Library
 

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


Emerson End of the Year Party!
June 7th

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

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


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

We need BOOKS, BOOKS, and more BOOKS!

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

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

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


Recycle Unusable Color Markers—Keep Plastic Out of Landfills
 

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

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


Summer Soak for the Garden

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

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

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



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

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

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

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

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

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


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

BearFacts May 24, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 24, 2018


Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

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

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

Sincerely,
Ms. Hodge


Upcoming Events & Important Dates

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

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

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


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


Amazing Read-a-Thon!!

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

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


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


Spring Enrichment Performance Friday, June 1st

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

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


Emerson End of the Year Party!
June 7th

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

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


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

We need BOOKSBOOKS, and more BOOKS!

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

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

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



Find Emerson Online

Websiteemerson.berkeleypta.org

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

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


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

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

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


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