BearFacts October 19, 2017

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October 19, 2017

Dear Families,

We are all so saddened by the losses suffered by our neighbors to the north of us. I know that many of you have relatives and/or friends who have been affected by these terrible fires. Please let us know if there are any special accommodations your family might need right now.

I want to thank you for your flexibility and support while we at school worked to face the challenges of poor air quality in Berkeley. Whenever I requested it, many of you were able to come and pick your children up early from Kids' World, which lowered our numbers and really helped on those long afternoons while the students had to continue to stay inside. Thank you for adjusting your schedules to make that happen.

Also, thank you for staying in close contact. Folks contacted us through REMIND, phone, email, etc., to send information, request clarification, ask questions, or to simply send a thumbs up. I feel that we were communicating well throughout. If you are not getting this information, be sure to see the BEAR FACTS news for ways to sign up for these important communication links.

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, Oct 20, Free Coffee on the yard (8am after drop-off)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, Racial Equity Study Circle #1, 9am-2pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, The Emerson Walkathon!, 11am-3pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Racial Equity Study Circle #2, 6-8pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 31, Halloween parade, 12:45pm
  • Thursday, Nov 2, Dia de los Muertos
  • Friday, Nov 3, No school (parent-teacher conferences)
  • Nov 5-8, Shortened days (parent-teacher conferences)
  • Friday, Nov 10, No school (Veterans’ Day)

Find more dates/details:
Emerson’s creepiest fundraiser, full of fun and prizes!
REGISTRATION IS EXTENDED to Friday, October 20th—and you can register on the day of the event!!

Volunteers still needed!! Please help us and SIGN UP at: to volunteer!!

The Creepy-Crawly Walk-A-ThonisTHIS COMING SUNDAY, Oct 22nd, 2017 (11AM to 3PM) at Emerson. Free lunches for registered walkers; lunch & snacks for sale (cash only) for families.

Tons of fun activities!! Zombie face painting~photo-booth with lots of props~pumpkin-weight guessing~music~prizes~fun socializing with your Emerson community.

Students can earn SUPER CREEPY-CRAWLY-WALKER prizes & awards by:

•          Getting 10 pledges or more, OR raising $100 or more. Pledges can be made by: Cash, Check or Online (go to

•          Or Just by walking (or skipping, jumping, freestyling) laps according to student’s grade! K=5; 1st=10; 2nd&3rd=12; 4th&5th=15

REMEMBER: You can turn in pledges now thru Nov 14th. Top walkers and top money earners in each grade will be honored at an all-school meeting awards ceremony on Dec 1st.

Class with the most student walker participation will get PIZZA AND ICE CREAM PARTY!!See you at the Creepy Crawly Walkathon!!!
Mr. Mopps’s Book Fair Sun, Oct 22 (at the Walkathon)Mr. Mopps' is hosting a children's book fair at the walkathon.  Buy a book for a teacher, stock up on birthday gifts, or shop early for the holidays. Gift cards can also be purchased. 15% of ALL sales donated back to Emerson.
Respook, Rewear, Rescare Returns!Let's go GREEN for Halloween! Bring any clean and reusable costumes to the Costume Recycling box outside Ms. Jeannie’s room. We’ll help your costumes find new bones… er… homes! You don’t have to donate to get a “new to you” costume.Kids Kreations
Keep an eye out for your child's personalized stickers featuring their very own artwork, along with a Kids Kreations brochure, coming home soon in their Look Folder.

This is a wonderful fundraiser for Emerson and offers you the chance to order from a wide variety of products featuring your child's artwork.

It's not too early to think about holiday gifts for friends and family, from beautiful pieces of jewelry, to iPhone cases, to portfolios, to matted prints, and so much more.

Look for our display table with wonderful samples at this Sunday's Walk-a-thon. Your child's face will light up when they see their art turned into a keepsake ❤
Buy Books and Raise Money For Emerson!
Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore (2904 College Ave.) will reimburse Emerson School for 20% of the total purchases made by the school community between November 10-12.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on holiday gift items such as children's books, cookbooks, adult fiction and nonfiction, gardening books, merchandise, art, and gift certificates for teachers, family, and friends.

Online sales welcome: shop at our online store at
Please make sure to keep your receipts (or, for online purchases, print out your order confirmation email) and turn them in to the Mrs. Dalloway's box in the front office no later than Friday, November 17.

Questions? Email Rachel:
Emerson PTA Membership Drive Continues
Did You Misplace Your PTA Membership Form? Thanks to the 165 parents and teachers who have become members so far.

Help us reach our goal of having 300 members this year. The more members we have, the stronger our voice can be in and beyond our school. Please fill out and become a member!

Please find another form in your child’s Look Folder this week. When you return a membership form, your child will get a small treat from their teacher.

Thank you for supporting the Emerson PTA! For questions, reach out to Elif Kale-Lostuvali (

Calling All Dads!
Emerson Dad Nathan Stahlhut here (Dad to 2nd Grader Ryan). I’m looking to start an Emerson Dad’s Club - will you join me? The Dad’s club would be an informal arm of the PTA targeted towards ‘hands on’ volunteers (paint a classroom?, serve the pancake breakfast?); fundraising (run a car wash?); and socializing (monthly beers anyone?).

If you are a dad who wants to be involved but doesn’t quite know how, this is your chance.

Please reach out to me at and let’s start the conversation.

This club is not a full-time commitment and will be a lot of fun, good for our kids, and a great support to the school.Emerson Celebrates Dia de los Muertos - Volunteers Needed!

  • 10/20: construct altar/ofrenda
  • 10/25 & 10/26 (12-1pm):
    5th grade parents (sugar skulls)
  • 11/2: serve Pan de Muerto and Hot Chocolate (10am-1pm)
  • 11/6: take down altar/ofrenda

To help contact:

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

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