BearFacts October 26, 2017

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October 26, 2017

Dear Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Creepy Crawly Walk-A-Thon this weekend. The weather couldn't have been better. I love that we actually took over the whole street for walking and that our "runners" could get that extra exercise they crave. We loved the book fair, the food at lunch, and the treats. The only problem was that I think I ate too many cookies!

I want to specifically thank Vivi Andrijani and her right-hand helper, Mary Mathaisell, for making this event happen. They gave countless hours ahead of time here at Emerson and at home planning, creating, and organizing. They were also awesome at coordinating all the amazing team captains and volunteers (see page 2 for all the main players). What a great partnership!Thank you also to those captains, team leads and folks who volunteered on the front lines. It is a significant commitment and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to all the families for coming out and participating in the walk itself and finally, let's give a big thumbs up to all those walker/runners who put in the physical effort! Great job everyone; now let's get those pledges in!

Susan Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Racial Equity Study Circle #2, 6-8pm
  • Friday, Oct. 27, Free Coffee and Pastries on the yard, 8am
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, Halloween parade, 12:45pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, Día de los Muertos event at lunch recess
  • Friday, Nov. 3, No school (parent-teacher conferences)
  • Nov. 5-8, Shortened days (parent-teacher conferences)
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, Racial Equity Study Circle #3, 6-8pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Romeo & Juliet performance, 8:30am
  • Friday, Nov. 10, No school (Veteran’s Day)
  • Friday, Nov. 17, Coffee on the yard + All School Meeting at 8:30am

Find more dates/details:

Thanksgiving Gift Card Drive

This year we would like to come together as a community to support each other during the Holidays. We are taking supermarket gift card donations (preferably Safeway, Grocery Outlet, or Food Maxx) to distribute to Emerson families who can benefit from extra help for Thanksgiving. Please bring gift cards to the front office or to the Family Engagement Office now through Friday, Nov. 17. If you would like to receive a gift card look for a flyer coming home in your child’s folder or contact Lily Howell, Family engagement specialist, at 510-295-7791 or  

Kids Kreations
This fundraiser for Emerson offers you the chance to order from a wide variety products featuring your child's artwork. Look for our display table with samples in the main hallway! To order, go online: and enter your child's name where it asks for an Art ID Code. Last day to order is Friday, Nov. 3. Your child's face will light up when they see their art keepsake. ❤  

Emerson K Tours - Volunteer Tour Guides Needed!
Do you love Emerson? Want to share your love with prospective Kindergarten families? Then be a tour guide! Tours will take place at 8:30 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from ~ November 14 through December 14 and ~ January 05 through January 25. We are looking for 12-14 experienced and new tour guides, ideally with each person leading at least two tours. You do not need to be an expert on Emerson to play this role! Interested? Email Liz White ( and we will get back to you with more detail. 


Creepy-Crawly Walk-A-Thon was a tremendous HUGE success!!! 

Roughly, we had 198 students registered and 182 came to walk last Sunday. The kids really had a great time. The Mr. Mopps book fair, photo booth, face painting, pumpkin weight guessing and SPECIAL SUPER WALKER prizes were such a hit!! Families socialized, cheered the kids, enjoyed delicious Mexican and Ethiopian food, baked goods, coffee, and lemonade while the kids walked and enjoyed their snow cones. Cal athletes from rowing, track & field and water polo teams even showed up to cheer on the walkers.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to our Creepy Crawly Walk-A-Thon t-shirt sponsor The Grubb Company in Berkeley, Mr. Mopps for donating 15% sales back to our school, our tireless Emerson parent bakers, and to all of our walk-a-thon captains: Zoe Beach, Robin Stults , Stephanie Meade, Thuan Tran, Michel Byrnes, Eunice Park, Erica Wandner, Simone Schell, Jeffrey Hipona, Jody Stillwater, Ana Smith, Michele Falise, Catherine Cunningham, Liz Tung, Scott Johnson, Michele Falise, Mary Mathaisell, Michael Schumaker, Tamara Pattison, Nina Goldman, Stephanie Sidebotham, Mr. Rafael De La Torre, and Mr. Phil Wiegand who ensured that all went smoothly. And of course the success would not have been possible without the support of all the amazing VOLUNTEERS!! (HALL OF FAME coming soon)  

But WAIT!! We are not done quite yet! Please remind your students to collect those PLEDGES for their hard work! Creepy Crawly Walk-A-Thon aims to meet its net goal of $16,000. Last year we exceeded our goal at $16.8K. Family, friends and neighbors can make pledges with cash and/ or checks – please fill out pledge envelope & return in student look folder. Pledge Envelopes with donations are due by Monday, November 14th.

  • Online Pledges:
  • Pledge Request Letter:
  • Remember: All Super Walkers, Top walkers and top money earners will be honored at the All School Meeting on Friday, December 1st.
  • Creepy-Crawly Walk-A-Thon photos: We will upload in Google Photo soon #emersoncreepycrawly. If you don't want your photo uploaded, email Vivi Andrijani at


REMINDER: No PTA Enrichment Classes Friday November 3rd through Friday, November 10th
For parents with children in After School PTA Enrichment Classes: During Parent-Teacher Conference week, we will not hold Enrichment Classes. There will be no enrichment classes starting Friday November 3rd through Friday November 10th. Classes will resume on their regular schedule Monday, November 13th.
Questions? Please email

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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