BearFacts November 2, 2017

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Message from the Principal

November 2, 2017

Dear Families,

The first trimester of the year ended on Friday, October 27th. Teachers have been busy over the last several weeks assessing students individually in reading, administering trimester I math assessments and writing prompts, and giving a spelling assessment in most grades as well. Teachers use this information along with evaluation of student class work such as math assignments and exit tickets and daily writing, class and home reading logs, and teacher observation, to complete each report card. Teachers include detailed comments in an effort to give you a thorough picture of how your child is doing at school in relation to the grade level standards and expectations. 
Parent teacher conferences begin next week. This is your chance to meet with your teacher to review your child's report card and have a conversation about how it has been going. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions, share information or concerns and, most of all, to celebrate your child's progress. Teachers are sending home conference reminders and are counting on you to be there at your assigned time. If you need to change your appointment, be sure to contact your teacher or the office ahead of time. 
School dismisses early during conference week, Monday - Thursday, November 6th - 9th. Please be sure you have made arrangements to pick your child up early all week. Students who ride the bus must be met at their bus stops an hour to 75 minutes early as well. If students are not met at the bus stop, they will be brought back to school and you will need to make arrangements to pick them up here. Kids' World will begin early and will end at the regular time so no need for special arrangements there.

  • Kindergarten @ 12:30
  • 1st - 3rd @ 1:05
  • 4th and 5th @ 1:10

Lastly, we have a special request. Parking around Emerson can be tricky on the best of days. It is even more challenging for teachers and staff to park on street sweeping days, the 3rd Friday and the 4th Tuesday. If you are parking for drop off on street sweeping days, we ask that you park on the street sweeping side of the street. You will have plenty of time to move your cars before 9:00, when ticketing starts, and the teachers will have more space to park their cars and get inside to start work. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. It would be much appreciated by all.

Susan Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, Día de los Muertos event at lunch recess
  • Friday, Nov. 3, No school (parent-teacher conferences)
  • Friday, Nov. 3 to Friday Nov 10, No enrichment classes. Classes resume Nov 13.
  • Nov. 5-8, Shortened days (parent-teacher conferences)
  • Monday, Nov. 6, Kids Kreations online orders due
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Racial Equity Study Circle #4, 6-8pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Romeo & Juliet performance, 8:30am
  • Friday, Nov. 10, No school (Veteran’s Day)
  • Friday, Nov. 10 - Sun, Nov 12, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore Fundraiser
  • Wednesday, Nov 15 - Make-up school pictures
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, Racial Equity Study Circle #5, 6-8pm
  • 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  

Dia de los Muertos is Here

Emerson families our Day of the Dead Altar or Ofrenda is up and ready to view in our school library...It is breathtaking!  

These Ofrendas are built during Dia de los Muertos to honor the lives of those who have passed.  They are beautiful creations constructed with Love and Care in Mexico and Mexican-American communities.  
We would like to invite you to help us personalize it.  You can contribute by bringing in photos, and or mementos of loved ones that are being remembered. Fresh Marigolds are also welcome.
Dia de los Muertos a llegado:
Familias de Emerson, nuestro Altar o Ofrenda del Día de los Muertos, está lista para verse en la biblioteca de nuestra escuela ... ¡Es impresionante!
Estas Ofrendas se construyen durante el Día de los Muertos para honrar las vidas de aquellos que han fallecido. Son bellas creaciones construidas con Amor y Cuidado en México y en America Central. 
Nos gustaría invitarlos a que nos ayuden a personalizarlo. Puede contribuir al traer fotos o recuerdos de sus seres queridos que se recuerdan. Fresh Marigolds también son bienvenidas.

Kids Kreations

Have you placed your Kids Kreations orders yet? Deadline extended. Orders are now due Monday, November 6th. Online orders only. Please go to: and enter your child's name where it asks for the ART ID CODE. If you need any assistance ordering or have any questions, email Emerson mom Kathleen Mason:  Kids Kreations make wonderful gifts that you, your child, and your whole family will cherish for years. Thank you!

. ❤  Sign up to Lead K Tours - Volunteers needed!

Share your love of Emerson with prospective K families - be a tour guide! Tours will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to ~ 10am, November 14 through December 14 and ~ January 05 through January 25. If you are a new tour guide, you will buddy up with an experienced tour guide your first tour (and be provided talking points, answers to FAQ’s, etc). If interested, sign up below to be a tour guide, or email Liz White with questions (

K Tour sign-up:

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 their online store:

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:

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

Fourth graders are entitled to a free National Parks pass

Ffor their entire fourth grade year (through Aug 31), 4th graders get into National Parks for FREE.  If you don't have it already, get it here:


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!
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