BearFacts November 30, 2017

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Message from the Principal

November 30, 2017

Hello Families,

Prior to break, while chatting with some Emerson parents at a meeting, the topic of dogs on or near campus came up. I've had dogs and cats most of my life and I am definitely an animal lover. However, not all children or families are comfortable around dogs and many dogs are unpredictable around children and/or other dogs.

I hope many families continue to walk to school and that you enjoy bringing your dog along with you. I am requesting that you also help everyone feel safe and secure by not bringing dogs on campus, tying them up on the rolling gate, or standing with them in the high traffic area outside the gate. Just being off to the side out of the entrance area would help a lot. Thank you very much for your consideration of others and for your cooperation in this matter.

Warmly,Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, Dine Out 4 BUSD Gardening & Cooking Program, 8:00am-12pm
  • Friday, Dec.1, Coffee on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, BUSD Kindergarten Fair at Le Conte Elementary, 8:00am-1pm
  • Monday, Dec. 4-Friday, Dec. 8, Hour of Code 2017
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, PTA Board Meeting, 6:00- 7:30pm, Emerson Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, Winter Program 6:30pm at Willard Auditorium
  • Monday Dec. 18- Monday Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
  • Friday, Jan. 5, Coffee on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am

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Emerson's website has a new look!

Visit for information on upcoming events, school info, volunteer opportunities and more!If you have comments or corrections, fill out the contact form on the website or email Katherine Cunningham at
DONATE NOW to the Heart of Emerson!
Please help raise $60,000 by December 31st to pay for art and PE classes, field trips, family and cultural events and much more! If you haven't yet had a chance to give, please show your support by:

  • placing cash or a check made out to “Emerson PTA” in your child’s Look Folder, or in the secure Heart of Emerson box outside the office; or
  • clicking on the “Donate Now” button below or at

Every dollar counts -- and when you donate (any amount!) your child(ren)'s artwork will be added to the display on the fence by the monkey bars! Thank you for supporting the Heart of Emerson!


Dine Out to Support BUSD on Thursday, Nov. 30
On Thursday, November 30th (today!) BUSD is partnering with local restaurants throughout Berkeley for a food-filled day and night in support of garden and nutrition education for all Berkeley Public Schools.

Dine Out at participating businesses and support our 13 educators and over 7000 students at 17 school gardens and 5 kitchen classrooms. 

When you Dine Out at one of the participating restaurants and a percentage of your check will go to BUSD! The list of participating restaurants is growing and can be found at


A message from the Spirit Committee!
We would like to help the fire victims of the Napa and Sonoma county fires this holiday season. Each class will have a collection box for money donations. Our donations will be gathered and given to The Redwood Empire Food Bank which is Sonoma County’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving 82,000 individuals and families. We will collect cash donations because this allows the food bank to buy exactly what is needed when it is needed. Donations will be accepted from November 27-December 8th in your child's classroom. We hope you will participate, every dollar counts!!

Bakers Needed for the Multicultural Bake Sale at the Winter Concert!
The Winter Concert is right around the corner - Thursday, December 14th! In addition to the amazing performances, we are looking forward to Emerson's 2nd annual Multicultural Bake Sale. The theme is holiday treats from different cultural backgrounds and will highlight a diversity of holiday celebratory foods. The bake sale will serve the triple purpose of 1) celebrating the wonderful diversity of our community 2) providing much needed food items to prevent total kid/parent meltdown during the performance 3) raise money for Emerson!If you are able to bring a baked treat to sell, please sign up here: OR you can email Rachel at

Hour of Code Next Week! 
Emerson joins thousands of schools worldwide during National Computer Science week for Hour of Code, a global movement to introduce kids to coding while making it fun. Find your child's Hour of Code time slot and sign up at if you’d like to volunteer (no coding or computer experience needed). Learn more about Hour of Code at Contact Henry Sobel ( or Katherine Cunningham ( with any questions.

THANK YOU EMERSON for helping us meet our
2017 Walkathon $16K GOAL!!!

2017 Walkathon Photos are here!
Go to: (#emersoncreepycrawly)

The Walkathon Award Ceremony is tomorrow:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st at 8:30 am

Special thanks to Erin Tsuchimoto for leading the Book Fair at the
Walkathon! Mr. Mopps brought in almost $470 for Emerson!

We would also like to honor a couple of parent captains whom we
missed, Mindy Szelap and Ben Siebel.

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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