BearFacts January 18, 2018


BearFacts News

Message from the Principal

January 18, 2018

Dear Families,

I am sure most of you have heard by now that Coach Donte, our PE coach, has been out with a knee injury that he sustained in mid-December while playing basketball. He had surgery recently and is now working on recuperating. It will of course, take time. I am sure you join us in sending him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. 
Teachers have been doing their best to continue providing PE and conditioning classes as often as they have been able. Meanwhile, the YMCA is working hard to find a sub for Donte while he works on getting well. Coach Juana will start subbing Mondays through Wednesdays, beginning this week, and we are still waiting for a substitute on Thursdays and Fridays. 
I know this is frustrating for everyone, especially Donte! Thank you for your patience and understanding while we adjust to this unexpected situation. 


Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, Jan. 19, Free coffee on the yard, 8:00-8:30am
  • Friday, Jan. 26, Spring Enrichment Class Registration Opens
  • Friday, Jan. 26, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30)
  • Monday, Jan. 29, No School (Staff development day)
  • Friday, February 2, All School Meeting (8:30) & Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30)
  • Friday, February 2, Entering K & Middle school applications due to BUSD admissions office
  • Saturday, February 3, Pancake breakfast (8:30-10:30, free)
  • Wednesday, February 7, PTA Association Meeting – everyone welcome (5:30 – 7:30pm)
  • Friday, February 9, Black history month assembly (8:30am)
  • Friday, February 16 & Monday, February 19th – No school (Lincoln’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day)
  • Monday, February 26 – PTA spring enrichment classes begin

Find more dates/details:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

-- Martin Luther King Jr. from Strength to Love, 1963

Kindness Challenge and Emerson Day (January 26)!

Emerson is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge the week of June 22-26.  Students will receive a checklist with ideas of how to be extra kind or be kind in a new way. Check them off as you go. There is no limit to how many acts of kindness you can do, we encourage you to come up with new ideas and share them on the poster in the hallway by the Library. 
The week will end with a celebration! On Friday, 1/26, Students should wear Emerson t-shirts, sweatshirts, or anything in Emerson colors, blue and yellow! There will also be an all school dance party to celebrate the students filling up the "caught being good" bucket with over 200 CBGs!


Free Pancakes for Everyone!

Come enjoy some pancakes and sausages on Saturday, February 3, from 8:30-10:30am when the PTA hosts its annual pancake breakfast!! The entire Emerson community is invited to this special winter event so pack up the kids and come hungry. Interested in volunteering? Sign up here:

PTA Association Meeting: Emergency preparedness! February 7th, 6-7:30pm (5:30-6pm pizza!)

All Emerson families are invited to the PTA Association meeting to discuss emergency preparedness with special guest speakers from CERT and our local firehouse. Also, hear from the Emerson Safety Committee on our school’s efforts! Pizza and salad in the Cafeteria from 5:30 - 6:00p, followed by presentation and discussion, 6pm - 7:30pm. Everyone welcome!

Hey entering K and Middle School Families

Don’t forget… documentation and applications are due to BUSD admissions on or before Friday, February 2nd!

The 2018 Emerson Auction Is Coming! 

Mark your calendars: the 2018 Emerson Auction is just two months away. This year we’ll have an Online Auction followed by a Silent Auction & Party. The Online Auction will include great deals on summer camps, dining, local services and more. It will run from March 7th through March 21st.  

On Friday, March 23rd, 6 – 9 pm, you’re invited to Emerson’s 2018 Silent Auction & Party! Free childcare will be provided by our friends at Kids World. Come eat, drink and hang out with a terrific group of grownups from the Emerson parent community. We’ll have a special menu of fantastic items to bid on that you won’t want to miss!  

More information soon on how to bid online, where to buy tickets for the party and how you can help make both activities a great success for our school! 



Thank you, Emerson Families!
Great news: thanks to you, Emerson families, we've reached the PTA's $60,000 goal for the Fall 2017 Heart of Emerson campaign. To celebrate, we've hung 300+ CDs decorated by Emerson students (including yours) on the fence by the monkey bars...come take a look!

Although the campaign is over, we still need to raise around $35,000 this school year to support the great work taking place at Emerson every day.

Please show your support by participating in the 2018 Emerson Auction March 23rd and the Read-a-thon in April. If you haven't donated yet, please consider making a gift of any amount by dropping off cash or a check (made out to "Emerson PTA") in the secure Heart of Emerson box outside the office. Every donation helps, no matter the size!

A big "thank you" to all Emerson families for everything you do to support our children and our school!



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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