BearFacts February 15, 2018


BearFacts News

Message from the Principal

February 15, 2018

Dear Families,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last week's assembly in celebration of Black History Month. It was incredibly moving for me to watch our students on stage sharing information about African Americans who are taking on leadership roles across our nation. I hope you enjoyed it as well.
Coming up next week is the end of the second trimester grading period. That means that we have taken a bit of a pause to assess all students to see how they are progressing toward meeting grade level standards and/or their personal goals. Art, science, and music teachers are also reflecting on and measuring student progress. Teachers are completing report cards so that you may receive this important information along with updates on students work habits, social emotional growth, attendance, etc. 
Report cards are due to be sent home with students on Thursday, March 1st, along with a notice that you should return, confirming that you have received the report card. If you have questions or would like to speak with the classroom teacher, you may indicate that desire on your form and the classroom teacher will get back to you to schedule a time to chat.  Thank you so much and have a wonderful weekend.

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, February 16 & Monday, February 19th, No school (Lincoln’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day)
  • Wednesday, February 21, School Governance Council Meeting, 5:30pm
  • Monday, February 26, PTA spring enrichment classes begin
  • Friday, February 23, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Monday, February 26, PTA spring enrichment classes begin
  • Friday, March 2, Coffee on the yard at 8am followed by All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • Friday, March 2, Family Art Night, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, March 7 – March 20, PTA online auction
  • Tuesday, March 13, Parent puberty education workshop
  • Friday, March 26, Silent auction party (6-9pm)

Find more dates/details:

Family Art Night March 2nd , 6–8pm
This is a fun-filled family event you won't want to miss! Join us for free pizza, salad and 6 stations of creative fun. Projects range in style and difficulty - there is something fun for everyone! Projects include Printmaking, clay exploration, decorative tiles, and MORE!

We need lots of volunteers to make this event happen!
Please sign up here to help:

Email with any questions


Tickets On Sale Now! Emerson Auction Party!
Come celebrate and support our amazing school at the 2018 Emerson Auction!
Buy your Auction Party tickets by February 28th to get the early bird discount. While you’re at it, register for the online auction and reserve your free childcare for the night of the Auction Party. Ticket prices too high for your family's budget? Select the “Pay What You Can” option online and make a contribution that is comfortable for your family (as low as $1).
ONLINE AUCTION: March 7th – 20th. Register and view the auction catalog at

We hope you will join us for this fun evening! Please buy your tickets and reserve childcare early to save money and help us plan food and staffing.

See you at the Auction Party!

Incoming Kindergarten Events: THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers that led incoming Kindergarten (K) tours, organized the Emerson table at BUSD’s K fair, or organized and staffed the K info night at Emerson! THANK YOU, also, to the teachers and staff who welcomed K tours into our school and classrooms, and who participated in these events!

With appreciation, the Emerson PTA.

Auction Crowdsourcing!

In our effort to make this year's auction a full community event and darn fun party, we are inviting every family to contribute to a theme basket to be auctioned. These treasure troves of goodies will be hot tickets! Each grade will have a theme and families can make a donation to fill out that basket. More information will be coming to you via your room parent. Please make your donation in February! Here are the themes and some ideas of things to contribute:

Kindergarten: Mom-cation - bubble bath/bath salts, wine, mani/pedi gift certificate, face masks, lotions, gift cards to restaurants/massage/salons, robe, slippers, pass to Claremont.

1st Grade: Barfly (Cocktail/Wine/Coffee) - Alcohol, mixers, bar tools. cocktail books, shot glasses, wine, decanter, wine opener, good coffee beans, french press, coffee scoop, Swell or other nice travel mugs, Peet’s/Starbucks/Cole's/Philz coffee cards.

2nd Grade: Fun in the Sun - Sunglasses, kindle/e-reader, beach towels, portable speaker, beach blanket, sand toys, sunscreen, tote, beach hat...

3rd Grade: Sweat and Om - Yoga mat, fitbit, dumbbells, resistance bands, water bottles, Lululemon/Athleta gift certificates, gym/cycling/yoga/pilates/daily method passes.

4th Grade: Sweet Tooth - baking supplies, measuring spoons, measuring cups, nice baking mixes, decorations, ice cream maker, popsicle molds, ice cream bowls and scooper, gift certificates to Ici/Three Twins.

5th Grade: Family Game Night - classic games (monopoly, scrabble). New Games (sequence, scattergories), card games (uno, exploding kittens) candy, popcorn.

Be creative!!! All donations welcome! Questions? Contact Mindy Szelap at

Children’s Book Sale March 1st-30th

The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library manages two book stores. A smaller one is located at the Central Library and a much larger one is at 2433 Channing Way.
Come to the children’s book sale March 1st-30th, to stock up on gently used children’s book, from $.50 to $2.50.
Normally the store hours are 10-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, but we will extend our hours until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 29.

Questions? Visit

Girls Leadership - Girl & Grown-up Workshop at Washington School in Berkeley in March

Girl & grown-up pairs will learn about identifying healthy relationships, finding their voices, and communicating more effectively. Girls also develop resilient responses to conflict, drama, challenges, and mistakes. The program is interactive, fun, and enlightening, and it’s also a great opportunity to gain insight and spend time with your daughter in a new and different way. Visit for more information.

Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:30-6:30pm; $5 per class (no childcare).

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