BearFacts February 22, 2018

BearFacts News

Message from the Principal

February 22, 2018

Dear Families,
As I mentioned last week, the second trimester of instruction is ending on Friday, February 23rd. Please expect report cards the following week. The cards are due to be sent home with your children in large manila envelopes on Thursday, March 1st. Included with the report cards will be a form to acknowledge receipt of the card - please send that back to school right away so we know you received this important information. Feel free to include a message to the teacher or request to meet if you have any questions or concerns. 
On another note, we still need for paper plates to use in the cafeteria to warm food. If you can send any, we'd appreciate plates in different sizes so we can be as thrifty and ecologically minded as possible when heating your child's food. 
Lastly, mark your calendars now for Family Art Night, Friday, March 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • 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)
  • Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6, NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

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!

PTA Enrichment Classes Start Next Week

The Spring Enrichment Classes will begin next week. By now, you should have received the final class information for your student(s). Some reminders:

  • Rosters are posted on the PTA bulletin board in the main hallway. These include the times, instructors, and rooms for all Enrichment Classes.
  • Non-Kids World Families: Please make sure you arrive a few minutes early to pick up your child in their enrichment classroom. We do not provide supervision between and after classes.
  • Please make sure your child knows which days he or she will be going to Enrichment. We do our best to make sure students get to class, but a reminder from parents is also really helpful.

Questions? Email us 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

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

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