BearFacts February 8, 2018


BearFacts News

Message from the Principal

February 8, 2018

Dear Families,

Thanks so much for turning out for the Pancake Breakfast. I think this was the most well attended school breakfast I can remember. The pancakes, sausages, and fruit were scrumptious and it was really nice to see so many folks enjoying the food and company together. And we got great weather too! (I remember the time we cooked the sausages and pancakes inside due to bad weather. We filled the entire cafetorium with smoke and could only see each other from the hips on down. Quite memorable and a little bit scary.) A huge shout out to all those planners and coordinators, mixers, flippers, scoopers, and servers. Thank you for helping with set up and clean up, and for enhancing this already wonderful community of families and staff. Nice work everyone!
Speaking of eating, we are just about out of paper plates again. We use them daily in the lunch room to help students warm their leftovers and other lunch items that you send. If you can drop some off, various sizes are also good, it would be much appreciated. 

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, February 9, Black history month assembly, 8:30am
  • Friday, February 9, Free coffee on the yard (8:00-8:30am)
  • Monday, February 12th, The 100th Day of School
  • 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

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Enrichment Classes - Payment Due This Friday

Hi Everyone, if you registered for PTA Enrichment Classes for the spring, you will receive your invoice this week at the email you used to register. Payments are due this Friday. After that, we will open up classes to students on the waitlist.

Another Successful Emerson Pancake Breakfast!

The Pancake Breakfast last Saturday was a great success – thanks so much to everyone who came out! We had great weather, great pancakes, and a great turnout! Big thanks to the awesome crew who volunteered on a Saturday and made it all happen – from the big shop, griddling, serving, and all the clean-up. Many thanks to: Christina Collinsworth, Alex Winnicki, Traci Roberts-Camps, Sarah Herbelin, Ashleigh Kanat, Josh Nathan (aka Larry Bird), Sandra Guzman, Daniel Frydman, Jenny Patro, Samantha Lekus, Josh Lachs, Nathan Stahlhut, Robert Kopf, Thuan Tran, Heather Fernandez, Susi Hesse, Oliver Hesse, Delilah Raybee, Stephanie Sidebotham, Maggie Robinson, Michelle Hlubinka, Cynthia Campbell, Eric Thompson, and Mr. Rafael. And a special thanks to Peet's on Domingo in Berkeley who donated the coffee!! 

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

Emerson Auction Party March 23rd, 6–9pm 
Online Auction (March 7th through March 21st ) followed by Silent Auction & Party (Friday, March 23rd, 6–9pm). Online Auction includes great deals on summer camps, dining, local services and more. 

The Silent Auction & Party includes free childcare provided by our friends at Kids World. Come eat, drink and hang out with a terrific group of grownups from the Emerson parent community. More information soon on how to bid online, where to buy tickets for the party, and how you can help.


This week’s Zumba class has been rescheduled for Thurs, Feb 8 so that it doesn't interfere with the PTA Association Meeting. Class is from 5:15-6:15pm; $5 per class (no childcare).

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