BearFacts May 17, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 17, 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
This is a message of appreciation.  First, on behalf of the teachers and staff, thank you so much to all for making last week so special. Beginning with a sumptuous brunch on Monday that ended up lasting all day, notes and flowers coming in all week, a delicious luncheon on the back patio on Wednesday, followed by amazing massages on Thursday, every teacher felt appreciated! Thank you so much to Zoe Beach for coordinating the entire Teacher Appreciation week, thank you to everyone who sent in food, flowers and notes, and to anyone else who pitched in for set up, clean up, and class supervision. You did an awesome job and we appreciate you all so much. 
May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and at Emerson we celebrated by organizing fun cultural activities during lunch recesses. We had Asian Heritage Day on Tuesday with a library full of amazing activities and want to give a special shout out to Yoko Kawai and Rose Lynn Abesamis-Bell for planning and organizing the event! Thank you to volunteers: Vivi Andrijani, Katherine Cunningham, Betsy Hayes, Nguyet Chau, Jean Kawahara, Yuki Toyozumi, Pall and Meg Kunchai, Khan Lolly, Michael McParland, Zoe Williams, and Ms. Jeannie for leading such engaging ad exciting activities.  This Friday we will have Taiko Drummers on the yard after recess for all the students to see and hear. Thank you to Stephanie Tramel, Yoko Kawai, and Michael McParland for coordinating.
Finally, we highlighted Arab Heritage on the yard last Friday with food tasting, music, drumming, and a map activity. Thank you to Stephanie Meade for planning and coordination and to Moe for some mean drumming!
What a wonderful school we have! 

Ms. Hodge 

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, May 17, Yearbook order forms due
  • Friday, May 18, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am; Cal Taiko Drummers on the yard, 10:40am
  • Monday, May 21, NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X's Birthday Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 22-Fri May 25 Last week of PTA Enrichment Classes
  • Wednesday, May 23, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 1, Spring Enrichment Performance, 5-6pm in the cafetorium
  • Thursday, June 7, End-of-year Social - free dinner and fun for the entire Emerson community

Find more dates/details

      Weekly Zumba Classes
      Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)

Yearbook Forms due TODAY, Thursday, May 17

Yearbook order forms came home in Look Folders and are due today. You can also print one out by clicking on the URL below.

Each book costs $15. If you’d like, you may also make a donation for yearbook scholarships. Scholarships this year will go to 5th graders in need of financial assistance.  Please fill out the form and return today, Thursday, May 17. This is a firm deadline. We only order enough books to cover the orders placed by the deadline. Please make out checks to Emerson PTA.

Online order form:

Turn in Those Read-a-Thon Logs!!

There's still time to turn in your reading logs and pledges - your minutes will count! Please give to your student's teacher or Ms. Jeannie.  Thank you!

Emerson End of the Year Party!
On Thursday, June 7th come out and celebrate another amazing year at Emerson. There will be free food and drink plus a silent dance party, an amazing bubble show, and some friendly competition! We can't wait to see you there! 
6:00 -7:30pm Dinner served
6:00-7:30pm Live bubble show
6:00-7:15pm Silent dance party
7:15pm Watermelon eating contest
7:30pm Whip Cream Pie eating contest
8:00pm Clean up and head home
Sign up to help make this event possible! We can't do it without you!

Taiko Drum Performance, May 18th

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cal Raijin Taiko will do a Japanese taiko drum performance for our Emerson Students.  It will take place Friday, May 18th at 10:40AM on Emerson school yard.

Spring Enrichment Performance Friday, June 1st

Join us to celebrate Capoeira, Yoga and Choir, and enjoy the Comic Book Arts pop-up gallery. Snacks will be provided. 
When: Friday June 1st, 5 to 6pm in the cafetorium. 


Free Latino Conference at Berkeley Marina, May 23
City of Berkeley Mental Health, Bahia Inc, and RISE are hosting a Latino Conference focused on: Cultural Values, Unity and Respect: Creating Safe Spaces.  All families and staff are welcome to attend.

When: Wed., May 23, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Berkeley Yacht Club (1 Seawall Drive, Berkeley).

For more information go to:

Got Books? May Is Emerson Book Drive Month!

We need BOOKSBOOKS, and more BOOKS!

Please donate new/gently used children's books of all levels (K - 5th grade). Books will be collected for our summer book giveaway and classroom libraries.

Bring books to Ms. Jeannie's room (across from the Main Office) or to Ms. Zoe in the Emerson Library. Book donations accepted through the month of May!

Contact Ms. Jeannie for any questions: Thank You!

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