BearFacts May 24, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 24, 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

State testing has gotten off to a great start. The children are focused and working hard to show all that they know. Third grade will finish up by Friday and fourth and fifth will finish next week. Thank you for getting your children plenty of rest and making sure that they arrive on time daily.

As we concurrently finish up this year and prepare for next year, it would be helpful for us to know if you have any special plans this summer that might delay your start to school in the fall. The first day of school will be Monday, August 27th and we’ll have a full week of school the first week back. Class lists will be posted on Friday, August 24th.  I’ll be here through the end of June and back again the second week of August. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need to share any information with me.

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 23, SGC meeting in the library, 5:30pm - all welcome
  • Friday, May 25, Last day of PTA Enrichment Classes
  • Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Friday, June 1, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am; All School Meeting at 8:30am
  • 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
  • Friday, June 8, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard at 8am
  • Monday, June 11, Phil’s video at 8:30am
  • Friday, June 15, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL and 5th grade graduation

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

Come Celebrate Ms. Woolridge at Our Final All School Meeting on June 1st!
Our very own Ms. Woolridge is retiring! Please join us as we commemorate her many years of dedication and service.
We will pay tribute to Ms. Woolridge during the first half of the All School Meeting on June 1st. The meeting starts at 8:30am. See you there!

Amazing Read-a-Thon!!

Congratulations, Emerson Readers!! Once again, you did an awesome job! As a community, you read close to 250,000 minutes and you raised more than $20,000 to support our school! Thank you!

Individual and classroom prizes will be announced and awarded at the all school meeting on Friday, June 1st.  

Read-A-Thon Thanks
A huge thank you to this year's read-a-thon event coordinators: Sam Lekus, Cynthia Campbell and Traci Roberts-Camp. You did a fabulous job! And another enormous thank you to Ms. Jeannie who helped so much! The entire Emerson community appreciates your hard work! Thank you!

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. 

Also: We are planning our enrichment classes for next year. Please send any feedback and/or class suggestions to

Emerson End of the Year Party!
June 7th

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!

There's Still Time to Donate to the Emerson May Book Drive!

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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