BearFacts May 3, 2018

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BearFacts News                 
May 3, 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
Thank you so much for all the appreciation shared for the office staff and for me over the course of last week. It was so thoughtful of you to send the flowers, notes, gift cards, candy and other tasty treats as a way of saying thank you for all that we do. On the behalf of Sonia and Sandra, we would like to say thank you as well—we love partnering with all of the parents and guardians to make Emerson the very special school that it is. We most certainly couldn't do it without you.
On another note, the teachers and I would like you to be aware of a small change we are making this month. While we traditionally celebrate Mother's Day in May, we are going to transition to a broader and more inclusive way of recognizing the people who care for our children. Rather than a focus just on mothers, we will be celebrating Family Day, so that children can thank any or all of the loved ones who take such wonderful care of them. I hope that works better for all of our families. 
Much love and respect,
Ms. Hodge 

 Upcoming Events & Important Dates

  • Friday, May 4, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am; PTA association meeting, 8:15 am (on the yard)
  • Monday, May 7—Friday, May 11, Teacher Appreciation week
  • Tuesday, May 8, Asian Heritage Day (library during recess)
  • Friday, May 11, Free coffee & baked goods on the yard, 8am; All School Meeting, 8:30am; Arab Heritage Celebration with food, drums, music, food (lunch recess).
  • Thursday, May 17, Emerson Open House, 6:30pm
  • Monday, May 2, NO SCHOOL (Malcolm X birthday)
  • Find more dates/details

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

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7th-11th

Join us in celebrating the wonderful Emerson teachers!

* A flyer will be coming home in the students Look Folders on all the week's activities.

Monday, May 7th
Teacher Breakfast
Tuesday, May 8th
Flowers & Notes of Thanks!
Wednesday, May 9th
Teacher Luncheon
Thursday, May 10th
Teacher Massages
Friday, May 11th
Flowers and Notes of Thanks!

Any questions, please contact: Zoe Beach (

Read-a-Thon Materials Due!

Hope your student had a great time reading and supporting Emerson!  Reading log, pledge log, and money are due Friday, May 11.  Please send materials in the manila envelope. Even if your child did not collect pledges we want your child’s reading minutes to count! There's a cool gift for every kid who participates just by reading! Thanks!

Interested in Adopting Kindergarten Baby Chickens? The eggs are in the incubator and due to hatch on May 9th! This year’s chicks are a very special breed of purebred Silkies! They will be ready to take home on Friday, May 18th. Please email Ms. Woolridge if you are interested at or stop by Room 6. Thank you!

PTA Enrichment Classes—Input Needed!
We want your input! Please take a few minutes to let us know what worked and didn’t work this year and an ideas for future classes.

You can access the survey online: or just send us an email at

We welcome all feedback, whether or not your child took classes.

Last PTA Association Meeting Tomorrow

Join us Friday, May 4th, 2018 during Morning Coffee on the yard (8;15am) for the last PTA association of the year. During the meeting we will vote on the board for next year, approve the budget for 2018-2019 and discuss exciting volunteer opportunities. Can't wait to see you there!

Volunteers Needed: Arab Heritage Month

We will be celebrating Arab Heritage Month (a little bit late) Friday, May 11th at lunch recess with food, drums, music and fun! We are looking for volunteers to help us with the day, especially bringing typical Arab foods for the kids to enjoy.
Please contact Stephanie Meade at or 510-926-8057 to get involved!

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!

Join the Enrichment Team!

We are looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to join our crew for 2018-2019.

Enrichment Lead Coordinator -- good organizational skills; able to manage team of volunteers and keep flow of program on track.

Instructor Liaison and Contracts with BUSD--1 or 2 detail-oriented folks needed; involves instructor support, invoice monitoring, and interface between Emerson, BUSD, and instructors.


Meet the Willard Community

Incoming Willard families, please join us Thursday, May 10 6:30-8:30 pm to meet other Willard parents and learn more about getting involved in the Willard community.

Learn about supporting Willard programs, including collaborating on the PTA Executive Board, the Willard Gala (parent event and auction), Willard Fund, Spring Day, and Staff Appreciation Lunch.

  • Wine and Cheese!
  • Meet Willard parents and administrators!
  • Learn about ways you can support & be supported by other parent volunteers at Willard next school year!
  • Bring friends!

Contact Elissa Gershon at to RSVP (and get the address) and for more information about how you can be part of the Willard PTA community!

Weekly Zumba at Emerson: 5:15-6:15 pm; $5 per class (no childcare).

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