BearFacts May 31, 2018

BearFacts News                 
May 31, 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,
Don't forget that we have our annual Spring Concert on Monday, June 4th at 10:30 in the cafeteria. Please join us for instrumental performances by your students lead by our wonderful music teachers!
And, an important message from Roots and Shoots Photography: Emerson Families -- Last chance to order 2017-18 portraits! Just a heads up that we are going to be closing down the ordering site by FRIDAY, JUNE 15th. If you would like to order more portraits or didn't get a chance to, you can order prints, digital images and specialty items online. Here is the link to view and order your portraits:
password: [please refer to your paper BearFacts or contact the front office]
Before you check out: in the "preview and configure" section, double check that your cropping is satisfactory. We cannot replace prints that are cropped improperly. 

Ms. Hodge

Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

  • 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
  • Monday, June 4, Spring Concert,10:30am 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, last free coffee and bakes goods on the yard (8am), and 5th grade graduation
  • **Remember: School starts August 27!

 Find more dates/details:
Weekly Zumba Classes
Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15; $5 per class (no childcare)

Come Celebrate Ms. Woolridge at Our Final All School Meeting this Friday,  June 1st!

Ms. Woolridge—our illustrious K teacher—is retiring! Please join us as we commemorate her 28 years of dedication and service (23 of those years were at Emerson). We will pay tribute to Ms. Woolridge during the first half of the All School Meeting. See you there!

Spring Enrichment Performance this 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

Amazing Read-a-Thon!! 

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 this Friday, June 1st.  

New from Emerson Library

All books are due back to the Emerson Library on Friday, June 1.  Please check in with your child and help them look for any overdue or lost books.  

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 BOOKS, BOOKS, 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!

Recycle Unusable Color Markers—Keep Plastic Out of Landfills

Help keep plastic out of the landfill! Please help us collect and repurpose these unusable markers that you’d normally throw away (any brand) by dropping them in the ColorCycle box in the hallway outside the cafetorium.

Crayola pays shipping to send the markers to a facility where the markers get converted into clean fuel! With the help of schools like ours across the country, the ColorCycle program will keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Summer Soak for the Garden

Families, please help keep our beautiful Emerson Edible Garden thriving and help us grow a giant pumpkin for fall by signing up to water the plants one Saturday in July/August.

While most of the garden is watered automatically, we need folks to come by weekly to make sure the system is working and deep-soak selected plants that need more H2O and TLC.

What fun to come and splash some water on some appreciative flora! Signing up for just one soak is fine.  Sign up at 

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