to Oct 20

Register for the 2019 Emerson Walkathon- The Halloween Submarine

Please save the date for the 2019 Emerson Walkathon.

Look for REGISTRATION PACKETS in your Look Folders.

You can also register online here.

Don’t forget about the T Shirt Contest. We’re looking for underwater Halloween sea creatures- silly squid, spooky sea cucumbers, scary starfish-kids should invent their own. Winners chosen from all grades. Submissions due 9/24

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1:00 PM13:00

Emerson Wine Walk - Buy your tickets now! 50% of proceeds will come to Emerson

On Sunday, October 6th from 1-5 pm, Emerson’s local neighborhood is doing two great things:

1) hosting a Sunday stroll with wine in The Elmwood and

2) supporting our very own Emerson!

50% of net proceeds will be donated to Emerson. Join us for a fun afternoon out and about.

Advance tickets are $25 (online by 9/28 - or $35 after 9/28.

Invite your neighbors, friends & family! This great event…and remember 50% of proceeds will come to Emerson!

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10:00 AM10:00

Emerson Walkathon 2019- The Halloween Submarine

A highlight of the fall semester, this annual event sees Emerson families come together to support our students while they walk laps to raise money for their school.

While your children are doing their part, come and spend some time catching up with old friends and reaching out to new families.

Please join us on the yard for:

  • Coffee

  • Baked Goods

  • Carnival Games

  • Cake Walks

  • Mr Mopps book fair

  • Food from Emerson families and more.

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6:00 PM18:00

Emerson Open House 6pm on Thursday 5/14

At Open House, your kids show you around their classroom and share what they’ve been working on this year with you. You can say hello to their teacher, see artwork and projects in the classrooms and hallways, and appreciate all the students’ hard work! You can also use this as a chance to visit next year’s classrooms and meet next year’s teachers.

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1:30 PM13:30

Please Volunteer for Football Parking (Cal vs UC Davis)

Emerson families: We need volunteers to help monitor the yard during games . This fundraiser is Emerson LARGEST source of outside funds. You are not required to have prior experience. This is a fun afternoon of meeting Cal alumni and socializing with other Emerson parents.

Email and come help for an hour or two.

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6:30 AM06:30


Dear Families,


It is my pleasure to welcome and invite you to Emerson Elementary School on Monday, August 26th.  I hope you have enjoyed a fun and safe summer and are eager to begin a new school year.  I am honored to be the new Principal, and look forward to getting to know the children and families of this outstanding community.  Emerson’s reputation is one of inclusion, equity and celebrating the joy of education.  As the new Principal, I am proud to join this community, and eager to assist and team with you to support your student’s growth and success.


So that you may begin planning, take note of the following dates:

  • Friday, August 23, 4:00PM - Class Lists Posted at the front of the school (kindergartners will be assigned to color groups)

  • Monday, August 26, 8:10AM - First Day of School Kindergarten dismissed at 1:30PM, Grades 1-5 dismissed at 2:20PM

  • Wednesday, August 28 - Early Release All students dismissed at 1:30PM

  • Thursday August 29, 5:00PM - K Class Lists Posted at the front of the school

  • Monday, September 2 - Labor Day No School

  • Thursday, September 5, 6:00PM - Back to School Night Meet the teachers/staff


If your child is attending our after-school program, Kids’ World, rest assured, it will be up and running on the first day of school. Your child’s teacher will transition him/her from class to Kids’ World. 


If you are brand new to Emerson with an incoming Kindergartner, please know that during the first week of school, students are assigned according to color groups.  Rather than make immediate permanent teacher placements for our newest students, staff welcomes the students, engages them in activities, and gets to know them.  Each teacher will spend time in rotation with each color group. At the end of the week, teachers and the administration will use the knowledge gained from the color groupings to create balanced class rosters, with permanent classroom teachers.  These class lists will be posted by 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 29th.


In order to make our transition a smooth one, please help your kindergartner understand that the teacher assigned on the first day of school may not be his/her permanent teacher. Kindergarten teachers will be on the yard at 8:00 am to welcome students assigned to their color group. In addition, if you are picking up your child after school, make a plan to meet him or her at our Kindergarten 1:30 pm dismissal on the play yard, rather than at the doors of the classroom.  


One of my goals is to keep you informed throughout the school year.  To that end, I am fortunate to partner with a dynamic PTA.  Please regularly check the school website - - and read the weekly BearFacts newsletter and e-mail alerts to learn more about Emerson happenings.  You can subscribe to the newsletter by sending an email to


Prior to the first day of school, please complete the lunch application at  We encourage all families to apply for free/reduced lunch, even if you will not be using it, so that we may continue to receive additional federal and state funding to our school, which helps provide additional resources to help students. The application needs to be completed each year, and must be approved by Food Services before your child can qualify for the program.  A full price lunch, which includes daily salad bar and milk, costs $4.00.  You may load money on your child’s account and pay for lunch at


The PTA will offer coffee and pastries in the library on the first day of school after the first bell.  You are welcome to join us as we greet new families and reconnect with friends.  

Please check your child’s daily folder for more information. I look forward to a wonderful year partnering with you for your child’s success. 




Jana Holmes, Principal 

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9:00 AM09:00

5th Grade Graduation 9am

The 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony and Reception will take place at 9am at Saint John’s Presbyterian Church (2727 College Ave, Berkeley). Following the reception, 5th Grade students are welcome to return to Emerson for the remainder of the day or go home with their families.

(Note that K-4th Grades have a normal school day at Emerson. They attend the Thursday graduation rehearsal.)

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3:30 PM15:30

Party in honor of Ms. Hodge: June 9th at 3:30pm

To celebrate Susan Hodge's incredible career as an educator at Emerson, the PTA is hosting a party in her honor on Sunday, June 9th at the Lake Temescal Beach House from 3:30 to 7:30. All parents are invited and encouraged to celebrate with us. This event will be for adults only.

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6:00 PM18:00

Meet Principal Holmes at 6pm / Short PTA Association Meeting to follow

All Emerson families are invited to come to the Emerson Library on Thursday, May 23rd to meet Principal Jana Holmes, Emerson’s new principal! Free dinner and childcare provided. A short PTA Association Meeting will follow to vote on the 2019-20 PTA Budget.

Please let us know if you can come and if you’ll want dinner and / or childcare. We don’t want to run out of food!  RSVP here.

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8:00 AM08:00

Day of Action: Supporting greater funding for public education in Sacramento

Click through for more information from Ms. Hodge.
At Emerson, we are expecting to have the vast majority of our teaching staff and aides absent on this day because they are planning to attend the full day of the rally in Sacramento. Emerson will have a few teachers, substitutes, & staff on site to supervise all the students.

We have cancelled testing for that day and we will not be able to provide instruction. We anticipate that many students will stay home or will join their families in the call to action in Sacramento. Students who do attend school will be supervised in large groups in common areas, such as the cafeteria, the yard, and the library. If possible, we plan to keep K students in their classrooms.

If you can, please let us know if you plan to send your child to school on 5/22:  Day of Action Google Form

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