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September 26, 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Emerson Families,
The first official day of fall was Monday, September 23, and many of us know that this time of year often brings intense Northern California heat waves like the one we experienced this week. We want you to know that the children’s safety is a primary concern. We take steps to make sure students are healthy. For example, we remind students to take a water break before they line up to go inside from recess. You can help by dressing your child in light layers that can be adjusted throughout the day. We provide baskets for students who remove their jackets during recess, which are returned to the classrooms so students don’t lose their clothes. We are proud that Emerson school is over a hundred years old, but as a result the building is not equipped with central air conditioning.  We do our best to use fans, open windows and encourage water breaks to stay cool and hydrated though the hot days.  
The School Safety team recently met and calendared out our 2019- 2020 monthly drills, which include Fire, Earthquake and Intruder exercises. In order to make sure we are ready anytime, some of these drills take place during the after-school programs. If there ever were a real emergency, we would alert families via Remind and/or Robo phone calls. Our first fire drill will take place the morning of Monday, September 30. 
As a reminder, we will be closing the School Site Council elections on Friday, September 27. We will post results in the office on Monday, September 30. The first meeting, which includes a training by district office staff, will be on Thursday, October 17 from 5:00 - 8:30pm at Longfellow Middle School. Childcare and dinner will be provided. Feel free to join us for the kickoff meeting. Everyone is welcome. Please contact the school office if you have any questions or concerns.
Finally, let me extend one last invite for you to consider participating in the Fall PTA Equity Circles. Sign-ups are still open through this Friday, September 27, and you can pick up a flyer in the office or find more information at There is no charge to you- food and child care are provided. We hope you will join us. 
Thank you,
Jana Holmes, Principal

Upcoming Events & Key Dates 

  • Monday, Sept. 30: PTA Enrichment Classes begin
  • Friday, Oct. 4: All School Meeting - 8:30am
  • Sunday, Oct 6: Elmwood wine walk, 1pm
  • Monday, Oct 14: NO SCHOOL (Staff development day)
  • Thursday, Oct 17: School Site Council Mtg, 5pm at Longfellow Middle School
  • Sunday, Oct 20: Emerson Walkathon and Halloween Carnival, 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 29: Meet the symphony assembly, 8:30am
  • Thursday, Oct 31: Halloween parade, 12:45, families welcome
  • Friday, Nov 8 - Mon, Nov 11: Mrs. Dalloways’ book store fundraiser
  • Monday, Nov 11: NO SCHOOL (Veterans’ Day Holiday)

Enrichment Classes Start Monday

Enrichment class rosters are posted in the main hallway. Please remind your student on the day(s) of their Enrichment class to help them learn their new schedule and please arrive 5 minutes early for pick-up during the first week of classes (unless your student is in Kids' World). Your student's class schedule can be viewed by clicking the link in your "Welcome" email. Write us with any questions:
Books & Cookies this Friday!

Do you have questions about your child’s literacy development? Do you need contact information for available community resources? We are happy to offer any assistance you may need!
Wonderful free books and yummy cookies are available for students and families one Friday a month from 4:30-5:30pm in Emerson’s main hallway.
Also available: 
  • Food Bags filled with fresh produce and pantry staples
  • Clothing items for children
Please stop by or reach out to Lily Howell, Family Engagement/Equity Coordinator and Ms. Jeannie, Literacy Coach for more info.
Friday Morning Bakers Needed

Please join the Friday morning bakers this year! If you enjoy occasionally baking (Sweet or savory, simple or fancy!) and would like to bring our Emerson caregiver community together to enjoy coffee, conversation and a morning bite please contact Christine at 510-545-6349 or
The Halloween Submarine Carnival!

Come for the walkathon and stay for a carnival! On October 20, immediately after walking laps and earning pledge money, Emerson students and their families are invited to enjoy carnival games at a “Halloween Submarine” carnival. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity are joining us in the Emerson yard for fun-filled Halloween activities immediately after the walkathon. Walkathon will go from 10am-12pm, and the carnival will be from 12-2pm. To sign up, go to:
New Emerson Gear - Available On-line
Get your school spirit on with new Emerson T-Shirts, Hoodies, Totes and more.  You can see the new design and order online here:
The new online store will be open from now until Sunday, October 6th at 11:59pm.  This limited purchasing window lets us combine orders and keep costs down.   If there is enough demand, we may have another purchasing window before the holidays and/or in the spring.  For this order period, gear will be available for pick-up at the Emerson Walkathon on Sunday, October 20th.
Please place your orders through the online store where can pay via PayPal, Visa, Master Card, Amex or Discover.  If you prefer to pay by cash or check, or if you have questions, please email
Join the PTA Today!

The Emerson Parent-Teacher Association works for a positive school experience for all Emerson students. As a member, you can vote on programming and spending decisions. Parents, guardians, extended family or friends of Emerson students are invited to join.

Please renew membership every year.

You can sign up ONLINE at A donation of $10/person is suggested but NOT required.

For questions, contact

Elmwood Wine Walk – Buy your tickets now!

On Sunday, October 6th from 1-5pm, 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 is a great event…and remember 50% of proceeds will come to Emerson!

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