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November 14, 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear Emerson Community,
As we move into the busy holiday season, the days are getting shorter and colder.  It is a good time to revisit a few safety procedures and practices so we are all healthy and happy. At school we make time for students to wash their hands before they eat lunch.  At home you can help us reinforce this simple habit, which goes far to prevent illness.  If your student does get a fever, vomit or have diarrhea, they need to stay home for 24 hours after the fever and illness breaks.  Don’t forget to call the office or send a note to excuse your student from school. Please remember that we do not have before- school care.  Staff join students on the playground at 8:00 am.  Please arrange for your students to be supervised before and after school.  
We hope you will join us for the Dad’s Club Movie Night Fundraiser tomorrow, Friday, November 15th, 6:00- 8:30 pm.  The cost is $15 per child although no one is turned away.  Pre-K children must be accompanied by an adult, who will stay for the movie. Bring your sleeping bag, pajamas, and a water bottle, but please leave the valuables and candy behind.  We look forward to a fun evening watching The Lion King together. Thanks, Dads Club! 
Picture retakes are on Thursday, November 21.  If you would like to order prints you will need to complete the order form that is available from your student’s teacher or the main office.  
We will have a lockdown/fire drill on Friday, November 22.  We will make this kid-friendly, with the goal of preparing students for a serious event without scaring them during the drill.  We will describe the lockdown to students in kid-friendly terms, such as “police in the area” and that we must practice being “quiet”.  We will then evacuate to the playground for a fire drill as we have previously done.  If you have any questions please let me know.  
The School Site Council is Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30 pm and PTA is at 7:00 pm.  We hope to see you there! 
A big thank you to Ms. Michele Hlubinka for livening up our main hallway with the Staff, Math and Green Corner bulletin boards.  If you haven’t taken a look, check them out, they are fun, inspirational and educational.  
Thank you for your support and have a great day. 

Jana Holmes, Principal

Upcoming Events & Key Dates

•  Fri, Nov 15: Coffee & Chai, 8am and Emerson Movie Night, 6-8:30pm

•  Wed, Nov 20: School site council, 5:30-7pm

•  Thurs, Nov 21: Make-up Picture Day

•  Fri, Nov 22: Friday coffee, 8am and Lock Down Drill/Fire Drill

•  Mon, Nov 25 thru Fri, Nov 29: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving break)

•  Fri, Dec 6: All School Meeting, 8:30am. Free coffee on the yard beforehand, 8am

•  Thurs, Dec 12: Emerson Winter Program, 6:00-7:30pm

•  Dec 23 thru Fri, Jan 3: NO SCHOOL (winter break). School resumes Monday, Jan 6.

Find more dates/details:

Food Resources for Emerson Families during the Holidays

The Berkeley Food Network on-site pantry is offering holiday foods during all of November and December and will offer special BUSD family hours. All food is FREE OF CHARGE. BFN never collects personal information from anyone picking up food from the pantry or a food bag from school. Berkeley Food Network On-site Pantry 1925-9th Street at University Avenue. Please enter from the parking lot side of the building.  

Normal Pantry Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BUSD Family Hours: Tuesdays (Nov 19 and Dec 17, 5 to 7 pm) and Saturdays (Nov 23 and Dec 21, 9 to 11 am).
Support Emerson Families during the Winter Holidays and Donate Gift Cards

Lily Howell, Emerson’s Family Engagement and Equity Specialist, is collecting gift cards for Emerson families to help with Winter Holiday expenses.  Please consider donating gift cards (Target, Ross, Amazon, supermarkets, etc.) to help families in need of support in our community.  You can drop off gift cards to Ms. Lily on Thursdays and Fridays or with the front office any day of the week.  For questions or more information contact Ms. Lily at or 510-644-4866.
Where's Waldo School Directory
The Where’s Waldo directories are done! You should find one in your child's Look Folder. Each family gets one directory, most often sent home with the oldest student in each family. There are extras available in the office. 

Emerson Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 15

**Presented by the Emerson Dad’s Club to benefit the Emerson PTA**

Drop off your kids. You have a night out. They have a night out. The world is good. This month's movie is Lion King!
Emerson Movie Night is to be a fun and popular fundraising and community building event. The Dad’s Club will provide pizza, healthy snacks and a movie for the children, while you enjoy a night out without kids. Both kids and adults have a fun evening and the PTA raises money for our important programs.
  • DATE: Friday, Nov. 15thth 6pm-8:30pm
  • ADMISSION: $15 or per child however no child is turned away for inability to pay. Please RSVP at the link below and pay at the door. RSVP is a MUST so we know how much pizza to buy.
  • RSVP:
  • LOCATION: Emerson Cafetorium
  • DROP OFF: 6pm drop off. Do not drop off your child before 6 p.m.  An adult must sign the child in, and provide us with the phone number is case we need to reach you. If a different adult will pick up the child, we will need her/his name too.
  • PICKUP: We ask that you be back at the Cafetorium at 8:30 to pick up your child. We'd like parents to be there right as the movie ends to help with transitions.
  • WHAT TO BRING: Please have your child bring their own water bottle to help us cut down on waste and spills. Please send a sleeping bag or a blanket with your child, and you can also let them wear their pajamas. Do not send any valuables or candy with your child.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: If you have a child pre-K age, you must be present; we cannot take younger siblings without a parent.
  • FOOD ALLERGIES: Please let us know if your child has food allergies or any other special needs we need to accommodate or be aware of.
CONTACT INFO: For questions or more information, please contact:
You Can Still Turn In Walkathon Pledges!

There is still time to get your Walkathon pledges in! Send your envelope in with your child, drop it by the office, or go to our online contribution page.

Thank you in advance for your contribution!
Join Berkeley Schools Volunteers Nov. 21st Training: “Demystifying Common Core Math for Classroom/Parent Volunteers” 
Berkeley Schools Volunteers is the district-wide program that recruits, screens, and trains hundreds of community volunteers each year to support classroom learning across every BUSD school.
Berkeley Schools Volunteers is offering a free training for ALL classroom volunteers (both parent and community) on how to best support elementary math learning in this new era of the Common Core. Taught in partnership with BUSD’s district math coach, this experiential workshop will demystify the “new math” and focus on what classroom volunteers (and even parents at home!) should and shouldn’t be doing or saying to support our students’ deepest mathematical thinking.

This training is for everyone – even those who don’t currently think of themselves as “math people.” Don't miss this eye-opening learning experience!

Thursday, Nov 21st, 3 to 5 pm
District Office: 2020 Bonar Street, 1st floor, Room 126

TO RSVP, go to:
Questions? Contact Duffy Ross, Director of Programs, Berkeley Public Schools Fund,
Emerson K Tours - Volunteer Kindergarten Tour Guides Needed! Sign up below.

Share your love of Emerson with prospective K families; be a volunteer tour guide! Tours will take place from 8:15 - 9:45 am on Thursdays from November 14th -  January 23rd. After the new year, we will also offer tours on Tuesdays.

We’ll provide you with a sample tour format, talking points and answers to FAQ’s and other information to make the task easy and fun. Just drop off your kid at school, come lead a tour and go on with your rest of your day feeling great about helping out. If you are new to the role and would like to buddy up with an experienced tour guide for your first tour, we’ll be glad to make that happen.
Sign up to be a tour guide here:

Please email with Nina Goldman with questions at

Thanks for helping out! 

Thank you for shopping! 
Our local independent book store, Mrs. Dalloway's, hosted a fundraiser for Emerson this past weekend. In order to get a % of overall sales, please bring Receipts to Emerson's front office by Nov 15.

Thank you for your support of our students!

Calling All Emerson Scholars: Strut Your Smarts!

This week the hallway outside the cafetorium debuted a new take on Emerson’s ever-popular Math Wall: now an infinite puzzle palace! You’ll still see lots of math challenges on there, but now it’ll feed your neurons way more than just numbers. All Emerson scholars grades K to 5: come by to stretch your mind and show us what you’ve got. Keep your pencils and your eyes sharp, because the wall will be both infinite and random: new challenges will pop up when you least expect ‘em. 
Run the BioFreeze Berkeley Half Marathon and Help Berkeley Schools!

Races this year include 5k, 10k and Half Marathon (on Sunday, Nov. 17), and a NEW Family 1K (on Saturday on Nov. 16, 8am).

Sign up now for the Berkeley Public Schools Fund Team (and find more info):
Sign up for the Family 1K:
The Family 1k is a great way to get the whole family across the finish line! Walk or run together on Saturday. Each participant will receive a commemorative bib, a pin, and post-run snacks and drinks. This is an all-ages run, so get everyone in your family involved and help support the Berkeley Public Schools. A portion of registration proceeds will be donated to the Berkeley Public Schools Fund.
Pedestrian Safety Training on Saturday November 16

Would you like your children to be trained in safety procedures as they walk to and from school and around town (observing traffic lights, looking for oncoming cars, watching two-vs-four-way stop signs and more)? There's no cost for the 35-minute hands-on training provided by Alameda County’s Safe Routes to School.
If you‘d like attend, please email Thousand Oaks PTA member Helen Toy ( as soon as possible to confirm. We need at least thirty (30) students to sign up for the training. Indicate in the email whether you prefer either a morning or mid-afternoon training.

Both the City of Berkeley and Alameda County are encouraging this training to increase students’ awareness of pedestrian safety and avoid collisions between cars and bikers/pedestrians. For more information visit the The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) website at 
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Please renew membership every year.

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

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