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August 30, 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Families, Welcome back! It was nice to see so many of you on the first day of school; we certainly had a packed house. As Superintendent Evans mentioned in his morning welcome, Emerson is a great school and we are going to have a wonderful year. All the students are settling into their classrooms, and we are off to a good start. A few things to remember to do these first weeks of school and beyond are to label student belongings so they don't get buried in the lost and found, check your child's "take home" folder nightly to look for important notes and assignments, and stay in contact with us. If your child is absent, if you have any concerns or questions, or wonder how your child is doing, just drop us an email to let us know. The more we communicate, the stronger the bond we can forge between home and school.

Parents of students in Grades 1 - 5, please remind your children to turn in their SUMMER READING AND MATH packets for a treat. These packets were sent home with all students the last week of school to keep reading and math skills sharp over the break. Packets are due by back by Friday, September 7th.

We have a few upcoming events to keep in mind for the month of September. First is our Back-to-School Night, which is next Thursday, September 6. This evening is an excellent opportunity to meet staff, find out about grade level expectations, and learn about school priorities for the year. Look for a flyer next week for start and end times. The second event is the PTA BBQ on Friday, September 14. This is a perfect opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones while having a yummy, free dinner. Finally, please feel free to join us at our first School Site Council (SSC) of the year on Wednesday, September 19. The SSC is an elected team of staff and parents who work together to oversee the school's Site Plan and the budgets associated with the plan. We also monitor student achievement and learn about school-wide support and interventions. We generally meet once a month on Wednesdays in the school library or room 12 from 5:30 to 7:00, and everyone is welcome! I hope you will consider joining us throughout the year.


Ms. Hodge
Upcoming Events & Important Dates 
  • Friday, Aug. 31: Free Coffee and Pastries on the yard 8:10; All School Meeting in the Cafeteria – 8:30 Everyone is welcome. Kindergarten Class Lists posted at 5pm in the main hall 5:00-6:00 PM
  • Aug 31-Sept. 7: Registration for PTA Enrichment classes.
  • Sept. 3: No School – Labor Day
  • Sept. 6: Back to School night – Parents and Guardians only 6:00-7:30 pm
Find more dates/details:

The website to apply for free and reduced lunch was mistakenly listed in the Welcome Letter. The correct URL for the Online Application is:

Every Emerson Family should apply! Only one application is needed per family. Applications are usually processed within 24 hours.  Please orovide the school office with verification number you receive at the end of process. 
If your student pays for lunch, you may pay for meals online or at Emerson. Online Payment:
You're invited to Emerson's Welcome Back BBQ!

Whether you are a long-time Emerson family or an Emerson newbie, come out and celebrate the new year at the Annual Welcome Back BBQ. Free food and desserts will be served alongside friends and fun on Friday, September 6th from 6-8pm. Let us know if you can make it! at: Sign up to volunteer! At: We can't do this without the whole community! See you there and Thank you!
 Join us for afterschool PTA Enrichment classes!
Have fun after school, learn new skills and make new friends. Registration for Fall Enrichment classes is Friday Aug 31-Friday Sept 7 (5pm). Scholarships are available (request them during registration process). 
Brochures will be in student look folders and registration information is here:
Classes start October 1. For any questions:
We are also looking for one parent volunteer to join our crew for 2018-2019.  Email: or find us on the yard on Friday, Aug 31st by the free coffee.
 Girls on the Run open to 3rd-5th grade girls
Calling all Emerson girls in grades 3-5! Girls on the Run is back for our fifth season! Join us to learn new skills, build confidence and train for a 5K run.
Practices are held Tuesdays and Fridays 2:30-3:45 pm from September 25-December 14. Registration is available online at or through paper forms in your girls’ look folders. Registration closes September 14 and the team typically fills before the deadline. Priority will be given to 5th graders and first-time participants. Cost is sliding scale. Please contact parent/GOTR liaison Michele Byrnes at (510) 282-4741 or 
with any questions.

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