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February 6, 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Emerson Community,
Welcome to the month of February! Next week we will celebrate the 100th day of school, which is an opportunity to reflect and be proud of our Emerson Scholars for the hard work and perseverance they have shown this school year. Our February All School Meeting is this Friday at 8:30 am. Come join us and hear more about the kickoff of Rainbow Fridays, which will celebrate diversity and inclusion at Emerson. Then on Saturday, we hope you will join in the fun at the PTA Pancake Breakfast. 
We are also excited that February is Black History Month. Ms. Lily, the Family Engagement and Equity Coordinator, has been working with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who would like to enter the district Oratorical Competition, which honors Black history and culture. Mark your calendar for Friday, February 28, at 8:30 am, when we will preview the student Oratorical presentation at the Black History Month Assembly. If you would like to participate in some local events and exhibits during Black History Month, here is a link to explore:
You may be following the news and know that there are now confirmed cases in the Bay Area of the coronavirus. Last week, we sent a letter home to you from the Alameda County Public Health Department and the County Office Superintendent of Schools. The advice given is to monitor your student’s health and keep them home when they have a fever, and for an additional 24 hours after it breaks. We will continue to encourage and allow students to wash their hands throughout the day, including prior to eating lunch. We will also clean hard surfaces and use the district approved cleaning products. Please work with your children to teach them to wash their hands as much as possible. 
Finally, if you are considering the spring Equity Study Circle, you still have time to sign up.  Classes begin on February 22. This is an excellent opportunity to build relationships with Emerson staff members and parents while learning from an amazing educator, Ms. Pamela Harrison- Smalls. You can pick up a flyer in the office or find more information at  
Once again, thank you for your support and dedication to our outstanding Emerson community.
Jana Holmes


Upcoming Events & Key Dates

•    Fri, Feb 7: Free Coffee & Baked Goods on the Yard, 8am and All School Meeting, 8:30am
•    Fri, Feb 7: Payment Deadline Enrichment classes by 5pm 

•    Fri, Feb 7: Deadline to Join The Riffs - Grades 3-5 is 5pm
•    Sat, Feb 8: Pancake Breakfast, 8:30am-10:30am at Emerson
•    Fri, Feb 14: NO SCHOOL (Lincoln’s birthday)
•    Mon, Feb 17: NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ day)
•    Wed, Feb 19: School Site Council, 5:30pm
•    Fri, Feb 21: Free Coffee & Baked Goods on Yard, 8am,
•    Mon, Feb 24: Spring Enrichment classes begin
•    Fri, Feb 28: Family Art Night

Find more dates/details:

Join the Riffs!
Join us for Emerson's new show choir: The Riffs! Open to grades 3-5, this free program meets on Mondays at 2:25 and Wednesdays at 1:30 (sign up for one or both days) starting 2/24. Email: by Friday 2/7 5pm to join. Directed by visiting artists from The Berkeley Playhouse, this program empowers students to perform music and dance that culminates in a final showcase May 13 6pm accompanied by a 3 piece band. This free pilot program is generously funded by the California Arts Council. 
EQUITY LENS: Keep the Conversation Going with February Events in the Community
Beating Back White Supremacy at the Ballot Box
When: Feb 9
Where: Oakstop, Oakland
Join Catalyst for a day-long workshop on understanding race and the 2020 elections - what’s at stake and what we can do about it.
Talking with Kids about Race and Racism
When: Feb 22
Where: San Francisco Main Library
(Childcare provided) An afternoon of conversation about talking with kids about reparations and accountability and what Indigenous families and Black and other families of color need in the pursuit of justice. Speakers will explore these issues, then participants will continue the conversation in groups facilitated by Teachers 4 Social Justice.
Share your thoughts, ideas and events for the Equity Lens:

Volunteers Still Needed!
Are you a pancake fanatic? If so, we need your help at the Emerson PTA’s annual Pancake Breakfast!!! This year’s event takes place this Saturday, February 8 from 8:30am - 10:30am in the cafetorium. Free food will be served alongside friends and fun.  
It takes a village to make these events happen, so please sign up to volunteer: or contact Rob Kopf: 510.967.8443 / 
Signing up for more than one time slot is always appreciated!
-Christina Collinsworth, Nathan Stahlhut and Rob Kopf
Want to Join the PTA Board?

If you’re interested in being considered for a PTA board position for the 2020-2021 school year, please reach out to anyone on our newly-formed PTA nominating committee, including: Erica Carter, Elizabeth Harvey, Elif Kale Lostuvali, Dana Rasmussen,  and Kelly Shimoda…or email us at
Spring Enrichment Payment Deadline
Reminder that this Friday, February 7 is the payment deadline for Spring Enrichment classes. Please carefully check the classes listed in your email, as payments are non-refundable. In addition, online payment, you can also pay via check to the Emerson lock box in the office. Questions?
Family Art Night is BAAAACK!
Join Ms. Ames and the Emerson community for a line-up of 6 new Family Art Night projects. The whole family is welcome to join, get immersed in making art, and take it home! This is a free PTA event, Friday 2/28 in the Emerson Cafetorium. Dinner is provided. As always, dress for mess! 
(Help facilitate the event by volunteering for an hour—no art skills required! Sign up at
News from the Emerson Library

Last Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for children and young adults. The 2020 Newberry Medal winner is New Kid by Jerry Craft, the first graphic novel to win! It also won the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award. We have many of the books in the library already and will have more soon! Please consider purchasing an award winner for the Emerson Library. Ms. Zoe can pick it up from the bookstore for you if you sign up here:
Second Saturdays at BAMPFA – Free Events on February 8
Bite-Sized Universe of Color, Texture and Form
For ages 6-12 with accompanying adult(s); 11:30am or 1:00pm

Ron Nagle's unique small sculptures begin as drawing exploring color, texture and form as they assume their three-dimensional shape. After a tour of his exhibition, artist Jennie Smith will guide you in using gouache, pen, and a variety of tours to create surface texture as you make a painting inspired by Nagle's vibrant and fascinating art. 

Roundtable Reading: One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko 
Reading led by Jessica Lee, District Library Coordinator, BUSD
For ages 8 and up. Younger kids welcome as listeners  Starts at 3:00pm & take home a copy to finish reading at home.

Liam lives in the Bay Area with his mom and two younger sisters: Dakota, who is fascinated by science and has a big personality but struggles to make friends, and Izzy, a child with Down syndrome, who makes friends easily. Dad lives across town, but he’s over a lot. And then there’s Cupcake, their loveable German shepherd, who lately has a problem—she’s peeing in the house. Can the kids make enough money to take her to the vet before their landlord finds out and makes them get rid of her?

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is located at 2155 Center St. in Berkeley.
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