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January 16, 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Emerson Community,

I hope that this newsletter finds you and your family well.  During this time of year, it becomes especially important for us all to get the rest and nutrition we need so that we do not get sick.  As you may have heard, the flu bug is particularly strong this Winter season. 

Here at Emerson, we provide time for students to wash hands before they eat lunch.  You can help us by encouraging hand washing and keeping your child home when they are demonstrating symptoms of illness. According to the Alameda County Department of Health, if your child has a fever of 101 or higher they should stay home until the fever is below 101 for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicine. In addition, if your child has vomited or had diarrhea, keep your child home until they have not had symptoms for 24 hours.  Finally, if your child has severe coughing, wheezing or strep throat, a healthcare provider should be contacted and your child should stay home for at least 24 hours after an antibiotic is begun.  Please don’t forget to contact the front office and let us know if your student will be absent from school.  Let’s keep everyone healthy by taking the necessary precautions during these cold indoor months.

On Friday, January 17, 2020 we will have a special MLK Jr Day Assembly and March in observance of this important holiday.  We will share a video about MLK Jr, enjoy special presentations from the Kindergarten and Second Grades, sing whole school songs and march in the community with our signs and banners.  Feel free to join us in this inspiring and educational experience. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, school will not be in session on Monday, January 20, 2020.  For many, this is not a “day off” but a “day of service”. If you are interested in finding a volunteer opportunity, I wanted to share this resource with you:

You can narrow down your search by location and the kind of service you're interested in. 

As we look forward to Black History Month, 3rd through 5th-grade students have an opportunity to participate in the 3rd Annual 2020 BUSD Black History Oratorical Fest.  This year’s theme is Black History, Past, Present, and Future.  Students who are interested in performing should come to the main office this Friday during lunch to meet with Lily Howell, Office of Family Engagement and Equity Coordinator at Emerson.  We hope many students will be interested in celebrating Black History, which is all of our history, as it is relevant to everyone. 

You are invited to join us for the Family Literacy Night on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:00- 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria. This will be a fun evening that engages your students in reading and provides you tools you can use at home. Please RSVP at: so we can get a headcount for pizza. We invite you to stay for a brief PTA Association meeting afterward.  See below for more details.

Have a great day and thank you for your support, 

Jana Holmes

Upcoming Events & Key Dates

•    Mon, Jan 13 – Fri, Jan 17: Last week of Enrichment classes
     (make-up classes Jan 21-Feb 3)
•    Wed, Jan 15: School Site Council, 5:30pm
•    Fri, Jan 17: MLK Rally & March, 8:30am 
•    Mon, Jan 20: NO SCHOOL (MLK Jr. Day)
•    Mon, Jan 21- Mon, Feb 3: Enrichment class make-up classes
•    Wed, Jan 22: Family Literacy Night & PTA Association Meeting, 6pm
•    Fri, Jan 24: Winter Enrichment Performance 5pm Cafetorium
•    Fri, Jan 24 – Fri, Jan 31: Registration for Spring Enrichment classes
•    Mon, Jan 27: NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)
•    Fri, Feb 7: All School Meeting, 8:30am
•    Fri, Feb 7: Payment Deadline Enrichment classes 
•    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
•    Mon, Feb 24: Spring Enrichment classes begin

Find more dates/details:

Family Literacy Night & January PTA Association Meeting
Does your student need some inspiration to read at home?
Come hear Ms. Barnes & Ms. M share free, safe literacy resources on our Emerson Library Website! Fun activities for students!
Date: Wednesday, January 22nd
Time:  6:00-6:30 Pizza in Cafeteria
              6:30-7:00 Parent Workshop Led by Ms. Barnes and Ms. M
              6:30-7:00 Fun Student Activities
  • Please RSVP for Pizza count!
            Return RSVP slip on flyer or use this link: 
Questions? Email Ms. Jeannie, Literacy Coach or


Fall Enrichment Classes
This is the last week of regularly scheduled Enrichment classes. We're so grateful to all of the Instructors who've helped make the program such a success. Many of the classes have scheduled make-up classes these next two weeks, so please let your student know if this is happening for them. 
Join us for the Winter Enrichment Performance
Fri, Jan. 24 at 5pm
Featuring Music & Dance, Choir, and pop-up art galleries, the performance is a fun way to celebrate the effort and energy the students have been putting in all Fall. Light snacks will be served. Friday 1/24 5pm Cafetorium. See you there!
Registration for Spring Enrichment classes will open on 1/24. 
Enrichment catalogues are going home next week.
Spring classes start 2/24.

Tuesday March 3, 2020 Election:
Measures for Berkeley Public Schools on the Ballot
Full text of the ballot measures available at:
  • Measure E - To increase our teacher and staff pay so we are no longer one of the lowest paid districts in the East Bay.
  • Measure H- To renew the property owner tax that funds school maintenance.
  • Measure G - To continue the bond program the school district uses to borrow money to fund school construction projects.
Deadline to Register to Vote is Feb. 18: forms available at public libraries, post offices, DMV and online: 
Use same website for address changes. 
Vote Tuesday, March 3.  Polls open 7 am to 8 pm.
Have You Donated to The Emerson Annual Fund Yet? Remember: No Spring Auction, So We Need Your Support!

Make your tax-deductible donation now to support our school. Donate online,  or put a check (made payable to “Emerson PTA”) in the red Heart of Emerson mailbox outside the front office.  Questions? Learn more about the Heart of Emerson campaign.
And, if you work at an organization that does employee matching, have them match your contribution to Emerson!
Do You know any businesses that might
contribute to Emerson? 

If so, please reach out to Sarah Jarvis:
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