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February 13, 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Emerson Community,
February is a short month, but it has already proven to be busy and exciting.  Last Saturday, The Pancake Breakfast was a hit- it was both delicious and fun.  A big thank you to Rob Kopf and Nathan Stahlhut for coordinating the yummy event.  We would be remiss if we went any longer without thanking Eric Thompson for heading up the Friday “before school” coffee on the play yard.  It’s great to see these fathers making a positive contribution to Emerson and we are grateful for their dedication.  If you would like to join the Dad’s Club, you are welcome- feel free to reach out to your room parent, teacher or office staff and we can help you get started. 
Don’t forget that we have two quick weeks ahead.  School will not be in session on Friday, February 14 or Monday, February 17 as we celebrate President’s Day Weekend.  In addition, the end of this grading period is Friday, February 21st.  We will send report cards home in early March.  As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your classroom teacher or me.  This is a good time to remind everyone that I practice an open door policy.  Unless I am in a meeting, helping students or working to fulfill a deadline, I am available to parents.  My goal, especially during my first year at Emerson, is to build relationships and learn more about the community.  The best way to reach me is e-mail, phone call or come by.  
Finally, we still have space in the Spring Equity Study Circle. I participated during the fall session, and I found it to be an invaluable experience.  If you are interested in learning more about history, current events, diversity and tools to educate your child about multiculturalism, then please take advantage of this free opportunity presented by the PTA.  Classes are taught by Ms. Pamela Harrison Smalls on Tuesday nights.  The kick off is February 22. Childcare is provided by Mr. John and dinner is included.  Here is the link to register:  It's not too late!  
Have a great day and thank you for your support.

Jana Holmes


Upcoming Events & Key Dates

•  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

•  Fri, Feb 28: Black History Month Assembly, 8:30am

•  Fri, Feb 28: Family Art Night, 6-8pm in Emerson’s Cafetorium

•  Fri, Mar 6: Free Coffee & Baked Goods on the Yard at 8am
                           All School Meeting at 8:30am

•  Tues, Mar 10: Student Math Festival

•  Wed, Mar 18: School Site Council, 5:30pm

•  Fri, Mar 20: Cesar Chavez Assembly, 8:30am

•  Mon, Mar 30 thru Fri, April 3:   NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

Find more dates/details:

Family Art Night is back!

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, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8pm in the Emerson Cafetorium. Dinner is provided. As always, dress for mess! 
Help make the night a success by volunteering for an hour—no
art skills required!  Sign up at

Join the Emerson PTA Board!
Emerson PTA Board for 2020-2021 will be elected by PTA members at the upcoming PTA Association meeting on Monday April 6. Open positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Fundraising, Academic Enrichment, Community Building, Community Outreach, Advocacy.
More information on the PTA Board and Board members’ duties are posted at:
Take a look and see if one of the roles might be right for you!
If interested, come to the PTA Informational Meeting Tuesday February 25 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm (Room 10) OR email (
EQUITY LENS: Keep the Conversation Going with February Events in the Community
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:
Spring Enrichment Classes
Spring Enrichment classes start the week of February 24. Please remind your student of their schedule. Check rosters in the main hall for classroom locations. For those not in Kids’ World please arrive 5 minutes early for pick-up.
News from the Emerson Library

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:

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