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September 6, 2018

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

Have you noticed someone new on the school yard this year? I am excited to introduce Alessandra Albrizzio Robinson, Coach Robinson, our new PE teacher. Coach comes to us by way of Holy Names High School, where she successfully taught PE for many years. She herself also graduated from Holy Names High School. Coach Robinson is very excited to be at Emerson and has already gotten off to a great start by cleaning out our ball room, which had fallen into a horrible state of disarray, and by organizing all our supplies.

She began providing release period classes (teacher stays inside and preps while Coach teaches their class) to students in first through third grades this week. Thank you to the generosity of parents, the PTA has been able to supplement her hours so that students in Kindergarten, fourth and fifth grades will also receive PE classes. The only difference is that the teacher will be on the yard, assisting with the instruction as it is not a release period for them. When the full program is up and running in September, all first through fifth graders will have PE twice a week and K's will have it on a rotating basis about once a week. This is super exciting news because we now have a credentialed, expert PE teacher on board instructing our children on a consistent and ongoing basis.

You can support this program in a variety of ways. First and foremost, make sure your child wears comfortable, appropriate clothes and tennis shoes on PE days. If your child complains about having to run or exercise, you can encourage them to fully participate and to do their best. You can also continue to support the PTA's fundraising efforts -- it is due to the hard work and generosity of you, the families, that we have the funds to support PE school wide. Please notice that we teach PE all day long, starting at 8:10 and ending at 2:20. Please be mindful and stay off the field during PE classes in the early morning and at dismissal times, especially at 8:10 and 1:30 so that children can get the full benefit of their PE time and no one gets injured. Finally, when you see Coach Robinson, be sure to say hello and welcome her to Emerson!

Ms. Hodge
Upcoming Events & Important Dates 
  • Tonight! Sept 6.Back to School Night. Childcare for school-aged children available
  • Friday, Sept 7: Free Coffee and Pastries on the yard 8:10.
  • Friday, Sept 7: Registration for PTA Enrichment classes ends,5:00 pm.
  • Mon. Sept 10: PTA Budget Sub Committee Meeting at 8 pm. email if interested in attending)
  • Friday, Sept 14: Free Coffee and Pastries on the yard 8:10. Payment deadline for PTA Enrichment Classes, 12pm
  • Fri Sept 14: CORRECTION! Back to School BBQ –6:00 pm. Everybody is welcome.
  • Sat. Sept 15: Cal Football Parking
Find more dates/details:

Library News

Library News Our students are so lucky to have fantastic resources available through our school library. Your child will visit the library once a week for checking out books and library skills lessons. Kindergartners bring home one book; all older students bring home two books each week. These books are due back on library day the next week. Want to know more specifics and when your child's library day and time is? Check out this page on our library website.
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! Sign up to volunteer!
We can't do this without the whole community!
See you there and Thank you!
The PTA extends a warm welcome to all new and returning Emerson families!  
Thank you to everyone who came to the back-to-school welcome coffee on the first day – it was great to meet so many of you – we look forward to getting to know you better. The next PTA event is our Back to School BBQ on Friday, September 14th. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you all and enjoying dinner together.
Every Friday after drop-off the PTA hosts free coffee and pastries on the yard.  it’s a nice way to make new friends, ask questions, share stories, and get to know one another. We also wanted to let new parents know (and remind everyone) that there is an All School Meeting once a month that is open for all parents to attend.  The next meeting is on Friday Oct 5 at 8:30am and thereafter is usually the first Friday of every month. I know this is a difficult time for most parents to be at school, but if your schedule ever permits, I welcome and encourage you all to witness the magic.  Please check the Emerson calendar on the PTA website for exact dates:
Thank you to all the PTA volunteers and Board members who worked so hard over the summer and at the start of the year – you know who you are – on behalf of the whole community – thank you SO much!
David and Ashleigh

Join the Emerson PTA Today!

The Emerson Parent-Teacher Association brings together parents/guardians, teachers/staff and friends of Emerson to work for apositive school experience for all children at our school. Becoming a member is the first and easiest step to support the work of the Emerson PTA. As a member, you can vote on programming and spending decisions. You also become part of a network of PTAs made up of many parents and adults devoted to the educational success and parent involvement in schools. You receive a membership card that you can use to receive discounts from merchants supporting PTAs all around the country.

Every parent, guardian, extended family member or friend of an Emerson student is invited to sign up. Past members need to sign up every year.

Please sign up ONLINE (preferred) or by completing the PAPER FORM in look folders or on the PTA board near the main office.A donation of $10/person (which helps cover the dues the Emerson PTA sends to District and State PTA) is suggested but NOT required. For questions, contact Elif Kale-Lostuvali (
 Join us for afterschool PTA Enrichment classes!
Registration for Fall Enrichment classes is now open and will close on Friday September 7th at 5pm. Register at: Scholarships are available (request them during registration process). Paper registration forms are available in the office or on Emerson PTA website.

Please note: Cooking Class may be cancelled this Fall due to circumstances with the vendor, If choosing that class please select an alternate back-up class that is not cooking. Classes start October 1. For any questions:
Join the PTA Budget Subcommittee

Want a voice in how the Emerson PTA plans its programs and budget?We're looking for people to join the budget sub-committee to help us plan for the year. 

There will be a meeting on Monday, Sep 10 at 8pm to work on the budget, then the budget will be presented to the PTA Board on Sep 19 and finally to the entire Emerson PTA Association for approval on Oct 17. Everyone is welcome and anyone may join.

To see the draft budget and learn more see:

To RSVP email:
Girls on the Run registration ends Tomorrow! 

Girls on the Run registration will close on Friday, September 7. Girls in grades 3-5 can 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. Girls should attend both days. Registration is available online at: or through paper forms in your girls’ look folders. Priority will be given to 5th graders and first-time participants. Cost is on a sliding scale.

Please contact GOTR liaison Michele Byrnes with any questions at (510) 282-4741 or
Park Cars for Cal Football and Raise Money for Emerson!

Calling all volunteers!  Support the home team while raising money for Emerson Elementary School. We ask for your time in helping with Emerson Cal football parking.  

We need volunteers to assist in football parking at Emerson for the Idaho State game on Sept 15th.

Please contact Dylan or Steven for more information at:

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